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  1. Improved energy of the 21.5 keV M1 + E2 nuclear transition in 151Eu

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    Inoyatov, A. Kh.; Kovalík, A.; Filosofov, D. V.; Ryšavý, M.; Perevoshchikov, L. L.; Baimukhanova, A.

    2016-05-01

    Using internal conversion electron spectroscopy, improved energy 21 541.5±0.5 eV was determined for the 21.5keV M1 + E2 nuclear transition in 151Eu populated in the electron capture decay of 151Gd . This value was found to agree well with the present adopted value but is much more accurate. A value of 0.0305±0.0011 derived for the E2 admixture parameter \\vertδ(E2/M1)\\vert from the measured conversion electron line intensities corresponds to the present adopted value. A possible effect of nuclear structure on the multipolarity of the 21.5 keV transition was also investigated.

  2. First direct high-precision energy determination for the 8.4 and 20.7 keV nuclear transitions in 169Tm

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    Inoyatov, A. Kh.; Kovalík, A.; Filosofov, D. V.; Ryšavý, M.; Perevoshchikov, L. L.; Gurov, Yu. B.

    2015-06-01

    Energies of 8410.1 ± 0.4, 20743.9 ± 0.3, and 63121.6 ± 1.2 eV were determined for the 8.4 keV M1 + E2, 20.7 keV M1 + E2, and 63.1 keV E1 nuclear transitions in 169Tm (generated in the EC decay of 169Yb, respectively, by means of the internal conversion electron spectroscopy. The 169Yb sources used were prepared by vacuum evaporation deposition on polycrystalline carbon and platinum foils as well as by ion implantation at 30keV into a polycrystalline aluminum foil. The relevant conversion electron spectra were measured by a high-resolution combined electrostatic electron spectrometer at 7 eV instrumental resoluition. Values of 0.0326(14) and 0.0259(17) were derived from our experimental data for the E2 admixture parameter |δ ( E2/ M1)| for the 8.4 and 20.7 keV transitions, respectively. A possible effect of nuclear structure on multipolarity of the 20.7 keV transition was also investigated.

  3. Sensitivity of the CUORE detector to 14.4 keV solar axions emitted by the M1 nuclear transition of 57Fe

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    Li, Dawei; Creswick, Richard J.; Avignone, Frank T., III; Wang, Yuanxu

    2016-02-01

    In this paper we present a calculation of the sensitivity of the CUORE detector to the monoenergetic 14.4 keV solar axions emitted by the M1 nuclear transition of 57Fe in the Sun and detected by inverse coherent Bragg-Primakoff conversion in single-crystal TeO2 bolometers. The expected counting rate is calculated using density functional theory for the electron charge density of TeO2 and realistic background and energy resolution of CUORE. Monte Carlo simulations for 5y × 741 kg=3705 kg y of exposure are analyzed using time correlation of individual events with the theoretical time-dependent counting rate. We find an expected model-independent limit on the product of the axion-photon coupling and the axion-nucleon coupling gaγγgaNeff < 1.105 × 10-16 /GeV for axion masses less than 500 eV with 95% confidence level.

  4. New precise αK measurement as part of a test of electronic conversion theory - 166 keV transition in ^139La

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    Balonek, Christine; Nica, Ninel; Hardy, John

    2006-10-01

    Precise internal conversion coefficients (ICCs) are crucial to the study of nuclear decay schemes, including spin and parity designations, transition rates, and branching ratios. However, various calculations of ICCs disagree with one another and with experiment by several percent. The situation is further confused by the fact that very few ICC measurements have uncertainties under 1%. Until recently, it was even unclear if the calculations should incorporate the hole left by the departing conversion electron. To remedy this situation, we have set out to measure the K-shell ICC values of three different isotopes to that precision. The ICCs for 127.55 keV E3 transition of ^134Cs^m and 661.657 keV M4 transition of ^137Ba have already been completed. We report here on the third and final case: the 165.858 keV M1 transition in ^139La.

  5. Nuclear resonant forward scattering of synchrotron radiation from 121 Sb at 37.13 keV.

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    Wille, H. C.; Shvydko, Y. V.; Alp, E. E.; Ruter, H. D.; Leupold, O.; Sergueev, I.; Ruffer, R.; Barla, A.; Sanchez, J. P.; X-Ray Science Division; European Synchrotron Radiation Facility; Univ. of Hamburg; Hamburder Synchrotronstrahlungslabor

    2006-02-22

    We report on the observation of nuclear resonant forward scattering of synchrotron radiation from {sup 121}Sb nuclei. A temperature stabilized {alpha}Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} crystal Bragg backscattering high-resolution monochromator with a relative energy resolution of 2 x 10{sup -7} was introduced. As first spectroscopic applications the hyperfine parameters in Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3}, USb and DySb were determined. The energy of the nuclear transition in {sup 121}Sb was measured to be 37.1298(2)keV, 40 times more precisely than reported before. The results open the field of nuclear resonance spectroscopy on antimony compounds taking advantage of the outstanding features of 3rd-generation synchrotron sources. Nuclear resonance scattering on Sb compounds at these sources allows element-specific dynamical studies on thermoelectric materials as well as studies on magnetism in micro- and nanometer dimensional systems like spintronic devices.

  6. Nuclear Scattering from Transition Metals

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    Hira, Ajit; McKeough, James; Valerio, Mario; Cathey, Tommy

    2016-03-01

    In view of the continued interest in the scattering of light projectiles by metallic nuclei, we present a computational study of the interactions between different nuclear species of atoms such as H through F (Z <= 9) and the nuclei of Silver, Palladium and other metals. Recent work has shown that neutron scattering can be used to record holographic images of materials. We have developed a FORTRAN computer program to compute stopping cross sections and scattering angles in Ag and other metals for the small nuclear projectiles, using Monte Carlo calculation. This code allows for different angles of incidence. Next, simulations were done in the energy interval from 50 to 210 keV. The computational results thus obtained are compared with relevant experimental data. The data are further analyzed to identify periodic trends in terms of the atomic number of the projectile. Such studies also have potential applications in nuclear physics and in nuclear medicine. Funding from National Science Foundation.

  7. Radiation safety review for 511-keV emitters in nuclear medicine.

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    Dell, M A

    1997-03-01

    With the advent of high-energy collimators and dual-head coincidence cameras, standard nuclear medicine facilities will soon begin imaging with PET isotopes. The use of 511-keV emitters raises new radiation safety concerns for technologists traditionally limited to handling 99mTc and other low-energy isotopes. This article is a basic review of positron emitters, measurement concerns, exposure rates, shielding requirements and external radiation exposure mitigation. Newly developed PET shielding products are presented and regulatory status is discussed briefly. PMID:9239598

  8. Precise αK Measurement of 346.5 keV Transition in ^197Pt as a Test of Internal Conversion Theory

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    Hernberg, Mark; Hardy, John; Nica, Ninel; Goodwin, John; Iacob, Victor

    2007-10-01

    We have determined the K-shell internal conversion coefficient (ICC) of the 346.5 keV M4 transition in ^197Pt using an HPGe detector at the Texas A&M University Cyclotron. ICCs are used in the study of nuclear decay schemes, branching ratios and transition rates, as well as spin and parity assignments. We have recently been measuring ICCs (in ^193Ir , ^137Ba, ^134Cs) with the specific purpose of testing the method used to treat the atomic vacancy in calculating ICCs. Previous measurements of the ICC for the 346.5 keV transition in ^197Pt have disagreed significantly from calculated coefficients regardless of the method used to consider the vacancy. This could have indicated some other unknown factor causing a problem in the calculations. Our preliminary result, determined with an uncertainty of 3% is αK= 4.24(13). This disagrees with previous measurements (αK= 4.02(8)) and is now consistent with the calculated ICCs.

  9. Nuclear physics: Elusive transition spotted in thorium

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    Safronova, Marianna

    2016-05-01

    The highly precise atomic clocks used in science and technology are based on electronic transitions in atoms. The discovery of a nuclear transition in thorium-229 raises hopes of making nuclear clocks a reality. See Article p.47

  10. Internal Conversion Coefficients for Low-Energy Nuclear Transitions

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    Band, I. M.; Trzhaskovskaya, M. B.

    1993-09-01

    Presented here are calculated internal conversion coefficients (ICCs) of gamma rays for 35 observed low-energy nuclear transitions having Eγ ≲ 3 keV. Additionally, the ICCs for 24 high-multipole-order transitions which have been measured extensively are also given. The ICC calculations have been performed using Dirac-Fock electron wave functions, the exchange terms of the Dirac-Fock equations being included wthout any approximations both for the interaction between bound electrons and the interaction between bound and free electrons. Our previous studies have shown that the Dirac-Fock method allows ICC values to be obtained in best agreement with experimental data.

  11. Phase transitions in nuclear matter

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    Glendenning, N.K.

    1984-11-01

    The rather general circumstances under which a phase transition in hadronic matter at finite temperature to an abnormal phase in which baryon effective masses become small and in which copious baryon-antibaryon pairs appear is emphasized. A preview is also given of a soliton model of dense matter, in which at a density of about seven times nuclear density, matter ceases to be a color insulator and becomes increasingly color conducting. 22 references.

  12. Nuclear binding near a quantum phase transition

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    Lee, Dean

    2016-03-01

    I review recent ab initio results by the Nuclear Lattice Effective Field Theory Collaboration showing that nature lies close to a quantum phase transition between an alpha-particle gas and nuclear liquid. I discuss the control parameter of this transition and the implications for clustering in nuclei and improving ab initio nuclear structure calculations.

  13. Search for 14.4 keV solar axions emitted in the M1-transition of {sup 57}Fe nuclei with CAST

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    Andriamonje, S.; Aune, S.; Dafni, T.; Ferrer-Ribas, E.; Autiero, D.; Barth, K.; Davenport, M.; Lella, L. Di; Belov, A.; Beltrán, B.; Carmona, J.M.; Cebrián, S.; Bräuninger, H.; Englhauser, J.; Friedrich, P.; Collar, J.I.; Eleftheriadis, C.; Fanourakis, G.; Fischer, H.; Franz, J.; Collaboration: CAST collaboration; and others

    2009-12-01

    We have searched for 14.4 keV solar axions or more general axion-like particles (ALPs), that may be emitted in the M1 nuclear transition of {sup 57}Fe, by using the axion-to-photon conversion in the CERN Axion Solar Telescope (CAST) with evacuated magnet bores (Phase I). From the absence of excess of the monoenergetic X-rays when the magnet was pointing to the Sun, we set model-independent constraints on the coupling constants of pseudoscalar particles that couple to two photons and to a nucleon g{sub aγ}|−1.19g{sub aN}{sup 0}+g{sub aN}{sup 3}| < 1.36 × 10{sup −16} GeV{sup −1} for m{sub a} < 0.03 eV at the 95% confidence level.

  14. Search for 14.4-KeV Solar Axions Emitted in the M1-Transition of Fe-57 Nuclei with CAST

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    Andriamonje, S.; Aune, S.; Autiero, D.; Barth, K.; Belov, A.; Beltran, B.; Brauninger, H.; Carmona, J.M.; Cebrian, S.; Collar, J.I.; Dafni, T.; Davenport, M.; Di Lella, L.; Eleftheriadis, C.; Englhauser, J.; Fanourakis, G.; Ferrer-Ribas, E.; Fischer, H.; Franz, J.; Friedrich, P.; Geralis, T.; /Democritos Nucl. Res. Ctr. /DAPNIA, Saclay /Moscow, INR /Zaragoza U. /British Columbia U. /Freiburg U. /Darmstadt, Tech. Hochsch. /DAPNIA, Saclay /Zaragoza U. /Frankfurt U. /Boskovic Inst., Zagreb /Freiburg U. /Munich, Max Planck Inst. /Boskovic Inst., Zagreb /Democritos Nucl. Res. Ctr. /Darmstadt, Tech. Hochsch. /Garching, Max Planck Inst., MPE /Boskovic Inst., Zagreb /CERN /Aristotle U., Thessaloniki /Boskovic Inst., Zagreb /Munich, Max Planck Inst. /Zaragoza U. /Chicago U., EFI /Chicago U., KICP /Stanford U., Phys. Dept. /SLAC /Zaragoza U. /CERN /DAPNIA, Saclay /CERN /Munich, Max Planck Inst. /Darmstadt, Tech. Hochsch. /Zaragoza U. /Aristotle U., Thessaloniki /Patras U. /Brookhaven /CERN /Munich, Max Planck Inst. /CERN /Chicago U., EFI /Chicago U., KICP /Zaragoza U. /Freiburg U. /CERN /CERN /Patras U.

    2011-12-02

    We have searched for 14.4 keV solar axions or more general axion-like particles (ALPs), that may be emitted in the M1 nuclear transition of 57Fe, by using the axion-to-photon conversion in the CERN Axion Solar Telescope (CAST) with evacuated magnet bores (Phase I). From the absence of excess of the monoenergetic X-rays when the magnet was pointing to the Sun, we set model-independent constraints on the coupling constants of pseudoscalar particles that couple to two photons and to a nucleon g{sub ay}|-1.19g{sub aN}{sup 0}+g{sub aN}{sup 3}| < 1.36 x 10{sup -16} GeV{sup -1} for ma < 0.03 eV at the 95% confidence level.

  15. Analysis of Nuclear Quantum Phase Transitions

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    Li, Z. P.; Meng, J.; Niksic, T.; Vretenar, D.; Lalazissis, G. A.; Ring, P.

    2009-08-26

    A microscopic analysis, based on nuclear energy density functionals, is presented for shape phase transitions in Nd isotopes. Low-lying excitation spectra and transition probabilities are calculated starting from a five-dimensional Hamiltonian, with parameters determined by constrained relativistic mean-field calculations for triaxial shapes. The results reproduce available data, and show that there is an abrupt change of structure at N = 90, that corresponds to a first-order quantum phase transition between spherical and axially deformed shapes.

  16. Search for 14.4 keV solar axions from M1 transition of 57Fe with CUORE crystals

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    CUORE Collaboration

    2013-05-01

    We report the results of a search for axions from the 14.4 keV M1 transition from 57Fe in the core of the sun using the axio-electric effect in TeO2 bolometers. The detectors are 5 × 5 × 5 cm3 crystals operated at about 10 mK in a facility used to test bolometers for the CUORE experiment at the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso in Italy. An analysis of 43.65 kgṡd of data was made using a newly developed low energy trigger which was optimized to reduce the energy threshold of the detector. An upper limit of 0.58 cṡkg-1ṡd-1 is established at 95% C.L., which translates into lower bounds fA >= 3.12 × 105 GeV 95% C.L. (DFSZ model) and fA >= 2.41 × 104 GeV 95% C.L. (KSVZ model) on the Peccei-Quinn symmetry-breaking scale, for a value of S = 0.5 of the flavor-singlet axial vector matrix element. These bounds can be expressed in terms of axion masses as mA <= 19.2 eV and mA <= 250 eV at 95% C.L. in the DFSZ and KSVZ models respectively. Bounds are given also for the interval 0.35 <= S <= 0.55.

  17. New limit on the mass of 14.4-keV solar axions emitted in an M1 transition in 57Fe nuclei

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    Derbin, A. V.; Muratova, V. N.; Semenov, D. A.; Unzhakov, E. V.

    2011-04-01

    Axions of energy 14.4 keV that originated from the M1 transition in 57Fe nuclei in the Sun were sought by using the resonance-absorption reaction A+57Fe → 57Fe* → 57Fe+ γ (14.4 keV). Asectioned Si(Li) detector arranged in a low-background facility was used to record photons from this reaction. This resulted in setting a new limit on the axion couplings to nucleons, |-1.19 g {/AN 0} + g {/AN 3}| ≤ 3.0×10-6. Within the hadronic-axion model, the respective constraint on the axion mass is m A ≤ 145 eV (at a 95% C.L.).

  18. A space bourne crystal diffraction telescope for the energy range of nuclear transitions

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    von Ballmoos, P.; Naya, J.E.; Albernhe, F.; Vedrenne, G.; Smither, R.K.; Faiz, M.; Fernandez, P.; Graber, T.

    1995-10-01

    Recent experimental work of the Toulouse-Argonne collaboration has opened for perspective of a focusing gamma-ray telescope operating in the energy range of nuclear transitions, featuring unprecedented sensitivity, angular and energy resolution. The instrument consists of a tunable crystal diffraction lens situated on a stabilized spacecraft, focusing gamma-rays onto a small array of Germanium detectors perched on an extendible boom. While the weight of such an instrument is less than 500 kg, it features an angular resolution of 15 in., an energy resolution of 2 keV and a 3 {sigma} narrow line sensitivity of a few times 10{sup {minus}7} photons s{sup {minus}1} cm{sup {minus}2} (10{sup 6} sec observation). This instrumental concept permits observation of any identified source at any selected line-energy in a range of typically 200 keV to 1300 keV. The resulting ``sequential`` operation mode makes sites of explosive nucleosynthesis natural scientific objectives for such a telescope: the nuclear lines of extragalactic supernovae ({sup 56}Ni, {sup 44}Ti, {sup 60}Fe) and galactic novae (p{sup {minus}}p{sup +} line, {sup 7}Be) are accessible to observation, one at a time, due to the erratic appearance and the sequence of half-lifes of these events. Other scientific objectives, include the narrow 511 keV line from galactic broad class annihilators (such as 1E1740-29, nova musca) and possible redshifted annihilation lines from AGN`s.

  19. Modification of nuclear transitions in stellar plasma by electronic processes: K isomers in {sup 176}Lu and {sup 180}Ta under s-process conditions

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    Gosselin, G.; Morel, P.; Mohr, P.

    2010-05-15

    The influence of the stellar plasma on the production and destruction of K isomers is studied for the examples {sup 176}Lu and {sup 180}Ta. Individual electromagnetic transitions are enhanced predominantly by nuclear excitation by electron capture, whereas the other mechanisms of electron scattering and nuclear excitation by electron transition give only minor contributions. It is found that individual transitions can be enhanced significantly for low transition energies below 100 keV. Transitions with higher energies above 200 keV are practically not affected. Although one low-energy transition in {sup 180}Ta is enhanced by up to a factor of 10, the stellar transition rates from low-K to high-K states via so-called intermediate states in {sup 176}Lu and {sup 180}Ta do not change significantly under s-process conditions. The s-process nucleosynthesis of {sup 176}Lu and {sup 180}Ta remains essentially unchanged.

  20. Close-packed Arrays of Transition-edge X-ray Microcalorimeters with High Spectral Resolution at 5.9 keV

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    Iyomoto, N.; Bandler, S. R.; Brekosky, R. P.; Brown, A.-D.; Chervenak, J. A.; Finkbeiner, F. M.; Kelley, R. L.; Kilbourne, C. A.; Porter, F. S.; Sadleir, J. E.; Smith, S. J.; Figueroa-Feliciano, E.

    2007-01-01

    We present measurements of high fill-factor arrays of superconducting transition-edge x-ray microcalorimeters designed to provide rapid thermalization of the x-ray energy. We designed an x-ray absorber that is cantilevered over the sensitive part of the thermometer itself, making contact only at normal metal-features. With absorbers made of electroplated gold, we have demonstrated an energy resolution between 2.4 and 3.1 eV at 5.9 keV on 13 separate pixels. We have determined the thermal and electrical parameters of the devices throughout the superconducting transition, and, using these parameters, have modeled all aspects of the detector performance.

  1. Close-packed arrays of transition-edge x-ray microcalorimeters with high spectral resolution at 5.9 keV

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    Iyomoto, N.; Bandler, S. R.; Brekosky, R. P.; Brown, A.-D.; Chervenak, J. A.; Finkbeiner, F. M.; Kelley, R. L.; Kilbourne, C. A.; Porter, F. S.; Sadleir, J. E.; Smith, S. J.; Figueroa-Feliciano, E.

    2008-01-07

    We present measurements of high fill-factor arrays of superconducting transition-edge x-ray microcalorimeters designed to provide rapid thermalization of the x-ray energy. We designed an x-ray absorber that is cantilevered over the sensitive part of the thermometer itself, making contact only at normal-metal features. With absorbers made of electroplated gold, we have demonstrated an energy resolution between 2.4 and 3.1 eV at 5.9 keV on 13 separate pixels. We have determined the thermal and electrical parameters of the devices throughout the superconducting transition and, using these parameters, have modeled all aspects of the detector performance.

  2. Measurement of88Sr K-shell ionization probability across the nuclear elastic-scattering resonance at 5060 keV

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    Chemin, J. F.; Anholt, R.; Stoller, Ch.; Meyerhot, W. E.; Amundsen, P. A.

    1981-09-01

    We have measured the dependence of the Sr K-shell-ionization probability on the projectile energy in the vicinity of the d-wave iosobaric analog resonance at 5060 keV in the reaction 88Sr(p,p)88Sr. The variation of the ionization probability with projectile enegy is interpreted in terms of a phase shift between the incoming and outgoing atomic ionization amplitudes due to the nuclear time delay.

  3. Array-compatible transition-edge sensor microcalorimeter {gamma}-ray detector with 42 eV energy resolution at 103 keV

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    Zink, B. L.; Ullom, J. N.; Beall, J. A.; Irwin, K. D.; Doriese, W. B.; Duncan, W. D.; Ferreira, L.; Hilton, G. C.; Horansky, R. D.; Reintsema, C. D.; Vale, L. R.

    2006-09-18

    The authors describe a microcalorimeter {gamma}-ray detector with measured energy resolution of 42 eV full width at half maximum for 103 keV photons. This detector consists of a thermally isolated superconducting transition-edge thermometer and a superconducting bulk tin photon absorber. The absorber is attached with a technique compatible with producing arrays of high-resolution {gamma}-ray detectors. The results of a detailed characterization of the detector, which includes measurements of the complex impedance, detector noise, and time-domain pulse response, suggest that a deeper understanding and optimization of the thermal transport between the absorber and thermometer could significantly improve the energy resolution of future detectors.

  4. Phase transitions of nuclear matter beyond mean field theory

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    Tran Huu Phat; Nguyen Tuan Anh; Nguyen Van Long; Le Viet Hoa

    2007-10-15

    The Cornwall-Jackiw-Tomboulis (CJT) effective action approach is applied to study the phase transition of nuclear matter modeled by the four-nucleon interaction. It is shown that in the Hartree-Fock approximation (HFA) a first-order phase transition takes place at low temperature, whereas the phase transition is of second order at higher temperature.

  5. 3.5 keV X-ray line signal from decay of right-handed neutrino due to transition magnetic moment

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    Modak, Kamakshya Prasad

    2015-03-01

    We consider the dark matter model with radiative neutrino mass generation where the Standard Model is extended with three right-handed singlet neutrinos ( N 1, N 2 and N 3) and one additional SU(2) L doublet scalar η. One of the right-handed neutrinos ( N 1), being lightest among them, is a leptophilic fermionic dark matter candidate whose stability is ensured by the imposed symmetry on this model. The second lightest right-handed neutrino ( N 2) is assumed to be nearly degenerated in mass with the lightest one enhancing the co-annihilation between them. The effective interaction term among the lightest, second lightest right-handed neutrinos and photon containing transition magnetic moment is responsible for the decay of heavier right-handed neutrino to the lightest one and a photon ( N 2 → N 1 + γ). This radiative decay of heavier right-handed neutrino with charged scalar and leptons in internal lines could explain the X-ray line signal ˜ 3 .5 keV recently claimed by XMM-Newton X-ray observatory from different galaxy clusters and Andromeda galaxy (M31). The value of the transition magnetic moment is computed and found to be several orders of magnitude below the current reach of various direct dark matter searches. The other parameter space in this framework in the light of the observed signal is further investigated.

  6. NuSTAR AND CHANDRA INSIGHT INTO THE NATURE OF THE 3-40 keV NUCLEAR EMISSION IN NGC 253

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    Lehmer, B. D.; Wik, D. R.; Hornschemeier, A. E.; Ptak, A.; Leyder, J.-C.; Venters, T.; Zhang, W. W.; Antoniou, V.; Argo, M. K.; Bechtol, K.; Boggs, S.; Craig, W. W.; Krivonos, R.; Christensen, F. E.; Hailey, C. J.; Harrison, F. A.; Maccarone, T. J.; Stern, D.; Zezas, A.

    2013-07-10

    We present results from three nearly simultaneous Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and Chandra monitoring observations between 2012 September 2 and 2012 November 16 of the local star-forming galaxy NGC 253. The 3-40 keV intensity of the inner {approx}20 arcsec ({approx}400 pc) nuclear region, as measured by NuSTAR, varied by a factor of {approx}2 across the three monitoring observations. The Chandra data reveal that the nuclear region contains three bright X-ray sources, including a luminous (L{sub 2-10{sub keV}} {approx} few Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 39} erg s{sup -1}) point source located {approx}1 arcsec from the dynamical center of the galaxy (within the 3{sigma} positional uncertainty of the dynamical center); this source drives the overall variability of the nuclear region at energies {approx}>3 keV. We make use of the variability to measure the spectra of this single hard X-ray source when it was in bright states. The spectra are well described by an absorbed (N{sub H} Almost-Equal-To 1.6 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 23} cm{sup -2}) broken power-law model with spectral slopes and break energies that are typical of ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs), but not active galactic nuclei (AGNs). A previous Chandra observation in 2003 showed a hard X-ray point source of similar luminosity to the 2012 source that was also near the dynamical center ({theta} Almost-Equal-To 0.4 arcsec); however, this source was offset from the 2012 source position by Almost-Equal-To 1 arcsec. We show that the probability of the 2003 and 2012 hard X-ray sources being unrelated is >>99.99% based on the Chandra spatial localizations. Interestingly, the Chandra spectrum of the 2003 source (3-8 keV) is shallower in slope than that of the 2012 hard X-ray source. Its proximity to the dynamical center and harder Chandra spectrum indicate that the 2003 source is a better AGN candidate than any of the sources detected in our 2012 campaign; however, we were unable to rule out a ULX

  7. Nuclear excitation by electronic transition of 235U

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    Chodash, P. A.; Norman, E. B.; Burke, J. T.; Casperson, R. J.; Fisher, S. E.; Holliday, K. S.; Jeffries, J. R.; Wakeling, M. A.; Wilks, S. C.

    2016-03-11

    Here, nuclear excitation by electronic transition (NEET) is a rare nuclear excitation that can occur in isotopes containing a low-lying nuclear excited state. Over the past 40 yr, several experiments have attempted to measure NEET of 235U and those experiments have yielded conflicting results.

  8. Microscopic Description of Nuclear Quantum Phase Transitions

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    Niksic, T.; Vretenar, D.; Lalazissis, G. A.; Ring, P.

    2007-08-31

    The relativistic mean-field framework, extended to include correlations related to restoration of broken symmetries and to fluctuations of the quadrupole deformation, is applied to a study of shape transitions in Nd isotopes. It is demonstrated that the microscopic self-consistent approach, based on global effective interactions, can describe not only general features of transitions between spherical and deformed nuclei, but also the singular properties of excitation spectra and transition rates at the critical point of quantum shape phase transition.

  9. High-energy-resolution monochromator for nuclear resonant scattering of synchrotron radiation by Te-125 at 35.49 keV

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    Imai, Yasuhiko; Yoda, Yoshitaka; Kitao, Shinji; Masuda, Ryo; Higashitaniguchi, Satoshi; Inaba, Chika; Seto, Makoto

    2007-09-01

    We have developed a high-resolution monochromator (HRM) for the measurement of nuclear resonant scattering (NRS) of synchrotron radiation by Te-125 at 35.49 keV using the backscattering of sapphire (9 1 -10 68). HRMs for nuclei with excitation energies less than 30 keV have been successfully developed using high angle diffractions by silicon crystals. Nearly perfect silicon crystal, however, is not suitable for high efficient HRMs at higher energy regions because the symmetry of the crystal structure is high and the Debye-temperature is low. Therefore, we used high quality synthetic sapphire crystal, which has low symmetry of crystal structure and high Debye-temperature. The temperature of the crystal was precisely controlled around 218 K to diffract synchrotron radiation with a Bragg angle of π/2 - 0.52 mrad. Energy was tuned by changing the crystal temperature under the condition of constant diffraction angle. Energy resolution was measured by detecting nuclear forward scattering by Te-125 in enriched TeO II. The relative energy resolution of 2.1×10 -7 is achieved, that is 7.5 meV in energy bandwidth. This HRM opens studies on element-specific dynamics and electronic state of substances containing Te-125.

  10. Electron nuclear dynamics of proton collisions with DNA/RNA bases at ELab = 80 keV: A contribution to proton cancer therapy research

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    Privett, A. J.; Morales, J. A.

    2014-05-01

    The reactions: H+ + B, B = adenine, cytosine, thymine and uracil, at ELab = 80 keV, relevant in proton cancer therapy, are investigated with the simplest-level electron nuclear dynamics (SLEND) and SLEND/Kohn-Sham-density-functional-theory (SLEND/KSDFT) methods. These time-dependent, direct, and non-adiabatic methods utilize nuclear classical mechanics and electronic single-determinantal wavefunctions. Results from this study include snapshots of the simulated reactions depicting base-to-proton electron transfers, base-to-proton total electron-transfer probabilities from various reactants’ initial conditions, and base-to-proton 1-electron-transfer total integral cross sections. The last properties are compared with results from the only available experiment on these systems and from three alternative theories.

  11. Nuclear interlevel transfer driven by electronic transitions

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    Solem, J.C.; Rinker, G.

    1985-01-01

    We show how a gamma-ray laser might be made by optically exciting a transfer of population from a long-lived isomer to an energetically adjacent short-lived state of the same nucleus. We compare the advantages of using transitions of high multipolarity versus transitions of low multi-polarity. Preliminary numerical investigations of the mechanism show it to be somewhat favorable. 35 refs., 4 figs.

  12. Search for 14.4 keV solar axions from M1 transition of {sup 57}Fe with CUORE crystals

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    2013-05-01

    We report the results of a search for axions from the 14.4 keV M1 transition from {sup 57}Fe in the core of the sun using the axio-electric effect in TeO{sub 2} bolometers. The detectors are 5 × 5 × 5 cm{sup 3} crystals operated at about 10 mK in a facility used to test bolometers for the CUORE experiment at the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso in Italy. An analysis of 43.65 kg⋅d of data was made using a newly developed low energy trigger which was optimized to reduce the energy threshold of the detector. An upper limit of 0.58 c⋅kg{sup −1}⋅d{sup −1} is established at 95% C.L., which translates into lower bounds f{sub A} ≥ 3.12 × 10{sup 5} GeV 95% C.L. (DFSZ model) and f{sub A} ≥ 2.41 × 10{sup 4} GeV 95% C.L. (KSVZ model) on the Peccei-Quinn symmetry-breaking scale, for a value of S = 0.5 of the flavor-singlet axial vector matrix element. These bounds can be expressed in terms of axion masses as m{sub A} ≤ 19.2 eV and m{sub A} ≤ 250 eV at 95% C.L. in the DFSZ and KSVZ models respectively. Bounds are given also for the interval 0.35 ≤ S ≤ 0.55.

  13. Nustar and Chandra Insight into the Nature of the 3-40 Kev Nuclear Emission in Ngc 253

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    Lehmer, Bret D.; Wik, Daniel R.; Hornschemeier, Ann E.; Ptak, Andrew; Antoniu, V.; Argo, M.K.; Bechtol, K.; Boggs, S.; Christensen, F.E.; Craig, W.W.; Hailey, C.J.; Harrison, F.A.; Krivonos, R.; Leyder, Jean-Christophe Xavier Georges; Maccarone, T.J.; Stern, D.; Venters, T.; Zezas, A.; Zhang, W.W.

    2013-01-01

    We present results from three nearly simultaneous Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and Chandra monitoring observations between 2012 September 2 and 2012 November 16 of the local star-forming galaxy NGC 253. The 3-40 kiloelectron volt intensity of the inner approximately 20 arcsec (approximately 400 parsec) nuclear region, as measured by NuSTAR, varied by a factor of approximately 2 across the three monitoring observations. The Chandra data reveal that the nuclear region contains three bright X-ray sources, including a luminous (L (sub 2-10 kiloelectron volt) approximately few × 10 (exp 39) erg per s) point source located approximately 1 arcsec from the dynamical center of the galaxy (within the sigma 3 positional uncertainty of the dynamical center); this source drives the overall variability of the nuclear region at energies greater than or approximately equal to 3 kiloelectron volts. We make use of the variability to measure the spectra of this single hard X-ray source when it was in bright states. The spectra are well described by an absorbed (power-law model spectral fit value, N(sub H), approximately equal to 1.6 x 10 (exp 23) per square centimeter) broken power-law model with spectral slopes and break energies that are typical of ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs), but not active galactic nuclei (AGNs). A previous Chandra observation in 2003 showed a hard X-ray point source of similar luminosity to the 2012 source that was also near the dynamical center (Phi is approximately equal to 0.4 arcsec); however, this source was offset from the 2012 source position by approximately 1 arcsec. We show that the probability of the 2003 and 2012 hard X-ray sources being unrelated is much greater than 99.99% based on the Chandra spatial localizations. Interestingly, the Chandra spectrum of the 2003 source (3-8 kiloelectron volts) is shallower in slope than that of the 2012 hard X-ray source. Its proximity to the dynamical center and harder Chandra spectrum

  14. Nuclear Excitation by Electronic Transition - NEET

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    Becker, J.A.

