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  1. Luminescence from Edge Fracture in Shocked Lithium Fluoride Crystals

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    Turley, W. D.; Stevens, G. D.; Capelle, G. A.; Grover, M.; Holtkamp, D. B.; LaLone, B. M.; Veeser, L. R.

    2013-01-01

    Light emitted from a [100] lithium fluoride crystal was characterized under shock wave compression to 28GPa followed by complete stress release at the edges. The light was examined using time-gated optical spectrometry and imaging, time-resolved optical emission measurements, and hydrodynamic modeling. The shock arrival at the circumference of the crystal was delayed relative to the center so that the two regions could be studied at different times. The majority of the light emission originated when the shock waves released at the circumference of the crystal. Unlike previously reported results for shocked lithium fluoride, we found that the light spectrum is not strictly broad band, but has spectral lines associated with atomic lithium in addition to a broad band background. Also, the emission spectrum depends strongly on the gas surrounding the sample. Based on our observations, the line emission appears to be related to fracture of the lithium fluoride crystal from the shock wave releasing at the edges. Experimenters frequently utilize lithium fluoride crystals as transparent windows for observing shock compressed samples. Because of the experimental geometries used, the shock wave in such cases often reaches the circumference of the window at nearly the same moment as when it reaches the center of the sample-window interface. Light generated at the circumference could contaminate the measurement at the interface when this light scatters into the observed region. This background light may be reduced or avoided using experimental geometries which delay the arrival of the shock wave at the edges of the crystal.

  2. Reduction of precursor decay anomaly in single crystal lithium fluoride

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    Sano, Yukio

    2000-08-01

    The purpose of this study is to reveal that the precursor decay anomaly in single crystal lithium fluoride is reduced by Sano's decay curve [Y. Sano, J. Appl. Phys. 85, 7616 (1999)], which is much smaller in slope than Asay's decay curve [J. R. Asay, G. R. Fowles, G. E. Duvall, M. H. Miles, and R. F. Tinder, J. Appl. Phys. 43, 2132 (1972)]. To this end, strain, particle, velocity, and stress in a precursor and near the leading edge of the follower changing with time along Sano's decay curve are first analyzed quantitatively. The analysis verified the existence of degenerate contraction waves I and II and a subrarefaction wave R', and the decay process [Y. Sano, J. Appl. Phys. 77, 3746 (1995)] caused in sequence by evolving followers C, I, II, R', Rb. Next, inequalities relating decay rates qualitatively to plastic strain rates at the leading edge of the follower, which are derived using the properties of the followers, are incorporated into the analysis. Calculation results showed that the plastic strain rates were reduced by low decay rates. This indicates that the precursor decay anomaly might be greatly reduced by Sano's decay curve.

  3. Void control in the crystallization of lithium fluoride

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    Jaworske, Donald A.; Perry, William D.

    1991-01-01

    The effect of tungsten-coated graphite fibers on the radiant heat transfer characteristics of salt-fiber composites was studied by measuring the onset of melting as a function of applied furnace power. As the fiber concentration was increased from 0 to 5.40 percent fiber by weight, the furnace temperature required to melt the lithium fluoride also increased. Upon cooling, each of the crystalline salt-fiber composites were cut open with a diamond saw to expose the void. Optical photographs of the voids revealed a trend in void location and size, with the largest void, and the least change in the outer dimension of the boule upon cooling, occurring in the sample with the most fiber.

  4. Shock Induced Birefringence in Lithium Fluoride

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    Holmes, N C

    2001-06-01

    We have used an ellipsometer to measure the birefringence of lithium fluoride in shock compression experiments. In previous x-ray diffraction experiments, single crystal [100] LiF has been reported to remain cubic at moderate pressures.

  5. Factors Affecting the Plasticity of Sodium Chloride, Lithium Fluoride, and Magnesium Oxide Single Crystals. 1

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    Stearns, Carl A.; Pack, Ann E.; Lad, Robert A.

    1959-01-01

    A study was made of the relative magnitude of the effects of various factors on the ductility of single crystals of sodium chloride (NaCl), lithium fluoride (LiF), and magnesium oxide (MgO). Specimen treatments included water-polishing, varying cleavage rate, annealing, quenching, X-irradiation, surface coating, aging, and combinations of some of these treatments. The mechanical behavior of the crystals was studied in flexure and in compression, the latter study being performed at both constant strain rate and constant load. Etch-pit studies were carried out to provide some pertinent information on the results of pretreatment on the dislocation concentration and distribution in the vicinity of the surface. The load deformation curves for these ionic single crystals show an initial region of very low slope which proved to be due to anelastic deformation. The extent of initial anelastic deformation is modified by specimen pretreatment in a way that suggests that this deformation is the result of expansion of cleaved-in dislocation loops, which can contract on the removal of the stress. The effects of the various pretreatments on the load and deflection at fracture are in accord with the prediction one might make with regard to their effect on the nucleation of fatal surface cracks. For NaCl, increases in ductility are always accompanied by increases in strength. The creep constants for NaCl are a function of treatments which affect the bulk structure but are not a function of treatments which only affect the surface.

