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  1. High-resolution non-contact measurement of the electrical activity of plants in situ using optical recording.

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    Zhao, Dong-Jie; Chen, Yang; Wang, Zi-Yang; Xue, Lin; Mao, Tong-Lin; Liu, Yi-Min; Wang, Zhong-Yi; Huang, Lan

    2015-01-01

    The limitations of conventional extracellular recording and intracellular recording make high-resolution multisite recording of plant bioelectrical activity in situ challenging. By combining a cooled charge-coupled device camera with a voltage-sensitive dye, we recorded the action potentials in the stem of Helianthus annuus and variation potentials at multiple sites simultaneously with high spatial resolution. The method of signal processing using coherence analysis was used to determine the synchronization of the selected signals. Our results provide direct visualization of the phloem, which is the distribution region of the electrical activities in the stem and leaf of H. annuus, and verify that the phloem is the main action potential transmission route in the stems of higher plants. Finally, the method of optical recording offers a unique opportunity to map the dynamic bioelectrical activity and provides an insight into the mechanisms of long-distance electrical signal transmission in higher plants. PMID:26333536

  2. High-resolution non-contact measurement of the electrical activity of plants in situ using optical recording

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    Zhao, Dong-Jie; Chen, Yang; Wang, Zi-Yang; Xue, Lin; Mao, Tong-Lin; Liu, Yi-Min; Wang, Zhong-Yi; Huang, Lan

    2015-01-01

    The limitations of conventional extracellular recording and intracellular recording make high-resolution multisite recording of plant bioelectrical activity in situ challenging. By combining a cooled charge-coupled device camera with a voltage-sensitive dye, we recorded the action potentials in the stem of Helianthus annuus and variation potentials at multiple sites simultaneously with high spatial resolution. The method of signal processing using coherence analysis was used to determine the synchronization of the selected signals. Our results provide direct visualization of the phloem, which is the distribution region of the electrical activities in the stem and leaf of H. annuus, and verify that the phloem is the main action potential transmission route in the stems of higher plants. Finally, the method of optical recording offers a unique opportunity to map the dynamic bioelectrical activity and provides an insight into the mechanisms of long-distance electrical signal transmission in higher plants. PMID:26333536

  3. Holographic high-resolution endoscopic image recording

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    Bjelkhagen, Hans I.

    1991-03-01

    Endoscopic holography or endoholography combines the features of endoscopy and holography. The purpose of endoholographic imaging is to provide the physician with a unique means of extending diagnosis by providing a life-like record of tissue. Endoholographic recording will provide means for microscopic examination of tissue and in some cases may obviate the need to excise specimens for biopsy. In this method holograms which have the unique properties of three-dimensionality large focal depth and high resolution are made with a newly designed endoscope. The endoscope uses a single-mode optical fiber for illumination and single-beam reflection holograms are recorded in close contact with the tissue at the distal end of the endoscope. The holograms are viewed under a microscope. By using the proper combinations of dyes for staining specific tissue types with various wavelengths of laser illumination increased contrast on the cellular level can be obtained. Using dyes such as rose bengal in combination with the 514. 5 nm line of an argon ion laser and trypan blue or methylene blue with the 647. 1 nm line of a krypton ion laser holograms of the stained colon of a dog showed the architecture of the colon''s columnar epithelial cells. It is hoped through chronological study using this method in-vivo an increased understanding of the etiology and pathology of diseases such as Crohn''s diseases colitis proctitis and several different forms of cancer will help

  4. High resolution optical DNA mapping

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    Baday, Murat

    Many types of diseases including cancer and autism are associated with copy-number variations in the genome. Most of these variations could not be identified with existing sequencing and optical DNA mapping methods. We have developed Multi-color Super-resolution technique, with potential for high throughput and low cost, which can allow us to recognize more of these variations. Our technique has made 10--fold improvement in the resolution of optical DNA mapping. Using a 180 kb BAC clone as a model system, we resolved dense patterns from 108 fluorescent labels of two different colors representing two different sequence-motifs. Overall, a detailed DNA map with 100 bp resolution was achieved, which has the potential to reveal detailed information about genetic variance and to facilitate medical diagnosis of genetic disease.

  5. Wavefront metrology for high resolution optical systems

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    Miyakawa, Ryan H.

    Next generation extreme ultraviolet (EUV) optical systems are moving to higher resolution optics to accommodate smaller length scales targeted by the semiconductor industry. As the numerical apertures (NA) of the optics become larger, it becomes increasingly difficult to characterize aberrations due to experimental challenges associated with high-resolution spatial filters and geometrical effects caused by large incident angles of the test wavefront. This dissertation focuses on two methods of wavefront metrology for high resolution optical systems. The first method, lateral shearing interferometry (LSI), is a self-referencing interferometry where the test wavefront is incident on a low spatial frequency grating, and the resulting interference between the diffracted orders is used to reconstruct the wavefront aberrations. LSI has many advantages over other interferometric tests such as phase-shifting point diffraction interferometry (PS/PDI) due to its experimental simplicity, stability, relaxed coherence requirements, and its ability to scale to high numerical apertures. While LSI has historically been a qualitative test, this dissertation presents a novel quantitative investigation of the LSI interferogram. The analysis reveals the existence of systematic aberrations due to the nonlinear angular response from the diffraction grating that compromises the accuracy of LSI at medium to high NAs. In the medium NA regime (0.15 < NA < 0.35), a holographic model is presented that derives the systematic aberrations in closed form, which demonstrates an astigmatism term that scales as the square of the grating defocus. In the high NA regime (0.35 < NA), a geometrical model is introduced that describes the aberrations as a system of transcendental equations that can be solved numerically. The characterization and removal of these systematic errors is a necessary step that unlocks LSI as a viable candidate for high NA EUV optical testing. The second method is a novel image

  6. High resolution bragg focusing optics for synchrotron monochromators and analyzers

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    Knapp, G.S.; Beno, M.A.; Gofron, K.J.

    1997-07-01

    A number of different applications for high resolution Bragg Focusing Optics are reviewed. Applications include Sagittal Focusing, Energy Dispersive optics for x-ray absorption and diffraction, a curved analyzer-multichannel detector method for efficient acquisition of powder and small angle scattering data, the use of Backscattering Analyzers for very high resolution inelastic scattering, and curved crystals for high energy applications.

  7. Invariant high resolution optical skin imaging

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    Murali, Supraja; Rolland, Jannick

    2007-02-01

    Optical Coherence Microscopy (OCM) is a bio-medical low coherence interferometric imaging technique that has become a topic of active research because of its ability to provide accurate, non-invasive cross-sectional images of biological tissue with much greater resolution than the current common technique ultrasound. OCM is a derivative of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) that enables greater resolution imposed by the implementation of an optical confocal design involving high numerical aperture (NA) focusing in the sample. The primary setback of OCM, however is the depth dependence of the lateral resolution obtained that arises from the smaller depth of focus of the high NA beam. We propose to overcome this limitation using a dynamic focusing lens design that can achieve quasi-invariant lateral resolution up to 1.5mm depth of skin tissue.

  8. Optical alignment of high resolution Fourier transform spectrometers

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    Breckinridge, J. B.; Ocallaghan, F. G.; Cassie, A. G.

    1980-01-01

    Remote sensing, high resolution FTS instruments often contain three primary optical subsystems: Fore-Optics, Interferometer Optics, and Post, or Detector Optics. We discuss the alignment of a double-pass FTS containing a cat's-eye retro-reflector. Also, the alignment of fore-optics containing confocal paraboloids with a reflecting field stop which relays a field image onto a camera is discussed.

  9. Optical multichannel analyzer techniques for high resolution optical spectroscopy

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    Chao, J.L.

    1980-06-01

    The development of optical multichannel analyzer techniques for UV/VIS spectroscopy is presented. The research focuses on the development of spectroscopic techniques for measuring high resolution spectral lineshape functions from the exciton phosphorescence in H/sub 2/-1,2,4,5-tetrachlorobenzene. It is found that the temperature dependent frequency shifts and widths confirm a theoretical model based on an exchange theory. The exchange of low energy phonon modes which couple with excited state exciton transitions is shown to display the proper temperature dependent behavior. In addition to the techniques for using the optical multichannel analyzer (OMA) to perform low light level target integration, the use of the OMA for capturing spectral information in transient pulsed laser applications is discussed. An OMP data acquisition system developed for real-time signal processng is described. Both hardware and software interfacing considerations for control and data acquisition by a microcomputer are described. The OMA detector is described in terms of the principles behind its photoelectron detection capabilities and its design is compared with other optoelectronic devices.

  10. High-Resolution Cellulose Oxygen Isotope Records From Indonesian Trees

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    Poussart, P. F.; Schrag, D. P.; Evans, M. N.; D'Arrigo, R. D.

    2002-12-01

    Tropical paleoclimate records such as those derived from ice cores, lake sediments, and corals have yielded valuable insights into the Holocene history of the major modes of climate variability, in particular the El Niño/Southern Oscillation. However, because tropical trees generally lack visible, annual growth rings, their potential as recorders of climate variability has not been fully explored. To circumvent this difficulty, we made high-resolution oxygen isotopic measurements on cellulose extracted from tree samples from Indonesia. First, we examined teak samples, which are one of the rare tropical trees that display well-defined annual growth rings. The samples cover the period from 1800 to the present and show annual to bi-annual cycles, coherent with the visible rings. We use these samples to explore intra-site and intra-tree variability. Second, we measured δ18O time series from three suar wood samples with no visible rings. The oxygen isotopic values are compared to radiocarbon-based age models and show a positive correlation between estimated growth rates and amplitude of the 18O seasonal cycle, suggesting a common environmental forcing. Although the isotopic seasonal cycles are not always regular enough for perfect chronological control, they provide encouraging support for the use of high-resolution isotope records from tropical trees as proxies for multi-century reconstructions of climate variability.

  11. High-resolution adaptive optics test bed for vision science

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    Wilks, Scott C.; Thompson, Charles A.; Olivier, Scot S.; Bauman, Brian J.; Flath, Laurence M.; Silva, Dennis A.; Sawvel, Robert M.; Barnes, Thomas B.; Werner, John S.

    2002-02-01

    We discuss the design and implementation of a low-cost, high-resolution adaptive optics test-bed for vision research. It is well known that high-order aberrations in the human eye reduce optical resolution and limit visual acuity. However, the effects of aberration-free eyesight on vision are only now beginning to be studied using adaptive optics to sense and correct the aberrations in the eye. We are developing a high-resolution adaptive optics system for this purpose using a Hamamatsu Parallel Aligned Nematic Liquid Crystal Spatial Light Modulator. Phase-wrapping is used to extend the effective stroke of the device, and the wavefront sensing and wavefront correction are done at different wavelengths. Issues associated with these techniques will be discussed.

  12. Adaptive optics high resolution spectroscopy: present status and future direction

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    Alcock, C; Angel, R; Ciarlo, D; Fugate, R O; Ge, J; Kuzmenko, P; Lloyd-Hart, M; Macintosh, B; Najita, J; Woolf, N

    1999-07-27

    High resolution spectroscopy experiments with visible adaptive optics (AO) telescopes at Starfire Optical Range and Mt. Wilson have demonstrated that spectral resolution can be routinely improved by a factor of - 10 over the seeing-limited case with no extra light losses at visible wavelengths. With large CCDs now available, a very wide wavelength range can be covered in a single exposure. In the near future, most large ground-based telescopes will be equipped with powerful A0 systems. Most of these systems are aimed primarily at diffraction-limited operation in the near IR. An exciting new opportunity will thus open up for high resolution IR spectroscopy. Immersion echelle gratings with much coarser grooves being developed by us at LLNL will play a critical role in achieving high spectral resolution with a compact and low cost IR cryogenically cooled spectrograph and simultaneous large wavelength coverage on relatively small IR detectors. We have constructed a new A0 optimized spectrograph at Steward Observatory to provide R = 200,000 in the optical, which is being commissioned at the Starfire Optical Range 3.5m telescope. We have completed the optical design of the LLNL IR Immersion Spectrograph (LISPEC) to take advantage of improved silicon etching technology. Key words: adaptive optics, spectroscopy, high resolution, immersion gratings

  13. High Resolution Imagery of Haarp-Induced Optical Emissions

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    Kendall, E. A.

    2012-12-01

    One powerful technique for diagnosing radio frequency interactions in the ionosphere is to use ground-based optical instrumentation. High-frequency (HF), heater-induced optical emission observations can be used to diagnose electron energies and distributions in the heated region, illuminate natural and/or artificially induced ionospheric irregularities, determine ExB plasma drifts, and measure quenching rates by neutral species. Optical emissions are caused by HF-accelerated electrons colliding with various atmospheric constituents, which in turn emit a photon. The most common emissions are 630.0 nm O(1D), 557.7 nm O(1S), and 427.8 nm N2+(1NG). Since fairly wide field-of-view imagers are typically deployed in airglow campaigns, it is not well-known what meter-scale features exist in the artificial airglow emissions. Telescopic imaging provides high resolution spatial coverage of ionospheric irregularities and goes hand in hand with other observing techniques such as GPS scintillation, radar, and ionosonde. Imaging can be used to verify the interpretation of data from these other instruments, and this in turn allows confidence in such measurements when airglow cannot be observed (high solar angle or cloud cover). Telescopic imaging of airglow is the only technique capable of simultaneously determining the properties of ionospheric irregularities at decameter resolution over a range of several kilometers. The HAARP telescopic imager consists of two cameras, a set of optics for each camera, and a robotic mount that supports and orients the system. The camera and optics systems are identical except for the camera lenses: one has a wide-angle lens (~19 degrees) and the other has a telescopic lens (~3 degrees). The telescopic imager has a resolution of ~20 m in the F layer and ~10 m in the E layer, which allows the observation of decameter- and kilometer-scale features. Telescopic data has been recorded at HAARP for several years and images will be presented showing

  14. Adaptive optics with pupil tracking for high resolution retinal imaging

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    Sahin, Betul; Lamory, Barbara; Levecq, Xavier; Harms, Fabrice; Dainty, Chris

    2012-01-01

    Adaptive optics, when integrated into retinal imaging systems, compensates for rapidly changing ocular aberrations in real time and results in improved high resolution images that reveal the photoreceptor mosaic. Imaging the retina at high resolution has numerous potential medical applications, and yet for the development of commercial products that can be used in the clinic, the complexity and high cost of the present research systems have to be addressed. We present a new method to control the deformable mirror in real time based on pupil tracking measurements which uses the default camera for the alignment of the eye in the retinal imaging system and requires no extra cost or hardware. We also present the first experiments done with a compact adaptive optics flood illumination fundus camera where it was possible to compensate for the higher order aberrations of a moving model eye and in vivo in real time based on pupil tracking measurements, without the real time contribution of a wavefront sensor. As an outcome of this research, we showed that pupil tracking can be effectively used as a low cost and practical adaptive optics tool for high resolution retinal imaging because eye movements constitute an important part of the ocular wavefront dynamics. PMID:22312577

  15. A high-resolution record of Greenland mass balance

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    McMillan, Malcolm; Leeson, Amber; Shepherd, Andrew; Briggs, Kate; Armitage, Thomas W. K.; Hogg, Anna; Kuipers Munneke, Peter; Broeke, Michiel; Noël, Brice; Berg, Willem Jan; Ligtenberg, Stefan; Horwath, Martin; Groh, Andreas; Muir, Alan; Gilbert, Lin

    2016-07-01

    We map recent Greenland Ice Sheet elevation change at high spatial (5 km) and temporal (monthly) resolution using CryoSat-2 altimetry. After correcting for the impact of changing snowpack properties associated with unprecedented surface melting in 2012, we find good agreement (3 cm/yr bias) with airborne measurements. With the aid of regional climate and firn modeling, we compute high spatial and temporal resolution records of Greenland mass evolution, which correlate (R = 0.96) with monthly satellite gravimetry and reveal glacier dynamic imbalance. During 2011-2014, Greenland mass loss averaged 269 ± 51 Gt/yr. Atmospherically driven losses were widespread, with surface melt variability driving large fluctuations in the annual mass deficit. Terminus regions of five dynamically thinning glaciers, which constitute less than 1% of Greenland's area, contributed more than 12% of the net ice loss. This high-resolution record demonstrates that mass deficits extending over small spatial and temporal scales have made a relatively large contribution to recent ice sheet imbalance.

  16. In vivo high-resolution retinal imaging using adaptive optics.

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    Seyedahmadi, Babak Jian; Vavvas, Demetrios

    2010-01-01

    Retinal imaging with conventional methods is only able to overcome the lowest order of aberration, defocus and astigmatism. The human eye is fraught with higher order of aberrations. Since we are forced to use the human optical system in retinal imaging, the images are degraded. In addition, all of these distortions are constantly changing due to head/eye movement and change in accommodation. Adaptive optics is a promising technology introduced in the field of ophthalmology to measure and compensate for these aberrations. High-resolution obtained by adaptive optics enables us to view and image the retinal photoreceptors, retina pigment epithelium, and identification of cone subclasses in vivo. In this review we will be discussing the basic technology of adaptive optics and hardware requirement in addition to clinical applications of such technology. PMID:21090998

  17. High-resolution extended source optical coherence tomography.

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    Yu, Xiaojun; Liu, Xinyu; Chen, Si; Luo, Yuemei; Wang, Xianghong; Liu, Linbo

    2015-10-01

    High resolution optical coherence tomography (OCT) is capable of providing detailed tissue microstructures that are critical for disease diagnosis, yet its sensitivity is usually degraded since the system key components are typically not working at their respective center wavelengths. We developed a novel imaging system that achieves enhanced sensitivity without axial resolution degradation by the use of a spectrally encoded extended source (SEES) technique; it allows larger sample power without exceeding the maximum permissible exposure (MPE). In this study, we demonstrate a high-resolution extended source (HRES) OCT system, which is capable of providing a transverse resolution of 4.4 µm and an axial resolution of 2.1 µm in air with the SEES technique. We first theoretically show a sensitivity advantage of 6-dB of the HRES-OCT over that of its point source counterpart using numerical simulations, and then experimentally validate the applicability of the SEES technique to high-resolution OCT (HR-OCT) by comparing the HRES-OCT with an equivalent point-source system. In the HRES-OCT system, a dispersive prism was placed in the infinity space of the sample arm optics to spectrally extend the visual angle (angular subtense) of the light source to 10.3 mrad. This extended source allowed ~4 times larger MPE than its point source counterpart, which results in an enhancement of ~6 dB in sensitivity. Specifically, to solve the unbalanced dispersion between the sample and the reference arm optics, we proposed easy and efficient methods for system calibration and dispersion correction, respectively. With a maximum scanning speed reaching up to 60K A-lines/s, we further conducted imaging experiments with HRES-OCT using the human fingertip in vivo and the swine eye tissues ex vivo. Results demonstrate that the HRES-OCT is able to achieve significantly larger penetration depth than its conventional point source OCT counterpart. PMID:26480153

  18. Optical Histology: High-Resolution Visualization of Tissue Microvasculature

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    Moy, Austin Jing-Ming

    Mammalian tissue requires the delivery of nutrients, growth factors, and the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide gases to maintain normal function. These elements are delivered by the blood, which travels through the connected network of blood vessels, known as the vascular system. The vascular system consists of large feeder blood vessels (arteries and veins) that are connected to the small blood vessels (arterioles and venules), which in turn are connected to the capillaries that are directly connected to the tissue and facilitate gas exchange and nutrient delivery. These small blood vessels and capillaries make up an intricate but organized network of blood vessels that exist in all mammalian tissues known as the microvasculature and are very important in maintaining the health and proper function of mammalian tissue. Due to the importance of the microvasculature in tissue survival, disruption of the microvasculature typically leads to tissue dysfunction and tissue death. The most prevalent method to study the microvasculature is visualization. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) is the gold-standard method to visualize tissue microvasculature. IHC is very well-suited for highly detailed interrogation of the tissue microvasculature at the cellular level but is unwieldy and impractical for wide-field visualization of the tissue microvasculature. The objective my dissertation research was to develop a method to enable wide-field visualization of the microvasculature, while still retaining the high-resolution afforded by optical microscopy. My efforts led to the development of a technique dubbed "optical histology" that combines chemical and optical methods to enable high-resolution visualization of the microvasculature. The development of the technique first involved preliminary studies to quantify optical property changes in optically cleared tissues, followed by development and demonstration of the methodology. Using optical histology, I successfully obtained high

  19. All-Optical Ultrasound Transducers for High Resolution Imaging

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    Sheaff, Clay Smith

    High frequency ultrasound (HFUS) has increasingly been used within the past few decades to provide high resolution (< 200 mum) imaging in medical applications such as endoluminal imaging, intravascular imaging, ophthalmology, and dermatology. The optical detection and generation of HFUS using thin films offers numerous advantages over traditional piezoelectric technology. Circumvention of an electronic interface with the device head is one of the most significant given the RF noise, crosstalk, and reduced capacitance that encumbers small-scale electronic transducers. Thin film Fabry-Perot interferometers - also known as etalons - are well suited for HFUS receivers on account of their high sensitivity, wide bandwidth, and ease of fabrication. In addition, thin films can be used to generate HFUS when irradiated with optical pulses - a method referred to as Thermoelastic Ultrasound Generation (TUG). By integrating a polyimide (PI) film for TUG into an etalon receiver, we have created for the first time an all-optical ultrasound transducer that is both thermally stable and capable of forming fully sampled 2-D imaging arrays of arbitrary configuration. Here we report (1) the design and fabrication of PI-etalon transducers; (2) an evaluation of their optical and acoustic performance parameters; (3) the ability to conduct high-resolution imaging with synthetic 2-D arrays of PI-etalon elements; and (4) work towards a fiber optic PI-etalon for in vivo use. Successful development of a fiber optic imager would provide a unique field-of-view thereby exposing an abundance of prospects for minimally-invasive analysis, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.

  20. Next generation high resolution adaptive optics fundus imager

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    Fournier, P.; Erry, G. R. G.; Otten, L. J.; Larichev, A.; Irochnikov, N.

    2005-12-01

    The spatial resolution of retinal images is limited by the presence of static and time-varying aberrations present within the eye. An updated High Resolution Adaptive Optics Fundus Imager (HRAOFI) has been built based on the development from the first prototype unit. This entirely new unit was designed and fabricated to increase opto-mechanical integration and ease-of-use through a new user interface. Improved camera systems for the Shack-Hartmann sensor and for the scene image were implemented to enhance the image quality and the frequency of the Adaptive Optics (AO) control loop. An optimized illumination system that uses specific wavelength bands was applied to increase the specificity of the images. Sample images of clinical trials of retinas, taken with and without the system, are shown. Data on the performance of this system will be presented, demonstrating the ability to calculate near diffraction-limited images.

  1. ASIC-enabled High Resolution Optical Time Domain Reflectometer

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    Skendzic, Sandra

    Fiber optics has become the preferred technology in communication systems because of what it has to offer: high data transmission rates, immunity to electromagnetic interference, and lightweight, flexible cables. An optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) provides a convenient method of locating and diagnosing faults (e.g. break in a fiber) along a fiber that can obstruct crucial optical pathways. Both the ability to resolve the precise location of the fault and distinguish between two discrete, closely spaced faults are figures of merit. This thesis presents an implementation of a high resolution OTDR through the use of a compact and programmable ASIC (application specific integrated circuit). The integration of many essential OTDR functions on a single chip is advantageous over existing commercial instruments because it enables small, lightweight packaging, and offers low power and cost efficiency. Furthermore, its compactness presents the option of placing multiple ASICs in parallel, which can conceivably ease the characterization of densely populated fiber optic networks. The OTDR ASIC consists of a tunable clock, pattern generator, precise timer, electrical receiver, and signal sampling circuit. During OTDR operation, the chip generates narrow electrical pulse, which can then be converted to optical format when coupled with an external laser diode driver. The ASIC also works with an external photodetector to measure the timing and amplitude of optical reflections in a fiber. It has a 1 cm sampling resolution, which allows for a 2 cm spatial resolution. While this OTDR ASIC has been previously demonstrated for multimode fiber fault diagnostics, this thesis focuses on extending its functionality to single mode fiber. To validate this novel approach to OTDR, this thesis is divided into five chapters: (1) introduction, (2) implementation, (3), performance of ASIC-based OTDR, (4) exploration in optical pre-amplification with a semiconductor optical amplifier, and

  2. High-Resolution Optical Tweezers for Single-Molecule Manipulation

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    Zhang, Xinming; Ma, Lu; Zhang, Yongli

    2013-01-01

    Forces hold everything together and determine its structure and dynamics. In particular, tiny forces of 1-100 piconewtons govern the structures and dynamics of biomacromolecules. These forces enable folding, assembly, conformational fluctuations, or directional movements of biomacromolecules over sub-nanometer to micron distances. Optical tweezers have become a revolutionary tool to probe the forces, structures, and dynamics associated with biomacromolecules at a single-molecule level with unprecedented resolution. In this review, we introduce the basic principles of optical tweezers and their latest applications in studies of protein folding and molecular motors. We describe the folding dynamics of two strong coiled coil proteins, the GCN4-derived protein pIL and the SNARE complex. Both complexes show multiple folding intermediates and pathways. ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling complexes translocate DNA to remodel chromatin structures. The detailed DNA translocation properties of such molecular motors have recently been characterized by optical tweezers, which are reviewed here. Finally, several future developments and applications of optical tweezers are discussed. These past and future applications demonstrate the unique advantages of high-resolution optical tweezers in quantitatively characterizing complex multi-scale dynamics of biomacromolecules. PMID:24058311

  3. High Resolution Optical and NIR Spectra of HBC 722

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    Lee, Jeong-Eun; Park, Sunkyung; Green, Joel D.; Cochran, William D.; Kang, Wonseok; Lee, Sang-Gak; Sung, Hyun-Il

    2015-07-01

    We present the results of high resolution (R ≥ 30,000) optical and near-IR spectroscopic monitoring observations of HBC 722, a recent FU Orionis object that underwent an accretion burst in 2010. We observed HBC 722 in the optical/near-IR with the Bohyunsan Optical Echelle Spectrograph, Hobby–Eberly Telescope-HRS, and Immersion Grating Infrared Spectrograph, at various points in the outburst. We found atomic lines with strongly blueshifted absorption features or P Cygni profiles, both evidence of a wind driven by the accretion. Some lines show a broad double-peaked absorption feature, evidence of disk rotation. However, the wind-driven and disk-driven spectroscopic features are anti-correlated in time; the disk features became strong as the wind features disappeared. This anti-correlation might indicate that the rebuilding of the inner disk was interrupted by the wind pressure during the first 2 years. The half-width at half-depth of the double-peaked profiles decreases with wavelength, indicative of the Keplerian rotation; the optical spectra with the disk feature are fitted by a G5 template stellar spectrum convolved with a rotation velocity of 70 km s‑1 while the near-IR disk features are fitted by a K5 template stellar spectrum convolved with a rotation velocity of 50 km s‑1. Therefore, the optical and near-IR spectra seem to trace the disk at 39 and 76 R⊙, respectively. We fit a power-law temperature distribution in the disk, finding an index of 0.8, comparable to optically thick accretion disk models. Based on observations obtained with the Hobby–Eberly Telescope, which is a joint project of the University of Texas at Austin, the Pennsylvania State University, Stanford University, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, and Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.

  4. High Resolution Optical and NIR Spectra of HBC 722

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    Lee, Jeong-Eun; Park, Sunkyung; Green, Joel D.; Cochran, William D.; Kang, Wonseok; Lee, Sang-Gak; Sung, Hyun-Il

    2015-07-01

    We present the results of high resolution (R ≥ 30,000) optical and near-IR spectroscopic monitoring observations of HBC 722, a recent FU Orionis object that underwent an accretion burst in 2010. We observed HBC 722 in the optical/near-IR with the Bohyunsan Optical Echelle Spectrograph, Hobby-Eberly Telescope-HRS, and Immersion Grating Infrared Spectrograph, at various points in the outburst. We found atomic lines with strongly blueshifted absorption features or P Cygni profiles, both evidence of a wind driven by the accretion. Some lines show a broad double-peaked absorption feature, evidence of disk rotation. However, the wind-driven and disk-driven spectroscopic features are anti-correlated in time; the disk features became strong as the wind features disappeared. This anti-correlation might indicate that the rebuilding of the inner disk was interrupted by the wind pressure during the first 2 years. The half-width at half-depth of the double-peaked profiles decreases with wavelength, indicative of the Keplerian rotation; the optical spectra with the disk feature are fitted by a G5 template stellar spectrum convolved with a rotation velocity of 70 km s-1 while the near-IR disk features are fitted by a K5 template stellar spectrum convolved with a rotation velocity of 50 km s-1. Therefore, the optical and near-IR spectra seem to trace the disk at 39 and 76 R⊙, respectively. We fit a power-law temperature distribution in the disk, finding an index of 0.8, comparable to optically thick accretion disk models. Based on observations obtained with the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, which is a joint project of the University of Texas at Austin, the Pennsylvania State University, Stanford University, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, and Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.

  5. Urban Ecosystems from Spaceborne High-Resolution Optical Data

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    Haas, Jan; Jacob, Alexander; Ban, Yifang

    2014-11-01

    The potential of high-resolution optical satellite images for mapping of ecologically important urban space is investigated in this study. Both a GeoEye-1 and a Landsat 8 scene over central Shanghai were first segmented by two different algorithms and then classified into seven urban classes by SVM. Shadows in the pan-sharpened GeoEye-1 image were masked out and replaced by the corresponding pan-sharpened classified Landsat 8 image. Largest confusions occurred between sealed and permeable but non-vegetated surfaces, and between low-rise residential and high-rise commercial buildings. Based on the classification result, ecosystem service balances, supply and demand was modelled for each particular land cover class. Classification accuracies of 88% and 91% could be reached, indicating the suitability of the underlying data and method for this application domain. The KTH-SEG segmentation algorithm slightly outperformed the one implemented in eCognition. The highest supply of ecosystem services was found in water bodies whereas high-rise built-up areas revealed largest demands.

  6. Large Field, High Resolution Full-Field Optical Coherence Tomography

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    Assayag, Osnath; Antoine, Martine; Sigal-Zafrani, Brigitte; Riben, Michael; Harms, Fabrice; Burcheri, Adriano; Grieve, Kate; Dalimier, Eugénie; Le Conte de Poly, Bertrand; Boccara, Claude

    2014-01-01

    We present a benchmark pilot study in which high-resolution Full-Field Optical Coherence Tomography (FF-OCT) was used to image human breast tissue and is evaluated to assess its ability to aid the pathologist’s management of intra-operative diagnoses. FF-OCT imaging safety was investigated and agreement between FF-OCT and routinely prepared histopathological images was evaluated. The compact setup used for this study provides 1 µm3 resolution and 200 µm imaging depth, and a 2.25 cm2 specimen is scanned in about 7 minutes. 75 breast specimens were imaged from 22 patients (21 women, 1 man) with a mean age of 58 (range: 25-83). Pathologists blind diagnosed normal/benign or malignant tissue based on FF-OCT images alone, diagnosis from histopathology followed for comparison. The contrast in the FF-OCT images is generated by intrinsic tissue scattering properties, meaning that no tissue staining or preparation is required. Major architectural features and tissue structures of benign breast tissue, including adipocytes, fibrous stroma, lobules and ducts were characterized. Subsequently, features resulting from pathological modification were characterized and a diagnosis decision tree was developed. Using FF-OCT images, two breast pathologists were able to distinguish normal/benign tissue from lesional with a sensitivity of 94% and 90%, and specificity of 75% and 79% respectively. PMID:24000981

  7. Holographic recording aspects of high-resolution Bayfol HX photopolymer

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    Berneth, Horst; Bruder, Friedrich K.; Fäcke, Thomas; Hagen, Rainer; Hönel, Dennis; Jurbergs, David; Rölle, Thomas; Weiser, Marc-Stephan

    2011-02-01

    We have been developing a new class of recording materials for volume holography, offering the advantages of full color recording and depth tuning without any chemical or thermal processing, combined with low shrinkage and detuning. These photopolymers are based on the two-chemistry concept in which the writing chemistry is dissolved in a preformed polymeric network. This network gives the necessary mechanical stability to the material prior to recording. In this paper we describe several aspects of holographic recording into Bayfol® HX which are beneficial for its effective use and discuss them within a more elaborate reaction-diffusion model. Inhibition phenomena and the influence of precure are studied within this model and are investigated experimentally for single hologram recording and angular multiplexed hologram recordings. Also the dark reaction after the exposure period and the minimum allowable waiting time for full hologram formation are addressed. The proper understanding of these phenomena is important for the optimal usage of these new materials, in for example step-and-repeat mass production of holograms.

  8. Special issue on high-resolution optical imaging

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    Smith, Peter J. S.; Davis, Ilan; Galbraith, Catherine G.; Stemmer, Andreas

    2013-09-01

    The pace of development in the field of advanced microscopy is truly breath-taking, and is leading to major breakthroughs in our understanding of molecular machines and cell function. This special issue of Journal of Optics draws attention to a number of interesting approaches, ranging from fluorescence and imaging of unlabelled cells, to computational methods, all of which are describing the ever increasing detail of the dynamic behaviour of molecules in the living cell. This is a field which traditionally, and currently, demonstrates a marvellous interplay between the disciplines of physics, chemistry and biology, where apparent boundaries to resolution dissolve and living cells are viewed in ever more clarity. It is fertile ground for those interested in optics and non-conventional imaging to contribute high-impact outputs in the fields of cell biology and biomedicine. The series of articles presented here has been selected to demonstrate this interdisciplinarity and to encourage all those with a background in the physical sciences to 'dip their toes' into the exciting and dynamic discoveries surrounding cell function. Although single molecule super-resolution microscopy is commercially available, specimen preparation and interpretation of single molecule data remain a major challenge for scientists wanting to adopt the techniques. The paper by Allen and Davidson [1] provides a much needed detailed introduction to the practical aspects of stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy, including sample preparation, image acquisition and image analysis, as well as a brief description of the different variants of single molecule localization microscopy. Since super-resolution microscopy is no longer restricted to three-dimensional imaging of fixed samples, the review by Fiolka [2] is a timely introduction to techniques that have been successfully applied to four-dimensional live cell super-resolution microscopy. The combination of multiple high-resolution techniques

  9. Special issue on high-resolution optical imaging

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    Smith, Peter J. S.; Davis, Ilan; Galbraith, Catherine G.; Stemmer, Andreas

    2013-09-01

    The pace of development in the field of advanced microscopy is truly breath-taking, and is leading to major breakthroughs in our understanding of molecular machines and cell function. This special issue of Journal of Optics draws attention to a number of interesting approaches, ranging from fluorescence and imaging of unlabelled cells, to computational methods, all of which are describing the ever increasing detail of the dynamic behaviour of molecules in the living cell. This is a field which traditionally, and currently, demonstrates a marvellous interplay between the disciplines of physics, chemistry and biology, where apparent boundaries to resolution dissolve and living cells are viewed in ever more clarity. It is fertile ground for those interested in optics and non-conventional imaging to contribute high-impact outputs in the fields of cell biology and biomedicine. The series of articles presented here has been selected to demonstrate this interdisciplinarity and to encourage all those with a background in the physical sciences to 'dip their toes' into the exciting and dynamic discoveries surrounding cell function. Although single molecule super-resolution microscopy is commercially available, specimen preparation and interpretation of single molecule data remain a major challenge for scientists wanting to adopt the techniques. The paper by Allen and Davidson [1] provides a much needed detailed introduction to the practical aspects of stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy, including sample preparation, image acquisition and image analysis, as well as a brief description of the different variants of single molecule localization microscopy. Since super-resolution microscopy is no longer restricted to three-dimensional imaging of fixed samples, the review by Fiolka [2] is a timely introduction to techniques that have been successfully applied to four-dimensional live cell super-resolution microscopy. The combination of multiple high-resolution techniques

  10. High resolution mesospheric sodium properties for adaptive optics applications

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    Pfrommer, T.; Hickson, P.

    2014-05-01

    Context. The performance of laser guide star adaptive optics (AO) systems for large optical and infrared telescopes is affected by variability of the sodium layer, located at altitudes between 80 and 120 km in the upper mesosphere and lower thermosphere. The abundance and density structure of the atomic sodium found in this region is subject to local and global weather effects, planetary and gravity waves and magnetic storms, and is variable on time scales down to tens of milliseconds, a range relevant to AO. Aims: It is therefore important to characterize the structure and dynamical evolution of the sodium region on small, as well as large spatial and temporal scales. Parameters of particular importance for AO are the mean sodium altitude, sodium layer width and the temporal power spectrum of the centroid altitude. Methods: We have conducted a three-year campaign employing a high-resolution lidar system installed on the 6-m Large Zenith Telescope (LZT) located near Vancouver, Canada. During this period, 112 nights of useful data were obtained. Results: The vertical density profile of atomic sodium shows remarkable structure and variability. Smooth Gaussian-shaped profiles rarely occur. Multiple internal layers are frequently found. These layers often have sharp lower edges, with scale heights of just a few hundred meters, and tend to drift downwards at a typical rate of one kilometer every two to three hours. Individual layers can persist for many hours, but their density and internal structure can be highly variable. Sporadic layers are seen reaching peak densities several times the average, often in just a few minutes. Coherent vertical oscillations are often found, typically extending over tens of kilometers in altitude. Regions of turbulence are evident and Kelvin-Helmholtz instability are sometimes seen. The mean value of the centroid altitude is found to be 90.8 ± 0.1 km. The sodium layer width was determined by computing the altitude range that contains a

  11. High resolution interferometer with multiple-pass optical configuration.

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    Ahn, Jeongho; Kim, Jong-Ahn; Kang, Chu-Shik; Kim, Jae-Wan; Kim, Soohyun

    2009-11-01

    An interferometer having fourteen times higher resolution than a conventional single-pass interferometer has been developed by making multiple-pass optical path. To embody the multiple-pass optical configuration, a two-dimensional corner cube array block was designed, and its symmetric structure minimized the measurement error. The effect from the alignment error and the imperfection of corner cube is calculated as picometer level. An experiment proves that the suggested interferometer has about 45 nm of optical resolution and its nonlinearity is about 0.5 nm in peak-to-valley. PMID:19997342

  12. Adaptive Optics Technology for High-Resolution Retinal Imaging

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    Lombardo, Marco; Serrao, Sebastiano; Devaney, Nicholas; Parravano, Mariacristina; Lombardo, Giuseppe

    2013-01-01

    Adaptive optics (AO) is a technology used to improve the performance of optical systems by reducing the effects of optical aberrations. The direct visualization of the photoreceptor cells, capillaries and nerve fiber bundles represents the major benefit of adding AO to retinal imaging. Adaptive optics is opening a new frontier for clinical research in ophthalmology, providing new information on the early pathological changes of the retinal microstructures in various retinal diseases. We have reviewed AO technology for retinal imaging, providing information on the core components of an AO retinal camera. The most commonly used wavefront sensing and correcting elements are discussed. Furthermore, we discuss current applications of AO imaging to a population of healthy adults and to the most frequent causes of blindness, including diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma. We conclude our work with a discussion on future clinical prospects for AO retinal imaging. PMID:23271600

  13. High energy, high resolution X-ray optics

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    Weisskopf, Martin C.; Joy, Marshall; Kahn, Steven

    1990-01-01

    The scientific goals of X-ray astronomy are considered to evaluate the relative advantages of using classical Wolter-1 optics or using a different approach. The portion of the X-ray band over 10 keV is unexploited in the present X-ray optics technology, and focussing in this portion of the band is crucial because nonfocussed experiments are background limited. The basic design of 'hard' X-ray optics is described theoretically emphasizing the very small angles of incidence in the grazing-incidence optics. Optimization of the signal-to-noise ratio is found to occur at a finite angular resolution. In real applications, the effective area reduced by the efficiency of the two reflections is 80 percent at energies up to 40 keV, and the quality of the reflecting surface can be monitored to minimize scattering. Focussing optics are found to offer improvements in signal-to-noise as well as more effective scientific return because microelectronic focal-plane technology is employed.

  14. High-resolution optical frequency metrology with stabilized femtosecond lasers

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    Jones, Ronald Jason

    The merging of such seemingly disparate fields as optical frequency metrology and ultrafast physics over the past few years has had a revolutionary impact on both fields. Extensive research over the past several decades has focused on stabilizing cw lasers to atomic and molecular transitions. These transitions in the optical and near-infrared regimes provide some of the highest Q's accessible in spectroscopy due to their high resonant frequencies (Q ≡ nu o/deltanu). Modern experiments have enjoyed increasing levels of precision and accuracy due to such stabilized laser systems. A long standing problem in optical frequency metrology, however, is the difficulty to perform direct frequency measurements in the optical spectrum. Traditional optical frequency chains are complex, costly, and lack flexibility. Recent experiments based on mode-locked femtosecond (fs) lasers promise to eliminate this problem and make optical frequency measurements accessible as a general laboratory tool. The use of fs lasers now enables the direct measurement of optical transitions by simply linking these frequencies to the repetition rate of the fs laser. The ability of the femtosecond laser to link the optical and radio frequency regimes is ultimately limited by its stability. In this dissertation, we present a novel stabilization scheme in which the frequency, phase, and repetition rate of a Kerr-lens mode-locked (KLM) ti:sapphire laser are locked to that of an ultra-stable Fabry-Perot reference cavity. The large signal to noise ratio of the recovered cavity resonance allows the superb short term stability (tau < 1 second) of the passive reference cavity to be transferred to the femtosecond laser. This technique may find future application in any experiment involving the use of femtosecond pulses in which a resonant cavity is employed, such as intracavity studies of light-matter interactions with ultra-short pulses. The short term instability of the cavity stabilized femtosecond laser

  15. Bendable X-ray Optics for High Resolution Imaging

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    Gubarev, M.; Ramsey, B.; Kilaru, K.; Atkins, C.; Broadway, D.

    2014-01-01

    Current state-of the-art for x-ray optics fabrication calls for either the polishing of massive substrates into high-angular-resolution mirrors or the replication of thin, lower-resolution, mirrors from perfectly figured mandrels. Future X-ray Missions will require a change in this optics fabrication paradigm in order to achieve sub-arcsecond resolution in light-weight optics. One possible approach to this is to start with perfectly flat, light-weight surface, bend it into a perfect cone, form the desired mirror figure by material deposition, and insert the resulting mirror into a telescope structure. Such an approach is currently being investigated at MSFC, and a status report will be presented detailing the results of finite element analyses, bending tests and differential deposition experiments.

  16. On a possibility high resolution optical tomograph design

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    Khohlov, K. L.; Sokolov, V. K.

    2006-04-01

    An actual problem of the modern medicine is statement of the diagnosis of diseases of a thyroid gland of the person. Extreme sensitivity of this organ to a X-ray radiation and invasive to methods puts a problem about development of an optical tomograph of a high solution. For this purpose the method of coherent optical detection (CDT) in a combination to a posteriori handling can be used with the purpose of elimination of influence of a spread function of a figuring system.

  17. High resolution underwater fiber optic threat detection system

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    Berger, Alexander; Hermesh, Shalmon; Durets, Eugene; Kempen, Lothar U.

    2006-10-01

    Current underwater protection systems are complex expensive devices consisting of multiple electronic sensing elements. The detection and identification of divers and small submerged watercraft requires very high image resolution. The high price of an array of conventional piezoelectric transducers and associated electronic components makes this solution feasible for localized implementations, but the protection of large stretches of coastline requires a different approach. We present a novel multichannel sonar design that augments current active sonar transducers with a passive fiber-optic multichannel acoustic emission sensing array. The system provides continuous monitoring of the acoustic wave reflections emitted by a single projector, yielding information about the size and shape of approaching objects. A novel fiber hydrophone enclosure is utilized to dramatically enhance the sensor response to the sonar frequency, while suppressing out-of-band sound sources and noise. The ability of a fiber hydrophone to respond to acoustic emissions is based on established fiber Bragg grating sensing techniques. In this approach, the energy of an acoustic wave is converted into the modulation of the in-fiber optical transducer's optical properties. The obtained results demonstrate significant response of the designed fiber optic hydrophone to the incident acoustic wave over the frequency domain from 1-80 kHz. Our approach allows selective tuning of the sensor to a particular acoustic frequency, as well as potential extension of the spectral response to 300- 400kHz.2

  18. Optical system for high resolution spectrometer/monochromator

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    Hettrick, Michael C.; Underwood, James H.

    1988-01-01

    An optical system for use in a spectrometer or monochromator employing a mirror which reflects electromagnetic radiation from a source to converge with same in a plane. A straight grooved, varied-spaced diffraction grating receives the converging electromagnetic radiation from the mirror and produces a spectral image for capture by a detector, target or like receiver.

  19. High resolution optical calorimetry for synchrotron microbeam radiation therapy

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    Ackerly, T.; Crosbie, J. C.; Fouras, A.; Sheard, G. J.; Higgins, S.; Lewis, R. A.

    2011-03-01

    We propose the application of optical calorimetry to measure the peak to valley ratio for synchrotron microbeam radiation therapy (MRT). We use a modified Schlieren approach known as reference image topography (RIT) which enables one to obtain a map of the rate of change of the refractive index in a water bath from which the absorbed dose can be determined with sufficient spatial accuracy to determine the peak to valley ratio. We modelled the calorimetric properties of X-rays using a heated wire in a water bath. Our RIT system comprised a light source, a textured reference object and a camera and lens combination. We measured temperature contours and showed a plume rising from the heated wire. The total temperature change in water was 12 degrees C, 500 times greater than the calculated change from a 1 ms exposure on a synchrotron. At 1.0 ms, thermal diffusion will be the major cause of uncertainty in determining the peak to valley ratio, and we calculate thermal diffusion will reduce the measured peak to valley ratio to 76% of its initial value, but the individual microbeams will still resolve. We demonstrate proof of concept for measuring X-ray dose using a modified RIT method.

  20. High-resolution proxy record of Holocene climate from a loess section in Southwestern Nebraska, USA

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    Miao, X.; Mason, J.A.; Johnson, W.C.; Wang, Hongfang

    2007-01-01

    Multi-proxy analysis was used to produce a high-resolution paleoclimatic record from an exceptionally thick section of the Holocene Bignell Loess near Wauneta, Southwestern Nebraska, in the central Great Plains. The Wauneta section has excellent age control, based on optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and radiocarbon dating, and records multiple episodes of rapid loess deposition alternating with slower deposition and soil formation. The lowermost and uppermost OSL ages obtained from the Bignell Loess are 10,250 ?? 610??years (5.9??m depth) and 100 ?? 10??years (0.1??m depth), respectively. As a result, the Holocene has been temporally confined. Stratigraphically, the Bignell Loess overlies the Late Pleistocene Peoria Loess (deposited ??? 21-14??ka), and the two units are separated by the Brady Soil which is distinguished by its color and other pedogenic features. L*a*b* color parameters and organic carbon content of Bignell Loess are sensitive proxies to differentiate drought-induced aeolian sediment layers from the intercalated soil horizons. Soil organic carbon-derived ??13C data suggest that the C3-dominated floral environment during Peoria Loess deposition shifted dramatically to a C4-dominated environment during Brady Soil formation in response to a warming trend. Even greater C4 abundance characterized the late Holocene. High-resolution ??13C data support the contention that C3 vs. C4 vegetation change in the Holocene reflects ecosystem response to frequent vegetation disturbance under arid conditions. Time series analysis reveals that ??13C and color parameters display high frequency variation with periodicities of 103-118??years and 103??years, respectively. Similar periodicities were also reported in studies of North Dakota lakes, though the physical mechanism responsible is uncertain. Comparison of Bignell Loess color and tropical Pacific sea surface temperatures (SSTs) allows evaluation of a proposed teleconnection between drought in the Great

  1. High-resolution fracture aperture mapping using optical profilometry

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    Ameli, Pasha; Elkhoury, Jean E.; Detwiler, Russell L.

    2013-10-01

    Fractures play an important role in the Earth's crust, often controlling both mechanical and transport processes. Developing a mechanistic understanding of these processes requires quantifying the roughness of fracture surfaces and the contacts and void spaces between fracture surfaces at high spatial resolution (10s of microns) over a broad range of scales (centimeters to meters). Here we present a scalable method for measuring fracture surfaces and reconstructing fracture aperture fields using an optical profilometer. We evaluate the method by measuring two fractured limestone cores; one is a tensile fracture with strong cross correlation between the surfaces and the other is a saw-cut, sand-blasted fracture with negligible cross correlation between the surfaces. Results of repeated measurements of these two fractures suggest that well-correlated surfaces, where the correlation between the surfaces can aid reconstruction, can be reproduced with local uncertainties with median standard deviation of 8 μm . Poorly correlated surfaces, where reconstruction relies solely upon the precision of the placement of the halves of the core on the profilometer stage, can be reproduced with local uncertainties with median standard deviation of 20 μm . Additionally, we quantified the accuracy of the technique by comparing calculated aperture profiles of a fractured concrete core to thin sections cut from the core after impregnating it with epoxy. The median deviation between the two measurements, which includes errors due to residual misalignment of the profiles, was 29 μm supporting the accuracy of the method. Our results emphasize the potential for using noncontact surface measurement techniques to accurately and precisely reconstruct fracture apertures over a wide range of length scales.

  2. Advanced high-resolution mask processes using optical proximity correction

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    Chan, Y. David

    1999-08-01

    The benefits of incorporating some 'distortion' to the design data in order to produce the desired results on the wafers has been recognized for many years. This 'distortion' has come to be commonly referred to as optical proximity correction (OPC) by the lithography community. In today's era of high throughput laser reticle writing tools, line shortening and corner rounding has forced OPC up the lithography tree from wafer imaging to reticle imaging. With the increasing popularity of 4X systems, the comparatively large spot laser reticle writing systems in the field today need to be extended before being rendered useless for critical reticle requirements due to reticle corner rounding, line shortening and scatter bar resolution. These problems must be resolved in order to extend the use of laser tool for technology node below 0.25 micrometer. Some previous work has been done in adding corner serifs to eliminate corner rounding in contact holes. It was clear from the results that the optimal serifs sizes could be different when patterns were written on different tools. However, there is no clear understanding how the process may affect the outcome. A recent paper by W. Ziegler, et al shows the effect of adding small serifs to line ends on line end shortening based on aerial image and wafer measurement. This paper will discuss the effect of Laser Proximity correction (LPC) and the reticle manufacturing processes on pattern fidelity. CAPROX LPCTM is used to correct for distoritons during the mask exposure. Not only will the impact of lithographic tools on OPC be discussed, but an examination of the effect of wet and dry etched processes on corner rounding, image fidelity, and line end shortening will also be presented.

  3. High resolution hybrid optical and acoustic sea floor maps (Invited)

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    Roman, C.; Inglis, G.

    2013-12-01

    This abstract presents a method for creating hybrid optical and acoustic sea floor reconstructions at centimeter scale grid resolutions with robotic vehicles. Multibeam sonar and stereo vision are two common sensing modalities with complementary strengths that are well suited for data fusion. We have recently developed an automated two stage pipeline to create such maps. The steps can be broken down as navigation refinement and map construction. During navigation refinement a graph-based optimization algorithm is used to align 3D point clouds created with both the multibeam sonar and stereo cameras. The process combats the typical growth in navigation error that has a detrimental affect on map fidelity and typically introduces artifacts at small grid sizes. During this process we are able to automatically register local point clouds created by each sensor to themselves and to each other where they overlap in a survey pattern. The process also estimates the sensor offsets, such as heading, pitch and roll, that describe how each sensor is mounted to the vehicle. The end results of the navigation step is a refined vehicle trajectory that ensures the points clouds from each sensor are consistently aligned, and the individual sensor offsets. In the mapping step, grid cells in the map are selectively populated by choosing data points from each sensor in an automated manner. The selection process is designed to pick points that preserve the best characteristics of each sensor and honor some specific map quality criteria to reduce outliers and ghosting. In general, the algorithm selects dense 3D stereo points in areas of high texture and point density. In areas where the stereo vision is poor, such as in a scene with low contrast or texture, multibeam sonar points are inserted in the map. This process is automated and results in a hybrid map populated with data from both sensors. Additional cross modality checks are made to reject outliers in a robust manner. The final

  4. High resolution light intensity spectrum analyzer (LISA) based on Brillouin optical filter

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    Heras, C.; Subías, J.; Pelayo, J.; Villuendas, F.

    2007-04-01

    A high-resolution light intensity spectrum analyzer technique to derive the RF modulation spectrum of optical signals is presented and experimentally confirmed. It uses the XPM nonlinear effect in a dispersion shifted fiber to obtain the light intensity spectrum, and a Brillouin optical filtering method to implement the high resolution spectrometric analysis. Measured RF spectra of PRBS modulated optical signals at 2.5 Gb/s and 10 Gb/s are presented and compared with their corresponding ones obtained in the electrical detection domain to confirm the capabilities of the method.Influence of fiber electrostriction effect is measured and analyzed.

  5. High resolution optical surface metrology with the slope measuring portable optical test system

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    Maldonado, Alejandro V.

    New optical designs strive to achieve extreme performance, and continually increase the complexity of prescribed optical shapes, which often require wide dynamic range and high resolution. SCOTS, or the Software Configurable Optical Test System, can measure a wide range of optical surfaces with high sensitivity using surface slope. This dissertation introduces a high resolution version of SCOTS called SPOTS, or the Slope measuring Portable Optical Test System. SPOTS improves the metrology of surface features on the order of sub-millimeter to decimeter spatial scales and nanometer to micrometer level height scales. Currently there is no optical surface metrology instrument with the same utility. SCOTS uses a computer controlled display (such as an LCD monitor) and camera to measure surface slopes over the entire surface of a mirror. SPOTS differs in that an additional lens is placed near the surface under test. A small prototype system is discussed in general, providing the support for the design of future SPOTS devices. Then the SCOTS instrument transfer function is addressed, which defines the way the system filters surface heights. Lastly, the calibration and performance of larger SPOTS device is analyzed with example measurements of the 8.4-m diameter aspheric Large Synoptic Survey Telescope's (LSST) primary mirror. In general optical systems have a transfer function, which filters data. In the case of optical imaging systems the instrument transfer function (ITF) follows the modulation transfer function (MTF), which causes a reduction of contrast as a function of increasing spatial frequency due to diffraction. In SCOTS, ITF is shown to decrease the measured height of surface features as their spatial frequency increases, and thus the SCOTS and SPOTS ITF is proportional to their camera system's MTF. Theory and simulations are supported by a SCOTS measurement of a test piece with a set of lithographically written sinusoidal surface topographies. In addition, an

  6. Acoustic force mapping in a hybrid acoustic-optical micromanipulation device supporting high resolution optical imaging.

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    Thalhammer, Gregor; McDougall, Craig; MacDonald, Michael Peter; Ritsch-Marte, Monika

    2016-04-12

    Many applications in the life-sciences demand non-contact manipulation tools for forceful but nevertheless delicate handling of various types of sample. Moreover, the system should support high-resolution optical imaging. Here we present a hybrid acoustic/optical manipulation system which utilizes a transparent transducer, making it compatible with high-NA imaging in a microfluidic environment. The powerful acoustic trapping within a layered resonator, which is suitable for highly parallel particle handling, is complemented by the flexibility and selectivity of holographic optical tweezers, with the specimens being under high quality optical monitoring at all times. The dual acoustic/optical nature of the system lends itself to optically measure the exact acoustic force map, by means of direct force measurements on an optically trapped particle. For applications with (ultra-)high demand on the precision of the force measurements, the position of the objective used for the high-NA imaging may have significant influence on the acoustic force map in the probe chamber. We have characterized this influence experimentally and the findings were confirmed by model simulations. We show that it is possible to design the chamber and to choose the operating point in such a way as to avoid perturbations due to the objective lens. Moreover, we found that measuring the electrical impedance of the transducer provides an easy indicator for the acoustic resonances. PMID:27025398

  7. High-resolution handheld rigid endomicroscope based on full-field optical coherence tomography.

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    Benoit a la Guillaume, Emilie; Martins, Franck; Boccara, Claude; Harms, Fabrice

    2016-02-01

    Full-field optical coherence tomography (FF-OCT) is a powerful tool for nondestructive assessment of biological tissue, i.e., for the structural examination of tissue in depth at a cellular resolution. Mostly known as a microscopy device for ex vivo analysis, FF-OCT has also been adapted to endoscopy setups since it shows good potential for in situ cancer diagnosis and biopsy guidance. Nevertheless, all the attempts to perform endoscopic FF-OCT imaging did not go beyond lab setups. We describe here, to the best of our knowledge, the first handheld FF-OCT endoscope based on a tandem interferometry assembly using incoherent illumination. A common-path passive imaging interferometer at the tip of an optical probe makes it robust and insensitive to environmental perturbations, and a low finesse Fabry-Perot processing interferometer guarantees a compact system. A good resolution (2.7 μm transverse and 6 μm axial) is maintained through the long distance, small diameter relay optics of the probe, and a good signal-to-noise ratio is achieved in a limited 100 ms acquisition time. High-resolution images and a movie of a rat brain slice have been recorded by moving the contact endoscope over the surface of the sample, allowing for tissue microscopic exploration at 20 m under the surface. These promising ex vivo results open new perspectives for in vivo imaging of biological tissue, in particular, in the field of cancer and surgical margin assessment. PMID:26857471

  8. High-resolution handheld rigid endomicroscope based on full-field optical coherence tomography

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    Benoit a la Guillaume, Emilie; Martins, Franck; Boccara, Claude; Harms, Fabrice

    2016-02-01

    Full-field optical coherence tomography (FF-OCT) is a powerful tool for nondestructive assessment of biological tissue, i.e., for the structural examination of tissue in depth at a cellular resolution. Mostly known as a microscopy device for ex vivo analysis, FF-OCT has also been adapted to endoscopy setups since it shows good potential for in situ cancer diagnosis and biopsy guidance. Nevertheless, all the attempts to perform endoscopic FF-OCT imaging did not go beyond lab setups. We describe here, to the best of our knowledge, the first handheld FF-OCT endoscope based on a tandem interferometry assembly using incoherent illumination. A common-path passive imaging interferometer at the tip of an optical probe makes it robust and insensitive to environmental perturbations, and a low finesse Fabry-Perot processing interferometer guarantees a compact system. A good resolution (2.7 μm transverse and 6 μm axial) is maintained through the long distance, small diameter relay optics of the probe, and a good signal-to-noise ratio is achieved in a limited 100 ms acquisition time. High-resolution images and a movie of a rat brain slice have been recorded by moving the contact endoscope over the surface of the sample, allowing for tissue microscopic exploration at 20 μm under the surface. These promising ex vivo results open new perspectives for in vivo imaging of biological tissue, in particular, in the field of cancer and surgical margin assessment.

  9. High-Resolution Holocene Records of Paleoceanographic and Paleoclimatic Variability from the Southern Alaskan Continental Margin

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    Finney, B. P.; Jaeger, J. M.; Mix, A. C.; Cowan, E. A.; Gulick, S. S.; Mayer, L. A.; Pisias, N. G.; Powell, R. D.; Prahl, F.; Stoner, J. S.

    2004-12-01

    We are investigating sediments from the fjords and continental margin of southern Alaska to develop high-resolution climatic and oceanographic records for the Late Quaternary. Our goal is to better understand linkages between climatic, terrestrial and oceanic systems in this tectonically active and biologically productive region. A field program was conducted aboard the R/V Maurice Ewing in August/September 2004 utilizing geophysical surveys (high-resolution swath bathymetric and backscatter imaging, shallow sub-bottom profiling, and where permitted, high-resolution seismic reflection profiling), piston and multi-coring, and CTD/water sampling at about 30 sites in this region. Cores are being analyzed for sedimentological, microfossil, geochemical and stable isotopic proxies, with chronologies constrained by Pb-210, AMS radiocarbon, tephrochronolgic and paleomagnetic dating. Our preliminary results demonstrate that these rapidly accumulating sedimentary archives can resolve environmental changes on annual to decadal timescales. Records of recent changes in lithogenic sediment accumulation and biological productivity on the Gulf of Alaska shelf track historical climatic data that extends to the early 20th century in this region. The records also correlate with multi-decadal climate regimes during the Little Ice Age as suggested by tree-ring, glacial advance and salmon abundance records from nearby coastal sites. Jack Dymond's enthusiasm for collaborative, interdisciplinary research will help guide us in unraveling the fingerprints of key processes in this relatively unexplored region.

  10. Computational high-resolution optical imaging of the living human retina

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    Shemonski, Nathan D.; South, Fredrick A.; Liu, Yuan-Zhi; Adie, Steven G.; Scott Carney, P.; Boppart, Stephen A.

    2015-07-01

    High-resolution in vivo imaging is of great importance for the fields of biology and medicine. The introduction of hardware-based adaptive optics (HAO) has pushed the limits of optical imaging, enabling high-resolution near diffraction-limited imaging of previously unresolvable structures. In ophthalmology, when combined with optical coherence tomography, HAO has enabled a detailed three-dimensional visualization of photoreceptor distributions and individual nerve fibre bundles in the living human retina. However, the introduction of HAO hardware and supporting software adds considerable complexity and cost to an imaging system, limiting the number of researchers and medical professionals who could benefit from the technology. Here we demonstrate a fully automated computational approach that enables high-resolution in vivo ophthalmic imaging without the need for HAO. The results demonstrate that computational methods in coherent microscopy are applicable in highly dynamic living systems.

  11. Computational high-resolution optical imaging of the living human retina

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    Shemonski, Nathan D.; South, Fredrick A.; Liu, Yuan-Zhi; Adie, Steven G.; Carney, P. Scott; Boppart, Stephen A.

    2015-01-01

    High-resolution in vivo imaging is of great importance for the fields of biology and medicine. The introduction of hardware-based adaptive optics (HAO) has pushed the limits of optical imaging, enabling high-resolution near diffraction-limited imaging of previously unresolvable structures1,2. In ophthalmology, when combined with optical coherence tomography, HAO has enabled a detailed three-dimensional visualization of photoreceptor distributions3,4 and individual nerve fibre bundles5 in the living human retina. However, the introduction of HAO hardware and supporting software adds considerable complexity and cost to an imaging system, limiting the number of researchers and medical professionals who could benefit from the technology. Here we demonstrate a fully automated computational approach that enables high-resolution in vivo ophthalmic imaging without the need for HAO. The results demonstrate that computational methods in coherent microscopy are applicable in highly dynamic living systems. PMID:26877761

  12. Observation of thermomagnetically recorded domains with high-resolution magnetic soft x-ray microscopy

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    Tsunashima, S.; Takagi, Nayuki; Yamaguchi, Atushi; Kume, Minoru; Fischer, P.; Kumazawa, M.

    2003-04-01

    Magnetic domains were thermomagnetically recorded on TbFeCo films using laser pulsed magnetic field modulation (LP-MFM) and light intensity modulation (LIM). The domains were observed with high resolution magnetic transmission X-ray microscopy (M-TXM) before and after the heat treatment in order to clarify the recording characteristics and the thermal stability of recorded domains. From the results of M-TXM images, it was found that isolated single marks whose lengths are much smaller than 100 nm can be recorded by LP-MFM but their mark lengths become often longer than designed. It was further confirmed that the heat treatment at 120 degree C for 50 hours does not influence significantly the crescent-shaped magnetic domains of 100 nm in width recorded using LP-MFM method and circular domains of 150 nm in diameter recorded using LIM method.

  13. High resolution 900 yr volcanic and climatic record from the Vostok area, East Antarctica

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    Osipov, E. Yu.; Khodzher, T. V.; Golobokova, L. P.; Onischuk, N. A.; Lipenkov, V. Ya.; Ekaykin, A. A.; Osipova, O. P.

    2013-05-01

    Detailed volcanic record of the last 900 yr (1093-2010 AD) has been received using high resolution (2-3 samples per accumulation year) sulfate measurements in four snow/firn cores from the Vostok station area, East Antarctica. Totally, 33 volcanic events have been identified in the record, including well-known low latitude eruption signals found in many polar ice cores (e.g., Pinatubo 1991, Agung 1963, Krakatoa 1883, Tambora 1815, Huanaputina 1600, Kuwae 1452), however in comparison with other Antarctic sites the record has more events covering the last 900 yr. The strongest volcanic signals occurred during mid-13th, mid-15th and 18th centuries. The largest volcanic signal of Vostok (both in sulfate concentration and flux) is the 1452 AD Kuwae eruption. Average snow accumulation rate calculated for the period 1093-2010 AD is 21.3 ± 2.3 mm H2O. Accumulation record demonstrates a slight positive trend, however sharply increased accumulation rate during the periods from 1600 to 1815 AD (by 11% from long-term mean) and from 1963 to 2010 AD (by 15%) are typical features of the site. Na+ record shows strong decadal-scale variability probably connected with coupled changes in atmospheric transport patterns over Antarctica (meridional circulation change) and local glaciology. The obtained high resolution climatic records suggest a high sensitivity of the Vostok location to environmental changes in Southern Hemisphere.

  14. High-resolution visualization of mouse cardiac microvasculature using optical histology

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    Moy, Austin J.; Lo, Patrick C.; Choi, Bernard

    2013-01-01

    Cardiovascular disease typically is associated with dysfunction of the coronary vasculature and microvasculature. The study of cardiovascular disease typically involves imaging of the large coronary vessels and quantification of cardiac blood perfusion. These methods, however, are not well suited for imaging of the cardiac microvasculature. We used the optical histology method, which combines chemical optical clearing and optical imaging, to create high-resolution, wide-field maps of the cardiac microvasculature in ventral slices of mouse heart. We have demonstrated the ability of the optical histology method to enable wide-field visualization of the cardiac microvasculature in high-resolution and anticipate that optical histology may have significant impact in studying cardiovascular disease. PMID:24466477

  15. A high-resolution record of atmospheric 14C based on Hulu Cave speleothem H82

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    Southon, John; Noronha, Alexandra L.; Cheng, Hai; Edwards, R. Lawrence; Wang, Yongjin

    2012-02-01

    The development of a calibration of atmospheric radiocarbon (∆14C) is a significant scientific goal because it provides the means to link the numerous 14C dated paleoclimate records to a common timescale with absolutely dated records, and thereby improve our understanding the relationships between the carbon cycle and climate change. Currently, few calibration datasets that directly sample the atmospheric 14C reservoir are available beyond the end of the dendro-dated Holocene tree ring record at 12.6 kyr BP (Before 1950 AD). In the absence of suitable true atmospheric records, 14C calibrations beyond this age limit are based largely on marine data, that are complicated by the marine reservoir effect, which may have varied over the glacial cycle. In this paper, we present a high-resolution record of U-Th series and 14C measurements from Hulu Cave speleothem H82, spanning 10.6-26.8 kyr BP. Corrections for detrital 230Th are negligible, and the contribution of 14C-free geologic carbon to the speleothem calcite is small (5-6%) and is stable across major climate shifts. The time series provides a 16 kyr record of atmospheric ∆14C as well as an updated age model for the existing Hulu Cave δ18O record. The 14C data are in good overall agreement with existing marine and terrestrial 14C records, but comparisons with the Cariaco Basin marine ∆14C record through the deglacial interval reveal that the Cariaco reservoir age appears to have varied during parts of the Younger Dryas and Heinrich Stadial 1 cold events. This highlights the importance of developing extended high-resolution marine and terrestrial 14C records as a means of detecting changes in ocean circulation over the glacial cycle.

  16. Optic for an endoscope/borescope having high resolution and narrow field of view

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    Stone, Gary F.; Trebes, James E.

    2003-10-28

    An optic having optimized high spatial resolution, minimal nonlinear magnification distortion while at the same time having a limited chromatic focal shift or chromatic aberrations. The optic located at the distal end of an endoscopic inspection tool permits a high resolution, narrow field of view image for medical diagnostic applications, compared to conventional optics for endoscopic instruments which provide a wide field of view, low resolution image. The image coverage is over a narrow (<20 degrees) field of view with very low optical distortion (<5% pin cushion or barrel distortion. The optic is also optimized for best color correction as well as to aid medical diagnostics.

  17. High resolution atomic coherent control via spectral phase manipulation of an optical frequency comb.

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    Stowe, Matthew C; Cruz, Flavio C; Marian, Adela; Ye, Jun

    2006-04-21

    We demonstrate high resolution coherent control of cold atomic rubidium utilizing spectral phase manipulation of a femtosecond optical frequency comb. Transient coherent accumulation is directly manifested by the enhancement of signal amplitude and spectral resolution via the pulse number. The combination of frequency comb technology and spectral phase manipulation enables coherent control techniques to enter a new regime with natural linewidth resolution. PMID:16712153

  18. High Resolution Atomic Coherent Control via Spectral Phase Manipulation of an Optical Frequency Comb

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    Stowe, Matthew C.; Cruz, Flavio C.; Marian, Adela; Ye Jun

    2006-04-21

    We demonstrate high resolution coherent control of cold atomic rubidium utilizing spectral phase manipulation of a femtosecond optical frequency comb. Transient coherent accumulation is directly manifested by the enhancement of signal amplitude and spectral resolution via the pulse number. The combination of frequency comb technology and spectral phase manipulation enables coherent control techniques to enter a new regime with natural linewidth resolution.

  19. Flexible high-resolution film recorder system. [in NASA image processing facility for remote sensor data

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    Heffner, P.; Connell, E.

    1980-01-01

    The paper describes a high-resolution film recorder (HRFR) system capable of meeting the requirements of all of the imaging sensors for the recording support of NASA missions. The technical requirements imposed by sensor constraints and end users of the film product are examined, along with the implementation techniques to satisfy these requirements. The recorder can produce annotated imagery with array sizes ranging from 1 to 400 million picture elements and a programmable radiometric transfer function provided by the recorder. The HRFR requirements were grouped into three categories: (1) front end (input) requirements defined by the input medium, (2) operational requirements based on the volume, throughput, and changeover time from one mode to another, and (3) film product requirements determined by the needs of the end product user.

  20. All-optical control of cardiac excitation: combined high-resolution optogenetic actuation and optical mapping.

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    Entcheva, Emilia; Bub, Gil

    2016-05-01

    Cardiac tissue is an excitable system that can support complex spatiotemporal dynamics, including instabilities (arrhythmias) with lethal consequences. While over the last two decades optical mapping of excitation (voltage and calcium dynamics) has facilitated the detailed characterization of such arrhythmia events, until recently, no precise tools existed to actively interrogate cardiac dynamics in space and time. In this work, we discuss the combined use of new methods for space- and time-resolved optogenetic actuation and simultaneous fast, high resolution optical imaging of cardiac excitation waves. First, the mechanisms, limitations and unique features of optically induced responses in cardiomyocytes are outlined. These include the ability to bidirectionally control the membrane potential using depolarizing and hyperpolarizing opsins; the ability to induce prolonged sustained voltage changes; and the ability to control refractoriness and the shape of the cardiac action potential. At the syncytial tissue level, we discuss optogenetically enabled experimentation on cell-cell coupling, alteration of conduction properties and termination of propagating waves by light. Specific attention is given to space- and time-resolved application of optical stimulation using dynamic light patterns to perturb ongoing activation and to probe electrophysiological properties at desired tissue locations. The combined use of optical methods to perturb and to observe the system can offer new tools for precise feedback control of cardiac electrical activity, not available previously with pharmacological and electrical stimulation. These new experimental tools for all-optical electrophysiology allow for a level of precise manipulation and quantification of cardiac dynamics comparable in robustness to the computational setting, and can provide new insights into pacemaking, arrhythmogenesis and suppression or cardioversion. PMID:26857427

  1. High-Resolution Adaptive Optics Test-Bed for Vision Science

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    Wilks, S C; Thomspon, C A; Olivier, S S; Bauman, B J; Barnes, T; Werner, J S

    2001-09-27

    We discuss the design and implementation of a low-cost, high-resolution adaptive optics test-bed for vision research. It is well known that high-order aberrations in the human eye reduce optical resolution and limit visual acuity. However, the effects of aberration-free eyesight on vision are only now beginning to be studied using adaptive optics to sense and correct the aberrations in the eye. We are developing a high-resolution adaptive optics system for this purpose using a Hamamatsu Parallel Aligned Nematic Liquid Crystal Spatial Light Modulator. Phase-wrapping is used to extend the effective stroke of the device, and the wavefront sensing and wavefront correction are done at different wavelengths. Issues associated with these techniques will be discussed.

  2. High-resolution imaging of biological tissue with full-field optical coherence tomography

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    Zhu, Yue; Gao, Wanrong

    2015-03-01

    A new full-field optical coherence tomography system with high-resolution has been developed for imaging of cells and tissues. Compared with other FF-OCT (Full-field optical coherence tomography, FF-OCT) systems illuminated with optical fiber bundle, the improved Köhler illumination arrangement with a halogen lamp was used in the proposed FF-OCT system. High numerical aperture microscopic objectives were used for imaging and a piezoelectric ceramic transducer (PZT) was used for phase-shifting. En-face tomographic images can be obtained by applying the five-step phase-shifting algorithm to a series of interferometric images which are recorded by a smart camera. Three-dimensional images can be generated from these tomographic images. Imaging of the chip of Intel Pentium 4 processor demonstrated the ultrahigh resolution of the system (lateral resolution is 0.8μm ), which approaches the theoretical resolution 0.7 μm× 0.5 μm (lateral × axial). En-face images of cells of onion show an excellent performance of the system in generating en-face images of biological tissues. Then, unstained pig stomach was imaged as a tissue and gastric pits could be easily recognized using FF-OCT system. Our study provides evidence for the potential ability of FFOCT in identifying gastric pits from pig stomach tissue. Finally, label-free and unstained ex vivo human liver tissues from both normal and tumor were imaged with this FFOCT system. The results show that the setup has the potential for medical diagnosis applications such liver cancer diagnosis.

  3. [Measurement of OH radicals in flame with high resolution differential optical absorption spectroscopy].

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    Liu, Yu; Liu, Wen-Qing; Kan, Rui-Feng; Si, Fu-Qi; Xu, Zhen-Yu; Hu, Ren-Zhi; Xie, Pin-Hua

    2011-10-01

    The present paper describes a new developed high resolution differential optical absorption spectroscopy instrument used for the measurement of OH radicals in flame. The instrument consists of a Xenon lamp for light source; a double pass high resolution echelle spectrometer with a resolution of 3.3 pm; a multiple-reflection cell of 20 meter base length, in which the light reflects in the cell for 176 times, so the whole path length of light can achieve 3 520 meters. The OH radicals'6 absorption lines around 308 nm were simultaneously observed in the experiment. By using high resolution DOAS technology, the OH radicals in candles, kerosene lamp, and alcohol burner flames were monitored, and their concentrations were also inverted. PMID:22250529

  4. A high-resolution integrated optical spectrometer with applications to fibre sensor signal processing

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    Varasi, M.; Signorazzi, M.; Vannucci, A.; Dunphy, Jim

    1996-02-01

    An integrated optical device has been developed to realize the instrumentation for the processing of the optical signal such as those from fibre optic Bragg grating sensors (FBG) embedded in composite materials. The optical circuit integrates on X-cut 0957-0233/7/2/009/img7 an acousto-optical TE - TM converter included between two crossed polarizers, in order to realize a tunable high-resolution optical filter. The design and fabrication process parameters and solutions adopted with the aim of obtaining very-high-resolution filters ( FWHM < 0.45 nm at 1300 nm) are discussed. The device has been demonstrated to allow the polarization-independent spectrum analysis of in-fibre optical radiation, exploiting the heterodyne detection of the optical signals from the output of the acousto-optical tunable filter. The application as instrumentation for the processing of optical signals from such sensors is described and the experimental results are presented for the monitoring of static and dynamic deformations of composite material structures such as those in which the FBG sensors have been embedded.

  5. Application of high-resolution single-channel recording to functional studies of cystic fibrosis mutants.

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    Cai, Zhiwei; Sohma, Yoshiro; Bompadre, Silvia G; Sheppard, David N; Hwang, Tzyh-Chang

    2011-01-01

    The patch-clamp technique is a powerful and versatile method to investigate the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) Cl- channel, its malfunction in disease and modulation by small molecules. Here, we discuss how the molecular behaviour of CFTR is investigated using high-resolution single-channel recording and kinetic analyses of channel gating. We review methods used to quantify how cystic fibrosis (CF) mutants perturb the biophysical properties and regulation of CFTR. By explaining the relationship between macroscopic and single-channel currents, we demonstrate how single-channel data provide molecular explanations for changes in CFTR-mediated transepithelial ion transport elicited by CF mutants. PMID:21594800

  6. Application of High-Resolution Single-Channel Recording to Functional Studies of Cystic Fibrosis Mutants

    PubMed Central

    Cai, Zhiwei; Sohma, Yoshiro; Bompadre, Silvia G.; Sheppard, David N.; Hwang, Tzyh-Chang

    2016-01-01

    The patch-clamp technique is a powerful and versatile method to investigate the cystic fibrosis transmem-brane conductance regulator (CFTR) Cl− channel, its malfunction in disease and modulation by small molecules. Here, we discuss how the molecular behaviour of CFTR is investigated using high-resolution single-channel recording and kinetic analyses of channel gating. We review methods used to quantify how cystic fibrosis (CF) mutants perturb the biophysical properties and regulation of CFTR. By explaining the relationship between macroscopic and single-channel currents, we demonstrate how single-channel data provide molecular explanations for changes in CFTR-mediated transepithelial ion transport elicited by CF mutants. PMID:21594800

  7. Characterising the Last Interglacial: High-resolution palaeoclimatic records from the Mediterranean

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    Milner, Alice; Martrat, Belen; Skinner, Luke; Tzedakis, Polychronis; Grimalt, Joan

    2013-04-01

    Evidence of abrupt climate variability during the Last Interglacial (approximately equivalent to MIS 5e) and glacial inception is detected in a variety of palaeoarchives but the nature of the variability is not yet satisfactorily resolved, nor are the causes fully understood. To improve our understanding of the climatic forcing and response to abrupt variability, detailed palaeoclimate data from a range of sites are required. The sensitivity of the Mediterranean region to global climate change makes it an ideal location from which to investigate variability during interglacials on decadal to millennial- timescales. We present a high-resolution palaeoclimatic record from the Central Mediterranean Sea with an aim of better understanding interglacial climate evolution and variability in the Mediterranean and its links to high- and low-latitude climate systems. High-resolution alkenone- and faunal-based sea surface temperature and pollen data are presented for the mid-latitude ODP Site 963 in the Strait of Sicily. This coupled terrestrial-marine record allows in situ assessment of the leads and lags of climate change in the terrestrial and marine environments. The new data provide evidence for intra-interglacial variability both on land and in the ocean, with a similar level of climate variability to that seen in the North Atlantic marine and Greenland ice core records. Our results suggests a close relation between the high northern latitudes and the Mediterranean during the Last Interglacial.