    2002-06-10

    Experiments seeking to demonstrate nuclear excitation induced by synchrotron radiation have been enabled by the development of intense synchrotron radiation. The phenomena has been demonstrated in {sup 197}Au, while realistic upper limits for {sup 189}Os have been established. A new experiment in {sup 189}Os is described. The experimental claim of NEET in isomeric {sup 178}Hf is not credible.

  15. Nuclear hyperdeformation and the Jacobi shape transition

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    Schunck, N.; Dudek, J.

    2007-05-15

    The possibility that atomic nuclei possess stable, extremely elongated (hyperdeformed) shapes at very high angular momentum is investigated in the light of the most recent experimental results. The crucial role of the Jacobi shape transitions for the population of hyperdeformed states is discussed and emphasized. State-of-the-art mean-field calculations including the most recent parametrization of the liquid-drop energy together with thermal effects and minimization algorithms allowing the spanning of a large deformation space predict the existence of a region of hyperdeformed nuclei in the mass A{approx}120-130: Te, Cs, Xe, I, and Ba isotopes. In agreement with predictions presented in reviews by J. Dudek, K. Pomorski, N. Schunck, and N. Dubray [Eur. Phys. J. A 20, 15 (2003)] and J. Dudek, N. Schunck, and N. Dubray [Acta Phys Pol. B 36, 975 (2005)], our extended calculations predict that only very short hyperdeformed bands composed of a dozen discrete transitions at the most are to be expected-in contrast to the results known for the superdeformed bands. We stress the importance of the experimental research in terms of multiple-{gamma} correlation analysis that proved to be very efficient for the superdeformation studies and seems very helpful in the even more difficult search for the discrete transitions in hyperdeformed nuclei.

  16. Direct detection of the 229Th nuclear clock transition

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    von der Wense, Lars; Seiferle, Benedict; Laatiaoui, Mustapha; Neumayr, Jürgen B.; Maier, Hans-Jörg; Wirth, Hans-Friedrich; Mokry, Christoph; Runke, Jörg; Eberhardt, Klaus; Düllmann, Christoph E.; Trautmann, Norbert G.; Thirolf, Peter G.

    2016-05-01

    Today’s most precise time and frequency measurements are performed with optical atomic clocks. However, it has been proposed that they could potentially be outperformed by a nuclear clock, which employs a nuclear transition instead of an atomic shell transition. There is only one known nuclear state that could serve as a nuclear clock using currently available technology, namely, the isomeric first excited state of 229Th (denoted 229mTh). Here we report the direct detection of this nuclear state, which is further confirmation of the existence of the isomer and lays the foundation for precise studies of its decay parameters. On the basis of this direct detection, the isomeric energy is constrained to between 6.3 and 18.3 electronvolts, and the half-life is found to be longer than 60 seconds for 229mTh2+. More precise determinations appear to be within reach, and would pave the way to the development of a nuclear frequency standard.

  17. Direct detection of the (229)Th nuclear clock transition.

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    von der Wense, Lars; Seiferle, Benedict; Laatiaoui, Mustapha; Neumayr, Jürgen B; Maier, Hans-Jörg; Wirth, Hans-Friedrich; Mokry, Christoph; Runke, Jörg; Eberhardt, Klaus; Düllmann, Christoph E; Trautmann, Norbert G; Thirolf, Peter G

    2016-05-01

    Today's most precise time and frequency measurements are performed with optical atomic clocks. However, it has been proposed that they could potentially be outperformed by a nuclear clock, which employs a nuclear transition instead of an atomic shell transition. There is only one known nuclear state that could serve as a nuclear clock using currently available technology, namely, the isomeric first excited state of (229)Th (denoted (229m)Th). Here we report the direct detection of this nuclear state, which is further confirmation of the existence of the isomer and lays the foundation for precise studies of its decay parameters. On the basis of this direct detection, the isomeric energy is constrained to between 6.3 and 18.3 electronvolts, and the half-life is found to be longer than 60 seconds for (229m)Th(2+). More precise determinations appear to be within reach, and would pave the way to the development of a nuclear frequency standard. PMID:27147026

  18. Neutrinoless double-β decay and nuclear transition matrix elements

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    Rath, P. K.

    2015-10-28

    Within mechanisms involving the light Majorana neutrinos, squark-neutrino, Majorons, sterile neutrinos and heavy Majorana neutrino, nuclear transition matrix elements for the neutrinoless (β{sup −}β{sup −}){sub 0ν} decay of {sup 96}Zr, {sup 100}Mo, {sup 128,130}Te and {sup 150}Nd nuclei are calculated by employing the PHFB approach. Effects due to finite size of nucleons, higher order currents, short range correlations, and deformations of parent as well as daughter nuclei on the calculated matrix elements are estimated. Uncertainties in nuclear transition matrix elements within long-ranged mechanisms but for double Majoron accompanied (β{sup −}β{sup −}ϕϕ){sub 0ν} decay modes are 9%–15%. In the case of short ranged heavy Majorona neutrino exchange mechanism, the maximum uncertainty is about 35%. The maximum systematic error within the mechanism involving the exchange of light Majorana neutrino is about 46%.

  19. Neutrinoless double-β decay and nuclear transition matrix elements

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    Rath, P. K.

    2015-10-01

    Within mechanisms involving the light Majorana neutrinos, squark-neutrino, Majorons, sterile neutrinos and heavy Majorana neutrino, nuclear transition matrix elements for the neutrinoless (β-β-)0ν decay of 96Zr, 100Mo, 128,130Te and 150Nd nuclei are calculated by employing the PHFB approach. Effects due to finite size of nucleons, higher order currents, short range correlations, and deformations of parent as well as daughter nuclei on the calculated matrix elements are estimated. Uncertainties in nuclear transition matrix elements within long-ranged mechanisms but for double Majoron accompanied (β-β-ϕϕ)0ν decay modes are 9%-15%. In the case of short ranged heavy Majorona neutrino exchange mechanism, the maximum uncertainty is about 35%. The maximum systematic error within the mechanism involving the exchange of light Majorana neutrino is about 46%.

  20. Search for Nuclear Excitation by Electronic Transition in U-235

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    Chodash, P. A.; Norman, E. B.; Burke, J. T.; Wilks, S. C.; Casperson, R. J.; Swanberg, E. L.; Wakeling, M. A.; Cordeiro, T. J.

    2013-10-01

    Nuclear excitation by electronic transition (NEET) is a rare nuclear excitation that is predicted to occur in numerous isotopes, including U-235. When a nuclear transition matches the energy and the multipolarity of an electronic transition, there is a possibility that NEET will occur. If NEET were to occur in U-235, the nucleus would be excited to its 1/2 + isomeric state that subsequently decays by internal conversion with a decay energy of 77 eV and a half-life of 26 minutes. Theory predicts that NEET can occur in partially ionized uranium plasma with a charge state of 23 +. A pulsed Nd:YAG laser operating at 1064 nm with a pulse energy of 780 mJ and a pulse width of 9 ns was used to generate the uranium plasma. The plasma was collected on a plate and the internal conversion electrons were focused onto a microchannel plate detector by a series of electrostatic lenses. Depleted uranium and highly enriched uranium samples were used for the experiment. Preliminary results will be presented. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under contract DE-AC52-07NA27344. This work was further supported by the U.S. DHS, UC Berkeley, and the NNIS Fellowship.

  1. Gamma-Ray Spectrometer based on a Transition Edge Sensor for Nuclear Materials Analysis

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    Hatakeyama, S.; Ohno, M.; Takahashi, H.; Damayanthi, R. M. T.; Otani, C.; Yasumune, T.; Ohnishi, T.; Takasaki, K.; Koyama, S.

    2014-08-01

    We designed and fabricated a hard X-ray and gamma-ray TES spectrometer for nuclear materials analysis. The superconducting tin absorber is coupled to an Ir/Au TES by using a gold post to improve the thermal contact between the absorber and the TES. The reported energy resolution is 156 eV FWHM at 59.5 keV and 166 eV FWHM at 122 keV gamma-rays. We performed measurement of a Pu sample and clearly separated the Pu (56.828 keV) and the Am (59.5 keV) peaks by this TES microcalorimeter which cannot be resolved by the HPGe detector.

  2. a Transition-Centric Approach to Nuclear Level Scheme Determination

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    Demand, G. A.; Garrett, P. E.; Waddington, J. C.

    2013-03-01

    Powerful γ-ray spectrometers such as the 8π and GAMMASPHERE are capable of rapidly collecting large data sets that incorporate hundreds of transitions. The determination of nuclear level schemes from the resulting experimental data is time consuming and is a substantial obstacle to the rapid development and formulation of new ideas, particularly when examining trends amongst large numbers of nuclei. The development of next-generation spectrometers such as GRETINA,AGATA, or GRIFFIN, will vastly increase the complexity of the experimental data sets and increase the need for new methods of level scheme determination. We present a new transition-centric level scheme representation that closely matches the form of the experimental data and facilitates the use of graph-theoretic methods. We then present a derivation of an analytical formula that directly relates level scheme structure to experimental singles and coincidence data.

  3. Nuclear excitation by electronic transition of 235U

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    Chodash, P. A.; Burke, J. T.; Norman, E. B.; Wilks, S. C.; Casperson, R. J.; Fisher, S. E.; Holliday, K. S.; Jeffries, J. R.; Wakeling, M. A.

    2016-03-01

    Background: Nuclear excitation by electronic transition (NEET) is a rare nuclear excitation that can occur in isotopes containing a low-lying nuclear excited state. Over the past 40 yr, several experiments have attempted to measure NEET of 235U and those experiments have yielded conflicting results. Purpose: An experiment was performed to determine whether NEET of 235U occurs and to determine its excitation rate. Method: A pulsed Nd:YAG laser operating at 1064 nm with a pulse energy of 790 mJ and a pulse width of 9 ns was used to generate a uranium plasma. The plasma was collected on a catcher plate and electrons from the catcher plate were accelerated and focused onto a microchannel plate detector. An observation of a decay with a 26-min half-life would suggest the creation of Um235 and the possibility that NEET of 235U occurred. Results: A 26-min decay consistent with the decay of Um235 was not observed and there was no evidence that NEET occurred. An upper limit for the NEET rate of 235U was determined to be λNEET<1.8 ×10-4 s-1, with a confidence level of 68.3%. Conclusions: The upper limit determined from this experiment is consistent with most of the past measurements. Discrepancies between this experiment and past measurements can be explained by assuming that past experiments misinterpreted the data.

  4. RNA transcription modulates phase transition-driven nuclear body assembly

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    Berry, Joel; Weber, Stephanie C.; Vaidya, Nilesh; Haataja, Mikko; Brangwynne, Clifford P.

    2015-01-01

    Nuclear bodies are RNA and protein-rich, membraneless organelles that play important roles in gene regulation. The largest and most well-known nuclear body is the nucleolus, an organelle whose primary function in ribosome biogenesis makes it key for cell growth and size homeostasis. The nucleolus and other nuclear bodies behave like liquid-phase droplets and appear to condense from the nucleoplasm by concentration-dependent phase separation. However, nucleoli actively consume chemical energy, and it is unclear how such nonequilibrium activity might impact classical liquid–liquid phase separation. Here, we combine in vivo and in vitro experiments with theory and simulation to characterize the assembly and disassembly dynamics of nucleoli in early Caenorhabditis elegans embryos. In addition to classical nucleoli that assemble at the transcriptionally active nucleolar organizing regions, we observe dozens of “extranucleolar droplets” (ENDs) that condense in the nucleoplasm in a transcription-independent manner. We show that growth of nucleoli and ENDs is consistent with a first-order phase transition in which late-stage coarsening dynamics are mediated by Brownian coalescence and, to a lesser degree, Ostwald ripening. By manipulating C. elegans cell size, we change nucleolar component concentration and confirm several key model predictions. Our results show that rRNA transcription and other nonequilibrium biological activity can modulate the effective thermodynamic parameters governing nucleolar and END assembly, but do not appear to fundamentally alter the passive phase separation mechanism. PMID:26351690

  5. RNA transcription modulates phase transition-driven nuclear body assembly.

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    Berry, Joel; Weber, Stephanie C; Vaidya, Nilesh; Haataja, Mikko; Brangwynne, Clifford P

    2015-09-22

    Nuclear bodies are RNA and protein-rich, membraneless organelles that play important roles in gene regulation. The largest and most well-known nuclear body is the nucleolus, an organelle whose primary function in ribosome biogenesis makes it key for cell growth and size homeostasis. The nucleolus and other nuclear bodies behave like liquid-phase droplets and appear to condense from the nucleoplasm by concentration-dependent phase separation. However, nucleoli actively consume chemical energy, and it is unclear how such nonequilibrium activity might impact classical liquid-liquid phase separation. Here, we combine in vivo and in vitro experiments with theory and simulation to characterize the assembly and disassembly dynamics of nucleoli in early Caenorhabditis elegans embryos. In addition to classical nucleoli that assemble at the transcriptionally active nucleolar organizing regions, we observe dozens of "extranucleolar droplets" (ENDs) that condense in the nucleoplasm in a transcription-independent manner. We show that growth of nucleoli and ENDs is consistent with a first-order phase transition in which late-stage coarsening dynamics are mediated by Brownian coalescence and, to a lesser degree, Ostwald ripening. By manipulating C. elegans cell size, we change nucleolar component concentration and confirm several key model predictions. Our results show that rRNA transcription and other nonequilibrium biological activity can modulate the effective thermodynamic parameters governing nucleolar and END assembly, but do not appear to fundamentally alter the passive phase separation mechanism. PMID:26351690

  6. Fine pitch transition-edge sensor X-ray microcalorimeters with sub-eV energy resolution at 1.5 keV

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    Lee, S. J.; Adams, J. S.; Bandler, S. R.; Chervenak, J. A.; Eckart, M. E.; Finkbeiner, F. M.; Kelley, R. L.; Kilbourne, C. A.; Porter, F. S.; Sadleir, J. E.; Smith, S. J.; Wassell, E. J.

    2015-11-01

    We are developing arrays of X-ray microcalorimeters on a 50-µm pitch that utilize transition-edge sensors as the sensor to measure the temperature rise when X-rays are absorbed. An array of this type of pixel has great potential for the study of point sources in future X-ray observatory missions. The pixels have gold absorbers with dimensions 45 × 45 × 4.2 µm3. We measured an energy resolution of 0.72 ± 0.03 eV full width at half maximum for the Al Kα complex in a subset of pixels within the array, which is the best resolution to date using a non-dispersive detector at this energy. We describe our characterization of this device including measurements of the heat capacity, thermal conductance to the heat bath, and the temperature and current sensitivity of the detector, and discuss its potential for improved performance.

  7. Precise measurements of αk for the 346.5 keV M4 transition from ^197Pt^m: A test of internal conversion theory

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    Nolan, J.; Nica, N.; Hardy, J. C.; Hernberg, M.; Goodwin, J. R.; Iacob, V. E.

    2008-10-01

    Precise values for internal conversion coefficients (ICCs) are important in the study of nuclear decay schemes; they are also useful for detector efficiency calibration. A recent survey revealed that few measured ICCs are known to a high precision (˜ 1%); in addition, there is some theoretical uncertainty over how to deal with the atomic vacancy left by the departing electron during the internal conversion process. Texas A&M has previously precisely measured the ICCs for ^193Ir, ^137Ba, and ^134Cs as a test of internal conversion theory; we now consider the ICC for ^197Pt^m as a further test. The ^197Pt^m was produced by thermal neutron activation of separated ^196Pt (97.43% pure). Two separate sources were produced; x-ray and gamma-ray emissions from each source were recorded by a High Purity Germanium Detector (+/- 0.20% absolute efficiency uncertainty). After impurity subtraction and attenuation correction, preliminary results for the αk value for the two sources have now been obtained. The αk from source one is 4.24 (13); the αk from source two is 4.26 (8). While these values are still tentative, the results show agreement with the theory that considers the atomic vacancy.

  8. Nuclear Excitation by Electronic Transition of U-235

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    Chodash, Perry Adam

    Nuclear excitation by electronic transition (NEET) is a rare nuclear excitation that is theorized to occur in numerous isotopes. One isotope in particular, U-235, has been studied several times over the past 40 years and NEET of U-235 has never been conclusively observed. These past experiments generated conflicting results with some experiments claiming to observe NEET of U-235 and others setting limits for the NEET rate. This dissertation discusses the latest attempt to measure NEET of U-235. If NEET of U-235 were to occur, U-235m would be created. U-235m decays by internal conversion with a decay energy of 76 eV and a half-life of 26 minutes. A pulsed Nd:YAG laser operating at 1064 nm with a pulse energy of 789 mJ and a pulse width of 9 ns was used to generate a uranium plasma. The plasma was captured on a catcher plate and electrons emitted from the catcher plate were accelerated and focused onto a microchannel plate detector. A decay of 26 minutes would suggest the creation of U-235m and the possibility that NEET occurred. However, measurements performed using a variety of uranium targets spanning depleted uranium up to 99.4% enriched uranium did not observe a 26 minute decay. Numerous other decays were observed with half-lives ranging from minutes up to hundreds of minutes. While NEET of U-235 was not observed during this experiment, an upper limit for the NEET rate of U-235 was determined. In addition, explanations for the conflicting results from previous experiments are given. Based on the results of this experiment and the previous experiments looking for NEET of U-235, it is likely that NEET of U-235 has never been observed.

  9. Nuclear Excitation by Electronic Transition of U-235

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    Chodash, Perry Adam

    2015-07-14

    Nuclear excitation by electronic transition (NEET) is a rare nuclear excitation that is theorized to occur in numerous isotopes. One isotope in particular, 235U, has been studied several times over the past 40 years and NEET of 235U has never been conclusively observed. These past experiments generated con icting results with some experiments claiming to observe NEET of 235U and others setting limits for the NEET rate. This dissertation discusses the latest attempt to measure NEET of 235U. If NEET of 235U were to occur, 235mU would be created. 235mU decays by internal conversion with a decay energy of 76 eV and a half-life of 26 minutes. A pulsed Nd:YAG laser operating at 1064 nm with a pulse energy of 789 mJ and a pulse width of 9 ns was used to generate a uranium plasma. The plasma was captured on a catcher plate and electrons emitted from the catcher plate were accelerated and focused onto a microchannel plate detector. A decay of 26 minutes would suggest the creation of 235mU and the possibility that NEET occurred. However, measurements performed using a variety of uranium targets spanning depleted uranium up to 99.4% enriched uranium did not observe a 26 minute decay. Numerous other decays were observed with half-lives ranging from minutes up to hundreds of minutes. While NEET of 235U was not observed during this experiment, an upper limit for the NEET rate of 235U was determined. In addition, explanations for the con icting results from previous experiments are given. Based on the results of this experiment and the previous experiments looking for NEET of 235U, it is likely that NEET of 235U has never been observed.

  10. Exact Analytic Study of Nuclear Shape Phase Transitions

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    Levai, G.

    2009-08-26

    The application of the sextic oscillator is proposed in the Bohr Hamiltonian to describe the phase transition between the spherical and gamma-unstable shape phases. It is shown that exact results can be obtained for the energy eigenvalues and wave functions of the low-lying levels, as well as for electric quadrupole transition rates between them. The {sup 134}Ba nucleus and the even Ru isotope chain are considered as examples. Possible generalizations of the model are also outlined.

  11. Nuclear transition between the conjunction cells of Phaeodactylum tricornutum Bohlin (Bacillariophyta)

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    Li, Si; Pan, Kehou; Zhu, Baohua; Zhang, Lin

    2012-09-01

    Phaeodactylum tricornutum is one of the important marine diatoms for oceanic primary production. Its reproduction has profound significance in the life cycle; however, the nuclear behavior during its sexual reproduction was not clear. In this study, we observed the nuclear transition and determined its correlation with cell conjunction. It was found that two cells jointed at their apices first and swung and aligned each other immediately, and nucleus from one cell was able to transfer into another one during cell conjugation. The cell pairs conjugated for nuclear transition were different from those formed in mitosis in hypovalve thickness and cellular arrangement. Our findings proved the existence of sexual reproduction in P. tricornutum.

  12. Uncertainties in nuclear transition matrix elements of neutrinoless ββ decay

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    Rath, P. K.

    2013-12-30

    To estimate the uncertainties associated with the nuclear transition matrix elements M{sup (K)} (K=0ν/0N) for the 0{sup +} → 0{sup +} transitions of electron and positron emitting modes of the neutrinoless ββ decay, a statistical analysis has been performed by calculating sets of eight (twelve) different nuclear transition matrix elements M{sup (K)} in the PHFB model by employing four different parameterizations of a Hamiltonian with pairing plus multipolar effective two-body interaction and two (three) different parameterizations of Jastrow short range correlations. The averages in conjunction with their standard deviations provide an estimate of the uncertainties associated the nuclear transition matrix elements M{sup (K)} calculated within the PHFB model, the maximum of which turn out to be 13% and 19% owing to the exchange of light and heavy Majorana neutrinos, respectively.

  13. Nuclear fission fragment excitation of electronic transition laser media

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    Lorents, D. C.; Mccusker, M. V.; Rhodes, C. K.

    1976-01-01

    Specific characteristics of the media including density, excitation rates, wavelength, kinetics, fissile material, scale size, and medium uniformity are assessed. The use of epithermal neutrons, homogeneously mixed fissile material, and special high cross section nuclear isotopes to optimize coupling of the energy to the medium are shown to be important considerations maximizing the scale size, energy deposition, and medium uniformity. It is demonstrated that e-beam excitation can be used to simulate nuclear pumping conditions to facilitate the search for candidate media.

  14. Liquid-gas phase transition in nuclear matter including strangeness

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    Wang, P.; Leinweber, D.B.; Williams, A.G.; Thomas, A.W.

    2004-11-01

    We apply the chiral SU(3) quark mean field model to study the properties of strange hadronic matter at finite temperature. The liquid-gas phase transition is studied as a function of the strangeness fraction. The pressure of the system cannot remain constant during the phase transition, since there are two independent conserved charges (baryon and strangeness number). In a range of temperatures around 15 MeV (precise values depending on the model used) the equation of state exhibits multiple bifurcates. The difference in the strangeness fraction f{sub s} between the liquid and gas phases is small when they coexist. The critical temperature of strange matter turns out to be a nontrivial function of the strangeness fraction.

  15. Electro-Nuclear clock transitions in a Ho(III) moleular nanomagnet

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    Komijani, Dorsa; Shiddiq, M.; Duan, Y.; Gaita-Arino, A.; Coronado, E.; Hill, S.

    One of the challenges in the field of quantum information processing involves protecting qubits against decoherence. The primary source of decoherence in spin qubits at low temperatures is the dipolar interaction, which can be minimized using so-called clock transitions. Here, we report pulsed EPR studies of the Holmium Polyoxometalate, [Na]9 [ HoxY1 - x(W5O18)2 ] , where we observe electro-nuclear clock transitions that involve coupled dynamics of the electron and nuclear spins (ΔmJ = +/- 8 and ΔmI = +/- 1). These transitions are formally forbidden in EPR. However, the symmetry of this molecule generates admixtures of the ground doublet (mJ = +/- 4) through second order perturbation, and application of a transverse magnetic field mixes mI and mI +/- 1 states, allowing such transitions to occur in the vicinity of avoided level crossings. Pulsed EPR measurements on an x = 0.1 sample, were carried out at a temperature of 5 K at X-band. These experiments suggest an enhancement in the coherence time at these electro-nuclear clock transitions which is significant for applications in hybrid magnetic qubits, where manipulation of the nuclear spin is controlled by EPR pulses. This work was supported by the NSF (DMR-1309463) and AFOSR.

  16. The Hagedorn spectrum, nuclear level densities and first order phase transitions

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    Moretto, Luciano G.; Larsen, A. C.; Guttormsen, M.; Siem, S.

    2015-10-15

    An exponential mass spectrum, like the Hagedorn spectrum, with slope 1/T{sub H} was interpreted as fixing an upper limiting temperature T{sub H} that the system can achieve. However, thermodynamically, such spectrum indicates a 1{sup st} order phase transition at a fixed temperature T{sub H}. A much lower energy example is the log linear level nuclear density below the neutron binding energy that prevails throughout the nuclear chart. We show that, for non-magic nuclei, such linearity implies a 1{sup st} order phase transition from the pairing superfluid to an ideal gas of quasi particles.

  17. Influence of spin polarizability on liquid gas phase transition in the nuclear matter

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    Rezaei, Z.; Bigdeli, M.; Bordbar, G. H.

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, we investigate the liquid gas phase transition for the spin polarized nuclear matter. Applying the lowest order constrained variational (LOCV) method, and using two microscopic potentials, AV18 and UV14+TNI, we calculate the free energy, equation of state (EOS), order parameter, entropy, heat capacity and compressibility to derive the critical properties of spin polarized nuclear matter. Our results indicate that for the spin polarized nuclear matter, the second-order phase transition takes place at lower temperatures with respect to the unpolarized one. It is also shown that the critical temperature of our spin polarized nuclear matter with a specific value of spin polarization parameter is in good agreement with the experimental result.

  18. A pair spectrometer for measuring multipolarities of energetic nuclear transitions

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    Gulyás, J.; Ketel, T. J.; Krasznahorkay, A. J.; Csatlós, M.; Csige, L.; Gácsi, Z.; Hunyadi, M.; Krasznahorkay, A.; Vitéz, A.; Tornyi, T. G.

    2016-02-01

    An electron-positron pair spectrometer has been designed and constructed for the simultaneous measurement of energy- and angular correlations of e+e- pairs. Experimental results are obtained over a wide angular range for high-energy transitions in 16O, 12C and 8Be. The results showed that the angular correlations between 50 and 180° of the e+e- pairs in the energy range between 6 and 18 MeV can be determined with sufficient resolution and efficiency in good agreement with the GEANT simulations.

  19. Nuclear forward scattering of synchrotron radiation by 99Ru

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    Bessas, D.; Merkel, D. G.; Chumakov, A. I.; Ruffer, R.; Hermann, Raphael P.; Sergueev, I.; Mahmoud, A.; Klobes, B.; McGuire, Michael A.; Sougrati, M. T.; et al

    2014-10-03

    In this study, we measured nuclear forward scattering spectra utilizing the 99Ru transition, 89.571(3) keV, with a notably mixed E2/M1 multipolarity. The extension of the standard evaluation routines to include mixed multipolarity allows us to extract electric and magnetic hyperfine interactions from 99Ru-containing compounds. This paves the way for several other high-energy Mössbauer transitions, E~90 keV. Lastly, the high energy of such transitions allows for operando nuclear forward scattering studies in real devices.

  20. Classical nuclear motion coupled to electronic non-adiabatic transitions

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    Agostini, Federica; Abedi, Ali; Gross, E. K. U.

    2014-12-07

    Based on the exact factorization of the electron-nuclear wave function, we have recently proposed a mixed quantum-classical scheme [A. Abedi, F. Agostini, and E. K. U. Gross, Europhys. Lett. 106, 33001 (2014)] to deal with non-adiabatic processes. Here we present a comprehensive description of the formalism, including the full derivation of the equations of motion. Numerical results are presented for a model system for non-adiabatic charge transfer in order to test the performance of the method and to validate the underlying approximations.

  1. Classical nuclear motion coupled to electronic non-adiabatic transitions

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    Agostini, Federica; Abedi, Ali; Gross, E. K. U.

    2014-12-01

    Based on the exact factorization of the electron-nuclear wave function, we have recently proposed a mixed quantum-classical scheme [A. Abedi, F. Agostini, and E. K. U. Gross, Europhys. Lett. 106, 33001 (2014)] to deal with non-adiabatic processes. Here we present a comprehensive description of the formalism, including the full derivation of the equations of motion. Numerical results are presented for a model system for non-adiabatic charge transfer in order to test the performance of the method and to validate the underlying approximations.

  2. Results of a direct search for the thorium-229 nuclear isomeric transition

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Schneider, Christian; Jeet, Justin; Sullivan, Scott T.; Rellergert, Wade G.; Mirzadeh, Saed; Cassanho, A.; Jenssen, H. P.; Tkalya, Eugene V.; Hudson, Eric R.

    2015-05-01

    The nucleus of thorium-229 has an exceptionally low-energy isomeric transition in the vacuum-ultraviolet spectrum around 7 . 8 +/- 0 . 5 eV. The prospects of a laser-accessible nuclear transition are manifold but require spectroscopically resolving the transition. Our approach is a direct search using thorium-doped crystals as samples and exciting the isomeric state with vacuum-ultraviolet synchrotron radiation. In a recent experiment, we were able to search for the transition at the Advanced Light Source synchrotron, LBNL, between 7 . 3 eV and 8 . 8 eV. We found no evidence for the transition within a lifetime range of 1-2s to 2000-5600s. This result excludes large parts of the theoretically expected region. We conclude reporting on our efforts of a search using laser-generated vacuum-ultraviolet light.

  3. Advanced Nuclear Fuel Cycle Transitions: Optimization, Modeling Choices, and Disruptions

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    Carlsen, Robert W.

    Many nuclear fuel cycle simulators have evolved over time to help understan the nuclear industry/ecosystem at a macroscopic level. Cyclus is one of th first fuel cycle simulators to accommodate larger-scale analysis with it liberal open-source licensing and first-class Linux support. Cyclus also ha features that uniquely enable investigating the effects of modeling choices o fuel cycle simulators and scenarios. This work is divided into thre experiments focusing on optimization, effects of modeling choices, and fue cycle uncertainty. Effective optimization techniques are developed for automatically determinin desirable facility deployment schedules with Cyclus. A novel method fo mapping optimization variables to deployment schedules is developed. Thi allows relationships between reactor types and scenario constraints to b represented implicitly in the variable definitions enabling the usage o optimizers lacking constraint support. It also prevents wasting computationa resources evaluating infeasible deployment schedules. Deployed power capacit over time and deployment of non-reactor facilities are also included a optimization variables There are many fuel cycle simulators built with different combinations o modeling choices. Comparing results between them is often difficult. Cyclus flexibility allows comparing effects of many such modeling choices. Reacto refueling cycle synchronization and inter-facility competition among othe effects are compared in four cases each using combinations of fleet of individually modeled reactors with 1-month or 3-month time steps. There are noticeable differences in results for the different cases. The larges differences occur during periods of constrained reactor fuel availability This and similar work can help improve the quality of fuel cycle analysi generally There is significant uncertainty associated deploying new nuclear technologie such as time-frames for technology availability and the cost of buildin advanced reactors

  4. NUSTART: A PC code for NUclear STructure And Radiative Transition analysis and supplementation

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    Larsen, G.L.; Gardner, D.G.; Gardner, M.A.

    1990-10-01

    NUSTART is a computer program for the IBM PC/At. It is designed for use with the nuclear reaction cross-section code STAPLUS, which is a STAPRE-based CRAY computer code that is being developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The NUSTART code was developed to handle large sets of discrete nuclear levels and the multipole transitions among these levels; it operates in three modes. The Data File Error Analysis mode analyzes an existing STAPLUS input file containing the levels and their multipole transition branches for a number of physics and/or typographical errors. The Interactive Data File Generation mode allows the user to create input files of discrete levels and their branching fractions in the format required by STAPLUS, even though the user enters the information in the (different) format used by many people in the nuclear structure field. In the Branching Fractions Calculations mode, the discrete nuclear level set is read, and the multipole transitions among the levels are computed under one of two possible assumptions: (1) the levels have no collective character, or (2) the levels are all rotational band heads. Only E1, M1, and E2 transitions are considered, and the respective strength functions may be constants or, in the case of E1 transitions, the strength function may be energy dependent. The first option is used for nuclei closed shells; the bandhead option may be used to vary the E1, M1, and E2 strengths for interband transitions. K-quantum number selection rules may be invoked if desired. 19 refs.

  5. The Plutonium Transition from Nuclear Weapons to Crypt

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    Gray, L.W.

    2000-03-14

    With the end of the ''Cold War'' thousands of nuclear warheads are being dismantled. The National Academy of Sciences termed this growing stockpile of plutonium and highly enriched uranium ''a clear and present danger'' to international security. DOE/MD selected a duel approach to plutonium disposition--burning MOX fuel in existing reactors and immobilization in a ceramic matrix surrounded by HLW glass. MOX material will be pits and clean metal. The challenges come with materials that will be transferred to Immobilization--these range from engineered materials to residues containing < 30% Pu. Impurity knowledge range from guesses to actual data. During packaging, sites will flag ''out of the ordinary'' containers for characterized. If the process history is lost, characterization cost will escalate rapidly. After two step blending and ceramic precursor addition, cold press and sintering will form 0.5-kg ceramic pucks containing {le}50 g Pu. Pucks will be sealed in cans, placed into magazines, then into HLW canisters; these canisters will be filled with HLW glass prior to being transported to the HLW repository. The Immobilization Program must interface with DP, EM, RW, and NN. Overlaid on top of these interfaces are the negotiations with the Russians.