  6. A study of the structure and scattering mechanisms of subterahertz phonons in lithium fluoride single crystals and optical ceramics

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    Khazanov, E. N. Taranov, A. V.; Gainutdinov, R. V.; Akchurin, M. Sh.; Basiev, T. T.; Konyushkin, V. A.; Fedorov, P. P.; Kuznetsov, S. V.; Osiko, V. V.

    2010-06-15

    The methods of optical, electron, and atomic force microscopy (AFM) are applied to the study of the real structure of optical lithium fluoride ceramic obtained by hot deformation of single crystals. A comparative analysis is carried out of the scattering mechanisms of weakly nonequilibrium thermal phonons at liquid helium temperatures in LiF single crystals and ceramics. It is demonstrated that the phonon scattering in the original single crystals is determined by the forced vibrations of dislocations in the stress field of an elastic plane wave (a phonon), i.e., by the flutter mechanism. As the degree of deformation of the original material increases, the ceramics exhibit a change in the plastic deformation mechanisms, which leads to a decrease in the average size of grains and to an ordered structure. In this case, the dominant scattering is that by intergrain boundaries. The thickness and the acoustic impedance of these boundaries are evaluated.

  7. Fabrication of Optoelectronic Devices in Lithium Fluoride Crystals by Interfering Femtosecond Laser Pulses

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    Kurobori, Toshio; Obayashi, Yoshihiro; Suzuki, Kenji; Hirose, Yukio; Sakai, Toshiaki; Aoshima, Shin-ichiro

    2008-01-01

    Fine-pitched microgratings either on or beneath surface of bulk lithium fluoride (LiF) are holographically fabricated by interfering with the second harmonic (400 nm) of a mode-locked Ti:sapphire oscillator-amplifier laser. The laser-active F2 and F3+ color centers in LiF are excellent candidates for producing visible laser action from the green-to-red spectral range when excited with a single wavelength. Here a green distributed feedback (DFB) laser action with a narrower oscillating linewidth is demonstrated by utilizing simultaneous formation of the F3+ color centers and waveguide with the microgratings encoded by interference of 400 nm femtosecond laser pulses. In addition, the possibility of a dual-beam DFB laser based on these color centers in LiF is discussed.

  8. Self-quenching of luminescence in concentrated lithium--erbium and lithium--holmium double fluoride crystals

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    Tkachuk, A.M.; Klokishner, S.I.; Petrov, M.V.

    1985-10-01

    For the radiative terms of holmium and erbium ions in concentrated LiErF/sub 4/ and LiHoF/sub 4/ crystals, numerical estimates were made of the microparameters and transfer rates on the basis of known experimental data on the structure of luminescence centers, probabilities of intracenter transitions, phonon spectrum of the crystals, and electron--phonon interaction. The schemes of the most important processes of cross-relaxation quenching and nonlinear (in excitation intensity) interaction have been determined. On the basis of an analysis of numerical values of the rates of intracenter relaxation and interionic transfer of energy, conclusions are reached concerning the processes which significantly affect the radiative characteristics of concentrated crystals. The role of the processes of cross-relaxation quenching and nonlinear interaction in the formation of an inverse population of excited multiplets and the influences of these processes on the characteristics of stimulated emission are discussed.

  9. Optical characterization of femtosecond laser induced active channel waveguides in lithium fluoride crystals

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    Chiamenti, I.; Kalinowski, H. J.; Bonfigli, F.; Montereali, R. M.; Gomes, A. S. L.; Michelotti, F.

    2014-01-14

    We successfully realized broad-band light-emitting color center waveguides buried in LiF crystals by using femtosecond laser pulses. The characterization of the waveguides was performed by optical microscopy, photoluminescence spectra, loss measurements and near-field profiling. The experimental results show that the direct-writing fabrication process induces low-index contrast active channel waveguides: their wavelength-dependent refractive index changes, estimated from 10{sup −3} to 10{sup −4} depending on the writing conditions, allow supporting few modes at visible and near-infrared wavelengths.

  10. Fluoride glass: Crystallization, surface tension

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    Doremus, R. H.

    1988-01-01

    Fluoride glass was levitated acoustically in the ACES apparatus on STS-11, and the recovered sample had a different microstructure from samples cooled in a container. Further experiments on levitated samples of fluoride glass are proposed. These include nucleation, crystallization, melting observations, measurement of surface tension of molten glass, and observation of bubbles in the glass. Ground experiments are required on sample preparation, outgassing, and surface reactions. The results should help in the development and evaluation of containerless processing, especially of glass, in the development of a contaminent-free method of measuring surface tensions of melts, in extending knowledge of gas and bubble behavior in fluoride glasses, and in increasing insight into the processing and properties of fluoride glasses.