  8. Fiber optic cable-based high-resolution, long-distance VGA extenders

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    Rhee, Jin-Geun; Lee, Iksoo; Kim, Heejoon; Kim, Sungjoon; Koh, Yeon-Wan; Kim, Hoik; Lim, Jiseok; Kim, Chur; Kim, Jungwon

    2013-02-01

    Remote transfer of high-resolution video information finds more applications in detached display applications for large facilities such as theaters, sports complex, airports, and security facilities. Active optical cables (AOCs) provide a promising approach for enhancing both the transmittable resolution and distance that standard copper-based cables cannot reach. In addition to the standard digital formats such as HDMI, the high-resolution, long-distance transfer of VGA format signals is important for applications where high-resolution analog video ports should be also supported, such as military/defense applications and high-resolution video camera links. In this presentation we present the development of a compressionless, high-resolution (up to WUXGA, 1920x1200), long-distance (up to 2 km) VGA extenders based on serialized technique. We employed asynchronous serial transmission and clock regeneration techniques, which enables lower cost implementation of VGA extenders by removing the necessity for clock transmission and large memory at the receiver. Two 3.125-Gbps transceivers are used in parallel to meet the required maximum video data rate of 6.25 Gbps. As the data are transmitted asynchronously, 24-bit pixel clock time stamp is employed to regenerate video pixel clock accurately at the receiver side. In parallel to the video information, stereo audio and RS-232 control signals are transmitted as well.

  9. Optimal site selection for a high-resolution ice core record in East Antarctica

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    Vance, Tessa R.; Roberts, Jason L.; Moy, Andrew D.; Curran, Mark A. J.; Tozer, Carly R.; Gallant, Ailie J. E.; Abram, Nerilie J.; van Ommen, Tas D.; Young, Duncan A.; Grima, Cyril; Blankenship, Don D.; Siegert, Martin J.

    2016-03-01

    Ice cores provide some of the best-dated and most comprehensive proxy records, as they yield a vast and growing array of proxy indicators. Selecting a site for ice core drilling is nonetheless challenging, as the assessment of potential new sites needs to consider a variety of factors. Here, we demonstrate a systematic approach to site selection for a new East Antarctic high-resolution ice core record. Specifically, seven criteria are considered: (1) 2000-year-old ice at 300 m depth; (2) above 1000 m elevation; (3) a minimum accumulation rate of 250 mm years-1 IE (ice equivalent); (4) minimal surface reworking to preserve the deposited climate signal; (5) a site with minimal displacement or elevation change in ice at 300 m depth; (6) a strong teleconnection to midlatitude climate; and (7) an appropriately complementary relationship to the existing Law Dome record (a high-resolution record in East Antarctica). Once assessment of these physical characteristics identified promising regions, logistical considerations (for site access and ice core retrieval) were briefly considered. We use Antarctic surface mass balance syntheses, along with ground-truthing of satellite data by airborne radar surveys to produce all-of-Antarctica maps of surface roughness, age at specified depth, elevation and displacement change, and surface air temperature correlations to pinpoint promising locations. We also use the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecast ERA 20th Century reanalysis (ERA-20C) to ensure that a site complementary to the Law Dome record is selected. We find three promising sites in the Indian Ocean sector of East Antarctica in the coastal zone from Enderby Land to the Ingrid Christensen Coast (50-100° E). Although we focus on East Antarctica for a new ice core site, the methodology is more generally applicable, and we include key parameters for all of Antarctica which may be useful for ice core site selection elsewhere and/or for other purposes.

  10. Optimal site selection for a high resolution ice core record in East Antarctica

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    Vance, T.; Roberts, J.; Moy, A.; Curran, M.; Tozer, C.; Gallant, A.; Abram, N.; van Ommen, T.; Young, D.; Grima, C.; Blankenship, D.; Siegert, M.

    2015-11-01

    Ice cores provide some of the best dated and most comprehensive proxy records, as they yield a vast and growing array of proxy indicators. Selecting a site for ice core drilling is nonetheless challenging, as the assessment of potential new sites needs to consider a variety of factors. Here, we demonstrate a systematic approach to site selection for a new East Antarctic high resolution ice core record. Specifically, seven criteria are considered: (1) 2000 year old ice at 300 m depth, (2) above 1000 m elevation, (3) a minimum accumulation rate of 250 mm yr-1 IE, (4) minimal surface re-working to preserve the deposited climate signal, (5) a site with minimal displacement or elevation change of ice at 300 m depth, (6) a strong teleconnection to mid-latitude climate and (7) an appropriately complementary relationship to the existing Law Dome record (a high resolution record in East Antarctica). Once assessment of these physical characteristics identified promising regions, logistical considerations (for site access and ice core retrieval) were briefly considered. We use Antarctic surface mass balance syntheses, along with ground-truthing of satellite data by airborne radar surveys to produce all-of-Antarctica maps of surface roughness, age at specified depth, elevation and displacement change and surface air temperature correlations to pinpoint promising locations. We also use the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecast ERA 20th Century reanalysis (ERA-20C) to ensure a site complementary to the Law Dome record is selected. We find three promising sites in the Indian Ocean sector of East Antarctica in the coastal zone from Enderby Land to the Ingrid Christensen Coast (50-100° E). Although we focus on East Antarctica for a new ice core site, the methodology is more generally applicable and we include key parameters for all of Antarctica which may be useful for ice core site selection elsewhere and/or for other purposes.

  11. Quasi-static high-resolution magnetic-field detection based on dielectric optical resonators

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    Ioppolo, Tindaro; Rubino, Edoardo

    2013-06-01

    In this paper we present a high resolution magnetic field sensor that is based on the perturbation of the optical modes (whispering gallery mode, WGM) of a spherical dielectric resonator. The optical resonator is side coupled to a tapered single mode optical fiber. One side of the optical fiber is coupled to a distribute feedback diode laser, while the other end is connected to a photodiode. The optical modes of the dielectric cavity are perturbed using a metglas sheet that is in contact with the resonator. When the metglas sheet is exposed to an external magnetic field it elongates perturbing the optical modes of the dielectric cavity. This in turn leads to a shift in the optical resonances. By measuring the induced WGM shift the magnetic field can be measured. Preliminary results show sensor resolution of a few nanoteslas.

  12. Optical design of a versatile FIRST high-resolution near-IR spectrograph

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    Zhao, Bo; Ge, Jian

    2012-09-01

    We report the update optical design of a versatile FIRST high resolution near IR spectrograph, which is called Florida IR Silicon immersion grating spectromeTer (FIRST). This spectrograph uses cross-dispersed echelle design with white pupils and also takes advantage of the image slicing to increase the spectra resolution, while maintaining the instrument throughput. It is an extremely high dispersion R1.4 (blazed angle of 54.74°) silicon immersion grating with a 49 mm diameter pupil is used as the main disperser at 1.4μm -1.8μm to produce R=72,000 while an R4 echelle with the same pupil diameter produces R=60,000 at 0.8μm -1.35μm. Two cryogenic Volume Phase Holographic (VPH) gratings are used as cross-dispersers to allow simultaneous wavelength coverage of 0.8μm -1.8μm. The butterfly mirrors and dichroic beamsplitters make a compact folding system to record these two wavelength bands with a 2kx2k H2RG array in a single exposure. By inserting a mirror before the grating disperser (the SIG and the echelle), this spectrograph becomes a very efficient integral field 3-D imaging spectrograph with R=2,000-4,000 at 0.8μm-1.8μm by coupling a 10x10 telescope fiber bundle with the spectrograph. Details about the optical design and performance are reported.

  13. Optimizing planar lipid bilayer single-channel recordings for high resolution with rapid voltage steps.

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    Wonderlin, W F; Finkel, A; French, R J

    1990-01-01

    We describe two enhancements of the planar bilayer recording method which enable low-noise recordings of single-channel currents activated by voltage steps in planar bilayers formed on apertures in partitions separating two open chambers. First, we have refined a simple and effective procedure for making small bilayer apertures (25-80 micrograms diam) in plastic cups. These apertures combine the favorable properties of very thin edges, good mechanical strength, and low stray capacitance. In addition to enabling formation of small, low-capacitance bilayers, this aperture design also minimizes the access resistance to the bilayer, thereby improving the low-noise performance. Second, we have used a patch-clamp headstage modified to provide logic-controlled switching between a high-gain (50 G omega) feedback resistor for high-resolution recording and a low-gain (50 M omega) feedback resistor for rapid charging of the bilayer capacitance. The gain is switched from high to low before a voltage step and then back to high gain 25 microseconds after the step. With digital subtraction of the residual currents produced by the gain switching and electrostrictive changes in bilayer capacitance, we can achieve a steady current baseline within 1 ms after the voltage step. These enhancements broaden the range of experimental applications for the planar bilayer method by combining the high resolution previously attained only with small bilayers formed on pipette tips with the flexibility of experimental design possible with planar bilayers in open chambers. We illustrate application of these methods with recordings of the voltage-step activation of a voltage-gated potassium channel. PMID:1698470

  14. Clinical in vivo two-photon microendoscopy for intradermal high-resolution imaging with GRIN optics

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    König, Karsten; Ehlers, Alexander; Riemann, Iris; Schenkl, Selma; Messerschmidt, Bernhard; Bückle, Rainer; Le Harzic, Ronan; Elsner, Peter; Kaatz, Martin

    2007-02-01

    Multiphoton tomography with the clinical femtosecond laser system DermaInspect has become an important non-invasive high resolution imaging tool for skin research, melanoma detection, and in situ drug monitoring of pharmaceutical and cosmetical components. The detection of endogenous fluorophores and SHG active biostructures such as mitochondrial NAD(P)H, melanin in melancytes and basal cells, as well as the extracellular matrix components elastin and collagen is achieved with submicron resolution when using high NA focusing optics. So far, the working distance was limited to 200 µm. In addition, the focusing optics was large in diameter (2-3 cm). Here we report for the first time on clinical deep-tissue high-resolution imaging with a novel high NA rigid GRIN microendoscope which extends the potential of clinical multiphoton tomography significantly. We performed the very first clinical in vivo measurements with two-photon endoscopes and studied wounds of patients with ulcus cruris.

  15. Construction of a High Resolution Microscope with Conventional and Holographic Optical Trapping Capabilities

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    Butterfield, Jacqualine; Hong, Weili; Mershon, Leslie; Vershinin, Michael

    2013-01-01

    High resolution microscope systems with optical traps allow for precise manipulation of various refractive objects, such as dielectric beads 1 or cellular organelles 2,3, as well as for high spatial and temporal resolution readout of their position relative to the center of the trap. The system described herein has one such "traditional" trap operating at 980 nm. It additionally provides a second optical trapping system that uses a commercially available holographic package to simultaneously create and manipulate complex trapping patterns in the field of view of the microscope 4,5 at a wavelength of 1,064 nm. The combination of the two systems allows for the manipulation of multiple refractive objects at the same time while simultaneously conducting high speed and high resolution measurements of motion and force production at nanometer and piconewton scale. PMID:23629580

  16. InSAR Forensics: Tracing InSAR Scatterers in High Resolution Optical Image

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    Wang, Yuanyuan; Zhu, XiaoXiang

    2015-05-01

    This paper presents a step towards a better interpretation of the scattering mechanism of different objects and their deformation histories in SAR interferometry (InSAR). The proposed technique traces individual SAR scatterer in high resolution optical images where their geometries, materials, and other properties can be better analyzed and classified. And hence scatterers of a same object can be analyzed in group, which brings us to a new level of InSAR deformation monitoring.

  17. A new high-resolution record of Holocene geomagnetic secular variation from New Zealand

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    Turner, G. M.; Howarth, J. D.; de Gelder, G. I. N. O.; Fitzsimons, S. J.

    2015-11-01

    We present the first full Holocene palaeomagnetic secular variation record from New Zealand. The 11 500 year-long record, from the sediments of Mavora Lakes, comprises composite declination, inclination and relative palaeointensity logs, compiled from two six-metre long cores and the uppermost 1.5 m of another. An age model has been developed from 28 AMS radiocarbon age determinations on fragments of southern beech (Lophozonia menziesii and Fuscospora cliffortioides) leaves. The excellent between-core correlation in all three components of the field results in a high-resolution palaeosecular variation record, with precise and accurate age control. The variations change in character from high amplitude in-phase declination and inclination swings in the earliest part of the record to low amplitude variations in the middle part and declination and inclination swings that are 90° out of phase, leading to broad looping of the vector in the upper part of the record, that is consistent with westward drifting sources in the outer core. The present-day field at the site (Dec = 24.2°E, Inc = - 70.7 °, F = 59 μT) represents a rare steep and easterly extreme direction, but close to average intensity. The palaeointensity is inferred to have varied between about 40 and 90 μT, with variations that, to some extent, mirror variations in the virtual axial geomagnetic dipole moment seen from global data, but also show some notable differences, particularly in the past few thousand years.

  18. The Potential for High-Resolution Palaeoclimate Records of the Pliocene from Speleothems

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    Drysdale, R.; Woodhead, J. D.; Hellstrom, J. C.

    2014-12-01

    The Pliocene is widely regarded as a useful analogue for future greenhouse warming and is thus an important interval for palaeoclimate study. Much of what we know about climate through the Pliocene comes from marine sediments. However, we know relatively little about interannual to interdecadal variability, yet reconstructing Pliocene climate at such resolution has the potential to yield important information for testing climate models. Recent advances in uranium-lead (U-Pb) dating have paved the way for investigating Pliocene (and older) high-resolution palaeoclimate records from speleothems. We present such an example from the Nullarbor Plain, Australia. The Nullabor is an emerged, karstified platform of Eocene to Miocene limestones situated on the arid southern fringe of the Australian continent. Caves developed in the karst preserve a large archive of ancient calcite speleothems, in stark contrast to the virtual lack of calcite speleothems today. U-Pb radiometric dating of these speleothems reveals that most the growth occurred during the Pliocene. The geochemistry of these speleothems suggests that the Nullarbor was a wetter and more-vegetated environment at the time. High-resolution geochemical analyses and fluorescence microscopy show that some of the speleothems are almost certainly annually laminated, and contain multi-proxy signatures similar to Holocene speleothems that are commonly associated with hydrological processes. We present a series of encouraging preliminary results from several specimens.

  19. High-resolution records of non-dipole variations derived from volcanic edifices

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    de Groot, L. V.; Biggin, A. J.; Dekkers, M. J.

    2013-12-01

    Our understanding of the short-term behavior of the Earth's magnetic field is currently mainly hampered by a lack of coeval high-resolution records of geomagnetic intensity variations that are well distributed over the globe. Lavas are the only recorder of short-term fluctuations of the geomagnetic field that are available for all parts of the world and on geological time scales. Therefore, many efforts have been made to improve the methodology to obtain reliable estimates of the paleointensity from igneous rocks over the past decades. It is well known that some paleointensity methods will work on certain lavas with specific thermomagnetic behavior, but fail for others. We therefore propose a ';multi-method paleointensity approach' that consists of Thellier-style, multispecimen-style, and calibrated pseudo-Thellier-style (AGU fall 2012 contribution GP43A-1122, submitted) experiments to construct high-resolution records of regional variations in the intensity of the Earth's magnetic field. With our new approach we obtain a reliable estimate of the paleointensity for 60-70 percent of all cooling units sampled. By applying our new approach to suites of lavas from Hawai'i (USA), and the Canary Islands (Spain) we obtain important constraints for short-term local geomagnetic intensity highs, and insight into their possible driving mechanisms. Our new record for Hawai'i indicates that, approximately 1000 years ago, the local field intensity increased on the order of 50% for 200 years - a qualitatively similar phenomenon observed 200 years earlier in western Europe (Gallet et al., 2005; Gómez-Paccard et al., 2012) and 500 years later in southwestern USA (Bowles et al., 2002). When these records are combined with a record for Japan (Yu, 2012), a coherent picture emerges that includes the dipole component decaying steadily since at least 1000 years ago. Superimposed onto this decay are strong but shorter-term intensity variations at a regional level whose asynchronicity

  20. High-resolution records of non-dipole variations derived from volcanic edifices

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    de Groot, Lennart; Biggin, Andrew; Dekkers, Mark

    2014-05-01

    Our understanding of the short-term behavior of the Earth's magnetic field is currently mainly hampered by a lack of coeval high-resolution records of geomagnetic intensity variations that are well distributed over the globe. Lavas are the only recorder of short-term fluctuations of the geomagnetic field that are available for all parts of the world and on geological time scales. Therefore, many efforts have been made to improve the methodology to obtain reliable estimates of the paleointensity from igneous rocks over the past decades. It is well known that some paleointensity methods will work on certain lavas with specific thermomagnetic behaviour, but fail for others. We therefore propose a 'multi-method paleointensity approach' that consists of Thellier-style, multispecimen-style, and calibrated pseudo-Thellier-style experiments to construct high-resolution records of regional variations in the intensity of the Earth's magnetic field. With our new approach we obtain a reliable estimate of the paleointensity for 60-70 percent of all cooling units sampled. By applying our new approach to suites of lavas from Hawaii (USA), and the Canary Islands (Spain) we obtain important constraints for short-term local geomagnetic intensity highs, and insight into their possible driving mechanisms. Our new record for Hawai'i indicates that, approximately 1000 years ago, the local field intensity increased on the order of 50% for 200 years - a qualitatively similar phenomenon observed 200 years earlier in western Europe (Gallet et al., 2005; Gomez-Paccard et al., 2012) and 500 years later in southwestern USA (Bowles et al., 2002). When these records are combined with a record for Japan (Yu, 2012), a coherent picture emerges that includes the dipole component decaying steadily since at least 1000 years ago. Superimposed onto this decay are strong but shorter-term intensity variations at a regional level whose asynchronicity necessitates a highly non-dipolar nature. Our

  1. High-resolution record of pyrogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon deposition during the 20th century.

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    Lima, Ana Lúcia C; Eglinton, Timothy I; Reddy, Christopher M

    2003-01-01

    A high-resolution record of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) deposition in Rhode Island over the past approximately 180 years was constructed using a sediment core from the anoxic Pettaquamscutt River basin. The record showed significantly more structure than has hitherto been reported and revealed four distinct maxima in PAH flux. The characteristic increase in PAH flux at the turn of the 20th century was captured in detail, leading to an initial maximum prior to the Great Depression. The overall peak in PAH flux in the 1950s was followed by a maximum that immediately preceded the 1973 Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) oil embargo. During the most recent portion of the record, an abrupt increase in PAH flux between 1996 and 1999 has been found to follow a period of near constant fluxes. Because source-diagnostic ratios indicate that petrogenic inputs are minor throughout the record, these trends are interpreted in terms of past variations in the magnitude and type of combustion processes. For the most recent PAH maximum, energy consumption data suggest that diesel fuel combustion, and hence traffic of heavier vehicles, is the most probable cause for the increase in PAH flux. Systematic variations in the relative abundance of individual PAHs in conjunction with the above changes in flux are interpreted in relation to the evolution of combustion processes. Coronene, retene, and perylene are notable exceptions, exhibiting unique down-core profiles. PMID:12542290

  2. High-resolution palaeomagnetic records of the Laschamp geomagnetic excursion from ODP Sites 1061 and 1062

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    Bourne, M. D.; Henderson, G. M.; Thomas, A. L.; Mac Niocaill, C.

    2012-12-01

    The Laschamp geomagnetic excursion (~41 ka) was a brief global deviation in geomagnetic field behaviour from that expected during normal secular variation. Previously published records suggest rapid changes in field direction and a concurrent substantial decrease in field intensity. We present here high-resolution palaeomagnetic records of the Laschamp excursion obtained from two Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Sites 1061 and 1062 on the Blake-Bahama Outer Ridge (ODP Leg 172) and compare this record with previously published records of the Blake and Iceland Basin Excursions. Relatively high sedimentation rates (>10 cm kyr-1) at these locations allow the determination of transitional field behaviour during the excursion. Rather than assuming a constant sedimentation rate between assigned age tie-points, we employ measurements of 230Thxs concentration in the sediment to assess variations in the sedimentation rates through the core sections of interest. This allows us to better determine the temporal behaviour of the Laschamp excursion with greater accuracy and known uncertainty. The Laschamp excursion at this location appears to be much shorter in duration than the Blake and Iceland Basin excursions. Palaeomagnetic measurements of discrete samples from four cores reveal a single excursional feature, across an interval of 30 cm, associated with a broader palaeointensity low. The excursion is characterised by rapid transitions (less than 500 years) between a stable normal polarity and a partially-reversed, polarity. Peaks in inclination either side of the directional excursion indicate periods of time when the local field is dominated by vertical flux patches. Similar behaviour has been observed in records of the Iceland Basin Excursion from the same region. The palaeointensity record is in good agreement between the two sites. The palaeointensity record shows two minima, where the second dip in intensity is associated with a more limited directional deviation. Similar

  3. Low-power high-resolution 32-channel neural recording system.

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    Yun, Xiao; Kim, Donghwi; Stanaćević, Milutin; Mainen, Zachary

    2007-01-01

    A design of low-power 32-channel neural recording system with on-chip high-resolution A/D converters is presented. A neural front-end including low-noise fully differential pre-amplifier, gain stage, and buffer consumes only 56 mu W. Two 13-bits extended counting A/D converters running at 512KHz sampling rate are integrated with 32 neural front-ends on a chip. The experimental prototype was designed in 0.6 microm CMOS process. With a 3.3V power supply, total power consumption of a chip is 22mW and the whole system occupies an area of 3mm x 3mm. PMID:18002470

  4. In Situ Visualization of Tears on Contact Lens Using Ultra High Resolution Optical Coherence Tomography

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    Wang, Jianhua; Jiao, Shuliang; Ruggeri, Marco; Shousha, Mohammed Abou; Chen, Qi

    2012-01-01

    Objective To demonstrate the capability of directly visualizing the tear film on contact lenses using optical coherence tomography (OCT). Methods Six eyes of three healthy subjects wearing PureVision and ACUVUE Advance soft and Boston RGP hard contact lenses were imaged with a custom built, high speed, ultra-high resolution spectral domain optical coherence tomograph. Refresh Liquigel was used to demonstrate the effect of artificial tears on the tear film. Results Ultra high resolution images of the pre- and post-lens films were directly visualized when each lens was inserted onto the eye. After the instillation of artificial tears during lens wear, the tear film was thicker. The post-lens tear film underneath the lens edge was clearly shown. Interactions between the lens edges and the ocular surface were obtained for each of the lens types and base curves. With a contrast enhancement agent, tear menisci on the contact lenses around the upper and lower eyelids were highlighted. With hard contact lenses, the tear film was visualized clearly and changed after a blink when the lens was pulled up by the lid. Conclusions Ultra-high resolution OCT is a potentially promising technique for imaging tears around contact lenses. This successful demonstration of in situ post-lens tear film imaging suggests that OCT could open a new era in studying tear dynamics during contact lens wear. The novel method may lead to new ways of evaluating contact lens fitting. PMID:19265323

  5. High-resolution full-field optical coherence microscopy using a broadband light-emitting diode.

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    Ogien, Jonas; Dubois, Arnaud

    2016-05-01

    High-resolution full-field optical coherence microscopy (FF-OCM) is demonstrated using a single broadband light-emitting diode (LED). The characteristics of the LED-illumination FF-OCM system are measured and compared to those obtained using a halogen lamp, the light source of reference in FF-OCM. Both light sources yield identical performance in terms of spatial resolution and detection sensitivity, using the same setup and camera. In particular, an axial resolution of 0.7 μm (in water) is reached. A Xenopus laevis tadpole and ex-vivo human skin have been imaged using both sources, resulting in similar images, showing for the first time that LEDs could favorably replace halogen lamps in high-resolution FF-OCM for biomedical imaging. PMID:27137603

  6. High-resolution and wide-bandwidth light intensity fiber optic displacement sensor for MEMS metrology.

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    Orłowska, Karolina; Świątkowski, Michał; Kunicki, Piotr; Kopiec, Daniel; Gotszalk, Teodor

    2016-08-01

    We report on the design, properties, and applications of a high-resolution and wide-bandwidth light intensity fiber optic displacement sensor for microelectromechanical system (MEMS) metrology. There are two types of structures that the system is dedicated to: vibrating with both high and low frequencies. In order to ensure high-frequency and high-resolution measurements, frequency down mixing and selective signal processing were applied. The obtained effective measuring bandwidth ranges from single hertz to 1 megahertz. The achieved resolution presented here is 116  pm/Hz1/2 and 138  pm/Hz1/2 for low-frequency and high-frequency operation modes, respectively, whereas the measurement of static displacement is 100 μm. PMID:27505377

  7. Far-field high resolution effects and manipulating of electromagnetic waves based on transformation optics

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    Ji, XueBin; Zang, XiaoFei; Li, Zhou; Shi, Cheng; Chen, Lin; Cai, Bin; Zhu, YiMing

    2015-05-01

    Based on the transformation optics (TO) and the effective medium theory (EMT), a new illusion media with homogeneous and isotropic materials is proposed to realize the far-field high resolution effects. When two point sources with the separation distance of λ0 / 4 are covered with the illusion media (λ0 is the free-space wavelength), the corresponding far-field pattern is equivalent to the case of two point sources with the separation distance larger than λ0 / 2 in free space, leading to the far-field high resolution effects (in free space, the separation distance of λ0 / 4 is less than half-wavelength, and thus the two point sources cannot be distinguished from each other). Furthermore, such illusion media can be applied to design tunable high-directivity antenna and an angle-dependent floating carpet cloak. Full wave simulations are carried out to verify the performance of our device.

  8. A high-resolution δ18O record and Mediterranean climate variability

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    Taricco, C.; Vivaldo, G.; Alessio, S.; Rubinetti, S.; Mancuso, S.

    2015-03-01

    A high-resolution, well-dated foraminiferal δ18O record from a shallow-water core drilled from the Gallipoli Terrace in the Gulf of Taranto (Ionian Sea), previously measured over the last two millennia, has been extended to cover 707 BC-AD 1979. Spectral analysis of this series, performed using singular-spectrum analysis (SSA) and other classical and advanced methods, strengthens the results obtained analysing the shorter δ18O profile, detecting the same highly significant oscillations of about 600, 380, 170, 130 and 11 years, respectively explaining about 12, 7, 5, 2 and 2% of the time series total variance, plus a millennial trend (18% of the variance). The comparison with the results of multi-channel singular-spectrum analysis (MSSA) applied to a data set of 26 Northern Hemisphere (NH) temperature-proxy records shows that NH temperature anomalies share with our local record a~long-term trend and a bicentennial (170-year period) cycle. These two variability modes, previously identified as temperature-driven, are the most powerful modes in the NH temperature data set. Both the long-term trends and the bicentennial oscillations, when reconstructed locally and hemispherically, show coherent phases. Furthermore, the corresponding local and hemispheric amplitudes are comparable if changes in the precipitation-evaporation balance of the Ionian sea, presumably associated with temperature changes, are taken into account.

  9. A high-resolution δ18O record and Mediterranean climate variability

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    Taricco, C.; Vivaldo, G.; Alessio, S.; Rubinetti, S.; Mancuso, S.

    2014-10-01

    A~high-resolution, well-dated foraminiferal δ18O record from a shallow-water core drilled from the Gallipoli Terrace in the Gulf of Taranto (Ionian Sea), previously measured over the last two millennia, has been extended to cover 707 BC-1979 AD. Spectral analysis of this series, performed by Singular Spectrum Analysis (SSA) and other classical and advanced methods, strengthens the results obtained analysing the shorter δ18O profile, detecting the same highly significant oscillations of about 600 yr, 380 yr, 170 yr, 130 yr, and 11 yr, respectively explaining about 12%, 7%, 5%, 2% and 2% of the time series total variance, plus a millennial trend (18% of the variance). The comparison with the results of Multi-channel Singular Spectrum Analysis (MSSA) applied to a data set of 26 Northern Hemisphere (NH) temperature-proxy records shows that NH temperature anomalies share with our local record a long-term trend and a bicentennial cycle. These two variability modes, previously identified as temperature-driven, are the most powerful modes in the NH temperature data set. Both the long-term trends and the bicentennial oscillations, when reconstructed locally and hemispherically, show coherent phases. Also the corresponding local and hemispheric amplitudes are comparable, if changes in the precipitation-evaporation balance of the Ionian sea, presumably associated with temperature changes, are taken into account.

  10. Low Frequency Error Analysis and Calibration for High-Resolution Optical Satellite's Uncontrolled Geometric Positioning

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    Wang, Mi; Fang, Chengcheng; Yang, Bo; Cheng, Yufeng

    2016-06-01

    The low frequency error is a key factor which has affected uncontrolled geometry processing accuracy of the high-resolution optical image. To guarantee the geometric quality of imagery, this paper presents an on-orbit calibration method for the low frequency error based on geometric calibration field. Firstly, we introduce the overall flow of low frequency error on-orbit analysis and calibration, which includes optical axis angle variation detection of star sensor, relative calibration among star sensors, multi-star sensor information fusion, low frequency error model construction and verification. Secondly, we use optical axis angle change detection method to analyze the law of low frequency error variation. Thirdly, we respectively use the method of relative calibration and information fusion among star sensors to realize the datum unity and high precision attitude output. Finally, we realize the low frequency error model construction and optimal estimation of model parameters based on DEM/DOM of geometric calibration field. To evaluate the performance of the proposed calibration method, a certain type satellite's real data is used. Test results demonstrate that the calibration model in this paper can well describe the law of the low frequency error variation. The uncontrolled geometric positioning accuracy of the high-resolution optical image in the WGS-84 Coordinate Systems is obviously improved after the step-wise calibration.

  11. Ultra-high resolution spectral domain optical coherence tomography using supercontinuum light source

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    Lim, Yiheng; Yatagai, Toyohiko; Otani, Yukitoshi

    2016-04-01

    An ultra-high resolution spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) was developed using a cost-effective supercontinuum laser. A spectral filter consists of a dispersive prism, a cylindrical lens and a right-angle prism was built to transmit the wavelengths in range 680-940 nm to the OCT system. The SD-OCT has achieved 1.9 μm axial resolution and the sensitivity was estimated to be 91.5 dB. A zero-crossing fringes matching method which maps the wavelengths to the pixel indices of the spectrometer was proposed for the OCT spectral calibration. A double sided foam tape as a static sample and the tip of a middle finger as a biological sample were measured by the OCT. The adhesive and the internal structure of the foam of the tape were successfully visualized in three dimensions. Sweat ducts was clearly observed in the OCT images at very high resolution. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of ultra-high resolution visualization of sweat duct by OCT.

  12. North Atlantic Holocene climate evolution recorded by high-resolution terrestrial and marine biomarker records

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    Moossen, Heiko; Bendle, James; Seki, Osamu; Quillmann, Ursula; Kawamura, Kimitaka

    2015-12-01

    Holocene climatic change is driven by a plethora of forcing mechanisms acting on different time scales, including: insolation, internal ocean (e.g. Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation; AMOC) and atmospheric (e.g. North Atlantic Oscillation; NAO) variability. However, it is unclear how these driving mechanisms interact with each other. Here we present five, biomarker based, paleoclimate records (air-, sea surface temperature and precipitation), from a fjordic sediment core, revealing North Atlantic terrestrial and marine climate in unprecedented detail. The Early Holocene (10.7-7.8 kyrs BP) is characterised by relatively high air temperatures while SSTs are dampened by melt water events, and relatively low precipitation. The Middle Holocene (7.8-3.2 kyrs BP) is characterised by peak SSTs, declining air temperatures and high precipitation. A pronounced marine thermal maximum occurs between ∼7-5.5 kyrs BP, 3000 years after the terrestrial thermal maximum, driven by melt water cessation and an accelerating AMOC. The neoglacial cooling, between 5.8 and 3.2 kyrs BP leads into the late Holocene. We demonstrate that an observed modern link between Icelandic precipitation variability during different NAO phases, may have existed from ∼7.5 kyrs BP. A simultaneous decoupling of both air, and sea surface temperature records from declining insolation at ∼3.2 kyrs BP may indicate a threshold, after which internal feedback mechanisms, namely the NAO evolved to be the primary drivers of Icelandic climate on centennial time-scales.

  13. High-resolution isotopic records from corals using ocean temperature and mass-spawning chronometers

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    Gagan, Michael K.; Chivas, Allan R.; Isdale, Peter J.

    1994-02-01

    We present a 6-year-long (1978-1984) delta O-18 and delta C-13 record from a Great Barrier Reef (Pandora Reef) Porites lutea coral based on near-weekly sample intervals. A sampling technique was designed to minimise any smoothing or distortion of the isotopic record due to complex coral growth, calyx architecture, and calcification at depth within the tissue layer. The arrival-time of the mid-winter minimum sea-surface temperature is very consistent (+/- 2 weeks) near Pandora Reef and provides an annual time-marker offering more precision than the traditional density band chronometer. The improved chronology and high-resolution record demonstrate that signal distortion in Porites, due to calcification within the tissue layer and variable intra-annual coral extension, is generally negligible. Also confirmed is that the arrival-time of monsoonal floods is precisely preserved (+/- 1 week) within the skeleton of Porites. The sensitivity of weekly sampling allows the detection of a subtle warm-to-cool sea-surface temperature anomaly which preceded, by more than one year, a similar temperature anomaly associated with the 1982-83 El Nino in the east Pacific. Sharply higher delta C-13 values coincide with the time of the annual coral mass-spawning event in the Great Barrier Reef. Recognition of this mass-spawning signal should simplify the interpretation of coral delta C-13 records and provides an additional, precise time-marker with which to adjust chronologies when intra-annual coral extension is not constant.

  14. High-resolution record of the Laschamp geomagnetic excursion at the Blake-Bahama Outer Ridge

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    Bourne, Mark D.; Mac Niocaill, Conall; Thomas, Alex L.; Henderson, Gideon M.

    2013-12-01

    Geomagnetic excursions are brief deviations of the geomagnetic field from behaviour expected during `normal secular' variation. The Laschamp excursion at ˜41 ka was one such deviation. Previously published records suggest rapid changes in field direction and a concurrent substantial decrease in field intensity associated with this excursion. Accurate dating of excursions, and determination of their durations from multiple locations, is vital to our understanding of global field behaviour during these deviations. We present here high-resolution palaeomagnetic records of the Laschamp excursion obtained from two Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Sites, 1061 and 1062 on the Blake-Bahama Outer Ridge (ODP Leg 172). High sedimentation rates (˜30-40 cm kyr-1) at these locations allow determination of transitional field behaviour during the excursion. Palaeomagnetic measurements of discrete samples from four cores reveal a single excursional feature, across an interval of 30 cm, associated with a broader palaeointensity low. We determine the age and duration of the Laschamp excursion using a stratigraphy linked to the δ18O record from the Greenland ice cores. This chronology dates the Laschamp excursion at the Blake Ridge to 41.3 ka. The excursion is characterized by rapid transitions (less than 200 yr) between stable normal polarity and a partially reversed polarity state. The palaeointensity record is in good agreement between the two sites, revealing two prominent minima. The first minimum is associated with the Laschamp excursion at 41 ka and the second corresponds to the Mono Lake excursion at ˜35.5 ka. We determine that the directional excursion during the Laschamp at this location was no longer than ˜400 yr, occurring within a palaeointensity minimum that lasted 2000 yr. The Laschamp excursion at this location is much shorter in duration than the Blake and Iceland Basin excursions.

  15. Ultra-high resolution filter and optical field modulator based on a surface plasmon polariton.

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    Wu, Wenjun; Yang, Junbo; Zhang, Jingjing; Huang, Jie; Chen, Dingbo; Wang, Hongqing

    2016-05-15

    A new filter structure and optical field modulator with ultra-high resolution based on plasmonic nano-cavity resonators is proposed and numerically investigated. The structure consists of a square nano-cavity resonator connected with several waveguides. All waveguides and cavity are etched on a silver film whose size is 1.1×0.75  μm. Compared with traditional filters, the FWHM (full width at half-maximum) of this structure's spectrum curve can be less than 7 nm; namely, the resolution has been greatly improved. The structure also presents the feature of an optical field modulator when both inputs are working simultaneously, and it provides a promising way to design and manufacture future optical logical device. PMID:27176990

  16. High-resolution X-ray imaging by polycapillary optics and lithium fluoride detectors combination

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    Hampai, D.; Dabagov, S. B.; Della Ventura, G.; Bellatreccia, F.; Magi, M.; Bonfigli, F.; Montereali, R. M.

    2011-12-01

    Novel results on high-resolution X-ray imaging by a table-top laboratory system based on lithium fluoride (LiF) imaging radiation detectors and a X-ray tube combined with polycapillary optics are reported for the first time. In this paper, imaging experiments of reference objects, as well as thick geological samples, show some of the potentialities of this approach for the development of a compact laboratory X-ray microscopy apparatus. The high spatial resolution and dynamic range of versatile LiF imaging detectors, based on optical reading of photoluminescence from X-ray-induced color centers in LiF crystals and films, allow us to use very simple contact imaging techniques. Promising applications can be foreseen in the fields of bio-medical imaging diagnostics, characterization of X-ray sources and optical elements, material science and photonics.

  17. Fusing electro-optic and infrared signals for high resolution night images

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    Huang, Xiaopeng; Netravali, Ravi; Man, Hong; Lawrence, Victor

    2012-03-01

    Electro-optic (EO) images exhibit the properties of high resolution and low noise level, while it is a challenge to distinguish objects at night through infrared (IR) images, especially for objects with a similar temperature. Therefore, we will propose a novel framework of IR image enhancement based on the information (e.g., edge) from EO images, which will result in high resolution IR images and help us distinguish objects at night. Superimposing the detected edge of the EO image onto the corresponding transformed IR image is our principal idea for the proposed framework. In this framework, we will adopt the theoretical point spread function (PSF) proposed by Russell C. Hardie et al. for our IR image system, which is contributed by the modulation transfer function (MTF) of a uniform detector array and the incoherent optical transfer function (OTF) of diffraction-limited optics. In addition, we will design an inverse filter in terms of the proposed PSF to conduct the IR image transformation. The framework requires four main steps, which are inverse filter-based IR image transformation, EO image edge detection, registration and superimposing of the obtained image pair. Simulation results will show the superimposed IR images.

  18. Progress on the Gemini High-Resolution Optical SpecTrograph (GHOST) design

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    Ireland, Michael; Anthony, Andre; Burley, Greg; Chisholm, Eric; Churilov, Vladimir; Dunn, Jennifer; Frost, Gabriella; Lawrence, Jon; Loop, David; McGregor, Peter; Martell, Sarah; McConnachie, Alan; McDermid, Richard M.; Pazder, John; Reshetov, Vlad; Robertson, J. G.; Sheinis, Andrew; Tims, Julia; Young, Peter; Zhelem, Ross

    2014-07-01

    The Gemini High-Resolution Optical SpecTrograph (GHOST) is the newest instrument being developed for the Gemini telescopes, in a collaboration between the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO), the NRC - Herzberg in Canada and the Australian National University (ANU). We describe the process of design optimisation that utilizes the unique strengths of the new partner, NRC - Herzberg, the design and need for the slit viewing camera system, and we describe a simplification for the lenslet-based slit reformatting. Finally, we out- line the updated project plan, and describe the unique scientific role this instrument will have in an international context, from exoplanets through to the distant Universe.

  19. Optical design for a breadboard high-resolution spectrometer for SIRTF/IRS

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    Brown, Robert J.; Houck, James R.; van Cleve, Jeffrey E.

    1996-11-01

    The optical design of a breadboard high resolution infrared spectrometer for the IRS instrument on the SIRTF mission is discussed. The spectrometer uses a crossed echelle grating configuration to cover the spectral region from 10 to 20 micrometer with a resolving power of approximately equals 600. The all reflective spectrometer forms a nearly diffraction limited image of the two dimensional spectrum on a 128 multiplied by 128 arsenic doped silicon area array with 75 micrometer pixels. The design aspects discussed include, grating numerology, image quality, packaging and alignment philosophy.

  20. High-resolution deep-tissue optical imaging using anti-Stokes phosphors

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    Popov, A. P.; Karmenyan, A. V.; Bykov, A. V.; Khaydukov, E. V.; Nechaev, A. V.; Bibikova, O. A.; Panchenko, V. Y.; Semchishen, V. A.; Seminogov, V. N.; Akhmanov, A. S.; Sokolov, V. I.; Kinnunen, M. T.; Tuchin, V. V.; Zvyagin, A. V.

    2013-06-01

    We report on the high-resolution deep-tissue imaging using novel water-dispersible upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) β-NaYF4:Yb3+:Tm3+. Luminescence from the UCNP embedded into tissue-mimicking phantoms at the depth of 4 mm epi-illuminated with 975-nm laser radiation was detected. Fiber-optic detection shows 2-times better resolution compared with that obtained using CCD-based imaging modality. The conversion efficiency of upconversion particles and their cytotoxicity to HeLa cells were also investigated and reported.

  1. Developmental and morphological studies in Japanese medaka with ultra-high resolution optical coherence tomography

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    Gladys, Fanny Moses; Matsuda, Masaru; Lim, Yiheng; Jackin, Boaz Jessie; Imai, Takuto; Otani, Yukitoshi; Yatagai, Toyohiko; Cense, Barry

    2015-01-01

    We propose ultra-high resolution optical coherence tomography to study the morphological development of internal organs in medaka fish in the post-embryonic stages at micrometer resolution. Different stages of Japanese medaka were imaged after hatching in vivo with an axial resolution of 2.8 µm in tissue. Various morphological structures and organs identified in the OCT images were then compared with the histology. Due to the medaka’s close resemblance to vertebrates, including humans, these morphological features play an important role in morphogenesis and can be used to study diseases that also occur in humans. PMID:25780725

  2. High Resolution Spectroscopy of Naphthalene Calibrated by AN Optical Frequency Comb

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    Nishiyama, Akiko; Nakashima, Kazuki; Matsuba, Ayumi; Misono, Masatoshi

    2015-06-01

    In high-resolution molecular spectroscopy, the precise measure of the optical frequency is crucial to evaluate minute shifts and splittings of the energy levels. On the other hand, in such spectroscopy, thousands of spectral lines distributed over several wavenumbers have to be measured by a continuously scanning cw laser. Therefore, the continuously changing optical frequency of the scanning laser has to be determined with enough precision. To satisfy these contradictory requirements, we have been developed two types of high-resolution spectroscopic systems employing an optical frequency comb. One of the systems employs RF band-pass filters to generate equally spaced frequency markers for optical frequency calibration, and is appropriate for wide wavelength-range measurement with relatively high scanning rate.^a In the other system, the beat frequency between the optical frequency comb and the scanning laser is controlled by an acousto-optic frequency shifter. This system is suitable for more precise measurement, and enables detailed analyses of frequency characteristics of scanning laser.^b In the present study, we observe Doppler-free two-photon absorption spectra of A^1B1u (v_4 = 1) ← X^1A_g (v = 0) transition of naphthalene around 298 nm. The spectral lines are rotationally resolved and the resolution is about 100 kHz. For ^qQ transition, the rotational lines are assigned, and molecular constants in the excited state are determined. In addition, we analyze the origin of the measured linewidth and Coriolis interactions between energy levels. To determine molecular constants more precisely, we proceed to measure and analyze spectra of other transitions, such as ^sS transitions. ^a A. Nishiyama, D. Ishikawa, and M. Misono, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 30, 2107 (2013). ^b A. Nishiyama, A. Matsuba, and M. Misono, Opt. Lett. 39, 4923 (2014).

  3. High-Resolution Glacial Discharge Records From Deep-Water Tidal Rhythmites in an Alaskan Fjord

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    Jackolski, C. L.; Cowan, E. A.; Jaeger, J. M.; Powell, R. D.

    2006-12-01

    In this study we have compiled and analyzed two high-resolution records of deep-water tidal rhythmites derived from glacial discharges. The rhythmites contain an average of 1 cm of sediment thickness per week during the melt-season. Two sediment cores over 17-m-long were collected from Muir Inlet, Glacier Bay National Park, Southeast Alaska, aboard the R/V Maurice Ewing in 2004 (EW0408). One core (core 60JC) was collected just north of the mouth of Wachusett Inlet. The other (core 62JC) was collected 3.8 km due north of 60JC in a separate basin more proximal to Muir and McBride Glaciers. In Glacier Bay, glacial retreat since the Little Ice Age Maximum is well constrained by historical mapping of glacial temini, and local climate records exist as well. The next step after establishing glacial discharge records is to test hypotheses relating glacial discharge to temperature and rainfall. The cores were subsampled with ODP-style u-channels and scanned for magnetic susceptibility and bulk density. X-radiographs of u-channels were collected to observe small-scale (42 microns/pixel) density differences between silt and mud laminae. Spring-neap tidal packages, representing 2-week periods during summer, are visible because of closely-spaced bounding silt laminae. Seasonality is marked by winter gravelly mud (diamicton) beds and/or spring plankton blooms. Spring-neap packages and seasonal markers were considered jointly in order to construct two mostly continuous records of spring-neap packages and melt- season deposits in each core. Secondarily, melt-season duration, which we define as the number of spring- neap packages occurring in a melt-season, was determined. We found that core 60JC extends back 83 years. 75 of those years were identified as having complete, contiguous melt-season deposits that are, on average, 17 cm thick and contain 8.3 spring-neap packages. Core 62JC extends back 62 years. 57 of those years were identified as having complete, contiguous melt

  4. A High Resolution Stable Isotope Record of the lower Danian from the Caravaca Section (SE Spain)

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    Moretti, M.; Galeotti, S.; Lanci, L.; Pagani, M.

    2014-12-01

    Early Eocene hyperthermals represent large perturbations of the global carbon cycle characterized by significant global temperature increases. The best known and largest episode is represented by the Paleocene Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) also known as the Eocene Thermal Maximum 1 (ETM1), which occurs at ~55.7 Ma. Two other major episodes include the ETM2 (~55.7 Ma) and the ETM3 (~54.3 Ma). Available geochemical and sedimentary records indicates that other hyperthermal events might have occurred during the Paleocene, including the DanC2 event at ~ 65.4 Ma (Quillévéré et al., 2008), Top C27N event at ~61.6 Ma (Westerhold et al., 2008) and the Lower C29N event (Coccioni et al., 2012). A key feature of hyperthermals is the abrupt negative shift in δ13C values, which is interpreted to reflect the release of a large mass of 13C-depleted carbon in the form of CH4 and/or CO2 into the atmosphere-ocean system, causing dramatic warming and ocean acidification (Zachos et al., 2005). Here we present a high resolution biostratigraphic, magnetic susceptibility, and geochemical record of the lower Danian from the Caravaca section (SE Spain). By combining inorganic and organic geochimistry proxies we were able to identify the Dan-C2 event in our section and the Lower C29N event. A sampling spacing of 5 cm corresponding to ~3 kyr in the time domain based on the average sedimentation rate of 1.5 cm/kyr (Smit, 2004) provides a well resolved record of the two events. This resolution can be used to detect short-term periodicity and, therefore, accurately determine the timing of the two events and their duration.

  5. Automatic Near-Real-Time Image Processing Chain for Very High Resolution Optical Satellite Data

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    Ostir, K.; Cotar, K.; Marsetic, A.; Pehani, P.; Perse, M.; Zaksek, K.; Zaletelj, J.; Rodic, T.

    2015-04-01

    In response to the increasing need for automatic and fast satellite image processing SPACE-SI has developed and implemented a fully automatic image processing chain STORM that performs all processing steps from sensor-corrected optical images (level 1) to web-delivered map-ready images and products without operator's intervention. Initial development was tailored to high resolution RapidEye images, and all crucial and most challenging parts of the planned full processing chain were developed: module for automatic image orthorectification based on a physical sensor model and supported by the algorithm for automatic detection of ground control points (GCPs); atmospheric correction module, topographic corrections module that combines physical approach with Minnaert method and utilizing anisotropic illumination model; and modules for high level products generation. Various parts of the chain were implemented also for WorldView-2, THEOS, Pleiades, SPOT 6, Landsat 5-8, and PROBA-V. Support of full-frame sensor currently in development by SPACE-SI is in plan. The proposed paper focuses on the adaptation of the STORM processing chain to very high resolution multispectral images. The development concentrated on the sub-module for automatic detection of GCPs. The initially implemented two-step algorithm that worked only with rasterized vector roads and delivered GCPs with sub-pixel accuracy for the RapidEye images, was improved with the introduction of a third step: super-fine positioning of each GCP based on a reference raster chip. The added step exploits the high spatial resolution of the reference raster to improve the final matching results and to achieve pixel accuracy also on very high resolution optical satellite data.

  6. High-resolution temperature sensing in the Dead Sea using fiber optics

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    Arnon, A.; Lensky, N. G.; Selker, J. S.

    2014-02-01

    The thermal stratification of the Dead Sea was observed in high spatial and temporal resolution by means of fiber-optics temperature sensing. The aim of the research was to employ the novel high-resolution profiler in studying the dynamics of the thermal structure of the Dead Sea and the related processes including the investigation of the metalimnion fluctuations. The 18 cm resolution profiling system was placed vertically through the water column supported by a buoy 450 m from shore, from 2 m above to 53 m below the water surface (just above the local seafloor), covering the entire seasonal upper layer (the metalimnion had an average depth of ˜20 m). Temperature profiles were recorded every 5 min. The May to July 2012 data set allowed quantitative investigation of the thermal morphology dynamics, including objective definitions of key locations within the metalimnion based on the temperature depth profile and its first and second depth derivatives. Analysis of the fluctuation of the defined metalimnion locations showed strong anticorrelation to measured sea level fluctuations. The slope of the sea level versus metalimnion depth was found to be related to the density ratio of the upper layer and the underlying main water body, according to the prediction of a two-layer model. The heat content of the entire water column was calculated by integrating the temperature profiles. The vertically integrated apparent heat content was seen to vary by 50% in a few hours. These fluctuations were not correlated to the atmospheric heat fluxes, nor to the momentum transfer, but were highly correlated to the metalimnion and the sea level fluctuations (r = 0.84). The instantaneous apparent heat flux was 3 orders of magnitude larger than that delivered by radiation, with no direct correlation to the frequency of radiation and wind in the lake. This suggests that the source of the momentary heat flux is lateral advection due to internal waves (with no direct relation to the diurnal

  7. Ship detection for high resolution optical imagery with adaptive target filter

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    Ju, Hongbin

    2015-10-01

    Ship detection is important due to both its civil and military use. In this paper, we propose a novel ship detection method, Adaptive Target Filter (ATF), for high resolution optical imagery. The proposed framework can be grouped into two stages, where in the first stage, a test image is densely divided into different detection windows and each window is transformed to a feature vector in its feature space. The Histograms of Oriented Gradients (HOG) is accumulated as a basic feature descriptor. In the second stage, the proposed ATF highlights all the ship regions and suppresses the undesired backgrounds adaptively. Each detection window is assigned a score, which represents the degree of the window belonging to a certain ship category. The ATF can be adaptively obtained by the weighted Logistic Regression (WLR) according to the distribution of backgrounds and targets of the input image. The main innovation of our method is that we only need to collect positive training samples to build the filter, while the negative training samples are adaptively generated by the input image. This is different to other classification method such as Support Vector Machine (SVM) and Logistic Regression (LR), which need to collect both positive and negative training samples. The experimental result on 1-m high resolution optical images shows the proposed method achieves a desired ship detection performance with higher quality and robustness than other methods, e.g., SVM and LR.

  8. New optical sensor systems for high-resolution satellite, airborne and terrestrial imaging systems

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    Eckardt, Andreas; Börner, Anko; Lehmann, Frank

    2007-10-01

    The department of Optical Information Systems (OS) at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) has more than 25 years experience with high-resolution imaging technology. The technology changes in the development of detectors, as well as the significant change of the manufacturing accuracy in combination with the engineering research define the next generation of spaceborne sensor systems focusing on Earth observation and remote sensing. The combination of large TDI lines, intelligent synchronization control, fast-readable sensors and new focal-plane concepts open the door to new remote-sensing instruments. This class of instruments is feasible for high-resolution sensor systems regarding geometry and radiometry and their data products like 3D virtual reality. Systemic approaches are essential for such designs of complex sensor systems for dedicated tasks. The system theory of the instrument inside a simulated environment is the beginning of the optimization process for the optical, mechanical and electrical designs. Single modules and the entire system have to be calibrated and verified. Suitable procedures must be defined on component, module and system level for the assembly test and verification process. This kind of development strategy allows the hardware-in-the-loop design. The paper gives an overview about the current activities at DLR in the field of innovative sensor systems for photogrammetric and remote sensing purposes.

  9. Experimental validation of a high-resolution diffuse optical imaging modality: photomagnetic imaging

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    Nouizi, Farouk; Luk, Alex; Thayer, Dave; Lin, Yuting; Ha, Seunghoon; Gulsen, Gultekin

    2016-01-01

    We present experimental results that validate our imaging technique termed photomagnetic imaging (PMI). PMI illuminates the medium under investigation with a near-infrared light and measures the induced temperature increase using magnetic resonance imaging. A multiphysics solver combining light and heat propagation is used to model spatiotemporal distribution of temperature increase. Furthermore, a dedicated PMI reconstruction algorithm has been developed to reveal high-resolution optical absorption maps from temperature measurements. Being able to perform measurements at any point within the medium, PMI overcomes the limitations of conventional diffuse optical imaging. We present experimental results obtained on agarose phantoms mimicking biological tissue with inclusions having either different sizes or absorption contrasts, located at various depths. The reconstructed images show that PMI can successfully resolve these inclusions with high resolution and recover their absorption coefficient with high-quantitative accuracy. Even a 1-mm inclusion located 6-mm deep is recovered successfully and its absorption coefficient is underestimated by only 32%. The improved PMI system presented here successfully operates under the maximum skin exposure limits defined by the American National Standards Institute, which opens up the exciting possibility of its future clinical use for diagnostic purposes.

  10. High-resolution speleothem record of precipitation from the Yucatan Peninsula spanning the Maya Preclassic Period

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    Medina-Elizalde, Martín; Burns, Stephen J.; Polanco-Martínez, Josué M.; Beach, Timothy; Lases-Hernández, Fernanda; Shen, Chuan-Chou; Wang, Hao-Cheng

    2016-03-01

    We produced a new high-resolution absolute U-Th dated stalagmite oxygen isotope record (δ18O) from Río Secreto, Playa del Carmen, Yucatan Peninsula (YP). This new 1434-year stalagmite record (named Itzamna after the Maya god of creation) spans the time interval between BCE 1037 and CE 397 with an average resolution of 8 ± 2 years. It provides a novel view of climate evolution over the Preclassic and early Classic periods in Maya history. To understand the controls of regional precipitation δ18O on seasonal time scales, we characterized the amount effect between precipitation amount (P) and precipitation δ18O (δP). We found that precipitation δ18O in the Yucatan Peninsula is controlled by the amount effect on seasonal scales (δP/ΔP = - 0.0137 ± 0.0031‰ per mm, r = 0.9), as suspected but never before demonstrated. Cave drip δ18O is consistent with the annual amount-weighted δ18O composition of precipitation. Multiple lines of evidence suggest that stalagmite δ18O reflects isotopic equilibrium conditions and thus stalagmite δ18O changes are interpreted to reflect precipitation amount. We determined quantitative precipitation changes from the stalagmite δ18O record following previous methods (Medina-Elizalde and Rohling, 2012). The stalagmite precipitation record suggests twelve periods of anomalous precipitation reductions ranging between about 30 and 70% below mean conditions at the time and with durations from 6 years to 31 years. Between BCE 520 and 166, the speleothem precipitation record suggests that the YP experienced an interval of high precipitation labeled the Late Preclassic Humid Period (LPHP) with precipitation maxima of up to + 86 ± 20%. Preclassic Maya cultural expansion in El Mirador Basin, located in northern Guatemala, took place while the peninsula transitioned from the LPHP to an interval with below average precipitation. We find that the Preclassic abandonment of major centers in the Mirador Basin and others around the Maya

  11. An optical NMR spectrometer for Larmor-beat detection and high-resolution POWER NMR

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    Kempf, J. G.; Marohn, J. A.; Carson, P. J.; Shykind, D. A.; Hwang, J. Y.; Miller, M. A.; Weitekamp, D. P.

    2008-06-01

    Optical nuclear magnetic resonance (ONMR) is a powerful probe of electronic properties in III-V semiconductors. Larmor-beat detection (LBD) is a sensitivity optimized, time-domain NMR version of optical detection based on the Hanle effect. Combining LBD ONMR with the line-narrowing method of POWER (perturbations observed with enhanced resolution) NMR further enables atomically detailed views of local electronic features in III-Vs. POWER NMR spectra display the distribution of resonance shifts or line splittings introduced by a perturbation, such as optical excitation or application of an electric field, that is synchronized with a NMR multiple-pulse time-suspension sequence. Meanwhile, ONMR provides the requisite sensitivity and spatial selectivity to isolate local signals within macroscopic samples. Optical NMR, LBD, and the POWER method each introduce unique demands on instrumentation. Here, we detail the design and implementation of our system, including cryogenic, optical, and radio-frequency components. The result is a flexible, low-cost system with important applications in semiconductor electronics and spin physics. We also demonstrate the performance of our systems with high-resolution ONMR spectra of an epitaxial AlGaAs /GaAs heterojunction. NMR linewidths down to 4.1Hz full width at half maximum were obtained, a 103-fold resolution enhancement relative any previous optically detected NMR experiment.

  12. Optical contrast enhancement of high-resolution ocular fundus imaging in vivo using polarimetry

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    Yang, Hansheng; Rao, Xuejun; Zhang, Yudong

    2007-11-01

    The adaptive optics (AO) retina imaging was performed with contrast enhancement by characterizing polarization parameters of the living retina. A removable pair of polarization state generating unit near the optical source and analysis unit near the CCD camera was incorporated into the basic 37-channle deformable mirror AO microscopic ophthalmoscope. Double-pass imaging polarimetry of the human eye was carried out, then incomplete Mueller matrix was calculated and analyzed to optimize the retina imaging condition using polarized light, which caused the subretinal structures with different polarization properties to emerge from the scattering light background, so the contrast of the image can be substantially enhanced. This method is demonstrated briefly and its validity was tested in the laboratory. The high-resolution images of ocular fundus are compared with 8-frame-averaging images we obtained prior to this method. The experiment results now show improved visualization of fundus structures to some extent without greatly sacrificing image resolution.

  13. High resolution Holocene sea ice records from Herald Canyon, Chukchi Sea

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    Pearce, Christof; Jakobsson, Martin; O'Regan, Matt; Rattray, Jayne; Barrientos, Natalia; Muchitiello, Francesco; Smittenburg, Rienk; Cronin, Tom; Coxall, Helen; Semiletov, Igor

    2016-04-01

    Arctic Ocean sea ice plays a critical role in the Earth's climate system because of the positive ice-albedo feedback mechanisms as well as its control on ocean-atmospheric heat exchange and potential influence on the thermohaline circulation. Key to improving our understanding of Arctic sea ice cover and its reaction to external forcing is the reconstruction of past variability through paleo-records such as marine sediment cores. Although the observed recent sea ice loss seems to be the strongest of the last millennia, it is still uncertain whether the shift from perennial to seasonal ice cover expected for the near future was unprecedented during the current interglacial. High resolution sea ice reconstructions from the Arctic Ocean are rare, and specifically records from the Russian Arctic are underrepresented. In this study, we present results from marine sediment cores from the Herald Canyon in the East Siberian Sea. The area is one of the major conduits of Pacific water entering the Arctic Ocean basin from the Bering Strait and is thus an ideal place to study past variability of the inflow of these nutrient rich waters. Radiocarbon dating of mollusks indicates very high sedimentation rates at the coring sites which allowed for analyses at centennial resolution up to decadal resolution in the late Holocene. Core samples were analyzed for the biomarker IP25, which is produced by diatoms living in sea ice and is used as a proxy of past seasonal sea ice concentrations. Preliminary results indicate the presence of seasonal sea ice during the entire Late Holocene and show a significant increase of sea ice concentrations during the last millennia.

  14. High resolution Holocene sea ice records from Herald Canyon, East Siberian Sea

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    Pearce, C.; Rattray, J.; Jakobsson, M.; Barrientos, N.; Muschitiello, F.; Smittenberg, R.; O'Regan, M.; Coxall, H.

    2015-12-01

    Arctic Ocean sea ice plays a critical role in the Earth's climate system because of the positive ice-albedo feedback mechanisms as well as its control on ocean-atmospheric heat exchange and potential influence on the thermohaline circulation. Key to improving our understanding of Arctic sea ice cover and its reaction to external forcing is the reconstruction of past variability through paleo-records such as marine sediment cores. Although the observed recent sea ice loss seems to be the strongest of the last millennia, it is still uncertain whether the shift from perennial to seasonal ice cover expected for the near future was unprecedented during the current interglacial. High resolution sea ice reconstructions from the Arctic Ocean are rare, and specifically records from the Russian Arctic are underrepresented. In this study, we present results from marine sediment cores from the Herald Canyon in the East Siberian Sea. The area is one of the major conduits of Pacific water entering the Arctic Ocean basin from the Bering Strait and is thus an ideal place to study past variability of the inflow of these nutrient rich waters. Radiocarbon dating of mollusks indicates very high sedimentation rates at the coring sites which allowed for analyses at centennial resolution up to decadal resolution in the late Holocene. Core samples were analyzed for the biomarker IP25, which is produced by diatoms living in sea ice and is used as a proxy of past seasonal sea ice concentrations. Preliminary results indicate the presence of seasonal sea ice during the entire Late Holocene and show a significant increase of sea ice concentrations during the last millennia.

  15. High resolution Holocene paleomagnetic secular variation records from Bay of Bengal

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    Usapkar, A.; Dewangan, P.; Badesab, F. K.; Mazumdar, A.; Ramprasad, T.; Krishna, K. S.; Basavaiah, N.

    2016-03-01

    We present high resolution paleosecular variation (PSV) records up to 8 cal. kyr BP from three piston cores, MD161/8, MD161/11 and MD161/13 acquired in the Krishna-Godavari (KG) basin, Bay of Bengal. During the Holocene period, high sedimentation rates are recorded at MD161/8 (38.8-248.3 cm/kyr), MD161/11 (137-336 cm/kyr) and MD161/13 (∼573 cm/kyr). Rock magnetic data analysis suggests that the remanence signal is carried by titanomagnetite/titanohematite grains in stable single domain (SSD)/pseudo single domain (PSD) state. The PSV records of MD161/11 and MD161/13 show good correlation in the uppermost sediments despite significant variation in the sedimentation rates; however, poor correlation of PSV records is observed for the core MD161/8 probably due to local effects. Paleoinclination records of MD161/8, MD161/11 and MD161/13 show a low between ∼2.4 and 2.0 cal. kyr BP, an increase between 2.0 and 1.4 cal. kyr BP and a decrease towards the present. To varying degrees these trends can be observed in the other Asian PSV records of Shuangchiling (SCL) and Biwa lakes. However, the magnitude of the observed inclination anomaly in KG basin is higher (∼40°) compared to those reported from SCL (∼25°) and Biwa (∼10°) lakes. Paleodeclination records of MD161/11 and MD161/13 show a decline between ∼4.0 and 2.9 cal. kyr BP, an increase between 2.9 and 2.1 cal. kyr BP, a substantial decrease between ∼2.1 and 1.0 cal. kyr BP and an increase towards the present. Similar trends can be observed in the other Asian PSV records of SCL and Biwa lakes with a minor age offset of 0.2-0.5 kyr. The available models CALS7k.2 and CALS10k.1 are evaluated for their capability in predicting the inclination and declination anomalies from the Asian regions. The CALS7k.2 model can predict most of the inclination anomalies while the CALS10k.1 is unable to predict many of them. The CALS7k.2 model shows that the observed inclination anomalies can be attributed to the presence of

  16. A high-resolution speleothem record of western equatorial Pacific rainfall: Implications for Holocene ENSO evolution

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    Chen, Sang; Hoffmann, Sharon S.; Lund, David C.; Cobb, Kim M.; Emile-Geay, Julien; Adkins, Jess F.

    2016-05-01

    coupled air-sea dynamics that are sensitive to precessional insolation forcing. Isolating the exact mechanisms that drive long-term ENSO evolution will require additional high-resolution paleoclimatic reconstructions and further investigation of Holocene tropical climate evolution using coupled climate models.

  17. A New High-Resolution Record of the Blake Geomagnetic Excursion from ODP Site 1062

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    Bourne, M. D.; Mac Niocaill, C.; Henderson, G. M.; Thomas, A. L.; Faurschou Knudsen, M.

    2010-12-01

    We present a high resolution record of the Blake geomagnetic excursion from Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Site 1062 on the Blake-Bahama Outer Ridge. The excursion is recorded in three separate cores, with the high sedimentation rate (~10 cm/ka) at this location allowing the determination of transitional field behaviour during the excursion. A complex geometry is observed for the excursional geomagnetic field at the site. The directional records show an initial deviation from the expected directions across an interval of 1 m that achieves a completely reversed state, and then returns to normal polarity. A second, although less well-defined, short-lived phase of anomalous directions is observed immediately following the first event in two of the three cores. Measurements of the magnetic susceptibility show little variation through the core indicating that the concentration and grain size of the remanence carriers remain relatively constant during the studied interval. Measurements of the S-Ratio and remanence coercivity also remain constant through the sections of interest, and indicate magnetite to be the primary remanence carrier. The relatively homogeneous sediment enables the determination of two relative palaeointensity proxies by normalizing natural remanent magnetization measurements using artificially induced magnetizations (anhysteretic remanence, ARM and isothermal remanence, IRM). These records are consistent between all three cores. The relative palaeointensity proxies suggest that the Earth's magnetic field decreased substantially in intensity several tens of kyr prior to the initial event, before reaching an intensity minimum coinciding with the directional excursion maximum. A second palaeointensity minimum is also observed after the excursional event with no associated directional change. These features are consistent with global palaeointensity stacks. Our age model uses a new oxygen isotope stratigraphy. However, rather than assuming a constant

  18. High-resolution in-depth imaging of optically cleared thick samples using an adaptive SPIM

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    Masson, Aurore; Escande, Paul; Frongia, Céline; Clouvel, Grégory; Ducommun, Bernard; Lorenzo, Corinne

    2015-01-01

    Today, Light Sheet Fluorescence Microscopy (LSFM) makes it possible to image fluorescent samples through depths of several hundreds of microns. However, LSFM also suffers from scattering, absorption and optical aberrations. Spatial variations in the refractive index inside the samples cause major changes to the light path resulting in loss of signal and contrast in the deepest regions, thus impairing in-depth imaging capability. These effects are particularly marked when inhomogeneous, complex biological samples are under study. Recently, chemical treatments have been developed to render a sample transparent by homogenizing its refractive index (RI), consequently enabling a reduction of scattering phenomena and a simplification of optical aberration patterns. One drawback of these methods is that the resulting RI of cleared samples does not match the working RI medium generally used for LSFM lenses. This RI mismatch leads to the presence of low-order aberrations and therefore to a significant degradation of image quality. In this paper, we introduce an original optical-chemical combined method based on an adaptive SPIM and a water-based clearing protocol enabling compensation for aberrations arising from RI mismatches induced by optical clearing methods and acquisition of high-resolution in-depth images of optically cleared complex thick samples such as Multi-Cellular Tumour Spheroids. PMID:26576666

  19. High-resolution in-depth imaging of optically cleared thick samples using an adaptive SPIM

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    Masson, Aurore; Escande, Paul; Frongia, Céline; Clouvel, Grégory; Ducommun, Bernard; Lorenzo, Corinne

    2015-11-01

    Today, Light Sheet Fluorescence Microscopy (LSFM) makes it possible to image fluorescent samples through depths of several hundreds of microns. However, LSFM also suffers from scattering, absorption and optical aberrations. Spatial variations in the refractive index inside the samples cause major changes to the light path resulting in loss of signal and contrast in the deepest regions, thus impairing in-depth imaging capability. These effects are particularly marked when inhomogeneous, complex biological samples are under study. Recently, chemical treatments have been developed to render a sample transparent by homogenizing its refractive index (RI), consequently enabling a reduction of scattering phenomena and a simplification of optical aberration patterns. One drawback of these methods is that the resulting RI of cleared samples does not match the working RI medium generally used for LSFM lenses. This RI mismatch leads to the presence of low-order aberrations and therefore to a significant degradation of image quality. In this paper, we introduce an original optical-chemical combined method based on an adaptive SPIM and a water-based clearing protocol enabling compensation for aberrations arising from RI mismatches induced by optical clearing methods and acquisition of high-resolution in-depth images of optically cleared complex thick samples such as Multi-Cellular Tumour Spheroids.

  20. High-resolution palaeomagnetic records of the Laschamp geomagnetic excursion from the Blake Ridge

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    Mac Niocaill, C.; Bourne, M. D.; Thomas, A. L.; Henderson, G. M.

    2013-05-01

    Geomagnetic excursions are brief (1000s of years) deviations in geomagnetic field behaviour from that expected during 'normal secular' variation. The Laschamp excursion (~41 ka) was a global deviation in geomagnetic field behaviour. Previously published records suggest rapid changes in field direction and a concurrent substantial decrease in field intensity. Accurate dating of excursions and determinations of their durations from multiple locations is vital to our understanding to global field behaviour during these deviations. We present here high-resolution palaeomagnetic records of the Laschamp excursion obtained from two Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Sites 1061 and 1062 on the Blake-Bahama Outer Ridge (ODP Leg 172) Relatively high sedimentation rates (~30-40 cm kyr-1) at these locations allow the determination of transitional field behaviour during the excursion. Despite their advantages, sedimentary records can be limited by the potential for unrecognized variations in sedimentation rates between widely spaced age-constrained boundaries. Rather than assuming a constant sedimentation rate between assigned age tie-points, we employ measurements of the concentration of 230Thxs in the sediment. 230Thxs is a constant flux proxy and may be used to assess variations in the sedimentation rates through the core sections of interest. Following this approach, we present a new age model for Site 1061 that allows us to better determine the temporal behaviour of the Laschamp excursion with greater accuracy and known uncertainty. Palaeomagnetic measurements of discrete samples from four cores reveal a single excursional feature, across an interval of 30 cm, associated with a broader palaeointensity low. The excursion is characterised by rapid transitions (less than 200 years) between a stable normal polarity and a partially-reversed, polarity. Peaks in inclination either side of the directional excursion indicate periods of time when the local field is dominated by vertical

  1. Development of a flexible optical fiber based high resolution integrated PET/MRI system

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    Yamamoto, Seiichi; Watabe, Hiroshi; Kanai, Yasukazu; Watabe, Tadashi; Aoki, Masaaki; Sugiyama, Eiji; Kato, Katsuhiko; Hatazawa, Jun

    2012-11-15

    Purpose: The simultaneous measurement of PET and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an emerging field for molecular imaging research. Although optical fiber based PET/MRI systems have advantages on less interference between PET and MRI, there is a drawback in reducing the scintillation light due to the fiber. To reduce the problem, the authors newly developed flexible optical fiber bundle based block detectors and employed them for a high resolution integrated PET/MRI system. Methods: The flexible optical fiber bundle used 0.5 mm diameter, 80 cm long double clad fibers which have dual 12 mm Multiplication-Sign 24 mm rectangular inputs and a single 24 mm Multiplication-Sign 24 mm rectangular output. In the input surface, LGSO scintillators of 0.025 mol.% (decay time: {approx}31 ns: 0.9 mm Multiplication-Sign 1.3 mm Multiplication-Sign 5 mm) and 0.75 mol.% (decay time: {approx}46 ns: 0.9 mm Multiplication-Sign 1.3 mm Multiplication-Sign 6 mm) were optically coupled in depth direction to form depth-of-interaction detector, arranged in 11 Multiplication-Sign 13 matrix and optically coupled to the fiber bundle. The two inputs of the bundle are bent for 90 Degree-Sign , bound to one, and are optically coupled to a Hamamatsu 1-in. square position sensitive photomultiplier tube. Results: Light loss due to the fiber bundle could be reduced and the performance of the block detectors was improved. Eight optical fiber based block detectors (16 LGSO blocks) were arranged in a 56 mm diameter ring to form a PET system. Spatial resolution and sensitivity were 1.2 mm full-width at half-maximum and 1.2% at the central field-of-view, respectively. Sensitivity change was less than 1% for 2 Degree-Sign C temperature changes. This PET system was integrated with a 0.3 T permanent magnet MRI system which has 17 cm diameter hole at the yoke area for insertion of the PET detector ring. There was no observable interference between PET and MRI. Simultaneous imaging of PET and MRI was

  2. Multimodal adaptive optics for depth-enhanced high-resolution ophthalmic imaging

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    Hammer, Daniel X.; Mujat, Mircea; Iftimia, Nicusor V.; Lue, Niyom; Ferguson, R. Daniel

    2010-02-01

    We developed a multimodal adaptive optics (AO) retinal imager for diagnosis of retinal diseases, including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy (DR), age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and retinitis pigmentosa (RP). The development represents the first ever high performance AO system constructed that combines AO-corrected scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (SLO) and swept source Fourier domain optical coherence tomography (SSOCT) imaging modes in a single compact clinical prototype platform. The SSOCT channel operates at a wavelength of 1 μm for increased penetration and visualization of the choriocapillaris and choroid, sites of major disease activity for DR and wet AMD. The system is designed to operate on a broad clinical population with a dual deformable mirror (DM) configuration that allows simultaneous low- and high-order aberration correction. The system also includes a wide field line scanning ophthalmoscope (LSO) for initial screening, target identification, and global orientation; an integrated retinal tracker (RT) to stabilize the SLO, OCT, and LSO imaging fields in the presence of rotational eye motion; and a high-resolution LCD-based fixation target for presentation to the subject of stimuli and other visual cues. The system was tested in a limited number of human subjects without retinal disease for performance optimization and validation. The system was able to resolve and quantify cone photoreceptors across the macula to within ~0.5 deg (~100-150 μm) of the fovea, image and delineate ten retinal layers, and penetrate to resolve targets deep into the choroid. In addition to instrument hardware development, analysis algorithms were developed for efficient information extraction from clinical imaging sessions, with functionality including automated image registration, photoreceptor counting, strip and montage stitching, and segmentation. The system provides clinicians and researchers with high-resolution, high performance adaptive optics imaging to help

  3. Ultra-high resolution Fourier domain optical coherence tomography for old master paintings.

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    Cheung, C S; Spring, M; Liang, H

    2015-04-20

    In the last 10 years, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) has been successfully applied to art conservation, history and archaeology. OCT has the potential to become a routine non-invasive tool in museums allowing cross-section imaging anywhere on an intact object where there are no other methods of obtaining subsurface information. While current commercial OCTs have shown potential in this field, they are still limited in depth resolution (> 4 μm in paint and varnish) compared to conventional microscopic examination of sampled paint cross-sections (~1 μm). An ultra-high resolution fiber-based Fourier domain optical coherence tomography system with a constant axial resolution of 1.2 μm in varnish or paint throughout a depth range of 1.5 mm has been developed. While Fourier domain OCT of similar resolution has been demonstrated recently, the sensitivity roll-off of some of these systems are still significant. In contrast, this current system achieved a sensitivity roll-off that is less than 2 dB over a 1.2 mm depth range with an incident power of ~1 mW on the sample. The high resolution and sensitivity of the system makes it convenient to image thin varnish and glaze layers with unprecedented contrast. The non-invasive 'virtual' cross-section images obtained with the system show the thin varnish layers with similar resolution in the depth direction but superior clarity in the layer interfaces when compared with conventional optical microscope images of actual paint sample cross-sections obtained micro-destructively. PMID:25969057

  4. First Complete High-Resolution Record of the Cretaceous Normal Superchron (Invited)

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    Dyment, J.; Gallet, Y.; Hoise, E.

