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  1. Experimental Study of Hypernuclei Electroproduction by High Precision Spectroscopy

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    Tomislav Seva

    2009-12-01

    Jlab experiment E01-011, carried out in 2005 in JLab Hall C, is the second generation of the hypernuclear spectroscopy experiments by the (e,e{prime}K{sup +}) reaction. The (e,e{prime}K{sup +}) reaction is complimentary to the associated production reactions (K{sup -},{pi}{sup -}), ({pi}{sup +},K{sup +}) since, due to a larger momentum transfer to a hyperon, excitations of both spin-non-flip and spin-flip states are possible. The experiment uses high quality and continuous primary electron beam to produce neutron rich hypernuclei on various targets by the electroproduction. The experimental setup consists of splitter magnet, high resolution kaon spectrometer (HKS) and electron spectrometer (Enge) implemented in new configuration, the so called 'Tilt Method'. Production data was taken on multiple targets: CH{sub 2}, {sup 6}Li, {sup 7}Li, {sup 9}Be, {sup 10}B, {sup 12}C and {sup 28}Si. In present study the analysis of CH{sub 2}, {sup 12}C and {sup 28}Si is presented. The elementary processes of p(e,e{prime}K{sup +}){Lambda}/{Sigma} from CH{sup 2} data were used for calibration of the spectrometer optics and kinematics. The hypernuclear spectra of {sup 12}{sub {Lambda}}B was obtained with ground state resolution of 0.47 {+-} 0.07 MeV (FWHM), the best ever achieved. Feasibility of the electroproduction reaction to study medium to heavy targets has been proven with the first high resolution beyond p-shell hypernuclear spectra from {sup 28}{sub {Lambda}}Al hypernuclei. The obtained results of the E01-011 experiment confirmed that hypernuclear spectroscopy by the (e,e{prime}K{sup +}) reaction is a very useful technique.

  2. Experimental Investigations of Signals of a New Nature with the aid of two High Precision Stationary Quartz Gravimeters

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    Yu. A. Baurov; A. V. Kopajev

    2001-09-03

    In consequence of long-term (2000) observation of a system of two high-precision quartz gravimeters (one of them with an attached magnet) placed in a special (at a depth of $\\sim $10m) gravimetric laboratory on a common base separated from the foundation of the building, signals of a new nature were detected. They were of a smooth peak-type shape, several minutes duration, and with amplitudes often more than that of the moon tide. The nature of the signals cannot be explained in the framework of traditional physical views but can be qualitatively described with the aid of a supposed new interaction connected with the hypothesis about the existence of the cosmological vectorial potential A_g, a new presumed fundamental vectorial constant.

  3. High precision laser sclerostomy

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    Góra, W. S.; Urich, A.; McIntosh, L.; Carter, R. M.; Wilson, C. G.; Dhillon, B.; Hand, D. P.; Shephard, J. D.

    2015-03-01

    Ultrafast lasers offer a possibility of removing soft ophthalmic tissue without introducing collateral damage at the ablation site or in the surrounding tissue. The potential for using ultrashort pico- and femtosecond pulse lasers for modification of ophthalmic tissue has been reported elsewhere and has resulted in the introduction of new, minimally invasive procedures into clinical practice. Our research aims to define the most efficient parameters to allow for the modification of scleral tissue without introducing collateral damage. Our experiments were carried out on hydrated porcine sclera in vitro. Porcine sclera, which has similar collagen organization, histology and water content (~70%) to human tissue was used. Supporting this work we present a 2D finite element blow-off model which employs a one-step heating process. It is assumed that the incident laser radiation that is not reflected is absorbed in the tissue according to the Beer-Lambert law and transformed into heat energy. The experimental setup uses an industrial picosecond laser (TRUMPF TruMicro 5x50) with 5.9 ps pulses at 1030 nm, with pulse energies up to 125 ?J and a focused spot diameter of 35 ?m. Use of a beam steering scan head allows flexibility in designing complicated scanning patterns. In this study we have demonstrated that picosecond pulses are capable of removing scleral tissue without introducing any major thermal damage which offers a possible route for minimally invasive sclerostomy. In assessing this we have tested several different scanning patterns including single line ablation, square and circular cavity removal.

  4. High Precision Pressure Measurement with a Funnel

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    Lopez-Arias, T.; Gratton, L. M.; Oss, S.

    2008-01-01

    A simple experimental device for high precision differential pressure measurements is presented. Its working mechanism recalls that of a hydraulic press, where pressure is supplied by insufflating air under a funnel. As an application, we measure air pressure inside a soap bubble. The soap bubble is inflated and connected to a funnel which is…

  5. High-Precision Computation and Mathematical Physics

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    Bailey, David H.; Borwein, Jonathan M.

    2008-11-03

    At the present time, IEEE 64-bit floating-point arithmetic is sufficiently accurate for most scientific applications. However, for a rapidly growing body of important scientific computing applications, a higher level of numeric precision is required. Such calculations are facilitated by high-precision software packages that include high-level language translation modules to minimize the conversion effort. This paper presents a survey of recent applications of these techniques and provides some analysis of their numerical requirements. These applications include supernova simulations, climate modeling, planetary orbit calculations, Coulomb n-body atomic systems, scattering amplitudes of quarks, gluons and bosons, nonlinear oscillator theory, Ising theory, quantum field theory and experimental mathematics. We conclude that high-precision arithmetic facilities are now an indispensable component of a modern large-scale scientific computing environment.

  6. High Precision Spectroscopy of Neutral Beryllium-9

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    Lau, Chui Yu; Williams, Will

    2015-05-01

    We report on the progress of high precision spectroscopy of the 2s2p singlet and triplet states in beryllium-9. Our goal is to improve the experimental precision on the energy levels of the 2s2p triplet J = 0, 1, and 2 states by a factor of 500, 100, and 500 respectively in order to delineate various theoretical predictions. The goal for the 2s2p singlet (J = 1) state is to improve the experimental precision on the energy level by a factor of 600 as a test of quantum electrodynamics. Our experimental setup consists of an oven capable of 1400 C that produces a collimated beam of neutral beryllium-9. The triplet states are probed with a 455 nm ECDL stabilized to a tellurium-210 line. The singlet state is probed with 235nm light from a frequency quadrupled titanium sapphire laser, where the frequency doubled light at 470 nm is stabilized to another tellurium-210 line. We also present our progress on improving the absolute accuracy of our frequency reference by using an ultrastable/low drift fiber coupled cavity.

  7. High precision redundant robotic manipulator

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    Young, K.K.D.

    1998-09-22

    A high precision redundant robotic manipulator for overcoming contents imposed by obstacles or imposed by a highly congested work space is disclosed. One embodiment of the manipulator has four degrees of freedom and another embodiment has seven degrees of freedom. Each of the embodiments utilize a first selective compliant assembly robot arm (SCARA) configuration to provide high stiffness in the vertical plane, a second SCARA configuration to provide high stiffness in the horizontal plane. The seven degree of freedom embodiment also utilizes kinematic redundancy to provide the capability of avoiding obstacles that lie between the base of the manipulator and the end effector or link of the manipulator. These additional three degrees of freedom are added at the wrist link of the manipulator to provide pitch, yaw and roll. The seven degrees of freedom embodiment uses one revolute point per degree of freedom. For each of the revolute joints, a harmonic gear coupled to an electric motor is introduced, and together with properly designed based servo controllers provide an end point repeatability of less than 10 microns. 3 figs.

  8. High precision redundant robotic manipulator

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    Young, Kar-Keung David (Mountain View, CA)

    1998-01-01

    A high precision redundant robotic manipulator for overcoming contents imposed by obstacles or imposed by a highly congested work space. One embodiment of the manipulator has four degrees of freedom and another embodiment has seven degreed of freedom. Each of the embodiments utilize a first selective compliant assembly robot arm (SCARA) configuration to provide high stiffness in the vertical plane, a second SCARA configuration to provide high stiffness in the horizontal plane. The seven degree of freedom embodiment also utilizes kinematic redundancy to provide the capability of avoiding obstacles that lie between the base of the manipulator and the end effector or link of the manipulator. These additional three degrees of freedom are added at the wrist link of the manipulator to provide pitch, yaw and roll. The seven degrees of freedom embodiment uses one revolute point per degree of freedom. For each of the revolute joints, a harmonic gear coupled to an electric motor is introduced, and together with properly designed based servo controllers provide an end point repeatability of less than 10 microns.

  9. High precision triangular waveform generator

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    Mueller, Theodore R. (Oak Ridge, TN)

    1983-01-01

    An ultra-linear ramp generator having separately programmable ascending and descending ramp rates and voltages is provided. Two constant current sources provide the ramp through an integrator. Switching of the current at current source inputs rather than at the integrator input eliminates switching transients and contributes to the waveform precision. The triangular waveforms produced by the waveform generator are characterized by accurate reproduction and low drift over periods of several hours. The ascending and descending slopes are independently selectable.

  10. High Precision Laser Range Sensor

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    Dubovitsky, Serge (Inventor); Lay, Oliver P. (Inventor)

    2003-01-01

    The present invention is an improved distance measuring interferometer that includes high speed phase modulators and additional phase meters to generate and analyze multiple heterodyne signal pairs with distinct frequencies. Modulation sidebands with large frequency separation are generated by the high speed electro-optic phase modulators, requiring only a single frequency stable laser source and eliminating the need for a fist laser to be tuned or stabilized relative to a second laser. The combination of signals produced by the modulated sidebands is separated and processed to give the target distance. The resulting metrology apparatus enables a sensor with submicron accuracy or better over a multi- kilometer ambiguity range.

  11. Precision Crystal Calorimeters in High Energy Physics

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    Ren-Yuan Zhu

    2010-01-08

    Precision crystal calorimeters traditionally play an important role in high energy physics experiments. In the last two decades, it faces a challenge to maintain its precision in a hostile radiation environment. This paper reviews the performance of crystal calorimeters constructed for high energy physics experiments and the progress achieved in understanding crystal?s radiation damage as well as in developing high quality scintillating crystals for particle physics. Potential applications of new generation scintillating crystals of high density and high light yield, such as LSO and LYSO, in particle physics experiments is also discussed.

  12. High-Precision Arithmetic in Mathematical Physics

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    Bailey, David; Borwein, Jonathan

    2015-05-12

    For many scientific calculations, particularly those involving empirical data, IEEE 32-bit floating-point arithmetic produces results of sufficient accuracy, while for other applications IEEE 64-bit floating-point is more appropriate. But for some very demanding applications, even higher levels of precision are often required. This article discusses the challenge of high-precision computation, in the context of mathematical physics, and highlights what facilities are required to support future computation, in light of emerging developments in computer architecture.

  13. Aerodynamic window for high precision laser drilling

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    Sommer, Steffen; Dausinger, Friedrich; Berger, Peter; Hügel, Helmuth

    2007-05-01

    High precision laser drilling is getting more and more interesting for industry. Main applications for such holes are vaporising and injection nozzles. To enhance quality, the energy deposition has to be accurately defined by reducing the pulse duration and thereby reducing the amount of disturbing melting layer. In addition, an appropriate processing technology, for example the helical drilling, yields holes in steel at 1 mm thickness and diameters about 100 ?m with correct roundness and thin recast layers. However, the processing times are still not short enough for industrial use. Experiments have shown that the reduction of the atmospheric pressure down to 100 hPa enhances the achievable quality and efficiency, but the use of vacuum chambers in industrial processes is normally quite slow and thus expensive. The possibility of a very fast evacuation is given by the use of an aerodynamic window, which produces the pressure reduction by virtue of its fluid dynamic features. This element, based on a potential vortex, was developed and patented as out-coupling window for high power CO II lasers by IFSW 1, 2, 3. It has excellent tightness and transmission properties, and a beam deflection is not detectable. The working medium is compressed air, only. For the use as vacuum element for laser drilling, several geometrical modifications had to be realized. The prototype is small enough to be integrated in a micromachining station and has a low gas flow. During the laser pulse, which is focussed through the potential flow, a very high fluence is reached, but the measurements have not shown any beam deflection or focal shifting. The evacuation time is below 300 ms so that material treatment with changing ambient pressure is possible, too. Experimental results have proven the positive effect of the reduced ambient pressure on the drilling process for the regime of nano- and picosecond laser pulses. Plasma effects are reduced and, because of the less absorption, the drilling velocity is increased and widening effects are decreased. So the process is more efficient and precise. Furthermore, the necessary pulse energy for the drilling of a certain material thickness is reduced and so laser power can be saved.

  14. Cellular signalling effects in high precision radiotherapy

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    McMahon, Stephen J.; McGarry, Conor K.; Butterworth, Karl T.; Jain, Suneil; O'Sullivan, Joe M.; Hounsell, Alan R.; Prise, Kevin M.

    2015-06-01

    Radiotherapy is commonly planned on the basis of physical dose received by the tumour and surrounding normal tissue, with margins added to address the possibility of geometric miss. However, recent experimental evidence suggests that intercellular signalling results in a given cell’s survival also depending on the dose received by neighbouring cells. A model of radiation-induced cell killing and signalling was used to analyse how this effect depends on dose and margin choices. Effective Uniform Doses were calculated for model tumours in both idealised cases with no delivery uncertainty and more realistic cases incorporating geometric uncertainty. In highly conformal irradiation, a lack of signalling from outside the target leads to reduced target cell killing, equivalent to under-dosing by up to 10% compared to large uniform fields. This effect is significantly reduced when higher doses per fraction are considered, both increasing the level of cell killing and reducing margin sensitivity. These effects may limit the achievable biological precision of techniques such as stereotactic radiotherapy even in the absence of geometric uncertainties, although it is predicted that larger fraction sizes reduce the relative contribution of cell signalling driven effects. These observations may contribute to understanding the efficacy of hypo-fractionated radiotherapy.

  15. Cellular signalling effects in high precision radiotherapy.

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    McMahon, Stephen J; McGarry, Conor K; Butterworth, Karl T; Jain, Suneil; O'Sullivan, Joe M; Hounsell, Alan R; Prise, Kevin M

    2015-06-01

    Radiotherapy is commonly planned on the basis of physical dose received by the tumour and surrounding normal tissue, with margins added to address the possibility of geometric miss. However, recent experimental evidence suggests that intercellular signalling results in a given cell's survival also depending on the dose received by neighbouring cells. A model of radiation-induced cell killing and signalling was used to analyse how this effect depends on dose and margin choices. Effective Uniform Doses were calculated for model tumours in both idealised cases with no delivery uncertainty and more realistic cases incorporating geometric uncertainty. In highly conformal irradiation, a lack of signalling from outside the target leads to reduced target cell killing, equivalent to under-dosing by up to 10% compared to large uniform fields. This effect is significantly reduced when higher doses per fraction are considered, both increasing the level of cell killing and reducing margin sensitivity. These effects may limit the achievable biological precision of techniques such as stereotactic radiotherapy even in the absence of geometric uncertainties, although it is predicted that larger fraction sizes reduce the relative contribution of cell signalling driven effects. These observations may contribute to understanding the efficacy of hypo-fractionated radiotherapy. PMID:25993091

  16. A high-precision angular control system for HIFU calibration.

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    Park, Donghee; Park, Jingam; Kim, Hansung; Kim, Chi Hyun; Han, Tae-Young; Park, Hyunjin; Seo, Jongbum

    2013-01-01

    A design of high-precision angular position control system for calibrating high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is presented with alignment procedures. Two independent angular controls are achieved by combining a worm gear and a belt gear system. The proposed system verifies alignment by comparing simulation data and experimental data with three different transducers and two different types of hydrophones. The performance of the proposed system is compared to that of a commercial system. The results indicate that the proposed system provides high precision angular alignment (e.g., <0.01radians) with robust reproducibility regardless of the hydrophone type. PMID:22541892

  17. Precision control of high temperature furnaces

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    Pollock, G.G.

    1994-12-31

    It is an object of the present invention to provide precision control of high temperature furnaces. It is another object of the present invention to combine the power of two power supplies of greatly differing output capacities in a single furnace. This invention combines two power supplies to control a furnace. A main power supply heats the furnace in the traditional manner, while the power from the auxiliary supply is introduced as a current flow through charged particles existing due to ionized gas or thermionic emission. The main power supply provides the bulk heating power and the auxiliary supply provides a precise and fast power source such that the precision of the total power delivered to the furnace is improved. Further, this invention comprises a means for high speed measurement of temperature of the process by the method of measuring the amount of current flow in a deliberately induced charged particle current.

  18. High precision, rapid laser hole drilling

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    Chang, Jim J.; Friedman, Herbert W.; Comaskey, Brian J.

    2013-04-02

    A laser system produces a first laser beam for rapidly removing the bulk of material in an area to form a ragged hole. The laser system produces a second laser beam for accurately cleaning up the ragged hole so that the final hole has dimensions of high precision.

  19. High precision measurements in crustal dynamic studies

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    Wyatt, F.; Berger, J.

    1984-01-01

    The development of high-precision instrumentation for monitoring benchmark stability and evaluating coseismic strain and tilt signals is reviewed. Laser strainmeter and tilt observations are presented. Examples of coseismic deformation in several geographic locations are given. Evidence suggests that the Earth undergoes elastic response to abrupt faulting.

  20. High precision, rapid laser hole drilling

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    Chang, Jim J.; Friedman, Herbert W.; Comaskey, Brian J.

    2007-03-20

    A laser system produces a first laser beam for rapidly removing the bulk of material in an area to form a ragged hole. The laser system produces a second laser beam for accurately cleaning up the ragged hole so that the final hole has dimensions of high precision.

  1. High precision, rapid laser hole drilling

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    Chang, Jim J.; Friedman, Herbert W.; Comaskey, Brian J.

    2005-03-08

    A laser system produces a first laser beam for rapidly removing the bulk of material in an area to form a ragged hole. The laser system produces a second laser beam for accurately cleaning up the ragged hole so that the final hole has dimensions of high precision.

  2. High Precision Image Sensor Scale Factor Calibration

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    Hornsey, Richard

    High Precision Image Sensor Scale Factor Calibration Edward Shen, Henok Mebrahtu, Wei Gao, Anthony through the determination of normalized magnification and scale factor. For example, a commercial are the important measurements, only the diagonal elements (u, v), also known as the "scale factors", of the camera

  3. High-precision hydraulic Stewart platform

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    van Silfhout, Roelof G.

    1999-08-01

    We present a novel design for a Stewart platform (or hexapod), an apparatus which performs positioning tasks with high accuracy. The platform, which is supported by six hydraulic telescopic struts, provides six degrees of freedom with 1 ?m resolution. Rotations about user defined pivot points can be specified for any axis of rotation with microradian accuracy. Motion of the platform is performed by changing the strut lengths. Servo systems set and maintain the length of the struts to high precision using proportional hydraulic valves and incremental encoders. The combination of hydraulic actuators and a design which is optimized in terms of mechanical stiffness enables the platform to manipulate loads of up to 20 kN. Sophisticated software allows direct six-axis positioning including true path control. Our platform is an ideal support structure for a large variety of scientific instruments that require a stable alignment base with high-precision motion.

  4. Portable high precision pressure transducer system

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    Piper, T.C.; Morgan, J.P.; Marchant, N.J.; Bolton, S.M.

    1994-04-26

    A high precision pressure transducer system is described for checking the reliability of a second pressure transducer system used to monitor the level of a fluid confined in a holding tank. Since the response of the pressure transducer is temperature sensitive, it is continually housed in an battery powered oven which is configured to provide a temperature stable environment at specified temperature for an extended period of time. Further, a high precision temperature stabilized oscillator and counter are coupled to a single board computer to accurately determine the pressure transducer oscillation frequency and convert it to an applied pressure. All of the components are powered by the batteries which during periods of availability of line power are charged by an on board battery charger. The pressure readings outputs are transmitted to a line printer and a vacuum fluorescent display. 2 figures.

  5. Portable high precision pressure transducer system

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    Piper, Thomas C. (Idaho Falls, ID); Morgan, John P. (Idaho Falls, ID); Marchant, Norman J. (Idaho Falls, ID); Bolton, Steven M. (Pocatello, ID)

    1994-01-01

    A high precision pressure transducer system for checking the reliability of a second pressure transducer system used to monitor the level of a fluid confined in a holding tank. Since the response of the pressure transducer is temperature sensitive, it is continually housed in an battery powered oven which is configured to provide a temperature stable environment at specified temperature for an extended period of time. Further, a high precision temperature stabilized oscillator and counter are coupled to a single board computer to accurately determine the pressure transducer oscillation frequency and convert it to an applied pressure. All of the components are powered by the batteries which during periods of availability of line power are charged by an on board battery charger. The pressure readings outputs are transmitted to a line printer and a vacuum florescent display.

  6. High-precision spectroscopy with counterpropagating femtosecond pulses.

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    Barmes, Itan; Witte, Stefan; Eikema, Kjeld S E

    2013-07-12

    An experimental realization of high-precision direct frequency comb spectroscopy using counterpropagating femtosecond pulses on two-photon atomic transitions is presented. The Doppler broadened background signal, hampering precision spectroscopy with ultrashort pulses, is effectively eliminated with a simple pulse shaping method. As a result, all four 5S-7S two-photon transitions in a rubidium vapor are determined with both statistical and systematic uncertainties below 10(-11), which is an order of magnitude better than previous experiments on these transitions. PMID:23889396

  7. High-precision spectroscopy of hydrogen molecular ions

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    Zhong, Zhen-Xiang; Tong, Xin; Yan, Zong-Chao; Shi, Ting-Yun

    2015-05-01

    In this paper, we overview recent advances in high-precision structure calculations of the hydrogen molecular ions ( and HD+), including nonrelativistic energy eigenvalues and relativistic and quantum electrodynamic corrections. In combination with high-precision measurements, it is feasible to precisely determine a molecular-based value of the proton-to-electron mass ratio. An experimental scheme is presented for measuring the rovibrational transition frequency (v,L) : (0,0) ? (6,1) in HD+, which is currently underway at the Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grants Nos. 11474316, 11004221, 10974224, and 11274348), the “Hundred Talent Program” of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Yan Zong-Chao was supported by NSERC, SHARCnet, ACEnet of Canada, and the CAS/SAFEA International Partnership Program for Creative Research Teams.

  8. Note: High precision measurements using high frequency gigahertz signals.

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    Jin, Aohan; Fu, Siyuan; Sakurai, Atsunori; Liu, Liang; Edman, Fredrik; Pullerits, Tõnu; Öwall, Viktor; Karki, Khadga Jung

    2014-12-01

    Generalized lock-in amplifiers use digital cavities with Q-factors as high as 5 × 10(8) to measure signals with very high precision. In this Note, we show that generalized lock-in amplifiers can be used to analyze microwave (giga-hertz) signals with a precision of few tens of hertz. We propose that the physical changes in the medium of propagation can be measured precisely by the ultra-high precision measurement of the signal. We provide evidence to our proposition by verifying the Newton's law of cooling by measuring the effect of change in temperature on the phase and amplitude of the signals propagating through two calibrated cables. The technique could be used to precisely measure different physical properties of the propagation medium, for example, the change in length, resistance, etc. Real time implementation of the technique can open up new methodologies of in situ virtual metrology in material design. PMID:25554338

  9. Fiber Scrambling for High Precision Spectrographs

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    Kaplan, Zachary; Spronck, J. F. P.; Fischer, D.

    2011-05-01

    The detection of Earth-like exoplanets with the radial velocity method requires extreme Doppler precision and long-term stability in order to measure tiny reflex velocities in the host star. Recent planet searches have led to the detection of so called "super-Earths” (up to a few Earth masses) that induce radial velocity changes of about 1 m/s. However, the detection of true Earth analogs requires a precision of 10 cm/s. One of the largest factors limiting Doppler precision is variation in the Point Spread Function (PSF) from observation to observation due to changes in the illumination of the slit and spectrograph optics. Thus, this stability has become a focus of current instrumentation work. Fiber optics have been used since the 1980's to couple telescopes to high-precision spectrographs, initially for simpler mechanical design and control. However, fiber optics are also naturally efficient scramblers. Scrambling refers to a fiber's ability to produce an output beam independent of input. Our research is focused on characterizing the scrambling properties of several types of fibers, including circular, square and octagonal fibers. By measuring the intensity distribution after the fiber as a function of input beam position, we can simulate guiding errors that occur at an observatory. Through this, we can determine which fibers produce the most uniform outputs for the severest guiding errors, improving the PSF and allowing sub-m/s precision. However, extensive testing of fibers of supposedly identical core diameter, length and shape from the same manufacturer has revealed the "personality” of individual fibers. Personality describes differing intensity patterns for supposedly duplicate fibers illuminated identically. Here, we present our results on scrambling characterization as a function of fiber type, while studying individual fiber personality.

  10. Nab: precise experimental study of unpolarized neutron beta decay

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    Pocanic, Dinko; Nab Collaboration

    2014-09-01

    Nab, a program of experimental study of unpolarized neutron decays at the Spallation Neutron Source, Oak Ridge, TN, aims to determine a, the electron-neutrino correlation with precision of ?a / a =10-3 , and b, the Fierz interference term, with uncertainty ?b ~= 3 ×10-3 . Neutron beta decay's simple theoretical description in the Standard Model (SM) is overconstrained by the set of available observables, providing opportunities to search for evidence of SM extensions. Planned Nab results will lead to a new precise determination of the ratio ? =GA /GV , and to significant reductions in the allowed limits for both right- and left-handed scalar and tensor currents. Alternatively, the experiment may detect a discrepancy from SM predictions consistent with certain realizations of supersymmetry. An optimized, asymmetric spectrometer has been designed to achieve the narrow proton momentum response function required to meet the physics goals of the experiment. The apparatus is to be used in a follow-up measurement (ABba) of asymmetry observables A and B in polarized neutron decay. Nab is funded, now in the construction stage, with planned beam readiness in 2016. We discuss the experiment's motivation, expected reach, design and method. Nab, a program of experimental study of unpolarized neutron decays at the Spallation Neutron Source, Oak Ridge, TN, aims to determine a, the electron-neutrino correlation with precision of ?a / a =10-3 , and b, the Fierz interference term, with uncertainty ?b ~= 3 ×10-3 . Neutron beta decay's simple theoretical description in the Standard Model (SM) is overconstrained by the set of available observables, providing opportunities to search for evidence of SM extensions. Planned Nab results will lead to a new precise determination of the ratio ? =GA /GV , and to significant reductions in the allowed limits for both right- and left-handed scalar and tensor currents. Alternatively, the experiment may detect a discrepancy from SM predictions consistent with certain realizations of supersymmetry. An optimized, asymmetric spectrometer has been designed to achieve the narrow proton momentum response function required to meet the physics goals of the experiment. The apparatus is to be used in a follow-up measurement (ABba) of asymmetry observables A and B in polarized neutron decay. Nab is funded, now in the construction stage, with planned beam readiness in 2016. We discuss the experiment's motivation, expected reach, design and method. Work supported by NSF grants PHY-1126683, 1205833, 1307328, and others.

  11. High precision innovative micropump for artificial pancreas

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    Chappel, E.; Mefti, S.; Lettieri, G.-L.; Proennecke, S.; Conan, C.

    2014-03-01

    The concept of artificial pancreas, which comprises an insulin pump, a continuous glucose meter and a control algorithm, is a major step forward in managing patient with type 1 diabetes mellitus. The stability of the control algorithm is based on short-term precision micropump to deliver rapid-acting insulin and to specific integrated sensors able to monitor any failure leading to a loss of accuracy. Debiotech's MEMS micropump, based on the membrane pump principle, is made of a stack of 3 silicon wafers. The pumping chamber comprises a pillar check-valve at the inlet, a pumping membrane which is actuated against stop limiters by a piezo cantilever, an anti-free-flow outlet valve and a pressure sensor. The micropump inlet is tightly connected to the insulin reservoir while the outlet is in direct communication with the patient skin via a cannula. To meet the requirement of a pump dedicated to closed-loop application for diabetes care, in addition to the well-controlled displacement of the pumping membrane, the high precision of the micropump is based on specific actuation profiles that balance effect of pump elasticity in low-consumption push-pull mode.

  12. Experimental Violation of Heisenberg's Precision Limit by Weak Measurements

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    Darabi, Ardavan; Rozema, Lee A.; Mahler, Dylan H.; Hayat, Alex; Soudagar, Yasaman; Steinberg, Aephraim M.

    2012-02-01

    Along with the uncertainty principle, Heisenberg postulated another set of relations, which set a lower limit on the disturbance caused by a measurement [1]. These relations were shown by Ozawa to be inaccurate [2], shedding doubt on widely accepted bounds on the information left in a system after a measurement, and offering new insights into the foundations of quantum physics and quantum information. A theoretical scheme for testing Ozawa's precision-disturbance relations was proposed [3]. In this proposal the hurdle of destructive measurements is addressed by the weak value approach [4]. This scheme is based on a 3-qubit quantum circuit that requires two CNOT gates of variable strength with a common control qubit. Here, we present an experimental realization of Heisenberg's precision limit violation based on weak value measurements. We implement a technique inspired by the one-way quantum computing using entanglement as the substrate for quantum gates. In this way, we demonstrate a violation of Heisenberg's relation for measurement disturbance, confirming the revised bound due to Ozawa. [4pt] [1] Z. Phys. 43 172(1927); [2] Ann. Phys. NY 311 350(2004); [3] New J. Phys. 12 093011(2010); [4] Phys. Rev. Lett. 60 1351(1988)

  13. Highly damped kinematic coupling for precision instruments

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    Hale, Layton C. (Livermore, CA); Jensen, Steven A. (Livermore, CA)

    2001-01-01

    A highly damped kinematic coupling for precision instruments. The kinematic coupling provides support while causing essentially no influence to its nature shape, with such influences coming, for example, from manufacturing tolerances, temperature changes, or ground motion. The coupling uses three ball-cone constraints, each combined with a released flexural degree of freedom. This arrangement enables a gain of higher load capacity and stiffness, but can also significantly reduce the friction level in proportion to the ball radius divided by the distance between the ball and the hinge axis. The blade flexures reduces somewhat the stiffness of the coupling and provides an ideal location to apply constrained-layer damping which is accomplished by attaching a viscoelastic layer and a constraining layer on opposite sides of each of the blade flexures. The three identical ball-cone flexures provide a damped coupling mechanism to kinematically support the projection optics system of the extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) system, or other load-sensitive apparatus.

  14. High precision lunar tracking for laser ranging

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    Ricklefs, Randall L.; Wiant, Jerry R.; Shelus, Peter J.

    1989-01-01

    Laser ranging to lunar surface retroreflectors has provided a valuable source of data for the investigation of the lunar orbit, the earth's orientation in space, general relativity, and many other aspects of solar system dynamics. Due to the moon's relatively large distance, and the requirement to keep the beam from the relatively low-power laser very narrow, acquiring this data type requires very accurate telescope pointing and tracking capabilities. The nominal requirement is to keep the telescope on target within approximately 1 arcsec of its predicted location for at least several minutes. An expansion of this requirement and the methods used to accomplish this high precision pointing are presented. Difficulties encountered and a few future goals of automating the McDonald station are also discussed.

  15. New sample holder geometry for high precision isotope analyses

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    Meyers, Stephen R.

    New sample holder geometry for high precision isotope analyses P. Peres,a * N. T. Kita,b J. W and isotopic composition. The CAMECA IMS 1280 and 1280-HR are large geometry ultra-high sensitivity ion microprobes that provide excellent precision and reproducibility for isotope ratio measurements. A precision

  16. Distributed high-precision time transfer through passive optical networks

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    Wu, Guiling; Hu, Liang; Zhang, Hao; Chen, Jianping

    2014-09-01

    We propose a one-point to multipoint distributed time transfer through passive optical networks using a time division multiple access (TDMA) based two-way time transfer. The clock at each clock user node is, in turn, compared with the high-precision reference clock at a master node by a two-way time transfer during assigned subperiods. The corresponding TDMA control protocol and time transfer units for the proposed scheme are designed and implemented. A 1×8 experimental system with a 20 km single-mode fiber in each subpath is demonstrated. The results show that a standard deviation of <60 ps can be reached in each comparison subperiod.

  17. High-Precision Computation: Mathematical Physics and Dynamics

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    Bailey, D. H.; Barrio, R.; Borwein, J. M.

    2010-04-01

    At the present time, IEEE 64-bit oating-point arithmetic is suficiently accurate for most scientic applications. However, for a rapidly growing body of important scientic computing applications, a higher level of numeric precision is required. Such calculations are facilitated by high-precision software packages that include high-level language translation modules to minimize the conversion e ort. This pa- per presents a survey of recent applications of these techniques and provides someanalysis of their numerical requirements. These applications include supernova simulations, climate modeling, planetary orbit calculations, Coulomb n-body atomic systems, studies of the one structure constant, scattering amplitudes of quarks, glu- ons and bosons, nonlinear oscillator theory, experimental mathematics, evaluation of orthogonal polynomials, numerical integration of ODEs, computation of periodic orbits, studies of the splitting of separatrices, detection of strange nonchaotic at- tractors, Ising theory, quantum held theory, and discrete dynamical systems. We conclude that high-precision arithmetic facilities are now an indispensable compo- nent of a modern large-scale scientic computing environment.

  18. High precision beam alignment of electromagnetic wigglers

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    Ben-Zvi, I.; Qiu, X.Z.

    1993-01-01

    The performance of Free-Electron Lasers depends critically on the quality of the alignment of the electron beam to the wiggler's magnetic axis and the deviation of this axis from a straight fine. The measurement of the electron beam position requires numerous beam position monitors in the wiggler, where space is at premium. The beam position measurement is used to set beam steerers for an orbit correction in the wiggler. The authors propose an alternative high precision alignment method in which one or two external Beam Position Monitors (BPM) are used. In this technique, the field in the electro-wiggler is modulated section by section and the beam position movement at the external BPM is detected in synchronism with the modulation. A beam offset at the modulated beam section will produce a modulation of the beam position at the detector that is a function of the of the beam offset and the absolute value of the modulation current. The wiggler errors produce a modulation that is a function of the modulation current. It will be shown that this method allows the detection and correction of the beam position at each section in the presence of wiggler errors with a good resolution. Furthermore, it allows one to measure the first and second integrals of the wiggler error over each wiggler section. Lastly, provided that wiggler sections can be degaussed effectively, one can test the deviation of the wiggler's magnetic axis from a straight line.

  19. High-precision triangular-waveform generator

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    Mueller, T.R.

    1981-11-14

    An ultra-linear ramp generator having separately programmable ascending and decending ramp rates and voltages is provided. Two constant current sources provide the ramp through an integrator. Switching of the current at current source inputs rather than at the integrator input eliminates switching transients and contributes to the waveform precision. The triangular waveforms produced by the waveform generator are characterized by accurate reproduction and low drift over periods of several hours. The ascending and descending slopes are independently selectable.

  20. High precision fabrication of antennas and sensors

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    Bal?ytis, A.; Seniutinas, G.; Urbonas, D.; Gabalis, M.; Vaškevi?ius, K.; Petruškevi?ius, R.; Molis, G.; Valušis, G. `.; Juodkazis, S.

    2015-02-01

    Electron and ion beam lithographies were used to fabricate and/or functionalize large scale - millimetre footprint - micro-optical elements: coupled waveguide-resonator structures on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) and THz antennas on low temperature grown LT-GaAs. Waveguide elements on SOI were made without stitching errors using a fixed beam moving stage approach. THz antennas were created using a three-step litography process. First, gold THz antennas defined by standard mask projection lithography were annealed to make an ohmic contact on LT-GaAs and post-processing with Ga-ion beam was used to define nano-gaps and inter digitised contacts for better charge collection. These approaches show the possibility to fabricate large footprint patterns with nanoscale precision features and overlay accuracy. Emerging 3D nanofabrication trends are discussed.

  1. High precision applications of the global positioning system

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    Lichten, Stephen M.

    1991-01-01

    The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a constellation of U.S. defense navigation satellites which can be used for military and civilian positioning applications. A wide variety of GPS scientific applications were identified and precise positioning capabilities with GPS were already demonstrated with data available from the present partial satellite constellation. Expected applications include: measurements of Earth crustal motion, particularly in seismically active regions; measurements of the Earth's rotation rate and pole orientation; high-precision Earth orbiter tracking; surveying; measurements of media propagation delays for calibration of deep space radiometric data in support of NASA planetary missions; determination of precise ground station coordinates; and precise time transfer worldwide.

  2. High-precision optical and microwave signal synthesis and distribution

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    Kim, Jung-Won, 1976-

    2007-01-01

    In this thesis, techniques for high-precision synthesis of optical and microwave signals and their distribution to remote locations are presented. The first topic is ultrafast optical pulse synthesis by coherent superposition ...

  3. An experimental search strategy retrieves more precise results than PubMed and Google for questions about medical interventions

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    Dylla, Daniel P.; Megison, Susan D.

    2015-01-01

    Objective. We compared the precision of a search strategy designed specifically to retrieve randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and systematic reviews of RCTs with search strategies designed for broader purposes. Methods. We designed an experimental search strategy that automatically revised searches up to five times by using increasingly restrictive queries as long at least 50 citations were retrieved. We compared the ability of the experimental and alternative strategies to retrieve studies relevant to 312 test questions. The primary outcome, search precision, was defined for each strategy as the proportion of relevant, high quality citations among the first 50 citations retrieved. Results. The experimental strategy had the highest median precision (5.5%; interquartile range [IQR]: 0%–12%) followed by the narrow strategy of the PubMed Clinical Queries (4.0%; IQR: 0%–10%). The experimental strategy found the most high quality citations (median 2; IQR: 0–6) and was the strategy most likely to find at least one high quality citation (73% of searches; 95% confidence interval 68%–78%). All comparisons were statistically significant. Conclusions. The experimental strategy performed the best in all outcomes although all strategies had low precision. PMID:25922798

  4. An experimental search strategy retrieves more precise results than PubMed and Google for questions about medical interventions.

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    Badgett, Robert G; Dylla, Daniel P; Megison, Susan D; Harmon, E Glynn

    2015-01-01

    Objective. We compared the precision of a search strategy designed specifically to retrieve randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and systematic reviews of RCTs with search strategies designed for broader purposes. Methods. We designed an experimental search strategy that automatically revised searches up to five times by using increasingly restrictive queries as long at least 50 citations were retrieved. We compared the ability of the experimental and alternative strategies to retrieve studies relevant to 312 test questions. The primary outcome, search precision, was defined for each strategy as the proportion of relevant, high quality citations among the first 50 citations retrieved. Results. The experimental strategy had the highest median precision (5.5%; interquartile range [IQR]: 0%-12%) followed by the narrow strategy of the PubMed Clinical Queries (4.0%; IQR: 0%-10%). The experimental strategy found the most high quality citations (median 2; IQR: 0-6) and was the strategy most likely to find at least one high quality citation (73% of searches; 95% confidence interval 68%-78%). All comparisons were statistically significant. Conclusions. The experimental strategy performed the best in all outcomes although all strategies had low precision. PMID:25922798

  5. High precision defocused observations of planetary transits

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    Ba?türk, Ö.; Hinse, T. C.; Özavc?, ?.; Tezcan, C. T.; ?enavc?, H. V.; Burdanov, A.; Y&örüko?lu, O.; Orhan, R.; Selam, S. O.

    2014-03-01

    It is only possible to measure physical properties of extrasolar planets, if they transit their host stars. One can determine the masses and the radii of this kind of objects, and hence, have constraints on their chemical composition, internal structure, formation and evolution. The availability of high quality light curves of planetary transits is essential in determining these properties within a few percent. In order to obtain high-quality transit light curves, we apply the well-established defocus technique on meter and sub-meter class telescopes in our project. This technique allows longer integration times, and hence collecting more photons to build up a higher S/N ratio. In this study, we present our first photometric results with the 1m Turkish telescope (T100) located at TÜB?TAK National Observatory (TUG) of Turkey, which proved to be a well suited instrument to these observations with its large field of view. %

  6. Galvanometer deflection: a precision high-speed system.

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    Jablonowski, D P; Raamot, J

    1976-06-01

    An X-Y galvanometer deflection system capable of high precision in a random access mode of operation is described. Beam positional information in digitized form is obtained by employing a Ronchi grating with a sophisticated optical detection scheme. This information is used in a control interface to locate the beam to the required precision. The system is characterized by high accuracy at maximum speed and is designed for operation in a variable environment, with particular attention placed on thermal insensitivity. PMID:20165203

  7. System and method for high precision isotope ratio destructive analysis

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    Bushaw, Bruce A; Anheier, Norman C; Phillips, Jon R

    2013-07-02

    A system and process are disclosed that provide high accuracy and high precision destructive analysis measurements for isotope ratio determination of relative isotope abundance distributions in liquids, solids, and particulate samples. The invention utilizes a collinear probe beam to interrogate a laser ablated plume. This invention provides enhanced single-shot detection sensitivity approaching the femtogram range, and isotope ratios that can be determined at approximately 1% or better precision and accuracy (relative standard deviation).

  8. High precision mass measurements for wine metabolomics

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    Roullier-Gall, Chloé; Witting, Michael; Gougeon, Régis; Schmitt-Kopplin, Philippe

    2014-11-01

    An overview of the critical steps for the non-targeted Ultra-High Performance Liquid Chromatography coupled with Quadrupole Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (UPLC-Q-ToF-MS) analysis of wine chemistry is given, ranging from the study design, data preprocessing and statistical analyses, to markers identification. UPLC-Q-ToF-MS data was enhanced by the alignment of exact mass data from FTICR-MS, and marker peaks were identified using UPLC-Q-ToF-MS². In combination with multivariate statistical tools and the annotation of peaks with metabolites from relevant databases, this analytical process provides a fine description of the chemical complexity of wines, as exemplified in the case of red (Pinot noir) and white (Chardonnay) wines from various geographic origins in Burgundy.

  9. High precision mass measurements for wine metabolomics

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    Roullier-Gall, Chloé; Witting, Michael; Gougeon, Régis D.; Schmitt-Kopplin, Philippe

    2014-01-01

    An overview of the critical steps for the non-targeted Ultra-High Performance Liquid Chromatography coupled with Quadrupole Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (UPLC-Q-ToF-MS) analysis of wine chemistry is given, ranging from the study design, data preprocessing and statistical analyses, to markers identification. UPLC-Q-ToF-MS data was enhanced by the alignment of exact mass data from FTICR-MS, and marker peaks were identified using UPLC-Q-ToF-MS2. In combination with multivariate statistical tools and the annotation of peaks with metabolites from relevant databases, this analytical process provides a fine description of the chemical complexity of wines, as exemplified in the case of red (Pinot noir) and white (Chardonnay) wines from various geographic origins in Burgundy. PMID:25431760

  10. Experimental studies of adaptive structures for precision performance

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    Chen, G.-S.; Lurie, B. J.; Wada, B. K.

    1989-01-01

    An experimental study was made of the adaptive structure concept. Experimental data were obtained for a three-longeron, thirteen-bay truss-type test structure. This test structure can be softly suspended as well as rigidly clamped at the central bay. The load-carrying active member consists of a stack of concentric piezoelectric wafers, an eddy current displacement sensor, and a strain gage force sensor. A bridge (or compound) feedback technique developed in communication engineering is applied to the problem of active damping augmentation in adaptive structures. Using collocated force and velocity feedback around the active member, a desired output mechanical impedance can be implemented to maximize energy absorption by the active members. In addition, large gains can be implemented to linearize the active member's nonlinear behavior. Good agreements with linear finite element analysis was found for both static and dynamic structural responses. An 11 percent damping in the first bending mode was demonstrated in the closed-loop damping experiment.

  11. A Comparison of three high-precision quadrature schemes

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    Bailey, David H.; Li, Xiaoye S.

    2003-07-01

    The authors have implemented three numerical quadrature schemes, using the new Arbitrary Precision (ARPREC) software package, with the objective of seeking a completely ''automatic'' arbitrary precision quadrature facility, namely one that does not rely on a priori information of the function to be integrated. Such a facility is required, for example, to permit the experimental identification of definite integrals based on their numerical values. The performance and accuracy of these three quadrature schemes are compared using a suite of 15 integrals, ranging from continuous, well-behaved functions on finite intervals to functions with vertical derivatives and integrable singularities at endpoints, as well as several integrals on an infinite interval.

  12. High Resolution and High Precision-Spectroscopy with HARPS

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    Pepe, F.; Lovis, C.

    Extra-solar planet search at a level of precision below 1 ms-1 sets strong requirements to the quality and stability of the wavelength solution. It also forces us to understand the effects of instrumental stability, on the one hand, and the quality of the wavelength reference, on the other hand, since both will have an impact, although in a different way, on the short- and long-term precision of the instrument. This chapter presents the calibration principles of HARPS, which lead to its extra-ordinary wavelength solution and, as a direct consequence, to its unique radial-velocity precision. In particular it will focus on the improvements of the thorium-lamp calibrations we made during the past three years, but it willl also discuss the present limitations. Finally, we give an outlook on further possible improvements which can be made in view of the extreme precision required by instruments like CODEX@ELT.

  13. Experimental setup for precise investigation of raindrop impacted thin water flows

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    Fister, Wolfgang; Kinnell, Peter I. A.; Greenwood, Philip; Kuhn, Nikolaus J.

    2015-04-01

    Experimental setups with rainfall simulators over soil flumes are a widely-used method to study laboratory-based erosion processes. Small scale processes, such as splash, sheet, and interrill erosion mechanisms, can be studied with a very high degree of precision and accuracy. However, a major problem when performing investigations on raindrop impacted thin water flows is that accurate measurements of key erosion variables are difficult to obtain. In many investigations, important values are, therefore, not directly measured, but inferred from easier to determine parameters. For example rainfall intensity, plot dimension, and flow discharge are recorded during an experiment to rather crudely estimate velocity and depth of flow. Since water depth and flow velocity vary spatially and temporally during experiments with non-controlled flow conditions, this lack of measurement accuracy clearly reduces the explanatory power of the experimental data. Another example for this imprecision is the use of pressure nozzles for this kind of high accuracy experiments. The main problem associated with spray-type nozzles is that they produce a wide spectrum of drop sizes. In order to characterise simulated rainfall from nozzles, certain parameters, such as mean volumetric drop diameter (d50), are generally used. Knowing that different drop sizes have different effects on particle detachment when impacting on thin water layers of certain depth, it is apparent that this parameter of average drop size is not suitable for the detection of precise relations of, for instance, drop size, flow depth, and particle detachment. Although simulated rainfall from nozzles has a more natural drop size distribution, this use of roughly calculated metadata, instead of accurately measured parameters, is one of the main reasons why it is still not possible to deduce exact physical formulas to precisely model soil erosion mechanisms. In order to be able to control and manipulate the key factors of the processes of raindrop impacted thin surface flows, an experimental setup and measurement protocol was designed. The main aims of this study are to present the setup of this newly-developed equipment and to explore the difficulties in designing specific parts of this instrumentation, and to provide guidance for other investigations on this topic. In addition, preliminary results using this experimental configuration are presented.

  14. An experimental assembly for precise measurement of thermal accommodation coefficients.

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    Trott, Wayne M; Castañeda, Jaime N; Torczynski, John R; Gallis, Michael A; Rader, Daniel J

    2011-03-01

    An experimental apparatus has been developed to determine thermal accommodation coefficients for a variety of gas-surface combinations. Results are obtained primarily through measurement of the pressure dependence of the conductive heat flux between parallel plates separated by a gas-filled gap. Measured heat-flux data are used in a formula based on Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) simulations to determine the coefficients. The assembly also features a complementary capability for measuring the variation in gas density between the plates using electron-beam fluorescence. Surface materials examined include 304 stainless steel, gold, aluminum, platinum, silicon, silicon nitride, and polysilicon. Effects of gas composition, surface roughness, and surface contamination have been investigated with this system; the behavior of gas mixtures has also been explored. Without special cleaning procedures, thermal accommodation coefficients for most materials and surface finishes were determined to be near 0.95, 0.85, and 0.45 for argon, nitrogen, and helium, respectively. Surface cleaning by in situ argon-plasma treatment reduced coefficient values by up to 0.10 for helium and by ?0.05 for nitrogen and argon. Results for both single-species and gas-mixture experiments compare favorably to DSMC simulations. PMID:21456801

  15. High precision spectroscopy and imaging in THz frequency range

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    Vaks, Vladimir L.

    2014-03-01

    Application of microwave methods for development of the THz frequency range has resulted in elaboration of high precision THz spectrometers based on nonstationary effects. The spectrometers characteristics (spectral resolution and sensitivity) meet the requirements for high precision analysis. The gas analyzers, based on the high precision spectrometers, have been successfully applied for analytical investigations of gas impurities in high pure substances. These investigations can be carried out both in absorption cell and in reactor. The devices can be used for ecological monitoring, detecting the components of chemical weapons and explosive in the atmosphere. The great field of THz investigations is the medicine application. Using the THz spectrometers developed one can detect markers for some diseases in exhaled air.

  16. Research on high-precision hole measurement based on robot vision method

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    Song, Li-mei; Li, Da-peng; Qin, Ming-cui; Li, Zong-yan; Chang, Yu-lan; Xi, Jiang-tao

    2014-09-01

    A high-precision vision detection and measurement system using mobile robot is established for the industry field detection of motorcycle frame hole and its diameter measurement. The robot path planning method is researched, and the non-contact measurement method with high precision based on visual digital image edge extraction and hole spatial circle fitting is presented. The Canny operator is used to extract the edge of captured image, the Lagrange interpolation algorithm is utilized to determine the missing image edge points and calculate the centroid, and the least squares fitting method is adopted to fit the image edge points. Experimental results show that the system can be used for the high-precision real-time measurement of hole on motorcycle frame. The absolute standard deviation of the proposed method is 0.026 7 mm. The proposed method can not only improve the measurement speed and precision, but also reduce the measurement error.

  17. High-precision thermal and electrical characterization of thermoelectric modules

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    Kolodner, Paul

    2014-05-15

    This paper describes an apparatus for performing high-precision electrical and thermal characterization of thermoelectric modules (TEMs). The apparatus is calibrated for operation between 20?°C and 80?°C and is normally used for measurements of heat currents in the range 0–10 W. Precision thermometry based on miniature thermistor probes enables an absolute temperature accuracy of better than 0.010?°C. The use of vacuum isolation, thermal guarding, and radiation shielding, augmented by a careful accounting of stray heat leaks and uncertainties, allows the heat current through the TEM under test to be determined with a precision of a few mW. The fractional precision of all measured parameters is approximately 0.1%.

  18. High Precision Pointing Stability and Control for Exoplanet Missions

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    Barnes, Arnold; Troeltzsch, John; Wiemer, Doug

    2014-06-01

    Exoplanet imaging and characterization space observatories require high precision pointing stability and stability. We have developed a toolbox of sensors, actuators and algorithms along with a systems approach to meet the demanding needs of these missions. Grown from developments and experience gained from high precision Earth remote sensing missions such as the WorldView satellites, as well as high performance astrophysics missions such as Kepler and JWST, these capabilities are enabling for a wide range of future missions. The approaches take advantage of highly flexible software architectures; Enhanced ground simulation capabilities for system tuning and verification and validation; Testing capabilities to verify our modelling; High precision sensors including sub-arc-second star trackers and fine guidance sensors; High bandwidth fast steering mirrors for optical path control; and high precision reaction wheels and control moment gyros for overall observatory control. Many of these capabilities coupled with innovative thinking have been applied to the recent Kepler mission to enable the K2 extended mission concept.

  19. High channel count and high precision channel spacing multi-wavelength laser array for future PICs.

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    Shi, Yuechun; Li, Simin; Chen, Xiangfei; Li, Lianyan; Li, Jingsi; Zhang, Tingting; Zheng, Jilin; Zhang, Yunshan; Tang, Song; Hou, Lianping; Marsh, John H; Qiu, Bocang

    2014-01-01

    Multi-wavelength semiconductor laser arrays (MLAs) have wide applications in wavelength multiplexing division (WDM) networks. In spite of their tremendous potential, adoption of the MLA has been hampered by a number of issues, particularly wavelength precision and fabrication cost. In this paper, we report high channel count MLAs in which the wavelengths of each channel can be determined precisely through low-cost standard ?m-level photolithography/holographic lithography and the reconstruction-equivalent-chirp (REC) technique. 60-wavelength MLAs with good wavelength spacing uniformity have been demonstrated experimentally, in which nearly 83% lasers are within a wavelength deviation of ±0.20?nm, corresponding to a tolerance of ±0.032?nm in the period pitch. As a result of employing the equivalent phase shift technique, the single longitudinal mode (SLM) yield is nearly 100%, while the theoretical yield of standard DFB lasers is only around 33.3%. PMID:25488111

  20. Ultrasonic detector for high precision measurements of carbon dioxide.

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    Andersen, Peter C; Williford, Craig J; David, Donald E; Birks, John W

    2010-10-01

    A new instrument for monitoring atmospheric CO(2) has been developed based on the measurement of the speed of sound in air. The instrument uses a selective scrubber to yield highly precise and accurate measurements of CO(2) mixing ratios at ambient concentrations. The instrument has a precision of 0.3 ppmv (1?) with a signal that is independent of pressure and requires a flow rate of only 30 mL/min. Laboratory measurements of atmospheric CO(2) showed excellent agreement with values obtained by nondispersive infrared absorption. The instrument has the advantage of collecting continuous, high-precision data every 25 s and can be modified for vertical profiling studies using kites, balloons, or light aircraft for the purpose of measuring landscape-scale fluxes. PMID:20822160

  1. Adventures in High Precision Laser Spectroscopy (How to measure the frequency of light with extreme precision)

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    Haensch, Theodor W

    2002-09-29

    Optical frequency comb techniques are revolutionizing the art of measuring the frequency of light. The complex and highly specialized harmonic laser frequency chains of the past can now be replaced by a universal optical frequency comb synthesizer using just a single mode-locked femtosecond laser. After spectral broadening in a nonlinear optical fiber, such a laser emits a regular comb of hundred of thousands of evenly spaced sharp laser lines, extending throughout the visible and near infrared spectrum. The frequency of each line can be determined by radio frequency methods with extreme precision. Such frequency comb synthesizers are already revolutionizing precision laser spectroscopy, they provide the clock work for novel ultraprecise atomic clocks, based on optical transitions in atoms, ions or molecules, and they open new frontiers for stringent tests of fundamental physics laws.

  2. High-precision Velocimetry Reveals ? Cephei's Secret Companion

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    Irving Anderson, Richard; Sahlmann, Johannes; Holl, Berry; Eyer, Laurent

    2015-08-01

    The search for extra-solar planets has driven tremendous improvements in the precision of radial velocities measured with high-resolution echelle spectrographs. However, relatively few studies have as of yet exploited the present-day extreme (m/s) instrumental precision to study Cepheid variable stars.We have been observing the prototype of classical Cepheids, ? Cephei, since September 2011 using the HERMES spectrograph mounted to the Mercator telescope located at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on the island of La Palma. Being one of the most-studied variable stars, we originally chose ? Cephei as a maximum-precision reference for other Cepheids in our sample. To our great surprise however, we discovered a clear orbital signature in the homogeneous HERMES data. Adding in radial velocity data from the literature, we then determined ? Cephei's orbit (cf. Anderson et al. 2015, arXiv:1503.04116). The high orbital eccentricity (e=0.647) leads to close pericenter passages (rmin ~ 9.5 R?Cep) which suggest an intriguing past that requires further study, since Cepheids are well-known magnifying glasses for stellar evolution (Kippenhahn & Weigert 1994). We furthermore determined a new parallax to ? Cephei (using Hipparcos data) that is in tension with previous estimates and shows that the orbit will have to be accounted for when measuring ? Cephei's parallax with Gaia.While some of our HERMES data are as precise as 9 m/s, we found correlated excess residuals when removing the reference pulsation model and orbital motion from the HERMES radial velocity data, leaving an RMS of 47 m/s. These higher-than-expected residuals are reminiscent of the "period-jitter" or "flickering" observed in high-precision photometry of Cepheids obtained with the Kepler and MOST satellites. This reveals a fortuitous synergy between variable stars studies and the field of exoplanet research and opens the window for a better understanding of Cepheid pulsations via high-precision velocimetry

  3. Computer Vision System for High Precision Displacement Measurements

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    Computer Vision System for High Precision Displacement Measurements Simone Peloso, Francesco Lunghi detection · OpenCV C++ higher level frame and signals filtering management · C++/CLI .NET front-end (User) Multi layered software solution: EuVision (lower to higher abstraction level) · Dalsa Drivers (Sapera LT

  4. High-precision ranging using a chaotic laser pulse train

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    Myneni, Krishna; Barr, Thomas A.; Reed, Billy R.; Pethel, Shawn D.; Corron, Ned J.

    2001-03-01

    We demonstrate the use of a chaotic laser pulse train for high-precision ranging. The pulse train is produced by inducing coherence collapse in an AlGaAs semiconductor laser. Measurements of optical spectra, intensity autocorrelation functions, and ladar ranging are presented.

  5. VIEW OF MICROMACHINING, HIGH PRECISION EQUIPMENT USED TO CUSTOM MAKE ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    VIEW OF MICRO-MACHINING, HIGH PRECISION EQUIPMENT USED TO CUSTOM MAKE SMALL PARTS. LUMPS OF CLAY; SHOWN IN THE PHOTOGRAPH, WERE USED TO STABILIZE PARTS BEING MACHINED. (11/1/87) - Rocky Flats Plant, Stainless Steel & Non-Nuclear Components Manufacturing, Southeast corner of intersection of Cottonwood & Third Avenues, Golden, Jefferson County, CO

  6. High Precision Texture Reconstruction for 3d Sculpture Model

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    Zhang, F.; Huang, H.; Zhang, Z.; Fang, W.; Li, D.

    2012-07-01

    High precision 3D sculpture model can take the accurate records of the shape, material and color on the surface of the sculpture. It is an important foundation work of digital documentation, preservation, archaeological research and analysis for the sculpture types of cultural heritage. Constructing high precision 3D sculpture model includes two aspects: geometry modeling and texture reconstruction. But, there are many urgent problems still existing in the method of high precision texture reconstruction. This paper discussed a method of high precision texture reconstruction based on non-rigid transformation for 3D sculpture model. First, coarse registration of texture image to geometrical model is conducted with direct linear transformation (DLT) method. Then, the registration is optimized with thin plane spline (TPS) function to reduce local matching errors between texture image and geometrical model. Finally, texture mapping is implemented with optimized registration result. The experiments based on the sculpture in Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes of China are conducted, and the efficiency and feasibility of the proposed methods are proved.

  7. A novel power source for high-precision, highly efficient micro w-EDM

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    Chen, Shun-Tong; Chen, Chi-Hung

    2015-07-01

    The study presents the development of a novel power source for high-precision, highly efficient machining of micropart microstructures using micro wire electrical discharge machining (w-EDM). A novel power source based on a pluri resistance-capacitance (pRC) circuit that can generate a high-frequency, high-peak current with a short pulse train is proposed and designed to enhance the performance of micro w-EDM processes. Switching between transistors is precisely controlled in the designed power source to create a high-frequency short-pulse train current. Various microslot cutting tests in both aluminum and copper alloys are conducted. Experimental results demonstrate that the pRC power source creates instant spark erosion resulting in markedly less material for removal, diminishing discharge crater size, and consequently an improved surface finish. A new evaluation approach for spark erosion ability (SEA) to assess the merits of micro EDM power sources is also proposed. In addition to increasing the speed of micro w-EDM by increasing wire feed rates by 1.6 times the original feed rate, the power source is more appropriate for machining micropart microstructures since there is less thermal breaking. Satisfactory cutting of an elaborate miniature hook-shaped structure and a high-aspect ratio microstructure with a squared-pillar array also reveal that the developed pRC power source is effective, and should be very useful in the manufacture of intricate microparts.

  8. Yale High Energy Physics Research: Precision Studies of Reactor Antineutrinos

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    Heeger, Karsten M.

    2014-09-13

    This report presents experimental research at the intensity frontier of particle physics with particular focus on the study of reactor antineutrinos and the precision measurement of neutrino oscillations. The experimental neutrino physics group of Professor Heeger and Senior Scientist Band at Yale University has had leading responsibilities in the construction and operation of the Daya Bay Reactor Antineutrino Experiment and made critical contributions to the discovery of non-zero$\\theta_{13}$. Heeger and Band led the Daya Bay detector management team and are now overseeing the operations of the antineutrino detectors. Postdoctoral researchers and students in this group have made leading contributions to the Daya Bay analysis including the prediction of the reactor antineutrino flux and spectrum, the analysis of the oscillation signal, and the precision determination of the target mass yielding unprecedented precision in the relative detector uncertainty. Heeger's group is now leading an R\\&D effort towards a short-baseline oscillation experiment, called PROSPECT, at a US research reactor and the development of antineutrino detectors with advanced background discrimination.

  9. High Precision Spectroscopy of CH_5^+ Using Nice-Ohvms

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    Hodges, James N.; Perry, Adam J.; McCall, Benjamin J.

    2013-06-01

    The elusive methonium ion, CH_5^+, is of great interest due to its highly fluxional nature. The only published high-resolution infrared spectrum remains completely unassigned to this date. The primary challenge in understanding the CH_5^+ spectrum is that traditional spectroscopic approaches rely on a molecule having only small (or even large) amplitude motions about a well-defined reference geometry, and this is not the case with CH_5^+. We are in the process of re-scanning Oka's spectrum, in the original Black Widow discharge cell, using the new technique of Noise Immune Cavity Enhanced Optical Heterodyne Velocity Modulation Spectroscopy (NICE-OHVMS). The high precision afforded by optical saturation in conjunction with a frequency comb allows transition line centers to be determined with sub-MHz accuracy and precision -- a substantial improvement over the 90 MHz precision of Oka's work. With a high-precision linelist in hand, we plan to search for four line combination differences to directly determine the spacings between rotational energy levels. Such a search is currently infeasible due to the large number of false positives resulting from the relatively low precision and high spectral density of Oka's spectrum. The resulting combination differences, in conjunction with state-of-the-art theoretical calculations from Tucker Carrington, may provide the first insight into the rotational structure of this unique molecular system. E. T. White, J. Tang, T. Oka, Science (1999) 284, 135--137. B. M. Siller, et al. Opt. Express (2011), 19, 24822--24827. K. N. Crabtree, et al. Chem. Phys. Lett. (2012), 551, 1--6. X. Wang, T. Carrington, J. Chem. Phys., (2008), 129, 234102.

  10. Calorimeters for Precision Timing Measurements in High Energy Physics

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    Bornheim, Adolf; Apresyan, Artur; Duarte, Javier; Pena, Cristian; Ronzhin, Anatoly; Spiropulu, Maria; Xie, Si

    2015-02-01

    Current and future high energy physics particle colliders are capable to provide instantaneous luminosities of 1034 cm-2s-1 and above. The high center of mass energy, the large number of simultaneous collision of beam particles in the experiments and the very high repetition rates of the collision events pose huge challenges. They result in extremely high particle fluxes, causing very high occupancies in the particle physics detectors operating at these machines. To reconstruct the physics events, the detectors have to make as much information as possible available on the final state particles. We discuss how timing information with a precision of around 10 ps and below can aid the reconstruction of the physics events under such challenging conditions. High energy photons play a crucial role in this context. About one third of the particle flux originating from high energy hadron collisions is detected as photons, stemming from the decays of neutral mesons. In addition, many key physics signatures under study are identified by high energy photons in the final state. They pose a particular challenge in that they can only be detected once they convert in the detector material. The particular challenge in measuring the time of arrival of a high energy photon lies in the stochastic component of the distance to the initial conversion and the size of the electromagnetic shower. They extend spatially over distances which propagation times of the initial photon and the subsequent electromagnetic shower which are large compared to the desired precision. We present studies and measurements from test beams and a cosmic muon test stand for calorimeter based timing measurements to explore the ultimate timing precision achievable for high energy photons of 10 GeV and above. We put particular focus on techniques to measure the timing with a precision of about 10 ps in association with the energy of the photon. For calorimeters utilizing scintillating materials and light guiding components, the propagation speed of the scintillation light in the calorimeter is important. We present studies and measurements of the propagation speed on a range of detector geometries. Finally, possible applications of precision timing in future high energy physics experiments are discussed.

  11. Analysis of quantization error in high-precision continuous-flow isotope ratio mass spectrometry.

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    Sacks, Gavin L; Wolyniak, Christopher J; Brenna, J Thomas

    2003-12-12

    High-precision isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) systems are equipped with digitizers that deliver effective maximum digitization depths of 16 to 24 bits; however, there are no analyses of the proper board depth required to retain high precision in continuous-flow techniques. We report an experimental and theoretical evaluation of quantization error in continuous-flow IRMS (CF-IRMS). CO2 samples (100 pmol-30 nmol) were injected into a gas chromatography combustion IRMS system (GC-CIRMS). The analog signal was digitized by high precision, 24-bit ADC boards at 10 Hz, and was post-processed to simulate 12, 14, and 16-bit data sets. Delta13Cpdh values were calculated for all data sets by the conventional "summation" method or by curve-fitting the chromatographic peaks to the exponentially modified Gaussian (EMG) function. Benchmarks of S.D.(delta13Cpdh) = 0.3, 0.6, and 1.0/1000 were considered to assess precision. In the presence of significant quantization noise, curve-fitting required several-fold less CO2 than the summation method to reach a given benchmark. We derived an equation to describe the theoretical limitations of precision for the summation method as a function of CO2 admitted to the source and the step size of the boards. Theory was in close agreement with the observed lower limit of precision for the simulated 16-bit data set. Curve-fitting achieved a precision of S.D. <0.3/1000 for injections 20-fold smaller than summation for CO2 samples collected on an IRMS with 16-bit resolution. By mitigating the impact of quantization noise, curve-fitting expands the dynamic range within a single run to include lower analyte levels, and effectively reduces the need for high pumping capacities and high precision ADC boards. PMID:14661751

  12. Experimental and modeling analysis for developing improved electron beam processing capabilities for precision optical coatings

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    Xu, Bing

    Electron beam (E-beam) vacuum deposition is extensively used for the production of multi-layered optical coatings. High precision optical coating designs for advanced applications entail complex layer structures that have tight error tolerances. The ability to achieve those designs while consistently producing large volumes is limited by the current E-beam process control capability. In particular, subliming materials pose significant challenges to obtain high yields for precision optical coatings. The focus of this dissertation is to investigate the critical issue required to develop enhanced E-beam processing capability for subliming materials. The primary material analyzed is fused silica (SiO2) due to its importance in optical coating manufacturing and challenges in E-beam processing. This work, however, is applicable to other subliming material such as alumina (Al2O3). Deposition rate control and electron beam sweep pattern design are identified as two critical aspects that can be optimized to significantly reduce process variations that lead to coating performance errors. A dynamic model of E-beam silica deposition is developed that captures both the complex process physics and critical equipment characteristics and used to obtain a better understanding of the fundamental sublimation dynamics and to develop improved sweep designs. Experimental characterization of commercial scale systems is performed to reveal major electron gun nonlinearities, important process disturbances, and controller tuning requirements that need to be considered for improving process capability. Model predictions are validated with experimental measurements of steady-state deposition rates, evaporation spot intensity distributions, and dynamic rate responses under the heating of both stationary beam and different sweep patterns. The model is used to understand the influence of sweep design parameters, electron beam focus nonlinearities, and the crucible attributes on the resulting source surface temperature and evaporation distributions. The nonlinear temperature dependences of the source surface thermal and deposition rate dynamics are obtained. The relation of sweep pattern design to the resulting deposition rate dynamics and melt surface uniformity are discussed. Improved deposition rate control strategies are experimentally evaluated and significant process and coating performance improvement is demonstrated.

  13. High Precision Photometry for the K2 Mission

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    Huang, Xu; Soares-Furtado, Melinda; Penev, Kaloyan; Hartman, Joel; Bakos, Gaspar; Bhatti, Waqas; Domsa, Istvan; de Val-Borro, Miguel

    2015-12-01

    The two reaction wheel K2 mission brings new challenges for the data reduction processes. We developed a reduction pipeline for extracting high precision photometry from the K2 dataset and we use this pipeline to generate light curves for the K2 Campaign 0 super-stamps and K2 Campaign 1 target pixel dataset. Key to our reduction technique is the derivation of global astrometric solutions from the target stamps from which accurate centroids are passed on for high precision photometry extraction. We also implemented the image subtraction method to reduce the K2 Campaign 0 super-stamps containing open clusters M35 and NGC2158. We extract target light curvesfor sources from a combined UCAC4 and EPIC catalogue -- this includes not only primary targets of the K2 Mission, but also other stars that happen to fall on the pixel stamps. Our astrometric solutions achieve a median residual of ~0.127". For bright stars, our best 6.5 hour precision for raw light curves is ~20 parts per million (ppm). For our detrended light curves, the best 6.5 hour precision achieved is ~15 ppm. We show that our detrended light curves have fewer systematic effects (or trends, or red-noise) than light curves produced by other groups from the same observations. We highlight the measurements of rotation curves using the K2 light curves of stars within open cluster M35 and NGC2158.

  14. OPTIMIZING THE PRECISION OF TOXICITY THRESHOLD ESTIMATION USING A TWO-STAGE EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN

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    An important consideration for risk assessment is the existence of a threshold, i.e., the highest toxicant dose where the response is not distinguishable from background. We have developed methodology for finding an experimental design that optimizes the precision of threshold mo...