  11. Dynamic yielding in lithium fluoride and aluminum

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    Sano, Yukio; Sano, Tomokazu

    2010-02-01

    At a time immediately after shock loading, a kink (a weak discontinuity or a discontinuity in slope) occurs at a position in an unsteady portion in a smooth plane wave front in a lithium fluoride single crystal (material IIIb) or in 1060-0 aluminum due to the instability of the wave front. After the occurrence of the kink, a zone is produced and broadened with time between a near steady precursor ahead of the kink and a plastic wave behind it in a weak-discontinuity plane wave by the difference in the propagation velocity between them. Stress relaxes in the zone, which is called a follower, and the precursor decay takes place due to the stress relaxation. During the decay process, the large increase in plastic flow occurs in the vicinity of the leading edge of the follower, causes yielding at the leading edge, and stabilizes the weak-discontinuity wave. The stress-strain (σ-ε) history caused by the follower rotates clockwise with time around the yield point. The rotation yields different σ-ε histories behind the point and therefore different types of the dynamic σ-ε relation. Dynamic yield phenomena are illustrated by showing the schematic diagrams of three different types of the dynamic σ-ε relation, which are caused by weak-discontinuity plane waves composed of a precursor C, a follower (i) C, (ii) I or II, or (iii) R' or Rb, and a plastic wave C behind the follower. Here C is the contraction (compression) wave, I and II are the degenerate contraction waves I and II, R' is the subrarefaction wave, and Rb is the rarefaction wave.

  12. Study of the internal structure of lithium fluoride single crystal by laboratory X-ray topo-tomography

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    Zolotov, D. A. Buzmakov, A. V.; Asadchikov, V. E.; Voloshin, A. E.; Shkurko, V. N.; Smirnov, I. S.

    2011-05-15

    Defects in a synthetic LiF crystal have been studied by X-ray topo-tomography on laboratory X-ray sources with a spatial resolution of {approx}10 {mu}m. An algebraic reconstruction method was applied to reconstruct the defect 3D structure of the crystal based on the diffraction data. The results presented in this study are in good agreement with the topographic data obtained by the Lang method.

  13. Probabilities for nonradiative intermultiplet transitions in the holmium ion in lithium-yttrium double fluoride crystals and stimulated emission

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    Tkachuk, A.M.; Khilko, A.V.; Petrov, M.V.

    1985-02-01

    Nonradiative transition probabilities have been studied as functions of the energy difference between the closest-lying multiplets of the Ho/sup 3 +/ ion in the LiYF/sub 4/ crystal. The efficiencies of emission from terms of the holmium ion have been determined. The cross sections for stimulated emission for emission lines corresponding to the transition /sup 5/S/sub 2/ ..-->.. /sup 5/I/sub 7/ have also been determined. Some characteristics of the stimulated emission of LiYF/sub 4/:Ho/sup 3 +/ crystals are reported for several wavelengths in the 0.75--3.9-..mu..m spectral interval.

  14. Fluoride laser crystals: old and new

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    Jenssen, Hans P.; Cassanho, Arlete

    2006-02-01

    The development of oxide and fluoride materials as gain materials of choice for solid state lasers ranges from early materials such as Calcium Fluoride and Calcium Tungstate crystals to the now ubiquitous Nd hosts YLF, YAG and Vanadate. Among Tunable laser materials, MgF II - an early favorite, gave way to superior oxides such as Alexandrite and Ti:Sapphire only to be followed by development of still newer tunable fluoride media, notably, fluoride colquiriites such as Cr-doped LiSAF and LiCaF. Newer fluoride crystals, such as Barium Yttrium Fluoride BaY II F 8 (BYF), KY 3F 10 (KYF) and the tunable Cr doped LiCaGaF 6 are attractive laser materials, but their growth has not been optimized. Key advantages of two of these new crystals are discussed. Crystal growth results for BYF and Cr:LiCaGaF 6 as well as some material characterization are presented.

  15. Surface crystallization of a fluoride glass

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    Bansal, Narottam P.; Doremus, Robert H.

    1983-01-01

    Growth of crystals on the surface of a Zr-Ba-La fluoride glass was observed by optical and scanning electron microscopy. Small, dark crystal nucleated rapidly and grew to a size of about 10 microns; then they stopped growing, and wrinkled regions emerged, covering the entire crystal surface.

  16. Density and surface tension of melts of zirconium and hafnium fluorides with lithium fluoride

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    Katyshev, S.F.; Artemov, V.V.; Desyatnik, V.N.