  6. Theoretical uncertainties in the nuclear matrix elements of neutrinoless double beta decay: The transition operator

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    Menéndez, Javier

    2013-12-30

    We explore the theoretical uncertainties related to the transition operator of neutrinoless double-beta (0νββ) decay. The transition operator used in standard calculations is a product of one-body currents, that can be obtained phenomenologically as in Tomoda [1] or Šimkovic et al. [2]. However, corrections to the operator are hard to obtain in the phenomenological approach. Instead, we calculate the 0νββ decay operator in the framework of chiral effective theory (EFT), which gives a systematic order-by-order expansion of the transition currents. At leading orders in chiral EFT we reproduce the standard one-body currents of Refs. [1] and [2]. Corrections appear as two-body (2b) currents predicted by chiral EFT. We compute the effects of the leading 2b currents to the nuclear matrix elements of 0νββ decay for several transition candidates. The 2b current contributions are related to the quenching of Gamow-Teller transitions found in nuclear structure calculations.

  7. Transition-Selective Pulses in Zero-Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.

    PubMed

    Sjolander, Tobias F; Tayler, Michael C D; King, Jonathan P; Budker, Dmitry; Pines, Alexander

    2016-06-30

    We use low-amplitude, ultralow frequency pulses to drive nuclear spin transitions in zero and ultralow magnetic fields. In analogy to high-field NMR, a range of sophisticated experiments becomes available as these allow narrow-band excitation. As a first demonstration, pulses with excitation bandwidths 0.5-5 Hz are used for population redistribution, selective excitation, and coherence filtration. These methods are helpful when interpreting zero- and ultralow-field NMR spectra that contain a large number of transitions. PMID:27243376

  8. Understanding the Challenges in the Transition from Film Radiography in the Nuclear Power Industry

    SciTech Connect

    Meyer, Ryan M.; Ramuhalli, Pradeep; Moran, Traci L.; Nove, Carol A.; Pardini, Allan F.

    2012-09-01

    Nondestructive examination (NDE) applications in the nuclear power industry using film radiography are shrinking due to the advent of modern digital imaging technologies and advances in alternative inspection methods that do not present an ionizing radiation hazard. Technologies that are used routinely in the medical industry for patient diagnosis are being adapted to industrial NDE applications including the detection and characterization of defects in welds. From the user perspective, non-film inspection techniques provide several advantages over film techniques. It is anticipated that the shift away from the application of film radiography in the nuclear power industry represents an irreversible trend. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has noted this trend in the U.S. nuclear power industry and will be working to ensure that the effectiveness and reliability of component inspections is not compromised by this transition. Currently, specific concerns are associated with 1) obtaining a fundamental understanding of how inspection effectiveness and reliability may be impacted by this transition and 2) ensuring training standards and qualifications remain compatible with modern industrial radiographic practice. This paper discusses recent trends in industrial radiography and assesses their advantages and disadvantages from the perspective of nuclear power plant component inspections.

  9. Ion chromatographic determination of transition metals in irradiated nuclear reactor surveillance samples.

    PubMed

    Louw, I

    1996-02-01

    The determination of transition metal ions in radioactive (+/-25 microCi/g) low-alloy steels (nuclear reactor surveillance samples) by ion chromatography (IC) is described. The analysis has been done directly without prior separation of the iron matrix. The eluted metal ions have been detected with a UV-visible spectrophotometric detector after post-column complexation with 4-(2-pyridylazo)resorcinol. The results are in a good agreement with the certified values for the standard reference material used. The method was applied to nuclear reactor surveillance samples for the determination of Cu, Mn, Co and Ni. PMID:15048428

  10. Transitions.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Nathanson, Jeanne H., Ed.

    1993-01-01

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

  11. Results of a Direct Search Using Synchrotron Radiation for the Low-Energy (229)Th Nuclear Isomeric Transition.

    PubMed

    Jeet, Justin; Schneider, Christian; Sullivan, Scott T; Rellergert, Wade G; Mirzadeh, Saed; Cassanho, A; Jenssen, H P; Tkalya, Eugene V; Hudson, Eric R

    2015-06-26

    We report the results of a direct search for the (229)Th (I(π)=3/2(+)←5/2(+)) nuclear isomeric transition, performed by exposing (229)Th-doped LiSrAlF(6) crystals to tunable vacuum-ultraviolet synchrotron radiation and observing any resulting fluorescence. We also use existing nuclear physics data to establish a range of possible transition strengths for the isomeric transition. We find no evidence for the thorium nuclear transition between 7.3 eV and 8.8 eV with transition lifetime (1-2) s≲τ≲(2000-5600)  s. This measurement excludes roughly half of the favored transition search area and can be used to direct future searches. PMID:26197124

  12. Employing Forbidden Transitions as Qubits in a Nuclear Spin-Free Chromium Complex.

    PubMed

    Fataftah, Majed S; Zadrozny, Joseph M; Coste, Scott C; Graham, Michael J; Rogers, Dylan M; Freedman, Danna E

    2016-02-01

    The implementation of quantum computation (QC) would revolutionize scientific fields ranging from encryption to quantum simulation. One intuitive candidate for the smallest unit of a quantum computer, a qubit, is electronic spin. A prominent proposal for QC relies on high-spin magnetic molecules, where multiple transitions between the many MS levels are employed as qubits. Yet, over a decade after the original notion, the exploitation of multiple transitions within a single manifold for QC remains unrealized in these high-spin species due to the challenge of accessing forbidden transitions. To create a proof-of-concept system, we synthesized the novel nuclear spin-free complex [Cr(C3S5)3](3-) with precisely tuned zero-field splitting parameters that create two spectroscopically addressable transitions, with one being a forbidden transition. Pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) measurements enabled the investigation of the coherent lifetimes (T2) and quantum control (Rabi oscillations) for two transitions, one allowed and one forbidden, within the S = (3)/2 spin manifold. This investigation represents a step forward in the development of high-spin species as a pathway to scalable QC systems within magnetic molecules. PMID:26739626

  13. Nuclear forward scattering of synchrotron radiation by 99Ru

    SciTech Connect

    Bessas, D.; Merkel, D. G.; Chumakov, A. I.; Ruffer, R.; Hermann, Raphael P.; Sergueev, I.; Mahmoud, A.; Klobes, B.; McGuire, Michael A.; Sougrati, M. T.; Stievano, L.

    2014-10-03

    In this study, we measured nuclear forward scattering spectra utilizing the 99Ru transition, 89.571(3) keV, with a notably mixed E2/M1 multipolarity. The extension of the standard evaluation routines to include mixed multipolarity allows us to extract electric and magnetic hyperfine interactions from 99Ru-containing compounds. This paves the way for several other high-energy Mössbauer transitions, E~90 keV. Lastly, the high energy of such transitions allows for operando nuclear forward scattering studies in real devices.

  14. Transitions.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Field, David; And Others

    1992-01-01

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

  15. Transition.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Thompson, Sandy, Ed.; And Others

    1990-01-01

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

  16. Snail nuclear transport: the gateways regulating epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition?

    PubMed

    Muqbil, Irfana; Wu, Jack; Aboukameel, Amro; Mohammad, Ramzi M; Azmi, Asfar S

    2014-08-01

    Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and the reverse process (MET) play central role in organ developmental biology. It is a fine tuned process that when disturbed leads to pathological conditions especially cancers with aggressive and metastatic behavior. Snail is an oncogene that has been well established to be a promoter of EMT through direct repression of epithelial morphology promoter E-cadherin. It can function in the nucleus, in the cytosol and as discovered recently, extracellularly through secretory vesicular structures. The intracellular transport of snail has for long been shown to be regulated by the nuclear pore complex. One of the Karyopherins, importin alpha, mediates snail import, while exportin 1 (Xpo1) also known as chromosome maintenance region 1 (CRM1) is its major nuclear exporter. A number of additional biological regulators are emerging that directly modulate Snail stability by altering its subcellular localization. These observations indicate that targeting the nuclear transport machinery could be an important and as of yet, unexplored avenue for therapeutic intervention against the EMT processes in cancer. In parallel, a number of novel agents that disrupt nuclear transport have recently been discovered and are being explored for their anti-cancer effects in the early clinical settings. Through this review we provide insights on the mechanisms regulating snail subcellular localization and how this impacts EMT. We discuss strategies on how the nuclear transport function can be harnessed to rein in EMT through modulation of snail signaling. PMID:24954011

  17. Snail Nuclear Transport: the Gateways Regulating Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition?

    PubMed Central

    Muqbil, Irfana; Wu, Jack; Aboukameel, Amro; Mohammad, Ramzi M.; Azmi, Asfar S.

    2014-01-01

    Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and the reverse process (MET) plays central role in organ developmental biology. It is a fine tuned process that when disturbed leads to pathological conditions especially cancers with aggressive and metastatic behavior. Snail is an oncogene that has been well established to be a promoter of EMT through direct repression of epithelial morphology promoter E-cadherin. It can function in the nucleus, in the cytosol and as discovered recently, extracellularly through secretory vesicular structures. The intracellular transport of snail has for long been shown to be regulated by the nuclear pore complex. One of the Karyopherins, importin alpha, mediates snail import, while importin beta/exportin 1 (Xpo1) or chromosome maintenance region 1 (CRM1) is its major nuclear exporter. A number of additional biological regulators are emerging that directly modulate Snail stability by altering its subcellular localization. These observations indicate that targeting the nuclear transport machinery could be an important and as of yet, unexplored avenue for therapeutic intervention against the EMT processes in cancer. In parallel, a number of novel agents that disrupt nuclear transport have recently been discovered and are being explored for their anti-cancer effects in the early clinical settings. Through this review we provide insights on the mechanisms regulating snail subcellular localization and how this impacts EMT. We discuss strategies on how the nuclear transport function can be harnessed to rein in EMT through modulation of snail signaling. PMID:24954011

  18. 10 CFR 73.25 - Performance capabilities for physical protection of strategic special nuclear material in transit.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... 10 Energy 2 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Performance capabilities for physical protection of... (CONTINUED) PHYSICAL PROTECTION OF PLANTS AND MATERIALS Physical Protection of Special Nuclear Material in Transit § 73.25 Performance capabilities for physical protection of strategic special nuclear material...

  19. 10 CFR 73.25 - Performance capabilities for physical protection of strategic special nuclear material in transit.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ... 10 Energy 2 2012-01-01 2012-01-01 false Performance capabilities for physical protection of... (CONTINUED) PHYSICAL PROTECTION OF PLANTS AND MATERIALS Physical Protection of Special Nuclear Material in Transit § 73.25 Performance capabilities for physical protection of strategic special nuclear material...

  20. Searching for U-235m produced by Nuclear Excitation by Electronic Transition

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    Chodash, Perry; Norman, Eric; Burke, Jason; Wilks, Scott; Casperson, Robert

    2014-09-01

    Nuclear excitation by electronic transition (NEET) is a rare nuclear excitation that is predicted to occur in numerous isotopes, including U-235. When a nuclear transition matches the energy and the multipolarity of an electronic transition, there is a possibility that NEET will occur. If NEET were to occur in U-235, the nucleus would be excited to its 1/2 + isomeric state that subsequently decays by internal conversion with a decay energy of 77 eV and a half-life of 26 minutes. Theory predicts that NEET can occur in partially ionized uranium plasma with a charge state of 23 +. A pulsed Nd:YAG laser operating at 1064 nm with a pulse energy of 780 mJ and a pulse width of 9 ns was used to generate the uranium plasma. The laser was focused on small samples of both depleted uranium and highly enriched uranium. The plasma conditions created by the intense laser pulse were varied by changing the spot size of the laser on the target. The resulting plasma was collected on a plate and the internal conversion electrons were focused onto a microchannel plate detector by a series of electrostatic lenses. First results will be presented. Nuclear excitation by electronic transition (NEET) is a rare nuclear excitation that is predicted to occur in numerous isotopes, including U-235. When a nuclear transition matches the energy and the multipolarity of an electronic transition, there is a possibility that NEET will occur. If NEET were to occur in U-235, the nucleus would be excited to its 1/2 + isomeric state that subsequently decays by internal conversion with a decay energy of 77 eV and a half-life of 26 minutes. Theory predicts that NEET can occur in partially ionized uranium plasma with a charge state of 23 +. A pulsed Nd:YAG laser operating at 1064 nm with a pulse energy of 780 mJ and a pulse width of 9 ns was used to generate the uranium plasma. The laser was focused on small samples of both depleted uranium and highly enriched uranium. The plasma conditions created by the

  1. Waveguide transition with vacuum window for multiband dynamic nuclear polarization systems

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rybalko, Oleksandr; Bowen, Sean; Zhurbenko, Vitaliy; Ardenkjær-Larsen, Jan Henrik

    2016-05-01

    A low loss waveguide transition section and oversized microwave vacuum window covering several frequency bands (94 GHz, 140 GHz, 188 GHz) is presented. The transition is compact and was optimized for multiband Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) systems in a full-wave simulator. The window is more broadband than commercially available windows, which are usually optimized for single band operation. It is demonstrated that high-density polyethylene with urethane adhesive can be used as a low loss microwave vacuum window in multiband DNP systems. The overall assembly performance and dimensions are found using full-wave simulations. The practical aspects of the window implementation in the waveguide are discussed. To verify the design and simulation results, the window is tested experimentally at the three frequencies of interest.

  2. Waveguide transition with vacuum window for multiband dynamic nuclear polarization systems.

    PubMed

    Rybalko, Oleksandr; Bowen, Sean; Zhurbenko, Vitaliy; Ardenkjær-Larsen, Jan Henrik

    2016-05-01

    A low loss waveguide transition section and oversized microwave vacuum window covering several frequency bands (94 GHz, 140 GHz, 188 GHz) is presented. The transition is compact and was optimized for multiband Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) systems in a full-wave simulator. The window is more broadband than commercially available windows, which are usually optimized for single band operation. It is demonstrated that high-density polyethylene with urethane adhesive can be used as a low loss microwave vacuum window in multiband DNP systems. The overall assembly performance and dimensions are found using full-wave simulations. The practical aspects of the window implementation in the waveguide are discussed. To verify the design and simulation results, the window is tested experimentally at the three frequencies of interest. PMID:27250449

  3. Critical temperature for the nuclear liquid-gas phase transition (from multifragmentation and fission)

    SciTech Connect

    Karnaukhov, V. A.; Oeschler, H.; Budzanowski, A.; Avdeyev, S. P.; Botvina, A. S.; Cherepanov, E. A.; Karcz, W.; Kirakosyan, V. V.; Rukoyatkin, P. A.; Skwirczynska, I.; Norbeck, E.

    2008-12-15

    Critical temperature T{sub c} for the nuclear liquid-gas phase transition is estimated from both the multifragmentation and fission data. In the first case, the critical temperature is obtained by analysis of the intermediate-mass-fragment yields in p(8.1 GeV) + Au collisions within the statistical model of multifragmentation. In the second case, the experimental fission probability for excited {sup 188}Os is compared with the calculated one with T{sub c} as a free parameter. It is concluded for both cases that the critical temperature is higher than 15 MeV.

  4. Nuclear shape transitions in neutron-rich medium-mass nuclei

    SciTech Connect

    Sarriguren, P.; Rodriguez-Guzman, R.; Robledo, L. M.

    2012-10-20

    We study the isotopic evolution of the ground-state nuclear shapes in neutron-rich Kr, Rb, Sr, Y, Zr, Nb, and Mo isotopic chains. Both even-even and odd-A nuclei are included in the analysis. For the latter we also study the systematics of their one-quasiparticle low-lying configurations. The theoretical approach is based on a selfconsistent Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov formalism with finite range Gogny energy density functionals. Neutron separation energies, charge radii, and the spin-parity of the ground states are calculated and compared with available data. Shape-transition signatures are identified around N= 60 isotones as discontinuities in both charge radii isotopic shifts and spin-parities of the ground states. The nuclear deformation including triaxiality is shown to play a relevant role in the understanding of the bulk and spectroscopic features of the ground and low-lying one-quasiparticle states.

  5. Thermoluminescence and nuclear particle tracks in ALHA-81005 Evidence for a brief transit time

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    Sutton, S. R.; Crozaz, G.

    1983-09-01

    Thermoluminescence and nuclear particle track measurements were made on the Antarctic meteorite ALHA-81005. No nuclear particle tracks were found in lithic fragments indicating that the clast material never resided at the very surface of the parent body. The unusually low natural thermoluminescence of this material is interpreted as being due to a combination of anomalous fading and thermal decay. The thermal decay could be due to very long terrestrial age or heating either during atmospheric entry, in a near sun orbit or during a parent body impact event. Impact heating is considered the more likely of these possibilities for this meteorite. If the impact heating interpretation is correct the thermoluminescence data constrains the space exposure time of the object to be less than 2,500 years. Such a brief earth transit time is consistent with a lunar origin for this meteorite.

  6. Coherent nuclear resonant scattering by {sup 61}Ni using the nuclear lighthouse effect

    SciTech Connect

    Roth, T.; Leupold, O.; Wille, H.-C.; Rueffer, R.; Quast, K.W.; Burkel, E.; Roehlsberger, R.

    2005-04-01

    We have observed coherent nuclear resonant scattering of synchrotron radiation from the 67.41-keV level of {sup 61}Ni. The time evolution of the forward scattering signal was recorded by employing the nuclear lighthouse effect. This method is used to investigate Moessbauer isotopes in a coherent scattering process with synchrotron radiation at high transition energies. The decay of the excited ensemble of nuclei in Ni metal shows quantum beats that allowed the determination of the magnetic hyperfine field at the {sup 61}Ni nucleus. Moreover, we determined the lifetime of the 67.41-keV level of {sup 61}Ni to be 7.4(1) ns.

  7. The Nuclear Argonaute NRDE-3 Contributes to Transitive RNAi in Caenorhabditis elegans

    PubMed Central

    Zhuang, Jimmy J.; Banse, Stephen A.; Hunter, Craig P.

    2013-01-01

    The Caenorhabditis elegans nuclear RNA interference defective (Nrde) mutants were identified by their inability to silence polycistronic transcripts in enhanced RNAi (Eri) mutant backgrounds. Here, we report additional nrde-3-dependent RNAi phenomena that extend the mechanisms, roles, and functions of nuclear RNAi. We show that nrde-3 mutants are broadly RNAi deficient and that overexpressing NRDE-3 enhances RNAi. Consistent with NRDE-3 being a dose-dependent limiting resource for effective RNAi, we find that NRDE-3 is required for eri-dependent enhanced RNAi phenotypes, although only for a subset of target genes. We then identify pgl-1 as an additional limiting RNAi resource important for eri-dependent silencing of a nonoverlapping subset of target genes, so that an nrde-3; pgl-1; eri-1 triple mutant fails to show enhanced RNAi for any tested gene. These results suggest that nrde-3 and pgl-1 define separate and independent limiting RNAi resource pathways. Limiting RNAi resources are proposed to primarily act via endogenous RNA silencing pathways. Consistent with this, we find that nrde-3 mutants misexpress genes regulated by endogenous siRNAs and incompletely silence repetitive transgene arrays. Finally, we find that nrde-3 contributes to transitive RNAi, whereby amplified silencing triggers act in trans to silence sequence-similar genes. Because nrde-dependent silencing is thought to act in cis to limit the production of primary transcripts, this result reveals an unexpected role for nuclear processes in RNAi silencing. PMID:23457236

  8. The nuclear argonaute NRDE-3 contributes to transitive RNAi in Caenorhabditis elegans.

    PubMed

    Zhuang, Jimmy J; Banse, Stephen A; Hunter, Craig P

    2013-05-01

    The Caenorhabditis elegans nuclear RNA interference defective (Nrde) mutants were identified by their inability to silence polycistronic transcripts in enhanced RNAi (Eri) mutant backgrounds. Here, we report additional nrde-3-dependent RNAi phenomena that extend the mechanisms, roles, and functions of nuclear RNAi. We show that nrde-3 mutants are broadly RNAi deficient and that overexpressing NRDE-3 enhances RNAi. Consistent with NRDE-3 being a dose-dependent limiting resource for effective RNAi, we find that NRDE-3 is required for eri-dependent enhanced RNAi phenotypes, although only for a subset of target genes. We then identify pgl-1 as an additional limiting RNAi resource important for eri-dependent silencing of a nonoverlapping subset of target genes, so that an nrde-3; pgl-1; eri-1 triple mutant fails to show enhanced RNAi for any tested gene. These results suggest that nrde-3 and pgl-1 define separate and independent limiting RNAi resource pathways. Limiting RNAi resources are proposed to primarily act via endogenous RNA silencing pathways. Consistent with this, we find that nrde-3 mutants misexpress genes regulated by endogenous siRNAs and incompletely silence repetitive transgene arrays. Finally, we find that nrde-3 contributes to transitive RNAi, whereby amplified silencing triggers act in trans to silence sequence-similar genes. Because nrde-dependent silencing is thought to act in cis to limit the production of primary transcripts, this result reveals an unexpected role for nuclear processes in RNAi silencing. PMID:23457236

  9. Classical nature of nuclear spin noise near clock transitions of Bi donors in silicon

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    Ma, Wen-Long; Wolfowicz, Gary; Li, Shu-Shen; Morton, John J. L.; Liu, Ren-Bao

    2015-10-01

    Whether a quantum bath can be approximated as classical Gaussian noise is a fundamental issue in central spin decoherence and also of practical importance in designing noise-resilient quantum control. Spin qubits based on bismuth donors in silicon have tunable interactions with nuclear spin baths and are first-order insensitive to magnetic noise at so-called clock transitions (CTs). This system is therefore ideal for studying the quantum/classical Gaussian nature of nuclear spin baths since the qubit-bath interaction strength determines the back-action on the baths and hence the adequacy of a Gaussian noise model. We develop a Gaussian noise model with noise correlations determined by quantum calculations and compare the classical noise approximation to the full quantum bath theory. We experimentally test our model through a dynamical decoupling sequence of up to 128 pulses, finding good agreement with simulations and measuring electron spin coherence times approaching 1 s—notably using natural silicon. Our theoretical and experimental study demonstrates that the noise from a nuclear spin bath is analogous to classical Gaussian noise if the back-action of the qubit on the bath is small compared to the internal bath dynamics, as is the case close to CTs. However, far from the CTs, the back-action of the central spin on the bath is such that the quantum model is required to accurately model spin decoherence.

  10. Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP): A Proven, Growth Technology for Fast Transit Human Missions to Mars

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    Borowski, Stanley K.; McCurdy, David R.; Packard, Thomas W.

    2014-01-01

    The "fast conjunction" long surface stay mission option was selected for NASA's recent Mars Design Reference Architecture (DRA) 5.0 study because it provided adequate time at Mars (approx. 540 days) for the crew to explore the planet's geological diversity while also reducing the "1-way" transit times to and from Mars to approx. 6 months. Short transit times are desirable in order to reduce the debilitating physiological effects on the human body that can result from prolonged exposure to the zero-gravity (0-gE) and radiation environments of space. Recent measurements from the RAD detector attached to the Curiosity rover indicate that astronauts would receive a radiation dose of approx. 0.66 Sv (approx. 66 rem)-the limiting value established by NASA-during their 1-year journey in deep space. Proven nuclear thermal rocket (NTR) technology, with its high thrust and high specific impulse (Isp approx. 900 s), can cut 1-way transit times by as much as 50 percent by increasing the propellant capacity of the Mars transfer vehicle (MTV). No large technology scale-ups in engine size are required for these short transit missions either since the smallest engine tested during the Rover program-the 25 klbf "Pewee" engine is sufficient when used in a clustered arrangement of three to four engines. The "Copernicus" crewed MTV developed for DRA 5.0 is a 0-gE design consisting of three basic components: (1) the NTP stage (NTPS); (2) the crewed payload element; and (3) an integrated "saddle truss" and LH2 propellant drop tank assembly that connects the two elements. With a propellant capacity of approx. 190 t, Copernicus can support 1-way transit times ranging from approx. 150 to 220 days over the 15-year synodic cycle. The paper examines the impact on vehicle design of decreasing transit times for the 2033 mission opportunity. With a fourth "upgraded" SLS/HLV launch, an "in-line" LH2 tank element can be added to Copernicus allowing 1-way transit times of 130 days. To achieve 100

  11. Technical Approach and Plan for Transitioning Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) Project Facilities to the Environmental Restoration Program

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    SKELLY, W.A.

    1999-10-06

    This document describes the approach and process in which the 100-K Area Facilities are to be deactivated and transitioned over to the Environmental Restoration Program after spent nuclear fuel has been removed from the K Basins. It describes the Transition Project's scope and objectives, work breakdown structure, activity planning, estimated cost, and schedule. This report will be utilized as a planning document for project management and control and to communicate details of project content and integration.

  12. Observation of strongly forbidden solid effect dynamic nuclear polarization transitions via electron-electron double resonance detected NMR

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    Smith, Albert A.; Corzilius, Björn; Haze, Olesya; Swager, Timothy M.; Griffin, Robert G.

    2013-12-01

    We present electron paramagnetic resonance experiments for which solid effect dynamic nuclear polarization transitions were observed indirectly via polarization loss on the electron. This use of indirect observation allows characterization of the dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) process close to the electron. Frequency profiles of the electron-detected solid effect obtained using trityl radical showed intense saturation of the electron at the usual solid effect condition, which involves a single electron and nucleus. However, higher order solid effect transitions involving two, three, or four nuclei were also observed with surprising intensity, although these transitions did not lead to bulk nuclear polarization—suggesting that higher order transitions are important primarily in the transfer of polarization to nuclei nearby the electron. Similar results were obtained for the SA-BDPA radical where strong electron-nuclear couplings produced splittings in the spectrum of the indirectly observed solid effect conditions. Observation of high order solid effect transitions supports recent studies of the solid effect, and suggests that a multi-spin solid effect mechanism may play a major role in polarization transfer via DNP.

  13. Observation of strongly forbidden solid effect dynamic nuclear polarization transitions via electron-electron double resonance detected NMR

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    Smith, Albert A.; Corzilius, Björn; Haze, Olesya; Swager, Timothy M.; Griffin, Robert G.

    2013-12-07

    We present electron paramagnetic resonance experiments for which solid effect dynamic nuclear polarization transitions were observed indirectly via polarization loss on the electron. This use of indirect observation allows characterization of the dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) process close to the electron. Frequency profiles of the electron-detected solid effect obtained using trityl radical showed intense saturation of the electron at the usual solid effect condition, which involves a single electron and nucleus. However, higher order solid effect transitions involving two, three, or four nuclei were also observed with surprising intensity, although these transitions did not lead to bulk nuclear polarization—suggesting that higher order transitions are important primarily in the transfer of polarization to nuclei nearby the electron. Similar results were obtained for the SA-BDPA radical where strong electron-nuclear couplings produced splittings in the spectrum of the indirectly observed solid effect conditions. Observation of high order solid effect transitions supports recent studies of the solid effect, and suggests that a multi-spin solid effect mechanism may play a major role in polarization transfer via DNP.

  14. QED calculations of three-photon transition probabilities in H-like ions with arbitrary nuclear charge

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    Zalialiutdinov, T.; Solovyev, D.; Labzowsky, L.

    2016-03-01

    The quantum electrodynamical theory of three-photon transitions in hydrogen-like ions is presented. Emission probabilities of various three-photon decay channels for 2{p}3/2, 2{p}1/2 and 2{s}1/2 states are calculated for Z, the nuclear charge value, 1≤slant Z≤slant 95. The results are given in two different gauges. The fully relativistic three-photon decay rates of hydrogen-like ions with half-integer nuclear spin are given for transitions between fine structure components. The results can be applied to the Bose-Einstein statistics tests for multiphoton systems.

  15. A feasibility study on the production of 235mU by nuclear excitation by electronic transition

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    Chodash, Perry; Norman, Eric; Swanberg, Erik; Burke, Jason; Chen, Mau; Foord, Mark

    2011-10-01

    Nuclear excitation by electronic transition (NEET) is predicted to occur in nuclei where a nuclear transition closely matches the energy and multipolarity of an electronic transition. NEET is considered to be the inverse of bound internal conversion. This rare form of excitation is predicted to occur in many nuclei. In 235U, the 1/2+ isomeric state decays to the 7/2- ground state with a transition energy of 77 eV and a half life of 26 minutes. This decay proceeds by internal conversion emitting a low energy electron. In order for NEET to occur in uranium, it must be partially ionized to create an electronic configuration that has a transition that matches the nuclear transition. Numerous experiments have been performed to search for this excitation mechanism in 235U by creating a plasma using either a laser or an electron beam. The difficulty in finding this excitation is due to the low excitation rates, 10-9 s-1 to 1 s-1, as well as the ability to detect the low energy internal conversion electrons. The results of previous experiments as well as the current experimental plan will be discussed. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. DOE under contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 and is supported in part by the NNIS Graduate Fellowship from the U.S. DOE.

  16. Protophobic Fifth-Force Interpretation of the Observed Anomaly in ^{8}Be Nuclear Transitions.

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    Feng, Jonathan L; Fornal, Bartosz; Galon, Iftah; Gardner, Susan; Smolinsky, Jordan; Tait, Tim M P; Tanedo, Philip

    2016-08-12

    Recently a 6.8σ anomaly has been reported in the opening angle and invariant mass distributions of e^{+}e^{-} pairs produced in ^{8}Be nuclear transitions. The data are explained by a 17 MeV vector gauge boson X that is produced in the decay of an excited state to the ground state, ^{8}Be^{*}→^{8}Be X, and then decays through X→e^{+}e^{-}. The X boson mediates a fifth force with a characteristic range of 12 fm and has millicharged couplings to up and down quarks and electrons, and a proton coupling that is suppressed relative to neutrons. The protophobic X boson may also alleviate the current 3.6σ discrepancy between the predicted and measured values of the muon's anomalous magnetic moment. PMID:27563952

  17. Protophobic Fifth-Force Interpretation of the Observed Anomaly in 8Be Nuclear Transitions

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    Feng, Jonathan L.; Fornal, Bartosz; Galon, Iftah; Gardner, Susan; Smolinsky, Jordan; Tait, Tim M. P.; Tanedo, Philip

    2016-08-01

    Recently a 6.8 σ anomaly has been reported in the opening angle and invariant mass distributions of e+e- pairs produced in 8Be nuclear transitions. The data are explained by a 17 MeV vector gauge boson X that is produced in the decay of an excited state to the ground state, 8Be* → 8Be X , and then decays through X →e+e-. The X boson mediates a fifth force with a characteristic range of 12 fm and has millicharged couplings to up and down quarks and electrons, and a proton coupling that is suppressed relative to neutrons. The protophobic X boson may also alleviate the current 3.6 σ discrepancy between the predicted and measured values of the muon's anomalous magnetic moment.

  18. Energetic electron fluxes (E180 KeV) observed by the Giotto experiment EPA during encounter with Comet Halley

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    Kirsch, E.; McKenna-Lawlor, S.; Thompson, A.; Osullivan, D.; Neubauer, F. M.

    1986-12-01

    The Energetic Particle Detector system EPA/EPONA onboard Giotto detects ions and electrons with energies greater than 20 keV in various energy channels. In this paper, electron fluxes are presented together with data from the Giotto Magnetometer Experiment. Electrons >180 keV were recorded from the transit of the foreshock, inbound, until the last observation outbound at approximately 03:00 UT on 15 March 1986. Energy spectra for the inbound pass are shown. One flux enhancement in the >300 keV channel and several in the >180 keV channel were recorded outbound. Possible acceleration mechanisms for the energetic electrons are considered.

  19. Multisectional linear ion trap and novel loading method for optical spectroscopy of electron and nuclear transitions.

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    Sysoev, Alexey A; Troyan, Victor I; Borisyuk, Peter V; Krasavin, Andrey V; Vasiliev, Oleg S; Palchikov, Vitaly G; Avdeev, Ivan A; Chernyshev, Denis M; Poteshin, Sergey S

    2015-01-01

    There is a growing need for the development of atomic and nuclear frequency standards because of the important contribution of methods for precision time and frequency measurements to the development of fundamental science, technology, and the economy. It is also conditioned by their potential use in optical clocks and quantum logic applications. It is especially important to develop a universal method that could allow one to use ions of most elements effectively (including ones that are not easily evaporated) proposed for the above-mentioned applications. A linear quadrupole ion trap for the optical spectroscopy of electron and nuclear transitions has been developed and evaluated experimentally. An ion source construction is based on an ultra-high vacuum evaporator in which a metal sample is subjected to an electron beam of energy up to 1 keV, resulting in the appearance of gaseous atoms and ions of various charge state. The linear ion trap consists of five successive quadrupole sections including an entrance quadrupole section, quadrupole mass filter, quadrupole ion guide, ion-trap section, and exit quadrupole section. The same radiofrequency but a different direct current voltage feeds the quadrupole sections. The instrument allows the mass and energy selected trapping of ions from ion beams of various intensities and their localization in the area of laser irradiation. The preliminary results presented show that the proposed instrument and methods allow one to produce effectively up to triply charged thorium ions as well as to trap ions for future spectroscopic study. The instrument is proposed for future use in optical clocks and quantum logic application development. PMID:25906029

  20. Bubble dynamics and the quark-hadron phase transition in nuclear collisions

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    Fogaça, D. A.; Sanches, S. M.; Fariello, R.; Navarra, F. S.

    2016-05-01

    We study the nucleation of a quark-gluon plasma (QGP) phase in a hadron gas at low temperatures and high baryon densities. This kind of process will presumably happen very often in nuclear collisions at the GSI Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) and the Nuclotron-based Ion Collider Facility (NICA). When the appropriate energy densities (or baryon densities) and temperatures are reached the conversion of one phase into another is not instantaneous. It is a complex process, which involves the nucleation of bubbles of the new phase. One important element of this transition process is the rate of growth of a QGP bubble. In order to estimate it we solve the Relativistic Rayleigh-Plesset equation which governs the dynamics of a relativistic spherical bubble in a strongly interacting medium. The baryon rich hadron gas is represented by the nonlinear Walecka model and the QGP is described by the MIT bag model and also by a mean field model of QCD.