  15. Laser processing system development of large area and high precision

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    Park, Hyeongchan; Ryu, Kwanghyun; Hwang, Taesang

    2013-03-01

    As industry of PCB (Printed Circuit Board) and display growing, this industry requires an increasingly high-precision quality so current cutting process in industry is preferred laser machining than mechanical machining. Now, laser machining is used almost "step and repeat" method in large area, but this method has a problem such as cutting quality in the continuity of edge parts, cutting speed and low productivity. To solve these problems in large area, on-the-fly (stagescanner synchronized system) is gradually increasing. On-the-fly technology is able to process large area with high speed because of stage-scanner synchronized moving. We designed laser-based high precision system with on-the-fly. In this system, we used UV nano-second pulse laser, power controller and scanner with telecentric f-theta lens. The power controller is consisted of HWP(Half Wave Plate), thin film plate polarizer, photo diode, micro step motor and control board. Laser power is possible to monitor real-time and adjust precision power by using power controller. Using this machine, we tested cutting of large area coverlay and sheet type large area PCB by applying on-the-fly. As a result, our developed machine is possible to process large area without the problem of the continuity of edge parts and by high cutting speed than competitor about coverlay.

  16. High-precision buffer circuit for suppression of regenerative oscillation

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    Tripp, John S.; Hare, David A.; Tcheng, Ping

    1995-01-01

    Precision analog signal conditioning electronics have been developed for wind tunnel model attitude inertial sensors. This application requires low-noise, stable, microvolt-level DC performance and a high-precision buffered output. Capacitive loading of the operational amplifier output stages due to the wind tunnel analog signal distribution facilities caused regenerative oscillation and consequent rectification bias errors. Oscillation suppression techniques commonly used in audio applications were inadequate to maintain the performance requirements for the measurement of attitude for wind tunnel models. Feedback control theory is applied to develop a suppression technique based on a known compensation (snubber) circuit, which provides superior oscillation suppression with high output isolation and preserves the low-noise low-offset performance of the signal conditioning electronics. A practical design technique is developed to select the parameters for the compensation circuit to suppress regenerative oscillation occurring when typical shielded cable loads are driven.

  17. Flight Test Performance of a High Precision Navigation Doppler Lidar

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    Pierrottet, Diego; Amzajerdian, Farzin; Petway, Larry; Barnes, Bruce; Lockard, George

    2009-01-01

    A navigation Doppler Lidar (DL) was developed at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) for high precision velocity measurements from a lunar or planetary landing vehicle in support of the Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology (ALHAT) project. A unique feature of this DL is that it has the capability to provide a precision velocity vector which can be easily separated into horizontal and vertical velocity components and high accuracy line of sight (LOS) range measurements. This dual mode of operation can provide useful information, such as vehicle orientation relative to the direction of travel, and vehicle attitude relative to the sensor footprint on the ground. System performance was evaluated in a series of helicopter flight tests over the California desert. This paper provides a description of the DL system and presents results obtained from these flight tests.

  18. Precision cosmology with time delay lenses: high resolution imaging requirements

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    Meng, Xiao-Lei; Agnello, Adriano; Auger, Matthew W; Liao, Kai; Marshall, Philip J

    2015-01-01

    Lens time delays are a powerful probe of cosmology, provided that the gravitational potential of the main deflector can be modeled with sufficient precision. Recent work has shown that this can be achieved by detailed modeling of the host galaxies of lensed quasars, which appear as "Einstein Rings" in high resolution images. We carry out a systematic exploration of the high resolution imaging required to exploit the thousands of lensed quasars that will be discovered by current and upcoming surveys with the next decade. Specifically, we simulate realistic lens systems as imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), and ground based adaptive optics images taken with Keck or the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). We compare the performance of these pointed observations with that of images taken by the Euclid (VIS), Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) and Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) surveys. We use as our metric the precision with which the slope $\\gamma'$ of the...

  19. Highly precise and compact ultrahigh vacuum rotary feedthrough.

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    Aiura, Y; Kitano, K

    2012-03-01

    The precision and rigidity of compact ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) rotary feedthroughs were substantially improved by preparing and installing an optimal crossed roller bearing with mounting holes. Since there are mounting holes on both the outer and inner races, the bearing can be mounted directly to rotary and stationary stages without any fixing plates and housing. As a result, it is possible to increase the thickness of the bearing or the size of the rolling elements in the bearing without increasing the distance between the rotating and fixing International Conflat flanges of the UHV rotary feedthrough. Larger rolling elements enhance the rigidity of the UHV rotary feedthrough. Moreover, owing to the structure having integrated inner and outer races and mounting holes, the performance is almost entirely unaffected by the installation of the bearing, allowing for a precise optical encoder to be installed in the compact UHV rotary feedthrough. Using position feedback via a worm gear system driven by a stepper motor and a precise rotary encoder, the actual angle of the compact UHV rotary feedthrough can be controlled with extremely high precision. PMID:22462959

  20. Highly precise and compact ultrahigh vacuum rotary feedthrough

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    Aiura, Y.; Kitano, K.

    2012-03-01

    The precision and rigidity of compact ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) rotary feedthroughs were substantially improved by preparing and installing an optimal crossed roller bearing with mounting holes. Since there are mounting holes on both the outer and inner races, the bearing can be mounted directly to rotary and stationary stages without any fixing plates and housing. As a result, it is possible to increase the thickness of the bearing or the size of the rolling elements in the bearing without increasing the distance between the rotating and fixing International Conflat flanges of the UHV rotary feedthrough. Larger rolling elements enhance the rigidity of the UHV rotary feedthrough. Moreover, owing to the structure having integrated inner and outer races and mounting holes, the performance is almost entirely unaffected by the installation of the bearing, allowing for a precise optical encoder to be installed in the compact UHV rotary feedthrough. Using position feedback via a worm gear system driven by a stepper motor and a precise rotary encoder, the actual angle of the compact UHV rotary feedthrough can be controlled with extremely high precision.

  1. Some comments on high precision study of neutrino oscillations

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    S. M. Bilenky

    2015-02-22

    I discuss some problems connected with the high precision study of neutrino oscillations. In the general case of $n$-neutrino mixing I derive a convenient expression for transition probability in which only independent terms (and mass-squared differences) enter. For three-neutrino mixing I discuss a problem of a definition of a large (atmospheric) neutrino mass-squared difference. I comment also possibilities to reveal the character of neutrino mass spectrum in future reactor neutrino experiments.

  2. Calibrated Precision Matrix Estimation for High-Dimensional Elliptical Distributions

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    Zhao, Tuo; Liu, Han

    2014-01-01

    We propose a semiparametric method for estimating a precision matrix of high-dimensional elliptical distributions. Unlike most existing methods, our method naturally handles heavy tailness and conducts parameter estimation under a calibration framework, thus achieves improved theoretical rates of convergence and finite sample performance on heavy-tail applications. We further demonstrate the performance of the proposed method using thorough numerical experiments. PMID:25632164

  3. High-Precision Floating-Point Arithmetic in ScientificComputation

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    Bailey, David H.

    2004-12-31

    At the present time, IEEE 64-bit floating-point arithmetic is sufficiently accurate for most scientific applications. However, for a rapidly growing body of important scientific computing applications, a higher level of numeric precision is required: some of these applications require roughly twice this level; others require four times; while still others require hundreds or more digits to obtain numerically meaningful results. Such calculations have been facilitated by new high-precision software packages that include high-level language translation modules to minimize the conversion effort. These activities have yielded a number of interesting new scientific results in fields as diverse as quantum theory, climate modeling and experimental mathematics, a few of which are described in this article. Such developments suggest that in the future, the numeric precision used for a scientific computation may be as important to the program design as are the algorithms and data structures.

  4. Automated high precision secondary pH measurements

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    Bastkowski, F.; Jakobsen, P. T.; Stefan, F.; Kristensen, H. B.; Jensen, H. D.; Kawiecki, R.; Wied, C. E.; Kauert, A.; Seidl, B.; Spitzer, P.; Eberhardt, R.; Adel, B.

    2013-04-01

    A new setup for high precision, automated secondary pH measurements together with a reference measurement procedure has been developed and tested in interlaboratory comparisons using buffers pH 4.005, pH 7.000, and pH 10.012 at 25 °C and 37 °C. Using primary buffers as standards, a standard uncertainty in pH better than 0.005 can be reached. The central measuring device is a one piece, thermostatted cell of PFA (perfluoroalkoxy) with a built-in Hamilton® Single Pore™ Glass electrode. Due to its flow-through principle this device allows pH measurements with low consumption of measurement solutions. The very hydrophobic and smooth PFA as construction material facilitates complete emptying of the cell. Furthermore, the tempering unit affords very precise temperature control and hence contributes to the low target uncertainty of the produced secondary buffer solutions. Use of a symmetric measurement sequence and the two point calibration was sufficient to reach high precision and accuracy.

  5. Photonic systems for high precision radial velocity measurements

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    Halverson, Samuel

    2016-01-01

    I will discuss new instrumentation and techniques designed to maximize the Doppler radial velocity (RV) measurement precision of next generation exoplanet discovery instruments. These systems include a novel wavelength calibration device based on an all-fiber fabry-perot interferometer, a compact and efficient optical fiber image scrambler based on a single high-index ball lens, and a unique optical fiber mode mixer. These systems have been developed specifically to overcome three technological hurdles that have classically hindered high precision RV measurements in both the optical and near-infrared (NIR), namely: lack of available wavelength calibration sources, inadequate decoupling of the spectrograph from variable telescope illumination, and speckle-induced noise due to mode interference in optical fibers. The instrumentation presented here will be applied to the Habitable-zone Planet Finder, a NIR RV instrument designed to detect rocky planets orbiting in the habitable zones of nearby M-dwarfs, and represents a critical technological step towards the detection of potentially habitable Earth-like planets. While primarily focused in the NIR, many of these systems will be adapted to future optical RV instruments as well, such as NASA's new Extreme Precision Doppler Spectrometer for the WIYN telescope.

  6. High-precision photometry for K2 Campaign 1

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    Huang, C. X.; Penev, K.; Hartman, J. D.; Bakos, G. Á.; Bhatti, W.; Domsa, I.; de Val-Borro, M.

    2015-12-01

    The two reaction wheel K2 mission promises and has delivered new discoveries in the stellar and exoplanet fields. However, due to the loss of accurate pointing, it also brings new challenges for the data reduction processes. In this paper, we describe a new reduction pipeline for extracting high-precision photometry from the K2 data set, and present public light curves for the K2 Campaign 1 target pixel data set. Key to our reduction is the derivation of global astrometric solutions from the target stamps, from which accurate centroids are passed on for high-precision photometry extraction. We extract target light curves for sources from a combined UCAC4 and EPIC catalogue - this includes not only primary targets of the K2 campaign 1, but also any other stars that happen to fall on the pixel stamps. We provide the raw light curves, and the products of various detrending processes aimed at removing different types of systematics. Our astrometric solutions achieve a median residual of ˜0.127 arcsec. For bright stars, our best 6.5 h precision for raw light curves is ˜20 parts per million (ppm). For our detrended light curves, the best 6.5 h precision achieved is ˜15 ppm. We show that our detrended light curves have fewer systematic effects (or trends, or red-noise) than light curves produced by other groups from the same observations. Example light curves of transiting planets and a Cepheid variable candidate, are also presented. We make all light curves public, including the raw and detrended photometry, at http://k2.hatsurveys.org.

  7. High Precision Tests of QED and Physics beyond the Standard Model

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    Rafel Escribano; Eduard Masso

    1997-08-25

    We study the four most significant high precision observables of QED ---the anomalous electron and muon magnetic moments, the hydrogen Lamb shift and muonium hyperfine splitting--- in the context of SU(2) x U(1) gauge-invariant effective Lagrangians. The agreement between the theoretical predictions for these observables and the experimental data places bounds on the lowest dimension operators of the effective Lagrangians. We also place bounds on such effective operators using other experimental data. Comparison of the tow types of bounds allows us to discuss the potential of each one of the four high precision observables in the search for physics beyond the Standard Model. We find that the anomalous electron and muon magnetic moments are sensitive to new physics while the hydrogen Lamb shift and muonium hyperfine splitting are not.

  8. Thermal design and flight validation for high precision camera

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    Meng, Henghui; Sun, Lixia; Zhang, Chuanqiang; Geng, Liyin

    2015-10-01

    High precision camera, designed for advanced optical system, with a wide field of vision, high resolution and fast response, has a wild range of applications. As the main payload for spacecraft, the optical remote sensor is mounted exposed to the space, which means it should have a reliable optical performance in harsh space environment during lifetime. Because of the special optical characteristic, imaging path should be accurate, and less thermal deformation for the optical parts is required in the working process, so the high precision camera has a high level requirement for temperature. High resolution space camera is generally required to own the capability of adapting to space thermal environments. The flexible satellite's change of rolling attitude affects the temperature distribution of the camera and makes a difference to optical performance. The thermal control design of space camera is presented, and analysis the temperature data in orbit to prove the thermal design correct. It is proved that the rolling attitude has more influence on outer parts and less influence on inner parts, and active thermal control can weaken the influence of rolling attitude.

  9. High Precision U/Th Dating of First Polynesian Settlement

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    Burley, David; Weisler, Marshall I.; Zhao, Jian-xin

    2012-01-01

    Previous studies document Nukuleka in the Kingdom of Tonga as a founder colony for first settlement of Polynesia by Lapita peoples. A limited number of radiocarbon dates are one line of evidence supporting this claim, but they cannot precisely establish when this event occurred, nor can they afford a detailed chronology for sequent occupation. High precision U/Th dates of Acropora coral files (abraders) from Nukuleka give unprecedented resolution, identifying the founder event by 2838±8 BP and documenting site development over the ensuing 250 years. The potential for dating error due to post depositional diagenetic alteration of ancient corals at Nukuleka also is addressed through sample preparation protocols and paired dates on spatially separated samples for individual specimens. Acropora coral files are widely distributed in Lapita sites across Oceania. U/Th dating of these artifacts provides unparalleled opportunities for greater precision and insight into the speed and timing of this final chapter in human settlement of the globe. PMID:23144962

  10. High Precision Polarimetry of the Epsilon Aurigae Eclipse

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    Wiktorowicz, Sloane

    2013-07-01

    Polarimetry of the epsilon Aurigae eclipse has the potential to discern the stellar latitude occulted by the companion's dusty disk, which may directly test interferometric results. In addition, the limb polarization of the primary star may be measured, which is an effect predicted by S. Chandrasekhar and verified by spatially resolved observations of the Sun. I will present B band, polarimetric observations of epsilon Aurigae taken over six nights in September and October 2009 using the POLISH high precision polarimeter at the Lick 3-m telescope. Polarimetric precision achieved during each night is of order 1 part in 10^5. Extensive post-eclipse observations have been taken with the significantly upgraded POLISH2 polarimeter at Lick Observatory. This instrument simultaneously measures all four Stokes parameters (I, Q, U, and V) and achieves precision within 2.0 times the photon shot noise limit over an entire observing run. This work is supported by a NExScI Sagan Fellowship, UC Lab Fees Research Grant, and UCO/Lick Observatory.

  11. Experimental Study on the Precise Orbit Determination of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System

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    He, Lina; Ge, Maorong; Wang, Jiexian; Wickert, Jens; Schuh, Harald

    2013-01-01

    The regional service of the Chinese BeiDou satellite navigation system is now in operation with a constellation including five Geostationary Earth Orbit satellites (GEO), five Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO) satellites and four Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites. Besides the standard positioning service with positioning accuracy of about 10 m, both precise relative positioning and precise point positioning are already demonstrated. As is well known, precise orbit and clock determination is essential in enhancing precise positioning services. To improve the satellite orbits of the BeiDou regional system, we concentrate on the impact of the tracking geometry and the involvement of MEOs, and on the effect of integer ambiguity resolution as well. About seven weeks of data collected at the BeiDou Experimental Test Service (BETS) network is employed in this experimental study. Several tracking scenarios are defined, various processing schemata are designed and carried out; and then, the estimates are compared and analyzed in detail. The results show that GEO orbits, especially the along-track component, can be significantly improved by extending the tracking network in China along longitude direction, whereas IGSOs gain more improvement if the tracking network extends in latitude. The involvement of MEOs and ambiguity-fixing also make the orbits better. PMID:23529116

  12. High-Precision Timing of Several Millisecond Pulsars

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    Ferdman, R. D.; Stairs, I. H.; Backer, D. C.; Ramachandran, R.; Demorest, P.; Nice, D. J.; Lyne, A. G.; Kramer, M.; Lorimer, D.; McLaughlin, M.; Manchester, D.; Camilo, F.; D'Amico, N.; Possenti, A.; Burgay, M.; Joshi, B. C.; Freire, P. C.

    2004-12-01

    The highest precision pulsar timing is achieved by reproducing as accurately as possible the pulse profile as emitted by the pulsar, in high signal-to-noise observations. The best profile reconstruction can be accomplished with several-bit voltage sampling and coherent removal of the dispersion suffered by pulsar signals as they traverse the interstellar medium. The Arecibo Signal Processor (ASP) and its counterpart the Green Bank Astronomical Signal Processor (GASP) are flexible, state-of-the-art wide-bandwidth observing systems, built primarily for high-precision long-term timing of millisecond and binary pulsars. ASP and GASP are in use at the 300-m Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico and the 100-m Green Bank Telescope in Green Bank, West Virginia, respectively, taking advantage of the enormous sensitivities of these telescopes. These instruments result in high-precision science through 4 and 8-bit sampling and perform coherent dedispersion on the incoming data stream in real or near-real time. This is done using a network of personal computers, over an observing bandwidth of 64 to 128 MHz, in each of two polarizations. We present preliminary results of timing and polarimetric observations with ASP/GASP for several pulsars, including the recently-discovered relativistic double-pulsar binary J0737-3039. These data are compared to simultaneous observations with other pulsar instruments, such as the new "spigot card" spectrometer on the GBT and the Princeton Mark IV instrument at Arecibo, the precursor timing system to ASP. We also briefly discuss several upcoming observations with ASP/GASP.

  13. High-precision measurements of global stellar magnetic fields

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    Plachinda, S. I.

    2014-06-01

    This paper presents a brief history of the development of devices and techniques for high-precision measurements of stellar magnetic fields. Two main approaches for the processing of spectral-polarimetric observations are described: the method of least-squares deconvolution (LSD), which is used to find a mean-weighted average of the normalized polarization profile using a set of spectral lines, and a method in which each individual spectral line is used to determine the magnetic field, viz., the single line method (SL). The advantages and disadvantages of the LSD and SL methods are discussed.

  14. High-precision micro/nano-scale machining system

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    Kapoor, Shiv G.; Bourne, Keith Allen; DeVor, Richard E.

    2014-08-19

    A high precision micro/nanoscale machining system. A multi-axis movement machine provides relative movement along multiple axes between a workpiece and a tool holder. A cutting tool is disposed on a flexible cantilever held by the tool holder, the tool holder being movable to provide at least two of the axes to set the angle and distance of the cutting tool relative to the workpiece. A feedback control system uses measurement of deflection of the cantilever during cutting to maintain a desired cantilever deflection and hence a desired load on the cutting tool.

  15. High-precision computation of optical propagation in inhomogeneous waveguides.

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    Zhu, Jianxin; Wang, Guanjie

    2015-09-01

    In this paper, based on a new treatment for local base transformation, a modified operator marching method is provided to accurately compute optical propagation in the inhomogeneous waveguide terminated by a perfectly matched layer. Compared with the adjoint operator method (AOM), high-precision results of the optical propagation can be obtained in numerical simulations, which demonstrate that the new treatment is much better than the AOM. This technique is helpful to optimize the designs of the optical waveguides and the integrated optics devices. PMID:26367433

  16. An S-band radiometer design with high absolute precision

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    Hardy, W. N.; Gray, K. W.; Love, A. W.

    1974-01-01

    A radiometer for the remote measurement of sea surface temperature is described. The development of an instrument capable not only of high relative accuracy (i.e., resolution) but also of high absolute precision is considered. The concepts underlying the design of an instrument capable of an absolute accuracy of a few tenths degrees Kelvin in the measurement of brightness temperature at S band are described. The role of the antenna is discussed, and the importance of high ohmic and beam efficiencies is stressed. The hardware itself is fully described, along with an outline concerning the design of a unique cryogenically cooled termination used to calibrate the whole radiometer, including antenna. Finally, some test results are presented that show that the design goals for the instrument have been closely approached.

  17. Generation of High Resolution and High Precision Orthorectified Road Imagery from Mobile Mapping System

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    Sakamoto, M.; Tachibana, K.; Shimamura, H.

    2012-07-01

    In this paper, a novel technique to generate a high resolution and high precision Orthorectified Road Imagery (ORI) by using spatial information acquired from a Mobile Mapping System (MMS) is introduced. The MMS was equipped with multiple sensors such as GPS, IMU, odometer, 2-6 digital cameras and 2-4 laser scanners. In this study, a Triangulated Irregular Network (TIN) based approach, similar to general aerial photogrammetry, was adopted to build a terrain model in order to generate ORI with high resolution and high geometric precision. Compared to aerial photogrammetry, there are several issues that are needed to be addressed. ORI is generated by merging multiple time sequence images of a short section. Hence, the influence of occlusion due to stationary objects, such as telephone poles, trees, footbridges, or moving objects, such as vehicles, pedestrians are very significant. Moreover, influences of light falloff at the edges of cameras, tone adjustment among images captured from different cameras or a round trip data acquisition of the same path, and time lag between image exposure and laser point acquisition also need to be addressed properly. The proposed method was applied to generate ORI with 1 cm resolution, from the actual MMS data sets. The ORI generated by the proposed technique was more clear, occlusion free and with higher resolution compared to the conventional orthorectified coloured point cloud imagery. Moreover, the visual interpretation of road features from the ORI was much easier. In addition, the experimental results also validated the effectiveness of proposed radiometric corrections. In occluded regions, the ORI was compensated by using other images captured from different angles. The validity of the image masking process, in the occluded regions, was also ascertained.

  18. Precise and accurate measurement of ac signals by high precision-type digital multimeter HP3458A

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    Ueda, R.; Kazihara, K.; Takajo, H.

    1998-05-01

    The HP3458A has been well known as a high precision-type digital multimeter (DMM). However, when trying to identify any infinitesimally small ac signals as effective values, the existence of large residual noise appearing at the output reading when input signals to be measured are zero impedes the achievement of high precision to its full capability. This article shows that the greater part of the residual noise is produced as electronic noise from within the DMM and presents a trial of achieving high precision measurement by introducing a concept of noise decoupling. An equivalent zero noise state is searched for on one of the decoupled components by attaching an additional circuit in parallel and/or antiparallel to the input terminals and is found to be attainable with respect to the attached circuit. Consequently, possibilities of providing the full resolution to its capability and serving high precision measurement are discussed.

  19. High Precision Photometry for K2 Campaign 1

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    Huang, Chelsea X; Hartman, J D; Bakos, G Á; Bhatti, W; Domsa, I; de Val-Borro, M

    2015-01-01

    The two reaction wheel K2 mission promises and has delivered new discoveries in the stellar and exoplanet fields. However, due to the loss of accurate pointing, it also brings new challenges for the data reduction processes. In this paper, we describe a new reduction pipeline for extracting high precision photometry from the K2 dataset, and present public light curves for the K2 Campaign 1 target pixel dataset. Key to our reduction is the derivation of global astrometric solutions from the target stamps, from which accurate centroids are passed on for high precision photometry extraction. We extract target light curves for sources from a combined UCAC4 and EPIC catalogue -- this includes not only primary targets of the K2 campaign 1, but also any other stars that happen to fall on the pixel stamps. We provide the raw light curves, and the products of various detrending processes aimed at removing different types of systematics. Our astrometric solutions achieve a median residual of ~ 0.13". For bright stars, ...

  20. High precision tilt observation at Mt. Etna Volcano, Italy

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    Ferro, Angelo; Gambino, Salvatore; Panepinto, Stefano; Falzone, Giuseppe; Laudani, Giuseppe; Ducarme, Bernard

    2011-06-01

    In 2007-2008, we installed on Mt. Etna two deep tilt stations using high resolution, self-leveling instruments. These installations are a result of accurate instrument tests, site selection, drilling and sensor positioning that has allowed detecting variations related to the principal diurnal and semidiurnal tides for first time on Mt. Etna using tilt data. We analyzed the tidal effects recorded on tilt signals and we removed tidal effects from signals, thereby allowing to detect changes of about 20 nrad with a considerable improvement in respect to the previous installation. Tilt changes have accompanied the Mt. Etna main eruptive phases and are generally related to the rapid rise of magma and formation of dikes and eruptive fissures. However, tilt changes may characterize lava fountains, earthquakes, and inflation-deflation phases. The 2008-2009 eruption represents an example of the potential of the tiltmeters we used, which provides new perspectives for highly precise monitoring of ground deformation on volcanoes.

  1. High Precision Assembly Line Synthesis for Molecules with Tailored Shapes

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    Burns, Matthew; Essafi, Stephanie; Bame, Jessica R.; Bull, Stephanie P.; Webster, Matthew P.; Balieu, Sebastien; Dale, James W.; Butts, Craig P.; Harvey, Jeremy N.; Aggarwal, Varinder K.

    2014-01-01

    Molecular assembly lines, where molecules undergo iterative processes involving chain elongation and functional group manipulation are hallmarks of many processes found in Nature. We have sought to emulate Nature in the development of our own molecular assembly line through iterative homologations of boronic esters. Here we report a reagent (?-lithioethyl triispopropylbenzoate) which inserts into carbon-boron bonds with exceptionally high fidelity and stereocontrol. Through repeated iteration we have converted a simple boronic ester into a complex molecule (a carbon chain with ten contiguous methyl groups) with remarkably high precision over its length, its stereochemistry and therefore its shape. Different stereoisomers were targeted and it was found that they adopted different shapes (helical/linear) according to their stereochemistry. This work should now enable scientists to rationally design and create molecules with predictable shape, which could have an impact in all areas of molecular sciences where bespoke molecules are required. PMID:25209797

  2. High precision variational calculations of few-electron atoms

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    Bubin, Sergiy

    2015-05-01

    High precision calculations of energy levels and other properties of small atoms and ions have been a subject of fruitful interplay between the experiment and theory. However, most calculation of spectroscopic accuracy, until recently, have been possible only for two- and three-electron systems. In this talk I will report on progress toward performing high accuracy calculations of larger atomic systems (up to four-six electrons). The results of benchmark quality are attainable with the use of variational expansions in terms of all-particle explicitly correlated Gaussians, whose nonlinear variational parameters are extensively optimized. I will demonstrate what level of accuracy is available today for few-electron atoms and discuss the issues that must be overcome in order to extend the capability of the method to even larger systems. This work has been supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan.

  3. Calibration of the PrimEx Experimental Setup via a Precision Measurement of the Compton Cross Section

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    Feng, Jing

    2007-04-01

    Chiral symmetry and the chiral anomaly are fundamental in QCD. The PrimEx collaboration recently carried out a new measurement on the neutral pion lifetime to test chiral perturbation theory prediction at a few percentage accuracy. The major challenge of this experiment is to achieve the high precision projected. In order to calibrate the overall systematic error, we carried out a measurement on a well-known atomic electron Compton cross section using the PrimEx experimental setup. This is the first precision measurement on this fundamental QED process in the few GeV energy range, and will shed light on the higher order corrections to the Klein-Nishina formula. A preliminary result will be presented in this talk.

  4. High Precision Isotope Petrography by Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry

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    Yurimoto, H.

    2009-12-01

    Since Shimizu et al. (GCA 1978) have demonstrated that in-situ micro-scale analyses of isotopes and trace elements in minerals were succeeded by secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), geochemists develop the SIMS methods towards isotope mapping with spatial resolution of electron microscopy level. At present, high spatial resolution imaging by SIMS has been succeeded by scanning methods using ion-probe and by projection methods using stigmatic secondary ion optics. For high precision isotope analysis with high spatial resolution, intense secondary ions are indispensable for each pixel in the image. However, one of the major instrumental problems is that there were no adequate detectors for this purpose. In order to solve the problem, we proposed a two-dimensional solid-state ion detector called SCAPS (Takayanagi et al., IEEE Trans. 2003). The development is still continued and performances of recent SCAPS detector is achieved to: (1) direct sensitive for ions from single ion, (2) no dead time, and (3) perfect linearity of five orders of magnitude dynamic range. Installing the SCAPS detector into a stigmatic SIMS of Cameca ims-1270, we obtained oxygen isotope (delta-O-17 and delta-O-18) images of about 100 micrometer field with ~500 nm resolution and ~5 permil precision. The performance of high precision isotope imaging have might not be matured, but overcome a hurdle towards isotope petrography (Isotopography). We apply this isotopography to research fields of (a) survey of isotope anomalous micrograins and (b) isotope micro-distribution in rocks and minerals. In the application (a), we found in-situ presolar grains in meteorites (Nagashima et al., Nature 2004) and cosmic symplectite (COS) from a meteorite (Sakamoto et al., Science 2007). In the application (b), we showed how distribute oxygen isotopic compositions in micro-scale within CAI minerals (Yurimoto et al., Rev. Mineral. 2008; Fagan et al., in prep.). In combination fields of (a) and (b), we demonstrated how preserves Martian water and how contaminates terrestrial water in Martian meteorites (Greenwood et al., GRL 2008). These new knowledge from isotopography provides novel perspective of earth and planetary sciences.

  5. Progress Towards a High-Precision Infrared Spectroscopic Survey of the H_3^+ Ion

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    Perry, Adam J.; Hodges, James N.; Markus, Charles R.; Kocheril, G. Stephen; Jenkins, Paul A., II; McCall, Benjamin J.

    2015-06-01

    The trihydrogen cation, H_3^+, represents one of the most important and fundamental molecular systems. Having only two electrons and three nuclei, H_3^+ is the simplest polyatomic system and is a key testing ground for the development of new techniques for calculating potential energy surfaces and predicting molecular spectra. Corrections that go beyond the Born-Oppenheimer approximation, including adiabatic, non-adiabatic, relativistic, and quantum electrodynamic corrections are becoming more feasible to calculate. As a result, experimental measurements performed on the H_3^+ ion serve as important benchmarks which are used to test the predictive power of new computational methods. By measuring many infrared transitions with precision at the sub-MHz level it is possible to construct a list of the most highly precise experimental rovibrational energy levels for this molecule. Until recently, only a select handful of infrared transitions of this molecule have been measured with high precision (˜ 1 MHz). Using the technique of Noise Immune Cavity Enhanced Optical Heterodyne Velocity Modulation Spectroscopy, we are aiming to produce the largest high-precision spectroscopic dataset for this molecule to date. Presented here are the current results from our survey along with a discussion of the combination differences analysis used to extract the experimentally determined rovibrational energy levels. O. Polyansky, et al., Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A (2012), 370, 5014. M. Pavanello, et al., J. Chem. Phys. (2012), 136, 184303. L. Diniz, et al., Phys. Rev. A (2013), 88, 032506. L. Lodi, et al., Phys. Rev. A (2014), 89, 032505. J. Hodges, et al., J. Chem. Phys (2013), 139, 164201.

  6. Intrinsic instrumental polarization and high-precision pulsar timing

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    Foster, G.; Karastergiou, A.; Paulin, R.; Carozzi, T. D.; Johnston, S.; van Straten, W.

    2015-10-01

    Radio telescopes are used to accurately measure the time of arrival (ToA) of radio pulses in pulsar timing experiments that target mostly millisecond pulsars (MSPs) due to their high rotational stability. This allows for detailed study of MSPs and forms the basis of experiments to detect gravitational waves. Apart from intrinsic and propagation effects, such as pulse-to-pulse jitter and dispersion variations in the interstellar medium, timing precision is limited in part by the following: polarization purity of the telescope's orthogonally polarized receptors, the signal-to-noise ratio of the pulsar profile, and the polarization fidelity of the system. Using simulations, we present how fundamental limitations in recovering the true polarization reduce the precision of ToA measurements. Any real system will respond differently to each source observed depending on the unique pulsar polarization profile. Using the profiles of known MSPs, we quantify the limits of observing system specifications that yield satisfactory ToA measurements, and we place a practical design limit beyond which improvement of the system results in diminishing returns. Our aim is to justify limits for the front-end polarization characteristics of next-generation radio telescopes, leading to the Square Kilometre Array.

  7. Developing and implementing a high precision setup system

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    Peng, Lee-Cheng

    The demand for high-precision radiotherapy (HPRT) was first implemented in stereotactic radiosurgery using a rigid, invasive stereotactic head frame. Fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT) with a frameless device was developed along a growing interest in sophisticated treatment with a tight margin and high-dose gradient. This dissertation establishes the complete management for HPRT in the process of frameless SRT, including image-guided localization, immobilization, and dose evaluation. The most ideal and precise positioning system can allow for ease of relocation, real-time patient movement assessment, high accuracy, and no additional dose in daily use. A new image-guided stereotactic positioning system (IGSPS), the Align RT3C 3D surface camera system (ART, VisionRT), which combines 3D surface images and uses a real-time tracking technique, was developed to ensure accurate positioning at the first place. The uncertainties of current optical tracking system, which causes patient discomfort due to additional bite plates using the dental impression technique and external markers, are found. The accuracy and feasibility of ART is validated by comparisons with the optical tracking and cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) systems. Additionally, an effective daily quality assurance (QA) program for the linear accelerator and multiple IGSPSs is the most important factor to ensure system performance in daily use. Currently, systematic errors from the phantom variety and long measurement time caused by switching phantoms were discovered. We investigated the use of a commercially available daily QA device to improve the efficiency and thoroughness. Reasonable action level has been established by considering dosimetric relevance and clinic flow. As for intricate treatments, the effect of dose deviation caused by setup errors remains uncertain on tumor coverage and toxicity on OARs. The lack of adequate dosimetric simulations based on the true treatment coordinates from the treatment planning system (TPS) has limited adaptive treatments. A reliable and accurate dosimetric simulation using TPS and in-house software in uncorrected errors has been developed. In SRT, the calculated dose deviation is compared to the original treatment dose with the dose-volume histogram to investigate the dose effect of rotational errors. In summary, this work performed a quality assessment to investigate the overall accuracy of current setup systems. To reach the ideal HPRT, the reliable dosimetric simulation, an effective daily QA program and effective, precise setup systems were developed and validated.

  8. A simple high-precision Jacob's staff design for the high-resolution stratigrapher

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    Elder, W.P.

    1989-01-01

    The new generation of high-resolution stratigraphic research depends upon detailed bed-by-bed analysis to enhance regional correlation potential. The standard Jacob's staff is not an efficient and precise tool for measuring thin-bedded strata. The high-precision Jacob's staff design presented and illustrated in this paper meets the qualifications required of such an instrument. The prototype of this simple design consists of a sliding bracket that holds a Brunton-type compass at right angles to a ruled-off staff. This instrument provides rapid and accurate measurement of both thick- or thin-bedded sequences, thus decreasing field time and increasing stratigraphic precision. -Author

  9. Development of a custom high precision motion system to manipulate a 7 ton press

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    Deyhim, A.; Van Every, E.

    2013-03-01

    In this paper ADC will discuss the design and test results for a custom high precision motion system to manipulate a 7 ton press (fabricated by Rockland Research Corporation). The system was installed at Beamline X17B2 NSLS for High Pressure Mineral Physics research. The beamline contains 0.391 mm of graphite filters, .500 mm silicon filter, and 2.0 mm of beryllium windows. The experimental apparatus consists of a large volume (~1 cu mm) multi-anvil press in either cubic or octahedral mode, providing pressures up to 29 GPa and temperatures up to 2000 K.

  10. High-precision digital charge-coupled device TV system

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    Vishnevsky, Grigory I.; Ioffe, S. A.; Berezin, V. Y.; Rybakov, M. I.; Mikhaylov, A. V.; Belyaev, L. V.

    1991-06-01

    In certain test, measurement, and research applications of CCD TV systems, the greater accuracy than usual 8-bit frame-grabbers can provide is demanded without the system being too expensive. The paper presents the concept and features of the high-precision low-cost digital CCD TV system intended for obtaining 12-bit monochrome images of immobile or relatively slow moving objects. The increase in accuracy is achieved by the specific digitization procedure -- one column per frame, which combines the benefits of a slow A/D converter with real-time TV imaging compatibility. To reduce speed restrictions on sample- and-hold circuits, a zoomed pixel read out cycle, corresponding to the pixel to be digitized, is proposed. The system provides great flexibility in choice of integration times and readout rates by means of a programmable readout sequencer, and is easily adaptable to various user demands and CCDs types.

  11. High-Precision Mass Measurements of Radionuclides with Penning Traps

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    Block, Michael

    The mass of an atom is directly related to the binding energy of all its constituents. Thus, it provides information about all the interactions inside the atom. High-precision mass measurements hence allow studies of fundamental interactions and are of great importance in many different fields in physics. The masses of radionuclides provide information on their stability and their structure and are therefore of particular interest for nuclear structure investigations and as input for nucleosynthesis models in nuclear astrophysics. Penning trap mass spectrometry provides masses of radionuclides with unprecedented accuracies on the order of 10^{-8} and can nowadays be applied even to nuclides with short half-lives and low production rates. Utilizing advanced ion manipulation techniques radionuclides from essentially all elements produced in a broad range of nuclear reactions can be accessed. In this chapter the standard procedures of on-line Penning trap mass spectrometry are introduced and some representative examples of recent mass measurements are given.

  12. A master equation for high-precision spectroscopy

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    Andreas Alexander Buchheit; Giovanna Morigi

    2015-11-11

    The progress in high-precision spectroscopy requires one to check the accuracy of theoretical models such as the master equation describing spontaneous emission of atoms. For this purpose, we systematically derive a master equation of an atom interacting with the modes of the electromagnetic field which naturally includes interference in the decay channels and fulfills the requirements of the Lindblad theorem without the need of phenomenological assumptions. We apply our model to the 2S-4P transition in atomic Hydrogen and show that interference effects in the dissipative dynamics can alter the lineshape of the spectroscopic line, leading to frequency shifts ranging from few to tens of kHz, depending on the collection angle of the photodetection setup. These results can contribute in understanding spectroscopic measurements in atomic Hydrogen performed in recent experiments for testing the validity of quantum electrodynamics.

  13. Fast, High-Precision Readout Circuit for Detector Arrays

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    Rider, David M.; Hancock, Bruce R.; Key, Richard W.; Cunningham, Thomas J.; Wrigley, Chris J.; Seshadri, Suresh; Sander, Stanley P.; Blavier, Jean-Francois L.

    2013-01-01

    The GEO-CAPE mission described in NASA's Earth Science and Applications Decadal Survey requires high spatial, temporal, and spectral resolution measurements to monitor and characterize the rapidly changing chemistry of the troposphere over North and South Americas. High-frame-rate focal plane arrays (FPAs) with many pixels are needed to enable such measurements. A high-throughput digital detector readout integrated circuit (ROIC) that meets the GEO-CAPE FPA needs has been developed, fabricated, and tested. The ROIC is based on an innovative charge integrating, fast, high-precision analog-to-digital circuit that is built into each pixel. The 128×128-pixel ROIC digitizes all 16,384 pixels simultaneously at frame rates up to 16 kHz to provide a completely digital output on a single integrated circuit at an unprecedented rate of 262 million pixels per second. The approach eliminates the need for off focal plane electronics, greatly reducing volume, mass, and power compared to conventional FPA implementations. A focal plane based on this ROIC will require less than 2 W of power on a 1×1-cm integrated circuit. The ROIC is fabricated of silicon using CMOS technology. It is designed to be indium bump bonded to a variety of detector materials including silicon PIN diodes, indium antimonide (InSb), indium gallium arsenide (In- GaAs), and mercury cadmium telluride (HgCdTe) detector arrays to provide coverage over a broad spectral range in the infrared, visible, and ultraviolet spectral ranges.

  14. High-precision Mg isotopic systematics of bulk chondrites

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    Schiller, Martin; Handler, Monica R.; Baker, Joel A.

    2010-08-01

    Variations of the mass-independent abundance of 26Mg ( ?26Mg*) and stable Mg ( ?25Mg) isotope composition of chondrites are important because they constrain the homogeneity of 26Al and Mg isotopes in the proto-planetary disc and the validity of the short-lived 26Al-to- 26Mg chronometer applied to meteorites. We present high-precision Mg isotope data and Al/Mg ratios of chondrites representing nearly all major chondrite classes, including a step-leaching experiment on the CM2 chondrite Murchison. ?26Mg* variations in leachates of Murchison representing acid soluble material are ? 30 times smaller than reported for neutron-rich isotopes of Ti and Cr and do not reveal resolvable deficits in ?26Mg* (-0.002 to + 0.118‰). Very small variations in ?26Mg* anomalies in bulk chondrites (-0.006 to + 0.019‰) correlate with increasing 27Al/ 24Mg ratios and ?50Ti, reflecting the variable presence of calcium-aluminium-rich inclusions (CAIs) in some types of carbonaceous chondrites. Similarly, release of radiogenic 26Mg produced by 26Al decay from CAI material in the step-leaching of Murchison best explains the high ?26Mg* observed in the last, aggressive, leaching steps of this experiment. Overall, the observed variations in ?26Mg* are small and potential differences beyond that which result from the presence of CAI-like material cannot be detected within the analytical uncertainties of this study (± 0.004‰). The results do not allow radical heterogeneity of 26Al (?±30%) or measurable Mg nucleosynthetic heterogeneity (?±0.005‰) to have existed on a planetesimal scale in the proto-planetary disc. Combined with published ?26Mg* data for CAIs, the bulk chondrite data yield a precise initial ( 26Al/ 27Al) 0 = (5.21 ± 0.06) × 10 -5 and ?26Mg* = -0.0340 ± 0.0016‰ for the Solar System. However, it is not possible with the currently available data to determine with certainty whether CAIs and the material from which planetesimals accreted including chondrite parent bodies had precisely the same initial levels of 26Al, although planetesimals and planets appear to have accreted from material with a mean initial ( 26Al/ 27Al) 0 in the range of 2.1 to 6.7 × 10 - 5 . The average stable Mg isotope composition of all analysed chondrites, with the exception of a chondrule from the CBa chondrite Gujba ( ?25Mg DSM-3 = -0.032 ± 0.035‰), is ?25Mg DSM-3 = -0.152 ± 0.079‰ (2 sd) and is indistinguishable from that of the Earth's mantle.

  15. Computational Calorimetry: High-Precision Calculation of Host–Guest Binding Thermodynamics

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    2015-01-01

    We present a strategy for carrying out high-precision calculations of binding free energy and binding enthalpy values from molecular dynamics simulations with explicit solvent. The approach is used to calculate the thermodynamic profiles for binding of nine small molecule guests to either the cucurbit[7]uril (CB7) or ?-cyclodextrin (?CD) host. For these systems, calculations using commodity hardware can yield binding free energy and binding enthalpy values with a precision of ?0.5 kcal/mol (95% CI) in a matter of days. Crucially, the self-consistency of the approach is established by calculating the binding enthalpy directly, via end point potential energy calculations, and indirectly, via the temperature dependence of the binding free energy, i.e., by the van’t Hoff equation. Excellent agreement between the direct and van’t Hoff methods is demonstrated for both host–guest systems and an ion-pair model system for which particularly well-converged results are attainable. Additionally, we find that hydrogen mass repartitioning allows marked acceleration of the calculations with no discernible cost in precision or accuracy. Finally, we provide guidance for accurately assessing numerical uncertainty of the results in settings where complex correlations in the time series can pose challenges to statistical analysis. The routine nature and high precision of these binding calculations opens the possibility of including measured binding thermodynamics as target data in force field optimization so that simulations may be used to reliably interpret experimental data and guide molecular design. PMID:26523125

  16. High-speed high-precision and ultralong-range complex spectral domain dimensional metrology.

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    Bao, Wen; Shen, Yi; Chen, Tao; Li, Peng; Ding, Zhihua

    2015-05-01

    A precise, nondestructive dimensional metrological system is crucial to manufacturing and packaging of multi-component optical system. To this end, an orthogonal dispersive spectrometer based complex spectral domain interferometric system for high-speed high-precision and ultralong-range dimensional metrology is developed. An improved complex method based on actual spectral phase shift is proposed to achieve ultrahigh suppression of artifacts. Suppression ratios of 80 dB for DC and 60 dB for mirror images are realized, the highest ratios among existing complex methods. To ensure high-precision in distance determination, an averaged spectral phase measurement algorithm is adopted. A precision of 60 nm within a measurement range of 200 mm without axial movement of the sample is demonstrated. The measurement range is readily extendable if axial movement of the sample and range cascading are involved. The system holds potential applications in various areas for real-time nondestructive testing and evaluation. PMID:25969196

  17. Precision, high dose radiotherapy: helium ion treatment of uveal melanoma

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    Saunders, W.M.; Char, D.H.; Quivey, J.M.; Castro, J.R.; Chen, G.T.Y.; Collier, J.M.; Cartigny, A.; Blakely, E.A.; Lyman, J.T.; Zink, S.R.

    1985-02-01

    The authors report on 75 patients with uveal melanoma who were treated by placing the Bragg peak of a helium ion beam over the tumor volume. The technique localizes the high dose region very tightly around the tumor volume. This allows critical structures, such as the optic disc and the macula, to be excluded from the high dose region as long as they are 3 to 4 mm away from the edge of the tumor. Careful attention to tumor localization, treatment planning, patient immobilization and treatment verification is required. With a mean follow-up of 22 months (3 to 60 months) the authors have had only five patients with a local recurrence, all of whom were salvaged with another treatment. Pretreatment visual acuity has generally been preserved as long as the tumor edge is at least 4 mm away from the macula and optic disc. The only serious complication to date has been an 18% incidence of neovascular glaucoma in the patients treated at our highest dose level. Clinical results and details of the technique are presented to illustrate potential clinical precision in administering high dose radiotherapy with charged particles such as helium ions or protons.

  18. Absolute ultra-precision measurement of high-numerical-aperture spherical surface by high-order shift-rotation method using Zernike polynomials

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    Yang, Zhongming; Gao, Zhishan; Zhu, Dan; Yuan, Qun

    2015-11-01

    We propose a high-order shift-rotation absolute ultra-precision measurement method to calibrate the misalignment aberration and reference surface deviation in high-numerical-aperture spherical surface testing. Based on high-order approximation, the high-order misalignment aberrations are deduced. Both the computer simulation and experimental results confirm the feasibility of the proposed absolute ultra-precision measurement method. The high-order misalignment aberrations and reference surface deviation can be removed from the measured results by our absolute measurement method. The high-order shift-rotation absolute measurement method can get the accuracy of nanometer level in high-numerical-aperture spherical surface testing.

  19. Globular Cluster Streams as Galactic High-Precision Scales

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    Kupper, Andreas Hans Wilhelm; Balbinot, Eduardo; Bonaca, Ana; Johnston, Kathryn V.; Hogg, David; Kroupa, Pavel; Santiago, Basilio

    2015-08-01

    Using the example of the tidal stream of the Milky Way globular cluster Palomar 5 (Pal 5), we demonstrate how observational data on tidal streams can be efficiently reduced in dimensionality and modeled in a Bayesian framework. Our approach combines detection of stream overdensities by a Difference-of-Gaussians process with fast streakline models of globular cluster streams and a continuous likelihood function built from these models. Inference is performed with Markov chain Monte Carlo. By generating ?107 model streams, we show that the unique geometry of the Pal 5 debris yields powerful constraints on the solar position and motion, the Milky Way and Pal 5 itself. All 10 model parameters were allowed to vary over large ranges without additional prior information. Using only readily-available SDSS data and a few radial velocities from the literature, we find that the distance of the Sun from the Galactic Center is 8.30±0.25 kpc, and the transverse velocity is 253±16 km s-1. Both estimates are in excellent agreement with independent measurements of these two quantities. Assuming a standard disk and bulge model, we determine the Galactic mass within Pal 5's apogalactic radius of 19 kpc to be (2.1±0.4)×1011M?.Moreover, we find the potential of the dark halo with a flattening of qz = 0.95+0.16-0.12 to be essentially spherical - at least within the radial range that is effectively probed by Pal 5. We also determine Pal 5's mass, distance and proper motion independently from other methods, which enables us to perform vital cross-checks. Our inferred heliocentric distance of Pal 5 is 23.6+0.8-0.7 kpc, in perfect agreement with, and more precise than estimates from isochrone fitting of deep HST imaging data. We conclude that finding and modeling more globular cluster streams is an efficient way for mapping out the structure of our Galaxy to high precision. With more observational data and by using additional prior information, the precision of this mapping can be significantly increased.

  20. Evaluation of High-Precision Sensors in Structural Monitoring

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    Erol, Bihter

    2010-01-01

    One of the most intricate branches of metrology involves the monitoring of displacements and deformations of natural and anthropogenic structures under environmental forces, such as tidal or tectonic phenomena, or ground water level changes. Technological progress has changed the measurement process, and steadily increasing accuracy requirements have led to the continued development of new measuring instruments. The adoption of an appropriate measurement strategy, with proper instruments suited for the characteristics of the observed structure and its environmental conditions, is of high priority in the planning of deformation monitoring processes. This paper describes the use of precise digital inclination sensors in continuous monitoring of structural deformations. The topic is treated from two viewpoints: (i) evaluation of the performance of inclination sensors by comparing them to static and continuous GPS observations in deformation monitoring and (ii) providing a strategy for analyzing the structural deformations. The movements of two case study objects, a tall building and a geodetic monument in Istanbul, were separately monitored using dual-axes micro-radian precision inclination sensors (inclinometers) and GPS. The time series of continuous deformation observations were analyzed using the Least Squares Spectral Analysis Technique (LSSA). Overall, the inclinometers showed good performance for continuous monitoring of structural displacements, even at the sub-millimeter level. Static GPS observations remained insufficient for resolving the deformations to the sub-centimeter level due to the errors that affect GPS signals. With the accuracy advantage of inclination sensors, their use with GPS provides more detailed investigation of deformation phenomena. Using inclinometers and GPS is helpful to be able to identify the components of structural responses to the natural forces as static, quasi-static, or resonant. PMID:22163499

  1. Evaluation of high-precision sensors in structural monitoring.

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    Erol, Bihter

    2010-01-01

    One of the most intricate branches of metrology involves the monitoring of displacements and deformations of natural and anthropogenic structures under environmental forces, such as tidal or tectonic phenomena, or ground water level changes. Technological progress has changed the measurement process, and steadily increasing accuracy requirements have led to the continued development of new measuring instruments. The adoption of an appropriate measurement strategy, with proper instruments suited for the characteristics of the observed structure and its environmental conditions, is of high priority in the planning of deformation monitoring processes. This paper describes the use of precise digital inclination sensors in continuous monitoring of structural deformations. The topic is treated from two viewpoints: (i) evaluation of the performance of inclination sensors by comparing them to static and continuous GPS observations in deformation monitoring and (ii) providing a strategy for analyzing the structural deformations. The movements of two case study objects, a tall building and a geodetic monument in Istanbul, were separately monitored using dual-axes micro-radian precision inclination sensors (inclinometers) and GPS. The time series of continuous deformation observations were analyzed using the Least Squares Spectral Analysis Technique (LSSA). Overall, the inclinometers showed good performance for continuous monitoring of structural displacements, even at the sub-millimeter level. Static GPS observations remained insufficient for resolving the deformations to the sub-centimeter level due to the errors that affect GPS signals. With the accuracy advantage of inclination sensors, their use with GPS provides more detailed investigation of deformation phenomena. Using inclinometers and GPS is helpful to be able to identify the components of structural responses to the natural forces as static, quasi-static, or resonant. PMID:22163499

  2. Experimental Tests of General Relativity In the following, the term "precision" means relative precision unless otherwise stated.

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    Evans, Hal

    , Chapter 2 GMmg r2 =mi a (Expect: mg = mi) Newton's Original Experiment to test the Universality of Gravity objects f) Absolute Precision: 1×1011 (in recent experiments at U. Washington by Adelberger) #12, one traveling westward on commercial air flights (total 49 hours) and one traveling eastward (total 41

  3. A proposed experimental method for interpreting Doppler effect measurements and determining their precision

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    Klann, P. G.

    1973-01-01

    The principal problem in the measurement of the Doppler reactivity effect is separating it from the thermal reactivity effects of the expansion of the heated sample. It is shown in this proposal that the thermal effects of sample expansion can be experimentally determined by making additional measurements with porous samples having the same mass and/or volume as the primary sample. By combining these results with independent measurements of the linear temperature coefficient and the computed temperature dependence of the Doppler coefficient the magnitude of the Doppler coefficient may be extracted from the data. These addiational measurements are also useful to experimentally determine the precision of the reactivity oscillator technique used to measure the reactivity effects of the heated sample.

  4. A high-precision synchronization circuit for clock distribution

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    Chong, Lu; Hongzhou, Tan; Zhikui, Duan; Yi, Ding

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, a novel structure of a high-precision synchronization circuit, HPSC, using interleaved delay units and a dynamic compensation circuit is proposed. HPSCs are designed for synchronization of clock distribution networks in large-scale integrated circuits, where high-quality clocks are required. The application of a hybrid structure of a coarse delay line and dynamic compensation circuit performs roughly the alignment of the clock signal in two clock cycles, and finishes the fine tuning in the next three clock cycles with the phase error suppressed under 3.8 ps. The proposed circuit is implemented and fabricated using a SMIC 0.13 ?m 1P6M process with a supply voltage at 1.2 V. The allowed operation frequency ranges from 200 to 800 MHz, and the duty cycle ranges between [20%, 80%]. The active area of the core circuits is 245 × 134 ?m2, and the power consumption is 1.64 mW at 500 MHz.

  5. Precision cosmology with time delay lenses: high resolution imaging requirements

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    Meng, Xiao-Lei; Treu, Tommaso; Agnello, Adriano; Auger, Matthew W.; Liao, Kai; Marshall, Philip J.

    2015-09-01

    Lens time delays are a powerful probe of cosmology, provided that the gravitational potential of the main deflector can be modeled with sufficient precision. Recent work has shown that this can be achieved by detailed modeling of the host galaxies of lensed quasars, which appear as ``Einstein Rings'' in high resolution images. The distortion of these arcs and counter-arcs, as measured over a large number of pixels, provides tight constraints on the difference between the gravitational potential between the quasar image positions, and thus on cosmology in combination with the measured time delay. We carry out a systematic exploration of the high resolution imaging required to exploit the thousands of lensed quasars that will be discovered by current and upcoming surveys with the next decade. Specifically, we simulate realistic lens systems as imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), and ground based adaptive optics images taken with Keck or the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). We compare the performance of these pointed observations with that of images taken by the Euclid (VIS), Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) and Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) surveys. We use as our metric the precision with which the slope ?' of the total mass density profile ?totpropto r??' for the main deflector can be measured. Ideally, we require that the statistical error on ?' be less than 0.02, such that it is subdominant to other sources of random and systematic uncertainties. We find that survey data will likely have sufficient depth and resolution to meet the target only for the brighter gravitational lens systems, comparable to those discovered by the SDSS survey. For fainter systems, that will be discovered by current and future surveys, targeted follow-up will be required. However, the exposure time required with upcoming facilitites such as JWST, the Keck Next Generation Adaptive Optics System, and TMT, will only be of order a few minutes per system, thus making the follow-up of hundreds of systems a practical and efficient cosmological probe.

  6. Precision optical slit for high heat load or ultra high vacuum

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    Andresen, Nord C. (Hayward, CA); DiGennaro, Richard S. (Albany, CA); Swain, Thomas L. (Richmond, CA)

    1995-01-01

    This invention relates generally to slits used in optics that must be precisely aligned and adjusted. The optical slits of the present invention are useful in x-ray optics, x-ray beam lines, optical systems in which the entrance slit is critical for high wavelength resolution. The invention is particularly useful in ultra high vacuum systems where lubricants are difficult to use and designs which avoid the movement of metal parts against one another are important, such as monochrometers for high wavelength resolution with ultra high vacuum systems. The invention further relates to optical systems in which temperature characteristics of the slit materials is important. The present invention yet additionally relates to precision slits wherein the opposing edges of the slit must be precisely moved relative to a center line between the edges with each edge retaining its parallel orientation with respect to the other edge and/or the center line.

  7. Precision optical slit for high heat load or ultra high vacuum

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    Andresen, N.C.; DiGennaro, R.S.; Swain, T.L.

    1995-01-24

    This invention relates generally to slits used in optics that must be precisely aligned and adjusted. The optical slits of the present invention are useful in x-ray optics, x-ray beam lines, optical systems in which the entrance slit is critical for high wavelength resolution. The invention is particularly useful in ultra high vacuum systems where lubricants are difficult to use and designs which avoid the movement of metal parts against one another are important, such as monochromators for high wavelength resolution with ultra high vacuum systems. The invention further relates to optical systems in which temperature characteristics of the slit materials is important. The present invention yet additionally relates to precision slits wherein the opposing edges of the slit must be precisely moved relative to a center line between the edges with each edge retaining its parallel orientation with respect to the other edge and/or the center line. 21 figures.

  8. The interferometric method for measuring the generatrix straightness of high precision cone

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    Kang, Yanhui; Li, Huailu; Diao, Xiaofei; Zhang, Heng

    2015-10-01

    Cone parts are widely used in advanced manufacturing and precision mechanics, providing air proof, torque transmission and so on. The straightness of generatrix is one of the important parameters, and the required accuracy can be up to submicrometers. In order to realize the rapid and high precision generatrix measurement of smooth surface cone, a laser interferometric method is proposed based on the structure of typical Fizeau interferometer. The high precision optical flat is used for reference standard, and the surface of cone is the measured object. Two cylindrical lenses with different focal lengths realize unidirectional expansion of parallel beam, solving the problem of CCD camera fringe resolution. The interference fringes are curved because of the cone angle, and the peak is the basis for accurate determination of the generatrix. Two fringe processing techniques are described in detail, which are single-frame and phase-shifting methods. Single-frame method includes two steps, i.e. the calculation of integral part and decimal part. The advantage of this method is the simple measurement structure. Phase-shifting method needs piezoelectric transducer (PZT) to generate several steps for phase calculation, with the advantage of high accuracy. The experimental results show that the straightness measurement accuracy can be better than 0.2 ?m.

  9. High precision optical finishing of lightweight silicon carbide aspheric mirror

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    Kong, John; Young, Kevin

    2010-10-01

    Critical to the deployment of large surveillance optics into the space environment is the generation of high quality optics. Traditionally, aluminum, glass and beryllium have been used; however, silicon carbide becomes of increasing interest and availability due to its high strength. With the hardness of silicon carbide being similar to diamond, traditional polishing methods suffer from slow material removal rates, difficulty in achieving the desired figure and inherent risk of causing catastrophic damage to the lightweight structure. Rather than increasing structural capacity and mass of the substrate, our proprietary sub-aperture aspheric surface forming technology offers higher material removal rates (comparable to that of Zerodur or Fused Silica), a deterministic approach to achieving the desired figure while minimizing contact area and the resulting load on the optical structure. The technology performed on computer-controlled machines with motion control software providing precise and quick convergence of surface figure, as demonstrated by optically finishing lightweight silicon carbide aspheres. At the same time, it also offers the advantage of ideal pitch finish of low surface micro-roughness and low mid-spatial frequency error. This method provides a solution applicable to all common silicon carbide substrate materials, including substrates with CVD silicon carbide cladding, offered by major silicon carbide material suppliers. This paper discusses a demonstration mirror we polished using this novel technology. The mirror is a lightweight silicon carbide substrate with CVD silicon carbide cladding. It is a convex hyperbolic secondary mirror with 104mm diameter and approximately 20 microns aspheric departure from best-fit sphere. The mirror has been finished with surface irregularity of better than 1/50 wave RMS @632.8 nm and surface micro-roughness of under 2 angstroms RMS. The technology has the potential to be scaled up for manufacturing capabilities of large silicon carbide optics due to its high material removal rate.

  10. J. metamorphic Geol., 2000, 18, 665681 High-precision geothermobarometry across the High Himalayan

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    Sandiford, Mike

    J. metamorphic Geol., 2000, 18, 665­681 High-precision geothermobarometry across the High Himalayan metamorphic sequence, Langtang Valley, Nepal G. FRASER,1* B. WORLEY2 AND M. SANDIFORD2 1Department of Geology recognized features of Himalayan geology is the apparent inversion of metamorphic sequences, as evidenced

  11. Experimental Hypersonic Aerodynamic Characteristics of the 2001 Mars Surveyor Precision Lander with Flap

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    Horvath, Thomas J.; OConnell, Tod F.; Cheatwood, F. McNeil; Prabhu, Ramadas K.; Alter, Stephen J.

    2002-01-01

    Aerodynamic wind-tunnel screening tests were conducted on a 0.029 scale model of a proposed Mars Surveyor 2001 Precision Lander (70 deg half angle spherically blunted cone with a conical afterbody). The primary experimental objective was to determine the effectiveness of a single flap to trim the vehicle at incidence during a lifting hypersonic planetary entry. The laminar force and moment data, presented in the form of coefficients, and shock patterns from schlieren photography were obtained in the NASA Langley Aerothermodynamic Laboratory for post-normal shock Reynolds numbers (based on forebody diameter) ranging from 2,637 to 92,350, angles of attack ranging from 0 tip to 23 degrees at 0 and 2 degree sideslip, and normal-shock density ratios of 5 and 12. Based upon the proposed entry trajectory of the 2001 Lander, the blunt body heavy gas tests in CF, simulate a Mach number of approximately 12 based upon a normal shock density ratio of 12 in flight at Mars. The results from this experimental study suggest that when traditional means of providing aerodynamic trim for this class of planetary entry vehicle are not possible (e.g. offset c.g.), a single flap can provide similar aerodynamic performance. An assessment of blunt body aerodynamic effects attributed to a real gas were obtained by synergistic testing in Mach 6 ideal-air at a comparable Reynolds number. From an aerodynamic perspective, an appropriately sized flap was found to provide sufficient trim capability at the desired L/D for precision landing. Inviscid hypersonic flow computations using an unstructured grid were made to provide a quick assessment of the Lander aerodynamics. Navier-Stokes computational predictions were found to be in very good agreement with experimental measurement.

  12. Design and characteristics of a high-precision chopper wheel motor driver Xi Bin Gu and Ying Guo

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    Kaiser, Ralf I.

    Design and characteristics of a high-precision chopper wheel motor driver Xi Bin Gu and Ying Guo-stability chopper wheel motor driver are presented. Experimental results show that this unit can be interfaced, mechanical choppers consist of a slotted disk that is interfaced to a motor and a driver circuit.8

  13. The Belle II pixel detector: High precision with low material

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    Marinas, C.

    2013-12-01

    An upgrade of the existing Japanese flavor factory (KEKB in Tsukuba, Japan) is under construction, and foreseen for commissioning by the end of 2014. This new e+e- machine (“SuperKEKB”) will deliver an instantaneous luminosity of 8×1035 cm-2 s-1, which is 40 times higher than the world record set by KEKB. In order to be able to fully exploit the increased number of events and provide high precision measurements of the decay vertex of the B meson systems in such a harsh environment, the Belle detector will be upgraded (“Belle II”) and a new silicon vertex detector, based on the DEPFET technology, will be designed and constructed. The new pixel detector, close to the interaction point, will consist on two layers of DEPFET active pixel sensors. This technology combines the detection together with the in-pixel amplification by the integration, on every pixel, of a field effect transistor into a fully depleted silicon bulk. In Belle II, DEPFET sensors thinned down to 75 ?m with low power consumption and low intrinsic noise will be used.

  14. High precision relocation of earthquakes at Iliamna Volcano, Alaska

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    Statz-Boyer, P.; Thurber, C.; Pesicek, J.; Prejean, S.

    2009-01-01

    In August 1996, a period of elevated seismicity commenced beneath Iliamna Volcano, Alaska. This activity lasted until early 1997, consisted of over 3000 earthquakes, and was accompanied by elevated emissions of volcanic gases. No eruption occurred and seismicity returned to background levels where it has remained since. We use waveform alignment with bispectrum-verified cross-correlation and double-difference methods to relocate over 2000 earthquakes from 1996 to 2005 with high precision (~ 100??m). The results of this analysis greatly clarify the distribution of seismic activity, revealing distinct features previously hidden by location scatter. A set of linear earthquake clusters diverges upward and southward from the main group of earthquakes. The events in these linear clusters show a clear southward migration with time. We suggest that these earthquakes represent either a response to degassing of the magma body, circulation of fluids due to exsolution from magma or heating of ground water, or possibly the intrusion of new dikes beneath Iliamna's southern flank. In addition, we speculate that the deeper, somewhat diffuse cluster of seismicity near and south of Iliamna's summit indicates the presence of an underlying magma body between about 2 and 4??km depth below sea level, based on similar features found previously at several other Alaskan volcanoes. ?? 2009 Elsevier B.V.

  15. Smart sensors and calibration standards for high precision metrology

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    Brand, Uwe; Gao, Sai; Doering, Lutz; Li, Zhi; Xu, Min; Buetefisch, Sebastian; Peiner, Erwin; Fruehauf, Joachim; Hiller, Karla

    2015-05-01

    The paper summarize the PTB activities in the field of silicon sensors for dimensional metrology especially roughness measurements and silicon calibration standards developed during the past ten years. A focus lies in the development of 2D silicon microprobes which enable roughness measurements in nozzles as small as 100 ?m in diameter. Moreover these microprobes offer the potential for very fast tactile measurements up to 15 mm/s due to their tiny mass and therefore small dynamic forces. When developing high precision tactile sensors care has to be taken, not to scratch the often soft surfaces. Small probing forces and well defined tip radii have to be used to avoid surface destruction. Thus probing force metrology and methods to determine the radius and form of probing tips have been developed. Silicon is the preferred material for the calibration of topography measuring instruments due to its excellent mechanical and thermal stability and due to the fabrication and structuring possibilities of silicon microtechnology. Depth setting standards, probing force setting standards, tip radius and tip form standards, reference springs and soft material testing artefacts will be presented.

  16. High Precision 40K/39K Ratio Determination

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    Naumenko, M. O.; Mezger, K.; Nagler, T. F.; Villa, I. M.

    2012-12-01

    Potassium is one of the eight most abundant chemical elements in the Earth's crust and a major element in many rock-forming minerals. The isotope 40K is radioactive and undergoes ?- decay to 40Ca (ca. 89.3%) and electron capture to 40Ar (ca. 10.7%). Both decays can potentially be used as dating systems. The most commonly used branch is the decay of 40K to 40Ar because it can yield highly precise ages. Both decay schemes rely on the knowledge of the 40K branching ratio and the natural 40K abundance. A 40K abundance of 0.011672±41 % was measured on terrestrial material [1]. The relative uncertainty of 0.35 % has not been improved since. Recent improvements in the precision of mass spectrometric measurements have led to the situation that the uncertainties on the K decay constant and the abundance of 40K are a major source of uncertainty on the measured ages. A more precise definition of the 40K decay constant was attempted by different research groups within the last decade [2-9] but the goal of obtaining 0.1 % relative uncertainty on K-Ar ages for geological materials, as requested by the EARTHtime initiative, has not been achieved yet. In order to improve on this situation we studied the abundances of the K isotopes in terrestrial standards. A ThermoFischer Triton+ thermal ionisation mass spectrometer was used for K isotope ratio measurements of the NIST SRM 918b K standard loaded on Ta filaments with 0.1M phosphoric acid. Three techniques were applied: (A) dynamic measurement with in-run normalisation to the IUPAC value 41K/39K=0.072168; (B) a simple total evaporation procedure; (C) the "NBL-modified" total evaporation [10]. The 40K ion beam was measured in a Faraday cup with a 1E12 ? resistor; 39K and 41K were collected in Faraday cups with 1E11 ? resistors. Amplifier gains were intercalibrated by supplying fixed voltages off-line. Different measurement techniques were combined with different loading procedures. We also tested ionisation yields for the evaporation procedures (B) and (C). Our measured 40K/39K ratios are statistically indistinguishable from those reported by [1] but have lower uncertainties. Techniques A, B and C gave 1 standard error of 0.07 %, 0.2 %, and 0.14 %, respectively. 1. Garner E.L. et al. (1975) J.Res.Natl.Bur.Stand.79A, 713-725. 2. Grau Malonda A., Grau Carles A. (2002) Appl. Radiat. Isot. 56, 153-156. 3. Kossert K., Günter E. (2004) Appl.Radiat.Isot.60, 459-464. 4. Krumrei T.V. et al. (2006) Chem.Geol. 227, 258-273. 5. Kwon J. et al. (2002) Math.Geol. 34, 457-475. 6. Min K. et al. (2000) Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 64, 73-98. 7. Nägler T.F., Villa I.M. (2000) Chem. Geol. 169, 5-16. 8. Renne P.R. et al. (2010) Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 74, 5349-5367. 9. Schwarz W.H. et al. (2011) Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 75, 5094-5096. 10. Richter S., Goldberg S.A. (2003) Int. J. Mass Spect. 229, 181-197.

  17. High-precision timeline for Earth's most severe extinction

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    Burgess, Seth D.

    The end-Permian mass extinction was the most severe loss of marine and terrestrial biota in the last 542 My. Understanding its cause and the controls on extinction/recovery dynamics depends on an accurate and precise age ...

  18. The Mainz high-precision proton form factor measurement

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    Bernauer, Jan

    2011-04-01

    Form factors offer a direct approach to fundamental properties of the nucleons like the radius and charge distribution. Renewed interest was stirred up by the 5 sigma discrepancy between a recent determination of the proton radius from the Lamb shift in muonic hydrogen and preceding electron scattering results. The low-q shape of the form factors might also contain a direct signal of a pion cloud around the nucleus and is a strong test of hadron models. In my talk, I will discuss the electron scattering experiment performed with the 3-spectrometer-facility of the A1 collaboration at MAMI in Mainz, Germany. The data set covers the Q2-range from 0.004 to 1 (GeV / c) 2 and includes about 1400 separate cross section measurements, spanning the range of scattering angles from below 20° to above 120° at six beam energies between 180 and 855 MeV, with statistical uncertainties below 0.4%. The 3-spectrometer-setup allowed for a simultaneous monitoring of the luminosity and overlapping and redundant measurements of the cross section to achieve stringent control over systematic uncertainties. Beam stabilization systems and redundant current measurements further limit systematic effects. The measured cross sections were analyzed with the standard Rosenbluth separation technique and by employing direct fits of a large set of form factor models. The high redundancy of the data set allowed us to extract the form factors up to 0.6 (GeV / c) 2 with very small uncertainties and to give a new, precise value for the proton radius from electron scattering. From the form factors, the charge distribution and Zemach moments were calculated. The latter constitute important input for the theoretical corrections of the muonic Lamb shift experiment. However, the revised values can not explain the discrepancy. Further possible explanations include higher order QED-corrections, vacuum effects or even physics beyond the standard model.