    1988-06-01

    A study was conducted to determine the temperature dependence of the density and surface tension of melts of LiF-ZrF/sub 4/ and LiF-HfF/sub 4/. Density and surface tension were determined by the method of maximum pressure in an argon bubble. On the basis of experimental data over the entire concentration range the molar volumes and their relative deviations from the additive molar volumes were calculated for 1100/sup 0/K. The positive deviations of the molar volumes from additivity in the LiF-HfF/sub 4/ system (22.45%) were greater than in the LiF-ZrF/sub 4/ system (15.75%). This indicated that the reaction with lithium fluoride is intensified with the switch to the hafnium fluoride. Results also demonstrated that the fluorides are surface-active components in the molten mixtures.

  17. Optical Restoration of Lead Fluoride Crystals

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    Spilker, A.; Cole, P. L.; Forest, T. A.; Mestari, M.; Naeem, S.; LeBaron, N.; Bertin, P.; Camacho, C. Munoz; Roche, J.

    2009-03-10

    Due to its relatively high resistance to high radiation, lead fluoride (PbF{sub 2}) crystals are becoming an increasingly popular material of choice for electromagnetic calorimetry, such as for experiments requiring the measurement of high-energy photons in Hall A of Jefferson Lab. For our studies we irradiated the PbF{sub 2} crystals using an electron linear accelerator (LINAC) followed by exposing the crystals to blue light so as to restore the nominal optical properties. This technique of optical bleaching with blue light affords an efficient and low-cost means for reversing the deleterious effects of optical transmission loss in radiation-damaged lead fluoride crystals. Whereas earlier experiments irradiated the PbF{sub 2} samples with 1.1 and 1.3 MeV gammas from {sup 60}Co, we used pulsed beams of energetic electrons from the tunable 25-MeV LINAC at Idaho Accelerator Center of Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. A 20-MeV beam of electrons was targeted onto four separate 19 cm length samples of lead fluoride over periods of 1, 2, and 4 hours yielding doses between 7 kGy and 35 kGy. Samples were then bleached with blue light of wavelength 410-450 nm for periods between 19.5 and 24 hours. We performed this process twice - radiation, bleaching, radiation, and then followed by bleaching again - for each of these four PbF{sub 2} samples. We shall discuss the efficacy of blue light curing on samples that have undergone two cycles of electron irradiation and optical bleaching.

  18. Crystallization of heavy metal fluoride glasses

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    Bansal, Narottam P.; Bruce, Allan J.; Doremus, R. H.; Moynihan, C. T.

    1984-01-01

    The kinetics of crystallization of a number of fluorozirconate glasses were studied using isothermal and dynamic differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction. The addition of the fluorides LiF, NaF, AlF3, LaF3 to a base glass composition of ZrF4-BaF2 reduced the tendency to crystallize, probably by modifying the viscosity-temperature relation. ZrF4-BaF2-LaF3-AlF3-NaF glass was the most stable against devitrification and perhaps is the best composition for optical fibers with low scattering loss. Some glasses first crystallize out into metastable beta-BaZr2F10 and beta-BaZrF6 phases, which transform into the most stable alpha-phases when heated to higher temperatures. The size of the crystallites was estimated to be about 600 A from X-ray diffraction.

  19. Formation of lithium fluoride/metal nanocomposites for energy storage through solid state reduction of metal fluorides

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    Amatucci, GG; Pereira, N; Badway, F; Sina, M; Cosandey, F; Ruotolo, M; Cao, C

    2011-12-01

    In order to utilize high energy metal fluoride electrode materials as direct replacement electrode materials for lithium ion batteries in the future, a methodology to prelithiate the cathode or anode must be developed. Herein, we introduce the use of a solid state Li(3)N route to achieve the lithiation and mechanoreduction of metal fluoride based nanocomposites. The resulting prelithiation was found to be effective with the formation of xLiF:Me structures of very fine nanodimensions analogous to what is found by electrochemical lithiation. Physical and electrochemical properties of these nanocomposites for the bismuth and iron lithium fluoride systems are reported. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Crystallization of lithium borate glasses

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    Goktas, A. A.; Neilson, G. F.; Weinberg, M. C.

    1992-01-01

    The glass-forming ability and crystallization behavior of lithium borate compositions, in the diborate-to-metaborate-range, were studied. In particular, the nature and sequence of formation of crystalline phases and the tendency toward devitrification were investigated as functions of temperature, thermal history and batch composition. It was found that the sequence of crystalline phase formation was sensitive to all of the three latter factors, and it was observed that under certain conditions metastable defect structures of the metaborate can appear.

  1. Zirconium fluoride glass - Surface crystals formed by reaction with water

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    Doremus, R. H.; Bansal, N. P.; Bradner, T.; Murphy, D.

    1984-01-01

    The hydrated surfaces of a zirconium barium fluoride glass, which has potential for application in optical fibers and other optical elements, were observed by scanning electron microscopy. Crystalline zirconium fluoride was identified by analysis of X-ray diffraction patterns of the surface crystals and found to be the main constituent of the surface material. It was also found that hydrated zirconium fluorides form only in highly acidic fluoride solutions. It is possible that the zirconium fluoride crystals form directly on the glass surface as a result of its depletion of other ions. The solubility of zirconium fluoride is suggested to be probably much lower than that of barium fluoride (0.16 g/100 cu cm at 18 C). Dissolution was determined to be the predominant process in the initial stages of the reaction of the glass with water. Penetration of water into the glass has little effect.