    2009-12-01

    The geomagnetic field behaviour during the Cretaceous Normal Superchron (CNS) remains poorly known, in particular on two points: (1) whether the CNS is really a period of constant, or instead of dominant normal polarity, i.e. if any short reversed polarity interval exists within the CNS, as some magnetostratigraphy works have suggested the presence of at least one short event named ISEA; (2) whether the geomagnetic intensity during the CNS is higher, lower, displays stronger variations, or exhibits a behaviour similar to the present-day field, as contradictory results have emerged from studies of individual volcanic samples, sedimentary and volcanic sections, and sea-surface magnetic anomalies. In this paper, we present the first complete high-resolution record of the CNS. This record was collected during cruise Magofond 08 of R/V Le Suroît in the Central Atlantic Ocean, using a deep-tow marine magnetometer towed 500 to 1000 m above the seafloor across anomalies M4-M0, the CNS, anomaly 33r and a part of anomaly 33. The 900 km-long deep-tow profile was acquired at a speed of 1.5 knot during not less than 14 days, along a flowline of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge on the African flank, west of the Canary Islands, at ~26-29°N. Seismic data along the same profile collected during a previous cruise have been used to remove the effect of the basement topography. Comparison with shorter mid-tow (1000-1500 m altitude) profiles collected 300 to 500 km away in the same area shows a good correlation and some variations related to seafloor spreading processes. The record displays strong and uninterrupted variations of the magnetic anomaly before, during and after the CNS (the wavelength of which ultimately depending on the altitude of the measurement above the basement), suggesting similar variations of the geomagnetic intensity during the whole time span. At least five short wavelength anomalies within the CNS are as strong as or stronger than those associated to known reversals

  5. High Resolution Environmental Magnetic Study of a Holocene Sedimentary Record from Zaca Lake, Ca

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    Platzman, E. S.; Lund, S.; Kirby, M. E.; Feakins, S. J.

    2012-12-01

    Magnetic studies of Holocene lake sediments recovered from Zaca lake have yielded a 3000-year high resolution record of environmental variability and paleolimnology. Zaca lake is a small oligomictic lake ~12m deep situated 730 m above sea level in the steep canyons of the San Rafael mountains, NW of Santa Barbara. Throughout much of the year Zaca lake is anaerobic below 7m. Hydrogen sulfide, fed into the lake via runoff and local sulphur springs, is present throughout the hypolimnion with concentrations sometime exceeding 30 mg/ l. During the summer months when the lake is stratified, light colored carbonate rich microlaminae are formed; and often during the winter months when the lake overturns, killing the anaerobic bacteria, black microlamina rich in iron sulfide are deposited on the lake floor, creating a stratigraphy reflecting patterns of environmental variability on annual to millennial scales. Samples for magnetic analysis were obtained from 8.5 m of core recovered from the central region of Zaca lake. Ages, constrained using radiocarbon chronostratigraphy, yielded sedimentation rates of 2-10 mm/yr with an average rate of 3 mm per yr over the 3000 yr interval. Parameters reflecting decadal scale variability in magnetic concentration (susceptibility, ARM, SIRM) and grainsize (ARM/Chi) were measured every 2 cm. Additional rock magnetic tests, including thermal demagnetization of three component IRM, were applied at selected intervals to constrain the magnetic mineralogy. These data were combined with analyses of clastic grain size, % calcium carbonate and % organics to create a multiproxy record of environmental variability. Results show that Zaca lake has had a complex depositional history. Anthropogenic effects associated with European colonization are present in the upper meters. Most notable, however, is a dramatic shift in the magnetic parameters and mineralogy between the upper and lower half of the core (circa 1300 ybp) indicating a shift in regime

  6. Mid-infrared high-resolution absorption spectroscopy by use of a semimonolithic entangled-cavity optical parametric oscillator.

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    Desormeaux, A; Lefebvre, M; Rosencher, E; Huignard, J P

    2004-12-15

    By recording low-pressure absorption lines of N2O around 3.9 microm, we fully qualify a pulsed entangled-cavity doubly resonant optical parametric oscillator as a power tool for high-resolution spectroscopy. This compact source runs at a high repetition rate (>10 kHz) with a low threshold of oscillation (<8 microJ), is mode-hop-free tunable over 5 cm(-1), and displays single-frequency Fourier-transformed-limited operation (linewidth <0.005 cm(-1)). A high potential for nonlinear spectroscopy is also expected given the high peak power (70 W) and the good quality (M2 < 2) of the output beam. PMID:15645813

  7. High-resolution conodont oxygen isotope record of Ordovician climate change

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    Chen, J.; Chen, Z.; Algeo, T. J.

    2013-12-01

    The Ordovician Period was characterized by several major events, including a prolonged 'super greenhouse' during the Early Ordovician, the 'Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event (GOBE)' of the Middle and early Late Ordovician, and the Hirnantian ice age and mass extinction of the latest Ordovician (Webby et al., 2004, The Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event, Columbia University Press). The cause of the rapid diversification of marine invertebrates during the GOBE is not clear, however, and several scenarios have been proposed including widespread development of shallow cratonic seas, strong magmatic and tectonic activity, and climate moderation. In order to investigate relationships between climate change and marine ecosystem evolution during the Ordovician, we measured the oxygen isotopic composition of single coniform conodonts using a Cameca secondary ion mass spectrometer. Our δ18O profile shows a shift at the Early/Middle Ordovician transition that is indicative of a rapid 6 to 8 °C cooling. This cooling event marks the termination of the Early Ordovician 'super greenhouse' and may have established cooler tropical seawater temperatures that were more favorable for invertebrate animals, setting the stage for the GOBE. Additional cooling episodes occurred during the early Sandbian, early Katian, and Hirnantian, the last culminating in a short-lived (<1-Myr) end-Ordovician ice age. The much cooler conditions that prevailed at that time may have been an important factor in the end-Ordovician mass extinction. Our results differ from those of Trotter et al. (2008, 'Did cooling oceans trigger Ordovician biodiversification? Evidence from conodont thermometry,' Science 321:550-554). Instead of a slow, protracted cooling through the Early and Middle Ordovician, our high-resolution record shows that cooling occurred in several discrete steps, with the largest step being at the Early/Middle Ordovician transition.

  8. The Results of CYG X-1 High-Resolution Optical Spectral Monitoring

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    Karitskaya, Eugenia A.

    2007-08-01

    Selected results of optical high-resolution spectral observations 2002-2004 are briefly reviewed. Optical line profile variations were detected during X-ray flare. The comparison of observed and non-LTE model profiles for HI, HeI and MgII is given taking into account tidal distortion of Cyg X-1 optical component and its illumination by X-ray emission of secondary one. We set limits on the optical component main characteristics Teff = 30400±500K, log g = 3.31±0.07 and overabundance of He and C, N, O, Mg, Al, Si, S, Fe and Zn by using spectra of 2003-2004. The Doppler images were reconstructed by an improved Doppler tomography method on the base of HeII4686A profiles of 2003 (“soft” X-ray state) and 2004 (“hard” X-ray state). It allowed putting a limitation on the black hole to supergiant mass ratio 1/4 < M/MO < 1/3. The photometric and spectral variations point to the supergiant parameters changes on the time scale of tens of years. Line profile non-LTE simulations lead to the conclusion that the star radius has grown about 1-4% from 1997 to 2003-2004 and the temperature decreased by 1300-2400K.

  9. High-resolution dual-trap optical tweezers with differential detection: alignment of instrument components.

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    Bustamante, Carlos; Chemla, Yann R; Moffitt, Jeffrey R

    2009-10-01

    Optical traps or "optical tweezers" have become an indispensable tool in understanding fundamental biological processes. Using our design, a dual-trap optical tweezers with differential detection, we can detect length changes to a DNA molecule tethering the trapped beads of 1 bp. By forming two traps from the same laser and maximizing the common optical paths of the two trapping beams, we decouple the instrument from many sources of environmental and instrumental noise that typically limit spatial resolution. The performance of a high-resolution instrument--the formation of strong traps, the minimization of background signals from trap movements, or the mitigation of the axial coupling, for example--can be greatly improved through careful alignment. This procedure, which is described in this article, starts from the laser and advances through the instrument, component by component. Alignment is complicated by the fact that the trapping light is in the near infrared (NIR) spectrum. Standard infrared viewing cards are commonly used to locate the beam, but unfortunately, bleach quickly. As an alternative, we use an IR-viewing charge-coupled device (CCD) camera equipped with a C-mount telephoto lens and display its image on a monitor. By visualizing the scattered light on a pair of irises of identical height separated by >12 in., the beam direction can be set very accurately along a fixed axis. PMID:20147041

  10. A New High-Resolution Record of the Blake Geomagnetic Excursion from ODP Site 1062

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    Bourne, Mark; Mac Niocaill, Conall; Henderson, Gideon; Thomas, Alex; Knudsen, Mads

    2010-05-01

    We present a high resolution record of the Blake geomagnetic excursion from Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Site 1062 on the Blake-Bahama Outer Ridge. The excursion is recorded in three separate cores, with the high average sedimentation rate (10 cm ka-1) at this location allowing the determination of transitional field behaviour during the excursion. A complex geometry is observed for the excursional geomagnetic field. The directional records show an initial deviation from the expected directions across an interval of 1 m that achieves a completely reversed state, and then returns to normal polarity. A second, although less well-defined, short-lived phase of anomalous directions is observed immediately following the first event in two of the three cores. Measurements of the magnetic susceptibility show little variation through the core indicating that the concentration and grain size of the remanence carriers remains relatively constant throughout the studied interval. Measurements of the S-Ratio and remanence coercivity also remain constant through the core sections of interest, and indicate magnetite to be the primary remanence carrier. The relatively homogeneous sediment enables the determination of two relative palaeointensity proxies by normalizing natural remanent magnetization measurements using artificially induced magnetizations (anhysteretic remanence, ARM and isothermal remanence, IRM). These records are consistent between all three cores. The relative palaeointensity proxies suggest that the Earth's magnetic field decreased substantially in intensity up to 70 ka prior to the initial event, before reaching an intensity minimum coinciding with the directional excursion maximum. A second palaeointensity minimum is also observed after the excursional event with no associated directional change. These features are consistent with global palaeointensity stacks. A preliminary age model based on an oxygen isotope stratigraphy, and an average sedimentation rate

  11. High resolution record of the Last Glacial Maximum in eastern Australia

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    Petherick, Lynda; Moss, Patrick; McGowan, Hamish

    2010-05-01

    A continuous, high resolution (average ca. 22 year) record encompassing the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) has been developed using multiple proxies (aeolian sediment flux, grain size, pollen and charcoal) in lake sediment from Tortoise Lagoon (TOR), North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia. The presence of Asteraceae tubilifloreae and spineless Asteraceae (common indicators of glacial conditions in Australia) at TOR indicates significantly cooler temperatures (mean annual temperature up to 6oC lower than today). In addition to the palaeoclimatic reconstruction, a record of palaeodust transport pathways for eastern Australia was developed using ICP-MS trace element analysis and geochemical "fingerprinting" of TOR aeolian sediment to continental dust source areas. Vectors between dominant dust source areas and North Stradbroke Island allowed the reconstruction of the position and intensity of LGM dust transport pathways. Furthermore, changes in likely synpotic scale conditions can be postulated based on the position of the dust transport corridors. Similarities between the vegetation at TOR during the LGM and that at temperate sites e.g. Caledonia Fen, Victoria (Kershaw et al. 2007), Redhead Lagoon, New South Wales (Williams et al. 2006) and Barrington Tops, New South Wales (Sweller and Martin 2001) suggests that this record reflects regional conditions across southeastern Australia. The TOR record also correlates well with that from nearby Native Companion Lagoon which suggests that the LGM was actually an extended period of ca. 8 - 10 kyr, characterised by 2 periods of increased aridity (ca. 30 - 26.5 kyr and 21 - 19.5 kyr) (Petherick et al. 2008). A growing number of records from across the Southern Hemisphere e.g. New Zealand (Suggate and Almond 2003; Alloway et al. 2007; Newnham et al. 2007), Chile (Denton et al. 1999), Antarctica (Röthlisberger et al. 2002; EPICA 2006) and Australia (Smith 2009) also show evidence that the LGM encompassed a longer period of

  12. A comparison of high resolution optical and radio observations of W3

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    Dickel, H. R.; Harten, R. H.; Gull, T. R.

    1983-01-01

    High resolution maps of the W3 complex for radio continuum and selected optical emission lines are used to derive the visual extinction A(V), the excitation, and the evolutionary state of the component H II regions. A large diffuse H II region in the east, which is the most highly evolved of this type, is found, together with a southern complex of H II regions and a northern complex of young and compact H II regions still embedded in the W3 molecular core. A comparison of the observed dust distribution with ionized and atomic hydrogen and several other molecules in W3 shows the functional relationship between the C-130 column density and A(V) to be in accord with Strohacker's (1978) result for dark clouds.

  13. A low-cost, high-resolution, video-rate imaging optical radar

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    Sackos, J.T.; Nellums, R.O.; Lebien, S.M.; Diegert, C.F.; Grantham, J.W.; Monson, T.

    1998-04-01

    Sandia National Laboratories has developed a unique type of portable low-cost range imaging optical radar (laser radar or LADAR). This innovative sensor is comprised of an active floodlight scene illuminator and an image intensified CCD camera receiver. It is a solid-state device (no moving parts) that offers significant size, performance, reliability, and simplicity advantages over other types of 3-D imaging sensors. This unique flash LADAR is based on low cost, commercially available hardware, and is well suited for many government and commercial uses. This paper presents an update of Sandia`s development of the Scannerless Range Imager technology and applications, and discusses the progress that has been made in evolving the sensor into a compact, low, cost, high-resolution, video rate Laser Dynamic Range Imager.

  14. Optical coherence tomography for high-resolution imaging of mouse development in utero

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    Syed, Saba H.; Larin, Kirill V.; Dickinson, Mary E.; Larina, Irina V.

    2011-04-01

    Although the mouse is a superior model to study mammalian embryonic development, high-resolution live dynamic visualization of mouse embryos remain a technical challenge. We present optical coherence tomography as a novel methodology for live imaging of mouse embryos through the uterine wall thereby allowing for time lapse analysis of developmental processes and direct phenotypic analysis of developing embryos. We assessed the capability of the proposed methodology to visualize structures of the living embryo from embryonic stages 12.5 to 18.5 days postcoitus. Repetitive in utero embryonic imaging is demonstrated. Our work opens the door for a wide range of live, in utero embryonic studies to screen for mutations and understand the effects of pharmacological and toxicological agents leading to birth defects.

  15. “Ultra-high resolution optical trap with single fluorophore sensitivity”

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    Comstock, Matthew J; Ha, Taekjip; Chemla, Yann R

    2013-01-01

    We present a single-molecule instrument that combines a timeshared ultra-high resolution dual optical trap interlaced with a confocal fluorescence microscope. In a demonstration experiment, individual single-fluorophore labeled DNA oligonucleotides were observed to bind and unbind to complementary DNA suspended between two trapped beads. Simultaneous with the single-fluorophore detection, coincident angstrom-scale changes in tether extension could be clearly observed. Fluorescence readout allowed us to determine the duplex melting rate as a function of force. The new instrument will enable the simultaneous measurement of angstrom-scale mechanical motion of individual DNA-binding proteins (e.g., single base pair stepping of DNA translocases) along with the detection of fluorescently labeled protein properties (e.g., internal configuration). PMID:21336286

  16. High-resolution refractive index anisotropy measurement in optical fibers through phase retardation modulation

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    Sévigny, Benoit; Busque, François; Godbout, Nicolas; Lacroix, Suzanne; Faucher, Mathieu

    2008-03-01

    We present an improved, high-resolution method for the measurement of phase retardation induced by the material birefringence of optical fibers. Such a method can be used to retrieve information about the spatial distribution of refractive index anisotropy in the fiber by comparing the accumulated phase of a polarization component oriented along the fiber transmission axis and another located in the transverse plane. The method is based on the nonlinear regression of a phase modulated signal of known modulation amplitude altered by the sample. Experimental results obtained with our method for a standard telecommunications fiber (the Corning SMF-28) as well as photosensitive fibers (Fibercore PS1250 and PS1500) are presented with a noise-limited phase resolution below 10-4 radians and a spatial resolution below 1 μm. An analysis of the limitation of such measurement methods is also presented including diffraction by the fibers.

  17. Optical coherence tomography for high-resolution imaging of mouse development in utero

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    Syed, Saba H.; Larin, Kirill V.; Dickinson, Mary E.; Larina, Irina V.

    2011-01-01

    Although the mouse is a superior model to study mammalian embryonic development, high-resolution live dynamic visualization of mouse embryos remain a technical challenge. We present optical coherence tomography as a novel methodology for live imaging of mouse embryos through the uterine wall thereby allowing for time lapse analysis of developmental processes and direct phenotypic analysis of developing embryos. We assessed the capability of the proposed methodology to visualize structures of the living embryo from embryonic stages 12.5 to 18.5 days postcoitus. Repetitive in utero embryonic imaging is demonstrated. Our work opens the door for a wide range of live, in utero embryonic studies to screen for mutations and understand the effects of pharmacological and toxicological agents leading to birth defects. PMID:21529073

  18. Quaternary stratigraphy of Bermuda: A high-resolution pre-Sangamonian rock record

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    Hearty, Paul J.; Vacher, H. Leonard

    Carbonate islands such as Bermuda are created by climatic change. Warm climates and high sea levels stimulate carbonate sediment production that may ultimately result in island growth, while cold glacials expose the platforms to weathering, dissolution and soil formation. Of great importance in Quaternary studies is the ability to decipher this climatic history. Mapping and geochronologic studies have established that Bermuda may have one of the most continuous and detailed Quaternary interglacial depositional records on a carbonate platform. Advances in racemization dating (AAR) have offered a means of deciphering this climatic history and generating a high-resolution stratigraphic and age framework for the Quaternary. Bermudian interglacial units consist predominantly of eolianites, with less voluminous occurrences of beach deposits and calcarenite protosols (Entisols). Glacial or stadial-age terra rossa (aluminous laterite) paleosols, whose degree of development is a function of time of exposure, form boundaries between interglacial units. D-alloiso-leucine/ L-isoleucine ( {A}/{I}) ratios have been determined on marine pelecypods, land snails and whole-rock samples from mapped sections; aminozones have been defined for two Sangamonian and at least five pre-Sangamonian depositional intervals. From kinetic models based on calibration with previously published U-series coral dates, estimated ages of middle Pleistocene and older aminozones are: F = 190,000-265,000 years; G = 300,000-400,000 years; H = 400,000-500,000 years; J = >700,000 years; and K = > 900,000 years. Aminozone G, which is correlated with the upper Town Hill Formation and Isotope Stage 9, is volumetrically the most important depositional event of the middle Pleistocene. The great mass of sediment deposited during this period suggests an interglacial of significant duration and prolonged shelf submergence, during which the island grew to over half its present size. Only the Sangamonian ( sensu lato

  19. High-Resolution Continental Records of Early Paleogene Hyperthermals from the Bighorn Basin Coring Project

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    Wing, S. L.; Clyde, W. C.; Gingerich, P. D.

    2012-12-01

    Between 50 and 60 million years ago the earth experienced several geologically brief and sudden episodes of global warming, called hyperthermals, each associated with a negative carbon isotope excursion indicating a perturbation of the global carbon cycle. Hyperthermals shed light on connections between the carbon cycle and climate that are important for understanding anthropogenic global warming, and as a result have been the subject of intense study, particularly in deep-sea cores. Hyperthermals are less well known in the terrestrial realm. The goal of the Bighorn Basin Coring Project (BBCP) is to produce high-resolution records that reveal changes in climate, landscapes and ecological communities that occurred in the middle of the North American continent during three hyperthermals. In the summer of 2011, BBCP scientists cored fluvial rocks representing the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM; ~56 Ma), Eocene Thermal Maximum 2 (ETM2; ~53.7 Ma) and H2 (~53.7 Ma). These cores provide continuous sections of fresh rock in direct stratigraphic superposition that are being analyzed for chemical and physical properties as well as fossils. High depositional rates at all three sites (30-50 cm/thousand years) permit resolution of events on a millenial timescale. The PETM was double cored at two sites, Basin Substation and Polecat Bench, that provide contrasting local environments. Basin Substation sediments were deposited on wet floodplains near the eastern flank of the Bighorn Basin and have higher concentrations of organic microfossils and biomarkers. Early studies of the ~140 m-thick Basin Substation cores, which were drilled with municipal water only, have focused on pollen and spores, n-alkanes, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, GDGTs, plant mesofossils, and the isotopic composition of dispersed organic matter. The Polecat Bench site was closer to the depositional axis of the Bighorn Basin, but floodplain sediments were generally better drained and have higher

  20. Focus Variation - A New Technology for High Resolution Optical 3D Surface Metrology

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    Scherer, S.

    2009-04-01

    Focus Variation - A New Technology for High Resolution Optical 3D Surface Metrology S. Scherer1, E. Cristea1, O. Huber1, A. Krenn1 1 ALICONA GmbH Graz, Austria The need for increasing accuracy is a characteristic of all geo-applications, and hence of the instruments contributing to obtaining relevant data. Small and fine sensors are being developed, measuring different parameters of our geosystem and requiring continuous validation and calibration. These sensors have often very small components (fine sensors able to sense dust, atmospheric water vapour characteristics, pressure change, gravimeters, satellite micro-components), showing complex topographies including steep flanks and having varying reflective properties. In order to get valid and reliable results, quality assurance of these instruments and sensors is required. The optical technology Focus-Variation, developed by Alicona and added in the latest draft of the upcoming ISO standard 25178, provides high resolution 3D surface metrology even at those complex topographies. The technique of Focus-Variation combines the small depth of focus of an optical system with vertical scanning to provide topographical and color information from the variation of focus. It is used for high-resolution optical 3D surface measurements. The traceable and repeatable measurement results are further being used for calibration and validation purposes. Some of the characteristics of the technology are: - Measurement of instruments / samples with steep flanks up to 80° - Measurement of materials with strongly varying reflection properties - Measurement of surfaces presenting fine (from 10nm) or strong roughness Here, we present the operating principle and possible applications of the optical 3D measurement system "InfiniteFocus", which is based on the technology of Focus-Variation and used for quality assurance in the lab and in production. With the vertical resolution of up to 10nm, InfiniteFocus yields meaningful form and

  1. Multi-sensor fusion of infrared and electro-optic signals for high resolution night images.

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    Huang, Xiaopeng; Netravali, Ravi; Man, Hong; Lawrence, Victor

    2012-01-01

    Electro-optic (EO) image sensors exhibit the properties of high resolution and low noise level at daytime, but they do not work in dark environments. Infrared (IR) image sensors exhibit poor resolution and cannot separate objects with similar temperature. Therefore, we propose a novel framework of IR image enhancement based on the information (e.g., edge) from EO images, which improves the resolution of IR images and helps us distinguish objects at night. Our framework superimposing/blending the edges of the EO image onto the corresponding transformed IR image improves their resolution. In this framework, we adopt the theoretical point spread function (PSF) proposed by Hardie et al. for the IR image, which has the modulation transfer function (MTF) of a uniform detector array and the incoherent optical transfer function (OTF) of diffraction-limited optics. In addition, we design an inverse filter for the proposed PSF and use it for the IR image transformation. The framework requires four main steps: (1) inverse filter-based IR image transformation; (2) EO image edge detection; (3) registration; and (4) blending/superimposing of the obtained image pair. Simulation results show both blended and superimposed IR images, and demonstrate that blended IR images have better quality over the superimposed images. Additionally, based on the same steps, simulation result shows a blended IR image of better quality when only the original IR image is available. PMID:23112602

  2. Improved fusing infrared and electro-optic signals for high-resolution night images

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    Huang, Xiaopeng; Netravali, Ravi; Man, Hong; Lawrence, Victor

    2012-06-01

    Electro-optic (EO) images exhibit the properties of high resolution and low noise level, while it is a challenge to distinguish objects with infrared (IR), especially for objects with similar temperatures. In earlier work, we proposed a novel framework for IR image enhancement based on the information (e.g., edge) from EO images. Our framework superimposed the detected edges of the EO image with the corresponding transformed IR image. Obviously, this framework resulted in better resolution IR images that help distinguish objects at night. For our IR image system, we used the theoretical point spread function (PSF) proposed by Russell C. Hardie et al., which is composed of the modulation transfer function (MTF) of a uniform detector array and the incoherent optical transfer function (OTF) of diffraction-limited optics. In addition, we designed an inverse filter based on the proposed PSF to transform the IR image. In this paper, blending the detected edge of the EO image with the corresponding transformed IR image and the original IR image is the principal idea for improving the previous framework. This improved framework requires four main steps: (1) inverse filter-based IR image transformation, (2) image edge detection, (3) images registration, and (4) blending of the corresponding images. Simulation results show that blended IR images have better quality over the superimposed images that were generated under the previous framework. Based on the same steps, the simulation result shows a blended IR image of better quality when only the original IR image is available.

  3. Multi-Sensor Fusion of Infrared and Electro-Optic Signals for High Resolution Night Images

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    Huang, Xiaopeng; Netravali, Ravi; Man, Hong; Lawrence, Victor

    2012-01-01

    Electro-optic (EO) image sensors exhibit the properties of high resolution and low noise level at daytime, but they do not work in dark environments. Infrared (IR) image sensors exhibit poor resolution and cannot separate objects with similar temperature. Therefore, we propose a novel framework of IR image enhancement based on the information (e.g., edge) from EO images, which improves the resolution of IR images and helps us distinguish objects at night. Our framework superimposing/blending the edges of the EO image onto the corresponding transformed IR image improves their resolution. In this framework, we adopt the theoretical point spread function (PSF) proposed by Hardie et al. for the IR image, which has the modulation transfer function (MTF) of a uniform detector array and the incoherent optical transfer function (OTF) of diffraction-limited optics. In addition, we design an inverse filter for the proposed PSF and use it for the IR image transformation. The framework requires four main steps: (1) inverse filter-based IR image transformation; (2) EO image edge detection; (3) registration; and (4) blending/superimposing of the obtained image pair. Simulation results show both blended and superimposed IR images, and demonstrate that blended IR images have better quality over the superimposed images. Additionally, based on the same steps, simulation result shows a blended IR image of better quality when only the original IR image is available. PMID:23112602

  4. Near-Field Scanning Optical Microscopy for High-Resolution Membrane Studies

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    Huckabay, Heath A.; Armendariz, Kevin P.; Newhart, William H.; Wildgen, Sarah M.; Dunn, Robert C.

    2012-01-01

    The desire to directly probe biological structures on the length scales that they exist has driven the steady development of various high-resolution microscopy techniques. Among these, optical microscopy and, in particular, fluorescence-based approaches continue to occupy dominant roles in biological studies given their favorable attributes. Fluorescence microscopy is both sensitive and specific, is generally noninvasive toward biological samples, has excellent temporal resolution for dynamic studies, and is relatively inexpensive. Light-based microscopies can also exploit a myriad of contrast mechanisms based on spectroscopic signatures, energy transfer, polarization, and lifetimes to further enhance the specificity or information content of a measurement. Historically, however, spatial resolution has been limited to approximately half the wavelength due to the diffraction of light. Near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM) is one of several optical approaches currently being developed that combines the favorable attributes of fluorescence microscopy with superior spatial resolution. NSOM is particularly well suited for studies of both model and biological membranes and application to these systems is discussed. PMID:23086886

  5. Aerosol Optical Depth Model Assessment With High-Resolution Multiple Angle Sensors

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    Martin, J. S.; Nielsen, K. E.; Vincent, D. A.; Durkee, P. A.; Reid, J. S.

    2005-12-01

    The Naval Postgraduate School Aerosol Optical Depth (NPS AOD) model has been used successfully to retrieve aerosol optical depths over water using Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) imagery. In this work, the NPS AOD model is applied to the QuickBird high-resolution commercial satellite imagery collected at multiple zenith angles around Sir Bu Nuair Island, United Arab Emirates in September 2004 during the Unified Aerosol Experiment, United Arab Emirates (UAE2) Campaign. The QuickBird-retrieved aerosol optical depths are compared to other satellite and ground-based optical depth retrievals, including those from the Aeerosol Robotic NETwork (AERONET), the MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR), and AVHRR. Adapting the NPS AOD model to the nominally 2.4-meter resolution imagery from QuickBird required using modal radiances determined over an area that matched the lower resolution imagers (~ 275 meters to 1 kilometer). Additionally, the NPS AOD model was originally developed for the AVHRR imager on the NOAA-14 satellite. The NPS AOD model selects a modeled aerosol size distribution and scattering phase function based on the ratio the red and near-infrared channels of the AVHRR and the scattering angle derived from solar-sensor geometry. As such, the LUT that relates the ratio of red and near-infrared radiances was based on the center effective wavelengths of the NOAA-14 channels. The AOD retrievals from the other imagers must be adjusted to account for the changes in center effective wavelengths of the red and near-IR channels. Results show that the application of the NPS AOD model to QuickBird data yields findings that are consistent with other satellite and ground-based retrievals. In general, the NPS AOD model works well for nadir and near-nadir view angles, but not for zenith angles greater than 50 degrees. A non-linearized single scattering model and additional scattering streams will be

  6. First steps toward 3D high resolution imaging using adaptive optics and full-field optical coherence tomography

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    Blanco, Leonardo; Blavier, Marie; Glanc, Marie; Pouplard, Florence; Tick, Sarah; Maksimovic, Ivan; Chenegros, Guillaume; Mugnier, Laurent; Lacombe, Francois; Rousset, Gérard; Paques, Michel; Le Gargasson, Jean-François; Sahel, Jose-Alain

    2008-09-01

    We describe here two parts of our future 3D fundus camera coupling Adaptive Optics and full-field Optical Coherence Tomography. The first part is an Adaptive Optics flood imager installed at the Quinze-Vingts Hospital, regularly used on healthy and pathological eyes. A posteriori image reconstruction is performed, increasing the final image quality and field of view. The instrument lateral resolution is better than 2 microns. The second part is a full-field Optical Coherence Tomograph, which has demonstrated capability of performing a simple kind of "4 phases" image reconstruction of non biological samples and ex situ retinas. Final aim is to couple both parts in order to achieve 3D high resolution mapping of in vivo retinas.

  7. Simultaneous high-resolution pH and spectrophotometric recordings of oxygen binding in blood microvolumes.

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    Oellermann, Michael; Pörtner, Hans-O; Mark, Felix C

    2014-05-01

    Oxygen equilibrium curves have been widely used to understand oxygen transport in numerous organisms. A major challenge has been to monitor oxygen binding characteristics and concomitant pH changes as they occur in vivo, in limited sample volumes. Here we report a technique allowing highly resolved and simultaneous monitoring of pH and blood pigment saturation in minute blood volumes. We equipped a gas diffusion chamber with a broad-range fibre-optic spectrophotometer and a micro-pH optode and recorded changes of pigment oxygenation along oxygen partial pressure (PO2) and pH gradients to test the setup. Oxygen binding parameters derived from measurements in only 15 μl of haemolymph from the cephalopod Octopus vulgaris showed low instrumental error (0.93%) and good agreement with published data. Broad-range spectra, each resolving 2048 data points, provided detailed insight into the complex absorbance characteristics of diverse blood types. After consideration of photobleaching and intrinsic fluorescence, pH optodes yielded accurate recordings and resolved a sigmoidal shift of 0.03 pH units in response to changing PO2 from 0 to 21 kPa. Highly resolved continuous recordings along pH gradients conformed to stepwise measurements at low rates of pH changes. In this study we showed that a diffusion chamber upgraded with a broad-range spectrophotometer and an optical pH sensor accurately characterizes oxygen binding with minimal sample consumption and manipulation. We conclude that the modified diffusion chamber is highly suitable for experimental biologists who demand high flexibility, detailed insight into oxygen binding as well as experimental and biological accuracy combined in a single setup. PMID:24436387

  8. High-resolution apertureless near-field optical imaging using gold nanosphere probes.

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    Kim, Zee Hwan; Leone, Stephen R

    2006-10-12

    An apertureless near-field scanning optical microscope (ANSOM) that utilizes the enhanced field around a gold nanosphere, which is attached to the end of an atomic force microscope (AFM) tip, is used to image the local dielectric constant of the patterned metallic surfaces and local electric field around plasmonic nanosphere samples. A colloidal gold nanosphere (approximately 50 nm diameter) is linked to the extremity of the conventional etched-silicon probe. The scattering of laser radiation (633 or 532 nm) is modulated by the oscillating nanosphere-functionalized silicon tip, and the scattered radiation is detected. The approach curve (scattering intensity as a function of the tip-sample distance), the polarization dependence (scattering intensity as a function of the excitation polarization direction), and ANSOM image contrast confirm that the spherical nanosphere attached to the silicon tip acts as a point dipole that interacts with the sample surface via a dipole-dipole coupling, in which the dipole created by the field at the tip interacts with its own image dipole in the sample. The image obtained with the nanoparticle functionalized tip provides a dielectric map of the sample surface with a spatial resolution better than 80 nm. In addition, we show that the functionalized tip is capable of imaging the local electric field distribution above the plasmonic nanosphere samples. Overall, the result shows that high-resolution ANSOM is possible without the aid of the lightning-rod effect. With an improved tip-fabrication method, we believe that the method can provide a versatile high-resolution chemical imaging that is not available from usual forms of ANSOM. PMID:17020365

  9. A new method of inshore ship detection in high-resolution optical remote sensing images

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    Hu, Qifeng; Du, Yaling; Jiang, Yunqiu; Ming, Delie

    2015-10-01

    Ship as an important military target and water transportation, of which the detection has great significance. In the military field, the automatic detection of ships can be used to monitor ship dynamic in the harbor and maritime of enemy, and then analyze the enemy naval power. In civilian field, the automatic detection of ships can be used in monitoring transportation of harbor and illegal behaviors such as illegal fishing, smuggling and pirates, etc. In recent years, research of ship detection is mainly concentrated in three categories: forward-looking infrared images, downward-looking SAR image, and optical remote sensing images with sea background. Little research has been done into ship detection of optical remote sensing images with harbor background, as the gray-scale and texture features of ships are similar to the coast in high-resolution optical remote sensing images. In this paper, we put forward an effective harbor ship target detection method. First of all, in order to overcome the shortage of the traditional difference method in obtaining histogram valley as the segmentation threshold, we propose an iterative histogram valley segmentation method which separates the harbor and ships from the water quite well. Secondly, as landing ships in optical remote sensing images usually lead to discontinuous harbor edges, we use Hough Transform method to extract harbor edges. First, lines are detected by Hough Transform. Then, lines that have similar slope are connected into a new line, thus we access continuous harbor edges. Secondary segmentation on the result of the land-and-sea separation, we eventually get the ships. At last, we calculate the aspect ratio of the ROIs, thereby remove those targets which are not ship. The experiment results show that our method has good robustness and can tolerate a certain degree of noise and occlusion.

  10. Ultra-high Resolution Optics for EUV and Soft X-ray Inelastic Scattering

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    Voronov, Dmitry L.; Cambie, Rossana; Ahn, Minseung; Anderson, Erik H.; Chang, Chih-Hao; Gullikson, Eric M.; Heilmann, Ralf K.; Salmassi, Farhad; Schattenburg, Mark L.; Yashchuk, Valeriy V.; Padmore, Howard A.

    2009-09-16

    We describe a revolutionary new approach to high spectral resolution soft x-ray optics. Conventionally in the soft x-ray energy range, high spectral resolution is obtained by use of a relatively low line density grating operated in 1st order with small slits. This severely limits throughput. This limitation can be removed by use of a grating either in very high order, or with very high line density, if one can maintain high diffraction efficiency. We have developed a new technology for achieving both of these goals which should allow high throughput spectroscopy, at resolving powers of up to 106 at 1 keV. Such optics should provide a revolutionary advance for high resolution lifetime free spectroscopy, such as RIXS, and for pulse compression of chirped beams. We report recent developmental fabrication and characterization of a prototype grating optimized for 14.2 nm EUV light. The prototype grating with a 200 nm period of the blazed grating substrate coated with 20 Mo/Si bilayers with a period of 7.1 nm demonstrates good dispersion in the third order (effective groove density of 15,000 lines per mm) with a diffraction efficiency of more than 33percent.

  11. Research on Complicated Imaging Condition of GEO Optical High Resolution Earth Observing Satellite

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    Guo, Linghua

    2012-07-01

    The requirement for high time and space resolution of optical remote sensing satellite in disaster, land resources, environment, marine monitoring and meteorology observation, etc is getting urgent and strict. For that reason, a remote sensing satellite system solely located in MEO or LEO cannot operate continuous observation and Surveillance. GEO optical high resolution earth observing satellite in the other hand can keep the mesoscale and microscale target under continuous surveillance by controlling line of sight(LOS), and can provide imaging observation of an extensive region in a short time. The advantages of GEO satellite such as real-time observation of the mesoscale and microscale target, rapid response of key events, have been recognized by lots of countries and become a new trend of remote sensing satellite. As many advantages as the GEO remote sensing satellite has, its imaging condition is more complicated. Many new characteristics of imaging observation and imaging quality need to be discussed. We analyze each factor in the remote sensing link, using theoretical analysis and modeling simulation to get coefficient of each factor to represent its effect on imaging system. Such research achievements can provide reference for satellite mission analysis and system design.

  12. High-resolution imaging characterization of bladder dynamic morphophysiology by time-lapse optical coherence tomography

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    Pan, Y. T.; Wu, Q.; Wang, Z. G.; Brink, P. R.; Du, C. W.

    2005-09-01

    We report an experimental study of the possibility of high-speed optical coherence tomography (OCT) for high-resolution imaging characterization of detrusor dynamic morphophysiology and analysis of the mechanisms that lead to geriatric incontinence (GI). The spontaneous contractility of intact fresh rabbit bladders was imaged with two-dimensional (2D) OCT ex vivo at up to 8frames/s. The time-lapse 2D OCT images were postprocessed by image segmentation and fast-Fourier-transform analysis to characterize the dynamic morphological changes of the bladder contractility. In addition, we studied young and aging rat bladders to analyze the differences in dynamics. Preliminary results of our ex vivo study reveal that time-lapse OCT can track the contractile waves of bladders at high spatial resolution and characterize their dynamic morphophysiology in terms of amplitude, phase, and frequency. The results suggest that time-lapse OCT has the potential to act as a detrusor optical biopsy to enhance the diagnosis of detrusor dysfunction and thus of the mechanisms that lead to GI.

  13. High-resolution three-dimensional in vivo imaging of mouse oviduct using optical coherence tomography

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    Burton, Jason C.; Wang, Shang; Stewart, C. Allison; Behringer, Richard R.; Larina, Irina V.

    2015-01-01

    The understanding of the reproductive events and the molecular mechanisms regulating fertility and infertility in humans relies heavily on the analysis of the corresponding phenotypes in mouse models. While molecular genetic approaches provide significant insight into the molecular regulation of these processes, the lack of live imaging methods that allow for detailed visualization of the mouse reproductive organs limits our investigations of dynamic events taking place during the ovulation, the fertilization and the pre-implantation stages of embryonic development. Here we introduce an in vivo three-dimensional imaging approach for visualizing the mouse oviduct and reproductive events with micro-scale spatial resolution using optical coherence tomography (OCT). This method relies on the natural tissue optical contrast and does not require the application of any contrast agents. For the first time, we present live high-resolution images of the internal structural features of the oviduct, as well as other reproductive organs and the oocytes surrounded by cumulus cells. These results provide the basis for a wide range of live dynamic studies focused on understanding fertility and infertility. PMID:26203393

  14. Optically assisted high-speed, high resolution analog-to-digital conversion (Invited Paper)

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    Zmuda, Henry; Hanna, Shane; Bussjager, R. J.; Fanto, M. L.; Hayduk, M. J.; Johns, S. T.; Malowicki, J. E.; Repak, P. L.

    2005-05-01

    An approach that modifies an analog fiber optic link with a recirculating optical loop as a means to realize a high-speed, high-resolution Analog-to-Digital Converted (ADC) is presented. The loops stores a time-limited microwave signal so that it may be digitized by using a slower, conventional electronic ADC. Detailed analytical analysis of the dynamic range and noise figure shows that under appropriate conditions the microwave signal degradation is sufficiently small so as to allow the digitization of a multi-gigahertz signal with a resolution greater than 10 effective bits. Experimental data is presented which shows that a periodic extension of the input signal can be sustained for well over one hundred periods that in turn suggests an electronic ADC speed-up factor of over 100. The data also shows that polarization effects must be carefully managed to inhibit the loops tendency to lase even though the loop itself contains no frequency-selective elements.

  15. High-resolution retinal imaging using adaptive optics and Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography

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    Olivier, Scot S.; Werner, John S.; Zawadzki, Robert J.; Laut, Sophie P.; Jones, Steven M.

    2010-09-07

    This invention permits retinal images to be acquired at high speed and with unprecedented resolution in three dimensions (4.times.4.times.6 .mu.m). The instrument achieves high lateral resolution by using adaptive optics to correct optical aberrations of the human eye in real time. High axial resolution and high speed are made possible by the use of Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography. Using this system, we have demonstrated the ability to image microscopic blood vessels and the cone photoreceptor mosaic.

  16. High-resolution full-field optical coherence tomography using high dynamic range image processing

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    Leong-Hoï, A.; Claveau, R.; Montgomery, P. C.; Serio, B.; Uhring, W.; Anstotz, F.; Flury, M.

    2016-04-01

    Full-field optical coherence tomography (FF-OCT) based on white-light interference microscopy, is an emerging noninvasive imaging technique for characterizing biological tissue or optical scattering media with micrometer resolution. Tomographic images can be obtained by analyzing a sequence of interferograms acquired with a camera. This is achieved by scanning an interferometric microscope objectives along the optical axis and performing appropriate signal processing for fringe envelope extraction, leading to three-dimensional imaging over depth. However, noise contained in the images can hide some important details or induce errors in the size of these details. To firstly reduce temporal and spatial noise from the camera, it is possible to apply basic image post processing methods such as image averaging, dark frame subtraction or flat field division. It has been demonstrate that this can improve the quality of microscopy images by enhancing the signal to noise ratio. In addition, the dynamic range of images can be enhanced to improve the contrast by combining images acquired with different exposure times or light intensity. This can be made possible by applying a hybrid high dynamic range (HDR) technique, which is proposed in this paper. High resolution tomographic analysis is thus performed using a combination of the above-mentioned image processing techniques. As a result, the lateral resolution of the system can be improved so as to approach the diffraction limit of the microscope as well as to increase the power of detection, thus enabling new sub-diffraction sized structures contained in a transparent layer, initially hidden by the noise, to be detected.

  17. High-resolution flying-PIV with optical fiber laser delivery

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    Weichselbaum, Noah A.; André, Matthieu A.; Rahimi-Abkenar, Morteza; Manzari, Majid T.; Bardet, Philippe M.

    2016-05-01

    Implementation of non-intrusive optical measurement techniques, such as particle image velocimetry (PIV), in harsh environments requires specialized techniques for introducing controlled laser sheets to the region of interest. Large earthquake shake tables are a particularly challenging environment. Lasers must be mounted away from the table, and the laser sheet has to be delivered precisely and stably to the measurement station. Here, high-power multi-mode step-index fiber optics enable introduction of light from an Nd:YLF pulsed laser to a remote test section. Such lasers are suitable for coupling to optical fibers, which presents a portable, flexible, and safe manner to deliver a PIV light sheet. Best practices for their implementation are reviewed. Particular attention is focused on obtaining a collimated beam of acceptable quality at the output of the fiber. To achieve high spatial resolution, the PIV camera is directly mounted on the moving shake table with care to minimize its vibrations. A special arrangement of PIV planes is deployed for precise in-situ PIV alignment and to monitor and account for residual structure vibrations and beam wandering. The design of the instruments is detailed. Here, an experimental facility for the study of nuclear fuel bundle response to seismic forcing near prototypical conditions is instrumented. Only through integration of a high-resolution flying-PIV system can velocity fields be acquired. Data indicate that in the presence of a mean axial flow, a secondary oscillatory flow develops as the bundle oscillates. Instantaneous, phase-averaged, and fluctuating velocity fields illustrate this phenomenon.

  18. High-resolution lidar observations of mesospheric sodium and implications for adaptive optics.

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    Pfrommer, Thomas; Hickson, Paul

    2010-11-01

    Observations of sodium density variability in the upper mesosphere/lower thermosphere, obtained using a high-resolution lidar system, show rapid fluctuations in the sodium centroid altitude. The temporal power spectrum extends above 1 Hz and is well-fit by a power law having a slope that is -1.95±0.12. These fluctuations produce focus errors in adaptive optics systems employing continuous-wave sodium laser guide stars, which can be significant for large-aperture telescopes. For a 30 m aperture diameter, the associated rms wavefront error is approximately 4 nm per meter of altitude change and increases as the square of the aperture diameter. The vertical velocity of the sodium centroid altitude is found to be ~23 ms(-1) on a 1 s time scale. If these high-frequency fluctuations arise primarily from advection of horizontal structure by the mesospheric wind, our data imply that variations in the sodium centroid altitude on the order of tens of meters occur over the horizontal scales spanned by proposed laser guide star asterisms. This leads to substantial differential focus errors (~107 nm over a 1 arc min separation with a 30 m aperture diameter) that may impact the performance of wide-field adaptive optics systems. Short-lasting and narrow sodium density enhancements, more than 1 order of magnitude above the local sodium density, occur due to advection of meteor trails. These have the ability to change the sodium centroid altitude by as much as 1 km in less than 1 s, which could result in temporary disruption of adaptive optics systems. PMID:21045896

  19. Optical design of a dynamic focus catheter for high-resolution endoscopic optical coherence tomography

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    Meemon, Panomsak; Lee, Kye-Sung; Murali, Supraja; Rolland, Jannick

    2008-05-01

    The optical system design of a dynamic focus endoscopic probe for optical coherence tomography is reported. The dynamic focus capability is based on a liquid lens technology that provides variable focus by changing its curvatures in response to an electric field variation. The effects of a cylindrical exit window present, in practice, for a catheter were accounted for. Degradation in image quality caused by this window was corrected to get diffraction limited imaging performance. As a result, the dynamically focusing catheter with a lateral resolution ranging from 4 to 6 μm through an ~5 mm imaging distance was designed without mechanically refocusing the system.

  20. High-resolution optical coherence tomographic imaging of osteoarthritic cartilage during open knee surgery

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    Li, Xingde; Martin, Scott; Pitris, Costas; Ghanta, Ravi; Stamper, Debra L; Harman, Michelle; Fujimoto, James G; Brezinski, Mark E

    2005-01-01

    This study demonstrates the first real-time imaging in vivo of human cartilage in normal and osteoarthritic knee joints at a resolution of micrometers, using optical coherence tomography (OCT). This recently developed high-resolution imaging technology is analogous to B-mode ultrasound except that it uses infrared light rather than sound. Real-time imaging with 11-μm resolution at four frames per second was performed on six patients using a portable OCT system with a handheld imaging probe during open knee surgery. Tissue registration was achieved by marking sites before imaging, and then histologic processing was performed. Structural changes including cartilage thinning, fissures, and fibrillations were observed at a resolution substantially higher than is achieved with any current clinical imaging technology. The structural features detected with OCT were evident in the corresponding histology. In addition to changes in architectural morphology, changes in the birefringent or the polarization properties of the articular cartilage were observed with OCT, suggesting collagen disorganization, an early indicator of osteoarthritis. Furthermore, this study supports the hypothesis that polarization-sensitive OCT may allow osteoarthritis to be diagnosed before cartilage thinning. This study illustrates that OCT, which can eventually be developed for use in offices or through an arthroscope, has considerable potential for assessing early osteoarthritic cartilage and monitoring therapeutic effects for cartilage repair with resolution in real time on a scale of micrometers. PMID:15743479

  1. A system for optical high resolution screening of electrical excitable cells.

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    Müller, Oliver; Tian, Qinghai; Zantl, Roman; Kahl, Valentin; Lipp, Peter; Kaestner, Lars

    2010-03-01

    The application of primary excitable cells for high content screening (HCS) requires a multitude of novel developments including cell culture and multi-well plates. Here we introduce a novel system combining optimised culture conditions of primary adult cardiomyocytes with the particular needs of excitable cells for arbitrary field stimulation of individual wells. The major advancements of our design were tested in calcium imaging experiments and comprise (i) each well of the plate can be subjected to individual pulse protocols, (ii) the software driving electrical stimulation can run as a stand-alone application but also as a plug-in in HCS software packages, (iii) the optical properties of the plastic substrate (foil) resemble those of glass coverslips fostering high resolution immersion-based microscopy, (iv) the bottom of the foil is coated with an oleophobic layer that prevents immersion oil from sticking, (v) the top of the foil is coated with an elastic film. The latter enables cardiomyocytes to display loaded contractions by mimicking the physiologically occurring local elastic network (e.g. extracellular matrix) and results in significantly increased contractions (with identical calcium transients) when compared to non-elastic substrates. Thus, our novel design and culture conditions represent an essential further step towards the application of primary cultured adult cardiomyocytes for HCS applications. PMID:20036001

  2. Measurement of ciliary beat frequency using ultra-high resolution optical coherence tomography

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    Chen, Jason J.; Jing, Joseph C.; Su, Erica; Badger, Christopher; Coughlan, Carolyn A.; Chen, Zhongping; Wong, Brian J. F.

    2016-02-01

    Ciliated epithelial cells populate up to 80% of the surface area of the human airway and are responsible for mucociliary transport, which is the key protective mechanism that provides the first line of defense in the respiratory tract. Cilia beat in a rhythmic pattern and may be easily affected by allergens, pollutants, and pathogens, altering ciliary beat frequency (CBF) subsequently. Diseases including cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and primary ciliary dyskinesia may also decrease CBF. CBF is therefore a critical component of respiratory health. The current clinical method of measuring CBF is phase-contrast microscopy, which involves a tissue biopsy obtained via brushing of the nasal cavity. While this method is minimally invasive, the tissue sample must be oriented to display its profile view, making the visualization of a single layer of cilia challenging. In addition, the conventional method requires subjective analysis of CBF, e.g., manually counting by visual inspection. On the contrary, optical coherence tomography (OCT) has been used to study the retina in ophthalmology as well as vasculature in cardiology, and offers higher resolution than conventional computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Based on this technology, our lab specifically developed an ultra-high resolution OCT system to image the microstructure of the ciliated epithelial cells. Doppler analysis was also performed to determine CBF. Lastly, we also developed a program that utilizes fast Fourier transform to determine CBF under phase-contrast microscopy, providing a more objective method compared to the current method.

  3. Ultra-high resolution water window x ray microscope optics design and analysis

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    Shealy, David L.; Wang, C.

    1993-01-01

    This project has been focused on the design and analysis of an ultra-high resolution water window soft-x-ray microscope. These activities have been accomplished by completing two tasks contained in the statement of work of this contract. The new results from this work confirm: (1) that in order to achieve resolutions greater than three times the wavelength of the incident radiation, it will be necessary to use spherical mirror surfaces and to use graded multilayer coatings on the secondary in order to accommodate the large variations of the angle of incidence over the secondary when operating the microscope at numerical apertures of 0.35 or greater; (2) that surface contour errors will have a significant effect on the optical performance of the microscope and must be controlled to a peak-to-valley variation of 50-100 A and a frequency of 8 periods over the surface of a mirror; and (3) that tolerance analysis of the spherical Schwarzschild microscope has been shown that the water window operations will require 2-3 times tighter tolerances to achieve a similar performance of operations with 130 A radiation. These results have been included in a manuscript included in the appendix.

  4. High Resolution Imaging with Adaptive Optics at the Multiple Mirror Telescope

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    Lloyd-Hart, M.; McLeod, B. A.; Wittman, D.; Colucci, D.; McCarthy, D. W.; Angel, R.; Dekany, R.

    1992-12-01

    We present the latest results from an adaptive optics program being implemented at the MMT using a six element adaptive mirror. The tilt of the wavefront over each of the six telescopes is determined with a Shack-Hartmann type sensor using a 24times 24 pixel low-noise CCD. This system allows the MMT to operate at a resolution of 0.3'' at 2 microns -- near the diffraction limit of the individual 1.8-m telescopes. This resolution can be obtained within ~ 1' of any star with visual magnitude < 16, allowing high-resolution near-IR imaging with a NICMOS2 array of a wide variety of targets, including high-redshift galaxies and young and evolved stars. This system can also be used with the MMT operated as a phased array telescope. In this mode, the piston errors between the telescopes are determined by examining the Fourier transform of the combined 2-micron image of the natural guide star using a fast-readout InSb array. In this configuration we have achieved a resolution of 0.075''. In good seeing we expect to obtain images of interest within the isoplanatic patch of guide stars with K magnitude <7. We acknowledge financial support from the NSF (AST92-03336) and the Flintridge Foundation. The adaptive mirror was donated by ThermoTrex Corp.

  5. High-resolution adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope with dual deformable mirrors for large aberration correction

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    Chen, D; Jones, S M; Silva, D A; Olivier, S S

    2007-01-25

    Scanning laser ophthalmoscopes with adaptive optics (AOSLO) have been shown previously to provide a noninvasive, cellular-scale view of the living human retina. However, the clinical utility of these systems has been limited by the available deformable mirror technology. In this paper, we demonstrate that the use of dual deformable mirrors can effectively compensate large aberrations in the human retina, making the AOSLO system a viable, non-invasive, high-resolution imaging tool for clinical diagnostics. We used a bimorph deformable mirror to correct low-order aberrations with relatively large amplitudes. The bimorph mirror is manufactured by Aoptix, Inc. with 37 elements and 18 {micro}m stroke in a 10 mm aperture. We used a MEMS deformable mirror to correct high-order aberrations with lower amplitudes. The MEMS mirror is manufactured by Boston Micromachine, Inc with 144 elements and 1.5 {micro}m stroke in a 3 mm aperture. We have achieved near diffraction-limited retina images using the dual deformable mirrors to correct large aberrations up to {+-} 3D of defocus and {+-} 3D of cylindrical aberrations with test subjects. This increases the range of spectacle corrections by the AO systems by a factor of 10, which is crucial for use in the clinical environment. This ability for large phase compensation can eliminate accurate refractive error fitting for the patients, which greatly improves the system ease of use and efficiency in the clinical environment.

  6. Probing Protein Folding Kinetics with High-resolution, Stabilized Optical Tweezers

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    Wong, Wesley; Halvorsen, Ken

    2009-03-01

    Single-molecule techniques provide a powerful means of exploring molecular transitions such as the unfolding and refolding of a protein. However, the quantification of bi-directional transitions and near-equilibrium phenomena poses unique challenges, and is often limited by the detection resolution and long-term stability of the instrument. We have developed unique optical tweezers methods that address these problems, including an interference-based method for high-resolution 3D bead tracking (˜1 nm laterally, ˜0.3 nm vertically, at > 100 Hz), and a continuous autofocus system that stabilizes the trap height to within 1-2 nm longterm [1,2]. We have used our instruments to quantify the force-dependent unfolding and refolding kinetics of single protein domains (e.g. spectrin in collaboration with E. Evans). These single-molecule studies are presented, together with the accompanying probabilistic analysis that we have developed. References: 1. W.P. Wong, V. Heinrich, E. Evans, Mat. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc., 790, P5.1-P5.10 (2004). 2. V. Heinrich, W.P. Wong, K. Halvorsen, E. Evans, Langmuir, 24, 1194-1203 (2008).

  7. Ultra-high resolution, polarization sensitive transversal optical coherence tomography for structural analysis and strain mapping

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    Wiesauer, Karin; Pircher, Michael; Goetzinger, Erich; Hitzenberger, Christoph K.; Engelke, Rainer; Ahrens, Gisela; Pfeiffer, Karl; Ostrzinski, Ute; Gruetzner, Gabi; Oster, Reinhold; Stifter, David

    2006-02-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a contactless and non-invasive technique nearly exclusively applied for bio-medical imaging of tissues. Besides the internal structure, additionally strains within the sample can be mapped when OCT is performed in a polarization sensitive (PS) way. In this work, we demonstrate the benefits of PS-OCT imaging for non-biological applications. We have developed the OCT technique beyond the state-of-the-art: based on transversal ultra-high resolution (UHR-)OCT, where an axial resolution below 2 μm within materials is obtained using a femtosecond laser as light source, we have modified the setup for polarization sensitive measurements (transversal UHR-PS-OCT). We perform structural analysis and strain mapping for different types of samples: for a highly strained elastomer specimen we demonstrate the necessity of UHR-imaging. Furthermore, we investigate epoxy waveguide structures, photoresist moulds for the fabrication of micro-electromechanical parts (MEMS), and the glass-fibre composite outer shell of helicopter rotor blades where cracks are present. For these examples, transversal scanning UHR-PS-OCT is shown to provide important information about the structural properties and the strain distribution within the samples.

  8. Electrodynamics and energy characteristics of aurora at high resolution by optical methods

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    Dahlgren, H.; Lanchester, B. S.; Ivchenko, N.; Whiter, D. K.

    2016-06-01

    Technological advances leading to improved sensitivity of optical detectors have revealed that aurora contains a richness of dynamic and thin filamentary structures, but the source of the structured emissions is not fully understood. In addition, high-resolution radar data have indicated that thin auroral arcs can be correlated with highly varying and large electric fields, but the detailed picture of the electrodynamics of auroral filaments is yet incomplete. The Auroral Structure and Kinetics (ASK) instrument is a state-of-the-art ground-based instrument designed to investigate these smallest auroral features at very high spatial and temporal resolution, by using three electron multiplying CCDs in parallel for three different narrow spectral regions. ASK is specifically designed to utilize a new optical technique to determine the ionospheric electric fields. By imaging the long-lived O+ line at 732 nm, the plasma flow in the region can be traced, and since the plasma motion is controlled by the electric field, the field strength and direction can be estimated at unprecedented resolution. The method is a powerful tool to investigate the detailed electrodynamics and current systems around the thin auroral filaments. The two other ASK cameras provide information on the precipitation by imaging prompt emissions, and the emission brightness ratio of the two emissions, together with ion chemistry modeling, is used to give information on the energy and energy flux of the precipitating electrons. In this paper, we discuss these measuring techniques and give a few examples of how they are used to reveal the nature and source of fine-scale structuring in the aurora.

  9. Arrhythmogenic Substrate of the Pulmonary Veins Assessed by High-Resolution Optical Mapping

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    Arora, Rishi; Verheule, Sander; Scott, Luis; Navarrete, Antonio; Katari, Vikram; Wilson, Emily; Vaz, Dev; Olgin, Jeffrey E.

    2007-01-01

    Background It has recently been recognized that atrial fibrillation can originate from focal sources in the pulmonary veins (PVs). However, the mechanisms of focal atrial fibrillation have not been well characterized. We assessed the electrophysiological characteristics of the PVs using high-resolution optical mapping. Methods and Results Coronary-perfused, isolated whole-atrial preparations from 33 normal dogs were studied. Programmed electrical stimulation was performed, and a 4-cm2 area of the PV underwent optical mapping of transmembrane voltage to obtain 256 simultaneous action potentials. Marked conduction slowing was seen at the proximal PV, compared with the rest of the vein, on both the epicardial (31.3±4.47 versus 90.2±20.7 cm/s, P=0.001) and endocardial (45.8±6.90 versus 67.6±10.4 cm/s, P=0.012) aspects. Pronounced repolarization heterogeneity was also noted, with action potential duration at 80% repolarization being longest at the PV endocardium. Nonsustained reentrant beats were induced with single extrastimuli, and the complete reentrant loop was visualized (cycle length, 155±30.3 ms); reentrant activity could be sustained with isoproterenol. Sustained focal discharge (cycle length, 330 to 1100 ms) was seen from the endocardial surface in the presence of isoproterenol; each focus was localized near the venous ostium. Conclusions The normal PV seems to have the necessary substrate to support reentry as well as focal activity. Although reentry occurred more distally in the vein, focal activity seemed to occur more proximally. PMID:12665495

  10. Insulated Conducting Cantilevered Nanotips and Two-Chamber Recording System for High Resolution Ion Sensing AFM

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    Meckes, Brian; Arce, Fernando Teran; Connelly, Laura S.; Lal, Ratnesh

    2014-01-01

    Biological membranes contain ion channels, which are nanoscale pores allowing controlled ionic transport and mediating key biological functions underlying normal/abnormal living. Synthetic membranes with defined pores are being developed to control various processes, including filtration of pollutants, charge transport for energy storage, and separation of fluids and molecules. Although ionic transport (currents) can be measured with single channel resolution, imaging their structure and ionic currents simultaneously is difficult. Atomic force microscopy enables high resolution imaging of nanoscale structures and can be modified to measure ionic currents simultaneously. Moreover, the ionic currents can also be used to image structures. A simple method for fabricating conducting AFM cantilevers to image pore structures at high resolution is reported. Tungsten microwires with nanoscale tips are insulated except at the apex. This allows simultaneous imaging via cantilever deflections in normal AFM force feedback mode as well as measuring localized ionic currents. These novel probes measure ionic currents as small as picoampere while providing nanoscale spatial resolution surface topography and is suitable for measuring ionic currents and conductance of biological ion channels. PMID:24663394

  11. Fast, high-resolution 3D dosimetry utilizing a novel optical-CT scanner incorporating tertiary telecentric collimation.

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    Sakhalkar, H S; Oldham, M

    2008-01-01

    This study introduces a charge coupled device (CCD) area detector based optical-computed tomography (optical-CT) scanner for comprehensive verification of radiation dose distributions recorded in nonscattering radiochromic dosimeters. Defining characteristics include: (i) a very fast scanning time of approximately 5 min to acquire a complete three-dimensional (3D) dataset, (ii) improved image formation through the use of custom telecentric optics, which ensures accurate projection images and minimizes artifacts from scattered and stray-light sources, and (iii) high resolution (potentially 50 microm) isotropic 3D dose readout. The performance of the CCD scanner for 3D dose readout was evaluated by comparison with independent 3D readout from the single laser beam OCTOPUS-scanner for the same PRESAGE dosimeters. The OCTOPUS scanner was considered the "gold standard" technique in light of prior studies demonstrating its accuracy. Additional comparisons were made against calculated dose distributions from the ECLIPSE treatment-planning system. Dose readout for the following treatments were investigated: (i) a single rectangular beam irradiation to investigate small field and very steep dose gradient dosimetry away from edge effects, (ii) a 2-field open beam parallel-opposed irradiation to investigate dosimetry along steep dose gradients, and (iii) a 7-field intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) irradiation to investigate dosimetry for complex treatment delivery involving modulation of fluence and for dosimetry along moderate dose gradients. Dose profiles, dose-difference plots, and gamma maps were employed to evaluate quantitative estimates of agreement between independently measured and calculated dose distributions. Results indicated that dose readout from the CCD scanner was in agreement with independent gold-standard readout from the OCTOPUS-scanner as well as the calculated ECLIPSE dose distribution for all treatments, except in regions within a few

  12. Development of a High-performance Optical System and Fluorescent Converters for High-resolution Neutron Imaging

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    Sakai, T.; Yasuda, R.; Iikura, H.; Nojima, T.; Matsubayashi, M.

    Two novel devices for use in neutron imaging technique are introduced. The first one is a high-performance optical lens for video camera systems. The lens system has a magnification of 1:1 and an F value of 3. The optical resolution is less than 5 μm. The second device is a high-resolution fluorescent plate that converts neutrons into visible light. The fluorescent converter material consists of a mixture of 6LiF and ZnS(Ag) fine powder, and the thickness of the converter is material is as little as 15 μm. The surface of the plate is coated with a 1 μm-thick gadolinium oxide layer. This layer is optically transparent and acts as an electron emitter for neutron detection. Our preliminary results show that the developed optical lens and fluorescent converter plates are very promising for high-resolution neutron imaging.

  13. Very High Resolution Solar X-ray Imaging Using Diffractive Optics

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    Dennis, B. R.; Skinner, G. K.; Li, M. J.; Shih, A. Y.

    2012-01-01

    This paper describes the development of X-ray diffractive optics for imaging solar flares with better than 0.1 arcsec angular resolution. X-ray images with this resolution of the greater than or equal to 10 MK plasma in solar active regions and solar flares would allow the cross-sectional area of magnetic loops to be resolved and the coronal flare energy release region itself to be probed. The objective of this work is to obtain X-ray images in the iron-line complex at 6.7 keV observed during solar flares with an angular resolution as fine as 0.1 arcsec - over an order of magnitude finer than is now possible. This line emission is from highly ionized iron atoms, primarily Fe xxv, in the hottest flare plasma at temperatures in excess of approximately equal to 10 MK. It provides information on the flare morphology, the iron abundance, and the distribution of the hot plasma. Studying how this plasma is heated to such high temperatures in such short times during solar flares is of critical importance in understanding these powerful transient events, one of the major objectives of solar physics.We describe the design, fabrication, and testing of phase zone plate X-ray lenses with focal lengths of approximately equal to 100 m at these energies that would be capable of achieving these objectives. We show how such lenses could be included on a two-spacecraft formation-flying mission with the lenses on the spacecraft closest to the Sun and an X-ray imaging array on the second spacecraft in the focal plane approximately equal to 100 m away. High resolution X-ray images could be obtained when the two spacecraft are aligned with the region of interest on the Sun. Requirements and constraints for the control of the two spacecraft are discussed together with the overall feasibility of such a formation-flying mission.

  14. Deriving High Resolution UV Aerosol Optical Depth over East Asia using CAI-OMI Joint Retrieval

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    Go, S.; Kim, J.; KIM, M.; Lee, S.

    2015-12-01

    Monitoring aerosols using near UV spectral region have been successfully performed over decades by Ozong Monitoring Instruments (OMI) with benefit of strong aerosol signal over continuous dark surface reflectance, both land and ocean. However, because of big foot print of OMI, the cloud contamination error was a big issue in the UV aerosol algorithm. In the present study, high resolution UV aerosol optical depth (AOD) over East Asia was derived by collaborating the Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite/Thermal And Near infrared Sensor for carbon Observation (GOSAT/TANSO)-Cloud and Aerosol Imager (CAI) and OMI together. AOD of 0.1 degree grid resolution was retrieved using CAI band 1 (380nm) by bring OMI lv.2 aerosol type, single scattering albedo, and aerosol layer peak height in 1 degree grid resolution. Collocation of the two dataset within the 0.5 degree grid with time difference of OMI and CAI less than 5 minute was selected. Selected region becomes wider as it goes to the higher latitude. Also, calculated degradation factor of 1.57 was applied to CAI band1 (380nm) by comparing normalized radiance and Lambertian Equivalent Reflectivity (LER) of both sensors. The calculated degradation factor was reasonable over dark scene, but inconsistent over cirrus cloud and bright area. Then, surface reflectance was developed by compositing CAI LER minimum data over three month period, since the infrequent sampling rate associated with the three-day recursion period of GOSAT and the narrow CAI swath of 1000 km. To retrieve AOD, look up table (LUT) was generated using radiative transfer model VLIDORT NGST. Finally, the retrieved AOD was validated with AERONET ground based measurement data during the Dragon-NE Asia campaign in 2012.

  15. Vertical and horizontal corneal epithelial thickness profiles determined by ultra-high resolution optical coherence tomography

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    Du, Chixin; Wang, Jianhua; Cui, Lele; Shen, Meixiao; Yuan, Yimin

    2011-01-01

    Purpose To measure vertical and horizontal thickness profiles of the central and peripheral corneal epithelium and determine if daytime changes occur. Methods Forty eyes of 20 normal subjects were imaged by ultra-high resolution spectral domain optical coherence tomography to profile the corneal epithelial thickness from the edge of Bowman’s layer to the central cornea across the vertical and horizontal meridians. Measurements were made at 10:00 AM and again at 6, 8 hours later. Results The baseline vertical meridional epithelial thickness was thinnest, 42.9±4.1 μm, at the edge of Bowman’s layer in the superior region. It increased in thickness (p<0.01), towards the central cornea. The central epithelium averaged 52.5±2.4 μm, becoming thickest, 55.2±2.5 μm, in the inferior pericentral region. It thinned towards the inferior periphery, reaching 51.3±5.1 μm at the edge of Bowman’s layer (p<0.01). Along the horizontal meridian, the epithelium was thickest at the nasal side, 58.6±5.1 μm, and temporal side, 59.3±6.6 μm, near the edges of Bowman’s layer. It thinned towards the central cornea. There were no significant changes in the epithelial thickness at any location over 8 hours. Conclusion Epithelial thickness varied over the horizontal and vertical meridians and appeared stable during the daytime. PMID:22357393

  16. Investigation of solar active regions at high resolution by balloon flights of the solar optical universal polarimeter, extended definition phase

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    Tarbell, Theodore D.

    1993-01-01

    Technical studies of the feasibility of balloon flights of the former Spacelab instrument, the Solar Optical Universal Polarimeter, with a modern charge-coupled device (CCD) camera, to study the structure and evolution of solar active regions at high resolution, are reviewed. In particular, different CCD cameras were used at ground-based solar observatories with the SOUP filter, to evaluate their performance and collect high resolution images. High resolution movies of the photosphere and chromosphere were successfully obtained using four different CCD cameras. Some of this data was collected in coordinated observations with the Yohkoh satellite during May-July, 1992, and they are being analyzed scientifically along with simultaneous X-ray observations.

  17. A high-resolution hydroclimate record of the last three millennia from a cored stalagmite at desoto caverns (Alabama, USA)

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    Dhungana, Rajesh

    Late Holocene climate changes in the Southeast USA are poorly documented due to the paucity of high-resolution paleo-records. This study provides high-resolution records of rapid hydroclimate changes in the Southeast over the last three millennia. The records are based on stable isotope rainfall proxies whose time series are constrained by precise U/Th dates from a stalagmite sampled at DeSoto Caverns. The average growth rate of the stalagmite was 149 mum/yr prior to 1400 years and it has been growing with an average growth rate of 42 mum/yr in the last 1400 years. During the past three thousand years stable isotope time series document six wet episodes (at ˜ 2950, 2450, 1675, 1200, 700 and 70 years ago) alternating with six drier periods (at ˜ 3100, 2800, 1900, 1500, 800 and 300 years ago). The biannually resolved delta 18O record agrees well with the contemporaneous SST record from the Sargasso Sea cores suggesting that changes in moisture availability in the Southeast are likely linked to subtropical North Atlantic SST variability. Power spectra analysis of the stalagmite-based oxygen isotope record reveals statistically significant periodicities at 24+/-1 and 36+/-1 year that are consistent with those observed in the contemporaneous atmospheric 14C production record. The 24 years periodicity is also consistent with the 24-year NAO Index periodicity. On the basis of our analysis we propose that the hydroclimate in the Southeast USA over the last three millennia was intimately linked to NAO variability powered by solar activity fluctuations.

  18. Calibration of sclerosponge oxygen isotope records to temperature using high-resolution δ 18O data

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    Rosenheim, Brad E.; Swart, Peter K.; Willenz, Philippe

    2009-09-01

    A revised calibration is presented relating the oxygen isotope composition of the aragonite-secreting sclerosponge Ceratoporella nicholsoni, oxygen isotope composition of seawater, and ambient water temperature. This new relationship has been obtained using high-resolution δ 18O data measured in sclerosponges from the Bahamas and Jamaica compared to ambient temperature measurements and δ 18O values of seawater from the two locations, both measured and published. New data improve an existing calibration which was determined using measurements of salinity rather than directly measured δ 18O values of the seawater and was composed of measurements from different species of sclerosponge and other aragonite-secreting organisms. The updated calibration ( n = 12, r2 = 0.95) is: T(°C)=16.1(±3.1)-[6.5(±1.1)](δ-δ), where T is temperature in degrees Celsius, δ arag is the δ 18O value of aragonite normalized to VPDB, and δ sw is the δ 18O value of water normalized to VSMOW. This calibration improves accuracy and precision of Caribbean sclerosponges for reconstructions of temperature as well as δ 18O values of seawater.

  19. Non-harmonic analysis for high-resolution optical coherence tomography

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    Chong, Changho; Cao, Xu; Morosawa, Atsushi; Totsuka, Koki; Suzuki, Takuya; Hirobayashi, Shigeki

    2010-02-01

    A novel processing technique called Non-Harmonic Analysis (NHA) is proposed for high-resolution OCT imaging. Conventional Fourier-Domain OCT relies on the FFT calculation which depends on the window function and length. NHA can resolve high frequency without being influenced by window function or frame length of sampled data. The results show that NHA process realizes practical image resolution equivalent to 100nm swept range by using significantly reduced wavelength range, and also implies the potential of high resolution imaging capability without the need of a broadband source.

  20. High-resolution Holocene South American monsoon history recorded by a speleothem from Botuverá Cave, Brazil

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    Bernal, J. P.; Cruz, Francisco W.; Stríkis, Nicolás M.; Wang, Xianfeng; Deininger, Michael; Catunda, Maria Carolina A.; Ortega-Obregón, C.; Cheng, Hai; Edwards, R. Lawrence; Auler, Augusto S.

    2016-09-01

    A Holocene stalagmite from Botuverá Cave, southeastern Brazil was analyzed by LA-ICPMS for Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca, Ba/Ca. The observed variability in the record was demonstrated to be modulated by prior calcite precipitation, and, thus, is interpreted to reflect monsoon intensity. We find that the calcite δ18O is strongly correlated with Sr/Ca, indicating that atmospheric circulation over South America and monsoon intensity have been tightly correlated throughout most of the Holocene, both directly responding to solar precession. Comparison with other contemporaneous high-resolution hydroclimate records reveals that SAMS has shown a degree of complexity during the Holocene not previously detected, with periods where the South American Convergence Zone (SACZ) expanded to cover most of the South American sub-continent, and coincident with periods of low-SST in the north Atlantic. We also detect periods where rainfall amount in northeastern and southeastern Brazil are markedly anti-phased, suggesting a north-south migration of SACZ, which it appears to be mediated by solar irradiance. The high-resolution nature of our record allow us to examine the effect that Holocene climate anomalies had upon SAMS dynamics and hydroclimate in southeastern Brazil, in particular the 8.2 ka event and the Little Ice Age. In addition to confirm the internal structure of the events, we also detect the possible consequences of the climatic anomalies upon ocean-atmosphere interactions through its effects upon SAMS.

  1. High resolution late Pliocene sea-surface temperature record from the northeast Atlantic Ocean

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    Dowsett, H.J.; Loubere, P.

    1992-01-01

    Application of quantitative micropaleontologic methods of sea-surface temperature (SST) estimation to the planktic foraminiferal faunas at Hole 548 in the northeast Atlantic between 3.5 and 2.0 Ma provide a detailed record of Pliocene surface temperature changes during the onset of major Northern Hemisphere glaciation. SST estimates indicate a relatively warm interval of "enhanced interglacials (warm peaks)" between 3.2 and 2.8 Ma followed by steady cooling with a significant step-like change toward colder temperatures occurring about 2.4 Ma. This record compares well with faunal and SST records from other North Atlantic sites. ?? 1992.

  2. Twentieth century sea-ice trends in the Ross Sea from a high-resolution, coastal ice-core record

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    Sinclair, Kate E.; Bertler, Nancy A. N.; Bowen, Melissa M.; Arrigo, Kevin R.

    2014-05-01

    We present the first proxy record of sea-ice area (SIA) in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, from a 130 year coastal ice-core record. High-resolution deuterium excess data show prevailing stable SIA from the 1880s until the 1950s, a 2-5% reduction from the mid-1950s to the early-1990s, and a 5% increase after 1993. Additional support for this reconstruction is derived from ice-core methanesulphonic acid concentrations and whaling records. While SIA has continued to decline around much of the West Antarctic coastline since the 1950s, concurrent with increasing air and ocean temperatures, the underlying trend is masked in the Ross Sea by a switch to positive SIA anomalies since the early-1990s. This increase is associated with a strengthening of southerly winds and the enhanced northward advection of sea ice.

  3. High-resolution intracellular recordings using a real-time computational model of the electrode.

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    Brette, Romain; Piwkowska, Zuzanna; Monier, Cyril; Rudolph-Lilith, Michelle; Fournier, Julien; Levy, Manuel; Frégnac, Yves; Bal, Thierry; Destexhe, Alain

    2008-08-14

    Intracellular recordings of neuronal membrane potential are a central tool in neurophysiology. In many situations, especially in vivo, the traditional limitation of such recordings is the high electrode resistance and capacitance, which may cause significant measurement errors during current injection. We introduce a computer-aided technique, Active Electrode Compensation (AEC), based on a digital model of the electrode interfaced in real time with the electrophysiological setup. The characteristics of this model are first estimated using white noise current injection. The electrode and membrane contribution are digitally separated, and the recording is then made by online subtraction of the electrode contribution. Tests performed in vitro and in vivo demonstrate that AEC enables high-frequency recordings in demanding conditions, such as injection of conductance noise in dynamic-clamp mode, not feasible with a single high-resistance electrode until now. AEC should be particularly useful to characterize fast neuronal phenomena intracellularly in vivo. PMID:18701064

  4. Climate Change during Marine Isotope Stages 10 & 11 based on High-Resolution Speleothem Records from Eastern North America

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    Buckles, J. A.; Gao, Y.; Wang, X.; Rowe, H.; Cheng, H.; Edwards, R. L.