  1. Low-power stimulated emission nuclear quadrupole resonance detection system utilizing Rabi transitions

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    Apostolos, John; Mouyos, William; Feng, Judy; Chase, Walter

    2013-06-01

    The application of CW radar techniques to Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance (NQR) detection of nitrogen based explosives and chlorine based narcotics enables the use of low power levels, in the range of 10's of watts, to yield high signal strengths. By utilizing Rabi transitions the nucleus oscillates between states one and two under the time dependent incident electromagnetic field and alternately absorbs energy from the incident field while emitting coherent energy via stimulated emission. Through the application of a cancellation algorithm the incident field is eliminated from the NQR response, allowing the receive signal to be measured while transmitting. The response signal is processed using matched filters of the NQR response which enables the direct detection of explosives. This technology has applicability to the direct detection of explosives and narcotics for security screening, all at safe low power levels, opposed to the current XRay and Millimeter wave screening systems that detect objects that may contain explosives and utilize high power. The quantum mechanics theoretical basis for the approach and an application for a system for security screening are described with empirical results presented to show the effects observed.

  2. From Crisis to Transition: The State of Russian Science Based on Focus Groups with Nuclear Physicists

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    Gerber, T P; Ball, D Y

    2001-12-09

    renewed economic progress in Russia. Russian scientists could also be an important source of support for democratic norms: sociologists of science have long argued that scientists tend to support democracy because it provides them with the freedom in which their research can flourish. At the same time, a more recent study suggests that funding shortages may override the researcher's need for freedom and drive scientists to align themselves with the economic policies espoused by Nationalists and Communists in order to survive. Therefore, much turns on the question: ''What is the state of science in Russia today?'' The good news is that focus group interviews with Russian nuclear physicists conducted in October 2001 suggest that the ''science in crisis'' image is one-sided and misleading. Though scientists still complained about low salaries, lack of respect in society, and other similar issues, the participants in the focus groups also expressed positive sentiments about recent changes in the field of science. To be sure, the financing of science remains at a considerably lower level than during the heyday of Soviet times. Yet, it is now possible to earn a decent living as a scientist because of the greater availability of foreign and domestic grants and contracts. In addition, state funding has stabilized over the past few years. Thus, it is more accurate to say that Russian science is in a state of transition rather than in a state of crisis.

  3. Nuclear magnetic resonance at up to 10.1 GPa pressure detects an electronic topological transition in aluminum metal.

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    Meissner, Thomas; Goh, Swee K; Haase, Jürgen; Richter, Manuel; Koepernik, Klaus; Eschrig, Helmut

    2014-01-01

    High-sensitivity (27)Al nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements of aluminum metal under hydrostatic pressure of up to 10.1 GPa reveal an unexpected negative curvature in the pressure dependence of the electronic density of states measured through shift and relaxation, which violates free electron behavior. A careful analysis of the Fermiology of aluminum shows that pressure induces an electronic topological transition (Lifshitz transition) that is responsible for the measured change in the density of states. The experiments also reveal a sudden increase in the NMR linewidth above 4.2 GPa from quadrupole interaction, which is not in agreement with the metal's cubic symmetry. PMID:24292279

  4. One 17-keV Majorana neutrino?

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    Carlson, Eric; Randall, Lisa

    1991-06-01

    A model is presented accommodating a 17-keV neutrino with 1 percent mixing with the electron neutrino and bounds on the electron-neutrino mass and neutrinoless double-beta decay. However, in contrast to previous models, there is only a single state with mass 17 keV. This model is consistent with cosmological and supernova-cooling constraints, and incorporates the Mikheyev-Smirnov-Wolfenstein explanation of the low solar-neutrino counts. Possible signatures of this model include an excess of muon neutrinos from a supernova explosion, spread over a period of 10-1000 sec, and a Higgs-boson decay signature of leptons plus missing energy.

  5. Dependence of nuclear quadrupole resonance transitions on the electric field gradient asymmetry parameter for nuclides with half-integer spins

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    Cho, Herman

    2016-09-01

    Allowed transition energies and eigenstate expansions have been calculated and tabulated in numerical form as functions of the electric field gradient asymmetry parameter for the zero field Hamiltonian of quadrupolar nuclides with I = 3 / 2 , 5 / 2 , 7 / 2, and 9 / 2. These results are essential to interpret nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) spectra and extract accurate values of the electric field gradient tensors. Applications of NQR methods to studies of electronic structure in heavy element systems are proposed.

  6. Dependence of nuclear quadrupole resonance transitions on the electric field gradient asymmetry parameter for nuclides with half-integer spins

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    Cho, Herman

    2016-02-28

    Allowed transition energies and eigenstate expansions have been calculated and tabulated in numerical form as functions of the electric field gradient asymmetry parameter for the zero field Hamiltonian of quadrupolar nuclides with I = 3/2,5/2,7/2, and 9/2. These results are essential to interpret nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) spectra and extract accurate values of the electric field gradient tensors. Furthermore, applications of NQR methods to studies of electronic structure in heavy element systems are proposed.

  7. Nuclear Energy R&D Imperative 3: Enable a Transition Away from Fossil Fuel in the Transportation and Industrial Sectors

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    David Petti; J. Stephen Herring

    2010-03-01

    As described in the Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy’s Nuclear Energy R&D Roadmap, nuclear energy can play a significant role in supplying energy for a growing economy while reducing both our dependence on foreign energy supplies and emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. The industrial and transportation sectors are responsible for more than half of the greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., and imported oil supplies 70% of the energy used in the transportation sector. It is therefore important to examine the various ways nuclear energy can facilitate a transition away from fossil fuels to secure environmentally sustainable production and use of energy in the transportation and manufacturing industry sectors. Imperative 3 of the Nuclear Energy R&D Roadmap, entitled “Enable a Transition Away from Fossil Fuels by Producing Process Heat for use in the Transportation and Industrial Sectors”, addresses this need. This document presents an Implementation Plan for R&D efforts related to this imperative. The expanded use of nuclear energy beyond the electrical grid will contribute significantly to overcoming the three inter-linked energy challenges facing U.S. industry: the rising and volatile prices for premium fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas, dependence on foreign sources for these fuels, and the risks of climate change resulting from carbon emissions. Nuclear energy could be used in the industrial and transportation sectors to: • Generate high temperature process heat and electricity to serve industrial needs including the production of chemical feedstocks for use in manufacturing premium fuels and fertilizer products, • Produce hydrogen for industrial processes and transportation fuels, and • Provide clean water for human consumption by desalination and promote wastewater treatment using low-grade nuclear heat as a useful additional benefit. Opening new avenues for nuclear energy will significantly enhance our nation’s energy

  8. Japanese suppliers in transition from domestic nuclear reactor vendors to international suppliers

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    Forsberg, C.W.; Reich, W.J.; Rowan, W.J.

    1994-06-27

    Japan is emerging as a major leader and exporter of nuclear power technology. In the 1990s, Japan has the largest and strongest nuclear power supply industry worldwide as a result of the largest domestic nuclear power plant construction program. The Japanese nuclear power supply industry has moved from dependence on foreign technology to developing, design, building, and operating its own power plants. This report describes the Japanese nuclear power supply industry and examines one supplier--the Mitsubishi group--to develop an understanding of the supply industry and its relationship to the utilities, government, and other organizations.

  9. 14-pixel, multiplexed array of gamma-ray microcalorimeters with 47 eV energy resolution at 103 keV

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    Doriese, W. B.; Ullom, J. N.; Beall, J. A.; Duncan, W. D.; Ferreira, L.; Hilton, G. C.; Horansky, R. D.; Irwin, K. D.; Mates, J. A. B.; Reintsema, C. D.; Vale, L. R.; Xu, Y.; Zink, B. L.; Rabin, M. W.; Hoover, A. S.; Rudy, C. R.; Vo, D. T.

    2007-05-07

    The authors present a prototype for a high-energy-resolution, high-count-rate, gamma-ray spectrometer intended for nuclear forensics and international nuclear safeguards. The prototype spectrometer is an array of 14 transition-edge-sensor microcalorimeters with an average energy resolution of 47 eV (full width at half maximum) at 103 keV. The resolution of the best pixel is 25 eV. A cryogenic, time-division multiplexer reads out the array. Several important topics related to microcalorimeter arrays are discussed, including cross-talk, the uniformity of detector bias conditions, fabrication of the arrays, and the multiplexed readout. The measurements and calculations demonstrate that a kilopixel array of high-resolution microcalorimeters is feasible.

  10. Oscillator strengths and radiative decay rates for spin-changing S-P transitions in helium: finite nuclear mass effects

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    Morton, Donald C.; Schulhoff, Eva E.; Drake, G. W. F.

    2015-12-01

    We have calculated the electric dipole (E1) and magnetic quadrupole (M2) oscillator strengths and spontaneous decay rates for 24 spin-changing transitions of atomic helium. We included the effects of the finite nuclear mass and the anomalous magnetic moment of the electron augmented by the recently derived Pachucki term. The specific transitions for 4He are n{ }1{{{S}}}0-{n}\\prime { }3{{{P}}}{1,2} and n{ }3{{{S}}}1-{n}\\prime { }1{{{P}}}1 with n,{n}\\prime ≤slant 3 and n≤slant 10 for {n}\\prime =n. For the E1 calculations we used the Breit approximation and pseudostate expansions to perform the perturbation sums over intermediate states in both the length and velocity gauge as a check on both numerical accuracy and validity of the transition operators. The corrections for the nuclear mass and the electron anomaly tend to cancel, indicating that if one is included, then so should be the other. The tables give mass- and anomaly-dependent coefficients permitting the easy generation of results for the other isotopes of helium.

  11. Nuclear liquid-gas phase transition at large N{sub c} in the van der Waals approximation

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    Torrieri, Giorgio; Mishustin, Igor

    2010-11-15

    We examine the nuclear liquid-gas phase transition at a large number of colors (N{sub c}) within the framework of the van der Waals (VdW) We argue that the VdW equation is appropriate for describing internucleon forces, and discuss how each parameter scales with N{sub c}. We demonstrate that N{sub c}=3 (our world) is not large with respect to the other dimensionless scale relevant to baryonic matter, the number of neighbors in a dense system N{sub N}. Consequently, we show that the liquid-gas phase transition looks dramatically different at N{sub c{yields}{infinity}} with respect to our world: The critical-point temperature becomes of the order of {Lambda}{sub QCD} rather than below it. The critical-point density becomes of the order of the baryonic density, rather than an order of magnitude below it. These are precisely the characteristics usually associated with the ''quarkyonic phase.'' We therefore conjecture that quarkyonic matter is simply the large-N{sub c} limit of the nuclear liquid, and the interplay between N{sub c} and N{sub N} is the reason that the nuclear liquid in our world is so different from quarkyonic matter. We conclude by suggesting ways in which our conjecture can be tested in future lattice measurements.

  12. Nuclear transition matrix elements for Majoron-accompanied neutrinoless double-β decay within a projected-Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov model

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    Rath, P. K.; Chandra, R.; Chaturvedi, K.; Lohani, P.; Raina, P. K.

    2016-02-01

    The model-dependent uncertainties in the nuclear transition matrix elements for the Majoron-accompanied neutrinoless double-β decay (0+→0+transition) of Zr,9694, 100Mo, Te,130128, and 150Nd isotopes are calculated by employing the projected-Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov formalism with four different parametrizations of the pairing plus multipolar two-body interactions and three different parametrizations of the Jastrow short-range correlations. Uncertainties in the nuclear transition matrix elements turn out to be less than 15% and 21% for decays involving the emission of single and double Majorons, respectively.

  13. Workforce Transition Model for DOE-AL non-nuclear reconfiguration

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    Stahlman, E.J.; Lewis, R.E.

    1993-10-01

    The Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) was tasked by the US Department of Energy Albuquerque Field Office (DOE-AL) to develop a workforce assessment and transition planning tool to support integrated decision making at a single DOE installation. The planning tool permits coordinated, integrated workforce planning to manage growth, decline, or transition within a DOE installation. The tool enhances the links and provides commonality between strategic, programmatic, and operations planners and human resources. Successful development and subsequent complex-wide implementation of the model will also facilitate planning at the national level by enforcing a consistent format on data that are now collected by installations in corporate-specific formats that are not amenable to national-level analyses. The workforce assessment and transition planning tool consists of two components: the Workforce Transition Model and the Workforce Budget Constraint Model. The Workforce Transition Model, the preponderant of the two, assists decision makers to identify and evaluates alternatives for transitioning the current workforce to meet the skills required to support projected workforce requirements. The Workforce Budget Constraint Model helps estimate the number of personnel that will be affected given a workforce budget increase or decrease and assists in identifying how the corresponding hiring or layoffs should be distributed across the common occupational classification system (COCS) occupations. The conceptual models and the computer implementation are described.

  14. Microscopic analysis of nuclear quantum phase transitions in the N{approx_equal}90 region

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    Li, Z. P.; Niksic, T.; Vretenar, D.; Meng, J.; Lalazissis, G. A.; Ring, P.

    2009-05-15

    The analysis of shape transitions in Nd isotopes, based on the framework of relativistic energy-density functionals and restricted to axially symmetric shapes in T. Niksic, D. Vretenar, G. A. Lalazissis, and P. Ring [Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 092502 (2007)], is extended to the region Z=60,62,64 with N{approx_equal}90 and includes both {beta} and {gamma} deformations. Collective excitation spectra and transition probabilities are calculated starting from a five-dimensional Hamiltonian for quadrupole vibrational and rotational degrees of freedom, with parameters determined by constrained self-consistent relativistic mean-field calculations for triaxial shapes. The results reproduce available data and show that there is an abrupt change of structure at N=90 that can be approximately characterized by the X(5) analytic solution at the critical point of the first-order quantum phase transition between spherical and axially deformed shapes.

  15. Electron Flux Models at GEO: 30 keV - 600 keV

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    Boynton, R.; Balikhin, M. A.; Sibeck, D. G.; Walker, S. N.; Ganushkina, N. Y.

    2015-12-01

    Forecast models are developed for the electron fluxes measured by the Magnetospheric Electron Detector (MagED) onboard the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) 13. The models employ solar wind and geomagnetic indices as inputs to produce a forecast of the electron flux at Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) for five energy ranges from 30 keV - 600 keV. All of these models will be implemented in real time to forecast the electron fluxes on the PROGRESS project website (https://ssg.group.shef.ac.uk/progress2/html/index.phtml).

  16. Nuclear shape transitions and some properties of aligned-particle configurations at high spin

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    Koo, T.L.; Chowdhury, P.; Emling, H.

    1982-01-01

    Two topics are addressed in this paper. First, we discuss the variation of shapes with spin and neutron number for nuclei in the N approx. = 88 transitional region. Second, we present comments on the feeding times of very high spin single-particle yrast states.

  17. Precision Measurements of the 278 keV {sup 14}N(p,{gamma}) and the 151 keV {sup 18}O(p,{alpha}) Resonance Parameters

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    Borowski, M.; Lieb, K. P.; Uhrmacher, M.; Bolse, W.

    2009-01-28

    In thin film technology, analytical methods for monitoring the deposition of oxide and nitride coatings and the effects of corrosive, laser and ion-beam treatments have attracted considerable attention. For depth-profiling the concentrations of light isotopes, resonant nuclear reaction analysis is an excellent non-destructive ion-beam analytical tool. We report here on precision measurements of the 278 keV {sup 14}N(p,{gamma}) and the 151 keV {sup 18}O(p,{alpha}) resonances using the high-resolution proton beam of the Goettingen IONAS accelerator. The deduced resonance energies E{sub R} and total widths {gamma}(in the laboratory system) are E{sub R} = 277.60(27) keV and {gamma} = 1115(33) eV for the {sup 14}N(p,{gamma}) resonance, and E{sub R} = 150.97(26) keV and {gamma} = 178(35) eV for the {sup 18}O(p,{alpha}) resonance. These values are significantly more precise than the ones quoted in the literature.

  18. Targeting the Nuclear Export Protein XPO1/CRM1 Reverses Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition

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    Azmi, Asfar S.; Muqbil, Irfana; Wu, Jack; Aboukameel, Amro; Senapedis, William; Baloglu, Erkan; Bollig-Fischer, Aliccia; Dyson, Gregory; Kauffman, Michael; Landesman, Yosef; Shacham, Sharon; Philip, Philip A.; Mohammad, Ramzi M.

    2015-01-01

    Here we demonstrate for the first time that targeted inhibition of nuclear exporter protein exportin 1 (XPO1) also known as chromosome maintenance region 1 (CRM1) by Selective Inhibitor of Nuclear Export (SINE) compounds results in reversal of EMT in snail-transduced primary human mammary epithelial cells (HMECs). SINE compounds selinexor (KPT-330) and KPT-185, leptomycin B (LMB as +ve control) but not KPT-301 (–ve control) reverse EMT, suppress mesenchymal markers and consequently induce growth inhibition, apoptosis and prevent spheroid formation. SINE treatment resulted in nuclear retention of snail regulator FBXL5 that was concurrent with suppression of snail and down-regulation of mesenchymal markers. FBXL5 siRNA or transfection with cys528 mut-Xpo1 (lacking SINE binding site) markedly abrogated SINE activity highlighting an XPO1 and FBXL5 mediated mechanism of action. Silencing XPO1 or snail caused re-expression of FBXL5 as well as EMT reversal. Pathway analysis on SINE treated HMECs further verified the involvement of additional F-Box family proteins and confirmed the suppression of snail network. Oral administration of selinexor (15 mg/kg p.o. QoDx3/week for 3weeks) resulted in complete cures (no tumor rebound at 120 days) of HMLER-Snail xenografts. These findings raise the unique possibility of blocking EMT at the nuclear pore. PMID:26536918

  19. Targeting the Nuclear Export Protein XPO1/CRM1 Reverses Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition.

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    Azmi, Asfar S; Muqbil, Irfana; Wu, Jack; Aboukameel, Amro; Senapedis, William; Baloglu, Erkan; Bollig-Fischer, Aliccia; Dyson, Gregory; Kauffman, Michael; Landesman, Yosef; Shacham, Sharon; Philip, Philip A; Mohammad, Ramzi M

    2015-01-01

    Here we demonstrate for the first time that targeted inhibition of nuclear exporter protein exportin 1 (XPO1) also known as chromosome maintenance region 1 (CRM1) by Selective Inhibitor of Nuclear Export (SINE) compounds results in reversal of EMT in snail-transduced primary human mammary epithelial cells (HMECs). SINE compounds selinexor (KPT-330) and KPT-185, leptomycin B (LMB as +ve control) but not KPT-301 (-ve control) reverse EMT, suppress mesenchymal markers and consequently induce growth inhibition, apoptosis and prevent spheroid formation. SINE treatment resulted in nuclear retention of snail regulator FBXL5 that was concurrent with suppression of snail and down-regulation of mesenchymal markers. FBXL5 siRNA or transfection with cys528 mut-Xpo1 (lacking SINE binding site) markedly abrogated SINE activity highlighting an XPO1 and FBXL5 mediated mechanism of action. Silencing XPO1 or snail caused re-expression of FBXL5 as well as EMT reversal. Pathway analysis on SINE treated HMECs further verified the involvement of additional F-Box family proteins and confirmed the suppression of snail network. Oral administration of selinexor (15 mg/kg p.o. QoDx3/week for 3weeks) resulted in complete cures (no tumor rebound at 120 days) of HMLER-Snail xenografts. These findings raise the unique possibility of blocking EMT at the nuclear pore. PMID:26536918

  20. ON THE TRANSITION FROM NUCLEAR-CLUSTER- TO BLACK-HOLE-DOMINATED GALAXY CORES

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    Bekki, Kenji; Graham, Alister W.

    2010-05-10

    Giant elliptical galaxies, believed to be built from the merger of lesser galaxies, are known to house a massive black hole (MBH) at their center rather than a compact star cluster. If low- and intermediate-mass galaxies do indeed partake in the hierarchical merger scenario, then one needs to explain why their dense nuclear star clusters are not preserved in merger events. A valuable clue may be the recent revelation that nuclear star clusters and MBHs frequently co-exist in intermediate-mass bulges and elliptical galaxies. In an effort to understand the physical mechanism responsible for the disappearance of nuclear star clusters, we have numerically investigated the evolution of merging star clusters with seed BHs. Using BHs that are 1%-5% of their host nuclear cluster mass, we reveal how their binary coalescence during a merger dynamically heats the newly wed star cluster, expanding it, significantly lowering its central stellar density, and thus making it susceptible to tidal destruction during galaxy merging. Moreover, this mechanism provides a pathway to explain the observed reduction in the nucleus-to-galaxy stellar mass ratio as one proceeds from dwarf to giant elliptical galaxies.

  1. Rapid nuclear transit and impaired degradation of amyloid β and glypican-1-derived heparan sulfate in Tg2576 mouse fibroblasts.

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    Cheng, Fang; Fransson, Lars-Åke; Mani, Katrin

    2015-05-01

    Anhydromannose (anMan)-containing heparan sulfate (HS) derived from S-nitrosylated glypican-1 is generated in endosomes by an endogenously or ascorbate induced S-nitrosothiol-catalyzed reaction. Expression and processing of amyloid precursor protein (APP) is required to initiate formation and endosome-to-nucleus translocation of anMan-containing HS in wild-type mouse embryonic fibroblasts (WT MEF). HS is then transported to autophagosomes and finally degraded in lysosomes. To investigate how APP-derived amyloid β (Aβ) peptide affects intracellular trafficking of HS, we have studied nuclear transit as well as autophagosome/lysosome targeting and degradation in transgenic Alzheimer disease mouse (Tg2576) MEF which produce increased amounts of Aβ. Deconvolution immunofluorescence microscopy with an anMan-specific monoclonal antibody showed anMan staining in the nuclei of Tg2576 MEF after 5 min of ascorbate treatment and after 15 min in WT MEF. There was also greater nuclear accumulation of HS in Tg2576 MEF as determined by (35)S-sulfate-labeling experiments. Tg2576 MEF was less sensitive to inhibition of NO production and copper-chelation than WT MEF. By using APP- and Aβ-recognizing antibodies, we observed nuclear translocation of Aβ peptide in Tg2576 MEF but not in WT MEF. HS remained in the nucleus of WT MEF for at least 8 h and was then transported to autophagosomes. By 8 h, HS had disappeared from the nuclei of Tg2576 MEF but colocalized poorly with the autophagosome marker LC3. Aβ also disappeared rapidly from the nuclei of Tg2576 MEF. Initially, it appeared in acidic vesicles and later it accumulated extracellularly. Thus, in Tg2576 MEF there is nuclear accumulation as well as secretion of Aβ and impaired degradation of HS. PMID:25527428

  2. Glass-transition temperature gradient in nanocomposites: evidence from nuclear magnetic resonance and differential scanning calorimetry.

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    Papon, Aurélie; Montes, Hélène; Hanafi, Mohamed; Lequeux, François; Guy, Laurent; Saalwächter, Kay

    2012-02-10

    The slowing-down of the dynamics of a polymer chain near a surface has been observed for many years now. Here we show that the behavior of model nanocomposites can be quantitatively described with a gradient of glass-transition temperature. We describe with a single parameter-the range of this gradient-the temperature and solvent effect on the spin relaxation dynamics. Moreover, this parameter allows a quantitative description of the nanocomposite calorimetric response from the one of the bulk polymer. PMID:22401088

  3. Deuteron NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) in relation to the glass transition in polymers

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    Roessler, E.; Sillescu, H.; Spiess, H. W.; Wallwitz, R.

    1983-01-01

    H-2NMR is introduced as a tool for investigating slow molecular motion in the glass transition region of amorphous polymers. In particular, we compare H-2 spin alignment echo spectra of chain deuterated polystyrene with model calculations for restricted rotational Brownian motion. Molecular motion in the polyztyrene-toluene system has been investigated by analyzing H-2NMR of partially deuterated polystyrene and toluene, respectively. The diluent mobility in the mixed glass has been decomposed into solid and liquid components where the respective average correlation times differ by more than 5 decades.

  4. First result of the experimental search for the 9.4 keV solar axion reactions with 83Kr in the copper proportional counter

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    Gavrilyuk, Yu. M.; Gangapshev, A. M.; Derbin, A. V.; Kazalov, V. V.; Kim, H. J.; Kim, Y. D.; Kobychev, V. V.; Kuzminov, V. V.; Ali, Luqman; Muratova, V. N.; Panasenko, S. I.; Ratkevich, S. S.; Semenov, D. A.; Tekueva, D. A.; Yakimenko, S. P.; Unzhakov, E. V.

    2015-03-01

    The experimental search for solar hadronic axions is started at the Baksan Neutrino Observatory of the Institute for Nuclear Researches of Russian Academy of Science (BNO INR RAS). It is assumed that axions are created in the Sun during M1 transition between the first thermally excited level at 9.4 keV and the ground state in 83Kr. The experiment is based on axion detection via resonant absorption process by the same nucleus in the detector. The big copper proportional counter filled with krypton is used to detect signals from axions. The experimental setup is situated in the deep underground low background laboratory. No evidence of axion detection were found after the 26.5 days data collection. Resulting new upper limit on axion mass is m A ≤ 130 eV at 95% C.L.

  5. U(5)-SU(3) nuclear shape transition within the interacting boson model applied to dysprosium isotopes

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    Kotb, M.

    2016-07-01

    In the framework of the interacting boson model (IBM) with intrinsic coherent state, the shape Hamiltonian from spherical vibrator U(5) to axially symmetric prolate deformed rotator SU(3) are examined. The Hamiltonian used is composed of a single boson energy term and quadrupole term. The potential energy surfaces (PES' s) corresponding to the U(5)-SU(3) transition are calculated with variation of a scaling and control parameters. The model is applied to 150-162Dy chain of isotopes. In this chain a change from spherical to well deformed nuclei is observed when moving from the lighter to heavier isotopes. 156Dy is a good candidate for the critical point symmetry X(5). The parameters of the model are determined by using a computer simulated search program in order to minimize the deviation between our calculated and some selected experimental energy levels, B(E2) transition rates and the two neutron separation energies S2n. We have also studied the energy ratios and the B(E2) values for the yrast state of the critical nucleus. The nucleon pair transfer intensities between ground-ground and ground-beta states are examined within IBM and boson intrinsic coherent framework.

  6. Global transcriptional analysis of nuclear reprogramming in the transition from MEFs to iPSCs.

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    Dong, Fulu; Song, Zhenwei; Zhang, Jinping; Lu, Youde; Song, Chunlei; Jiang, BaoChun; Zhang, Baole; Cong, Peiqing; Sun, Hongyan; Shi, Fangxiong; Liu, Honglin

    2013-01-01

    Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are flourishing in the investigation of cell reprogramming. However, we still know little about the sequential molecular mechanism during somatic cell reprogramming (SCR). Here, we first observed rapid generation of colonies whereas mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) were induced by OCT4, SOX2, KLF4 (OSK), and vitamin C for 7 days. The colony's global transcriptional profiles were analyzed using Affymetrix microarray. Microarray data confirmed that SCR was a process in which transcriptome got reversed and pluripotent genes expressed de novo. There were many changes, especially substantial growth expression of epigenetic factors, on transcriptome during the transition from Day 7 to iPSCs indicating that this period may provide 'flexibility' genome structure, chromatin remodeling, and epigenetic modifications to rebind to the transcriptional factors. Several biological processes such as viral immune response, apoptosis, cell fate specification, and cell communication were mainly involved before Day 7 whereas cell cycle, DNA methylation, and histone modification were mainly involved after Day 7. Furthermore, it was suggested that p53 signaling contributed to the transition 'hyperdynamic plastic' cell state and assembled cell niche for SCR, and small molecular compounds useful for chromatin remodeling can enhance iPSCs by exciting epigenetic modification rather than the exogenous expression of more TFs vectors. PMID:23231677

  7. High field nuclear magnetic resonance in transition metal substituted BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}

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    Garitezi, T. M. Lesseux, G. G.; Rosa, P. F. S.; Adriano, C.; Pagliuso, P. G.; Urbano, R. R.; Reyes, A. P.; Kuhns, P. L.

    2014-05-07

    We report high field {sup 75}As nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements on Co and Cu substituted BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} single crystals displaying same structural/magnetic transition T{sub 0}≃128  K. From our anisotropy studies in the paramagnetic state, we strikingly found virtually identical quadrupolar splitting and consequently the quadrupole frequency ν{sub Q}≃2.57(1)  MHz for both compounds, despite the claim that each Cu delivers 2 extra 3d electrons in BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} compared to Co substitution. These results allow us to conclude that a subtle change in the crystallographic structure, particularly in the Fe–As tetrahedra, must be the most probable tuning parameter to determine T{sub 0} in this class of superconductors rather than electronic doping. Furthermore, our NMR data around T{sub 0} suggest coexistence of tetragonal/paramagnetic and orthorhombic/antiferromagnetic phases between the structural and the spin density wave magnetic phase transitions, similarly to what was reported for K-doped BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} [Urbano et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 107001 (2010)].

  8. Sensitivity of the Derived B(E2) Transition Strength to Nuclear Structure Models

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    Weppner, Stephen

    2005-04-01

    Identifying the structure of exotic nuclei via scattering observables is an interesting theoretical challenge. Starting with a microscopic optical model, which has a clear delineation between structure and the interaction introduced at the onset, we have a natural tool to examine the role of the structure in the calculation. In the past this model was used to ascertain the sensitivities of the elastic scattering observables to the structure of the nucleus, with the differences between models being minimal at intermediate scattering energies. We now examine the role of the nucleur structure model in the calculation of an inelastic proton-nucleus scattering observable: the differential cross-section for the first 0+->2+ transition of the nucleus. We will study how this observable and the related B(E2) matrix element and deformation parameter are affected by the use of a variety of different structure inputs used in the calculation.

  9. Hepatocyte nuclear factor 1 beta induces transformation and epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition.

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    Matsui, Atsuka; Fujimoto, Jiro; Ishikawa, Kosuke; Ito, Emi; Goshima, Naoki; Watanabe, Shinya; Semba, Kentaro

    2016-04-01

    Gene amplification can be a cause of cancer, and driver oncogenes have been often identified in amplified regions. However, comprehensive analysis of other genes coamplified with an oncogene is rarely performed. We focused on the 17q12-21 amplicon, which contains ERBB2. We established a screening system for oncogenic activity with the NMuMG epithelial cell line. We identified a homeobox gene, HNF1B, as a novel cooperative transforming gene. HNF1B induced cancerous phenotypes, which were enhanced by the coexpression of ERBB2, and induced epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and invasive phenotypes. These results suggest that HNF1B is a novel oncogene that can work cooperatively with ERBB2. PMID:27001343

  10. The transition from silicon to gas detection media in nuclear physics

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    Pollacco, Emanuel C.

    2016-06-01

    Emerging radioactive beams and multi petawatt laser facilities are sturdily transforming our base concepts in instruments in nuclear physics. The changes are fuelled by studies of nuclei close to the drip-line or exotic reactions. This physics demands high luminosity, wide phase space cover with good resolution in energy, time, position and sampled waveform. By judiciously modifying the micro-world of the particle or space physics instruments (Double Sided Strip Si Detectors, Micro-Pattern Gas Amplifiers, microelectronics), we are on the path to initiate dream experiments. In the following a brief status in the domain is reported for selected instruments that highlight the present trends with silicon and the growing shift towards gas media for charged particle detection.

  11. Tracking Transitions in Spider Wrapping Silk Conformation and Dynamics by (19)F Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.

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    Sarker, Muzaddid; Orrell, Kathleen E; Xu, Lingling; Tremblay, Marie-Laurence; Bak, Jessi J; Liu, Xiang-Qin; Rainey, Jan K

    2016-05-31

    Aciniform silk protein (AcSp1) is the primary component of wrapping silk, the toughest of the spider silks because of a combination of high tensile strength and extensibility. Argiope trifasciata AcSp1 contains a core repetitive domain with at least 14 homogeneous 200-amino acid units ("W" units). Upon fibrillogenesis, AcSp1 converts from an α-helix-rich soluble state to a mixed α-helical/β-sheet conformation. Solution-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy allowed demonstration of variable local stability within the W unit, but comprehensive characterization was confounded by spectral overlap, which was exacerbated by decreased chemical shift dispersion upon denaturation. Here, (19)F NMR spectroscopy, in the context of a single W unit (W1), is applied to track changes in structure and dynamics. Four strategic positions in the W unit were mutated to tryptophan and biosynthetically labeled with 5-fluorotryptophan (5F-Trp). Simulated annealing-based structure calculations implied that these substitutions should be tolerated, while circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy and (1)H-(15)N chemical shift displacements indicated minimal structural perturbation in W1 mutants. Fiber formation by W2 concatemers containing 5F-Trp substitutions in both W units demonstrated retention of functionality, a somewhat surprising finding in light of sequence conservation between species. Each 5F-Trp-labeled W1 exhibited a unique (19)F chemical shift, line width, longitudinal relaxation time constant (T1), and solvent isotope shift. Perturbation to (19)F chemical shift and nuclear spin relaxation parameters reflected changes in the conformation and dynamics at each 5F-Trp site upon addition of urea and dodecylphosphocholine (DPC). (19)F NMR spectroscopy allowed unambiguous localized tracking throughout titration with each perturbant, demonstrating distinct behavior for each perturbant not previously revealed by heteronuclear NMR experiments. PMID:27153372

  12. A space crystal diffraction telescope for the energy range of nuclear transitions

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    von Ballmoos, P.; Naya, J.E.; Albernhe, F.; Vedrenne, G.; Smither, R.K.; Faiz, M.; Fernandez, P.; Graber, T.