  19. Vibratory response modeling and verification of a high precision optical positioning system.

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    Barraza, J.; Kuzay, T.; Royston, T. J.; Shu, D.

    1999-06-18

    A generic vibratory-response modeling program has been developed as a tool for designing high-precision optical positioning systems. Based on multibody dynamics theory, the system is modeled as rigid-body structures connected by linear elastic elements, such as complex actuators and bearings. The full dynamic properties of each element are determined experimentally or theoretically, then integrated into the program as inertial and stiffness matrices. Utilizing this program, the theoretical and experimental verification of the vibratory behavior of a double-multilayer monochromator support and positioning system is presented. Results of parametric design studies that investigate the influence of support floor dynamics and highlight important design issues are also presented. Overall, good matches between theory and experiment demonstrate the effectiveness of the program as a dynamic modeling tool.

  20. Analysis on working status of support device with 3-point used in high precision system

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    Wang, Zhi-shan; Zhao, Yue-jin

    2009-11-01

    The support device with 3-point are widely used in many kinds of support systems. However, some problems will emerge when the device is used in high precision system. For example, in the self-adaptive optical system, the different deformation of each support point will cause the dissimilar slope of the supported part of the system, will cause the position error of segment mirror. This paper, using elastic mechanics theory to calculate the elastic deformation, calculates the elasticity deformation of steel balls in the device; based on the principle of optical auto-collimation, tests the related deformations of the three support points under different normal loads; according to the calculation and the experimentation, compares and analyzes the results of calculation and experimentation, sums up the relationship between deformation and support sphere diameter and load value; lastly, proposes the principia to determine the diameter of the balls in high precision system, and provides reformative scheme to design a better support devices with 3-point. The results of this paper have been used in the design and development of self-adaptive optical system.

  1. High-Precision Spectroscopy of Molecular Iodine: From Optical Frequency Standards to Global

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    Jin, Deborah

    High-Precision Spectroscopy of Molecular Iodine: From Optical Frequency Standards to Global-Precision Spectroscopy of Molecular Iodine: From Optical Frequency Standards to Global Descriptions of Hyper-Precision Spectroscopy of Molecular Iodine: From Optical Frequency Standards to Global Descriptions of Hyper

  2. Experimental High Energy Neutrino Astrophysics

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    Distefano, Carla

    2005-10-12

    Neutrinos are considered promising probes for high energy astrophysics. More than four decades after deep water Cerenkov technique was proposed to detect high energy neutrinos. Two detectors of this type are successfully taking data: BAIKAL and AMANDA. They have demonstrated the feasibility of the high energy neutrino detection and have set first constraints on TeV neutrino production astrophysical models. The quest for the construction of km3 size detectors have already started: in the South Pole, the IceCube neutrino telescope is under construction; the ANTARES, NEMO and NESTOR Collaborations are working towards the installation of a neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean Sea.

  3. High precision quantum control of single donor spins in silicon

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    Rajib Rahman; Cameron J. Wellard; Forrest R. Bradbury; Marta Prada; Jared H. Cole; Gerhard Klimeck; Lloyd C. L. Hollenberg

    2007-05-15

    The Stark shift of the hyperfine coupling constant is investigated for a P donor in Si far below the ionization regime in the presence of interfaces using Tight-binding and Band Minima Basis approaches and compared to the recent precision measurements. The TB electronic structure calculations included over 3 million atoms. In contrast to previous effective mass based results, the quadratic Stark coefficient obtained from both theories agrees closely with the experiments. This work represents the most sensitive and precise comparison between theory and experiment for single donor spin control. It is also shown that there is a significant linear Stark effect for an impurity near the interface, whereas, far from the interface, the quadratic Stark effect dominates. Such precise control of single donor spin states is required particularly in quantum computing applications of single donor electronics, which forms the driving motivation of this work.

  4. High-precision measurement of chlorine stable isotope ratios

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    Long, A.; Eastoe, C.J.; Kaufmann, R.S.; Martin, J.G.; Wirt, L.; Finley, J.B.

    1993-01-01

    We present an analysis procedure that allows stable isotopes of chlorine to be analyzed with precision sufficient for geological and hydrological studies. The total analytical precision is ?????0.09%., and the present known range of chloride in the surface and near-surface environment is 3.5???. As Cl- is essentially nonreactive in natural aquatic environments, it is a conservative tracer and its ??37Cl is also conservative. Thus, the ??37Cl parameter is valuable for quantitative evaluation of mixing of different sources of chloride in brines and aquifers. ?? 1993.

  5. High-precision isotopic analysis of nanogram quantities of plutonium

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    Perrin, R.E.; Knobeloch, G.W.; Armijo, V.M.; Efurd, D.W.

    1984-06-01

    A surface ionization-diffusion-type ionization source that uses a rhenium filament overplated with platinum has been developed and optimized for 0.5- to 2-ng plutonium samples. This source is capable of measuring the /sup 240/Pu//sup 239/Pu atom ratio in nuclear-test-debris samples to 0.15% precision and accuracy at the 95% confidence level.

  6. High-precision $?_s$ measurements from LHC to FCC-ee

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    David d'Enterria; Peter Z. Skands; S. Alekhin; A. Banfi; S. Bethke; J. Blümlein; K. G. Chetyrkin; D. d'Enterria; G. Dissertori; X. Garcia i Tormo; A. H. Hoang; M. Klasen; T. Klijnsma; S. Kluth; J. -L. Kneur; B. A. Kniehl; D. W. Kolodrubetz; J. Kühn; P. Mackenzie; B. Malaescu; V. Mateu; L. Mihaila; S. Moch; K. Mönig; R. Perez-Ramos; A. Pich; J. Pires; K. Rabbertz; G. P. Salam; F. Sannino; J. Soto i Riera; M. Srebre; I. W. Stewart

    2015-12-16

    This document provides a writeup of all contributions to the workshop on "High precision measurements of $\\alpha_s$: From LHC to FCC-ee" held at CERN, Oct. 12--13, 2015. The workshop explored in depth the latest developments on the determination of the QCD coupling $\\alpha_s$ from 15 methods where high precision measurements are (or will be) available. Those include low-energy observables: (i) lattice QCD, (ii) pion decay factor, (iii) quarkonia and (iv) $\\tau$ decays, (v) soft parton-to-hadron fragmentation functions, as well as high-energy observables: (vi) global fits of parton distribution functions, (vii) hard parton-to-hadron fragmentation functions, (viii) jets in $e^\\pm$p DIS and $\\gamma$-p photoproduction, (ix) photon structure function in $\\gamma$-$\\gamma$, (x) event shapes and (xi) jet cross sections in $e^+e^-$ collisions, (xii) W boson and (xiii) Z boson decays, and (xiv) jets and (xv) top-quark cross sections in proton-(anti)proton collisions. The current status of the theoretical and experimental uncertainties associated to each extraction method, the improvements expected from LHC data in the coming years, and future perspectives achievable in $e^+e^-$ collisions at the Future Circular Collider (FCC-ee) with $\\cal{O}$(1--100 ab$^{-1}$) integrated luminosities yielding 10$^{12}$ Z bosons and jets, and 10$^{8}$ W bosons and $\\tau$ leptons, are thoroughly reviewed. The current uncertainty of the (preliminary) 2015 strong coupling world-average value, $\\alpha_s(m_Z)$ = 0.1177 $\\pm$ 0.0013, is about 1\\%. Some participants believed this may be reduced by a factor of three in the near future by including novel high-precision observables, although this opinion was not universally shared. At the FCC-ee facility, a factor of ten reduction in the $\\alpha_s$ uncertainty should be possible, mostly thanks to the huge Z and W data samples available.

  7. Gauges for Highly Precise Metrology of a Compound Mirror

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    Gursel, Yekta

    2005-01-01

    Three optical gauges have been developed for guiding the assembly and measuring precisely the reflecting surfaces of a compound mirror that comprises a corner-cube retroreflector glued in a hole on a flat mirror. In the specific application for which the gauges were developed, the compound mirror is part of a siderostat in a stellar interferometer. The flat-mirror portion of the compound mirror is the siderostat mirror; the retroreflector portion of the compound mirror is to be used, during operation of the interferometer, to monitor the location of the siderostat mirror surface relative to other optical surfaces of the interferometer. Nominally, the optical corner of the retroreflector should lie precisely on the siderostat mirror surface, but this precision cannot be achieved in fabrication: in practice, there remains some distance between the optical corner and the siderostat mirror surface. For proper operation of the interferometer, it is required to make this distance as small as possible and to know this distance within 1 nm. The three gauges make it possible to satisfy these requirements.

  8. High precision differential photometry of planet transits with the MMTF

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    Lee, Brian L.; Colon, Knicole D.; Ford, Eric B.; Blake, Cullen H.; Mahadevan, Suvrath

    2010-02-01

    We propose to use Magellan+MMTF(IMACS) to achieve some of the very highest precision ground-based, time-differential, narrow-band photometry to date on selected favorable transiting planet host stars. The proposed observations are expected to provide precise measurements of the time, duration, shape, and color of an exoplanet transit. Our primary target, CoRoT-7, is an active star hosting the first transiting super-Earth transiting planet, and our color observations will thus be sensitive not just to stellar limb darkening, but also spot activity. We also propose to use the exquisite precision of our tunable filter photometry technique on either GJ 436 or WASP-16, both systems which are in need of additional observations that will contribute towards the detection of small orbital perturbations. This demonstration of the power of tunable filter differential photometry will show how important Magellan+MMTF can be as a resource in the arsenal of ground-based follow- up for Neptune and super-Earth transiting planets yet to be discovered.

  9. Precision compression molding of glass microlenses and microlens arrays--an experimental study

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    Firestone, G. C.; Yi, A. Y.

    2005-10-01

    An innovative manufacturing process utilizing high-temperature compression molding to fabricate aspherical microlenses by using optical glasses, such as BK7, K-PG325, and soda-lime glass, is investigated. In a departure from conventional approaches, a unique hollow contactless mold design is adopted. Polished glass substrates and the mold assembly are heated above the glass transition temperature first, followed by initial forming, then annealing. The forming rate is controlled in real time to ensure mold position accuracy. Mold materials used include tungsten carbides, 316 stainless steel, 715 copper nickel, and aluminum alloys. The geometric control of the microlenses or microlens arrays can be precisely controlled by the forming temperature, forming speed, mold design, and annealing time.

  10. High-precision control of piezoelectric nanopositioning stages using hysteresis compensator and disturbance observer

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    Gu, Guo-Ying; Zhu, Li-Min; Su, Chun-Yi

    2014-10-01

    This paper proposes a novel high-performance control scheme with hysteresis compensator and disturbance observer for high-precision motion control of a nanopositioning stage driven by a piezoelectric stack actuator (PSA). In the developed control scheme, a real-time inverse hysteresis compensator (IHC) with the modified Prandtl-Ishlinskii model is firstly designed to compensate for the asymmetric hysteresis nonlinearity of the PSA. Due to the imperfect compensation, the dynamics behaviors of the PSA-actuated stage with the IHC can be treated as a linear dynamic system plus a lumped disturbance term. Owing to the unknown nature of this lumped disturbance term, a disturbance observer (DOB) is used as a means for disturbance rejection. With the DOB, a tracking controller is finally designed and implemented to stabilize the position error. To verify the proposed control scheme, a real-time experimental platform with a PSA-actuated nanopositioning stage is built, and extensive experimental tests are performed. The comparative experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness and improved performance of the developed control approach in terms of the maximum-value errors, root-mean-square-value errors and hysteresis compensation.

  11. Design and realization of high precision FBG rain gauge based on triangle cantilever beam and its performance research

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    Lan, Ruo-ming; Cao, Yu-qiang

    2015-05-01

    A novel fiber Bragg grating (FBG) rain gauge is proposed in this paper to achieve high precision rainfall measurement. One core sensitive FBG, a temperature compensation FBG and a mechanical transition system construct this novel FBG rain gauge. Sensing principle of this FBG rain gauge is explained in detail, and its theoretical calculation model is also established, which shows that the relationship between center wavelength of sensitive FBG and external rainfall has very good linearity. To verify its detection performance, the calibration experiment on one prototype of this FBG rain gauge is carried out. After experiment data analysis, the detection precision of this FBG rain gauge is 15.4 ?m which is almost two orders of magnitude higher than that of the existing rainfall measurement device. The experimental data confirm that this FBG rain gauge can achieve rainfall measurement with high precision.

  12. High-Precision Ad-Hoc Indoor Positioning in Challenging Industrial Environments

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    Sreenan, Cormac J.

    High-Precision Ad-Hoc Indoor Positioning in Challenging Industrial Environments Jonathan P. Benson of providing high-precision positioning in industrial environments. Such environments are extremely challenging, the physical layout of the environment which is often complex, and the lack of fixed positioning system

  13. Nonlinear Control Design for a High-Precision Contactless Positioning System Using Magnetic Levitation

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    Maggiore, Manfredi

    the implementation of a two degree-of-freedom, high-precision, magnetic-levitation- based positioning systemNonlinear Control Design for a High-Precision Contactless Positioning System Using Magnetic Levitation Robert Brydon Owen, Manfredi Maggiore and Jacob Apkarian Abstract-- This paper presents

  14. Applied high resolution digital control for universal precision systems

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    Gawlik, Aaron John

    2008-01-01

    This thesis describes the design and characterization of a high-resolution analog interface for dSPACE digital control systems and a high-resolution, high-speed data acquisition and control system. These designs are intended ...

  15. A High Precision Feature Based on LBP and Gabor Theory for Face Recognition

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    Xia, Wei; Yin, Shouyi; Ouyang, Peng

    2013-01-01

    How to describe an image accurately with the most useful information but at the same time the least useless information is a basic problem in the recognition field. In this paper, a novel and high precision feature called BG2D2LRP is proposed, accompanied with a corresponding face recognition system. The feature contains both static texture differences and dynamic contour trends. It is based on Gabor and LBP theory, operated by various kinds of transformations such as block, second derivative, direct orientation, layer and finally fusion in a particular way. Seven well-known face databases such as FRGC, AR, FERET and so on are used to evaluate the veracity and robustness of the proposed feature. A maximum improvement of 29.41% is achieved comparing with other methods. Besides, the ROC curve provides a satisfactory figure. Those experimental results strongly demonstrate the feasibility and superiority of the new feature and method. PMID:23552103

  16. Aerospace Laser Ignition/Ablation Variable High Precision Thruster

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    Campbell, Jonathan W. (Inventor); Edwards, David L. (Inventor); Campbell, Jason J. (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    A laser ignition/ablation propulsion system that captures the advantages of both liquid and solid propulsion. A reel system is used to move a propellant tape containing a plurality of propellant material targets through an ignition chamber. When a propellant target is in the ignition chamber, a laser beam from a laser positioned above the ignition chamber strikes the propellant target, igniting the propellant material and resulting in a thrust impulse. The propellant tape is advanced, carrying another propellant target into the ignition chamber. The propellant tape and ignition chamber are designed to ensure that each ignition event is isolated from the remaining propellant targets. Thrust and specific impulse may by precisely controlled by varying the synchronized propellant tape/laser speed. The laser ignition/ablation propulsion system may be scaled for use in small and large applications.

  17. A high precision, compact electromechanical ground rotation sensor.

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    Dergachev, V; DeSalvo, R; Asadoor, M; Bhawal, A; Gong, P; Kim, C; Lottarini, A; Minenkov, Y; Murphy, C; O'Toole, A; Peña Arellano, F E; Rodionov, A V; Shaner, M; Sobacchi, E

    2014-05-01

    We present a mechanical rotation sensor consisting of a balance pivoting on a tungsten carbide knife edge. These sensors are important for precision seismic isolation systems, as employed in land-based gravitational wave interferometers and for the new field of rotational seismology. The position sensor used is an air-core linear variable differential transformer with a demonstrated noise floor of 1 × 10?¹¹ m/?Hz. We describe the instrument construction and demonstrate low noise operation with a noise floor upper bound of 5.7 × 10?? rad/?Hz at 10 mHz and 6.4 × 10?¹? rad/?Hz at 0.1 Hz. The performance of the knife edge hinge is compatible with a behaviorur free of noise from dislocation self-organized criticality. PMID:24880388

  18. A high precision, compact electromechanical ground rotation sensor

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    Dergachev, V.; DeSalvo, R.; University of Sannio, C.so Garibaldi 107, Benevento 82100 ; Asadoor, M.; Oklahoma State University, 219 Student Union, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74074 ; Bhawal, A.; Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213 ; Gong, P.; School of Industrial and System Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0205 ; Kim, C.; Lottarini, A.; Department of Computer Science, Columbia University, 1214 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, New York 10027 ; Minenkov, Y.; Murphy, C.; University of Melbourne Grattan Street, Parkville VIC 3010 ; O'Toole, A.; Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Dr, Houghton, Michigan 49931 ; Peña Arellano, F. E.; and others

    2014-05-15

    We present a mechanical rotation sensor consisting of a balance pivoting on a tungsten carbide knife edge. These sensors are important for precision seismic isolation systems, as employed in land-based gravitational wave interferometers and for the new field of rotational seismology. The position sensor used is an air-core linear variable differential transformer with a demonstrated noise floor of 1 × 10{sup ?11}m/?( Hz ). We describe the instrument construction and demonstrate low noise operation with a noise floor upper bound of 5.7 × 10{sup ?9} rad /?( Hz ) at 10 mHz and 6.4 × 10{sup ?10} rad /?( Hz ) at 0.1 Hz. The performance of the knife edge hinge is compatible with a behaviorur free of noise from dislocation self-organized criticality.

  19. Decade-Spanning High-Precision Terahertz Frequency Comb

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    Finneran, Ian A.; Good, Jacob T.; Holland, Daniel B.; Carroll, P. Brandon; Allodi, Marco A.; Blake, Geoffrey A.

    2015-04-01

    The generation and detection of a decade-spanning terahertz (THz) frequency comb is reported using two Ti:sapphire femtosecond laser oscillators and asynchronous optical sampling THz time-domain spectroscopy. The comb extends from 0.15 to 2.4 THz, with a tooth spacing of 80 MHz, a linewidth of 3.7 kHz, and a fractional precision of 1.8 ×10-9 . With time-domain detection of the comb, we measure three transitions of water vapor at 10 mTorr between 1-2 THz with an average Doppler-limited fractional accuracy of 6.1 ×10-8 . Significant improvements in bandwidth, resolution, and sensitivity are possible with existing technologies.

  20. HIGH-PRECISION DYNAMICAL MASSES OF VERY LOW MASS BINARIES

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    Konopacky, Q. M.; Ghez, A. M.; McLean, I. S.; Barman, T. S.; Rice, E. L.; Bailey, J. I.; White, R. J.; Duchene, G. E-mail: ghez@astro.ucla.ed E-mail: barman@lowell.ed E-mail: white@chara.gsu.ed

    2010-03-10

    We present the results of a three year monitoring program of a sample of very low mass (VLM) field binaries using both astrometric and spectroscopic data obtained in conjunction with the laser guide star adaptive optics system on the W. M. Keck II 10 m telescope. Among the 24 systems studied, 15 have undergone sufficient orbital motion, allowing us to derive their relative orbital parameters and hence their total system mass. These measurements more than double the number of mass measurements for VLM objects, and include the most precise mass measurement to date (<2%). Among the 11 systems with both astrometric and spectroscopic measurements, six have sufficient radial velocity variations to allow us to obtain individual component masses. This is the first derivation of the component masses for five of these systems. Altogether, the orbital solutions of these low mass systems show a correlation between eccentricity and orbital period, consistent with their higher mass counterparts. In our primary analysis, we find that there are systematic discrepancies between our dynamical mass measurements and the predictions of theoretical evolutionary models (TUCSON and LYON) with both models either underpredicting or overpredicting the most precisely determined dynamical masses. These discrepancies are a function of spectral type, with late-M through mid-L systems tending to have their masses underpredicted, while one T-type system has its mass overpredicted. These discrepancies imply that either the temperatures predicted by evolutionary and atmosphere models are inconsistent for an object of a given mass, or the mass-radius relationship or cooling timescales predicted by the evolutionary models are incorrect. If these spectral-type trends are correct and hold into the planetary mass regime, the implication is that the masses of directly imaged extrasolar planets are overpredicted by the evolutionary models.

  1. Design and development of a high-precision, high-payload telescope dual-drive system

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    Worthington, Michael S.; Beets, Timothy A.; Beno, Joseph H.; Mock, Jason R.; Murphy, Brian T.; South, Brian J.; Good, John M.

    2010-07-01

    A high precision, dual drive system has been designed and developed for the Wide Field Upgrade to the Hobby-Eberly Telescope* at McDonald Observatory in support of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment?. Analysis, design and controls details will be of interest to designers of large scale, high precision robotic motion devices. The drive system positions the 19,000 kg star tracker to a precision of less than 5 microns along its 4-meter travel. While positioning requirements remain essentially equal to the existing HET, tracker mass increases by a factor greater than 5. The 10.5-meter long tracker is driven at each end by planetary roller screws, each having two distinct drive sources dictated by the desired operation: one slowly rotates the screw when tracking celestial objects and the second rotates the nut for rapid displacements. Key results of the roller screw rotordynamics analysis are presented. A description of the complex bearing arrangement providing required degrees of freedom as well as the impact of a detailed Failure Modes and Effects Analysis addressing necessary safety systems is also presented. Finite element analysis results demonstrate how mechanical springs increase the telescope's natural frequency response by 22 percent. The critical analysis and resulting design is provided.

  2. High-precision covariant one-boson-exchange potentials for np scattering below 350 MeV

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    Franz Gross; Alfred Stadler

    2007-12-05

    Using the Covariant Spectator Theory (CST), we have found One-Boson-Exchange (OBE) potentials that fit the 2006 world np data below 350 MeV with a \\chi^2/N_data very close to 1, for a total of 3788 data. Our potentials have significantly fewer adjustable parameters than previous high-precision potentials, and they also reproduce the experimental triton binding energy without introducing additional irreducible three-nucleon forces.

  3. High-precision covariant one-boson-exchange potentials for np scattering below 350 MeV

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    Franz Gross; Alfred Stadler

    2007-09-10

    Using the Covariant Spectator Theory (CST), we have found One-Boson-Exchange (OBE) potentials that fit the 2006 world np data below 350 MeV with a chi2/Ndata very close to 1, for a total of 3788 data. Our potentials have significantly fewer adjustable parameters than previous high-precision potentials, and they also reproduce the experimental triton binding energy without introducing additional irreducible three-nucleon forces.

  4. Mold, flow, and economic considerations in high temperature precision casting

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    Humbert, Matthew S

    2013-01-01

    Casting high temperature alloys that solidify through a noticeable two phase region, specifically platinum-ruthenium alloys, is a particularly challenging task due to their high melting temperature and this necessitates ...

  5. High Precision Photometry of Bright Transiting Exoplanet Hosts

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    Wilson, Maurice; Eastman, Jason; Johnson, John A.

    2016-01-01

    Within the past two decades, the successful search for exoplanets and the characterization of their physical properties have shown the immense progress that has been made towards finding planets with characteristics similar to Earth. For most exoplanets with a radius about the size of Earth, evaluating their physical properties, such as the mass, radius and equilibrium temperature, cannot be determined with satisfactory precision. The MINiature Exoplanet Radial Velocity Array (MINERVA) was recently built to obtain spectroscopic and photometric measurements to find, confirm, and characterize Earth-like exoplanets. MINERVA's spectroscopic survey targets the brightest, nearby stars which are well-suited to the array's capabilities, while its primary photometric goal is to search for transits around these bright targets. Typically, it is difficult to find satisfactory comparison stars within a telescope's field of view when the primary target is very bright. This issue is resolved by using one of MINERVA's telescopes to observe the primary bright star while the other telescopes observe a distinct field of view that contains satisfactory bright comparison stars. We describe the code used to identify nearby comparison stars, schedule the four telescopes, produce differential photometry from multiple telescopes, and show the first results from this effort.This work has been funded by the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, the ERAU Honors Program, the ERAU Undergraduate Research Spark Fund, and the Banneker Institute at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

  6. High-precision timeline for Earth's most severe extinction.

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    Burgess, Seth D; Bowring, Samuel; Shen, Shu-zhong

    2014-03-01

    The end-Permian mass extinction was the most severe loss of marine and terrestrial biota in the last 542 My. Understanding its cause and the controls on extinction/recovery dynamics depends on an accurate and precise age model. U-Pb zircon dates for five volcanic ash beds from the Global Stratotype Section and Point for the Permian-Triassic boundary at Meishan, China, define an age model for the extinction and allow exploration of the links between global environmental perturbation, carbon cycle disruption, mass extinction, and recovery at millennial timescales. The extinction occurred between 251.941 ± 0.037 and 251.880 ± 0.031 Mya, an interval of 60 ± 48 ka. Onset of a major reorganization of the carbon cycle immediately precedes the initiation of extinction and is punctuated by a sharp (3‰), short-lived negative spike in the isotopic composition of carbonate carbon. Carbon cycle volatility persists for ?500 ka before a return to near preextinction values. Decamillenial to millennial level resolution of the mass extinction and its aftermath will permit a refined evaluation of the relative roles of rate-dependent processes contributing to the extinction, allowing insight into postextinction ecosystem expansion, and establish an accurate time point for evaluating the plausibility of trigger and kill mechanisms. PMID:24516148

  7. High-precision time and frequency measurement method combining time-space conversion and different frequency phase detection

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    Du, BaoQiang; Wang, YanFeng; Cui, GuangZhao; Guo, ShuTing; Dong, ShaoFeng; Liu, Dan

    2013-11-01

    According to the time & space conversion relations and different frequency phase detection principle, an ultra-high precision time & frequency measurement method is proposed in this paper. The higher accuracy and stability of the speed of light and electromagnetic signals during the transmission in space or a specific medium enable the measurement of short time interval which uses the coincidence detection of signal's transmission delay in length. The measurement precision better than 10 picoseconds can be easily obtained. The method develops the length vernier utilizing the stability of signal's transmission delay, minimizes the fuzzy region of phase coincidence between the standard frequency signal and the measured signal, approaches the best phase coincidences and therefore improves the measurement precision which is higher than the precision provided by the traditional methods based on frequency processing. Besides, the method costs less than the traditional methods and can also solve the problem of the measurement of super-high frequency. Experimental results show the method can improve the measurement precision to 10-12/s in the time & frequency domain.

  8. Precision mass spectrometry of highly charged ions with TITAN. Status and outlook

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    Simon, V. V.; Chaudhuri, A.; Chowdhury, U.; Gallant, A. T.; Kwiatkowski, A. A.; Lennarz, A.; Macdonald, T. D.; Schultz, B. E.; Simon, M. C.; Andreoiu, C.; Gwinner, G.; Dilling, J.

    2014-06-01

    High-precision and accurate atomic mass measurements are vital for the description of nuclear structure, investigations of nuclear astrophysical processes, and tests of fundamental symmetries. We report on mass measurements of short-lived highly charged ions using the TITAN Penning-trap mass spectrometer at TRIUMF. To increase the overall efficiency and precision of the mass measurement of highly charged ions, an addition to the TITAN system, the novel cooler Penning trap CPET is discussed.

  9. Very-high-precision solutions of a class of Schrödinger type equations

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    Mushtaq, Asif; Noreen, Amna; Olaussen, Kåre; Øverbø, Ingjald

    2011-09-01

    We investigate a method to solve a class of Schrödinger type equation eigenvalue problems numerically to very high precision P (from thousands to a million of decimals). The memory requirement, and the number of high-precision algebraic operations, of the method scale essentially linearly with P when only eigenvalues are computed. However, since the algorithms for multiplying high-precision numbers scale at a rate between P and PlogPloglogP, the time requirement of our method increases somewhat faster than P.

  10. SynUTC - high precision time synchronization over ethernet networks

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    Höller, R; Horauer, M; Kerö, N; Schmid, U; Schossmaier, K

    2002-01-01

    This article describes our SynUTC (Synchronized Universal Time Coordinated) technology, which enables high-accuracy distribution of GPS time and time synchronization of network nodes connected via standard Ethernet LANs. By means of exchanging data packets in conjunction with moderate hardware support at nodes and switches, an overall worst-case accuracy in the range of some 100 ns can be achieved, with negligible communication overhead. Our technology thus improves the 1 ms-range accuracy achievable by conventional, software-based approaches like NTP by 4 orders of magnitude. Applications can use the high-accuracy global time provided by SynUTC for event timestamping and event generation both at hardware and software level. SynUTC is based upon inserting highly accurate time information into dedicated data packets at the media-independent interface (MII) between the physical layer transceiver and the network controller upon packet transmission and reception, respectively. As a consequence, every node has acc...

  11. High Precision Thin CMOS Sensors for Future Vertex Detectors

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    Winter, M.; Besson, A.; Deveaux, M.; Gay, A.; Gaycken, G.; Grandjean, D.; Himmi, A.; Hu, C.; Valin, I.; Claus, G.; Colledani, C.; Deptuch, G.; Dulinski, W.

    2004-07-01

    CMOS pixel sensors are developed at IReS-LEPSI since 1999 for future vertex detectors needing very high granularity and minimal material budget. The first prototypes, made of small arrays of a few thousands of pixels, demonstrated the viability of the technology and its high tracking performances. In the last two years, new results on the radiation tolerance and tracking performances of the sensors were obtained, and the first real scale prototype was fabricated and tested. Moreover, a new manufacturing technology was investigated, without epitaxial layer but based on a lightly doped substrate. The contribution summarises the performances observed and provides an outlook on the sensor applications.

  12. HYDRA: High Speed Simulation Architecture for Precision Spacecraft Formation Flying

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    Martin, Bryan J.; Sohl, Garett A.

    2003-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation describes HYDRA, which is architecture to facilitate high-fidelity and real-time simulation of formation flying missions. The contents include: 1) Motivation; 2) Objective; 3) HYDRA-Description and Overview; 4) HYDRA-Hierarchy; 5) Communication in HYDRA; 6) Simulation Specific Concerns in HYDRA; 7) Example application (Formation Acquisition); and 8) Sample Problem Results.

  13. Variability Type Determination and High Precision Ephemeris for NSVS 7606408

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    Furgoni, Riccardo

    2014-01-01

    A photometric campaign analysis of the star NSVS 7606408 has been conducted in order to determine the type of variability and high accuracy ephemeris. By combining the obtained data with other datasets available, it was tried to improve the determination of the period, highlighting, however, a possible minimal change of the period over the years.

  14. inTrack: High Precision Tracking of Mobile Sensor Nodes

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    Maróti, Miklós

    than 10 cm at a remarkably low node density of 650 nodes/km2 . Previous work on radio of Mathematics, University of Szeged, Hungary mmaroti@gmail.com Abstract. Radio-interferometric ranging introduce inTrack, a cooperative tracking system based on radio-interferometry that features high accuracy

  15. Feb 5, 2003 ION 2003 1 High Precision Realization and

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    Herring, Thomas

    to determine time delays between signals arriving at different radio telescopes located around the world, this system used cross-correlation of (high-bandwidth) recordings of signals from extra-galactic radio sources Early GPS History · While both extra-galactic radio sources and GPS radiated radio signals that could

  16. High-precision pointing and attitude estimation and control algorithms for hardware-constrained spacecraft

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    Pong, Christopher Masaru

    2014-01-01

    The overarching objective of this thesis is to develop algorithms for high-precision pointing and attitude estimation and control on hardware-constrained spacecraft. This includes small spacecraft, where tight mass, volume, ...

  17. A High-Precision, Magnetically Levitated Positioning Stage Toward contactless actuation for industrial manufacturing

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    Maggiore, Manfredi

    A High-Precision, Magnetically Levitated Positioning Stage Toward contactless actuation to replace mechanical microsteppers by magnetically levitated devices. Magnetically levitated microsteppers magnetic levitation devices utilizing the principle of electromagnetic reluctance to achieve planar

  18. High Precision SC Cavity alignment Measurements with Higher Order Modes

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    Molloy, Stephen; Frisch, Josef; Hendrickson, Linda; McCormick, Douglas; May, Justin; Ross, Marc; Smith, Tonee; Eddy, Nathan; Nagaitsev, Sergei; Baboi, Nicoleta; Hensler, Olaf; Petrosyan, Lyudvig; Napoly, Olivier; Paparella, Rita; Simon, Claire; /DSM, DAPNIA, Saclay

    2007-06-14

    Experiments at the FLASH linac at DESY have demonstrated that the higher order modes (HOMs) induced in superconducting cavities can be used to provide a variety of beam and cavity diagnostics. The centers of the cavities can be determined from the beam orbit which produces minimum power in the dipole HOM modes. The phase and amplitude of the dipole modes can be used as a high resolution beam position monitor. For most superconducting accelerators, the existing HOM couplers provide the necessary signals, and the downmix and digitizing electronics are straightforward, similar to those for a conventional BPM.

  19. A high-precision mechanical absolute-rotation sensor.

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    Venkateswara, Krishna; Hagedorn, Charles A; Turner, Matthew D; Arp, Trevor; Gundlach, Jens H

    2014-01-01

    We have developed a mechanical absolute-rotation sensor capable of resolving ground rotation angle of less than 1 nrad/?Hz above 30 mHz and 0.2 nrad/?Hz above 100 mHz about a single horizontal axis. The device consists of a meter-scale beam balance, suspended by a pair of flexures, with a resonance frequency of 10.8 mHz. The center of mass is located 3 ?m above the pivot, giving an excellent horizontal displacement rejection of better than 3 × 10(-5) rad/m. The angle of the beam is read out optically using a high-sensitivity autocollimator. We have also built a tiltmeter with better than 1 nrad/?Hz sensitivity above 30 mHz. Co-located measurements using the two instruments allowed us to distinguish between background rotation signal at low frequencies and intrinsic instrument noise. The rotation sensor is useful for rotational seismology and for rejecting background rotation signal from seismometers in experiments demanding high levels of seismic isolation, such as Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory. PMID:24517804

  20. High precision moving magnet chopper for variable operation conditions

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    Aicher, Winfried; Schmid, Manfred

    1994-01-01

    In the context of an ESTEC technology contract, a Chopping Mechanism was developed and built with the Far Infrared and Submillimeter Telescope (FIRST) astronomy mission as a reference. The task of the mechanism is to tilt the subreflector of the telescope with an assumed mass of 2.5 kg about one chopping axis at nominal frequencies of up to 5 Hz and chopping angles of up to +/- 11.25 mrad with high efficiency (minimum time for position change). The chopping axis is required to run through the subreflector vertex. After performing a concept trade-off also considering the low operational temperatures in the 130 K range, a design using moving magnet actuators was found to be the favorite one. In addition, a bearing concept using flexible pivots was chosen to meet the high chopping accuracy required. With this approach, a very reliable design could be realized, since the actuators work without any mechanical contact between its moving and fixed parts, and the only bearings used are two flexible pivots supporting the subreflector mounting interface. The mechanism was completely built in titanium in a lightweight and stiff design. The moving magnet actuators were designed to meet the stringent requirements for minimum risetime (time necessary to move from one angular position to a new one) in the 20 msec range. The angular position and the corresponding chopping frequency as well can be arbitrarily selected by the user.

  1. High-speed scanning stroboscopic fringe-pattern projection technology for three-dimensional shape precision measurement.

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    Yang, Guowei; Sun, Changku; Wang, Peng; Xu, Yixin

    2014-01-10

    A high-speed scanning stroboscopic fringe-pattern projection system is designed. A high-speed rotating polygon mirror and a line-structured laser cooperate to produce stable and unambiguous stroboscopic fringe patterns. The system combines the rapidity of the grating projection with the high accuracy of the line-structured laser light source. The fringe patterns have fast frame rate, great density, high precision, and high brightness, with convenience and accuracy in adjusting brightness, frequency, linewidth, and the amount of phase shift. The characteristics and the stability of this system are verified by experiments. Experimental results show that the finest linewidth can reach 40 ?m and that the minimum fringe cycle is 80 ?m. Circuit modulation makes the light source system flexibly adjustable, easy to control in real time, and convenient to project various fringe patterns. Combined with different light intensity adjustment algorithms and 3D computation models, the 3D topography with high accuracy can be obtained for objects measured under different environments or objects with different sizes, morphologies, and optical properties. The proposed system shows a broad application prospect for fast 3D shape precision measurements, particularly in the industrial field of 3D online detection for precision devices. PMID:24514046

  2. High-precision gas chromatography-combustion isotope ratio mass spectrometry at low signal levels.

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    Goodman, K J; Brenna, J T

    1995-01-01

    Precision and accuracy of gas chromatography-combustion isotope ratio mass spectrometry are investigated for sample levels down to about 5 pmol C in fatty acid methyl ester mixtures spanning 1000-fold in concentration. Precision and accuracy of isotope ratios diverge rapidly for conventional summation methods, and become unusable below 30 pmol material on column. At lower levels, mean isotope ratios were statistically different from reference values indicating bias as well as poor precision. In contrast, curve fitting, using the exponentially modified Gaussian line shape, gives improved precision for most peaks and useful results down to 3 pmol. The curve-fitting algorithm was also less sensitive to signal integration time than the summation method. These data indicate that curve fitting may be the method of choice for integration of noisy data when high-precision isotope ratios are desired. PMID:7881535

  3. A study of the high-precision displacement laser probe

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    Fan, Yuming; Zhang, Guoxiong

    2006-06-01

    On the basis of the measuring principle of the dynamic active optical confocal probe based on time difference measurement that has a reference path, a dynamic active optical confocal probe based on time difference measurement but has no reference path is developed. In this paper, the working principle of this optical confocal probe is dissertated. A large-scale integrated measuring system is designed to simplify the structure of the probe and to enhance the stability of the probe. Single-chip microcomputer system with a high-speed ADC is selected in the measurement and control system of the probe. At the end of the paper, experiments on the performance of the optical confocal probe based on time difference measurement with no reference path are carried out. Experiment results show that the probe has a measuring resolution of 0.05?m, a measuring range of 0.2mm and a linearity of 0.4?m.

  4. High Precision SC Cavity Diagnostics with HOM Measurements

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    Frisch, Josef; Hendrickson, Linda; McCormick, Douglas; May, Justin; Molloy, Stephen; Ross, Marc; /SLAC

    2006-08-18

    Experiments at the FLASH linac at DESY have demonstrated that the Higher Order Modes induced in Superconducting Cavities can be used to provide a variety of beam and cavity diagnostics. The centers of the cavities can be determined from the beam orbit which produces minimum power in the dipole HOM modes. The phase and amplitude of the dipole modes can be used as a high resolution beam position monitor, and the phase of the monopole modes to measure the beam phase relative to the accelerator RF. Beam orbit feedback which minimizes the dipole HOM power in a set of structures has been demonstrated. For most SC accelerators, the existing HOM couplers provide the necessary signals, and the down mix and digitizing electronics are straightforward, similar to those for a conventional BPM.

  5. Precision high energy liner implosion experiments PHELIX [1

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    Reass, William A; Baca, David M; Griego, Jeffrey R; Reinovsky, Robert E; Rousculp, Christopher L; Turchi, Peter J

    2009-01-01

    This paper describes the hardware design of a small megajoule sized transformer coupled pulse power system utilized to drive hydrodynamic liner experiments with a nominal current capability of 10 megAmperes. The resulting liner velocities and characteristics provide properties of physics interest. The capacitor banks utilize the ''Atlas'' plastic cased 60 kV, 60 kJ capacitors [2] and railgaps [3]. The air insulated marx'S are configured to dive a multi-filar toroidal transformer. The 4:1 multi-filar toroidal transformer is mechanically part of a circular disc line and this feature results in an attractive inductance budget. Because of the compact size, re-usable transformer, and resulting low maintenance cost, shot rates can be high compared to other ''large'' machines or explosively driven hydrodynamic methods. The PHELIX modeling, construction status, and test results will also be provided.

  6. Estimation and filtering for high-precision GPS positioning applications

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    Lichten, Stephen M.

    1990-01-01

    Estimation of GPS satellite orbits and other parameters for high-accuracy geodetic and tracking applications is carried out with a multi-satellite batch sequential pseudo-epoch state process noise filter. Both square-root information filtering and UD factorized covariance filtering and smoothing formulations are implemented in the software to enhance numerical stability. The filtering algorithms have been arranged to take advantage of sparse matrices and other characteristics of the GPS measurement scenarios. The filter includes unique error evaluation capabilities to assess effects from mismodeling. Process noise plays a key role in the orbit determination for stochastic behavior of transmitter/receiver clocks, atmospheric-induced delay fluctuations, and unmodeled spacecraft accelerations. Present GPS orbit accuracy is better than 1 m, with ground baselines determined simultaneously to relative accuracy of 1.5 parts in 10 to the 8th over several thousand km distance.

  7. High precision pointing with a multiline spectrometer at the VTT

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    Staiger, J.

    2012-12-01

    We are investigating the pointing quality of the VTT, Tenerife under the aspect of suitability for long-term heliosesimological observations. Tests have shown that thermal and mechanical loads within the telescope may create spurious image drifts with shift rates of up to 5 arcsec per hour. During daylong recordings this will reduce significantly the effective size of the field-of-view and may infer artificial lateral movements into the data. The underlying problem that not all image position offsets developing during a measurement may be compensated for is common to most high-resolution solar telescopes independently of the type of pointing system used. We are developing new approaches to address this problem which are to be tested in the near future at the VTT. The simulations established so far show that the problem may be reduced by more than 90 %.

  8. Controller design and implementation for a 6-degree-of-freedom magnetically levitated positioner with high precision 

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    Yu, Ho

    2005-11-01

    This thesis presents the controller design and implementation of a high-precision 6-degree-of-freedom (6-DOF) magnetically levitated (maglev) positioner. This high-precision positioning system consists of a novel concentrated-field magnet matrix...

  9. High Precision Ti stable Isotope Measurement of Terrestrial Rocks

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    Millet, M. A.; Dauphas, N.; Williams, H. M.; Burton, K. W.; Nowell, G. M.

    2014-12-01

    Advances in multi-collection plasma source mass spectrometry have allowed the determination of stable isotope composition of transition metals to address questions relevant to both high and low temperature geochemistry. However, titanium has received only very limited attention. Here we present a new technique allowing the determination of the stable isotope composition of titanium in geological samples (d49Ti or deviation of the 49Ti/47Ti ratio from the OL-Ti in-house standard of reference) using double-spike methodology and high-resolution MC-ICP-MS. We have carried out a range analytical tests for a wide spectrum of samples matrices to demonstrate a external reproducibility of ±0.02‰ on the d49Ti while using as little as 150ng of natural Ti for a single analysis. We have analysed a comprehensive selection of mantle-derived samples covering a range of geodynamic contexts (MORB, IAB, OIB, adakites, eclogites, serpentines) and geographical distribution (MORB: Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Southwest Indian Ridge and Eastern Pacific Ridge; IAB: New Britain reference suite and Marianas Arc). The samples show a very limited range from -0.06‰ to +0.04‰ with a main mode at +0.004‰ relative to the OL-Ti standard. Average values for MORB, IAB and eclogites are similar within uncertainty and thus argue for limited mobility of Ti during subduction zone processes and homogeneity of the Ti stable isotope composition of the upper mantle. However, preliminary data for more evolved igneous rocks suggest that they display heavier Ti stable isotope compositions, which may reflect the removal of isotopically light Ti as a function of Fe-Ti oxide crystallisation. This is in good agreement with Ti being present in 5-fold and 6-fold coordination in basaltic melts and preferential uptake of 6-folded Ti by Ti-bearing oxides [1]. This dataset will be complemented by analysis of abyssal peridotites to confirm the homogeneity of the mantle as well as data for a range of ferromanganese crusts in order to explore the potential applications of Ti stable isotopes as a new tracer in paleoceanography. [1] Farges F. and Brown G.E., 1997, GCA, 1863-1870

  10. In-plane laser forming for high precision alignment

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    Folkersma, Ger; Römer, Gert-Willem; Brouwer, Dannis; Veld, Bert Huis in't.

    2014-12-01

    Laser microforming is extensively used to align components with submicrometer accuracy, often after assembly. While laser-bending sheet metal is the most common laser-forming mechanism, the in-plane upsetting mechanism is preferred when a high actuator stiffness is required. A three-bridge planar actuator made out of Invar 36 sheet was used to characterize this mechanism by experiments, finite element method modeling, and a fast-reduced model. The predictions of the thermal models agree well with the temperature measurements, while the final simulated displacement after 15 pulses deviates up to a factor of 2 from the measurement, using standard isotropic hardening models. Furthermore, it was found from the experiments and models that a small bridge width and a large bridge thickness are beneficial to decrease the sensitivity to disturbances in the process. The experiments have shown a step size as small as 0.1 ?m, but with a spread of 20%. This spread is attributed to scattering in surface morphology, which affects the absorbed laser power. To decrease the spread and increase the positioning accuracy, an adapted closed-loop learning algorithm is proposed. Simulations using the reduced model showed that 78% of the alignment trials were within the required accuracy of ±0.1 ?m.

  11. A high precision ultrasonic system for vibration measurements

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    Young, M. S.; Li, Y. C.

    1992-11-01

    A microcomputer-aided ultrasonic system that can be used to measure the vibratory displacements of an object is presented. A pair of low cost 40-kHz ultrasonic transducers is used to transmit ultrasound toward an object and receive the ultrasound reflected from the object. The relative motion of the object modulates the phase angle difference between the transmitted and received ultrasound signals. A single-chip microcomputer-based phase detector was designed to record and analyze the phase shift information which is then sent to a PC-AT microcomputer for processing. We have developed an ingenious method to reconstruct the relative motion of an object from the acquired data of the phase difference changes. A digital plotter based experiment was also designed for testing the performance of the whole system. The measured accuracy of the system in the reported experiments is within +/- 0.4 mm and the theoretical maximal measurable speed of the object is 89.6 cm/s. The main advantages of this ultrasonic vibration measurement system are high resolution, low cost, noncontact measurement, and easy installation.

  12. A research of a high precision multichannel data acquisition system

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    Zhong, Ling-na; Tang, Xiao-ping; Yan, Wei

    2013-08-01

    The output signals of the focusing system in lithography are analog. To convert the analog signals into digital ones which are more flexible and stable to process, a desirable data acquisition system is required. The resolution of data acquisition, to some extent, affects the accuracy of focusing. In this article, we first compared performance between the various kinds of analog-to-digital converters (ADC) available on the market at the moment. Combined with the specific requirements (sampling frequency, converting accuracy, numbers of channels etc) and the characteristics (polarization, amplitude range etc) of the analog signals, the model of the ADC to be used as the core chip in our hardware design was determined. On this basis, we chose other chips needed in the hardware circuit that would well match with ADC, then the overall hardware design was obtained. Validation of our data acquisition system was verified through experiments and it can be demonstrated that the system can effectively realize the high resolution conversion of the multi-channel analog signals and give the accurate focusing information in lithography.

  13. High-Precision Measurements of the Brightness Variation of Nereid

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    Terai, Tsuyoshi; Itoh, Yoichi

    2013-04-01

    Nereid, the outer satellite of Neptune, has a highly eccentric prograde orbit with a semimajor axis of larger than 200 in units of Neptune's radius, and is classified as an irregular satellite. Although the capture origin of irregular satellites has been widely accepted, several previous studies suggest that Nereid was formed in the circumplanetary disk of Neptune and ejected outward to the present location by Triton. A series of our photometric observations confirm that Nereid's rotation period, 11.5 hr, is stable and nonchaotic, as indicated by Grav, Holman, and Kavelaars (2003, ApJ, 591, L71). The optical colors of Nereid are indistinguishable from those of trans-Neptunian objects and Centaurs, especially from these objects with neutral colors. We also found the consistency of Nereid's rotation period based on the size-rotation distribution of small outer bodies. It is likely that Nereid originated as an immigrant body captured from the heliocentric orbit that was 4-5 AU away from Neptune's orbit.

  14. High Resolution Airborne Digital Imagery for Precision Agriculture

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    Herwitz, Stanley R.

    1998-01-01

    The Environmental Research Aircraft and Sensor Technology (ERAST) program is a NASA initiative that seeks to demonstrate the application of cost-effective aircraft and sensor technology to private commercial ventures. In 1997-98, a series of flight-demonstrations and image acquisition efforts were conducted over the Hawaiian Islands using a remotely-piloted solar- powered platform (Pathfinder) and a fixed-wing piloted aircraft (Navajo) equipped with a Kodak DCS450 CIR (color infrared) digital camera. As an ERAST Science Team Member, I defined a set of flight lines over the largest coffee plantation in Hawaii: the Kauai Coffee Company's 4,000 acre Koloa Estate. Past studies have demonstrated the applications of airborne digital imaging to agricultural management. Few studies have examined the usefulness of high resolution airborne multispectral imagery with 10 cm pixel sizes. The Kodak digital camera integrated with ERAST's Airborne Real Time Imaging System (ARTIS) which generated multiband CCD images consisting of 6 x 106 pixel elements. At the designated flight altitude of 1,000 feet over the coffee plantation, pixel size was 10 cm. The study involved the analysis of imagery acquired on 5 March 1998 for the detection of anomalous reflectance values and for the definition of spectral signatures as indicators of tree vigor and treatment effectiveness (e.g., drip irrigation; fertilizer application).

  15. [Research on a novel high-precision methane concentration detection system].

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    Song, Lin-li; Zhou, Han-chang; Zhang, Zhi-jie

    2014-12-01

    In the gas concentration detection process using the characteristic spectrum absorption method, in order to improve the detection accuracy of the gas concentration, it often has to use the high-quality narrowband modulated laser and modulate wavelength to align with the characteristic absorption peaks of measured gas. But by this way, the cost of the laser and system requirements will be greatly increased. To use the existing portable, low-cost semiconductor laser conditions, at the same time it can obtain higher precision, conversion window differential absorption optical structure and the algorithm of differential characteristic absorption ratio was designed. Selection reason of position of the wavelength characteristic was analyzed, and steps to implement the processing algorithm were given. Systematically utilizing the combination method of conversion window and absorption gas chamber, by the method for calculating the ratio of the light intensity response, the light intensity from non-characteristic absorption peak position was divided out. So it achieved a similar detecting effect was achieved that used a narrow-band laser aligned to the feature absorption peak position. Experiments adopted MW-IR-1650 infrared laser, type SSM17-2 stepper motor control module, C30659 infrared detectors, and other devices. In the experiments, different concentrations of methane gas were tested, and experimental results show that the relative error of measurement was less than 2.0% within the range from 200 to 5000 ppm. In summary, it's proved that the system has high accuracy and stability. PMID:25881438

  16. High precision quantum-chemical treatment of adsorption: Benchmarking physisorption of molecular hydrogen on graphane

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    Usvyat, Denis

    2015-09-01

    A multilevel hierarchical ab initio protocol for calculating adsorption on non-conducting surfaces is presented. It employs fully periodic treatment, which reaches local Møller-Plesset perturbation theory of second order (MP2) with correction for the basis set incompleteness via the local F12 technique. Post-MP2 corrections are calculated using finite clusters. That includes the coupled cluster treatment in the local and canonical frameworks (up to perturbative quadruples) and correlated core (with MP2). Using this protocol, the potential surface of hydrogen molecules adsorbed on graphane was computed. According to the calculations, hydrogen molecules are adsorbed on graphane in a perpendicular to the surface orientation with the minimum of the potential surface of around -3.6 kJ/mol located at the distance of 3.85 Å between the bond center of the hydrogen molecule and the mid-plane of graphane. The adsorption sites along the path from the downward-pointing carbon to the ring center of the graphane are energetically virtually equally preferable, which can enable nearly free translations of hydrogen molecules along these paths. Consequently, the hydrogen molecules on graphane most likely form a non-commensurate monolayer. The analysis of the remaining errors reveals a very high accuracy of the computed potential surface with an error bar of a few tenths of a kJ/mol. The obtained results are a high-precision benchmark for further theoretical and experimental studies of hydrogen molecules interacting with graphane.

  17. High precision quantum-chemical treatment of adsorption: Benchmarking physisorption of molecular hydrogen on graphane.

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    Usvyat, Denis

    2015-09-14

    A multilevel hierarchical ab initio protocol for calculating adsorption on non-conducting surfaces is presented. It employs fully periodic treatment, which reaches local Møller-Plesset perturbation theory of second order (MP2) with correction for the basis set incompleteness via the local F12 technique. Post-MP2 corrections are calculated using finite clusters. That includes the coupled cluster treatment in the local and canonical frameworks (up to perturbative quadruples) and correlated core (with MP2). Using this protocol, the potential surface of hydrogen molecules adsorbed on graphane was computed. According to the calculations, hydrogen molecules are adsorbed on graphane in a perpendicular to the surface orientation with the minimum of the potential surface of around -3.6 kJ/mol located at the distance of 3.85 Å between the bond center of the hydrogen molecule and the mid-plane of graphane. The adsorption sites along the path from the downward-pointing carbon to the ring center of the graphane are energetically virtually equally preferable, which can enable nearly free translations of hydrogen molecules along these paths. Consequently, the hydrogen molecules on graphane most likely form a non-commensurate monolayer. The analysis of the remaining errors reveals a very high accuracy of the computed potential surface with an error bar of a few tenths of a kJ/mol. The obtained results are a high-precision benchmark for further theoretical and experimental studies of hydrogen molecules interacting with graphane. PMID:26374053

  18. Machine Vision for High Precision Volume Measurement Applied to Levitated Containerless Materials Processing

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    Bradshaw, R. C.; Schmidt, D. P.; Rogers, J. R.; Kelton, K. F.; Hyers, R. W.

    2005-01-01

    By combining the best practices in optical dilatometry with new numerical methods, a high-speed and high precision technique has been developed to measure volume of levitated, containerlessly processed samples with sub- pixel resolution. Containerless processing provides the ability to study highly reactive materials without the possibility of contamination affecting thermo-physical properties. Levitation is a common technique used to isolate a sample as it is being processed. Noncontact optical measurement of thermo-ophysical properties is very important as traditional measuring methods cannot be used. Modern, digitally recorded images require advanced numerical routines to recover the sub-pixel locations of sample edges and, in turn produce high precision measurements.

  19. Machine vision for high-precision volume measurement applied to levitated containerless material processing

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    Bradshaw, R.C.; Schmidt, D.P.; Rogers, J.R.; Kelton, K.F.; Hyers, R.W.

    2005-12-15

    By combining the best practices in optical dilatometry with numerical methods, a high-speed and high-precision technique has been developed to measure the volume of levitated, containerlessly processed samples with subpixel resolution. Containerless processing provides the ability to study highly reactive materials without the possibility of contamination affecting thermophysical properties. Levitation is a common technique used to isolate a sample as it is being processed. Noncontact optical measurement of thermophysical properties is very important as traditional measuring methods cannot be used. Modern, digitally recorded images require advanced numerical routines to recover the subpixel locations of sample edges and, in turn, produce high-precision measurements.

  20. Precision laboratory apparatus for high temperature compression molding of glass lenses

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    Firestone, Gregory C.; Jain, Anurag; Yi, Allen Y.

    2005-06-01

    Recently, compression molding of glass aspherical lenses has become a viable manufacturing process for precision optical devices. In this research, an apparatus designed for precision compression molding of glass optics was constructed. The apparatus design was governed by two primary goals: molding process control and property measurement of common optical glasses such as BK 7, SK5, and soda lime glass. Equipped with high precision components, a closed loop feedback control and a unique force adaptive scheme, the apparatus was successfully used for glass property measurement tests. Moreover, the performance of the apparatus was also validated using selected microlens molding experiments.

  1. High-precision half-life measurement for the superallowed ?+ emitter ²?Al(m).

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    Finlay, P; Ettenauer, S; Ball, G C; Leslie, J R; Svensson, C E; Andreoiu, C; Austin, R A E; Bandyopadhyay, D; Cross, D S; Demand, G; Djongolov, M; Garrett, P E; Green, K L; Grinyer, G F; Hackman, G; Leach, K G; Pearson, C J; Phillips, A A; Sumithrarachchi, C S; Triambak, S; Williams, S J

    2011-01-21

    A high-precision half-life measurement for the superallowed ?+ emitter 26Al(m) was performed at the TRIUMF-ISAC radioactive ion beam facility yielding T 1/2 6346.54 ± 0.46(stat) ± 0.60 (syst) ms, consistent with, but 2.5 times more precise than, the previous world average. The 26Al(m) half-life and ft value, 3037.53(61) s, are now the most precisely determined for any superallowed ? decay. Combined with recent theoretical corrections for isospin-symmetry-breaking and radiative effects, the corrected Ft value for (26)Al(m), 3073.0(12) s, sets a new benchmark for the high-precision superallowed Fermi ?-decay studies used to test the conserved vector current hypothesis and determine the V(ud) element of the Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa quark mixing matrix. PMID:21405268

  2. Deterministic ion beam material adding technology for high-precision optical surfaces.

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    Liao, Wenlin; Dai, Yifan; Xie, Xuhui; Zhou, Lin

    2013-02-20

    Although ion beam figuring (IBF) provides a highly deterministic method for the precision figuring of optical components, several problems still need to be addressed, such as the limited correcting capability for mid-to-high spatial frequency surface errors and low machining efficiency for pit defects on surfaces. We propose a figuring method named deterministic ion beam material adding (IBA) technology to solve those problems in IBF. The current deterministic optical figuring mechanism, which is dedicated to removing local protuberances on optical surfaces, is enriched and developed by the IBA technology. Compared with IBF, this method can realize the uniform convergence of surface errors, where the particle transferring effect generated in the IBA process can effectively correct the mid-to-high spatial frequency errors. In addition, IBA can rapidly correct the pit defects on the surface and greatly improve the machining efficiency of the figuring process. The verification experiments are accomplished on our experimental installation to validate the feasibility of the IBA method. First, a fused silica sample with a rectangular pit defect is figured by using IBA. Through two iterations within only 47.5 min, this highly steep pit is effectively corrected, and the surface error is improved from the original 24.69 nm root mean square (RMS) to the final 3.68 nm RMS. Then another experiment is carried out to demonstrate the correcting capability of IBA for mid-to-high spatial frequency surface errors, and the final results indicate that the surface accuracy and surface quality can be simultaneously improved. PMID:23435003

  3. High-precision measurements of ? p elastic differential cross sections in the second resonance region

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    Alekseev, I. G.; Andreev, V. A.; Bordyuzhin, I. G.; Briscoe, W. J.; Filimonov, Ye. A.; Golubev, V. V.; Gridnev, A. B.; Kalinkin, D. V.; Koroleva, L. I.; Kozlenko, N. G.; Kozlov, V. S.; Krivshich, A. G.; Morozov, B. V.; Nesterov, V. M.; Novinsky, D. V.; Ryltsov, V. V.; Sadler, M.; Shurygin, B. M.; Strakovsky, I. I.; Sulimov, A. D.; Sumachev, V. V.; Svirida, D. N.; Tarakanov, V. I.; Trautman, V. Yu.; Workman, R. L.; Epecur Collaboration; Gw Ins Data Analysis Center

    2015-02-01

    Cross sections for ?±p elastic scattering have been measured to high precision by the EPECUR Collaboration for beam momenta between 800 and 1240 MeV/c using the ITEP proton synchrotron. The data precision allows comparisons of the existing partial-wave analyses on a level not possible previously. These comparisons imply that over the covered energy range, the Carnegie-Mellon-Berkeley analysis is significantly more predictive when compared to versions of the Karlsruhe-Helsinki analyses.

  4. High-precision thickness setting models for titanium alloy plate cold rolling without tension

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    Wang, Xiaochen; Yang, Quan; He, Fei; Sun, Youzhao; Xiao, Huifang

    2015-03-01

    Due to its highly favorable physical and chemical properties, titanium and titanium alloy are widely used in a variety of industries. Because of the low output of a single batch, plate cold rolling without tension is the most common rolling production method for titanium alloy. This method is lack of on-line thickness closed-loop control, with carefully thickness setting models for precision. A set of high-precision thickness setting models are proposed to suit the production method. Because of frequent variations in rolling specification, a model structural for the combination of analytical models and statistical models is adopted to replace the traditional self-learning method. The deformation resistance and friction factor, the primary factors which affect model precision, are considered as the objectives of statistical modeling. Firstly, the coefficient fitting of deformation resistance analytical model based on over-determined equations set is adopted. Additionally, a support vector machine(SVM) is applied to the modeling of the deformation resistance and friction factor. The setting models are applied to a 1450 plate-coiling mill for titanium alloy plate rolling, and then thickness precision is found consistently to be within 3%, exceeding the precision of traditional setting models with a self-learning method based on a large number of stable rolling data. Excellent application performance is obtained. The proposed research provides a set of high-precision thickness setting models which are well adapted to the characteristics of titanium alloy plate cold rolling without tension.

  5. High-precision laser beam shaping using a binary-amplitude spatial light modulator.

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    Liang, Jinyang; Kohn, Rudolph N; Becker, Michael F; Heinzen, Daniel J

    2010-03-10

    We have achieved high-precision laser beam shaping by using a binary-amplitude spatial light modulator, a digital micromirror device (DMD), followed by an imaging telescope that contains a pinhole low-pass filter (LPF). An error diffusion algorithm was used to design the initial DMD pixel pattern based on the measured input beam profile. This pattern was iteratively refined by simulating the optically low-pass filtered DMD image and changing DMD pixels to lift valleys and suppress peaks. We noted the gap between the experimental result of 1.4% root-mean-square (RMS) error and the simulated result for the same DMD pattern of 0.3% RMS error. Therefore, we deemed it necessary to introduce iterative refinement based on actual measurements of the output image to further improve the uniformity of the beam. Using this method, we have demonstrated the ability to shape raw, non-spatially filtered laser beams (quasi-Gaussian beams) into beams with precisely controlled profiles that have an unprecedented level of RMS error with respect to the target profile. We have shown that our iterative refinement process is able to improve the light intensity uniformity to around 1% RMS error in a raw camera image for both 633 and 1064 nm laser beams. The use of a digital LPF on the camera image is justified in that it matches the performance of the pinhole filter in the experimental setup. The digital low-pass filtered results reveal that the actual optical beam profiles have RMS error down to 0.23%. Our approach has also demonstrated the ability to produce a range of target profiles as long as they have similar spatial-frequency content (i.e., a slowly varying beam profile). Circular and square cross-section flat-top beams and beams with a linear intensity variation within a circular and square cross section were produced with similarly low RMS errors. The measured errors were about twice the ultimate limit of 0.1% RMS error based on the number of binary DMD pixels that participate in the beam-formation process. PMID:20220887

  6. A CCD based approach to high-precision size and refractive index determination of levitated microdroplets using Fraunhofer diffraction

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    Barnes, M. D.; Lermer, N.; Whitten, W. B.; Ramsey, J. M.

    1997-06-01

    We describe a fast and convenient method of high precision size and refractive index determination of electrodynamically levitated microdroplets using Fraunhofer diffraction. The diffraction data were obtained with a 16-bit, unintensified charge coupled device (CCD) camera, and converted into angle-resolved elastic scattering intensity patterns by means of a carefully determined set of transformation parameters. The angular scattering patterns were analyzed without any a priori estimate of the droplet size and only a nominal estimate (?2%) of the refractive index. Experimental angular scattering patterns were fit to calculated patterns from Mie theory using a graded step-size and scaling algorithm and optimized with respect to both droplet diameter and refractive index (real part only) with a precision of ?3 parts in 104 and 1 part in 103, respectively. Potential application to quantitative fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy, as well as mixture analysis in microdroplets is discussed.

  7. Laser ablation and high precision patterning of biomaterials and intraocular lenses

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    Serafetinides, A. A.; Spyratou, E.; Makropoulou, M.

    2010-10-01

    The use of intraocular lenses (IOL) is the most promising method for restoring excellent vision in cataract surgery. In addition, multifocal intraocular lenses for good distant and near vision are investigated. Several new materials, techniques and patterns are studied for the formation and etching of intraocular lenses in order to improve their optical properties and reduce the diffractive aberrations. As pulsed laser ablation is well established as a universal tool for surface processing of organic polymer materials, this study was focused in using laser ablation with short and ultra short laser pulses for surface modification of PMMA and intraocular lenses, instead of using other conventional techniques. The main advantage of using very short laser pulses, e.g. of ns, ps or fs duration, is that heat diffusion into the polymer material is negligible. As a result high precision patterning of the sample, without thermal damage of the surroundings, becomes possible. In this study, laser ablation was performed using commercially available hydrophobic acrylic IOLs, hydrophilic acrylic IOLs, and PMMA IOLs, with various diopters. We investigated the ablation efficiency and the phenomenology of the etched patterns by testing the ablation rate, versus laser energy fluence, at several wavelengths and the surface modification with atomic force microscopy (AFM), or scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The irradiated polymers have different optical properties, at the applied wavelengths, and therefore, present different ablation behaviour and morphology of the laser ablated crater walls and surrounding surfaces. The experimental results, some theoretical assumptions for mathematical modeling of the relevant ablation mechanisms are discussed.

  8. Methodology for developing a high-precision ultrasound flow meter and fluid velocity profile reconstruction.

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    Mandard, Emmanuelle; Kouamé, Denis; Battault, Rodolphe; Remenieras, Jean-Pierre; Patat, Frédéric

    2008-01-01

    This article reports the methodology used to develop a high-precision ultrasound transit time flow meter dedicated to liquid hydrocarbons. This kind of flow meter is designed for custody transfer applications requiring accuracy better than 0.15% of reading. We focus here on certain specific points to achieve this accuracy. The transit time method needs to estimate accurately the time delay between signals received by a pair of transducers. In this study, we review different ways of estimating this time delay. We also propose a specific configuration of the flow meter paths. In particular, this configuration compensates for the swirl phenomenon, which has a significant impact on the accuracy of the flow meter. We also propose a theoretical parametric profile to reconstruct the fluid velocity profile in order to perform in situ diagnosis of the flow. The parameters of the model are estimated from the measurements of the flow meter. Simulations and experimental results showed that this method provides characterization of the flow in disturbed and undisturbed flow conditions. PMID:18334322

  9. High precision predictions for exclusive VH production at the LHC

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    Li, Ye; Liu, Xiaohui

    2014-06-04

    We present a resummation-improved prediction for pp ? VH + 0 jets at the Large Hadron Collider. We focus on highly-boosted final states in the presence of jet veto to suppress the tt¯ background. In this case, conventional fixed-order calculations are plagued by the existence of large Sudakov logarithms ?nslogm(pvetoT/Q) for Q ~ mV + mH which lead to unreliable predictions as well as large theoretical uncertainties, and thus limit the accuracy when comparing experimental measurements to the Standard Model. In this work, we show that the resummation of Sudakov logarithms beyond the next-to-next-to-leading-log accuracy, combined with the next-to-next-to-leading order calculation, reduces the scale uncertainty and stabilizes the perturbative expansion in the region where the vector bosons carry large transverse momentum. Thus, our result improves the precision with which Higgs properties can be determined from LHC measurements using boosted Higgs techniques.

  10. A high precision TDC based on a multi-phase clock

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    Zhong Qi; Xiangting Meng; Deyuan Li; Lei Yang; Zeen Yao; Dongcang Li

    2015-02-04

    The design of a high-precision time-to-digital converter (TDC) based on a multiphase clock implemented using a single field-programmable gate array is discussed in this paper. The TDC can increase the resolution of the measurement by using time interpolation. A phase-locked loop is used to generate four multiphase clocks whose frequencies are the same and whose phases are 0{\\deg}, 45{\\deg}, 90{\\deg}, and 135{\\deg}. In addition, the duty ratios of the four clocks are 50%. By utilizing four multiphase clocks to make up the interpolation clock, one clock period can be divided into eight uniform parts. The resolution of the TDC can be improved to 1/8 of a clock period. Furthermore, we have also designed a discriminator circuit for identifying the start and stop signals. On the basis of this circuit, the TDC can still measure the time interval of two signals when the start and stop signals are uncertain. The experimental results indicate that the time resolution of the TDC can achieve the theoretical value, and the linearity is very good. The architecture consumes fewer logic cells and is more stable.

  11. Methods for high precision 14C AMS measurement of atmospheric CO2 at LLNL

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    Graven, H D; Guilderson, T P; Keeling, R F

    2006-10-18

    Development of {sup 14}C analysis with precision better than 2{per_thousand} has the potential to expand the utility of {sup 14}CO{sub 2} measurements for carbon cycle investigations as atmospheric gradients currently approach traditional measurement precision of 2-5{per_thousand}. The AMS facility at the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, produces high and stable beam currents that enable efficient acquisition times for large numbers of {sup 14}C counts. One million {sup 14}C atoms can be detected in approximately 25 minutes, suggesting that near 1{per_thousand} counting precision is economically feasible at LLNL. The overall uncertainty in measured values is ultimately determined by the variation between measured ratios in several sputtering periods of the same sample and by the reproducibility of replicate samples. Experiments on the collection of one million counts on replicate samples of CO{sub 2} extracted from a whole air cylinder show a standard deviation of 1.7{per_thousand} in 36 samples measured over several wheels. This precision may be limited by the reproducibility of Oxalic Acid I standard samples, which is considerably poorer. We outline the procedures for high-precision sample handling and analysis that have enabled reproducibility in the cylinder extraction samples at the <2{per_thousand} level and describe future directions to continue increasing measurement precision at LLNL.