    2014-12-01

    Two speleothems from eastern North America grew throughout Marine Isotope Stages 10 and 11. High-resolution stable isotope δ18O and δ13C, and Sr records are constrained by 16 230Th age dates. MIS 11 (374 - 424 kyr BP) is of particular interest due to the similarity of orbitally-controlled insolation conditions from this time period and the modern. While few high-resolution continental paleoclimate records exist for this time period, marine records reveal that during this prominent interglacial, sea surface temperatures were relatively stable, in contrast to those which occurred during the subsequent glacial period (MIS 10). Speleothems TNBS-8 and TNMOR2-01, from Tennessee's Blue Springs Cave and Morrell Cave, respectively, grew between 338 - 420 kyr BP and overlap for ~50 kyr. Growth rates were generally higher during MIS 11 than 10, with a higher degree of variability. Stable isotope δ18O and δ13C records (TNMOR2-01) show an overall trend towards higher values throughout the MIS 11-10 transition, with well-defined periods of depletion and enrichment. Sr concentration measured through µ-XRF reveals similar behavior as the δ13C record and serves as a proxy for moisture availability. Overlapping Sr results for both speleothems share general trends and reveal distinct intervals of increased precipitation occur throughout the record, with most coinciding with summer insolation maxima. The transitions of MIS 11.2 to 11.1 and MIS 11 to 10 are well-constrained by abrupt increases in δ18O and δ13C values along with Sr concentrations. An examination of continental proxy responses to similar orbital and climatic conditions as the modern allows for not only a greater understanding of how the climate changed during the MIS 10-11, but also allows for the examination of natural climate variability in light of the addition of anthropogenic climate forcing.

  5. High-resolution 900 year volcanic and climatic record from the Vostok area, East Antarctica

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    Osipov, E. Y.; Khodzher, T. V.; Golobokova, L. P.; Onischuk, N. A.; Lipenkov, V. Y.; Ekaykin, A. A.; Shibaev, Y. A.; Osipova, O. P.

    2014-05-01

    Ion chromatography measurements of 1730 snow and firn samples obtained from three short cores and one pit in the Vostok station area, East Antarctica, allowed for the production of the combined volcanic record of the last 900 years (AD 1093-2010). The resolution of the record is 2-3 samples per accumulation year. In total, 24 volcanic events have been identified, including seven well-known low-latitude eruptions (Pinatubo 1991, Agung 1963, Krakatoa 1883, Tambora 1815, Huanaputina 1600, Kuwae 1452, El Chichon 1259) found in most of the polar ice cores. In comparison with three other East Antarctic volcanic records (South Pole, Plateau Remote and Dome C), the Vostok record contains more events within the last 900 years. The differences between the records may be explained by local glaciological conditions, volcanic detection methodology, and, probably, differences in atmospheric circulation patterns. The strongest volcanic signal (both in sulfate concentration and flux) was attributed to the AD 1452 Kuwae eruption, similar to the Plateau Remote and Talos Dome records. The average snow accumulation rate calculated between volcanic stratigraphic horizons for the period AD 1260-2010 is 20.9 mm H2O. Positive (+13%) anomalies of snow accumulation were found for AD 1661-1815 and AD 1992-2010, and negative (-12%) for AD 1260-1601. We hypothesized that the changes in snow accumulation are associated with regional peculiarities in atmospheric transport.

  6. Update on the Gemini High-Resolution Optical SpecTrograph (GHOST)

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    Margheim, Steven J.; Ghost Instrument Team

    2015-01-01

    The Gemini High-Resolution Opitcal SpecTrograph (GHOST) is under development for the Gemini telescopes in collaboration with the Austrailian Astronomical Observatory (AAO), the NRC-Herzberg in Canada, and the Australian National University (ANU). The latest design and project plan will be presented and the scientific role of the instrument will be discussed.

  7. A High-Resolution Record of Meltwater Discharge and Deglacial Warming in the Gulf of Mexico

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    Gilbert, M. L.; Hastings, D. W.; Flower, B. P.; Quinn, T. M.

    2005-12-01

    Sea surface temperature (SST) and δ18Osw records from the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) during the last deglaciation will help distinguish different mechanisms for abrupt climate change. Orca Basin is an ideal location to study climate changes in the GOM and to record the timing of meltwater discharge events through the Mississippi River; the anoxic hypersaline bottom water prevents bioturbation and results in finely laminated sediments. We sampled core MD 02-2550 at 0.5 cm resolution which, given sedimentation rates of greater than 30 cm/ka, corresponds to ~20 yr resolution. We analyzed Mg/Ca ratios on Globigerinoides ruber (white) to generate a SST record using the calibration of Anand et al. (2003). The record presented here extends from ca. 13 to 10.4 ka BP. The average temperatures at the beginning of the record from 13 to 12.5 ka BP are 26.3°C, with a variability of 1.0°C (1 σ). A major SST decrease of 3.0°C is recorded in two steps at 12.5 ka and 12.2 that lasts ca. 500 years. Within this transition, a more rapid cooling of ~2.0°C in less than 100 years is observed starting at ca. 12.2 ka. A reciprocal warming is observed in three stages from 12.0 to 11.0 ka: first a warming of 1.3°C over 300 years, relatively constant temperatures for 400 years, and a final warming of 1.7°C over 300 years returning to the same average SST as before the cold period. These cooler temperatures persisted for ca. 1500 yrs and likely corresponds to the Younger Dryas stadial. The annual SST in the GOM today is the same as the average temperature preceding and following the cold period. These trends represent the most detailed Mg/Ca SST records of the B/A Younger Dryas oscillation observed in the GOM. Paired with the Mg/Ca-derived SST, δ18O data will be generated to produce a δ18Osw record. This will enable us to ascertain the timing and precise phasing of deglacial warming relative to Laurentide ice sheet meltwater input into the GOM.

  8. Observation and Analysis of High Resolution Optical Line Profiles in Comet Hyakutake (C/1996 B2)

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    Combi, M. R.; Cochran, A. L.

    1997-07-01

    Very high resolution (R=200,000) and high signal-to-noise echelle spectra were obtained of comet C/Hyakutake 1996 B2 using the 2DCoude spectrograph on the 2.7 m telescope at McDonald Observatory during late March and early April 1996. Doppler resolved profiles are presented for individual lines of most of the major optical neutral species: CN, C_2, O((1) D) at 6300{ Angstroms}, O((1) S) at 5577{ Angstroms} , NH_2, and H Balmer-alpha at 6563{ Angstroms}. These may be the first ever to be published for CN, C_2, and O((1) S). In all cases the instrument spectral function is smaller than the intrinsic line widths of the individual cometary lines, so the observations provide clear signatures of lines which are Doppler broadened by different combinations of the coma expansion, exothermic photochemical ejection speeds, and collisional thermalization. For modeling analysis of these data we have used a hybrid fluid/kinetic Monte Carlo approach which can realistically include all of the relevant physical/chemical processes important for shaping the spectral lines. Because of the very short lifetime of the NH_2 parent (NH_3), the NH_2 is collisionally thermalized and provides an excellent probe of the outflow of the expanding coma. Because O((1) D) atoms in the region sampled are produced mainly by the photodissociation of water and the resulting photon is a prompt emission, the line retains signatures of both the basic coma expansion velocity and the 1.6 km s(-1) ejection speed of the O({(1}) D) atoms. The O((1) S) profile is consistent with that for the O((1) D). The profiles of CN and C_2 are somewhat broadened (CN more so than C_2), compared with NH_2, and seem to require a combination of coma expansion and the exothermic ejection speed they receive upon their production. Although the H Balmer-alpha line is complicated by a chance coincidence of an H_2O(+) line and optical depth effects in the solar Lyman-beta which pumps the Balmer-alpha emission, the spread of the wings

  9. Verlorenvlei - The first continuous Holocene high-resolution lake sediment record from the Winter Rainfall Zone of South Africa

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    Haberzettl, T.; Kasper, T.; Lederer, M.; Wündsch, M.; Frenzel, P.; Zabel, M.; Kirsten, K. L.; Meadows, M. E.; Quick, L. J.; St-Onge, G.; Maeusbacher, R.

    2015-12-01

    Verlorenvlei is a coastal lake in the Winter Rainfall Zone of the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Up to now several attempts have been made to recover sediment cores from this lake. However, no continuous high-resolution record covering large parts of the Holocene has been available so far. Within the project RAIN (Regional Archives for Integrated iNvestigations) it was possible to recover a 14.2 m paired parallel core from the central part of Verlorenvlei. Investigations on recent surface sediment distributions (elemental composition and grain sizes) indicate that this sediment core is very well suited for paleoenvironmental reconstructions. Using a set of 23 radiocarbon ages, a chronology for the past 9,000 cal BP was established which suggests continuous sedimentation over this period. Preliminary lithological and geochemical investigations show that this record can be used for sea level reconstructions as the lake was periodically inundated by the ocean during the past 9,000 cal BP. This is recorded in distinctly elevated Ca and Sr contents as well as the occurrence of marine indicator species (snail and mussel shells) in parts of the sediment core. Thin, pale grey layers of fine sediment occurring at various sediment depths seem to reflect event related deposits. In terms of lithology, geochemical and magnetic composition, the upper 50 cm clearly differ from the rest of the record and indicate increased sediment supply from the catchment, which is likely linked to anthropogenic farming activities. In conclusion, the newly recovered sediment record from Verlorenvlei offers excellent potential for a detailed, high-resolution reconstruction of sea level changes, climate variations and anthropogenic impact during the past 9,000 cal BP in an area in which natural archives are very scarce or poorly dated.

  10. High-resolution retinal imaging through open-loop adaptive optics

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    Li, Chao; Xia, Mingliang; Li, Dayu; Mu, Quanquan; Xuan, Li

    2010-07-01

    Using the liquid crystal spatial light modulator (LC-SLM) as the wavefront corrector, an open-loop adaptive optics (AO) system for fundus imaging in vivo is constructed. Compared with the LC-SLM closed-loop AO system, the light energy efficiency is increased by a factor of 2, which is helpful for the safety of fundus illumination in vivo. In our experiment, the subjective accommodation method is used to precorrect the defocus aberration, and three subjects with different myopia 0, -3, and -5 D are tested. Although the residual wavefront error after correction cannot to detected, the fundus images adequately demonstrate that the imaging system reaches the resolution of a single photoreceptor cell through the open-loop correction. Without dilating and cyclopleging the eye, the continuous imaging for 8 s is recorded for one of the subjects.

  11. Characterization of rock thermal conductivity by high-resolution optical scanning

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    Popov, Y.A.; Pribnow, D.F.C.; Sass, J.H.; Williams, C.F.; Burkhardt, H.

    1999-01-01

    We compared thress laboratory methods for thermal conductivity measurements: divided-bar, line-source and optical scanning. These methods are widely used in geothermal and petrophysical studies, particularly as applied to research on cores from deep scientific boreholes. The relatively new optical scanning method has recently been perfected and applied to geophysical problems. A comparison among these methods for determining the thermal conductivity tensor for anisotropic rocks is based on a representative collection of 80 crystalline rock samples from the KTB continental deep borehole (Germany). Despite substantial thermal inhomogeneity of rock thermal conductivity (up to 40-50% variation) and high anisotropy (with ratios of principal values attaining 2 and more), the results of measurements agree very well among the different methods. The discrepancy for measurements along the foliation is negligible (<1%). The component of thermal conductivity normal to the foliation reveals somewhat larger differences (3-4%). Optical scanning allowed us to characterize the thermal inhomogeneity of rocks and to identify a three-dimensional anisotropy in thermal conductivity of some gneiss samples. The merits of optical scanning include minor random errors (1.6%), the ability to record the variation of thermal conductivity along the sample, the ability to sample deeply using a slow scanning rate, freedom from constraints for sample size and shape, and quality of mechanical treatment of the sample surface, a contactless mode of measurement, high speed of operation, and the ability to measure on a cylindrical sample surface. More traditional methods remain superior for characterizing bulk conductivity at elevated temperature.Three laboratory methods including divided-bar, line-source and optical scanning are widely applied in geothermal and petrophysical studies. In this study, these three methods were compared for determining the thermal conductivity tensor for anisotropic rocks

  12. High-resolution detection of Brownian motion for quantitative optical tweezers experiments.

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    Grimm, Matthias; Franosch, Thomas; Jeney, Sylvia

    2012-08-01

    We have developed an in situ method to calibrate optical tweezers experiments and simultaneously measure the size of the trapped particle or the viscosity of the surrounding fluid. The positional fluctuations of the trapped particle are recorded with a high-bandwidth photodetector. We compute the mean-square displacement, as well as the velocity autocorrelation function of the sphere, and compare it to the theory of Brownian motion including hydrodynamic memory effects. A careful measurement and analysis of the time scales characterizing the dynamics of the harmonically bound sphere fluctuating in a viscous medium directly yields all relevant parameters. Finally, we test the method for different optical trap strengths, with different bead sizes and in different fluids, and we find excellent agreement with the values provided by the manufacturers. The proposed approach overcomes the most commonly encountered limitations in precision when analyzing the power spectrum of position fluctuations in the region around the corner frequency. These low frequencies are usually prone to errors due to drift, limitations in the detection, and trap linearity as well as short acquisition times resulting in poor statistics. Furthermore, the strategy can be generalized to Brownian motion in more complex environments, provided the adequate theories are available. PMID:23005790

  13. A high-resolution geochemical record of Late Quaternary paleohydrological conditions from Chihuahuan Desert, Mexico

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    Quiroz-Jiménez, J.; Roy, P.

    2013-05-01

    Paleolake Babicora is located at 29°N in the northern Mexico and sediments deposited in the basin provide useful information about the late Quaternary paleohydrological conditions of Chihuahuan Desert. The proxy-records of productivity, pluvial discharge into the basin, lake water salinity and aeolian activity in surroundings of the basin over the last 80 cal ka BP were reconstructed by analyzing the concentrations of total organic carbon, carbonates, C/N, Ti, Sr and Zr/Al in a 976 cm long sediment core. During 80-58 cal ka BP, the pluvial discharge was higher and the water column was characterized by lower salinity (wet conditions). Terrestrial vegetation had higher influence on the organic carbon deposited between 71 and 53 cal ka BP. We record paleohydrological instability with millennial-scale fluctuations in the last 40 cal ka BP. Arid conditions possibly reached its maximum at ca. 40 cal ka BP, characterized with a hiatus in sedimentation related to aeolian activity. Comparison between the paleohydrological record from Babicora and variability of winter precipitation from southwest USA suggest that the runoff into Babicora was controlled by summer season precipitation. The periods of more pluvial discharge were contemporary to the north Atlantic interstadials and vice versa.

  14. A High-Resolution Upper Pleistocene Palaeomagnetic Record from the Fronte Section at Taranto, Italy

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    Lurcock, P. C.; Florindo, F.; Negri, A.; Marabini, S.; Mastronuzzi, G.; Morigi, C.; Vai, G. B.

    2015-12-01

    As part of a project to establish a global boundary stratotype section and point (GSSP) for the Upper Pleistocene, we have investigated the geomagnetic palaeosecular variation and relative palaeointensity of two parallel marine sedimentary cores drilled at the Fronte section at Taranto, Italy. U-channel samples were taken wherever core recovery and lithology permitted, producing a palaeomagnetic record at 1 cm resolution covering around 5 m of the total 9 m coring depth; discrete samples were taken from several of the intervals unsuitable for u-channelling.Stepwise alternating-field treatment resulted in good demagnetization behaviour, with most samples showing a clear, major origin-directed magnetization component. The average inclination of around 57° is close to the geocentric axial dipole inclination of 60° for the sampling site, with the difference attributable to typical inclination shallowing effects.Our record contains several brief excursions of shallowed inclination. The most significant of these reaches inclinations of below 10°, and we have tentatively correlated it with the Blake event. Relative palaeointensity exhibits a similarly dynamic behaviour across this interval. Integration of our palaeomagnetic record with ongoing biostratigraphic work, and with other regional palaeomagnetic data, will provide a more thorough characterization of Late Pleistocene palaeosecular variation in southern Europe.

  15. High-resolution mineral dust and sea ice proxy records from the Talos Dome ice core

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    Schüpbach, S.; Federer, U.; Kaufmann, P. R.; Albani, S.; Barbante, C.; Stocker, T. F.; Fischer, H.

    2013-12-01

    In this study we report on new non-sea salt calcium (nssCa2+, mineral dust proxy) and sea salt sodium (ssNa+, sea ice proxy) records along the East Antarctic Talos Dome deep ice core in centennial resolution reaching back 150 thousand years (ka) before present. During glacial conditions nssCa2+ fluxes in Talos Dome are strongly related to temperature as has been observed before in other deep Antarctic ice core records, and has been associated with synchronous changes in the main source region (southern South America) during climate variations in the last glacial. However, during warmer climate conditions Talos Dome mineral dust input is clearly elevated compared to other records mainly due to the contribution of additional local dust sources in the Ross Sea area. Based on a simple transport model, we compare nssCa2+ fluxes of different East Antarctic ice cores. From this multi-site comparison we conclude that changes in transport efficiency or atmospheric lifetime of dust particles do have a minor effect compared to source strength changes on the large-scale concentration changes observed in Antarctic ice cores during climate variations of the past 150 ka. Our transport model applied on ice core data is further validated by climate model data. The availability of multiple East Antarctic nssCa2+ records also allows for a revision of a former estimate on the atmospheric CO2 sensitivity to reduced dust induced iron fertilisation in the Southern Ocean during the transition from the Last Glacial Maximum to the Holocene (T1). While a former estimate based on the EPICA Dome C (EDC) record only suggested 20 ppm, we find that reduced dust induced iron fertilisation in the Southern Ocean may be responsible for up to 40 ppm of the total atmospheric CO2 increase during T1. During the last interglacial, ssNa+ levels of EDC and EPICA Dronning Maud Land (EDML) are only half of the Holocene levels, in line with higher temperatures during that period, indicating much reduced sea

  16. Systematic recover of long high-resolution rainfall time series recorded by pluviographs during the 20th century.

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    Delitala, Alessandro M. S.; Deidda, Roberto; Mascaro, Giuseppe; Piga, Enrico; Querzoli, Giorgio

    2010-05-01

    During most of the 20th century, precipitation has been continuously measured by means of the so-called "pluviographs", i.e. rain gauges including a mechanical apparatus for continuously recording the depth of water from precipitation on specific strip charts, usually on a weekly basis. The signal recorded on such strips was visually examined by trained personnel on a regular basis, in order to extract the daily precipitation totals and the maximum precipitation intensities over short periods (from a few minutes to hours). The rest of the high-resolution information contained in the signal was usually not extracted, except for specific cases. A systematic recovering of the entire information at high temporal resolution contained in these precipitation signals would provide a fundamental database to improve the characterization of historical rainfall climatology during the previous century. The Department of Land Engineering of the University of Cagliari has recently developed and tested an automatic software, based on image analysis techniques, which is able to acquire the scanned images of the pluviograph strip charts, to automatically digitise the signal and to produce a digital database of continuous precipitation records at the highest possible temporal resolution, i.e. 5 to 10 minutes. Along with that, a significant amount of daily precipitation totals from the late 19th and the 20th century, either elaborated from pluviograph strip charts or simply derived from bucket rain gauges, still exists in paper form, but it has never been digitalized. Within a project partly-funded by the Operational Programme of the European Union "Italia-Francia Marittimo", the Regional Environmental Protection Agency of Sardinia and the University of Cagliari will recover both the high-resolution rainfall signals and the older time series of daily totals recorded by a large number of pluviographs belonging to the historical monitoring networks of the island of Sardinia. Such data

  17. High-resolution patterning electronic polymers using dopant induced solubility control (Presentation Recording)

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    Moule, Adam J.; Jacobs, Ian E.; Li, Jun; Burg, Stephanie L.; Bilsky, David J.; Rotondo, Brandon T.; Stroeve, Pieter

    2015-08-01

    Organic electronics promise to provide flexible, large-area circuitry such as photovoltaics, displays, and light emitting diodes that can be fabricated inexpensively from solutions. A major obstacle to this vision is that most conjugated organic materials are miscible, making solution-based fabrication of multilayer or micro- to nanoscale patterned films problematic. Here we demonstrate that the solubility of prototypical conductive polymer poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) can be reversibly "switched off" using high electron affinity molecular dopants, then later recovered with light or a suitable dedoping solution. Using this technique, we are able to stack mutually soluble materials and laterally pattern polymer films using evaporation of dopants through a shadow mask or with light, achieving sub-micrometer, optically limited feature sizes. After forming these structures, the films can be dedoped without disrupting the patterned features; dedoped films have identical optical characteristics, charge carrier mobilities, and NMR spectra as as-cast P3HT films. This method greatly simplifies solution-based device fabrication, is easily adaptable to current manufacturing workflows, and is potentially generalizable to other classes of materials.

  18. Continuous zooming optical design with a high-resolution and large-zoom ratios used for precision strike TV camera

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    Wang, Ling; Chang, Weijun; Qiang, Hua; Zhang, Bo

    2015-02-01

    According to the requirement of detector, a continuous zooming TV camera with a high resolution and a large zoom ratios used for precision strike was designed. In this paper, basis the selection of continuous zooming optical systems was discussed. Combing with PW method, the incipient structure was computed. Using the CODE V, the optimum design was done. Having analyzed the cam curve of this zooming system, a continuous zooming optical system meeting the technical requirements well was designed, which provided the technical support for the miniaturization of the structure and the stability of the optic axis. This continuous zooming optical system has been checked with image quality testing, real imaging and environment testing and the result showed that the image quality was well, the optic axis was stable and the system meet the requirement of detector well.

  19. The 8.2 kyr event recorded at high resolution by a speleothem from the Northern French Alps

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    Couchoud, Isabelle; Drysdale, Russell; Hellstrom, John; Perrette, Yves

    2016-04-01

    Continental records of Holocene climate variability in the Alps are scarce and they rarely document the "8.2 kyr event". Several reasons have been proposed: records do not have sufficient resolution, are not precisely dated or the proxies are not sufficiently sensitive to climate variations associated with this event. The European records of adequate resolution generally allow the identification of an anomaly but its characterisation is unclear: it seems that the event has triggered significant impacts only for a few decades and mainly expressed in winter (whereas most archives are more sensitive to summer conditions). Thus, the detailed characterisation of the impacts of this event requires records with sub-annual resolution and preferably sensitive to winter conditions. Here we present a multi-proxy, high-resolution analysis of this event, as recorded by a stalagmite of the Bauges massif (Northern French Alps), at ~1400 m altitude. Comparison of these results with other regional and distant data allows for a discussion about climatic impacts and teleconnections at this time.

  20. Technical note: a new three-dimensional technique for high resolution quantitative recording of perikymata.

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    Bocaege, E; Humphrey, L T; Hillson, S

    2010-03-01

    The number and spacing of incremental markings at the enamel surface, known as perikymata, are considered important indicators of dental growth patterns, as they provide information on crown formation times and the underlying developmental processes. This study explores the potential of a new three-dimensional technique for the reconstruction of dental growth profiles, using teeth from a medieval child from Abingdon, Oxfordshire. The crowns of three anterior teeth were imaged and analyzed using the Alicona 3D InfiniteFocus imaging microscope. Individual perikyma grooves can be unambiguously identified on a profile of the reconstructed enamel surface and direct distances between successive pairs of perikyma grooves can be calculated from coordinate data. This quantitative approach constitutes a more objective way to record perikymata spacing than current methods. PMID:19953528

  1. A high-resolution angiosperm pollen reference record covering Albian mid-latitude coastal deposits (Lusitanian Basin, Portugal)

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    Horikx, Maurits; Dinis, Jorge L.; Heimhofer, Ulrich

    2013-04-01

    The Lusitanian Basin in Portugal is one of the most important areas to investigate the rise and radiation of early angiosperms. Here, important micro-, macro- and mesofossil remains including pollen, reproductive organs, fruits and seeds have been found. In this study, a high-resolution Early to Late Albian pollen record from a thick (~160m) coastal succession in the Lusitanian Basin containing mixed carbonate-siliciclastic near-shore deposits is generated. The outcrop is located near the town of Ericeira (São Julião) and exhibits some important new features compared to existing records from the Lusitanian basin. The comparatively proximal depositional setting and high sedimentation rate of the São Julião outcrop is well suited for high-resolution palynological sampling compared to previously studied, more distal outcrops. In addition, the succession covers almost the entire Albian including a thick interval representing Late Albian strata. Dating of the succession was obtained using dinoflagellate cyst biostratigraphy, bulk C-isotope analysis and strontium isotope analysis of low-Mg oysters and rudist shells. The high-resolution pollen record shows a distinct radiation pattern of early angiosperm pollen as well as significant changes in the accompanying palynoflora. During most of the section gymnosperm pollen types such as Classopollis spp., Inaperturopollenites spp. and Exesipollenites spp. are dominant. Angiosperm pollen abundances do not exceed 20%, although angiosperms increase slightly from the Early Albian onwards. Monoaperturate grains of magnoliid or monocot affinity remain the most dominant angiosperm pollen type, both in abundances and diversity. Tricolpate and zonoaperturate pollen grains are also present. In addition, the occurrence of several odd-shaped Dichastopollenites-type pollen types is intriguing. The palynological results indicate a warm and dry climate during most of the Albian, although a rise in the spores over pollen ratio in the

  2. Late Holocene climatic changes in west Africa, a high resolution diatom record from equatorial Cameroon

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    Nguetsop, Victor François; Servant-Vildary, Simone; Servant, Michel

    2004-03-01

    Holocene climatic changes in West Africa are usually explained by increased/decreased activity of the monsoon from the Guinean Gulf toward the continent. According to a diatom record from Lake Ossa (3°50'N, 9°36'E), we suggest that, in the near coastal areas of Cameroon, phases of intensification of the monsoon were marked by reduced precipitation and reduced evaporation, conditions nowadays prevailing South of the equator (4-5°S) during the austral winter. Lake Ossa is a shallow lake located in one of the rainiest area of the African rain forest belt. During the wet season (March-November) it is fed by acid meteoric waters entailing low pH in the lacustrine waters. During the dry season (December-February) groundwater discharges allow the persistence of acid waters near the borders of the lake, but, in the inner parts, the waters tend to be alkaline, alkaliphilous diatoms are abundant in the surface sediment samples and are used as indicators of low precipitation. At that time, atmospheric dust containing reworked diatoms from Saharan Quaternary deposits is transported by the northern trade winds and reaches the Ossa area. Wind blown diatoms are considered as a signature of the northern trade winds. A diatom record from the western deep part of Lake Ossa has provided climatic data for the mid-late Holocene at a resolution of 50-60 years. A major climatic change at 2700 cal yr BP was marked by the appearance of wind blown diatoms. A millennial-scale alternation between low and high precipitation episodes is recorded during the last 5500 years. The low precipitation episodes before 2700 cal yr BP are interpreted as a consequence of a northward extension of the climatic conditions that nowadays characterize the Southern Congo during the austral winter, when the monsoon extends into West Africa and reaches the northern sub-tropical latitudes. The effects of low precipitation on the water balance and on the rain forest were obliterated by an extremely low

  3. A computational approach to high-resolution imaging of the living human retina without hardware adaptive optics

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    Shemonski, Nathan D.; Adie, Steven G.; Liu, Yuan-Zhi; South, Fredrick A.; Carney, P. S.; Boppart, Stephen A.

    2015-03-01

    We demonstrate high-resolution imaging of the living human retina by computationally correcting highorder ocular aberrations. These corrections are performed post-acquisition and without the need for a deformable mirror or wavefront sensor that are commonly employed in hardware adaptive optics (HAO) systems. With the introduction of HAO to ophthalmic imaging, high-resolution near diffraction-limited imaging of the living human retina has become possible. The combination of a deformable mirror, wavefront sensor, and supporting hardware/software, though, can more than double the cost of the underlying imaging modality, in addition to significantly increasing the system complexity and sensitivity to misalignment. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) allows 3-D imaging in addition to naturally providing the complex optical field of backscattered light. This is unlike a scanning laser ophthalmoscope which measures only the intensity of the backscattered light. Previously, our group has demonstrated the utility of a technique called computational adaptive optics (CAO) which utilizes the complex field measured with OCT to computationally correct for optical aberrations in a manner similar to HAO. Until now, CAO has been applied to ex vivo imaging and in vivo skin imaging. Here, we demonstrate in vivo imaging of cone photoreceptors using CAO. Additional practical considerations such as imaging speed, and stability are discussed.

  4. A high resolution record of chlorine-36 nuclear-weapons-tests fallout from Central Asia

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    Green, J.R.; Cecil, L.D.; Synal, H.-A.; Santos, J.; Kreutz, K.J.; Wake, C.P.

    2004-01-01

    The Inilchek Glacier, located in the Tien Shan Mountains, central Asia, is unique among mid-latitude glaciers because of its relatively large average annual accumulation. In July 2000, two ice cores of 162 and 167 meters (m) in length were collected from the Inilchek Glacier for (chlorine-36) 36Cl analysis a part of a collaborative international effort to study the environmental changes archived in mid-latitude glaciers worldwide. The average annual precipitation at the collection site was calculated to be 1.6 m. In contrast, the reported average annual accumulations at the high-latitude Dye-3 glacial site, Greenland, the mid-latitude Guliya Ice Cap, China, and the mid-latitude Upper Fremont Glacier, Wyoming, USA, were 0.52, 0.16 and 0.76 m, respectively. The resolution of the 36Cl record in one of the Inilchek ice cores was from 2 to 10 times higher than the resolution of the records at these other sites and could provide an opportunity for detailed study of environmental changes that have occurred over the past 150 years. Despite the differences in accumulation among these various glacial sites, the 36Cl profile and peak concentrations for the Inilchek ice core were remarkably similar in shape and magnitude to those for ice cores from these other sites. The 36Cl peak concentration from 1958, the year during the mid-1900s nuclear-weapons-tests period when 36Cl fallout was largest, was preserved in the Inilchek core at a depth of 90.56 m below the surface of the glacier (74.14-m-depth water equivalent) at a concentration of 7.7 ?? 105 atoms of 36Cl/gram (g) of ice. Peak 36Cl concentrations from Dye-3, Guliya and the Upper Fremont glacial sites were 7.1 ?? 105, 5.4 ?? 105 and 0.7 ?? 105 atoms of 36Cl/g of ice, respectively. Measurements of 36Cl preserved in ice cores improve estimates of historical worldwide atmospheric deposition of this isotope and allow the sources of 36Cl in ground water to be better identified. ?? 2004 Published by Elsevier B.V.

  5. High-Resolution Pollen Record of Deglacial Climate Variability in Central Florida

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    Willard, D. A.; Bernhardt, C. E.; Edgar, T.

    2004-12-01

    Pollen evidence from lacustrine sediments in Tampa Bay, Florida document considerable climatic variability superimposed on deglacial warming in the subtropics. Nine radiocarbon dates on well-preserved mollusk shells provide a reliable chronology of continuous sedimentation from 20 ka to 11.5 ka; examination of pollen assemblages from 2 cm increments within the lacustrine unit provide temporal resolution averaging one sample every 45 years. During the glacial maximum, much drier and cooler than modern conditions are indicated by pollen assemblages enriched in Chenopodiaceae, Carya, Poaceae and Ambrosia. Increased abundance of Pinus pollen between 17.4 ka and 15 ka indicates the existence of warmer, wetter conditions in the interval including Heinrich Event 1. After a reversion to drier, cooler conditions at about 15 ka, Pinus pollen abundance increased again at 14 ka. Combined with the near loss of Carya pollen, these data suggest attainment of nearly modern climatic conditions during the Bolling-Allerod (14-13 ka). However, variability within the Bolling-Allerod is documented by shifts to deglacial-equivalent vegetation during the Older Dryas (13.4-13.6 ka). The Younger Dryas (12.9-11.6 ka) is characterized by two distinct phases: from 12.9-11.9 ka, the increased abundance of Chenopodiaceae and Quercus mark drier, possibly cooler conditions comparable to those of the deglacial (17.4 - 14 ka). From 11.9-11.5 ka, strong dominance of herbaceous Chenopodiaceae is similar to full-glacial conditions, indicating much drier, possibly cooler conditions. Comparison of these paleoclimatic patterns with marine records from Orca Basin in the Gulf of Mexico indicate close temporal correspondence in warming of atmospheric and sea-surface temperatures. Pollen evidence also suggests that significant warming began around 17.4 ka, before the onset of Heinrich Event 1, as has been documented at other sites in the North Atlantic Ocean and Europe. This record of deglacial atmospheric

  6. Ultrasensitive high resolution laser spectroscopy and its application to optical frequency standards

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    Ye, Jun

    1997-09-01

    Advanced laser stabilization techniques now enable one to lock laser frequencies onto line centers of natural atomic/molecular resonances with unprecedented precision and accuracy. In this dissertation we discuss our effort in utilizing these techniques to establish visible optical frequency standards. By summarizing our earlier results on frequency measurements of the 87Rb D2 line at 780 nm 127I2 hyperfine transitions at 532 nm, we show the advantage of using a higher quality reference line, usually characterized by its narrower linewidth, higher attainable signal-to-noise ratio and lower sensitivity toward external perturbations. We then present a novel approach of cavity-enhanced frequency modulation spectroscopy for ultra-sensitive detections. The powerful utility of this new technique in the field of frequency standards is demonstrated by probing saturated molecular overtone transitions in the visible and near infrared. Weakly-absorbing gases such as C2H2 and C2HD are placed inside an external high-finesse resonator to enhance their detection sensitivities. A frequency modulation technique is employed to achieve a shot noise limited signal-to- noise ratio. The rf modulation frequency is chosen to match the cavity's free spectral range in order to avoid the cavity-induced conversion of laser frequency noise into amplitude noise. The molecular saturated dispersion signal is directly recovered after demodulation of the cavity transmitted light. A record high integrated absorption sensitivity of 5× 10-13/ (1× 10-14/cm) (at 1 second averaging time) has been obtained. Systematic studies on this new technique are presented on topics of detection sensitivity, signal line shape, signal size and slope, and pressure dependent linewidth broadening and linecenter shift. A Nd:YAG laser is stabilized on the P(5) transition in the (ν2+3/ ν3) overtone band of C2HD at 1.064 μm. Its absolute frequency is established. The excellent signal- to-noise ratio produces a frequency

  7. Speleothems as high-resolution paleoenvironment archives: Records from northeastern China

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    Ku, T. L.; Li, H. C.

    1998-12-01

    The isotopic compositions of oxygen and carbon and trace concentrations of magnesium and strontium in speleothems formed in limestone caves respond to climate changes outside the caves. Measurements of these properties on a stalagmite from Shihua Cave near Beijing, China, allowed reconstruction of the regional changes in precipitation, temperature and nature of vegetation. Over the last ˜ 500 years, there were fourteen precipitation cycles with a periodicity of 30-40 years, which may well reflect fluctuations in the strength of the East Asian summer monsoons reaching northeastern China. Relative to the mean temperature of this time interval, the period 1620-1900 AD was cold and periods 1520-1620 and 1900-1994 were warm. Over the last ˜ 3000-years, about eight wet/cool-dry/warm climatic cycles of 300-400 years duration occurred, the latest wet/cool half cycle corresponding to the Little Ice Age. The δ13C record registers the anthropogenic activities of fossil fuel CO2 combustion in recent decades and regional deforestation between 13 and 16 centuries when Beijing was bustling with palatial constructions and being developed into the world’s most populated city.

  8. Plio-Pleistocene climate sensitivity evaluated using high-resolution CO2 records.

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    Martínez-Botí, M A; Foster, G L; Chalk, T B; Rohling, E J; Sexton, P F; Lunt, D J; Pancost, R D; Badger, M P S; Schmidt, D N

    2015-02-01

    Theory and climate modelling suggest that the sensitivity of Earth's climate to changes in radiative forcing could depend on the background climate. However, palaeoclimate data have thus far been insufficient to provide a conclusive test of this prediction. Here we present atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) reconstructions based on multi-site boron-isotope records from the late Pliocene epoch (3.3 to 2.3 million years ago). We find that Earth's climate sensitivity to CO2-based radiative forcing (Earth system sensitivity) was half as strong during the warm Pliocene as during the cold late Pleistocene epoch (0.8 to 0.01 million years ago). We attribute this difference to the radiative impacts of continental ice-volume changes (the ice-albedo feedback) during the late Pleistocene, because equilibrium climate sensitivity is identical for the two intervals when we account for such impacts using sea-level reconstructions. We conclude that, on a global scale, no unexpected climate feedbacks operated during the warm Pliocene, and that predictions of equilibrium climate sensitivity (excluding long-term ice-albedo feedbacks) for our Pliocene-like future (with CO2 levels up to maximum Pliocene levels of 450 parts per million) are well described by the currently accepted range of an increase of 1.5 K to 4.5 K per doubling of CO2. PMID:25652996

  9. Fabrication and characterization of a high-resolution neural probe for stereoelectroencephalography and single neuron recording.

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    Pothof, F; Anees, S; Leupold, J; Bonini, L; Paul, O; Orban, G A; Ruther, P

    2014-01-01

    This paper reports on the design, fabrication, and characterization of neural probes for stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG). The probe specifically targets focal epilepsy as key application. However, probes of this type can also be used for the diagnosis and treatment of other neural dysfunctions such as Parkinson's disease or tremor, typically requiring deep brain probes. The probe fabrication, of which most processes are parallel batch processes, relies on a novel fabrication concept for rolling and gluing thin film polyimide sheets with integrated electrodes into permanent cylindrical shapes with diameters down to 800 μm. The SEEG probes, comprise several macro-electrodes designed to record local field potentials, and micro-electrodes positioned in-between, dedicated to monitoring single unit activity, with a total channel count of 32, despite the small diameter. While platinum micro-electrodes with a diameter of 35 μm have impedances of about 255 kΩ at 1 kHz, impedance values down to about 1.5 kΩ have been measured for the macro-electrodes. The devices have shown good compatibility with magnetic resonance imaging in a 9.4 T magnet, enabling the precise post-operative probe localization within the brain. PMID:25571176

  10. Note: Autocollimation with ultra-high resolution and stability using telephoto objective together with optical enlargement and beam drift compensation.

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    Zhu, Fan; Tan, Xinran; Tan, Jiubin; Fan, Zhigang

    2016-08-01

    An autocollimation (AC) setup with ultra-high resolution and stability for micro-angle measurement is presented. The telephoto objective, which is characterized in long focal length at a compact structure size, and the optical enlargement unit, which can magnify the image displacement to improve its measurement resolution and accuracy, are used to obtain an ultra-high measurement resolution of the AC. The common-path beam drift compensation is used to suppress the drift of measurement results, which is evident in the high-resolution AC, thus to obtain a high measurement stability. Experimental results indicate that an effective resolution of better than 0.0005 arc sec (2.42 nrad) over a measurement range of ±30 arc sec and a 2-h stability of 0.0061 arc sec (29.57 nrad) can be achieved. PMID:27587181

  11. High-Resolution Pleistocene Alkenone Temperature Records of IODP Expedition 346 Sites U1425 and U1429

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    Lee, K. E.; Bae, S. W.; Kim, K.; Kim, R. A.; Kang, N.; Ko, T. W.; Tada, R.; Murray, R. W.; Alvarez Zarikian, C. A.

    2014-12-01

    Site U1425 drilled by IODP Expedition 346 is located at the top of the Yamato Ridge, the central part of the sea. This study reconstructs variations in SST for the last 2 million years by using the alkenone unsaturation index of marine sediments recovered from Site U1425. There have been many studies on the palaeoceanography of the northwestern Pacific marginal seas covering the last glacial maximum and/or the penultimate glacial maximum periods. Until recently, however, little information was available on longer time scale proxy records of the northwestern Pacific margin. Establishing palaeoceanographic records from the northwestern Pacific margin is necessary for understanding the large scale ocean and climate changes and/or their linkages. This study presents a long term alkenone temperature record of Site U1425 spanning the last two million years. The reconstructed alkenone temperatures clearly illustrate the variability being consistent with orbital-scale global climate records over the period. Especially the alkenone SSTs fluctuate greatly and they are comparable to world-wide benthic foraminiferal isotope stack record. We will present more details regarding the characteristics of 2 million year SSTs in the presentation. Site U1429 was drilled by IODP Expedition 346 in the northern part of the Okinawa Trough in the East China Sea. Here we will also present extremely high-resolution alkenone temperature changes of Site U1429 over the last 400,000 years. Comparison of these records with other proxy records from high- to low-latitudes will give us a unique chance to understand the linkage between latitudinal climate patterns and dynamics.

  12. Fabrication of high-resolution reflective scale grating for an optical encoder using a patterned self-assembly process

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    Fan, Shanjin; Jiang, Weitao; Li, Xuan; Yu, Haoyu; Lei, Biao; Shi, Yongsheng; Yin, Lei; Chen, Bangdao; Liu, Hongzhong

    2016-07-01

    Steel tape scale grating of a reflective incremental linear encoder has a key impact on the measurement accuracy of the optical encoder. However, it is difficult for conventional manufacturing processes to fabricate scale grating with high-resolution grating strips, due to process and material problems. In this paper, self-assembly technology was employed to fabricate high-resolution steel tape scale grating for a reflective incremental linear encoder. Graphene oxide nanoparticles were adopted to form anti-reflective grating strips of steel tape scale grating. They were deposited in the tape, which had a hydrophobic and hydrophilic grating pattern when the dispersion of the nanoparticles evaporated. A standard lift-off process was employed to fabricate the hydrophobic grating strips on the steel tape. Simultaneously, the steel tape itself presents a hydrophilic property. The hydrophobic and hydrophilic grating pattern was thus obtained. In this study, octafluorocyclobutane was used to prepare the hydrophobic grating strips, due to its hydrophobic property. High-resolution graphene oxide steel tape scale grating with a pitch of 20 μm was obtained through the self-assembly process. The photoelectric signals of the optical encoder containing the graphene oxide scale grating and conventional scale grating were tested under the same conditions. Comparison test results showed that the graphene oxide scale grating has a better performance in its amplitude and harmonic components than that of the conventional steel tape scale. A comparison experiment of position errors was also conducted, demonstrating an improvement in the positioning error of the graphene oxide scale grating. The comparison results demonstrated the applicability of the proposed self-assembly process to fabricate high-resolution graphene oxide scale grating for a reflective incremental linear encoder.

  13. A New Method of Obtaining High-Resolution Paleoclimate Records from Speleothem Fluid Inclusions

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    Logan, A. J.; Horton, T. W.

    2010-12-01

    a minimum quantity of ~100nL water was required. In contrast to liquid water analyses, carbonate inclusion waters gave highly variable results. As plenty of signal was produced from relatively small sample sizes (~20 mg), the observed isotopic variation most likely reflects fractionation during fluid extraction, or natural isotopic variability. Additional tests and modifications to the extraction procedure are in progress, using a recently collected New Zealand stalagmite from a West Coast cave (DOC collection permit WC-27462-GEO). U-Th age data will accompany a paleoclimate record from this stalagmite obtained using standard carbonate analytical techniques, and compared to the results from our new fluid inclusion analyses.

  14. High resolution in-vivo imaging of skin with full field optical coherence tomography

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    Dalimier, E.; Bruhat, Alexis; Grieve, K.; Harms, F.; Martins, F.; Boccara, C.

    2014-03-01

    Full-field OCT (FFOCT) has the ability to provide en-face images with a very good axial sectioning as well as a very high transverse resolution (about 1 microns in all directions). Therefore it offers the possibility to visualize biological tissues with very high resolution both on the axial native view, and on vertical reconstructed sections. Here we investigated the potential dermatological applications of in-vivo skin imaging with FFOCT. A commercial FFOCT device was adapted for the in-vivo acquisition of stacks of images on the arm, hand and finger. Several subjects of different benign and pathological skin conditions were tested. The images allowed measurement of the stratum corneum and epidermis thicknesses, measurement of the stratum corneum refractive index, size measurement and count of the keratinocytes, visualization of the dermal-epidermal junction, and visualization of the melanin granules and of the melanocytes. Skins with different pigmentations could be discriminated and skin pathologies such as eczema could be identified. The very high resolution offered by FFOCT both on axial native images and vertical reconstructed sections allows for the visualization and measurement of a set of parameters useful for cosmetology and dermatology. In particular, FFOCT is a potential tool for the understanding and monitoring of skin hydration and pigmentation, as well as skin inflammation.

  15. Hypoxia in high-resolution sediment records: reconstructing the California Current Oxygen Minimum Zone on multi-decadal timescales

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    Moffitt, S. E.; Hill, T. M.

    2012-12-01

    The recent deglaciation event is an ideal laboratory to study the rapid expansion of Oxygen Minimum Zones (OMZs) and the ecological ramifications of such events. Santa Barbara Basin (SBB) sediments are high-resolution archives of seafloor ecosystems, recording both global-scale climate and regional-scale hydrographic events. Seafloor hypoxia in the California Current Ecosystem (CCE) is caused by OMZs in intermediate water depths (300-1200 m), and produces striking evidence in SBB sediment archives. We construct a vertical transect of proxies across SBB (34° 15'N, 119° 45'W) using a core from 418 m water depth (MV0811-15JC), and previously investigated cores from 440 m (MD02-2504) and 570 m (MD02-2503) water depths. Benthic foraminiferal assemblages and planktonic δ18O proxies were quantified at all three depths, while benthic invertebrate communities were quantified in the shallowest core at a 1-cm resolution (~10 years). This high-resolution invertebrate record provides a window into rapid, decadal-scale environmental change in continental margin ecosystems. Seafloor biodiversity is highly variable on 10-10^4 year timescales (across Protist, Mollusc, Arthropod and Echinoderm taxonomic groups), and is tightly coupled to both regional-scale environmental change and global-scale climate events. Additionally, we provide evidence that strongly hypoxic waters shoaled to <300 m water depth at Termination 1A (14.7 ka), implying that the upper boundary of the regional OMZ can expand >150 m on multi-decadal timescales. These data confirm that OMZs have rapidly expanded in the CCE during previous events of global-scale warming, and that continental margin seafloor biodiversity is variable on previously undescribed timescales.

  16. A conceptual design for a Cassegrain-mounted high-resolution optical spectrograph for large-aperture telescopes

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    Froning, Cynthia S.; Osterman, Steven; Burgh, Eric; Beasley, Matthew; Scowen, Paul; Veach, Todd; Jordan, Steven; Ebbets, Dennis; Lieber, Michael; deCino, James; Castilho, Bruno Vaz; Gneiding, Clemens; César de Oliveira, Antonio

    2013-09-01

    We present a conceptual design for a high-resolution optical spectrograph appropriate for mounting at Cassegrain on a large aperture telescope. The design is based on our work for the Gemini High Resolution Optical Spectrograph (CUGHOS) project. Our design places the spectrograph at Cassegrain focus to maximize throughput and blue wavelength coverage, delivering R=40,000 resolving power over a continuous 320-1050 nm waveband with throughputs twice those of current instruments. The optical design uses a two-arm, cross-dispersed echelle format with each arm optimized to maximize efficiency. A fixed image slicer is used to minimize optics sizes. The principal challenge for the instrument design is to minimize flexure and degradation of the optical image. To ensure image stability, our opto-mechanical design combines a cost-effective, passively stable bench employing a honeycomb aluminum structure with active flexure control. The active flexure compensation consists of hexapod mounts for each focal plane with full 6-axis range of motion capability to correct for focus and beam displacement. We verified instrument performance using an integrated model that couples the optical and mechanical design to image performance. The full end-to-end modeling of the system under gravitational, thermal, and vibrational perturbations shows that deflections of the optical beam at the focal plane are <29 μm per exposure under the worst case scenario (<10 μm for most orientations), with final correction to 5 μm or better using open-loop active control to meet the stability requirement. The design elements and high fidelity modeling process are generally applicable to instruments requiring high stability under a varying gravity vector.

  17. Retinal Structure of Birds of Prey Revealed by Ultra-High Resolution Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography

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    Ruggeri, Marco; Major, James C.; McKeown, Craig; Knighton, Robert W.; Puliafito, Carmen A.

    2010-01-01

    Purpose. To reveal three-dimensional (3-D) information about the retinal structures of birds of prey in vivo. Methods. An ultra-high resolution spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) system was built for in vivo imaging of retinas of birds of prey. The calibrated imaging depth and axial resolution of the system were 3.1 mm and 2.8 μm (in tissue), respectively. 3-D segmentation was performed for calculation of the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) map. Results. High-resolution OCT images were obtained of the retinas of four species of birds of prey: two diurnal hawks (Buteo platypterus and Buteo brachyurus) and two nocturnal owls (Bubo virginianus and Strix varia). These images showed the detailed retinal anatomy, including the retinal layers and the structure of the deep and shallow foveae. The calculated thickness map showed the RNFL distribution. Traumatic injury to one bird's retina was also successfully imaged. Conclusions. Ultra-high resolution SD-OCT provides unprecedented high-quality 2-D and 3-D in vivo visualization of the retinal structures of birds of prey. SD-OCT is a powerful imaging tool for vision research in birds of prey. PMID:20554605

  18. A high-resolution, absolute-dated deglacial speleothem record of Indian Ocean climate from Socotra Island, Yemen

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    Shakun, Jeremy D.; Burns, Stephen J.; Fleitmann, Dominik; Kramers, Jan; Matter, Albert; Al-Subary, Abdulkarim

    2007-07-01

    Stalagmite M1-5 from Socotra Island, Yemen in the northwest Indian Ocean provides a robust, high-resolution paleoclimate record from ˜ 27.4-11.1 ka based on 717 stable isotope and 28 230Th measurements. Variations in M1-5 oxygen isotope ratios ( δ18O) are interpreted to be primarily driven by an amount effect related to changes in the mean position and/or intensity of convection of the intertropical convergence zone, the island's only source of precipitation. The M1-5 δ18O time series is strongly correlated to the Greenland ice cores, similar to an older Socotra speleothem deposited from 53-40 ka [S.J. Burns, D. Fleitmann, A. Matter, J. Kramers, A. Al-Subbary, Indian Ocean climate and an absolute chronology over Dansgaard/Oeschger events 9 to 13, Science 301 (2003) 1365-1367], indicating that a North Atlantic-Indian Ocean cold-dry/warm-wet teleconnection persisted through the end of the last glacial period. Peak aridification occurred at ˜ 23 ka and a gradual increase in moisture thereafter was interrupted by an abrupt drying event at ˜ 16.4 ka, perhaps related to Heinrich event 1. Indian Ocean rainfall increased dramatically during the Bølling period and then decreased continuously and gradually through the Allerød and Younger Dryas. The Holocene began abruptly with increased precipitation at 11.4 ka and was followed by a major but short-lived drying during the Preboreal Oscillation at ˜ 11.2 ka. M1-5 is highly correlated to the Dongge Cave record from 15.5-11 ka, suggesting much of the Indian Ocean monsoon region responded similarly to the major climate changes of the last deglaciation. The transitions into the Younger Dryas and to a lesser extent the Bølling are remarkably gradual in M1-5, as they are in all other Asian speleothem records, occurring over several centuries. These gradual transitions are in striking contrast to high-resolution records from around the North Atlantic basin where the transitions are extremely abrupt and generally occur in

  19. A High-Resolution Stalagmite Record of East-Central North America Hydroclimates during Marine Isotope Stages 3-5

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    Springer, G. S.; Rowe, H. D.; Hardt, B. F.; Cheng, H.; Edwards, R. L.

    2014-12-01

    Long-term, high-resolution stalagmite carbon and oxygen isotope records from eastern North America (ENA) provides a mid-latitude history of relative changes in moisture availability and climate states during the last interglacial and glacial inception (127.7 to 41.6 ka before present). The West Virginia carbon record (δ13C) shows low-amplitude variability at orbital time scales, superimposed on a long-term asymmetric pattern similar to global sea level changes. Relative moisture availability peaked at ~114ka and following a brief dry interval at ~96ka, moisture availability gradually decreased. The gradual changes in moisture availability over ENA may reflect similarly gradual changes in mid-latitude zonal circulation as the polar cell and Laurentide Ice Sheet expanded or decreased. However, high frequency isotopic fluctuations are present and correlative with climatic phenomena recorded in Greenland. In contrast to the gradual changes in carbon isotopes, our oxygen record (δ18O) is precession-modulated and in phase with spring insolation, perhaps due to changes in precipitation seasonality. Altered precipitation seasonality or seasonal moisture availabilities would, as a result of annual variability in meteoric δ18O, have caused a weighting effect in stalagmitic calcite precipitation. However, this explanation for changes in δ18O does not explain why the two isotopic records of eccentricity (carbon) and precession (oxygen) are paced differently because moisture availability might resonably be expected to covary with precipitation seasonality. The same pattern is observed in a stalagmite from the previous interglacial-glacial cycle, so it is a persistent feature in our study area. We will present possible explanations.

  20. High-resolution CCD imagers using area-array CCD's for sensing spectral components of an optical line image

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    Elabd, Hammam (Inventor); Kosonocky, Walter F. (Inventor)

    1987-01-01

    CCD imagers with a novel replicated-line-imager architecture are abutted to form an extended line sensor. The sensor is preceded by optics having a slit aperture and having an optical beam splitter or astigmatic lens for projecting multiple line images through an optical color-discriminating stripe filter to the CCD imagers. A very high resolution camera suitable for use in a satellite, for example, is thus provided. The replicated-line architecture of the imager comprises an area-array CCD, successive rows of which are illuminated by replications of the same line segment, as transmitted by respective color filter stripes. The charge packets formed by accumulation of photoresponsive charge in the area-array CCD are read out row by row. Each successive row of charge packets is then converted from parallel to serial format in a CCD line register and its amplitude sensed to generate a line of output signal.

  1. A high-resolution compact optical true-time delay beamformer using fiber Bragg grating and highly dispersive fiber

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    Gao, Xinlu; Huang, Shanguo; Wei, Yongfeng; Gao, Chao; Zhou, Jing; Zhang, Hanyi; Gu, Wanyi

    2014-10-01

    A high resolution optical true-time delay (OTTD) beamformer constructed by fiber Bragg grating (FBG) and highly dispersive fiber (HDF) is presented. It can produce the true time delay with the resolution of 1 ps. Besides the proposed system has compact structure and light weight even when a large number of antenna elements are present in a practical antenna array, this is because the used FBG fibers and HDFs are short and independent of the antenna element number. Theoretical analysis and numerical simulations are made. Proof-of-concept experiment results that demonstrate the feasibility of the system are presented.

  2. High-resolution elemental records of Glycymeris glycymeris (Bivalvia) shells from the Iberian upwelling system: Ontogeny and environmental control

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    Freitas, Pedro; Richardson, Christopher; Chenery, Simon; Butler, Paul; Reynolds, David; Gaspar, Miguel; Scourse, James

    2015-04-01

    The great potential of bivalve shells as a high-resolution geochemical proxy archive of environmental conditions at the time of growth has been known for several decades. The elemental composition of bivalve shells has been studied with the purpose of reconstructing environmental conditions: e.g. seawater temperature (Sr and Mg), primary productivity (Li, Mn, Mo and Ba), redox conditions (Mn and Mo), terrigenous inputs (Li) and pollution (Cu, Zn, Cd and Pb). However, the interpretation of such records remains extremely challenging and complex, with processes affecting element incorporation in the shell (e.g. crystal fabrics, organic matrix, shell formation mechanisms and physiological processes) and the influence of more than one environmental parameter affecting elemental composition of bivalve shells. Nevertheless, bivalve shells remain an underused source of information on environmental conditions, with the potential to record high-resolution (sub-weekly to annually), multi-centennial time series of geochemical proxy data. The relatively long-lived bivalve (>100 years) Glycymeris glycymeris occurs in coastal shelf seas of Europe and North West Africa and is a valid annually resolved sclerochronological archive for palaeonvironmental reconstructions. The temporal framework provided by absolute annually dated shell material makes Glycymeris glycymeris a valuable, albeit unexplored, resource for investigating sub-annually resolved geochemical proxies. We present a first evaluation on the potential of Ba, P and U, the latter two elements rarely studied in bivalves, in Glycymeris glycymeris shells to record variations in the environmental conditions, respectively primary productivity, dissolved inorganic phosphorus and carbonate ion concentration/pH. High-resolution (31 to 77 samples per year) profiles of elemental/Ca ratios (E/Ca) over four years of growth (2001 to 2004) were obtained by LA-ICP-MS on two shells (13 and 16 years old) live-collected in 2010 at 30 m

  3. High-resolution record of Early to Middle Miocene climate variability from Site 1195, Marion Plateau, NE Queensland margin

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    Lowery, C.; Browning, E.; Leckie, R. M.; John, C. M.

    2012-12-01

    Constraining and quantifying eustatic variations has been a priority for stratigraphers since the publication of the first global sea level curves by the Exxon research group in the late 1970s. Quantifying the glacio-eustatic component of sea level signals has become a greater focus as more recent work has demonstrated that far-field effects like ice-sheet gravitation and isostasy imprint on the "true" eustatic signal of waxing and waning ice sheets so that coeval signals from disparate sites may show significantly different local sea level variations. To this end, the Miocene sediments on the Marion Plateau, a drowned carbonate platform on the Queensland margin of Australia, were drilled by ODP Leg 194 to provide an independent, southern hemisphere test of the sea level record of the New Jersey Margin of North America, the most complete and oft-cited record of Cenozoic sea level variability. A high-resolution record is critical to compare sea level variations across hemispheres. Natural Gamma Ray (NGR) logs of core holes can provide a complete, high-resolution record independent of any problems with core recovery or sampling interval. We here present a NGR record of ODP Site 1195 tied to recently completed nannofossil assemblage data, planktic/benthic foraminiferal ratios, sedimentary particle counts, and benthic foraminifera stable isotopes. Peaks in glauconite and clay content correspond to peaks in NGR. The largest of these peaks correspond to sequence boundaries (lowstands), as glauconite accumulates during periods of low sedimentation along this carbonate-dominated margin. These sequence boundaries, in turn, are each associated with marine oxygen isotope events ("Mi Events") and correlate to sequences on the New Jersey margin, the Gulf of Papua, Great Australian Bight, and McMurdo Sound, indicating that these sequences are eustatically controlled. Although sedimentary particle counts only show strong peaks of glauconite at sequence boundaries, the NGR record

  4. Resolving seasonality in tropical trees: multi-decade, high-resolution oxygen and carbon isotope records from Indonesia and Thailand

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    Poussart, Pascale F.; Evans, Michael N.; Schrag, Daniel P.

    2004-02-01

    Dendrochronological techniques have found limited applications in the tropics because of invisible or indistinct banding in wood. The seasonal cycles of rainfall and relative humidity in these regions, while not sufficient to produce distinct visible rings, may still generate seasonal signals in the oxygen isotopic composition of tree cellulose which can be used for climate reconstruction and chronology. We explore this approach using trees from Indonesia and Thailand, from three different families. Multi-decade δ 18O records from Javanese cross-dated teak rings and bomb radiocarbon-dated Suar wood lacking visible rings demonstrate the reproducibility of the signal between trees grown at the same locality as well as from wider geographical regions. These results confirm predictions that the trees oxygen isotopic signatures reflect an external climatic forcing. High-resolution δ 18O records reveal large seasonal cycles: up to 4‰ for Javanese Suar samples and up to 18‰ for a Thai Podocarpus sample. We show that the six δ 18O and δ 13C cycles measured on a Podocarpus match the number of growth years for the period spanning the time of wounding and cutting of the wedge section. This result demonstrates that the isotopic cycles found in this tree with indistinct annual rings are indeed seasonal and could be used for chronology. We present evidence that stable isotope chronologies of tropical trees also contain insights in tropical tree physiology and growth dynamics.

  5. A high-resolution measurement device for detecting the positioning accuracy of the optical fiber positioner

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    Gu, Yonggang; Xu, Jianlei; Jin, Yi; Zhai, Chao

    2012-09-01

    The optical fiber positioner with double revolving mechanism is driven by two stepping motors. One stepping motor drives center revolving mechanism and the other drives decentered slewing mechanism. Photogrammetry is currently used to detect the positioning accuracy of the optical fiber positioner, but it cannot achieve high precision because of the small size of the fiber’s diameter. So, a new measurement device, which mainly contained optical microscope, CCD camera and two-dimensional precision mobile platform, was established in this paper. One end of the optical fiber (the other end was lighted by integrating sphere light source) was imaged on the CCD sensor in a magnified way through the optical microscope, and the image was processed to build the position feedback mechanism in real time. Then the two-dimensional mobile platform was controlled by PID control method to track the optical fiber, and the fiber was always kept to locate in center of the CCD image in order to eliminate the aberrations of the optical microscope lens. Finally, the position changes of the moving fiber could be obtained by the coordinates of the two-dimensional precision mobile platform. The experimental results demonstrate that the resolution of this measurement device is 0.1μm and the accuracy of repeat positioning is 1.5μm. The measurement device could satisfy the testing requirement.

  6. High Resolution, High Throughput X-Ray Observatory with Adjustable Optics

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    Vikhlinin, Alexey; Brissenden, R.; Bookbinder, J.; Cotroneo, J.; Davis, W.; Forman, W. R.; Freeman, M.; Murray, S. S.; O'Dell, S.; Ramsey, B.; Romaine, S.; Schwartz, D.; Tananbaum, H.; Trolier-McKinstry, S.; Wilke, R. H. T.

    2011-09-01

    An X-ray telescope with sub-arcsec angular resolution and >104 cm2 effective area will trigger another revolution in high energy astrophysics. We are developing technologies which would make such a telescope possible: adjustable grazing incidence bimorph mirrors composed of thin glass or metal segments with a few micrometer layer of piezoelectric material deposited on the back surface. The piezo cells are used to correct mirror figure errors due to fabrication, mounting, gravity release, and thermal deformations. Supporting analytical studies show the feasibility of mirror control, and laboratory demonstrations have shown that displacements of sufficient amplitude can be produced to achieve the required correction. The science topics for a high-resolution, large area X-ray telescope range from neutron star binary populations in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies to studies of diffuse baryons in the biggest objects in the Universe and in the warm-hot intergalactic medium. There will be a significant time span relative to the Chandra baseline for detailed observations of the expanding SNRs, reflection of the past activity of Sgr A* from surrounding molecular clouds, cooling of isolated neutron stars, etc. An exciting new frontier is observations of co-evolution of the supermassive black holes and their host galaxies across the peak in the cosmic star formation at z 3 and into the end of Dark Ages at z=6-10.

  7. Forbidden lines of (O I) in the high-resolution optical spectra of planetary nebulae

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    Keenan, F. P.; Aller, L. H.; Hyung, S.; Brown, P. J. F.

    1995-02-01

    Electron impact excitation rates for transitions in O I, calculated with the R-matrix code, are used to derive the electron-temperature sensitive emission-line ratio R = I(2s22p4 (1D) -2s22p4 1S/2s22p4 (3P)1,2-2s22p4 1D = I(5577 A)/I(6300+6365 A), for a range of electron temperatures Te = 5000-20 000 K) and densities (ne = 104 - 106/cu cm) applicable to planetary nebulae. Experimental values of R for a number of planetaries have been measured from high-resolution (approximately 0.6 A FWHM) spectra obtained with the Hamilton Echelle spectrograph on the 3-m telescope at the Lick Observatory. These measurements should be particularly reliable, as the sample of planetaries was restricted to those with large enough radial velocities for the nebular (O I) 5577 A emission to be red- or blue-shifted from the atmospheric airglow feature by a sufficient amount for the former to be reliably determined. Electron temperatures deduced from the observed values of R are generally in good agreement with those derived from Te-sensitive line ratios in other species, providing observational support for the accuracy of the atomic data adopted in the calculations.

  8. Permanent Electronic Storage of Angiographic Images in the Catheterization Laboratory: High-Resolution and Real-Time Acquisition on Optical Laserdiscs.

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    Azancot; Krone; Eiferman; Guermonprez; Metzger; Le Dref O; Steg; Bonan; Lesperance; Hudon; Friolo; Beaufils

    1997-03-01

    The use of electronic ÒfilmlessÓ media for long-term archiving of coronary angiograms has been impeded by the problems of image storage and data transfer among institutions. Although long-term analogue storage of the images is presently feasible, and much less costly than digital storage, processing has been limited to a 625 lines video format, not optimal for high quality images. We developed a bi-directional 1249/625 lines converter, able to store and to replay high resolution (1249 lines) video images, from Component Record Video (CRV) Optical Laser (Analogue) Videodisks. Image quality and medical relevance were evaluated five ways: 1) Outside experts compared 593 static images stored on CRV discs to the same images stored in a high-resolution digital format blinded to source of image. The four experts found no visual or medical difference in 98% of evaluated images and minor differences in the remainder. The differences in the remaining images were not consistent among experts. 2) Two of the experts also compared the enhanced CRV optically stored image to the image obtained on simultaneously recorded 35mm cine film, and found the enhanced CRV stored image to be superior or similar, but never inferior to the film image. 3) 90 representatives from 63 outside institutions compared images from both a digital hard drive and the enhanced CRV optical (analogue) storage displayed at a Windows based digital workstation. During the test they were blinded as to the source of the images. The representatives found no difference in image resolution, quality, diagnostic accuracy, and medical relevance. 4) We evaluated quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) on standard coronary test phantoms using enhanced CRV stored images digitally processed. The correlation of the enhanced CRV image to the actual size of the phantom vessels was similar to the results obtained in the literature from digitally stored images. 5) 78 arterial measurements ranging 0.65 to 4.85 mm were

  9. High Resolution deglacial monsoon δ18O record from a new stalagmite from the Kailash Cave, Central India

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    Allu C, Narayana; Pawan K, Gautam; Shraddha, Band; Madhusudan G, Yadava; Rengaswamy, Ramesh; Shen, Chuan-Chou

    2016-04-01

    High resolution δ18O and δ13C data from absolutely dated stalagmites have been useful for reconstructing the Asian monsoon variability (e.g., Yadava et al., 2004; Laskar et al., 2013; Allu et al., 2014; Lone et al., 2014; Sinha et al., 2015). However, many studies lack high resolution spatial and temporal records leaving significant gaps which need to be filled for a vivid understanding of monsoonal variability. We report here the first high resolution stalagmite δ18O isotope results during the last deglacial obtained from the Kailash cave located from the core monsoon region. The length of stalagmite was 480 mm, with an average diameter of 120 mm. The sample was cut for continuous micro milling at 400μm intervals along the growth axis (using new wave research micro-mill-101288) for the analyses of stable oxygen and carbon isotopes using a Delta V plus IRMS at the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad. The physical appearance of the sample section reveals very fine, straight and clear laminations from the top to 310 mm from below, which have thick laminae. U-Th dates obtained from a Thermo Fisher NEPTUNE multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (MC-ICP-MS) at High-Precision Mass Spectrometry and Environment Change Laboratory (HISPEC), National Taiwan University, Taiwan (Shen et al., 2012) showed the record spanned ~2400 years from ~14.6 ka to ~12.2 ka. Linear Age-Depth model constructed from dates suggests that the sample grew for ~2.400 years from ~14.6 ka to ~12.2 ka with varying resolutions from ~6 months to ~8 years. Hendy's test from 8 distinct layers shows poor correlation between δ18O and δ13C suggesting the isotopic equilibrium conditions at the time of crystallization. δ18O and δ13C results appear to be cyclic in nature varying in the range from +0.37‰ to -6.07‰ and -1.59‰ to -10.59‰ respectively. Enriched δ18O in top portion represents poor monsoon during the onset of Younger Drayas. Later, the δ18O signals

  10. A novel high-resolution optical imaging modality: photo-magnetic imaging

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    Luk, Alex T.; Thayer, David; Lin, Yuting; Nouizi, Farouk; Gao, Hao; Gulsen, Gultekin

    2013-03-01

    We introduce an entirely new technique, termed Photo-Magnetic Imaging (PMI), which overcomes the limitation of pure optical imaging and provides optical absorption at MRI spatial resolution. PMI uses laser light to heat the medium under investigation and employs MR thermometry for the determination of spatially resolved optical absorption in the probed medium. A FEM-based PMI forward solver has been developed by modeling photon migration and heat diffusion in tissue to compare simulation results with measured MRI maps. We have successfully performed PMI using 2.5 cm diameter agar phantom with two low optical absorption contrast (x 4) inclusions under the ANSI limit. Currently, we are developing the PMI inverse solver and undertaking further phantom and in vivo experiments.

  11. An integrable high resolution all-optical analog-to-digital conversion scheme

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    Wei, Shile; Jian, Wu; Zhao, Lingjuan; Lu, Dan; Qiu, Jifang

    2014-05-01

    A novel 4 × 4 multimode interference couplers based phase-shifted photonic quantization scheme using multiwavelength mode locked pulse lasers as sampling source for all-optical analog-to-digital converter is proposed. Numerical analysis indicates that 8-bit quantization resolution operating at 40 GHz bandwidth could be achieved with an incident average optical power of 1.932 mW to each photodiode. The whole scheme can be integrated on a InP-based chip.

  12. High-Resolution Broadband Millimeter-Wave Astrophysical Spectrometer with Triple Product Acousto-Optical Processor

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    Dagostino, Miguel Chavez; Shcherbakov, Alexandre S.; Arellanes, Adan Omar; Chavushyan, Vahram

    An advanced conceptual design of a high-bit-rate triple product acousto-optical processor is presented that can be applied in a number of astrophysical problems. We briefly describe the Large Millimeter Telescope as one of the potential observational infrastructures where the acousto-optical spectrometer can be successfully used. A summary on the study of molecular gas in relatively old (age > 10 Myr) disks around main sequence stars is provided. We have identified this as one of the science cases in which the proposed processor can have a big impact. Then we put forward triple product acousto-optical processor is able to realize algorithm of the space-and-time integrating, which is desirable for a wide- band spectrum analysis of radio-wave signals with an improved resolution providing the resolution power of about 105 - 106. It includes 1D-acousto-optic cells as the input devices for a 2D-optical data processing. The importance of this al- gorithm is based on exploiting the chirp Z-transform technique providing a 2D-Fourier transform of the input signals. The system produces the folded spectrum, accumulating advantages of both space and time integrating. Its frequency bandwidth is practically equal to the bandwidth of transducers inherent in acousto-optical cells. Then, similar processor is able to provide really high frequency resolution, which is practically equal to the reciprocal of the CCD-matrix photo-detector integration time. Here, the current state of developing the triple product acousto-optical processor in frames of the astrophysical instrumentation is shortly discussed.

  13. A High-Resolution Record of Early Miocene Antarctic Glacial History From Downhole Logs, Site 1165, ODP Leg 188

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    Williams, T.; Barr, S.; Handwerger, D.

    2002-12-01

    ODP Site 1165, located 400 km NW of Prydz Bay, contains the most detailed record yet obtained of Early Miocene Antarctic glacial history. The 520-m-thick Early Miocene consists of dark grey claystone with silt laminae (contourites) alternating with decimeter-scale layers of greenish-grey bioturbated claystone that contain common ice rafted debris (IRD). These sediments are interpreted to record pulses of IRD from the continent, and alternations in the position or strength of the currents at the site. Downhole logs of electrical resistivity, natural gamma radiation, and density also record the alternations between the two facies. Here we assess the lithological significance of the logs by examining the opal, IRD, and susceptibility of two short intervals at high resolution, with samples taken every 10 cm, or about 1250 yr. The IRD-bearing greenish-grey claystone corresponds to higher resistivity and density because of increased cementation by silica, and corresponds to lower natural gamma radiation because of decreased clay content. Thus, using the logs, lithology can be inferred for intervals where no core was recovered. Based mainly on magnetostratigraphy, the age of the base of the hole is 22 Ma, and the sedimentation rate for the Early Miocene about 9 cm/kyr. The regular spacing of the facies alternations in the logs suggests they are astronomically paced. Between 18-20 Ma, the main periodicity is in the precessional range, and between 20-22 Ma, the logs have a saw-toothed form, with a major peak in IRD at the beginning of each, repeating about every 100 kyr. We think that the IRD pulses represent deglaciations. Hence our data suggest that the Antarctic continent, at least around the Prydz Bay region, was glaciated in the Early Miocene, and that the size of the ice sheet oscillated on Milankovitch time scales.

  14. A High-Resolution Oxygen Isotope Record for the Cariaco Basin, Venezuela Over the Last 6000 Years

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    Tedesco, K.; Thunell, R.; Tappa, E.

    2001-12-01

    Oxygen isotope records of three species of planktonic foraminifera (Globigerinoides ruber (pink), Globigerina bulloides and Neogloboquadrina dutertrei) from the Cariaco Basin, Venezuela were used to construct a high-resolution climate record for the Caribbean region for the mid to late Holocene. Our results indicate decreases in sea surface temperatures and/or increases in salinity in the basin at least four times over the last 4000 years (at ~3800-3200, 2800-2500, 2200-2000, and after 650 cal. yrs. B.P.). These events are coincident with high stands of Lake Titicaca, Bolivia/Peru suggesting a similar forcing mechanism. Paleoclimate records from the circum-Caribbean indicate arid conditions commenced in this region between about 3600-3200 cal. yrs. B.P.. This corresponds to a decrease in the δ 18O of G. ruber (pink) and decreases in the δ 18O differences between G. bulloides - G. ruber (pink) and N. dutertrei - G. ruber (pink). In addition, the deep dwelling planktonic foraminifera species Globorotalia crassaformis migrates into Cariaco Basin at about 3500 cal. yrs. B.P.. Taken together these data indicate colder sea surface temperatures and a shallow thermocline, possibly due to increased upwelling. Increased evaporation at this site would also result in higher G. ruber (pink) δ 18O values. Dry conditions in the circum-Caribbean tropics and wetter conditions in the Altiplano of Bolivia and Peru and the Amazon basin during the mid to late Holocene are consistent with a southward displacement of the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) resulting in decreased precipitation and increased trade wind intensity in the Cariaco Basin.

  15. River pollution remediation monitored by optical and infrared high-resolution satellite images.

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    Trivero, Paolo; Borasi, Maria; Biamino, Walter; Cavagnero, Marco; Rinaudo, Caterina; Bonansea, Matias; Lanfri, Sofia

    2013-09-01

    The Bormida River Basin, located in the northwestern region of Italy, has been strongly contaminated by the ACNA chemical factory. This factory was in operation from 1892 to 1998, and contamination from the factory has had deleterious consequences on the water quality, agriculture, natural ecosystems and human health. Attempts have been made to remediate the site. The aims of this study were to use high-resolution satellite images combined with a classical remote sensing methodology to monitor vegetation conditions along the Bormida River, both upstream and downstream of the ACNA chemical factory site, and to compare the results obtained at different times before and after the remediation process. The trends of the Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) and the Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI) along the riverbanks are used to assess the effect of water pollution on vegetation. NDVI and EVI values show that the contamination produced by the ACNA factory had less severe effects in the year 2007, when most of the remediation activities were concluded, than in 2006 and 2003. In 2007, the contamination effects were noticeable up to 6 km downstream of the factory, whereas in 2003 and 2006 the influence range was up to about 12 km downstream of the factory. The results of this study show the effectiveness of remediation activities that have been taking place in this area. In addition, the comparison between NDVI and EVI shows that the EVI is more suitable to characterise the vegetation health and can be considered an additional tool to assess vegetation health and to monitor restoration activities. PMID:23456221

  16. Ultra-High Resolution Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging of Unilateral Drusen in a 31 Year Old Woman

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    de Carlo, Talisa E; Adhi, Mehreen; Lu, Chen D; Duker, Jay S; Fujimoto, James G; Waheed, Nadia K

    2016-01-01

    We report a case of widespread unilateral drusen in a healthy 31 year old Caucasian woman using multi-modal imaging including ultra-high resolution optical coherence tomography (UHR-OCT). Dilated fundus exam showed multiple drusen-like lesions in the posterior pole without heme or fluid. Fundus auto fluorescence demonstrated hyperautofluorescent at the deposits. Fluorescein angiography revealed mild hyperfluorescence and staining of the lesions. Spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) OS showed accumulations in the temporal macula at Bruch’s membrane. UHR-OCT provided improved axial resolution compared to the standard 5 μm on the commercial SD-OCT and confirmed the presence of deposits in Bruch’s membrane, consistent with drusen. The retinal layers were draped over the excrescences but did not show any disruption. PMID:27398405

  17. Investigation of solar active regions at high resolution by balloon flights of the solar optical universal polarimeter, definition phase

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    Tarbell, Theodore D.; Topka, Kenneth P.

    1992-01-01

    The definition phase of a scientific study of active regions on the sun by balloon flight of a former Spacelab instrument, the Solar Optical Universal Polarimeter (SOUP) is described. SOUP is an optical telescope with image stabilization, tunable filter and various cameras. After the flight phase of the program was cancelled due to budgetary problems, scientific and engineering studies relevant to future balloon experiments of this type were completed. High resolution observations of the sun were obtained using SOUP components at the Swedish Solar Observatory in the Canary Islands. These were analyzed and published in studies of solar magnetic fields and active regions. In addition, testing of low-voltage piezoelectric transducers was performed, which showed they were appropriate for use in image stabilization on a balloon.

  18. A scanning, all-fiber Sagnac interferometer for high resolution magneto-optic measurements at 820 nm

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    Fried, Alexander; Fejer, Martin; Kapitulnik, Aharon

    2014-10-15

    The Sagnac Interferometer has historically been used for detecting non-reciprocal phenomena, such as rotation. We demonstrate an apparatus in which this technique is employed for high resolution measurements of the Magneto-Optical Polar Kerr effect—a direct indicator of magnetism. Previous designs have incorporated free-space components which are bulky and difficult to align. We improve upon this technique by using all fiber-optic coupled components and demonstrate operation at a new wavelength, 820 nm, with which we can achieve better than 1 μrad resolution. Mounting the system on a piezo-electric scanner allows us to acquire diffraction limited images with 1.5 μm spatial resolution. We also provide extensive discussion on the details and of the Sagnac Interferometer's construction.