    1995-04-01

    This paper contains literature from American Power Conference Air Toxics Being Measured Accurately, Controlled Effectively NO{sub x} and SO{sub 2} Emissions Reduced; Surface Condensers Improve Heat Rate; Usable Fuel from Municipal Solid Waste; Cofiring Technology Reduces Gas Turbine Emissions; Trainable, Rugged Microsensor Identifies of Gases; High-Tc Superconductors Fabricated; High-Temperature Superconducting Current Leads; Vitrification of Low-Level Radioactive and Mixed Wastes; Characterization, Demolition, and Disposal of Contaminated Structures; On-Line Plant Diagnostics and Management; Sulfide Ceramic Materials for Improved Batteries; Flywheel Provides Efficient Energy Storage; Battery Systems for Electric Vehicles; Polymer-Electrolyte Fuel Cells for Transportation; Solid-Oxide Fuel Cells for Transportation; Surface Acoustic Wave Sensor Monitors Emissions in Real-Time; Advance Alternative-Fueled Automotive Technologies; Thermal & Mechanical Process; Flow-Induced Vibration & Flow Distribution in Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchangers; Ice Slurries for District Cooling; Advanced Fluids; Compact Evaporator and Condenser Technology; and Analysis of Failed Nuclear Power Station Components.

  13. Performance impact on nuclear thermal propulsion of piloted Mars missions with short transit times

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    Wickenheiser, T. J.; Gessner, K. S.; Alexander, S. W.

    1991-01-01

    The requirements of nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) are examined with respect to a specific mission scenario derived from Stafford Committee recommendations. The recommended mission scenario is a split/sprint opposition mission which includes a piloted vehicle and a cargo vehicle, and the baseline mission is developed from a reference trajectory. Key mision parameters are developed from the baseline mission, including engine-thrust levels, mission opportunity, and engine burn-time requirements. The impact of engine failure is also considered in terms of burn-time requirements, and other mission-performance issues considered include propulsion-technology assumptions, triple-perigee earth-departure burns, and Mars parking-orbit selection. The engine requirements call for a 50-75-klb engine-thrust level, maximum single burn time of 0.6 hours, and a maximum total-mission burn time of 1.7 hours. For a crew of 6, a 475-day total-mission trip with a 90-day stay at Mars is possible.

  14. "Dot COM", a nuclear transit center for the primary piRNA pathway in Drosophila.

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    Dennis, Cynthia; Zanni, Vanessa; Brasset, Emilie; Eymery, Angeline; Zhang, Liang; Mteirek, Rana; Jensen, Silke; Rong, Yikang S; Vaury, Chantal

    2013-01-01

    The piRNA pathway protects genomes by silencing mobile elements. Despite advances in understanding the processing events that generate piRNAs for silencing, little is known about how primary transcripts are transported from their genomic clusters to their processing centers. Using a model of the Drosophila COM/flamenco locus in ovarian somatic cells, we identified a prominent nuclear structure called Dot COM, which is enriched in long transcripts from piRNA clusters but located far from their transcription sites. Remarkably, transcripts from multiple clusters accumulate at Dot COM, which is often juxtaposed with Yb-bodies, the cytoplasmic processing centers for cluster transcripts. Genetic evidence suggests that the accumulation of precursor transcripts at Dot COM represents one of the most upstream events in the piRNA pathway. Our results provide new insights into the initial steps of the piRNA pathway, and open up a new research area important for a complete understanding of this conserved pathway. PMID:24039799

  15. Mars mission opportunity and transit time sensitivity for a nuclear thermal rocket propulsion application

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    Young, A.C.; Mulqueen, J.A.; Nishimuta, E.L.; Emrich, W.J. )

    1993-01-10

    President George Bush's 1989 challenge to America to support the Space Exploration Initiative (SEI) of Back to the Moon and Human Mission to Mars'' gives the space industry an opportunity to develop effective and efficient space transportation systems. This paper presents stage performance and requirements for a nuclear thermal rocket (NTR) Mars transportation system to support the human Mars mission of the SEI. Two classes of Mars mission profiles are considered in developing the NTR propulsion vehicle performance and requirements. The two Mars mission classes include the opposition class and conjunction class. The opposition class mission is associated with relatively short Mars stay times ranging from 30 to 90 days and total mission duration of 350 to 600 days. The conjunction class mission is associated with much longer Mars stay times ranging from 500 to 600 days and total mission durations of 875 to 1,000 days. Vehicle mass scaling equations are used to determine the NTR stage mass, size, and performance range required for different Mars mission opportunities and for different Mars mission durations. Mission opportunities considered include launch years 2010 to 2018. The 2010 opportunity is the most demanding launch opportunity and the 2018 opportunity is the least demanding opportunity. NTR vehicle mass and size sensitivity to NTR engine thrust level, engine specific impulse, NTR engine thrust-to-weight ratio, and Mars surface payload are presented. NTR propulsion parameter ranges include those associated with NERVA, particle bed reactor (PBR), low-pressure, and ceramic-metal-type engine design.

  16. Feasibility study of measuring the 229Th nuclear isomer transition with 233U-doped crystals

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    Stellmer, Simon; Schreitl, Matthias; Kazakov, Georgy A.; Sterba, Johannes H.; Schumm, Thorsten

    2016-07-01

    We propose a simple approach to measure the energy of the few-eV isomeric state in 229Th. To this end, 233U nuclei are doped into VUV-transparent crystals, where they undergo α decay into 229Th, and, with a probability of 2%, populate the isomeric state. These Thm229 nuclei may decay into the nuclear ground state under emission of the sought-after VUV γ ray, whose wavelength can be determined with a spectrometer. Based on measurements of the optical transmission of 238U:CaF2 crystals in the VUV range, we expect a signal at least two orders of magnitude larger compared to current schemes using surface implantation of recoil nuclei. The signal background is dominated by Cherenkov radiation induced by β decays of the thorium decay chain. We estimate that, even if the isomer undergoes radiative de-excitation with a probability of only 0.1%, the VUV γ ray can be detected within a reasonable measurement time.

  17. Accounting for the Delay in the Transition from Acute to Chronic Pain: Axonal and Nuclear Mechanisms

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    Ferrari, Luiz F.; Bogen, Oliver; Reichling, David B.

    2015-01-01

    Acute insults produce hyperalgesic priming, a neuroplastic change in nociceptors that markedly prolongs inflammatory mediator-induced hyperalgesia. After an acute initiating insult, there is a 72 h delay to the onset of priming, for which the underlying mechanism is unknown. We hypothesized that the delay is due to the time required for a signal to travel from the peripheral terminal to the cell body followed by a return signal to the peripheral terminal. We report that when an inducer of hyperalgesic priming (monocyte chemotactic protein 1) is administered at the spinal cord of Sprague Dawley rats, priming is detected at the peripheral terminal with a delay significantly shorter than when applied peripherally. Spinally induced priming is detected not only when prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) is presented to the peripheral nociceptor terminals, but also when it is presented intrathecally to the central terminals in the spinal cord. Furthermore, when an inducer of priming is administered in the paw, priming can be detected in spinal cord (as prolonged hyperalgesia induced by intrathecal PGE2), but only when the mechanical stimulus is presented to the paw on the side where the priming inducer was administered. Both spinally and peripherally induced priming is prevented by intrathecal oligodeoxynucleotide antisense to the nuclear transcription factor CREB mRNA. Finally, the inhibitor of protein translation reversed hyperalgesic priming only when injected at the site where PGE2 was administered, suggesting that the signal transmitted from the cell body to the peripheral terminal is not a newly translated protein, but possibly a newly expressed mRNA. PMID:25589745

  18. Nuclear Thermal Motion Driven Adiabatic Electron States Thermalization and the Induced Phase Transition From Insulator To Metal in Warm Dense Matters

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    Kang, Dongdong; Hou, Yong; Gao, Cheng; Zeng, Jiaolong; Yuan, Jianmin

    2016-05-01

    In warm dense matter(WDM), the thermal motion energy of a nucleus may be comparable to its coupling energy with the neighbor nuclei and comparable to the valence electronic orbital motion energy. As the much small mass of electrons, the fluctuations of the electron orbitals are almost adiabatic dynamical changes with nuclear motion. The electronic and nuclear structure of warm and dense He and Ar are simulated by using the density functional based molecular dynamics method. The nuclear thermal motion driven adiabatic thermalization of the electron states, depression of the energy band gap and even phase transitions of electron states from insulator to metal are predicted when the nuclear thermal motion energy is comparable to the coupling energy between the neighboring atoms as well as to the valence electronic orbital motion energy. These kind of nuclear thermal motion driven adiabatic electronic states from insulator to metal phase transition occurs at much lower temperatures than the normal thermal collision excitation in low density and high temperature gases.

  19. Direct and secondary nuclear excitation with x-ray free-electron lasers

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    Gunst, Jonas; Wu, Yuanbin; Kumar, Naveen; Keitel, Christoph H.; Pálffy, Adriana

    2015-11-01

    The direct and secondary nuclear excitation produced by an x-ray free electron laser when interacting with a solid-state nuclear target is investigated theoretically. When driven at the resonance energy, the x-ray free electron laser can produce direct photoexcitation. However, the dominant process in that interaction is the photoelectric effect producing a cold and very dense plasma in which also secondary processes such as nuclear excitation by electron capture may occur. We develop a realistic theoretical model to quantify the temporal dynamics of the plasma and the magnitude of the secondary excitation therein. Numerical results show that depending on the nuclear transition energy and the temperature and charge states reached in the plasma, secondary nuclear excitation by electron capture may dominate the direct photoexcitation by several orders of magnitude, as it is the case for the 4.8 keV transition from the isomeric state of 93Mo, or it can be negligible, as it is the case for the 14.4 keV Mössbauer transition in 57Fe. These findings are most relevant for future nuclear quantum optics experiments at x-ray free electron laser facilities.

  20. Critical-Point Boundary for the Nuclear Quantum Phase Transition Near A=100 from Mass Measurements of {sup 96,97}Kr

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    Naimi, S.; Audi, G.; Lunney, D.; Beck, D.; Herfurth, F.; Blaum, K.; Boehm, Ch.; Borgmann, Ch.; George, S.; Kowalska, M.; Kreim, S.; Breitenfeldt, M.; Rosenbusch, M.; Schweikhard, L.; Herlert, A.; Neidherr, D.; Schwarz, S.; Zuber, K.

    2010-07-16

    Mass measurements of {sup 96,97}Kr using the ISOLTRAP Penning-trap spectrometer at CERN-ISOLDE are reported, extending the mass surface beyond N=60 for Z=36. These new results show behavior in sharp contrast to the heavier neighbors where a sudden and intense deformation is present. We interpret this as the establishment of a nuclear quantum phase transition critical-point boundary. The new masses confirm findings from nuclear mean-square charge-radius measurements up to N=60 but are at variance with conclusions from recent gamma-ray spectroscopy.

  1. Physics of a 17 keV neutrino.

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    Kayser, B.

    The possible 17 keV neutrino, if real, cannot be νμ but could be essentially ντ. Relic 17 keV neutrinos from the big bang must have disappeared, through a non-Standard-Model decay or annihilation process, before the present epoch. If one assumes that the 17 keV neutrino is not a Dirac neutrino of the conventional kind, then one is led to picture it as a Dirac neutrino of the unconventional Zeldovich-Konopinski-Mahmoud kind. It is then an amalgam of ντ and ν¯μ.

  2. Observations of solar flare photon energy spectra from 20 keV to 7 MeV

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    Yoshimori, M.; Watanabe, H.; Nitta, N.

    1985-01-01

    Solar flare photon energy spectra in the 20 keV to 7 MeV range are derived from the Apr. 1, Apr. 4, apr. 27 and May 13, 1981 flares. The flares were observed with a hard X-ray and a gamma-ray spectrometers on board the Hinotori satellite. The results show that the spectral shape varies from flare to flare and the spectra harden in energies above about 400 keV. Effects of nuclear line emission on the continuum and of higher energy electron bremsstrahlung are considered to explain the spectral hardening.

  3. Nuclear magnetic resonance study of the ferroelastic phase transition of order-disorder type in [N(C2H5)4]2CdCl4

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    Lim, Ae Ran; Kim, Min Soo; Lim, Kye-Young

    2016-08-01

    This study uses nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques to examine the detailed changes in [N(C2H5)4]2CdCl4 around its phase transition at the temperature TC = 284 K. The chemical shifts and spin-lattice relaxation times in the rotating frame (T1ρ) were determined from 1H magic angle spinning (MAS) NMR and 13C cross-polarization (CP)/MAS NMR spectra. The two sets of inequivalent 1H and 13C nuclei in CH3 and CH2 were distinguished. A ferroelastic phase transition was observed at TC, without structural symmetry change. The phase transition is mainly attributed to the orientational ordering of the [N(C2H5)4]+ cations, and the spectral splitting at low temperature is associated with different ferroelastic domains.

  4. Nuclear excitation by electron transition rate confidence interval in a Hg201 local thermodynamic equilibrium plasma

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    Comet, M.; Gosselin, G.; Méot, V.; Morel, P.; Pain, J.-C.; Denis-Petit, D.; Gobet, F.; Hannachi, F.; Tarisien, M.; Versteegen, M.

    2015-11-01

    Nuclear excitation by electron transition (NEET) is predicted to be the dominant excitation process of the first Hg201 isomeric state in a laser heated plasma. This process may occur when the energy difference between a nuclear transition and an atomic transition is close to zero, provided the quantum selection rules are fulfilled. At local thermodynamic equilibrium, an average atom model may be used, in a first approach, to evaluate the NEET rate in plasma. The statistical nature of the electronic transition spectrum is then described by the means of a Gaussian distribution around the average atom configuration. However, using a continuous function to describe the electronic spectrum is questionable in the framework of a resonant process, such as NEET. In order to get an idea of when it can be relied upon to predict a NEET rate in plasma, we present in this paper a NEET rate calculation using a model derived from detailed configuration accounting. This calculation allows us to define a confidence interval of the NEET rate around its average atom mean value, which is the first step to design a future experiment.

  5. The main progress over the past decade and future outlook on high-nuclear transition-metal substituted polyoxotungstates: from synthetic strategies, structural features to functional properties.

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    Ma, Xing; Li, Hailou; Chen, Lijuan; Zhao, Junwei

    2016-03-15

    Currently, transition-metal substituted polyoxotungstates (TMSPTs) have developed as a fast growing and challengeable subfamily of polyoxoxmetalates (POMs). Before 2005, the number of TM cores in TMSPTs was mostly lower than five. Since 2005, numerous inorganic or organic-inorganic TMSPTs with more than five TM cores (denoted as high-nuclear TMSPTs) have continuously been excavated and investigated. In this perspective, we endeavor to discuss the synthetic methodologies, structural diversities and relevant properties of the high-nuclear TMSPTs reported in the past decade. Future perspectives and opportunities on TMSPTs are included in the last section. This review is meant to provide fodder and guidance for further exploration and discovery of more high-nuclear TMSPTs with innovative architectures and remarkable functionality. PMID:26885705

  6. 10 CFR 73.67 - Licensee fixed site and in-transit requirements for the physical protection of special nuclear...

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    2011-01-01

    ... physical protection of special nuclear material of moderate and low strategic significance. 73.67 Section 73.67 Energy NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION (CONTINUED) PHYSICAL PROTECTION OF PLANTS AND MATERIALS Physical Protection of Special Nuclear Material of Moderate and Low Strategic Significance § 73.67...

  7. 10 CFR 73.67 - Licensee fixed site and in-transit requirements for the physical protection of special nuclear...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ... physical protection of special nuclear material of moderate and low strategic significance. 73.67 Section 73.67 Energy NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION (CONTINUED) PHYSICAL PROTECTION OF PLANTS AND MATERIALS Physical Protection of Special Nuclear Material of Moderate and Low Strategic Significance § 73.67...

  8. 10 CFR 73.67 - Licensee fixed site and in-transit requirements for the physical protection of special nuclear...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ... physical protection of special nuclear material of moderate and low strategic significance. 73.67 Section 73.67 Energy NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION (CONTINUED) PHYSICAL PROTECTION OF PLANTS AND MATERIALS Physical Protection of Special Nuclear Material of Moderate and Low Strategic Significance § 73.67...

  9. 10 CFR 73.67 - Licensee fixed site and in-transit requirements for the physical protection of special nuclear...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ... physical protection of special nuclear material of moderate and low strategic significance. 73.67 Section 73.67 Energy NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION (CONTINUED) PHYSICAL PROTECTION OF PLANTS AND MATERIALS Physical Protection of Special Nuclear Material of Moderate and Low Strategic Significance § 73.67...

  10. 10 CFR 73.67 - Licensee fixed site and in-transit requirements for the physical protection of special nuclear...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... physical protection of special nuclear material of moderate and low strategic significance. 73.67 Section 73.67 Energy NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION (CONTINUED) PHYSICAL PROTECTION OF PLANTS AND MATERIALS Physical Protection of Special Nuclear Material of Moderate and Low Strategic Significance § 73.67...

  11. Degeneracy at 1871 keV in {sup 112}Cd and implications for neutrinoless double electron capture

    SciTech Connect

    Green, K. L.; Garrett, P. E.; Demand, G. A.; Grinyer, G. F.; Leach, K. G.; Phillips, A. A.; Schumaker, M. A.; Svensson, C. E.; Wong, J.; Austin, R. A. E.; Colosimo, S.; Ball, G. C.; Bandyopadhyay, D. S.; Hackman, G.; Morton, A. C.; Pearson, C. J.; Cross, D.; Kulp, W. D.; Wood, J. L.; Yates, S. W.

    2009-09-15

    High-statistics {beta}-decay measurements of {sup 112}Ag and {sup 112}In were performed to study the structure of the {sup 112}Cd nucleus. The precise energies of the doublet of levels at 1871 keV, for which the 0{sup +} member has been suggested as a possible daughter state following neutrinoless double electron capture of {sup 112}Sn, were determined to be 1871.137(72) keV (0{sub 4}{sup +} level) and 1870.743(54) keV (4{sub 2}{sup +} level). The nature of the 0{sub 4}{sup +} level, required for the calculation of the nuclear matrix element that would be needed to extract a neutrino mass from neutrinoless double electron capture to this state, is suggested to be of intruder origin.

  12. Nuclear Data Sheets for A = 26

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Basunia, M. S.; Hurst, A. M.

    2016-05-01

    Evaluated spectroscopic data and level schemes from radioactive decay and nuclear reaction studies are presented for 26O, 26F, 26Ne, 26Na, 26Mg, 26Al, 26Si, 26P, and 26S. This evaluation for A = 26 supersedes the earlier one by P. M. Endt (1998En04) and updates for some nuclides in ENSDF. Highlights of this evaluation are the following: This evaluation includes search results for 26S nuclide and its proton-decay mode (2011Fo08). An isomeric state (2.2 ms) in 26F has been discovered by 2013Le03. The state is proposed at 643.4 keV 1 from γ-ray measurements. Internal-transition and beta-decay branches for the state are also determined. New excited levels in 26Ne have been identified from 26F β- decay (2.2 ms). For some 26Si resonance states conflicting spin-parity assignments exist in the literature. These are identified by footnotes. 2015Do07 (3He,nγ) propose the first 0+ state above proton separation energy at an excitation energy of 5890 keV and suggested for additional independent measurements to confirm or refute the existence of 5946 keV 4. 2016Ch09 consider 5946 keV level as a distinct excited state in their reanalysis of the literature data with possible spin-parity assignment of 0+ or 4+ This evaluation also includes discovery of an isomeric state, at 164.1 keV 1, in 26P by 2014NiZZ.

  13. The nuclear receptor gene nhr-25 plays multiple roles in the C. elegans heterochronic gene network to control the larva-to-adult transition

    PubMed Central

    Hada, Kazumasa; Asahina, Masako; Hasegawa, Hiroshi; Kanaho, Yasunori; Slack, Frank J.; Niwa, Ryusuke

    2010-01-01

    Developmental timing in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is controlled by heterochronic genes, mutations in which cause changes in the relative timing of developmental events. One of the heterochronic genes, let-7, encodes a microRNA that is highly evolutionarily conserved, suggesting that similar genetic pathways control developmental timing across phyla. Here we report that the nuclear receptor nhr-25, which belongs to the evolutionarily conserved fushi tarazu-factor 1/nuclear receptor NR5A subfamily, interacts with heterochronic genes that regulate the larva-to-adult transition in C. elegans. We identified nhr-25 as a regulator of apl-1, a homolog of the Alzheimer’s amyloid precursor protein-like gene that is downstream of let-7 family microRNAs. NHR-25 controls not only apl-1 expression but also regulates developmental progression in the larva-to-adult transition. NHR-25 negatively regulates the expression of the adult-specific collagen gene col-19 in lateral epidermal seam cells. In contrast, NHR-25 positively regulates the larva-to-adult transition for other timed events in seam cells, such as cell fusion, cell division and alae formation. The genetic relationships between nhr-25 and other heterochronic genes are strikingly varied among several adult developmental events. We propose that nhr-25 has multiple roles in both promoting and inhibiting the C. elegans heterochronic gene pathway controlling adult differentiation programs. PMID:20678979

  14. Seeded quantum FEL at 478 keV

    SciTech Connect

    Guenther, M. M.; Jentschel, M.; Thirolf, P. G.; Seggebrock, T.; Habs, D.

    2012-07-09

    We present for the first time the concept of a seeded {gamma} quantum Free-Electron-Laser (QFEL) at 478 keV, which has very different properties compared to a classical. The basic concept is to produce a highly brilliant {gamma} beam via SASE. To produce highly intense and coherent {gamma} beam, we intend to use a seeded FEL scheme. Important for the production of such a {gamma} beam are novel refractive {gamma}-lenses for focusing and an efficient monochromator, allowing to generate a very intense and coherent seed beam. The energy of the {gamma} beam is 478 keV, corresponding to a wavelength in the sub-Angstrom regime (1/38 A). To realize a coherent {gamma} beam at 478 keV, it is necessary to use a quantum FEL design. At such high radiation energies a classical description of the {gamma}-FEL becomes wrong.

  15. Compact, maintainable 80-KeV neutral beam module

    DOEpatents

    Fink, Joel H.; Molvik, Arthur W.

    1980-01-01

    A compact, maintainable 80-keV arc chamber, extractor module for a neutral beam system immersed in a vacuum of <10.sup.-2 Torr, incorporating a nested 60-keV gradient shield located midway between the high voltage ion source and surrounding grounded frame. The shield reduces breakdown or arcing path length without increasing the voltage gradient, tends to keep electric fields normal to conducting surfaces rather than skewed and reduces the peak electric field around irregularities on the 80-keV electrodes. The arc chamber or ion source is mounted separately from the extractor or ion accelerator to reduce misalignment of the accelerator and to permit separate maintenance to be performed on these systems. The separate mounting of the ion source provides for maintaining same without removing the ion accelerator.

  16. Determination of weak transition intensities in {sup 144}Nd

    SciTech Connect

    Robinson, S.J.; Altgilbers, A.; Hindi, M.M.

    1995-10-01

    We have conducted an experiment to determine the intensities of weak transitions in {sup 144}Nd following the EC-decay of {sup 144}Pm were counted in a 20% HPGe detector with a resolution of 4-keV at 1332-keV. To minimize the effects of coincidence summing and pile-up in the region around 1400-keV an absorber of 3.8 cm of lead was placed between the source and the detector. The absolute intensity (per 100 decays of the parent) of the 1397-keV, 5{sub 1}{sup -} {r_arrow}2{sub 1}{sup +} transition, which is important in the interpretation of the 2093-keV 5{sup -} level as a quadrupole-octupole coupled state, has been measured to be (4.6{plus_minus}0.7) x 10{sup -4}%. Also, the intensity of the 1413-keV transition from the 2110-keV (4{sup +}) level has been measured as (4.3{plus_minus}0.1) x 10{sup -3%} and a limit of <3 x 10{sup -4%} has been placed on the 1508-keV transition from the 2205-keV level. The significance of these results, and ongoing lifetime measurements, will be discussed in terms of quadrupole-octupole coupling.

  17. High-temperature nuclear magnetic resonance study of phase transition kinetics in LiNaSO{sub 4}

    SciTech Connect

    Shakhovoy, R. A. E-mail: r.a.shakhovoy@gmail.com; Sarou-Kanian, V.; Rakhmatullin, A.; Véron, E.; Bessada, C.

    2015-12-28

    A new high-temperature NMR technique for measurements of the phase transition kinetics in solids has been developed. The technique allows measuring the time evolution of the volume of the appearing phase at controlled cooling rates. Developed method was applied to study the phase transition kinetics in the superionic conductor LiNaSO{sub 4}. It was revealed that the phase transition in LiNaSO{sub 4} is governed by the diffusion-controlled growth of nuclei (“germs”). An effect of the crystallite rearrangement in the LiNaSO{sub 4} powder after cooling through the phase transition was also revealed. This effect was studied by means of high-temperature XRD and NMR.

  18. Detection of an unconventional superconducting phase in the vicinity of the strong first-order magnetic transition in CrAs using (75)As-nuclear quadrupole resonance.

    PubMed

    Kotegawa, Hisashi; Nakahara, Shingo; Akamatsu, Rui; Tou, Hideki; Sugawara, Hitoshi; Harima, Hisatomo

    2015-03-20

    Pressure-induced superconductivity was recently discovered in the binary helimagnet CrAs. We report the results of measurements of nuclear quadrupole resonance for CrAs under pressure. In the vicinity of the critical pressure P(c) between the helimagnetic (HM) and paramagnetic (PM) phases, a phase separation is observed. The large internal field remaining in the phase-separated HM state indicates that the HM phase disappears through a strong first-order transition. This indicates the absence of a quantum critical point in CrAs; however, the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate 1/T(1) reveals that substantial magnetic fluctuations are present in the PM state. The absence of a coherence effect in 1/T(1) in the superconducting state provides evidence that CrAs is the first Cr-based unconventional superconductor. PMID:25839303

  19. Preliminary resolved resonance region evaluation of copper-63 from 0 to 300 keV

    SciTech Connect

    Sobes, V.; Forget, B.; Leal, L.; Guber, K.

    2012-07-01

    A new preliminary evaluation of Cu-63 was done in the energy region from 0 to 300 keV extending the resolved resonance region of the previous, ENDF/B-VII.0, evaluation three-fold. The new evaluation was based on three experimental transmission data sets; two measured at the Oak Ridge Electron Linear Accelerator (ORELA) and one from the Massachusetts Inst. of Technology Nuclear Reactor (MITR). A total of 275 new resonances were identified and a corresponding set of external resonances was approximated to mock up the external levels. The negative external levels (bound level) were modified to match the thermal cross section values. A preliminary benchmarking calculation was made using 11 ICSBEP benchmarks. This work is in support of the DOE Nuclear Criticality Safety Program. (authors)

  20. KevJumba and the Adolescence of YouTube

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Saul, Roger

    2010-01-01

    This article considers the significance of YouTube as a pedagogical space from which young people can play participatory roles as theorists in their own constructions as popular cultural subjects. Drawing upon the public profile of "KevJumba," a teenager who makes videos of himself on YouTube, the article suggests that representational practices…

  1. 10 CFR 73.25 - Performance capabilities for physical protection of strategic special nuclear material in transit.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ... special nuclear material en route; and (iv) Determining and communicating alternative itineraries en route... authorization controls and procedures to provide current authorization schedules and access criteria for persons... and vehicles, to assess such identity against current authorization schedules and access...

  2. 10 CFR 73.25 - Performance capabilities for physical protection of strategic special nuclear material in transit.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ... special nuclear material en route; and (iv) Determining and communicating alternative itineraries en route... authorization controls and procedures to provide current authorization schedules and access criteria for persons... and vehicles, to assess such identity against current authorization schedules and access...

  3. 10 CFR 73.25 - Performance capabilities for physical protection of strategic special nuclear material in transit.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ... special nuclear material en route; and (iv) Determining and communicating alternative itineraries en route... authorization controls and procedures to provide current authorization schedules and access criteria for persons... and vehicles, to assess such identity against current authorization schedules and access...

  4. Phase transition in triglycine sulfate crystals by 1H and 13C nuclear magnetic resonance in the rotating frame

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lim, Ae Ran; Jeong, Se-Young

    2013-09-01

    The ferroelectric phase transition in triglycine sulfate ((NH2CH2COOH)3·H2SO4, TGS)) crystals, occurring at TC of 322 K, was studied using 1H and 13C CP/MAS NMR. From the spin-lattice relaxation time in the rotating frame, T1ρ, of 1H and 13C, we found that the slopes of the T1ρ versus temperature curve changed near TC. In addition, the change of intensities for the protons and carbons NMR signals in the ferroelectric and the paraelectric phases led to the noticeable changes in the environments of proton and carbon in the carboxyl groups. The carboxyl ordering was the dominant factor driving the phase transition. Our study of the 1H and 13C spectra showed that the ferroelectric phase transition of TGS is of the order-disorder type due to ordering of the carboxyl groups.

  5. Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) and Regulation of EMT Factors by Steroid Nuclear Receptors in Breast Cancer: A Review and in Silico Investigation

    PubMed Central

    Voutsadakis, Ioannis A.

    2016-01-01

    Steroid Nuclear Receptors (SNRs) are transcription factors of the nuclear receptor super-family. Estrogen Receptor (ERα) is the best-studied and has a seminal role in the clinic both as a prognostic marker but also as a predictor of response to anti-estrogenic therapies. Progesterone Receptor (PR) is also used in the clinic but with a more debatable prognostic role and the role of the four other SNRs, ERβ, Androgen Receptor (AR), Glucocorticoid Receptor (GR) and Mineralocorticoid Receptor (MR), is starting only to be appreciated. ERα, but also to a certain degree the other SNRs, have been reported to be involved in virtually every cancer-enabling process, both promoting and impeding carcinogenesis. Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) and the reverse Mesenchymal Epithelial Transition (MET) are such carcinogenesis-enabling processes with important roles in invasion and metastasis initiation but also establishment of tumor in the metastatic site. EMT is governed by several signal transduction pathways culminating in core transcription factors of the process, such as Snail, Slug, ZEB1 and ZEB2, and Twist, among others. This paper will discuss direct regulation of these core transcription factors by SNRs in breast cancer. Interrogation of publicly available databases for binding sites of SNRs on promoters of core EMT factors will also be included in an attempt to fill gaps where other experimental data are not available. PMID:26797644

  6. Increased TEAD4 expression and nuclear localization in colorectal cancer promote epithelial-mesenchymal transition and metastasis in a YAP-independent manner.

    PubMed

    Liu, Y; Wang, G; Yang, Y; Mei, Z; Liang, Z; Cui, A; Wu, T; Liu, C-Y; Cui, L

    2016-05-01

    Dysregulation of the Hippo pathway occurs in a variety of cancers and often correlates with a poor prognosis. To further explore the potential role of Hippo pathway dysregulation in tumor development and progression, we investigated its downstream transcription factor TEAD4 in colorectal cancer (CRC). Increased expression and nuclear localization of TEAD4 were found in a significant portion of CRC tissues, in association with metastasis and a poor prognosis. In CRC cells, TEAD4 knockdown induced the mesenchymal-epithelial transition and decreased cell mobility in vitro and metastasis in vivo. Microarray analysis revealed that TEAD4 promoted cell adhesion and upregulated the epithelial-mesenchymal transition-related transcriptome in CRC cells. Vimentin was identified as a new direct target gene mediating TEAD4 function in CRC cells, whereby forced vimentin expression markedly reversed TEAD4-knockdown-induced cell morphological changes and decreased mobility. Interestingly, rescued expression of both WT TEAD4 and a Y429H mutant can reverse the mesenchymal-epithelial transition and increase vimentin expression, cell mobility and metastatic potential in TEAD4-knockdown CRC cells. The discrepant expression of YAP and TEAD4 in CRC tissues, the rescue ability of TEAD4 mutant defect in YAP binding and no effect on vimentin expression by YAP knockdown in CRC cells, all implicated a YAP-independent manner of TEAD4 function in CRC. Furthermore, vimentin positively correlated and CDH1 reversely correlated with the level of TEAD4 in CRC tissues and xenograft tumors. Our results suggest that TEAD4 nuclear expression can serve as a biomarker for CRC progression and poor prognosis. The transcription factor TEAD4 regulates a pro-metastasis transcription program in a YAP-independent manner in CRC, thus providing a novel mechanism of TEAD4 transcriptional regulation and its oncogenic role in CRC, independently of the Hippo pathway. PMID:26387538

  7. 40-keV electron durable trapping electron

    SciTech Connect

    Feynman, J.; Hardy, D.A.; Mullen, E.G.