  2. Crystal-field effects in fluoride crystals for optical refrigeration

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    Hehlen, Markus P

    2010-01-01

    performance of Yb3+-doped fluoride crystals. It is shown that the total crystal-field splitting of the {sup 2}F{sub 7/2} and {sup 2}F{sub 5/2} multiplets of Yb3+ can be estimated from crystal-field splittings of other rare-earth-doped fluoride crystals. This approach takes advantage of an extensive body of experimental work from which Yb3+ doped fluoride crystals with favorable laser cooling properties might be identified. Section 2 reviews the crystal-field splitting of the 4f electronic states and introduces the crystal-field strength as a means to predict the total crystal-field splitting of the {sup 2}F{sub 7/2} and {sup 2}F{sub 5/2} multiplets. Section 3 illustrates the effect of the total {sup 2}F{sub 7/2} crystal field splitting on the laser cooling power. Finally, Section 4 compiles literature data on crystal-field splittings in fluoride crystals from which the {sup 2}F{sub 7/2} splitting is predicted.

  3. Materials corrosion in molten lithium fluoride-sodium fluoride-potassium fluoride eutectic salt

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    Olson, Luke Christopher

    Static corrosion studies were undertaken to determine the compatibility of several candidate high temperature materials for a heat transfer loop in a molten alkali fluoride eutectic salt, LiF-NaF-KF: 46.5-11.5-42 mol % (commonly referred to as FLiNaK), as well as a molten chloride near eutectic salt, KCl-MgCl2: 68-32 mol %. Several high temperature alloys: Hastelloy-N, Hastelloy-X, Haynes-230, Inconel-617, and Incoloy-800H, Nb-1Zr, a nearly pure Ni alloy Ni-201, and a C/SiSiC ceramic were exposed to molten FLiNaK at 850°C for 500 h in sealed graphite crucibles under an argon cover gas. Corrosion occurred predominantly from dealloying of Cr from the Cr bearing alloys, an effect that was particularly pronounced at the grain boundaries. Corrosion was noted to occur from selective attack of the Si phase in the C/SiSiC ceramic. Alloy weight-loss/area due to molten fluoride salt exposure correlated with the initial Cr-content of the alloys, and was consistent with the Cr-content measured in the salts after corrosion tests. The alloys' weight-loss/area was also found to correlate to the concentration of carbon present in the nominally 20% Cr containing alloys, due to the formation of chromium carbide phases at the grain boundaries. The corrosion mechanisms for the chloride based salt were found to be similar to those observed in FLiNaK, but the chemical attack was found to be less aggressive. Sulfamate Ni electroplating and Mo plasma spraying of Fe-Ni-Cr alloy coupons was investigated to mitigate Cr dissolution. A chemical vapor deposited pyrolytic carbon and SiC coating was also investigated to protect the C/SiSiC composites. Results indicate that Ni-plating has the potential to provide protection against alloy corrosion in molten fluoride salts. Furthermore, the presence of a chromium-oxide interlayer at the interface of the Ni-plating and alloy substrate can further improve the efficacy of the Ni-plating. The pyrolytic carbon and SiC coating on the C/SiSiC composites

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

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

    2011-12-01

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

  5. Radiation and phase change of lithium fluoride in an annulus

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    Lund, Kurt O.

    1993-01-01

    A one-dimensional thermal model is developed to evaluate the effect of radiation on the phase change of lithium-fluoride (LiF) in an annular canister under gravitational and microgravitational conditions. Specified heat flux at the outer wall of the canister models focused solar flux; adiabatic and convective conditions are considered for the inner wall. A two-band radiation model is used for the combined-mode heat transfer within the canister, and LiF optical properties relate metal surface properties in vacuum to those in LiF. For axial gravitational conditions, the liquid LiF remains in contact with the two bounding walls, whereas a void gap is used at the outer wall to model possible microgravitational conditions. For the adiabatic cases, exact integrals are obtained for the time required for complete melting of the LiF. Melting was found to occur primarily from the outer wall in the 1-g model, whereas it occurred primarily from the inner wall in the mu-g model. For the convective cases, partially melted steady-state conditions and fully melted conditions are determined to depend on the source flux level, with radiation extending the melting times.

  6. Crystallization, Optical and Chemical Properties of Fluoride Glasses

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    Doremus, R. H.

    1985-01-01

    Fluoride glasses have great promise as infrared optical components, especially fibers, because they are transparent to 8 micrometers and higher. In order to optimize properties, different glass compositions are needed. Some are hard to form in a container, and may possibly be formable in a containerless furnace. Understanding of crystallization with and without a container could lead to glasses with optimum properties. Chemical durability (attack by water) can limit or extend the applicability of fluoride glasses. Progress to date is given.