  19. Design and assessment of a wide FOV and high-resolution optical tiled head-mounted display.

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    Song, Weitao; Cheng, Dewen; Deng, Zhaoyang; Liu, Yue; Wang, Yongtian

    2015-10-01

    It has always been a challenge to break the resolution/field-of-view (FOV) invariant to design a large FOV and high-resolution optical system, especially for a head-mounted display (HMD) system. In this study, a tiled HMD using two compact rotationally symmetrical eyepieces was designed and developed. Some issues on exit pupil and eye relief were analyzed in detail and taken into consideration during the design procedure. The overall optical system is compact with high performance. The system volume is smaller than 30  mm×35  mm×30  mm. Based on two 0.61 in. microdisplay devices, the overall tiled system demonstrates an FOV of 66°(H)×32°(V) with a 7.5 mm exit pupil diameter and a 15.7 mm eye relief. PMID:26479645

  20. Three-Dimensional High-Resolution Optical/X-Ray Stereoscopic Tracking Velocimetry

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    Cha, Soyoung S.; Ramachandran, Narayanan

    2004-01-01

    Measurement of three-dimensional (3-D) three-component velocity fields is of great importance in a variety of research and industrial applications for understanding materials processing, fluid physics, and strain/displacement measurements. The 3-D experiments in these fields most likely inhibit the use of conventional techniques, which are based only on planar and optically-transparent-field observation. Here, we briefly review the current status of 3-D diagnostics for motion/velocity detection, for both optical and x-ray systems. As an initial step for providing 3-D capabilities, we nave developed stereoscopic tracking velocimetry (STV) to measure 3-D flow/deformation through optical observation. The STV is advantageous in system simplicity, for continually observing 3- D phenomena in near real-time. In an effort to enhance the data processing through automation and to avoid the confusion in tracking numerous markers or particles, artificial neural networks are employed to incorporate human intelligence. Our initial optical investigations have proven the STV to be a very viable candidate for reliably measuring 3-D flow motions. With previous activities are focused on improving the processing efficiency, overall accuracy, and automation based on the optical system, the current efforts is directed to the concurrent expansion to the x-ray system for broader experimental applications.

  1. Three-Dimensional High-Resolution Optical/X-Ray Stereoscopic Tracking Velocimetry

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    Cha, Soyoung S.; Ramachandran, Naryanan

    2005-01-01

    Measurement of three-dimensional (3-D) three-component velocity fields is of great importance in a variety of research and industrial applications for understanding materials processing, fluid physics, and strain/displacement measurements. The 3-D experiments in these fields most likely inhibit the use of conventional techniques, which are based only on planar and optically-transparent-field observation. Here, we briefly review the current status of 3-D diagnostics for motion/velocity detection, for both optical and x-ray systems. As an initial step for providing 3-D capabilities, we have developed stereoscopic tracking velocimetry (STV) to measure 3-D flow/deformation through optical observation. The STV is advantageous in system simplicity, for continually observing 3-D phenomena in near real-time. In an effort to enhance the data processing through automation and to avoid the confusion in tracking numerous markers or particles, artificial neural networks are employed to incorporate human intelligence. Our initial optical investigations have proven the STV to be a very viable candidate for reliably measuring 3-D flow motions. With previous activities focused on improving the processing efficiency, overall accuracy, and automation based on the optical system, the current efforts is directed to the concurrent expansion to the x-ray system for broader experimental applications.

  2. High-Resolution Optical and Near-Infrared Imaging of Young Circumstellar Disks

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    McCaughrean, Mark; Stapelfeldt, Karl; Close, Laird

    2000-01-01

    In the past five years, observations at optical and near-infrared wavelengths obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based adaptive optics have provided the first well-resolved images of young circumstellar disks which may form planetary systems. We review these two observational techniques and highlight their results by presenting prototype examples of disks imaged in the Taurus-Auriga and Orion star-forming regions. As appropriate, we discuss the disk parameters that may be typically derived from the observations, as well as the implications that the observations may have on our understanding of, for example, the role of the ambient environment in shaping the disk evolution. We end with a brief summary of the prospects for future improvements in space- and ground-based optical/IR imaging techniques, and how they may impact disk studies.

  3. Broadband miniature optical ultrasound probe for high resolution vascular tissue imaging

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    Colchester, Richard J.; Zhang, Edward Z.; Mosse, Charles A.; Beard, Paul C.; Papakonstantinou, Ioannis; Desjardins, Adrien E.

    2015-01-01

    An all-optical ultrasound probe for vascular tissue imaging was developed. Ultrasound was generated by pulsed laser illumination of a functionalized carbon nanotube composite coating on the end face of an optical fiber. Ultrasound was detected with a Fabry-Pérot (FP) cavity on the end face of an adjacent optical fiber. The probe diameter was < 0.84 mm and had an ultrasound bandwidth of ~20 MHz. The probe was translated across the tissue sample to create a virtual linear array of ultrasound transmit/receive elements. At a depth of 3.5 mm, the axial resolution was 64 µm and the lateral resolution was 88 µm, as measured with a carbon fiber target. Vascular tissues from swine were imaged ex vivo and good correspondence to histology was observed. PMID:25909031

  4. X-ray optics. II - A technique for high resolution spectroscopy

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    Cash, Webster C., Jr.

    1991-01-01

    A novel combination of optical elements and properties is combined to achieve high-spectral resolution using grazing incidence optics of modest quality. Analysis and ray tracing of examples show that using radial groove gratings at high blaze angles in the manner of an echelle spectrograph can provide high spectral resolution. This arrangement is compared to the conventional in-plane designs to show that the off-plane is superior in nearly every respect. Cross dispersion can be provided by the energy resolution of a CCD detector. Additional resolution can be squeezed from the system by strategic placement of gratings to take advantage of the azimuthal response of a Wolter X-ray optic.

  5. Broadband miniature optical ultrasound probe for high resolution vascular tissue imaging.

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    Colchester, Richard J; Zhang, Edward Z; Mosse, Charles A; Beard, Paul C; Papakonstantinou, Ioannis; Desjardins, Adrien E

    2015-04-01

    An all-optical ultrasound probe for vascular tissue imaging was developed. Ultrasound was generated by pulsed laser illumination of a functionalized carbon nanotube composite coating on the end face of an optical fiber. Ultrasound was detected with a Fabry-Pérot (FP) cavity on the end face of an adjacent optical fiber. The probe diameter was < 0.84 mm and had an ultrasound bandwidth of ~20 MHz. The probe was translated across the tissue sample to create a virtual linear array of ultrasound transmit/receive elements. At a depth of 3.5 mm, the axial resolution was 64 µm and the lateral resolution was 88 µm, as measured with a carbon fiber target. Vascular tissues from swine were imaged ex vivo and good correspondence to histology was observed. PMID:25909031

  6. Use of tapered amplifier diode laser for biological-friendly high-resolution optical trapping.

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    Cheng, Wei; Hou, Ximiao; Ye, Fangmao

    2010-09-01

    A 1064 nm laser is commonly used for biological optical trapping. However, it has the problem of generating reactive oxygen species in the presence of a sensitizer, which leads to photo damage in biological samples. Here we constructed optical tweezers using a tapered amplifier diode laser that operates at 830 nm. Compared to a 1064 nm laser, this laser is friendly to live cells, eliminates photo damage associated with reactive oxygen species, and allows simultaneous two-photon fluorescence imaging of green fluorescent proteins in live mammalian cells. All these advantages could significantly benefit future application of this single molecule technique in biological studies. PMID:20808392

  7. Optical sedimentation recorder

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    Bishop, James K.B.

    2014-05-06

    A robotic optical sedimentation recorder is described for the recordation of carbon flux in the oceans wherein both POC and PIC particles are captured at the open end of a submersible sampling platform, the captured particles allowed to drift down onto a collection plate where they can be imaged over time. The particles are imaged using three separate light sources, activated in sequence, one source being a back light, a second source being a side light to provide dark field illumination, and a third source comprising a cross polarized light source to illuminate birefringent particles. The recorder in one embodiment is attached to a buoyancy unit which is capable upon command for bringing the sedimentation recorder to a programmed depth below the ocean surface during recordation mode, and on command returning the unit to the ocean surface for transmission of recorded data and receipt of new instructions. The combined unit is provided with its own power source and is designed to operate autonomously in the ocean for extended periods of time.

  8. Carbon cycle dynamics and solar activity embedded in a high-resolution 14C speleothem record from Belize, Central America

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    Lechleitner, Franziska A.; Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M.; McIntyre, Cameron; Asmerom, Yemane; Prufer, Keith M.; Polyak, Victor; Culleton, Brendan J.; Kennett, Douglas J.; Eglinton, Timothy I.; Baldini, James U. L.

    2015-04-01

    Speleothem 14C has recently emerged as a potentially powerful proxy for climate reconstruction. Several studies have highlighted the link between karst hydrology and speleothem 14C content, and a number of possible causes for this relationship have been proposed, such as dripwater flow dynamics in the karst and changes in soil organic matter (SOM) turnover time (e.g. Griffiths et al., 2012). Here we present a high resolution 14C record for a stalagmite (YOK-I) from Yok Balum cave in southern Belize, Central America. YOK-I grew continuously over the last 2000 years, and has been dated very precisely with the U-Th method (40 dates, mean uncertainty < 10 years). The excellent chronological control for this stalagmite allows us to calculate 14C activity (a14C) at the time of speleothem deposition (a14Cinit), as well as the dead carbon fraction (DCF), predominantly a measure of the reservoir effect introduced by limestone dissolution in the karst (Genty et al., 2001). Both records show striking similarities to atmospheric a14C (IntCal13) and reconstructions of solar activity and 14C production rate. We infer close coupling between cave environment and atmosphere, with minimal signal dampening, an observation supported by monitoring data (Ridley et al., in press). DCF fluctuates between approximately 10% and 16% over the entire record, with distinctly lower DCF values and higher a14Cinit during a period of reduced rainfall between ca. 700-1100 AD (linked to the Classic Maya Collapse). This behavior is consistent with observations made elsewhere, and suggests that DCF responds to karst hydrological variability, specifically open-closed system transitions. YOK-I a14Cinit typically lags atmospheric values by 10-100 cal years. A shorter lag appears to be linked to periods of drought, suggesting a response of SOM dynamics above the cave to rainfall reduction. Specifically, drought is inferred to lead to reduced bioproductivity and soil carbon turnover, lowering contributions

  9. Fiber-Optic Strain Gauge With High Resolution And Update Rate

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    Figueroa, Fernando; Mahajan, Ajay; Sayeh, Mohammad; Regez, Bradley

    2007-01-01

    An improved fiber-optic strain gauge is capable of measuring strains in the approximate range of 0 to 50 microstrains with a resolution of 0.1 microstrain. (To some extent, the resolution of the strain gauge can be tailored and may be extensible to 0.01 microstrain.) The total cost of the hardware components of this strain gauge is less than $100 at 2006 prices. In comparison with prior strain gauges capable of measurement of such low strains, this strain gauge is more accurate, more economical, and more robust, and it operates at a higher update rate. Strain gauges like this one are useful mainly for measuring small strains (including those associated with vibrations) in such structures as rocket test stands, buildings, oilrigs, bridges, and dams. The technology was inspired by the need to measure very small strains on structures supporting liquid oxygen tanks, as a way to measure accurately mass of liquid oxygen during rocket engine testing. This improved fiber-optic strain gauge was developed to overcome some of the deficiencies of both traditional foil strain gauges and prior fiber-optic strain gauges. Traditional foil strain gages do not have adequate signal-to-noise ratios at such small strains. Fiber-optic strain gauges have been shown to be potentially useful for measuring such small strains, but heretofore, the use of fiberoptic strain gauges has been inhibited, variously, by complexity, cost, or low update rate.

  10. High Resolution Optical/Near-Infrared Imaging of Cool Ultraluminous Infrared Galaxies

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    Surace, J.; Sanders, D.; Evans, A.

    1999-01-01

    We present here new multiwavelength observations with 1.5 and 4x the spatial resolution of previous ground-based observations at optical and near-infrared wavelengths; despite being ground-based, they allow us to isolate interesting features such as the star-forming knots detected in the warm ULIG sample.

  11. High-resolution depositional records of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the central continental shelf mud of the East China Sea

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    Zhigang Guo; Tian Lin; Gan Zhang; Zuosheng Yang; Ming Fang

    2006-09-01

    A well-placed {sup 210}Pb-dated sediment core extracted from the distal mud in the central continental shelf of the East China Sea is used to reconstruct the high-resolution atmospheric depositional record of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), believed to be transported mainly from China in the past 200 years due to the East Asian Monsoon. Total PAHs (TPAHs), based on the 16 USEPA priority PAHs, range from 27 in 1788 to 132 ng g{sup -1} in 2001. TPAH variation in the core reflects energy usage changes and follows closely the historical economic development in China. PAHs in the core are dominantly pyrogenic in source, i.e., they are mainly from the incomplete combustion of coal and biomass burning. Several individual PAHs suggest that contribution from incomplete petroleum combustion has increased during recent years. Analysis of the 2 + 3 ring and the 5 + 6 ring PAHs and principle component analysis provide more evidence in the change in the energy structure, especially after 1978 when China embarked on the 'Reform and Open' Policy, indicating the transformation from an agricultural to an industrial economy of China. The historical profile of PAH distribution in the study area is obviously different from the United States and Europe due to their difference in energy structure and economic development stages. 39 refs., 5 figs.

  12. A Boreal high-resolution d13C-carb record of the Albian-Cenomanian transition from NW Germany

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    Bornemann, André; Erbacher, Jochen; Heldt, Matthias; Wilmsen, Markus; Lübke, Nathalie; Heimhofer, Ulrich

    2015-04-01

    . London Spec. Publ., 104, 11-24. Stoll, H.M., Schrag, D.P. (2000). High-resolution stable isotope records from the Upper Cretaceous rocks of Italy and Spain: Glacial episodes in a greenhouse planet? Geol. Soc. Am. Bull., 112, 308-319.

  13. High-resolution mapping of quantum efficiency of silicon photodiode via optical-feedback laser microthermography

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    Cemine, Vernon Julius; Blanca, Carlo Mar; Saloma, Caesar

    2006-09-20

    We map the external quantum efficiency (QE) distribution of a silicon photodiode (PD) sample via a thermographic imaging technique based on optical-feedback laser confocal microscopy. An image pair consisting of the confocal reflectance image and the 2D photocurrent map is simultaneously acquired to delineate the following regions of interest on the sample: the substrate, the n-type region, the pn overlay, and the bonding pad. The 2D QE distribution is derived from the photocurrent map to quantify the optical performance of these sites. The thermal integrity of the sample is then evaluated by deriving the rate of change of QE with temperature T at each point on the silicon PD. These gradient maps function not only as stringent measures of local thermal QE activity but they also expose probable defect locations on the sample at high spatial resolution - a capability that is not feasible with existing bulk measurement techniques.

  14. High-resolution, hybrid optical trapping methods, and their application to nucleic acid processing proteins.

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    Chemla, Yann R

    2016-10-01

    Optical tweezers have become a powerful tool to investigate nucleic-acid processing proteins at the single-molecule level. Recent advances in this technique have now enabled measurements resolving the smallest units of molecular motion, on the scale of a single base pair of DNA. In parallel, new instrumentation combining optical traps with other functionalities have been developed, incorporating mechanical manipulation along orthogonal directions or fluorescence imaging capabilities. Here, we review these technical advances, their capabilities, and limitations, focusing on benchmark studies of protein-nucleic acid interactions they have enabled. We highlight recent work that combines several of these advances together and its application to nucleic-acid processing enzymes. Finally, we discuss future prospects for these exciting developments. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Biopolymers 105: 704-714, 2016. PMID:27225537

  15. High-resolution optical spectroscopy using multimode interference in a compact tapered fibre

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    Wan, Noel H.; Meng, Fan; Schröder, Tim; Shiue, Ren-Jye; Chen, Edward H.; Englund, Dirk

    2015-07-01

    Optical spectroscopy is a fundamental tool in numerous areas of science and technology. Much effort has focused on miniaturizing spectrometers, but thus far at the cost of spectral resolution and broad operating range. Here we describe a compact spectrometer that achieves both high spectral resolution and broad bandwidth. The device relies on imaging multimode interference from leaky modes along a multimode tapered optical fibre, resulting in spectrally distinguishable spatial patterns over a wide range of wavelengths from 500 to 1,600 nm. This tapered fibre multimode interference spectrometer achieves a spectral resolution down to 40 pm in the visible spectrum and 10 pm in the near-infrared spectrum (corresponding to resolving powers of 104-105). Multimode interference spectroscopy is suitable in a variety of device geometries, including planar waveguides in a broad range of transparent materials.

  16. Fibre-optic coupling to high-resolution CCD and CMOS image sensors

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    van Silfhout, R. G.; Kachatkou, A. S.

    2008-12-01

    We describe a simple method of gluing fibre-optic faceplates to complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) active pixel and charge coupled device (CCD) image sensors and report on their performance. Cross-sectional cuts reveal that the bonding layer has a thickness close to the diameter of the individual fibres and is uniform over the whole sensor area. Our method requires no special tools or alignment equipment and gives reproducible and high-quality results. The method maintains a uniform bond layer thickness even if sensor dies are mounted at slight angles with their package. These fibre-coupled sensors are of particular interest to X-ray imaging applications but also provide a solution for compact optical imaging systems.

  17. High-resolution optical coherence tomography using self-adaptive FFT and array detection

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    Zhao, Yonghua; Chen, Zhongping; Xiang, Shaohua; Ding, Zhihua; Ren, Hongwu; Nelson, J. Stuart; Ranka, Jinendra K.; Windeler, Robert S.; Stentz, Andrew J.

    2001-05-01

    We developed a novel optical coherence tomographic (OCT) system which utilized broadband continuum generation for high axial resolution and a high numeric-aperture (N.A.) Objective for high lateral resolution (<5 micrometers ). The optimal focusing point was dynamically compensated during axial scanning so that it can be kept at the same position as the point that has an equal optical path length as that in the reference arm. This gives us uniform focusing size (<5 mum) at different depths. A new self-adaptive fast Fourier transform (FFT) algorithm was developed to digitally demodulate the interference fringes. The system employed a four-channel detector array for speckle reduction that significantly improved the image's signal-to-noise ratio.

  18. Ultra-high, resolution, modular optical angle encoder for space-based opto-mechanical applications

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    Luther, Holger; Beard, Paul; Mitchell, Donald; Thorburn, William

    1995-01-01

    A 27-bit optical encoder using a novel patent pending technology has been developed by the MicroE Development Center of BEI Sensors & Systems Company and tested by the Sensor Systems Group (SSG) Inc., in a positioning and stabilization mirror assembly (PSMA) designed and constructed under a grant from the Marshall Space Flight Center. Test results verified performance within the specifications of the PSMA.

  19. High-resolution absolute frequency referenced fiber optic sensor for quasi-static strain sensing

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    Lam, Timothy T.-Y.; Chow, Jong H.; Shaddock, Daniel A.; Littler, Ian C. M.; Gagliardi, Gianluca; Gray, Malcolm B.; McClelland, David E.

    2010-07-20

    We present a quasi-static fiber optic strain sensing system capable of resolving signals below nanostrain from 20 mHz. A telecom-grade distributed feedback CW diode laser is locked to a fiber Fabry-Perot sensor, transferring the detected signals onto the laser. An H{sup 13}C{sup 14}N absorption line is then used as a frequency reference to extract accurate low-frequency strain signals from the locked system.

  20. Radiocarbon variability in the western equatorial Pacific inferred from a high-resolution coral record from Nauru Island

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    Guilderson, T.P.; Schrag, D.P.; Kashgarian, M.; Southon, J.

    1998-10-01

    We have generated a high resolution coral {Delta}{sup 14}C record spanning the last 50 years to document the seasonal and interannual redistribution of surface waters in the western tropical Pacific. Prebomb (1947{endash}1956) {Delta}{sup 14}C values average {minus}63{per_thousand} and have a total range of 30{per_thousand}. Values begin to increase in 1957, reaching a maximum of 137{per_thousand} in mid-1983. Large interannual variability of up to 80{per_thousand} closely follows the El Ni{tilde n}o-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). During each ENSO warm phase, {Delta}{sup 14}C values begin to increase, reflecting the reduction of low-{sup 14}C water upwelling in the east and the invasion of subtropical water into the western equatorial tropical Pacific. Maximum {Delta}{sup 14}C values are in phase or lag the corresponding sea surface temperature maxima in the eastern tropical Pacific, whereas the rapid return to more negative {Delta}{sup 14}C is in phase with eastern Pacific ENSO indices. The highest-amplitude excursions occur during the 1965/1966 and 1972/1973 events, when the {sup 14}C contrast is highest between the eastern Pacific and subtropics. The 1982/1983 El Ni{tilde n}o, although a larger ENSO event, has a lower {Delta}{sup 14}C amplitude, reflecting the penetration of bomb radiocarbon into the equatorial undercurrent and the reduced contrast in {Delta}{sup 14}C between thermocline and subtropical surface waters at that time. This coral record demonstrates the potential for using similar radiocarbon time series for documenting variability in Pacific shallow circulation over interannual and decadal timescales. {copyright} 1998 American Geophysical Union

  1. High-resolution multiphoton optical tomography of tissues: an in vitro and in vivo study

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    Riemann, Iris; Schenke-Layland, Katja; Ehlers, Alexander; Dimitrow, Enrico; Kaatz, Martin; Elsner, Peter; Martin, Sven; König, Karsten

    2006-03-01

    Multiphoton optical tomography based on NIR (near-infrared) femtosecond laser pulses provides non-invasive optical sectioning of skin with high spatial intracellular resolution and high tissue penetration. The imaging system DermaInspect was used to perform this technology in clinical studies in vivo on patients with suspicious melanoma. Pigmented cell clusters based on non-linear luminescence were clearly distinguished from non-pigmented cells in the epidermis using the autofluorescence of endogenous fluorophores like NAD(P)H, flavins, keratin, elastin, collagen and melanin. Some of the investigated tissues showed differences in the structure of the epidermal layers and the presence of dendritic cells compared to normal skin. Multiphoton laser microscopy was used to visualize extracellular matrix (ECM) structures of native and tissueengineered heart valves. The quality of the resulting 3-D images allowed an exact differentiation between collagenous and elastic fibers. The analysis of heart valve tissues of patients with cardiomyopathy revealed a dramatic loss of its capability to generate SH (second harmonic), indicating a structural deformation of the collagenous fibers, which was virtually impossible to obtain by routine histological or immunohistological staining. These results indicate that NIR femtosecond laser scanning systems can be employed as novel non-invasive optical technology for 3-D resolved ECM component imaging and in vitro and in vivo tissue diagnosis.

  2. Combined versatile high-resolution optical tweezers and single-molecule fluorescence microscopy

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    Sirinakis, George; Ren, Yuxuan; Gao, Ying; Xi, Zhiqun; Zhang, Yongli

    2012-01-01

    Optical trapping and single-molecule fluorescence are two major single-molecule approaches. Their combination has begun to show greater capability to study more complex systems than either method alone, but met many fundamental and technical challenges. We built an instrument that combines base-pair resolution dual-trap optical tweezers with single-molecule fluorescence microscopy. The instrument has complementary design and functionalities compared with similar microscopes previously described. The optical tweezers can be operated in constant force mode for easy data interpretation or in variable force mode for maximum spatiotemporal resolution. The single-molecule fluorescence detection can be implemented in either wide-field or confocal imaging configuration. To demonstrate the capabilities of the new instrument, we imaged a single stretched λ DNA molecule and investigated the dynamics of a DNA hairpin molecule in the presence of fluorophore-labeled complementary oligonucleotide. We simultaneously observed changes in the fluorescence signal and pauses in fast extension hopping of the hairpin due to association and dissociation of individual oligonucleotides. The combined versatile microscopy allows for greater flexibility to study molecular machines or assemblies at a single-molecule level. PMID:23020384

  3. Development of compact and ultra-high-resolution spectrograph with multi-GHz optical frequency comb

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    Endo, Mamoru; Sukegawa, Takashi; Silva, Alissa; Kobayashi, Yohei

    2014-08-01

    In recent years, a calibration method for an astronomical spectrograph using an optical frequency comb (OFC) with a repetition rate of more than ten GHz has been developed successfully [1-5]. But controlling filtering cavities that are used for thinning out longitudinal modes precludes long term stability. The super-mode noise coming from the fundamental repetition rate is an additional problem. We developed a laser-diode pumped Yb:Y2O3 ceramic oscillator, which enabled the generation of 4-GHz (maximum repetition rate of 6.7 GHz) pulse trains directly with a spectrum width of 7 nm (full-width half-maximum, FWHM), and controlled its optical frequency within a MHz level of accuracy using a beat note between the 4-GHz laser and a 246-MHz Yb-fiber OFC. The optical frequency of the Yb-fiber OFC was phase locked to a Rb clock frequency standard. Furthermore we also built a table-top multi-pass spectrograph with a maximum frequency resolution of 600 MHz and a bandwidth of 1 nm using a large-size high-efficiency transmission grating. The resolution could be changed by selecting the number of passes through the grating. This spectrograph could resolve each longitudinal mode of our 4-GHz OFC clearly, and more than 10% throughput was obtained when the resolution was set to 600 MHz. We believe that small and middle scale astronomical observatories could easily implement such an OFC-calibrated spectrograph.

  4. Anti-biofouling conducting polymer nanoparticles as a label-free optical contrast agent for high resolution subsurface biomedical imaging.

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    Au, Kin Man; Lu, Zenghai; Matcher, Stephen J; Armes, Steven P

    2013-11-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a modern high resolution subsurface medical imaging technique. Herein we describe: (i) the synthesis of a thiophene-functionalized oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate (OEGMA)-based statistical copolymer, denoted poly(2TMOI-OEGMA); (ii) the preparation of sterically-stabilized polypyrrole (PPy) nanoparticles of approximately 60 nm diameter; (iii) the evaluation of these nanoparticles as a NIR-absorbing optical contrast agent for high-resolution OCT imaging. We show that poly(2TMOI-OEGMA)-stabilized PPy nanoparticles exhibit similar optical properties to poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)-stabilized PPy nanoparticles of comparable size prepared using commercially available PVA. Spectroscopic measurements and Mie calculations indicate that both types of PPy nanoparticles strongly absorb NIR radiation above 1000 nm, suggesting their potential use as OCT contrast agents. In vitro OCT studies indicate that both types of PPy nanoparticles reduce NIR backscattering within homogeneous intralipid tissue phantoms, offering almost identical contrast performance in this medium. However, PVA-stabilized PPy nanoparticles became colloidally unstable when dispersed in physiological buffer and immersed in a solid biotissue phantom and hence failed to generate a strong contrast effect. In contrast, the poly(2TMOI-OEGMA)-stabilized PPy nanoparticles remained well-dispersed and hence exhibited a strong rapid onset contrast effect within the biotissue phantom under identical physiological conditions. Ex vivo studies performed on excised chicken and porcine skin tissue demonstrated that topical administration of a low concentration of poly(2TMOI-OEGMA)-stabilized PPy nanoparticles rapidly enhances OCT image contrast in both cases, allowing key tissue features to be readily identified. PMID:23968854

  5. Optical design of high resolution and large format CCD airborne remote sensing camera on unmanned aerial vehicle

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    Qian, Yixian; Cheng, Xiaowei; Shao, Jie

    2010-11-01

    Unmanned aerial vehicle remote sensing (UAVRS) is lower in cost, flexible on task arrangement and automatic and intelligent in application, it has been used widely for mapping, surveillance, reconnaissance and city planning. Airborne remote sensing missions require sensors with both high resolution and large fields of view, large format CCD digital airborne imaging systems are now a reality. A refractive system was designed to meet the requirements with the help of code V software, It has a focal length of 150mm, F number of 5.6, waveband of 0.45~0.7um, and field of view reaches 20°. It is shown that the value of modulation transfer function is higher than 0.5 at 55lp/mm, distortion is less than 0.1%, image quality reaches the diffraction limit. The system with large format CCD and wide field can satisfy the demand of the wide ground overlay area and high resolution. The optical system with simpler structure, smaller size and lighter weight, can be used in airborne remote sensing.

  6. Heat Transport upon River-Water Infiltration investigated by Fiber-Optic High-Resolution Temperature Profiling

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    Vogt, T.; Schirmer, M.; Cirpka, O. A.

    2010-12-01

    Infiltrating river water is of high relevance for drinking water supply by river bank filtration as well as for riparian groundwater ecology. Quantifying flow patterns and velocities, however, is hampered by temporal and spatial variations of exchange fluxes. In recent years, heat has become a popular natural tracer to estimate exchange rates between rivers and groundwater. Nevertheless, field investigations are often limited by insufficient sensors spacing or simplifying assumptions such as one-dimensional flow. Our interest lies in a detailed local survey of river water infiltration at a restored river section at the losing river Thur in northeast Switzerland. Here, we measured three high-resolution temperature profiles along an assumed flow path by means of distributed temperature sensing (DTS) using fiber optic cables wrapped around poles. Moreover, piezometers were equipped with standard temperature sensors for a comparison to the DTS data. Diurnal temperature oscillations were tracked in the river bed and the riparian groundwater and analyzed by means of dynamic harmonic regression and subsequent modeling of heat transport with sinusoidal boundary conditions to quantify seepage velocities and thermal diffusivities. Compared to the standard temperature sensors, the DTS data give a higher vertical resolution, facilitating the detection of process- and structure-dependent patterns of the spatiotemporal temperature field. This advantage overcompensates the scatter in the data due to instrument noise. In particular, we could demonstrate the impact of heat conduction through the unsaturated zone on the riparian groundwater by the high resolution temperature profiles.

  7. High-Resolution Optical Molecular Imaging of Changes in Choline Metabolism in Oral Neoplasia1

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    Luo, Zhen; Loja, Melissa; Farwell, D Greg; Luu, Quang C; Donald, Paul J; Amott, Deborah; Gandour-Edwards, Regina; Nitin, Nitin

    2013-01-01

    This study was aimed at developing an optical molecular imaging approach to measure differences in uptake and intracellular retention of choline in clinically isolated tissue biopsies from head and neck cancer patients. An optically detectable analogue of choline (propargyl choline) was synthesized and evaluated in 2D and 3D models and clinically isolated paired biopsies (n = 22 biopsies). Fluorescence contrast between clinically abnormal and normal tissues based on uptake and intracellular retention of propargyl choline was measured and correlated with pathologic diagnosis. Results in 2D and 3D models demonstrated a rapid uptake of propargyl choline in cancer cells, uniform permeation in tissue models, and specific detection of intracellular entrapped propargyl choline using the click chemistry reaction with an azide-modified Alexa 488 dye. Fluorescence imaging measurements following topical delivery of propargyl choline in clinically isolated biopsies showed that the mean fluorescence intensity (MFI) of neoplastic tissues was four-fold to five-fold higher than the MFI of clinically and pathologically normal samples. This difference in fluorescence contrast was measured on the basis of comparison of paired biopsy sets isolated from individual patients as well as comparison of clinically abnormal and normal biopsies independent of anatomic locations in the head and neck cavity and across diverse patients. In conclusion, a novel imaging approach based on monoalkyne-modified choline was developed and validated using cell and tissue models. Results in clinically isolated tissue biopsies demonstrate a significant fluorescent contrast between neoplastic and normal tissues and illustrate high specificity of the optical imaging approach. PMID:23418615

  8. New Compact And High Resolution Optical Lens System For Projection Television

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    Yoshioka, Takayuki

    1989-07-01

    We have developed a new optical system for projection television to achieve high luminance and excellent image quality with light weight compact size cabinet. This optical lens system has a hybrid structure employing four plastic and one glass lens. By introducing an aspherical surface on both sides of all plastic lenses, we have achieved an improvement of image quality over the entire screen. The lenses controlled to be thinner in this design method simplifies molding. Plastic lenses are imperfect in that they are subject to focus drift due to changes in ambient temperature. To minimize this effect, glass is employed in the main power lens. Furthermore, the lenses are arranged in such a way to eliminate the drift by optimum use of power distribution. This system has a short focal length and thus employs a single-reflection optical path system, ensuring a compact cabinet size and a reduction of chromatic abberation which cannot be achieved by simply introducing aspherical lenses. The design reduced the focal length from our conventional figure of 156 mm to 86 mm. Despite the large aperture FN0 of 1.0 an approximate increase of 30% in the MTF value has been achieved. The image quality is perfectly maintained over a temperature fluctuations of ± 20°C. Overall weight of the lens assembly has been reduced by 1/5. The system has been in operation in Pioneer 40 and 50 inch T.V. sets since 1987. The system is applicable to and essential for the future HDTV.

  9. Compact, low-cost, and high-resolution interrogation unit for optical sensors

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    Kiesel, Peter; Schmidt, Oliver; Mohta, Setu; Johnson, Noble; Malzer, Stefan

    2006-11-13

    Compact wavelength detectors that resolve wavelength changes in the subpicometer range over a broad spectral range are presented. A photodiode array or position sensor device is coated with a linear variable filter that converts the wavelength of the incident light into a spatial intensity distribution. The centroid of the spatial distribution is determined by a differential readout of the two elements of the photodiode array or the position sensor device. The device can interrogate any optical sensor that produces a wavelength shift in response to a stimulus. The potential of this device was tested by interrogating fiber-Bragg-grating sensors.

  10. Optically Pumped Vecsels for High Resolution Spectroscopy:. the New TI:SAPPHIRE?

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    Abram, Richard H.; Schmid, Marc; Riis, Erling; Ferguson, Allister I.

    2004-12-01

    We report the CW performance of two broadly tuneable, optically pumped VECSEL gain structures operating around 850 nm and 960 nm. We have achieved 0.75W at 852 nm in diffraction limited TEM00 mede. A tuning range in excess of 30 nm has been demonstrated with the use of an intra-cavity birefringent filter. At 960 nm we have achieved a power of 1.75 W and a tuning range in excess of 35 nm. Stabilised single frequency operation with a line width stabilised to 85 kHz r.m.s. at the 0.5 W output power level is reported.

  11. High resolution kilometric range optical telemetry in air by radio frequency phase measurement

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    Guillory, Joffray; Šmíd, Radek; García-Márquez, Jorge; Truong, Daniel; Alexandre, Christophe; Wallerand, Jean-Pierre

    2016-07-01

    We have developed an optical Absolute Distance Meter (ADM) based on the measurement of the phase accumulated by a Radio Frequency wave during its propagation in the air by a laser beam. In this article, the ADM principle will be described and the main results will be presented. In particular, we will emphasize how the choice of an appropriate photodetector can significantly improve the telemeter performances by minimizing the amplitude to phase conversion. Our prototype, tested in the field, has proven its efficiency with a resolution better than 15 μm for a measurement time of 10 ms and distances up to 1.2 km.

  12. High resolution kilometric range optical telemetry in air by radio frequency phase measurement.

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    Guillory, Joffray; Šmíd, Radek; García-Márquez, Jorge; Truong, Daniel; Alexandre, Christophe; Wallerand, Jean-Pierre

    2016-07-01

    We have developed an optical Absolute Distance Meter (ADM) based on the measurement of the phase accumulated by a Radio Frequency wave during its propagation in the air by a laser beam. In this article, the ADM principle will be described and the main results will be presented. In particular, we will emphasize how the choice of an appropriate photodetector can significantly improve the telemeter performances by minimizing the amplitude to phase conversion. Our prototype, tested in the field, has proven its efficiency with a resolution better than 15 μm for a measurement time of 10 ms and distances up to 1.2 km. PMID:27475593

  13. High-resolution adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope with multiple deformable mirrors

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    Chen, Diana C.; Olivier, Scot S.; Jones; Steven M.

    2010-02-23

    An adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopes is introduced to produce non-invasive views of the human retina. The use of dual deformable mirrors improved the dynamic range for correction of the wavefront aberrations compared with the use of the MEMS mirror alone, and improved the quality of the wavefront correction compared with the use of the bimorph mirror alone. The large-stroke bimorph deformable mirror improved the capability for axial sectioning with the confocal imaging system by providing an easier way to move the focus axially through different layers of the retina.

  14. High resolution on-chip optical filter array based on double subwavelength grating reflectors.

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    Horie, Yu; Arbabi, Amir; Han, Seunghoon; Faraon, Andrei

    2015-11-16

    An optical filter array consisting of vertical narrow-band Fabry-Pérot (FP) resonators formed by two highly reflective high contrast subwavelength grating mirrors is reported. The filters are designed to cover a wide range of operation wavelengths (Δλ/λ = 5%) just by changing the in-plane grating parameters while the device thickness is maintained constant. Operation in the telecom band with transmission efficiencies greater than 40% and quality factors greater than 1,000 are measured experimentally for filters fabricated on the same substrate. PMID:26698468

  15. Ultra-high sensitive and high resolution optical coherence tomography using a laser induced electromagnetic dipole

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    Kuroda, Hiroto; Baba, Motoyoshi; Suzuki, Masayuki; Yoneya, Shin

    2013-09-01

    Utilizing an optical coherence tomography measurement, we have developed a technique that actively uses a dielectric response due to an induced dipole moment caused by a mode-locked pulsed laser light source. Irradiated laser light in the material induces a photo-induced electric dipole resulting in a refractive index change for its strong electric field. Using this technique, we obtained a highly sensitive fundus retina tomogram of a human eye in vivo with a resolution of 1.3 μm by single scanning for 20 ms using 8 fs mode-locked pulse laser light with a 350 nm spread spectrum.

  16. High-Resolution Adaptive Optics Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope with Dual Deformable Mirrors

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    Chen, D C; Jones, S M; Silva, D A; Olivier, S S

    2006-08-11

    Adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope (AO SLO) has demonstrated superior optical quality of non-invasive view of the living retina, but with limited capability of aberration compensation. In this paper, we demonstrate that the use of dual deformable mirrors can effectively compensate large aberrations in the human retina. We used a bimorph mirror to correct large-stroke, low-order aberrations and a MEMS mirror to correct low-stroke, high-order aberration. The measured ocular RMS wavefront error of a test subject was 240 nm without AO compensation. We were able to reduce the RMS wavefront error to 90 nm in clinical settings using one deformable mirror for the phase compensation and further reduced the wavefront error to 48 nm using two deformable mirrors. Compared with that of a single-deformable-mirror SLO system, dual AO SLO offers much improved dynamic range and better correction of the wavefront aberrations. The use of large-stroke deformable mirrors provided the system with the capability of axial sectioning different layers of the retina. We have achieved diffraction-limited in-vivo retinal images of targeted retinal layers such as photoreceptor layer, blood vessel layer and nerve fiber layers with the combined phase compensation of the two deformable mirrors in the AO SLO.

  17. A simple fiber-optic microprobe for high resolution light measurements: application in marine sediment

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    Jorgensen, B. B.; Des Marais, D. J.

    1986-01-01

    A fiber-optic microphobe is described which is inexpensive and simple to build and use. It consists of an 80-micrometers optical fiber which at the end is tapered down to a rounded sensing tip of 20-30-micrometers diameter. The detector is a hybrid photodiode/amplifier. The probe has a sensitivity of 0.01 microEinst m-2 s-1 and a spectral range of 300-1,100 nm. Spectral light gradients were measured in fine-grained San Francisco Bay sediment that had an undisturbed diatom coating on the surface. The photic zone of the mud was only 0.4 mm deep. Measured in situ spectra showed extinction maxima at 430-520, 620-630, 670, and 825-850 nm due to absorption by chlorophyll a, carotenoids, phycocyanin, and bacterio-chlorophyll a. Maximum light penetration in the visible range was found in both the violet and the red < or = 400 and > or = 700 nm.

  18. A simple fiber-optic microprobe for high resolution light measurements: application in marine sediment.

    PubMed

    Jorgensen, B B; Des Marais, D J

    1986-01-01

    A fiber-optic microphobe is described which is inexpensive and simple to build and use. It consists of an 80-micrometers optical fiber which at the end is tapered down to a rounded sensing tip of 20-30-micrometers diameter. The detector is a hybrid photodiode/amplifier. The probe has a sensitivity of 0.01 microEinst m-2 s-1 and a spectral range of 300-1,100 nm. Spectral light gradients were measured in fine-grained San Francisco Bay sediment that had an undisturbed diatom coating on the surface. The photic zone of the mud was only 0.4 mm deep. Measured in situ spectra showed extinction maxima at 430-520, 620-630, 670, and 825-850 nm due to absorption by chlorophyll a, carotenoids, phycocyanin, and bacterio-chlorophyll a. Maximum light penetration in the visible range was found in both the violet and the red < or = 400 and > or = 700 nm. PMID:11542043

  19. High-resolution all-optical photoacoustic imaging system for remote interrogation of biological specimens

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    Sampathkumar, Ashwin

    2014-05-01

    Conventional photoacoustic imaging (PAI) employs light pulses to produce a photoacoustic (PA) effect and detects the resulting acoustic waves using an ultrasound transducer acoustically coupled to the target tissue. The resolution of conventional PAI is limited by the sensitivity and bandwidth of the ultrasound transducer. We have developed an all-optical versatile PAI system for characterizing ex vivo and in vivo biological specimens. The system employs noncontact interferometric detection of the acoustic signals that overcomes limitations of conventional PAI. A 532-nm pump laser with a pulse duration of 5 ns excited the PA effect in tissue. Resulting acoustic waves produced surface displacements that were sensed using a 532-nm continuous-wave (CW) probe laser in a Michelson interferometer with a GHz bandwidth. The pump and probe beams were coaxially focused using a 50X objective giving a diffraction-limited spot size of 0.48 μm. The phase-encoded probe beam was demodulated using a homodyne interferometer. The detected time-domain signal was time reversed using k-space wave-propagation methods to produce a spatial distribution of PA sources in the target tissue. Performance was assessed using PA images of ex vivo rabbit lymph node specimens and human tooth samples. A minimum peak surface displacement sensitivity of 0.19 pm was measured. The all-optical PAI (AOPAI) system is well suited for assessment of retinal diseases, caries lesion detection, skin burns, section less histology and pressure or friction ulcers.

  20. High resolution, molecular-specific, reflectance imaging in optically dense tissue phantoms with structured-illumination

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    Tkaczyk, Tomasz S.; Rahman, Mohammed; Mack, Vivian; Sokolov, Konstantin; Rogers, Jeremy D.; Richards-Kortum, Rebecca; Descour, Michael R.

    2004-08-01

    Structured-illumination microscopy delivers confocal-imaging capabilities and may be used for optical sectioning in bio-imaging applications. However, previous structured-illumination implementations are not capable of imaging molecular changes within highly scattering, biological samples in reflectance mode. Here, we present two advances which enable successful structured illumination reflectance microscopy to image molecular changes in epithelial tissue phantoms. First, we present the sine approximation algorithm to improve the ability to reconstruct the in-focus plane when the out-of-focus light is much greater in magnitude. We characterize the dependencies of this algorithm on phase step error, random noise and backscattered out-of-focus contributions. Second, we utilize a molecular-specific reflectance contrast agent based on gold nanoparticles to label disease-related biomarkers and increase the signal and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) in structured illumination microscopy of biological tissue. Imaging results for multi-layer epithelial cell phantoms with optical properties characteristic of normal and cancerous tissue labeled with nanoparticles targeted against the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) are presented. Structured illumination images reconstructed with the sine approximation algorithm compare favorably to those obtained with a standard confocal microscope; this new technique can be implemented in simple and small imaging platforms for future clinical studies.

  1. Volumetric quantification of in vitro sonothrombolysis with microbubbles using high-resolution optical coherence tomography

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    Kim, Jong S.; Leeman, Jonathan E.; Kagemann, Larry; Yu, Francois T. H.; Chen, Xucai; Pacella, John J.; Schuman, Joel S.; Villanueva, Flordeliza S.; Kim, Kang

    2012-07-01

    Several in vitro and in vivo studies have established accelerated thrombolysis using ultrasound (US) induced microbubble (MB) cavitation. However, the mechanisms underlying MB mediated sonothrombolysis are still not completely elucidated. We performed three-dimensional (3-D) volumetric optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging before and after the application of contrast US to thrombus. The most dramatic reduction in clot volume was observed with US + MB + recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA). Thrombus surface erosion in this group on the side of the thrombus exposed to MB and ultrasound was evident on the OCT images. This technique may assist in clarifying the mechanisms underlying sonothrombolysis, especially regarding the importance of US transducer orientation on lytic efficacy and the effects of MB cavitation on thrombus structure.

  2. Mirrors for High Resolution X-Ray Optics---Figure Preserving IR/PT Coating

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    Chan, Kai-Wing; Olsen, Lawrence; Sharpe, Marton; Numata, Ai; McClelland, Ryan; Saha, Timo; Zhang, Will

    2016-01-01

    Coating stress of 10 - 20 nm of Ir is sufficiently high to distort the figure of arc-second thin lightweight mirrors. For iridium: --Stress sigma 4 GPa for 15 nm film implies 60 Nm integrated stress-- Need less than 3 N/m (or stress less than 200 MPa) for sub-arcsecond optics. Basic Approaches for Mitigation. A. Annealing the film-- Glass can be heat up to 400 C without distortion. Silicon is even more resistant.-- It was found that recovery is limited by residual thermal stress from taking the mirror down from high T. B. Coating bi-layer films with compressive stress with tensile stress. C. Front-and-back coating with magnetron sputtering or atomic layer deposition-- Sputtering involve spanning of substrates. Geometric difference in setup (convexness/concaveness of curved mirrors) does not permit precise front-and-back matching-- Atomic layer deposition can provide a uniform deposition front and back simultaneously.

  3. High-resolution, lensless endoscope based on digital scanning through a multimode optical fiber.

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    Papadopoulos, Ioannis N; Farahi, Salma; Moser, Christophe; Psaltis, Demetri

    2013-02-01

    We propose and experimentally demonstrate an ultra-thin rigid endoscope (450 μm diameter) based on a passive multimode optical fiber. We use digital phase conjugation to overcome the modal scrambling of the fiber to tightly focus and scan the laser light at its distal end. By exploiting the maximum number of modes available, sub-micron resolution, high quality fluorescence images of neuronal cells were acquired. The imaging system is evaluated in terms of fluorescence collection efficiency, resolution and field of view. The small diameter of the proposed endoscope, along with its high quality images offer an opportunity for minimally invasive medical endoscopic imaging and diagnosis based on cellular phenotype via direct tissue penetration. PMID:23411747

  4. COSMIC: A high resolution, large collecting area telescope. [Coherent Optical System of Modular Imaging Collectors (COSMIC)

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    Traub, W. A.; Carleton, N. P.

    1985-01-01

    The spaceborne Coherent Optical System of Modular Imaging Collectors (COSMIC) is presented. It has high angular resolution and can produce images of complex, low-surface-brightness objects such as distant galaxies. If configured as a 36 m filled linear array, COSMIC can have 15 times better angular resolution and 10 times greater collecting area than the Space Telescope. Alternatively, if the collecting area is spread out to create an unfilled two-dimensional array, there is the additional advantage of not needing to rotate the array in order to build up a reconstructed image. Considerations which led to the design concept, scientific goals, and the potentially useful role of a space station for assembly are discussed.

  5. High resolution double-sided diffractive optics for hard X-ray microscopy.

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    Mohacsi, Istvan; Vartiainen, Ismo; Guizar-Sicairos, Manuel; Karvinen, Petri; Guzenko, Vitaliy A; Müller, Elisabeth; Färm, Elina; Ritala, Mikko; Kewish, Cameron M; Somogyi, Andrea; David, Christian

    2015-01-26

    The fabrication of high aspect ratio metallic nanostructures is crucial for the production of efficient diffractive X-ray optics in the hard X-ray range. We present a novel method to increase their structure height via the double-sided patterning of the support membrane. In transmission, the two Fresnel zone plates on the two sides of the substrate will act as a single zone plate with added structure height. The presented double-sided zone plates with 30 nm smallest zone width offer up to 9.9% focusing efficiency at 9 keV, that results in a factor of two improvement over their previously demonstrated single-sided counterparts. The increase in efficiency paves the way to speed up X-ray microscopy measurements and allows the more efficient utilization of the flux in full-field X-ray microscopy. PMID:25835837

  6. High Resolution Phase-Sensitive Magnetomotive Optical Coherence Microscopy for Tracking Magnetic Microbeads and Cellular Mechanics

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    Crecea, Vasilica; Graf, Benedikt W.; Kim, Taewoo; Popescu, Gabriel; Boppart, Stephen A.

    2014-01-01

    We present a real-time multimodal near-infrared imaging technology that tracks externally induced axial motion of magnetic microbeads in single cells in culture. The integrated multimodal imaging technique consists of phase-sensitive magnetomotive optical coherence microscopy (MM-OCM) and multiphoton microscopy (MPM).MPMis utilized for the visualization of multifunctional fluorescent and magnetic microbeads, while MM-OCM detects, with nanometer-scale sensitivity, periodic displacements of the microbeads induced by the modulation of an external magnetic field. Magnetomotive signals are measured from mouse macrophages, human breast primary ductal carcinoma cells, and human breast epithelial cells in culture, and validated with full-field phase-sensitive microscopy. This methodology demonstrates the capability for imaging controlled cell dynamics and has the potential for measuring cell biomechanical properties, which are important in assessing the health and pathological state of cells. PMID:25400496

  7. Affordable and lightweight high-resolution x-ray optics for astronomical missions

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    Zhang, W. W.; Biskach, M. P.; Bly, V. T.; Carter, J. M.; Chan, K. W.; Gaskin, J. A.; Hong, M.; Hohl, B. R.; Jones, W. D.; Kolodziejczak, J. J.; Kolos, L. D.; Mazzarella, J. R.; McClelland, R. S.; McKeon, K. P.; Miller, T. M.; O'Dell, S. L.; Riveros, R. E.; Saha, T. T.; Schofield, M. J.; Sharpe, M. V.; Smith, H. C.

    2014-07-01

    Future x-ray astronomical missions require x-ray mirror assemblies that provide both high angular resolution and large photon collecting area. In addition, as x-ray astronomy undertakes more sensitive sky surveys, a large field of view is becoming increasingly important as well. Since implementation of these requirements must be carried out in broad political and economical contexts, any technology that meets these performance requirements must also be financially affordable and can be implemented on a reasonable schedule. In this paper we report on progress of an x-ray optics development program that has been designed to address all of these requirements. The program adopts the segmented optical design, thereby is capable of making both small and large mirror assemblies for missions of any size. This program has five technical elements: (1) fabrication of mirror substrates, (2) coating, (3) alignment, (4) bonding, and (5) mirror module systems engineering and testing. In the past year we have made progress in each of these five areas, advancing the angular resolution of mirror modules from 10.8 arc-seconds half-power diameter reported (HPD) a year ago to 8.3 arc-seconds now. These mirror modules have been subjected to and passed all environmental tests, including vibration, acoustic, and thermal vacuum. As such this technology is ready for implementing a mission that requires a 10-arc-second mirror assembly. Further development in the next two years would make it ready for a mission requiring a 5-arc-second mirror assembly. We expect that, by the end of this decade, this technology would enable the x-ray astrophysical community to compete effectively for a major x-ray mission in the 2020s that would require one or more 1-arc-second mirror assemblies for imaging, spectroscopic, timing, and survey studies.

  8. Affordable and Lightweight High-Resolution X-ray Optics for Astronomical Missions

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    Zhang, W. W.; Biskach, M. P.; Bly, V. T.; Carter, J. M.; Chan, K. W.; Gaskin, J. A.; Hong, M.; Hohl, B. R.; Jones, W. D.; Kolodziejczak, J. J.

    2014-01-01

    Future x-ray astronomical missions require x-ray mirror assemblies that provide both high angular resolution and large photon collecting area. In addition, as x-ray astronomy undertakes more sensitive sky surveys, a large field of view is becoming increasingly important as well. Since implementation of these requirements must be carried out in broad political and economical contexts, any technology that meets these performance requirements must also be financially affordable and can be implemented on a reasonable schedule. In this paper we report on progress of an x-ray optics development program that has been designed to address all of these requirements. The program adopts the segmented optical design, thereby is capable of making both small and large mirror assemblies for missions of any size. This program has five technical elements: (1) fabrication of mirror substrates, (2) coating, (3) alignment, (4) bonding, and (5) mirror module systems engineering and testing. In the past year we have made progress in each of these five areas, advancing the angular resolution of mirror modules from 10.8 arc-seconds half-power diameter reported (HPD) a year ago to 8.3 arc-seconds now. These mirror modules have been subjected to and passed all environmental tests, including vibration, acoustic, and thermal vacuum. As such this technology is ready for implementing a mission that requires a 10-arc-second mirror assembly. Further development in the next two years would make it ready for a mission requiring a 5-arc-second mirror assembly. We expect that, by the end of this decade, this technology would enable the x-ray astrophysical community to compete effectively for a major x-ray mission in the 2020s that would require one or more 1-arc-second mirror assemblies for imaging, spectroscopic, timing, and survey studies.

  9. A stable and high resolution optical waveguide biosensor based on dense TiO2/Ag multilayer film

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    Jin, Zhao; Guan, Weiming; Liu, Chang; Xue, Tianyu; Wang, Qiyu; Zheng, Weitao; Cui, Xiaoqiang

    2016-07-01

    Optical waveguide (OWG) biosensor has attracted much attention according to the high sensitivity and resolution compared with conventional surface plasmon resonance (SPR) biosensor. Nanoporous materials are usually used as the waveguide layer for absorbing analytes into the porous structure and enhancing the sensor signal. However, this kind of waveguide layer provides poor protection to the metal film and leads to the damage of the biosensor. Ag film can provide great sensitivity in SPR sensing comparing to other metal but was rarely used because of its poor chemical stability. Fabricating high stability Ag based SPR biosensor is still a challenge. In this work we produce an OWG biosensor using a dense TiO2 film as the waveguide layer which provides high resolution and remarkable protection to the metal film. This waveguide structure makes long time detection possible using Ag as the metal layer and is able to lead an enhancement of sensitivity comparing to the Au-based biosensor.

  10. Interrogation of a linearly chirped fiber Bragg grating sensor with high resolution using a linearly chirped optical waveform.

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    Wang, Yiping; Zhang, Jiejun; Coutinho, Olympio; Yao, Jianping

    2015-11-01

    An approach to the interrogation of a linearly chirped fiber Bragg grating (LCFBG) sensor using a linearly frequency-modulated (or chirped) optical waveform (LFMOW) with a high resolution is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. An LFMOW is generated at a laser diode through linear frequency modulation. The generated LFMOW is then launched into an LCFBG pair consisting of two identical LCFBGs, with one serving as a sensing LCFBG and the other as a reference LCFBG. The reflection of the LFMOW from the two LCFBGs would lead to two time delayed LFMOWs. By beating the LFMOWs at a photodetector, a microwave signal with a beat frequency that is proportional to the time delay difference between the two reflected LFMOWs is generated. By measuring the frequency change of the beat signal, the strain applied to the sensing LCFBG is estimated. The proposed approach is experimentally evaluated. An LCFBG sensor with a resolution of 0.25 με is experimentally demonstrated. PMID:26512484

  11. High Resolution, Multi-Proxy Records of Holocene Biomass Burning, Environmental Change, and Human Occupation in the Southern Maya Lowlands

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    Anderson, L.; Wahl, D.

    2011-12-01

    Understanding the relationship between the prehistoric Maya and their environment continues to be a primary research focus, particularly with respect to discerning the role of humans versus climate in driving environmental change. Fire was fundamental to prehistoric Maya architectural and agricultural land use practices. Burning was used to open forest for cultivation as well as for the construction of site centers and settlements. The production of lime plaster, and important building material, was dependent on significant amounts of green wood for kiln fuel. Large populations employing land use strategies dependent on burning would have put tremendous demands on forest resources. Despite the significance of fire in Maya pre-history, there has been no focused effort to produce records of biomass burning and its impacts. Here we present preliminary high-resolution fossil charcoal data that span the Holocene from a network of lacustrine and paludal sites across Peten, Guatemala. Charcoal influx data from the early to mid Holocene, prior to the arrival of sedentary agriculturalists, provides a baseline to infer natural fire regimes under specific climatic conditions, increasing our understanding of tropical fire ecology. Charcoal deposition that co-varies with evidence of agriculture and human activity can be attributed to anthropogenic burning. Results are synthesized with existing data (pollen, δ18O and δ13C, magnetic susceptibility, and physical properties) in an effort to understand the processes driving the location, timing, and extent of fires across the region. Placed in the context of changes in vegetation, sedimentation regime, and hydrology, these data provide new insight into topical fire ecology before the period of human occupation, as well as the dynamic relationship between the prehistoric Maya and their environment.

  12. Quantification of in vivo colonic motor patterns in healthy humans before and after a meal revealed by high-resolution fiber-optic manometry

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    DINNING, P. G.; WIKLENDT, L.; MASLEN, L.; GIBBINS, I.; PATTON, V.; ARKWRIGHT, J. W.; LUBOWSKI, D. Z.; O'GRADY, G.; BAMPTON, P. A.; BROOKES, S. J.; COSTA, M.

    2015-01-01

    Background Until recently, investigations of the normal patterns of motility of the healthy human colon have been limited by the resolution of in vivo recording techniques. Methods We have used a new, high-resolution fiber-optic manometry system (72 sensors at 1-cm intervals) to record motor activity from colon in 10 healthy human subjects. Key Results In the fasted colon, on the basis of rate and extent of propagation, four types of propagating motor pattern could be identified: (i) cyclic motor patterns (at 2–6/min); (ii) short single motor patterns; (iii) long single motor patterns; and (iv) occasional retrograde, slow motor patterns. For the most part, the cyclic and short single motor patterns propagated in a retrograde direction. Following a 700 kCal meal, a fifth motor pattern appeared; high-amplitude propagating sequences (HAPS) and there was large increase in retrograde cyclic motor patterns (5.6±5.4/2 h vs 34.7±19.8/2 h; p < 0.001). The duration and amplitude of individual pressure events were significantly correlated. Discriminant and multivariate analysis of duration, gradient, and amplitude of the pressure events that made up propagating motor patterns distinguished clearly two types of pressure events: those belonging to HAPS and those belonging to all other propagating motor patterns. Conclusions & Inferences This work provides the first comprehensive description of colonic motor patterns recorded by high-resolution manometry and demonstrates an abundance of retrograde propagating motor patterns. The propagating motor patterns appear to be generated by two independent sources, potentially indicating their neurogenic or myogenic origin. PMID:25131177

  13. A high-resolution record of Southern Ocean intermediate water radiocarbon over the past 30,000 years

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    Hines, Sophia K. V.; Southon, John R.; Adkins, Jess F.

    2015-12-01

    The circulation of intermediate waters plays an important role in global heat and carbon transport in the ocean and changes in their distribution are closely tied to glacial-interglacial climate change. Coupled radiocarbon and U/Th measurements on deep-sea Desmophyllum dianthus corals allow for the reconstruction of past intermediate water ventilation. We present a high-resolution time series of Antarctic Intermediate Water radiocarbon from 44 corals spanning 30 ka through the start of the Holocene, encompassing the transition into the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) and the last deglaciation. Corals were collected south of Tasmania from water depths between 1430 and 1950 m with 80% of them between 1500 and 1700 m, giving us a continuous record from a narrow depth range. The record shows three distinct periods of circulation: the MIS 3-2 transition, the LGM/Heinrich Stadial 1 (extending from ∼22 to 16 kyr BP), and the Antarctic Cold Reversal (ACR). The MIS 3-2 transition and the ACR are characterized by abrupt changes in intermediate water radiocarbon while the LGM time period generally follows the atmosphere at a constant offset, in support of the idea that the LGM ocean was at steady state for its 14C distribution. Closer inspection of the LGM time period reveals a 40‰ jump at ∼19 ka from an atmospheric offset of roughly 230‰ to 190‰, coincident with an observed 10-15 m rise in sea level and a southward shift of the Subantarctic and Polar Fronts, an abrupt change not seen in deeper records. During the ACR time period intermediate water radiocarbon is on average less offset from the atmosphere (∼ 110 ‰) and much more variable. This variability has been captured within the lifetimes of three individual corals with changes of up to 35‰ over ∼40 yr, likely caused by the movement of Southern Ocean fronts. This surprising result of relatively young and variable intermediate water radiocarbon during the ACR seems to go against the canonical idea of reduced

  14. Three-dimensional motion tracking for high-resolution optical microscopy, in vivo.

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    Bakalar, M; Schroeder, J L; Pursley, R; Pohida, T J; Glancy, B; Taylor, J; Chess, D; Kellman, P; Xue, H; Balaban, R S

    2012-06-01

    When conducting optical imaging experiments, in vivo, the signal to noise ratio and effective spatial and temporal resolution is fundamentally limited by physiological motion of the tissue. A three-dimensional (3D) motion tracking scheme, using a multiphoton excitation microscope with a resonant galvanometer, (512 × 512 pixels at 33 frames s(-1)) is described to overcome physiological motion, in vivo. The use of commercially available graphical processing units permitted the rapid 3D cross-correlation of sequential volumes to detect displacements and adjust tissue position to track motions in near real-time. Motion phantom tests maintained micron resolution with displacement velocities of up to 200 μm min(-1), well within the drift observed in many biological tissues under physiologically relevant conditions. In vivo experiments on mouse skeletal muscle using the capillary vasculature with luminal dye as a displacement reference revealed an effective and robust method of tracking tissue motion to enable (1) signal averaging over time without compromising resolution, and (2) tracking of cellular regions during a physiological perturbation. PMID:22582797

  15. High Resolution Aerosol Optical Depth Mapping of Beijing Using LANSAT8 Imagery

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    Li, Yan; Liu, Yuanliang; Wu, Jianliang

    2016-06-01

    Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) is one of the most important parameters in the atmospheric correction of remote sensing images. We present a new method of per pixel AOD retrieval using the imagery of Landsat8. It is based on Second Simulation of the Satellite Signal in the Solar Spectrum (6S). General dark target method takes dense vegetation pixels as dark targets and derives their 550nm AODs directly from the LUT, and interpolates the AODs of other pixels according to spatial neighbourhood using those of dark target pixels. This method will down estimate the AOD levels for urban areas. We propose an innovative method to retrieval the AODs using multiple temporal data. For a pixel which has nothing change between the associated time, there must exists an intersection of surface albedo. When there are enough data to find the intersection it ought to be a value that meet the error tolerance. In this paper, we present an example of using three temporal Landsat ETM+ image to retrieve AOD taking Beijing as the testing area. The result is compared to the commonly employed dark target algorithm to show the effectiveness of the methods.

  16. Preparation of Mica Supported Lipid Bilayers for High Resolution Optical Microscopy Imaging

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    Matysik, Artur; Kraut, Rachel S.

    2014-01-01

    Supported lipid bilayers (SLBs) are widely used as a model for studying membrane properties (phase separation, clustering, dynamics) and its interaction with other compounds, such as drugs or peptides. However SLB characteristics differ depending on the support used. Commonly used techniques for SLB imaging and measurements are single molecule fluorescence microscopy, FCS and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Because most optical imaging studies are carried out on a glass support, while AFM requires an extremely flat surface (generally mica), results from these techniques cannot be compared directly, since the charge and smoothness properties of these materials strongly influence diffusion. Unfortunately, the high level of manual dexterity required for the cutting and gluing thin slices of mica to the glass slide presents a hurdle to routine use of mica for SLB preparation. Although this would be the method of choice, such prepared mica surfaces often end up being uneven (wavy) and difficult to image, especially with small working distance, high numerical aperture lenses. Here we present a simple and reproducible method for preparing thin, flat mica surfaces for lipid vesicle deposition and SLB preparation. Additionally, our custom made chamber requires only very small volumes of vesicles for SLB formation. The overall procedure results in the efficient, simple and inexpensive production of high quality lipid bilayer surfaces that are directly comparable to those used in AFM studies. PMID:24961277

  17. High-resolution optical coherence tomography in mouse models of genetic and induced retinal degeneration

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    Cimalla, Peter; Carido, Madalena; Pran Babu, Sheik; Santos-Ferreira, Tiago; Gaertner, Maria; Kordowich, Simon; Wittig, Dierk; Ader, Marius; Karl, Mike; Koch, Edmund

    2013-06-01

    For the study of disease mechanisms and the development of novel therapeutic strategies for retinal pathologies in human, rodent models play an important role. Nowadays, optical coherence tomography (OCT) allows three-dimensional investigation of retinal events over time. However, a detailed analysis of how different retinal degenerations are reflected in OCT images is still lacking in the biomedical field. Therefore, we use OCT to visualize retinal degeneration in specific mouse models in order to study disease progression in vivo and improve image interpretation of this noninvasive modality. We use a self-developed spectral domain OCT system for simultaneous dual-band imaging in the 0.8 μm- and 1.3 μm-wavelength range - the two most common spectral bands in biomedical OCT. A fiber-coupled ophthalmic scanning unit allows flexible imaging of the eye with a high axial resolution of 3 - 4 μm in tissue. Four different mouse models consisting of one genetic (rhodopsin-deficient and three induced retinal degenerations (sodium iodate-induced damage, light-induced photoreceptor damage and Kainate neurotoxin damage) were investigated. OCT imaging was performed daily or weekly, depending on the specific degeneration model, over a time period of up to 9 weeks. Individual retinal layers that were affected by the specific degeneration could successfully be identified and monitored over the observation time period. Therefore, longitudinal OCT studies deliver reliable information about the retinal microstructure and the time course of retinal degeneration processes in vivo.

  18. Magnification endoscopy, high resolution endoscopy, and chromoscopy; towards a better optical diagnosis

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    Bruno, M

    2003-01-01

    In the past few years, optical magnification endoscopy and chromoscopy have gained renewed interest in the West as a means for the early detection of minute lesions in patients with Barrett's oesophagus and in patients referred for colonic cancer screening. In Barrett's oesophagus, the vast majority of data on the use of chromoscopy deals with the application of methylene blue. Conventional videoendoscopy in combination with methylene blue staining improves the detection of Barrett's mucosa. A correlation has been shown between variation and intensity of staining and histologically verified stages of dysplasia or cancer. Magnification endoscopy and chromoscopy improve the detection of colonic non-polypoid lesions associated with neoplasia and carcinoma. Pitt pattern analysis enables the distinction of non-neoplastic non-polypoid lesions (type I and II) from neoplastic type non-polypoid lesions (type III-V) with great accuracy. It is certain that "old fashioned" chromoscopy combined with advanced endoscopic technology carry a great diagnostic potential and should be further put to the test for use in daily clinical practice. PMID:12746262

  19. High-resolution imaging diagnosis of human fetal membrane by three-dimensional optical coherence tomography

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    Ren, Hugang; Avila, Cecilia; Kaplan, Cynthia; Pan, Yingtian

    2011-11-01

    Microscopic chorionic pseudocyst (MCP) arising in the chorion leave of the human fetal membrane (FM) is a clinical precursor for preeclampsia which may progress to fatal medical conditions (e.g., abortion) if left untreated. To examine the utility of three-dimensional (3D) optical coherence tomography (OCT) for noninvasive delineation of the morphology of human fetal membranes and early clinical detection of MCP, 60 human FM specimens were acquired from 10 different subjects undergoing term cesarean delivery for an ex vivo feasibility study. Our results showed that OCT was able to identify the four-layer architectures of human FMs consisting of high-scattering decidua vera (DV, average thickness dDV ~ 92+/-38 μm), low-scattering chorion and trophoblast (CT, dCT ~ 150+/-67 μm), high-scattering subepithelial amnion (A, dA ~ 95+/-36 μm), and low-scattering epithelium (E, dE ~ 29+/-8 μm). Importantly, 3D OCT was able to instantaneously detect MCPs (low scattering due to edema, fluid buildup, vasodilatation) and track (staging) their thicknesses dMCP ranging from 24 to 615 μm. It was also shown that high-frequency ultrasound was able to compliment OCT for detecting more advanced thicker MCPs (e.g., dMCP>615 μm) because of its increased imaging depth.

  20. High-resolution imaging diagnosis of human fetal membrane by three-dimensional optical coherence tomography

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    Ren, Hugang; Avila, Cecilia; Kaplan, Cynthia; Pan, Yingtian

    2011-01-01

    Microscopic chorionic pseudocyst (MCP) arising in the chorion leave of the human fetal membrane (FM) is a clinical precursor for preeclampsia which may progress to fatal medical conditions (e.g., abortion) if left untreated. To examine the utility of three-dimensional (3D) optical coherence tomography (OCT) for noninvasive delineation of the morphology of human fetal membranes and early clinical detection of MCP, 60 human FM specimens were acquired from 10 different subjects undergoing term cesarean delivery for an ex vivo feasibility study. Our results showed that OCT was able to identify the four-layer architectures of human FMs consisting of high-scattering decidua vera (DV, average thickness dDV ≈ 92±38 μm), low-scattering chorion and trophoblast (CT, dCT ≈ 150±67 μm), high-scattering subepithelial amnion (A, dA ≈ 95±36 μm), and low-scattering epithelium (E, dE ≈ 29±8 μm). Importantly, 3D OCT was able to instantaneously detect MCPs (low scattering due to edema, fluid buildup, vasodilatation) and track (staging) their thicknesses dMCP ranging from 24 to 615 μm. It was also shown that high-frequency ultrasound was able to compliment OCT for detecting more advanced thicker MCPs (e.g., dMCP>615 μm) because of its increased imaging depth. PMID:22112111

  1. In vivo imaging of raptor retina with ultra high resolution spectral domain optical coherence tomography

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    Ruggeri, Marco; Major, James C., Jr.; McKeown, Craig; Wehbe, Hassan; Jiao, Shuliang; Puliafito, Carmen A.

    2008-02-01

    Among birds, raptors are well known for their exceptional eyesight, which is partly due to the unique structure of their retina. Because the raptor retina is the most advanced of any animal species, in vivo examination of its structure would be remarkable. Furthermore, a noticeable percentage of traumatic ocular injuries are identified in birds of prey presented to rehabilitation facilities. Injuries affecting the posterior segment have been considered as a major impact on raptor vision. Hence, in vivo examination of the structure of the posterior segment of the raptors would be helpful for the diagnosis of traumatized birds. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the application of ultrahigh-resolution Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (SD-OCT) for non contact in vivo imaging of the retina of birds of prey, which to the best of our knowledge has never been attempted. For the first time we present high quality OCT images of the retina of two species of bird of prey, one diurnal hawk and one nocturnal owl.

  2. High-resolution contrast-enhanced optical coherence tomography in mice retinae

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    Sen, Debasish; SoRelle, Elliott D.; Liba, Orly; Dalal, Roopa; Paulus, Yannis M.; Kim, Tae-Wan; Moshfeghi, Darius M.; de la Zerda, Adam

    2016-06-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a noninvasive interferometric imaging modality providing anatomical information at depths of millimeters and a resolution of micrometers. Conventional OCT images limit our knowledge to anatomical structures alone, without any contrast enhancement. Therefore, here we have, for the first time, optimized an OCT-based contrast-enhanced imaging system for imaging single cells and blood vessels in vivo inside the living mouse retina at subnanomolar sensitivity. We used bioconjugated gold nanorods (GNRs) as exogenous OCT contrast agents. Specifically, we used anti-mouse CD45 coated GNRs to label mouse leukocytes and mPEG-coated GNRs to determine sensitivity of GNR detection in vivo inside mice retinae. We corroborated OCT observations with hyperspectral dark-field microscopy of formalin-fixed histological sections. Our results show that mouse leukocytes that otherwise do not produce OCT contrast can be labeled with GNRs leading to significant OCT intensity equivalent to a 0.5 nM GNR solution. Furthermore, GNRs injected intravenously can be detected inside retinal blood vessels at a sensitivity of ˜0.5 nM, and GNR-labeled cells injected intravenously can be detected inside retinal capillaries by enhanced OCT contrast. We envision the unprecedented resolution and sensitivity of functionalized GNRs coupled with OCT to be adopted for longitudinal studies of retinal disorders.

  3. Serial endoscopy in azoxymethane treated mice using ultra-high-resolution optical coherence tomography

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    Hariri, Lida P.; Qiu, Ziping; Tumlinson, Alexandre R.; Besselsen, David G.; Gerner, Eugene W.; Ignatenko, Natalia; Považay, Boris; Hermann, Boris; Sattmann, Harald; McNally, James; Unterhuber, Angelika; Drexler, Wolfgang; Barton, Jennifer K.

    2007-02-01

    Purpose: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a minimally invasive, depth-resolved imaging tool that can be commissioned for small diameter endoscopic applications for imaging mouse models of colorectal cancer. In this study, we utilized ultrahigh resolution OCT (UHR OCT) to serially image the lower colon of azoxymethane (AOM) treated A/J mouse models of CRC, monitor the progression of neoplastic transformations, and determine if OCT is capable of identifying early disease. Experimental Design: Thirteen AOM treated A/J and two control A/J mice were surveyed at four timepoints (8, 14, 22, and 26 weeks post AOM treatment) using a prototype 2.0 mm diameter UHR OCT endoscope-based system that achieved resolutions of 3.2 um axial and 4.4 um lateral. Histological samples were obtained at the final imaging timepoint serving as the gold standard. Results: Gross and histological assessment of the excised colonic tissue revealed at least one tumor in all 13 AOM treated mice, with most mice developing multiple tumors. In the corresponding OCT images, a progression from healthy thin mucosa to adenoma appearing as large, structurally disorganized masses was visualized over the imaging time points correlating to the locations of the grossly visualized tumors. Conclusions: This study indicates that UHR OCT enables accurate identification of disease and non-destructive visualization of CRC progression in the lower colon of mice.

  4. Focus Variation - A New Technology for High Resolution Optical 3D Surface Metrology in the Micro- and Nanometer Range

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    Huber, O.

    2009-04-01

    Focus Variation - A New Technology for High Resolution Optical 3D Surface Metrology in the Micro- and Nanometer Range S. Scherer1, E. Cristea1, O. Huber1, A. Krenn1 1 ALICONA GmbH Graz, Austria The need for increasing accuracy is a characteristic of all geo-applications, and hence of the instruments contributing to obtaining relevant data. Small and fine sensors are being developed, measuring different parameters of our geosystem and requiring continuous validation and calibration. These sensors have often very small components (fine sensors able to sense dust, atmospheric water vapour characteristics, pressure change, gravimeters, satellite micro-components), showing complex topographies including steep flanks and having varying reflective properties. In order to get valid and reliable results, quality assurance of these instruments and sensors is required. The optical technology Focus-Variation, developed by Alicona and added in the latest draft of the upcoming ISO standard 25178, provides high resolution 3D surface metrology even at those complex topographies. The technique of Focus-Variation combines the small depth of focus of an optical system with vertical scanning to provide topographical and color information from the variation of focus. It is used for high-resolution optical 3D surface measurements. The traceable and repeatable measurement results are further being used for e.g. calibration and validation purposes. Some of the characteristics of the technology are: - Measurement of instruments / samples with steep flanks up to 80° - Measurement of materials with strongly varying reflection properties - Measurement of surfaces presenting fine (from 10nm) or strong roughness Here, we present the operating principle and possible applications of the optical 3D measurement system "InfiniteFocus", which is based on the technology of Focus-Variation. With the vertical resolution of up to 10nm, InfiniteFocus yields meaningful form and roughness measurements. The

  5. Sentinel-2 Optical High Resolution Mission for GMES Land Operational Services

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    Isola, Claudia; Drusch, Matthias; Gascon, Ferran; Martimort, Philippe; Del Bello, Umberto; Spoto, Francois; Sy, Omas; Laberinti, Paolo

    2010-05-01

    Long-term availability of Earth observation-based services and continuity of consistent high quality data is - apart from meteorological services - not guaranteed in Europe. In order to contribute to improve its response to ever growing challenges of global safety and climate change, Europe requires an independent sustained and reliable Earth observation system. The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) is a European programme for the implementation of a European capacity to provide independent and permanent access to reliable Earth observation data. To ensure the operational provision of appropriate Earth-observation data the GMES Space Component (GSC) includes a series of five space missions called 'Sentinels', which are being developed by ESA specifically for GMES. The European Space Agency (ESA) in partnership with the European Commission (EC) is developing the Sentinel-2 optical imaging mission devoted to the operational monitoring of land and coastal areas. The Sentinel-2 mission is based on a twin satellites configuration deployed in polar sun-synchronous orbit and designed to offer a unique combination of systematic global coverage, high revisit (five days at equator with two satellites) and high spatial resolution imagery (10/20/60m). The Multi-Spectral Imager (MSI) features 13 spectral bands, going from visible to short wave infrared domains. The instrument is designed to provide in orbit calibration, excellent radiometric and geometric performance, and with a capability to support accurate image geo-location and co-registration. The Sentinel-2 mission is more particularly tailored to the monitoring of land terrains, including vegetation and urban areas. Sentinel-2 will ensure data continuity with the SPOT and Landsat multi-spectral sensors, while accounting for future service evolution. The lifetime of each Sentinel-2 spacecraft is specified as 7 years and propellant is sized for 12 years, including provision for de-orbiting manoeuvres at

  6. Beam collimation with polycapillary x-ray optics for high contrast high resolution monochromatic imaging

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    Sugiro, Francisca R.; Li Danhong; MacDonald, C.A.

    2004-12-01

    Monochromatic imaging can provide better contrast and resolution than conventional broadband radiography. In broadband systems, low energy photons do not contribute to the image, but are merely absorbed, while high energy photons produce scattering that degrades the image. By tuning to the optimal energy, one can eliminate undesirable lower and higher energies. Monochromatization is achieved by diffraction from a single crystal. A crystal oriented to diffract at a particular energy, in this case the characteristic line energy, diffracts only those photons within a narrow range of angles. The resultant beam from a divergent source is nearly parallel, but not very intense. To increase the intensity, collimation was performed with polycapillary x-ray optics, which can collect radiation from a divergent source and redirect it into a quasi parallel beam. Contrast and resolution measurements were performed with diffracting crystals with both high and low angular acceptance. Testing was first done at 8 keV with an intense copper rotating anode x-ray source, then 17.5 keV measurements were made with a low power molybdenum source. At 8 keV, subject contrast was a factor of five higher than for the polychromatic case. At 17.5 keV, monochromatic contrast was two times greater than the conventional polychromatic contrast. The subject contrasts measured at both energies were in good agreement with theory. An additional factor of two increase in contrast, for a total gain of four, is expected at 17.5 keV from the removal of scatter. Scatter might be simply removed using an air gap, which does not degrade resolution with a parallel beam.