    1984-03-01

    The positron and extent of the region in which electrons with energies less than 40-keV are durably trapped in the nightside magnetosphere is found for both normal and disturbed geomagnetic conditions by using data from the P78-2 (SCATHA) satellite. The region of the magnetosphere from 5.3 to 7.9 R/sub E/ was studied. In this region neither solar-magnetic nor geocentric-solar magnetospheric coordinates order the data satisfactorily. A new coordinate systems called composite coordinates is introduced. It takes account of the fact that this region of the magnetosphere is strongly influenced by both the earth's ddipole field and the direction of the solar wind. In composite coordinates when Kp< or =4+, 40-keV electron fluxes were almost continuously present in a region centered on the equatorial palne and 1.2 R/sub E/ in half width. At larger composite coordinate latitudes there is another region more than 1 R/sub E/ thick within which 40-keV electron fluxes routinely appear and disappear on time scales of one hour as the trapping boundary actively moves over the satellite. We have no evidence that SCATHA over entered the tail lobes where no particles are trapped. When Kp> or =6- the region in which 40-keV electron fluxes were always present moved earthward and/or thinned but remained ordered in composite coordinates. We suggest that the new coordinate system will be useful for ordering other data sets taken in this region of the magnetosphere.

  8. The average 0.5-200 keV spectrum of local active galactic nuclei and a new determination of the 2-10 keV luminosity function at z ≈ 0

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ballantyne, D. R.

    2014-01-01

    The broad-band X-ray spectra of active galactic nuclei (AGNs) contains information about the nuclear environment from Schwarzschild radii scales (where the primary power law is generated in a corona) to distances of ˜1 pc (where the distant reflector may be located). In addition, the average shape of the X-ray spectrum is an important input into X-ray background synthesis models. Here, local (z ≈ 0) AGN luminosity functions (LFs) in five energy bands are used as a low-resolution, luminosity-dependent X-ray spectrometer in order to constrain the average AGN X-ray spectrum between 0.5 and 200 keV. The 15-55 keV LF measured by Swift-BAT is assumed to be the best determination of the local LF, and then a spectral model is varied to determine the best fit to the 0.5-2 keV, 2-10 keV, 3-20 keV and 14-195 keV LFs. The spectral model consists of a Gaussian distribution of power laws with a mean photon-index <Γ> and cutoff energy Ecut, as well as contributions from distant and disc reflection. The reflection strength is parametrized by varying the Fe abundance relative to solar, AFe, and requiring a specific Fe Kα equivalent width (EW). In this way, the presence of the X-ray Baldwin effect can be tested. The spectral model that best fits the four LFs has <Γ> = 1.85 ± 0.15, E_{cut}=270^{+170}_{-80} keV, A_{Fe}=0.3^{+0.3}_{-0.15}. The sub-solar AFe is unlikely to be a true measure of the gas-phase metallicity, but indicates the presence of strong reflection given the assumed Fe Kα EW. Indeed, parametrizing the reflection strength with the R parameter gives R=1.7^{+1.7}_{-0.85}. There is moderate evidence for no X-ray Baldwin effect. Accretion disc reflection is included in the best-fitting model, but it is relatively weak (broad iron Kα EW < 100 eV) and does not significantly affect any of the conclusions. A critical result of our procedure is that the shape of the local 2-10 keV LF measured by HEAO-1 and MAXI is incompatible with the LFs measured in the hard X

  9. Metastable dark matter mechanisms for INTEGRAL 511 keV γ rays and DAMA/CoGeNT events

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cline, James M.; Frey, Andrew R.; Chen, Fang

    2011-04-01

    We explore dark matter mechanisms that can simultaneously explain the galactic 511 keV gamma rays observed by INTEGRAL/SPI, the DAMA/LIBRA annual modulation, and the excess of low-recoil dark matter candidates observed by CoGeNT. It requires three nearly degenerate states of dark matter in the 4-7 GeV mass range, with splittings, respectively, of order MeV and a few keV. The top two states have the small mass gap and transitions between them, either exothermic or endothermic, and can account for direct detections. Decays from one of the top states to the ground state produce low-energy positrons in the Galaxy whose associated 511 keV gamma rays are seen by INTEGRAL. This decay can happen spontaneously, if the excited state is metastable (longer lived than the age of the Universe), or it can be triggered by inelastic scattering of the metastable states into the shorter-lived ones. We focus on a simple model where the dark matter is a triplet of an SU(2) hidden sector gauge symmetry, broken at the scale of a few GeV, giving masses of order ≲1GeV to the dark gauge bosons, which mix kinetically with the standard model hypercharge. The purely decaying scenario can give the observed angular dependence of the 511 keV signal with no positron diffusion, while the inelastic scattering mechanism requires transport of the positrons over distances ˜1kpc before annihilating. We note that an x-ray line of several keV in energy, due to single-photon decays involving the top dark matter states, could provide an additional component to the diffuse x-ray background. The model is testable by proposed low-energy fixed-target experiments.

  10. Metastable dark matter mechanisms for INTEGRAL 511 keV {gamma} rays and DAMA/CoGeNT events

    SciTech Connect

    Cline, James M.; Frey, Andrew R.; Chen, Fang

    2011-04-15

    We explore dark matter mechanisms that can simultaneously explain the galactic 511 keV gamma rays observed by INTEGRAL/SPI, the DAMA/LIBRA annual modulation, and the excess of low-recoil dark matter candidates observed by CoGeNT. It requires three nearly degenerate states of dark matter in the 4-7 GeV mass range, with splittings, respectively, of order MeV and a few keV. The top two states have the small mass gap and transitions between them, either exothermic or endothermic, and can account for direct detections. Decays from one of the top states to the ground state produce low-energy positrons in the Galaxy whose associated 511 keV gamma rays are seen by INTEGRAL. This decay can happen spontaneously, if the excited state is metastable (longer lived than the age of the Universe), or it can be triggered by inelastic scattering of the metastable states into the shorter-lived ones. We focus on a simple model where the dark matter is a triplet of an SU(2) hidden sector gauge symmetry, broken at the scale of a few GeV, giving masses of order < or approx. 1 GeV to the dark gauge bosons, which mix kinetically with the standard model hypercharge. The purely decaying scenario can give the observed angular dependence of the 511 keV signal with no positron diffusion, while the inelastic scattering mechanism requires transport of the positrons over distances {approx}1 kpc before annihilating. We note that an x-ray line of several keV in energy, due to single-photon decays involving the top dark matter states, could provide an additional component to the diffuse x-ray background. The model is testable by proposed low-energy fixed-target experiments.

  11. The energy spectrum of 20 keV-20 MeV electrons accelerated in large solar flares

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Lin, R. P.; Mewaldt, R. A.; Van Hollebeke, M. A. I.

    1982-01-01

    IMP 6, 7, and 8 measurements of the energy spectrum of 20 keV to 20 MeV electrons observed from large solar flares are presented. To minimize propagation effects, only events from flares at W30 deg to W90 deg solar longitude are considered. The energy spectra are constructed using the maximum flux observed at each energy. It is shown that these spectra are representative of the spectra of the electrons escaping from the sun over this range of energies. It is found that every event shows the same spectral shape: a double power law with a smooth transition around 100-200 keV and power law exponents of 0.6-2.0 below and 2.4-4.3 above. The more intense the event, the harder the observed spectrum; in certain cases, the spectra are observed to steepen above 3 MeV.

  12. Evaluation of Silicon Neutron Resonance Parameters in the Energy Range Thermal to 1800 keV

    SciTech Connect

    Derrien, H.

    2002-09-30

    The evaluation of the neutron cross sections of the three stable isotopes of silicon in the energy range thermal to 20 MeV was performed by Hetrick et al. for ENDF/B-VI (Evaluated Nuclear Data File). Resonance parameters were obtained in the energy range thermal to 1500 keV from a SAMMY analysis of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory experimental neutron transmission data. A new measurement of the capture cross section of natural silicon in the energy range 1 to 700 keV has recently been performed at the Oak Ridge Electron Linear Accelerator. Results of this measurement were used in a SAMMY reevaluation of the resonance parameters, allowing determination of the capture width of a large number of resonances. The experimental data base is described; properties of the resonance parameters are given. For the first time the direct neutron capture component has been taken into account from the calculation by Rauscher et al. in the energy range from thermal to 1 MeV. Results of benchmark calculations are also given. The new evaluation is available in the ENDF/B-VI format.

  13. Magnetic moment of the 2083 keV level of 140Ce

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ohkubo, Y.; Taniguchi, A.; Xu, Q.; Tanigaki, M.; Shimizu, N.; Otsuka, T.

    2013-04-01

    For the magnetic moment of the 2083 keV level of 140Ce, there are four published data, all obtained by applying an external magnetic field of less than 5 T to a liquid sample containing 140La using the time-differential perturbed angular correlation (TDPAC) technique. Although these four values are consistent within two times their uncertainties (2σ), the range of values in 2σ extends from μ=+3.0 to +5.2 (in units of nuclear magneton, μN). This time, the TDPAC technique was successfully applied to the 2083 keV level of 140Ce implanted in an Fe foil. The magnetic moment of this level was determined to be μ=+4.00(20)μN, employing the known hyperfine field at 141Ce in Fe, -41(2) T, which agrees very well with one of the values, μ=+4.06(15)μN. The present value is compared with two shell-model calculations.

  14. Novel Method to Study Neutron Capture of U235 and U238 Simultaneously at keV Energies

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wallner, A.; Belgya, T.; Bichler, M.; Buczak, K.; Dillmann, I.; Käppeler, F.; Lederer, C.; Mengoni, A.; Quinto, F.; Steier, P.; Szentmiklosi, L.

    2014-05-01

    The neutron capture cross sections of the main uranium isotopes, U235 and U238, were measured simultaneously for keV energies, for the first time by combining activation technique and atom counting of the reaction products using accelerator mass spectrometry. New data, with a precision of 3%-5%, were obtained from mg-sized natural uranium samples for neutron energies with an equivalent Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution of kT ˜25 keV and for a broad energy distribution peaking at 426 keV. The cross-section ratio of U235(n ,γ)/U238(n ,γ) can be deduced in accelerator mass spectrometry directly from the atom ratio of the reaction products U236/U239, independent of any fluence normalization. Our results confirm the values at the lower band of existing data. They serve as important anchor points to resolve present discrepancies in nuclear data libraries as well as for the normalization of cross-section data used in the nuclear astrophysics community for s-process studies.

  15. Novel method to study neutron capture of 235U and 238U simultaneously at keV energies.

    PubMed

    Wallner, A; Belgya, T; Bichler, M; Buczak, K; Dillmann, I; Käppeler, F; Lederer, C; Mengoni, A; Quinto, F; Steier, P; Szentmiklosi, L

    2014-05-16

    The neutron capture cross sections of the main uranium isotopes, (235)U and (238)U, were measured simultaneously for keV energies, for the first time by combining activation technique and atom counting of the reaction products using accelerator mass spectrometry. New data, with a precision of 3%-5%, were obtained from mg-sized natural uranium samples for neutron energies with an equivalent Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution of kT ∼ 25 keV and for a broad energy distribution peaking at 426 keV. The cross-section ratio of (235)U(n,γ)/(238)U(n,γ) can be deduced in accelerator mass spectrometry directly from the atom ratio of the reaction products (236)U/(239)U, independent of any fluence normalization. Our results confirm the values at the lower band of existing data. They serve as important anchor points to resolve present discrepancies in nuclear data libraries as well as for the normalization of cross-section data used in the nuclear astrophysics community for s-process studies. PMID:24877933

  16. NuSTAR Resolves the First Dual AGN above 10 keV in SWIFT J2028.5+2543

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Koss, Michael J.; Glidden, Ana; Baloković, Mislav; Stern, Daniel; Lamperti, Isabella; Assef, Roberto; Bauer, Franz; Ballantyne, David; Boggs, Steven E.; Craig, William W.; Farrah, Duncan; Fürst, Felix; Gandhi, Poshak; Gehrels, Neil; Hailey, Charles J.; Harrison, Fiona A.; Markwardt, Craig; Masini, Alberto; Ricci, Claudio; Treister, Ezequiel; Walton, Dominic J.; Zhang, William W.

    2016-06-01

    We have discovered heavy obscuration in the dual active galactic nucleus (AGN) in the Swift/Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) source SWIFT J2028.5+2543 using Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR). While an early XMM-Newton study suggested the emission was mainly from NGC 6921, the superior spatial resolution of NuSTAR above 10 keV resolves the Swift/BAT emission into two sources associated with the nearby galaxies MCG +04-48-002 and NGC 6921 (z = 0.014) with a projected separation of 25.3 kpc (91″). NuSTAR's sensitivity above 10 keV finds both are heavily obscured to Compton-thick levels (N H ≈ (1–2) × 1024 cm‑2) and contribute equally to the BAT detection ({L}10-50 {keV}{{int}} ≈ 6 × 1042 erg s‑1). The observed luminosity of both sources is severely diminished in the 2–10 keV band ({L} 2-10 {keV}{{obs}}\\lt 0.1× {L} 2-10 {keV}{{int}}), illustrating the importance of >10 keV surveys like those with NuSTAR and Swift/BAT. Compared to archival X-ray data, MCG +04-48-002 shows significant variability (>3) between observations. Despite being bright X-ray AGNs, they are difficult to detect using optical emission-line diagnostics because MCG +04-48-002 is identified as a starburst/composite because of the high rates of star formation from a luminous infrared galaxy while NGC 6921 is only classified as a LINER using line detection limits. SWIFT J2028.5+2543 is the first dual AGN resolved above 10 keV and is the second most heavily obscured dual AGN discovered to date in the X-rays other than NGC 6240.

  17. Neutron total cross section measurements in the energy region from 47 keV to 20 MeV

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    Poenitz, W.P.; Whalen, J.F.

    1983-05-01

    Neutron total cross sections were measured for 26 elements. Data were obtained in the energy range from 47 keV to 20 MeV for 11 elements in the range of light-mass fission products. Previously reported measurements for eight heavy and actinide isotopes were extended to 20 MeV. Data were also obtained for Cu (47 keV to 1.4 MeV) and for Sc, Zn, Nd, Hf, and Pt (1.8 to 20 MeV). The present work is part of a continuing effort to provide accurate neutron total cross sections for evaluations and for optical-model parameteriztions. The latter are required for the derivation of other nuclear-data information of importance to applied programs. 37 references.

  18. Dynamics of ferroelectric phase transition in vinylidene fluoride/trifluoroethylene (VF2/F3E) copolymers. II. Proton nuclear magnetic resonance study

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    Tanaka, Hajime; Yukawa, Hideyuki; Nishi, Toshio

    1989-06-01

    Here we study the ferroelectric phase transition of a random copolymer of vinylidene fluoride (VF2) and trifluoroethylene (F3E), VF2/F3E(52/48), by 1H-pulsed nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Spin-spin relaxation time T2, spin-lattice relaxation time T1, and T1 in the rotating frame T1 ρ show the anomaly reflecting the phase transition. We demonstrate that the motional state in the crystalline and amorphous region is not so different. From the direct fitting of the Kubo-Tomita relation to a free induction decay, we have succeeded in obtaining the correlation time of the fluctuating local field and the second moment of the rigid lattice separately. The critical slowing down of the order-parameter fluctuation is observed through the temperature dependence of the correlation time. The anomaly of T1 near the Curie point has been found to be weak. This weak divergence of T-11 is consistent with our results on acoustic measurements. The weak anomaly can be ascribed to (1) the long-range nature of the bare interaction between dipoles which may come from the connectivity of a polymer chain (a cooperative conformational change over at least three bonds) or the dipolar long-range interaction, (2) the randomness due to random copolymerization, and/or (3) the dimensionality of the order parameter.

  19. Beta-elemene blocks epithelial-mesenchymal transition in human breast cancer cell line MCF-7 through Smad3-mediated down-regulation of nuclear transcription factors.

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    Zhang, Xian; Li, Yinghua; Zhang, Yang; Song, Jincheng; Wang, Qimin; Zheng, Luping; Liu, Dan

    2013-01-01

    Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is the first step required for breast cancer to initiate metastasis. However, the potential of drugs to block and reverse the EMT process are not well explored. In the present study, we investigated the inhibitory effect of beta-elemene (ELE), an active component of a natural plant-derived anti-neoplastic agent in an established EMT model mediated by transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-β1). We found that ELE (40 µg/ml ) blocked the TGF-β1-induced phenotypic transition in the human breast cancer cell line MCF-7. ELE was able to inhibit TGF-β1-mediated upregulation of mRNA and protein expression of nuclear transcription factors (SNAI1, SNAI2, TWIST and SIP1), potentially through decreasing the expression and phosphorylation of Smad3, a central protein mediating the TGF-β1 signalling pathway. These findings suggest a potential therapeutic benefit of ELE in treating basal-like breast cancer. PMID:23516540

  20. Astrophysics and cosmology confront the 17-keV neutrino

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    Kolb, Edward W.; Turner, Michael S.

    1991-01-01

    A host of astrophysical and cosmological arguments severely constrain the properties of a 17 keV Dirac neutrino. Such a neutrino must have interactions beyond those of the standard electroweak theory to reduce its cosmic abundance (through decay or annihilation) by a factor of two hundred. A predicament arises because the additional helicity states of the neutrino necessary to construct a Dirac mass must have interactions strong enough to evade the astrophysical bound from SN 1987A, but weak enough to avoid violating the bound from primordial nucleosynthesis.

  1. Astrophysics and cosmology confront the 17 keV neutrino

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    Kolb, Edward W.; Turner, Michael S.

    1991-01-01

    A host of astrophysical and cosmological arguments severely constrain the properties of a 17 keV Dirac neutrino. Such a neutrino must have interactions beyond those of the standard electroweak theory to reduce its cosmic abundance (through decay or annihilation) by a factor of two hundred. A predicament arises because the additional helicity states of the neutrino necessary to construct a Dirac mass must have interactions strong enough to evade the astrophysical bound from SN 1987A, but weak enough to avoid violating the bound from primordial nucleosynthesis.

  2. Gel behavior of keV ion irradiated polystyrene

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    Calcagno, L.; Foti, G.; Licciardello, A.; Puglisi, O.

    1988-10-17

    Among the chemical and physical modifications induced by ion bombardment of polymers, the solubility changes are very important because of technological application for lithography in microelectronic devices. Solubility changes due to the occurrence of crosslinkings have been followed on monodisperse and polydisperse polystyrene after ion irradiations (10/sup 11/--10/sup 14/ ions/cm/sup 2/, keV energy). By using the Inokuty gel theory (M. Inokuti J. Appl. Phys. 38, 2999 (1963)), the chemical yield (crosslinking/eV) has been determined for different molecular weights and molecular weight distributions.

  3. 511 keV photons from superconducting cosmic strings.

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    Ferrer, Francesc; Vachaspati, Tanmay

    2005-12-31

    We show that a tangle of light superconducting strings in the Milky Way could be the source of the observed 511 keV emission from electron-positron annihilation in the Galactic bulge. The scenario predicts a flux that is in agreement with observations if the strings are at the approximately 1 TeV scale, making the particle physics within reach of planned accelerator experiments. The emission is directly proportional to the galactic magnetic field, and future observations should be able to differentiate the superconducting string scenario from other proposals. PMID:16486335

  4. COLLABORATIVE NEGOTIATIONS A SUCCESSFUL APPROACH FOR NEGOTIATING COMPLIANCE MILESTONES FOR THE TRANSITION OF THE PLUTONIUM FINISHING PLANT (PFP), HANFORD NUCLEAR RESERVATION, AND HANFORD, WASHINGTON

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    Hebdon, J.; Yerxa, J.; Romine, L.; Hopkins, AM; Piippo, R.; Cusack, L.; Bond, R.; Wang, Oliver; Willis, D.

    2003-02-27

    The Hanford Nuclear Reservation is a former U. S. Department of Energy Defense Production Site. The site is currently listed on the National Priorities List of the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) and is undergoing cleanup and environmental restoration. The PFP is a former Plutonium metal production facility. The operating mission of the PFP ended with a DOE Headquarters shutdown letter in October of 1996. Generally, the receipt of a shutdown letter initiates the start of Transition (as the first step of Decommissioning) of a facility. The Hanford site is subject to the Hanford Federal Facilities Compliance Act and Consent Order (HFFCCO), an order on consent signed by the DOE, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) and the Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE). Under the HFFCCO, negotiations for transition milestones begin within six months after the issuance of a shutdown order. In the case of the PFP, the Nuclear Materials disposition and stabilization activities, a DOE responsibility, were necessary as precursor activities to Transition. This situation precipitated a crisis in the negotiations between the agencies, and formal negotiations initiated in 1997 ended in failure. The negotiations reached impasse on several key regulatory and operational issues. The 1997 negotiation was characterized by a strongly positional style. DOE and the regulatory personnel took hard lines early in the negotiations and were unable to move to resolution of key issues after a year and a half. This resulted in unhappy stakeholders, poor publicity and work delays as well as wounded relationships between DOE and the regulatory community. In the 2000-2001 PFP negotiations, a completely different approach was suggested and eventually initiated: Collaborative Negotiations. The collaborative negotiation style resulted in agreement between the agencies on all key issues within 6 months of initiation. All parties were very

  5. Parity nonconservation in atomic Zeeman transitions

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    Angstmann, E. J.; Dinh, T. H.; Flambaum, V. V.

    2005-11-15

    We discuss the possibility of measuring nuclear anapole moments in atomic Zeeman transitions and perform the necessary calculations. Advantages of using Zeeman transitions include variable transition frequencies and the possibility of enhancement of parity nonconservation effects.

  6. M Sub-Shell Cross Sections For 75-300 keV Proton Impact On W, Pt And Pb

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    Cipolla, Sam J.

    2011-06-01

    M sub-shell x-ray production cross sections from 75-300 keV proton bombardment of thick elemental targets of W, Pt, and Pb were measured and compared with ECPSSR and relativistic RPWBA-BC cross sections using different data bases of fluorescence yields, Coster-Kronig factors, and x-ray transition rates. With a few exceptions, the differences between the various data base comparisons were not significant. For different sub-shells, either ECPSSR or RPWBA-BC compared better with the measurements. In all cases, agreement with theory improved as the collision energy increased.

  7. One-dimensional x-ray imaging using a spherically bent mica crystal at 4.75 keV

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    Workman, J.; Evans, S.; Kyrala, G. A.

    2001-01-01

    One-dimensional x-ray imaging of static gold bars using a spherically bent mica crystal is presented for the first time at an x-ray energy of 4.75 keV. X rays are produced using 1-ns-square pulses on the TRIDENT laser facility driving the He-like resonance transition in solid titanium disks. Time-integrated images of square profile parallel gold bars are recorded on direct exposure film with a magnification of {approx}10. Rising edge measurements of the bars demonstrate resolutions of about 6--7 {mu}m over a 400 {mu}m field of view.

  8. The X-Ray Line Feature at 3.5 KeV in Galaxy Cluster Spectra

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    Phillips, K. J. H.; Sylwester, B.; Sylwester, J.

    2015-08-01

    Recent work by Bulbul et al. and Boyarsky et al. has suggested that a line feature at ∼3.5 keV in the X-ray spectra of galaxy clusters and individual galaxies seen with XMM-Newton is due to the decay of sterile neutrinos, a dark matter candidate. This identification has been criticized by Jeltema & Profumo on the grounds that model spectra suggest that atomic transitions in helium-like potassium (K xviii) and chlorine (Cl xvi) are more likely to be the emitters. Here it is pointed out that the K xviii lines have been observed in numerous solar flare spectra at high spectral resolution with the RESIK crystal spectrometer and also appear in Chandra HETG spectra of the coronally active star σ Gem. In addition, the solar flare spectra at least indicate a mean coronal potassium abundance, which is a factor between 9 and 11 higher than the solar photospheric abundance. This fact, together with the low statistical quality of the XMM-Newton spectra, completely account for the ∼3.5 keV feature and there is therefore no need to invoke a sterile neutrino interpretation of the observed line feature at ∼3.5 keV.

  9. Nuclear transition protein 1 from ram elongating spermatids. Mass spectrometric characterization, primary structure and phosphorylation sites of two variants.

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    Chirat, F; Martinage, A; Briand, G; Kouach, M; Van Dorsselaer, A; Loir, M; Sautière, P

    1991-05-23

    The ram transition protein 1 (TP1) is present in spermatid cell nuclei in the nonphosphorylated, monophosphorylated and diphosphorylated forms. Its primary structure was determined by automated Edman degradation of S-carboxamidomethylated protein and of peptides generated by cleavage with thermolysin and endoproteinase Lys-C. The ram TP1 is a small basic protein of 54 residues and structurally very close to other mammalian TP1. The mass spectrometric data obtained from the protein and its fragments reveal that ram TP1 is indeed a mixture (approximately 5:1) of two structural variants (Mr 6346 and 6300). These variants differ only by the nature of the residue at position 27 (Cys in the major variant and Gly in the minor variant). The study of phosphorylation sites has shown that four different serine residues could be phosphorylated in the monophosphorylated TP1, at positions 8, 35, 36 or 39. From previous physical studies, it has been postulated that the Tyr32 surrounded by two highly conserved basic clusters was responsible for the destabilization of chromatin by intercalation of its phenol ring between the bases of double-stranded DNA. The presence of three phosphorylatable serine residues in the very conserved sequence 29-42 is another argument for the involvement of this region in the interaction with DNA. PMID:2040274

  10. Nonabelian dark matter models for 3.5 keV X-rays

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    Cline, James M.; Frey, Andrew R. E-mail: a.frey@uwinnipeg.ca

    2014-10-01

    A recent analysis of XXM-Newton data reveals the possible presence of an X-ray line at approximately 3.55 keV, which is not readily explained by known atomic transitions. Numerous models of eV-scale decaying dark matter have been proposed to explain this signal. Here we explore models of multicomponent nonabelian dark matter with typical mass ∼ 1-10 GeV (higher values being allowed in some models) and eV-scale splittings that arise naturally from the breaking of the nonabelian gauge symmetry. Kinetic mixing between the photon and the hidden sector gauge bosons can occur through a dimension-5 or 6 operator. Radiative decays of the excited states proceed through transition magnetic moments that appear at one loop. The decaying excited states can either be primordial or else produced by upscattering of the lighter dark matter states. These models are significantly constrained by direct dark matter searches or cosmic microwave background distortions, and are potentially testable in fixed target experiments that search for hidden photons. We note that the upscattering mechanism could be distinguished from decays in future observations if sources with different dark matter velocity dispersions seem to require different values of the scattering cross section to match the observed line strengths.

  11. Nonabelian dark matter models for 3.5 keV X-rays

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    Cline, James M.; Frey, Andrew R.

    2014-10-01

    A recent analysis of XXM-Newton data reveals the possible presence of an X-ray line at approximately 3.55 keV, which is not readily explained by known atomic transitions. Numerous models of eV-scale decaying dark matter have been proposed to explain this signal. Here we explore models of multicomponent nonabelian dark matter with typical mass ~ 1-10 GeV (higher values being allowed in some models) and eV-scale splittings that arise naturally from the breaking of the nonabelian gauge symmetry. Kinetic mixing between the photon and the hidden sector gauge bosons can occur through a dimension-5 or 6 operator. Radiative decays of the excited states proceed through transition magnetic moments that appear at one loop. The decaying excited states can either be primordial or else produced by upscattering of the lighter dark matter states. These models are significantly constrained by direct dark matter searches or cosmic microwave background distortions, and are potentially testable in fixed target experiments that search for hidden photons. We note that the upscattering mechanism could be distinguished from decays in future observations if sources with different dark matter velocity dispersions seem to require different values of the scattering cross section to match the observed line strengths.

  12. Enhanced spin-dependent parity-nonconservation effect in the 7 s 1/2 2S →6 d 5/2 2D transition in Fr: A possibility for unambiguous detection of the nuclear anapole moment

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    Sahoo, B. K.; Aoki, T.; Das, B. P.; Sakemi, Y.

    2016-03-01

    Employing the relativistic coupled-cluster method, comparative studies of the parity nonconserving electric dipole amplitudes for the 7 s 1/2 2S →6 d 5/2 2D transitions in 210Fr and 211Fr isotopes have been carried out. It is found that these transition amplitudes, sensitive only to the nuclear spin-dependent effects, are enhanced substantially owing to the very large contributions from the electron core-polarization effects in Fr. This translates to a relatively large and, in principle, measurable induced light shift, which would be a signature of nuclear spin-dependent parity nonconservation that is dominated by the nuclear anapole moment in a heavy atom like Fr. A plausible scheme to measure this quantity using the Cyclotron and Radioisotope Center (CYRIC) facility at Tohoku University has been outlined.

  13. High resolution 17 keV to 75 keV backlighters for High Energy Density experiments

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    Park, H; Maddox, B R; Giraldez, E; Hatchett, S P; Hudson, L; Izumi, N; Key, M H; Pape, S L; MacKinnon, A J; MacPhee, A G; Patel, P K; Phillips, T W; Remington, B A; Seely, J F; Tommasini, R; Town, R; Workman, J

    2008-02-25

    We have developed 17 keV to 75 keV 1-dimensional and 2-dimensional high-resolution (< 10 {micro}m) radiography using high-intensity short pulse lasers. High energy K-{alpha} sources are created by fluorescence from hot electrons interacting in the target material after irradiation by lasers with intensity I{sub L} > 10{sup 17} W/cm{sup 2}. We have achieved high resolution point projection 1-dimensional and 2-dimensional radiography using micro-foil and micro-wire targets attached to low-Z substrate materials. The micro-wire size was 10 {micro}m x 10 {micro}m x 300 {micro}m on a 300 {micro}m x 300 {micro}m x 5 {micro}m CH substrate. The radiography performance was demonstrated using the Titan laser at LLNL. We observed that the resolution is dominated by the micro-wire target size and there is very little degradation from the plasma plume, implying that the high energy x-ray photons are generated mostly within the micro-wire volume. We also observe that there are enough K{alpha} photons created with a 300 J, 1-{omega}, 40 ps pulse laser from these small volume targets, and that the signal-to-noise ratio is sufficiently high, for single shot radiography experiments. This unique technique will be used on future high energy density (HED) experiments at the new Omega-EP, ZR and NIF facilities.

  14. DEVELOPMENT OF GLASS COMPOSITIONS TO IMMOBILIZE ALKALI, ALKALINE EARTH, LANTHANIDE AND TRANSITION METAL FISSION PRODUCTS FROM NUCLEAR FUEL REPROCESSING

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    Marra, J.; Billings, A.

    2009-06-24

    The Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI) waste management strategy revolves around specific treatment of individual or groups of separated waste streams. A goal for the separations processes is to efficiently manage the waste to be dispositioned as high level radioactive waste. The Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI) baseline technology for immobilization of the lanthanide (Ln) and transition metal fission product (TM) wastes is vitrification into a borosilicate glass. A current interest is to evaluate the feasibility of vitrifying combined waste streams to most cost effectively immobilize the wastes resulting from aqueous fuel reprocessing. Studies showed that high waste loadings are achievable for the Ln only (Option 1) stream. Waste loadings in excess of 60 wt % (on a calcined oxide basis) were demonstrated via a lanthanide borosilicate (LaBS) glass. The resulting glasses had excellent relative durability as determined by the Product Consistency Test (PCT). For a combined Ln and TM waste stream glass (Option 2), noble metal solubility was found to limit waste loading. However, the measured PCT normalized elemental releases for this glass were at least an order of magnitude below that of Environmental Assessment (EA) glass. Current efforts to evaluate the feasibility of vitrifying combined Ln, TM, alkali (Cs is the primary radionuclide of concern) and alkaline earth (Sr is the primary radionuclide of concern) wastes (Option 3) have shown that these approaches are feasible. However, waste loading limitations with respect to heat load (Cs/Sr loading), molybdenum solubility and/or noble metal solubility will likely be realized and must be considered in determining the cost effectiveness of these approaches.

  15. Backscattering of α-Quartz (0 6 10) for 14.4 keV Mössbauer Photons

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    Imai, Yasuhiko; Yoda, Yoshitaka; Zhang, Xiaowei; Kikuta, Seishi

    2007-01-01

    Backscattering of α-quartz (0 6 10) was investigated using 14.4 keV 57Fe Mössbauer photons from α-57Fe2O3 at nuclear resonant scattering beamline BL09XU, SPring-8. The α-quartz crystal was heated to around 353 K by an oven so that the Bragg angle of α-quartz 0 6 10 diffraction meats 90 degrees. Energy width of the reflection was measured by changing temperature of the oven. The measured bandwidth is 1.14(33) meV. Backscattering by a α-quartz crystal can be applied for high-energy-resolution monochromator or analyzer.

  16. Cross section measurements of the B10(d,n0)C11 reaction below 160 keV

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    Stave, S.; Ahmed, M. W.; Antolak, A. J.; Blackston, M. A.; Crowell, A. S.; Doyle, B. L.; Henshaw, S. S.; Howell, C. R.; Kingsberry, P.; Perdue, B. A.; Rossi, P.; Prior, R. M.; Spraker, M. C.; Weller, H. R.