  12. High-precision covariant one-boson-exchange potentials for np scattering below 350 MeV

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    Franz Gross; Alfred Stadler

    2007-11-02

    All realistic potential models for the two-nucleon interaction are to some extent based on boson exchange. However, in order to achieve an essentially perfect fit to the scattering data, characterized by a chi2/Ndata ~ 1, previous potentials have abandoned a pure one boson-exchange mechanism (OBE). Using a covariant theory, we have found a OBE potential that fits the 2006 world np data below 350 MeV with a chi2/Ndata = 1.06 for 3788 data. Our potential has fewer adjustable parameters than previous high-precision potentials, and also reproduces the experimental triton binding energy without introducing additional irreducible three-nucleon forces.

  13. High-precision covariant one-boson-exchange potentials for np scattering below 350 MeV

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    Franz Gross; Alfred Stadler

    2007-12-01

    All realistic potential models for the two-nucleon interaction are to some extent based on boson exchange. However, in order to achieve an essentially perfect fit to the scattering data, characterized by a chi2/Ndata~ 1, previous potentials have abandoned a pure one boson-exchange mechanism (OBE). Using a covariant theory, we have found a true OBE potential that fits the 2006 world np data below 350 MeV with a chi2/Ndata = 1.00 for 3612 data. Our potential has fewer adjustable parameters than previous high precision potentials, and also reproduces the experimental triton binding energy without introducing additional irreducible three-nucleon forces.

  14. A modified highly precise direct integration method for a class of linear time-varying systems

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    Liu, XiaoMei; Zhou, Gang; Zhu, Shuai; Wang, YongHong; Sun, WeiRong; Weng, ShiLie

    2014-07-01

    It is always a bottleneck to design an effective algorithm for linear time-varying systems in engineering applications. For a class of systems, whose coefficients matrix is based on time-varying polynomial, a modified highly precise direct integration (VHPD-T method) was presented. Through introducing new variables and expanding dimensions, the system can be transformed into a time-invariant system, in which the transfer matrix can be computed for once and used forever with a highly precise direct integration method. The method attains higher precision than the common methods (e.g. RK4 and power series) and high efficiency in computation. Some numerical examples demonstrate the validity and efficiency of the method proposed.

  15. [Experimental and theoretical high energy physics program

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    Finley, J.; Gaidos, J.A.; Loeffler, F.J.; McIlwain, R.L.; Miller, D.H.; Palfrey, T.R.; Shibata, E.I.; Shipsey, I.P.

    1993-04-01

    Experimental and theoretical high-energy physics research at Purdue is summarized in a number of reports. Subjects treated include the following: the CLEO experiment for the study of heavy flavor physics; gas microstrip detectors; particle astrophysics; affine Kac{endash}Moody algebra; nonperturbative mass bounds on scalar and fermion systems due to triviality and vacuum stability constraints; resonance neutrino oscillations; e{sup +}e{sup {minus}} collisions at CERN; {bar p}{endash}p collisions at FNAL; accelerator physics at Fermilab; development work for the SDC detector at SSC; TOPAZ; D-zero physics; physics beyond the standard model; and the Collider Detector at Fermilab. (RWR)

  16. Precise Online Auto-focus System in High Speed Laser Micromachining Applications

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    Antti, Määttänen; Ville, Hautala; Jorma, Vihinen

    Maintaining constant quality is challenging in laser processes where a small focal point down to few micrometers is necessary, because the beam focus must be kept within the limits of narrow depth of focus in the entire working area. We demonstrated the importance of the focus control in sapphire scribing and silicon surface material removal processes. With an online auto-focus system micromachining was made up to 1000 mm/s processing speed with a precision of ±2 ?m. According to the test results, the auto-focus system significantly improved the process quality and reliability and allowed using high processing speeds and large wafer sizes with high precision.

  17. Fabrication and Assembly of High-Precision Hinge and Latch Joints for Deployable Optical Instruments

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    Phelps, James E.

    1999-01-01

    Descriptions are presented of high-precision hinge and latch joints that have been co-developed, for application to deployable optical instruments, by NASA Langley Research Center and Nyma/ADF. Page-sized versions of engineering drawings are included in two appendices to describe all mechanical components of both joints. Procedures for assembling the mechanical components of both joints are also presented. The information herein is intended to facilitate the fabrication and assembly of the high-precision hinge and latch joints, and enable the incorporation of these joints into the design of deployable optical instrument systems.

  18. SOPHIE+: First results of an octagonal-section fiber for high-precision radial velocity measurements

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    Bouchy, F.; Díaz, R. F.; Hébrard, G.; Arnold, L.; Boisse, I.; Delfosse, X.; Perruchot, S.; Santerne, A.

    2013-01-01

    High-precision spectrographs play a key role in exoplanet searches and Doppler asteroseismology using the radial velocity technique. The 1 m s-1level of precision requires very high stability and uniformity of the illumination of the spectrograph. In fiber-fed spectrographs such as SOPHIE, the fiber-link scrambling properties are one of the main conditions for high precision. To significantly improve the radial velocity precision of the SOPHIE spectrograph, which was limited to 5-6 m s-1, we implemented a piece of octagonal-section fiber in the fiber link. We present here the scientific validation of the upgrade of this instrument, demonstrating a real improvement. The upgraded instrument, renamed SOPHIE+, reaches radial velocity precision in the range of 1-2 m s-1. It is now fully efficient for the detection of low-mass exoplanets down to 5-10 M? and for the identification of acoustic modes down to a few tens of cm s-1.

  19. High precision measurement of the proton charge radius: The PRad experiment

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    Meziane, Mehdi; Collaboration: PRad Collaboration

    2013-11-07

    The recent high precision measurements of the proton charge radius performed at PSI from muonic hydrogen Lamb shift puzzled the hadronic physics community. A value of 0.8418 ± 0.0007 fm was extracted which is 7? smaller than the previous determinations obtained from electron-proton scattering experiments and based on precision spectroscopy of electronic hydrogen. An additional extraction of the proton charge radius from electron scattering at Mainz is also in good agreement with these 'electronic' determinations. An independent measurement of the proton charge radius from unpolarized elastic ep scattering using a magnetic spectrometer free method was proposed and fully approved at Jefferson Laboratory in June 2012. This novel technique uses the high precision calorimeter HyCal and a windowless hydrogen gas target which makes possible the extraction of the charge radius at very forward angles and thus very low momentum transfer Q{sup 2} up to 10{sup ?4} (GeV/c){sup 2} with an unprecedented sub-percent precision for this type of experiment. In this paper, after a review of the recent progress on the proton charge radius extraction and the new high precision experiment PRad will be presented.

  20. High precision measurement of the proton charge radius: The PRad experiment

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    Meziane, Mehdi

    2013-11-01

    The recent high precision measurements of the proton charge radius performed at PSI from muonic hydrogen Lamb shift puzzled the hadronic physics community. A value of 0.8418 {+-} 0.0007 fm was extracted which is 7{sigma} smaller than the previous determinations obtained from electron-proton scattering experiments and based on precision spectroscopy of electronic hydrogen. An additional extraction of the proton charge radius from electron scattering at Mainz is also in good agreement with these "electronic" determinations. An independent measurement of the proton charge radius from unpolarized elastic ep scattering using a magnetic spectrometer free method was proposed and fully approved at Jefferson Laboratory in June 2012. This novel technique uses the high precision calorimeter HyCal and a windowless hydrogen gas target which makes possible the extraction of the charge radius at very forward angles and thus very low momentum transfer Q{sup 2} up to 10{sup -4} (GeV/c){sup 2} with an unprecedented sub-percent precision for this type of experiment. In this paper, after a review of the recent progress on the proton charge radius extraction and the new high precision experiment PRad will be presented.

  1. Investigation of high-precision {Lambda} hypernuclear spectroscopy via the (e,e'K{sup +}) reaction

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    Kawama, Daisuke

    2012-03-31

    The study of {Lambda} hypernuclear structure is very interesting in point of the understanding of the interaction between {Lambda} and nucleon ({Lambda}-N interaction) and its ?strange? structure itself due to the containment of a {Lambda} hyperon which has a strangeness as a new degree of freedom. In the several way to study the Lamda hypernuclei, the (e,e'K{sup +}) reaction spectroscopy is a powerful tool for the precise investigation of {Lamda} hypernuclear structure. The purpose of the preset thesis is the establishment of the experimental design with the efficient data analysis method for the (e,e'K{sup +}) hypernuclear spectroscopic experiment in the wide mass region (from A=7 to A=52). It is very challenging to perform the (e,e'K{sup +}) spectroscopic experiment with such a heavy target, because of the huge electron background due to the bremsstrahlung process. In the experiment, it is required to obtain the necessary hypernuclear yield, suppressing the background event ratio. We achieved these requirements by newly constructing the high resolution electron spectrometer (HES) and splitter magnet (SPL) dedicated to the (e,e'K{sup +}) spectroscopic experiment. The HES consists of two quadrupole magnets and a dipole magnets (Q-Q-D) with a momentum resolution of dp/p = 3x10^-4 at p = 0.84 GeV/c. It was used being vertically tilted by 6.5 degree so as to optimize signal to noise ratio and hypernuclear yield. The SPL is a dipole magnet. The experimental target was placed at the entrance of this magnet. The role of the SPL is to separate four kind of particles; scattered kaons, photons created by the bremsstrahlung, the post beam and scattered electrons. In addition, since the SPL is a part of the kaon and electron spectrometers. We designed the magnet shape carefully considering these points. The experiment was performed with 2.344 GeV/c electron beam from CEBAF at Jefferson Lab. The experimental setup consists of the HES, SPL and HKS (high momentum resolution kaon spectrometer). The HKS is also a Q-Q-D type spectrometer with the momentum resolution of dp/p = 2x10^-4 at p = 1.2 GeV/c. In the data analysis, the particle momentum calibration was the most important procedure. At the initial point, the particle momentum was obtained from the calculated magnetic field map of the spectrometer whose accuracy is an order of 10^-2. The initial momentum was calibrated by two step, the the magnetic field map improvement and the calibration with known masses of {Lambda}/{Sigma}{sup 0} which were observed by the CH{sub 2} target data. As a result of the calibration, the momentum resolutions of HKS and HES were estimated as 4x10^-4 and 6x10^-4, respectively. Though these values are the double of the designed value, it was achieved to obtain the {Lambda}/{Sigma}{sup 0} peaks with the same order of the designed energy from the original calculated magnetic field. The cross section was calculated with the several estimated factors. The averaged p({gamma}*, K{sup +}){Lamda} cross section in the HKS acceptance, (0.90 < cos({theta}^CM_K{sup +}) < 1.0) was calculated as 227 ± 12 ±26 [nb/sr], which is consistent within the error bar with the other experiment results of p({gamma}, K{sup +}){Lamda}. The obtained yield of the peak was almost same as the designed value with the considered detector efficiencies. The observed hypernuclear spectrum of ^12_{Lambda} B was also consistent with the other experimental results. These analysis result represents that the experimental setup including the newly constructed HES and SPL worked and the calibration procedure of this unique experimental setup is basically established.

  2. Research on high precision centering assembly method of roll edge optical elements

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    Liu, Hua; Liu, Xiaomei

    2015-08-01

    In order to improve the imaging quality of target imaging optical system, in the special environment of large temperature difference, the centering assembly precision of roll edge optical elements was studied. According to the hole-axis coordinate error theory of mechanics, by analyzing the factors affected the precision of mechanical heating surface, combining with the existing method to eliminate error and centering assembly process, a new kind of high precision centering assembly method was put forward. Using additional grinding device to grinding roll edge of optical element, eliminate the machining error on the surface of the mechanical hot working, thus improve the centering assembly precision between the roll edge optical element and lens tube. The result of experiment shows that the centering precision can reach less than 3?m when assembled optical element after roll edge using new centering assembly method, and improved by 25% compared to the traditional method of roll edge optical elements are assembled directly after hot working. New assembly method with additional grinding device can improve the centering assembly precision of roll edge optical elements, and greatly reduce the difficulty of optical design of such optical imaging system using in large temperature difference environment, when meet the same image quality.

  3. Capability study for ozone high-precision retrieval with JEM/SMILES

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    Takahashi, Chikako; Suzuki, Makoto; Ochiai, Satoshi; Takayanagi, Masahiro

    One of the most unique characteristics of JEM/SMILES observation is its high sensitivity (500K system noise by employing 4K cooled SIS mixer) in detecting atmospheric limb emission in the submillimeter wave range, which are band A (624.3-625.5 GHz), band B (625.1-626.3 GHz), and band C (649.1-650.3 GHz). It observes limb emission from atmospheric minor constituents in the stratosphere, such as O3 , ClO, HCl, HNO3 , HOCl, CH3 CN, HO2 , BrO, O3 isotopes etc. The JEM/SMILES mission is mainly devoted to studying precise halogen chemistry related to ozone destruction. Spatial coverage is near global, that is the nominal latitude coverage is 38S - 65N owing to tilting the antenna beam to 45 degree left from the direction of orbital motion. It is highly expected that SMILES observation path encounters the atmosphere in the elongated polar voltex toward lower latitude in the northern hemisphere. The sensitivity of SMILES can be utilized for its unique observations, one is the detection of trace species which has never been observed in acceptable precision, and the other is high precision observation of major species such as O3 and HCl. This paper discusses how the ozone high-precision retrieval with the JEM/SMILES can be achieved based on the operational retrieval algorithm. The JEM/SMILES observes ozone absorption line at 625.37GHz in lower observation bands, band A and band B. As the JEM/SMILES is a high sensitive sensor, the high-precision retrieval is expected, the minimum precision of retrieved ozone height profile is 0.5% at about 30km under ideal condition, which is better than existing similar sensors, such as Aura/MLS and Odin/SMR. It is also discussed height resolutions (3.5-4.1 km nominally determined by the instrument) as trade off with precision. Thus these two factors should be decided by a kind of trade-off considering scientific requirements. The information content is used to optimize these factors and we clarify the precision, the height resolution, and height range of ozone retrieved height profile.

  4. Peculiarities of high-overtone transition probabilities in carbon monoxide revealed by high-precision calculation

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    Medvedev, Emile S.; Meshkov, Vladimir V.; Stolyarov, Andrey V.; Gordon, Iouli E.

    2015-10-01

    In the recent work devoted to the calculation of the rovibrational line list of the CO molecule [G. Li et al., Astrophys. J., Suppl. Ser. 216, 15 (2015)], rigorous validation of the calculated parameters including intensities was carried out. In particular, the Normal Intensity Distribution Law (NIDL) [E. S. Medvedev, J. Chem. Phys. 137, 174307 (2012)] was employed for the validation purposes, and it was found that, in the original CO line list calculated for large changes of the vibrational quantum number up to ?n = 41, intensities with ?n > 11 were unphysical. Therefore, very high overtone transitions were removed from the published list in Li et al. Here, we show how this type of validation is carried out and prove that the quadruple precision is indispensably required to predict the reliable intensities using the conventional 32-bit computers. Based on these calculations, the NIDL is shown to hold up for the 0 ? n transitions till the dissociation limit around n = 83, covering 45 orders of magnitude in the intensity. The low-intensity 0 ? n transition predicted in the work of Medvedev [Determination of a new molecular constant for diatomic systems. Normal intensity distribution law for overtone spectra of diatomic and polyatomic molecules and anomalies in overtone absorption spectra of diatomic molecules, Institute of Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Chernogolovka, 1984] at n = 5 is confirmed, and two additional "abnormal" intensities are found at n = 14 and 23. Criteria for the appearance of such "anomalies" are formulated. The results could be useful to revise the high-overtone molecular transition probabilities provided in spectroscopic databases.

  5. Peculiarities of high-overtone transition probabilities in carbon monoxide revealed by high-precision calculation.

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    Medvedev, Emile S; Meshkov, Vladimir V; Stolyarov, Andrey V; Gordon, Iouli E

    2015-10-21

    In the recent work devoted to the calculation of the rovibrational line list of the CO molecule [G. Li et al., Astrophys. J., Suppl. Ser. 216, 15 (2015)], rigorous validation of the calculated parameters including intensities was carried out. In particular, the Normal Intensity Distribution Law (NIDL) [E. S. Medvedev, J. Chem. Phys. 137, 174307 (2012)] was employed for the validation purposes, and it was found that, in the original CO line list calculated for large changes of the vibrational quantum number up to ?n = 41, intensities with ?n > 11 were unphysical. Therefore, very high overtone transitions were removed from the published list in Li et al. Here, we show how this type of validation is carried out and prove that the quadruple precision is indispensably required to predict the reliable intensities using the conventional 32-bit computers. Based on these calculations, the NIDL is shown to hold up for the 0 ? n transitions till the dissociation limit around n = 83, covering 45 orders of magnitude in the intensity. The low-intensity 0 ? n transition predicted in the work of Medvedev [Determination of a new molecular constant for diatomic systems. Normal intensity distribution law for overtone spectra of diatomic and polyatomic molecules and anomalies in overtone absorption spectra of diatomic molecules, Institute of Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Chernogolovka, 1984] at n = 5 is confirmed, and two additional "abnormal" intensities are found at n = 14 and 23. Criteria for the appearance of such "anomalies" are formulated. The results could be useful to revise the high-overtone molecular transition probabilities provided in spectroscopic databases. PMID:26493901

  6. Experimental Characterization of Hysteresis in a Revolute Joint for Precision Deployable Structures

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    Lake, Mark S.; Fung, Jimmy; Gloss, Kevin; Liechty, Derek S.

    1997-01-01

    Recent studies of the micro-dynamic behavior of a deployable telescope metering truss have identified instabilities in the equilibrium shape of the truss in response to low-energy dynamic loading. Analyses indicate that these micro-dynamic instabilities arise from stick-slip friction within the truss joints (e.g., hinges and latches). The present study characterizes the low-magnitude quasi-static load cycle response of the precision revolute joints incorporated in the deployable telescope metering truss, and specifically, the hysteretic response of these joints caused by stick-slip friction within the joint. Detailed descriptions are presented of the test setup and data reduction algorithms, including discussions of data-error sources and data-filtering techniques. Test results are presented from thirteen specimens, and the effects of joint preload and manufacturing tolerances are investigated. Using a simplified model of stick-slip friction, a relationship is made between joint load-cycle behavior and micro-dynamic dimensional instabilities in the deployable telescope metering truss.

  7. A high precision pulsed quantum cascade laser spectrometer for measurements of stable isotopes of carbon dioxide

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    Saleska, Scott

    A high precision pulsed quantum cascade laser spectrometer for measurements of stable isotopes form 2 July 2005) We describe a prototype instrument using a Peltier cooled quantum cascade laser diode lasers. The application of pulsed near room-temperature quantum cascade lasers to this demanding

  8. Oxygen isotope systematics of chondrules in the Allende CV3 chondrite: High precision ion microprobe studies

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    Meyers, Stephen R.

    Oxygen isotope systematics of chondrules in the Allende CV3 chondrite: High precision ion in revised form 21 September 2011 Abstract The oxygen three-isotope systematics of 36 chondrules from. However, most relict olivine grains show oxygen iso- tope ratios that overlap with those in homogeneous

  9. High-precision spectroscopy of ultracold molecules in an optical lattice

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    Zelevinsky, Tanya

    High-precision spectroscopy of ultracold molecules in an optical lattice B. H. McGuyer1 , M. Mc Abstract. The study of ultracold molecules tightly trapped in an optical lattice can expand the frontier Molecules, Photoassociation, Photodissociation, Optical Lattice, Molecular Clock. Email: tz

  10. 2246 IEEE SENSORS JOURNAL, VOL. 11, NO. 10, OCTOBER 2011 High Precision Electrohydrodynamic Printing of

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    Rogers, John A.

    2246 IEEE SENSORS JOURNAL, VOL. 11, NO. 10, OCTOBER 2011 High Precision Electrohydrodynamic Printing of Polymer Onto Microcantilever Sensors James H. Pikul, Phil Graf, Sandipan Mishra, Member, IEEE droplets onto microcantilever sensors. The polymer droplets were deposited as single droplets or organized

  11. Abstract--Gear hobbing is a common method of manufacturing high precision involute gears. The thorough

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    Aristomenis, Antoniadis

    Abstract-- Gear hobbing is a common method of manufacturing high precision involute gears importance in order to produce helical and spur gears as they influence the cost of the manufacturing process and the quality of the produced gear. HOB3D is a simulation code that enables users to simulate the process

  12. Analyzing text in search of bio-molecular events: a high-precision machine learning framework

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    Gent, Universiteit

    Analyzing text in search of bio-molecular events: a high-precision machine learning framework Sofie.vandepeer@psb.vib-ugent.be Abstract The BioNLP'09 Shared Task on Event Ex- traction is a challenge which concerns the de- tection of bio-molecular events from text. In this paper, we present a detailed account of the challenges

  13. 1 Introduction Reading is a highly complex and integrative process. It involves precise visual recognition

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    Poggio, Tomaso

    -faceted visual and auditory sensory processing (for recent reviews, see Boden and Giaschi 2007; Wright et al 2000 dyslexics. Most commonly, dyslexia is described as a language-based disorder of phonological processing1 Introduction Reading is a highly complex and integrative process. It involves precise visual

  14. High Precision Spectroscopy of Strontium in an Optical Lattice: Towards a New Standard for

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    Jin, Deborah

    High Precision Spectroscopy of Strontium in an Optical Lattice: Towards a New Standard Spectroscopy of Strontium in an Optical Lattice: Towards a New Standard for Frequency and Time Thesis directed atomic clock states equally, such that the transition frequency is unchanged. Strontium is a natural

  15. Optically continuous silcrete quartz cements of the St. Peter Sandstone: High precision oxygen isotope

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    Meyers, Stephen R.

    Optically continuous silcrete quartz cements of the St. Peter Sandstone: High precision oxygen of detrital quartz and authigenic quartz overgrowths from shallowly buried (quartz arenites of the St. Peter Sandstone (in SW Wisconsin) constrains temperature and fluid sources during diagenesis. Quartz

  16. Design and control of a 6-Degree-of-Freedom levitated positioner with high precision 

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    Hu, Tiejun

    2005-08-29

    This dissertation presents a high-precision positioner with a novel superimposed concentrated-field permanent-magnet matrix. This extended-range multi-axis positioner can generate all 6-DOF (degree-of-freedom) motions with only a single moving part...

  17. High-precision predictions for the light CP-even Higgs boson mass of the minimal supersymmetric standard model.

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    Hahn, T; Heinemeyer, S; Hollik, W; Rzehak, H; Weiglein, G

    2014-04-11

    For the interpretation of the signal discovered in the Higgs searches at the LHC it will be crucial in particular to discriminate between the minimal Higgs sector realized in the standard model (SM) and its most commonly studied extension, the minimal supersymmetric standard model (MSSM). The measured mass value, having already reached the level of a precision observable with an experimental accuracy of about 500 MeV, plays an important role in this context. In the MSSM the mass of the light CP-even Higgs boson, Mh, can directly be predicted from the other parameters of the model. The accuracy of this prediction should at least match the one of the experimental result. The relatively high mass value of about 126 GeV has led to many investigations where the scalar top quarks are in the multi-TeV range. We improve the prediction for Mh in the MSSM by combining the existing fixed-order result, comprising the full one-loop and leading and subleading two-loop corrections, with a resummation of the leading and subleading logarithmic contributions from the scalar top sector to all orders. In this way for the first time a high-precision prediction for the mass of the light CP-even Higgs boson in the MSSM is possible all the way up to the multi-TeV region of the relevant supersymmetric particles. The results are included in the code FEYNHIGGS. PMID:24765944

  18. Development and Utilization of High Precision Digital Elevation Data taken by Airborne Laser Scanner

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    Akutsu, Osamu; Ohta, Masataka; Isobe, Tamio; Ando, Hisamitsu, Noguchi, Takahiro; Shimizu, Masayuki

    2005-03-01

    Disasters caused by heavy rain in urban areas bring a damage such as chaos in the road and railway transport systems, power failure, breakdown of the telephone system and submersion of built up areas, subways and underground shopping arcades, etc. It is important to obtain high precision elevation data which shows the detailed landform because a slight height difference affects damages by flood very considerably. Therefore, The Geographical Survey Institute (GSI) is preparing 5m grid digital terrain model (DTM) based on precise ground elevation data taken by using airborne laser scanner. This paper describes the process and an example of the use of a 5m grid digital data set.

  19. Method of curved surface abnormal holes vision measurement based on high precision turntable

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    Lyu, Laipeng; Bi, Chao; Fang, Jianguo; Zhu, Yong; Wang, Liping

    2015-10-01

    For solving the difficult problem that there is no effective way to measure abnormal holes located at blade erection loop of aero-engine case, an image measurement system based on high precision air-bearing turntable is established in this paper. The issue that monocular vision can't measure curved surface has overcome by using high precision turntable to make sure high positioning accuracy of the surface abnormal holes and high-resolution microscope lens which is used to image local tiny features. Besides, an algorithm of determining the boundary points of a trailing edge on the contour of abnormal hole is proposed to achieve a rapid fitting and accuracy. After experiments and analysis, results show that the system can be used to measure local tiny features on curved surfaces validly and efficiently.

  20. High precision astrometry with HST/WFC3 Scanning mode: parallaxes of two Galactic Cepheids

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    Casertano, Stefano; Riess, Adam G.

    2016-01-01

    We present astrometric results obtained by using the spatial scan capability of HST/WFC3. By scanning the telescope during an observation, we are able to measure the relative position of sources in the direction perpendicular to the scan with precision of 0.5 milli-pixels (about 20 micro-arcseconds). We will use this capability to measure the trigonometric parallax of eighteen Galactic Cepheids with periods long enough to serve as calibrators of the Period-Luminosity relation. This calibration will support a determination of the Hubble Constant with an expected accuracy of 2 percent. We present the measurements of the first two of these Cepheids, SS CMa and VY Car, with an accuracy of 30 micro-arcseconds each. We also discuss some of the difficulties inherent in milli-pixel precision measurements, and the requirements for high-precision astrometry with HST.

  1. High-Precision Tuning of State for Memristive Devices by Adaptable Variation-Tolerant Algorithm

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    Alibart, Fabien; Hoskins, Brian; Strukov, Dmitri

    2011-01-01

    Using memristive properties common for the titanium dioxide thin film devices, we designed a simple write algorithm to tune device conductance at a specific bias point to 1% relative accuracy (which is roughly equivalent to 7-bit precision) within its dynamic range even in the presence of large variations in switching behavior. The high precision state is nonvolatile and the results are likely to be sustained for nanoscale memristive devices because of the inherent filamentary nature of the resistive switching. The proposed functionality of memristive devices is especially attractive for analog computing with low precision data. As one representative example we demonstrate hybrid circuitry consisting of CMOS summing amplifier and two memristive devices to perform analog multiply and accumulate computation, which is a typical bottleneck operation in information processing.

  2. High-precision measurements of the diamond Hugoniot in and above the melt region

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    Hicks, D. G.; Celliers, P. M.; Bradley, D. K.; Eggert, J. H.; Collins, G. W.; Boehly, T. R.; McWilliams, R. S.; Jeanloz, R.

    2008-11-01

    High-precision measurements of the diamond principal Hugoniot have been made at pressures between 6 and 19 Mbar. Shock velocities were determined with 0.3%-1.1% precision using a velocity interferometer. Impedance-matching analysis, incorporating systematic uncertainties in the equation of state of the quartz standard, was used to determine the Hugoniot with 1.2%-2.7% precision in density. The results are in good agreement with published ab initio calculations, which predict a small negative melt slope along the Hugoniot, but disagree with previous laser-driven shock wave experiments, which had observed a large density increase in the melt region. In the extensive solid-liquid coexistence regime between 6 and 10 Mbar, the present measurements indicate that the mixed phase is a few percent more dense than what would be expected from a simple interpolation between liquid and solid Hugoniots.

  3. High precision measurements of the diamond Hugoniot in and above the melt region

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    Hicks, D; Boehly, T; Celliers, P; Bradley, D; Eggert, J; McWilliams, R S; Collins, G

    2008-08-05

    High precision laser-driven shock wave measurements of the diamond principal Hugoniot have been made at pressures between 6 and 19 Mbar. Shock velocities were determined with 0.3-1.1% precision using a velocity interferometer. Impedance matching analysis, incorporating systematic errors in the equation-of-state of the quartz standard, was used to determine the Hugoniot with 1.2-2.7% precision in density. The results are in good agreement with published ab initio calculations which predict a small negative melt slope along the Hugoniot, but disagree with previous laser-driven shock wave experiments which had observed a large density increase in the melt region. In the extensive solid-liquid coexistence regime between 6 and 10 Mbar these measurements indicate that the mixed phase may be slightly more dense than would be expected from a simple interpolation between liquid and solid Hugoniots.

  4. Status and Outlook of CHIP-TRAP: the Central Michigan University High Precision Penning Trap

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    Matthew Redshaw; Richard A. Bryce; Paul Hawks; Nadeesha D. Gamage; Curtis Hunt; Rathnayake M. E. B. Kandegedara; Ishara S. Ratnayake; Lance Sharp

    2015-10-25

    At Central Michigan University we are developing a high-precision Penning trap mass spectrometer (CHIP-TRAP)that will focus on measurements with long-lived radioactive isotopes. CHIP-TRAP will consist of a pair of hyperbolic precision-measurement Penning traps, and a cylindrical capture/?filter trap in a 12 T magnetic field. Ions will be produced by external ion sources, including a laser ablation source, and transported to the capture trap at low energies enabling ions of a given m=q ratio to be selected via their time-of-flight. In the capture trap, contaminant ions will be removed with a mass-selective rf dipole excitation and the ion of interest will be transported to the measurement traps. A phase-sensitive image charge detection technique will be used for simultaneous cyclotron frequency measurements on single ions in the two precision traps, resulting in a reduction in statistical uncertainty due to magnetic field fluctuations.

  5. Direct High-Precision Measurement of the g-Factor of a Single Antiproton Stored in a Cryogenic Penning Trap

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    Ulmer, S; Blaum, K; Quint, W; Walz, J

    2012-01-01

    We propose a direct high-precision measurement of the magnetic moment, or g-factor, of a single antiproton stored in a cryogenic Penning trap. Currently the most precise value of the magnetic moment of the antiproton is extracted from hyperfine spectroscopy of antiprotonic helium atoms, and known with a relative precision of $10^{-3}$, only . With the experiment proposed in this Letter of Intent we aim at a measurement with a relative precision of $10^{-9}$ or better.

  6. A high-precision study of the neutral Z boson resonance at OPAL

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    Martinez, German Ruben

    1999-10-01

    The subject of this dissertation is the measurement of the properties of the Z0 gauge boson made by the OPAL collaboration. The results presented here constitute one of the main goals of the LEP project at CERN: the determination of a few basic parameters of nature, principally the Z 0 mass and its total decay width, as well as its couplings to all of its decay products. Thanks to the excellent performance of the LEP accelerator providing high luminosity with low backgrounds and extremely precise energy calibration, to the installation of a high precision small angle Bhabha luminometer: the Silicon-Tungsten detector (SiW), the careful analysis of event selection efficiencies, and to the increase in the theoretical knowledge of higher order corrections, the high precision finally achieved on these measurements allows the most stringent tests of the electroweak Standard Model of particle physics which have yet been made [1]. These results, when combined with similar ones of the other LEP experiments (ALEPH, DELPHI and L3), are likely to remain the definitive measurements of Z0 properties for the foreseeable future. The OPAL luminosity measurement, being the most precise of all the LEP collaborations, has allowed us to make the best single measurement of the invisible width and the number of light neutrino generations.

  7. High-precision catalysts: regioselective hydroformylation of internal alkenes by encapsulated rhodium complexes.

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    Kuil, Mark; Soltner, Theresa; van Leeuwen, Piet W N M; Reek, Joost N H

    2006-09-01

    We report the formation of high-precision catalysts using encapsulated rhodium complexes. In the current example, the encapsulated rhodium catalyst shows unprecedented high selectivity in the rhodium-catalyzed hydroformylation of internal alkenes, forming predominantly one of the branched aldehydes. This catalyst system is the first example that is able to discriminate between carbon atoms C3 and C4 in trans-3-octene. PMID:16939244

  8. Experimental verification of distributed piezoelectric actuators for use in precision space structures

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    Crawley, E. F.; De Luis, J.

    1986-01-01

    An analytic model for structures with distributed piezoelectric actuators is experimentally verified for the cases of both surface-bonded and embedded actuators. A technique for the selection of such piezoelectric actuators' location has been developed, and is noted to indicate that segmented actuators are always more effective than continuous ones, since the output of each can be individually controlled. Manufacturing techniques for the bonding or embedding of segmented piezoelectric actuators are also developed which allow independent electrical contact to be made with each actuator. Static tests have been conducted to determine how the elastic properties of the composite are affected by the presence of an embedded actuator, for the case of glass/epoxy laminates.

  9. Precise comparison of experimental and theoretical SNRs in CO2 laser heterodyne systems.

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    Foord, R; Jones, R; Vaughan, J M; Willetts, D V

    1983-12-01

    A detailed comparison of experimental and theoretical SNR in an IR laser heterodyne system has been made with three different signal analyzers. Good agreement, considerably better than a factor of 1.5, is reported. Accurate allowance was made for transmission in the receiver optics, the effective quantum efficiency of the detector due to shot noise domination by the local oscillator, and for coherent speckle effects across the collection aperture. The evaluation of SNR with a surface acoustic wave spectrum analyzer and digital integrator is described in some detail. As an illustration an absolute measurement of backscattering strength in the atmosphere from an airborne equipment at altitudes up to 13.1 km is provided. PMID:18200264

  10. High-precision measurements of the 87Rb D -line tune-out wavelength

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    Leonard, R. H.; Fallon, A. J.; Sackett, C. A.; Safronova, M. S.

    2015-11-01

    We report an experimental measurement of a light wavelength at which the ac electric polarizability equals zero for 87Rb atoms in the F =2 ground hyperfine state. The experiment uses a condensate interferometer both to find this "tune-out" wavelength and to accurately determine the light polarization for it. The wavelength lies between the D 1 and D 2 spectral lines at 790.032388(32) nm. The measurement is sensitive to the tensor contribution to the polarizability, which has been removed so that the reported value is the zero of the scalar polarizability. The precision is 50 times better than previous tune-out wavelength measurements. Our result can be used to determine the ratio of matrix elements |<5 P3 /2||d ||5 S1 /2>/<5 P1 /2||d ||5 S1 /2>|2=1.99221 (3 ) , a 100-fold improvement over previous experimental values. New theoretical calculations for the tune-out wavelength and matrix element ratio are presented. The results are consistent with the experiment, with uncertainty estimates for the theory about an order of magnitude larger than the experimental precision.

  11. High-precision radius automatic measurement using laser differential confocal technology

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    Jiang, Hongwei; Zhao, Weiqian; Yang, Jiamiao; Guo, Yongkui; Xiao, Yang

    2015-02-01

    A high precision radius automatic measurement method using laser differential confocal technology is proposed. Based on the property of an axial intensity curve that the null point precisely corresponds to the focus of the objective and the bipolar property, the method uses the composite PID (proportional-integral-derivative) control to ensure the steady movement of the motor for process of quick-trigger scanning, and uses least-squares linear fitting to obtain the position of the cat-eye and confocal positions, then calculates the radius of curvature of lens. By setting the number of measure times, precision auto-repeat measurement of the radius of curvature is achieved. The experiment indicates that the method has the measurement accuracy of better than 2 ppm, and the measuring repeatability is better than 0.05 ?m. In comparison with the existing manual-single measurement, this method has a high measurement precision, a strong environment anti-interference capability, a better measuring repeatability which is only tenth of former's.

  12. Charge breeding rare isotopes for high precision mass measurements: challenges and opportunities

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    Simon, M. C.; Macdonald, T. D.; Bale, J. C.; Chowdhury, U.; Eberhardt, B.; Eibach, M.; Gallant, A. T.; Jang, F.; Lennarz, A.; Luichtl, M.; Ma, T.; Robertson, D.; Simon, V. V.; Andreoiu, C.; Brodeur, M.; Brunner, T.; Chaudhuri, A.; Crespo López-Urrutia, J. R.; Delheij, P.; Ettenauer, S.; Frekers, D.; Grossheim, A.; Gwinner, G.; Kwiatkowski, A. A.; Lapierre, A.; Mané, E.; Pearson, M. R.; Ringle, R.; Schultz, B. E.; Dilling, J.

    2013-09-01

    Ion charge breeding for Penning-trap mass spectrometry has been established as providing a precision increase that scales linearly with the charge state of the ion. Fast and efficient charge breeding is a precondition for the application of this approach to rare isotopes. However, in view of low yields and short half-lives the precision boost is partly compromised by unavoidable ion losses inherent to the charge breeding process. The mass spectrometer TRIUMFs ion trap for atomic and nuclear science is pioneering this field by coupling a Penning trap and an electron beam ion trap to the rare-isotope beam facility ISAC at TRIUMF. Here we present simulations that calculate and maximize the effective precision gain of time-of-flight ion-cyclotron-resonance measurements with highly charged ions of short-lived nuclides. In addition we compare the characteristics of measurements with singly and highly charged ions, and we summarize recent results that explored benefits of charge breeding that go beyond the precision increase.

  13. A gas chromatography/pyrolysis/isotope ratio mass spectrometry system for high-precision dD measurements

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    Fischer, Hubertus

    A gas chromatography/pyrolysis/isotope ratio mass spectrometry system for high-precision d we present a highly automated, high-precision online gas chromatography/pyrolysis/isotope ratio from ice, preconcentration, gas chromatographic separation and pyrolysis of CH4 from roughly 500 g

  14. High-precision and high-resolution carbonate 230Th dating by MC-ICP-MS with SEM protocols

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    Shen, Chuan-Chou; Wu, Chung-Che; Cheng, Hai; Lawrence Edwards, R.; Hsieh, Yu-Te; Gallet, Sylvain; Chang, Ching-Chih; Li, Ting-Yong; Lam, Doan Dinh; Kano, Akihiro; Hori, Masako; Spötl, Christoph

    2012-12-01

    To facilitate the measurement of U-Th isotopic compositions suitable for high-precision and high-resolution 230Th dating of coral and speleothem carbonates, secondary electron multiplier (SEM) protocol techniques for multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS) have been developed. The instrumental sensitivities are 1-2%, with a precision of ±1-2‰ (2?) for abundance determination of 50-200 fg 234U (1-4 ng 238U) or 230Th. This method features chemistry refinements, improvements to procedural and instrumental blanks, spectral inference reductions, and careful consideration of non-linear SEM behavior. Measurement consistency of this MC-ICP-MS combined with previous mass spectrometric results on U-Th standards and a variety of carbonates demonstrates the validity of the SEM protocol method. For fossil corals, a routine U-Th isotopic determination at permil-level precision requires only 10-50 mg of carbonate. As little as 200 mg of young coral with an age of less than 20 yr can be dated with a precision of ±0.3-0.8 yr. About 20-200 mg speleothem samples with sub-ppm-to-ppm U are required to earn a 5‰ precision on ages from 5 to 100 kyr. Requirement of small sample size, 10-100s mg carbonate, can permit high temporal resolution to date speleothems with slow growth rates, i.e., 1-10 mm/kyr. This high-precision 230Th chronology is critical to accurately establish age models, date events and splice geochemical proxy time series records from multiple samples in the fields of paleoclimatology and paleoceanography. The U-Th isotopic determination techniques described here can also be applied to different environmental samples, such as waters, rocks, and sediments.

  15. High Precision Isotope Analyses Using Multi-Collector SIMS: Applications to Earth and Planetary Science.

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    Kita, N. T.; Ushikubo, T.; Valley, J. W.

    2008-05-01

    The CAMECA IMS-1280 large radius, multicollector ion microprobe at the Wisc-SIMS National Facility is capable of high accuracy and precision for in situ analysis of isotope ratios. With improved hardware stability and software capability, high precision isotope analyses are routinely performed, typically 5 min per spot. We have developed analytical protocols for stable isotope analyses of oxygen, carbon, Mg, Si and Sulfur using multi-collector Faraday Cups (MCFC) and achieved precision of 0.1-0.2 ‰ (1SD) from a typically 10?m spot analyses. A number of isotopically homogeneous mineral standards have been prepared and calibrated in order to certify the accuracy of analyses in the same level. When spatial resolution is critical, spot size is reduced down to sub- ?m for ? 18O to obtain better than 0.5‰ (1SD) precision by using electron multiplier (EM) on multi-collection system. Multi-collection EM analysis is also applied at 10 ppm level to Li isotope ratios in zircon with precision better than 2‰ (1SD). A few applications will be presented. (1) Oxygen three isotope analyses of chondrules in ordinary chondrites revealed both mass dependent and mass independent oxygen isotope fractionations among chondrules as well as within individual chondrules. The results give constraints on the process of chondrule formation and origin of isotope reservoirs in the early solar system. (2) High precision 26Al-26Mg (half life of 0.73 Ma) chronology is applied to zoned melilite and anorthite from Ca, Al-rich inclusions (CAI) in Leoville meteorite, and a well-defined internal isochron is obtained. The results indicate the Al- Mg system was remained closed within 40ky of the crystallization of melilite and anorthite in this CAI. (3) Sub- ?m spot analyses of ?18O in isotopically zoned zircon from high-grade metamorphism reveals a diffusion profile of ~6‰ over 2?m, indicating slow diffusion of oxygen in zircon. This result also implies that old Archean detrital zircons (> 4Ga) might preserve their primary oxygen isotopic records, which allows us to trace the geological processes of the early earth [1]. Lithium isotope analyses of pre- 4Ga zircon from Jack Hills show high Li abundance and low ? 7Li, indicating existence of highly weathered crustal material as early as 4.3Ga. In conclusion, these new techniques allow us to study small natural variations of stable isotopes at ?m-scale that permit exciting and fundamental research where samples are small, precious, or zoned. [1] Page FZ et al. (2007) Am Min 92, 1772-1775.

  16. Electromagnetic controlled cortical impact device for precise, graded experimental traumatic brain injury.

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    Brody, David L; Mac Donald, Christine; Kessens, Chad C; Yuede, Carla; Parsadanian, Maia; Spinner, Mike; Kim, Eddie; Schwetye, Katherine E; Holtzman, David M; Bayly, Philip V

    2007-04-01

    Genetically modified mice represent useful tools for traumatic brain injury (TBI) research and attractive preclinical models for the development of novel therapeutics. Experimental methods that minimize the number of mice needed may increase the pace of discovery. With this in mind, we developed and characterized a prototype electromagnetic (EM) controlled cortical impact device along with refined surgical and behavioral testing techniques. By varying the depth of impact between 1.0 and 3.0 mm, we found that the EM device was capable of producing a broad range of injury severities. Histologically, 2.0-mm impact depth injuries produced by the EM device were similar to 1.0-mm impact depth injuries produced by a commercially available pneumatic device. Behaviorally, 2.0-, 2.5-, and 3.0-mm impacts impaired hidden platform and probe trial water maze performance, whereas 1.5-mm impacts did not. Rotorod and visible platform water maze deficits were also found following 2.5- and 3.0-mm impacts. No impairment of conditioned fear performance was detected. No differences were found between sexes of mice. Inter-operator reliability was very good. Behaviorally, we found that we could statistically distinguish between injury depths differing by 0.5 mm using 12 mice per group and between injury depths differing by 1.0 mm with 7-8 mice per group. Thus, the EM impactor and refined surgical and behavioral testing techniques may offer a reliable and convenient framework for preclinical TBI research involving mice. PMID:17439349

  17. Experimental and theoretical investigation of the precise transduction mechanism in giant magnetoresistive biosensors.

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    Lee, Jung-Rok; Sato, Noriyuki; Bechstein, Daniel J B; Osterfeld, Sebastian J; Wang, Junyi; Gani, Adi Wijaya; Hall, Drew A; Wang, Shan X

    2016-01-01

    Giant magnetoresistive (GMR) biosensors consisting of many rectangular stripes are being developed for high sensitivity medical diagnostics of diseases at early stages, but many aspects of the sensing mechanism remain to be clarified. Using e-beam patterned masks on the sensors, we showed that the magnetic nanoparticles with a diameter of 50?nm located between the stripes predominantly determine the sensor signals over those located on the sensor stripes. Based on computational analysis, it was confirmed that the particles in the trench, particularly those near the edges of the stripes, mainly affect the sensor signals due to additional field from the stripe under an applied field. We also demonstrated that the direction of the average magnetic field from the particles that contributes to the signal is indeed the same as that of the applied field, indicating that the particles in the trench are pivotal to produce sensor signal. Importantly, the same detection principle was validated with a duplex protein assay. Also, 8 different types of sensor stripes were fabricated and design parameters were explored. According to the detection principle uncovered, GMR biosensors can be further optimized to improve their sensitivity, which is highly desirable for early diagnosis of diseases. PMID:26728870

  18. Determination of the half-life of 213Fr with high precision

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    Fisichella, M.; Musumarra, A.; Farinon, F.; Nociforo, C.; Del Zoppo, A.; Figuera, P.; La Cognata, M.; Pellegriti, M. G.; Scuderi, V.; Torresi, D.; Strano, E.

    2013-07-01

    High-precision measurement of half-life and Q? value of neutral and highly charged ? emitters is a major subject of investigation currently. In this framework, we recently pushed half-life measurements of neutral emitters to a precision of a few per mil. This result was achieved by using different techniques and apparatuses at Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare Laboratori Nazionali del Sud (INFN-LNS) and GSI Darmstadt. Here we report on 213Fr half-life determination [T1/2(213Fr) = 34.14±0.06 s] at INFN-LNS, detailing the measurement protocol used. Direct comparison with the accepted value in the literature shows a discrepancy of more than three sigma. We propose this new value as a reference, discussing previous experiments.

  19. A novel high precision adaptive equalizer in digital coherent optical receivers

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    Ma, Xiurong; Xu, Yujun; Wang, Xiao; Ding, Zhaocai

    2015-10-01

    A novel high precision adaptive equalization method is introduced and applied to dynamic equalization for quadrature phase shift keying (QPSK) coherent optical communication system in this paper. A frequency-domain constant modulus algorithm (CMA) method is used to equalize the received signal roughly. Then, some non-ideal output signals will be picked out through the error measurement, and they will be equalized accurately further in a fixed time-domain CMA equalizer. This high precision equalization method can decrease the equalization error, then it can reduce the bit error ratio (BER) of coherent communication system. Simulation results show that there is a 6% decrease for computation complexity by proposed scheme when compared with time-domain CMA. Furthermore, compared with time-domain CMA and frequency-domain CMA, about 2 dB and 2.2 dB in OSNR improvement can be obtained by proposed scheme at the BER value of 1e-3, respectively.

  20. High-Precision Image Aided Inertial Navigation with Known Features: Observability Analysis and Performance Evaluation

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    Jiang, Weiping; Wang, Li; Niu, Xiaoji; Zhang, Quan; Zhang, Hui; Tang, Min; Hu, Xiangyun

    2014-01-01

    A high-precision image-aided inertial navigation system (INS) is proposed as an alternative to the carrier-phase-based differential Global Navigation Satellite Systems (CDGNSSs) when satellite-based navigation systems are unavailable. In this paper, the image/INS integrated algorithm is modeled by a tightly-coupled iterative extended Kalman filter (IEKF). Tightly-coupled integration ensures that the integrated system is reliable, even if few known feature points (i.e., less than three) are observed in the images. A new global observability analysis of this tightly-coupled integration is presented to guarantee that the system is observable under the necessary conditions. The analysis conclusions were verified by simulations and field tests. The field tests also indicate that high-precision position (centimeter-level) and attitude (half-degree-level)-integrated solutions can be achieved in a global reference. PMID:25330046

  1. A high precision gamma-ray spectrometer for the Mars-94 mission

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    Mitrofanov, I.G.; Anfimov, D.S.; Chernenko, A.M.

    1994-06-01

    The high precision gamma-ray spectrometer (PGS) is scheduled to be launched on the Mars-94 mission in October 1994, and to go into an elliptical polar orbit around Mars. The PGS consists of two high-purity germanium (Ge) detectors, associated electronics, and a passive cooler and will be mounted on one of the solar panels. The PGS will measure nuclear gamma-ray emissions from the martian surface, cosmic gamma-ray bursts, and the high-energy component of solar flares in the broad energy range from 50 KeV to 8 MeV using 4096 energy channels.

  2. High-precision, automated integration of multiple isothermal titration calorimetric thermograms: new features of NITPIC.

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    Scheuermann, Thomas H; Brautigam, Chad A

    2015-04-01

    Isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) has become a standard and widely available tool to measure the thermodynamic parameters of macromolecular associations. Modern applications of the method, including global analysis and drug screening, require the acquisition of multiple sets of data; sometimes these data sets number in the hundreds. Therefore, there is a need for quick, precise, and automated means to process the data, particularly at the first step of data analysis, which is commonly the integration of the raw data to yield an interpretable isotherm. Herein, we describe enhancements to an algorithm that previously has been shown to provide an automated, unbiased, and high-precision means to integrate ITC data. These improvements allow for the speedy and precise serial integration of an unlimited number of ITC data sets, and they have been implemented in the freeware program NITPIC, version 1.1.0. We present a comprehensive comparison of the performance of this software against an older version of NITPIC and a current version of Origin, which is commonly used for integration. The new methods recapitulate the excellent performance of the previous versions of NITPIC while speeding it up substantially, and their precision is significantly better than that of Origin. This new version of NITPIC is therefore well suited to the serial integration of many ITC data sets. PMID:25524420

  3. A Technique for Extracting Highly Precise Photometry for the Two-Wheeled Kepler Mission

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    Vanderburg, Andrew

    2014-01-01

    The original Kepler mission achieved high photometric precision thanks to ultra-stable pointing enabled by use of four reaction wheels. The loss of two of these reaction wheels reduced the telescope's ability to point precisely for extended periods of time, and as a result, the photometric precision has suffered. We present a technique for generating photometric light curves from pixel-level data obtained with the two-wheeled extended Kepler mission, K2. Our photometric technique accounts for the non-uniform pixel response function of the Kepler detectors by correlating flux measurements with the spacecraft's pointing and removing the dependence. When we apply our technique to the ensemble of stars observed during the Kepler Two-Wheel Concept Engineering Test, we find improvements over raw K2 photometry by factors of 2-5, with noise properties qualitatively similar to Kepler targets at the same magnitudes. We find evidence that the improvement in photometric precision depends on each target's position in the ...

  4. Direct high-precision measurement of the magnetic moment of the proton.

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    Mooser, A; Ulmer, S; Blaum, K; Franke, K; Kracke, H; Leiteritz, C; Quint, W; Rodegheri, C C; Smorra, C; Walz, J

    2014-05-29

    One of the fundamental properties of the proton is its magnetic moment, µp. So far µp has been measured only indirectly, by analysing the spectrum of an atomic hydrogen maser in a magnetic field. Here we report the direct high-precision measurement of the magnetic moment of a single proton using the double Penning-trap technique. We drive proton-spin quantum jumps by a magnetic radio-frequency field in a Penning trap with a homogeneous magnetic field. The induced spin transitions are detected in a second trap with a strong superimposed magnetic inhomogeneity. This enables the measurement of the spin-flip probability as a function of the drive frequency. In each measurement the proton's cyclotron frequency is used to determine the magnetic field of the trap. From the normalized resonance curve, we extract the particle's magnetic moment in terms of the nuclear magneton: ?p = 2.792847350(9)?N. This measurement outperforms previous Penning-trap measurements in terms of precision by a factor of about 760. It improves the precision of the forty-year-old indirect measurement, in which significant theoretical bound state corrections were required to obtain µp, by a factor of 3. By application of this method to the antiproton magnetic moment, the fractional precision of the recently reported value can be improved by a factor of at least 1,000. Combined with the present result, this will provide a stringent test of matter/antimatter symmetry with baryons. PMID:24870545

  5. A highly efficient, compact Yb:KYW laser for mobile precision systems

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    Kuznetsov, S A; Pivtsov, V S

    2014-05-30

    We have developed a promising scheme of a multimodediode-pumped ytterbium laser. The Yb:KYW laser in the cw regime demonstrates record-high differential (40%) and total optical (35%) efficiencies. Mode locking is realised, which allows the scheme to be used for the development of compact laser systems, such as mobile femtosecond precision synthesisers. The peculiarities of the laser operation and ways of further improving its efficiency are discussed. (lasers)

  6. High Precision Measurements of $?_{\\odot}$ in Solar and Reactor Neutrino Experiments

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    Abhijit Bandyopadhyay; Sandhya Choubey; Srubabati Goswami; S. T. Petcov

    2005-08-22

    We discuss the possibilities of high precision measurement of the solar neutrino mixing angle $\\theta_\\odot \\equiv \\theta_{12}$ in solar and reactor neutrino experiments. The improvements in the determination of $\\sin^2\\theta_{12}$, which can be achieved with the expected increase of statistics and reduction of systematic errors in the currently operating solar and KamLAND experiments, are summarised. The potential of LowNu $\

  7. Thermo-optic noise in coated mirrors for high-precision optical measurements

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    M. Evans; S. Ballmer; M. Fejer; P. Fritschel; G. Harry; G. Ogin

    2008-07-30

    Thermal fluctuations in the coatings used to make high-reflectors are becoming significant noise sources in precision optical measurements and are particularly relevant to advanced gravitational wave detectors. There are two recognized sources of coating thermal noise, mechanical loss and thermal dissipation. Thermal dissipation causes thermal fluctuations in the coating which produce noise via the thermo-elastic and thermo-refractive mechanisms. We treat these mechanisms coherently, give a correction for finite coating thickness, and evaluate the implications for Advanced LIGO.

  8. High-precision gravity network to monitor temporal variations in gravity across Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    Harris, R.N.; Ponce, D.A.

    1988-12-31

    Repeatable high-precision gravity surveys provide a method of monitoring temporal variations in the gravity field. Fluctuations in the gravity field may indicate water table changes, crustal deformation, or precursors to volcanism and earthquakes. This report describes a high-precision gravity loop which has been established across Yucca Mountain, Nevada in support of the Nevada Nuclear Waste Storage Investigations (NNWSI) program. The purpose of this gravity loop is to monitor temporal variations in gravity across Yucca Mountain in an effort to interpret and predict the stability of the tectonic framework and changes in the subsurface density field. Studies of the tectonic framework which include volcanic hazard seismicity, and faulting studies are in progress. Repeat high-precision gravity surveys are less expensive and can be made more rapidly than a corresponding leveling survey. High-precision gravity surveys are capable of detecting elevation changes of 3 to 5 cm, and thus can be employed as an efficient tool for monitoring vertical crustal movements while supplementing or partially replacing leveling data. The Yucca Mountain gravity network has been tied to absolute gravity measurements established in southern Nevada. These ties provide an absolute datum for comparing repeat occupations of the gravity network, and provide a method of monitoring broad-scale changes in gravity. Absolute gravity measurements were also made at the bottom and top of the Charleston Peak calibration loop in southern Nevada. These absolute gravity measurements provide local control of calibrating gravity meters over the gravity ranges observed at Yucca Mountain. 13 refs., 7 figs., 3 tabs.

  9. Detuned Twin-Signal-Recycling for ultra-high precision interferometers

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    Andre Thuering; Roman Schnabel; Harald Lueck; Karsten Danzmann

    2007-07-03

    We propose a new interferometer technique for high precision phase measurements such as those in gravitational wave detection. The technique utilizes a pair of optically coupled resonators that provides identical resonance conditions for the upper as well the lower phase modulation signal sidebands. This symmetry significantly reduces the noise spectral density in a wide frequency band compared with single sideband recycling topologies of current and planned gravitational wave detectors. Furthermore the application of squeezed states of light becomes less demanding.

  10. Approach for designing and developing high-precision integrative systems for strip flatness detection.

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    Ouyang, Qi; Wen, Cong; Song, Yongduan; Dong, Xingchen; Zhang, Xinglan

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, we propose an approach for designing and developing high-precision integrative systems for strip flatness detection. Algorithms are developed for camera calibration, which are more accurate than the general method calculating all the camera parameters. On the basis of this method, a detection system is developed including an integrative device for easy calculation and repeated usage. On-site experiment results confirm that the proposed method works well under hostile environmental conditions in mills. PMID:26479620

  11. High-precision comparison of the antiproton-to-proton charge-to-mass ratio

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    Ulmer, S; Mooser, A; Franke, K; Nagahama, H; Schneider, G; Higuchi, T; Van Gorp, S; Blaum, K; Matsuda, Y; Quint, W; Walz, J; Yamazaki, Y

    2015-01-01

    Invariance under the charge, parity, time-reversal (CPT) transformation$^{1}$ is one of the fundamental symmetries of the standard model of particle physics. This CPT invariance implies that the fundamental properties of antiparticles and their matter-conjugates are identical, apart from signs. There is a deep link between CPT invariance and Lorentz symmetry—that is, the laws of nature seem to be invariant under the symmetry transformation of spacetime—although it is model dependent$^{2}$. A number of high-precision CPT and Lorentz invariance tests—using a co-magnetometer, a torsion pendulum and a maser, among others—have been performed$^{3}$, but only a few direct high-precision CPT tests that compare the fundamental properties of matter and antimatter are available$^{4, 5, 6, 7, 8}$. Here we report high-precision cyclotron frequency comparisons of a single antiproton and a negatively charged hydrogen ion (H$^?$) carried out in a Penning trap system. From 13,000 frequency measurements we compare th...

  12. "Modal Noise" in Single-mode Fibers: A Cautionary Note for High Precision Radial Velocity Instruments

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    Halverson, Samuel; Roy, Arpita; Mahadevan, Suvrath; Schwab, Christian

    2015-12-01

    Exploring the use of single-mode fibers (SMFs) in high precision Doppler spectrometers has become increasingly attractive since the advent of diffraction-limited adaptive optics systems on large-aperture telescopes. Spectrometers fed with these fibers can be made significantly smaller than typical “seeing-limited” instruments, greatly reducing cost and overall complexity. Importantly, classical mode interference and speckle issues associated with multi-mode fibers, also known as “modal noise,” are mitigated when using SMFs, which also provide perfect radial and azimuthal image scrambling. However, SMFs do support multiple polarization modes, an issue that is generally ignored for larger-core fibers given the large number of propagation modes. Since diffraction gratings used in most high resolution astronomical instruments have dispersive properties that are sensitive to incident polarization changes, any birefringence variations in the fiber can cause variations in the efficiency profile, degrading illumination stability. Here we present a cautionary note outlining how the polarization properties of SMFs can affect the radial velocity (RV) measurement precision of high resolution spectrographs. This work is immediately relevant to the rapidly expanding field of diffraction-limited, extreme precision RV spectrographs that are currently being designed and built by a number of groups.

  13. High-precision large-scale structure: The baryon acoustic oscillations and passive flow

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    Seo, Hee-Jong

    2007-08-01

    We present a precision study of large-scale structure from large galaxy redshift surveys. We focus on two main subjects of large-scale structure: precision cosmology with baryon acoustic oscillations from large galaxy surveys and the evolution of galaxy clustering for passively flowing galaxies. The baryon acoustic oscillations in galaxy redshift surveys can serve as an efficient standard ruler to measure the cosmological distance scale, i.e., the angular diameter distances and Hubble parameters, as a function of redshift, and therefore dark energy parameters. We use a Fisher matrix formalism to show that such a standard ruler tests can constrain the angular diameter distances and Hubble parameters to a precision of a few percent, thereby providing robust measurements of present-day dark energy density and its time-dependence. We use N-body simulations to investigate possible systematic errors in the recovery of the cosmological distance scale from galaxy redshift surveys. We show that the baryon signature on linear and quasi-linear scales is robust against nonlinear growth, redshift distortions, and halo (or galaxy) bias, albeit partial obscuration of the signature occurs due to nonlinear growth and redshift distortions. We present the improved Fisher matrix formalism which incorporates the Lagrangian displacement field to describe the nonlinear effects on baryon signature as a function of time and scale. We present a physically motivated, reduced 2-dimensional fitting formula for the full Fisher matrix formalism. We show that distance precision from the revised formalism is in excellent agreement with distance precision from N-body simulations. Finally, we present a numerical study of the evolution of galaxy clustering when galaxies flow passively from high redshift to low redshift, that is, without merging or new formations. We show that passive flow evolution induces interesting characteristics in the galaxy distribution at low redshift: we find an asymptotic convergence in galaxy clustering and halo occupation distribution regardless of the initial distribution of galaxies.

  14. Early Results from A Global Network of Extremely High Precision Extrasolar Planet Tracker Instruments

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    Ge, Jian; Chang, L.; Groot, J.; Wan, X.; Zhao, B.; Varosi, F.; Hanna, K.; Jiang, P.; Fleming, S.; Lee, B.; Pais, R.; Wang, J.; Dou, L.; Liu, J.; Costello, E.; Delgado-Navarro, A.; Bollampally, S.; Bosman, T.; Powell, S.; Wang, T.; Wang, T.; Yuan, W.; Zhou, J.; Zhou, H.

    2010-01-01

    We report early results from two of the Extremely High Precision Extrasolar Planet Tracker Instruments (EXPERT) as part of a global network for hunting for low mass planets in the next decade. The first EXPERT was commissioned at the Kitt Peak 2.1m in September 2009 and the second one is to be commissioned at the LiJiang 2.4m telescope in December 2009. EXPERT is a combination of a thermally compensated monolithic interferometer and a high throughput cross-dispersed echelle spectrograph with a spectral resolution of R=18,000. It covers 0.39-0.7 ?m in a single exposure. The commissioning data shows that we have reached a Doppler precision of about 1 m/s for a solar type star with S/N 100 per pixel using an early version of data pipeline with iodine absorption calibration (0.5-0.6 ?m only), which is consistent with our original design. We also achieved slightly better than R=18,000 spectral resolution, about 10 mK temperature stability over a few days, a total detection efficiency of 18.8% from the telescope fiber tip to the detector at 0.55 ?m. The final predicted Doppler precision based on ThAr calibration being developed to cover the entire operating wavelengths is about 0.5 m/s. Our goal is to populate six 2 meter class telescopes with the EXPERT instruments across the globe to have more than 90% duty cycle for time sensitive extremely high precision Doppler measurements such as hunting for Earth like rocky planets and studying stellar oscillations. The network will also be used for following up planet candidates from the on-going SDSS-III Multi-object APO Radial Velocity Exoplanet Large-area Survey (MARVELS) and space missions. We acknowledge support from W.M. Keck Foundation, NSF, Chinese NSF, UF and the LiJET consortium.

  15. High-precision comparison of the antiproton-to-proton charge-to-mass ratio

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    Ulmer, S.; Smorra, C.; Mooser, A.; Franke, K.; Nagahama, H.; Schneider, G.; Higuchi, T.; van Gorp, S.; Blaum, K.; Matsuda, Y.; Quint, W.; Walz, J.; Yamazaki, Y.

    2015-08-01

    Invariance under the charge, parity, time-reversal (CPT) transformation is one of the fundamental symmetries of the standard model of particle physics. This CPT invariance implies that the fundamental properties of antiparticles and their matter-conjugates are identical, apart from signs. There is a deep link between CPT invariance and Lorentz symmetry--that is, the laws of nature seem to be invariant under the symmetry transformation of spacetime--although it is model dependent. A number of high-precision CPT and Lorentz invariance tests--using a co-magnetometer, a torsion pendulum and a maser, among others--have been performed, but only a few direct high-precision CPT tests that compare the fundamental properties of matter and antimatter are available. Here we report high-precision cyclotron frequency comparisons of a single antiproton and a negatively charged hydrogen ion (H-) carried out in a Penning trap system. From 13,000 frequency measurements we compare the charge-to-mass ratio for the antiproton to that for the proton and obtain . The measurements were performed at cyclotron frequencies of 29.6 megahertz, so our result shows that the CPT theorem holds at the atto-electronvolt scale. Our precision of 69 parts per trillion exceeds the energy resolution of previous antiproton-to-proton mass comparisons as well as the respective figure of merit of the standard model extension by a factor of four. In addition, we give a limit on sidereal variations in the measured ratio of <720 parts per trillion. By following the arguments of ref. 11, our result can be interpreted as a stringent test of the weak equivalence principle of general relativity using baryonic antimatter, and it sets a new limit on the gravitational anomaly parameter of < 8.7 × 10-7.

  16. High-precision comparison of the antiproton-to-proton charge-to-mass ratio.

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    Ulmer, S; Smorra, C; Mooser, A; Franke, K; Nagahama, H; Schneider, G; Higuchi, T; Van Gorp, S; Blaum, K; Matsuda, Y; Quint, W; Walz, J; Yamazaki, Y

    2015-08-13

    Invariance under the charge, parity, time-reversal (CPT) transformation is one of the fundamental symmetries of the standard model of particle physics. This CPT invariance implies that the fundamental properties of antiparticles and their matter-conjugates are identical, apart from signs. There is a deep link between CPT invariance and Lorentz symmetry--that is, the laws of nature seem to be invariant under the symmetry transformation of spacetime--although it is model dependent. A number of high-precision CPT and Lorentz invariance tests--using a co-magnetometer, a torsion pendulum and a maser, among others--have been performed, but only a few direct high-precision CPT tests that compare the fundamental properties of matter and antimatter are available. Here we report high-precision cyclotron frequency comparisons of a single antiproton and a negatively charged hydrogen ion (H(-)) carried out in a Penning trap system. From 13,000 frequency measurements we compare the charge-to-mass ratio for the antiproton (q/m)p- to that for the proton (q/m)p and obtain (q/m)p-/(q/m)p ? 1 =1(69) × 10(-12). The measurements were performed at cyclotron frequencies of 29.6 megahertz, so our result shows that the CPT theorem holds at the atto-electronvolt scale. Our precision of 69 parts per trillion exceeds the energy resolution of previous antiproton-to-proton mass comparisons as well as the respective figure of merit of the standard model extension by a factor of four. In addition, we give a limit on sidereal variations in the measured ratio of <720 parts per trillion. By following the arguments of ref. 11, our result can be interpreted as a stringent test of the weak equivalence principle of general relativity using baryonic antimatter, and it sets a new limit on the gravitational anomaly parameter of |? ? 1| < 8.7 × 10(-7). PMID:26268189

  17. Precision and broadband frequency swept laser source based on high-order modulation-sideband injection-locking.

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    Wei, Fang; Lu, Bin; Wang, Jian; Xu, Dan; Pan, Zhengqing; Chen, Dijun; Cai, Haiwen; Qu, Ronghui

    2015-02-23

    A precision and broadband laser frequency swept technique is experimentally demonstrated. Using synchronous current compensation, a slave diode laser is dynamically injection-locked to a specific high-order modulation-sideband of a narrow-linewidth master laser modulated by an electro-optic modulator (EOM), whose driven radio frequency (RF) signal can be agilely, precisely controlled by a frequency synthesizer, and the high-order modulation-sideband enables multiplied sweep range and tuning rate. By using 5th order sideband injection-locking, the original tuning range of 3 GHz and tuning rate of 0.5 THz/s is multiplied by 5 times to 15 GHz and 2.5 THz/s respectively. The slave laser has a 3 dB-linewidth of 2.5 kHz which is the same to the master laser. The settling time response of a 10 MHz frequency switching is 2.5 µs. By using higher-order modulation-sideband and optimized experiment parameters, an extended sweep range and rate could be expected. PMID:25836532

  18. A Flexile and High Precision Calibration Method for Binocular Structured Light Scanning System

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    Yuan, Jianying; Wang, Qiong; Li, Bailin

    2014-01-01

    3D (three-dimensional) structured light scanning system is widely used in the field of reverse engineering, quality inspection, and so forth. Camera calibration is the key for scanning precision. Currently, 2D (two-dimensional) or 3D fine processed calibration reference object is usually applied for high calibration precision, which is difficult to operate and the cost is high. In this paper, a novel calibration method is proposed with a scale bar and some artificial coded targets placed randomly in the measuring volume. The principle of the proposed method is based on hierarchical self-calibration and bundle adjustment. We get initial intrinsic parameters from images. Initial extrinsic parameters in projective space are estimated with the method of factorization and then upgraded to Euclidean space with orthogonality of rotation matrix and rank 3 of the absolute quadric as constraint. Last, all camera parameters are refined through bundle adjustment. Real experiments show that the proposed method is robust, and has the same precision level as the result using delicate artificial reference object, but the hardware cost is very low compared with the current calibration method used in 3D structured light scanning system. PMID:25202736

  19. High Precision Oxygen Three Isotope Analysis of Wild-2 Particles and Anhydrous Chondritic Interplanetary Dust Particles

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    Nakashima, D.; Ushikubo, T.; Zolensky, Michael E.; Weisberg, M. K.; Joswiak, D. J.; Brownlee, D. E.; Matrajt, G.; Kita, N. T.

    2011-01-01

    One of the most important discoveries from comet Wild-2 samples was observation of crystalline silicate particles that resemble chondrules and CAIs in carbonaceous chondrites. Previous oxygen isotope analyses of crystalline silicate terminal particles showed heterogeneous oxygen isotope ratios with delta(sup 18)O to approx. delta(sup 17)O down to -50% in the CAI-like particle Inti, a relict olivine grain in Gozen-sama, and an olivine particle. However, many Wild-2 particles as well as ferromagnesian silicates in anhydrous interplanetary dust particles (IDPs) showed Delta(sup 17)O values that cluster around -2%. In carbonaceous chondrites, chondrules seem to show two major isotope reservoirs with Delta(sup 17)O values at -5% and -2%. It was suggested that the Delta(sup 17)O = -2% is the common oxygen isotope reservoir for carbonaceous chondrite chondrules and cometary dust, from the outer asteroid belt to the Kuiper belt region. However, a larger dataset with high precision isotope analyses (+/-1-2%) is still needed to resolve the similarities or distinctions among Wild-2 particles, IDPs and chondrules in meteorites. We have made signifi-cant efforts to establish routine analyses of small particles (< or =10micronsm) at 1-2% precision using IMS-1280 at WiscSIMS laboratory. Here we report new results of high precision oxygen isotope analyses of Wild-2 particles and anhydrous chondritic IDPs, and discuss the relationship between the cometary dust and carbonaceous chondrite chondrules.