  7. Development, validation, and fusion of high resolution active and passive optical imagery

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    Bissett, W. P.; DeBra, Sharon; Kadiwala, Mubin; Kohler, David D. R.; Mobley, Curtis; Steward, Robert G.; Weidemann, Alan; Davis, Curtiss O.; Lillycrop, Jeff; Pope, Robert

    2005-05-01

    HyperSpectral Imagery (HSI) of the coastal zone often focuses on the estimation of bathymetry. However, the estimation of bathymetry requires knowledge, or the simultaneous solution, of water column Inherent Optical Properties (IOPs) and bottom reflectance. The numerical solution to the simultaneous set of equations for bathymetry, IOPs, and bottom reflectance places high demands on the spectral quality, calibration, atmospheric correction, and Signal-to-Noise (SNR) of the HSI data stream. In October of 2002, a joint FERI/NRL/NAVO/USACE HSI/LIDAR experiment was conducted off of Looe Key, FL. This experiment yielded high quality HSI data at a 2 m resolution and bathymetric LIDAR data at a 4 m resolution. The joint data set allowed for the advancement and validation of a previously generated Look-Up-Table (LUT) approach to the simultaneous retrieval of bathymetry, IOPs, and bottom type. Bathymetric differences between the two techniques were normally distributed around a 0 mean, with the exception of two peaks. One peak related to a mechanical problem in the LIDAR detector mirrors that causes errors on the edges of the LIDAR flight lines. The other significant difference occurred in a single geographic area (Hawk Channel) suggesting an incomplete IOP or bottom reflectance description in the LUT data base. In addition, benthic habitat data from NOAA"s National Ocean Service (NOS) and the Florida Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) provided validation data for the estimation of bottom type. Preliminary analyses of the bottom type estimation suggest that the best retrievals are for seagrass bottoms. One source of the potential difficulties may be that the LUT database was generated from a more pristine location (Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas). It is expected that fusing the HSI/LIDAR data streams should reduce the errors in bottom typing and IOP estimation.

  8. Survey of Close-in Super-Earths Using a New Generation Optical High Resolution Spectrograph

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    Sithajan, Sirinrat; Ge, J.; Muterspaugh, M. W.; Varosi, F.; Li, R.; Ma, B.; Thomas, N. B.; Wang, J.; Barnes, R.; Maxwell, T.

    2014-01-01

    A number of planets discovered using various ground-based and space-based surveys have allowed us to begin to study their statistical properties and find clues for their formation mechanisms. However, due to the traditionally adopted survey strategy, which is to observe stars with variable observational cadences (“run and gun” style), of high precision radial velocity (RV) surveys, the resulting survey completeness is usually low, especially at the low mass regime. This prevents us from obtaining critical data needed to investigate the statistical properties and formation mechanisms of low mass planet populations. We have designed a deep and homogeneous RV survey of ~500 nearby bright FGKM dwarfs for detecting low mass planets in 2014-2017 with a totally different survey strategy and cadence. This survey will observe every selected (bright, inactive, F5V to M4V) star ~100 times randomly spread over 300 days using our new generation extremely high Doppler precision optical spectrograph, called EXtremely high Precision ExtrasolaR planet Tracker III (EXPERT-III) 1 m/s precision), at the Automatic Spectroscopic Telescope (AST), a 2-m robotic telescope at Fairborn Observatory in Arizona. The flexible queue schedule offered by this robotic telescope greatly facilitates this high precision and high cadence survey. We have demonstrated the survey performance and predicted results through simulations. They show that an unprecedented high completeness sample of close-in super-Earths can be achieved. Therefore, this survey will not only precisely measure statistical properties of the close-in super Earth population largely uncovered by the Kepler mission, but also offer a uniquely homogeneous sample to constrain various planet formation models. Furthermore, this survey has a great sensitivity to probe super-Earth planets in habitable zones around K and M dwarfs.

  9. Fine Particulate Matter Predictions Using High Resolution Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) Retrievals

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    Chudnovsky, Alexandra A.; Koutrakis, Petros; Kloog, Itai; Melly, Steven; Nordio, Francesco; Lyapustin, Alexei; Wang, Jujie; Schwartz, Joel

    2014-01-01

    To date, spatial-temporal patterns of particulate matter (PM) within urban areas have primarily been examined using models. On the other hand, satellites extend spatial coverage but their spatial resolution is too coarse. In order to address this issue, here we report on spatial variability in PM levels derived from high 1 km resolution AOD product of Multi-Angle Implementation of Atmospheric Correction (MAIAC) algorithm developed for MODIS satellite. We apply day-specific calibrations of AOD data to predict PM(sub 2.5) concentrations within the New England area of the United States. To improve the accuracy of our model, land use and meteorological variables were incorporated. We used inverse probability weighting (IPW) to account for nonrandom missingness of AOD and nested regions within days to capture spatial variation. With this approach we can control for the inherent day-to-day variability in the AOD-PM(sub 2.5) relationship, which depends on time-varying parameters such as particle optical properties, vertical and diurnal concentration profiles and ground surface reflectance among others. Out-of-sample "ten-fold" cross-validation was used to quantify the accuracy of model predictions. Our results show that the model-predicted PM(sub 2.5) mass concentrations are highly correlated with the actual observations, with out-of- sample R(sub 2) of 0.89. Furthermore, our study shows that the model captures the pollution levels along highways and many urban locations thereby extending our ability to investigate the spatial patterns of urban air quality, such as examining exposures in areas with high traffic. Our results also show high accuracy within the cities of Boston and New Haven thereby indicating that MAIAC data can be used to examine intra-urban exposure contrasts in PM(sub 2.5) levels.

  10. Dual-modal three-dimensional imaging of single cells with isometric high resolution using an optical projection tomography microscope

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    Miao, Qin; Rahn, J. Richard; Tourovskaia, Anna; Meyer, Michael G.; Neumann, Thomas; Nelson, Alan C.; Seibel, Eric J.

    2009-11-01

    The practice of clinical cytology relies on bright-field microscopy using absorption dyes like hematoxylin and eosin in the transmission mode, while the practice of research microscopy relies on fluorescence microscopy in the epi-illumination mode. The optical projection tomography microscope is an optical microscope that can generate 3-D images of single cells with isometric high resolution both in absorption and fluorescence mode. Although the depth of field of the microscope objective is in the submicron range, it can be extended by scanning the objective's focal plane. The extended depth of field image is similar to a projection in a conventional x-ray computed tomography. Cells suspended in optical gel flow through a custom-designed microcapillary. Multiple pseudoprojection images are taken by rotating the microcapillary. After these pseudoprojection images are further aligned, computed tomography methods are applied to create 3-D reconstruction. 3-D reconstructed images of single cells are shown in both absorption and fluorescence mode. Fluorescence spatial resolution is measured at 0.35 μm in both axial and lateral dimensions. Since fluorescence and absorption images are taken in two different rotations, mechanical error may cause misalignment of 3-D images. This mechanical error is estimated to be within the resolution of the system.

  11. Next Generation X-Ray Optics: High-Resolution, Light-Weight, and Low-Cost

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    Zhang, William W.

    2012-01-01

    mirror segments is the continued development and perfection of alignment and integration techniques, for incorporating individual mirror segments into a precision mirror assembly. Recently, we have been developing a technique called edge-bonding, which has achieved an accuracy to enable 10-arcsecond x-ray telescopes. Currently, we are investigating and improving the long-term alignment stability of so-bonded mirrors. Next, we shall refine this process to enable 5-arsecond x-ray telescopes. This technology development program includes all elements to demonstrate progress toward TRL-6: metrology; x-ray performance tests; coupled structural, thermal, and optical performance analysis, and environmental testing.

  12. Next Generation X-Ray Optics: High-Resolution, Light-Weight, and Low-Cost

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    Zhang, William W.

    2011-01-01

    segments is the continued development and perfection of alignment and integration techniques, for incorporating individual mirror segments into a precision mirror assembly. Recently, we have been developing a technique called edge-bonding, which has achieved an accuracy to enable 10- arcsecond x-ray telescopes. Currently, we are investigating and improving the long-term alignment stability of so-bonded mirrors. Next, we shall refine this process to enable 5-arsecond x-ray telescopes. This technology development program includes all elements to demonstrate progress toward TRL-6: metrology; x-ray performance tests; coupled structural, thermal, and optical performance analysis, and environmental testing.

  13. IMAPS - A high-resolution, echelle spectrograph to record far-ultraviolet spectra of stars from sounding rockets

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    Jenkins, E. B.; Joseph, C. L.; Long, D.; Zucchino, P. M.; Carruthers, G. R.

    1988-01-01

    A novel sounding rocket payload consisting of a slitless objective grating spectrograph with no transmission elements in the optical train (or detector) is described. This instrument, called the interstellar medium absorption profile spectrograph (IMAPS), is designed to provide continuous coverage over the wavelength range of 950-1150 A; it has an effective collecting area of about 4 sq cm and can record spectra of pointlike sources at a wavelength resolution of 0.004 A and with a sample interval of 0.002 A. The successful use of this instrument aboard a Black Brant rocket is described.

  14. Sentinel-2 Optical High Resolution Mission for GMES Land Operational Services

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    Drusch, M.; Gascon, F.; Martimort, P.; Spoto, F.

    2009-12-01

    In the framework of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme, the European Space Agency (ESA) in partnership with the European Commission (EC) is developing the Sentinel-2 optical imaging mission devoted to the operational monitoring of land and coastal areas. The Sentinel-2 mission is based on a twin satellites configuration deployed in polar sun-synchronous orbit and designed to offer a unique combination of systematic global coverage, high revisit (five days at equator with two satellites) and high spatial resolution imagery (10/20/60m). The Multispectral instrument features 13 spectral bands, going from visible to short wave infrared domains. The instrument is designed to provide in orbit calibration, excellent radiometric and geometric performance, and with a capability to support accurate image geolocation and co-registration. The Sentinel-2 mission is more particularly tailored to the monitoring of land terrains, including vegetation and urban areas. Sentinel-2 will ensure data continuity with the SPOT and Landsat multi-spectral sensors, while accounting for future service evolution. The lifetime of each Sentinel-2 spacecraft is specified as 7 years and propellant is sized for 12 years, including provision for de-orbiting manoeuvres at end-of-life. The satellite will be three-axis stabilized with an AOCS based on high-rate multi-head star trackers, mounted on the instrument structure for better pointing accuracy and stability, as well as a laser gyroscope and a dual-frequency GNSS receiver. The Multi-Spectral Instrument (MSI) is based on the pushbroom concept. It features a Three Mirror Anastigmat (TMA) telescope with a pupil diameter of about 150 mm, and achieves a very good imaging quality all across its wide Field of View (290 km swath width, significantly enlarged with respect to Landsat and SPOT). The telescope structure and the mirrors are made of silicon carbide for minimizing thermo-elastic deformations. The visible and

  15. A high-resolution lake sediment record of glacier activity from SE Greenland defines abrupt Holocene cooling events

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    Balascio, N. L.; Bradley, R. S.; D'Andrea, W. J.

    2013-12-01

    warming. Excursions from this trend occur at c. 8.5 ka and 8.3 ka showing brief periods of readvance that are likely associated with freshwater inputs to the North Atlantic Ocean related to the ';8.2 kyr Event.' The interval from 7.7-4.1 ka is clearly defined by high organic content (>20%) and extremely low magnetic susceptibility values, which we interpret as a lack of glacial input and the complete disappearance of the glaciers in the catchment. From 4.1-1.3 ka indicators of glacial input show a step-wise pattern with significant increases in glacial activity at 4.1 ka, 3.1 ka, 1.4 ka, and 1.3 ka indicating a progressive cooling and regrowth of the glaciers. Over the last 1.3 ka, glacial input was more constant, sedimentation rates were higher (0.8 mm/yr), and the sediment is finely laminated. Analysis of the μ-XRF data shows that the laminations were deposited annually, providing a high-resolution record of changes in glacial activity over the last 1.3 ka that corresponds well with regional temperature reconstructions.

  16. Daily atmospheric circulation patterns from the North Atlantic region as recorded in high-resolution stable isotope records from Greenland ice cores

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    Rimbu, N.; Lohmann, G.

    2009-04-01

    We investigate the relationship between decadal variability of several stable isotope (deuterium and oxygen 18) high-resolution records from Greenland ice cores and the frequency of daily circulation patterns from the North Atlantic realm. Daily circulation patterns as well as their seasonal frequencies for the period 1850-2003 used in this study were published by Philipp et al. (2007). The main source of stable isotopes is the world ocean. During their path from the oceans to the Greenland ice sheet the concentration of heavy relative to light stable isotopes is modified by different fractionation processes. The fractionation depends on the moisture source locations and conditions, temperature of condensation, rain-out effect, amount effect, altitude effect, re-evaporation and kinetic processes. A correlation analysis reveals that a large part of stable isotopes decadal variability from Greenland ice cores is controlled by a summer atmospheric circulation pattern (pattern 2 according to Philipp's et al. classification). Analysis of the moisture transport using NCEP/NCAR reanalysis fields suggests a strong rain-out effect associated with this circulation pattern. This may explain the strong correlation between the frequency of this pattern and stable isotope variability from Greenland ice cores. We argue that high-resolution stable isotope records from Greenland can be used to reconstruct the frequency of certain daily circulation patterns during past periods. This helps to put the decadal variations of the daily circulation patterns as identified from analysis of observed data into a long-term context. Reference Philipp A, Della-Marta PM, Jacobeit J, Fereday DR, Jones PD, Moberg A, Wanner H. 2007: Long-term variability of daily North Atlantic-European pressure patterns since 1850 classified by simulated annealing clustering. J. Climate 20: 4065-4095, doi: 10.1175/JCLI4175.1

  17. Rotational modulation and flares on RS Canum Venaqticorum and BY Draconis stars. XII - Near-to-simultaneous high resolution UV and optical observations of II Pegasi during July 1984

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    Byrne, P. B.; Panagi, P.; Doyle, J. G.; Englebrecht, C. A.; McMahan, R.; Marang, F.; Wegner, G.

    1989-04-01

    Nearly simultaneous high resolution ground-based optical and IUE satellite UV spectroscopy and an optical light curve of the RS CVn star II Peg are presented. It is shown that the chromospheric and transition region radiative losses of the star in July 1984 are lower than previously recorded means. The flux in the Lyman-alpha line is estimated and evidence is given for variability in all of the emission lines. This variability appears to be correlated with the optical spots. Line profiles at two rotational phases for the principal UV emission lines show an excess broadening over and above the combined instrumental plus Doppler broadening.

  18. A high resolution electro-optical approach for investigating transition of soluble proteins to integral membrane proteins probed by colicin A.

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    Honigmann, Alf; Pulagam, Lakshmi Padmavathi; Sippach, Michael; Bartsch, Philipp; Steinhoff, Heinz-Jürgen; Wagner, Richard

    2012-10-19

    The transition from water soluble state to an integral membrane protein state is a crucial step in the formation of the active form of many pore-forming or receptor proteins. Albeit this, high resolution techniques which allow assay of protein membrane binding and concomitant development of the final active form in the membrane await further development. Here, we describe a horizontal artificial bilayers setup allowing for simultaneous electrical and optical measurements at a single molecule level. We use the membrane binding and subsequent channel formation of colicin A (ColA) a water soluble bacteriocin secreted by some strains of Escherichia coli to demonstrate the potential of the combined electro-optical technique. Our results expand the knowledge on ColA molecular details which show that active ColA is monomeric; membrane binding is pH but not membrane-potential (Δϕ) dependent. ColA is at Δϕ=0 permeable for molecules ≥1 nm. Although ColA exhibits low ion conductance it facilitates permeation of large molecules. Our electro-optical recordings reveal ColA monomeric state and the chimeric character of its pore. PMID:23000162

  19. A miniature fiber-optic sensor for high-resolution and high-speed temperature sensing in ocean environment

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    Liu, Guigen; Han, Ming; Hou, Weilin; Matt, Silvia; Goode, Wesley

    2015-05-01

    Temperature measurement is one of the key quantifies in ocean research. Temperature variations on small and large scales are key to air-sea interactions and climate change, and also regulate circulation patterns, and heat exchange. The influence from rapid temperature changes within microstructures are can have strong impacts to optical and acoustical sensor performance. In this paper, we present an optical fiber sensor for the high-resolution and high-speed temperature profiling. The developed sensor consists of a thin piece of silicon wafer which forms a Fabry-Pérot interferometer (FPI) on the end of fiber. Due to the unique properties of silicon, such as large thermal diffusivity, notable thermo-optic effects and thermal expansion coefficients of silicon, the proposed sensor exhibits excellent sensitivity and fast response to temperature variation. The small mass of the tiny probe also contributes to a fast response due to the large surface-tovolume ratio. The high reflective index at infrared wavelength range and surface flatness of silicon endow the FPI a spectrum with high visibilities, leading to a superior temperature resolution along with a new data processing method developed by us. Experimental results indicate that the fiber-optic temperature sensor can achieve a temperature resolution better than 0.001°C with a sampling frequency as high as 2 kHz. In addition, the miniature footprint of the senor provide high spatial resolutions. Using this high performance thermometer, excellent characterization of the realtime temperature profile within the flow of water turbulence has been realized.

  20. High-resolution and fast-response fiber-optic temperature sensor using silicon Fabry-Pérot cavity.

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    Liu, Guigen; Han, Ming; Hou, Weilin

    2015-03-23

    We report a fiber-optic sensor based on a silicon Fabry-Pérot cavity, fabricated by attaching a silicon pillar on the tip of a single-mode fiber, for high-resolution and high-speed temperature measurement. The large thermo-optic coefficient and thermal expansion coefficient of the silicon material give rise to an experimental sensitivity of 84.6 pm/°C. The excellent transparency and large refractive index of silicon over the infrared wavelength range result in a visibility of 33 dB for the reflection spectrum. A novel average wavelength tracking method has been proposed and demonstrated for sensor demodulation with improved signal-to-noise ratio, which leads to a temperature resolution of 6 × 10⁻⁴ °C. Due to the high thermal diffusivity of silicon, a response time as short as 0.51 ms for a sensor with an 80-µm-diameter and 200-µm-long silicon pillar has been experimentally achieved, suggesting a maximum frequency of ~2 kHz can be reached, to address the needs for highly dynamic environmental variations such as those found in the ocean. PMID:25837068

  1. Iterative re-weighted approach to high-resolution optical coherence tomography with narrow-band sources.

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    Mousavi, Mahta; Duan, Lian; Javidi, Tara; Ellerbee Bowden, Audrey K

    2016-01-25

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive optical imaging modality capable of high resolution imaging of internal tissue structures. It is widely believed that the high axial resolution in OCT systems requires a wide-bandwidth light source. As a result, often the potential advantages of narrow-bandwidth sources (in terms of cost and/or imaging speed) are understood to come at the cost of significant reduction in imaging resolution. In this paper, we argue that this trade-off between resolution and speed is a shortcoming imposed by the-state-of-the-art A-scan reconstruction algorithm, Fast Fourier Transform, and can be circumvented through use of alternative processing methods. In particular, we investigate the shortcomings of the FFT as well as previously proposed alternatives and demonstrate the first application of an iterative regularized re-weighted l(2) norm method to improve the axial resolution of fast scan rate OCT systems in the narrow-bandwidth imaging conditions. We validate our claims via experimental results generated from a home-built OCT system used to image layered phantom and in vivo data. Our results rely on new, sophisticated signal processing algorithms to generate higher precision (i.e., higher resolution) OCT images at correspondingly fast scan rates. In other words, our work demonstrates the feasibility of simultaneously more reliable and more comfortable medical imaging systems for patients by reducing the overall scan time, without sacrificing image quality. PMID:26832556

  2. High-resolution light-sheet microscopy: a simulation of an optical illumination system for oil immersion

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    Lu, Xiang; Heintzmann, Rainer; Leischner, Ulrich

    2015-09-01

    Light sheet microscopy is a microscopy technique characterized by an illumination from the side, perpendicular to the direction of observation. While this is often used and easy to implement for imaging samples with water-immersion, the application in combination with oil-immersion is less often used and requires a specific optimization. In this paper we present our design of a light-sheet illumination optical system with a ~1μm illumination thickness, a long working distance through the immersion oil, and including a focusing system allowing for moving the focus-spot of the lightsheet laterally through the field of view. This optical design allows for the acquisition of fluorescence images in 3D with isotropic resolution of below 1 micrometer of whole-mount samples with a size of ~1mm diameter. This technique enables high-resolution insights in the 3D structure of biological samples, e.g. for research of insect anatomy or for imaging of biopsies in medical diagnostics.

  3. High-resolution Record of Holocene Climate, Vegetation, and Fire from a Raised Peat Bog, Prince Edward Island, Canadian Maritimes

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    Peros, M. C.; Chan, K.; Ponsford, L.; Carroll, J.; Magnan, G.

    2014-12-01

    Raised peat bogs receive all precipitation and nutrients from the atmosphere and are thus widely used archives for information on past environments and climates. In this paper we provide high-resolution multi-proxy data from a raised bog from northeastern Prince Edward Island, located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada. We studied testate amoeba (a proxy for water table depth), macrocharcoal (a proxy for local-scale fire), peat humification (a proxy for decomposition), plant macrofossils (indicative of local-scale vegetation), and organic matter content (yielding carbon accumulation rates) from a 5.5 m long core lifted from the center of Baltic Bog. Eleven AMS radiocarbon dates show that peat accumulation began before 9000 cal yr BP and continued almost uninterrupted until the present. The macrofossil data show that a transition from a sedge-dominated fen to a sphagnum-dominated bog occurred around 8000 cal yr BP, and sphagnum remained dominant in the bog throughout most of the Holocene. A testate amoeba-based reconstruction of water table depth indicates that conditions were drier during the early Holocene (~8000 to 5000 cal yr BP) and became gradually wetter into the late Holocene. In addition, a number of higher frequency shifts in precipitation are inferred throughout the Holocene on the basis of the testate amoeba and humification results. The macrocharcoal evidence indicates fire—probably in the surrounding forest—was relatively more common during the early Holocene, perhaps due to drier climate conditions. A large influx of charcoal at around 2000 cal yr BP suggests the presence of one or more major fires at this time, and a concurrent decrease in the rate of peat accumulation indicates the fire may have affected the bog itself. The data from Baltic Bog is broadly comparable to other proxy data (in particular pollen studies) from the Canadian Maritimes. This work is important because it: 1) helps us better understand the role of hydroclimatic

  4. High-resolution authigenic 10Be/9Be records : A proxy indicator of the past geomagnetic field variability

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    Carcaillet, J.; Thouveny, N.; Bourlès, D. L.

    2003-04-01

    At global scale, the synchronicity of abnormal directions of the paleomagnetic field and minimum intensities supports the hypothesis of a relationship between the occurrence of excursions and/or polarity changes and the collapse of the dipolar component. We present quantitative evaluations of relationships between 10Be production rate variations and geomagnetic events using high resolution authigenic 10Be/9Be ratios and continuous paleointensity records measured in three marine sediment sequences located on the Portuguese margin, (MD95-2042 and MD95-2040), and in the Western Pacific, (MD97-2140). Since 10Be concentrations measured in marine sediments not only depend on 10Be production rates but also on oceanic and sedimentary effects, authigenic (i.e. adsorbed onto particles from the water column) 10Be concentrations were normalized to their related authigenic 9Be concentrations in order to account for these disturbing effects on the sedimentation rate as well as on the chemical and granulometric composition of the sediments. Due to their different sources, only the soluble form of both beryllium isotopes may indeed have been homogenized in the water column before deposition in the sediment. The measured 10Be/9Be ratios increase significantly at all identified excursions and reversals, associated with decreased paleointensities, consistently with the expected relationship between magnetic moment and cosmic ray flux (Q/Qo=(M/Mo)-1/2). Our results confirm the global occurrence of well-recognized and well-dated phases of low geomagnetic moments associated to well known geomagnetic excursions, short events or polarity reversals that occurred between 0 and 300 ka BP and between 0.6 and 1.3 Ma BP: the Laschamp excursion, the Blake event, the Jamaica/Pringle falls excursion, the Brunhes-Matuyama Reversal, the upper and lower Jaramillo transitions and the Cobb Mountain event. They strengthen the validity of recently reported excursions: Icelandic basin, Calabrian Ridge 0

  5. Enhancing sensitivity of high resolution optical coherence tomography using an optional spectrally encoded extended source (Conference Presentation)

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    Yu, Xiaojun; Liu, Xinyu; Chen, Si; Wang, Xianghong; Liu, Linbo

    2016-03-01

    High-resolution optical coherence tomography (OCT) is of critical importance to disease diagnosis because it is capable of providing detailed microstructural information of the biological tissues. However, a compromise usually has to be made between its spatial resolutions and sensitivity due to the suboptimal spectral response of the system components, such as the linear camera, the dispersion grating, and the focusing lenses, etc. In this study, we demonstrate an OCT system that achieves both high spatial resolutions and enhanced sensitivity through utilizing a spectrally encoded source. The system achieves a lateral resolution of 3.1 μm and an axial resolution of 2.3 μm in air; when with a simple dispersive prism placed in the infinity space of the sample arm optics, the illumination beam on the sample is transformed into a line source with a visual angle of 10.3 mrad. Such an extended source technique allows a ~4 times larger maximum permissible exposure (MPE) than its point source counterpart, which thus improves the system sensitivity by ~6dB. In addition, the dispersive prism can be conveniently switched to a reflector. Such flexibility helps increase the penetration depth of the system without increasing the complexity of the current point source devices. We conducted experiments to characterize the system's imaging capability using the human fingertip in vivo and the swine eye optic never disc ex vivo. The higher penetration depth of such a system over the conventional point source OCT system is also demonstrated in these two tissues.

  6. A high resolution and continuous isotopic speleothem record of paleoclimate and paleoenvironment from 90-53 ka from the south coast of South Africa

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    Bar-Matthews, Miryam; Marean, Curtis W.; Jacobs, Zenobia; Karkanas, Panagiotis; Fisher, Erich C.; Herries, Andy I. R.; Brown, Kyle; Williams, Hope M.; Bernatchez, Jocelyn; Ayalon, Avner; Nielssen, Peter J.

    2010-05-01

    The south coast of Africa is near the confluence of two oceans (Atlantic and Indian) and two major oceanic systems influential to world climate - the cold Benguela Upwelling on the west coast and the warm Agulhas Current flowing down the east coast. The south coast is also at the juncture of a winter rainfall system to the west and summer to the east, and the relative positions of these systems in reaction to global climate change have long been a focus of study and debate. Coastal South Africa draws interdisciplinary interests due to the co-occurrence of a rich record for early human behavioral modernity, hyper-diverse vegetation with very high endemism (the Cape Floral Region, CFR), and globally influential oceanic and climate systems. There is also a transition from C3 grass domination in the winter rainfall areas to the west to more C4 grass representation to the east in the summer rainfall areas. High resolution and continuous climate and environmental records are needed to provide the context for the evolution of behavioral modernity and this diverse flora. The coastal cliffs are highly folded and faulted exposures of the Skurweberg Formation of the Paleozoic Table Mountain Sandstone Group (TMS). This formation comprises coarse-grained quartzitic sandstone. Shear zones with boudinage features cut through the TMS, and large number of caves and rockshelters are found in these eroded fault breccias. The offshore platform was the source for much of the aeolian sands that comprise the extensive ancient dune systems on land and in the caves. Speleothems are present in almost all the caves, often intercalated with archaeological deposits, and almost always occurring behind aeolianite remnants. The intercalation of speleothem with sediments affords the opportunity to conduct both uranium-thorium dating (U-Th) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) on intercalated sediments. Here we present the first high resolution and precisely dated record for climate and

  7. On-Orbit Geometric Calibration Approach for High-Resolution Geostationary Optical Satellite GaoFen-4

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    Wang, Mi; Cheng, Yufeng; Long, Xiaoxiang; Yang, Bo

    2016-06-01

    The GaoFen-4 (GF-4) remote sensing satellite is China's first civilian high-resolution geostationary optical satellite, which has been launched at the end of December 2015. To guarantee the geometric quality of imagery, this paper presents an on-orbit geometric calibration method for the area-array camera of GF-4. Firstly, we introduce the imaging features of area-array camera of GF-4 and construct a rigorous imaging model based on the analysis of the major error sources from three aspects: attitude measurement error, orbit measurement error and camera distortion. Secondly, we construct an on-orbit geometric calibration model by selecting and optimizing parameters of the rigorous geometric imaging model. On this basis, the calibration parameters are divided into two groups: external and internal calibration parameters. The external parameters are installation angles between the area-array camera and the star tracker, and we propose a two-dimensional direction angle model as internal parameters to describe the distortion of the areaarray camera. Thirdly, we propose a stepwise parameters estimation method that external parameters are estimated firstly, then internal parameters are estimated based on the generalized camera frame determined by external parameters. Experiments based on the real data of GF-4 shows that after on-orbit geometric calibration, the geometric accuracy of the images without ground control points is significantly improved.

  8. High-resolution optical spectroscopy of Os-with a view to laser cooling of atomic anions

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    Kellerbauer, Alban; Fritzsche, Stephan

    2012-11-01

    Atomic anions are generally not amenable to optical spectroscopy because they are loosely bound systems and rarely have bound excited states. Until recently, there was only one known negative ion with a strong bound-bound electronic transition, the osmium anion Os-. The electric-dipole transition between the 4Fe9/2 ground and 6DoJ excited state of this ion provides unique insight into the structure of atomic anions. In addition, it may enable the preparation of ultracold ensembles of negative ions. Laser excitation of the electric-dipole transition in Os- ions could be used to laser-cool them to microkelvin temperatures. If demonstrated to be successful, the technique would allow the cooling of any species of negatively charged ions - from subatomic particles to molecular anions - to ultracold temperatures by sympathetic cooling. We have been investigating the bound-bound electric-dipole transition in Os- by high-resolution laser spectroscopy with a view to using it for the first laser cooling of negative ions. The principle of the method, its potential applications, as well as experimental results are presented.

  9. Functional optical coherence tomography for high-resolution mapping of cilia beat frequency in the mouse oviduct in vivo

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    Wang, Shang; Burton, Jason C.; Behringer, Richard R.; Larina, Irina V.

    2016-02-01

    Since mouse is a superior model for genetic analysis of human disorders, reproductive studies in mice have significant implications on further understanding of fertility and infertility in humans. Fertilized oocytes are transported through the reproductive tract by motile cilia lining the lumen of the oviduct as well as by oviduct contractions. While the role of cilia is well recognized, ciliary dynamics in the oviduct is not well understood, largely owing to the lack of live imaging approaches. Here, we report in vivo micro-scale mapping of cilia and cilia beat frequency (CBF) in the mouse oviduct using optical coherence tomography (OCT). This functional imaging method is based on spectral analysis of the OCT speckle variations produced by the beat of cilia in the oviduct, which does not require exogenous contrast agents. Animal procedures similar to the ones used for production of transgenic mice are utilized to expose the reproductive organs for imaging in anesthetized females. In this paper, we first present in vivo structural imaging of the mouse oviduct capturing the oocyte and the preimplantation embryo and then show the result of depth-resolved high-resolution CBF mapping in the ampulla of the live mouse. These data indicate that this structural and functional OCT imaging approach can be a useful tool for a variety of live investigations of mammalian reproduction and infertility.

  10. HIGH-RESOLUTION OPTICAL SPECTROSCOPY OF DY Cen: DIFFUSE INTERSTELLAR BANDS IN A PROTO-FULLERENE CIRCUMSTELLAR ENVIRONMENT?

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    Garcia-Hernandez, D. A.; Lambert, David L. E-mail: nkrao@iiap.res.in

    2012-11-01

    We search high-resolution and high-quality VLT/UVES optical spectra of the hot R Coronae Borealis star DY Cen for electronic transitions of the C{sub 60} molecule and diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs). We report the non-detection of the strongest C{sub 60} electronic transitions (e.g., those at {approx}3760, 3980, and 4024 A). The absence of C{sub 60} absorption bands may support recent laboratory results, which show that the {approx}7.0, 8.5, 17.4, and 18.8 {mu}m emission features seen in DY Cen-and other similar objects with polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-like dominated IR spectra-are attributable to proto-fullerenes or fullerene precursors rather than to C{sub 60}. DIBs toward DY Cen are normal for its reddening; the only exception is the DIB at 6284 A (possibly also the 7223 A DIB) which is found to be unusually strong. We also report the detection of a new broad (FWHM {approx} 2 A) and unidentified feature centered at {approx}4000 A. We suggest that this new band may be related to the circumstellar proto-fullerenes seen at infrared wavelengths.

  11. High-resolution optical spectroscopy of the yellow hypergiant V1302 Aql (=IRC+10420) in 2001-2014

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    Klochkova, V. G.; Chentsov, E. L.; Miroshnichenko, A. S.; Panchuk, V. E.; Yushkin, M. V.

    2016-07-01

    We present the results of a study of spectral features and the velocity field in the atmosphere and circumstellar envelope of the yellow hypergiant V1302 Aql, the optical counterpart of the IR source IRC+10420, based on high-resolution optical spectroscopic observations in 2001-2014. We measured heliocentric radial velocities of the following types of lines: forbidden and permitted pure emission, absorption and emission components of lines of ions, pure absorption (e.g. He I, Si II) and interstellar components of the Na I D lines, K I and diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs). Pure absorption and forbidden and permitted pure emission, which have heliocentric radial velocities Vr = 63.7 ± 0.3, 65.2 ± 0.3 and 62.0 ± 0.4 km s-1, respectively, are slightly redshifted relative to the systemic radial velocity (Vsys ˜ 60 km s-1). The positions of the absorption components of the lines with inverse P Cyg profiles are redshifted by ˜20 km s-1, suggesting that clumps falling on to the star have been stable over all observing dates. The average heliocentric radial velocity of the DIBs is Vr(DIB) = 4.6 ± 0.2 km s-1. A Hα line profile with the red peak slightly stronger than the blue one was observed only once, on 2007 November 24. Comparison of pure absorption lines observed in 2001-2014 with those in earlier data does not show noticeable variations. The kinematic picture in the atmosphere was stable for observations during 2001-2014. Our results as a whole let us conclude that the hypergiant has reached a phase of slowing down (or termination) of effective temperature growth and is currently located near the high-temperature boundary of the Yellow Void in the Hertszprung-Russell diagram.

  12. Vertical and Horizontal Corneal Epithelial Thickness Profile Using Ultra-High Resolution and Long Scan Depth Optical Coherence Tomography

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    Jiang, Hong; Xu, Zhe; Perez, Victor; Wang, Jianhua

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To determine the vertical and horizontal thickness profiles of the corneal epithelium in vivo using ultra-long scan depth and ultra-high resolution spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). Methods A SD-OCT was developed with an axial resolution of ∼3.3 µm in tissue and an extended scan depth. Forty-two eyes of 21 subjects were imaged twice. The entire horizontal and vertical corneal epithelial thickness profiles were evaluated. The coefficient of repeatability (CoR) and intraclass correlation (ICC) of the tests and interobserver variability were analyzed. Results The full width of the horizontal epithelium was detected, whereas part of the superior epithelium was not shown for the covered super eyelid. The mean central epithelial corneal thickness was 52.0±3.2 µm for the first measurement and 52.3±3.4 µm for the second measurement (P>.05). In the central zone (0–3.0 mm), the paracentral zones (3.0–6.0 mm) and the peripheral zones (6.0–10.0 mm), the mean epithelial thickness ranged from 51 to 53 µm, 52 to 57 µm, and 58 to 72 µm, respectively. There was no difference between the two tests at both meridians and in the right and left eyes (P>.05). The ICCs of the two tests ranged from 0.70 to 0.97 and the CoRs ranged from 2.5 µm to 7.8 µm from the center to the periphery, corresponding to 5.6% to 10.6% (CoR%). The ICCs of the two observers ranged from 0.72 to 0.93 and the CoRs ranged from 4.5 µm to 10.4 µm from the center to the periphery, corresponding to 8.7% to 15.2% (CoR%). Conclusions This study demonstrated good repeatability of ultra-high resolution and long scan depth SD-OCT to evaluate the entire thickness profiles of the corneal epithelium. The epithelial thickness increases from the center toward the limbus. PMID:24844566

  13. Optical high-resolution analysis of rotational movement: testing circular spatial filter velocimetry (CSFV) with rotating biological cells

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    Schaeper, M.; Schmidt, R.; Kostbade, R.; Damaschke, N.; Gimsa, J.

    2016-07-01

    Circular spatial filtering velocimetry (CSFV) was tested during the microscopic registration of the individual rotations of baker’s yeast cells. Their frequency-dependent rotation (electrorotation; ER) was induced in rotating electric fields, which were generated in a glass chip chamber with four electrodes (600 μm tip-to-tip distance). The electrodes were driven with sinusoidal quadrature signals of 5 or 8 V PP with frequencies up to 3 MHz. The observed cell rotation was of the order of 1–100 s per revolution. At each measuring frequency, the independent rotations of up to 20 cells were simultaneously recorded with a high-speed camera. CSFV was software-implemented using circular spatial filters with harmonic gratings. ER was proportional to the phase shift between the values of the spatial filtering signal of consecutive frames. ER spectra obtained by CSFV from the rotation velocities at different ER-field frequencies agreed well with manual measurements and theoretical spectra. Oscillations in the rotation velocity of a single cell in the elliptically polarized field near an electrode, which were resolved by CSFV, could not be visually discerned. ER step responses after field-on were recorded at 2500 frames per second. Analysis proved the high temporal resolution of CSFV and revealed a largely linear torque-friction relation during the acceleration phase of ER. Future applications of CSFV will allow for the simple and cheap automated high-resolution analysis of rotational movements where mechanical detection has too low a resolution or is not possible, e.g. in polluted environments or for gas and fluid vortices, microscopic objects, etc.

  14. Development of a frequency-tunable optical phase lock loop (OPLL) for high resolution fiber optic distributed sensing

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    Kuperschmidt, Vladimir; Stolpner, Lew; Mols, Peter; Alalusi, Mazin; Mehnert, Axel; Barsan, Radu; Ansari, Farhad

    2011-04-01

    We report on the development of a precision-tunable, dual wavelength, optical light source suitable for high performance fiber optic Brillouin scattering distributed sensing. The design is based on an Optical Phase Locked Loop (OPLL) system using novel narrow linewidth, low frequency noise and high stability PLANEX external cavity semiconductor. The inherent wavelength stability of PLANEX lasers (typically an order of magnitude better that any DFB laser on the market) enable the OPLL to operate continuously over a wide ambient temperature range without degradation in wavelength locking performance. The OPLL architecture is implemented with polarization maintaining (PM) components and has a very low beat frequency jitter on the order of few kHz. The OPLL frequency tuning range is between 8 and 14 GHz, with fast tuning of sweep steps on the order of 100 μsec. Such a frequency tuning range covers practically all corresponding temperature and strain sensing applications based on the measurement of the frequency shift produced by spontaneous or stimulated Brillouin scattering, and thus is a versatile and enabling technology for both BOTDA/BOTDR distributed sensing systems.

  15. Bias Correction of high resolution MODIS Aerosol Optical Depth in urban areas using the Dragon AERONET Network

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    Malakar, N. K.; Atia, A.; Gross, B.; Moshary, F.; Ahmed, S. A.; Lary, D. J.

    2013-12-01

    Aerosol optical depth (AOD) is widely used parameter used to quantify aerosol abundance. Satellite retrievals of aerosols over land is fundamentally more complex than aerosol retrieval over oceans. Due to wide coverage and the extensive validation the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), on board the Terra and Aqua satellites is the workhorse instrument used to retrieve AOD from space. However, satellite algorithms of AOD are extremely complex and depends strongly on sun/view geometry, spectral surface albedo, aerosol model assumptions and surface heterogeneity. This issue becomes even more severe when considering the new MODIS 3 km aerosol retrieval products within version 6. To assess satellite retrievals of these high resolution 3 km products, we use the summer 2011 Dragon AERONET data to assess accuracy as well as major retrieval bias that can occur in MODIS measurements. In this study, we explore in detail the factors that can drive these biases statistically. As discussed above, our considers multiple conditions such as surface reflectivity at various wavelengths, solar and sensor zenith angles, the solar and sensor azimuth, scattering angles as well as meteorological factors and aerosol type (angstrom coefficient) etc which are used inputs are used to train neural network in regression mode to compensate for biases against the Dragon AERONET AOD values. In particular, we confirm the results of previous studies where the land cover (urban fraction) appears to be a strong factor in AOD bias and develop a NN estimator which includes land cover directly. The algorithm will be tested not only in the Baltimore/Washington area but assessed in the general North East US where urban biases in the NYC area have been previously identified.

  16. Rapid and high-resolution imaging of human liver specimens by full-field optical coherence tomography

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    Zhu, Yue; Gao, Wanrong; Zhou, Yuan; Guo, Yingcheng; Guo, Feng; He, Yong

    2015-11-01

    We report rapid and high-resolution tomographic en face imaging of human liver specimens by full-field optical coherence tomography (FF-OCT). First, the arrangement of the FF-OCT system was described and the performance of the system was measured. The measured axial and lateral resolutions of the system are 0.8 and 0.9 μm, respectively. The system has a sensitivity of ˜60 dB and can achieve an imaging rate of 7 fps and a penetration depth of ˜80 μm. The histological structures of normal liver can be seen clearly in the en face tomographic images, including central veins, cords of hepatocytes separated by sinusoidal spaces, and portal area (portal vein, the hepatic arteriole, and the bile duct). A wide variety of histological subtypes of hepatocellular carcinoma was observed in en face tomographic images, revealing notable cancerous features, including the nuclear atypia (enlarged convoluted nuclei), the polygonal tumor cells with obvious resemblance to hepatocytes with enlarged nuclei. In addition, thicker fibrous bands, which make the cytoplasmic plump vesicular nuclei indistinct, were also seen in the images. Finally, comparison between the portal vein in a normal specimen versus that seen in the rare type of cholangiocarcinoma was made. The results show that the cholangiocarcinoma presents with a blurred pattern of portal vein in the lateral direction and an aggregated distribution in the axial direction; the surrounding sinusoidal spaces and nuclei of cholangiocarcinoma are absent. The findings in this work may be used as additional signs of liver cancer or cholangiocarcinoma, demonstrating capacity of FF-OCT device for early cancer diagnosis and many other tumor-related studies in biopsy.

  17. A robotic, compact, and extremely high resolution optical spectrograph for a close-in super-Earth survey

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    Ge, Jian; Powell, Scott; Zhao, Bo; Varosi, Frank; Ma, Bo; Sithajan, Sirinrat; Liu, Jian; Li, Rui; Grieves, Nolan; Schofield, Sidney; Avner, Louis; Jakeman, Hali; Yoder, William A.; Gittelmacher, Jakob A.; Singer, Michael A.; Muterspaugh, Matthew; Williamson, Michael; Maxwell, J. E.

    2014-08-01

    One of the most astonishing results from the HARPS and Kepler planet surveys is the recent discovery of close-in super-Earths orbiting more than half of FGKM dwarfs. This new population of exoplanets represents the most dominant class of planetary systems known to date, is totally unpredicted by the classical core-accretion disk planet formation model. High cadence and high precision Doppler spectroscopy is the key to characterize properties of this new population and constrain planet formation models. A new robotic, compact high resolution optical spectrograph, called TOU (formerly called EXPERT-III), was commissioned at the Automatic Spectroscopic Telescope (AST) at Fairborn Observatory in Arizona in July 2013 and has produced a spectral resolution of about 100,000 and simultaneous wavelength coverage of 0.38-0.9 μm with a 4kx4k back-illuminated Fairchild CCD detector. The instrument holds a very high vacuum of 1 micro torr and about 2 mK temperature stability over a month. The early on-sky RV measurements show that this instrument is approaching a Doppler precision of 1 m/s (rms) for bright reference stars (such as Tau Ceti) with 5 min exposures and better than 3 m/s (P-V, RMS~1 m/s) daily RV stability before calibration exposures are applied. A pilot survey of 20 V<9 FGK dwarfs, including known super-Earth systems and known RV stable stars, is being launched and every star will be observed ~100 times over ~300 days time window between this summer and next spring, following up with a full survey of ~150 V< 10 FGKM dwarfs in 2015-2017.

  18. Toward the Cenozoic Megasplice - high-resolution XRF core scanning data and improved composite records from IODP Expedition 320: implications for fine scale paleoceanography (Invited)

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    Westerhold, T.; Bown, P. R.; Dunkley Jones, T.; Lyle, M. W.; Moore, T. C.; Pälike, H.; Roehl, U.; Wilkens, R. H.; Expedition 320/321 Scientists

    2010-12-01

    A critical need to study past climate change is to sufficiently constrain the ages of past climate events so that global relationships can be discerned. Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 320 recovered high-quality pelagic Cenozoic records with over 800 dated paleomagnetic reversals and decimeter-scale cyclic sediments. These new profiles provide an outstanding framework to inter-calibrate major microfossil groups and refine magnetic polarity chrons for the late Miocene, the entire Oligocene and the late Eocene Epochs. The compilation of a Cenozoic Megasplice which integrates all available bio-, chemo-, and magnetostratigraphic data including those from key records already recovered during Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Leg 199 is one of the major objectives of the Pacific Equatorial Age Transect (PEAT, IODP Exp. 320 & 321) and prerequisite for further reconstructing the climate history of the Equatorial Pacific in detail. Here we present extended post-cruise refinements of the shipboard composite records of IODP Exp. 320 Sites U1331, U1332, U1333, U1334 as well as ODP Leg 199 Sites 1218, 1219 and 1220. The revised composite records were used to perform a site-to-site correlation and integration of Leg 199 and Exp. 320 sites. Based on this decimeter scale correlation a high resolution integrated paleomagnetic and biostratigraphic framework for the Equatorial Pacific is established which covers the time interval from 20 to 40 Ma. This framework will be the key for further high-resolution paleoceanographic interpretations of the late Paleogene, e.g. the E/O transition. As part of our study we also present high resolution X-ray fluorescence (XRF) core scanning data acquired from more than 1200 meters of sediment cores from Exp. 320 and Leg 199 encompassing the middle Eocene to early Oligocene (magnetochrons C12n to C20n). These new, critical records enable us to improve the orbitally tuned time scale and to reconstruct variations in the carbonate

  19. A high-resolution palaeoenvironmental record from carbonate deposits in the Roman aqueduct of Patara, SW Turkey, from the time of Nero.

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    Passchier, Cornelis; Sürmelihindi, Gül; Spötl, Christoph

    2016-01-01

    An inscription on the supporting wall of the inverted siphon of the aqueduct of the ancient Roman city of Patara, SW Turkey, explains how the wall collapsed during an earthquake and was subsequently restored. Carbonate deposits formed inside the aqueduct channel show cyclic stable isotope changes representing 17 years of deposition. This sequence, together with the text of the inscription, allows dating the earthquake to 68 AD and the original inauguration of the aqueduct to the winter of 51/52 AD. Thus, the carbonate deposits represent a high-resolution record of palaeotemperature and precipitation for SW Turkey covering the complete reign of the Emperor Nero. The period shows a cooling and drying trend after an initial warm and more humid period, interrupted by a few anomalous years. These 2 cm of calcite highlight the significance of carbonate deposits in ancient water supply systems as a high-resolution archive for palaeoclimate, palaeoseismology and archaeology. PMID:27357129

  20. A high-resolution palaeoenvironmental record from carbonate deposits in the Roman aqueduct of Patara, SW Turkey, from the time of Nero

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    Passchier, Cornelis; Sürmelihindi, Gül; Spötl, Christoph

    2016-01-01

    An inscription on the supporting wall of the inverted siphon of the aqueduct of the ancient Roman city of Patara, SW Turkey, explains how the wall collapsed during an earthquake and was subsequently restored. Carbonate deposits formed inside the aqueduct channel show cyclic stable isotope changes representing 17 years of deposition. This sequence, together with the text of the inscription, allows dating the earthquake to 68 AD and the original inauguration of the aqueduct to the winter of 51/52 AD. Thus, the carbonate deposits represent a high-resolution record of palaeotemperature and precipitation for SW Turkey covering the complete reign of the Emperor Nero. The period shows a cooling and drying trend after an initial warm and more humid period, interrupted by a few anomalous years. These 2 cm of calcite highlight the significance of carbonate deposits in ancient water supply systems as a high-resolution archive for palaeoclimate, palaeoseismology and archaeology. PMID:27357129

  1. A high-resolution palaeoenvironmental record from carbonate deposits in the Roman aqueduct of Patara, SW Turkey, from the time of Nero

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    Passchier, Cornelis; Sürmelihindi, Gül; Spötl, Christoph

    2016-06-01

    An inscription on the supporting wall of the inverted siphon of the aqueduct of the ancient Roman city of Patara, SW Turkey, explains how the wall collapsed during an earthquake and was subsequently restored. Carbonate deposits formed inside the aqueduct channel show cyclic stable isotope changes representing 17 years of deposition. This sequence, together with the text of the inscription, allows dating the earthquake to 68 AD and the original inauguration of the aqueduct to the winter of 51/52 AD. Thus, the carbonate deposits represent a high-resolution record of palaeotemperature and precipitation for SW Turkey covering the complete reign of the Emperor Nero. The period shows a cooling and drying trend after an initial warm and more humid period, interrupted by a few anomalous years. These 2 cm of calcite highlight the significance of carbonate deposits in ancient water supply systems as a high-resolution archive for palaeoclimate, palaeoseismology and archaeology.

  2. A decade-spanning high-resolution asynchronous optical sampling terahertz time-domain and frequency comb spectrometer.

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    Good, Jacob T; Holland, Daniel B; Finneran, Ian A; Carroll, P Brandon; Kelley, Matthew J; Blake, Geoffrey A

    2015-10-01

    We present the design and capabilities of a high-resolution, decade-spanning ASynchronous OPtical Sampling (ASOPS)-based TeraHertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy (THz-TDS) instrument. Our system employs dual mode-locked femtosecond Ti:Sapphire oscillators with repetition rates offset locked at 100 Hz via a Phase-Locked Loop (PLL) operating at the 60th harmonic of the ∼80 MHz oscillator repetition rates. The respective time delays of the individual laser pulses are scanned across a 12.5 ns window in a laboratory scan time of 10 ms, supporting a time delay resolution as fine as 15.6 fs. The repetition rate of the pump oscillator is synchronized to a Rb frequency standard via a PLL operating at the 12th harmonic of the oscillator repetition rate, achieving milliHertz (mHz) stability. We characterize the timing jitter of the system using an air-spaced etalon, an optical cross correlator, and the phase noise spectrum of the PLL. Spectroscopic applications of ASOPS-THz-TDS are demonstrated by measuring water vapor absorption lines from 0.55 to 3.35 THz and acetonitrile absorption lines from 0.13 to 1.39 THz in a short pathlength gas cell. With 70 min of data acquisition, a 50 dB signal-to-noise ratio is achieved. The achieved root-mean-square deviation is 14.6 MHz, with a mean deviation of 11.6 MHz, for the measured water line center frequencies as compared to the JPL molecular spectroscopy database. Further, with the same instrument and data acquisition hardware, we use the ability to control the repetition rate of the pump oscillator to enable THz frequency comb spectroscopy (THz-FCS). Here, a frequency comb with a tooth width of 5 MHz is generated and used to fully resolve the pure rotational spectrum of acetonitrile with Doppler-limited precision. The oscillator repetition rate stability achieved by our PLL lock circuits enables sub-MHz tooth width generation, if desired. This instrument provides unprecedented decade-spanning, tunable resolution, from 80 MHz down to sub

  3. A decade-spanning high-resolution asynchronous optical sampling terahertz time-domain and frequency comb spectrometer

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    Good, Jacob T.; Holland, Daniel B.; Finneran, Ian A.; Carroll, P. Brandon; Kelley, Matthew J.; Blake, Geoffrey A.

    2015-10-01

    We present the design and capabilities of a high-resolution, decade-spanning ASynchronous OPtical Sampling (ASOPS)-based TeraHertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy (THz-TDS) instrument. Our system employs dual mode-locked femtosecond Ti:Sapphire oscillators with repetition rates offset locked at 100 Hz via a Phase-Locked Loop (PLL) operating at the 60th harmonic of the ˜80 MHz oscillator repetition rates. The respective time delays of the individual laser pulses are scanned across a 12.5 ns window in a laboratory scan time of 10 ms, supporting a time delay resolution as fine as 15.6 fs. The repetition rate of the pump oscillator is synchronized to a Rb frequency standard via a PLL operating at the 12th harmonic of the oscillator repetition rate, achieving milliHertz (mHz) stability. We characterize the timing jitter of the system using an air-spaced etalon, an optical cross correlator, and the phase noise spectrum of the PLL. Spectroscopic applications of ASOPS-THz-TDS are demonstrated by measuring water vapor absorption lines from 0.55 to 3.35 THz and acetonitrile absorption lines from 0.13 to 1.39 THz in a short pathlength gas cell. With 70 min of data acquisition, a 50 dB signal-to-noise ratio is achieved. The achieved root-mean-square deviation is 14.6 MHz, with a mean deviation of 11.6 MHz, for the measured water line center frequencies as compared to the JPL molecular spectroscopy database. Further, with the same instrument and data acquisition hardware, we use the ability to control the repetition rate of the pump oscillator to enable THz frequency comb spectroscopy (THz-FCS). Here, a frequency comb with a tooth width of 5 MHz is generated and used to fully resolve the pure rotational spectrum of acetonitrile with Doppler-limited precision. The oscillator repetition rate stability achieved by our PLL lock circuits enables sub-MHz tooth width generation, if desired. This instrument provides unprecedented decade-spanning, tunable resolution, from 80 MHz down to sub

  4. Global change across the Oligocene-Miocene transition: High-resolution stable isotope records from IODP Site U1334 (equatorial Pacific Ocean)

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    Beddow, Helen M.; Liebrand, Diederik; Sluijs, Appy; Wade, Bridget S.; Lourens, Lucas J.

    2016-01-01

    The Oligocene-Miocene transition (OMT) (~23 Ma) is interpreted as a transient global cooling event, associated with a large-scale Antarctic ice sheet expansion. Here we present a 2.23 Myr long high-resolution (~3 kyr) benthic foraminiferal oxygen and carbon isotope (δ18O and δ13C) record from Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Site U1334 (eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean), covering the interval from 21.91 to 24.14 Ma. To date, five other high-resolution benthic foraminiferal stable isotope stratigraphies across this time interval have been published, showing a ~1‰ increase in benthic foraminiferal δ18O across the OMT. However, these records are still few and spatially limited and no clear understanding exists of the global versus local imprints. We show that trends and the amplitudes of change are similar at Site U1334 as in other high-resolution stable isotope records, suggesting that these represent global deep water signals. We create a benthic foraminiferal stable isotope stack across the OMT by combining Site U1334 with records from ODP Sites 926, 929, 1090, 1264, and 1218 to best approximate the global signal. We find that isotopic gradients between sites indicate interbasinal and intrabasinal variabilities in deep water masses and, in particular, note an offset between the equatorial Atlantic and the equatorial Pacific, suggesting that a distinct temperature gradient was present during the OMT between these deep water masses at low latitudes. A convergence in the δ18O values between infaunal and epifaunal species occurs between 22.8 and 23.2 Ma, associated with the maximum δ18O excursion at the OMT, suggesting climatic changes associated with the OMT had an effect on interspecies offsets of benthic foraminifera. Our data indicate a maximum glacioeustatic sea level change of ~50 m across the OMT.

  5. High resolution infrared measurements

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    Kessler, B.; Cawley, Robert

    1990-01-01

    Sample ground based cloud radiance data from a high resolution infrared sensor are shown and the sensor characteristics are presented in detail. The purpose of the Infrared Analysis Measurement and Modeling Program (IRAMMP) is to establish a deterministic radiometric data base of cloud, sea, and littoral terrain clutter to be used to advance the design and development of Infrared Search and Track (IRST) systems as well as other infrared devices. The sensor is a dual band radiometric sensor and its description, together with that of the Data Acquisition System (DAS), are given. A schematic diagram of the sensor optics is shown.

  6. High-resolution and nondestructive profile measurement by spectral-domain optical coherence tomography with a visible broadband light source for optical-device fabrication

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    Nishi, Tsuyoshi; Ozaki, Nobuhiko; Oikawa, Yoichi; Miyaji, Kunio; Ohsato, Hirotaka; Watanabe, Eiichiro; Ikeda, Naoki; Sugimoto, Yoshimasa

    2016-08-01

    We developed a spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) using a visible broadband light source (vis-OCT) for application to high-resolution and nondestructive profile measurement and imaging in semiconductor optical-device fabrication. By using visible broadband light centered at 625 nm and with spectral bandwidth of 260 nm, an axial resolution of 0.69 µm in air was obtained. This was effective for inspection of a transparent photoresist film with thickness of 1–2 µm coated on a semiconductor wafer; the interface between the photoresist film and its substrate and the interface between the photoresist and air were resolved, and the film thickness was measured. In addition, the interface between an opaque epitaxially grown semiconductor layer (Al0.35Ga0.65As) and a GaAs substrate was also detected by vis-OCT. Here we propose a thickness-measurement technique that combines finite-difference time-domain simulation with vis-OCT. This method enables us to determine the thickness of even an optically absorbent epitaxial layer and offers a profile-measurement method that is particularly suitable for the fabrication of semiconductor optical devices.

  7. Ultra-high Resolution Carbon Isotope Records in Tree Rings: Indicators of Carbon Allocation and Growing Season Precipitation/Temperature (Invited)

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    Jahren, A.; Schubert, B.

    2010-12-01

    The rapidity and ease of carbon stable isotope measurements on organic substrates has opened the possibility of ultra-high resolution δ13C analyses within tree rings at < 30 to 100 micron increments. We present such measurements for 80 individual tree rings, from 10 trees spanning the last 55 million years in age from arctic, temperate, and tropical environments. Morphological features such as growth rings and resin canals were not preserved in some ancient specimens making identification of annual rings via standard techniques impossible. However, the annual patterns observed in ultra-high resolution δ13C records allowed for characterization of these unknown specimens as evergreen or deciduous. A combination of our data with that published in the literature showed a strong correlation between the amplitude of the δ13C pattern and growing season precipitation/temperature in > 90% of modern evergreen trees examined to date. Ultra-high resolution δ13C analyses of ancient, non-permineralized, evergreen trees could therefore provide quantitative estimates of past climate at annual or seasonal resolution.

  8. A High-Resolution Record of Hydroclimate Changes in the Last Three Millennia from a Stalagmite at DeSoto Caverns (Alabama, USA)

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    Dhungana, R.; Aharon, P.

    2010-12-01

    Late Holocene climate changes in the Southeast USA are poorly documented due to the paucity of high-resolution paleo-records. This study provides high-resolution records of rapid hydroclimate changes in the Southeast over the last three millennia. The records are based on stable isotope rainfall proxies whose time series are constrained by precise U/Th dates from a stalagmite sampled at DeSoto Caverns. The average growth rate of the stalagmite was 149 μm/yr prior to 1400 years and it has been growing with an average growth rate of 42 μm/yr in the last 1400 years. During the past three thousand years stable isotope time series document six wet episodes (at ~ 2950, 2450, 1675, 1200, 700 and 70 years ago) alternating with six drier periods (at ~ 3100, 2800, 1900, 1500, 800 and 300 years ago). The biannually resolved δ18O record agrees well with the contemporaneous SST record from the Sargasso Sea cores suggesting that changes in moisture availability in the Southeast are likely linked to subtropical North Atlantic SST variability. Power spectra analysis of the stalagmite-based oxygen isotope record reveals statistically significant periodicities at 24±1 and 36±1 year that are consistent with those observed in the contemporaneous atmospheric Δ14C production record. The 24 years periodicity is also consistent with the 24-year NAO Index periodicity. On the basis of our analysis we propose that the hydroclimate in the Southeast USA over the last three millennia was intimately linked to NAO variability powered by solar activity fluctuations.

  9. High-resolution late Maastrichtian early Danian oceanic 87Sr/86Sr record: Implications for Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary events

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    Vonhof, H. B.; Smit, J.

    1997-04-01

    A high-resolution late Maastrichtian early Danian seawater 87Sr/86Sr reference curve is constructed from two Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary (K-T boundary) sections: Bidart (France) and El Kef (Tunisia). The 87Sr/86Sr curve shows maxima at 0.3 0.4 Ma before the K-T boundary and at the K-T boundary. The first maximum could mark the onset of a major outflow of the Deccan Traps. The second maximum, a rapid 0.000 06 87Sr/86Sr, shift, extends from ˜3 4 m below to ˜1 m above the K-T boundary. This profile probably results from diagenetic smoothing of an originally sharp K-T boundary 87Sr/86Sr anomaly, rather than from a gradual process. The sharp shift could result from (1) the vaporization of the Chicxulub target rocks, (2) global wildfires, and (3) acid-rain leaching of soils and sialic surface rocks. Of these three possibilities, only Sr release by soil leaching combined with increased rainfall associated with the K-T event appears to be sufficiently large to produce the observed K-T 87Sr/86Sr anomaly.

  10. High resolution magnetic resonance imaging of the anterior visual pathway in patients with optic neuropathies using fast spin echo and phased array local coils.

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    Gass, A; Barker, G J; MacManus, D; Sanders, M; Riordan-Eva, P; Tofts, P S; Thorpe, J; McDonald, W I; Moseley, I F; Miller, D H

    1995-01-01

    High resolution MRI of the anterior visual pathways was evaluated using frequency selective fat suppressed fast spin echo (FSE) sequences in conjunction with phased array local coils in patients with optic neuropathies. Fifteen normal controls and 57 patients were examined. Coronal T2 weighted fat suppressed FSE images were obtained in 11 minutes with an in plane resolution of 0.39 x 0.39 mm. The optic nerve and its sheath containing CSF were clearly differentiated. Central retinal vessels were often visible. In demyelinating optic neuritis and in anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy high signal within the nerve was readily delineated. Meningiomas and gliomas involving the optic nerve were precisely visualised both in the orbit and intracranially. Extrinsic compression of the optic nerves was readily visualised in carotid artery ectasia and dysthyroid eye disease. Enlarged subarachnoid spaces around the optic nerves were demonstrated in benign intracranial hypertension. High resolution MRI of the anterior visual pathway represents an advance in the diagnosis and management of patients presenting with optic neuropathy. Images PMID:7745403

  11. High-resolution records of Bonneville Basin paleohydrology offer new insights into changing atmospheric circulation patterns over North America from 26 ka through the Holocene

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    Steponaitis, E.; McGee, D.; Quade, J.; Andrews, A.; Edwards, R.; Hsieh, Y.; Broecker, W. S.; Cheng, H.

    2013-12-01

    The tremendous lateral extent of the Bonneville Basin, which covers much of western Utah, makes paleoclimate records from this region highly sensitive to global-scale changes in atmospheric circulation and hydrology. New paleoclimate records from speleothems and lacustrine carbonates offer insight into the hydrology the Bonneville Basin spanning from 26 ka through the Holocene. Anchored by high-precision U-Th dates, Sr records from crystalline lacustrine carbonates from throughout the basin provide a mechanism for constraining zonal variations in precipitation over time. To accomplish this, we exploit spatial variations in the 87Sr/86Sr ratios of fluvial inputs to Lake Bonneville (Hart et al. 2004). Paired with stable isotope records, these Sr records give a spatially detailed view of the response of Great Basin to global climate change, and by extension, insight into atmospheric circulation patterns over North America during abrupt climate changes. Stable isotope and trace metal records from Lehman Cave speleothems provide a high-resolution extension of these Great Basin hydrological records into the Holocene. Here we provide an overview of these unique paired records, focusing particular attention on the region's response to the Younger Dryas and Heinrich events 1 and 2. Hart, W.S. et al., The 87Sr/86Sr ratios of lacustrine carbonates and lake-level history of the Bonneville paleolake system. GSA Bulletin. 2004; 116: 1107-1119.

  12. High-resolution optical refractometer based on a long-period grating Michelson interferometer using a cross-correlation signal-processing method

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    Zhou, Xinlei; Chen, Ke; Mao, Xuefeng; Peng, Wei; Yu, Qingxu

    2015-12-01

    We report a high-resolution optical refractometer based on the long-period grating Michelson interferometer. The interferometer phase shift depends on the refractive index that surrounds the fiber probe. A cross-correlation signal-processing method is used to demodulate the interferometer phase shift. Experimental results show that a resolution of 3×10-6 refractive index unit (RIU) can be obtained using this cross-correlation signal processing method. In addition, a measurement sensitivity up to 3×103 deg/RIU is showed as the surrounding refractive index changing from 1.33 to 1.42. Such high-resolution and low-cost optical refractometers would find more applications in chemical or biochemical sensing fields.

  13. An Eight-Century High-Resolution Paleoclimate Record From the Cariaco Basin: Baseline Variability and the 20th Century

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    Black, D. E.; Thunell, R. C.; Kaplan, A.; Tappa, E. J.; Peterson, L. C.

    2007-12-01

    The Cariaco Basin, Venezuela is well-positioned to record a detailed history of surface ocean changes along the southern margin of the Caribbean and the tropical Atlantic. Varved, high deposition rate sediments deposited under anoxic conditions and an abundance of well-preserved microfossils result in one of the few marine records capable of preserving evidence of interannual- to decadal-scale climate variability in the tropical Atlantic. Here we present Mg/Ca and stable oxygen isotope data with sub-decadal resolution derived from sediments deposited over the last 800 years. Mg/Ca measured on the planktic foraminifer Globigerina bulloides from a Cariaco Basin sediment core strongly correlates with spring (March-May) instrumental SSTs between AD 1870 and 1990. The long-term record displays a surprising amount of variability for a tropical location. The temperature swings are not necessarily related to local upwelling variability, but instead represent wider conditions in the Caribbean and western tropical Atlantic. The Mg/Ca-SST record also captures the decadal and multidecadal variability observed in global land and sea surface temperature anomalies, and correlates with Atlantic tropical storm and hurricane frequency over the late-19th and 20th centuries. On average, 20th century temperatures are not the warmest in the entire record, but they do show the largest increase in magnitude and fastest rate of SST change over the last eight hundred years. Stable oxygen isotope data also correlate well with instrumental SSTs, but not over the full instrumental record. Poor correlations with early instrumental SST data suggest a salinity overprint. However, reconstructing δ- water variability using combined Mg/Ca and δ18O data is not straightforward as the δ- water/salinity relationship varies seasonally in the Cariaco Basin. Comparisons with percent titanium data suggest intervals of both local and regional surface salinity changes over the length of the record.

  14. High-resolution three-dimensional scanning optical image system for intrinsic and extrinsic contrast agents in tissue

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    Gu, Yueqing; Qian, Zhiyu; Chen, Jinxian; Blessington, Dana; Ramanujam, Nimmi; Chance, Britton

    2002-01-01

    This article presents the theory and development of a three-dimensional (3D) imaging instrument capable of determining the biochemical properties of tissue by measuring the absorption or fluorescence of different intrinsic and extrinsic agents simultaneously. A bifurcated optical fiber bundle, serving to deliver the excitation light and collect the emission or reflection light, scans over the flat tissue surface retrieving optical signals in each pixel. Two-dimensional (2D) images of a series of subsequent sections are obtained after signal conversion and processing to yield a 3D image. Manipulation of the scanning step and diameter size of the fibers within the bundle, the spatial resolution of the instrument attains a maximum of 40 × 40 × 10 μm3. The wavelength range is extended from ultraviolet to the near infrared (NIR) through specialized optical design, typically employed for the NIR extrinsic contrast agents study. The instrument is most applicable in situations involving the measurement of fluorescence or absorption at any specific wavelength within the spectrum range. Flavoprotein and nicotinamide adeine dinucleotide are the two typical intrinsic agents indicating the oxidization and reduction status of the tissue sample, with their fluorescence detected at wavelengths of 540 and 440 nm, respectively. Oxy and deoxy hemoglobin are two other significant intrinsic agents for evaluating the blood oxygenation saturation by recording their absorptions at two different wavelengths of 577 and 546 nm. These intrinsic agents were measured in this study for comparison of biochemical properties of rat liver in different gas inhalation treatments. Indocyanine green, a NIR extrinsic contrast agent measured at wavelengths of 780 nm/830 nm as excitation/emission can indicate blood pooling by displaying the distribution of blood vessels within a 9 L tumor. The advantage of high sensitivity, spatial resolution, and broad applied potentiality were demonstrated by the

  15. Linking high resolution 14C records to ice core time scales by means of Bayesian wiggle-matching

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    Adolphi, F.; Muscheler, R.; Friedrich, M.; Güttler, D.; Wacker, L.; Kromer, B.

    2014-12-01

    Radiocarbon dating is the key method for obtaining chronological information of paleoclimate records covering the last ~45,000 years. The wealth of paleoclimatic information reconstructed from Greenland and Antarctic ice cores are often used as blue-prints to place these radiocarbon dated records into a wider context. However, while layer counted ice core time scales from Greenland provide high precision on the duration of events, the absolute age uncertainty increases back in time. This poses limitations on the possible detail and robustness of comparisons between radiocarbon dated, and ice core records. Cosmogenic radionuclide records, i.e. based on 14C and 10Be, provide a unique tool for synchronizing different time scales from various archives. They carry the common production rate signal which is modulated by variations in the strength of the helio- and geo- magnetic fields, which are climate-independent processes and global. We will present a method for synchronizing radiocarbon and Greenland ice core time scales back to 16,000 years ago based on Bayesian wiggle matching of cosmogenic radionuclide records. The method utilizes the strength of the high relative precision of ice core time scales as well as the small absolute age uncertainty from tree-ring chronologies and U/Th dated speleothems. The method provides combined error estimates and allows testing i) the accuracy of ice core time scales, ii) the quality of 14C records underlying the radiocarbon calibration curve as well as iii) assumptions of synchronicity of rapid climate changes. Furthermore, we will illustrate how this method can be used for high-precision radiocarbon wiggle-match dating of floating tree ring chronologies beyond 14,000 years ago, and potentially improve the radiocarbon calibration curve.

  16. Testing the integrity of stable isotope records of two Spitsbergen ice cores by using high-resolution tritium data.

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    van der Wel, L. G.; Meijer, H. A. J.; Isaksson, E.; Helsen, M. M.; van de Wal, R. S. W.; Martma, T.; Pohjola, V. A.; Moore, J. C.

    2009-04-01

    The ratios of 1H16O2H and 1H18O1H in precipitation water vary with temperature and can therefore be used as a proxy for past climate. Ever since the 1960-s, retrieving these isotope signals has been the main motivation for the drilling of deep ice cores. Most of the ice core records originate from selected sites in Greenland and Antarctica. Other Arctic locations are much less used. However, since the late 1990-s ice cores have been drilled on the Lomonosovfonna and Holtedahlfonna ice caps in Spitsbergen. The advantages of drilling at these sites lies in the high accumulation rate present in Spitsbergen, as well as the very location of the Spitsbergen archipelago. However, due to relatively high temperatures in this region, the isotope record is affected by melt and subsequent percolation, thereby potentially losing its value for climatic studies. In an attempt to test the integrity of the Spitsbergen cores, we measured the concentration of the radioactive isotope of hydrogen (tritium) at high spatial (and thus temporal) resolution. Due to above-ground nuclear bomb tests in the 1950-s and 1960-s, the tritium signal in the atmosphere has been highly variable in that period, with distinct peaks. Moreover, due to the high load of tritium in the stratosphere at that time, spring and early summer mixing between stratosphere and troposphere induced a clear seasonal pattern in precipitation records for two decades. The tritium concentration in precipitation has been measured (monthly average) since the 1950-s. After precipitation the tritium record is altered due to decay, diffusion and melt. Incorporating information of these three processes into a numerical model, we produce a quantitative estimate how much the isotope record is influenced by melt and percolation. This gives us a tool to determine whether the stable isotope record is a valid proxy for past temperatures.

  17. The Hominin Sites And Paleolakes Drilling Project: Using High Resolution Paleoclimate Records From African Lake Deposits To Interpret Human Evolution

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    Cohen, A. S.; Arrowsmith, R.; Behrensmeyer, K.; Campisano, C. J.; Feibel, C. S.; Fisseha, S.; Johnson, R. A.; Kingston, J.; Kubsa, Z.; Lamb, H.; Mbua, E.; Olago, D.; Potts, R.; Renaut, R.; Schaebitz, F.; Tiercelin, J.; Trauth, M. H.; Woldegabriel, G. W.; Umer, M.

    2009-12-01

    For many years paleoanthropologists and earth scientists have explored and debated the potential role of climate and environmental forcing in human evolution. Although no consensus has emerged as to the importance of climate history in understanding human origins, there is broad agreement that obtaining high quality records of paleoclimate is critical for evaluating any proposed relationships. Recent workshops on the subject have converged on the central role that scientific drilling could play in obtaining such records. Records with high continuity and resolution with implications for human evolution can be retrieved from marine or lacustrine sediments, and the latter can be obtained from both extant (ancient) lakes or by drilling lake beds now exposed on land. We report here on a new initiative to obtain drill core records from on-land sites in the East African Rift Valley region. Our objective is to recover continuous cores both directly from the paleolake deposits in the depocenters of basins where important hominin fossils or artifacts have been recovered, and from basins in close proximity to fossil and artifact sites. An initial on-land drilling campaign, using off-the-shelf technology will target five of the most important basins for hominin fossil and archaeological records in East Africa, collectively spanning the last ~4Ma (N. Awash R. and the Chew Bahir Basin in Ethiopia, and W. Turkana, Tugen Hills and the Olorgesailie/L. Magadi areas in Kenya). HSPDP work to date has involved collecting subsurface geophysical data, and combining this with outcrop, prior coring and basin geometry information to identify optimal drilling targets at each area. The overall project objective is to provide detailed paleoenvironmental records across a spatial and temporal range of sites that can address hypotheses of climate/human evolution relationships at local to regional scales, through a combination of core data collection and modeling efforts. In the long term, such

  18. Rapid changes in temperature and hydrology in the western Mediterranean during the last climatic cycle from the high resolution record ODP Site 976 (Alboran Sea)

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    Combourieu-Nebout, Nathalie; Peyron, Odile; Bout-Roumazeille, Viviane

    2013-04-01

    High-resolution pollen record, pollen-inferred climate reconstructions and clay mineralogy records were performed over the last climatic cycle from the ODP Site 976 located in the Alboran Sea Continental paleoenvironment proxies were provided on the same samples to depict the short and long term variability of Mediterranean vegetation and climate during the two last terminations and the last two interglacials. Pollen record highlights the vegetation changes associated to climate variability while clay mineralogy informs about the terrigenous inputs related to wind and/or river transport. During the last cycle, both vegetation and clay minerals data have recorded the response of continental ecosystems to all the climate events which characterized the last 135000 years. The Dansgaard/Oeschger oscillations and the rapid cold events evidenced in the North Atlantic (Bond et al., 1993; McManus et al., 1994) are well evidenced in the ODP sequence. Thus, warm interstadials show a strong colonisation of temperate Mediterranean forest while cold events are particularly well expressed by correlative increases in dry steppic to semi-desert formation with enhanced input from African desert dust (Bout-Roumazeilles et al, 2007 and in progress). A special attention has been paid on the two last glacial/interglacial transitions 1 and 2 that occurred before the interglacial inception in order to better understand what happened during these key-periods in continental areas and also better understand how reacts the Mediterranean climate regime through these two periods. The two high resolution records from the Terminaison 2/ Stage 5 and Terminaison 1/ Holocene are compared especially with regards to the wind regime modifications through atmospheric supply, and to hydrological and temperature changes reconstructed from pollen data. Therefore for these two key-periods, we aim to produce a robust climate reconstruction pollen-inferred precipitation and temperature from the 0DP 976 marine

  19. A sediment record of barrier estuary behaviour at the mesoscale: Interpreting high-resolution particle size analysis

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    Clarke, David W.; Boyle, John F.; Chiverrell, Richard C.; Lario, Javier; Plater, Andrew J.

    2014-09-01

    At present, limited understanding of mesoscale (years-decades-centuries) back-barrier lagoon, barrier estuary behaviour is a critical shortcoming for resource managers and decision makers. In this paper, high-resolution particle size analysis of a sediment core from an intermittently open and closed barrier estuary is utilised to reconstruct a history of back-barrier environmental change at mesoscale temporal resolution. Sediments from Pescadero Marsh, California, were analysed for their particle size distribution at consecutive 2-mm intervals down-core. Site selection, informed by a time series of maps and aerial photographs coupled with a robust core chronology, ensured that the particle size data primarily reflect changing hydrodynamics of the back-barrier area over the European-American era (1850 to the present). Following more traditional plotting of particle size data and summary statistics, and statistical analysis of particle size end-members, visual analysis and categorisation of particle size distribution curves (PSDCs) provide an effective basis for the identification of recurring modal sizes and subpopulations. These particle size windows (PSWs) are interpreted as reflecting different modes of sediment transport and deposition, i.e., suspension and saltation loads, the varying prominence of which is interpreted as being modified by barrier integrity. When considered together, the down-core mean particle size (MPS) trend and individual PSDCs offer considerable insight into mesoscale system behaviour at subannual resolution over multiple years. This behaviour is expressed in the recurrence of characteristic barrier estuarine environments (closed lagoon, tidal lagoon, tidal marsh, and open estuary) and the overall barrier regime, and their persistence over the last c. 150 years. Subannual and multiannual fluctuations in back-barrier environmental configuration are seen to be superimposed on a longer-term quasi-stable barrier regime, demonstrating the value

  20. High-resolution record of cyclic climatic change during the past 4 ka from Lake Turkana, Kenya

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    Halfman, J.D.; Johnson, T.C.