  7. Hot filament technique for measuring the thermal conductivity of molten lithium fluoride

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    Jaworske, Donald A.; Perry, William D.

    1990-01-01

    Molten salts, such as lithium fluoride, are attractive candidates for thermal energy storage in solar dynamic space power systems because of their high latent heat of fusion. However, these same salts have poor thermal conductivities which inhibit the transfer of heat into the solid phase and out of the liquid phase. One concept for improving the thermal conductivity of the thermal energy storage system is to add a conductive filler material to the molten salt. High thermal conductivity pitch-based graphite fibers are being considered for this application. Although there is some information available on the thermal conductivity of lithium fluoride solid, there is very little information on lithium fluoride liquid, and no information on molten salt graphite fiber composites. This paper describes a hot filament technique for determining the thermal conductivity of molten salts. The hot filament technique was used to find the thermal conductivity of molten lithium fluoride at 930 C, and the thermal conductivity values ranged from 1.2 to 1.6 W/mK. These values are comparable to the slightly larger value of 5.0 W/mK for lithium fluoride solid. In addition, two molten salt graphite fiber composites were characterized with the hot filament technique and these results are also presented.

  8. In Situ Chemical Synthesis of Lithium Fluoride/Metal Nanocomposite for High Capacity Prelithiation of Cathodes.

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    Sun, Yongming; Lee, Hyun-Wook; Zheng, Guangyuan; Seh, Zhi Wei; Sun, Jie; Li, Yanbin; Cui, Yi

    2016-02-10

    The initial lithium loss during the formation stage is a critical issue that significantly reduces the specific capacity and energy density of current rechargeable lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). An effective strategy to solve this problem is using electrode prelithiation additives that can work as a secondary lithium source and compensate the initial lithium loss. Herein we show that nanocomposites of lithium fluoride and metal (e.g., LiF/Co and LiF/Fe) can be efficient cathode prelithiation materials. The thorough mixing of ultrafine lithium fluoride and metal particles (∼5 nm) allows lithium to be easily extracted from the nanocomposites via an inverse conversion reaction. The LiF/Co nanocomposite exhibits an open circuit voltage (OCV, 1.5 V) with good compatibility with that of existing cathode materials and delivers a high first-cycle "donor" lithium-ion capacity (516 mA h g(-1)). When used as an additive to a LiFePO4 cathode, the LiF/Co nanocomposite provides high lithium compensation efficiency. Importantly, the as-formed LiF/metal nanocomposites possess high stability and good compatibility with the regular solvent, binder, and existing battery processing conditions, in contrast with the anode prelithiation materials that usually suffer from issues of high chemical reactivity and instability. The facile synthesis route, high stability in ambient and battery processing conditions, and high "donor" lithium-ion capacity make the LiF/metal nanocomposites ideal cathode prelithiation materials for LIBs. PMID:26784146

  9. Nuclear quantum effects in water exchange around lithium and fluoride ions

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    Wilkins, David M.; Manolopoulos, David; Dang, Liem X.

    2015-02-14

    We employ classical and ring polymer molecular dynamics simulations to study the effect of nuclear quantum fluctuations on the structure and the water exchange dynamics of aqueous solutions of lithium and fluoride ions. While we obtain reasonably good agreement with experimental data for solutions of lithium by augmenting the Coulombic interactions between the ion and the water molecules with a standard Lennard-Jones ion-oxygen potential, the same is not true for solutions of fluoride, for which we find that a potential with a softer repulsive wall gives much better agreement. A small degree of destabilization of the first hydration shell is found in quantum simulations of both ions when compared with classical simulations, with the shell becoming less sharply defined and the mean residence time of the water molecules in the shell decreasing. In line with these modest differences, we find that the mechanisms of the water exchange reactions are unaffected by quantization, so a classical description of these reactions gives qualitatively correct and quantitatively reasonable results. We also find that the quantum effects in solutions of lithium are larger than in solutions of fluoride. This is partly due to the stronger interaction of lithium with water molecules, partly due to the lighter mass of lithium, and partly due to competing quantum effects in the hydration of fluoride, which are absent in the hydration of lithium. LXD was supported by US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences.

  10. Nuclear quantum effects in water exchange around lithium and fluoride ions

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    Wilkins, David M.; Manolopoulos, David E.; Dang, Liem X.