  20. Lightweight Metal Matrix Composite Segmented for Manufacturing High-Precision Mirrors

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    Vudler, Vladimir

    2012-01-01

    High-precision mirrors for space applications are traditionally manufactured from one piece of material, such as lightweight glass sandwich or beryllium. The purpose of this project was to develop and test the feasibility of a manufacturing process capable of producing mirrors out of welded segments of AlBeMet(Registered Trademark) (AM162H). AlBeMet(Registered Trademark) is a HIP'd (hot isostatic pressed) material containing approximately 62% beryllium and 38% aluminum. As a result, AlBeMet shares many of the benefits of both of those materials for use in high performance mirrors, while minimizing many of their weaknesses.

  1. High-Precision Double-Spike Sr Isotope Measurements: Applications to Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry

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    Parkinson, I. J.; Burton, K. W.; Mokadem, F.; Charlier, B. L.

    2007-12-01

    Strontium isotope systematics consist of the stable 88Sr/86Sr ratio, the radiogenic 87Sr/86Sr ratio and the 84Sr/86Sr ratio which is stable in terrestrial materials and may vary due to nuclear- synthetic processes in some meteorites [1]. Growing interest in natural mass dependent 88Sr/86Sr variations indicate that terrestrial samples vary by ~500 ppm and have been measured to a precision of 50-70 ppm by MC-ICP-MS [2, 3]. However, the precision is large relative to the likely variation in many terrestrial systems. Furthermore, 84Sr/86Sr ratios are poorly determined due to spectral interferences and therefore MC-ICP-MS techniques are not appropriate for high-precision analyses of all the Sr isotope ratios. Recent advances in TIMS allow 87Sr/86Sr and 84Sr/86Sr ratios to be measured to an external precision of ~5 and 60 ppm respectively with instrumental fractionation being corrected by internal normalisation to a constant 88Sr/86Sr ratio. Following on from the pioneering work of [4] we use an 84Sr- 87Sr double-spike coupled with TIMS analyses. Optimal spiking, extended ion collection times and a 25-fold improvement in the determination of the spike composition compared to [4] allow us to measure 87Sr/86Sr and 88Sr/86Sr ratios to better than 10 ppm external precision. The double-spike determination consists of an un-spiked and spiked measurement, with spiking prior to chemical separation because column separation produces a consistent and resolvable light fractionation effect of 21 to 93 ppm. The un-spiked run allows us to assess any non-mass dependent fractionation effects. Double-spike deconvolution is performed in 87Sr denominator space. Our preliminary high-precision data allows us to resolve small (25 ppm) mass-dependent shifts in seawater 88Sr/86Sr, which may reflect short-timescale Sr fluxes in the oceans. References [1] D.A. Papanastassiou, G.J. Wasserburg, Geophys. Res. Lett. 5 (1978) 361-376. [2] J. Fietzke, A. Eisenhauer, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 7, (2006) Q08009, doi:10.1029/2006GC001243. [3] G.M. Nowell, et al., Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta. 71 (2007) A725. [4] P.J. Patchett, Nature, 283 (1980b) 438-441.

  2. High-precision machining of materials for manufacturing applications using diode-pumped solid state lasers

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    Nikumb, Suwas K.; Islam, M. U.

    2000-02-01

    While developments in the field of diode pumped solid state lasers provide a foundation for precision machining of parts with high accuracy and small feature sizes, this promise can not be realized without considering the interactions of individual processes, systems and material parameters. This paper presents our results on the precision machining of small features in various materials using diode pumped solid state lasers. The machined features are characterized geometrically by using optical inspection techniques and the tolerance data is analyzed statistically. Machining parameters relevant to motion system and tool path compensation are discussed along with their relevance to machined feature geometry. The effect of laser beam polarization on the machined kerf width, kerf surface and feature dimensions is reported.

  3. Communication: High precision sub-Doppler infrared spectroscopy of the HeH{sup +} ion

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    Perry, Adam J.; Hodges, James N.; Markus, Charles R.; Kocheril, G. Stephen; McCall, Benjamin J.

    2014-09-14

    The hydrohelium cation, HeH{sup +}, serves as an important benchmark for ab initio calculations that take into account non-adiabatic, relativistic, and quantum electrodynamic effects. Such calculations are capable of predicting molecular transitions to an accuracy of ?300 MHz or less. However, in order to continue to push the boundaries on these calculations, new measurements of these transitions are required. Here we measure seven rovibrational transitions in the fundamental vibrational band to a precision of ?1 MHz using the technique of Noise Immune Cavity Enhanced Optical Heterodyne Velocity Modulation Spectroscopy. These newly measured transitions are included in a fit to the rotation-vibration term values to derive refined spectroscopic constants in the v = 0 and v = 1 vibrational states, as well as to calculate rotation-vibration energy levels with high precision.

  4. Communication: High precision sub-Doppler infrared spectroscopy of the HeH+ ion

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    Perry, Adam J.; Hodges, James N.; Markus, Charles R.; Kocheril, G. Stephen; McCall, Benjamin J.

    2014-09-01

    The hydrohelium cation, HeH+, serves as an important benchmark for ab initio calculations that take into account non-adiabatic, relativistic, and quantum electrodynamic effects. Such calculations are capable of predicting molecular transitions to an accuracy of ˜300 MHz or less. However, in order to continue to push the boundaries on these calculations, new measurements of these transitions are required. Here we measure seven rovibrational transitions in the fundamental vibrational band to a precision of ˜1 MHz using the technique of Noise Immune Cavity Enhanced Optical Heterodyne Velocity Modulation Spectroscopy. These newly measured transitions are included in a fit to the rotation-vibration term values to derive refined spectroscopic constants in the v = 0 and v = 1 vibrational states, as well as to calculate rotation-vibration energy levels with high precision.

  5. Fabrication of high precision metallic freeform mirrors with magnetorheological finishing (MRF)

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    Beier, Matthias; Scheiding, Sebastian; Gebhardt, Andreas; Loose, Roman; Risse, Stefan; Eberhardt, Ramona; Tünnermann, Andreas

    2013-09-01

    The fabrication of complex shaped metal mirrors for optical imaging is a classical application area of diamond machining techniques. Aspherical and freeform shaped optical components up to several 100 mm in diameter can be manufactured with high precision in an acceptable amount of time. However, applications are naturally limited to the infrared spectral region due to scatter losses for shorter wavelengths as a result of the remaining periodic diamond turning structure. Achieving diffraction limited performance in the visible spectrum demands for the application of additional polishing steps. Magnetorheological Finishing (MRF) is a powerful tool to improve figure and finish of complex shaped optics at the same time in a single processing step. The application of MRF as a figuring tool for precise metal mirrors is a nontrivial task since the technology was primarily developed for figuring and finishing a variety of other optical materials, such as glasses or glass ceramics. In the presented work, MRF is used as a figuring tool for diamond turned aluminum lightweight mirrors with electroless nickel plating. It is applied as a direct follow-up process after diamond machining of the mirrors. A high precision measurement setup, composed of an interferometer and an advanced Computer Generated Hologram with additional alignment features, allows for precise metrology of the freeform shaped optics in short measuring cycles. Shape deviations less than 150 nm PV / 20 nm rms are achieved reliably for freeform mirrors with apertures of more than 300 mm. Characterization of removable and induced spatial frequencies is carried out by investigating the Power Spectral Density.

  6. High-Precision Distribution of Highly Stable Optical Pulse Trains with 8.8 × 10?19 instability

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    Ning, B.; Zhang, S. Y.; Hou, D.; Wu, J. T.; Li, Z. B.; Zhao, J. Y.

    2014-01-01

    The high-precision distribution of optical pulse trains via fibre links has had a considerable impact in many fields. In most published work, the accuracy is still fundamentally limited by unavoidable noise sources, such as thermal and shot noise from conventional photodiodes and thermal noise from mixers. Here, we demonstrate a new high-precision timing distribution system that uses a highly precise phase detector to obviously reduce the effect of these limitations. Instead of using photodiodes and microwave mixers, we use several fibre Sagnac-loop-based optical-microwave phase detectors (OM-PDs) to achieve optical-electrical conversion and phase measurements, thereby suppressing the sources of noise and achieving ultra-high accuracy. The results of a distribution experiment using a 10-km fibre link indicate that our system exhibits a residual instability of 2.0 × 10?15 at1?s and8.8 × 10?19 at 40,000?s and an integrated timing jitter as low as 3.8?fs in a bandwidth of 1?Hz to 100?kHz. This low instability and timing jitter make it possible for our system to be used in the distribution of optical-clock signals or in applications that require extremely accurate frequency/time synchronisation. PMID:24870442

  7. High-Precision Distribution of Highly Stable Optical Pulse Trains with 8.8 × 10-19 instability

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    Ning, B.; Zhang, S. Y.; Hou, D.; Wu, J. T.; Li, Z. B.; Zhao, J. Y.

    2014-05-01

    The high-precision distribution of optical pulse trains via fibre links has had a considerable impact in many fields. In most published work, the accuracy is still fundamentally limited by unavoidable noise sources, such as thermal and shot noise from conventional photodiodes and thermal noise from mixers. Here, we demonstrate a new high-precision timing distribution system that uses a highly precise phase detector to obviously reduce the effect of these limitations. Instead of using photodiodes and microwave mixers, we use several fibre Sagnac-loop-based optical-microwave phase detectors (OM-PDs) to achieve optical-electrical conversion and phase measurements, thereby suppressing the sources of noise and achieving ultra-high accuracy. The results of a distribution experiment using a 10-km fibre link indicate that our system exhibits a residual instability of 2.0 × 10-15 at1 s and8.8 × 10-19 at 40,000 s and an integrated timing jitter as low as 3.8 fs in a bandwidth of 1 Hz to 100 kHz. This low instability and timing jitter make it possible for our system to be used in the distribution of optical-clock signals or in applications that require extremely accurate frequency/time synchronisation.

  8. A Study of the Merits of Precision Time Protocol (IEEE-1588) Across High-Speed Data Networks

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    Oliver, David; Otto, Adam Jedrzej; CERN. Geneva. PH Department

    2015-01-01

    By using Precision Time Protocol across high-speed data networks, it is possible to achieve good time synchronisation using only commercial, off-the-shelve equipment. Even under heavy network loads, the attainable precision far exceeds that which is possible with Network Time Protocol, and is sufficient for many applications. This note explores the time precision possible with PTP under various conditions and attempts to provide a measurement of its performance.

  9. A Study of the Merits of Precision Time Protocol (IEEE-1588) Across High-Speed Data Networks

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    Oliver, David; Neufeld, Niko

    2015-01-01

    By using Precision Time Protocol across high-speed data networks, it is possible to achieve good time synchronisation without requiring the use of custom switches. Even under heavy network loads, the attainable precision far exceeds that which is possible with Network Time Protocol, and is sufficient for many applications. This note explores the attainable precision possible with PTP under various conditions and attempts to provide a measurement of its performance.

  10. SMILETRAP—A Penning trap facility for precision mass measurements using highly charged ions

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    Bergström, I.; Carlberg, C.; Fritioff, T.; Douysset, G.; Schönfelder, J.; Schuch, R.

    2002-07-01

    The precision of mass measurements in a Penning trap increases linearly with the charge of the ion. Therefore we have attached a Penning trap, named SMILETRAP, to the electron beam ion source CRYSIS at MSL. CRYSIS is via an isotope separator connected to an ion source that can deliver singly charged ions of practically any element. In CRYSIS charge state breeding occurs by intense electron bombardment. We have shown that it is possible to produce, catch and measure the cyclotron frequencies of ions in the charge region 1+ to 52+. The relevant observable in mass measurements using a Penning trap is the ratio of the cyclotron frequencies of the ion of interest and ion used as a mass reference. High precision requires that the two frequencies are measured after one another in the shortest possible time. For reasons of convenience the precision trap operates at room temperature. So far it has been believed that warm traps working at 4 K are required for high mass precision with exactly one ion in the trap at a time. In this paper we demonstrate that mass precision of a few parts in 10 10 also can be obtained in a warm trap at a pressure of about 5×10 -12 mbar by stabilizing the pressure in the He-dewar, the trap temperature and the frequency synthesizer. In order to reduce the influence of changes of the magnetic field to a level below 10 -10, the scanning of the frequencies close to the resonances of both the ion of interest and the reference ion is done in a total time <2 min. Trapping of ions is a statistical procedure, allowing more than one ion to be trapped in each measurement cycle. However, after completing the measurements it is possible to reject all information except for events based on 1 and 2 trapped ions. The procedures of producing, transporting, catching, exciting and measuring the cyclotron resonance frequencies of highly charged ions and the mass reference ions with the time-of-flight method are described. In routine measurements with 1 s excitation time lasting for about 24 h, atomic masses can be determined at an uncertainty of about 1 pbb. In the case of q/ A doublet measurements a mass uncertainty close to 0.1 ppb can be obtained as illustrated by a mass measurement of 4He 2+. The mass measurements so far performed are either related to fundamental constants or to masses the accuracy of which is needed for some current questions in physics.

  11. Indirect Terahertz Spectroscopy of Molecular Ions Using Highly Accurate and Precise Mid-Ir Spectroscopy

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    Mills, Andrew A.; Ford, Kyle B.; Kreckel, Holger; Perera, Manori; Crabtree, Kyle N.; McCall, Benjamin J.

    2009-06-01

    With the advent of Herschel and SOFIA, laboratory methods capable of providing molecular rest frequencies in the terahertz and sub-millimeter regime are increasingly important. As of yet, it has been difficult to perform spectroscopy in this wavelength region due to the limited availability of radiation sources, optics, and detectors. Our goal is to provide accurate THz rest frequencies for molecular ions by combining previously recorded microwave transitions with combination differences obtained from high precision mid-IR spectroscopy. We are constructing a Sensitive Resolved Ion Beam Spectroscopy setup which will harness the benefits of kinematic compression in a molecular ion beam to enable very high resolution spectroscopy. This ion beam is interrogated by continuous-wave cavity ringdown spectroscopy using a home-made widely tunable difference frequency laser that utilizes two near-IR lasers and a periodically-poled lithium niobate crystal. Here, we report our efforts to optimize our ion beam spectrometer and to perform high-precision and high-accuracy frequency measurements using an optical frequency comb. footnote

  12. An efficient, compact, and versatile fiber double scrambler for high precision radial velocity instruments

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    Halverson, Samuel; Mahadevan, Suvrath; Ramsey, Lawrence; Levi, Eric; Schwab, Christian; Hearty, Fred; MacDonald, Nick

    2015-01-01

    We present the design and test results of a compact optical fiber double-scrambler for high-resolution Doppler radial velocity instruments. This device consists of a single optic: a high-index $n$$\\sim$2 ball lens that exchanges the near and far fields between two fibers. When used in conjunction with octagonal fibers, this device yields very high scrambling gains and greatly desensitizes the fiber output from any input illumination variations, thereby stabilizing the instrument profile of the spectrograph and improving the Doppler measurement precision. The system is also highly insensitive to input pupil variations, isolating the spectrograph from telescope illumination variations and seeing changes. By selecting the appropriate glass and lens diameter the highest efficiency is achieved when the fibers are practically in contact with the lens surface, greatly simplifying the alignment process when compared to classical double-scrambler systems. This prototype double-scrambler has demonstrated significant pe...

  13. Devices for high precision x-ray beam intensity monitoring on BSRF

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    Hua-Peng, LI; Zhao, Yi-Dong; Zheng, Lei; Liu, Shu-Hu; Zhao, Xiao-Liang; Zhao, Ya-Shuai

    2016-01-01

    Synchrotron radiation with the characteristic of high brilliance, high level of polarization, high collimation, low emittance and wide tunability in energy has been used as a standard source in metrology(1, 2). For a decade, lots of calibration work have been done on 4B7A in Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility (BSRF) (3, 4). For the calibration process, a high-precision online monitor is indispensable. To control the uncertainty under 0.1%, we studied different sizes parallel ion chambers with rare-gas and used different collecting methods to monitor the x-ray intensity of the beamline. Two methods to collect the signal of the ion chambers: reading the current directly with electrometer or signal amplification to collect the counts were compared.

  14. Studies on fast triggering and high precision tracking with Resistive Plate Chambers

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    Aielli, G; Ball, R; Chapman, J W; Cardarelli, R; Dai, T; Diehl, E; Dubbert, J; Ferretti, C; Feng, H; Francis, K; Guan, L; Han, L; Hou, S; Levin, D; Li, B; Liu, L; Paolozzi, L; Repond, J; Roloff, J; Santonico, R; Song, H Y; Wang, X L; Wu, Y; Xia, L; Xu, L; Zhao, T; Zhao, Z; Zhou, B; Zhu, J

    2012-01-01

    We report on studies of fast triggering and high-precision tracking using Resistive Plate Chambers (RPCs). Two beam tests were carried out with the 180 GeV muon beam at CERN using RPCs with gas gaps of 1.00 or 1.15 mm and equipped with readout strips with 1.27 mm pitch. This is the first beam test of RPCs with fine-pitch readout strips that explores simultaneously precision tracking and triggering capabilities. RPC signals were acquired with precision timing and charge integrating readout electronics at both ends of the strips. The time resolution was measured to be better than 600 ps and the average spatial resolution was found to be 220 um using charge information and 287 um using timing information. The dual-ended readout allows the determination of the average and the difference of the signal arrival times. The average time was found to be independent of the incident particle position along the strip and is useful for triggering purposes. The time difference yielded a determination of the hit position wit...

  15. High precision regions of phase sensitivity for the superposition of coherent fields

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    Berrada, K.

    2014-09-01

    We investigate the problem of parameter estimation for the superposition of coherent fields under perfect and lossy regimes. We show the optimal range for higher precision of phase estimation by exactly solving a model consisting of a Schrödinger-cat state (SCS) subject to zero-temperature under a decoherence effect due to a dissipative interaction with an environment. We find the phenomenon that the quantum Fisher information (QFI), namely, the precision of estimation, is slowly reduced with the environment effect and affected by the photon number effects. We find that revivals and retardation of the QFI loss may occur by adjusting the mean photon number, and increasing the photons strongly enhances the coherence and hence augments the resolution of the parameter estimation. Due to the significance of how a system is quantum correlated with its environment in the construction of a scalable quantum computer, the entanglement between the coherent field and its environment is investigated during the dissipation. We show that partial entanglement trapping occurs during the dynamics depending on the mean photon number. These features make the SCS with a larger average number of photons a good candidate for implementation of schemes of quantum optics and information with high precision.

  16. Ultra-precision optical metrology using highly controlled fiber-based frequency combs

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    Minoshima, Kaoru; Nakajima, Yoshiaki; Wu, Guanhao

    2015-05-01

    Optical Frequency combs can be used as a tool for fully controlling the phase and frequency information of light waves, i.e., "optical synthesizer". It provides powerful tools not only in frequency metrology as "ultraprecise frequency ruler" but also in broad area since light wave can be used to its full extent with an extremely wide dynamic range. Frequency-traceable length measurement using frequency combs provides direct realization of the definition of meter, remote calibration using a GPS technology, and precise measurements of wide range of lengths by taking advantage of high dynamic range in frequency measurements. In this paper, ultrahigh-precision length metrology using fiber-based optical frequency combs are presented. By precisely controlling the frequency and phase of the combs, self-correction of air refractive index and noise cancellation in fiber path in interferometer are demonstrated. Heterodyne interferometry of 61- m path-length based on two-color optical frequency combs is developed for air-refractive-index correction. Measured two-color optical-path-differences agreed with calculations with 10-11 for 10-hour. Corrected distance variation agreed with thermal expansion of base-plate. A fiber-based optical frequency comb interferometer with 168-m-length reference path was stabilized to nm-level with fiber noise cancellation technique using a single frequency CW laser. Extremely wide range interferometric fringe scanning of 3.3-m path length

  17. High-Precision Marine Sr Isotope Geochronology in Deep Time: Permian Tuffs and Conodonts

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    Schmitz, M. D.; Davydov, V. I.; Snyder, W. S.

    2007-12-01

    Stratigraphic sections of the Southern Urals containing abundant and well-preserved fauna for precise biostratigraphic correlation and common instratified volcanic ash beds dated by U-Pb zircon geochronology offer a unique opportunity to constrain a temporally accurate Late Pennsylvanian-Early Permian seawater Sr curve. The 87Sr/86Sr compositions of conodonts (biogenic apatite) were measured by high-precision thermal ionization mass spectrometry following rigorous pretreatment protocols, and plotted within an age model calibrated by 13 high-precision U-Pb zircon ash bed ages. The resulting seawater Sr curve shows a significant reduction in data scatter by comparison to earlier curves (Denison et al., 1994; Veizer et al., 1999; Bruckschen et al., 1999; Korte et al., 2006), suggesting that our conodont pre-dissolution treatment was highly effective for retrieving the original seawater Sr signal. The relatively flat Late Moscovian through mid-Ghzelian seawater Sr curve of this study is generally consistent with that of Bruckschen et al. (1999). Beginning in the mid-Ghzelian, our data define a decreasing trend in 87Sr/86Sr through the mid-Sakmarian, consistent with the data of Korte et al. (2006). By combining our high precision 87Sr/86Sr measurements and U-Pb age calibration, the resolution of Sr isotope geochronology approaches 0.5 Ma in this interval. This highly resolved seawater 87Sr/86Sr record obtained for the Late Moscovian through mid-Sakmarian will aid in global carbonate chemostratigraphic correlation and contribute to our understanding of the timing of Late Paleozoic glacial and tectonic events. References: Bruckschen, P., Oesmann, S., Veizer, J., 1999. Isotope stratigraphy of the European Carboniferous: proxy signals for ocean chemistry, climate and tectonics. Chemical Geology 161, p. 127-163. Denison, R.E., Koepnick, R.B., Burke, W.H., Hetherington, E.A., Fletcher, A., 1994. Construction of the Mississippian, Pennsylvanian and Permian seawater 87Sr/86Sr curve. Chemical Geology 112, p.145-167. Veizer, J., Ala, D., Azmy, K., Bruckschen, P., Buhl, D., Bruhn, J., Carden, G.A.F., Diener, A., Ebneth, S., Godderis, Y., Jasper, T., Korte, C., Pawellek, F., Podlaha, O.G., Strauss, H., 1999. 87Sr/86Sr, ´13C and ?18O evolution of Phanerozoic seawater. Chemical Geology 161, p. 59-88. Korte, C., Jasper, T., Kozur, H.W., Veizer, J., 2006. 87Sr/86Sr record of Permian seawater. Palaeogeography, Pala3eoclimatology, Palaeoecology 240, p. 89-107.

  18. High-precision determination of iron oxidation state in silicate glasses using XANES

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    Cottrell, Elizabeth; Kelley, Katherine A.; Lanzirotti, Antonio; Fischer, Rebecca A.

    2009-11-04

    Fe K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) and Moessbauer spectra were collected on natural basaltic glasses equilibrated over a range of oxygen fugacity (QFM - 3.5 to QFM + 4.5). The basalt compositions and fO{sub 2} conditions were chosen to bracket the natural range of redox conditions expected for basalts from mid-ocean ridge, ocean island, back-arc basin, and arc settings, in order to develop a high-precision calibration for the determination of Fe{sup 3+}/{Sigma}Fe in natural basalts. The pre-edge centroid energy, corresponding to the 1s {yields} 3d transition, was determined to be the most robust proxy for Fe oxidation state, affording significant advantages compared to the use of other spectral features. A second-order polynomial models the correlation between the centroid and Fe{sup 3+}/{Sigma}Fe, yielding a precision of {+-} 0.0045 in Fe{sup 3+}/{Sigma}Fe for glasses with Fe{sup 3+}/{Sigma}Fe > 8%, which is comparable to the precision of wet chemistry. This high precision relies on a Si (311) monochromator to better define the Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} transitions, accurate and robust modeling of the pre-edge feature, dense fO{sub 2}-coverage and compositional appropriateness of reference glasses, and application of a non-linear drift correction. Through re-analysis of the reference glasses across three synchrotron beam sessions, we show that the quoted precision can be achieved (i.e., analyses are reproducible) across multiple synchrotron beam sessions, even when spectral collection conditions (detector parameters or sample geometry) change. Rhyolitic glasses were also analyzed and yield a higher centroid energy at a given Fe{sup 3+}/{Sigma}Fe than basalts, implying that major variations in melt structure affect the relationship between centroid position and Fe{sup 3+}/{Sigma}Fe, and that separate calibrations are needed for the determination of oxidation state in basalts and rhyolites.

  19. A novel approach for high precision rapid potentiometric titrations: Application to hydrazine assay

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    Sahoo, P.; Malathi, N.; Ananthanarayanan, R.; Praveen, K.; Murali, N.

    2011-11-01

    We propose a high precision rapid personal computer (PC) based potentiometric titration technique using a specially designed mini-cell to carry out redox titrations for assay of chemicals in quality control laboratories attached to industrial, R&D, and nuclear establishments. Using this technique a few microlitre of sample (50-100 ?l) in a total volume of ˜2 ml solution can be titrated and the waste generated after titration is extremely low comparing to that obtained from the conventional titration technique. The entire titration including online data acquisition followed by immediate offline analysis of data to get information about concentration of unknown sample is completed within a couple of minutes (about 2 min). This facility has been created using a new class of sensors, viz., pulsating sensors developed in-house. The basic concept in designing such instrument and the salient features of the titration device are presented in this paper. The performance of the titration facility was examined by conducting some of the high resolution redox titrations using dilute solutions--hydrazine against KIO3 in HCl medium, Fe(II) against Ce(IV) and uranium using Davies-Gray method. The precision of titrations using this innovative approach lies between 0.048% and 1.0% relative standard deviation in different redox titrations. With the evolution of this rapid PC based titrator it was possible to develop a simple but high precision potentiometric titration technique for quick determination of hydrazine in nuclear fuel dissolver solution in the context of reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel in fast breeder reactors.

  20. A novel approach for high precision rapid potentiometric titrations: application to hydrazine assay.

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    Sahoo, P; Malathi, N; Ananthanarayanan, R; Praveen, K; Murali, N

    2011-11-01

    We propose a high precision rapid personal computer (PC) based potentiometric titration technique using a specially designed mini-cell to carry out redox titrations for assay of chemicals in quality control laboratories attached to industrial, R&D, and nuclear establishments. Using this technique a few microlitre of sample (50-100 ?l) in a total volume of ~2 ml solution can be titrated and the waste generated after titration is extremely low comparing to that obtained from the conventional titration technique. The entire titration including online data acquisition followed by immediate offline analysis of data to get information about concentration of unknown sample is completed within a couple of minutes (about 2 min). This facility has been created using a new class of sensors, viz., pulsating sensors developed in-house. The basic concept in designing such instrument and the salient features of the titration device are presented in this paper. The performance of the titration facility was examined by conducting some of the high resolution redox titrations using dilute solutions--hydrazine against KIO(3) in HCl medium, Fe(II) against Ce(IV) and uranium using Davies-Gray method. The precision of titrations using this innovative approach lies between 0.048% and 1.0% relative standard deviation in different redox titrations. With the evolution of this rapid PC based titrator it was possible to develop a simple but high precision potentiometric titration technique for quick determination of hydrazine in nuclear fuel dissolver solution in the context of reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel in fast breeder reactors. PMID:22128994

  1. Precision-cut liver slices to investigate responsiveness of deep-sea fish to contaminants at high pressure.

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    Lemaire, Benjamin; Debier, Cathy; Calderon, Pedro Buc; Thomé, Jean Pierre; Stegeman, John; Mork, Jarle; Rees, Jean François

    2012-09-18

    While deep-sea fish accumulate high levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), the toxicity associated with this contamination remains unknown. Indeed, the recurrent collection of moribund individuals precludes experimental studies to investigate POP effects in this fauna. We show that precision-cut liver slices (PCLS), an in vitro tool commonly used in human and rodent toxicology, can overcome such limitation. This technology was applied to individuals of the deep-sea grenadier Coryphaenoides rupestris directly upon retrieval from 530-m depth in Trondheimsfjord (Norway). PCLS remained viable and functional for 15 h when maintained in an appropriate culture media at 4 °C. This allowed experimental exposure of liver slices to the model POP 3-methylcholanthrene (3-MC; 25 ?M) at levels of hydrostatic pressure mimicking shallow (0.1 megapascal or MPa) and deep-sea (5-15 MPa; representative of 500-1500 m depth) environments. As in shallow water fish, 3-MC induced the transcription of the detoxification enzyme cytochrome P4501A (CYP1A; a biomarker of exposure to POPs). This induction was diminished at elevated pressure, suggesting a limited responsiveness of C. rupestris toward POPs in its native environment. This very first in vitro toxicological investigation on a deep-sea fish opens the route for understanding pollutants effects in this highly exposed fauna. PMID:22900608

  2. A Highly Accurate Stress Measurement System for Producing Precise X-Ray Masks

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    Oda, Masatoshi; Une, Atsunobu; Okada, Ikuo; Shinohara, Shinji; Nakayama, Yasuo; Yoshihara, Hideo

    1995-12-01

    A new system that measures stress in film deposited on Si wafers has been developed to produce highly accurate X-ray masks. The system consists of very rigid air sliders, an electrostatic sensor, and a soft-handling wafer chuck. With the system, wafer warp is precisely measured before and after film deposition, and the stress distribution is calculated from those measurements. Wafer warps can be measured with a repeatability of a few nanometers by this system. The stress distribution of absorber film on 2-mm-thick Si wafers can be determined with an accuracy of ±5 MPa. The stress distribution agrees well with the pattern position shifts in the membrane.

  3. Mechanical optimisation of a high-precision fast wire scanner at CERN

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    Samuelsson, Sebastian; Veness, Raymond

    Wire scanners are instruments used to measure the transverse beam prole in particle accelerators by passing a thin wire through the particle beam. To avoid the issues of vacuum leakage through the bellows and wire failure related to current designs of wire scanners, a new concept for a wire scanner has been developed at CERN. This design has all moving parts inside the beam vacuum and has a nominal wire scanning speed of 20 m/s. The demands on the design associated with this together with the high precision requirements create a need for\

  4. Improving suppression ratio of microwave photonic filters using high-precision spectral shaping

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    Yu, Yang; Li, Shangyuan; Liao, Jinxin; Zheng, Xiaoping; Zhang, Hanyi; Zhou, Bingkun

    2015-05-01

    The main-to-sidelobe suppression ratio (MSSR) is significant to filters. The tap weight errors worsen the MSSR of the finite impulse response (FIR) microwave photonic filters (MPFs). The MSSR can be improved by shaping the multicarrier optical source spectra with high precision. By compensating the errors with an iteration method, the sidelobes of the amplitude response can be optimized to increase the MSSR. Such a method is simple, effective, and compatible with all FIR MPF approaches. In the experiment, optical spectra of Gaussian profiles were taken as an example, and an MSSR improvement from 50 to 63 dB was demonstrated.

  5. On the recovery of gravity anomalies from high precision altimeter data

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    Lelgemann, D.

    1976-01-01

    A model for the recovery of gravity anomalies from high precision altimeter data is derived which consists of small correction terms to the inverse Stokes' formula. The influence of unknown sea surface topography in the case of meandering currents such as the Gulf Stream is discussed. A formula was derived in order to estimate the accuracy of the gravity anomalies from the known accuracy of the altimeter data. It is shown that for the case of known harmonic coefficients of lower order the range of integration in Stokes inverse formula can be reduced very much.

  6. High precision measurement of the associated strangeness production in proton proton interactions

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    COSY-TOF Collaboration; :; S. Jowzaee; E. Borodina; H. Clement; E. Doroshkevich; R. Dzhygadlo; K. Ehrhardt; W. Eyrich; W. Gast; A. Gillitzer; D. Grzonka; F. Hauenstein; P. Klaja; L. Kober; K. Kilian; M. Krapp; M. Mertens; P. Moskal; J. Ritman; E. Roderburg; M. Röder; W. Schroeder; T. Sefzick; J. Smyrski; P. Wintz; P. Wüstner

    2015-09-14

    A new high precision measurement of the reaction pp -> pK+Lambda at a beam momentum of 2.95 GeV/c with more than 200,000 analyzed events allows a detailed analysis of differential observables and their inter-dependencies. Correlations of the angular distributions with momenta are examined. The invariant mass distributions are compared for different regions in the Dalitz plots. The cusp structure at the N Sigma threshold is described with the Flatt\\'e formalism and its variation in the Dalitz plot is analyzed.

  7. A Fission Time Projection Chamber for High Precision Cross Section Measurements

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    Snyder, Lucas; Greife, Uwe

    2010-11-01

    The design of next generation nuclear reactors and other nuclear applications are increasingly dependent on advanced simulations. Sensitivity studies have shown a need for high precision nuclear data to improve the predictive capabilities of these simulations. The Neutron Induced Fission Fragment Tracking Experiment (NIFFTE) collaboration has constructed and is currently testing a prototype Time Projection Chamber (TPC) designed to measure fission cross sections to a higher accuracy than is capable with existing technology. In this talk, I will discuss the status of the fission TPC and progress on collecting the first set of data from ^252Cf spontaneous fission.

  8. High Precision Timing of Millisecond Pulsars at Arecibo and Green Bank

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    Nice, David J.; Demorest, P. B.; Gonzalez, M. E.; Ferdman, R. D.; Ransom, S. M.; Stairs, I. H.; NANOGrav

    2011-01-01

    The NANOGrav consortium uses Arecibo and the GBT to make high-precision timing observations of twenty millisecond pulsars. All sources are observed at two frequencies using software coherent dedispersion systems. This program is motivated both by the search for a gravitational wave background and more traditional pulsar timing applications such as measuring binary orbits to test theories of gravitation and to measure neutron star masses. We will discuss the observing program and data analysis, and we will give highlights from the last five years of observations.

  9. Signatures of planet formation in high-precision elemental abundances of twin stars

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    Ramirez, Ivan

    2016-01-01

    The process of planet formation is likely to have left a detectable signature in the chemical composition of stars. Highly precise abundance analyses of stars which are very similar to each other (stellar twins) have revealed interesting correlations between relative elemental abundance and dust condensation temperature, which can be interpreted as signatures of the formation of gas giant and/or terrestrial planets. The proposed connection between host star chemical abundances and planet formation will be discussed, as well as how it could be used to find or confirm the presence of exoplanets and what these findings could tell us about the way stars and planets form.

  10. Graphic overlays in high-precision teleoperation: Current and future work at JPL

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    Diner, Daniel B.; Venema, Steven C.

    1989-01-01

    In space teleoperation additional problems arise, including signal transmission time delays. These can greatly reduce operator performance. Recent advances in graphics open new possibilities for addressing these and other problems. Currently a multi-camera system with normal 3-D TV and video graphics capabilities is being developed. Trained and untrained operators will be tested for high precision performance using two force reflecting hand controllers and a voice recognition system to control two robot arms and up to 5 movable stereo or non-stereo TV cameras. A number of new techniques of integrating TV and video graphics displays to improve operator training and performance in teleoperation and supervised automation are evaluated.

  11. Asynchronous RTK precise DGNSS positioning method for deriving a low-latency high-rate output

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    Liang, Zhang; Hanfeng, Lv; Dingjie, Wang; Yanqing, Hou; Jie, Wu

    2015-07-01

    Low-latency high-rate (1 Hz) precise real-time kinematic (RTK) can be applied in high-speed scenarios such as aircraft automatic landing, precise agriculture and intelligent vehicle. The classic synchronous RTK (SRTK) precise differential GNSS (DGNSS) positioning technology, however, is not able to obtain a low-latency high-rate output for the rover receiver because of long data link transmission time delays (DLTTD) from the reference receiver. To overcome the long DLTTD, this paper proposes an asynchronous real-time kinematic (ARTK) method using asynchronous observations from two receivers. The asynchronous observation model (AOM) is developed based on undifferenced carrier phase observation equations of the two receivers at different epochs with short baseline. The ephemeris error and atmosphere delay are the possible main error sources on positioning accuracy in this model, and they are analyzed theoretically. In a short DLTTD and during a period of quiet ionosphere activity, the main error sources decreasing positioning accuracy are satellite orbital errors: the "inverted ephemeris error" and the integration of satellite velocity error which increase linearly along with DLTTD. The cycle slip of asynchronous double-differencing carrier phase is detected by TurboEdit method and repaired by the additional ambiguity parameter method. The AOM can deal with synchronous observation model (SOM) and achieve precise positioning solution with synchronous observations as well, since the SOM is only a specific case of AOM. The proposed method not only can reduce the cost of data collection and transmission, but can also support the mobile phone network data link transfer mode for the data of the reference receiver. This method can avoid data synchronizing process besides ambiguity initialization step, which is very convenient for real-time navigation of vehicles. The static and kinematic experiment results show that this method achieves 20 Hz or even higher rate output in real time. The ARTK positioning accuracy is better and more robust than the combination of phase difference over time (PDOT) and SRTK method at a high rate. The ARTK positioning accuracy is equivalent to SRTK solution when the DLTTD is 0.5 s, and centimeter level accuracy can be achieved even when DLTTD is 15 s.

  12. Presented at ISPA 95, February 21-24, 1995, Braunschweig, Germany. High Integrity GPS-Based Precision Landing Using In

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    Stanford University

    III accuracy, integrity, and IBLS. INTRODUCTION The great benefit of GPS to aviation is its potential Air, and B Although high navigation accuracy is certainly necessary for Category III precision l, however, is that of Category III precision landing. The extreme specifications for accuracy, integrity

  13. High-precision calculation of the parity-nonconserving amplitude in francium M. S. Safronova and W. R. Johnson

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    Johnson, Walter R.

    High-precision calculation of the parity-nonconserving amplitude in francium M. S. Safronova and W-precision calculation of the 7s-8s parity-nonconserving PNC transition amplitude in francium, based on a relativistic-nonconserving PNC amplitudes in francium, the heaviest alkali-metal atom, have been pro- posed 1 , and considerable

  14. High-precision $\\alpha_s$ measurements from LHC to FCC-ee

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    d'Enterria, David; Alekhin, S; Banfi, A; Bethke, S; Blümlein, J; Chetyrkin, K G; d'Enterria, D; Dissertori, G; Tormo, X Garcia i; Hoang, A H; Klasen, M; Klijnsma, T; Kluth, S; Kneur, J -L; Kniehl, B A; Kolodrubetz, D W; Kühn, J; Mackenzie, P; Malaescu, B; Mateu, V; Mihaila, L; Moch, S; Mönig, K; Perez-Ramos, R; Pich, A; Pires, J; Rabbertz, K; Salam, G P; Sannino, F; Riera, J Soto i; Srebre, M; Stewart, I W

    2015-01-01

    This document provides a writeup of all contributions to the workshop on "High precision measurements of $\\alpha_s$: From LHC to FCC-ee" held at CERN, Oct. 12--13, 2015. The workshop explored in depth the latest developments on the determination of the QCD coupling $\\alpha_s$ from 15 methods where high precision measurements are (or will be) available. Those include low-energy observables: (i) lattice QCD, (ii) pion decay factor, (iii) quarkonia and (iv) $\\tau$ decays, (v) soft parton-to-hadron fragmentation functions, as well as high-energy observables: (vi) global fits of parton distribution functions, (vii) hard parton-to-hadron fragmentation functions, (viii) jets in $e^\\pm$p DIS and $\\gamma$-p photoproduction, (ix) photon structure function in $\\gamma$-$\\gamma$, (x) event shapes and (xi) jet cross sections in $e^+e^-$ collisions, (xii) W boson and (xiii) Z boson decays, and (xiv) jets and (xv) top-quark cross sections in proton-(anti)proton collisions. The current status of the theoretical and experiment...

  15. High-precision photometry by telescope defocusing - VII. The ultrashort period planet WASP-103

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    Southworth, John; Mancini, L.; Ciceri, S.; Budaj, J.; Dominik, M.; Figuera Jaimes, R.; Haugbølle, T.; Jørgensen, U. G.; Popovas, A.; Rabus, M.; Rahvar, S.; von Essen, C.; Schmidt, R. W.; Wertz, O.; Alsubai, K. A.; Bozza, V.; Bramich, D. M.; Calchi Novati, S.; D'Ago, G.; Hinse, T. C.; Henning, Th.; Hundertmark, M.; Juncher, D.; Korhonen, H.; Skottfelt, J.; Snodgrass, C.; Starkey, D.; Surdej, J.

    2015-02-01

    We present 17 transit light curves of the ultrashort period planetary system WASP-103, a strong candidate for the detection of tidally-induced orbital decay. We use these to establish a high-precision reference epoch for transit timing studies. The time of the reference transit mid-point is now measured to an accuracy of 4.8 s, versus 67.4 s in the discovery paper, aiding future searches for orbital decay. With the help of published spectroscopic measurements and theoretical stellar models, we determine the physical properties of the system to high precision and present a detailed error budget for these calculations. The planet has a Roche lobe filling factor of 0.58, leading to a significant asphericity; we correct its measured mass and mean density for this phenomenon. A high-resolution Lucky Imaging observation shows no evidence for faint stars close enough to contaminate the point spread function of WASP-103. Our data were obtained in the Bessell RI and the SDSS griz passbands and yield a larger planet radius at bluer optical wavelengths, to a confidence level of 7.3?. Interpreting this as an effect of Rayleigh scattering in the planetary atmosphere leads to a measurement of the planetary mass which is too small by a factor of 5, implying that Rayleigh scattering is not the main cause of the variation of radius with wavelength.

  16. Precision isotope shift measurements in Ca$^+$ using highly sensitive detection schemes

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    Florian Gebert; Yong Wan; Fabian Wolf; Christopher N. Angstmann; Julian C. Berengut; Piet O. Schmidt

    2015-04-13

    We demonstrate an efficient high-precision optical spectroscopy technique for single trapped ions with non-closed transitions. In a double-shelving technique, the absorption of a single photon is first amplified to several phonons of a normal motional mode shared with a co-trapped cooling ion of a different species, before being further amplified to thousands of fluorescence photons emitted by the cooling ion using the standard electron shelving technique. We employ this extension of the photon recoil spectroscopy technique to perform the first high precision absolute frequency measurement of the $^{2}$D$_{3/2}$ $\\rightarrow$ $^{2}$P$_{1/2}$ transition in $^{40}$Ca$^{+}$, resulting in a transition frequency of $f=346\\, 000\\, 234\\, 867(96)$ kHz. Furthermore, we determine the isotope shift of this transition and the $^{2}$S$_{1/2}$ $\\rightarrow$ $^{2}$P$_{1/2}$ transition for $^{42}$Ca$^{+}$, $^{44}$Ca$^{+}$ and $^{48}$Ca$^{+}$ ions relative to $^{40}$Ca$^{+}$ with an accuracy below 100 kHz. Improved field and mass shift constants of these transitions as well as changes in mean square nuclear charge radii are extracted from this high resolution data.

  17. Improved GPS-based coseismic displacement monitoring using high-precision oscillators

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    Weinbach, U.; Schön, S.

    2015-05-01

    The determination of high-frequency displacements using Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) observations with sampling frequencies > 1 Hz has attracted much interest in recent years, e.g., in seismology. We propose a new concept for GPS Precise Point Positioning (PPP) that takes advantage of a highly stable oscillator connected to the GPS receiver by modeling its behavior. We show that the high-frequency noise of kinematic GPS height estimates can be reduced by a factor of up to 4 to the level of 2-3 mm and the overall standard deviation including systematic long periodic errors by a factor of up to 2 to the 1 cm level. Consequently, valuable small and currently hidden vertical displacements can be detected that are not visible with classical PPP. Using data of the 2010 Chile earthquake, we demonstrate that coseismic vertical displacements with an amplitude of only 5 mm can be recovered using PPP with the proposed clock modeling strategy.

  18. New high precision foil resistors for space projects, with zero temperature coefficient very low power coefficient and high reliability

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    Faierstein, H.

    2002-12-01

    Since its introduction on the market in 1962, Bulk Metal Foil Technology (BMFT) still out - performs all other resistor technologies available today for applications that require precision and stability. Foil resistors are used when high accuracy is required. The combined effects caused by: - variation in ambient temperature and - self heating as a result of load (Joule effect) influence the stability of high precision resistive components. The relative change of resistance with ambient temperature is defined as Temperature Coefficient of Resistance(TCR). A low TCR allows a resistor to maintain its precise value when its temperature changes due to ambient temperature variations. Although the TCR of foil resistors is considered extremely low, this characteristic has been further refined over the years. The latest achievement came with the development by Vishay of the new alloy. The Z-based foil technology provides a significant reduction of the resistive components sensitivity to ambient temperature variations and applied power changes. This paper explains the temperature effects on the stability of the resistors and offers some Vishay based components as ultimate choice for accuracy in space, airborne and military projects.

  19. Optical test bench for high precision metrology and alignment of zoom sub-assembly components

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    Leprêtre, F.; Levillain, E.; Wattellier, B.; Delage, P.; Brahmi, D.; Gascon, A.

    2013-09-01

    Thales Angénieux (TAGX) designs and manufactures zoom lens assemblies for cinema applications. These objectives are made of mobile lens assemblies. These need to be precisely characterized to detect alignment, polishing or glass index homogeneity errors, which amplitude may range to a few hundreds of nanometers. However these assemblies are highly aberrated with mainly spherical aberration (>30 ?m PV). PHASICS and TAGX developed a solution based on the use of a PHASICS SID4HR wave front sensor. This is based on quadri-wave lateral shearing interferometry, a technology known for its high dynamic range. A 100-mm diameter He:Ne source illuminates the lens assembly entrance pupil. The transmitted wave front is then directly measured by the SID4- HR. The measured wave front (WFmeas) is then compared to a simulation from the lens sub-assembly optical design (WFdesign). We obtain a residual wave front error (WFmanufactured), which reveals lens imperfections due to its manufacturing. WFmeas=WFdesign+(WFEradius+WFEglass+WFEpolish)=WF design + WFmanufactured The optical test bench was designed so that this residual wave front is measured with a precision below 100 nm PV. The measurement of fast F-Number lenses (F/2) with aberrations up to 30 ?m, with a precision of 100 nm PV was demonstrated. This bench detects mismatches in sub-assemblies before the final integration step in the zoom. Pre-alignment is also performed in order to overpass the mechanical tolerances. This facilitates the completed zoom alignment. In final, productivity gains are expected due to alignment and mounting time savings.

  20. Active focal zone sharpening for high-precision treatment using histotripsy.

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    Wang, Tzu-Yin; Xu, Zhen; Hall, Timothy; Fowlkes, J; Roberts, William; Cain, Charles

    2011-02-01

    The goal of this study is to develop a focal zone sharpening strategy that produces more precise lesions for pulsed cavitational ultrasound therapy, or histotripsy. Precise and well-confined lesions were produced by locally suppressing cavitation in the periphery of the treatment focus without affecting cavitation in the center. The local suppression of cavitation was achieved using cavitation nuclei preconditioning pulses to actively control cavitation in the periphery of the focus. A 1-MHz 513-element therapeutic array was used to generate both the therapy and the nuclei preconditioning pulses. For therapy, 10-cycle bursts at 100-Hz pulse repetition frequency with P-/P+ pressure of 21/76 MPa were delivered to the geometric focus of the therapeutic array. For nuclei preconditioning, a different pulse was delivered to an annular region immediately surrounding the focus before each therapy pulse. A parametric study on the effective pressure, pulse duration, and delivery time of the preconditioning pulse was conducted in red blood cell-gel phantoms, where cavitational damage was indicated by the color change resulting from local cell lysis. Results showed that a short-duration (20 ?s) preconditioning pulse at a medium pressure (P-/P+ pressure of 7.2/13.6 MPa) delivered shortly before (30 ?s) the therapy pulse substantially suppressed the peripheral damage by 77 ± 13% while complete fractionation in the focal center was maintained. High-speed imaging of the bubble cloud showed a substantial decrease in the maximum width of the bubble cloud by 48 ± 24% using focal zone sharpening. Experiments in ex vivo livers confirmed that highly confined lesions were produced in real tissues as well as in the phantoms. This study demonstrated the feasibility of active focal zone sharpening using cavitation nuclei preconditioning, allowing for increased treatment precision compared with the natural focal width of the therapy transducer. PMID:21342816

  1. The research of the high precision universal stable reconnaissance platform in near space

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    Yang, Hong-tao; Cao, Jian-zhong; Fan, Zhe-yuan; Chen, Wei-ning

    2011-08-01

    The appliance of military was recognized more and more ,It is important that pod can bear the weight of the availability payload achieve the observation to the earth in 20km-100km area and work in the all-weather. The stable platform can load high imaging spectrometer, the thermal infrared imager, the infrared radiometer, the millimeter waves radar, the laser weapon and so on,in order to realize reconnaissance and attacking integrative and warning the long-distant missile. The stabilization accuracy of platform is prior to 20?rad and burden heavy load to the best of one's abilities. It used high precision velocity and acceleration gyroscope to fulfill the stabilization of the platform. Light-weight design by using new composite material and optimizing design. It was adapt to the near space environment better by structure design and simulation analysis.Enhance its basic frequency and sure the rigid of the frame platform .In addition, the structure of platform apply the two-axis and four-frame and use the method of FEA to fulfill the optimum design in order to attain the object of light-weight.In consider to the precision of the platform I establish the math model and make use of the monte carlo method to appraise and analysis the error that affect the precision of the platform. After emulating by the software of the Matlab to verify the results. It is apply the method that link the platform and aerocraft by mounting the no angular displacement shock absorbers on the elevator mechanism. This kind of design insulate the angular vibration and minish the linear vibration to ensure the image quality.

  2. Portable, high intensity isotopic neutron source provides increased experimental accuracy

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    Mohr, W. C.; Stewart, D. C.; Wahlgren, M. A.

    1968-01-01

    Small portable, high intensity isotopic neutron source combines twelve curium-americium beryllium sources. This high intensity of neutrons, with a flux which slowly decreases at a known rate, provides for increased experimental accuracy.

  3. Study of highly precise outdoor characterization technique for photovoltaic modules in terms of reproducibility

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    Fukabori, Akihiro; Takenouchi, Takakazu; Matsuda, Youji; Tsuno, Yuki; Hishikawa, Yoshihiro

    2015-08-01

    In this study, novel outdoor measurements were conducted for highly precise characterization of photovoltaic (PV) modules by measuring current-voltage (I-V) curves with fast sweep speeds and module’s temperature, and with a PV sensor for reference. Fast sweep speeds suppressed the irradiance variation. As a result, smooth I-V curves were obtained and the PV parameter deviation was suppressed. The module’s temperature was measured by attaching resistive temperature detector sensors on the module’s backsheet. The PV sensor was measured synchronously with the PV module. The PV parameters including Isc, Pmax, Voc, and FF were estimated after correcting the I-V curves using the IEC standards. The reproducibility of Isc, Pmax, Voc, and FF relative to the outdoor fits was evaluated as 0.43, 0.58, 0.24, and 0.23%, respectively. The results demonstrate that highly precise measurements are possible using a PV measurement system with the three above-mentioned features.

  4. A high-precision sampling scheme to assess persistence and transport characteristics of micropollutants in rivers.

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    Schwientek, Marc; Guillet, Gaëlle; Rügner, Hermann; Kuch, Bertram; Grathwohl, Peter

    2016-01-01

    Increasing numbers of organic micropollutants are emitted into rivers via municipal wastewaters. Due to their persistence many pollutants pass wastewater treatment plants without substantial removal. Transport and fate of pollutants in receiving waters and export to downstream ecosystems is not well understood. In particular, a better knowledge of processes governing their environmental behavior is needed. Although a lot of data are available concerning the ubiquitous presence of micropollutants in rivers, accurate data on transport and removal rates are lacking. In this paper, a mass balance approach is presented, which is based on the Lagrangian sampling scheme, but extended to account for precise transport velocities and mixing along river stretches. The calculated mass balances allow accurate quantification of pollutants' reactivity along river segments. This is demonstrated for representative members of important groups of micropollutants, e.g. pharmaceuticals, musk fragrances, flame retardants, and pesticides. A model-aided analysis of the measured data series gives insight into the temporal dynamics of removal processes. The occurrence of different removal mechanisms such as photooxidation, microbial degradation, and volatilization is discussed. The results demonstrate, that removal processes are highly variable in time and space and this has to be considered for future studies. The high precision sampling scheme presented could be a powerful tool for quantifying removal processes under different boundary conditions and in river segments with contrasting properties. PMID:26283620

  5. Ultrathin Silica Membranes with Highly Ordered and Perpendicular Nanochannels for Precise and Fast Molecular Separation.

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    Lin, Xingyu; Yang, Qian; Ding, Longhua; Su, Bin

    2015-11-24

    Membranes with the ability of molecular/ionic separation offer potential in many processes ranging from molecular purification/sensing, to nanofluidics and to mimicking biological membranes. In this work, we report the preparation of a perforative free-standing ultrathin silica membrane consisting of straight and parallel nanochannels with a uniform size (?2.3 nm) for precise and fast molecular separation. Due to its small and uniform channel size, the membrane exhibits a precise selectivity toward molecules based on size and charge, which can be tuned by ionic strength, pH or surface modification. Furthermore, the ultrasmall thickness (10-120 nm), vertically aligned channels, and high porosity (4.0 × 10(12) pores cm(-2)) give rise to a significantly high molecular transport rate. In addition, the membrane also displays excellent stability and can be consecutively reused for a month after washing or calcination. More importantly, the membrane fabrication is convenient, inexpensive, and does not rely on sophisticated facilities or conditions, providing potential applications in both separation science and micro/nanofluidic chip technologies. PMID:26458217

  6. MEMS - Frequency Agile High Precision Ranging under the Dual Use Applications Program (DUAP)

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    Bauhahn, Paul

    2001-12-01

    The objective of this program was laboratory demonstration of a low cost, jamming resistant, precision ranging system (radar) for proximity fuze and short-range measurement systems. Two approaches were envisioned: (1) The baseline-a baseband system directly radiating and detecting a random sequence of short pulses and (2) A higher risk design based on a transmitter using high-speed modulation of a micro-electromechanical (MEM) oscillator to avoid low frequency antenna radiation requirements. Size constraints drive the design toward small, single-chip monocycle pulse radar implemented in CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductors). This device with two external capacitors, a battery and a miniature antenna for the baseline approach is described in Figure 1-1. Triggering ranges from several inches to more than 6feet were demonstrated. Fabrication of MEM components on gallium arsenide for the second approach will require additional work. While CMOS technology is almost ideal for the long time-constant, multiple pulse integration circuits in the precision ranging receiver and most of the transmitter circuits, it is insufficient for submunition sensor final output amplifiers. The issue is the small size of the submunition antenna. Either step recovery diode circuit or higher performance output transistors are needed to generate the high frequency spectrum required for efficient radiation from these antennas. Using a 0.5-micron BiCMOS/Si(3e process, recently available for prototyping at MOSIS,' all of the required CMOS and faster output devices could be implemented with trivial modifications of the existing circuits.

  7. A High Precision Position Sensor Design and Its Signal Processing Algorithm for a Maglev Train

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    Xue, Song; Long, Zhiqiang; He, Ning; Chang, Wensen

    2012-01-01

    High precision positioning technology for a kind of high speed maglev train with an electromagnetic suspension (EMS) system is studied. At first, the basic structure and functions of the position sensor are introduced and some key techniques to enhance the positioning precision are designed. Then, in order to further improve the positioning signal quality and the fault-tolerant ability of the sensor, a new kind of discrete-time tracking differentiator (TD) is proposed based on nonlinear optimal control theory. This new TD has good filtering and differentiating performances and a small calculation load. It is suitable for real-time signal processing. The stability, convergence property and frequency characteristics of the TD are studied and analyzed thoroughly. The delay constant of the TD is figured out and an effective time delay compensation algorithm is proposed. Based on the TD technology, a filtering process is introduced in to improve the positioning signal waveform when the sensor is under bad working conditions, and a two-sensor switching algorithm is designed to eliminate the positioning errors caused by the joint gaps of the long stator. The effectiveness and stability of the sensor and its signal processing algorithms are proved by the experiments on a test train during a long-term test run. PMID:22778582

  8. Aspects of ultra-high-precision diamond machining of RSA 443 optical aluminium

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    Mkoko, Z.; Abou-El-Hossein, K.

    2015-08-01

    Optical aluminium alloys such as 6061-T6 are traditionally used in ultra-high precision manufacturing for making optical mirrors for aerospace and other applications. However, the optics industry has recently witnessed the development of more advanced optical aluminium grades that are capable of addressing some of the issues encountered when turning with single-point natural monocrystalline diamond cutters. The advent of rapidly solidified aluminium (RSA) grades has generally opened up new possibilities for ultra-high precision manufacturing of optical components. In this study, experiments were conducted with single-point diamond cutters on rapidly solidified aluminium RSA 443 material. The objective of this study is to observe the effects of depth of cut and feed rate at a fixed rotational speed on the tool wear rate and resulting surface roughness of diamond turned specimens. This is done to gain further understanding of the rate of wear on the diamond cutters versus the surface texture generated on the RSA 443 material. The diamond machining experiments yielded machined surfaces which are less reflective but with consistent surface roughness values. Cutting tools were observed for wear through scanning microscopy; relatively low wear pattern was evident on the diamond tool edge. The highest tool wear were obtained at higher depth of cut and increased feed rate.

  9. High-precision micro-through-hole array in quartz glass machined by infrared picosecond laser

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    Ji, Lingfei; Hu, Yan; Li, Jian; Wang, Wenhao; Jiang, Yijian

    2015-11-01

    Circle and triangle micro-through-hole arrays without cracks, chips, and debris were machined in 0.3-mm-thick quartz glass by picosecond laser (wavelength = 1064 nm, pulse width ~12 ps) in air ambient. The diameter of each circle through-hole was 550 ?m, and the side length of each triangle hole is 500 ?m; 30 ?m spacing between the adjacent hole edges and the smooth machined surface with R a = 0.8 ?m roughness depicted the high precision of the high-density micro-through-hole arrays. The fundamental properties of the ps laser processing of quartz glass were investigated. The laser ablation threshold fluence of the quartz glass was determined as 3.49 J/cm2. Based on the fundamental investigation, a quantitative design of the cutting path for micro-machining of the through-holes with various geometries in quartz glass was developed. The work presents a more practical ps laser micro-machining technique for micro-through-hole arrays in glass-like materials for industrial application due to the precise quality, flexibility in geometries, ease of manipulation, and large-scale application.

  10. Versatile, kinetically controlled, high precision electrohydrodynamic writing of micro/nanofibers

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    Huang, YongAn; Duan, Yongqing; Ding, Yajiang; Bu, Ningbin; Pan, Yanqiao; Lu, Nanshu; Yin, Zhouping

    2014-01-01

    Direct writing of hierarchical micro/nanofibers have recently gained popularity in flexible/stretchable electronics due to its low cost, simple process and high throughput. A kinetically controlled mechanoelectrospinning (MES) is developed to directly write diversified hierarchical micro/nanofibers in a continuous and programmable manner. Unlike conventional near-field electrospinning, our MES method introduces a mechanical drawing force, to simultaneously enhance the positioning accuracy and morphology controllability. The MES is predominantly controlled by the substrate speed, the nozzle-to-substrate distance, and the applied voltage. As a demonstration, smooth straight, serpentine, self-similar, and bead-on-string structures are direct-written on silicon/elastomer substrates with a resolution of 200?nm. It is believed that MES can promote the low-cost, high precision fabrication of flexible/stretchable electronics or enable the direct writing of the sacrificial structures for nanoscale lithography. PMID:25091829

  11. High-precision photometry by telescope defocussing - VI. WASP-24, WASP-25 and WASP-26

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    Southworth, John; Hinse, T. C.; Burgdorf, M.; Calchi Novati, S.; Dominik, M.; Galianni, P.; Gerner, T.; Giannini, E.; Gu, S.-H.; Hundertmark, M.; Jørgensen, U. G.; Juncher, D.; Kerins, E.; Mancini, L.; Rabus, M.; Ricci, D.; Schäfer, S.; Skottfelt, J.; Tregloan-Reed, J.; Wang, X.-B.; Wertz, O.; Alsubai, K. A.; Andersen, J. M.; Bozza, V.; Bramich, D. M.; Browne, P.; Ciceri, S.; D'Ago, G.; Damerdji, Y.; Diehl, C.; Dodds, P.; Elyiv, A.; Fang, X.-S.; Finet, F.; Figuera Jaimes, R.; Hardis, S.; Harpsøe, K.; Jessen-Hansen, J.; Kains, N.; Kjeldsen, H.; Korhonen, H.; Liebig, C.; Lund, M. N.; Lundkvist, M.; Mathiasen, M.; Penny, M. T.; Popovas, A.; Prof., S.; Rahvar, S.; Sahu, K.; Scarpetta, G.; Schmidt, R. W.; Schönebeck, F.; Snodgrass, C.; Street, R. A.; Surdej, J.; Tsapras, Y.; Vilela, C.

    2014-10-01

    We present time series photometric observations of 13 transits in the planetary systems WASP-24, WASP-25 and WASP-26. All three systems have orbital obliquity measurements, WASP-24 and WASP-26 have been observed with Spitzer, and WASP-25 was previously comparatively neglected. Our light curves were obtained using the telescope-defocussing method and have scatters of 0.5-1.2 mmag relative to their best-fitting geometric models. We use these data to measure the physical properties and orbital ephemerides of the systems to high precision, finding that our improved measurements are in good agreement with previous studies. High-resolution Lucky Imaging observations of all three targets show no evidence for faint stars close enough to contaminate our photometry. We confirm the eclipsing nature of the star closest to WASP-24 and present the detection of a detached eclipsing binary within 4.25 arcmin of WASP-26.

  12. High precision measurement for asymmetry of backscattering coupling coefficient in square passive ring cavity

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    Tian, Wei; Chen, Meixiong; Yuan, Jie; Xu, Guangmin

    2015-10-01

    A device and procedure for measuring the asymmetry of backscattering coupling coefficients in square passive resonant cavity are described in this article. The asymmetry means that the two backscattering (BS) coupling coefficients r1 (in CW direction) and r2 (in CCW direction) are unequal, where CW and CCW correspond to clockwise and counter-clockwise directions respectively. It has been proved theoretically that a laser gyro will have a smaller lock-in threshold when the asymmetry of backscattering coupling coefficient is lower. The relative difference of BS coupling parameters for oppositely directed waves in ring cavity (RC) used in experiments is measured with high accuracy in measuring each BS coupling parameter. The system contributes to forecast the lock-in threshold of the laser gyro when assembling its square resonant cavity. Those research results are important for high precision laser gyro.

  13. A high-precision cryogenically-cooled crystal monochromator for the APS diagnostics beamline

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    Rotela, E.; Yang, B.; Sharma, s.; Barcikowski, A.

    2000-07-24

    A high-precision cryogenically-cooled crystal monochromator has been developed for the APS diagnostics beamline. The design permits simultaneous measurements of the particle beam size and divergence. It provides for a large rotation angle, {minus}15{degree} to 180{degree}, with a resolution of 0.0005{degree}. The roll angle of the crystal can be adjusted by up to {+-}3{degree} with a resolution of 0.0001{degree}. A vertical translational stage, with a stroke of {+-}25 mm and resolution of 8 {micro}m, is provided to enable using different parts of the same crystal or to retract the crystal from the beam path. The modular design will allow optimization of cooling schemes to minimize thermal distortions of the crystal under high heat loads.

  14. Note: high precision angle generator using multiple ultrasonic motors and a self-calibratable encoder.

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    Kim, Jong-Ahn; Kim, Jae Wan; Kang, Chu-Shik; Jin, Jonghan; Eom, Tae Bong

    2011-11-01

    We present an angle generator with high resolution and accuracy, which uses multiple ultrasonic motors and a self-calibratable encoder. A cylindrical air bearing guides a rotational motion, and the ultrasonic motors achieve high resolution over the full circle range with a simple configuration. The self-calibratable encoder can compensate the scale error of a divided circle (signal period: 20") effectively by applying the equal-division-averaged method. The angle generator configures a position feedback control loop using the readout of the encoder. By combining the ac and dc operation mode, the angle generator produced stepwise angular motion with 0.005" resolution. We also evaluated the performance of the angle generator using a precision angle encoder and an autocollimator. The expanded uncertainty (k = 2) in the angle generation was estimated less than 0.03", which included the calibrated scale error and the nonlinearity error. PMID:22129024

  15. Flow-Based Systems for Rapid and High-Precision Enzyme Kinetics Studies

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    Hartwell, Supaporn Kradtap; Grudpan, Kate

    2012-01-01

    Enzyme kinetics studies normally focus on the initial rate of enzymatic reaction. However, the manual operation of steps of the conventional enzyme kinetics method has some drawbacks. Errors can result from the imprecise time control and time necessary for manual changing the reaction cuvettes into and out of the detector. By using the automatic flow-based analytical systems, enzyme kinetics studies can be carried out at real-time initial rate avoiding the potential errors inherent in manual operation. Flow-based systems have been developed to provide rapid, low-volume, and high-precision analyses that effectively replace the many tedious and high volume requirements of conventional wet chemistry analyses. This article presents various arrangements of flow-based techniques and their potential use in future enzyme kinetics applications. PMID:22577614

  16. Development of a high-precision ADS-B based conflict alerting system for operations in the airport environment

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    Kunzi, Fabrice

    2014-01-01

    The introduction of Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) as the future source of aircraft surveillance worldwide provides an opportunity to introduce high-precision airborne conflict alerting systems for ...

  17. The Generation of Higher-order Laguerre-Gauss Optical Beams for High-precision Interferometry

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    Carbone, Ludovico; Fulda, Paul; Bond, Charlotte; Brueckner, Frank; Brown, Daniel; Wang, Mengyao; Lodhia, Deepali; Palmer, Rebecca; Freise, Andreas

    2013-01-01

    Thermal noise in high-reflectivity mirrors is a major impediment for several types of high-precision interferometric experiments that aim to reach the standard quantum limit or to cool mechanical systems to their quantum ground state. This is for example the case of future gravitational wave observatories, whose sensitivity to gravitational wave signals is expected to be limited in the most sensitive frequency band, by atomic vibration of their mirror masses. One promising approach being pursued to overcome this limitation is to employ higher-order Laguerre-Gauss (LG) optical beams in place of the conventionally used fundamental mode. Owing to their more homogeneous light intensity distribution these beams average more effectively over the thermally driven fluctuations of the mirror surface, which in turn reduces the uncertainty in the mirror position sensed by the laser light. We demonstrate a promising method to generate higher-order LG beams by shaping a fundamental Gaussian beam with the help of diffractive optical elements. We show that with conventional sensing and control techniques that are known for stabilizing fundamental laser beams, higher-order LG modes can be purified and stabilized just as well at a comparably high level. A set of diagnostic tools allows us to control and tailor the properties of generated LG beams. This enabled us to produce an LG beam with the highest purity reported to date. The demonstrated compatibility of higher-order LG modes with standard interferometry techniques and with the use of standard spherical optics makes them an ideal candidate for application in a future generation of high-precision interferometry. PMID:23962813

  18. A Lightweight, Precision-Deployable, Optical Bench for High Energy Astrophysics Missions

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    Danner, Rolf; Dailey, D.; Lillie, C.

    2011-09-01

    The small angle of total reflection for X-rays, forcing grazing incidence optics with large collecting areas to long focal lengths, has been a fundamental barrier to the advancement of high-energy astrophysics. Design teams around the world have long recognized that a significant increase in effective area beyond Chandra and XMM-Newton requires either a deployable optical bench or separate X-ray optics and instrument module on formation flying spacecraft. Here, we show that we have in hand the components for a lightweight, precision-deployable optical bench that, through its inherent design features, is the affordable path to the next generation of imaging high-energy astrophysics missions. We present our plans for a full-scale engineering model of a deployable optical bench for Explorer-class missions. We intend to use this test article to raise the technology readiness level (TRL) of the tensegrity truss for a lightweight, precision-deployable optical bench for high-energy astrophysics missions from TRL 3 to TRL 5 through a set of four well-defined technology milestones. The milestones cover the architecture's ability to deploy and control the focal point, characterize the deployed dynamics, determine long-term stability, and verify the stowed load capability. Our plan is based on detailed design and analysis work and the construction of a first prototype by our team. Building on our prior analysis and the high TRL of the architecture components we are ready to move on to the next step. The key elements to do this affordably are two existing, fully characterized, flight-quality, deployable booms. After integrating them into the test article, we will demonstrate that our architecture meets the deployment accuracy, adjustability, and stability requirements. The same test article can be used to further raise the TRL in the future.

  19. A demonstration of high precision GPS orbit determination for geodetic applications

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    Lichten, S. M.; Border, J. S.