    1988-06-01

    Profiles of carbonate content and lamination thickness in an 11.3 m core from Lake Turkana are interpreted as a record of climatic change for the past 4 ka. On a time scale of millennia, the data agree with other paleohydrologic records from sub-Saharan east Africa. Time-series analysis of both data sets reveal periods of about 270, 200, 165, and 100 yr. The thickness data suggest additional periods of about 78, 44, 31, 25, and possibly 20 yr. The sediments consist of laminated light and dark couplets, which are interpreted as a response to an average 4-yr variability in the hydrology of the Ethiopian Plateau. The authors suggest that this may be a feedback from the El Nino-Southern Oscillation.

  1. Large-Scale, High-Resolution Multielectrode-Array Recording Depicts Functional Network Differences of Cortical and Hippocampal Cultures

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    Ito, Shinya; Yeh, Fang-Chin; Hiolski, Emma; Rydygier, Przemyslaw; Gunning, Deborah E.; Hottowy, Pawel; Timme, Nicholas; Litke, Alan M.; Beggs, John M.

    2014-01-01

    Understanding the detailed circuitry of functioning neuronal networks is one of the major goals of neuroscience. Recent improvements in neuronal recording techniques have made it possible to record the spiking activity from hundreds of neurons simultaneously with sub-millisecond temporal resolution. Here we used a 512-channel multielectrode array system to record the activity from hundreds of neurons in organotypic cultures of cortico-hippocampal brain slices from mice. To probe the network structure, we employed a wavelet transform of the cross-correlogram to categorize the functional connectivity in different frequency ranges. With this method we directly compare, for the first time, in any preparation, the neuronal network structures of cortex and hippocampus, on the scale of hundreds of neurons, with sub-millisecond time resolution. Among the three frequency ranges that we investigated, the lower two frequency ranges (gamma (30–80 Hz) and beta (12–30 Hz) range) showed similar network structure between cortex and hippocampus, but there were many significant differences between these structures in the high frequency range (100–1000 Hz). The high frequency networks in cortex showed short tailed degree-distributions, shorter decay length of connectivity density, smaller clustering coefficients, and positive assortativity. Our results suggest that our method can characterize frequency dependent differences of network architecture from different brain regions. Crucially, because these differences between brain regions require millisecond temporal scales to be observed and characterized, these results underscore the importance of high temporal resolution recordings for the understanding of functional networks in neuronal systems. PMID:25126851

  2. High-resolution chemical and hydrologic records identify environmental factors that control coastal anchialine cave ecosystem function

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    Brankovits, D.; Pohlman, J.; Lapham, L.; Casso, M.; Roth, E.; Lowell, N. S.; Iliffe, T. M.

    2015-12-01

    Anchialine caves host a coastal aquifer ecosystem occupied by cave-adapted crustaceans that reside within distinct fresh, brackish and marine waters. Our initial investigation of this subsurface ecotone in the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico) provides stable isotope-based evidence that methane and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) are the primary sources of energy and carbon for the food web. However, the frequency of observations is sparse, leaving us 'in the dark' with respect to the temporal dynamics of the ecosystem function. In this study, we obtained undisturbed vertical profiles of methane, DOC and DIC concentration and isotopic composition with the 'Octopipi' water sampler from an anchialine cave located ~8 km from the coastline. To document the temporal variability of methane availability in the cave, we deployed an osmotically-driven pump (OsmoSampler). Data loggers recorded dissolved oxygen (DO), salinity, temperature and current velocities, and a rain gauge recorded precipitation. A high-methane water mass near the ceiling (up to 7795 nM) contained elevated concentration (900 µM), 13C-depleted (-27.8 to -28.2 ‰) DOC, suggesting terrestrial organic matter input from the overlying soils. Low-methane saline water (36 to 84 nM) had lower concentration DOC (15 to 97 µM) with a similar δ13C (-25.9 to -27.2 ‰), suggesting significant terrestrial organic matter consumption or removal with increasing depth, from fresh to saline water, within the water column. Our 6-month water chemistry record reveals high concentrations of methane in the wet season, especially following rainfall events, and relatively lower methane concentrations in the dry season. These observations suggest rain flushes methane generated in overlying anoxic soils into the cave. DO, water level, and groundwater flow patterns were also linked to the precipitation record. These data provide novel insight into the interconnections between external climate forcing and subterranean anchialine

  3. Designing a Low-noise, High-resolution, and Portable Four Channel Acquisition System for Recording Surface Electromyographic Signal

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    Pashaei, Akbar; Yazdchi, Mohammad Reza; Marateb, Hamid Reza

    2015-01-01

    In current years, the application of biopotential signals has received a lot of attention in literature. One of these signals is an electromyogram (EMG) generated by active muscles. Surface EMG (sEMG) signal is recorded over the skin, as the representative of the muscle activity. Since its amplitude can be as low as 50 μV, it is sensitive to undesirable noise signals such as power-line interferences. This study aims at designing a battery-powered portable four-channel sEMG signal acquisition system. The performance of the proposed system was assessed in terms of the input voltage and current noise, noise distribution, synchronization and input noise level among different channels. The results indicated that the designed system had several inbuilt operational merits such as low referred to input noise (lower than 0.56 μV between 8 Hz and 1000 Hz), considerable elimination of power-line interference and satisfactory recorded signal quality in terms of signal-to-noise ratio. The muscle conduction velocity was also estimated using the proposed system on the brachial biceps muscle during isometric contraction. The estimated values were in then normal ranges. In addition, the system included a modular configuration to increase the number of recording channels up to 96. PMID:26951952

  4. Recording Approach of Heritage Sites Based on Merging Point Clouds from High Resolution Photogrammetry and Terrestrial Laser Scanning

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    Grussenmeyer, P.; Alby, E.; Landes, T.; Koehl, M.; Guillemin, S.; Hullo, J. F.; Assali, P.; Smigiel, E.

    2012-07-01

    Different approaches and tools are required in Cultural Heritage Documentation to deal with the complexity of monuments and sites. The documentation process has strongly changed in the last few years, always driven by technology. Accurate documentation is closely relied to advances of technology (imaging sensors, high speed scanning, automation in recording and processing data) for the purposes of conservation works, management, appraisal, assessment of the structural condition, archiving, publication and research (Patias et al., 2008). We want to focus in this paper on the recording aspects of cultural heritage documentation, especially the generation of geometric and photorealistic 3D models for accurate reconstruction and visualization purposes. The selected approaches are based on the combination of photogrammetric dense matching and Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) techniques. Both techniques have pros and cons and recent advances have changed the way of the recording approach. The choice of the best workflow relies on the site configuration, the performances of the sensors, and criteria as geometry, accuracy, resolution, georeferencing, texture, and of course processing time. TLS techniques (time of flight or phase shift systems) are widely used for recording large and complex objects and sites. Point cloud generation from images by dense stereo or multi-view matching can be used as an alternative or as a complementary method to TLS. Compared to TLS, the photogrammetric solution is a low cost one, as the acquisition system is limited to a high-performance digital camera and a few accessories only. Indeed, the stereo or multi-view matching process offers a cheap, flexible and accurate solution to get 3D point clouds. Moreover, the captured images might also be used for models texturing. Several software packages are available, whether web-based, open source or commercial. The main advantage of this photogrammetric or computer vision based technology is to

  5. Maar Lake Sediments in the Mediterranean: High-Resolution Archives for Tephra Recording and Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction - a Case Study From Lago Grande di Monticchio (Southern Italy)

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    Negendank, J. F.; Wulf, S.; Brauer, A.; Mingram, J.

    2001-12-01

    Maar lake deposits with sedimentation rates of one or two order of magnitude higher than marine records are excellent archives for the preservation of annual laminations (varves) and thus make available information of the past with a high temporal resolution. In the Mediterranean, such archives are known from maar and crater lakes situated within Quaternary volcanic fields of the Italian Peninsula. Because of the vicinity to high-explosive volcanoes - most of them characterised by numerous tephra producing events during the Late Quaternary - sediments of these sites additionally provide considerable potential for tephrochronological and tephrostratigraphical studies. The maar lake Lago Grande di Monticchio (Mt. Vulture, Basilicata) has turned out to be one of the most suitable sites in Europe. On the one hand, intensive sedimentological, geochemical, palynological and palaeomagnetic studies on numerous laminated sediment cores spanning the last 101 kyr have demonstrated the great potential for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. The results of these studies indicate a highly variable environment during the last glacial / interglacial cycle with numerous short and abrupt changes, that can be correlated to rapid climate changes recognized in ice-core and deep-sea records. For such comparisons independent chronologies are required. Regarding the sediment record of Lago Grande di Monticchio a varve-supported sedimentation rate chronology has been established based on the counting of annual laminations and interpolation of sedimentation rates for non-varved sections. This chronology has been confirmed by a high-resolution tephrochronology, numerous radiocarbon datings and three 40Ar/39Ar datings on prominent tephra layers. In addition to its value as a high-resolution palaeoclimatic archive, the Monticchio record has become a key position for inter-site correlation in the eastern Mediterranean. This is mainly due to the large number of intercalated tephra layers (n=344

  6. A Continuous High-Resolution Climate-Proxy Record of the past 2600 Years from the Central Sahara Desert

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    Verschuren, D.; Schuster, M.; Cocquyt, C.; Russell, J. M.; Engstrom, D. R.; Kroepelin, S.

    2004-12-01

    Persistent lack of high-quality climate-proxy records from the arid-subarid belt of North Africa has hampered analysis of decade-to-century-scale climate tele-connections between warm-temperate southern Europe and the monsoonal climate regimes of sub-Saharan tropical Africa. Here we report recovery of a finely laminated sediment record from Lake Yoa, a stratified hypersaline lake occupying a Pleistocene deflation basin at Ounianga Kebir in northeastern Chad (20.0°N; 20.5°E). It represents a continuous, annual-resolution record of climate and environmental change during the past 2600 14C years from the hyper-arid core of the Sahara desert where rainfall is erratic and annual evaporation exceeds 600 cm. Lake Yoa is one of the very few permanent waters in this region maintained today by sub-surface inflow of fossil groundwater from sandstone aquifers recharged during the early-Holocene humid period. Preliminary sedimentological, chronological and fossil-diatom data suggest that Lake Yoa has been poly- to hyper-saline throughout the sampled period, and with conditions of physical and chemical limnology similar to those prevailing today for at least the past 1000 years. Given that the desert landscape in a large area surrounding Ounianga probably lacked significant ground cover throughout this period, we surmise that variation in aeolian mineral sediment input to the lake, partly reflected in distinct sand layers, could be exploited as a proxy of past changes in the intensity of dry northeasterly trade winds over central North Africa.

  7. Surface water processes in the Indonesian Throughflow as documented by a high-resolution coral (Delta)14C record

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    Fallon, S J; Guilderson, T P

    2008-04-23

    To explore the seasonal to decadal variability in surface water masses that contribute to the Indonesian Throughflow we have generated a 115-year bi-monthly coral-based radiocarbon time-series from a coral in the Makassar Straits. In the pre-bomb (pre-1955) era from 1890 to 1954, the radiocarbon time series occasionally displays a small seasonal signal (10-15{per_thousand}). After 1954 the radiocarbon record increases rapidly, in response to the increased atmospheric {sup 14}C content caused by nuclear weapons testing. From 1957 to 1986 the record displays clear seasonal variability from 15 to 60{per_thousand} and the post-bomb peak (163 per mil) occurred in 1974. The seasonal cycle of radiocarbon can be attributed to variations of surface waters passing through South Makassar Strait. Southern Makassar is under the influence of the Northwest Monsoon, which is responsible for the high Austral summer radiocarbon (North Pacific waters) and the Southeast Monsoon that flushes back a mixture of low (South Pacific and upwelling altered) radiocarbon water from the Banda Sea. The coral record also shows a significant {sup 14}C peak in 1955 due to bomb {sup 14}C water advected into this region in the form of CaCO{sub 3} particles (this implies that the particles were advected intact and then become entrapped in the coral skeleton--is this what we really mean? Wouldn't even fine particles settle out over the inferred transit time from Bikini to MAK?) or water particles with dissolved labeled CO{sub 2} produced during fallout from the Castle tests in 1954.

  8. High resolution multi-decadal climate record of the last 1200 years in the southern Gulf of California

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    Pérez-Cruz, L.; Bautista, J. M.; Urrutia-Fucugauchi, J.

    2012-04-01

    A laminated sediment core DIPAL III-T43 from Alfonso Basin was analyzed in order to infer changes in precipitation patterns during the last 1200 years, associated with Monsoon climate. Samples were taken every centimeter and were dried and grounded. Elemental chemical concentrations were measured using an X-Ray fluorescence analyzer (Niton XL3t GOLDD). Alfonso Basin is a small depression located in the Bay of La Paz in the southwestern Gulf of California, due to its location is a sensitive recorder of climate regional variations in the Gulf and in the subtropical Pacific Ocean. Currently, climatic conditions in the Gulf are dominated by seasonal processes (monsoon climate), mainly driven by the position of Subtropical High pressure system and ITCZ. In winter during cool and dry conditions, the ITCZ is located on or below the equator in the Pacific Ocean and strong northwesterly winds dominate, with intense upwelling, promoting increases in primary productivity of surface waters. In the summer, during wet and warm conditions, ITCZ moves northward (~9°N), and southeasterly winds dominate and there is an incursion of the Pacific equatorial current into the Gulf. Local rainfall reaches a maximum and upwelling weakens, with increase terrigenous input to the basin. Age Model is based on radiocarbon AMS dating, estimated sedimentation rate is 0.61 mm/yr, and thus the time scale resolution is multi-decadal Variations in Ti and Fe downcore are used as proxies of past hydrological changes, so higher values are interpreted to reflect increase rainfall, small peninsular drainages and terrigenous input into the basin. In this context, detailed Ti and Fe records reveal important relatively higher concentrations at AD 910, 1008 and 1253, indicating an increase in precipitation. Meanwhile, low Ti and Fe concentration are recorded from AD 1549 to AD 1700 show a tendency towards reduced terrigenous input (precipitation minima) suggesting dry and cool conditions prevailing in the

  9. VGP-Paths of Extremely High-Resolution Records of the Laschamp and Mono Lake Geomagnetic Excursions in Sub-glacially Deposited Cave Sediments, W. Norway

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    Loevlie, R.; Mangerud, J.; Larsen, E.; Valen, V.

    2004-12-01

    High-amplitude variations of paleomagnetic directions retained in clay/silt-sediments deposited inside three wave abraded coastal caves have been interpreted to represent incomplete records of the Skjong (Laschamp) and Valderhaug (Mono Lake) excursions1,2,3. The clay-silt sediments deposited in calm waters during glacial periods when the caves were filled with fresh-water (lakes) dammed by advancing ice. Ages of these biologically barren sediments are constrained by C14 and U-Th dates of CaCO3 precipitates and bones of a rich fauna of birds and mammals. Differential post-depositional compaction of these these laminated (annual?) resulted in N-NW dips of 20°-40° in the Skjonghelleren cave sediments. High coercivities of remanent magnetisation (MDF: 50-70 mT) are carried by partially maghemitized magnetite, probably strained during glacier-abrasive erosion. VGP paths of the Laschamp excursion from the three caves partly overlap and define three near-equatorial clusters (90°W, 20°E and 160°E). A secular variation signal apparently prevails during the Skjong excursion (Laschamp), and It is speculated that these loops reflect genuine high-resolution records of the complex behaviour of the geomagnetic field during the development of excursions on decadal time scales. The high-resolution paleomagnetic records have been retained due to the absence of major post-depositional modification during deposition-consolidation of these temporal, sub-terranean `lakes'. 1Lovlie R. and Sandnes A., 1987. Palaeomagnetic excursions recorded in mid-Weichselian cave sediments from Skjonghelleren, Valderoy, W. Norway. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 48, 337-348. 2Valen V. Larsen E. & Mangerud J., 1995. High-resolution paleomagnetic correlation of Middle-Weichselian ice-dammed lake sediments in two coastal caves, western Norway, Boreas, 24, 141-153. 3Mangerud J., Lovlie R., Gulliksen S., Hufthammer A-K., Larsen E. & Valen V., 2003. Paleomagnetic correlations between

  10. Northern Component Water Variability Over the Past 21 kyr: High-resolution Records From Eirik and Gardar Drifts

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    Elmore, A. C.; Wright, J. D.; Neitzke, L. C.; Henderson, S.

    2007-12-01

    Northern Component Water (NCW; analogous to modern NADW) circulation has been described as bi-modal with shallow flow associated with the last glacial maximum (LGM) and a deeper current associated with the Holocene. We have generated foraminiferal stable isotope records as well as grain size records from cores collected on the Eirik and southern Gardar Drifts. Our records show that the shallow mode of NCW circulation persisted through the deglacial and into the early Holocene. Beginning around 9 ka (calendar age), the core of NCW began to descend, reaching its present position by 8 ka. This is consistent with Fagel et al. (2002) who argued that Denmark Strait overflow, which is the densest contributor to NCW, began around 8.5 ka. We note also that benthic foraminiferal oxygen isotope data from Gardar diverged from the Eirik data during the late deglacial and early Holocene, and may indicate the resumption of flow over the Iceland-Faroe Ridge and/or through the Faroe Bank Channel. Higher frequency changes in the benthic foraminiferal carbon isotopes during the late glacial through deglacial record interruptions in NCW flow. A 1 per mil decrease occurred from 18 to 16 ka. This decrease was associated with a 4-fold decrease in sedimentation rates and is interpreted as a further shoaling of NCW and influx of AABW. The start of this decrease predates the H1 event but the carbon isotope decrease continued through the H1 event, reaching minimum values at 16.3 ka. Between 16.3 and 14.0 ka, carbon isotope values fluctuated between 0 and 0.75 per mil. Sedimentation rates increased sharply to rates >25 cm/kyr, indicating that the current was actively supplying sediments with minimal winnowing. At 14 ka, carbon isotope values increased to ~1 per mil, associated with the Bolling-Allerod warming, and fluctuated about a mean of 1 per mil until the beginning of the Younger Dryas at 12.5ka. During the Younger Dryas, benthic carbon isotope values decreased by 0.5 per mil, signaling

  11. Optical coherence microscopy in 1700 nm spectral band for high-resolution label-free deep-tissue imaging

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    Yamanaka, Masahito; Teranishi, Tatsuhiro; Kawagoe, Hiroyuki; Nishizawa, Norihiko

    2016-01-01

    Optical coherence microscopy (OCM) is a label-free, high-resolution, three-dimensional (3D) imaging technique based on optical coherence tomography (OCT) and confocal microscopy. Here, we report that the 1700-nm spectral band has the great potential to improve the imaging depth in high-resolution OCM imaging of animal tissues. Recent studies to improve the imaging depth in OCT revealed that the 1700-nm spectral band is a promising choice for imaging turbid scattering tissues due to the low attenuation of light in the wavelength region. In this study, we developed high-resolution OCM by using a high-power supercontinuum source in the 1700-nm spectral band, and compared the attenuation of signal-to-noise ratio between the 1700-nm and 1300-nm OCM imaging of a mouse brain under the condition of the same sensitivity. The comparison clearly showed that the 1700-nm OCM provides larger imaging depth than the 1300-nm OCM. In this 1700-nm OCM, the lateral resolution of 1.3 μm and the axial resolution of 2.8 μm, when a refractive index was assumed to be 1.38, was achieved. PMID:27546517

  12. Optical coherence microscopy in 1700 nm spectral band for high-resolution label-free deep-tissue imaging.

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    Yamanaka, Masahito; Teranishi, Tatsuhiro; Kawagoe, Hiroyuki; Nishizawa, Norihiko

    2016-01-01

    Optical coherence microscopy (OCM) is a label-free, high-resolution, three-dimensional (3D) imaging technique based on optical coherence tomography (OCT) and confocal microscopy. Here, we report that the 1700-nm spectral band has the great potential to improve the imaging depth in high-resolution OCM imaging of animal tissues. Recent studies to improve the imaging depth in OCT revealed that the 1700-nm spectral band is a promising choice for imaging turbid scattering tissues due to the low attenuation of light in the wavelength region. In this study, we developed high-resolution OCM by using a high-power supercontinuum source in the 1700-nm spectral band, and compared the attenuation of signal-to-noise ratio between the 1700-nm and 1300-nm OCM imaging of a mouse brain under the condition of the same sensitivity. The comparison clearly showed that the 1700-nm OCM provides larger imaging depth than the 1300-nm OCM. In this 1700-nm OCM, the lateral resolution of 1.3 μm and the axial resolution of 2.8 μm, when a refractive index was assumed to be 1.38, was achieved. PMID:27546517

  13. High-Resolution, Non-Invasive Imaging of Upper Vocal Tract Articulators Compatible with Human Brain Recordings

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    Anumanchipalli, Gopala K.; Dichter, Benjamin; Chaisanguanthum, Kris S.; Johnson, Keith; Chang, Edward F.

    2016-01-01

    A complete neurobiological understanding of speech motor control requires determination of the relationship between simultaneously recorded neural activity and the kinematics of the lips, jaw, tongue, and larynx. Many speech articulators are internal to the vocal tract, and therefore simultaneously tracking the kinematics of all articulators is nontrivial—especially in the context of human electrophysiology recordings. Here, we describe a noninvasive, multi-modal imaging system to monitor vocal tract kinematics, demonstrate this system in six speakers during production of nine American English vowels, and provide new analysis of such data. Classification and regression analysis revealed considerable variability in the articulator-to-acoustic relationship across speakers. Non-negative matrix factorization extracted basis sets capturing vocal tract shapes allowing for higher vowel classification accuracy than traditional methods. Statistical speech synthesis generated speech from vocal tract measurements, and we demonstrate perceptual identification. We demonstrate the capacity to predict lip kinematics from ventral sensorimotor cortical activity. These results demonstrate a multi-modal system to non-invasively monitor articulator kinematics during speech production, describe novel analytic methods for relating kinematic data to speech acoustics, and provide the first decoding of speech kinematics from electrocorticography. These advances will be critical for understanding the cortical basis of speech production and the creation of vocal prosthetics. PMID:27019106

  14. High-Resolution, Non-Invasive Imaging of Upper Vocal Tract Articulators Compatible with Human Brain Recordings.

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    Bouchard, Kristofer E; Conant, David F; Anumanchipalli, Gopala K; Dichter, Benjamin; Chaisanguanthum, Kris S; Johnson, Keith; Chang, Edward F

    2016-01-01

    A complete neurobiological understanding of speech motor control requires determination of the relationship between simultaneously recorded neural activity and the kinematics of the lips, jaw, tongue, and larynx. Many speech articulators are internal to the vocal tract, and therefore simultaneously tracking the kinematics of all articulators is nontrivial--especially in the context of human electrophysiology recordings. Here, we describe a noninvasive, multi-modal imaging system to monitor vocal tract kinematics, demonstrate this system in six speakers during production of nine American English vowels, and provide new analysis of such data. Classification and regression analysis revealed considerable variability in the articulator-to-acoustic relationship across speakers. Non-negative matrix factorization extracted basis sets capturing vocal tract shapes allowing for higher vowel classification accuracy than traditional methods. Statistical speech synthesis generated speech from vocal tract measurements, and we demonstrate perceptual identification. We demonstrate the capacity to predict lip kinematics from ventral sensorimotor cortical activity. These results demonstrate a multi-modal system to non-invasively monitor articulator kinematics during speech production, describe novel analytic methods for relating kinematic data to speech acoustics, and provide the first decoding of speech kinematics from electrocorticography. These advances will be critical for understanding the cortical basis of speech production and the creation of vocal prosthetics. PMID:27019106

  15. Nature's crucible: Manufacturing optical nonlinearities for high resolution, high sensitivity encoding in the compound eye of the fly, Musca domestica

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    Wilcox, Mike

    1993-01-01

    The number of pixels per unit area sampling an image determines Nyquist resolution. Therefore, the highest pixel density is the goal. Unfortunately, as reduction in pixel size approaches the wavelength of light, sensitivity is lost and noise increases. Animals face the same problems and have achieved novel solutions. Emulating these solutions offers potentially unlimited sensitivity with detector size approaching the diffraction limit. Once an image is 'captured', cellular preprocessing of information allows extraction of high resolution information from the scene. Computer simulation of this system promises hyperacuity for machine vision.

  16. Nature's crucible: Manufacturing optical nonlinearities for high resolution, high sensitivity encoding in the compound eye of the fly, Musca domestica

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    Wilcox, Mike

    The number of pixels per unit area sampling an image determines Nyquist resolution. Therefore, the highest pixel density is the goal. Unfortunately, as reduction in pixel size approaches the wavelength of light, sensitivity is lost and noise increases. Animals face the same problems and have achieved novel solutions. Emulating these solutions offers potentially unlimited sensitivity with detector size approaching the diffraction limit. Once an image is 'captured', cellular preprocessing of information allows extraction of high resolution information from the scene. Computer simulation of this system promises hyperacuity for machine vision.

  17. High-Resolution Optical Imaging of Benign and Malignant Mucosa in the Upper Aerodigestive Tract: An Atlas for Image-Guided Surgery

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    Levy, Lauren L.; Vila, Peter M.; Park, Richard W.; Schwarz, Richard; Polydorides, Alexandros D.; Teng, Marita S.; Gurudutt, Vivek V.; Genden, Eric M.; Miles, Brett; Anandasabapathy, Sharmila; Gillenwater, Ann M.; Richards-Kortum, Rebecca; Sikora, Andrew G.

    2013-01-01

    Background High-resolution optical imaging provides real-time visualization of mucosa in the upper aerodigestive tract (UADT) which allows non-invasive discrimination of benign and neoplastic epithelium. The high-resolution microendoscope (HRME) utilizes a fiberoptic probe in conjunction with a tissue contrast agent to display nuclei and cellular architecture. This technology has broad potential applications to intraoperative margin detection and early cancer detection. Methods Our group has created an extensive image collection of both neoplastic and normal epithelium of the UADT. Here, we present and describe imaging characteristics of benign, dysplastic, and malignant mucosa in the oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx, and esophagus. Results There are differences in the nuclear organization and overall tissue architecture of benign and malignant mucosa which correlate with histopathologic diagnosis. Different anatomic subsites also display unique imaging characteristics. Conclusion HRME allows discrimination between benign and neoplastic mucosa, and familiarity with the characteristics of each subsite facilitates correct diagnosis. PMID:23641314

  18. High resolution Lateglacial and early-Holocene summer air temperature records from Scotland inferred from chironomid assemblages

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    Brooks, Stephen J.; Matthews, Ian P.; Birks, Hilary H.; Birks, H. John B.

    2012-05-01

    Lateglacial and early-Holocene mean July air temperatures have been reconstructed, using a chironomid-based inference model, from lake-sediment sequences from Abernethy Forest, in the eastern Highlands of Scotland, and Loch Ashik, on the Isle of Skye in north-west Scotland. Chronology for Abernethy Forest was derived from radiocarbon dates of terrestrial plant macrofossils deposited in the lake sediments. Chronology for Loch Ashik was derived from tephra layers of known ages, the first age-depth model of this kind. Chironomid-inferred temperatures peak early in the Lateglacial Interstadial and then gradually decline by about 1 °C to the beginning of the Younger Dryas (YD). At Abernethy Forest, the Lateglacial Interstadial is punctuated by three centennial-scale cold oscillations which appear to be synchronous with the Greenland Interstadial events GI-1d, when temperatures at Abernethy fell by 5.9 °C, GI-1c, when temperatures fell by 2.3 °C, and GI-1b, when temperatures fell by 2.8 °C. At Loch Ashik only the oscillation correlated with GI-1d is clearly defined, when temperatures fell by 3.8 °C. The start of the YD is clearly marked at both sites when temperatures fell by 5.5 °C at Abernethy Forest and 2.8 °C at Loch Ashik. A warming trend is apparent during the late-YD at Abernethy Forest but at Loch Ashik late-YD temperatures became very cold, possibly influenced by its close proximity to the Skye ice-field. The rapidly rising temperatures at the YD - Holocene transition occur about 300 years earlier at both sites than changes in sediment lithology and loss-on-ignition. The temperature trends at both sites are broadly similar, although between-site differences may result from the influence of local factors. Similar climate trends are found at other sites in the northern British Isles. However, the British summer temperature records differ in detail from trends in the oxygen-isotope records from the Greenland ice-cores and from other chironomid

  19. Very high resolution radiometer

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    Aronson, A. I.

    1974-01-01

    A primary sensor used in environmental and earth-resource observation, the Very High Resolution Radiometer (VHRR) was designed for use on the ITOS D series spacecraft. The VHRR provides a 0.47 mile resolution made possible with a mercury-cadmium-telluride detector cooled to approximately 105 K by a passive radiator cooler. The components of this system are described. The optical subsystem of the VHRR consists of a scanning mirror, a Dall-Kirkham telescope, a dichroic beam splitter, relay lenses, spectral filters, and an IR detector. Signal electronics amplify and condition the signals from the infrared and visible light detector. Sync generator electronics provides the necessary time signals. Scan-drive electronics is used for commutation of the motor winding, velocity, and phase control. A table lists the performance parameters of the VHRR.

  20. High resolution trace element records from the deep sea hydrocoral Stylaster venustus: Implications for stylasterids as a paleoceanographic archive

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    Aranha, R. S.; Layne, G. D.; Edinger, E.; Piercey, G.

    2009-12-01

    Stylasterids are one of the lesser known groups of deep sea corals, but appear to have potential to serve as viable geochemical archives for reconstructing temperature, salinity and nutrient regimes in the deep ocean. This group of hydrocorals are present in most, if not all of the world’s major oceans. Stylasterid species dominantly have aragonitic skeletons, with a small percentage of species having calcitic skeletons (1). A recent study on the biomineralization of a deep sea stylasterid (Errina dabneyi) has revealed that during the organism’s growth, a steady dissolution and reprecipitation of skeletal material occurs in the central canals of the skeleton. This skeletal modification likely alters the stable isotope and/or trace element profiles of these corals, making them potentially less reliable as geochemical archives, depending on the scale of sampling (2). Recent specimens of Stylaster venustus were collected in July, 2008 from the Olympic Coast National Marine sanctuary off the coast of Washington at depths of 200 - 350 m. We used a Cameca IMS 4f Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer (SIMS) to perform high spatial resolution (<25 µm) spot analyses of Sr/Ca, Mg/Ca and Na/Ca in detailed traverses across the basal cross-sections from three of these specimens. We identified the remineralized material by remnant porous texture and/or a substantially different trace element composition. Spot analyses corresponding to the remineralized material were eliminated from the dataset. In all three specimens we observed a pronounced inverse correlation (r = -0.36) of Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca profiles throughout the length of the transects . A positive correlation (r =0.46) between Na/Ca and Mg/Ca profiles was also noted in two of the specimens analyzed. These correlations strongly imply that the coral skeleton is recording either cyclical or episodic variations in temperature, with possible overprinting from other environmental variation. The exact relationship between the

  1. A new optical recording medium

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    Aronson, H.; Loiacono, G. M.

    1973-01-01

    Method has been developed for doping lithium niobiate crystals with transition metal to increase rate at which crystal can record optical data. Discovery may facilitate development of system for analog storage of TV frames, printed pages, photographs, and other visual information.

  2. Understanding Abrupt, Natural Climate Variability Post-Industrial Revolution from the Subtropical Eastern Pacific: A Novel High Resolution Alkenone-derived Sea Surface Temperature Record

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    Kelly, C. S.; O'Mara, N. A.; Herbert, T.; Abella-Gutiérrez, J. L.; Herguera, J. C.

    2015-12-01

    Despite the ocean's importance in global biogeochemical feedbacks and heat storage, there is still a paucity of decadally-resolved sea surface temperature (SST) records to complement lacustrine and dendrological records of recent paleoclimate. Natural climate variability on multidecadal timescales is dominated by internal ocean circulation dynamics and feedbacks, and it is therefore imperative to employ marine proxies to reconstruct high resolution climate change. The timescales of this ocean-induced natural climate variability can be broken down into a few characteristic climate modes. Pressing questions about these modes include their stationarity in frequency and amplitude over time, in addition to the hypothesis that anthropogenic climate change has altered their behavior in comparison to natural variability. To pursue these questions, we must discern and analyze suitable climate archives in regions where modes of interest dominate modern climate variability. The region of Baja California, Mexico exhibits exceptional teleconnection to the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO). Local, dramatic effects of ENSO and PDO on the marine biology and economy underline the importance of regional paleoclimate records from the Baja peninsula. Here, we present a high-resolution alkenone-derived SST reconstruction from the Industrial Revolution through the year 2000 by analysis of laminated box and Kasten sediment cores at Site PCM 00-78 (25.18°N, 112.66°W) in the subtropical eastern Pacific at a depth of 540 meters. Our SST record corresponds with NOAA extended reconstructed sea surface temperature, providing a robust basis for organic geochemical marine climatic reconstructions on timescales usually accessible only through speleothems, coral density bands, tree rings, and the like. Accordingly, based on this comparison to the historical data we expect our SST record may provide a more robust record of inter and multidecadal

  3. High-resolution leaf wax carbon and hydrogen isotopic record of the late Holocene paleoclimate in arid Central Asia

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    Aichner, B.; Feakins, S. J.; Lee, J. E.; Herzschuh, U.; Liu, X.

    2015-04-01

    Central Asia is located at the confluence of large-scale atmospheric circulation systems. It is thus likely to be highly susceptible to changes in the dynamics of those systems; however, little is still known about the regional paleoclimate history. Here we present carbon and hydrogen isotopic compositions of n-alkanoic acids from a late Holocene sediment core from Lake Karakuli (eastern Pamir, Xinjiang Province, China). Instrumental evidence and isotope-enabled climate model experiments with the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique Zoom model version 4 (LMDZ4) demonstrate that δ D values of precipitation in the region are influenced by both temperature and precipitation amount. We find that these parameters are inversely correlated on an annual scale, i.e., the climate has varied between relatively cool and wet and more warm and dry over the last 50 years. Since the isotopic signals of these changes are in the same direction and therefore additive, isotopes in precipitation are sensitive recorders of climatic changes in the region. Additionally, we infer that plants use year-round precipitation (including snowmelt), and thus leaf wax δ D values must also respond to shifts in the proportion of moisture derived from westerly storms during late winter and early spring. Downcore results give evidence for a gradual shift to cooler and wetter climates between 3.5 and 2.5 cal kyr BP, interrupted by a warm and dry episode between 3.0 and 2.7 kyr BP. Further cool and wet episodes occur between 1.9 and 1.5 and between 0.6 and 0.1 kyr BP, the latter coeval with the Little Ice Age. Warm and dry episodes from 2.5 to 1.9 and 1.5 to 0.6 kyr BP coincide with the Roman Warm Period and Medieval Climate Anomaly, respectively. Finally, we find a drying tend in recent decades. Regional comparisons lead us to infer that the strength and position of the westerlies, and wider northern hemispheric climate dynamics, control climatic shifts in arid Central Asia, leading to complex

  4. A Millennial Length High-Resolution Pollen, Charcoal, Diatom and Stable Isotope Record from Laguna San Carlos, Panama

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    St Jacques, J. M.; Escobar, J.; Velez, M.; Correa-Metrio, A.; Curtis, J. H.

    2014-12-01

    We report here on preliminary results from Laguna San Carlos, (8o 37' 32.44''N, 80o 03' 04.24'' W) a small, shallow (8.3 m) volcanic lake from west-central Panama, a relatively unstudied Pacific coast region that is an important location for paleo-ENSO studies. The circular lake is a closed basin lake with a gradually sloping shoreline located within a caldera. The 300 cm core was taken in 2 m of water during March 2010. The core bottom was resting upon basement granitic rock with feldspar phenocrystals. The chronology is based upon five radiocarbon dates from terrestrial plant and wood remains. Pollen and charcoal were sampled at 10 cm resolution, diatoms at 5 cm and stable isotopes at 1 cm. The pollen profile shows four distinct terrestrial vegetation units. During the Medieval Climate Anomaly (MCA), from AD 880-1485, the vegetation was sparse with high amounts of grass, Asteraceae and charcoal suggestive of grasslands with high rates of natural disturbance, including fire. With the onset of the Little Ice Age (LIA), during AD 1485-1570, the vegetation transitioned into an open dry forest characterized by Myrica and Anacardium with high seasonality in precipitation. At AD 1570, the climate became wetter as shown by the pollen typical of a moist tropical forest. This lasted until AD 1720 when a period of greater human disturbance began (as shown by increased sedimentation rates), with primary forest taxa cohabiting with grasses and secondary taxa. The first maize pollen appeared at ~AD 1700. The diatom record is dominated by a single eutrophic species, Fragilaria crotonensis; however from AD 880-1150 minor taxa such as Aulacoseira spp., indicative of increased turbulence appeared, supporting the pollen record of open canopy vegetation at this time. The sedimentary carbon/nitrogen ratio (C/N) shows that the majority of the organic remains in the lake have always come from the surrounding basin. MTM spectral analysis of percent Fragilaria crotonensis, percent carbon

  5. Interglacial Greenland aerosol deposition: comparison of continuous high resolution chemical ice core records from the Eemian and Holocene

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    Gfeller, Gideon; Bigler, Matthias; Schüpbach, Simon; Mini, Olivia; Leuenberger, Daiana; Fischer, Hubertus

    2014-05-01

    Earth's climate system has been oscillating over the last million years between cold glacials and warm interglacials, leaving the imprints of their climate states in form of isotopes variations and chemical impurities in polar ice caps. In the course of the North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling (NEEM) project, the NEEM ice core has been entirely analysed in very high depth resolution with a Continuous Flow Analysis (CFA) system for the concentrations of chemical aerosol tracers in the ice. Only in the brittle ice zone (600-1100 m depth equivalent to the time interval 3000-8000 years before present) most of the ice had to be discarded due to multifractured core material. Based on the unique reconstructed age scale to unfold the stratigraphically disturbed part from about 2200 m depth downwards (NEEM community members, Nature, 2013), we are able to present the first Greenland chemistry record over the entire last interglacial, the so called Eemian period (about 128'000 to 115'000 years ago). As the Eemian is believed to have been 4 to 8 degrees C warmer than the modern climate, it can be used as an analogue for our present warming climate and, thus, contributes to a better understanding of processes causing natural variations. By means of the chemistry records we are able to assess the natural variability of Greenland Eemian climate and gain insight in its biogeochemical state. Here, short-term variability as well as long term trends of soluble chemical impurities in the Eemian are investigated and compared with those in the Holocene. Changes of organic processes in soils and biomass burning for example are assessed through soluble ammonium and nitrate concentrations. In comparison to the Holocene, ammonium concentrations were about 25% higher during the Eemian. Nitrate, on the other hand, shows about 25% lower concentrations. Sodium concentrations, reflecting changes in sea salt aerosol, are about 35% lower during the Eemian than during the Holocene. Calcium

  6. Early Holocene variability in the Arctic Gateway - High-resolution records reflecting Atlantic Water advection and ice coverage

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    Spielhagen, Robert F.; Bauch, Henning A.; Maudrich, Martin; Not, Christelle; Telesinski, Maciej M.; Werner, Kirstin

    2015-04-01

    The Arctic Gateway between Greenland and Svalbard is the main passage for the advection of Atlantic Water to the Arctic Ocean. Water temperature and intensity of this advection largely determine the degree of ice coverage which is fed by sea ice export from the north. Supported by a maximum in insolation, the Early Holocene was a period of extraordinarily strong advection and relatively high near-surface water temperatures in the eastern Nordic Seas (cf. Risebrobakken et al., 2011, Paleoceanography v. 26). Here we present a synthesis of radiocarbon-dated records from the northern and western part of this area, reaching from the SW Greenland Sea (73°N) to the Yermak Plateau (81°N) and revealing temporal and spatial differences in the development of the so-called Holocene Thermal Maximum (HTM). In the northern part of this region, the HTM started ca. 11-10.5 ka as indicated by rapidly increasing amounts of subpolar planktic foraminifers in the sediments. In the eastern Fram Strait and on the Yermak Plateau, our records of (sub)millennial scale resolution show that the maximum influx terminated already 2,000 years later (9-8 ka). Most likely, this development went along with a N-S relocation of the sea ice margin. According to the current stratigraphic model for a core with submillennial-scale resolution from Vesterisbanken seamount (73°N) in the Greenland Sea, the timing was different there. Increasing total amounts of planktic foraminifers in the sediment indicate an early (11-10 ka) reduction in sea ice coverage also in this region. However, evidence from subpolar planktic foraminifers for maximum Atlantic Water advection is younger (9-6 ka) than in the north. Apparently, the site in the SW Greenland Sea was affected by Atlantic Water in the Greenland Gyre that decoupled from the northward flowing Norwegian Atlantic Current/Westspitsbergen Current south of the Fram Strait. Thus, in a suite of events, strong Atlantic Water advection first affected the

  7. High-resolution tracking of single-molecule diffusion in membranes by confocalized and spatially differentiated fluorescence photon stream recording.

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    Sahl, Steffen J; Leutenegger, Marcel; Hell, Stefan W; Eggeling, Christian

    2014-03-17

    The performance of a method is assessed which allows for the spatiotemporal tracking of single dye-labeled molecules during two-dimensional (2D) diffusional transits through the focal area of a modified confocal microscope. In addition to facilitating the observation of molecular diffusion paths at the shot-noise limit of bright organic emitters with spatial and temporal precisions of ∼10-20 nm and <0.5 ms, respectively, the direct access to the complete stream of detected photons is beneficial for characterizing nanoscale details such as transient pausing (binding). We discuss technical aspects of this approach, along with results from its application to measuring lipid membrane dynamics in live mammalian cells. Presented topics include a discussion of the advantages of the single-photon collection mode and instrument as well as computational considerations for the localization process. A proof-of-principle experiment shows that optical nanoscopy by stochastic single-molecule switching and position readout could be implementable in parallel with such fast molecular tracking. This would allow direct access to contextual imaging data of local cytoskeletal structural elements or localized longer-lived protein assemblies. PMID:24596277

  8. High-resolution records detect human-caused changes to the boreal forest wildfire regime in interior Alaska

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    Gaglioti, Benjamin V.; Mann, Daniel H.; Jones, Benjamin M.; Wooller, Matthew J.; Finney, Bruce P.

    2016-01-01

    Stand-replacing wildfires are a keystone disturbance in the boreal forest, and they are becoming more common as the climate warms. Paleo-fire archives from the wildland–urban interface can quantify the prehistoric fire regime and assess how both human land-use and climate change impact ecosystem dynamics. Here, we use a combination of a sedimentary charcoal record preserved in varved lake sediments (annually layered) and fire scars in living trees to document changes in local fire return intervals (FRIs) and regional fire activity over the last 500 years. Ace Lake is within the boreal forest, located near the town of Fairbanks in interior Alaska, which was settled by gold miners in AD 1902. In the 400 years before settlement, fires occurred near the lake on average every 58 years. After settlement, fires became much more frequent (average every 18  years), and background charcoal flux rates rose to four times their preindustrial levels, indicating a region-wide increase in burning. Despite this surge in burning, the preindustrial boreal forest ecosystem and permafrost in the watershed have remained intact. Although fire suppression has reduced charcoal influx since the 1950s, an aging fuel load experiencing increasingly warm summers may pose management problems for this and other boreal sites that have similar land-use and fire histories. The large human-caused fire events that we identify can be used to test how increasingly common megafires may alter ecosystem dynamics in the future.

  9. A high-resolution multi-proxy stalagmite record from Mechara, Southeastern Ethiopia: palaeohydrological implications for speleothem palaeoclimate reconstruction

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    Asrat, Asfawossen; Baker, Andy; Umer Mohammed, Mohammed; Leng, Melanie J.; van Calsteren, Peter; Smith, Claire

    2007-01-01

    An annually laminated stalagmite from Southeastern Ethiopia grew for 443+/-8 yr starting at 5023 yr BP (+/-160 yr) as determined by lamina-tuned U-Th dating. The speleothem shows three growth phases: (1) an initial phase where the stalagmite has a candlestick shape, deposited by relatively slow rate drip water; (2) a middle growth phase where laminae grow on the flanks, suggesting faster drip rates; and (3) a final growth phase where the speleothem becomes narrower owing to a decrease in drip water supply towards the end of deposition. Morphometry, annual growth rate, fluorescence index, and 234U/238U isotope ratio show marked differences between the growth phases, while 13C and 18O do not show significant variation, except within the third phase towards the top of the stalagmite, where they have higher values. The study indicates that the multiproxy approach is crucial as the different proxies respond to single climate forcing in different manners. Our results can be widely applied to speleothem studies distinguishing the relative importance of the various proxies in recording cave external (climate, hydrology) and cave internal (e.g. evaporation) processes. Copyright

  10. Development of a high-resolution record of Great Basin climate change during MIS 5, 6, and 7

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    Cross, M.; McGee, D.; Broecker, W. S.; Quade, J.; Cheng, H.; Edwards, R.

    2013-12-01

    As evinced by the cycles of the large paleolakes Lahontan and Bonneville, the currently semi-arid to arid Great Basin region of the United States has experienced significant changes in climate and water balance in the past. Although there has been substantial research concerning these changes for times around and since the last glacial maximum, relatively little is known about the region's previous climate and water balance history. There is a clear need for a long-term record for earlier glacial and interglacial periods. Here, we present some of our initial results from Lehman Cave (39.01°N, 114.22°W), a well-decorated, active cave located on the edge of the Bonneville Basin in the Great Basin National Park, for times correlating with large portions of Marine Oxygen Isotope Stages (MIS) 5, 6, and 7. We initially surveyed a suite of speleothems to obtain times and durations of growth phases to aid in choosing samples appropriate for more extensive analysis. Approximately eighty 2 to 10 mg samples with a mean 238U of 400 ppb, representing most of the major growth phases of this suite of 20 speleothems, were analyzed for preliminary uranium-thorium dates. A subset of eight of these stalagmites grew collectively over large portions of MIS 5 and 6 (an interval that includes the Little Valley lake cycle of the Bonneville Basin) as well as a substantial portion of MIS 7. This record includes several significant periods of contemporaneous growth, including: 81.5 to 103 ka, which corresponds to the interval between Dansgaard-Oeschger events 21 and 23; 204 to 207 ka; and 118 to 132 ka, an interval including the beginning of the last interglacial period and the end of Termination II and Heinrich Stadial 11. We have yet to identify growth phases between 103 to 118 ka, 134 to 137 ka, and 164 to 169 ka. Initial stable isotope results indicate a shift of approximately +3‰ δ18O and +5‰ δ13C around 131 × 2.5 ka, which agrees within error with the findings of Shakun et al

  11. Ultra-high-resolution paleoenvironmental records via direct laser-based analysis of lipid biomarkers in sediment core samples

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    Wörmer, Lars; Elvert, Marcus; Fuchser, Jens; Lipp, Julius Sebastian; Buttigieg, Pier Luigi; Zabel, Matthias; Hinrichs, Kai-Uwe

    2014-01-01

    Marine microorganisms adapt to their habitat by structural modification of their membrane lipids. This concept is the basis of numerous molecular proxies used for paleoenvironmental reconstruction. Archaeal tetraether lipids from ubiquitous marine planktonic archaea are particularly abundant, well preserved in the sedimentary record and used in several molecular proxies. We here introduce the direct, extraction-free analysis of these compounds in intact sediment core sections using laser desorption ionization (LDI) coupled to Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTICR-MS). LDI FTICR-MS can detect the target lipids in single submillimeter-sized spots on sediment sections, equivalent to a sample mass in the nanogram range, and could thus pave the way for biomarker-based reconstruction of past environments and ecosystems at subannual to decadal resolution. We demonstrate that ratios of selected archaeal tetraethers acquired by LDI FTICR-MS are highly correlated with values obtained by conventional liquid chromatography/MS protocols. The ratio of the major archaeal lipids, caldarchaeol and crenarchaeol, analyzed in a 6.2-cm intact section of Mediterranean sapropel S1 at 250-µm resolution (∼4-y temporal resolution), provides an unprecedented view of the fine-scale patchiness of sedimentary biomarker distributions and the processes involved in proxy signal formation. Temporal variations of this lipid ratio indicate a strong influence of the ∼200-y de Vries solar cycle on reconstructed sea surface temperatures with possible amplitudes of several degrees, and suggest signal amplification by a complex interplay of ecological and environmental factors. Laser-based biomarker analysis of geological samples has the potential to revolutionize molecular stratigraphic studies of paleoenvironments. PMID:25331871

  12. Coupled high-resolution marine and terrestrial records of carbon and hydrologic cycles variations during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM)

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    Tipple, Brett J.; Pagani, Mark; Krishnan, Srinath; Dirghangi, Sitindra S.; Galeotti, Simone; Agnini, Claudia; Giusberti, Luca; Rio, Domenico

    2011-11-01

    The Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum is characterized by a massive perturbation of the global carbon cycle reflected in a large, negative carbon isotope excursion associated with rapid global warming and changes in the hydrologic system. The magnitude of the carbon isotope excursion from terrestrial carbonates and organic carbon is generally larger relative to marine carbonates. However, high-resolution marine and terrestrial isotopic records from the same locality for direct comparison are limited. Here we present coupled carbon isotope records from terrestrial biomarkers (δ 13C n-alkane ), marine bulk carbonates (δ 13C carbonate), and bulk organic carbon (δ 13C organic) from the continuous sedimentary record of the Forada section in northern Italy in order to evaluate the magnitude and phase relationships between terrestrial and marine environments. Consistent with previous reports, we find that the carbon isotope excursion established from δ 13C n-alkane values is more negative than those established from δ 13C carbonate and δ 13C organic values. In contrast to the majority of PETM records, all Forada δ 13C records show a sharp 13C-enrichment immediately following the onset of the carbon isotope excursion. Further, the terrestrial δ 13C n-alkane record lags δ 13C carbonate/δ 13C organic trends by ~ 4-5 kyr—offsets that reflect the long residence time of soil organic carbon. Hydrogen isotope records from higher-plant leaf waxes (δD n-alkane ) and sea-surface temperatures (TEX 86) were established to assess hydrologic and ocean temperature trends. We find δD n-alkane values trend more positive, associated with higher temperatures prior to the onset of the carbon isotope excursion, and conclude that regional changes in the hydrologic cycle likely occurred before the onset of the carbon isotope anomaly.

  13. The Optical Spectrum of SrOH Re-Visited Zeeman Effect, High-Resolution Spectroscopy and Franck-Condon Factors.

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    Nguyen, Trung; Kokkin, Damian L.; Steimle, Timothy; Kozyryev, Ivan; Doyle, John M.

    2015-06-01

    Motivated by a diverse range of applications in physics and chemistry, currently there is great interest in the cooling of molecules to very low temperatures (≤1 mK). Direct laser cooling has been previously demonstrated for the diatomic radicals SrF, YO, and CaF, and most recently a three-dimensional magneto-optical trap (MOT) of SrF molecules was achieved. To determine the possibility of laser cooling for polyatomic molecules containing three or more atoms, detailed information is required about their Franck-Condon factors (FCFs) for emission from the excited states of interest. Here we report on the high-resolution laser excitation spectra, recorded field-free and in the presence of a static magnetic field, and on the dispersed fluorescence (DF) spectra for the A^2Π1/2 ← X^2σ^+ and B^2σ^+ ← X ^2σ^+ electronic transitions of SrOH. The DF spectra were analyzed to precisely determine FCFs and compared with values predicted using a normal coordinate GF matrix approach. The recorded Zeeman spectra were analyzed to determine the magnetic moments. Implication for proposed laser cooling and trapping experiments for SrOH will be presented. E.S. Shuman, J.F. Barry and D. DeMille, Nature 467, 820 (2010) J.F. Barry, E.S. Shuman, E.B. Norrgard and D. DeMille, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 103002 (2012) M.T. Hummon, M. Yeo, B.K. Stuhl, A.L. Collopy, Y. Xia, and J. Ye, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 143001 (2013) M. Yeo, M.T. Hummon, A.L. Collopy, B. Yan, B. Hemmerling, E. Chae, J.M. Doyle, and J. Ye, arXiv:1501.04683 (2015) V. Zhelyazkova, A. Cournol, T.E. Wall, A. Matsushima, J.J. Hudson, E.A. Hinds, M.R. Tarbutt, and B.E. Sauer, Phys. Rev. A 89, 053416 (2014) J.F. Barry, D.J. McCarron, E.B. Norrgard, M.H. Steinecker and D. DeMille, Nature 512, 286 (2014) D.J. McCarron, E.B. Norrgard, M.H. Steinecker and D. DeMille, arXiv:1412.8220 (2014)

  14. A high-resolution record of Holocene millennial-scale oscillations of surface water, foraminiferal paleoecology and sediment redox chemistry in the SE Brazilian margin

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    Dias, B. B.; Barbosa, C. F.; Albuquerque, A. L.; Piotrowski, A. M.

    2014-12-01

    Holocene millennial-scale oscillations and Bond Events (Bond et al. 1997) are well reported in the North Atlantic as consequence of fresh water input and weaking of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC). It has been hypothesized that the effect of weaking of AMOC would lead to warming in the South Atlantic due to "heat piracy", causing surface waters to warm and a reorganization of surface circulation. There are few reconstructions of AMOC strength in the South Atlantic, and none with a high resolution Holocene record of changes of productivity and the biological pump. We reconstruct past changes in the surface water mass hydrography, productivity, and sediment redox changes in high-resolution in the core KCF10-01B, located 128 mbsl water depth off Cabo Frio, Brazil, a location where upwelling is strongly linked to surface ocean hydrography. We use Benthic Foraminiferal Accumulation Rate (BFAR) to reconstruct productivity, which reveals a 1.3kyr cyclicity during the mid- and late-Holocene. The geochemistry of trace and rare earth elements on foraminiferal Fe-Mn oxide coatings show changes in redox-sensitive elements indicating that during periods of high productivity there were more reducing conditions in sediment porewaters, producing a Ce anomaly and reduction and re-precipitation of Mn oxides. Bond events 1-7 were identified by a productivity increase along with reducing sediment conditions which was likely caused by Brazil Current displacement offshore allowing upwelling of the nutritive bottom water South Atlantic Central Waters (SACW) to the euphotic zone and a stronger local biological pump. In a global context, correlation with other records show that this occurred during weakened AMOC and southward displacement of the ITCZ. We conclude that Bond climatic events and millennial-scale variability of AMOC caused sea surface hydrographic changes off the Brazilian Margin leading to biological and geochemical changes recorded in coastal records

  15. A high-resolution geochemical record from Lake Edward, Uganda Congo and the timing and causes of tropical African drought during the late Holocene

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    Russell, James M.; Johnson, Thomas C.

    2005-07-01

    High-resolution analyses of the elemental composition of calcite and biogenic silica (BSi) content in piston cores from Lake Edward, equatorial Africa, document complex interactions between climate variability and lacustrine geochemistry over the past 5400 years. Correlation of these records from Lake Edward to other climatically-forced geochemical and lake level records from Lakes Naivasha, Tanganyika, and Turkana allows us to develop a chronology of drought events in equatorial East Africa during the late Holocene. Major drought events of at least century-scale duration are recorded in lacustrine records at about 850, 1500, ˜2000, and 4100 cal year BP. Of these, the most severe event occurred between about 2050 and 1850 cal year BP, during which time Lake Edward stood about 15 m below its present level. Numerous additional droughts of less intensity and/or duration are present in the Lake Edward record, some of which may be correlated to other lacustrine climate records from equatorial East Africa. These events are superimposed on a long-term trend of increasingly arid conditions from 5400 to about 2000 cal year BP, followed by a shift toward wetter climates that may have resulted from an intensification of the winter Indian monsoon. Although the causes of decade- to century-scale climate variability in the East African tropics remain obscure, time-series spectral analysis suggests no direct linkage between solar output and regional rainfall. Rather, significant periods of ˜725, ˜125, 63-72, 31-25, and 19-16 years suggest a tight linkage between the Indian Ocean and African rainfall, and could result from coupled ocean-atmosphere variability inherent to the tropical monsoon system.

  16. Punctuated evolution of global climate cooling during the late middle to early late Miocene: High-resolution planktonic foraminiferal and oxygen isotope records from the Mediterranean

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    Turco, E.; Hilgen, F. J.; Lourens, L. J.; Shackleton, N. J.; Zachariasse, W. J.

    High-resolution planktonic foraminiferal and oxygen isotope records are presented from a Mediterranean deep marine succession, dated astronomically between 12.12 and 9.78 Ma. Planktonic and benthic oxygen isotope records are punctuated by two episodes of δ18O increase, which have astronomical ages of 11.4 and 10.4 Ma and correspond to the Mi5 and Mi6 events of Miller et al. [1991a]. These ice growth events coincide with low-amplitude variations in the 1.2 Myr obliquity cycle and are accompanied by significant faunal changes in the Mediterranean, such as the arrival of neogloboquadrinids, the increase in abundance of the G. apertura-G. obliquus group, and the areal differentiation between N. atlantica and N. acostaensis. Short-term variations in the planktonic foraminiferal and oxygen isotope records correspond to dominantly precession-controlled sedimentary cycles. Features of the sapropel/gray marl layers indicate that the short-term astronomically controlled circum-Mediterranean climate changes remained basically the same over the last 12 Myr.

  17. Multi-illumination Gabor holography recorded in a single camera snap-shot for high-resolution phase retrieval in digital in-line holographic microscopy

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    Sanz, Martin; Picazo-Bueno, Jose A.; Garcia, Javier; Micó, Vicente

    2015-05-01

    In this contribution we introduce MISHELF microscopy, a new concept and design of a lensless holographic microscope based on wavelength multiplexing, single hologram acquisition and digital image processing. The technique which name comes from Multi-Illumination Single-Holographic-Exposure Lensless Fresnel microscopy, is based on the simultaneous illumination and recording of three diffraction patterns in the Fresnel domain. In combination with a novel and fast iterative phase retrieval algorithm, MISHELF microscopy is capable of high-resolution (micron range) phase-retrieved (twin image elimination) biological imaging of dynamic events (video rate recording speed) since it avoids the time multiplexing needed for the in-line hologram sequence recording when using conventional phase-shifting or phase retrieval algorithms. MISHELF microscopy is validated using two different experimental layouts: one using RGB illumination and detection schemes and another using IRRB as illumination while keeping the RGB color camera as detection device. Preliminary experimental results are provided for both experimental layouts using a synthetic object (USAF resolution test target).

  18. Rewriteable optical disk recorder development

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    Shull, Thomas A.; Rinsland, Pamela L.

    1991-01-01

    A NASA program to develop a high performance (high rate, high capability) rewriteable optical disk recorder for spaceflight applications is presented. An expandable, adaptable system concept is proposed based on disk Drive modules and a modular Controller. Drive performance goals are 10 gigabyte capacity are up to 1.8 gigabits per second rate with concurrent I/O, synchronous data transfer, and 2 to 5 years operating life in orbit. Technology developments, design concepts, current status, and future plans are presented.

  19. A high-resolution Sr/Ca and [delta][sup 18]O coral record from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, and the 1982-1983 El Nino

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    McCulloch, M.T.; Gagan, M.K.; Mortimer, G.E.; Chivas, A.R. ); Isdale, P.J. )

    1994-06-01

    A high-resolution (near weekly) Sr/Ca and oxygen isotopic record is presented for a coral from the Pandora Reef in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) of Australia during the period of 1978 to 1984. The records are well correlated except for periods of high rainfall when river runoff has significantly modified the [delta][sup 18]O value of seawater. Using the Sr/Ca temperature calibration of De Villiers et al., the Sr/Ca records exhibit seasonally controlled cyclical SST (sea surface temperature) variations of from [approximately] 21 to [approximately] 28[degrees]C. During the very strong El Nino of 1982-1983, the Sr/CA systematics indicate a sharp drop in the winter SST to [approximately] 18.5[degrees]C. This represents a temperature anomaly of -3[degrees]C which is approximately twice that given by the [delta][sup 18]O variations, suggesting an [approximately] x2 amplification of the anomaly by the Sr/Ca system, possibly due to the increasing dominance of inorganically controlled aragonite-seawater fractionation. The oxygen isotope systematics show the combined effects of both temperature and changing seawater [delta][sup 18]O values, the latter reflecting the influx of [sup 18]O-depleted runoff during periods of high rainfall. Due to the extremely low ([approximately] 10[sup [minus]3]) Sr and Ca contents of river runoff relative to seawater, it is possible to use the Sr/Ca thermometer to calculate temperatures independent of major floods and hence deconvolve the combined effects in the oxygen isotopic record of variable temperature and the [delta][sup 18]O value of seawater. Using this approach it is possible to quantitatively reproduce the volume of runoff from the Burdekin River during the periods of major flooding that occurred in early 1979 and 1981. The results of this study demonstrate that the combined use of high-resolution Sr/Ca and [delta][sup 18]O systematics in scleractinian corals is a powerful tool for providing quantitative constraints on past climate.

  20. Radio frequency phototube and optical clock: High resolution, high rate and highly stable single photon timing technique

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    Margaryan, Amur

    2011-10-01

    A new timing technique for single photons based on the radio frequency phototube and optical clock or femtosecond optical frequency comb generator is proposed. The technique has a 20 ps resolution for single photons, is capable of operating with MHz frequencies and achieving 10 fs instability level.

  1. Three very high resolution optical images for land use mapping of a suburban catchment: input to distributed hydrological models

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    Jacqueminet, Christine; Kermadi, Saïda; Michel, Kristell; Jankowfsky, Sonja; Braud, Isabelle; Branger, Flora; Beal, David; Gagnage, Matthieu

    2010-05-01

    Keywords : land cover mapping, very high resolution, remote sensing processing techniques, object oriented approach, distributed hydrological model, peri-urban area Urbanization and other modifications of land use affect the hydrological cycle of suburban catchments. In order to quantify these impacts, the AVuPUR project (Assessing the Vulnerability of Peri-Urban Rivers) is currently developing a distributed hydrological model that includes anthropogenic features. The case study is the Yzeron catchment (150 km²), located close to Lyon city, France. This catchment experiences a growing of urbanization and a modification of traditional land use since the middle of the 20th century, resulting in an increase of flooding, water pollution and river banks erosion. This contribution discusses the potentials of automated data processing techniques on three different VHR images, in order to produce appropriate and detailed land cover data for the models. Of particular interest is the identification of impermeable surfaces (buildings, roads, and parking places) and permeable surfaces (forest areas, agricultural fields, gardens, trees…) within the catchment, because their infiltration capacity and their impact on runoff generation are different. Three aerial and spatial images were acquired: (1) BD Ortho IGN aerial images, 0.50 m resolution, visible bands, may 5th 2008; (2) QuickBird satellite image, 2.44 m resolution, visible and near-infrared bands, august 29th 2008; (3) Spot satellite image, 2.50 m resolution, visible and near-infrared bands, September 22nd 2008. From these images, we developed three image processing methods: (1) a pixel-based method associated to a segmentation using Matlab®, (2) a pixel-based method using ENVI®, (3) an object-based classification using Definiens®. We extracted six land cover types from the BD Ortho IGN (visible bands) and height classes from the satellite images (visible and near infrared bands). The three classified images are

  2. Analysis of cirrus optical properties with data from NASA ER2 High-resolution Interferometer Sounder (HIS)

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    Smith, William L.; Ackerman, Steven A.

    1990-01-01

    The 8 to 13 micron spectral region is an important atmospheric window for radiometric studies of the Earth's surface and clouds. Most of the Earth-atmosphere longwave radiative loss to space occurs in this spectral region. Selective gaseous absorption in this window occurs in the 9.6 micron ozone band with the remaining absorption dominated by the water vapor continuum. Cirrus clouds have a large impact on the transmittance of this atmospheric window region; it is therefore important to understand the interaction of cirrus cloud with the radiation field for climate studies and in the interpretation of satellite radiometric measurements. The focus was to employ observations of the High-resolution Interferometer Sounder (HIS) made during First ISCCP Regional Experiment (FIRE) to improve the understanding of the radiative properties of cirrus clouds within this window region. Studies were undertaken to investigate the coupling between the microphysical properties of cirrus clouds and their spectral variation within this window region. Extensions of the HIS studies to satellite measurements, with regards to remote sensing and interpretation, were also investigated.

  3. UV-laser microdissection system - A novel approach for the preparation of high-resolution stable isotope records (δ13C/δ18O) from tree rings

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    Schollaen, Karina; Helle, Gerhard

    2013-04-01

    Intra-annual stable isotope (δ13C and δ18O) studies of tree rings at various incremental resolutions have been attempting to extract valuable seasonal climatic and environmental information or assessing plant ecophysiological processes. For preparing high-resolution isotope samples normally wood segments or cores are mechanically divided in radial direction or cut in tangential direction. After mechanical dissection, wood samples are ground to a fine powder and either cellulose is extracted or bulk wood samples are analyzed. Here, we present a novel approach for the preparation of high-resolution stable isotope records from tree rings using an UV-laser microdissection system. Firstly, tree-ring cellulose is directly extracted from wholewood cross-sections largely leaving the wood anatomical structure intact and saving time as compared to the classical procedure. Secondly, micro-samples from cellulose cross-sections are dissected with an UV-Laser dissection microscope. Tissues of interest from cellulose cross-sections are identified and marked precisely with a screen-pen and dissected via an UV-laser beam. Dissected cellulose segments were automatically collected in capsules and are prepared for stable isotope (δ13C and δ18O) analysis. The new techniques facilitate inter- and intra-annual isotope analysis on tree-ring and open various possibilities for comparisons with wood anatomy in plant eco-physiological studies. We describe the design and the handling of this novel methodology and discuss advantages and constraints given by the example of intra-annual oxygen isotope analysis on tropical trees.

  4. A novel method to retrieve Aerosol Optical Thickness from high-resolution optical satellite images using an extended version of the Haze Optimized Transform (HOTBAR)

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    Wilson, Robin; Milton, Edward; Nield, Joanna

    2016-04-01

    Aerosol Optical Thickness (AOT) data has many important applications including atmospheric correction of satellite imagery and monitoring of particulate matter air pollution. Current data products are generally available at a kilometre-scale resolution, but many applications require far higher resolutions. For example, particulate matter concentrations vary on a metre-scale, and thus data products at a similar scale are required to provide accurate assessments of particle densities and allow effective monitoring of air quality and analysis of local air quality effects on health. A novel method has been developed which retrieves per-pixel AOT values from high-resolution (~30m) satellite data. This method is designed to work over a wide range of land covers - including both bright and dark surfaces - and requires only standard visible and near-infrared data, making it applicable to a range of data from sensors such as Landsat, SPOT and Sentinel-2. The method is based upon an extension of the Haze Optimized Transform (HOT). The HOT was originally designed for assessing areas of thick haze in satellite imagery by calculating a 'haziness' value for each pixel in an image as the distance from a 'Clear Line' in feature space, defined by the high correlation between visible bands. Here, we adapt the HOT method and use it to provide AOT data instead. Significant extensions include Monte Carlo estimation of the 'Clear Line', object-based correction for land cover, and estimation of AOT from the haziness values through radiative transfer modelling. This novel method will enable many new applications of AOT data that were impossible with previously available low-resolution data, and has the potential to contribute significantly to our understanding of the air quality on health, the accuracy of satellite image atmospheric correction and the role of aerosols in the climate system.

  5. High-resolution Late Pleistocene paleomagnetic secular variation record from Laguna Potrok Aike, Southern Patagonia (Argentina): preliminary results from the ICDP-PASADO drilling

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    Lisé-Pronovost, Agathe; St-Onge, Guillaume; Haberzettl, Torsten; Pasado Science Team

    2010-05-01

    High-resolution paleomagnetic reconstructions from sedimentary sequences are scarce in the Southern Hemisphere. Therefore, the millennial- to centennial-scale variability of the geomagnetic field is under-represented in the Southern Hemisphere relative to the Northern Hemisphere and the possible global nature of that variability cannot be assessed. Here we present the first high-resolution Late Pleistocene paleomagnetic secular variation (PSV) reconstruction from the continental archive Laguna Potrok Aike south of 42°S in South America. Laguna Potrok Aike (51°58'S, 70°23'W) is a maar lake located in the Pali Aike Volcanic Field in southern Patagonia (Argentina). Previous studies revealed very high Holocene sedimentation rates (> 100 cm/ka) in the center of the lake. During the austral spring 2008, the multi-national Potrok Aike maar lake Sediment Archive Drilling prOject (PASADO) science team drilled two ~100 m holes under the framework of the International Continental scientific Drilling Program (ICDP). A preliminary Holocene age model based on comparison of magnetic susceptibility data from the PASADO core with the well-dated (radiocarbon- and tephra-based chronology) core located nearby in the center of the lake (PTA03-12) indicates a continuous deposition of ~19 m of lacustrine sediments since the last 16 ka cal. BP. Hysteresis measurements using an alternating gradient force magnetometer indicate a magnetic assemblage dominated by magnetite grains in the pseudo-single domain range. Principal component analysis (PCA) inclination and declination profiles were constructed from the stepwise alternating field demagnetization of the natural remanent magnetization (NRM) measured on u-channels at 1 cm intervals using a 2G Enterprises cryogenic magnetometer. The PCA inclinations vary around the expected geocentric axial dipole (GAD) inclination for the latitude of the coring site and the maximum angular deviation (MAD) values are generally lower than 5°, indicating

  6. A High-Resolution Stalagmite Holocene Paleoclimate Record from Northern Venezuela with Insights into the Timing and Duration of the 8.2 ka Event

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    Retrum, J. B.; Gonzalez, L. A.; Edwards, R.; Cheng, H.; Tincher, S. M.; Urbani, F.

    2013-12-01

    , also suggested by Brazilian speleothem records that show trends that anti-correlate with Cueva Zarraga. The Cariaco Basin and Cueva Zarraga records show similar trends. The close proximity of Cueva Zarraga to Cariaco Basin may allow for a high-resolution tropical terrestrial and oceanic climatic response comparison.

  7. Detection and monitoring of early airway injury effects of half-mustard (2-chloroethylethylsulfide) exposure using high-resolution optical coherence tomography

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    Kreuter, Kelly A.; Mahon, Sari B.; Mukai, David S.; Su, Jianping; Jung, Woong-Gyu; Narula, Navneet; Guo, Shuguang; Wakida, Nicole; Raub, Chris; Berns, Michael W.; George, Steven C.; Chen, Zhongping; Brenner, Matthew

    2009-07-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a noninvasive, high-resolution imaging technology capable of delivering real-time, near-histologic images of tissues. Mustard gas is a vesicant-blistering agent that can cause severe and lethal damage to airway and lungs. The ability to detect and assess airway injury in the clinical setting of mustard exposure is currently limited. The purpose of this study is to assess the ability to detect and monitor progression of half-mustard [2-chloroethylethylsulfide (CEES)] airway injuries with OCT techniques. A ventilated rabbit mustard exposure airway injury model is developed. A flexible fiber optic OCT probe is introduced into the distal trachea to image airway epithelium and mucosa in vivo. Progression of airway injury is observed over eight hours with OCT using a prototype time-domain superluminescent diode OCT system. OCT tracheal images from CEES exposed animals are compared to control rabbits for airway mucosal thickening and other changes. OCT detects the early occurrence and progression of dramatic changes in the experimental group after exposure to CEES. Histology and immunofluorescence staining confirms this finding. OCT has the potential to be a high resolution imaging modality capable of detecting, assessing, and monitoring treatment for airway injury following mustard vesicant agent exposures.

  8. Detection and monitoring of early airway injury effects of half-mustard (2-chloroethylethylsulfide) exposure using high-resolution optical coherence tomography

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    Kreuter, Kelly A.; Mahon, Sari B.; Mukai, David S.; Su, Jianping; Jung, Woong-Gyu; Narula, Navneet; Guo, Shuguang; Wakida, Nicole; Raub, Chris; Berns, Michael W.; George, Steven C.; Chen, Zhongping; Brenner, Matthew

    2009-01-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive, high-resolution imaging technology capable of delivering real-time, near-histologic images of tissues. Mustard gas is a vesicant-blistering agent that can cause severe and lethal damage to airway and lungs. The ability to detect and assess airway injury in the clinical setting of mustard exposure is currently limited. The purpose of this study is to assess the ability to detect and monitor progression of half-mustard [2-chloroethylethylsulfide (CEES)] airway injuries with OCT techniques. A ventilated rabbit mustard exposure airway injury model is developed. A flexible fiber optic OCT probe is introduced into the distal trachea to image airway epithelium and mucosa in vivo. Progression of airway injury is observed over eight hours with OCT using a prototype time-domain superluminescent diode OCT system. OCT tracheal images from CEES exposed animals are compared to control rabbits for airway mucosal thickening and other changes. OCT detects the early occurrence and progression of dramatic changes in the experimental group after exposure to CEES. Histology and immunofluorescence staining confirms this finding. OCT has the potential to be a high resolution imaging modality capable of detecting, assessing, and monitoring treatment for airway injury following mustard vesicant agent exposures. PMID:19725748

  9. Oxygen isotope records from semi-tropical trees as high-resolution indicators of recent climate change, from South Florida to Brazil

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    Anderson, W. T.; Evans, S. L.; Pinzon, M. C.; Grissino-Mayer, H. D.

    2002-12-01

    The development of new proxy climate records and approaches that allow for investigation and comparison of widespread regions, will enhance the global understanding of past climate change through better correlations of significant events among different locations. Trees with a global distribution ranging from the tropics to the subarctic are an ideal medium from which to develop high-resolution isotopic records equivalent to those from ice cores and varved lake sequences. Here we present the results of several projects which focus on the oxygen isotopic analysis of tree rings from semi-tropical trees. Typically trees in tropical hardwood hammocks lack the rings necessary for proper dendrochronology. However, in semi-tropical ecosystems where strong seasonality between wet and dry seasons occur, certain species do form annual rings. The species we used are Pinus elliottii from the Florida Keys, and Araucaria angustifolia from southeastern Brazil. Each species has distinct rings, although the chronologies are complicated by the presence of false rings. The analyses completed on the chronologies presented indicate it is possible to reconstruct the oxygen isotopic composition of the precipitation these trees where using over the last century.

  10. Compatibility of glass-guided recording microelectrodes in the brain stem of squirrel monkeys with high-resolution 3D MRI.

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    Tammer, R; Ehrenreich, L; Boretius, S; Watanabe, T; Frahm, J; Michaelis, T

    2006-06-15

    Knowledge of the precise position of recording microelectrodes within the brain of a non-human primate is essential for a reliable exploration of very small anatomic structures. This work demonstrates the compatibility of a newly developed glass-guided microelectrode design and microfeed equipment with high-resolution 3D magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). T1- and T2-weighted images allow for the non-invasive visualization of chronically implanted microelectrodes within the brain stem of squirrel monkeys in vivo. Neural extracellular multi-unit recordings proved the functionality of the microelectrode before and after the use of 3D MRI suggesting the preservation of normal brain tissue at the tip of the electrode. Because histology confirmed the absence of lesions attributable to MRI, the approach offers an interactive monitoring during the course of neuroethological experiments. Consequently, MRI may become an in vivo alternative to common histological post mortem verifications of electrode tracks and hence may avoid the early sacrificing of primates after only a small number of experiments. PMID:16343640

  11. A high-resolution mid-Pleistocene temperature record from Arctic Lake El'gygytgyn: a 50 kyr super interglacial from MIS 33 to MIS 31?

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    de Wet, Gregory A.; Castañeda, Isla S.; DeConto, Robert M.; Brigham-Grette, Julie

    2016-02-01

    Previous periods of extreme warmth in Earth's history are of great interest in light of current and predicted anthropogenic warming. Numerous so called "super interglacial" intervals, with summer temperatures significantly warmer than today, have been identified in the 3.6 million year (Ma) sediment record from Lake El'gygytgyn, northeast Russia. To date, however, a high-resolution paleotemperature reconstruction from any of these super interglacials is lacking. Here we present a paleotemperature reconstruction based on branched glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers (brGDGTs) from Marine Isotope Stages (MIS) 35 to MIS 29, including super interglacial MIS 31. To investigate this period in detail, samples were analyzed with an unprecedented average sample resolution of 500 yrs from MIS 33 to MIS 30. Our results suggest the entire period currently defined as MIS 33-31 (∼1114-1062 kyr BP) was characterized by generally warm and highly variable conditions at the lake, at times out of phase with Northern Hemisphere summer insolation, and that cold "glacial" conditions during MIS 32 lasted only a few thousand years. Close similarities are seen with coeval records from high southern latitudes, supporting the suggestion that the interval from MIS 33 to MIS 31 was an exceptionally long interglacial (Teitler et al., 2015). Based on brGDGT temperatures from Lake El'gygytgyn (this study and unpublished results), warming in the western Arctic during MIS 31 was matched only by MIS 11 during the Pleistocene.