    2008-05-01

    New data were taken at the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory to investigate the plausibility of using low energy deuterons and the B10(d,n)C11 reaction as a portable source of 6.3 MeV neutrons. Analysis of the data at and below incident deuteron energies of 160 keV indicates an n0 neutron cross section that is lower than previous estimates by at least three orders of magnitude. In separate runs, deuterons with two different energies (160 and 140 keV) were stopped in a B10 target. The resulting n0 neutrons of approximately 6.3 MeV were detected at angles between 0° and 150°. The angle integrated yields were used to determine the astrophysical S factor for this reaction assuming a constant value for the S factor below 160 keV. The cross sections reported between 130 and 160 keV were calculated using the extracted value of the S factor. The measured n0 cross section is several orders of magnitude smaller than previous results, thus eliminating B10(d,n)C11 as a portable source of intense neutrons with low energy deuteron beams on the order of tens of microamps. In order to gain insight into the reaction dynamics at these low energies the cross section results have been compared with results from calculations using the distorted wave Born approximation (DWBA) and a detailed Hauser-Feshbach calculation performed by the authors. The angular distribution is consistent with the Hauser-Feshbach calculation suggesting a statistical compound nucleus reaction rather than a direct reaction.

  17. New experiment on search for the resonance absorption of solar axion emitted in the M1 transition of 83Kr nuclei

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    Gavrilyuk, Yu. M.; Gangapshev, A. N.; Derbin, A. V.; Drachnev, I. S.; Kazalov, V. V.; Kobychev, V. V.; Kuz'minov, V. V.; Muratova, V. N.; Panasenko, S. I.; Ratkevich, S. S.; Semenov, D. A.; Tekueva, D. A.; Unzhakov, E. V.; Yakimenko, S. P.

    2015-05-01

    Axions with an energy of 9.4 keV emitted in the M1 transition of 83Kr nuclei in the Sun have been sought in the resonance absorption reaction A + 83Kr → 83Kr* → 83Kr + γ, e (9.4 keV). A proportional gas chamber filled with krypton and placed in a low-background setup at the underground laboratory of the Baksan neutrino observatory was used to detect γ-ray photons and electrons appearing after the decay of a nuclear level. As a result, a new constraint has been determined on the isoscalar and isovector coupling constants of the axion with nucleons: | g {/AN 3}- g {/AN 0}| ≤ 1.29 × 10-6. This constraint results in the following new bound on the mass of the axion in the hadronic axion model: m A ≤ 100 eV (95% C.L.).

  18. Properties of the 5{sup -} state at 839 keV in {sup 176}Lu and the s-process branching at A=176

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    Mohr, P.; Bisterzo, S.; Gallino, R.; Kaeppeler, F.; Kneissl, U.; Winckler, N.

    2009-04-15

    The s-process branching at mass number A=176 depends on the coupling between the high-K ground state and a low-lying low-K isomer in {sup 176}Lu. This coupling is based on electromagnetic transitions via intermediate states at higher energies. The properties of the lowest experimentally confirmed intermediate state at 839 keV are reviewed, and the transition rate between low-K and high-K states under stellar conditions is calculated on the basis of new experimental data for the 839-keV state. Properties of further candidates for intermediate states are briefly analyzed. It is found that the coupling between the high-K ground state and the low-K isomer in {sup 176}Lu is at least one order of magnitude stronger than previously assumed, leading to crucial consequences for the interpretation of the {sup 176}Lu/{sup 176}Hf pair as an s-process thermometer.

  19. Evaluation of prompt gamma-ray data and nuclear structure of niobium-94 with statistical model calculations

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    Turkoglu, Danyal

    Precise knowledge of prompt gamma-ray intensities following neutron capture is critical for elemental and isotopic analyses, homeland security, modeling nuclear reactors, etc. A recently-developed database of prompt gamma-ray production cross sections and nuclear structure information in the form of a decay scheme, called the Evaluated Gamma-ray Activation File (EGAF), is under revision. Statistical model calculations are useful for checking the consistency of the decay scheme, providing insight on its completeness and accuracy. Furthermore, these statistical model calculations are necessary to estimate the contribution of continuum gamma-rays, which cannot be experimentally resolved due to the high density of excited states in medium- and heavy-mass nuclei. Decay-scheme improvements in EGAF lead to improvements to other databases (Evaluated Nuclear Structure Data File, Reference Input Parameter Library) that are ultimately used in nuclear-reaction models to generate the Evaluated Nuclear Data File (ENDF). Gamma-ray transitions following neutron capture in 93Nb have been studied at the cold-neutron beam facility at the Budapest Research Reactor. Measurements have been performed using a coaxial HPGe detector with Compton suppression. Partial gamma-ray production capture cross sections at a neutron velocity of 2200 m/s have been deduced relative to that of the 255.9-keV transition after cold-neutron capture by 93Nb. With the measurement of a niobium chloride target, this partial cross section was internally standardized to the cross section for the 1951-keV transition after cold-neutron capture by 35Cl. The resulting (0.1377 +/- 0.0018) barn (b) partial cross section produced a calibration factor that was 23% lower than previously measured for the EGAF database. The thermal-neutron cross sections were deduced for the 93Nb(n,gamma ) 94mNb and 93Nb(n,gamma) 94gNb reactions by summing the experimentally-measured partial gamma-ray production cross sections associated

  20. Measurements of total atomic attenuation cross sections of Tm, Yb, Lu, Hf, Ta, W, Re and Os Elements at 122keV and 136keV

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    Kaya, N.; Tirasoglu, E.; Apaydin, G.; Kobya, A. I.

    2007-04-23

    The aim of this study was to measure the total atomic attenuation cross sections ({sigma}t) in eighth elements (69{<=}Z{<=}76) at 122 keV and 136 keV. The experimental values of the cross sections were determined using the transmission geometry. Measurements have been performed using an annular source (Co-57) and Ultra-LEGe solid state detector with a resolution of 150 eV at 5.9 keV. Experimental results have been compared with theoretically calculated values and other available experimental results. Good agreement was observed among the experimental, theoretical and other experimental values.

  1. Stopping Narrow-Band X-Ray Pulses in Nuclear Media

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    Kong, Xiangjin; Pálffy, Adriana

    2016-05-01

    A control mechanism for stopping x-ray pulses in resonant nuclear media is investigated theoretically. We show that narrow-band x-ray pulses can be mapped and stored as nuclear coherence in a thin-film planar x-ray cavity with an embedded 57Fe nuclear layer. The pulse is nearly resonant to the 14.4 keV Mössbauer transition in the 57Fe nuclei. The role of the control field is played here by a hyperfine magnetic field which induces interference effects reminiscent of electromagnetically induced transparency. We show that, by switching off the control magnetic field, a narrow-band x-ray pulse can be completely stored in the cavity for approximately 100 ns. Additional manipulation of the external magnetic field can lead to both group velocity and phase control of the pulse in the x-ray cavity sample.

  2. Multipolarity of the 2-→1- , ground-state transition in 210Bi via multivariable angular correlation analysis

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    Cieplicka-Oryńczak, N.; Szpak, B.; Leoni, S.; Fornal, B.; Bazzacco, D.; Blanc, A.; Bocchi, G.; Bottoni, S.; de France, G.; Jentschel, M.; Köster, U.; Mutti, P.; Simpson, G.; Soldner, T.; Ur, C.; Urban, W.

    2016-07-01

    The multipolarity of the main transition leading to the ground state in 210Bi was investigated using the angular correlations of γ rays. The analyzed γ -coincidence data were obtained from the 209Bi(n ,γ )210Bi experiment performed at Institut Laue-Langevin Grenoble at the PF1B cold-neutron facility. The EXILL (EXOGAM at the ILL) multidetector array, consisting of 16 high-purity germanium detectors, was used to detect γ transitions. The mixing ratio of the 320-keV γ ray was defined by minimizing a multivariable χΣ2 function constructed from the coefficients of angular correlation functions for seven pairs of strong transitions in 210Bi. As a result, the almost pure M 1 multipolarity of the 320-keV γ ray was obtained, with an E 2 admixture of less than 0.6% only (95% confidence limit). Based on this multipolarity the neutron-capture cross section leading to the ground state in 210Bi, that decays in turn to radiotoxic 210Po, was determined to be within the limits 21.3(9) and 21.5(9) mb. This result is important for nuclear reactor applications.

  3. Integrin-linked kinase overexpression promotes epithelial-mesenchymal transition via nuclear factor-κB signaling in colorectal cancer cells

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    Shen, Hong; Ma, Jun-Li; Zhang, Yan; Deng, Gan-Lu; Qu, Yan-Ling; Wu, Xiao-Ling; He, Jing-Xuan; Zhang, Sai; Zeng, Shan

    2016-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the effect of integrin-linked kinase (ILK) on proliferation, metastasis, and invasion of the colorectal cancer cell line SW480. METHODS: In this study, the colorectal cancer cell line SW480 was stably transfected with ILK plasmids, and small interfering RNA (siRNA) was used to knockdown expression of nuclear factor (NF)-κB/p65. Methylthiazole tetrazolium (MTT) assay was performed to measure proliferation, and the wound healing migration assay and matrigel invasion assay were used to test the metastasis and invasion ability of SW480 cells. To explore the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) process, embryonic development, and the invasion and metastasis of tumors, the protein level of E-cadherin, vimentin, snail, and slug was detected by western blot. Immunofluorescence was also used to detect E-cadherin expression. Western blot was used to determine the level of phosphorylated-inhibitor of kappa B (IκB)a, inhibitor of gamma B (IγB)a, and nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) expressions and to explore the ILK signaling pathway. RESULTS: Western blot results revealed that ILK expression significantly increased when ILK was overexpressed in SW480 cells (P < 0.05). Proliferation, metastasis, and invasion ability were improved in the vector-ILK group compared to the vector group (P < 0.05). Immunofluorescence results revealed that E-cadherin fluorescence intensity decreased after ILK was overexpressed (P < 0.05). Western blot results revealed that the protein expression of E-cadherin was reduced, while vimentin, snail, and slug were upregulated when ILK was overexpressed in SW480 cells (P < 0.05). In order to determine the role of the NF-κB signaling pathway in ILK overexpression promoted EMT occurrence, we overexpressed ILK in SW480 cells and found that levels of NF-κB/p65 and cytoplasmic phosphorylated-IκBa were increased and that cytoplasmic IкBa levels were decreased compared to the control group (P < 0.05). Furthermore, NF-κB/p65 knockout

  4. Characterization of the PILATUS photon-counting pixel detector for X-ray energies from 1.75 keV to 60 keV

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    Donath, T.; Brandstetter, S.; Cibik, L.; Commichau, S.; Hofer, P.; Krumrey, M.; Lüthi, B.; Marggraf, S.; Müller, P.; Schneebeli, M.; Schulze-Briese, C.; Wernecke, J.

    2013-03-01

    The PILATUS detector module was characterized in the PTB laboratory at BESSY II comparing modules with 320 μm thick and newly developed 450 μm and 1000 μm thick silicon sensors. Measurements were carried out over a wide energy range, in-vacuum from 1.75 keV to 8.8 keV and in air from 8 keV to 60 keV. The quantum efficiency (QE) was measured as a function of energy and the spatial resolution was measured at several photon energies both in terms of the modulation transfer function (MTF) from edge profile measurements and by directly measuring the point spread function (PSF) of a single pixel in a raster scan with a pinhole beam. Independent of the sensor thickness, the measured MTF and PSF come close to those for an ideal pixel detector with the pixel size of the PILATUS detector (172 × 172 μm2). The measured QE follows the values predicted by calculation. Thicker sensors significantly enhance the QE of the PILATUS detectors for energies above 10 keV without impairing the spatial resolution and noise-free detection. In-vacuum operation of the PILATUS detector is possible at energies as low as 1.75 keV.

  5. Neuropilin-1 Promotes Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition by Stimulating Nuclear Factor-Kappa B and Is Associated with Poor Prognosis in Human Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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    Chu, Weiming; Song, Xiaomeng; Yang, Xueming; Ma, Lu; Zhu, Jiang; He, Mengying; Wang, Zilu; Wu, Yunong

    2014-01-01

    Background The epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a key process in carcinogenesis, invasion, and metastasis of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). In our previous studies, we found that neuropilin-1 (NRP1) is overexpressed in tongue squamous cell carcinoma and that this overexpression is associated with cell migration and invasion. Nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) plays an essential role both in the induction and the maintenance of EMT and tumor metastasis. Therefore, we hypothesized that NRP1 induces EMT, and that NRP1-induced migration and invasion may be an important mechanism for promoting invasion and metastasis of OSCC through NF-κB activation. Methods/Results The variations in gene and protein expression and the changes in the biological behavior of OSCC cell lines transfected with a vector encoding NRP1, or the corresponding vector control, were evaluated. NRP1 overexpression promoted EMT and was associated with enhanced invasive and metastatic properties. Furthermore, the induction of EMT promoted the acquisition of some cancer stem cell (CSC)-like characteristics in OSCC cells. We addressed whether selective inhibition of NF-κB suppresses the NRP1-mediated EMT by treating cells with pyrrolidinedithiocarbamate ammonium (PDTC), an inhibitor of NF-κB. Immunohistochemical analysis of NRP1 in OSCC tissue samples further supported a key mediator role for NRP1 in tumor progression, lymph node metastasis, and indicated that NRP1 is a predictor for poor prognosis in OSCC patients. Conclusion Our results indicate that NRP1 may regulate the EMT process in OSCC cell lines through NF-κB activation, and that higher NRP1 expression levels are associated with lymph node metastasis and poor prognosis in OSCC patients. Further investigation of the role of NRP1 in tumorigenesis may help identify novel targets for the prevention and therapy of oral cancers. PMID:24999732

  6. Epstein-Barr Virus Nuclear Antigen 3C Facilitates G1-S Transition by Stabilizing and Enhancing the Function of Cyclin D1

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    Saha, Abhik; Halder, Sabyasachi; Upadhyay, Santosh K.; Lu, Jie; Kumar, Pankaj; Murakami, Masanao; Cai, Qiliang; Robertson, Erle S.

    2011-01-01

    EBNA3C, one of the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-encoded latent antigens, is essential for primary B-cell transformation. Cyclin D1, a key regulator of G1 to S phase progression, is tightly associated and aberrantly expressed in numerous human cancers. Previously, EBNA3C was shown to bind to Cyclin D1 in vitro along with Cyclin A and Cyclin E. In the present study, we provide evidence which demonstrates that EBNA3C forms a complex with Cyclin D1 in human cells. Detailed mapping experiments show that a small N-terminal region which lies between amino acids 130–160 of EBNA3C binds to two different sites of Cyclin D1- the N-terminal pRb binding domain (residues 1–50), and C-terminal domain (residues 171–240), known to regulate Cyclin D1 stability. Cyclin D1 is short-lived and ubiquitin-mediated proteasomal degradation has been targeted as a means of therapeutic intervention. Here, we show that EBNA3C stabilizes Cyclin D1 through inhibition of its poly-ubiquitination, and also increases its nuclear localization by blocking GSK3β activity. We further show that EBNA3C enhances the kinase activity of Cyclin D1/CDK6 which enables subsequent ubiquitination and degradation of pRb. EBNA3C together with Cyclin D1-CDK6 complex also efficiently nullifies the inhibitory effect of pRb on cell growth. Moreover, an sh-RNA based strategy for knock-down of both cyclin D1 and EBNA3C genes in EBV transformed lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs) shows a significant reduction in cell-growth. Based on these results, we propose that EBNA3C can stabilize as well as enhance the functional activity of Cyclin D1 thereby facilitating the G1-S transition in EBV transformed lymphoblastoid cell lines. PMID:21347341

  7. HEAO 1 observations of the Perseus cluster above 10 keV

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    Primini, F. A.; Howe, S. K.; Lang, F.; Levine, A. M.; Lewin, W. H. G.; Rothschild, R.; Baity, W. A.; Gruber, D. E.; Knight, F. K.; Basinska, E.

    1981-01-01

    Results are presented of HEAO 1 observations of the Perseus cluster from 10 to 150 keV in 1977 August and 1978 February and August. The spectrum exhibits a previously unknown hard (greater than 25 keV) component in addition to the previously known thermal bremsstrahlung emission. The data presented show no significant evidence of variability from 10.5 keV to 93.5 keV, and a comparison of our results with earlier results indicates no strong evidence for variability above 25 keV over a time scale of 4 yr. If the hard-component excess is due to NGC 1275, the data imply a 2-6 keV X-ray luminosity of 1 x 10 to the 44th ergs/s for the galaxy, or about 15% of the total cluster emission from 2 to 6 keV and a 25-40 keV luminosity of 8 x 10 to the 43rd ergs/s.

  8. Angular scattering of 1–50 keV ions through graphene and thin carbon foils: Potential applications for space plasma instrumentation

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    Ebert, Robert W.; Allegrini, Frédéric; Fuselier, Stephen A.; Nicolaou, Georgios; Physics and Astronomy Department, University of Texas at San Antonio, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, Texas 78249 ; Bedworth, Peter; Sinton, Steve; Trattner, Karlheinz J.; Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, 1234 Innovation Drive, Boulder, Colorado 80303

    2014-03-15

    We present experimental results for the angular scattering of ∼1–50 keV H, He, C, O, N, Ne, and Ar ions transiting through graphene foils and compare them with scattering through nominal ∼0.5 μg cm{sup −2} carbon foils. Thin carbon foils play a critical role in time-of-flight ion mass spectrometers and energetic neutral atom sensors in space. These instruments take advantage of the charge exchange and secondary electron emission produced as ions or neutral atoms transit these foils. This interaction also produces angular scattering and energy straggling for the incident ion or neutral atom that acts to decrease the performance of a given instrument. Our results show that the angular scattering of ions through graphene is less pronounced than through the state-of-the-art 0.5 μg cm{sup −2} carbon foils used in space-based particle detectors. At energies less than 50 keV, the scattering angle half width at half maximum, ψ{sub 1/2}, for ∼3–5 atoms thick graphene is up to a factor of 3.5 smaller than for 0.5 μg cm{sup −2} (∼20 atoms thick) carbon foils. Thus, graphene foils have the potential to improve the performance of space-based plasma instruments for energies below ∼50 keV.

  9. Do the O2 Schumann-Runge Bands Participate in keV Collision-Induced Dissociation Experiments?

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    Lin, Yawei; Mayer, Paul M.

    2011-01-01

    In high-energy (keV) CID experiments, oxygen has the unique ability to enhance specific ion fragmentation pathways that lie within a relatively narrow band of activation energy. It has been previously proposed that this oxygen-enhanced dissociation phenomenon is due to the participation of the {{O}_{{2}}}{B}{ ^{{3}}}{Σ_{{u}}}^{ + } - {X}{ ^{{3}}}{Σ_{{g}}}^{ - } (Schumann-Runge) system in the collision complex. During the collision, oxygen is first excited to its {B}{ ^{{3}}}{Σ_{{u}}}^{ + } state before it returns this energy to the projectile ion. This energy drives the nonstatistical dissociation of the projectile provided there is an energetically accessible pathway in resonance with the absorbed radiation. To probe the validity of this hypothesis, a modified VG-ZAB mass spectrometer was used to observe the photon emissions from keV collisions of a selection of projectile ions with O2 target gas. By studying the resulting collision-induced emission (CIE) spectra, a second potential mechanism came to light, one that involves the near-isoenergetic O2 +. A 2Πu→X 2 Πg state transition.

  10. Do the O2 Schumann-Runge bands participate in keV collision-induced dissociation experiments?

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    Lin, Yawei; Mayer, Paul M

    2011-01-01

    In high-energy (keV) CID experiments, oxygen has the unique ability to enhance specific ion fragmentation pathways that lie within a relatively narrow band of activation energy. It has been previously proposed that this oxygen-enhanced dissociation phenomenon is due to the participation of the O(2) B(3)Σ(u)(+) - X(3)Σ(g)(-) (Schumann-Runge) system in the collision complex. During the collision, oxygen is first excited to its [Formula: see text] state before it returns this energy to the projectile ion. This energy drives the nonstatistical dissociation of the projectile provided there is an energetically accessible pathway in resonance with the absorbed radiation. To probe the validity of this hypothesis, a modified VG-ZAB mass spectrometer was used to observe the photon emissions from keV collisions of a selection of projectile ions with O(2) target gas. By studying the resulting collision-induced emission (CIE) spectra, a second potential mechanism came to light, one that involves the near-isoenergetic O(2) (+.) A (2)Π(u)→X (2) Π(g) state transition. PMID:21472546

  11. Transition Planning

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    Statfeld, Jenna L.

    2011-01-01

    Post-school transition is the movement of a child with disabilities from school to activities that occur after the completion of school. This paper provides information about: (1) post-school transition; (2) transition plan; (3) transition services; (4) transition planning; (5) vocational rehabilitation services; (6) services that are available…

  12. 10 CFR 5.230 - Transition plans.

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    2012-01-01

    ... 10 Energy 1 2012-01-01 2012-01-01 false Transition plans. 5.230 Section 5.230 Energy NUCLEAR... FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Coverage § 5.230 Transition plans. (a) Submission of plans. An institution to... either a single transition plan applicable to all such units, or a separate transition plan applicable...

  13. 10 CFR 5.230 - Transition plans.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ... 10 Energy 1 2014-01-01 2014-01-01 false Transition plans. 5.230 Section 5.230 Energy NUCLEAR... FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Coverage § 5.230 Transition plans. (a) Submission of plans. An institution to... either a single transition plan applicable to all such units, or a separate transition plan applicable...

  14. 10 CFR 5.230 - Transition plans.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ... 10 Energy 1 2011-01-01 2011-01-01 false Transition plans. 5.230 Section 5.230 Energy NUCLEAR... FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Coverage § 5.230 Transition plans. (a) Submission of plans. An institution to... either a single transition plan applicable to all such units, or a separate transition plan applicable...

  15. Experimental Determination of the HPGe Spectrometer Efficiency Calibration Curves for Various Sample Geometry for Gamma Energy from 50 keV to 2000 keV

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    Saat, Ahmad; Hamzah, Zaini; Yusop, Mohammad Fariz; Zainal, Muhd Amiruddin

    2010-07-01

    Detection efficiency of a gamma-ray spectrometry system is dependent upon among others, energy, sample and detector geometry, volume and density of the samples. In the present study the efficiency calibration curves of newly acquired (August 2008) HPGe gamma-ray spectrometry system was carried out for four sample container geometries, namely Marinelli beaker, disc, cylindrical beaker and vial, normally used for activity determination of gamma-ray from environmental samples. Calibration standards were prepared by using known amount of analytical grade uranium trioxide ore, homogenized in plain flour into the respective containers. The ore produces gamma-rays of energy ranging from 53 keV to 1001 keV. Analytical grade potassium chloride were prepared to determine detection efficiency of 1460 keV gamma-ray emitted by potassium isotope K-40. Plots of detection efficiency against gamma-ray energy for the four sample geometries were found to fit smoothly to a general form of ɛ = AΕa+BΕb, where ɛ is efficiency, Ε is energy in keV, A, B, a and b are constants that are dependent on the sample geometries. All calibration curves showed the presence of a "knee" at about 180 keV. Comparison between the four geometries showed that the efficiency of Marinelli beaker is higher than cylindrical beaker and vial, while cylindrical disk showed the lowest.

  16. Experimental Determination of the HPGe Spectrometer Efficiency Calibration Curves for Various Sample Geometry for Gamma Energy from 50 keV to 2000 keV

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    Saat, Ahmad; Hamzah, Zaini; Yusop, Mohammad Fariz; Zainal, Muhd Amiruddin

    2010-07-07

    Detection efficiency of a gamma-ray spectrometry system is dependent upon among others, energy, sample and detector geometry, volume and density of the samples. In the present study the efficiency calibration curves of newly acquired (August 2008) HPGe gamma-ray spectrometry system was carried out for four sample container geometries, namely Marinelli beaker, disc, cylindrical beaker and vial, normally used for activity determination of gamma-ray from environmental samples. Calibration standards were prepared by using known amount of analytical grade uranium trioxide ore, homogenized in plain flour into the respective containers. The ore produces gamma-rays of energy ranging from 53 keV to 1001 keV. Analytical grade potassium chloride were prepared to determine detection efficiency of 1460 keV gamma-ray emitted by potassium isotope K-40. Plots of detection efficiency against gamma-ray energy for the four sample geometries were found to fit smoothly to a general form of {epsilon} = A{Epsilon}{sup a}+B{Epsilon}{sup b}, where {epsilon} is efficiency, {Epsilon} is energy in keV, A, B, a and b are constants that are dependent on the sample geometries. All calibration curves showed the presence of a ''knee'' at about 180 keV. Comparison between the four geometries showed that the efficiency of Marinelli beaker is higher than cylindrical beaker and vial, while cylindrical disk showed the lowest.

  17. Transitions, cross sections and neutron binding energy in 186Re by Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis

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    Lerch, A. G.; Hurst, A. M.; Firestone, R. B.; Revay, Zs.; Szentmiklosi, L.; McHale, S. R.; McClory, J. W.; Detwiler, B.; Carroll, J. J.

    2014-03-01

    The nuclide 186Re possesses an isomer with 200,000 year half-life while its ground state has a half-life of 3.718 days. It is also odd-odd and well-deformed nucleus, so should exhibit a variety of other interesting nuclear-structure phenomena. However, the available nuclear data is rather sparse; for example, the energy of the isomer is only known to within + 7 keV and, with the exception of the J?=1- ground state, every proposed level is tentative in the ENSDF. Previously, Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis (PGAA) was utilized to study natRe with 186,188Re being produced via thermal neutron capture. Recently, an enriched 185Re target was irradiated by thermal neutrons at the Budapest Research Reactor to build on those results. Prompt (primary and secondary) and delayed gamma-ray transitions were measured with a large-volume, Compton-suppressed HPGe detector. Absolute cross sections for each gamma transition were deduced and corrected for self attenuation within the sample. Fifty-two primary gamma-ray transitions were newly identified and used to determine a revised value of the neutron binding energy. DICEBOX was used to simulate the decay scheme and the total radiative thermal neutron capture cross section was found to be 97+/-3 b Supported by DTRA (Detwiler) through HDTRA1-08-1-0014.

  18. Atomic parameters for the 2{p}^{5}3p\\;{}^{2}{[3/2]}_{2}-2{p}^{5}3s\\;{}^{2}{[3/2]}_{2}^{o} transition of Ne I relevant in nuclear physics

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    Li, Jiguang; Godefroid, Michel; Wang, Jianguo

    2016-06-01

    We calculated the magnetic dipole hyperfine interaction constants and the electric field gradients of 2{p}53p{}2{[3/2]}2 and 2{p}53s{}2[3/2{]}2o levels of Ne I by using the multiconfiguration Dirac–Hartree–Fock method. The electronic factors contributing to the isotope shifts were also estimated for the λ =614.5 {{nm}} transition connecting these two states. Electron correlation and relativistic effects including the Breit interaction were investigated in detail. Combining with recent measurements, we extracted the nuclear quadrupole moment values for 20Ne and 23Ne with a smaller uncertainty than the current available data. Isotope shifts in the 2{p}53p{}2{[3/2]}2-2{p}53s{}2[3/2{]}2o transition based on the present calculated field- and mass-shift parameters are in good agreement with the experimental values. However, the field shifts in this transition are two or three orders of magnitude smaller than the mass shifts, making rather difficult to deduce changes in nuclear-charge mean-square radii. According to our theoretical predictions, we suggest using instead transitions connecting levels arising from the 2p53s configuration to the ground state, for which the normal mass shift and specific mass shift contributions counteract each other, producing relatively small mass shifts that are only one order of magnitude larger than relatively large field shifts, especially for the 2{p}53s{}2[1/2{]}1o-2{p}6{}1{S}0 transition.

  19. Expression of target genes of nuclear factor E2-related factor 2 in the liver of dairy cows in the transition period and at different stages of lactation.

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    Gessner, D K; Schlegel, G; Keller, J; Schwarz, F J; Ringseis, R; Eder, K

    2013-02-01

    In the liver of dairy cows, the production of cytokines is enhanced during the periparturient phase, which in turn leads to inflammation and an impairment of hepatic function. Nuclear factor E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is a redox-sensitive transcription factor that controls the transcription of genes encoding various antioxidative and cytoprotective proteins. In the present study, we investigated the hypothesis that Nrf2 is activated in the liver of dairy cows during the periparturient phase to protect the liver against the deleterious effects of cytokines and reactive oxygen species. Therefore, we determined relative mRNA abundances of TNF (encoding tumor necrosis factor-α), various acute phase proteins and several Nrf2 target genes in liver biopsy samples of 20 dairy cows at each time point from 3 wk antepartum to 1, 5, and 14 wk postpartum. We observed an increase in mRNA abundances of TNF and acute-phase proteins [serum amyloid A 3 (SAA3), haptoglobin (HP), and C-reactive protein (CRP)] from 3 wk antepartum to 1 wk postpartum, indicative of a proinflammatory condition. Messenger RNA abundances of various Nrf2 target genes with antioxidative or cytoprotective functions [glutathione peroxidase 3 (GPX3); microsomal glutathione S-transferase 3 (MGST3); superoxide dismutase (SOD1); catalase (CAT); metallothioneins 1A, 1E, and 2A (MT1A, MT1E, and MT2A, respectively); NAD(P)H dehydrogenase, quinone 1 (NQO1); heme oxygenase 2 (HMOX2); and UDP glucuronosyltransferase 1 family, polypeptide A1 (UGT1A1)] were also greatly increased from 3 wk antepartum to 1 wk postpartum. From 1 wk postpartum to later lactation, mRNA abundances of all the Nrf2-target genes considered declined but remained at levels that were higher than those in 3 wk antepartum. No correlations were found, however, between plasma concentrations of nonesterified fatty acids or β-hydroxybutyrate and mRNA abundances of Nrf2 target genes, indicating that a negative energy balance might not have been the main

  20. Laser-driven 6-16 keV x-ray imaging and backlighting with spherical crystals

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    Schollmeier, M.; Rambo, P. K.; Schwarz, J.; Smith, I. C.; Porter, J. L.

    2014-10-01

    Laser-driven x-ray self-emission imaging or backlighting of High Energy Density Physics experiments requires brilliant sources with keV energies and x-ray crystal imagers with high spatial resolution of about 10 μ m. Spherically curved crystals provide the required resolution when operated at near-normal incidence, which minimizes image aberrations due to astigmatism. However, this restriction dramatically limits the range of suitable crystal and spectral line combinations. We present a survey of crystals and spectral lines for x-ray backlighting and self-emission imaging with energies between 6 and 16 keV. Ray-tracing simulations including crystal rocking curves have been performed to predict image brightness and spatial resolution. Results have been benchmarked to experimental data using both Sandia's 4 kJ, ns Z-Beamlet and 200 J, ps Z-Petawatt laser systems. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000. SAND NO. 2014-15552A.

  1. Stacked depth graded multilayer for hard X-rays measured up to 130 keV

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    Jensen, C. P.; Christensen, F. E.; Romaine, S.; Bruni, R.; Zhong, Z.

    2007-09-01

    Depth graded multilayer designs for hard x-ray telescopes in the 10 keV to 70-80 keV energy range have had either W or Pt as the heavy element. These materials have been chosen because of reasonable optical constants, the possibility to grow smooth interfaces with the spacer material, and the stability over time. On the flip side both W and Pt have an absorption edge -- 69.5 keV (W) and 78.4 keV (Pt) -- which is very close to the two 44Ti lines at 67.9 keV and 78.4 keV that are produced in the envelope of a super nova explosion. Other materials have better optical constants and no absorption edges in this energy range, for example Ni 0.93V 0.07, but are not used because of high interface roughness. By using a WC/SiC multilayer for the bottom and a Ni 0.93V 0.07/SiC multilayer for the thicker top layers of a depth graded multilayer we have made a reflector that doesn't have a clear absorption edge. This reflector has been measured at energies between 8 keV and 130 keV. At a graze angle of 0.11 degree there is still nearly the same reflectivity below the W absorption edge as for a traditional W based coating, and above the W absorption edge there is still 48% reflection at 80 keV.

  2. Measurement of the mass attenuation coefficient from 81 keV to 1333 keV for elemental materials Al, Cu and Pb

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    Gjorgieva, Slavica; Barandovski, Lambe

    2016-03-01

    The mass attenuation coefficients (μ/ρ) for 3 high purity elemental materials Al, Cu and Pb were measured in the γ-ray energy range from 81 keV up to 1333 keV using 22Na, 60Co 133Ba and 133Cs as sources of gamma radiation. Well shielded detector (NaI (Tl) semiconductor detector) was used to measure the intensity of the transmitted beam. The measurements were made under condition of good geometry, assuring that any photon absorbed or deflected appreciably does not reach the detector. The measured values are compared with the theoretical ones obtained by Seltzer (1993).

  3. Measurement of mass attenuation coefficients for four mixtures using X-rays from 13 keV up to 40 keV

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    Angelone, M.; Esposito, A.; Chiti, M.; Gentile, A.

    2001-06-01

    The total absorption coefficients for some selected organic compounds relevant to health physics, Triaflol BN (C 3H 4O 2) n, Triaflol TN (C 12H 18O 7) n, Kapton (C 44H 20O 10) n, and Melinex (C 10H 8N 4O 4) n were measured in the X-ray energy range from 13 keV up to about 40 keV using a collimator, high purity germanium detector with thin Be window and variable energy X-ray source. The measured values are compared with the theoretical ones obtained using the XCOM code. The agreement is generally good within a few percent.

  4. K+ charge transfer in H2 at low keV collisions

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    Alarcón, F. B.; Martinez, H.; Fuentes, B. E.; Yousif, F. B.