    1987-01-01

    High precision orbit determination of Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites is a key requirement for GPS-based precise geodetic measurements and precise low-earth orbiter tracking, currently under study at JPL. Different strategies for orbit determination have been explored at JPL with data from a 1985 GPS field experiment. The most successful strategy uses multi-day arcs for orbit determination and includes fine tuning of spacecraft solar pressure coefficients and station zenith tropospheric delays using the GPS data. Average rms orbit repeatability values for 5 of the GPS satellites are 1.0, 1.2, and 1.7 m in altitude, cross-track, and down-track componenets when two independent 5-day fits are compared. Orbit predictions up to 24 hours outside the multi-day arcs agree within 4 m of independent solutions obtained with well tracked satellites in the prediction interval. Baseline repeatability improves with multi-day as compared to single-day arc orbit solutions. When tropospheric delay fluctuations are modeled with process noise, significant additional improvement in baseline repeatability is achieved. For a 246-km baseline, with 6-day arc solutions for GPS orbits, baseline repeatability is 2 parts in 100 million (0.4-0.6 cm) for east, north, and length components and 8 parts in 100 million for the vertical component. For 1314 and 1509 km baselines with the same orbits, baseline repeatability is 2 parts in 100 million for the north components (2-3 cm) and 4 parts in 100 million or better for east, length, and vertical components.

  20. New precise determination of the high temperature unusual temperature dependent thermopower of liquid divalent cadmium and zinc

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    Giordanengo, B.; Ben Moussa, A.; Makradi, A.; Chaaba, H.; Gasser, J.-G.

    2000-04-01

    We do not know any precise measurement of the absolute thermopower (ATP) of liquid cadmium and zinc at high temperatures. For liquid cadmium, there are, in the literature, apparent contradictory results. Bath and Kliem and North and Wagner observed that the ATP increases with temperature between 350 °C and 650 °C, but Bradley observed the opposite behaviour between 600 °C and 750 °C. In this work we measured accurately the absolute thermopower of liquid cadmium from the melting point up to 900 °C. We find a maximum around 520 °C, and then the thermopower decreases down to a surprising negative value. To our knowledge, it is the first time that such an unusual behaviour is reported. Nevertheless, it is qualitatively consistent with all the authors mentioned and the apparent contradictory results should only be due to the different temperature ranges of measurements. Using the ATP expression from the Faber-Ziman formalism, we can fit very well the experimental absolute thermopower versus temperature curve with only one adjustable parameter. For this, we have considered that the temperature dependence of the ATP is dominated by the resistivity, and we have introduced the experimental resistivity temperature dependence in the ATP expression. The very good fitting quality demonstrates that our hypothesis is consistent. In contrast, the liquid zinc ATP only increases with temperature. Nevertheless, near 1100 °C, the highest temperature achieved, it shows saturation that may be an indication of a decrease at higher temperature. The same type of fitting gives also quite good results.

  1. The value of high-frequency, high-precision methane isotopologue measurements for source and sink estimation

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    Rigby, M.; Manning, A. J.; Prinn, R. G.

    2012-06-01

    We present an observing system simulation experiment examining the potential benefits of new methane isotopologues measurements for global- and national-scale source and sink inversions. New measurements are expected in the coming years, using quantum cascade laser spectroscopy with sample preconcentration, that will allow observations of?13C - CH4 and ?D - CH4at approximately hourly intervals and higher precision than previously possible. Using model-generated `pseudo-data', we predict the variability that these new systems should encounter in the atmosphere, and estimate the additional uncertainty reduction that should result from their use in source and sink inversions. We find that much of the?-value variability from seasonal to daily timescales should be resolvable at the target precision of the new observations. For global source estimation, we find additional uncertainty reductions of between 3-9 Tg/year for four major source categories (microbial, biomass burning, landfill and fossil fuel), compared to mole fraction-only inversions, if the higher end of the anticipated isotopologue-measurement precisions can be achieved. On national scales, we obtain average uncertainty reductions of ˜10% of the source strength for countries close to high-frequency monitoring sites, although the degree of uncertainty reduction on such small scales varies significantly (from close to 0% to almost 50%) for different sources and countries.

  2. Trends in experimental high-energy physics

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    Sanford, T.W.L.

    1982-06-01

    Data from a scan of papers in Physical Review Letters and Physical Review are used to demonstrate that American high-energy physicists show a pattern of accelerator and instrumentation usage characteristic of that expected from the logistic-substitution model of Marchetti and of Fischer and Pry.

  3. High-precision molecular dynamics simulation of UO2-PuO2: Anion self-diffusion in UO2

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    Potashnikov, S. I.; Boyarchenkov, A. S.; Nekrasov, K. A.; Kupryazhkin, A. Ya.

    2013-02-01

    Our series of articles is devoted to high-precision molecular dynamics simulation of mixed actinide-oxide (MOX) fuel in the approximation of rigid ions and pair interactions (RIPI) using high-performance graphics processors (GPU). In this article we study self-diffusion mechanisms of oxygen anions in uranium dioxide (UO2) with the 10 recent and widely used sets of interatomic pair potentials (SPP) under periodic (PBC) and isolated (IBC) boundary conditions. Wide range of measured diffusion coefficients (from 10-3 cm2/s at melting point down to 10-12 cm2/s at 1400 K) made possible a direct comparison (without extrapolation) of the simulation results with the experimental data, which have been known only at low temperatures (T < 1500 K). A highly detailed (with the temperature step of 1 K) calculation of the diffusion coefficient allowed us to plot temperature dependences of the diffusion activation energy and its derivative, both of which show a wide (˜1000 K) superionic transition region confirming the broad ?-peaks of heat capacity obtained by us earlier. It is shown that regardless of SPP the anion self-diffusion in model crystals without surface or artificially embedded defects goes on via exchange mechanism, rather than interstitial or vacancy mechanisms suggested by the previous works. The activation energy of exchange diffusion turned out to coincide with the anti-Frenkel defect formation energy calculated by the lattice statics.

  4. High-precision percolation thresholds and Potts-model critical manifolds from graph polynomials

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    >Jesper Lykke Jacobsen,

    2014-04-01

    The critical curves of the q-state Potts model can be determined exactly for regular two-dimensional lattices G that are of the three-terminal type. This comprises the square, triangular, hexagonal and bow-tie lattices. Jacobsen and Scullard have defined a graph polynomial PB(q, v) that gives access to the critical manifold for general lattices. It depends on a finite repeating part of the lattice, called the basis B, and its real roots in the temperature variable v = eK - 1 provide increasingly accurate approximations to the critical manifolds upon increasing the size of B. Using transfer matrix techniques, these authors computed PB(q, v) for large bases (up to 243 edges), obtaining determinations of the ferromagnetic critical point vc > 0 for the (4, 82), kagome, and (3, 122) lattices to a precision (of the order 10-8) slightly superior to that of the best available Monte Carlo simulations. In this paper we describe a more efficient transfer matrix approach to the computation of PB(q, v) that relies on a formulation within the periodic Temperley-Lieb algebra. This makes possible computations for substantially larger bases (up to 882 edges), and the precision on vc is hence taken to the range 10-13. We further show that a large variety of regular lattices can be cast in a form suitable for this approach. This includes all Archimedean lattices, their duals and their medials. For all these lattices we tabulate high-precision estimates of the bond percolation thresholds pc and Potts critical points vc. We also trace and discuss the full Potts critical manifold in the (q, v) plane, paying special attention to the antiferromagnetic region v < 0. Finally, we adapt the technique to site percolation as well, and compute the polynomials PB(p) for certain Archimedean and dual lattices (those having only cubic and quartic vertices), using very large bases (up to 243 vertices). This produces the site percolation thresholds pc to a precision of the order of 10-9.

  5. High precision 11B/10B analysis with a simplified MC-ICP-MS

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    Tanimizu, M.; Nagaishi, K.

    2012-04-01

    Boron isotope ratio is a powerful tracer in the fields of geochemistry, biochemistry, and environmental chemistry. One important application of 11B/10B isotope ratio in geochemistry is as an indicator for paleo pH of seawater recorded in marine carbonates in deep-sea sediments. Boron isotope ratios are determined by TIMS or MC-ICP-MS with precisions of better than 0.1 % RSD, but a large inter-lab discrepancy of 0.6 % is still observed for actual carbonate samples (Foster, 2008). Here, we tried to determine B isotope ratio by MC-ICP-MS with a simple and common analytical techniques using a quartz sample introduction system with a PFA nebulizer, and compared to recently developed precise B isotope ratio analysis techniques by TIMS in positive ion detection mode determined as Cs2BO2+ ions with sample amount of <100 ng (Ishikawa and Nagaishi, 2011) and by MC-ICP-MS (Foster, 2008, Louvat et al., 2011). 11B/10B isotope ratios of a 50 ppb B solution dissolved in a HNO3, mannitol, HF-mixed solution were determined against an isotopic reference NIST-SRM 951 with a standard sample bracketing technique in the wet plasma condition. Resultant analytical reproducibility (twice standard deviation) was +/-0.02 % with a consumption of 50 ng B, and the washout time was comparable to that of NH3 gas addition to the introduction system (Foster, 2008). 11B/10B isotope ratios of actual carbonate sample and seawater were determined after simple chemical purification with a common cation exchange resin instead of a boron selective resin. Their relative differences from the standard were consistent with those determined by the positive TIMS within analytical uncertainty. Current potential of MC-ICP-MS for precise B isotopic analysis will be discussed. Foster, G., 2008. Seawater pH, pCO2 and [CO32-] variations in the Caribbean Sea over the last 130kyr: A boron isotope and B/Ca study of planktic foraminifera, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 271, 254-266. Ishikawa, T. and Nagaishi, K., 2011. High-precision isotopic analysis of boron by positive thermal ionization mass spectrometry with sample preheating, J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 26, 359-365. Louvat, P., Bouchez, J, and Paris, G., 2011. MC-ICP-MS isotope measurements with direct injection nebulisation (d-DIHEN): Optimisation and application to boron in seawater and carbonate samples., Geostand. Geoanal. Res., 35, 75-88.

  6. Crystal optics for precision x-ray spectroscopy on highly charged ions—conception and proof

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    Beyer, H. F.; Gassner, T.; Trassinelli, M.; Heß, R.; Spillmann, U.; Bana?, D.; Blumenhagen, K.-H.; Bosch, F.; Brandau, C.; Chen, W.; Dimopoulou, Chr; Förster, E.; Grisenti, R. E.; Gumberidze, A.; Hagmann, S.; Hillenbrand, P.-M.; Indelicato, P.; Jagodzinski, P.; Kämpfer, T.; Kozhuharov, Chr; Lestinsky, M.; Liesen, D.; Litvinov, Yu A.; Loetzsch, R.; Manil, B.; Märtin, R.; Nolden, F.; Petridis, N.; Sanjari, M. S.; Schulze, K. S.; Schwemlein, M.; Simionovici, A.; Steck, M.; Stöhlker, Th; Szabo, C. I.; Trotsenko, S.; Uschmann, I.; Weber, G.; Wehrhan, O.; Winckler, N.; Winters, D. F. A.; Winters, N.; Ziegler, E.

    2015-07-01

    The experimental investigation of quantum-electrodydamic contributions to the binding energies of inner shells of highly charged heavy ions requires an accurate spectroscopy in the region of hard x-rays suitable at a limited source strength. For this purpose the focusing compensated asymmetric Laue crystal optics has been developed and a twin-spectrometer assembly has been built and commissioned at the experimental storage ring of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum Darmstadt. We characterize the crystal optics and demonstrate the usefulness of the instrumentation for accurate spectroscopy of both stationary and fast moving x-ray sources. The experimental procedures discussed here may also be applied for other spectroscopic studies where a transition from conventional germanium x-ray detectors to crystal spectrometers seems too demanding because of low source intensity.

  7. Effect of stellar activity on the high precision transit light curve

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    Oshagh, , M.; Santos, , N. C.; Boisse, , I.; Boué, , G.; Ehrenreich, , D.; Haghighipour, , N.; Figueira, , P.; Santerne, , A.; Dumusque, , X.

    2015-09-01

    Stellar activity features such as spots and plages can create difficulties in determining planetary parameters through spectroscopic and photometric observations. The overlap of a transiting planet and a stellar spot, for instance, can produce anomalies in the transit light curve that may lead to inaccurate estimation of the transit duration, depth, and timing. Such inaccuracies can affect the precise derivation of the planet's radius. In this talk we will present the results of a quantitative study on the effects of stellar spots on high precision transit light curves. We show that spot anomalies can lead to the estimate of a planet radius that is 4% smaller than the real value. The effects on the transit duration can also be of the order of 4%, longer or shorter. Depending on the size and distribution of spots, anomalies can also produce transit timing variations with significant amplitudes. For instance, TTVs with signal amplitudes of 200 seconds can be produced by spots as large as the largest sunspot. Finally, we examine the impact of active regions on the transit depth measurements in different wavelengths, in order to probe the impact of this effect on transmission spectroscopy measurements. We show that significant (up to 10%) underestimation/overestimation of the planet-to-star radius ratio can be measured, especially in the short wavelength regime.

  8. Measuring High-Precision Astrometry with the Infrared Array Camera on the Spitzer Space Telescope

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    Esplin, T L

    2015-01-01

    The Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) on the Spitzer Space Telescope currently offers the greatest potential for high-precision astrometry of faint mid-IR sources across arcminute-scale fields, which would be especially valuable for measuring parallaxes of cold brown dwarfs in the solar neighborhood and proper motions of obscured members of nearby star-forming regions. To more fully realize IRAC's astrometric capabilities, we have sought to minimize the largest sources of uncertainty in astrometry with its 3.6 and 4.5 $\\mu$m bands. By comparing different routines that estimate stellar positions, we have found that Point Response Function (PRF) fitting with the Spitzer Science Center's Astronomical Point Source Extractor produces both the smallest systematic errors from varying intra-pixel sensitivity and the greatest precision in measurements of positions. In addition, self-calibration has been used to derive new 7$^{\\rm th}$ and 8$^{\\rm th}$ order distortion corrections for the 3.6 and 4.5 $\\mu$m arrays of IRAC, ...

  9. High precision carbon-interspaced antiscatter grids: Performance testing and moiré pattern analysis

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    Lee, S. J.; Cho, H. S.; Oh, J. E.; Choi, S. I.; Cho, H. M.; Park, Y. O.; Hong, D. K.; Lee, M. S.; Yang, Y. J.; Je, U. K.; Kim, D. S.; Lee, H. K.

    2011-10-01

    Recently, we have developed high precision carbon-interspaced antiscatter grids to be suitable for digital radiography (DR) adopting a precise sawing process. For systematic evaluation of the grid performance, we prepared several sample grids having different grid frequencies (4.0-8.5 lines/mm) and grid ratios (5:1-10:1) and established a well-controlled test condition based upon the IEC standard. In this paper, we presented the performance characteristics of the carbon-interspaced grids in terms of the transmission of primary radiation ( Tp), the transmission of scattered radiation ( Ts), the transmission of total radiation ( Tt), contrast improvement factor ( Cif), and Bucky factor ( B). We also described the grid line artifact, known as a moiré pattern, which may be the most critical problem to be solved for the successful grid use in DR. We examined the factors that affect the moiré pattern by integrating the sample grids with an a-Se based flat panel detector having a 139 ?m×139 ?m pixel size.

  10. Artificial Incoherent Speckles Enable Precision Astrometry and Photometry in High-contrast Imaging

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    Jovanovic, N.; Guyon, O.; Martinache, F.; Pathak, P.; Hagelberg, J.; Kudo, T.

    2015-11-01

    State-of-the-art coronagraphs employed on extreme adaptive optics enabled instruments are constantly improving the contrast detection limit for companions at ever-closer separations from the host star. In order to constrain their properties and, ultimately, compositions, it is important to precisely determine orbital parameters and contrasts with respect to the stars they orbit. This can be difficult in the post-coronagraphic image plane, as by definition the central star has been occulted by the coronagraph. We demonstrate the flexibility of utilizing the deformable mirror in the adaptive optics system of the Subaru Coronagraphic Extreme Adaptive Optics system to generate a field of speckles for the purposes of calibration. Speckles can be placed up to 22.5 ?/D from the star, with any position angle, brightness, and abundance required. Most importantly, we show that a fast modulation of the added speckle phase, between 0 and ?, during a long science integration renders these speckles effectively incoherent with the underlying halo. We quantitatively show for the first time that this incoherence, in turn, increases the robustness and stability of the adaptive speckles, which will improve the precision of astrometric and photometric calibration procedures. This technique will be valuable for high-contrast imaging observations with imagers and integral field spectrographs alike.

  11. Velocity and abundance precisions for future high-resolution spectroscopic surveys: A study for 4MOST

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    Caffau, E.; Koch, A.; Sbordone, L.; Sartoretti, P.; Hansen, C. J.; Royer, F.; Leclerc, N.; Bonifacio, P.; Christlieb, N.; Ludwig, H.-G.; Grebel, E. K.; de Jong, R. S.; Chiappini, C.; Walcher, J.; Mignot, S.; Feltzing, S.; Cohen, M.; Minchev, I.; Helmi, A.; Piffl, T.; Depagne, E.; Schnurr, O.

    2013-03-01

    In preparation for future, large-scale, multi-object, high-resolution spectroscopic surveys of the Galaxy, we present a series of tests of the precision in radial velocity and chemical abundances that any such project can achieve at a 4 m class telescope. We briefly discuss a number of science cases that aim at studying the chemo-dynamical history of the major Galactic components (bulge, thin and thick disks, and halo) - either as a follow-up to the Gaia mission or on their own merits. Based on a large grid of synthetic spectra that cover the full range in stellar parameters of typical survey targets, we devise an optimal wavelength range and argue for a moderately high-resolution spectrograph. As a result, the kinematic precision is not limited by any of these factors, but will practically only suffer from systematic effects, easily reaching uncertainties <1 km s-1. Under realistic survey conditions (namely, considering stars brighter than r=16 mag with reasonable exposure times) we prefer an ideal resolving power of R˜20 000 on average, for an overall wavelength range (with a common two-arm spectrograph design) of [395;456.5] nm and [587;673] nm. We show for the first time on a general basis that it is possible to measure chemical abundance ratios to better than 0.1 dex for many species (Fe, Mg, Si, Ca, Ti, Na, Al, V, Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Y, Ba, Nd, Eu) and to an accuracy of about 0.2 dex for other species such as Zr, La, and Sr. While our feasibility study was explicitly carried out for the 4MOST facility, the results can be readily applied to and used for any other conceptual design study for high-resolution spectrographs.

  12. Theoretical and experimental research on error analysis and optimization of tool path in fabricating aspheric compound eyes by precision micro milling

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    Chen, Mingjun; Xiao, Yong; Tian, Wenlan; Wu, Chunya; Chu, Xin

    2014-05-01

    Structure design and fabricating methods of three-dimensional (3D) artificial spherical compound eyes have been researched by many scholars. Micro-nano optical manufacturing is mostly used to process 3D artificial compound eyes. However, spherical optical compound eyes are less at optical performance than the eyes of insects, and it is difficult to further improve the imaging quality of compound eyes by means of micro-nano optical manufacturing. In this research, nonhomogeneous aspheric compound eyes (ACEs) are designed and fabricated. The nonhomogeneous aspheric structure is applied to calibrate the spherical aberration. Micro milling with advantages in processing three-dimensional micro structures is adopted to manufacture ACEs. In order to obtain ACEs with high imaging quality, the tool paths are optimized by analyzing the influence factors consisting of interpolation allowable error, scallop height and tool path pattern. In the experiments, two kinds of ACEs are manufactured by micro-milling with different too path patterns and cutting parameter on the miniature precision five-axis milling machine tool. The experimental results indicate that the ACEs of high surface quality can be achieved by circularly milling small micro-lens individually with changeable cutting depth. A prototype of the aspheric compound eye (ACE) with surface roughness ( R a) below 0.12 ?m is obtained with good imaging performance. This research ameliorates the imaging quality of 3D artificial compound eyes, and the proposed method of micro-milling can improve surface processing quality of compound eyes.

  13. QCD Precision Measurements and Structure Function Extraction at a High Statistics, High Energy Neutrino Scattering Experiment: NuSOnG

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    Adams, T.; Batra, P.; Bugel, Leonard G.; Camilleri, Leslie Loris; Conrad, Janet Marie; de Gouvea, A.; Fisher, Peter H.; Formaggio, Joseph Angelo; Jenkins, J.; Karagiorgi, Georgia S.; Kobilarcik, T.R.; /Fermilab /Texas U.

    2009-06-01

    We extend the physics case for a new high-energy, ultra-high statistics neutrino scattering experiment, NuSOnG (Neutrino Scattering On Glass) to address a variety of issues including precision QCD measurements, extraction of structure functions, and the derived Parton Distribution Functions (PDFs). This experiment uses a Tevatron-based neutrino beam to obtain a sample of Deep Inelastic Scattering (DIS) events which is over two orders of magnitude larger than past samples. We outline an innovative method for fitting the structure functions using a parameterized energy shift which yields reduced systematic uncertainties. High statistics measurements, in combination with improved systematics, will enable NuSOnG to perform discerning tests of fundamental Standard Model parameters as we search for deviations which may hint of 'Beyond the Standard Model' physics.

  14. High precision series solutions of differential equations: Ordinary and regular singular points of second order ODEs

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    Noreen, Amna; Olaussen, Kåre

    2012-10-01

    A subroutine for a very-high-precision numerical solution of a class of ordinary differential equations is provided. For a given evaluation point and equation parameters the memory requirement scales linearly with precision P, and the number of algebraic operations scales roughly linearly with P when P becomes sufficiently large. We discuss results from extensive tests of the code, and how one, for a given evaluation point and equation parameters, may estimate precision loss and computing time in advance. Program summary Program title: seriesSolveOde1 Catalogue identifier: AEMW_v1_0 Program summary URL: http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AEMW_v1_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: Standard CPC licence, http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/licence/licence.html No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 991 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 488116 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: C++ Computer: PC's or higher performance computers. Operating system: Linux and MacOS RAM: Few to many megabytes (problem dependent). Classification: 2.7, 4.3 External routines: CLN — Class Library for Numbers [1] built with the GNU MP library [2], and GSL — GNU Scientific Library [3] (only for time measurements). Nature of problem: The differential equation -s2({d2}/{dz2}+{1-?+-?-}/{z}{d}/{dz}+{?+?-}/{z2})?(z)+{1}/{z} ?n=0N vnzn?(z)=0, is solved numerically to very high precision. The evaluation point z and some or all of the equation parameters may be complex numbers; some or all of them may be represented exactly in terms of rational numbers. Solution method: The solution ?(z), and optionally ?'(z), is evaluated at the point z by executing the recursion A(z)={s-2}/{(m+1+?-?+)(m+1+?-?-)} ?n=0N Vn(z)A(z), ?(z)=?(z)+A(z), to sufficiently large m. Here ? is either ?+ or ?-, and Vn(z)=vnz. The recursion is initialized by A(z)=?z?,for n=0,1,…,N ?(z)=A0(z). Restrictions: No solution is computed if z=0, or s=0, or if ?=?- (assuming Re?+?Re?-) with ?+-?- an integer, except when ?+-?-=1 and v =0 (i.e. when z is an ordinary point for z?(z)). Additional comments: The code of the main algorithm is in the file seriesSolveOde1.cc, which "#include" the file checkForBreakOde1.cc. These routines, and the programs using them, must "#include" the file seriesSolveOde1.cc. Running time: On a Linux PC that is a few years old, at y=?{10} to an accuracy of P=200 decimal digits, evaluating the ground state wavefunction of the anharmonic oscillator (with the eigenvalue known in advance); (cf. Eq. (6)) takes about 2 ms, and about 40 min at an accuracy of P=100000 decimal digits. References: [1] B. Haible and R.B. Kreckel, CLN — Class Library for Numbers, http://www.ginac.de/CLN/ [2] T. Granlund and collaborators, GMP — The GNU Multiple Precision Arithmetic Library, http://gmplib.org/ [3] M. Galassi et al., GNU Scientific Library Reference Manual (3rd Ed.), ISBN 0954612078., http://www.gnu.org/software/gsl/

  15. High-precision topography measurement through accurate in-focus plane detection with hybrid digital holographic microscope and white light interferometer module.

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    Li?ewski, Kamil; Tomczewski, S?awomir; Kozacki, Tomasz; Kostencka, Julianna

    2014-04-10

    High-precision topography measurement of micro-objects using interferometric and holographic techniques can be realized provided that the in-focus plane of an imaging system is very accurately determined. Therefore, in this paper we propose an accurate technique for in-focus plane determination, which is based on coherent and incoherent light. The proposed method consists of two major steps. First, a calibration of the imaging system with an amplitude object is performed with a common autofocusing method using coherent illumination, which allows for accurate localization of the in-focus plane position. In the second step, the position of the detected in-focus plane with respect to the imaging system is measured with white light interferometry. The obtained distance is used to accurately adjust a sample with the precision required for the measurement. The experimental validation of the proposed method is given for measurement of high-numerical-aperture microlenses with subwavelength accuracy. PMID:24787417

  16. Optomechanical design of a high-precision detector robot arm system for x-ray nano-diffraction with x-ray nanoprobe

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    Shu, D.; Kalbfleisch, S.; Kearney, S.; Anton, J.; Chu, Y. S.

    2014-03-01

    Collaboration between Argonne National Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory has created a design for the high-precision detector robot arm system that will be used in the x-ray nano-diffraction experimental station at the Hard X-ray Nanoprobe (HXN) beamline for the NSLS-II project. The robot arm system is designed for positioning and manipulating an x-ray detector in three-dimensional space for nano-diffraction data acquisition with the HXN x-ray microscope. It consists of the following major component groups: a granite base with air-bearing support, a 2-D horizontal base stage, a vertical axis goniometer, a 2-D vertical plane robot arm, a 3-D fast scanning stages group, and a 2-D x-ray pixel detector. The design specifications and unique optomechanical structure of this novel high-precision detector robot arm system will be presented in this paper.

  17. Composite-Light-Pulse Technique for High-Precision Atom Interferometry

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    Berg, P.; Abend, S.; Tackmann, G.; Schubert, C.; Giese, E.; Schleich, W. P.; Narducci, F. A.; Ertmer, W.; Rasel, E. M.

    2015-02-01

    We realize beam splitters and mirrors for atom waves by employing a sequence of light pulses rather than individual ones. In this way we can tailor atom interferometers with improved sensitivity and accuracy. We demonstrate our method of composite pulses by creating a symmetric matter-wave interferometer which combines the advantages of conventional Bragg- and Raman-type concepts. This feature leads to an interferometer with a high immunity to technical noise allowing us to devise a large-area Sagnac gyroscope yielding a phase shift of 6.5 rad due to the Earth's rotation. With this device we achieve a rotation rate precision of 120 nrad s-1 Hz-1 /2 and determine the Earth's rotation rate with a relative uncertainty of 1.2%.

  18. High-precision and fast computation of Jacobi-Fourier moments for image description.

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    Camacho-Bello, C; Toxqui-Quitl, C; Padilla-Vivanco, A; Báez-Rojas, J J

    2014-01-01

    A high-precision and fast algorithm for computation of Jacobi-Fourier moments (JFMs) is presented. A fast recursive method is developed for the radial polynomials that occur in the kernel function of the JFMs. The proposed method is numerically stable and very fast in comparison with the conventional direct method. Moreover, the algorithm is suitable for computation of the JFMs of the highest orders. The JFMs are generic expressions to generate orthogonal moments changing the parameters ? and ? of Jacobi polynomials. The quality of the description of the proposed method with ? and ? parameters known is studied. Also, a search is performed of the best parameters, ? and ?, which significantly improves the quality of the reconstructed image and recognition. Experiments are performed on standard test images with various sets of JFMs to prove the superiority of the proposed method in comparison with the direct method. Furthermore, the proposed method is compared with other existing methods in terms of speed and accuracy. PMID:24561947

  19. Non-contact high precision measurement of surface form tolerances and central thickness for optical elements

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    Lou, Ying

    2010-10-01

    The traditional contact measuring methods could not satisfy the current optical elements measuring requirements. Noncontact high precision measuring theory, principle and instrument of the surface form tolerances and central thickness for optical elements were studied in the paper. In comparison with other types of interferometers, such as Twyman-Green and Mach-Zehnder, a Fizeau interferometer has the advantages of having fewer optical components, greater accuracy, and is easier to use. Some relations among the 3/A(B/C), POWER/PV and N/?N were studied. The PV with POWER removed can be the reference number of ?N. The chromatic longitudinal aberration of a special optical probe can be used for non-contanct central thickness measurement.

  20. LEBIT II: Upgrades and developments for high precision Penning trap mass measurements with rare isotopes

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    Redshaw, M.; Bollen, G.; Bustabad, S.; Kwiatkowski, A. A.; Lincoln, D. L.; Novario, S. J.; Ringle, R.; Schwarz, S.; Valverde, A. A.

    2013-12-01

    During the next several years and decades the extension of high-precision Penning trap mass spectrometry measurements to more-exotic isotopes, lying far from the valley of stability will continue to provide significant contributions to nuclear physics. However, such measurements must overcome the challenges of working with isotopes that have low production rates and short lifetimes. At the Low Energy Beam and Ion Trap (LEBIT) facility at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, a number of developments have been implemented or are underway to meet these challenges by minimizing rare-isotope preparation and measurement time, maximizing use of available beam time, and increasing sensitivity. These developments and the current status of the LEBIT facility will be discussed.

  1. Event Reconstruction in a Time Projection Chamber Designed to Make High Precision Fission Cross Section Measurements

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    Sharma, Sarvagya

    2010-11-01

    The Time Projection Chamber (TPC), being constructed by the NIFFTE (Neutron Induced Fission Fragment Tracking Experiment) collaboration will be used for high-precision fission cross-section measurements. These measurements will aid in the design of future generations of nuclear power plants. The track reconstruction effort in the NIFFTE experiment consists of a variety of statistical estimators to perform track finding and fitting. The Hough Transform is a brute force attempt at finding tracks that isolates features in the TPC volume through data binning. To determine track fit parameters, an iterative Kalman Filter has been implemented that accounts for multiple scattering. Comparing simulated and reconstructed tracks have shown the validity of these track reconstruction methods. In my poster, I will describe these methods in detail and I will also display the results we have achieved using these routines, including the first reconstructed tracks from our prototype TPC.

  2. High-precision gravimetric survey in support of lunar laser ranging at Haleakala, Maui, 1976 - 1978

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    Schenck, B. E.; Laurila, S. H.

    1978-01-01

    The planning, observations and adjustment of high-precision gravity survey networks established on the islands of Maui and Oahu as part of the geodetic-geophysical program in support of lunar laser ranging at Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii are described. The gravity survey networks include 43 independently measured gravity differences along the gravity calibration line from Kahului Airport to the summit of Mt. Haleakala, together with some key points close to tidal gauges on Maui, and 40 gravity differences within metropolitan Honolulu. The results of the 1976-1978 survey are compared with surveys made in 1961 and in 1964-1965. All final gravity values are given in the system of the international gravity standardization net 1971 (IGSN 71); values are obtained by subtracting 14.57 mgal from the Potsdam value at the gravity base station at the Hickam Air Force Base, Honolulu.

  3. HIGH-PRECISION PHOTOMETRY OF EXTREME KBO 2003 EL{sub 61}

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    Lacerda, Pedro; Jewitt, David; Peixinho, Nuno

    2008-05-15

    We present high-precision, time-resolved, visible and near-infrared photometry of the large (diameter {approx} 2500 km) Kuiper belt object (136108) 2003 EL{sub 61}. The new data confirm rapid rotation at period P = 3.9155 {+-} 0.0001 h with a peak-to-peak photometric range of {delta}m{sub R} = 0.29 {+-} 0.02 mag and further show subtle but reproducible color variations with rotation. Rotational deformation of 2003 EL{sub 61} alone would give rise to a symmetric light curve free of color variations. The observed photometric deviations from the best-fit equilibrium model show the existence of a large surface region with an albedo and color different from the mean surface of 2003 EL{sub 61}. We explore constraints on the nature of this anomalous region set by the existing data.

  4. Composite-light-pulse technique for high-precision atom interferometry.

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    Berg, P; Abend, S; Tackmann, G; Schubert, C; Giese, E; Schleich, W P; Narducci, F A; Ertmer, W; Rasel, E M

    2015-02-13

    We realize beam splitters and mirrors for atom waves by employing a sequence of light pulses rather than individual ones. In this way we can tailor atom interferometers with improved sensitivity and accuracy. We demonstrate our method of composite pulses by creating a symmetric matter-wave interferometer which combines the advantages of conventional Bragg- and Raman-type concepts. This feature leads to an interferometer with a high immunity to technical noise allowing us to devise a large-area Sagnac gyroscope yielding a phase shift of 6.5 rad due to the Earth's rotation. With this device we achieve a rotation rate precision of 120??nrad?s(-1)?Hz(-1/2) and determine the Earth's rotation rate with a relative uncertainty of 1.2%. PMID:25723216

  5. Nonlinear analysis of cylindrical capacitive sensor used for measuring high precision spindle rotation errors

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    Xiang, Kui; Wang, Wen; Zhang, Min; Lu, Keqing; Fan, Zongwei; Chen, Zichen

    2015-02-01

    A novel cylindrical capacitive sensor (CCS) with differential, symmetrical and integrated structure was proposed to measure multi-degree-of-freedom rotation errors of high precision spindle simultaneously and to reduce impacts of multiple sensors installation errors on the measurement accuracy. The nonlinear relationship between the output capacitance of CCS and the radial gap was derived using the capacitance formula and was quantitatively analyzed. It was found through analysis that the thickness of curved electrode plates led to the existence of fringe effect. The influence of the fringe effect on the output capacitance was investigated through FEM simulation. It was found through analysis and simulation that the CCS could be optimized to improve the measurement accuracy.

  6. High-precision calculation of the strange nucleon electromagnetic form factors

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    Green, Jeremy; Meinel, Stefan; Engelhardt, Michael G.; Krieg, Stefan; Laeuchli, Jesse; Negele, John W.; Orginos, Kostas; Pochinsky, Andrew; Syritsyn, Sergey

    2015-08-01

    We report a direct lattice QCD calculation of the strange nucleon electromagnetic form factors GsE and GsM in the kinematic range 0 lte Q2 \\lessapprox 1.2GeV2. For the first time, both GsE and GsM are shown to be nonzero with high significance. This work uses closer-to-physical lattice parameters than previous calculations, and achieves an unprecented statistical precision by implementing a recently proposed variance reduction technique called hierarchical probing. We perform model-independent fits of the form factor shapes using the z-expansion and determine the strange electric and magnetic radii and magnetic moment. We compare our results to parity-violating electron-proton scattering data and to other theoretical studies.

  7. High-dimensional Sparse Precision Matrix Estimation via Sparse Column Inverse Operator

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    Liu, Weidong

    2012-01-01

    This paper proposes a new method for estimating sparse precision matrices in the high dimensional setting. This procedure applies a novel Sparse Column-wise Inverse Operator (SCIO) to modified sample covariance matrices. We establish the convergence rates of this procedure under various matrix norms. Under the Frobenius norm loss, we prove theoretical guarantees on using cross validation to pick data-driven tunning parameters. Another important advantage of this estimator is its efficient computation for large-scale problems, using a path-following coordinate descent algorithm we provide. Numerical merits of our estimator are also illustrated using simulated and real datasets. In particular, this method is found to perform favorably on analyzing an HIV brain tissue dataset and an ADHD resting fMRI dataset.

  8. High-Precision Determination of the Pion-Nucleon ? Term from Roy-Steiner Equations.

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    Hoferichter, Martin; Ruiz de Elvira, Jacobo; Kubis, Bastian; Meißner, Ulf-G

    2015-08-28

    We present a determination of the pion-nucleon (?N) ? term ?_{?N} based on the Cheng-Dashen low-energy theorem (LET), taking advantage of the recent high-precision data from pionic atoms to pin down the ?N scattering lengths as well as of constraints from analyticity, unitarity, and crossing symmetry in the form of Roy-Steiner equations to perform the extrapolation to the Cheng-Dashen point in a reliable manner. With isospin-violating corrections included both in the scattering lengths and the LET, we obtain ?_{?N}=(59.1±1.9±3.0)??MeV=(59.1±3.5)??MeV, where the first error refers to uncertainties in the ?N amplitude and the second to the LET. Consequences for the scalar nucleon couplings relevant for the direct detection of dark matter are discussed. PMID:26371645

  9. Design of a high precision microwave reflector. [for earth upper atmosphere study

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    Noller, E. W.; Bauer, J. L.

    1980-01-01

    Development of a high accuracy spherical microwave reflector to support contour RMS and pointing requirements for a new series of space instruments is reported. The reflector system is composed of precision machined aluminum tile reflectors supported from a eutectic coated graphite epoxy structure by flexures. Several basic technologies have been integrated into a manufacturing process that accommodates fabrication techniques of both optical and composite constraints. The optical figure and its change due to thermal gradient was measured in a thermal vacuum environment with a Ronchi system. The radiometer system is in support of the Microwave Limb Sounder, an experiment to measure emissions from earth's atmospheric limb thus obtaining wind, temperature, pressure and chemical composition measurements.

  10. Developing a High Precision Cosmic Test Stand for PHENIX Research and Development

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    Towell, Cecily; Phenix Collaboration

    2014-09-01

    The multi-purpose Pioneering High Energy Nuclear Interaction eXperiment (PHENIX) at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) has been very successful, producing many discoveries. Specifically, PHENIX made critical contributions to the discovery of a new state of matter, the Quark Gluon Plasma (QGP). To allow for the continuation of effective study of the QGP, significant detector upgrades are being developed. A potential upgrade is the addition of high-resolution Time-of-Flight (TOF) detectors. The TOF detectors currently installed in PHENIX have a resolution of about 100 ps. To improve the particle identification capabilities of the TOF detectors, an order of magnitude improvement is desired. Possible means of achieving this resolution include Multi-gap Resistive Plate Chamber's (MRPC's) and MicroChannel Plate-PhotoMultiplier Tubes (MCP-PMT's), which are being studied. In order to test these detectors, a cosmic test stand has been commissioned. This test stand includes scintillator triggers, high precision silicon tracking and fast ADCs. To achieve a timing resolution measurement of less than 10 ps, each component in the test stand was chosen carefully. The design and initial results of the test stand will be presented. The multi-purpose Pioneering High Energy Nuclear Interaction eXperiment (PHENIX) at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) has been very successful, producing many discoveries. Specifically, PHENIX made critical contributions to the discovery of a new state of matter, the Quark Gluon Plasma (QGP). To allow for the continuation of effective study of the QGP, significant detector upgrades are being developed. A potential upgrade is the addition of high-resolution Time-of-Flight (TOF) detectors. The TOF detectors currently installed in PHENIX have a resolution of about 100 ps. To improve the particle identification capabilities of the TOF detectors, an order of magnitude improvement is desired. Possible means of achieving this resolution include Multi-gap Resistive Plate Chamber's (MRPC's) and MicroChannel Plate-PhotoMultiplier Tubes (MCP-PMT's), which are being studied. In order to test these detectors, a cosmic test stand has been commissioned. This test stand includes scintillator triggers, high precision silicon tracking and fast ADCs. To achieve a timing resolution measurement of less than 10 ps, each component in the test stand was chosen carefully. The design and initial results of the test stand will be presented. This research was supported in part by the DOE under Grant Number DE-FG03-94ER40860.

  11. Correlated cryo-fluorescence and cryo-electron microscopy with high spatial precision and improved sensitivity.

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    Schorb, Martin; Briggs, John A G

    2014-08-01

    Performing fluorescence microscopy and electron microscopy on the same sample allows fluorescent signals to be used to identify and locate features of interest for subsequent imaging by electron microscopy. To carry out such correlative microscopy on vitrified samples appropriate for structural cryo-electron microscopy it is necessary to perform fluorescence microscopy at liquid-nitrogen temperatures. Here we describe an adaptation of a cryo-light microscopy stage to permit use of high-numerical aperture objectives. This allows high-sensitivity and high-resolution fluorescence microscopy of vitrified samples. We describe and apply a correlative cryo-fluorescence and cryo-electron microscopy workflow together with a fiducial bead-based image correlation procedure. This procedure allows us to locate fluorescent bacteriophages in cryo-electron microscopy images with an accuracy on the order of 50 nm, based on their fluorescent signal. It will allow the user to precisely and unambiguously identify and locate objects and events for subsequent high-resolution structural study, based on fluorescent signals. PMID:24275379

  12. Influence of sulfur-bearing polyatomic species on high precision measurements of Cu isotopic composition

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    Pribil, M.J.; Wanty, R.B.; Ridley, W.I.; Borrok, D.M.

    2010-01-01

    An increased interest in high precision Cu isotope ratio measurements using multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS) has developed recently for various natural geologic systems and environmental applications, these typically contain high concentrations of sulfur, particularly in the form of sulfate (SO42-) and sulfide (S). For example, Cu, Fe, and Zn concentrations in acid mine drainage (AMD) can range from 100??g/L to greater than 50mg/L with sulfur species concentrations reaching greater than 1000mg/L. Routine separation of Cu, Fe and Zn from AMD, Cu-sulfide minerals and other geological matrices usually incorporates single anion exchange resin column chromatography for metal separation. During chromatographic separation, variable breakthrough of SO42- during anion exchange resin column chromatography into the Cu fractions was observed as a function of the initial sulfur to Cu ratio, column properties, and the sample matrix. SO42- present in the Cu fraction can form a polyatomic 32S-14N-16O-1H species causing a direct mass interference with 63Cu and producing artificially light ??65Cu values. Here we report the extent of the mass interference caused by SO42- breakthrough when measuring ??65Cu on natural samples and NIST SRM 976 Cu isotope spiked with SO42- after both single anion column chromatography and double anion column chromatography. A set of five 100??g/L Cu SRM 976 samples spiked with 500mg/L SO42- resulted in an average ??65Cu of -3.50?????5.42??? following single anion column separation with variable SO42- breakthrough but an average concentration of 770??g/L. Following double anion column separation, the average SO42-concentration of 13??g/L resulted in better precision and accuracy for the measured ??65Cu value of 0.01?????0.02??? relative to the expected 0??? for SRM 976. We conclude that attention to SO42- breakthrough on sulfur-rich samples is necessary for accurate and precise measurements of ??65Cu and may require the use of a double ion exchange column procedure. ?? 2010.

  13. Development and flight test of an experimental maneuver autopilot for a highly maneuverable aircraft

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    Duke, Eugene L.; Jones, Frank P.; Roncoli, Ralph B.

    1986-01-01

    This report presents the development of an experimental flight test maneuver autopilot (FTMAP) for a highly maneuverable aircraft. The essence of this technique is the application of an autopilot to provide precise control during required flight test maneuvers. This newly developed flight test technique is being applied at the Dryden Flight Research Facility of NASA Ames Research Center. The FTMAP is designed to increase the quantity and quality of data obtained in test flight. The technique was developed and demonstrated on the highly maneuverable aircraft technology (HiMAT) vehicle. This report describes the HiMAT vehicle systems, maneuver requirements, FTMAP development process, and flight results.

  14. Correcting for Interstellar Scattering Delay in High-precision Pulsar Timing: Simulation Results

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    Palliyaguru, Nipuni; Stinebring, Daniel; McLaughlin, Maura; Demorest, Paul; Jones, Glenn

    2015-12-01

    Light travel time changes due to gravitational waves (GWs) may be detected within the next decade through precision timing of millisecond pulsars. Removal of frequency-dependent interstellar medium (ISM) delays due to dispersion and scattering is a key issue in the detection process. Current timing algorithms routinely correct pulse times of arrival (TOAs) for time-variable delays due to cold plasma dispersion. However, none of the major pulsar timing groups correct for delays due to scattering from multi-path propagation in the ISM. Scattering introduces a frequency-dependent phase change in the signal that results in pulse broadening and arrival time delays. Any method to correct the TOA for interstellar propagation effects must be based on multi-frequency measurements that can effectively separate dispersion and scattering delay terms from frequency-independent perturbations such as those due to a GW. Cyclic spectroscopy, first described in an astronomical context by Demorest (2011), is a potentially powerful tool to assist in this multi-frequency decomposition. As a step toward a more comprehensive ISM propagation delay correction, we demonstrate through a simulation that we can accurately recover impulse response functions (IRFs), such as those that would be introduced by multi-path scattering, with a realistic signal-to-noise ratio (S/N). We demonstrate that timing precision is improved when scatter-corrected TOAs are used, under the assumptions of a high S/N and highly scattered signal. We also show that the effect of pulse-to-pulse "jitter" is not a serious problem for IRF reconstruction, at least for jitter levels comparable to those observed in several bright pulsars.

  15. Achieving high-precision pointing on ExoplanetSat: initial feasibility analysis

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    Pong, Christopher M.; Lim, Sungyung; Smith, Matthew W.; Miller, David W.; Villaseñor, Jesus S.; Seager, Sara

    2010-07-01

    ExoplanetSat is a proposed three-unit CubeSat designed to detect down to Earth-sized exoplanets in an orbit out to the habitable zone of Sun-like stars via the transit method. To achieve the required photometric precision to make these measurements, the target star must remain within the same fraction of a pixel, which is equivalent to controlling the pointing of the satellite to the arcsecond level. The satellite will use a two-stage control system: coarse control will be performed by a set of reaction wheels, desaturated by magnetic torque coils, and fine control will be performed by a piezoelectric translation stage. Since no satellite of this size has previously demonstrated this high level of pointing precision, a simulation has been developed to prove the feasibility of realizing such a system. The current baseline simulation has demonstrated the ability to hold the target star to within 0.05 pixels or 1.8 arcseconds (with an 85 mm lens and 15 ?m pixels), in the presence of large reaction wheel disturbances as well as external environmental disturbances. This meets the current requirement of holding the target star to 0.14 pixels or 5.0 arcseconds. Other high-risk aspects of the design have been analyzed such as the effect of changing the guide star centroiding error, changing the CMOS sampling frequency, and reaction wheel selection on the slew performance of the satellite. While these results are promising as an initial feasibility analysis, further model improvements and hardware-in-the-loop tests are currently underway.

  16. High-precision (143)Nd/(144)Nd ratios from NdO(+) data corrected with in-run measured oxygen isotope ratios.

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    Chu, Zhu-Yin; Li, Chao-Feng; Hegner, Ernst; Chen, Zhi; Yan, Yan; Guo, Jing-Hui

    2014-11-18

    The NdO(+) technique has been considerably refined in recent years for high-precision measurement of Nd isotope ratios in low-level samples (1-5 ng Nd). As oxygen isotopic compositions may vary significantly with experimental conditions such as filament material, ionization enhancer and the ambient oxygen in the ion source, great "care" should be taken for using correct oxygen isotopic compositions to do the isobaric oxide corrections for the "conventional" NdO(+) method. Our method presented here for NdO(+) data reduction and PrO(+) interference corrections uses the oxygen isotope composition determined in each cycle of the NdO(+) measurements. For that purpose, we measured the small ion signals of (150)Nd(17)O(+) and (150)Nd(18)O(+) with amplifiers equipped with 10(12) ? feedback resistors, and those of Nd(16)O(+) ion beams with 10(11) ? amplifiers. Using 10(12) ? amplifiers facilitates a precise measurement of the very small (150)Nd(17)O(+) and (150)Nd(18)O(+) ion signals and calculation of highly accurate and precise (143)Nd/(144)Nd isotope ratios. The (143)Nd/(144)Nd ratios for JNdi-1 standards and several whole-rock reference materials determined with the method on 4 ng of Nd loads are consistent with previously reported values within analytical error, with internal and external precision (2 RSE and 2 RSD) of better than 20 and 30 ppm, respectively. PMID:25301302

  17. Impact evaluation of environmental and geometrical parasitic effects on high-precision position measurement of the LHC collimator jaws

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    Danisi, Alessandro; Losito, Roberto; Masi, Alessandro

    2015-09-01

    Measuring the apertures of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) collimators, as well as the positions of their axes, is a challenging task. The LHC collimators are equipped with high-precision linear position sensors, the linear variable differential transformers (LVDTs). The accuracy of such sensors is limited by the peculiar parasitic effect of being rather sensitive to external magnetic fields. A new type of inductive sensor, the Ironless Inductive Position Sensor (I2PS), that keeps the advantages of the LVDTs but is insensitive to external magnetic fields has been designed, constructed, and tested at CERN. For this sensor, a detailed description of parasitic effects such as high-frequency capacitances and the presence of conductive shields and electric motor, in the surroundings is given, from analytical, numerical, and experimental viewpoints. In addition, proof is given of the I2PS’s radiation hardness. The aim of this paper is to give a complete and exhaustive impact evaluation, from the metrological viewpoint, of these parasitic effects on these two fundamental sensor solutions.

  18. Mid-infrared frequency comb for broadband high precision and sensitivity molecular spectroscopy.

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    Galli, I; Bartalini, S; Cancio, P; Cappelli, F; Giusfredi, G; Mazzotti, D; Akikusa, N; Yamanishi, M; De Natale, P

    2014-09-01

    We report on the experimental demonstration of the metrological and spectroscopic performances of a mid-infrared comb generated by a nonlinear downconversion process from a Ti:sapphire-based near-infrared comb. A quantum cascade laser at 4330 nm was phase-locked to a single tooth of this mid-infrared comb and its frequency-noise power spectral density was measured. The mid-infrared comb itself was also used as a multifrequency highly coherent source to perform ambient air direct comb spectroscopy with the Vernier technique, by demultiplexing it with a high-finesse Fabry-Perot cavity. PMID:25166071

  19. The ASTROID Simulator Software Package: Realistic Modelling of High-Precision High-Cadence Space-Based Imaging

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    Marcos-Arenal, P; De Ridder, J; Huygen, R; Aerts, C

    2014-01-01

    The preparation of a space-mission that carries out any kind of imaging to detect high-precision low-amplitude variability of its targets requires a robust model for the expected performance of its instruments. This model cannot be derived from simple addition of noise properties due to the complex interaction between the various noise sources. While it is not feasible to build and test a prototype of the imaging device on-ground, realistic numerical simulations in the form of an end-to-end simulator can be used to model the noise propagation in the observations. These simulations not only allow studying the performance of the instrument, its noise source response and its data quality, but also the instrument design verification for different types of configurations, the observing strategy and the scientific feasibility of an observing proposal. In this way, a complete description and assessment of the objectives to expect from the mission can be derived. We present a high-precision simulation software packag...

  20. HPMSS(High Precision Magnetic Survey System) and InterRidge

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    Isezaki, N.; Sayanagi, K.

    2012-12-01

    From the beginning of 1990s to the beginning of 2000s, the Japanese group of IntreRidge conducted many cruises for three component magnetic survey using Shipboard Three Component Magnetometer (STCM) and Deep Towed Three Component Magnetometer (DTCM) in the world wide oceans. We have been developing HPMSS during this time with support of Dr.Tamaki(the late representative of InterRidge Japan) who understood the advantages of three component geomagnetic anomalies (TCGA). TCGA measured by STCM determines the direction of geomagnetic anomaly lineations precisely at every point where TCGA were observed, which playes the important role in magnetic anomaly lineation analysis. Even in the beginning of 2000s, almost all marine magnetic scientists believed that the total intensity anomly (TIA) is the better data than TCGA for analysis because the scalar magnetometers (e.g. proton precession magnetometer) have the better accuracy than any other magnetometers (e.g.flux gate magnetometer (FGM)). We employed the high accrate gyroscope (e.g.ring lase gyroscope (RLG)/optical fiber gyroscope (OFG)) to improve the accuracy of STCM/DTCM equipped with FGM. Moreover we employed accurate and precise FGM which was selected among the market. Finally we developed the new magnetic survey system with high precision usable as airborn, shipboard and dee-ptowed magnetometers which we call HPMSS(High Precision Magnetic Survey System). As an optional equipment, we use LAN to communicate between a data aquisiitin part and a data logging part, and GPS for a position fix. For the deep-towed survey, we use the acoustic position fix (super short base line method) and the acoustic communication to monitor the DTCM status. First we used HPMSS to obtain the magnetization structure of the volcanic island, Aogashima located 300km south of Tokyo using a hellcopter in 2006 and 2009. Next we used HPMSS installed in DTCM in 2010,2011 and 2012 using R/V Bosei-maru belonging to Tokai University. Also we used HPMSS installed in AUV (automonous undersea vehicle), belonging to JAMSTEC in 2009,2010 and 2011. We have been emphasizing the importnace of TCGA compared to TIA because TIA does not obey the Laplace equation which means TIA is not harmonic, then we cannot apply the Fourier analysis on TIA. We will show the structure of three component magnetization of the mineral deposit in the volcanic thermal area in Izu-Ogasawara island Arc, called Hakurei Deposit. TCGA of DTCM and AUV survey data were used and the depth section and the vertical section of three components of magnetization of Hakurei Deposit area will be presented. We emphasize that reliable 3D structure of three component of magnetization was obtained from TCGA using HPMSS as the result of deep support of InterRidge Japan, especially deep support of Dr. Tamaki.

  1. Ultra-high-precision alignment technology for lens manufacturing used for high-end optics

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    Schiffner, Sebastian; Sure, Thomas

    2013-09-01

    This article describes the progress in the area of modern centration technology by using digital image processing. This work is motivated by the continuously increasing demand for high-end optics. During the last years the surface lens quality has been continuously improved. Today the image quality is more determined by the manufacturing tolerances for the mechanical interface which is responsible for decenter and tilt of the lenses respectively the subgroups. Some of the aberrations are directly linked to the decenter of the lenses, Coma for example. Hence it is necessary to realize the subgroups with tolerances below lpm. To determine the decenter of a lens an auto collimation telescope is used to image the reflex of the lens surfaces onto a detector, commonly a half covert photodiode. Rotating the lens generates a sinusoidal signal, which is evaluated by a lock-in amplifier to drive two actuators to adjust the alignment chuck. Typical internal reflections caused by stray light for example disturb the current procedure in such a way that it is impossible to get a stable alignment process. Digital image processing allows us to fix these problems with image recognition. We will demonstrate how a modified auto collimation telescope in combination with the developed software algorithms made the manufacturing process more accurate, faster and useable for a broad spectrum of lenses. It has been proofed by some thousand diverse lenses that with these new technique subgroups can be centered within 0.25?m.

  2. Precision Higgs Physics

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    Boughezal, Radja

    2015-04-01

    The future of the high energy physics program will increasingly rely upon precision studies looking for deviations from the Standard Model. Run I of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) triumphantly discovered the long-awaited Higgs boson, and there is great hope in the particle physics community that this new state will open a portal onto a new theory of Nature at the smallest scales. A precision study of Higgs boson properties is needed in order to test whether this belief is true. New theoretical ideas and high-precision QCD tools are crucial to fulfill this goal. They become even more important as larger data sets from LHC Run II further reduce the experimental errors and theoretical uncertainties begin to dominate. In this talk, I will review recent progress in understanding Higgs properties,including the calculation of precision predictions needed to identify possible physics beyond the Standard Model in the Higgs sector. New ideas for measuring the Higgs couplings to light quarks as well as bounding the Higgs width in a model-independent way will be discussed. Precision predictions for Higgs production in association with jets and ongoing efforts to calculate the inclusive N3LO cross section will be reviewed.

  3. 1?m adjustment-tolerance for high-precision helical laser drilling

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    Zibner, F.; Fornaroli, C.; Holtkamp, J.; Ryll, J.; Gillner, A.

    2015-09-01

    High-precision micro laser drilling with high aspect ratios requires laser imaging effects such as optical double rotation. Optical double rotation is an effect where the laser beam is guided through any optical elements with a total amount of reflections that remains uneven. Those optical elements need to be mounted in a rotary stage that spins the elements with a certain velocity. In an ideal case the optical axis is identically with the rotational axis. Few optical elements such as the Dove-prism show the effect that the beam is rotated in itself while it is moving on a helical path. That offers an independency of the beam profile. However the Dove-prism alone can not be adjusted in a way that the two axis match. This is based on geometrical errors of the Dove-prism due to manufacturing technologies. Certain deviation in length and angle lead to a helical error. Additional optical elements can compensate this effect. Alignment that only takes place in one 2D plane (e.g. the focal plane) leads most likely to a cross-over of both axes (x-alignment) in that one plane. In order to match both axes the alignment needs to be done at least in two 2D planes. That requires the opportunity to both influence the optical angle and the optical position (parallel shift) in both planes. The highly complex optical alignment method as well as the mechanical storage of the optical elements will be shown in this paper.

  4. Globular Cluster Streams as Galactic High-Precision Scales—the Poster Child Palomar 5

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    Küpper, Andreas H. W.; Balbinot, Eduardo; Bonaca, Ana; Johnston, Kathryn V.; Hogg, David W.; Kroupa, Pavel; Santiago, Basilio X.

    2015-04-01

    Using the example of the tidal stream of the Milky Way globular cluster Palomar 5 (Pal 5), we demonstrate how observational data on tidal streams can be efficiently reduced in dimensionality and modeled in a Bayesian framework. Our approach combines detection of stream overdensities by a Difference-of-Gaussians process with fast streakline models of globular cluster streams and a continuous likelihood function built from these models. Inference is performed with Markov chain Monte Carlo. By generating ? {{10}7} model streams, we show that the unique geometry of the Pal 5 debris yields powerful constraints on the solar position and motion, the Milky Way and Pal 5 itself. All 10 model parameters were allowed to vary over large ranges without additional prior information. Using only readily available SDSS data and a few radial velocities from the literature, we find that the distance of the Sun from the Galactic Center is 8.30 ± 0.25 kpc, and the transverse velocity is 253 ± 16 km s-1. Both estimates are in excellent agreement with independent measurements of these two quantities. Assuming a standard disk and bulge model, we determine the Galactic mass within Pal 5's apogalactic radius of 19 kpc to be (2.1+/- 0.4)× {{10}11} {{M}? }. Moreover, we find the potential of the dark halo with a flattening of {{q}z}=0.95-0.12+0.16 to be essentially spherical—at least within the radial range that is effectively probed by Pal 5. We also determine Pal 5's mass, distance, and proper motion independently from other methods, which enables us to perform vital cross-checks. Our inferred heliocentric distance of Pal 5 is 23.6-0.7+0.8 kpc, in perfect agreement with, and more precise than, estimates from isochrone fitting of deep Hubble Space Telescope (HST) imaging data. We conclude that finding and modeling more globular cluster streams is an efficient way to map out the structure of our Galaxy to high precision. With more observational data and by using additional prior information, the precision of this mapping can be significantly increased.

  5. High-Precision Sub-Doppler Infrared Spectroscopy of HeH^+

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    Perry, Adam J.; Hodges, James N.; Markus, Charles; Kocheril, G. Stephen; Jenkins, Paul A., II; McCall, Benjamin J.

    2014-06-01

    The helium hydride ion, HeH^+, is the simplest heteronuclear diatomic, and is composed of the two most abundant elements in the universe. It is widely believed that this ion was among the first molecules to be formed; thus it has been of great interest to scientists studying the chemistry of the early universe. HeH^+ is also isoelectronic to H_2 which makes it a great target ion for theorists to include adiabatic and non-adiabatic corrections to its Born-Oppenheimer potential energy surface. The accuracy of such calculations is further improved by incorporating electron relativistic and quantum electrodynamic effects. Using the highly sensitive spectroscopic technique of Noise Immune Cavity Enhanced Optical Heterodyne Velocity Modulation Spectroscopy (NICE-OHVMS) we are able to perform sub-Doppler spectroscopy on ions of interest. When combined with frequency calibration from an optical frequency comb we fit line centers with sub-MHz precision as has previously been shown for the H3^+, HCO+, and CH5+ ions. Here we report a list of the most precisely measured rovibrational transitions of HeH^+ to date. These measurements should allow theorists to continue to push the boundaries of ab initio calculations in order to further study this important fundamental species. S. Lepp, P. C. Stancil, A. Dalgarno J. Phys. B (2002), 35, R57. S. Lepp, Astrophys. Space Sci. (2003), 285, 737. K. Pachucki, J. Komasa, J. Chem. Phys (2012), 137, 204314. J. N. Hodges, A. J. Perry, P. A. Jenkins II, B. M. Siller, B. J. McCall J. Chem. Phys. (2013), 139, 164201.

  6. Measuring High-Precision Astrometry with the Infrared Array Camera on the Spitzer Space Telescope

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    Esplin, T. L.; Luhman, K. L.

    2016-01-01

    The Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) on the Spitzer Space Telescope currently offers the greatest potential for high-precision astrometry of faint mid-IR sources across arcminute-scale fields, which would be especially valuable for measuring parallaxes of cold brown dwarfs in the solar neighborhood and proper motions of obscured members of nearby star-forming regions. To more fully realize IRAC's astrometric capabilities, we have sought to minimize the largest sources of uncertainty in astrometry with its 3.6 and 4.5 ?m bands. By comparing different routines that estimate stellar positions, we have found that Point Response Function (PRF) fitting with the Spitzer Science Center's Astronomical Point Source Extractor produces both the smallest systematic errors from varying intra-pixel sensitivity and the greatest precision in measurements of positions. In addition, self-calibration has been used to derive new 7th and 8th order distortion corrections for the 3.6 and 4.5 ?m arrays of IRAC, respectively. These corrections are suitable for data throughout the mission of Spitzer when a time-dependent scale factor is applied to the corrections. To illustrate the astrometric accuracy that can be achieved by combining PRF fitting with our new distortion corrections, we have applied them to archival data for a nearby star-forming region, arriving at total astrometric errors of ?20 and 70 mas at signal to noise ratios of 100 and 10, respectively. Based on observations made with the Spitzer Space Telescope, which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology under a contract with NASA.

  7. Project GeoWSN: High precision but low-cost GNSS landslide monitoring in Austria

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    Koch, Daniel; Brandstätter, Michael; Kühtreiber, Norbert

    2014-05-01

    At present, GNSS monitoring of landslides is an accepted and approved method to detect movements of slopes at risk in the sub-centimetre level. However, high-precision geodetic GNSS-receivers are expensive, therefore this monitoring method is not widely applied. Recently low-cost GNSS-receivers are conquering the geodetic market and are well suited for a cost effective and yet precise GNSS-monitoring. During the project GeoWSN, which was funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), an applicable low-cost monitoring system was developed at Graz University of Technology. The system is based on a so-called Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) consisting of low-cost GNSS-receivers, temperature and humidity sensors and inertial measurement units. Additionally energy-harvesting technologies and power-saving algorithms provide that the system is energy- autarkic. For real-time applications, a communication link between the sensor nodes is implemented. The relative positioning method RTK (Real Time Kinematic) is applied to reach the highest possible accuracy. The GeoWSN sensor nodes enable the detection of possible movements in the real-time processed positions of the sensor nodes. To ensure a real-time evaluation and interpretation of the data, the current status of the slope can be acquired by a local warning centre. Therefore, affected people can be warned within a short latency. Several test-scenarios have shown the acceptance of the system at the warning centre of Styria, Austria. This contribution should give an overview of the main idea of a low-cost warning system and results of the project GeoWSN.

  8. High Precision Bright-Star Astrometry with the USNO Astrometric CMOS Hybrid Camera System

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    Secrest, Nathan; Dudik, Rachel; Berghea, Ciprian; Hennessy, Greg; Dorland, Bryan

    2015-08-01

    While GAIA will provide excellent positional measurements of hundreds of millions of stars between 5 < mag < 20, an ongoing challenge in the field of high-precision differential astrometry is the positional accuracy of very bright stars (mag < 5), due to the enormous dynamic range between bright stars of interest, such as those in the Hipparcos catalog, and their background field stars, which are especially important for differential astrometry. Over the past few years, we have been testing the USNO Astrometric CMOS Hybrid Camera System (UAHC), which utilizes an H4RG-10 detector in windowing mode, as a possible solution to the NOFS USNO Bright Star Astrometric Database (UBAD). In this work, we discuss the results of an astrometric analysis of single-epoch Hipparcos data taken with the UAHC from the 1.55m Kaj Strand Astrometric Reflector at NOFS from June 27-30, 2014. We discuss the calibration of this data, as well as an astrometric analysis pipeline we developed that will enable multi-epoch differential and absolute astrometry with the UAHC. We find that while the overall differential astrometric stability of data taken with the UAHC is good (5-10 mas single-measurement precision) and comparable to other ground-based astrometric camera systems, bright stars in the detector window suffer from several systematic effects, such as insufficient window geometry and centroiding failures due to read-out artifacts—both of which can be significantly improved with modifications to the electronics, read-out speed and microcode.

  9. High Precision CTE-Measurement of SiC-100 for Cryogenic Space-Telescopes

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    K. Enya; N. Yamada; T. Onaka; T. Nakagawa; H. Kaneda; M. Hirabayashi; Y. Toulemont; D. Castel; Y. Kanai; N. Fujishiro

    2007-04-12

    We present the results of high precision measurements of the thermal expansion of the sintered SiC, SiC-100, intended for use in cryogenic space-telescopes, in which minimization of thermal deformation of the mirror is critical and precise information of the thermal expansion is needed for the telescope design. The temperature range of the measurements extends from room temperature down to $\\sim$ 10 K. Three samples, #1, #2, and #3 were manufactured from blocks of SiC produced in different lots. The thermal expansion of the samples was measured with a cryogenic dilatometer, consisting of a laser interferometer, a cryostat, and a mechanical cooler. The typical thermal expansion curve is presented using the 8th order polynomial of the temperature. For the three samples, the coefficients of thermal expansion (CTE), $\\bar{\\alpha}_{#1}$, $\\bar{\\alpha}_{#2}$, and $\\bar{\\alpha}_{#3}$ were derived for temperatures between 293 K and 10 K. The average and the dispersion (1 $\\sigma$ rms) of these three CTEs are 0.816 and 0.002 ($\\times 10^{-6}$/K), respectively. No significant difference was detected in the CTE of the three samples from the different lots. Neither inhomogeneity nor anisotropy of the CTE was observed. Based on the obtained CTE dispersion, we performed an finite-element-method (FEM) analysis of the thermal deformation of a 3.5 m diameter cryogenic mirror made of six SiC-100 segments. It was shown that the present CTE measurement has a sufficient accuracy well enough for the design of the 3.5 m cryogenic infrared telescope mission, the Space Infrared telescope for Cosmology and Astrophysics (SPICA).

  10. A lane-level LBS system for vehicle network with high-precision BDS/GPS positioning.

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    Guo, Chi; Guo, Wenfei; Cao, Guangyi; Dong, Hongbo

    2015-01-01

    In recent years, research on vehicle network location service has begun to focus on its intelligence and precision. The accuracy of space-time information has become a core factor for vehicle network systems in a mobile environment. However, difficulties persist in vehicle satellite positioning since deficiencies in the provision of high-quality space-time references greatly limit the development and application of vehicle networks. In this paper, we propose a high-precision-based vehicle network location service to solve this problem. The major components of this study include the following: (1) application of wide-area precise positioning technology to the vehicle network system. An adaptive correction message broadcast protocol is designed to satisfy the requirements for large-scale target precise positioning in the mobile Internet environment; (2) development of a concurrence service system with a flexible virtual expansion architecture to guarantee reliable data interaction between vehicles and the background; (3) verification of the positioning precision and service quality in the urban environment. Based on this high-precision positioning service platform, a lane-level location service is designed to solve a typical traffic safety problem. PMID:25755665

  11. A Lane-Level LBS System for Vehicle Network with High-Precision BDS/GPS Positioning

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    Guo, Chi; Guo, Wenfei; Cao, Guangyi; Dong, Hongbo

    2015-01-01

    In recent years, research on vehicle network location service has begun to focus on its intelligence and precision. The accuracy of space-time information has become a core factor for vehicle network systems in a mobile environment. However, difficulties persist in vehicle satellite positioning since deficiencies in the provision of high-quality space-time references greatly limit the development and application of vehicle networks. In this paper, we propose a high-precision-based vehicle network location service to solve this problem. The major components of this study include the following: (1) application of wide-area precise positioning technology to the vehicle network system. An adaptive correction message broadcast protocol is designed to satisfy the requirements for large-scale target precise positioning in the mobile Internet environment; (2) development of a concurrence service system with a flexible virtual expansion architecture to guarantee reliable data interaction between vehicles and the background; (3) verification of the positioning precision and service quality in the urban environment. Based on this high-precision positioning service platform, a lane-level location service is designed to solve a typical traffic safety problem. PMID:25755665

  12. Progress in Bathymetric Surveys: Combining High Precision Positioning in Real Time with a Continuous Vertical Datum in Remote Areas

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    Lévesque, S.; Robin, C. M. I.; MacLeod, K.; Fadaie, K.

    2014-12-01

    For most of its bathymetric survey activities, the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) requires high precision, three dimensional positioning. As part of a pilot project, one of its launches was equipped with a GNSS receiver processing a high precision correction service in real time (HP-GPS*C) via the internet using satellite telecommunication. This service was provided by Natural Resources Canada/Canadian Geodetic Survey (NRCan/CGS). The bathymetric data from a survey in eastern Hudson Bay performed by CHS in Fall 2013 was post -processed using different standard methods. This resulted in high precision positions that were compared with positions corrected with the real-time precise point positioning (PPP) service (HP-GPS*C) from NRCan/CGS. CHS bathymetric surveys must be referred to chart datum, the hydrographical vertical datum defined for use on nautical charts. In the Canadian north, another limitation to high precision bathymetric work is the availability of tide observations and/or predictions. The territory is vast and tide data is limited in space and in time while predicted tides are not always accurate. This makes reductions of bathymetric soundings to Chart datum difficult. To address this problem, CHS and NRCan/CGS have collaborated to produce a Continuous Vertical Datum for Canadian Waters (CVDCW), which incorporates data from NRCan's geoid model, tide gauge and GPS data, satellite altimetry, and ocean models. Thus high precision positioning provides ellipsoidal heights for the bathymetric depths, and the CVDCW allows to correct these ellipsoidal heights to chart datum. Comparisons of the bathymetry from the pilot survey corrected for tide data versus the bathymetry referred to its ellipsoidal height corrected to chart datum with the CVDCW are given to demonstrate the relative changes to the depths. This also illustrates the advantage of a continuous vertical datum with its potential to be combined with real-time high precision positioning.