  12. Improved astronomical age constraints for the middle Miocene climate transition based on high-resolution stable isotope records from the central Mediterranean Maltese Islands

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    Mourik, Anja A.; Abels, Hemmo A.; Hilgen, Frederik J.; Di Stefano, Agata; Zachariasse, Willem Jan

    2011-03-01

    Marine outcrops of the Globigerina Limestone and Blue Clay formations on the Maltese Islands in the central Mediterranean document the middle Miocene climate transition between ˜15 and 13.5 million years ago. Here high-resolution benthic and planktic oxygen isotope records have been constructed for this enigmatic interval in Cenozoic climate evolution. Detailed biostratigraphic correlations to the astronomically tuned La Vedova section in northern Italy allow revision of the tuning of the Blue Clay Formation, constraining the age of the sediments directly above the formation boundary and hence the Mi-3b oxygen isotope event and Serravallian Global Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP). Biostratigraphic age control and cyclic patterns in the benthic carbon isotope record further lead to an astronomically-tuned age model for the Upper Member of the Globigerina Limestone Formation. Start of sedimentation of the Upper Globigerina Limestone is dated at ˜14.95 Ma, and the oldest Blue Clay sediments have a revised astronomical age of 13.76 ± 0.02 Ma. Our data indicates that a hiatus between 13.95 and 13.76 Ma cannot be excluded and could have implications for the Serravallian GSSP currently defined in this section. The global middle Miocene cooling is reflected in the benthic oxygen isotope record, showing a ˜0.6‰ increase (Mi-3b) between ˜13.95 and 13.76 Ma. A divergence between the planktic and benthic oxygen and carbon isotope records after 13.76 Ma could point to a decrease in ventilation, possibly related to increased fresh water influx after the climate transition.

  13. Reconstructing Changes in Deep Ocean Temperature and Global Carbon Cycle during the Early Eocene Warming Trend: High-Resolution Benthic Stable Isotope Records from the SE Atlantic.

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    Lauretano, V.; Zachos, J. C.; Lourens, L. J.

    2014-12-01

    From the late Paleocene to the early Eocene, Earth's surface temperatures generally rose, resulting in an increase of at least 5°C in the deep ocean and culminating in the Early Eocene Climatic Optimum (EECO). This long-term warming was punctuated by a series of short-lived global warming events known as "hyperthermals", of which the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) represents the most extreme example. At least two other short-term episodes have been identified as hyperthermals: the ETM2 (or Elmo event) at about 53.7 Myr and the ETM3 (or X-event) at about 52.5 Myr. These transient events are marked by prominent carbon isotope excursions (CIEs), recorded in marine and continental sedimentary sequences and driven by fast and massive injections of 13C-depleted carbon into the ocean-atmosphere system. Recently, evidence has indicated the presence of a regular series of hyperthermal events following the peak in temperatures of the EECO. However, continuous records are needed to investigate short- and long- term changes in the climate system throughout the Early Eocene warming trend. Here, we present new high-resolution benthic stable isotope records of the Early Eocene from ODP Site 1263, (Walvis Ridge, SE Atlantic). The carbon and oxygen records document changes in deep-sea temperature and global carbon cycle encompassing the Early Eocene hyperthermal events and the EECO interval. The transition phase to the post-EECO events is distinct by the decoupling of carbon and oxygen isotopes on the long-term scale. Spectral and wavelet analyses suggest the influence of orbital forcing, specifically long and short eccentricity cycles.

  14. The Olorgesailie Drilling Project (ODP): a high-resolution drill core record from a hominin site in the East African Rift Valley

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    Dommain, R.; Potts, R.; Behrensmeyer, A. K.; Deino, A. L.

    2014-12-01

    The East African rift valley contains an outstanding record of hominin fossils that document human evolution over the Plio-Pleistocene when the global and regional climate and the rift valley itself changed markedly. The sediments of fossil localities typically provide, however, only short time windows into past climatic and environmental conditions. Continuous, long-term terrestrial records are now becoming available through core drilling to help elucidate the paleoenvironmental context of human evolution. Here we present a 500,000 year long high-resolution drill core record obtained from a key fossil and archeological site - the Olorgesailie Basin in the southern Kenya Rift Valley, well known for its sequence of archeological and faunal sites for the past 1.2 million years. In 2012 two drill cores (54 and 166 m long) were collected in the Koora Plain just south of Mt. Olorgesailie as part of the Olorgesailie Drilling Project (ODP) to establish a detailed climate and ecological record associated with the last evidence of Homo erectus in Africa, the oldest transition of Acheulean to Middle Stone Age technology, and large mammal species turnover, all of which are documented in the Olorgesailie excavations. The cores were sampled at the National Lacustrine Core Facility. More than 140 samples of tephra and trachytic basement lavas have led to high-precision 40Ar/39Ar dating. The cores are being analyzed for a suite of paleoclimatic and paleoecological proxies such as diatoms, pollen, fungal spores, phytoliths, ostracodes, carbonate isotopes, leaf wax biomarkers, charcoal, and clay mineralogy. Sedimentological analyses, including lithological descriptions, microscopic smear slide analysis (242 samples), and grain-size analysis, reveal a highly variable sedimentary sequence of deep lake phases with laminated sediments, diatomites, shallow lake and near shore phases, fluvial deposits, paleosols, interspersed carbonate layers, and abundant volcanic ash deposits. Magnetic

  15. High-resolution three-dimensional imaging of red blood cells parasitized by Plasmodium falciparum and in situ hemozoin crystals using optical diffraction tomography

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    Kim, Kyoohyun; Yoon, HyeOk; Diez-Silva, Monica; Dao, Ming; Dasari, Ramachandra R.; Park, YongKeun

    2014-01-01

    We present high-resolution optical tomographic images of human red blood cells (RBC) parasitized by malaria-inducing Plasmodium falciparum (Pf)-RBCs. Three-dimensional (3-D) refractive index (RI) tomograms are reconstructed by recourse to a diffraction algorithm from multiple two-dimensional holograms with various angles of illumination. These 3-D RI tomograms of Pf-RBCs show cellular and subcellular structures of host RBCs and invaded parasites in fine detail. Full asexual intraerythrocytic stages of parasite maturation (ring to trophozoite to schizont stages) are then systematically investigated using optical diffraction tomography algorithms. These analyses provide quantitative information on the structural and chemical characteristics of individual host Pf-RBCs, parasitophorous vacuole, and cytoplasm. The in situ structural evolution and chemical characteristics of subcellular hemozoin crystals are also elucidated.

  16. High-resolution three-dimensional imaging of red blood cells parasitized by Plasmodium falciparum and in situ hemozoin crystals using optical diffraction tomography

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    Kim, Kyoohyun; Yoon, HyeOk; Diez-Silva, Monica; Dao, Ming; Dasari, Ramachandra R.

    2013-01-01

    Abstract. We present high-resolution optical tomographic images of human red blood cells (RBC) parasitized by malaria-inducing Plasmodium falciparum (Pf)-RBCs. Three-dimensional (3-D) refractive index (RI) tomograms are reconstructed by recourse to a diffraction algorithm from multiple two-dimensional holograms with various angles of illumination. These 3-D RI tomograms of Pf-RBCs show cellular and subcellular structures of host RBCs and invaded parasites in fine detail. Full asexual intraerythrocytic stages of parasite maturation (ring to trophozoite to schizont stages) are then systematically investigated using optical diffraction tomography algorithms. These analyses provide quantitative information on the structural and chemical characteristics of individual host Pf-RBCs, parasitophorous vacuole, and cytoplasm. The in situ structural evolution and chemical characteristics of subcellular hemozoin crystals are also elucidated. PMID:23797986

  17. Rapid fabrication of on-demand high-resolution optical masks with a CD-DVD pickup unit.

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    Cabriales, Lucia; Hautefeuille, Mathieu; Fernández, Gerardo; Velázquez, Victor; Grether, Marcela; López-Moreno, Enrique

    2014-03-20

    A low-cost, direct fabrication technique with a micrometer range resolution has been implemented for rapid prototyping of optical masks for photolithography and structured light and diffraction optics applications. Using a setup based on the optical unit of a compact disc-digital versatile disc burner, a low-energy infrared laser beam was focused on a thin polymeric layer with embedded absorbing carbon nanopowder coated on a transparent glass substrate. This allowed for the generation of a custom-made transparent pattern in a computer numerical control fashion. In addition to its great simplicity and repeatability, the method also enables grayscale contrasts for each pixel individually, and fabricated masks proved to resist high intensities. PMID:24663456

  18. Ultra-high resolution polarization-sensitive optical coherence microscopy for brain imaging at 6 um, 3.4 um and 1.3 um resolution (Conference Presentation)

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    Wang, Hui; Akkin, Taner; Magnain, Caroline V.; Yaseen, Mohammad A.; Cramer, Avilash; Wang, Ruopeng; Sakadžic, Sava; Boas, David A.

    2016-03-01

    Neuroanatomical pathways form the basis for functional activity of brain circuits. In the past, we developed a polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography with serial scanning to achieve large-scale brain imaging. The system was able to visualize 3D fiber tracts of ~20 um in diameter. To investigate the neuroanatomical pathways at finer scales, we have now built a polarization-maintaining fiber based ultra-high resolution polarization-sensitive optical coherence microscope (PS-OCM) at 1300 nm. The PS-OCM has an axial resolution of 3.5 um in tissue. The detection setup consists of two spectrometers, acquiring spectral interference on orthogonal polarization channels. With a single measurement, the setup generates four contrasts: reflectivity, cross-polarization, retardance and optic axis orientation. To investigate the capability of PS-OCM at different resolutions, we used three microscope objectives that yield lateral resolutions of 6.0 um, 3.4 um and 1.3 um. Blocks of formalin fixed mouse brain and human brain were scanned. The cross-polarization and retardance images clearly depict the neuronal fiber structures, which are comparable with that generated by the maximum projection of volumetric reflectivity data. The optic axis orientation quantifies the in-plane fiber orientation. With the lateral resolution of 1.3 um, the retardance contrast is weak in white matter due to the shallow depth of focus. Overall, the ultra-high resolution PS-OCM provides a new tool to reveal neuroanatomical maps in the brain at cellular resolution.

  19. High-resolution record of last post-glacial variations of sea-ice cover and river discharge in the western Laptev Sea (Arctic Ocean)

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    Stein, R. H.; Hörner, T.; Fahl, K.

    2014-12-01

    Here, we provide a high-resolution reconstruction of sea-ice cover variations in the western Laptev Sea, a crucial area in terms of sea-ice production in the Arctic Ocean and a region characterized by huge river discharge. Furthermore, the shallow Laptev Sea was strongly influenced by the post-glacial sea-level rise that should also be reflected in the sedimentary records. The sea Ice Proxy IP25 (Highly-branched mono-isoprenoid produced by sea-ice algae; Belt et al., 2007) was measured in two sediment cores from the western Laptev Sea (PS51/154, PS51/159) that offer a high-resolution composite record over the last 18 ka. In addition, sterols are applied as indicator for marine productivity (brassicasterol, dinosterol) and input of terrigenous organic matter by river discharge into the ocean (campesterol, ß-sitosterol). The sea-ice cover varies distinctly during the whole time period and shows a general increase in the Late Holocene. A maximum in IP25 concentration can be found during the Younger Dryas. This sharp increase can be observed in the whole circumarctic realm (Chukchi Sea, Bering Sea, Fram Strait and Laptev Sea). Interestingly, there is no correlation between elevated numbers of ice-rafted debris (IRD) interpreted as local ice-cap expansions (Taldenkova et al. 2010), and sea ice cover distribution. The transgression and flooding of the shelf sea that occurred over the last 16 ka in this region, is reflected by decreasing terrigenous (riverine) input, reflected in the strong decrease in sterol (ß-sitosterol and campesterol) concentrations. ReferencesBelt, S.T., Massé, G., Rowland, S.J., Poulin, M., Michel, C., LeBlanc, B., 2007. A novel chemical fossil of palaeo sea ice: IP25. Organic Geochemistry 38 (1), 16e27. Taldenkova, E., Bauch, H.A., Gottschalk, J., Nikolaev, S., Rostovtseva, Yu., Pogodina, I., Ya, Ovsepyan, Kandiano, E., 2010. History of ice-rafting and water mass evolution at the northern Siberian continental margin (Laptev Sea) during Late

  20. High-resolution 3-D imaging of surface damage sites in fused silica with Optical Coherence Tomography

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    Guss, G; Bass, I; Hackel, R; Mailhiot, C; Demos, S G

    2007-10-30

    In this work, we present the first successful demonstration of a non-contact technique to precisely measure the 3D spatial characteristics of laser induced surface damage sites in fused silica for large aperture laser systems by employing Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). What makes OCT particularly interesting in the characterization of optical materials for large aperture laser systems is that its axial resolution can be maintained with working distances greater than 5 cm, whether viewing through air or through the bulk of thick optics. Specifically, when mitigating surface damage sites against further growth by CO{sub 2} laser evaporation of the damage, it is important to know the depth of subsurface cracks below the damage site. These cracks are typically obscured by the damage rubble when imaged from above the surface. The results to date clearly demonstrate that OCT is a unique and valuable tool for characterizing damage sites before and after the mitigation process. We also demonstrated its utility as an in-situ diagnostic to guide and optimize our process when mitigating surface damage sites on large, high-value optics.

  1. Diffusion length history over the last 16 ka based on a high resolution δ18O record from NGRIP. Implications for glaciological and paleoclimatic studies.

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    Gkinis, Vasileios; Simonsen, Sebastian B.; Buchardt, Susanne L.; Vinther, Bo M.; White, James W. C.

    2013-04-01

    The Holocene epoch as seen in the water isotopic records of polar ice cores is described by a relatively stable climate characterized by minimal fluctuations in temperature. Arguably, the most commonly used proxy in ice core studies, the ratios of water's stable isotopes, provide an insight in past temperatures via a linear relationship with temperature, commonly referred to as the isotope slope. However, the validity of this slope has been extensively debated. Based on borehole thermometry and gas isotope fractionation studies, it has been shown that temperature changes over the Bølling - Allerød and Younger Dryas transitions as well as several interstadial events have been underestimated by the water isotope slope. Additionally, isotopic artifacts related to ice sheet elevation changes, apparent between 6 and 10 ka b2k, result in a poor or even absent representation of the Holocene climatic optimum in the δ18O record from Greenland ice cores, contrary to what other paleoclimatic records from Northern latitudes indicate. In this study we present ongoing work on the use of the firn isotopic diffusion lengths as a high resolution proxy of the snow and firn temperature. Our reconstruction is based on the high resolution δ18O dataset from NGRIP. Water isotope diffusion is a process that occurs after deposition of the precipitation and takes place in the porous space of the firn until the close off depth. Assuming a diffusivity parameterization and based on a densification and strain rate history, it is possible to investigate the effects of temperature and accumulation on the diffusion length. By inverting the model we produce a temperature reconstruction for the last 15 ka. This temperature signal is independent of factors like the water vapor source location and temperature, the intensity of the atmospheric inversion over the deposition site and the presence or not of clear sky precipitation. In order for the reconstruction to reproduce the long term climate

  2. Empirical electro-optical and x-ray performance evaluation of CMOS active pixels sensor for low dose, high resolution x-ray medical imaging.

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    Arvanitis, C D; Bohndiek, S E; Royle, G; Blue, A; Liang, H X; Clark, A; Prydderch, M; Turchetta, R; Speller, R

    2007-12-01

    Monolithic complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) active pixel sensors with high performance have gained attention in the last few years in many scientific and space applications. In order to evaluate the increasing capabilities of this technology, in particular where low dose high resolution x-ray medical imaging is required, critical electro-optical and physical x-ray performance evaluation was determined. The electro-optical performance includes read noise, full well capacity, interacting quantum efficiency, and pixels cross talk. The x-ray performance, including x-ray sensitivity, modulation transfer function, noise power spectrum, and detection quantum efficiency, has been evaluated in the mammographic energy range. The sensor is a 525 x 525 standard three transistor CMOS active pixel sensor array with more than 75% fill factor and 25 x 25 microm pixel pitch. Reading at 10 f/s, it is found that the sensor has 114 electrons total additive noise, 10(5) electrons full well capacity with shot noise limited operation, and 34% interacting quantum efficiency at 530 nm. Two different structured CsI:Tl phosphors with thickness 95 and 115 microm, respectively, have been optically coupled via a fiber optic plate to the array resulting in two different system configurations. The sensitivity of the two different system configurations was 43 and 47 electrons per x-ray incident on the sensor. The MTF at 10% of the two different system configurations was 9.5 and 9 cycles/mm with detective quantum efficiency of 0.45 and 0.48, respectively, close to zero frequency at approximately 0.44 microC/kg (1.72 mR) detector entrance exposure. The detector was quantum limited at low spatial frequencies and its performance was comparable with high resolution a: Si and charge coupled device based x-ray imagers. The detector also demonstrates almost an order of magnitude lower noise than active matrix flat panel imagers. The results suggest that CMOS active pixel sensors when coupled

  3. Empirical electro-optical and x-ray performance evaluation of CMOS active pixels sensor for low dose, high resolution x-ray medical imaging

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    Arvanitis, C. D.; Bohndiek, S. E.; Royle, G.; Blue, A.; Liang, H. X.; Clark, A.; Prydderch, M.; Turchetta, R.; Speller, R.

    2007-12-15

    Monolithic complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) active pixel sensors with high performance have gained attention in the last few years in many scientific and space applications. In order to evaluate the increasing capabilities of this technology, in particular where low dose high resolution x-ray medical imaging is required, critical electro-optical and physical x-ray performance evaluation was determined. The electro-optical performance includes read noise, full well capacity, interacting quantum efficiency, and pixels cross talk. The x-ray performance, including x-ray sensitivity, modulation transfer function, noise power spectrum, and detection quantum efficiency, has been evaluated in the mammographic energy range. The sensor is a 525x525 standard three transistor CMOS active pixel sensor array with more than 75% fill factor and 25x25 {mu}m pixel pitch. Reading at 10 f/s, it is found that the sensor has 114 electrons total additive noise, 10{sup 5} electrons full well capacity with shot noise limited operation, and 34% interacting quantum efficiency at 530 nm. Two different structured CsI:Tl phosphors with thickness 95 and 115 {mu}m, respectively, have been optically coupled via a fiber optic plate to the array resulting in two different system configurations. The sensitivity of the two different system configurations was 43 and 47 electrons per x-ray incident on the sensor. The MTF at 10% of the two different system configurations was 9.5 and 9 cycles/mm with detective quantum efficiency of 0.45 and 0.48, respectively, close to zero frequency at {approx}0.44 {mu}C/kg (1.72 mR) detector entrance exposure. The detector was quantum limited at low spatial frequencies and its performance was comparable with high resolution a:Si and charge coupled device based x-ray imagers. The detector also demonstrates almost an order of magnitude lower noise than active matrix flat panel imagers. The results suggest that CMOS active pixel sensors when coupled to

  4. UAS and DTS: Using Drones and Fiber Optics to Measure High Resolution Temperature of the Atmospheric Boundary Layer

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    Predosa, R. A.; Darricau, B.; Higgins, C. W.

    2015-12-01

    The atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) is the lowest part of the atmosphere that directly interacts with the planet's surface. The development of the ABL plays a vital role, as it affects the transport of atmospheric constituents such as air pollutants, water vapor, and greenhouse gases. Measurements of the processes in the ABL have been difficult due to the limitations in the spatial and temporal resolutions of the equipment as well as the height of the traditional flux tower. Recent advances in the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and distributed temperature sensing (DTS) technologies have provided us with new tools to study the complex processes in ABL. We conducted a series of pioneering experiments in Eastern Oregon using a platform that combines UAV and DTS to collect data during morning and evening transitions in the ABL. The major components of this platform consists of a quad-copter, a DTS computer unit, and a set of customized fiber optic cables. A total of 75 flights were completed to investigate: (1) the capability of a duplexed fiber optic cable to reduce noise in the high spatial and temporal temperature measurements taken during the morning transition; (2) the possibility of using fiber optic cable as "wet bulb" thermometer to calculate relative humidity in the ABL at high spatial and temporal resolution. The preliminary results showed that using a fiber optic cable in a duplexed configuration with the UAV-DTS platform can effectively reduce noise level during the morning transition data collection. The customized "wet bulb" fiber optic cable is capable of providing information for the calculation of relative humidity in the ABL at unprecedented spatial and temporal resolutions. From this study, the UAV-DTS platform demonstrated great potential in collecting temperature data in the ABL and with the development of atmospheric sensor technologies, it will have more applications in the future.

  5. Efficient Hardware Implementation of the Horn-Schunck Algorithm for High-Resolution Real-Time Dense Optical Flow Sensor

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    Komorkiewicz, Mateusz; Kryjak, Tomasz; Gorgon, Marek

    2014-01-01

    This article presents an efficient hardware implementation of the Horn-Schunck algorithm that can be used in an embedded optical flow sensor. An architecture is proposed, that realises the iterative Horn-Schunck algorithm in a pipelined manner. This modification allows to achieve data throughput of 175 MPixels/s and makes processing of Full HD video stream (1, 920 × 1, 080 @ 60 fps) possible. The structure of the optical flow module as well as pre- and post-filtering blocks and a flow reliability computation unit is described in details. Three versions of optical flow modules, with different numerical precision, working frequency and obtained results accuracy are proposed. The errors caused by switching from floating- to fixed-point computations are also evaluated. The described architecture was tested on popular sequences from an optical flow dataset of the Middlebury University. It achieves state-of-the-art results among hardware implementations of single scale methods. The designed fixed-point architecture achieves performance of 418 GOPS with power efficiency of 34 GOPS/W. The proposed floating-point module achieves 103 GFLOPS, with power efficiency of 24 GFLOPS/W. Moreover, a 100 times speedup compared to a modern CPU with SIMD support is reported. A complete, working vision system realized on Xilinx VC707 evaluation board is also presented. It is able to compute optical flow for Full HD video stream received from an HDMI camera in real-time. The obtained results prove that FPGA devices are an ideal platform for embedded vision systems. PMID:24526303

  6. Efficient hardware implementation of the Horn-Schunck algorithm for high-resolution real-time dense optical flow sensor.

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    Komorkiewicz, Mateusz; Kryjak, Tomasz; Gorgon, Marek

    2014-01-01

    This article presents an efficient hardware implementation of the Horn-Schunck algorithm that can be used in an embedded optical flow sensor. An architecture is proposed, that realises the iterative Horn-Schunck algorithm in a pipelined manner. This modification allows to achieve data throughput of 175 MPixels/s and makes processing of Full HD video stream (1; 920 × 1; 080 @ 60 fps) possible. The structure of the optical flow module as well as pre- and post-filtering blocks and a flow reliability computation unit is described in details. Three versions of optical flow modules, with different numerical precision, working frequency and obtained results accuracy are proposed. The errors caused by switching from floating- to fixed-point computations are also evaluated. The described architecture was tested on popular sequences from an optical flow dataset of the Middlebury University. It achieves state-of-the-art results among hardware implementations of single scale methods. The designed fixed-point architecture achieves performance of 418 GOPS with power efficiency of 34 GOPS/W. The proposed floating-point module achieves 103 GFLOPS, with power efficiency of 24 GFLOPS/W. Moreover, a 100 times speedup compared to a modern CPU with SIMD support is reported. A complete, working vision system realized on Xilinx VC707 evaluation board is also presented. It is able to compute optical flow for Full HD video stream received from an HDMI camera in real-time. The obtained results prove that FPGA devices are an ideal platform for embedded vision systems. PMID:24526303

  7. Punctuated Evolution of Global Climate Cooling during the late Middle to early Late Miocene: High-Resolution Planktonic Foraminiferal and Oxygen Isotope Records from the Mediterranean

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    Turco, E.; Hilgen, F. J.; Lourens, L. J.; Shackleton, N. J.; Zachariasse, W. J.; Kruk, R. W.

    2001-05-01

    High-resolution planktonic foraminiferal and oxygen isotope records are presented from a deep marine succession of late Middle to early Late Miocene age in the Mediterranean, dated astronomically between 12.12 and 9.78 Ma. Long-term changes in the faunal composition reflect the overall late Neogene cooling trend. The planktonic and benthic oxygen isotope records are punctuated by two episodes of δ 18O increase, which have astronomical ages of 11.4 and 10.4 Ma and correspond to the Mi5 and Mi6 events of Miller et al. (1991a). The first-order comparison with the astronomical time series for the variations in the tilt of the Earth's axis revealed that these ice growth events coincide with low amplitude variations in the 1.2 myr obliquity cycle. This phase relation is different from that found during the last 5 myr, pointing to a fundamentally different response of the ice sheets to long-term obliquity induced variations in insolation. The inferred global cooling during Mi5 and Mi6 is accompanied by significant faunal changes in the Mediterranean, such as the arrival of neogloboquadrinids, the increase in abundance of the G. apertura-G. obliquus group, and the areal differentiation between N. atlantica and N. acostaensis. Other faunal events, such as the disappearance of P. mayeri and the coiling changes in neogloboquadrinids are not related to these glacial episodes, but may have been controlled by short-term climate fluctuations superimposed on long-term astronomically and/or tectonically induced climate changes. Short-term variations in the planktonic foraminiferal and oxygen isotope records correspond to dominantly precession-controlled sedimentary cycles. The micropaleontological and stable isotopic features of sapropel/grey marl layers are identical to those observed for Late Miocene to Pleistocene sapropels, indicating that the short-term astronomically controlled circum-Mediterranean climate changes remained basically the same over the last 12 myr.

  8. Terrestrial and Marine Organic Matter Accumulation in Hudson Bay: A High-Resolution Record of Climate/Watershed Processes over the Late Holocene

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    Alleau, Y.; Goni, M. A.; Kolcynski, L.; St-Onge, G.; Lajeunesse, P.; Haberzettl, T.

    2014-12-01

    A high-resolution record of organic matter accumulation in sediments from a combined gravity-piston core was collected from a site located at a water depth of 104 m inside Nastapoka Sound in the south-eastern region of Hudson Bay. The drainage basins in this region of Hudson Bay coincide roughly with the present-day tree line location and are within the forest-tundra transition zone. CAT- Scan and multi-sensor core logger data revealed relatively uniform sediments throughout the core. 14C-based geochronology indicates that the combined record extends to ~3200 cal BP and that accumulation rates were relatively constant (0.1-0.2 cm/y). Organic carbon, inorganic carbon and nitrogen contents display down-core variability consistent with changes in organic matter inputs but overall relatively stable depositional conditions over the last 3,000 years. Compositionally, we measured steady increases in the carbon:nitrogen ratios and lignin phenol content of sedimentary organic matter from 3200 cal BP to present consistent with enhanced inputs of vascular plant-derived organic matter. Lignin compositions (i.e. S/V and C/V phenol ratios) throughout the core are consistent with contributions from a mixture of conifer and angiosperm non-woody plant sources. Steady decreases in both S/V and C/V phenol ratios since 3200 cal BP to the present indicate enhanced contributions from conifer-dominated vegetation and are consistent with a steady expansion of boreal forests (white and black spruce) over shrub -dominated tundra (dwaf birch, willows, sedges) in this southern Arctic region over the late Holocene. No clear trends in the ratio of combustion products over lignin products are evident, suggesting a low fire frequency in the area during the covered time span of the record.

  9. Combining relative and absolute paleointensity methods to obtain high-resolution geomagnetic field intensity records: a case study of the Big Island, Hawaii (USA)

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    de Groot, L. V.; Dekkers, M. J.; Herrero-Bervera, E.; Biggin, A. J.

    2012-12-01

    Reliable records of absolute paleointensity as function of time for a given region are notoriously difficult to obtain. Yet such records are indispensible for model descriptions of the behavior of the geomagnetic field. Here, we take a new approach to compile a regional paleointensity curve for the Big Island of Hawaii (USA), completing the full vector description of the Earth's magnetic field for this region since its directional behavior is well known. Our approach consists of applying both absolute and relative paleointensity techniques on a sample set that comprises 57 independent sites on Hawaii; we provide a paleointensity curve for the past 1500 years. Firstly, we obtained a relative paleointensity record using the 'pseudo-Thellier' technique. The record was calibrated using 29 flows from the IGRF age range. To calibrate our relative record for older ages, we applied absolute paleointensity techniques: both Thellier-Thellier and multispecimen experiments. The large number of sites allows us to use stringent criteria to select only the most reliable absolute paleointensities. With this approach regional intensity curves with high resolution and precision can be successfully acquired. The obtained paleointensity curve for the Big Island of Hawaii reveals a step-wise decay of the intensity of the Earth's magnetic field since 1000 AD. We find an intensity of ~58 microTesla around 1000 AD, decaying to ~40 microTesla around 1400 AD, at a rate of about 0.5 microTesla per decade. Between 1400 and 1800 AD a relatively constant field intensity is suggested (a decay of just 0.05 microTesla per decade). The historically observed decay from 1800 AD onwards has a rate of approximately 0.3 microTesla per decade to the current field intensity of ~35 microTesla and is consistent with our data. Our results, although regional in character, support the trend proposed by Gubbins et al. (2006) rather than the trend of the GUFM1 model by Jackson et al. (2000). Gubbins, D., Jones

  10. A High-Resolution Multi-Proxy Lake Sediment Record from Torfdalsvatn Suggests an Enhanced Temperature Gradient Between North and South Iceland During the Early Holocene

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    Florian, Christopher; Geirsdóttir, Áslaug; Miller, Gifford; Axford, Yarrow

    2015-04-01

    enhanced climate gradient between south and north Iceland during much of the Holocene. A comparison of the data from this core with other high-resolution regional climate records can lead to a better understanding of the relationship between marine and terrestrial climate, as well as the differences in climate histories between north and south Iceland.

  11. Clumped Isotope Verification of δ18O-Based Freshwater Mussel Shell Growth Chronology for a High-Resolution Climate and River Discharge Record

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    VanPlantinga, A.; Grossman, E. L.; Passey, B. H.; Randklev, C.

    2015-12-01

    Isotope profiles in freshwater mussel shells can be used to reconstruct climate, water source, and river discharge, but problems arise from variable water temperature and δ18O. To resolve this complexity and expand the application of isotope sclerochronology to the study of past river systems, we measured δ18O and Δ47 in two common freshwater mussel species from the Brazos River in Texas. To compare the environmental record with the shell record and develop a sclerochronology, weekly water temperature and δ18O data were collected from the Brazos River near College Station from January 2012 to August 2013. The river data reveal complex, irregular patterns for predicted aragonite δ18O. Comparing δ18O profiles from micromilled transects (70-200 µm increments) of coeval shell growth within and between shells yielded consistent patterns. Shell δ18O can be accurately matched to predicted δ18O, providing a chronology of shell growth. However, without a water temperature and δ18O record, interpreting a sclerochronology would be impossible. Shell Δ47 can potentially provide a seasonal chronology to verify the δ18O sclerochronology, which would be invaluable for the use of δ18O sclerochronology in historical and ancient shells. For Δ47 analyses, samples were taken at 0.5 mm resolution in presumed seasonal dark and light growth bands. Clumped temperatures range between 21 and 35 ± 4˚C (Henkes et al., 2013) and track the river temperature record, supporting the interpreted shell δ18O chronology. Shell Δ47-calculated water δ18O values range from -1.2 to 1.5 ± 0.9‰ and match river δ18O. High-resolution shell δ18O profiles combined with Δ47 temperatures can reconstruct a weekly history of water δ18O, and with the observed river discharge vs. water δ18O relation, produce a qualitative record of river discharge. These analytical techniques applied to a historical Brazos River mussel shell collected prior to dam construction reveal weekly records of

  12. A method of extending the depth of focus of the high-resolution X-ray imaging system employing optical lens and scintillator: a phantom study

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    Background The high-resolution X-ray imaging system employing synchrotron radiation source, thin scintillator, optical lens and advanced CCD camera can achieve a resolution in the range of tens of nanometers to sub-micrometer. Based on this advantage, it can effectively image tissues, cells and many other small samples, especially the calcification in the vascular or in the glomerulus. In general, the thickness of the scintillator should be several micrometers or even within nanometers because it has a big relationship with the resolution. However, it is difficult to make the scintillator so thin, and additionally thin scintillator may greatly reduce the efficiency of collecting photons. Methods In this paper, we propose an approach to extend the depth of focus (DOF) to solve these problems. We develop equation sets by deducing the relationship between the high-resolution image generated by the scintillator and the degraded blur image due to defect of focus first, and then we adopt projection onto convex sets (POCS) and total variation algorithm to get the solution of the equation sets and to recover the blur image. Results By using a 20 μm thick unmatching scintillator to replace the 1 μm thick matching one, we simulated a high-resolution X-ray imaging system and got a degraded blur image. Based on the algorithm proposed, we recovered the blur image and the result in the experiment showed that the proposed algorithm has good performance on the recovery of image blur caused by unmatching thickness of scintillator. Conclusions The method proposed is testified to be able to efficiently recover the degraded image due to defect of focus. But, the quality of the recovery image especially of the low contrast image depends on the noise level of the degraded blur image, so there is room for improving and the corresponding denoising algorithm is worthy for further study and discussion. PMID:25602532

  13. Polarization-independent high-resolution spectral interrogation of FBGs using a BFBG-CCD array for optical sensing applications

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    Simpson, Alexander G.; Zhou, Kaiming; Foote, Peter; Zhang, Lin; Bennion, Ian

    2004-03-01

    Optical fibre strain sensors using Fibre Bragg Gratings (FBGs) are poised to play a major role in structural health monitoring in a variety of application from aerospace to civil engineering. At the heart of technology is the optoelectronic instrumentation required to convert optical signals into measurands. Users are demanding compact, lightweight, rugged and low cost solutions. This paper describes development of a new device based on a blazed FBG and CCD array that can potentially meet the above demands. We have shown that this very low cost technique may be used to interrogate a WDM array of sensor gratings with highly accurate and highly repeatable results unaffected by the polarisation state of the radiation. In this paper, we present results showing that sensors may be interrogated with an RMS error of 1.7pm, drift below 0.12pm and dynamic range of up to 65nm.

  14. Absolute optical oscillator strengths for the electronic excitation of atoms at high resolution: Experimental methods and measurements for helium

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    Chan, W.F.; Cooper, G.; Brion, C.E. )

    1991-07-01

    An alternative method is described for the measurement of absolute optical oscillator strengths (cross sections) for electronic excitation of free atoms and molecules throughout the discrete region of the valence-shell spectrum at high energy resolution (full width at half maximum of 0.048 eV). The technique, utilizing the virtual-photon field of a fast electron inelastically scattered at negligible momentum transfer, avoids many of the difficulties associated with the various direct optical techniques that have traditionally been used for absolute optical oscillator strength measurements. The method is also free of the bandwidth (line saturation) effects that can seriously limit the accuracy of photoabsorption cross-section measurements for discrete transitions of narrow linewidth obtained using the Beer-Lambert law ({ital I}{sub 0}/{ital I}=exp({ital nl}{sigma}{sub {ital p}})). Since the line-saturation effects are not widely appreciated and are only usually considered in the context of peak heights, a detailed analysis of this problem is presented, with consideration of the integrated cross section (oscillator strength) over the profile of each discrete peak.

  15. Endoscopic high-resolution auto fluorescence imaging and optical coherence tomography of airways in vivo (Conference Presentation)

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    Pahlevaninezhad, Hamid; Lee, Anthony; Hohert, Geoffrey; Schwartz, Carley; Shaipanich, Tawimas; Ritchie, Alexander J.; Zhang, Wei; MacAulay, Calum E.; Lam, Stephen; Lane, Pierre M.

    2016-03-01

    In this work, we present multimodal imaging of peripheral airways in vivo using an endoscopic imaging system capable of co-registered optical coherence tomography and autofluorescence imaging (OCT-AFI). This system employs a 0.9 mm diameter double-clad fiber optic-based catheter for endoscopic imaging of small peripheral airways. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) can visualize detailed airway morphology in the lung periphery and autofluorescence imaging (AFI) can visualize fluorescent tissue components such as collagen and elastin, improving the detection of airway lesions. Results from in vivo imaging of 40 patients indicate that OCT and AFI offer complementary information that may increase the ability to identify pulmonary nodules in the lung periphery and improve the safety of biopsy collection by identifying large blood vessels. AFI can rapidly visualize in vivo vascular networks using fast scanning parameters resulting in vascular-sensitive imaging with less breathing/cardiac motion artifacts compared to Doppler OCT imaging. By providing complementary information about structure and function of tissue, OCT-AFI may improve site selection during biopsy collection in the lung periphery.

  16. Assignment and Analysis of the NO2 In-Plane Rock Band of Nitromethane Recorded by High-Resolution FTIR Synchrotron Spectroscopy

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    Dawadi, Mahesh B.; Perry, David S.; Twagirayezu, Sylvestre; Billinghurst, Brant E.

    2014-06-01

    The high-resolution rotationally resolved Fourier Transform Far-infrared spectrum of the NO2 in plane-rock band (440-510 cm-1) of nitromethane (CH3NO2) has been recorded using the Far-Infrared Beamline at the Canadian Light Source, with a resolution of 0.00096 cm-1. More than 1500 transitions lines have been assigned for ' = 0; {_a}' {≤ 7}; ' {≤ 50}; using an automated ground state combination difference program together with the traditional Loomis Wood approach. Transitions involving ' = 0; {_a}' {≤7}; ' {≤ 20}; in the upper vibrational state are fit using the six-fold torsion-rotation program developed by Ilyushin et.al. The torsion-rotation energy pattern in the lowest torsional state ( ' = 0) of the upper vibrational state is similar to that of the vibrational ground state. C. F. Neese., An Interactive Loomis-Wood Package, V2.0, {56th},OSU Interanational Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy (2001). V. V. Ilyushin, Z. Kisiel, L. Pszczolkowski, H. Mader, and J. T. Hougen, M. Mol. Spectrosc., 259, 26, (2010).

  17. Seven-year phenological record of the Alaskan ecoregions derived from advanced very high resolution radiometer normalized difference vegetation index data

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    Markon, Carl J.

    2001-01-01

    Seasonal properties of vegetation covering northern boreal and arctic landscapes are considered important as input to numerous climate change studies. In this study, multitemporal phenological characteristics of Alaskan vegetation were studied for the State as a whole, and 19 of 20 ecoregions were studied using seasonally truncated, composited advanced very high resolution radiometer derived normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) data. Phenological characteristics included four temporal and six greenness metrics derived for each year from 1991 to 1997. Temporal metrics included date of onset of greenness, last day of greenness, date of maximum greenness, and total days of greenness. Greenness metrics consisted of NDVI values recorded during the onset and last day of greenness, maximum greenness, mean greenness for the growing season, and estimated rates of greenup and greendown in the spring and autumn, respectively. Results indicated that over many areas of Alaska there was a trend toward earlier onset of greenness each spring from 1992 to 1997, but the last day of greenness in the autumn was roughly the same. Earlier greenup dates in the spring resulted in a lengthened growing season greenup of up to 20 days in some areas of Alaska from 1992 to 1997. Climate data, however, did not always corroborate these findings. In general, greenness values dropped from 1991 to 1992 and then increased from 1992 to 1997. Values obtained after 1991 may have been affected by atmospheric perturbations owing to the 1991 Mt. Pinatubo eruption and lasting until at least 1997.

  18. High-resolution record of the Matuyama–Brunhes transition constrains the age of Javanese Homo erectus in the Sangiran dome, Indonesia

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    Hyodo, Masayuki; Matsu'ura, Shuji; Kamishima, Yuko; Kondo, Megumi; Takeshita, Yoshihiro; Kitaba, Ikuko; Danhara, Tohru; Aziz, Fachroel; Kurniawan, Iwan; Kumai, Hisao

    2011-01-01

    A detailed paleomagnetic study conducted in the Sangiran area, Java, has provided a reliable age constraint on hominid fossil-bearing formations. A reverse-to-normal polarity transition marks a 7-m thick section across the Upper Tuff in the Bapang Formation. The transition has three short reversal episodes and is overlain by a thick normal polarity magnetozone that was fission-track dated to the Brunhes chron. This pattern closely resembles another high-resolution Matuyama–Brunhes (MB) transition record in an Osaka Bay marine core. In the Sangiran sediments, four successive transitional polarity fields lie just below the presumed main MB boundary. Their virtual geomagnetic poles cluster in the western South Pacific, partly overlapping the transitional virtual geomagnetic poles from Hawaiian and Canary Islands’ lavas, which have a mean 40Ar/39Ar age of 776 ± 2 ka. Thus, the polarity transition is unambiguously the MB boundary. A revised correlation of tuff layers in the Bapang Formation reveals that the hominid last occurrence and the tektite level in the Sangiran area are nearly coincident, just below the Upper Middle Tuff, which underlies the MB transition. The stratigraphic relationship of the tektite level to the MB transition in the Sangiran area is consistent with deep-sea core data that show that the meteorite impact preceded the MB reversal by about 12 ka. The MB boundary currently defines the uppermost horizon yielding Homo erectus fossils in the Sangiran area. PMID:22106291

  19. High-resolution record of the Matuyama-Brunhes transition constrains the age of Javanese Homo erectus in the Sangiran dome, Indonesia.

    PubMed

    Hyodo, Masayuki; Matsu'ura, Shuji; Kamishima, Yuko; Kondo, Megumi; Takeshita, Yoshihiro; Kitaba, Ikuko; Danhara, Tohru; Aziz, Fachroel; Kurniawan, Iwan; Kumai, Hisao

    2011-12-01

    A detailed paleomagnetic study conducted in the Sangiran area, Java, has provided a reliable age constraint on hominid fossil-bearing formations. A reverse-to-normal polarity transition marks a 7-m thick section across the Upper Tuff in the Bapang Formation. The transition has three short reversal episodes and is overlain by a thick normal polarity magnetozone that was fission-track dated to the Brunhes chron. This pattern closely resembles another high-resolution Matuyama-Brunhes (MB) transition record in an Osaka Bay marine core. In the Sangiran sediments, four successive transitional polarity fields lie just below the presumed main MB boundary. Their virtual geomagnetic poles cluster in the western South Pacific, partly overlapping the transitional virtual geomagnetic poles from Hawaiian and Canary Islands' lavas, which have a mean (40)Ar/(39)Ar age of 776 ± 2 ka. Thus, the polarity transition is unambiguously the MB boundary. A revised correlation of tuff layers in the Bapang Formation reveals that the hominid last occurrence and the tektite level in the Sangiran area are nearly coincident, just below the Upper Middle Tuff, which underlies the MB transition. The stratigraphic relationship of the tektite level to the MB transition in the Sangiran area is consistent with deep-sea core data that show that the meteorite impact preceded the MB reversal by about 12 ka. The MB boundary currently defines the uppermost horizon yielding Homo erectus fossils in the Sangiran area. PMID:22106291

  20. Very high resolution long-baseline water-tube tiltmeter to record small signals from Earth free oscillations up to secular tilts

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    d'Oreye, Nicolas F.; Zürn, Walter

    2005-02-01

    A 43m long floatless water-tube tiltmeter has been in operation since 1997 at the Walferdange Underground Laboratory for Geodynamics in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The absence of moving parts makes this instrument particularly simple but does not prevent it from measuring some very small geophysical signals such as the Earth tides with a very favorable signal-to-noise ratio or the successive passages of Love waves circling the globe after major Earthquakes. Its very low noise level and its high resolution up to the long-period seismic band (where for instance the resolution is better than 5×10-12rad) also allows the successful recording of rarely observed grave toroidal and spheroidal free oscillations of the Earth excited by major earthquakes. In the environmental conditions of its installation (in a gypsum mine at 100m depth), the instrument shows a high degree of reliability and a very low drift rate (<0.005microrad/month). The analytical tilt and horizontal displacement transfer functions computed for this instrument and its sensors can be used to calculate the best geometrical characteristics for the construction of prototypes which should respond to specific requirements for applications in geophysics or geotechnics.

  1. High-resolution record of geomagnetic excursions in the Matuyama chron constrains the ages of the Feiliang and Lanpo Paleolithic sites in the Nihewan Basin, North China

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    Ao, Hong; An, Zhisheng; Dekkers, Mark J.; Wei, Qi; Pei, Shuwen; Zhao, Hui; Zhao, Hongli; Xiao, Guoqiao; Qiang, Xiaoke; Wu, Dacheng; Chang, Hong

    2012-08-01

    The Nihewan Basin (40°N) in North China is a rich source of Early Pleistocene Paleolithic sites and thus a key area for studying early human evolution in high-latitude (from an early human perspective) East Asia. Here a high-resolution magnetostratigraphic investigation is carried out on a fluvio-lacustrine section in the northeastern Nihewan Basin, which contains the Feiliang and Lanpo Paleolithic sites. Paleomagnetic results suggest that this section records the lower portion of the Brunhes polarity chron and the upper Matuyama polarity chron. Furthermore, the Jaramillo polarity subchron and seven of the nine validated geomagnetic excursions within the Matuyama polarity chron are identified, including the Kamikatsura, Santa Rosa, Intra-Jaramillo, Cobb Mountain, Bjorn, Gardar and Gilsa excursions. The Feiliang artifact layer is located just at the bottom of the Cobb Mountain excursion, thus its age is estimated to be ˜1.2 Ma. The Lanpo artifact layer appears to be coeval with the Gilsa excursion, yielding an estimated age of ˜1.6 Ma. This study provides new evidence for the presence of early humans in North China before 1.5 Ma and documents the powerful role of geomagnetic excursions: they provide valuable age control points for ongoing efforts to date the early Paleolithic sites.

  2. Perturbation of the carbon cycle during the late Pliensbachian - early Toarcian: New insight from high-resolution carbon isotope records in Morocco

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    Bodin, Stéphane; Krencker, Francois-Nicolas; Kothe, Tim; Hoffmann, René; Mattioli, Emanuela; Heimhofer, Ulrich; Kabiri, Lahcen

    2016-04-01

    Preceding the early Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event by ∼1 Myr, the Pliensbachian-Toarcian boundary event is in many aspects as severe and disturbing for the environment as its better-studied successor. Both events are associated with rapid and pronounced global warming, major faunal and floral turnover, increased hydrological cycling and dramatic collapses of carbonate production. To better characterize the Pliensbachian-Toarcian boundary event, a high-resolution, paired carbonate and organic matter carbon isotope survey of three sections from the Central High Atlas Basin of Morocco has been undertaken. A pronounced negative shift in the carbonate carbon-isotope record, not paralleled by a similar excursion in the organic carbon, can be linked to the collapse of the neritic carbonate factory in the earliest Toarcian. These results show that, contrary to the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event, a rapid and massive injection of 13C-depleted carbon into the atmosphere is not responsible for the environmental perturbations observed during the Pliensbachian-Toarcian boundary event. However, input of isotopically non-depleted carbon such as mantle source CO2 into the atmosphere as a potential cause for the Pliensbachian-Toarcian boundary event cannot be excluded. This would most probably be sourced from an early pulse of the Karoo-Ferrar Large Igneous Province.

  3. New data on the Lateglacial period of SW Europe: a high resolution multiproxy record from Laguna de la Roya (NW Iberia)

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    Muñoz Sobrino, C.; Heiri, O.; Hazekamp, M.; van der Velden, D.; Kirilova, E. P.; García-Moreiras, I.; Lotter, A. F.

    2013-11-01

    High-resolution multiproxy analyses were performed on a 128 cm section of organic sediments accumulated in a small mountain lake in NW Iberia (Laguna de la Roya, 1608 m asl). The pollen stratigraphy together with radiocarbon dating provided the basis for a chronology ranging from 15,600 to 10,500 cal yr BP. Chironomid-inferred July air temperatures suggest a temperature range from 7 to 13 °C, also evidencing two well-established cold periods which may be equivalent to the INTIMATE stages GS-2a and GS-1. Furthermore, a number of short cold events (with summer temperatures dropping about 0.5-1 °C) appear intercalated within the Lateglacial Interstadial (possibly equivalent to the INTIMATE cold events GI-1d, GI-1c2 and GI-1b) and the early Holocene (possibly equivalent to the 11.2 k event). The temperature variations predicted by our reconstruction allow explaining the changes in local conditions and productivity of the lake inferred from the biological record of the same sediment core. Furthermore, they also agree with the local and regional vegetation dynamics, and the main oscillations deduced for the vegetation belts. Based on its chronology our multiproxy record indicates a similar temperature development in NW Iberia as inferred by the Greenland δ18O record, the marine deep-sea records off the Atlantic Iberian Margin, and other chironomid-based Lateglacial temperature reconstructions from Europe. Nevertheless, the impact of most of the less intense Lateglacial/early Holocene cold events in NW Iberia was most probably limited to very sensitive sites that were very close to ecotonal situations. Particularly, our new pollen record indicates that they were represented as three minor environmental crises occurring during the Lateglacial Interestadial in this area. The Older Dryas event (in our usage corresponding to the Aegelsee Oscillation in Central Europe and event GI-1d in central Greenland) has previously been described in this region, but its age and

  4. Preclinical evaluation and intraoperative human retinal imaging with a high-resolution microscope-integrated spectral domain optical coherence tomography device

    PubMed Central

    Hahn, Paul; Migacz, Justin; O’Connell, Rachelle; Day, Shelley; Lee, Annie; Lin, Phoebe; Vann, Robin; Kuo, Anthony; Fekrat, Sharon; Mruthyunjaya, Prithvi; Postel, Eric A.; Izatt, Joseph A.; Toth, Cynthia A.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose We have recently developed a high-resolution microscope-integrated spectral domain optical coherence tomography (MIOCT) device designed to enable OCT acquisition simultaneous with surgical maneuvers. The purpose of this report is to describe translation of this device from preclinical testing into human intraoperative imaging. Methods Prior to human imaging, surgical conditions were fully simulated for extensive preclinical MIOCT evaluation in a custom model eye system. MIOCT images were then acquired in normal human volunteers and during vitreoretinal surgery in patients who consented to participate in a prospective Institutional Review Board-approved study. MIOCT images were obtained before and at pauses in surgical maneuvers and were compared based on pre-determined diagnostic criteria to images obtained with a high-resolution research handheld spectral domain OCT system (HHOCT, Bioptigen Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC) at the same time point. Cohorts of five consecutive patients were imaged. Successful endpoints were pre-defined, including ≥80% correlation in identification of pathology between MIOCT and HHOCT in ≥80% of patients. Results MIOCT was favorably evaluated by study surgeons and scrub nurses, all of whom responded that they would consider participating in human intraoperative imaging trials. The preclinical evaluation identified significant improvements that were made prior to MIOCT use during human surgery. The MIOCT transition into clinical human research was smooth. MIOCT imaging in normal human volunteers demonstrated high-resolution comparable to tabletop scanners. In the operating room, after an initial learning curve, surgeons successfully acquired human macular MIOCT images before and after surgical maneuvers. MIOCT imaging confirmed preoperative diagnoses, such as full-thickness macular hole and vitreomacular traction, and demonstrated post-surgical changes in retinal morphology. Two cohorts of five patients were imaged. In the

  5. Scintillating optical fiber array for high-resolution X-ray imaging over 5 keV

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    Bigler, E.; Polack, F.

    1985-04-01

    An X-ray image detector having a 10-5-micron resolution for 5-keV X-rays in high flux conditions is described. It consists of an array of optical fibers, the core of which has been replaced by a high-index fluorescent material. Preliminary realizations and experiments are reported, which give hope that good efficiencies will be obtained by matching a scintillating fiber array to an image intensifier. Such detectors should find useful applications, for example, to synchrotron radiation experiments.

  6. A novel laser doppler linear encoder using multiple-reflection optical design for high-resolution linear actuator.

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    Shu, D.

    1998-07-16

    A novel laser Doppler linear encoder system (LDLE) has been developed at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory. A self-aligning 3-D multiple-reflection optical design was used for the laser Doppler displacement meter (LDDM) to extend the encoder system resolution. The encoder is compact [about 70 mm(H) x 100 mm(W) x 250 mm(L)] and it has sub-Angstrom resolution, 100 mm/sec measuring speed, and 300 mm measuring range. Because the new device affords higher resolution, as compared with commercial laser interferometer systems, and yet cost less, it will have good potential for use in scientific and industrial applications.

  7. Low drift and high resolution miniature optical fiber combined pressure- and temperature sensor for cardio-vascular and urodynamic applications

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    Poeggel, Sven; Tosi, Daniele; Duraibabu, Dineshbabu; Sannino, Simone; Lupoli, Laura; Ippolito, Juliet; Fusco, Fernando; Mirone, Vincenzo; Leen, Gabriel; Lewis, Elfed

    2014-05-01

    The all-glass optical fibre pressure and temperature sensor (OFPTS), present here is a combination of an extrinsic Fabry Perot Interferometer (EFPI) and an fiber Bragg gratings (FBG), which allows a simultaneously measurement of both pressure and temperature. Thermal effects experienced by the EFPI can be compensated by using the FBG. The sensor achieved a pressure measurement resolution of 0.1mmHg with a frame-rate of 100Hz and a low drift rate of < 1 mmHg/hour drift. The sensor has been evaluated using a cardiovascular simulator and additionally has been evaluated in-vivo in a urodynamics application under medical supervision.

  8. Holocene changes of the Southern Westerlies on centennial to multi-millennial timescales inferred from high resolution southern Chilean fjord sediment records

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    Serno, S.; Arz, H. W.; Lamy, F.; Caniupan, M.; Kilian, R.

    2010-12-01

    Understanding the dynamics of the Southern Westerlies wind belt (SWW) on different timescales is crucial since the SWW plays a major role in controlling the Antarctic Circumpolar Current and global thermohaline circulation. Despite this importance, there are still uncertainties about Holocene changes of the SWW. The southern Chilean fjord system between 41°S and Tierra del Fuego is ideally located to reconstruct the Holocene variability of the SWW because southern South America is the only landmass that completely covers the present core region of the SWW (50-55°S) and because fjord sediment cores can be used to reconstruct high resolution records of local and regional paleoenvironmental changes. We present results of a multi-proxy study (δ18O of planktic and benthic foraminifera, XRF and organic geochemical proxies) on high resolution marine sediment cores from the Aysén fjord (45°23’S) and Canal Concepción (50°31’S) around the northern margin of the present SWW core region. We compared our data with previous reconstructions of the Holocene SWW dynamics from within the core region (Lamy et al., 2010) to get a better picture of Holocene dynamics of the SWW. On longer timescales, our data indicate a wet early Holocene within the SWW core region, but dry conditions north of the core region. This pattern resembles modern austral-summer conditions with the SWW more confined and strengthened. In the middle and late Holocene, our data show an increase in precipitation north of the core region and decreasing rainfall within the SWW core. Therefore, the records indicate a more austral-winter like pattern in the middle and late Holocene, with less intense westerly winds in the core region but a more latitudinal extension of the same. SWW dynamics in the middle and late Holocene also exactly fit modern precipitation patterns during El Niño events and therefore seem to correspond to more El Niño-like conditions. These results strongly support the findings of Lamy

  9. High-Resolution Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca Records from Protothaca staminea Mollusc Shells Using Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS)

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    Takesue, R. K.; van Geen, A.

    2001-12-01

    High resolutions records of past nearshore temperature, salinity, and nutrient enrichments at mid-latitudes would be valuable for reconstructing past changes in climate affecting coastal areas (e.g. changes in precipitation, the nature of wind-driven coastal upwelling or the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO)). We present here a potential archive of such records in growth-banded mollusc shells. The potential paleo-temperature proxy Mg/Ca, as well as Sr/Ca and stable isotopes (δ 18O, δ 13C) were measured in shells of the clam Protothaca staminea. This bivalve appears favorable for nearshore paleoclimate reconstructions because it occurs over a wide geographic range (Alaska to central America), grows for nearly 10 years, and is present in archeological and geological deposits. P. staminea shells were obtained from a tidal flat in Humboldt Bay, CA (40.8° N; modern), and from the Duncan's Point Cave shell midden (CA Dept. Parks and Recreation site SON-348/H) near Bodega Bay, CA (39.6° N; ~3,000 and ~9,000 cal yr BP). High-resolution (monthly to weekly) Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca measurements were made by (UV Excimer) laser-ablation inductively-coupled plasma (quadrupole) mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) using a spot size of 90 μ m and sample spacing ranging from 100 to 300 μ m. The rapidity of LA-ICP-MS analysis made it possible to analyze a 4 cm-long section of shell within 1 day. Absolute scales for the Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca LA-ICP-MS records were obtained from shell powders drilled with a 0.5 or 0.7 mm burr then dissolved and analyzed by flame atomic absorbtion. Stable isotopes were measured on splits of the shell powders. The Mg/Ca record during the final four years of shell growth in the Humboldt Bay shell shows a regular seasonal pattern with highest values (3.5 mmol/mol) during summer and lowest values (2.5 mmol/mol) during winter corresponding to a nearshore climatological temperature range of 6° C. An abrupt shift in shell Mg/Ca values toward the end of each year

  10. Long-haul and high-resolution optical time domain reflectometry using superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors

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    Zhao, Qingyuan; Xia, Lan; Wan, Chao; Hu, Junhui; Jia, Tao; Gu, Min; Zhang, Labao; Kang, Lin; Chen, Jian; Zhang, Xuping; Wu, Peiheng

    2015-01-01

    In classical optical time domain reflectometries (OTDRs), for sensing an 200-km-long fiber, the optical pulses launched are as wide as tens of microseconds to get enough signal-to-noise ratio, while it results in a two-point resolution of kilometers. To both reach long sensing distance and sub-kilometer resolution, we demonstrated a long-haul photon-counting OTDR using a superconducting nanowire single-photon detector. In a 40-minute-long measurement, we obtained a dynamic range of 46.9 dB, corresponding to a maximum sensing distance of 246.8 km, at a two-point resolution of 0.1 km. The time for measuring fiber after 100 km was reduced to one minute, while the fiber end at 217 km was still distinguished well from noise. After reducing the pulse width to 100 ns, the experimental two-point resolution was improved to 20 m while the maximum sensing distance was 209.47 km. PMID:26020163

  11. CYG X-1=V1357 CYG investigation based on high-resolution optical spectroscopy of 2002 2004

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    Karitskaya, E. A.; Agafonov, M. I.; Bochkarev, N. G.; Bondar, A. V.; Galazutdinov, G. A.; Lee, B.-C.; Musaev, F. A.; Sapar, A. A.; Sharova, O. I.; Shimanskii, V. V.

    2005-10-01

    We report the results of Cyg X-1 spectral monitoring for 2002 2004. A comparison of observed and non-local thermal equilibrium model profiles for H I, He I and Mg II is given, taking into account the tidal distortion of the Cyg X-1 optical component and its illumination by X-ray emission from the secondary component. We set limits on the main characteristics of the optical component, Teff=30400±500K and log g=3.31±0.07, and on the overabundances of He and Mg, [He]/[H]=0.43±0.06 dex and [Mg]/[H]=0.75±0.15 dex. The Doppler images were reconstructed by an improved Doppler tomography method on the basis of nine He II (?=4686Å) profiles from 2003 (the ‘soft’ X-ray state) and six profiles from 2004 (the ‘hard’ X-ray state). This allowed us to set limits on the black-hole-to-supergiant mass ratio (1/4)=slant MX/MO=slant (1/3).

  12. Long-haul and high-resolution optical time domain reflectometry using superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors.

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    Zhao, Qingyuan; Xia, Lan; Wan, Chao; Hu, Junhui; Jia, Tao; Gu, Min; Zhang, Labao; Kang, Lin; Chen, Jian; Zhang, Xuping; Wu, Peiheng

    2015-01-01

    In classical optical time domain reflectometries (OTDRs), for sensing an 200-km-long fiber, the optical pulses launched are as wide as tens of microseconds to get enough signal-to-noise ratio, while it results in a two-point resolution of kilometers. To both reach long sensing distance and sub-kilometer resolution, we demonstrated a long-haul photon-counting OTDR using a superconducting nanowire single-photon detector. In a 40-minute-long measurement, we obtained a dynamic range of 46.9 dB, corresponding to a maximum sensing distance of 246.8 km, at a two-point resolution of 0.1 km. The time for measuring fiber after 100 km was reduced to one minute, while the fiber end at 217 km was still distinguished well from noise. After reducing the pulse width to 100 ns, the experimental two-point resolution was improved to 20 m while the maximum sensing distance was 209.47 km. PMID:26020163

  13. High-resolution optical signatures of fresh and aged explosives in the 420nm to 620nm illumination range

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    Lunsford, Robert; Grun, Jacob; Gump, Jared

    2012-06-01

    Optical signatures of fresh and aged explosives are measured and compared to determine whether there exist differences in the signatures that can be exploited for detection. The explosives examined are RDX, TNT, and HMX, which have been heated for two weeks at 75 degrees centigrade or irradiated for two weeks with a 15-Watt ultraviolet lamp (254nm). The optical signatures are obtained by illuminating the samples with a sequence of laser wavelengths between 420nm and 620nm in 10 nm steps and measuring the spectra of light scattered from the sample at each laser wavelength. The measurements are performed on the Naval Research Laboratory's SWOrRD instrument. SWOrRD is capable of illuminating a sample with laser wavelength between 210nm and 2000nm, in steps of 0.1nm, and measuring the spectrum of light scattered from the sample at each wavelength. SWOrRD's broad tuning range, high average power (1- 300mW), narrow line width (< 4cm-1), and rapid wavelength tunability enable these measurements. Results, based on more than 80 measurements - each at 21 sequential laser wavelengths, indicate that the variation in spectral line amplitude observed when altering laser illumination wavelength differs between fresh and aged explosives. Thus, an instrument for rapid and reagent-less differentiation between aged and fresh explosives, based on illumination with a few appropriately chosen laser wavelengths appears feasible.

  14. Spaceflight optical disk recorder development

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    Jurczyk, Stephen G.; Hines, Glenn D.; Shull, Thomas A.

    1992-01-01

    Mass memory systems based on rewriteable optical disk media are expected to play an important role in meeting the data system requirements for future NASA spaceflight missions. NASA has established a program to develop a high performance (high rate, large capacity) optical disk recorder focused on use aboard unmanned Earth orbiting platforms. An expandable, adaptable system concept is proposed based on disk drive modules and a modular controller. Drive performance goals are 10 gigabyte capacity, 300 megabit/s transfer rate, 10 exp -12 corrected bit error rate, and 150 millisec access time. This performance is achieved by writing eight data tracks in parallel on both sides of a 14 in. optical disk using two independent heads. System goals are 160 gigabyte capacity, 1.2 gigabits/s data rate with concurrent I/O, 250 millisec access time, and two to five year operating life on orbit. The system can be configured to meet various applications. This versatility is provided by the controller. The controller provides command processing, multiple drive synchronization, data buffering, basic file management, error processing, and status reporting. Technology developments, design concepts, current status including a computer model of the system and a Controller breadboard, and future plans for the Drive and Controller are presented.

  15. First High-Resolution Record of Late Quaternary Environmental Changes in the Amundsen Sea, West Antarctica, Revealed by Multi-proxy Analysis of Drift Sediments

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    Horrocks, J.; Ó Cofaigh, C.; Lloyd, J. M.; Hillenbrand, C. D.; Kuhn, G.; Smith, J.; Ehrmann, W. U.; Esper, O.

    2015-12-01

    The Amundsen Sea sector of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) is experiencing rapid mass loss and there is a pressing need to place the contemporary ice-sheet changes into a longer term context. The continental rise in this region is characterised by large sediment mounds that are shaped by westward flowing bottom currents and that resemble contouritic drifts existing offshore from the Antarctic Peninsula. Similar to the Antarctic Peninsula drifts, marine sediment cores from the poorly studied sediment mounds in the Amundsen Sea have the potential to provide reliable records of dynamical ice-sheet behaviour in West Antarctica and palaeoceanographic changes in the Southern Ocean during the Late Quaternary that can be reconstructed from their terrestrial, biogenic and authigenic components. Here we use multi-proxy data from three sediment cores recovered from two of the Amundsen Sea mounds to present the first high-resolution study of environmental changes on this part of the West Antarctic continental margin over the glacial-interglacial cycles of the Late Quaternary. Age constraints for the records are derived from biostratigraphy, AMS 14C dates and lithostratigraphy. We focus on the investigation of processes for drift formation, thereby using grain size and sortable silt data to reconstruct changes in bottom current speed and to identify episodes of current winnowing. Data on geochemical and mineralogical sediment composition and physical properties are used to infer both changes in terrigenous sediment supply in response to the advance and retreat of the WAIS across the Amundsen Sea shelf and changes in biological productivity that are mainly controlled by the duration of annual sea-ice coverage. We compare our data sets from the Amundsen Sea mounds to those from the well-studied Antarctic Peninsula drifts, thereby highlighting similarities and discrepancies in depositional processes and climatically-driven environmental changes.

  16. High-resolution glacial and deglacial record of atmospheric methane by continuous-flow and laser spectrometer analysis along the NEEM ice core

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    Chappellaz, J.; Stowasser, C.; Blunier, T.; Baslev-Clausen, D.; Brook, E. J.; Dallmayr, R.; Faïn, X.; Lee, J. E.; Mitchell, L. E.; Pascual, O.; Romanini, D.; Rosen, J.; Schüpbach, S.

    2013-11-01

    The Greenland NEEM (North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling) operation in 2010 provided the first opportunity to combine trace-gas measurements by laser spectroscopic instruments and continuous-flow analysis along a freshly drilled ice core in a field-based setting. We present the resulting atmospheric methane (CH4) record covering the time period from 107.7 to 9.5 ka b2k (thousand years before 2000 AD). Companion discrete CH4 measurements are required to transfer the laser spectroscopic data from a relative to an absolute scale. However, even on a relative scale, the high-resolution CH4 data set significantly improves our knowledge of past atmospheric methane concentration changes. New significant sub-millennial-scale features appear during interstadials and stadials, generally associated with similar changes in water isotopic ratios of the ice, a proxy for local temperature. In addition to the midpoint of Dansgaard-Oeschger (D/O) CH4 transitions usually used for cross-dating, sharp definition of the start and end of these events brings precise depth markers (with ±20 cm uncertainty) for further cross-dating with other palaeo- or ice core records, e.g. speleothems. The method also provides an estimate of CH4 rates of change. The onsets of D/O events in the methane signal show a more rapid rate of change than their endings. The rate of CH4 increase associated with the onsets of D/O events progressively declines from 1.7 to 0.6 ppbv yr-1 in the course of marine isotope stage 3. The largest observed rate of increase takes place at the onset of D/O event #21 and reaches 2.5 ppbv yr-1.

  17. High-resolution glacial and deglacial record of atmospheric methane by continuous-flow and laser spectrometer analysis along the NEEM ice core

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    Chappellaz, J.; Stowasser, C.; Blunier, T.; Baslev-Clausen, D.; Brook, E. J.; Dallmayr, R.; Faïn, X.; Lee, J. E.; Mitchell, L. E.; Pascual, O.; Romanini, D.; Rosen, J.; Schüpbach, S.

    2013-05-01

    The Greenland NEEM (North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling) operation in 2010 provided the first opportunity to combine trace-gas measurements by laser spectroscopic instruments and continuous-flow analysis along a freshly drilled ice core in a field based setting. We present the resulting atmospheric methane (CH4) record covering the time period from 107.7 to 9.5 ka b2k (thousand years before 2000 AD). Companion discrete CH4 measurements are required to transfer the laser spectroscopic data from a relative to an absolute scale. However, even on a relative scale, the high-resolution CH4 dataset significantly improves our knowledge of past atmospheric methane concentration changes. New significant sub-millennial-scale features appear during interstadials and stadials, generally associated with similar changes in water isotopic ratios of the ice, a proxy for local temperature. In addition to the mid-point of Dansgaard/Oeschger (D/O) CH4 transitions usually used for cross-dating, sharp definition of the start and end of these events brings precise depth markers (with ±20 cm uncertainty) for further cross-dating with other ice core or paleo records, e.g. speleothems. The method also provides an estimate of CH4 rates of change. The onsets of D/O events in the methane signal show a more rapid rate of change than their endings. The rate of CH4 increase associated with the onsets of D/O events progressively declines from 1.7 to 0.6 ppbv yr-1 in the course of Marine Isotope Stage 3. The largest observed rate of increase takes place at the onset of D/O event #21 and reaches 2.5 ppbv yr-1.

  18. High-resolution opal records from the eastern tropical Pacific provide evidence for silicic acid leakage from HNLC regions during glacial periods

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    Arellano-Torres, Elsa; Pichevin, Laetitia E.; Ganeshram, Raja S.

    2011-05-01

    A shift from carbonate- to silica-dominated primary production could significantly affect the oceanic carbon cycle via changes in the particulate carbon rain-rate ratio ( C organic:C inorganic fluxes). An increase in C rain rate ratio has been invoked to explain lower glacial pCO 2; however, firm evidence of an ecological shift towards silica-dominated productivity during the last glacial period is lacking. Here, we present new high-resolution reconstructions of biogenic silica and total production over the past 40,000 yr BP in 3 cores from the eastern tropical North Pacific (ETNP) off Mexico and Nicaragua. These records reveal a clear regional pattern of higher siliceous productivity with higher opal accumulation during the last glacial period compared to interglacial times. Higher Si:C and Si:N ratios of glacial sediments in these records suggest a net increase in siliceous production over total production. We attribute this to the additional supply of silicic acid to the ETNP margins favouring diatoms over other non-siliceous algae. This suggestion for increased supply of Si during glacial periods is consistent with the proposed large-scale redistribution of excess silicic acid from High Nitrate Low Chlorophyll (HNLC) regions like the eastern equatorial Pacific (EEP) and the Southern Ocean by the Silicic Acid Leakage Hypothesis (SALH). In these HNLC regions, the Si-isotope composition of diatom frustules (δ 30Si) has provided evidence for the generation of surplus of silicic acid during diatom growth under conditions of higher Fe availability during glacial periods. We suggest that silicic acid leakage from the HNLC regions to the adjoining oceans may have increased the carbon rain rate ratio and ultimately, contributed to the decrease in glacial atmospheric pCO 2.

  19. High resolution Holocene temperature records for the northeastern United States from hydrogen isotope ratios of mid-chain aquatic plant lipids

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    Gao, L.; Huang, Y.; Hou, J.; Shuman, B. N.; Oswald, W.; Foster, D. R.

    2011-12-01

    Holocene temperature changes for the northeastern U.S. are poorly defined due to the lack of suitable proxies. We developed a mathematic model to quantify the percentage contribution of aquatic plants to the mid-chain n-alkyl lipids in lake sediments (Gao et al., GCA, 2011). We show that Little Pond in Royalston, Massachusetts is characterized by exceptionally high percentages (>90%) of aquatic contribution to the mid-chain n-alkyl lipids in sediments, and generated a quantitative, high-resolution Holocene temperature record based on compound-specific D/H ratio of behenic acid (δDBA) (Figure). Our record shows that the Laurentide Ice Sheet suppressed the regional temperature by ~ 2 °C during the early Holocene. Numerous rapid and large (~4.9 °C) climate oscillations occurred as a result of major freshwater outbursts and the resulting changes in North Atlantic meridional overturning circulation. Following a major climate reversal at 8.2 ka, the regional climatic optimum occurred between ~8 ka and ~7 ka BP. Temperature gradually declined from ~8ka toward present by ~3.9 °C associated with the declining summer insolation. During the past two millennia, temperature changes closely mimic the synthesized borehole temperatures, with a temperature trough at ~1.8 ka and a peak at ~0.5 ka. Regional temperature does not show the typical little ice age trends, except a minimal temperature (~7 °C) at ~1850 A.D, which is followed by rapid temperature rise probably as a result of anthropogenic forcing. Combined with our previous data from Blood Pond, we have obtained centennial scale temperature history for the New England region for the past 15000 years.

  20. Detecting Rock Glacier Dynamics in Southern Carpathians Mountains Using High-Resolution Optical and Multi-Temporal SAR Satellite Imagery .....

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    Necsoiu, M.; Onaca, A.

    2015-12-01

    This research provided the first documented assessment of the dynamics of rock glaciers in Southern Carpathian Mountains over almost half a century (1968-2014). The dynamics of four representative rock glaciers were assessed using complementary satellite-based optical and radar remote sensing techniques. We investigated the dynamics of the area using co-rectification of paired optical satellite datasets acquired by SPOT5, WV-1, Pléiades, and Corona to estimate short term (7 years) and longer term changes (44 years). Accurately rectifying and co-registering Corona KH-4B imagery allowed us to expand the time horizon over which changes in this alpine environment could be analyzed. The displacements revealed by this analysis correlate with variations in local slope of the rock glaciers, and presence or absence of permafrost. For radar analysis, nine ascending ALOS-1 PALSAR images were used based clear sky and absence of snow groundcover (i.e. June-October). Although decorrelation limits the ability to perform quantitative InSAR analyses, loss of coherence was useful in detecting subtle changes in active rock glacier environments, as well as other mass movements including rock falls, rock avalanches, debris flows, creep of permafrost, and solifluction. Small Baseline Subset (SBAS) InSAR analysis successfully quantified rates of change for unstable areas. The results of this investigation, although based on limited archived imagery, demonstrate that correlation analysis, coherence analysis, and multitemporal InSAR techniques can yield useful information for detecting creeping permafrost in a complex mountain environment, such as Retezat Mountains. Our analyses showed that rock glaciers in the Southern Carpathian Mountains are experiencing very slow annual movement of only a few cm per year. Results of the remote sensing analyses are consistent with field observations of permafrost occurrence at these sites (for more, please see Abstract ID# 68413). The combined optical

  1. High-resolution diatom analyses of holocene deposits from lake baikal: preliminary results for the records from continent ridge, posolsky bank and vydrino shoulder

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    Rioual, P.; Morley, D.; Mackay, A. W.

    2003-04-01

    Most studies on the sedimentary diatom assemblages of Lake Baikal have either focused on the very recent past or have been carried out at low sampling resolution on sequences that encompass several glacial/interglacial cycles. Here we present the progress made so far on the high-resolution diatoms analysis of the Holocene records found in three sites, one located in the North basin (Continent Ridge), and two located in the South basin (Posolsky Bank and Vydrino Shoulder). Samples are being analysed at a 5 mm resolution throughout the Holocene record for Vydrino Shoulder and every 1 cm for Posolsky Bank. At Continent Ridge, diatom analysis was carried out every 2 mm on the uppermost 20 cm of the core, while samples for the rest of the Holocene record were analysed every 1 cm only. We expect these to reflect a decadal to centennial resolution. From these three sequences, a very large number of diatom taxa (about 500) have been identified. In all three sequences, endemic planktonic diatoms dominate the assemblages. Species shifts common to all three sequences can be identified such as the rising percentages of Aulacoseira baicalensis and A. skvortzowii (species blooming under the ice in Spring) and the relative decline of Cyclotella minuta (that blooms during the Autumn overturn) at the top of the sequences, perhaps associated with the end of the Little Ice Age. Further down core, a peak of Stephanodiscus parvus, the rise in percentages of Cyclostephanos dubius and the decline of the endemic Stephanodiscus flabellatus also represent distinct species shifts. The cosmopolitan S. parvus and C. dubius are thought to indicate higher nutrient status. These features appear to be lake-wide and can maybe be used to correlate the sequences. Differences in species succession, however, are also apparent between the three records. Large peaks of Hannaea arcus, a periphytic diatom, and Asterionella formosa, a cosmopolitan planktonic species, for example are only found at Vydrino

  2. Optical Sectioning and High Resolution in Single-Slice Structured Illumination Microscopy by Thick Slice Blind-SIM Reconstruction

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    Jost, Aurélie; Tolstik, Elen; Feldmann, Polina; Wicker, Kai; Sentenac, Anne; Heintzmann, Rainer

    2015-01-01

    The microscope image of a thick fluorescent sample taken at a given focal plane is plagued by out-of-focus fluorescence and diffraction limited resolution. In this work, we show that a single slice of Structured Illumination Microscopy (two or three beam SIM) data can be processed to provide an image exhibiting tight sectioning and high transverse resolution. Our reconstruction algorithm is adapted from the blind-SIM technique which requires very little knowledge of the illumination patterns. It is thus able to deal with illumination distortions induced by the sample or illumination optics. We named this new algorithm thick slice blind-SIM because it models a three-dimensional sample even though only a single two-dimensional plane of focus was measured. PMID:26147644

  3. Two-channel algorithm for single-shot, high-resolution measurement of optical wavefronts using two image sensors.

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    Nozawa, Jin; Okamoto, Atsushi; Shibukawa, Atsushi; Takabayashi, Masanori; Tomita, Akihisa

    2015-10-10

    We propose a two-channel holographic diversity interferometer (2ch-HDI) system for single-shot and highly accurate measurements of complex amplitude fields with a simple optical setup. In this method, two phase-shifted interference patterns are generated, without requiring a phase-shifting device, by entering a circularly polarized reference beam into a polarizing beam splitter, and the resulting patterns are captured simultaneously using two image sensors. However, differences in the intensity distributions of the two image sensors may lead to serious measurement errors. Thus, we also develop a two-channel algorithm optimized for the 2ch-HDI to compensate for these differences. Simulation results show that this algorithm can compensate for such differences in the intensity distributions in the two image sensors. Experimental results confirm that the combination of the 2ch-HDI and the calculation algorithm significantly enhances measurement accuracy. PMID:26479799

  4. High-resolution spectrally-resolved fiber optic sensor interrogation system based on a standard DWDM laser module.

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    Njegovec, Matej; Donlagic, Denis

    2010-11-01

    This paper presents a spectrally-resolved integration system suitable for the reading of Bragg grating, all-fiber Fabry-Perot, and similar spectrally-resolved fiber-optic sensors. This system is based on a standard telecommunication dense wavelength division mult