    2013-08-01

    Absolute electron capture cross sections for the K+-H2 pair, employing beam collision spectroscopy for 0.4-4 keV energy were measured. The capture cross section increased with the increase in collision energy. The results below 2 keV overlap with previously measured data of other investigators and extend down in energy to 400 eV, where no previous data have been reported. Experimental data were compared with calculations employing the Olson model, which were found to agree in behavior as well as with an absolute value above 100 keV.

  5. Fragmentation of H2O by 1 -- 5 keV He^2+ ions: Experiment and Theory

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    Stolterfoht, N.; Hellhammer, R.; Sobocinski, P.; Cabrera-Trujillo, R.; Ohrn, Y.; Deumens, E.; Sabin, J.

    2006-05-01

    Fragmentation of H2O molecules induced by ^3He^2+ impact was investigated experimentally as a function of the energy in the range from 1-5 keV. Collisions at large impact parameters are found to produce fragment protons with energies centered around peaks at 6 eV and 15 eV. The H^+ fragments were detected in the angular range from 25 to 135 with respect to the incident beam direction. Absolute fragmentation cross sections dσ/dφ, differential in the emission angle are found to be anisotropic, with protons preferentially emitted at angles near 90 . In addition to the experiments, we performed quantum-mechanical calculations to understand the fragmentation mechanisms producing protons at preferred energies and angles. The theoretical results are obtained using the Electron-Nuclear Dynamics formalism (END), which solves the time-dependent Schr"odinger equation.

  6. The 2-79 keV X-ray spectrum of the Circinus galaxy with NuSTAR, XMM-Newton, and Chandra: a fully Compton-thick active galactic nucleus

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    Arévalo, P.; Bauer, F. E.; Puccetti, S.; Walton, D. J.; Fuerst, F.; Grefenstette, B. W.; Harrison, F. A.; Madsen, K. K.; Koss, M.; Boggs, S. E.; Craig, W. W.; Brandt, W. N.; Luo, B.; Brightman, M.; Christensen, F. E.; Comastri, A.; Gandhi, P.; Hailey, C. J.; Madejski, G.; and others

    2014-08-20

    The Circinus galaxy is one of the closest obscured active galactic nuclei (AGNs), making it an ideal target for detailed study. Combining archival Chandra and XMM-Newton data with new NuSTAR observations, we model the 2-79 keV spectrum to constrain the primary AGN continuum and to derive physical parameters for the obscuring material. Chandra's high angular resolution allows a separation of nuclear and off-nuclear galactic emission. In the off-nuclear diffuse emission, we find signatures of strong cold reflection, including high equivalent-width neutral Fe lines. This Compton-scattered off-nuclear emission amounts to 18% of the nuclear flux in the Fe line region, but becomes comparable to the nuclear emission above 30 keV. The new analysis no longer supports a prominent transmitted AGN component in the observed band. We find that the nuclear spectrum is consistent with Compton scattering by an optically thick torus, where the intrinsic spectrum is a power law of photon index Γ = 2.2-2.4, the torus has an equatorial column density of N {sub H} = (6-10) × 10{sup 24} cm{sup –2}, and the intrinsic AGN 2-10 keV luminosity is (2.3-5.1) × 10{sup 42} erg s{sup –1}. These values place Circinus along the same relations as unobscured AGNs in accretion rate versus Γ and L{sub X} versus L {sub IR} phase space. NuSTAR's high sensitivity and low background allow us to study the short timescale variability of Circinus at X-ray energies above 10 keV for the first time. The lack of detected variability favors a Compton-thick absorber, in line with the spectral fitting results.

  7. The 2-79 keV X-Ray Spectrum of the Circinus Galaxy with NuSTAR, XMM-Newton, and Chandra: A Fully Compton-thick Active Galactic Nucleus

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    Arévalo, P.; Bauer, F. E.; Puccetti, S.; Walton, D. J.; Koss, M.; Boggs, S. E.; Brandt, W. N.; Brightman, M.; Christensen, F. E.; Comastri, A.; Craig, W. W.; Fuerst, F.; Gandhi, P.; Grefenstette, B. W.; Hailey, C. J.; Harrison, F. A.; Luo, B.; Madejski, G.; Madsen, K. K.; Marinucci, A.; Matt, G.; Saez, C.; Stern, D.; Stuhlinger, M.; Treister, E.; Urry, C. M.; Zhang, W. W.

    2014-08-01

    The Circinus galaxy is one of the closest obscured active galactic nuclei (AGNs), making it an ideal target for detailed study. Combining archival Chandra and XMM-Newton data with new NuSTAR observations, we model the 2-79 keV spectrum to constrain the primary AGN continuum and to derive physical parameters for the obscuring material. Chandra's high angular resolution allows a separation of nuclear and off-nuclear galactic emission. In the off-nuclear diffuse emission, we find signatures of strong cold reflection, including high equivalent-width neutral Fe lines. This Compton-scattered off-nuclear emission amounts to 18% of the nuclear flux in the Fe line region, but becomes comparable to the nuclear emission above 30 keV. The new analysis no longer supports a prominent transmitted AGN component in the observed band. We find that the nuclear spectrum is consistent with Compton scattering by an optically thick torus, where the intrinsic spectrum is a power law of photon index Γ = 2.2-2.4, the torus has an equatorial column density of N H = (6-10) × 1024 cm-2, and the intrinsic AGN 2-10 keV luminosity is (2.3-5.1) × 1042 erg s-1. These values place Circinus along the same relations as unobscured AGNs in accretion rate versus Γ and LX versus L IR phase space. NuSTAR's high sensitivity and low background allow us to study the short timescale variability of Circinus at X-ray energies above 10 keV for the first time. The lack of detected variability favors a Compton-thick absorber, in line with the spectral fitting results.

  8. Measurement of photon mass attenuation coefficients of plutonium from 60 to 2615 keV

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    Rettschlag, M.; Berndt, R.; Mortreau, P.

    2007-11-01

    Measurements have been made to determine plutonium photon mass attenuation coefficients by using a collimated-beam transmission method in the energy range from 60 to 2615 keV. These experimental results were compared with previous experimental and theoretical data. Good agreements are observed in the 240-800 keV energy range, whereas differences up to maximum 10% are observed out of these limits.

  9. Nuclear Orientation of IRON-59.

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    Kravitz, Philip Scott

    A nuclear orientation study of Fe('59) has been performed utilizing a He('3)/He('4) dilution refrigerator. Extensive studies of the directional distribution of beta particles and gamma rays has yielded a measurement of the Fermi to Gamow-Teller mixing ratio, y = (C(,V)M(,F))/(C(,A)M(,GT)), for the isospin-hindered 475 keV (beta) decay and an upper limit on the nuclear magnetic moment of Fe('59). The iron nuclei were oriented in a thin permendur foil at ultralow temperatures (10('-2)(DEGREES)K). The nuclear orientation system employed has excellent long term temperature stability and allowed for the measurement of the beta particles at two angles with respect to the nuclear orientation axis, through the application of magnetizing fields, with minimal deflections from their original trajectories. After all corrections, the experimental beta-particle asymmetry was found to be in agreement with the theoretical expectations over a sizable energy range. Including all estimated systemmatic errors, the beta-particle asymmetry parameter for the 475 keV (,(beta))-decay of Fe('59), A(,(beta)), was determined to be A(,(beta)) = -0.259 (+OR-) 0.061 yielding a corresponding value of y = -0.090 (+OR-) 0.039 which is in agreement with previous measurements. Analysis of the 192 kev, 1099 kev, and 1292 kev (gamma)-ray photopeaks of Fe('59) impose an upper limit of (VBAR)(mu)(Fe('59))(VBAR) < 0.36(mu)(,N) for the nuclear magnetic moment of Fe('59) also in substantial agreement with the most recent measurement.

  10. sup 56 Fe resonance parameters for neutron energies up to 850 keV

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    Perey, C.M.; Perey, F.G.; Harvey, J.A.; Hill, N.W.; Larson, N.M.

    1990-12-01

    High-resolution neutron measurements for {sup 56}Fe-enriched iron targets were made at the Oak Ridge Electron Linear Accelerator (ORELA) in transmission below 20 MeV and in differential elastic scattering below 5 MeV. Transmission measurements were also performed with a natural iron target below 160 keV. The transmission data were analyzed from 5 to 850 keV with the multilevel R-matrix code SAMMY which uses Bayes' theorem for the fitting process. This code provides energies and neutron widths of the resonances inside the 5- to 850-keV energy region, as well as possible parameterization for resonances external to the analyzed region to describe the smooth cross section from a few eV to 850 keV. The resulting set of resonance parameters yields the accepted values for the thermal total and capture cross sections. The differential elastic-scattering data at several scattering angles were compared to theoretical calculations from 40 to 850 keV using the R-matrix code RFUNC based on the Blatt-Biedenharn formalism. Various combinations of spin and parity were tried to predict cross sections for the well defined {ell} > 0 resonances; comparison of these predictions with the data allowed us to determine the most likely spin and parity assignments for these resonances. The results of a capture data analysis by Corvi et al. (COR84), from 2 to 350 keV, were combined with our results to obtain the radiation widths of the resonances below 350 keV observed in transmission, capture, and differential elastic-scattering experiments.

  11. Nuclear magnetization distribution radii determined by hyperfine transitions in the 1s level of H-like ions {sup 185}Re{sup 74+} and {sup 187}Re{sup 74+}

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    Crespo Lopez-Urrutia, J.R.; Beiersdorfer, P.; Widmann, K.; Birkett, B.B.; Martensson-Pendrill, A.; Gustavsson, M.G.

    1998-02-01

    The F=3 to F=2 hyperfine transitions in the 1s ground state of the two isotopes {sup 185}Re{sup 74+} and {sup 187}Re{sup 74+} were measured to be (4560.5{plus_minus}3){Angstrom} and (4516.9{plus_minus}3){Angstrom}, respectively, using emission spectroscopy in an electron beam ion trap. After applying appropriate corrections for the nuclear charge distribution and QED effects, a Bohr-Weisskopf effect of {var_epsilon}=2.23(9){percent} and 2.30(9){percent} are found for {sup 185}Re and {sup 187}Re, respectively. This value is almost twice that of a previous theoretical estimate, and indicates a distribution of the nuclear magnetization far more extended than that of the nuclear charge. A radius of the magnetization distribution of {l_angle}r{sub m}{sup 2}{r_angle}{sup 1/2}=7.57(32) fm and {l_angle}r{sub m}{sup 2}{r_angle}{sup 1/2}=7.69(32) fm for {sup 185}Re and {sup 187}Re, respectively, is inferred from the data. These radii are larger than the nuclear charge distribution radius [{l_angle}r{sub c}{sup 2}{r_angle}{sup 1/2}=5.39(1) fm] for both isotopes by factors 1.40(6) and 1.43(6), respectively. We find that the Bohr-Weisskopf effect in H-like ions is a sensitive probe of nuclear magnetization distribution, especially for cases where the charge distribution and magnetic moments are accurately known. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

  12. Comparison of calculated spectra for the interaction of photons in a liquid scintillator. Example of 54Mn 835 keV emission.

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    Cassette, P; Ahn, G H; Alzitzoglou, T; Aubineau-Lanièce, I; Bochud, F; Garcia Torano, E; Grau Carles, A; Grau Malonda, A; Kossert, K; Lee, K B; Laedermann, J P; Simpson, B R S; van Wyngaardt, W M; Zimmerman, B E

    2006-01-01

    The CIEMAT/NIST and TDCR methods in liquid scintillation counting, initially developed for the activity standardization of pure-beta radionuclides, have been extended to the standardization of electron capture and beta-gamma radionuclides. Both methods require the calculation of the energy spectrum absorbed by the liquid scintillator. For radionuclides emitting X-rays or gamma-rays, when the energy is greater than a few tens of keV the Compton interaction is important and the absorption is not total. In this case, the spectrum absorbed by the scintillator must be calculated using analytical or stochastic models. An illustration of this problem is the standardization of 54Mn, which is a radionuclide decaying by electron capture. The gamma transition, very weakly converted, leads to the emission of an 835 keV photon. The calculation of the detection efficiency of this radionuclide requires the calculation of the energy spectrum transferred to the scintillator after the absorption of the gamma ray and the associated probability of absorption. The validity of the method is thus dependent on the correct calculation of the energy transferred to the scintillator. In order to compare the calculation results obtained using various calculation tools, and to provide the metrology community with some information on the choice of these tools, the LS working group of the ICRM organised a comparison of the calculated absorbed spectra for the 835 keV photon of 54Mn. The result is the spectrum of the energy absorbed by the scintillator per emission of an 835 keV gamma ray. This exercise was proposed for a standard 20 ml LS glass vial and for LS cocktail volumes of 10 and 15 ml. The calculation was done for two different cocktails: toluene and a widely used commercial cocktail, Ultima Gold. The paper describes the results obtained by nine participants using a total of 12 calculation codes. PMID:16600600

  13. Comparison of simulated and measured spectra from an X-ray tube for the energies between 20 and 35 keV

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    Yücel, M.; Emirhan, E.; Bayrak, A.; Ozben, C. S.; Yücel, E. Barlas

    2015-11-01

    Design and production of a simple and low cost X-ray imaging system that can be used for light industrial applications was targeted in the Nuclear Physics Laboratory of Istanbul Technical University. In this study, production, transmission and detection of X-rays were simulated for the proposed imaging device. OX/70-P dental tube was used and X-ray spectra simulated by Geant4 were validated by comparison with X-ray spectra measured between 20 and 35 keV. Relative detection efficiency of the detector was also determined to confirm the physics processes used in the simulations. Various time optimization tools were performed to reduce the simulation time.

  14. Evaluation of Neutron Capture Cross Sections and Covariances on 99Tc and 129I in the keV Energy Region

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    Iwamoto, Nobuyuki

    2016-03-01

    Neutron capture cross sections and covariances on radioactive 99Tc and 129I have been required for developing environmental load-reducing technology. Their evaluation was performed by using nuclear reaction calculation code CCONE and Baysian code KALMAN with data assumed on the basis of measured data. The obtained total and capture cross sections are in good agreement with the measured data. The resulting uncertainties of capture cross section were 12-18% and 20-29% for 99Tc and 129I, respectively, in the keV energy region.

  15. Measurement of the 20 and 90 keV Resonances in the {sup 18}O(p,{alpha}){sup 15}N Reaction via the Trojan Horse Method

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    La Cognata, M.; Spitaleri, C.; Cherubini, S.; Crucilla, V.; Gulino, M.; Lamia, L.; Pizzone, R. G.; Puglia, S. M. R.; Rapisarda, G. G.; Romano, S.; Sergi, M. L.; Tumino, A.; Mukhamedzhanov, A. M.; Tribble, R. E.; Banu, A.; Goldberg, V. Z.; Tabacaru, G.; Trache, L.; Irgaziev, B.; Coc, A.

    2008-10-10

    The {sup 18}O(p,{alpha}){sup 15}N reaction is of primary importance in several astrophysical scenarios, including fluorine nucleosynthesis inside asymptotic giant branch stars as well as oxygen and nitrogen isotopic ratios in meteorite grains. Thus the indirect measurement of the low energy region of the {sup 18}O(p,{alpha}){sup 15}N reaction has been performed to reduce the nuclear uncertainty on theoretical predictions. In particular the strength of the 20 and 90 keV resonances has been deduced and the change in the reaction rate evaluated.

  16. Measurement of the 20 and 90 keV resonances in the 18O(p,alpha)15N reaction via the Trojan horse method.

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    La Cognata, M; Spitaleri, C; Mukhamedzhanov, A M; Irgaziev, B; Tribble, R E; Banu, A; Cherubini, S; Coc, A; Crucillà, V; Goldberg, V Z; Gulino, M; Kiss, G G; Lamia, L; Mrazek, J; Pizzone, R G; Puglia, S M R; Rapisarda, G G; Romano, S; Sergi, M L; Tabacaru, G; Trache, L; Trzaska, W; Tumino, A

    2008-10-10

    The 18O(p,alpha)15N reaction is of primary importance in several astrophysical scenarios, including fluorine nucleosynthesis inside asymptotic giant branch stars as well as oxygen and nitrogen isotopic ratios in meteorite grains. Thus the indirect measurement of the low energy region of the 18O(p,alpha)15N reaction has been performed to reduce the nuclear uncertainty on theoretical predictions. In particular the strength of the 20 and 90 keV resonances has been deduced and the change in the reaction rate evaluated. PMID:18999593

  17. Fission cross section measurements of Cm-247, Cf-250 and Es-254 from 0. 1 eV to 80 keV

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    Danon, Y.; Slovacek, R.E.; Block, R.C. . Dept. of Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics); Lougheed, R.W.; Hoff, R.W. ); Moore, M.S. )

    1990-01-01

    Fission cross section measurements were made with the RINS system over the neutron energy range from approximately 0.1 eV to 80 keV upon samples of Cm-247, Cf-250 and Es-254. The Cm-247 measurement was undertaken to complete the RINS fission cross section measurement sequence of the curium isotopes, Es-254 was measured because it is a very heavy odd-odd nucleus which might show interesting nuclear structure effects in its fission cross section, and Cf-250 was measured to account for its buildup as a daughter product from the 276-day halflife Es-254. 6 refs., 3 figs.

  18. Studies of Fe/sup 2 +/. -->. Fe/sup 3 +/ transitions during the process of rock weathering by nuclear gamma-resonance spectroscopy

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    Vasil'ev, S.P.; Babanin, V.F.; Solov'ev, A.A.

    1986-11-01

    This paper presents a method for the mineral and weathering assessment of rocks and carbonaceous matter based in gamma spectroscopy and transitions between iron ions. The method is applied to rocks collected near the Teberda preserve. Four latitudinal bands of rocks parallel to the Greater Caucasus Ridge are identified in this territory. Isomer shift and hyperfine parameters of the Moessbauer spectra are given.

  19. Steady State Sputtering Yields and Surface Compositions of Depleted Uranium and Uranium Carbide bombarded by 30 keV Gallium or 16 keV Cesium Ions.

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    Siekhaus, W. J.; Teslich, N. E.; Weber, P. K.

    2014-10-23

    Depleted uranium that included carbide inclusions was sputtered with 30-keV gallium ions or 16-kev cesium ions to depths much greater than the ions’ range, i.e. using steady-state sputtering. The recession of both the uranium’s and uranium carbide’s surfaces and the ion corresponding fluences were used to determine the steady-state target sputtering yields of both uranium and uranium carbide, i.e. 6.3 atoms of uranium and 2.4 units of uranium carbide eroded per gallium ion, and 9.9 uranium atoms and 3.65 units of uranium carbide eroded by cesium ions. The steady state surface composition resulting from the simultaneous gallium or cesium implantation and sputter-erosion of uranium and uranium carbide were calculated to be U₈₆Ga₁₄, (UC)₇₀Ga₃₀ and U₈₁Cs₉, (UC)₇₉Cs₂₁, respectively.

  20. Revisiting the relationship between 6 μm and 2-10 keV continuum luminosities of AGN

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    Mateos, S.; Carrera, F. J.; Alonso-Herrero, A.; Rovilos, E.; Hernán-Caballero, A.; Barcons, X.; Blain, A.; Caccianiga, A.; Della Ceca, R.; Severgnini, P.

    2015-05-01

    We have determined the relation between the AGN luminosities at rest-frame 6 μm associated with the dusty torus emission and at 2-10 keV energies using a complete, X-ray-flux-limited sample of 232 AGN drawn from the Bright Ultra-hard XMM-Newton Survey. The objects have intrinsic X-ray luminosities between 1042 and 1046 erg s-1 and redshifts from 0.05 to 2.8. The rest-frame 6 μm luminosities were computed using data from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer and are based on a spectral energy distribution decomposition into AGN and galaxy emission. The best-fitting relationship for the full sample is consistent with being linear, L6 μm ∝ L_{2-10 keV}^{0.99± 0.03}, with intrinsic scatter, Δ log L6 μm ˜ 0.35 dex. The L_{6 μ m}/L_{2-10 keV} luminosity ratio is largely independent of the line-of-sight X-ray absorption. Assuming a constant X-ray bolometric correction, the fraction of AGN bolometric luminosity reprocessed in the mid-IR decreases weakly, if at all, with the AGN luminosity, a finding at odds with simple receding torus models. Type 2 AGN have redder mid-IR continua at rest-frame wavelengths <12 μm and are overall ˜1.3-2 times fainter at 6 μm than type 1 AGN at a given X-ray luminosity. Regardless of whether type 1 and type 2 AGN have the same or different nuclear dusty toroidal structures, our results imply that the AGN emission at rest-frame 6 μm is not isotropic due to self-absorption in the dusty torus, as predicted by AGN torus models. Thus, AGN surveys at rest-frame ˜6 μm are subject to modest dust obscuration biases.

  1. Influence of ~7 keV sterile neutrino dark matter on the process of reionization

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    Rudakovskyi, Anton; Iakubovskyi, Dmytro

    2016-06-01

    Recent reports of a weak unidentified emission line at ~3.5 keV found in spectra of several matter-dominated objects may give a clue to resolve the long-standing problem of dark matter. One of the best physically motivated particle candidate able to produce such an extra line is sterile neutrino with the mass of ~7 keV . Previous works show that sterile neutrino dark matter with parameters consistent with the new line measurement modestly affects structure formation compared to conventional cold dark matter scenario. In this work, we concentrate for the first time on contribution of the sterile neutrino dark matter able to produce the observed line at ~3.5 keV, to the process of reionization. By incorporating dark matter power spectra for ~7 keV sterile neutrinos into extended semi-analytical `bubble' model of reionization we obtain that such sterile neutrino dark matter would produce significantly sharper reionization compared to widely used cold dark matter models, impossible to `imitate' within the cold dark matter scenario under any reasonable choice of our model parameters, and would have a clear tendency of lowering both the redshift of reionization and the electron scattering optical depth (although the difference is still below the existing model uncertainties). Further dedicated studies of reionization (such as 21 cm measurements or studies of kinetic Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect) will thus be essential for reconstruction of particle candidate responsible the ~3.5 keV line.

  2. The Average 0.5-200 keV Spectrum of AGNs at 0

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    Ballantyne, David R.

    2013-04-01

    The X-ray spectra of AGNs span nearly three decades in energy and are comprised of many separate components: a power-law with a high energy cutoff, reflection from the accretion disk as well as distant material, and, in many cases, a soft excess. Aside from a small number of bright sources observed with BeppoSAX, the full energy range of AGN spectra has only been studied in piecemeal by a fleet of X-ray observatories that can only focus on a small part of the entire spectrum. Therefore, while catalogues of the spectral properties of hundreds of AGNs have been published in different energy bands, these results are isolated from one another and a clear picture of the broadband spectral properties of typical AGNs remains elusive. In this work, we make use of the 0 X-ray luminosity functions of AGNs in the 0.5-2 keV, 2-10 keV, 3-20 keV, 15-55 keV and 14-195 keV bands to construct the spectral model of an average AGN that can simultaneously account for all 5 luminosity functions. Enhanced iron abundances, disk reflection, and the presence or absence of the X-ray Baldwin Effect are considered, along with the traditional parameters of photon index and cutoff energy. Applications to X-ray background modelling and AGN physics are discussed.

  3. 2-165 keV observations of active galaxies and the diffuse background

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    Rothschild, R. E.; Baity, W. A.; Gruber, D. E.; Matteson, J. L.; Peterson, L. E.; Mushotzky, R. F.

    1983-01-01

    HEAO 1 spectral observations of 12 active galaxies in the 12-165 keV and 2-50 keV ranges are reported. The spectra of these galaxies in the 2-165 keV range are well represented by a single power law model; within experimental uncertainties a narrow dispersion in power law index attributable to the individual galaxies is observed, while the 2-165 keV luminosities of these galaxies ranged from 3 x 10 to the 43rd to 3 x 10 to the 45th ergs/s. An apparent universality of the spectral form is found which can be interpreted as due to a common electron distribution with a temperature of tens of keV in the Compton scattering region or as a common nonthermal power-law distribution generating the observed flux through synchrotron-Compton processes. The data indicate that relativistic particles are likely to be responsible for the X-rays from cores of active galaxies through synchroton-Compton processes. In addition, it is noted that only weak number evolution, if any at all, is present in active galaxies.

  4. HEAO 3 upper limits to the expected 1634 KeV line from SS 483

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    Wheaton, W. A.; Ling, J. C.; Mahoney, W. A.; Jacobson, A. S.

    1985-01-01

    A model based on 24 Mg(1369) was developed as the source of the lines in which refractory grains in the jets, containing Mg and 0, are bombarded, by ambient protons in the local ISM. The narrowness of the features results because the recoil Mg nucleus is stopped in the grain before the 1369 keV excited state decays. A consequence of the 24 Mg interpretation is the expected appearance of other emission lines, due to 20 Ne and 20 Na, which are produced by proton bombardment of 24 Mg at the 33 MeV/nucleon energy corresponding to the velocity of the jets. These lines appear at rest energies of 1634 keV and 1636 keV, respectively, and should have essentially the same total flux as that emited at 1369 keV. The HEAO 3 data are examined to search for the 1634 keV (rest) emission. The observation and analysis, the results, and the implications for the understanding of SS 433 are discussed.

  5. Spatial distribution of upstream magnetospheric geq50 keV ions

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    Anagnostopoulos, G. C.; Argyropoulos, G.; Kaliabetsos, G.

    2000-01-01

    We present for the first time a statistical study of geq50 keV ion events of a magnetospheric origin upstream from Earth's bow shock. The statistical analysis of the 50-220 keV ion events observed by the IMP-8 spacecraft shows: (1) a dawn-dusk asymmetry in ion distributions, with most events and lower intensities upstream from the quasi-parallel pre-dawn side (4 LT-6 LT) of the bow shock, (2) highest ion fluxes upstream from the nose/dusk side of the bow shock under an almost radial interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) configuration, and (3) a positive correlation of the ion intensities with the solar wind speed and the index of geomagnetic index Kp, with an average solar wind speed as high as 620 km s-1 and values of the index Kp > 2. The statistical results are consistent with (1) preferential leakage of sim50 keV magnetospheric ions from the dusk magnetopause, (2) nearly scatter free motion of sim50 keV ions within the magnetosheath, and (3) final escape of magnetospheric ions from the quasi-parallel dawn side of the bow shock. An additional statistical analysis of higher energy (290-500 keV) upstream ion events also shows a dawn-dusk asymmetry in the occurrence frequency of these events, with the occurrence frequency ranging between sim16%-sim34% in the upstream region.

  6. Uranium enrichment measurements using the intensity ratios of self-fluorescence X-rays to 92* keV gamma ray in UXK alpha spectral region.

    PubMed

    Yücel, H; Dikmen, H

    2009-04-30

    In this paper, the known multigroup gamma-ray analysis method for uranium (MGAU) as one of the non-destructive gamma-ray spectrometry methods has been applied to certified reference nuclear materials (depleted, natural and enriched uranium) containing (235)U isotope in the range of 0.32-4.51% atom (235)U. Its analysis gives incorrect results for the low component (235)U in depleted and natural uranium samples where the build-up of the decay products begins to interfere with the analysis. The results reveal that the build-up of decay products seems to be significant and thus the algorithms for the presence of decay products should be improved to resulting in the correct enrichment value. For instance, for the case of (235)U analysis in depleted uranium or natural ore samples, self-induced X-rays such as 94.6 keV and 98.4 keV lying in UXK(alpha) spectral region used by MGAU can be excluded from the calculation. Because the significant increases have been observed in the intensities of uranium self-induced X-rays due to gamma-ray emissions with above 100 keV energy arising from decay products of (238)U and (235)U and these parents. Instead, the use of calibration curve to be made between the intensity ratios of self-fluorescence X-rays to 92(*)keV gamma-ray and the certified (235)U abundances is suggested for the determination of (235)U when higher amounts of decay products are detected in the gamma-ray spectrum acquired for the MGAU analysis. PMID:19203602

  7. The 0.3-30 keV spectra of Powerful Starburst Galaxies: NuSTAR and Chandra observations ofNGC 3256 and NGC 3310

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    Tyler, Joshua; Lehmer, Bret; Hornschemeier, Ann E.; Yukita, Mihoko; Wik, Daniel R.; Ptak, Andrew; Stern, Daniel; Harrison, Fiona; Maccarone, Tom; Zezas, Andreas; Antoniou, Vallia; NuSTAR Starburst Team

    2015-01-01

    We present nearly simultaneous Chandra and NuSTAR observations of two actively star-forming galaxies: NGC 3256 and NGC 3310. The NuSTAR galaxy-wide spectra of both galaxies follow steep power law distributions, similar to the spectra of bright individual ultra-luminous X-ray sources (ULXs) that have been studied by NuSTAR. The X-ray emission from both galaxies is spatially resolved by Chandra, which indicates that hot gas dominates the E < 1 - 3 keV emission, while ULXs make up a majority of the emission at E > 1-3 keV. Using new and archival Chandra data we found that both galaxies have candidate AGNs coincident with nuclear regions. However, the steep NuSTAR spectra of both galaxies restricts these candidates to be low luminosity AGN, and a non-AGN nature cannot be ruled out. We find the average 0.3 -30 keV SFR-normalized spectra of NGC 3256 and NGC 3310, combined with equivalent measurements for M83 and NGC 253, show sharpening power-law slopes at energies above 3 - 6 keV due to ULX populations. Our observations therefore constrain the average spectral shape of an unbiased population of ULXs to be similar to the super-Eddington accreting ULXs that have been studied by NuSTAR. We also find that for NGC 3310, there is a factor of 5 times excess X-ray emission, due to an overabundance of ULXs in the galaxy compared to typical galaxies. We argue that the excess is due to the relatively low metallicity of the young stellar population in the galaxy.

  8. Effect on number albedo values for 662 keV photons from radiation shielding materials stratified with lead

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    Bhattacharjee, A.; Sinha, A. K.

    1988-07-01

    Albedo measurements for backscattered gamma rays from semi-infinite scatterers have suitable applications in the design of gamma ray shields particularly in nuclear reactor and accelerator shields and in many other nuclear installations. The insertion of lead slabs into stratified combination with other shielding materials has been found to increase the shielding property appreciably. The stratified slabs of alternating heterogeneous layers have been found in this investigation to have a virtual homogeneous property with a definite effective atomic number. The purpose of the present investigation is to find out the extent to which the shielding property increases in binary configuration with lead and to investigate into the dependence of the saturation thickness of the shielding media on the effective atomic number of each configuration. The indigeneously designed Uniform Sensitivity Photon Counter used in this investigation has an edge over all previous methods of experimental measurements that it is independent of response correction. The number albedo values as well as angular distribution of backscattered photons for iron, aluminium and concrete stratified with lead slabs at 662 keV energy have been reported here.

  9. Marginally Stable Nuclear Burning

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    Strohmayer, Tod E.; Altamirano, D.

    2012-01-01

    Thermonuclear X-ray bursts result from unstable nuclear burning of the material accreted on neutron stars in some low mass X-ray binaries (LMXBs). Theory predicts that close to the boundary of stability oscillatory burning can occur. This marginally stable regime has so far been identified in only a small number of sources. We present Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) observations of the bursting, high- inclination LMXB 4U 1323-619 that reveal for the first time in this source the signature of marginally stable burning. The source was observed during two successive RXTE orbits for approximately 5 ksec beginning at 10:14:01 UTC on March 28, 2011. Significant mHz quasi- periodic oscillations (QPO) at a frequency of 8.1 mHz are detected for approximately 1600 s from the beginning of the observation until the occurrence of a thermonuclear X-ray burst at 10:42:22 UTC. The mHz oscillations are not detected following the X-ray burst. The average fractional rms amplitude of the mHz QPOs is 6.4% (3 - 20 keV), and the amplitude increases to about 8% below 10 keV.This phenomenology is strikingly similar to that seen in the LMXB 4U 1636-53. Indeed, the frequency of the mHz QPOs in 4U 1323-619 prior to the X-ray burst is very similar to the transition frequency between mHz QPO and bursts found in 4U 1636-53 by Altamirano et al. (2008). These results strongly suggest that the observed QPOs in 4U 1323-619 are, like those in 4U 1636-53, due to marginally stable nuclear burning. We also explore the dependence of the energy spectrum on the oscillation phase, and we place the present observations within the context of the spectral evolution of the accretion-powered flux from the source.

  10. Visible and near UV photon spectroscopy of charge-exchange collisions between Ar7+ and Li at 105 keV

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    Jacquet, E.; Boduch, P.; Chantepie, M.; Druetta, M.; Hennecart, D.; Husson, X.; Lecler, D.; Wilson, M.

    1994-04-01

    Charge exchange collisions at 105 keV between Ar7+ ions and lithium atoms have been studied by photon spectroscopy in the 2000-6000 Å wavelength range. A large number of new lines in Ar VII have been identified with the help of ab initio pseudo-relativistic Hartree-Fock calculations taking into account electrostatic interactions between 3snl (n = 6-10), 3 pnl (n = 4-6) and 3dnl (n = 4) configurations. They correspond to transitions 3snl-3sn'l' with n = 7, 8, 9 and Δn = 1 and 2. Lines in Ar VI were also observed and identified as transitions 3s2nl-3s2n'l' and 3s3pnl-3s3pn'l'(n = 6, 7) and Δn = 1.