  13. High precision and high yield fabrication of dense nanoparticle arrays onto DNA origami at statistically independent binding sites

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    Takabayashi, Sadao; Klein, William P.; Onodera, Craig; Rapp, Blake; Flores-Estrada, Juan; Lindau, Elias; Snowball, Lejmarc; Sam, Joseph T.; Padilla, Jennifer E.; Lee, Jeunghoon; Knowlton, William B.; Graugnard, Elton; Yurke, Bernard; Kuang, Wan; Hughes, William L.

    2014-10-01

    High precision, high yield, and high density self-assembly of nanoparticles into arrays is essential for nanophotonics. Spatial deviations as small as a few nanometers can alter the properties of near-field coupled optical nanostructures. Several studies have reported assemblies of few nanoparticle structures with controlled spacing using DNA nanostructures with variable yield. Here, we report multi-tether design strategies and attachment yields for homo- and hetero-nanoparticle arrays templated by DNA origami nanotubes. Nanoparticle attachment yield via DNA hybridization is comparable with streptavidin-biotin binding. Independent of the number of binding sites, >97% site-occupation was achieved with four tethers and 99.2% site-occupation is theoretically possible with five tethers. The interparticle distance was within 2 nm of all design specifications and the nanoparticle spatial deviations decreased with interparticle spacing. Modified geometric, binomial, and trinomial distributions indicate that site-bridging, steric hindrance, and electrostatic repulsion were not dominant barriers to self-assembly and both tethers and binding sites were statistically independent at high particle densities.High precision, high yield, and high density self-assembly of nanoparticles into arrays is essential for nanophotonics. Spatial deviations as small as a few nanometers can alter the properties of near-field coupled optical nanostructures. Several studies have reported assemblies of few nanoparticle structures with controlled spacing using DNA nanostructures with variable yield. Here, we report multi-tether design strategies and attachment yields for homo- and hetero-nanoparticle arrays templated by DNA origami nanotubes. Nanoparticle attachment yield via DNA hybridization is comparable with streptavidin-biotin binding. Independent of the number of binding sites, >97% site-occupation was achieved with four tethers and 99.2% site-occupation is theoretically possible with five tethers. The interparticle distance was within 2 nm of all design specifications and the nanoparticle spatial deviations decreased with interparticle spacing. Modified geometric, binomial, and trinomial distributions indicate that site-bridging, steric hindrance, and electrostatic repulsion were not dominant barriers to self-assembly and both tethers and binding sites were statistically independent at high particle densities. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr03069a

  14. Advanced navigation and guidance for high-precision planetary landing on Mars

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    Levesque, Jean-Francois

    Several international missions scheduled for years 2011--2013 have as objective a Mars surface sample return to Earth. In order to gather samples of high scientific quality, these missions require precise landing at preselected locations on Mars. Since the previous missions on Mars have flown unguided and highly inaccurate atmospheric entry, a new generation of landing systems must be developed. It was demonstrated by Wolf et al., [2004] that the most efficient way to increase the landing accuracy is achieved during the atmospheric entry by steering the vehicle trajectory in order to eliminate the dispersions caused at entry and accumulated during the hypersonic phase. Thus, the research project proposed here will investigate the problem and bring advances on atmospheric entry navigation, guidance and control techniques applied to atmospheric entry on Mars. The state-of-the-art revealed several limitations on the current techniques such as the lack of proper navigation system and the inability to guide the trajectory efficiently in presence of disturbances and entry conditions uncertainties. On the theoretical side, the nonlinear state estimators required for navigation use algorithms that are a heavy computational burden for the onboard processor. Following these limitations, the research presented in this document is conducted along three paths: estimation theory, entry navigation techniques and entry guidance techniques in order to investigate on advances to achieve high precision landing. After an in-depth investigation of the theoretical background required to understand the atmospheric entry dynamics, a number of issues are addressed and the following substantial contributions regarding Mars atmospheric entry navigation and guidance are achieved. (C1) A theoretical improvement of the unscented Kalman Filter by merging two variants in the literature. The resulting technique has the advantages of both former algorithms. (C2) Four navigation concepts using inertial measurement units and radio ranging from reference beacons (known and unknown) for complete state estimation, atmospheric density estimation and vehicle aerodynamics estimation. (C3) The successful application of the unscented Kalman filtering to atmospheric entry for both state and parameter estimation. (C4) The development of two analytical predictor-corrector guidance techniques for atmospheric entry. The first uses two constant flightpath angle segments in order to meet the terminal altitude, velocity and downrange requirements. The second is based on a single density-proportional flightpath angle segment. These contributions have been reported in three conference papers and one scientific journal.

  15. High precision materials processing using a novel Q-switched CO2 laser

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    Gräf, Stephan; Staupendahl, Gisbert; Krämer, André; Müller, Frank A.

    2015-03-01

    Holes with diameters of about 400 ?m have been laser trepanned in Ti6Al4V and carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) thin sheets with a thickness of 0.5 mm. A commercial CO2 laser (SM1500E, FEHA LaserTec, Germany) and a novel Q-switched CO2 laser (?-storm, IAI, Netherlands) were used as radiation sources. Optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and replicas of the processed holes were used to investigate the influence of the CO2 laser pulse parameters (e.g. pulse energy, duration and peak power) on the processing quality. It was shown that melt formation and high temperature oxidation reactions of Ti6Al4V during thermal laser processing were reduced significantly by using short and high intense Q-switched CO2 laser pulses. During trepanning of CFRP heat affected zones resulting from the extremely different thermal properties (melting and vaporisation temperature, heat conduction) of the reinforcing carbon fibres and the polymer matrix were reduced significantly by using the Q-switched CO2 laser. The results demonstrate that Ti6Al4V and CFRP can be processed very precisely with CO2 laser radiation and air as processing gas without melt formation and thermal damage.

  16. CAGEr: precise TSS data retrieval and high-resolution promoterome mining for integrative analyses.

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    Haberle, Vanja; Forrest, Alistair R R; Hayashizaki, Yoshihide; Carninci, Piero; Lenhard, Boris

    2015-04-30

    Cap analysis of gene expression (CAGE) is a high-throughput method for transcriptome analysis that provides a single base-pair resolution map of transcription start sites (TSS) and their relative usage. Despite their high resolution and functional significance, published CAGE data are still underused in promoter analysis due to the absence of tools that enable its efficient manipulation and integration with other genome data types. Here we present CAGEr, an R implementation of novel methods for the analysis of differential TSS usage and promoter dynamics, integrated with CAGE data processing and promoterome mining into a first comprehensive CAGE toolbox on a common analysis platform. Crucially, we provide collections of TSSs derived from most published CAGE datasets, as well as direct access to FANTOM5 resource of TSSs for numerous human and mouse cell/tissue types from within R, greatly increasing the accessibility of precise context-specific TSS data for integrative analyses. The CAGEr package is freely available from Bioconductor at http://www.bioconductor.org/packages/release/bioc/html/CAGEr.html. PMID:25653163

  17. The Spring 1985 high precision baseline test of the JPL GPS-based geodetic system

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    Davidson, John M.; Thornton, Catherine L.; Stephens, Scott A.; Blewitt, Geoffrey; Lichten, Stephen M.; Sovers, Ojars J.; Kroger, Peter M.; Skrumeda, Lisa L.; Border, James S.; Neilan, Ruth E.

    1987-01-01

    The Spring 1985 High Precision Baseline Test (HPBT) was conducted. The HPBT was designed to meet a number of objectives. Foremost among these was the demonstration of a level of accuracy of 1 to 2:10 to the 7th power, or better, for baselines ranging in length up to several hundred kilometers. These objectives were all met with a high degree of success, with respect to the demonstration of system accuracy in particular. The results from six baselines ranging in length from 70 to 729 km were examined for repeatability and, in the case of three baselines, were compared to results from colocated VLBI systems. Repeatability was found to be 5:10 to the 8th power (RMS) for the north baseline coordinate, independent of baseline length, while for the east coordinate RMS repeatability was found to be larger than this by factors of 2 to 4. The GPS-based results were found to be in agreement with those from colocated VLBI measurements, when corrected for the physical separations of the VLBI and CPG antennas, at the level of 1 to 2:10 to the 7th power in all coordinates, independent of baseline length. The results for baseline repeatability are consistent with the current GPA error budget, but the GPS-VLBI intercomparisons disagree at a somewhat larger level than expected. It is hypothesized that these differences may result from errors in the local survey measurements used to correct for the separations of the GPS and VLBI antenna reference centers.

  18. Frontend electronics for high-precision single photo-electron timing using FPGA-TDCs

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    Cardinali, M.; Dzyhgadlo, R.; Gerhardt, A.; Götzen, K.; Hohler, R.; Kalicy, G.; Kumawat, H.; Lehmann, D.; Lewandowski, B.; Patsyuk, M.; Peters, K.; Schepers, G.; Schmitt, L.; Schwarz, C.; Schwiening, J.; Traxler, M.; Ugur, C.; Zühlsdorf, M.; Dodokhov, V. Kh.; Britting, A.; Eyrich, W.; Lehmann, A.; Uhlig, F.; Düren, M.; Föhl, K.; Hayrapetyan, A.; Kröck, B.; Merle, O.; Rieke, J.; Cowie, E.; Keri, T.; Montgomery, R.; Rosner, G.; Achenbach, P.; Corell, O.; Ferretti Bondy, M. I.; Hoek, M.; Lauth, W.; Rosner, C.; Sfienti, C.; Thiel, M.; Bühler, P.; Gruber, L.; Marton, J.; Suzuki, K.

    2014-12-01

    The next generation of high-luminosity experiments requires excellent particle identification detectors which calls for Imaging Cherenkov counters with fast electronics to cope with the expected hit rates. A Barrel DIRC will be used in the central region of the Target Spectrometer of the planned PANDA experiment at FAIR. A single photo-electron timing resolution of better than 100 ps is required by the Barrel DIRC to disentangle the complicated patterns created on the image plane. R&D studies have been performed to provide a design based on the TRB3 readout using FPGA-TDCs with a precision better than 20 ps RMS and custom frontend electronics with high-bandwidth pre-amplifiers and fast discriminators. The discriminators also provide time-over-threshold information thus enabling walk corrections to improve the timing resolution. Two types of frontend electronics cards optimised for reading out 64-channel PHOTONIS Planacon MCP-PMTs were tested: one based on the NINO ASIC and the other, called PADIWA, on FPGA discriminators. Promising results were obtained in a full characterisation using a fast laser setup and in a test experiment at MAMI, Mainz, with a small scale DIRC prototype.

  19. Otolith oxygen isotopes measured by high-precision secondary ion mass spectrometry reflect life history of a yellowfin sole

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    Meyers, Stephen R.

    Otolith oxygen isotopes measured by high-precision secondary ion mass spectrometry reflect life: The oxygen isotope ratio (d18 O value) of aragonite fish otoliths is dependent on the temperature and the d18-digestion techniques for stable isotope analysis of otoliths, especially given their compact nature. METHODS: High

  20. Classical Cepheids: High-precision Velocimetry, Cluster Membership, and the Effect of Rotation

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    Irving Anderson, Richard

    2015-01-01

    Classical Cepheids are crucial calibrators of the extragalactic distance scale and excellent laboratories for stellar astrophysics. This thesis addresses both research domains via three primary topics: (1) the behavior of Cepheid pulsations via highly precise multi-epoch Doppler measurements (velocimetry); (2) open cluster membership via a newly-developed 8-dimensional astro-statistical method; (3) the effect of rotation on populations of classical Cepheids based on predictions by Geneva stellar evolution models.Using highly-precise velocimetry (1), I revealed additional complexity (modulation) present in Cepheid radial velocity curves that can bias distance estimates based on the Baade-Wesselink (BW) method by up to 15%. Two types of modulation were found: a) steady long-term amplitude variations over the timescale of the observing program (3 years) for short-period Cepheids; b) stochastic cycle-to-cycle variations for long-period Cepheids. It is thus crucial to obtain contemporaneous measurements of angular and linear radius variations to ensure accuracy of BW distances.The eight-dimensional census of Cepheids belonging to Galactic open clusters (2) established a bona-fide sample of cluster Cepheids useful for calibrating the Cepheid period-luminosity relation. Several new cluster Cepheid candidates were identified, one of which has been recently confirmed by independent investigators. The method's quantitative nature and fast computation renders it particularly interesting for large data sets such as those expected from ESA's Gaia space mission.Finally, this thesis presents the first detailed investigation of the effect of rotation on populations of Cepheids (3). Using Geneva stellar evolution models, we show that a) rotation provides a suitable explanation for the long-standing Cepheid mass discrepancy and that b) rotation can lead to an intrinsic dispersion in the period-luminosity relation. Rotation should no longer be neglected in Cepheid-related studies, since the rotational history of Cepheid progenitors significantly affects their present-day luminosity.Further research is in progress to exploit these findings with the goal of improving the accuracy of Cepheid-based distances.

  1. Pipeline Development and Early Performance of the High-resolution, High-precision Radial Velocity TOU Spectrograph

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    Ma, Bo; Ge, Jian; Varosi, Frank

    2016-01-01

    TOU is a very high resolution (R~100,000) optical spectrograph with broad wavelength coverage (380-900 nm), operated in vacuum. It was designed and built for the on-going Dharma planet survey, aiming at detecting and characterizing habitable rocky planets around nearby bright FGKM dwarfs. After a hardware upgrade in September 2015, it has reached a super stable status in terms of temperature control (1-2mk), pressure control and instrument drifts (1m/s) monitored with Thorium-Argon, iodine and Sine calibration sources. A major effort has been taken since 2014 to develop a data processing pipeline aiming at reaching sub m/s Doppler precision for bright survey targets. Early pipeline progress and stellar radial velocity measurement results will be presented.

  2. High-precision mapping of seismicity in the 2014 Bárdarbunga volcanic episode

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    Vogfjörd, Kristín S.; Hensch, Martin; Gudmundsson, Gunnar B.; Jónsdóttir, Kristín

    2015-04-01

    The Bárdarbunga volcano and its associated fissure swarm in Iceland's Eastern volcanic zone is a highly active system with over 20 eruptions in the last 11 centuries. The location of this active volcano and much of the fissure swarm under several hundred metres thick ice gives rise to multiple hazards, including explosive, subglacial eruptions and associated subglacial floods (jökulhlaups), as well as fissure eruptions extruding large volumes of lava. After a decade of increasing seismic activity, volcanic unrest at Bárdarbunga suddenly escalated into a minor subglacial eruption on 16 August 2014. In the following weeks seismic activity soared and surface deformation of tens of cm were observed, caused by rifting and a dyke intrusion, which propagated 48 km northward from the central volcano (Sigmundsson et al., 2014). The dyke propagation stopped just outside the glacial margin and ended in a fissure eruption at Holuhraun at the end of August. At the time of writing the eruption is ongoing, having extruded a lava volume of over 1 km3 and released high rates of SO2 into the atmosphere. Over twenty thousand microearthquakes have been recorded. Initially most were in the dyke, but after the first two weeks the activity around the caldera rim increased and over 70 shallow earthquakes with MW > 5 have been located along the caldera rim accompanied by caldera subsidence. At the onset of the unrest on 16 August, the seismicity was located in the caldera and north of the caldera rim, but already in the first few hours the activity propagated out of the caldera to the SE. Still, the activity continued for a few days in the fissure swarm to the NE of the rim. High-precision earthquake locations in the propagating dyke have revealed its very detailed, planar rifting segments, with the events distributed over a 3-4 km depth range, and mostly between 6 and 9 km. These very planar event distributions are highly unusual in volcanic areas and strongly suggest rifting of unbroken crust as the magma intruded. The lateral propagation direction of the seismicity abruptly changes direction along each new segment, sometimes by up to 90 degrees and the propagation was sporadic, advancing with varying speed and sometimes stopping for periods of time. During these times of arrest, continuous low-frequency seismic tremor was sometimes recorded for several hours. A few days following these episodes, depressions appeared on the ice surface, confirming initial assumptions that the tremor was revealing temporary magma-ice interaction on the surface below the glacier. Relative locations of microearthquakes around the caldera rim are much less constrained and their distribution is more diffuse. However, along the southern caldera rim, the events follow the linear trend of the rim and extend to a few km depth. At the northern caldera margin the distribution is more diffuse and appears to dip towards north. An overview will be given of the high-precision locations in the dyke and around the caldera rim and estimation of absolute location accuracies in horizontal and vertical direction discussed. A joint interpretation of the best fitting focal mechanisms with the rifting planes, as defined by the event distribution in the dyke, will also be presented to show the lateral variation in the stress field orientation along the dyke. The high relative, lateral location accuracy in the dyke allows detailed examination of the temporal propagation so some examples of the temporal dyke advance will also be shown. Sigmundsson and 36 others. 2014. Segmented lateral dyke growth in a rifting event at Bárðarbunga volcanic system, Iceland. Nature. doi:10.1038/nature14111.

  3. High resolution and high precision on line isotopic analysis of Holocene and glacial ice performed in the field

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    Gkinis, V.; Popp, T. J.; Johnsen, S. J.; Blunier, T.; Bigler, M.; Stowasser, C.; Schüpbach, S.; Leuenberger, D.

    2010-12-01

    Ice core records as obtained from polar ice caps provide a wealth of paleoclimatic information. One of the main features of ice cores is their potential for high temporal resolution. The isotopic signature of the ice, expressed through the relative abundances of the two heavy isotopologues H218O and HD16O, is a widely used proxy for the reconstruction of past temperature and accumulation. One step further the combined information obtained from these two isotopologues, commonly referred to as the deuterium excess, can be utilized to infer additional information about the source of the precipitated moisture. Until very recently isotopic analysis of polar ice was performed with isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS) in a discrete fashion resulting in a high workload related to the preparation of samples. Most important though the available temporal resolution of the ice core was in many cases not fully exploited. In order to overcome these limitations we have developed a system that interfaces a commercially available IR laser cavity ring-down spectrometer tailored for water isotope analysis to a stream of liquid water as extracted from a continuously melted ice rod. The system offers the possibility for simultaneous ?18O and ?D analysis with a sample requirement of approximately 0.1 ml/min. The system has been deployed in the field during the NEEM ice core drilling project on 2009 and 2010. In this study we present actual on line measurements of Holocene and glacial ice. We also discuss how parameters as the melt rate, acquisition rate and integration time affect the obtained precision and resolution and we describe data analysis techniques that can improve these last two parameters. By applying spectral methods we are able to quantify the smoothing effects imposed by diffusion of the sample in the sample transfer lines and the optical cavity of the instrument. We demonstrate that with an acquisition rate of 0.2 Hz we are able to obtain a precision of 0.5‰ and 0.15‰ for ?D and ?18O respectively. This is comparable to the performance of traditional IRMS systems for ?D but slightly less precise for ?18O. With this acquisition rate the system’s 3db bandwidth is 0.006 Hz. With a melt rate equal to 3 cm/min, the latter translates to signals with wavelengths of 8.3 cm. We will comment on the quality of the acquired ice core data and their potential use for dating, paleotemperature reconstruction, isotopic firn diffusion and deuterium excess studies.

  4. High-precision Non-Contact Measurement of Creep of Ultra-High Temperature Materials for Aerospace

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    Rogers, Jan R.; Hyers, Robert

    2008-01-01

    For high-temperature applications (greater than 2,000 C) such as solid rocket motors, hypersonic aircraft, nuclear electric/thermal propulsion for spacecraft, and more efficient jet engines, creep becomes one of the most important design factors to be considered. Conventional creep-testing methods, where the specimen and test apparatus are in contact with each other, are limited to temperatures approximately 1,700 C. Development of alloys for higher-temperature applications is limited by the availability of testing methods at temperatures above 2000 C. Development of alloys for applications requiring a long service life at temperatures as low as 1500 C, such as the next generation of jet turbine superalloys, is limited by the difficulty of accelerated testing at temperatures above 1700 C. For these reasons, a new, non-contact creep-measurement technique is needed for higher temperature applications. A new non-contact method for creep measurements of ultra-high-temperature metals and ceramics has been developed and validated. Using the electrostatic levitation (ESL) facility at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, a spherical sample is rotated quickly enough to cause creep deformation due to centrifugal acceleration. Very accurate measurement of the deformed shape through digital image analysis allows the stress exponent n to be determined very precisely from a single test, rather than from numerous conventional tests. Validation tests on single-crystal niobium spheres showed excellent agreement with conventional tests at 1985 C; however the non-contact method provides much greater precision while using only about 40 milligrams of material. This method is being applied to materials including metals and ceramics for non-eroding throats in solid rockets and next-generation superalloys for turbine engines. Recent advances in the method and the current state of these new measurements will be presented.

  5. Application of high precision band structure calculations to the equation of state for beryllium oxide: SESAME equation of state number 7612

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    Boettger, J.C.; Wills, J.M.

    1992-03-01

    High precision electronic band structure calculations for BeO have revealed a large volume discontinuity structural phase transition on the 0 K isotherm at about 1 Mbar. Although, this transition has not been observed experimentally, the accuracy of the calculations is such that the existence of this transition is unambiguous. A transition of this magnitude is likely to have a substantial impact on hydrodynamic simulations involving BeO. Here we report the creation of a new SESAME equations of state for BeO which incorporates the effect of the theoretically determined phase transition. This new EOS will be added to the SESAME library as material number 7612.

  6. Contributed Review: Application of voice coil motors in high-precision positioning stages with large travel ranges.

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    Shan, Guanqiao; Li, Yingzi; Zhang, Liwen; Wang, Zhenyu; Zhang, Yingxu; Qian, Jianqiang

    2015-10-01

    Recent interest in high-precision positioning stages with large travel ranges has sparked renewed attention to the development of voice coil motors (VCMs). Due to their large output force, VCMs can actuate more complicated flexure structures, eliminate rail friction, and improve positioning speed. The VCM structure is both compact and flexible; hence, it is convenient to design VCMs for a variety of stage structures. Furthermore, VCMs combined with other actuators are able to achieve large travel ranges with high precision. In this paper, we summarize the principles and control methods of a typical VCM, and we analyze its properties, including thrust force, acceleration, and response time. We then present recent research on high-precision VCM positioning stages with large travel ranges. PMID:26520932

  7. Contributed Review: Application of voice coil motors in high-precision positioning stages with large travel ranges

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    Shan, Guanqiao; Li, Yingzi; Zhang, Liwen; Wang, Zhenyu; Zhang, Yingxu; Qian, Jianqiang

    2015-10-01

    Recent interest in high-precision positioning stages with large travel ranges has sparked renewed attention to the development of voice coil motors (VCMs). Due to their large output force, VCMs can actuate more complicated flexure structures, eliminate rail friction, and improve positioning speed. The VCM structure is both compact and flexible; hence, it is convenient to design VCMs for a variety of stage structures. Furthermore, VCMs combined with other actuators are able to achieve large travel ranges with high precision. In this paper, we summarize the principles and control methods of a typical VCM, and we analyze its properties, including thrust force, acceleration, and response time. We then present recent research on high-precision VCM positioning stages with large travel ranges.

  8. Broadscale resolving power performance of a high precision uniform field ion mobility-mass spectrometer.

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    May, Jody C; Dodds, James N; Kurulugama, Ruwan T; Stafford, George C; Fjeldsted, John C; McLean, John A

    2015-10-21

    An extensive study of two current ion mobility resolving power theories ("conditional" and "semi-empirical") was undertaken using a recently developed drift tube ion mobility-mass spectrometer. The current study investigates the quantitative agreement between experiment and theory at reduced pressure (4 Torr) for a wide range of initial ion gate widths (100 to 500 ?s), and ion mobility values (K0 from 0.50 to 3.0 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1)) representing measurements obtained in helium, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide drift gas. Results suggest that the conditional resolving power theory deviates from experimental results for low mobility ions (e.g., high mass analytes) and for initial ion gate widths beyond 200 ?s. A semi-empirical resolving power theory provided close-correlation of predicted resolving powers to experimental results across the full range of mobilities and gate widths investigated. Interpreting the results from the semi-empirical theory, the performance of the current instrumentation was found to be highly linear for a wide range of analytes, with optimal resolving powers being accessible for a narrow range of drift fields between 14 and 17 V cm(-1). While developed using singly-charged ion mobility data, preliminary results suggest that the semi-empirical theory has broader applicability to higher-charge state systems. PMID:26191544

  9. High precision predictions for near-Earth asteroids: the strange case of (3908) Nyx

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    Farnocchia, Davide; Chesley, S. R.; Tholen, D. J.; Micheli, M.

    2013-10-01

    In November 2004 near-Earth asteroid (3908) Nyx was successfully observed from the Arecibo radio telescope. However, the radar measurements turned out to be 7.5 sigma away from the orbital prediction. We prove that this anomaly was caused by a poor astrometric treatment and an inaccurate dynamical model. To improve the astrometric treatment, we applied the Chesley et al. (2010) debiasing and weighting scheme, and used an aggressive outlier rejection scheme. The main issue related to the dynamical model is due to the unaccounted Yarkovsky effect. Though the dataset available in 2004 allowed at best a marginal detection of the Yarkovsky signal, including the Yarkovsky effect in the model closes the gap between the orbital prediction and the radar measurements by both improving the nominal prediction and increasing the prediction uncertainty to a more realistic level. This analysis is an important lesson that shows the sensitivity of high precision predictions to the astrometric treatment and the Yarkovsky effect. By using the full observational dataset we obtain a 5 sigma detection of the Yarkovsky effect acting on Nyx from which we derive constraints on thermal inertia and bulk density. In particular, we obtain that the bulk density of Nyx is close to 1 g/cm^3. To make sure that our results are not corrupted by an asteroid impact or a close approach with a perturbing asteroid not included in our dynamical model, we rule out the possibility that Nyx experienced an instantaneous velocity variation while crossing the Main Belt region.

  10. A high-precision earth sensor with three separated FOVs for aircraft application

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    Wang, Hongjian; Xing, Fei; Fan, Peirong; Wang, Chong; You, Zheng

    2013-08-01

    The earth sensors are currently used in spacecrafts. Most of them with a single field of view (FOV) for earth observation are not applied to aircrafts in the atmosphere. For the use of the aircraft at 70 ~ 100km in the atmosphere, this paper proposes a separate triple-FOV earth sensor based on infrared detectors. By sensing the earth-horizon, the triple-FOV earth sensor obtains the geocentric vector, and calculates the altitude of the aircraft at the same time. The earth sensor uses three pieces of infrared detectors at 14 ~ 16?m. To sense the infrared light could ensure that the earth sensor does the same operation at night and day regardless of the weather and the light impact of the sun and the moon. The optical axes of the three fields of view are positioned at 120° from each other in the horizontal plane, and the angle between the optical axes and the vertical direction is 82.86°. Considering the model of the surface of the earth's atmosphere, the earth's radius and so on, the mathematical model of the triple-FOV earth sensor is established. From 70km to 100km, the result of simulation shows that the altitude measurement accuracy is better than 100m and the angle measurement error is 3.8". The earth sensor can provide high-precision position information, and make data fusion with additional sensors to achieve autonomous navigation of aircrafts.

  11. Design principle of high-precision flexure mechanisms based on parasitic-motion compensation

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    Li, Shouzhong; Yu, Jingjun

    2014-07-01

    In design of flexure mechanism, diminishing the parasitic-motion is a key point to improve the accuracy. However, most of existing topics concentrate on improving the accuracy of linear-motion flexure mechanisms via compensating the parasitic error, but few research the multi-dimensional flexure mechanisms. A general design principle and method for high-precision flexure mechanisms based on the parasitic-motion compensation is presented, and the proposed method can compensate the parasitic rotation in company with translation, or the parasitic translation in company with rotation, or both. The crucial step for the method is that the parasitic motion of a flexure mechanism is formulated and evaluated in terms of its compliance. The overall compliance matrix of a general flexure mechanism is formulated by using screw theory firstly, then the criteria for the parasitic motions is introduced by analyzing the characteristics of the resultant compliance matrix as well as with aid of the concept of instantaneous rotation center. Subsequently, a compliance-based compensation approach for reducing parasitic-motion is addressed as the most important part. The design principles and procedure are further discussed to help with improving the accuracy of flexure mechanisms, and case studies are provided to illustrate this method. Finally, an analytical verification is provided to demonstrate that the symmetry design philosophy widely used in flexure design can effectively improve accuracy in terms of the proposed method. The proposed compensation method can be well used to diminish the parasitic-motion of multi-dimensional flexure mechanisms.

  12. High-precision astrometry on the VLT/FORS1 at time scales of few days

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    P. F. Lazorenko; M. Mayor; M. Dominik; F. Pepe; D. Segransan; S. Udry

    2007-04-30

    We investigate the accuracy of astrometric measurements with the VLT/FORS1 camera and consider potential applications. The study is based on two-epoch (2000 and 2002/2003) frame series of observations of a selected Galactic Bulge sky region that were obtained with FORS1 during four consecutive nights each. Reductions were carried out with a novel technique that eliminates atmospheric image motion and does not require a distinction between targets and reference objects. The positional astrometric precision was found to be limited only by the accuracy of the determination of the star photocentre, which is typically 200-300 microarcsec per single measurement for bright unsaturated stars B=18-19. Several statistical tests have shown that at time-scales of 1-4 nights the residual noise in measured positions is essentially a white noise with no systematic instrumental signature and no significant deviation from a Gaussian distribution. Some evidence of a good astrometric quality of the VLT for frames separated by two years has also been found. Our data show that the VLT with FORS1/2 cameras can be effectively used for astrometric observations of planetary microlensing events and other applications where a high accuracy is required, that is expected to reach 30-40 microarcsec for a series of 50 frames (one hours with R filter).

  13. PRECISE HIGH-CADENCE TIME SERIES OBSERVATIONS OF FIVE VARIABLE YOUNG STARS IN AURIGA WITH MOST

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    Cody, Ann Marie; Tayar, Jamie; Hillenbrand, Lynne A.; Matthews, Jaymie M.; Kallinger, Thomas

    2013-03-15

    To explore young star variability on a large range of timescales, we have used the MOST satellite to obtain 24 days of continuous, sub-minute cadence, high-precision optical photometry on a field of classical and weak-lined T Tauri stars (TTSs) in the Taurus-Auriga star formation complex. Observations of AB Aurigae, SU Aurigae, V396 Aurigae, V397 Aurigae, and HD 31305 reveal brightness fluctuations at the 1%-10% level on timescales of hours to weeks. We have further assessed the variability properties with Fourier, wavelet, and autocorrelation techniques, identifying one significant period per star. We present spot models in an attempt to fit the periodicities, but find that we cannot fully account for the observed variability. Rather, all stars exhibit a mixture of periodic and aperiodic behavior, with the latter dominating stochastically on timescales less than several days. After removal of the main periodicity, periodograms for each light curve display power-law trends consistent with those seen for other young accreting stars. Several of our targets exhibited unusual variability patterns not anticipated by prior studies, and we propose that this behavior originates with the circumstellar disks. The MOST observations underscore the need for investigation of TTS light variations on a wide range of timescales in order to elucidate the physical processes responsible; we provide guidelines for future time series observations.

  14. Development of a micro catalytic combustor using high-precision ceramic tape casting

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    Okamasa, Takashi; Lee, Gwang-Goo; Suzuki, Yuji; Kasagi, Nobuhide; Matsuda, Shin

    2006-09-01

    A micro-scale catalytic combustor fueled by butane was investigated. High-precision ceramic tape-casting technology was adopted for developing a three-dimensional structure of the combustor with embedded heat exchange channels. Nano-porous alumina fabricated through anodic oxidation of aluminum layers was employed for the support of Pd catalyst. Combustion experiments were carried out in a solder bath to keep the catalyst temperature constant. Complete fuel conversion for a n-butane flow rate of 5.0 sccm has been achieved at 390 °C corresponding to 100 MW m-3 heat generation. Reaction constants for catalytic combustion on the Pd/nano-porous alumina were determined with the aid of a 1D plug flow model. Those parameters were successfully combined with a CFD analysis to investigate the detailed transport phenomena and to predict the performance of the combustor at higher temperature. It was also shown in a preliminary experiment in air that the reaction can be self-sustained at 425 °C with the n-butane flow rate of 15 sccm.

  15. Track Reconstruction in a Time Projection Chamber Designed to Make High Precision Fission Cross Section Measurements

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    Sharma, Sarvagya

    2010-10-01

    The TPC (Time Projection Chamber), being constructed by the NIFFTE (Neutron Induced Fission Fragment Tracking Experiment) collaboration will be used for high-precision fission cross-section measurements. These measurements will aid in the design of future generations of nuclear power plants. The NIFFTE track reconstruction effort has developed two approaches consisting of a variety of statistical estimators. The first, consists of traditional cluster and hit finding algorithms that are performed on 2D planes. A least squares is performed on the hits to produce a track in the TPC. The alternate approach uses the Hough Transform, a brute force attempt at finding tracks that isolates features in the TPC volume through data binning. To determine fit parameters, a Kalman Filter has been implemented that accounts for multiple scattering and kinks in the track. Comparing simulated and reconstructed tracks have shown the validity of these methods. The software uses open source packages to ensure re-usability for future TPC projects. In my talk, I will describe these methods in detail.

  16. Recent developments for high-precision mass measurements of the heaviest elements at SHIPTRAP

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    Minaya Ramirez, E.; Ackermann, D.; Blaum, K.; Block, M.; Droese, C.; Düllmann, Ch. E.; Eibach, M.; Eliseev, S.; Haettner, E.; Herfurth, F.; Heßberger, F. P.; Hofmann, S.; Marx, G.; Nesterenko, D.; Novikov, Yu. N.; Plaß, W. R.; Rodríguez, D.; Scheidenberger, C.; Schweikhard, L.; Thirolf, P. G.; Weber, C.

    2013-12-01

    Atomic nuclei far from stability continue to challenge our understanding. For example, theoretical models have predicted an “island of stability” in the region of the superheavy elements due to the closure of spherical proton and neutron shells. Depending on the model, these are expected at Z = 114, 120 or even 126 and N = 172 or 184. Valuable information on the road to the island of stability is derived from high-precision mass measurements, which give direct access to binding energies of short-lived trans-uranium nuclei. Recently, direct mass measurements at SHIPTRAP have been extended to nobelium and lawrencium isotopes around the deformed shell gap N = 152. In order to further extend mass measurements to the region of superheavy elements, new technical developments are required to increase the performance of our setup. The sensitivity will increase through the implementation of a new detection method, where observation of one single ion is sufficient. Together with the use of a more efficient gas stopping cell, this will us allow to significantly enhance the overall efficiency of SHIPTRAP.

  17. Identification of Error Sources in High Precision Weight Measurements of Gyroscopes

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    L?rincz, I

    2015-01-01

    A number of weight anomalies have been reported in the past with respect to gyroscopes. Much attention was gained from a paper in Physical Review Letters, when Japanese scientists announced that a gyroscope loses weight up to $0.005\\%$ when spinning only in the clockwise rotation with the gyroscope's axis in the vertical direction. Immediately afterwards, a number of other teams tried to replicate the effect, obtaining a null result. It was suggested that the reported effect by the Japanese was probably due to a vibration artifact, however, no final conclusion on the real cause has been obtained. We decided to build a dedicated high precision setup to test weight anomalies of spinning gyroscopes in various configurations. A number of error sources like precession and vibration and the nature of their influence on the measurements have been clearly identified, which led to the conclusive explanation of the conflicting reports. We found no anomaly within $\\Delta m/m<2.6 \\times 10^{-6}$ valid for both horizon...

  18. Research on the polishing technology of high-precision aspherical cylindrical lens

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    Fu, Xiu-hua; Wang, Zhe; Jia, Zong-he; Dong, Huan; Liu, Dan; Zhang, Chuan-xin

    2014-08-01

    Aspherical cylindrical lens compared with the cylindrical lens, they improved image quality and optical properties, simplified the system architecture. They applied in many fields, such as high power laser system, fax machines and typographical scan imaging system, as well as bar code scanning, lighting and other aspects of holography. Aspherical cylindrical lens are centrosymmetric. It is difficult to process. Parallel with the side line and bus bar line is difficult to ensure. Machining accuracy is low. It is usually about 15 ?m, that not sufficient to meet the needs of modern highprecision laser systems. These have become a major problem restricting its development. Combining traditional and modern polishing techniques, a new technique for polishing aspherical cylindrical lens is proposed-- longitudinal feedback compensation technology. With dimensions of 15 × 5 × 5 mm quartz aspherical cylindrical lens as an example, the surface profilometer results of detection of the workpiece usually, modify the shape of the polishing surface of the mold, to control the size of the area of the polishing, the surface of the workpiece to achieve the effect of the type of compensation. After repeated testing and feedback compensation, gradually improve the accuracy of the workpiece surface type. The results show that this technique can effectively improve the precision aspherical cylindrical lens. After detection the workpiece surface accuracy is 0.8?m, the surface finish is Class II. It has the actual production of a certain application value.

  19. A high precision apparatus for intracellular thermal response at single-cell level

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    Tian, Wenjuan; Wang, Cangling; Wang, Jianqing; Chen, Qiuhua; Sun, Jianfei; Li, Can; Wang, Xing; Gu, Ning

    2015-09-01

    In this work, a nanoprobe that is highly thermo-sensitive to tiny temperature changes was prepared based on a thermocouple metal junction. A series of electro-element apparatuses were integrated to accomplish single-cell temperature measurement. The temperature measurement probe (TMP) was constructed by tungsten (W), polyurethane (PU), and platinum (Pt). The tip size of TMP was characterized at less than 500 nm, and the tip angle was between 10 and 20° with the resistance in the range of 500 to 1500 ?. The single-cell temperature measurement probes were calibrated and calculated with a Seebeck coefficient ranging from 6 to 8 ?V °C-1 at a precision of 0.1 °C. Monitoring the temperature at a single-cell level by inserting the TMP in marine lung epithelia (MLE)-12 cells displayed that the stimulation of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and cobalt chloride induced different single-cell temperature fluctuation. This investigation could help reveal complex cellular functions and develop novel diagnoses.

  20. High-precision calculation of loosely bound states of LiPs+ and NaPs+

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    Yamashita, Takuma; Kino, Yasushi

    2015-06-01

    A positronic alkali atom would be the first step to investigate behavior of a positronium(Ps) in an external field from atoms/molecules because the system can be regarded as a simple three-body system using model potentials reflecting electron orbitals of the ion core. In order to precisely determine binding energies and structures of positronic alkali atoms (LiPs+ and NaPs+), we improve the model potential so as to reproduce highly excited atomic energy levels of alkali atoms (Li and Na). The polarization potential included by the model potential is expanded in terms of Gaussian functions to finely determine a short range part of the potential which has been assumed to be a simple form. We find better reproducibility not only of atomic levels of the alkali atoms but also of the dipole polarizability of the core ion than previous works. We construct a model potential between a positron and an ion core based on the model potential between the valence electron and ion core. Binding energies associated with a dissociation of the alkali ion core and positronium, and interparticle distances are recalculated. Our results show slightly deeper bound than other previous studies.

  1. High precision measurements of wetland sediment elevation: II. The rod surface elevation table

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    Cahoon, D.R.; Lynch, J.C.; Perez, B.C.; Segura, B.; Holland, R.D.; Stelly, C.; Stephenson, G.; Hensel, P.

    2002-01-01

    A new high-precision device for measuring sediment elevation in emergent and shallow water wetland systems is described. The rod surface-elevation table (RSET) is a balanced, lightweight mechanical leveling device that attaches to both shallow ( 1 m in order to be stable. The pipe is driven to refusal but typically to a depth shallower than the rod bench mark because of greater surface resistance of the pipe. Thus, the RSET makes it possible to partition change in sediment elevation over shallower (e.g., the root zone) and deeper depths of the sediment profile than is possible with the SET. The confidence intervals for the height of an individual pin measured by two different operators with the RSET under laboratory conditions were ?? 1.0 and ?? 1.5 mm. Under field conditions, confidence intervals for the measured height of an individual pin ranged from ?? 1.3 mm in a mangrove forest up to ?? 4.3 mm in a salt marsh.

  2. High-precision measurements of wetland sediment elevation. II The rod surface elevation table

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    Cahoon, D.R.; Lynch, J.C.; Perez, B.C.; Segura, B.; Holland, R.D.; Stelly, C.; Stephenson, G.; Hensel, P.

    2002-01-01

    A new high-precision device for measuring sediment elevation in emergent and shallow water wetland systems is described. The rod surface-elevation table (RSET) is a balanced, lightweight mechanical leveling device that attaches to both shallow ( 1 m in order to be stable. The pipe is driven to refusal but typically to a depth shallower than the rod bench mark because of greater surface resistance of the pipe. Thus, the RSET makes it possible to partition change in sediment elevation over shallower (e.g., the root zone) and deeper depths of the sediment profile than is possible with the SET. The confidence intervals for the height of an individual pin measured by two different operators with the RSET under laboratory conditions were A? 1.0 and A? 1.5 mm. Under field conditions, confidence intervals for the measured height of an individual pin ranged from A? 1.3 mm in a mangrove forest up to A? 4.3 mm in a salt marsh.

  3. Baseline suppression problems for high precision measurements using optical beam profile monitors

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    Thieberger, P.; Gassner, D.; Glenn, J.; Minty, M.; Zimmer, C.

    2011-03-28

    The use of fluorescent screens (e.g. YAG screens) and Optical Transition Radiation (OTR) screens for beam profile monitors provides a simple and widely used way to obtain detailed two dimensional intensity maps. What makes this possible is the availability of relatively inexpensive CCD cameras. For high precision measurements many possible error contributions need to be considered that have to do with properties of the fluorescent screens and of the CCDs. Saturation effects, reflections within and outside the screen, non-linearities, radiation damage, etc are often mentioned. Here we concentrate on an error source less commonly described, namely erroneous baseline subtraction, which is particularly important when fitting projected images. We show computer simulations as well as measurement results having remarkable sensitivity of the fitted profile widths to even partial suppression of the profile baseline data, which often arises from large pixel-to-pixel variations at low intensity levels. Such inadvertent baseline data suppression is very easy to miss as it is usually not obvious when inspecting projected profiles. In this report we illustrate this effect and discuss possible algorithms to automate the detection of this problem as well as some possible corrective measures.

  4. High precision radiometric dates from the Miocene Shadow Valley basin, So. California: Preliminary rates

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    Friedmann, S.J. . Dept. of Geological Sciences)

    1993-04-01

    The sedimentary fill of the Shadow Valley basin can be subdivided into three stratigraphic units, lower, middle, and upper, separated by locally developed angular unconformities. The basin contains a number of volcanic units suitable for single-crystal [sup 40]AR/[sup 39]Ar geochronology. These units are generally sanidine-bearing ashes or hornblende-biotite-bearing flows and are distributed temporally and spatially throughout the basin. Arrays of single crystals, measured at the CLAIR facility at M.I.T. yield isotope correlation diagrams with a general precision of [+-]0.2 m.y. The new dates place the base of the basin fill at ca. 13.0 Ma. The middle unit of basin fill was deposited after intrusion of the Kingston Peak pluton (ca. 12.5). These age data suggest the following interpretations of the basinal strata: (1) the basin experienced episodic sedimentation, with intervening hiatuses of approx. 500,000 yr duration; (2) the intrusion of the Kingston Peak pluton (ca. 12.5 Ma) strongly affected basin sedimentation and led to an hiatus and disconformity; (3) rates of deposition during sedimentation were high (approx. 1 m/1,000 yr or more); (4) upper plate extension, which affects the full stratigraphic package, occurred after 11 Ma; and (5) the basin and the bounding detachment fault were active for at least 2 m.y. before upper plate extension.

  5. Rapid fabrication of a poly(dimethylsiloxane) microfluidic capillary gel electrophoresis system utilizing high precision machining.

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    Zhao, Dong S; Roy, Binayak; McCormick, Matthew T; Kuhr, Werner G; Brazill, Sara A

    2003-05-01

    In this work, we demonstrate a rapid protocol to address one of the major barriers that exists in the fabrication of chip devices, creating the micron-sized structures in the substrate material. This approach makes it possible to design, produce, and fabricate a microfluidic system with channel features >10 microm in poly(dimethylsiloxane)(PDMS) in under 8 hours utilizing instrumentation common to most machine shops. The procedure involves the creation of a master template with negative features, using high precision machining. This master is then employed to create an acrylic mold that is used in the final fabrication step to cast channel structures into the PDMS substrate. The performance of the microfluidic system prepared using this fabrication procedure is evaluated by constructing a miniaturized capillary gel electrophoresis (micro-CGE) system for the analysis of DNA fragments. Agarose is utilized as the sieving medium in the micro-CGE device and is shown to give reproducible (RSD (n= 34) approximately 5.0%) results for about 34 individual separations without replenishing the gel. To demonstrate the functionality of the micro-CGE device, a DNA restriction ladder (spanning 26-700 base pairs) and DNA fragments generated by PCR are separated and detected with laser-induced fluorescence (LIF). The microchip is shown to achieve a separation efficiency of 2.53 x 10(5) plates m(-1). PMID:15100789

  6. High precision cell slicing by harmonically actuated ultra-sharp SixNy blades

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    Jeong, Hwapyeong; Li, Tao; Gianchandani, Yogesh B.; Park, Jaesung

    2015-02-01

    We describe a micro-knife system with an ultra-sharp blade that is harmonically actuated by lead zirconate titanate (PZT). In particular, harmonic actuation along its cutting direction is demonstrated to provide clean and sharp cut lines for hepatocytes. Such performance is not provided by ordinary ultrasonic actuation. The blade is 500?nm-thick silicon nitride (SixNy); it can cut a single cell. Finite element analysis and measurements of displacement around resonant frequencies were used to optimize the dimensions, driving frequency and voltage. To evaluate the cutting precision, commercial scalpels and the SixNy blade without and with harmonic actuation were compared. When used to cut primary hepatocytes in a mono-layer, a commercial stainless scalpel burst cells, and the SixNy blade without harmonic actuation cut cells with a wide and ragged line. However, due to the controlled ultrasonic mode shape, operating frequency, high frequency and low applied power, the SixNy blade with harmonic actuation at 1Vpp and 70.1?kHz provided a clean and sharp cut line which was as narrow as 2?µm. The SixNy blade with harmonic actuation has potential applications as a tool for minimally invasive surgery.

  7. Influence of material removal programming on ion beam figuring of high-precision optical surfaces

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    Liao, Wenlin; Dai, Yifan; Xie, Xuhui

    2014-09-01

    Ion beam figuring (IBF) provides a nanometer/subnanometer precision fabrication technology for optical components, where the surface materials on highlands are gradually removed by the physical sputtering effect. In this deterministic method, the figuring process is usually divided into several iterations and the sum of the removed material in each iteration is expected to approach the ideally removed material as nearly as possible. However, we find that the material removal programming in each iteration would influence the surface error convergence of the figuring process. The influence of material removal programming on the surface error evolution is investigated through the comparative study of the contour removal method (CRM) and the geometric proportion removal method (PRM). The research results indicate that the PRM can maintenance the smoothness of the surface topography during the whole figuring process, which would benefit the stable operation of the machine tool and avoid the production of mid-to-high spatial frequency surface errors. Additionally, the CRM only has the corrective effect on the area above the contour line in each iteration, which would result in the nonuniform convergence of the surface errors in various areas. All these advantages distinguish PRM as an appropriate material removal method for ultraprecision optical surfaces.

  8. Telluric Line Effect on High Precision Radial Velocity Survey of K and M Dwarfs

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    Sithajan, Sirinrat; Ge, Jian; Wang, Ji

    2016-01-01

    The red and NIR region, where K and M dwarfs emit most of light, is the desirable region for radial velocity (RV) measurements for detecting low mass planets, but this wavelength region is heavily contaminated with telluric absorption lines. Variation in the telluric line depths and centroids can result in large RV measurement uncertainties, limiting the sensitivity to detect low mass planets. Here we use simulations to study effect of telluric removal and the residuals on RV measurements and determine the level of correction needed to minimize the effect. Simulated spectra from three representative spectrographs with spectral resolutions, R=60K, 80K, 100K and 120K for wavelength coverage at 0.38-0.62 ?m (called the optical spectrograph), 0.38-0.90 ?m (called the broad optical spectrograph) and 0.90-2.4 ?m (called the NIR spectrograph), have been studied. Two methods are used to study the RV effect by the telluric lines. The first one is a 'Masking' method, in which the telluric lines are identified and removed from RV calculation. The other method is a 'Removal' method, in which all heavily saturated lines are masked out and the remaining lines are subtracted by synthetic atmospheric spectra to a desired level. Our results show that, in case of late M dwarfs, the broad optical spectrograph can gain additional RV sensitivity over the optical spectrograph if telluric lines can be modeled and subtracted to better than 10%, or all lines deeper than 5% are masked out from RV calculation. For the earlier type stars, it requires better than 2% modeling and subtracting precision with the broad optical spectrograph to gain additional Doppler sensitivity over the optical spectrograph. Besides the photon gain with the NIR spectrograph over the optical spectrograph for late M dwarf observations, the NIR can gain additional advantage of Doppler sensitivity over the optical tool for late M dwarfs when telluric residuals can be subtracted to below 1%. However, it is never better than the broad optical spectrograph in any cases with the same residual levels. These indicate the broad optical spectrograph can potentially be an optimal spectrograph for high precision RV surveys for low mass planets.

  9. High-precision isotopic characterization of USGS reference materials by TIMS and MC-ICP-MS

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    Weis, Dominique; Kieffer, Bruno; Maerschalk, Claude; Barling, Jane; de Jong, Jeroen; Williams, Gwen A.; Hanano, Diane; Pretorius, Wilma; Mattielli, Nadine; Scoates, James S.; Goolaerts, Arnaud; Friedman, Richard M.; Mahoney, J. Brian

    2006-08-01

    The Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research (PCIGR) at the University of British Columbia has undertaken a systematic analysis of the isotopic (Sr, Nd, and Pb) compositions and concentrations of a broad compositional range of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reference materials, including basalt (BCR-1, 2; BHVO-1, 2), andesite (AGV-1, 2), rhyolite (RGM-1, 2), syenite (STM-1, 2), granodiorite (GSP-2), and granite (G-2, 3). USGS rock reference materials are geochemically well characterized, but there is neither a systematic methodology nor a database for radiogenic isotopic compositions, even for the widely used BCR-1. This investigation represents the first comprehensive, systematic analysis of the isotopic composition and concentration of USGS reference materials and provides an important database for the isotopic community. In addition, the range of equipment at the PCIGR, including a Nu Instruments Plasma MC-ICP-MS, a Thermo Finnigan Triton TIMS, and a Thermo Finnigan Element2 HR-ICP-MS, permits an assessment and comparison of the precision and accuracy of isotopic analyses determined by both the TIMS and MC-ICP-MS methods (e.g., Nd isotopic compositions). For each of the reference materials, 5 to 10 complete replicate analyses provide coherent isotopic results, all with external precision below 30 ppm (2 SD) for Sr and Nd isotopic compositions (27 and 24 ppm for TIMS and MC-ICP-MS, respectively). Our results also show that the first- and second-generation USGS reference materials have homogeneous Sr and Nd isotopic compositions. Nd isotopic compositions by MC-ICP-MS and TIMS agree to within 15 ppm for all reference materials. Interlaboratory MC-ICP-MS comparisons show excellent agreement for Pb isotopic compositions; however, the reproducibility is not as good as for Sr and Nd. A careful, sequential leaching experiment of three first- and second-generation reference materials (BCR, BHVO, AGV) indicates that the heterogeneity in Pb isotopic compositions, and concentrations, could be directly related to contamination by the steel (mortar/pestle) used to process the materials. Contamination also accounts for the high concentrations of certain other trace elements (e.g., Li, Mo, Cd, Sn, Sb, W) in various USGS reference materials.

  10. High-Precision Shape Control of In-Space Deployable Large Membrane/Thin-Shell Reflectors

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    Watkins, Ronald; Goebel, Dan; Hofer, Richard

    2010-01-01

    This innovation has been developed to improve the resolutions of future spacebased active and passive microwave antennas for earth-science remote sensing missions by maintaining surface figure precisions of large membrane/thin-shell reflectors during orbiting. The intention is for these sensing instruments to be deployable at orbit altitudes one or two orders of magnitude higher than Low Earth Orbit (LEO), but still being able to acquire measurements at spatial resolution and sensitivity similar to those of LEO. Because active and passive microwave remote sensors are able to penetrate through clouds to acquire vertical profile measurements of geophysical parameters, it is desirable to elevate them to the higher orbits to obtain orbital geometries that offer large spatial coverage and more frequent observations. This capability is essential for monitoring and for detailed understanding of the life cycles of natural hazards, such as hurricanes, tropical storms, flash floods, and tsunamis. Major components of this high-precision antenna-surface-control system include a membrane/thin shell reflector, a metrology sensor, a controller, actuators, and corresponding power amplifier and signal conditioning electronics (see figure). Actuators are attached to the back of the reflector to produce contraction/ expansion forces to adjust the shape of the thin-material reflector. The wavefront-sensing metrology system continuously measures the surface figure of the reflector, converts the surface figure to digital data and feeds the data to the controller. The controller determines the control parameters and generates commands to the actuator system. The flexible, piezoelectric polymer actuators are thus activated, providing the control forces needed to correct any distortions that exist in the reflector surface. Piezoelectric polymer actuators are very thin and flexible. They can be implemented on the back of the membrane/thin-shell reflector without introducing significant amounts of mass or stiffness to the reflector. They can be rolled up or folded to accommodate the packaging needed for launch. An analytical model of the system, which includes the membrane reflector, actuator, and controller has been developed to investigate the functionality of this control system on a 35-meter-diameter membrane reflector. The performance of this system under external disturbances such as in space thermal loads and W-error due to inflation has been investigated. A subscale breadboard has been developed, and the functionality of this control concept has been demonstrated by this breadboard.

  11. Improved strain precision with high spatial resolution using nanobeam precession electron diffraction

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    Rouviere, Jean-Luc Martin, Yannick; Denneulin, Thibaud; Cooper, David

    2013-12-09

    NanoBeam Electron Diffraction is a simple and efficient technique to measure strain in nanostructures. Here, we show that improved results can be obtained by precessing the electron beam while maintaining a few nanometer probe size, i.e., by doing Nanobeam Precession Electron Diffraction (N-PED). The precession of the beam makes the diffraction spots more uniform and numerous, making N-PED more robust and precise. In N-PED, smaller probe size and better precision are achieved by having diffraction disks instead of diffraction dots. Precision in the strain measurement better than 2?×?10{sup ?4} is obtained with a probe size approaching 1?nm in diameter.

  12. Towards the GEOSAT Follow-On Precise Orbit Determination Goals of High Accuracy and Near-Real-Time Processing

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    Lemoine, Frank G.; Zelensky, Nikita P.; Chinn, Douglas S.; Beckley, Brian D.; Lillibridge, John L.

    2006-01-01

    The US Navy's GEOSAT Follow-On spacecraft (GFO) primary mission objective is to map the oceans using a radar altimeter. Satellite laser ranging data, especially in combination with altimeter crossover data, offer the only means of determining high-quality precise orbits. Two tuned gravity models, PGS7727 and PGS7777b, were created at NASA GSFC for GFO that reduce the predicted radial orbit through degree 70 to 13.7 and 10.0 mm. A macromodel was developed to model the nonconservative forces and the SLR spacecraft measurement offset was adjusted to remove a mean bias. Using these improved models, satellite-ranging data, altimeter crossover data, and Doppler data are used to compute both daily medium precision orbits with a latency of less than 24 hours. Final precise orbits are also computed using these tracking data and exported with a latency of three to four weeks to NOAA for use on the GFO Geophysical Data Records (GDR s). The estimated orbit precision of the daily orbits is between 10 and 20 cm, whereas the precise orbits have a precision of 5 cm.

  13. HIGH-PRECISION PREDICTIONS FOR THE ACOUSTIC SCALE IN THE NONLINEAR REGIME

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    Seo, Hee-Jong; Eckel, Jonathan; Eisenstein, Daniel J.; Mehta, Kushal; Metchnik, Marc; Padmanabhan, Nikhil; Pinto, Phillip; Takahashi, Ryuichi; White, Martin; Xu, Xiaoying

    2010-09-10

    We measure shifts of the acoustic scale due to nonlinear growth and redshift distortions to a high precision using a very large volume of high-force-resolution simulations. We compare results from various sets of simulations that differ in their force, volume, and mass resolution. We find a consistency within 1.5-sigma for shift values from different simulations and derive shift alpha(z) -1 = (0.300\\pm 0.015)% [D(z)/D(0)]^{2} using our fiducial set. We find a strong correlation with a non-unity slope between shifts in real space and in redshift space and a weak correlation between the initial redshift and low redshift. Density-field reconstruction not only removes the mean shifts and reduces errors on the mean, but also tightens the correlations: after reconstruction, we recover a slope of near unity for the correlation between the real and redshift space and restore a strong correlation between the low and the initial redshifts. We derive propagators and mode-coupling terms from our N-body simulations and compared with Zeldovich approximation and the shifts measured from the chi^2 fitting, respectively. We interpret the propagator and the mode-coupling term of a nonlinear density field in the context of an average and a dispersion of its complex Fourier coefficients relative to those of the linear density field; from these two terms, we derive a signal-to-noise ratio of the acoustic peak measurement. We attempt to improve our reconstruction method by implementing 2LPT and iterative operations: we obtain little improvement. The Fisher matrix estimates of uncertainty in the acoustic scale is tested using 5000 (Gpc/h)^3 of cosmological PM simulations from Takahashi et al. (2009). (abridged)

  14. Decade-Spanning High-Precision Terahertz Frequency Comb Ian A. Finneran,1

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    Blake, Geoffrey

    precision of 1.8 × 10-9 . With time-domain detection of the comb, we measure three transitions of water calibration source for radial velocity searches for Earth-sized exoplanets [4] and in measurements

  15. A Multiprocessor Architecture Using Modular Arithmetic for Very High Precision Computation

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    Wu, Henry M.

    1989-04-01

    We outline a multiprocessor architecture that uses modular arithmetic to implement numerical computation with 900 bits of intermediate precision. A proposed prototype, to be implemented with off-the-shelf parts, will ...

  16. Experimental astrophysics with high power lasers and Z pinches

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    Remington, B A; Drake, R P; Ryutov, D D

    2004-12-10

    With the advent of high energy density (HED) experimental facilities, such as high-energy lasers and fast Z-pinch, pulsed-power facilities, mm-scale quantities of matter can be placed in extreme states of density, temperature, and/or velocity. This has enabled the emergence of a new class of experimental science, HED laboratory astrophysics, wherein the properties of matter and the processes that occur under extreme astrophysical conditions can be examined in the laboratory. Areas particularly suitable to this class of experimental astrophysics include the study of opacities relevant to stellar interiors; equations of state relevant to planetary interiors; strong shock driven nonlinear hydrodynamics and radiative dynamics, relevant to supernova explosions and subsequent evolution; protostellar jets and high Mach-number flows; radiatively driven molecular clouds and nonlinear photoevaporation front dynamics; and photoionized plasmas relevant to accretion disks around compact objects, such as black holes and neutron stars.

  17. Progress on precision measurements of inner shell transitions in highly charged ions at an ECR ion source

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    Szabo, Csilla I.; Indelicato, Paul; LeBigot, Eric-Olivier; Vallette, Alexandre; Amaro, Pedro; Guerra, Mauro; Gumberidze, Alex

    2012-05-25

    Inner shell transitions of highly charged ions produced in the plasma of an Electron Cyclotron Resonance Ion Source (ECRIS) were observed the first time by a Double Crystal Spectrometer (DCS). The DCS is a well-used tool in precision x-ray spectroscopy due to its ability of precision wavelength measurement traced back to a relative angle measurement. Because of its requirement for a bright x-ray source the DCS has not been used before in direct measurements of highly charged ions (HCI). Our new precision measurement of inner shell transitions in HCI is not just going to provide new x-ray standards for quantum metrology but can also give information about the plasma in which the ions reside. Ionic temperatures and with that the electron density can be determined by thorough examination of line widths measured with great accuracy.

  18. Precision control of high temperature furnaces using an auxiliary power supply and charged particle current flow

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    Pollock, G.G.

    1997-01-28

    Two power supplies are combined to control a furnace. A main power supply heats the furnace in the traditional manner, while the power from the auxiliary supply is introduced as a current flow through charged particles existing due to ionized gas or thermionic emission. The main power supply provides the bulk heating power and the auxiliary supply provides a precise and fast power source such that the precision of the total power delivered to the furnace is improved. 5 figs.

  19. Precision control of high temperature furnaces using an auxiliary power supply and charged practice current flow

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    Pollock, George G. (San Ramon, CA)

    1997-01-01

    Two power supplies are combined to control a furnace. A main power supply heats the furnace in the traditional manner, while the power from the auxiliary supply is introduced as a current flow through charged particles existing due to ionized gas or thermionic emission. The main power supply provides the bulk heating power and the auxiliary supply provides a precise and fast power source such that the precision of the total power delivered to the furnace is improved.

  20. Experimental and theoretical research in high energy astrophysics

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    Clark, George W.

    1990-01-01

    NASA grants to MIT for investigations in experimental and theoretical high energy astrophysics have, over the years, nurtured the infrastructure development and experimental activities that have led to successful proposals for the OSO 7, SAS 3, HEAO 1, and HEAO 2 missions and to the achievements in high energy astrophysics of the MIT Group. This report consists of excerpts from the progress reports of 1988 through 1990 that have been submitted as a regular feature of the renewal requests. These excerpts convey the flavor of the grant-supported activities, and a sense of the progress that has been made in each of the areas investigations.

  1. Experimental determination of sound and high-speed flow interaction

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    Lumsdaine, E.; Silcox, R.

    1977-01-01

    An experimental facility for measuring the attenuation of sound at various frequencies and modes in a finite duct with high-speed flow (with or without an axial pressure gradient) is described. The facility consists of an anechoic chamber transonic compressor with inlets of different area variations (or axial gradients); sound of selected frequencies and modes is produced with eight circumferential acoustic drivers. The experimental results indicate that high Mach number inlets can increase noise propagation. In addition, an inlet with a constant axial gradient is found to have a better acoustic and aerodynamic performance than inlets of the same area ratio with steep gradients near the throat or exit.

  2. Density-dependent electron transport and precise modeling of GaN high electron mobility transistors

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    Bajaj, Sanyam; Shoron, Omor F.; Park, Pil Sung; Krishnamoorthy, Sriram; Akyol, Fatih; Hung, Ting-Hsiang; Reza, Shahed; Chumbes, Eduardo M.; Khurgin, Jacob; Rajan, Siddharth

    2015-10-01

    We report on the direct measurement of two-dimensional sheet charge density dependence of electron transport in AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs). Pulsed IV measurements established increasing electron velocities with decreasing sheet charge densities, resulting in saturation velocity of 1.9 × 107 cm/s at a low sheet charge density of 7.8 × 1011 cm-2. An optical phonon emission-based electron velocity model for GaN is also presented. It accommodates stimulated longitudinal optical (LO) phonon emission which clamps the electron velocity with strong electron-phonon interaction and long LO phonon lifetime in GaN. A comparison with the measured density-dependent saturation velocity shows that it captures the dependence rather well. Finally, the experimental result is applied in TCAD-based device simulator to predict DC and small signal characteristics of a reported GaN HEMT. Good agreement between the simulated and reported experimental results validated the measurement presented in this report and established accurate modeling of GaN HEMTs.

  3. Model building, control design and practical implementation of a high precision high dynamical MEMS acceleration sensor (Invited Paper)

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    Wolfram, Heiko; Schmiedel, Ralf; Hiller, Karla; Aurich, Torsten; Gunther, Wolfgang; Kurth, Steffen; Mehner, Jan; Dotzel, Wolfram; Gessner, Thomas

    2005-07-01

    This paper presents the whole process of building up a high precision, high dynamical MEMS acceleration sensor. The first samples have achieved a resolution of better than 500 ug and a bandwidth of more than 200 Hz. The sensor fabrication technology is shortly covered in the paper. A theoretical model is built from the physical principles of the complete sensor system, consisting of the MEMS sensor, the charge amplifier and the PWM driver for the sensor element. The mathematical modeling also covers problems during startup. A reduced order model of the entire system is used to design a robust control with the Mixed-Sensitivity H-infinity Approach. Since the system has an unstable pole, imposed by the electrostatic field and time delay, caused by A/D-D/A conversation delay and DSP computing time, limitations for the control design are given. The theoretical model might be inaccurate or lacks of completeness, because the parameters for the theoretical model building vary from sample to sample or might be not known. A new identification scheme for open or closed-loop operation is deployed to obtain directly from the samples the parameters of the mechanical system and the voltage dependent gains. The focus of this paper is the complete system development and identification process including practical tests in a DSP TI-TMS320C3000 environment.

  4. High-precision figure correction of x-ray telescope optics using ion implantation

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    Chalifoux, Brandon; Sung, Edward; Heilmann, Ralf K.; Schattenburg, Mark L.

    2013-09-01

    Achieving both high resolution and large collection area in the next generation of x-ray telescopes requires highly accurate shaping of thin mirrors, which is not achievable with current technology. Ion implantation offers a promising method of modifying the shape of mirrors by imparting internal stresses in a substrate, which are a function of the ion species and dose. This technique has the potential for highly deterministic substrate shape correction using a rapid, low cost process. Wafers of silicon and glass (D-263 and BK-7) have been implanted with Si+ ions at 150 keV, and the changes in shape have been measured using a Shack-Hartmann metrology system. We show that a uniform dose over the surface repeatably changes the spherical curvature of the substrates, and we show correction of spherical curvature in wafers. Modeling based on experiments with spherical curvature correction shows that ion implantation could be used to eliminate higher-order shape errors, such as astigmatism and coma, by using a spatially-varying implant dose. We will report on progress in modelling and experimental tests to eliminate higher-order shape errors. In addition, the results of experiments to determine the thermal and temporal stability of implanted substrates will be reported.

  5. Experimental study of trajectory planning and control of a high precision robot manipulator

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    Nguyen, Charles C.; Antrazi, Sami S.

    1991-01-01

    The kinematic and trajectory planning is presented for a 6 DOF end-effector whose design was based on the Stewart Platform mechanism. The end-effector was used as a testbed for studying robotic assembly of NASA hardware with passive compliance. Vector analysis was employed to derive a closed-form solution for the end-effector inverse kinematic transformation. A computationally efficient numerical solution was obtained for the end-effector forward kinematic transformation using Newton-Raphson method. Three trajectory planning schemes, two for fine motion and one for gross motion, were developed for the end-effector. Experiments conducted to evaluate the performance of the trajectory planning schemes showed excellent tracking quality with minimal errors. Current activities focus on implementing the developed trajectory planning schemes on mating and demating space-rated connectors and using the compliant platform to acquire forces/torques applied on the end-effector during the assembly task.

  6. High-precision CTE measurement of hybrid C/SiC composite for cryogenic space telescopes

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    Enya, K.; Yamada, N.; Imai, T.; Tange, Y.; Kaneda, H.; Katayama, H.; Kotani, M.; Maruyama, K.; Naitoh, M.; Nakagawa, T.; Onaka, T.; Suganuma, M.; Ozaki, T.; Kume, M.; Krödel, M. R.

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents highly precise measurements of thermal expansion of a "hybrid" carbon-fiber reinforced silicon carbide composite, HB-Cesic® - a trademark of ECM, in the temperature region of ˜310-10 K. Whilst C/SiC composites have been considered to be promising for the mirrors and other structures of space-borne cryogenic telescopes, the anisotropic thermal expansion has been a potential disadvantage of this material. HB-Cesic® is a newly developed composite using a mixture of different types of chopped, short carbon-fiber, in which one of the important aims of the development was to reduce the anisotropy. The measurements indicate that the anisotropy was much reduced down to 4% as a result of hybridization. The thermal expansion data obtained are presented as functions of temperature using eighth-order polynomials separately for the horizontal (XY-) and vertical (Z-) directions of the fabrication process. The average CTEs and their dispersion (1?) in the range 293-10 K derived from the data for the XY- and Z-directions were 0.805 ± 0.003 × 10-6 K-1 and 0.837 ± 0.001 × 10-6 K-1, respectively. The absolute accuracy and the reproducibility of the present measurements are suggested to be better than 0.01 × 10-6 K-1 and 0.001 × 10-6 K-1, respectively. The residual anisotropy of the thermal expansion was consistent with our previous speculation regarding carbon-fiber, in which the residual anisotropy tended to lie mainly in the horizontal plane.

  7. High precision methods for locating the celestial intermediate pole and origin

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    Capitaine, N.; Wallace, P. T.

    2006-05-01

    Context: .The precession-nutation transformation describes the changing directions on the celestial sphere of the Earth's pole and an adopted origin of right ascension. The coordinate system for the celestial sphere is the geocentric celestial reference system, and the two directions are the celestial intermediate pole (CIP) and the celestial intermediate origin (CIO), the latter having supplanted the equinox for this purpose following IAU resolutions in 2000. The celestial coordinate triad based on the CIP and CIO is called the celestial intermediate reference system; the prediction of topocentric directions additionally requires the Earth rotation angle (ERA), the counterpart of Greenwich sidereal time (GST) in the former equinox based system. Aims: .The purpose of this paper is to review the different ways of calculating the CIP and CIO directions to precisions of a few microarcseconds over a time span of several centuries, meeting the requirements of high-accuracy applications. Methods: .Various implementations are described, their theoretical bases compared and the relationships between the expressions for the relevant parameters are provided. Semi-analytical and numerical comparisons have been made, based on the P03 precession and the IAU 2000A nutation, with slight modifications to the latter to make it consistent with P03. Results: .We have identified which transformations between celestial and terrestrial coordinates involve a minimum number of variables and coefficients for given accuracy objectives. The various methods are consistent at the level of a few microarcseconds over several centuries, and equal accuracy is achievable using both the equinox/GST paradigm and the CIO/ERA paradigm. Given existing nutation models, the most concise expressions for locating the CIP are based on the Fukushima-Williams bias-precession-nutation angles. The CIO can be located to a few microarcseconds using the CIO locator s. The equation of the origins (EO) is sensitive to the precession-nutation, but can locate the CIO to a few microarcseconds as long as consistent models are used for EO and precession-nutation.