    2015-02-14

    We employ classical and ring polymer molecular dynamics simulations to study the effect of nuclear quantum fluctuations on the structure and the water exchange dynamics of aqueous solutions of lithium and fluoride ions. While we obtain reasonably good agreement with experimental data for solutions of lithium by augmenting the Coulombic interactions between the ion and the water molecules with a standard Lennard-Jones ion-oxygen potential, the same is not true for solutions of fluoride, for which we find that a potential with a softer repulsive wall gives much better agreement. A small degree of destabilization of the first hydration shell is found in quantum simulations of both ions when compared with classical simulations, with the shell becoming less sharply defined and the mean residence time of the water molecules in the shell decreasing. In line with these modest differences, we find that the mechanisms of the exchange processes are unaffected by quantization, so a classical description of these reactions gives qualitatively correct and quantitatively reasonable results. We also find that the quantum effects in solutions of lithium are larger than in solutions of fluoride. This is partly due to the stronger interaction of lithium with water molecules, partly due to the lighter mass of lithium and partly due to competing quantum effects in the hydration of fluoride, which are absent in the hydration of lithium.

  11. Material properties of lithium fluoride for predicting XUV laser ablation rate and threshold fluence

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    Blejchař, Tomáś; Nevrlý, Václav; Vašinek, Michal; Dostál, Michal; Pečínka, Lukáś; Dlabka, Jakub; Stachoň, Martin; Juha, Libor; Bitala, Petr; Zelinger, Zdeněk.; Pira, Peter; Wild, Jan

    2015-05-01

    This paper deals with prediction of extreme ultraviolet (XUV) laser ablation of lithium fluoride at nanosecond timescales. Material properties of lithium fluoride were determined based on bibliographic survey. These data are necessary for theoretical estimation of surface removal rate in relevance to XUV laser desorption/ablation process. Parameters of XUV radiation pulses generated by the Prague capillary-discharge laser (CDL) desktop system were assumed in this context. Prediction of ablation curve and threshold laser fluence for lithium fluoride was performed employing XUV-ABLATOR code. Quasi-random sampling approach was used for evaluating its predictive capabilities in the means of variance and stability of model outputs in expected range of uncertainties. These results were compared to experimental data observed previously.

  12. Observations of the freeze/thaw performance of lithium fluoride by motion picture photography

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    Jaworske, D. A.; Perry, W. D.

    1991-01-01

    To gain direct observation of the molten salt phase change, a novel containerless technique was developed where the high surface tension of lithium fluoride was used to suspend a bead of the molten salt inside a specially designed wire cage. By varying the current passing through the wire, the cage also served as a variable heat source. In this way, the freeze/thaw performance of the lithium fluoride could be photographed by motion picture photography without the influence of container walls. The motion picture photography of the lithium fluoride sample revealed several zones during the phase change, a solid zone and a liquid zone, as expected, and a slush zone that was predicted by thermal analysis modeling.

  13. Zero-gravity growth of a sodium chloride-lithium fluoride eutectic mixture

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    Yue, A. S.; Yeh, C. W.; Yue, B. K.

    1982-01-01

    Continuous and discontinuous lithium fluoride fibers embedded in a sodium chloride matrix were produced in space and on Earth, respectively. The production of continuous fibers in a eutectic mixture was attributed to the absence of convective current in the liquid during solidification in space. Image transmission and optical transmittance measurements of transverse sections of the space-grown and Earth-grown ingots were made with a light microscope and a spectrometer. It was found that better optical properties were obtained from samples grown in space. This was attributed to a better alignment of lithium fluoride fibers along the growth direction.

  14. Effects of light exposure on irradiated barium fluoride crystals

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    Wuest, C.R.; Mauger, G.J.

    1993-04-20

    Small barium fluoride crystals have been irradiated using cobalt-60 gamma rays under various illumination conditions to establish the effect of photo-bleaching of the radiation-induced color centers. This paper describes results of a few different experiments conducted at LLNL over the past few weeks.

  15. Photoluminescence excitation of lithium fluoride films by surface plasmon resonance in Kretschmann configuration

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    Bulíř, Jiří; Zikmund, Tomáš; Novotný, Michal; Lančok, Ján; Fekete, Ladislav; Juha, Libor

    2016-04-01

    We report on excitation of the photoluminescence of lithium fluoride by means of the surface plasmon resonance of Al layer. Advantage of this method is high efficiency of the excitation, which is applicable to ultra-thin films. P-polarized UV diode laser light is coupled to the surface plasmon resonance using a fused silica prism in Kretschmann configuration. The angular dependence of the reflected intensity is measured using a theta-2theta goniometer. The surface plasmon at resonance condition induces photoluminescence in the adjacent lithium fluoride layer. The fluoride layers were deposited on Al-coated fused silica substrates by electron beam evaporation. For the experiment, we prepared several samples with thickness ranging from 20 to 71 nm. We studied the effect of the luminescence enhancement by the surface plasmon resonance effect. Strong quenching effect was observed in the thinnest LiF layer. Influence of X-ray irradiation on the photoluminescence was studied.

  16. Crystal optical studies of lithium tetraborate

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    Kushnir, O. S.; Burak, Y. V.; Bevz, O. A.; Polovinko, I. I.