  8. Globular Cluster Streams as Galactic High-Precision Scales - The Poster Child Palomar 5

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    Kupper, Andreas Hans Wilhelm; Balbinot, Eduardo; Bonaca, Ana; Johnston, Kathryn V.; Hogg, David W.; Kroupa, Pavel; Santiago, Basilio

    2015-01-01

    We model the tidal stream of the Milky Way globular cluster Palomar 5 (Pal 5), and show that the unique geometry of the problem yields powerful constraints on the model parameters characterizing the Local Standard of Rest (LSR), the Milky Way and Pal 5 itself. Using only SDSS data and a few radial velocities from the literature, we find that the distance of the Sun from the Galactic Center is 8.30+/-0.25 kpc, and the LSR transverse velocity is 242+/-16 km/s. Assuming that the dark halo of the Galaxy follows a NFW density profile, we fit it with a virial mass of (1.6+/-0.4) 1012Msun, a virial radius of 195+/-19 kpc, and hence a rather low concentration of 5+/-2. Moreover, we find it with a flattening of qz = 0.95(+0.16)(-0.12) to be essentially spherical - at least within the inner 25 kpc, which are effectively probed by Pal 5. We also determine Pal 5's mass, distance and proper motions independently from other methods, which enables us to perform vital cross-checks for these methods. We conclude that finding more globular cluster streams is essential for mapping out the structure of the halo of our Galaxy to high precision. Finally, we point out that all our best-fit models yield similar substructure patterns as the ones observed in the Pal 5 stream within about 5 kpc of the cluster. The origin of these substructures is epicylic motion of stars along the stream. Such epicylic substructures have to be taken into account when searching tidal streams for signs of past encounters with dark-matter subhalos

  9. High-precision genetic mapping of behavioral traits in the diversity outbred mouse population

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    Logan, R W; Robledo, R F; Recla, J M; Philip, V M; Bubier, J A; Jay, J J; Harwood, C; Wilcox, T; Gatti, D M; Bult, C J; Churchill, G A; Chesler, E J

    2013-01-01

    Historically our ability to identify genetic variants underlying complex behavioral traits in mice has been limited by low mapping resolution of conventional mouse crosses. The newly developed Diversity Outbred (DO) population promises to deliver improved resolution that will circumvent costly fine-mapping studies. The DO is derived from the same founder strains as the Collaborative Cross (CC), including three wild-derived strains. Thus the DO provides more allelic diversity and greater potential for discovery compared to crosses involving standard mouse strains. We have characterized 283 male and female DO mice using open-field, light–dark box, tail-suspension and visual-cliff avoidance tests to generate 38 behavioral measures. We identified several quantitative trait loci (QTL) for these traits with support intervals ranging from 1 to 3 Mb in size. These intervals contain relatively few genes (ranging from 5 to 96). For a majority of QTL, using the founder allelic effects together with whole genome sequence data, we could further narrow the positional candidates. Several QTL replicate previously published loci. Novel loci were also identified for anxiety- and activity-related traits. Half of the QTLs are associated with wild-derived alleles, confirming the value to behavioral genetics of added genetic diversity in the DO. In the presence of wild-alleles we sometimes observe behaviors that are qualitatively different from the expected response. Our results demonstrate that high-precision mapping of behavioral traits can be achieved with moderate numbers of DO animals, representing a significant advance in our ability to leverage the mouse as a tool for behavioral genetics PMID:23433259

  10. Remote Measurement of Breathing Rate in Real Time Using a High Precision, Single-Point Infrared Temperature Sensor

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    O'Kane, Jason

    per minute. Results from preliminary tests show this system effectively captures breathing ratesRemote Measurement of Breathing Rate in Real Time Using a High Precision, Single-Point Infrared-- This paper presents a novel approach for remotely monitoring a user's breathing rate in real-time using

  11. A double-spike method for KAr measurement: A technique for high precision in situ dating on Mars and other

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    A double-spike method for K­Ar measurement: A technique for high precision in situ dating on Mars in the Solar System. This is especially true for Mars, which carries a long and rich geologic record documented climate change on Mars, with obvious implications for habitability (e.g., Carr, 1996; Bibring et al., 2006

  12. High-precision structural analysis of subnuclear complexes in fixed and live cells via spatially modulated illumination (SMI) microscopy

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    Rippe, Karsten

    of Electronic Structure and Laser, FORTH, Heraklion, Greece *Correspondence Key words: FPALM, live cell imaging applicability to a wide range of biological questions. For the SMI live cell imaging this system was enhancedHigh-precision structural analysis of subnuclear complexes in fixed and live cells via spatially

  13. Fabrication of low cost and high precision thermoelectric power setup in the temperature range of 77 - 300?K

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    Hazra, S. K.; Giri, S. K.; Nath, T. K.

    2015-06-01

    Fabrication of a low cost and high precision thermoelectric power (S) setup is described here. It is made with spring loaded sample holder which hold the sample between two Cu blocks. Measurements range is in between ˜ few µV/K to ˜ few hundred µV/K. The data acquisitions are fully automated through LabVIEW software.

  14. Experimental and theoretical investigation of high gradient acceleration

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    Bekefi, G.; Chen, C.; Chen, S.; Danly, B.; Temkin, R.J.; Wurtele, J.S.

    1992-02-01

    This report contains a technical progress summary of the research conducted under the auspices of DOE Grant No. DE-FG0291ER-40648. Experimental and Theoretical Investigations of High Gradient Acceleration.'' This grant supports three research tasks: Task A consists of the design and fabrication of a 17GHz of photocathode gun, Task B supports the testing of high gradient acceleration using a 33GHz structure, and Task C comprises theoretical investigations, both in support of the experimental tasks and on critical physics issues for the development of high energy linear colliders. This report is organized as follows. The development of an rf gun design and research progress on the picosecond laser system is summarized in Sec. 2, the status of the studies of the LBL/Haimson high gradient structure, using a 50 MW free-electron laser is summarized in Sec. 3, and theoretical research progress is described in Sec. 4. Supporting material is contained in Appendices A-G.

  15. High-precision 40Ar/39Ar age for the Jehol Biota

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    Chang, S.; Zhang, H.; Renne, P. R.; Fang, Y.

    2008-12-01

    Abundant fossils of the terrestrial Jehol Biota, including plants, insects, dinosaurs, birds, mammals and freshwater invertebrates, were discovered from the Yixian Formation and the overlying Jiufotang Formation in Inner Mongolia, Hebei Province and Liaoning Province, northeastern China. Because of the exceptional preservation of fossils, the Jehol Biota is one of the most important Mesozoic fossil outcrops and referred to as a "Mesozoic Pompeii". The Jehol Biota has provided a rare opportunity to address questions about the origin of birds, the evolution of feathers and flight, the early diversification of angiosperms and the timing of the radiation of placental mammals. The Tuchengzi Formation, which lies unconformably just below the Yixian Formation and consists mainly of variegated sandstones, is less fossiliferous than the two overlying formations. However, dinosaur tracks, silicified wood and compressed plants are found in this formation. A systematic 40Ar/39Ar dating of the Yixian and the Jiufotang formations was undertaken to provide a framework for understanding the timing and duration of the Jehol Biota and evolutionary events represented within it. Furthermore, determining the absolute age of the Tuchengzi Formation provides information to interpret abundant dinosaur tracks within and provide better age constrains for the beginning of the Jehol Biota. Here we present robust high-precision 40Ar/39Ar data for six tuff samples and two basalt samples collected from the Tuchengzi, the Yixian and the Jiufotang formations near the classic outcrops in western Liaoning, NE China. We obtain an age of 139.5 ± 1.0 Ma for the uppermost Tuchengzi Formation, an age of 129.7 ± 0.5 Ma for a basaltic lava from the bottom of the Yixian Formation and an age of 122.1 ± 0.3 Ma for a tuff from the base of the overlying Jiufotang Formation. Our data indicate that the Yixian Formation was deposited during the Early Cretaceous, the Barremian to early Aptian, within a time span of 7 Ma. Because of the systematic sampling and the high quality of our data, these results contribute the most accurate age calibration yet of the Jehol Biota within the Yixian Formation and the overlying Jiufotang Formation, providing significant calibration for the evolution of early angiosperms, primitive birds and feathered dinosaurs.

  16. Experimental evidence for lattice effects in high temperature superconductors

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    Billinge, S.J.L.; Kwei, G.H.; Thompson, J.D.

    1994-01-18

    We present an overview of the experimental evidence for a role of the lattice in the mechanism of high temperature superconductivity. It appears unlikely that a solely conventional electron-phonon interaction produces the pairing. However, there is ample evidence of strong electron and spin to lattice coupling and observations of a response of the lattice to the electronic state. We draw attention to the importance of the local structure in discussions of lattice effects in high-{Tc} superconductivity.

  17. Fabrication and Metrology of High-Precision Foil Mirror Mounting Elements

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    Schattenburg, Mark L.

    2002-01-01

    During the period of this Cooperative Agreement, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) developed advanced methods for applying silicon microstructures for the precision assembly of foil x-ray optics in support of the Constellation-X Spectroscopy X-ray Telescope (SXT) development effort at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). MIT developed improved methods for fabricating and characterizing the precision silicon micro-combs. MIT also developed and characterized assembly tools and several types of metrology tools in order to characterize and reduce the errors associated with precision assembly of foil optics. Results of this effort were published and presented to the scientific community and the GSFC SXT team. A bibliography of papers and presentations is offered.

  18. Research on the Problem of High-Precision Deployment for Large-Aperture Space-Based Science Instruments

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    Lake, Mark S.; Peterson, Lee D.; Hachkowski, M. Roman; Hinkle, Jason D.; Hardaway, Lisa R.

    1998-01-01

    The present paper summarizes results from an ongoing research program conducted jointly by the University of Colorado and NASA Langley Research Center since 1994. This program has resulted in general guidelines for the design of high-precision deployment mechanisms, and tests of prototype deployable structures incorporating these mechanisms have shown microdynamically stable behavior (i.e., dimensional stability to parts per million). These advancements have resulted from the identification of numerous heretofore unknown microdynamic and micromechanical response phenomena, and the development of new test techniques and instrumentation systems to interrogate these phenomena. In addition, recent tests have begun to interrogate nanomechanical response of materials and joints and have been used to develop an understanding of nonlinear nanodynamic behavior in microdynamically stable structures. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to enable nano-precision active control of micro-precision deployable structures (i.e., active control to a resolution of parts per billion).

  19. High-precision realization of robust quantum anomalous Hall state in a hard ferromagnetic topological insulator

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    Chang, Cui-Zu; Zhao, Weiwei; Kim, Duk Y.; Zhang, Haijun; Assaf, Badih A.; Heiman, Don; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; Liu, Chaoxing; Chan, Moses H. W.; Moodera, Jagadeesh S.

    2015-05-01

    The discovery of the quantum Hall (QH) effect led to the realization of a topological electronic state with dissipationless currents circulating in one direction along the edge of a two-dimensional electron layer under a strong magnetic field. The quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect shares a similar physical phenomenon to that of the QH effect, whereas its physical origin relies on the intrinsic spin-orbit coupling and ferromagnetism. Here, we report the experimental observation of the QAH state in V-doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 films with the zero-field longitudinal resistance down to 0.00013 ± 0.00007h/e2 (~3.35 ± 1.76??), Hall conductance reaching 0.9998 ± 0.0006e2/h and the Hall angle becoming as high as 89.993° ± 0.004° at T = 25 mK. A further advantage of this system comes from the fact that it is a hard ferromagnet with a large coercive field (Hc > 1.0 T) and a relative high Curie temperature. This realization of a robust QAH state in hard ferromagnetic topological insulators (FMTIs) is a major step towards dissipationless electronic applications in the absence of external fields.

  20. High-precision realization of robust quantum anomalous Hall state in a hard ferromagnetic topological insulator.

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    Chang, Cui-Zu; Zhao, Weiwei; Kim, Duk Y; Zhang, Haijun; Assaf, Badih A; Heiman, Don; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; Liu, Chaoxing; Chan, Moses H W; Moodera, Jagadeesh S

    2015-05-01

    The discovery of the quantum Hall (QH) effect led to the realization of a topological electronic state with dissipationless currents circulating in one direction along the edge of a two-dimensional electron layer under a strong magnetic field. The quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect shares a similar physical phenomenon to that of the QH effect, whereas its physical origin relies on the intrinsic spin-orbit coupling and ferromagnetism. Here, we report the experimental observation of the QAH state in V-doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 films with the zero-field longitudinal resistance down to 0.00013 ± 0.00007h/e(2) (~3.35 ± 1.76??), Hall conductance reaching 0.9998 ± 0.0006e(2)/h and the Hall angle becoming as high as 89.993° ± 0.004° at T = 25 mK. A further advantage of this system comes from the fact that it is a hard ferromagnet with a large coercive field (Hc > 1.0 T) and a relative high Curie temperature. This realization of a robust QAH state in hard ferromagnetic topological insulators (FMTIs) is a major step towards dissipationless electronic applications in the absence of external fields. PMID:25730394

  1. An experimental investigation of single and multiple pass high temperature, high pressure paper drying 

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    Simonson, Eric Howard

    1994-01-01

    pressure drying. The present experimental investigation considers the effects of high temperature, high pressure single and multiple pass drying on moisture removal. An apparatus was designed and constructed for the testing of wet paper specimens under...

  2. Inexpensive high-precision capacitance measurements and their applications in undergraduate laboratories

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    Clayhold, Jeffrey; Priest, Joseph

    2008-12-01

    An inexpensive system for precision capacitance measurement is presented. The system is appropriate for undergraduate laboratories is based on a newly available capacitance-to-digital integrated circuit that can measure picofarad capacitances to six significant figures. The circuitry software for controlling the integrated circuit with a personal computer via an I2C interface bus are described. Examples of experiments that make use of the circuitry are discussed, including a novel hydrostatic magnetometer that uses precision capacitance measurement to determine the magnetization of a small sample.

  3. Selenium and tellurium systematics of the Earth’s mantle from high precision analyses of ultra-depleted orogenic peridotites

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    König, Stephan; Luguet, Ambre; Lorand, Jean-Pierre; Wombacher, Frank; Lissner, Moritz

    2012-06-01

    Selenium and tellurium, like the highly siderophile elements, may constitute key tracers for planetary processes such as formation of the Earth’s core and the Late Veneer composition, provided that their geochemical behavior and abundances in the primitive upper mantle (PUM) are well constrained. Within this scope, we have developed a high precision analytical method for the simultaneous determination of selenium and tellurium concentrations from a single sample aliquot and for various rock matrices, including ultra-depleted peridotites. The technique employs isotope dilution, thiol cotton fiber (TCF) separation and hydride generation ICP-MS. A selection of international mafic and ultramafic rock reference materials BIR-1, BE-N, TDB-1, UB-N, FON B 93 and BHVO-2 with a range of 30-350 ppb Se and 0.7-12 ppb Te show external reproducibilities that generally range from 3% to 8% for Se and 0.4% to 11% for Te (two relative standard deviations (r.s.d.)). We have applied this method to a suite of refractory mantle peridotites (Al2O3 <1.5 wt.%) from Lherz, previously shown to be strongly and uniformly depleted in Se, Te and incompatible elements by high degree of partial melting (20 ± 5%). While some fertile lherzolites display broadly chondritic values (Se/Te = 9), the ultra-depleted harzburgites show highly fractionated Se/Te (up to 31), which correlate with the Te concentrations. The fractionation trend is displayed by the depleted peridotites and also observed within multiple analyses of a single Lherz harzburgitic sample (64-3) and altogether results from the very heterogeneous distribution of Te trace phases present in the aliquot analyzed. Our results are in agreement with experimental studies that predict a more incompatible behavior of Te compared to Se during incongruent partial melting of mantle sulfides. In addition to re-fertilized lherzolites, depleted harzburgites therefore provide new insights into the geochemical behavior of Se and Te in the Earth’s mantle.

  4. High levels of isotope elimination improve precision and allow individual-based measurements of metabolic rates in animals using the doubly labeled water method.

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    Shirai, Masaki; Niizuma, Yasuaki; Yamamoto, Maki; Oda, Emiko; Ebine, Naoyuki; Oka, Nariko; Yoda, Ken

    2015-11-01

    Doubly labeled water (DLW) can be used to measure energy expenditure in free-ranging animals, but questions have been raised about its accuracy in different species or contexts. We investigated whether differences in the extent of isotope elimination affects the precision and accuracy of the DLW method, which can vary according to the experimental design or metabolic rate of the species. Estimated total energy expenditure by the DLW method (TEEdlw) was compared with actual total energy expenditure simultaneously measured via respirometry (TEEresp) in streaked shearwaters Calonectris leucomelas, a pelagic seabird. Subjects were divided into three groups with different experimental conditions: at rest on the ground for 24 h (Group A) or for 48 h (Group B), and at rest on the water for 24 h (Group C). TEEdlw in Group A matched TEEresp, whereas there was an overestimation of TEEdlw in both Groups B and C compared with TEEresp. However, compared with Group A, TEEdlw in Groups B and C had reduced the isotopic analytical variability and thus higher precision. The best regression model (TEEdlw = 1.37 TEEresp - 14.12) showed a high correlation (R(2) = 0.82) between TEEdlw and TEEresp and allows a correction factor for field metabolic rates in streaked shearwaters. Our results demonstrate that the commonly made assumption that the DLW method is not appropriate for individual-based estimates may be incorrect in certain circumstances. Although a correction factor may be necessary when using the DLW method to estimate metabolic rate, greater levels of isotope eliminations provides DLW estimates with high precision, which can adequately represent relative individual estimates. Nevertheless, the DLW method, should be used with caution when characterizing interspecies difference of energy expenditures. PMID:26611463

  5. High levels of isotope elimination improve precision and allow individual-based measurements of metabolic rates in animals using the doubly labeled water method

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    Shirai, Masaki; Niizuma, Yasuaki; Yamamoto, Maki; Oda, Emiko; Ebine, Naoyuki; Oka, Nariko; Yoda, Ken

    2015-01-01

    Doubly labeled water (DLW) can be used to measure energy expenditure in free-ranging animals, but questions have been raised about its accuracy in different species or contexts. We investigated whether differences in the extent of isotope elimination affects the precision and accuracy of the DLW method, which can vary according to the experimental design or metabolic rate of the species. Estimated total energy expenditure by the DLW method (TEEdlw) was compared with actual total energy expenditure simultaneously measured via respirometry (TEEresp) in streaked shearwaters Calonectris leucomelas, a pelagic seabird. Subjects were divided into three groups with different experimental conditions: at rest on the ground for 24 h (Group A) or for 48 h (Group B), and at rest on the water for 24 h (Group C). TEEdlw in Group A matched TEEresp, whereas there was an overestimation of TEEdlw in both Groups B and C compared with TEEresp. However, compared with Group A, TEEdlw in Groups B and C had reduced the isotopic analytical variability and thus higher precision. The best regression model (TEEdlw = 1.37 TEEresp ? 14.12) showed a high correlation (R2 = 0.82) between TEEdlw and TEEresp and allows a correction factor for field metabolic rates in streaked shearwaters. Our results demonstrate that the commonly made assumption that the DLW method is not appropriate for individual-based estimates may be incorrect in certain circumstances. Although a correction factor may be necessary when using the DLW method to estimate metabolic rate, greater levels of isotope eliminations provides DLW estimates with high precision, which can adequately represent relative individual estimates. Nevertheless, the DLW method, should be used with caution when characterizing interspecies difference of energy expenditures. PMID:26611463

  6. Long-term, high precision lysimeter network an important tool to validate soil models

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    Puetz, T.; Wollschläger, U.; Groh, J.; Gerke, H. H.; Priesack, E.; Kiese, R.; Borg, E.; Vereecken, H.

    2014-12-01

    Long-term highly resolved time series of soil water fluxes and soil moisture are essential for the validation of soil and hydrological models and to understand the impact of climate change and land use change on the water cycle. Within the scope of TERENO (TERrestrial ENvironmental Observatories), four observatories for long-term monitoring of climate change parameters have been established. The observatories are located in areas of Germany that are affected by climate change. SoilCan, a lysimeter-network is part of the TERENO infrastructure which comprises 132 lysimeters of possibly identical technical specification and located at 13 different sites. Primary objectives of SoilCan are: Collection of comprehensive long-term data to monitor Global Change on the regional scale. Generation of high-quality data to develop and improve the prognosis of regional climate models with the aim to develop and implement options for management strategies. In the frame of SoilCan, fully automated lysimeter systems were installed on highly equipped experimental field sites within the TERENO-observatories and the relevant status variables of each ecosystem are monitored (e.g. climate, hydrology, biosphere-atmosphere exchange, biodiversity, etc.). The TERENO-observatories are placed in the following four regions of Germany with differing climate conditions. The lysimeters (1.5 m depth, 1m2 surface) were filled with soil monoliths taken at the four TERENO-observatories. In order to capture the expected climate change, 48 lysimeters were transferred along temperature and precipitation gradients within the observatories and/or between the observatories according to the principle „space for time". The lysimeters are instrumented with high-resolution scales and with TDR, tensiometer, temperature, soil heat flux and CO2 sensors. Suction rakes were installed at the bottom of the lysimeters controlling the lower boundary condition. To observe matter fluxes, soil solution and percolate were collected regularly. The requirements to generate high quality data from weighable lysimeter systems will be presented as well as first results of observed soil nitrogen, carbon and water balances from selected lysimeters.

  7. High-precision measurement of the atomic mass of the electron

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    Sturm, S.; Köhler, F.; Zatorski, J.; Wagner, A.; Harman, Z.; Werth, G.; Quint, W.; Keitel, C. H.; Blaum, K.

    2014-02-01

    The quest for the value of the electron's atomic mass has been the subject of continuing efforts over the past few decades. Among the seemingly fundamental constants that parameterize the Standard Model of physics and which are thus responsible for its predictive power, the electron mass me is prominent, being responsible for the structure and properties of atoms and molecules. It is closely linked to other fundamental constants, such as the Rydberg constant R? and the fine-structure constant ? (ref. 6). However, the low mass of the electron considerably complicates its precise determination. Here we combine a very precise measurement of the magnetic moment of a single electron bound to a carbon nucleus with a state-of-the-art calculation in the framework of bound-state quantum electrodynamics. The precision of the resulting value for the atomic mass of the electron surpasses the current literature value of the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) by a factor of 13. This result lays the foundation for future fundamental physics experiments and precision tests of the Standard Model.

  8. Achieving high-precision ground-based photometry for transiting exoplanets

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    Guyon, Olivier

    ). A fundamental limitation is imposed by scintillation, which cannot easily be calibrated (it is largely precision photometry with these systems, approaching the limit set by photon noise and scintillation noise in three broad categories: · Photon noise is a fundamental limit, common to both space and ground

  9. Low-cost scheme for high-precision dual-wavelength laser metrology.

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    Kok, Yitping; Ireland, Michael J; Robertson, J Gordon; Tuthill, Peter G; Warrington, Benjamin A; Tango, William J

    2013-04-20

    A method capable of delivering relative optical path length metrology with nanometer precision is demonstrated. Unlike conventional dual-wavelength metrology, which employs heterodyne detection, the method developed in this work utilizes direct detection of interference fringes of two He-Ne lasers as well as a less precise stepper motor open-loop position control system to perform its measurement. Although the method may be applicable to a variety of circumstances, the specific application in which this metrology is essential is in an astrometric optical long baseline stellar interferometer dedicated to precise measurement of stellar positions. In our example application of this metrology to a narrow-angle astrometric interferometer, measurement of nanometer precision could be achieved without frequency-stabilized lasers, although the use of such lasers would extend the range of optical path length the metrology can accurately measure. Implementation of the method requires very little additional optics or electronics, thus minimizing the cost and effort of implementation. Furthermore, the optical path traversed by the metrology lasers is identical to that of the starlight or science beams, even down to using the same photodetectors, thereby minimizing the noncommon path between metrology and science channels. PMID:23669692

  10. High-precision flow temperature imaging using ZnO thermographic phosphor tracer particles.

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    Abram, Christopher; Fond, Benoit; Beyrau, Frank

    2015-07-27

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) particles are characterised as a tracer for temperature measurements in turbulent flows, in the context of the thermographic particle image velocimetry technique. Flow measurements are used to compare the temperature precision of ZnO to that obtained using a well-characterised thermographic phosphor, BAM:Eu(2+), under the same conditions. For this two-colour, ratio-based technique the strongly temperature-dependent redshift of the luminescence emission of ZnO offers improved temperature sensitivity, and so at room temperature a threefold increase in the temperature precision is achieved. A dependence of the intensity ratio on the laser fluence is identified, and additional measurements with different laser pulse durations are used to independently show that there is also a dependence on the laser excitation irradiance, irrespective of fluence. A simple method to correct for these effects is demonstrated and sources of error are analysed in detail. Temperature images in a Re = 2000 jet of air heated to 363 K with a precision of 4 K (1.1%) are presented. The sensitivity of ZnO increases across the tested temperature range 300-500 K, so that at 500 K, using a seeding density of 2 x 10(11) particles/m(3), a precision of 3 K (0.6%) is feasible. This new phosphor extends the capabilities of this versatile technique toward the study of flows with small temperature variations. PMID:26367604

  11. High precision measurement of undulator polarization in the regime of hard x-rays

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    Marx, B.; Schulze, K. S.; Uschmann, I.; Kämpfer, T.; Wehrhan, O.; Förster, E.; Paulus, G. G.; Wille, H. C.; Schlage, K.; Röhlsberger, R.; Weckert, E.; Stöhlker, T.

    2014-07-14

    We have measured the polarization purity of undulator radiation at 12.9?keV, with hitherto unachievable precision. We could measure a polarization purity of 1.8?×?10{sup ?4} by using a silicon channel-cut crystal with six Bragg reflections at 45° as analyzer.

  12. Validating a high-resolution digital soil map for precision agriculture across multiple fields

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    Digital soil mapping (DSM) for precision agriculture (PA) management is aimed at developing models that predict soil properties or classes using legacy soil data, sensors, and environmental covariates. The utility of DSM for PA is based on its ability to provide useful spatial soil information for o...

  13. Experimental and theoretical investigation of high gradient acceleration

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    Wurtele, J.S.; Bekefi, G.; Chen, C.; Chen, S.C.; Temkin, R.J.

    1993-01-01

    This report contains a technical progress summary of the research conducted under the auspices of DOE Grant No. DE-AC02-91-ER40648, Experimental and Theoretical Investigations of High Gradient Acceleration''. This grant supports three research tasks: Task A consists of the design, fabrication and testing of a 17GHz RF photocathode gun, which can produce 2ps electron pulses with up to 1nC of charge at 2MeV energy and at a 1OHz repetition rate. Task B supports the testing of high gradient acceleration at 33GHz structure, and Task C comprises theoretical investigations, both in support of the experimental tasks and on critical physics issues for the development of high energy linear colliders.

  14. High precision calcium isotope analysis using 42Ca-48Ca double-spike TIMS technique

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    Feng, L.; Zhou, L.; Gao, S.; Tong, S. Y.; Zhou, M. L.

    2014-12-01

    Double spike techniques are widely used for determining calcium isotopic compositions of natural samples. The most important factor controlling precision of the double spike technique is the choice of appropriate spike isotope pair, the composition of double spikes and the ratio of spike to sample?CSp/CN?. We propose an optimal 42Ca-48Ca double spike protocol which yields the best internal precision for calcium isotopic composition determinations among all kinds of spike pairs and various spike compositions and ratios of spike to sample, as predicted by linear error propagation method. It is suggested to use spike composition of 42Ca/(42Ca+48Ca) = 0.44 mol/mol and CSp/(CN+ CSp)= 0.12mol/mol because it takes both advantages of the largest mass dispersion between 42Ca and 48Ca (14%) and lowest spike cost. Spiked samples were purified by pass through homemade micro-column filled with Ca special resin. K, Ti and other interference elements were completely separated, while 100% calcium was recovered with negligible blank. Data collection includes integration time, idle time, focus and peakcenter frequency, which were all carefully designed for the highest internal precision and lowest analysis time. All beams were automatically measured in a sequence by Triton TIMS so as to eliminate difference of analytical conditions between samples and standards, and also to increase the analytical throughputs. The typical internal precision of 100 duty cycles for one beam is 0.012?0.015 ‰ (2?SEM), which agrees well with the predicted internal precision of 0.0124 ‰ (2?SEM). Our methods improve internal precisions by a factor of 2?10 compared to previous methods of determination of calcium isotopic compositions by double spike TIMS. We analyzed NIST SRM 915a, NIST SRM 915b and Pacific Seawater as well as interspersed geological samples during two months. The obtained average ?44/40Ca (all relative to NIST SRM 915a) is 0.02 ± 0.02 ‰ (n=28), 0.72±0.04 ‰ (n=10) and 1.93±0.03 ‰ (n=21) for NIST SRM 915a, NIST SRM 915b and Pacific Seawater, respectively. The long-term reproducibility is 0.10‰ (2 ?SD), which is comparable to the best external precision of 0.04 ‰ (2 ?SD) of previous methods, but our sample throughputs are doubled with significant reduction in amount of spike used for single samples.

  15. Discriminating solar and antisolar differential rotation in high-precision light curves

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    Reinhold, Timo; Arlt, Rainer

    2015-04-01

    Context. Surface differential rotation (DR) is one major ingredient of the magnetic field generation process in the Sun and likely in other stars. The term solar-like differential rotation describes the observation that solar equatorial regions rotate faster than polar ones. The opposite effect of polar regions rotating faster than equatorial ones (termed as antisolar DR) has only been observed in a few stars, although there is evidence from theoretical dynamo models. Aims: We present a new method of detecting the sign of DR (i.e., solar-like or antisolar DR) by analyzing long-term high-precision light curves with the Lomb-Scargle periodogram. Methods: We compute the Lomb-Scargle periodogram and identify a set of significant periods Pk, which we associate with active regions located at different latitudes on the stellar surface. If detectable, the first harmonics (P_k') of these periods were identified to compute their peak-height-ratios rk:= h(P'k)/h(Pk) . Spots rotating at lower latitudes generate less sine-shaped light curves, which requires additional power in the harmonics, and results in larger ratios rk. Comparing different ratios rk and the associated periods Pk yields information about the spot latitudes, and reveals the sign of DR. Results: We tested our method on different sets of synthetic light curves all exhibiting solar-like DR. The number of cases where our method detects antisolar DR is the false-positive rate of our method. Depending on the set of light curves, the noise level, the required minimum peak separation, and the presence or absence of spot evolution, our method fails to detect the correct sign in at most 20%. We applied our method to 50 Kepler G stars and found 21-34 stars with solar-like DR and 5-10 stars with antisolar DR, depending on the minimum peak separation. Conclusions: The method is able to determine the sign of DR in a statistical way with a low false-positive rate. Applying our method to real data might suggest that - within the uncertainties - antisolar DR was detected in 5-10 Kepler stars. Table 3 is available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  16. High-precision spectroscopy of late-type stars with three-dimensional model stellar atmospheres

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    Collet, Remo

    2015-08-01

    Classical spectroscopic analyses of late-type stars generally rely on the use of synthetic spectra computed with stationary, one-dimensional (1D), hydrostatic model stellar atmospheres to quantitatively interpret observations. Recent years, however, have seen a rapid development in the field of three-dimensional (3D) hydrodynamical modelling of stellar atmospheres and stellar spectra.In this contribution, I will present results from realistic, time-dependent, hydrodynamical 3D simulations of stellar atmospheres of solar- and late-type stars, covering a wide range of stellar parameters and compositions, from main sequence to red giant branch and with metallicities from [Fe/H]=+0.5 down to [Fe/H]=-4. These 3D model atmospheres have been generated using a custom version of the radiation-magnetohydrodynamics Stagger-Code which implements state-of-the-art input micro-physics, equation of state and opacity data, and a realistic treatment of non-grey radiative transfer.I will describe the main properties of the simulations and discuss the application of 3D model atmospheres to spectral line-formation calculations and high-precision spectroscopy of late-type stars. I will illustrate the main effects of 3D modelling of stellar atmospheres and stellar spectra on the predicted strengths and shapes of spectral lines, highlighting the systematic differences with respect to calculations based on classical, 1D, hydrostatic models.In particular, I will present the results of spectroscopic carbon, nitrogen and oxygen abundance determinations based on the analysis of CH, NH, CN and OH molecular bands with 3D model stellar atmospheres. I will show that the differences with respect to classical analyses based on 1D models can be significant and of the order of 0.5 to 1 dex in terms of logarithmic abundances of these important elements.Finally, I will also discuss the application of 3D models to the analysis and interpretation of data from large-scale space-born and ground-based stellar surveys (e.g Gaia and Gaia-ESO) for the determination of accurate stellar parameters, elemental abundances, and radial velocities.

  17. HOTB: High precision parallel code for calculation of four-particle harmonic oscillator transformation brackets

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    Stepšys, A.; Mickevicius, S.; Germanas, D.; Kalinauskas, R. K.

    2014-11-01

    This new version of the HOTB program for calculation of the three and four particle harmonic oscillator transformation brackets provides some enhancements and corrections to the earlier version (Germanas et al., 2010) [1]. In particular, new version allows calculations of harmonic oscillator transformation brackets be performed in parallel using MPI parallel communication standard. Moreover, higher precision of intermediate calculations using GNU Quadruple Precision and arbitrary precision library FMLib [2] is done. A package of Fortran code is presented. Calculation time of large matrices can be significantly reduced using effective parallel code. Use of Higher Precision methods in intermediate calculations increases the stability of algorithms and extends the validity of used algorithms for larger input values. Catalogue identifier: AEFQ_v4_0 Program summary URL: http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AEFQ_v4_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen’s University of Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: GNU General Public License, version 3 Number of lines in programs, including test data, etc.: 1711 Number of bytes in distributed programs, including test data, etc.: 11667 Distribution format: tar.gz Program language used: FORTRAN 90 with MPI extensions for parallelism Computer: Any computer with FORTRAN 90 compiler Operating system: Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, True64 Unix Has the code been vectorized of parallelized?: Yes, parallelism using MPI extensions. Number of CPUs used: up to 999 RAM(per CPU core): Depending on allocated binomial and trinomial matrices and use of precision; at least 500 MB Catalogue identifier of previous version: AEFQ_v1_0 Journal reference of previous version: Comput. Phys. Comm. 181, Issue 2, (2010) 420-425 Does the new version supersede the previous version? Yes Nature of problem: Calculation of matrices of three-particle harmonic oscillator brackets (3HOB) and four-particle harmonic oscillator brackets (4HOB) in a more effective way, which allows us to calculate matrix of the brackets up to a few hundred times more rapidly and more accurate than in a previous version. Solution method: Using external parallelization libraries and mutable precision we created a pack of numerical codes based on the methods of compact expressions of the three and four-particle harmonics oscillator brackets 3HOB, 4HOB, presented in [3]. Restrictions: For double precision version calculations can be done up to harmonic oscillator (HO) energy quanta e=28. For quadruple precision mantissa is equal to approximately 34 decimal digits, therefore calculations can be done up to HO energy quanta to e=52. Running time: The running time depends on the harmonic oscillator energy quanta, cluster size and the precision of intermediate calculations. More information on Table 1 for 3HOB and Table 2 for 4HOB. Reasons for a new version: The new program version expands the limits of harmonic oscillator energy quanta and gives shorter calculation time. Extend the limits of calculation of HOB First version was able to produce harmonic oscillator transformation brackets for three and four particles if E?HO energy quanta. With this version of our program, if quadruple or arbitrary precision functions are being used, it is possible to calculate three and four particle harmonic oscillator transformation brackets for greater values of energy and momenta, while sustaining tolerable margin of error. Calculation time As the code of previous version of program was redone using parallelism paradigma, it is now possible to reduce the calculation time of transformation matrices significantly, depending on the size of computing cluster, as the dimensions of matrices are growing very rapidly according to the energy and momenta values. subroutinematrix_4HOB_dimensionCalculates the dimension of 4HOB matrix. subroutinematrix_3HOB_dimensionCalculates the dimension of 3HOB matrix, subroutinematrix_3HOBCalculates the global state array which is used in parallel calculation of 3HOB matrix. subroutinematrix_4HOBCalculates the global sta

  18. Development of a mobile and high-precision atmospheric CO2 monitoring station

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    Molnár, M.; Haszpra, L.; Major, I.; Svingor, É.; Veres, M.

    2009-04-01

    Nowadays one of the most burning questions for the science is the rate and the reasons of the recent climate change. Greenhouse gases (GHG), mainly CO2 and CH4 in the atmosphere could affect the climate of our planet. However, the relation between the amount of atmospheric GHG and the climate is complex, full with interactions and feedbacks partly poorly known even by now. The only way to understand the processes, to trace the changes, to develop and validate mathematical models for forecasts is the extensive, high precision, continuous monitoring of the atmosphere. Fossil fuel CO2 emissions are a major component of the European carbon budget. Separation of the fossil fuel signal from the natural biogenic one in the atmosphere is, therefore, a crucial task for quantifying exchange flux of the continental biosphere through atmospheric observations and inverse modelling. An independent method to estimate trace gas emissions is the top-down approach, using atmospheric CO2 concentration measurements combined with simultaneous radiocarbon (14C) observations. As adding fossil fuel CO2 to the atmosphere, therefore, leads not only to an increase in the CO2 content of the atmosphere but also to a decrease in the 14C/12C ratio in atmospheric CO2. The ATOMKI has more than two decade long experience in atmospheric 14CO2 monitoring. As a part of an ongoing research project being carried out in Hungary to investigate the amount and temporal and spatial variations of fossil fuel CO2 in the near surface atmosphere we developed a mobile and high-precision atmospheric CO2 monitoring station. We describe the layout and the operation of the measuring system which is designed for the continuous, unattended monitoring of CO2 mixing ratio in the near surface atmosphere based on an Ultramat 6F (Siemens) infrared gas analyser. In the station one atmospheric 14CO2 sampling unit is also installed which is developed and widely used since more than one decade by ATOMKI. Mixing ratio of CO2 is measured at 2 m above the ground by the monitoring station. Air is pumped through a 9.5-mm-diameter plastic tube (PFA, Swagelok) to a CO2 analyser located in a container box. Container box (Containex) is 1.5 m wide, 1.2 m deep and 2.2 m high, designed as a mobile measuring room which is field deployable, only electric power is required. A 15 micron pore size stainless steel Tee-Type (Swagelok) particle filter is located at the inlet of the sampler tube. Diaphragm pump (KNF) is used to draw air continuously through the sampling tube from monitoring level at flow rate of ~ 2 L/min. After leaving the pump, the air at 5 psig overpressure enters a glass trap for liquid water that is cooled in a regular household refrigerator, to dry the air to a dew point of 3°-4°C. Liquid water is forced out through an orifice at the bottom of the trap. The air sample inlet tube and the standard gases (Linde Hungary) are connected to miniature solenoid valves (S Series, ASCO Numatics) in a manifold which are normally closed and controlled by the CO2 analyser, which selects which gas is sampled. The air leaving the manifold through its common outlet is further dried to a dew point of about -25°C by passage through a 360-cm-long Nafion drier (Permapure), so that the water vapour interference and dilution effect are <0.1 ppm equivalent CO2. The Nafion drier is purged in a counter flow (300 cm3/min) arrangement using waste sample air that has been further dried by passage through anhydrous CaSO4 (Drierite). Analysis is carried out using an infrared gas analyser Ultramat 6F which is a specialised model for field applications by Siemens. A constant sample flow rate of 300 cm3/min is maintained by a mass flow controller (Aalborg). The reference cell of the CO2 analyzer is continuously flushed with a compressed reference gas of 350 ppm CO2 in synthetic air (Messer Hungarogáz). The basic calibration cycle is 2 hours, consisting of a zero-point calibration and a span calibration. Each calibration is consisting of 2 min flushing and 20 sec signal integration. The usual change of the r

  19. High-Precision Global Geodetic Systems: Revolution And Revelation In Fluid And 'Solid' Earth Tracking (Invited)

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    Minster, J. H.; Altamimi, Z.; Blewitt, G.; Carter, W. E.; Cazenave, A. A.; Davis, J. L.; Dragert, H.; Feary, D. A.; Herring, T.; Larson, K. M.; Ries, J. C.; Sandwell, D. T.; Wahr, J. M.

    2009-12-01

    Over the past half-century, space geodetic technologies have changed profoundly the way we look at the planet, not only in the matter of details and accuracy, but also in the matter of how the entire planet changes with time, even on “human” time scales. The advent of space geodesy has provided exquisite images of the ever-changing land and ocean topography and global gravity field of the planet. We now enjoy an International Terrestrial Reference System with a time-dependent geocenter position accurate to a few millimeters. We can image small and large tectonic deformations of the surface before, during, and after earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. We measure both the past subtle changes as well as the recent dramatic changes in the ice sheets, and track global and regional sea-level change to a precision of a millimeter per year or better. The remarkable achievements of Earth observing missions over the past two decades, and the success of future international missions described in the Decadal Survey depend both implicitly and explicitly on the continued availability and enhancement of a reliable and resilient global infrastructure for precise geodesy, and on ongoing advances in geodetic science that are linked to it. This allows us to deal with global scientific, technological and social issues such as climate change and natural hazards, but the impact of the global precise geodetic infrastructure also permeates our everyday lives. Nowadays drivers, aviators, and sailors can determine their positions inexpensively to meter precision in real time, anywhere on the planet. In the foreseeable future, not only will we be able to know a vehicle’s position to centimeter accuracy in real time, but also to control that position, and thus introduce autonomous navigation systems for many tasks which are beyond the reach of “manual” navigation capabilities. This vision will only be realized with sustained international support of the precise global geodetic infrastructure, of the associated technological advances, and of the concomitant fundamental geodetic research.

  20. X-Lase CoreScriber, Picosecond Fiber Laser Tool for High-Precision Scribing and Cutting of Transparent Materials

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    Kivistö, S.; Amberla, T.; Konnunaho, T.; Kangastupa, J.; Sillanpää, J.

    We have developed various industrial transparent material scribing processes and a laser tool, picosecond MHz-range all- fiber laser X-Lase CoreScriber. The remarkably high peak power, exceptionally good beam quality, and integrability of the X-Lase CoreScriber combined with high achievable material processing speeds provide tempting solutions for high- precision glass processing. Here presented sapphire and Gorilla glass dicing processes are based on transparent material internal modification with short and intense high repetition rate ps-laser pulses. Increased processing speeds and cutting qualities in comparison to other conventional processing methods are presented.

  1. Highly-precise measurements of ambient oxygen using near-infrared cavity-enhanced laser absorption spectrometry.

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    Gupta, Manish

    2012-09-18

    Highly precise measurements of ambient oxygen have been used to constrain the carbon budget, study photosynthesis, estimate marine productivity, and prescribe individual pollution events to their point of origin. These studies require analyzers that can measure ambient oxygen with ppm-level precision. In this work, we utilize near-infrared off-axis integrated cavity output spectroscopy (off-axis ICOS) to quantify ambient oxygen with a precision (1?, 100s) of ±7 ppm. By periodically calibrating the instrument, the analyzer is capable of making oxygen measurements to better than ±1 ppm (1?). The sensor is highly linear (R(2) > 0.9999) over a wide dynamic range (0-100% oxygen). The sensor was combined with a commercial CO(2)/CH(4)/H(2)O Analyzer, and used to make measurements of respiration and fossil fuel pollution events with oxidative ratios ranging from 1.15-1.60. Future improvements will increase the analyzer precision (1?, 100s) to better than ±1.4 ppm, and decrease the periodic referencing interval to >1 h. By including an additional diode laser, the instrument can be extended to make simultaneous measurements of O(2), CO(2), and H(2)O to enable improved understanding of carbon dioxide production and loss. PMID:22924385

  2. Importance of the Mechanism of Resonance Enhancement of Neutrino Oscillations in Matter for the Precise Testing of the Electroweak Interaction Model. Present Experimental Status of This Resonance Mechanism

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    Kh. M. Beshtoev

    2007-03-23

    The mechanism of resonance enhancement of neutrino oscillations in matter and some critical remarks to this mechanism are considered. Using of this resonance mechanism is very important to examine the model of electroweak interactions since the processes induced by this mechanism grow multiply. In contrast to the electromagnetic and strong interactions in weak interactions, $P$-parity is violated therefore a problem of mass generations in the weak interactions is considered (the interaction must be left-right symmetric for mass generations). It is concluded that a possibility of mass generation in the framework of the weak interactions is not proved. The present experimental status of this resonance mechanism is considered and it is done conclusion that this effect has no clear experimental confirmation. For this purpose it is necessary to fulfil precision experiments with solar neutrinos and the neutrinos passed through the Earth matter.

  3. High-Density Genotypes of Inbred Mouse Strains: Improved Power and Precision of Association Mapping.

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    Rau, Christoph D; Parks, Brian; Wang, Yibin; Eskin, Eleazar; Simecek, Petr; Churchill, Gary A; Lusis, Aldons J

    2015-01-01

    Human genome-wide association studies have identified thousands of loci associated with disease phenotypes. Genome-wide association studies also have become feasible using rodent models and these have some important advantages over human studies, including controlled environment, access to tissues for molecular profiling, reproducible genotypes, and a wide array of techniques for experimental validation. Association mapping with common mouse inbred strains generally requires 100 or more strains to achieve sufficient power and mapping resolution; in contrast, sample sizes for human studies typically are one or more orders of magnitude greater than this. To enable well-powered studies in mice, we have generated high-density genotypes for ?175 inbred strains of mice using the Mouse Diversity Array. These new data increase marker density by 1.9-fold, have reduced missing data rates, and provide more accurate identification of heterozygous regions compared with previous genotype data. We report the discovery of new loci from previously reported association mapping studies using the new genotype data. The data are freely available for download, and Web-based tools provide easy access for association mapping and viewing of the underlying intensity data for individual loci. PMID:26224782

  4. High-Density Genotypes of Inbred Mouse Strains: Improved Power and Precision of Association Mapping

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    Rau, Christoph D.; Parks, Brian; Wang, Yibin; Eskin, Eleazar; Simecek, Petr; Churchill, Gary A.; Lusis, Aldons J.

    2015-01-01

    Human genome-wide association studies have identified thousands of loci associated with disease phenotypes. Genome-wide association studies also have become feasible using rodent models and these have some important advantages over human studies, including controlled environment, access to tissues for molecular profiling, reproducible genotypes, and a wide array of techniques for experimental validation. Association mapping with common mouse inbred strains generally requires 100 or more strains to achieve sufficient power and mapping resolution; in contrast, sample sizes for human studies typically are one or more orders of magnitude greater than this. To enable well-powered studies in mice, we have generated high-density genotypes for ?175 inbred strains of mice using the Mouse Diversity Array. These new data increase marker density by 1.9-fold, have reduced missing data rates, and provide more accurate identification of heterozygous regions compared with previous genotype data. We report the discovery of new loci from previously reported association mapping studies using the new genotype data. The data are freely available for download, and Web-based tools provide easy access for association mapping and viewing of the underlying intensity data for individual loci. PMID:26224782

  5. High-precision mapping of seismicity in the last decades at Bárdarbunga volcano, Iceland

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    Vogfjörd, Kristín S.; Hensch, Martin; Hjörleifsdóttir, Vala; Jónsdóttir, Kristín

    2015-04-01

    Bárdarbunga volcano is one of Iceland's most active and hazardous volcanoes. Its location inside the Vatnajökull ice cap and completely covered by the glacier, gives rise to multitude of hazards and also makes it difficult to monitor with modern Earth- and space based monitoring networks. Therefore, much of its unrest and activity has not been well recorded in the past. Seismic monitoring, however has been gradually improving over the last decade, with a significant improvement in sensitivity in the last two years through the FUTUREVOLC supersite project. The largest earthquakes (M>5), presumably associated with unrest episodes have been detected nationally and teleseismically since the 1970s, with under 20 such events recorded between then and the beginning of 2014. The mechanisms of these events have all been represented by a CLVD source. Before 2014, the last M>5 event occurred at the end of September 1996. This event was accompanied by significantly increased microseismicity, which was recorded on the national seismic network, SIL as well as on the temporary nation-wide Passcal network, HOTSPOT. This microseismicity was located with high-precision, relative methods and showed propagation of the seismicity from the NE corner of the caldera and along the rim to the SE corner. A few days later, well located microseismicity started on a NNE-SSW lineament south of the caldera, which later becamoe the location of the Gjálp eruption. Because of the sparse network at the time, propagation of the seismicity from Bárdarbunga to the Gjálp fissure could not be unequivocally determined. In 2006 seismic activity in all the volcanoes in western Vatnajökull started to increase and this increase was greatest in Bárdarbunga and the fissure swarm extending NE from the caldera towards Kistufell. This heightened regional unrest culminated in the Grímsvötn eruption in May 2011, after which the seismicity at all volcanoes suddenly dropped. In 2012 the activity started rising again, so that in early 2014 the activity in Bárdarbunga was reaching the seismicity level of 2011. Relative location of this seismicity shows that the earthquakes are confined NE of the caldera rim and extending N and NE towards Kistufell. Furthermore, a deep vertical channel starts to appear SE of the volcano. Activity in this channel was maintained until 2014, with a number of deep earthquakes located there in May 2014, but in August 2014 it stopped. On 16 August 2014 an intense seismic swarm started at Bárdarbunga, inside the caldera and NW of it towards Kistufell. On the first day the activity propagated out of the caldera to the SW to the location of the vertical channel. There, the seismicity took a sharp turn and started propagating NE. This activity continued over the following two weeks, finally extending outside the northern margin of the glacier and ending in an eruption at Holuhraun; first a small, short-lived one on 29 September and then a second sustained eruption two days later. This eruption, which is still on-going at the time of writing, has produced a volume of over 1 km3 of lava and released large amounts of SO2 and CO2 gases. High-precision locations of the propagating seismicity delineates multiple linear segments, which have been modelled as lateral dyke propagation from the caldera to the eruption site (Sigmundsson et al, 2014). At the same time as the dyke was propagating, activity at the caldera started again, producing over 70 events of M>5, which can be modelled by negative CLVD mechanisms, and hundreds of microearthquakes around the caldera rim. The distribution of seismicity along the southern caldera rim is fairly linear and near vertical, while the event distribution along the Northern rim appears to dip towards north. In light of the recent dyke propagation to Holuhraun, the Gjálp event will be reexamined to search for deterministic signs of lateral propagation from Bárdarbunga towards the Gjálp fissure. Sigmundsson etal., 2014. Segmented lateral dyke growth in a rifting event at Bárðarbunga volcanic system,

  6. A high precision EPMA data of olivine: comparison with LA ICP-MS

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    Batanova, V. G.; Sobolev, A. V.; Kuzmin, D.

    2013-12-01

    Composition of olivine provides critical information on the composition and origin of primary mantle derived melts and their sources. Especially informative are minor and trace elements Ni, Mn, Ca, Al, Cr, Co, Ti, Zn, P, Na [1, 2], which being in the concentration range over 10 ppm are assessable by EPMA. The analytical protocol built up on new JEOL JXA 8230 EPMA in ISTerre, UJF, Grenoble, France. Facility has tungsten source gun, is equipped by five WDS and one SDD EDS and placed in the environment with controlled temperature (22+/-0.3 degrees C) and humidity (50+/-3%). The analytical conditions are the following: acceleration voltage 25kV, 900 nA beam current, WDS recording for trace elements (Ni, Mn, Ca, Al, Cr, Co, Ti, Zn, P, Na) and EDS recording for Si, Mg, Fe, total counting time 12 minutes, ZAF correction. Instrumental drift during analytical sessions is monitored by repeated measurements of olivine standards. For trace elements this protocol yields detection limits from 3 to 10 ppm and average precision of individual analysis of 10 ppm (2 standard errors). For Fo of olivine precision is 300 ppm (2 standard errors). Comparison of EPMA and LA ICP-MS data for the large range of olivine compositions suggests that accuracy of EPMA is similar to precision noted above. For elements with concentration over 100 ppm the obtained EPMA precision and accuracy are better than these of LA ICP-MS. For the concentration of elements between 50-100 ppm both methods show similar precision and accuracy; and for concentration between 10-50 ppm LA ICP-MS yields better precision and accuracy. Spatial resolution of EPMA, however, is significantly better: 3-5 micrometres compared to 30-50 for LA ICP-MS. This makes our new EPMA protocol of great advantage for measurement of zoned or small olivine grains. [1] Sobolev et al., 2007. Science 316 (5823), p.412-417. [2] De Hoog et al., 2010. Chemical Geology 270, p. 196-2015

  7. Improving the precision of cotton performance trials conducted on highly variable soils of the southeastern USA Coastal Plain

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    Reliable agronomic and fiber quality data collected from Upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) cultivar performance trials are highly valuable. A common strategy to insure reliable performance trial data uses experimental design to minimize experimental error resulting from spatial variability. An a...

  8. An experimental study on the ultra-precision polishing of quartz crystal using MR fluids and micro abrasives

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    Kim, D. W.; Lee, J. W.; Cho, M. W.; Choi, S. B.

    2009-02-01

    This paper presents ultra-precision MR polishing results of quartz crystal, which has been widely used in many applications, such as piezo-electric transducer, surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters and SAW resonators, etc. It is known that smooth surface with sub-nanometer roughness is needed for higher-frequency application. The MR fluids, used for the polishing, consist of DI water based carbonyl iron (CI), nonmagnetic polishing micro abrasives, and required amount of stabilizers. In the process, mixed fluids were supplied into the gap between a rotating wheel (with electromagnetic field) and the workpiece. Then, the micro abrasives contained in the fluids perform material removal action from the workpiece. Such material removal mechanism in the MR polishing is considered as a process governed by the Bingham flow in the contact zone. In this study, material removal characteristics and generated surface roughness of the quartz crystal specimens using the MR polishing process were investigated through a series of experiments. The surface roughness variations of the polished specimens were investigated by changing imposed polishing conditions, such as wheel speed, magnetic field intensity. As a result, very fine surface roughness of Ra=0.770nm was obtained.

  9. High Precision Measurements of Temperature Dependence of Creep Rate of Polycrystalline Forsterite

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    Nakakoji, T.; Hiraga, T.

    2014-12-01

    Obtaining temperature dependence of creep rate, that is, activation energy for the creep is critical in geophysics, since its value can indicate deformation mechanism and also allows to extrapolate the creep rate measured in the room experiments to geological conditions when the creep mechanism is identical in both cases. Although numerous experimental results have been obtained so far, the obtained activation energy often contains error range of >50 kJ/mol, which often causes large uncertainties in strain rate at applied geological conditions. To minimize this error, it is important to collect strain rates at many different temperatures with high accuracy. We conducted high temperature compression experiments on synthetic forsterite (90%vol) and enstatite (10vol %) aggregates under increasing and decreasing temperatures. We applied a constant load of ~20 MPa using uniaxial testing machine (Shimadzu AG-X 50kN). The temperature was changed from 1360°C to 1240°C by furnace attached to the machine. Prior to the applying the load to the samples the grain size was saturated at 1360°C for 24 hours to minimize grain growth during the test. Decreasing-rate of temperature was 0.11min/°C and 0.02min/°C at temperature ranges of 1360 to 1300 and 1300 to 1240 respectively. The increasing-rate of the temperature was the same as the decreasing-rate. Strain rates from every 1 degree were obtained successfully. After the experiment, we analyzed the microstructure of the sample with scanning electron microscopy to measure the grain diameter. Arrhenius plots of strain rate demonstrate very linear distribution at > 1300 °C giving an activation energy of 649 ± 14 kJ/mol, whereas weak transition to lower activation energy 550 ± 23 kJ/mol below 1300°C was observed. Tasaka et al. (2013) obtained the activation energy of 370 ± 50 kJ/mol from similar temperature ranges used in our study but finer-grained samples. Combining these results, we interpret our results of high activation energy to lattice diffusion of Si and lower activation energy to apparent values where deformation mechanism transits from volume diffusion to grain boundary diffusion at lower temperature condition.

  10. HIGH-PRECISION MACLAURIN-BASED MODELS OF ROTATING LIQUID PLANETS

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    Hubbard, W. B.

    2012-09-01

    We present an efficient numerical self-consistent field method for calculating a gravitational model of a rotating liquid planet to spherical harmonic degree {approx}30 and a precision {approx}10{sup -12} in the external gravity field. The method's accuracy is validated by comparing results, for Jupiter rotation parameters, with the exact Maclaurin constant-density solution. The method can be generalized to non-constant density.

  11. A high-precision apparatus for the characterization of thermal interface materials.

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    Kempers, R; Kolodner, P; Lyons, A; Robinson, A J

    2009-09-01

    An apparatus has been designed and constructed to characterize thermal interface materials with unprecedented precision and sensitivity. The design of the apparatus is based upon a popular implementation of ASTM D5470 where well-characterized meter bars are used to extrapolate surface temperatures and measure heat flux through the sample under test. Measurements of thermal resistance, effective thermal conductivity, and electrical resistance can be made simultaneously as functions of pressure or sample thickness. This apparatus is unique in that it takes advantage of small, well-calibrated thermistors for precise temperature measurements (+/-0.001 K) and incorporates simultaneous measurement of electrical resistance of the sample. By employing precision thermometry, low heater powers and minimal temperature gradients are maintained through the meter bars, thereby reducing uncertainties due to heat leakage and changes in meter-bar thermal conductivity. Careful implementation of instrumentation to measure thickness and force also contributes to a low overall uncertainty. Finally, a robust error analysis provides uncertainties for all measured and calculated quantities. Baseline tests were performed to demonstrate the sensitivity and precision of the apparatus by measuring the contact resistance of the meter bars in contact with each other as representative low specific thermal resistance cases. A minimum specific thermal resistance of 4.68x10(-6) m(2) K/W was measured with an uncertainty of 2.7% using a heat transfer rate of 16.8 W. Additionally, example measurements performed on a commercially available graphite thermal interface material demonstrate the relationship between thermal and electrical contact resistance. These measurements further demonstrate repeatability in measured effective thermal conductivity of approximately 1%. PMID:19791968

  12. High-precision method for determining the position of laser beam focal plane

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    Malashko, Ya I; Kleimenov, A N; Potemkin, I B; Khabibulin, V M

    2013-12-31

    The method of wavefront doubled-frequency spherical modulation for determining the laser beam waist position has been simulated and experimentally studied. The error in determining the focal plane position is less than 10{sup -5} D. The amplitude of the control doubled-frequency electric signal is experimentally found to correspond to 12% of the total radiation power. (laser beams)

  13. Retrieval of Precise Radial Velocities from High Resolution Near-Infrared Spectra of M Dwarfs

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    Gao, Peter; Plavchan, Peter; Gagne, Jonathan; Furlan, Elise; Bottom, Michael; Anglada-Escudé, Guillem; White, Russel J.; Davison, Cassy; Mills, Sean; Beichman, Charles A.; Brinkworth, Carolyn; Johnson, John; Ciardi, David R.; Wallace, J. Kent; Mennesson, Bertrand; von Braun, Kaspar; Vasisht, Gautam; Prato, Lisa A.; Kane, Stephen R.; Tanner, Angelle M.; Walp, Bernie; Crawford, Sam; Lin, Sean

    2015-01-01

    We present a data analysis pipeline focused on obtaining precision radial velocities (RV) of M Dwarfs from spectra taken between 2.309 and 2.316 microns by the CSHELL spectrograph (R~46,000) at NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility with the aid of a methane isotopologue gas cell (see poster by Plavchan et al. at this meeting). The pipeline compares the observed spectra with a forward model defined by parameters that are optimized using a simplex amoeba algorithm. The stellar template is optimized simultaneously with the fit parameters in an iterative process. The pipeline accounts for temporal variations in the spectral wavelength solution, line spread function, and interference fringes due to instrumental effects. We apply our pipeline to the M Dwarfs GJ 15 A and GJ 876 and the M Giant SV Peg. For GJ 15 A, we are able to obtain 30 m/s RV precision. For the planet host GJ 876, the two most massive planets are easily retrievable from our RV curve. For SV Peg, the single night RV precision can be as low as 15 m/s, with < 5 m/s obtainable through data stacking.

  14. HIGH-PRECISION BIOLOGICAL EVENT EXTRACTION: EFFECTS OF SYSTEM AND OF DATA

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    Cohen, K. Bretonnel; Verspoor, Karin; Johnson, Helen L.; Roeder, Chris; Ogren, Philip V.; Baumgartner, William A.; White, Elizabeth; Tipney, Hannah; Hunter, Lawrence

    2013-01-01

    We approached the problems of event detection, argument identification, and negation and speculation detection in the BioNLP’09 information extraction challenge through concept recognition and analysis. Our methodology involved using the OpenDMAP semantic parser with manually written rules. The original OpenDMAP system was updated for this challenge with a broad ontology defined for the events of interest, new linguistic patterns for those events, and specialized coordination handling. We achieved state-of-the-art precision for two of the three tasks, scoring the highest of 24 teams at precision of 71.81 on Task 1 and the highest of 6 teams at precision of 70.97 on Task 2. We provide a detailed analysis of the training data and show that a number of trigger words were ambiguous as to event type, even when their arguments are constrained by semantic class. The data is also shown to have a number of missing annotations. Analysis of a sampling of the comparatively small number of false positives returned by our system shows that major causes of this type of error were failing to recognize second themes in two-theme events, failing to recognize events when they were the arguments to other events, failure to recognize nontheme arguments, and sentence segmentation errors. We show that specifically handling coordination had a small but important impact on the overall performance of the system. The OpenDMAP system and the rule set are available at http://bionlp.sourceforge.net. PMID:25937701

  15. MultiSig: a new high-precision approach to the analysis of complex biomolecular systems.

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    Gillis, Richard B; Adams, Gary G; Heinze, Thomas; Nikolajski, Melanie; Harding, Stephen E; Rowe, Arthur J

    2013-10-01

    MultiSig is a newly developed mode of analysis of sedimentation equilibrium (SE) experiments in the analytical ultracentrifuge, having the capability of taking advantage of the remarkable precision (~0.1% of signal) of the principal optical (fringe) system employed, thus supplanting existing methods of analysis through reducing the 'noise' level of certain important parameter estimates by up to orders of magnitude. Long-known limitations of the SE method, arising from lack of knowledge of the true fringe number in fringe optics and from the use of unstable numerical algorithms such as numerical differentiation, have been transcended. An approach to data analysis, akin to 'spatial filtering', has been developed, and shown by both simulation and practical application to be a powerful aid to the precision with which near-monodisperse systems can be analysed, potentially yielding information on protein-solvent interaction. For oligo- and poly-disperse systems the information returned includes precise average mass distributions over both cell radial and concentration ranges and mass-frequency histograms at fixed radial positions. The application of MultiSig analysis to various complex heterogenous systems and potentially multiply-interacting carbohydrate oligomers is described. PMID:23989852

  16. A new high-precision borehole-temperature logging system used at GISP2, Greenland, and Taylor Dome, Antarctica

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    Clow, G.D.; Saltus, R.W.; Waddington, E.D.

    1996-01-01

    We describe a high-precision (0.1-1.0 mK) borehole-temperature (BT) logging system developed at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) for use in remote polar regions. We discuss calibration, operational and data-processing procedures, and present an analysis of the measurement errors. The system is modular to facilitate calibration procedures and field repairs. By interchanging logging cables and temperature sensors, measurements can be made in either shallow air-filled boreholes or liquid-filled holes up to 7 km deep. Data can be acquired in either incremental or continuous-logging modes. The precision of data collected by the new logging system is high enough to detect and quantify various thermal effects at the milli-Kelvin level. To illustrate this capability, we present sample data from the 3 km deep borehole at GISP2, Greenland, and from a 130m deep air-filled hole at Taylor Dome, Antarctica. The precision of the processed GTSP2 continuous temperature logs is 0.25-0.34 mK, while the accuracy is estimated to be 4.5 mK. The effects of fluid convection and the dissipation of the thermal disturbance caused by drilling the borehole are clearly visible in the data. The precision of the incremental Taylor Dome measurements varies from 0.11 to 0.32mK, depending on the wind strength during the experiments. With this precision, we found that temperature fluctuations and multi-hour trends in the BT measurements correlate well with atmospheric-pressure changes.

  17. Early Science Results from Dharma Planet Survey (DPS), a Robotic, High Cadence and High Doppler Precision Survey of Close-in Super-Earths

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    Ma, Bo; Ge, Jian; Muterspaugh, Matthew W.; Sithajan, Sirinrat; Thomas, Neil B.; Senan Seieroe Grieves, Nolan; Li, Rui; Singer, Michael; Powell, Scott; Varosi, Frank; Zhao, Bo; Liu, Jian; Schofield, Sidney; Jakeman, Hali; Yoder, William; Williamson, Michael W.; Maxwell, Ted; Avner, Louis; Gittelmacher, Jakob

    2015-01-01

    The Dharma Planet Survey (DPS) is ready to monitor ~150 nearby very bright FGKM dwarfs during 2014-2017 using the TOU optical high resolution spectrograph (R~100,000) at the AST 2m telescope (2014-2015) and the 50-inch Robotic Telescope (2015-2017). With ~1m/s RV precision and high cadence (~100 observations per target randomly spread over 300 days), a total of about 90 close-in sub-Neptune planets including about 50 super-Earths and Earth-size planets are expected to be detected, which will provide a unique RV low mass planet sample for studying the occurrence rate and properties of this recently identified dominant planet population. The survey also provides the largest single homogenous high precision RV sample of nearby stars for constraining various planet formation models. Early telescope commissioning results show that TOU achieves ~0.5 m/s RV precision over a month with simultaneous ThAr calibration and has reached about 1.3 m/s RV precision with a RV stable star, Tau Ceti, and ~2 m/s for two other RV stable stars (HD 109358 & HD 185144) over one month and confirmed the 70 Vir giant planet with RV precision of 3 m/s (RMS). Early results including low mass planet candidates from the DPS pilot survey of 20 GK dwarfs will be presented.

  18. High-precision onboard orbit determination for small satellites - the GPS-based XNSon X-SAT

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    Gill, E.; Montenbruck, O.; Arichandran, K.; Tan, S.H.; Bretschneider

    2004-11-01

    X-SAT is a mini-satellite developed by the Satellite Engineering Centre of the Nanyang Technological University at Singapore. The focus of the technology- driven mission is the high-resolution remote sensing of the Southeast Asian region for environmental monitoring. To achieve the ambitious mission objectives, the GPS-based X-SAT Navigation System (XNS) will provide high-precision onboard orbit determination solutions as well as orbit forecasts. With a targeted real-time position accuracy of about 1-2 m 3D r.m.s., the XNS provides an unprecedented accuracy performance and thus enables the support of any satellite mission which requires precise onboard position knowledge.

  19. High-precision relative event location with cross-spectral analysis. Semiannual report, 23 August 1991-4 April 1992

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    Gupta, I.N.; Davis, P.; McElfresh, T.W.; Wagner, R.A.

    1992-04-04

    Location relative to a reference event is often more useful and precise than absolute event location. The use of relative location accounts for most of the errors arising from path effects. Such location requires relative times for pairs of events observed at a common station, which can be obtained with high precision for similar events by waveform cross-correlation. The precision can be further boosted by applying the cross-spectral analysis method, which can obtain relative delay times with resolution up to an order magnitude better than the seismogram sampling interval. During this report period, records of a large number of explosions with precisely known locations were assembled. Software for determining the delay time between two waveforms was developed and tested on real data. Preliminary analysis of data from six closely-located Yucca Flat explosions recorded at the four broadband digital stations, ELK, KNB, LAC, and MNV provided encouraging results. The mean location error was found to be only about 1 km; an impressive result if one considers the large epicentral distances (about 200 km to 320 km) and the complex geology of the Nevada Test Site.

  20. High-precision robotic microcontact printing (R-?CP) utilizing a vision guided selectively compliant articulated robotic arm.

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    McNulty, Jason D; Klann, Tyler; Sha, Jin; Salick, Max; Knight, Gavin T; Turng, Lih-Sheng; Ashton, Randolph S

    2014-06-01

    Increased realization of the spatial heterogeneity found within in vivo tissue microenvironments has prompted the desire to engineer similar complexities into in vitro culture substrates. Microcontact printing (?CP) is a versatile technique for engineering such complexities onto cell culture substrates because it permits microscale control of the relative positioning of molecules and cells over large surface areas. However, challenges associated with precisely aligning and superimposing multiple ?CP steps severely limits the extent of substrate modification that can be achieved using this method. Thus, we investigated the feasibility of using a vision guided selectively compliant articulated robotic arm (SCARA) for ?CP applications. SCARAs are routinely used to perform high precision, repetitive tasks in manufacturing, and even low-end models are capable of achieving microscale precision. Here, we present customization of a SCARA to execute robotic-?CP (R-?CP) onto gold-coated microscope coverslips. The system not only possesses the ability to align multiple polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) stamps but also has the capability to do so even after the substrates have been removed, reacted to graft polymer brushes, and replaced back into the system. Plus, non-biased computerized analysis shows that the system performs such sequential patterning with <10 ?m precision and accuracy, which is equivalent to the repeatability specifications of the employed SCARA model. R-?CP should facilitate the engineering of complex in vivo-like complexities onto culture substrates and their integration with microfluidic devices. PMID:24759945