    1999-10-01

    Using the HAUP-type universal polarimeter and the Senarmont technique, detailed crystal optical studies of Li2B4O7, lithium tetraborate, are carried out. It is shown that the optical indicatrix rotation and the optical activity are absent from the crystal, in accordance with symmetry considerations. Measurements of optical birefringence reveal the existence of a regular staircase-like temperature behaviour in the whole range under investigation (290-480 K), a hysteresis character of the birefringence under cycling temperature and a pronounced thermooptical memory effect. The origins of the above phenomena are analysed, in particular the possible influence of the pyroelectric effect and systematic errors of the optical equipment. A conclusion is drawn that the main features of the birefringence are well explained by an incommensurately modulated super-structure which is at present a matter of debate. The peculiarities of the optical properties of lithium tetraborate are compared with those of incommensurate crystals known from the literature.

  17. Ytterbium-doped borate fluoride laser crystals and lasers

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    Schaffers, Kathleen I.; DeLoach, Laura D.; Payne, Stephen A.; Keszler, Douglas A.

    1997-01-01

    A new class of solid state laser crystals and lasers are formed from Yb-doped borate fluoride host crystals. The general formula for the host crystals is MM'(BO.sub.3)F, where M, M' are monovalent, divalent aria trivalent metal cations. A particular embodiment of the invention is Yb-doped BaCaBO.sub.3 F (Yb:BCBF). BCBF and some of the related derivative crystals are capable of nonlinear frequency conversion, whereby the fundamental of the laser is converted to a longer or shorter wavelength. In this way, these new crystals can simultaneously serve as self-frequency doubling crystals and laser materials within the laser resonator.

  18. Ytterbium-doped borate fluoride laser crystals and lasers

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    Schaffers, K.I.; DeLoach, L.D.; Payne, S.A.; Keszler, D.A.

    1997-10-14

    A new class of solid state laser crystals and lasers are formed from Yb-doped borate fluoride host crystals. The general formula for the host crystals is MM{prime}(BO{sub 3})F, where M, M{prime} are monovalent, divalent aria trivalent metal cations. A particular embodiment of the invention is Yb-doped BaCaBO{sub 3}F (Yb:BCBF). BCBF and some of the related derivative crystals are capable of nonlinear frequency conversion, whereby the fundamental of the laser is converted to a longer or shorter wavelength. In this way, these new crystals can simultaneously serve as self-frequency doubling crystals and laser materials within the laser resonator. 6 figs.

  19. F 3 - molecular ions in fluoride crystals

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    Radzhabov, E. A.

    2016-02-01

    The UV absorption spectra of F 3 - molecular ions in LaF3, SrF2, CaF2, and BaF2 crystals doped with rare-earth elements are studied. Comparison of radiation-colored and additively colored crystals reveals the absorption bands of F 3 - hole centers in the region near 6 eV. Nonempirical calculations of optical transitions agree well with experimental results.

  20. Anharmonic thermal oscillations of the electron momentum distribution in lithium fluoride.

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    Erba, A; Maul, J; Itou, M; Dovesi, R; Sakurai, Y

    2015-09-11

    Anharmonic thermal effects on the electron momentum distribution of a lithium fluoride single crystal are experimentally measured through high-resolution Compton scattering and theoretically modeled with ab initio simulations, beyond the harmonic approximation to the lattice potential, explicitly accounting for thermal expansion. Directional Compton profiles are measured at two different temperatures, 10 and 300 K, with a high momentum space resolution (0.10 a.u. in full width at half maximum), using synchrotron radiation. The effect of temperature on measured directional Compton profiles is clearly revealed by oscillations extending almost up to |p|=4  a.u., which perfectly match those predicted from quantum-mechanical simulations. The wave-function-based Hartree-Fock method and three classes of the Kohn-Sham density functional theory (local-density, generalized-gradient, and hybrid approximations) are adopted. The lattice thermal expansion, as described with the quasiharmonic approach, is found to entirely account for the effect of temperature on the electron momentum density within the experimental accuracy. PMID:26406853

  1. Anharmonic Thermal Oscillations of the Electron Momentum Distribution in Lithium Fluoride

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    Erba, A.; Maul, J.; Itou, M.; Dovesi, R.; Sakurai, Y.

    2015-09-01

    Anharmonic thermal effects on the electron momentum distribution of a lithium fluoride single crystal are experimentally measured through high-resolution Compton scattering and theoretically modeled with ab initio simulations, beyond the harmonic approximation to the lattice potential, explicitly accounting for thermal expansion. Directional Compton profiles are measured at two different temperatures, 10 and 300 K, with a high momentum space resolution (0.10 a.u. in full width at half maximum), using synchrotron radiation. The effect of temperature on measured directional Compton profiles is clearly revealed by oscillations extending almost up to |p |=4 a .u . , which perfectly match those predicted from quantum-mechanical simulations. The wave-function-based Hartree-Fock method and three classes of the Kohn-Sham density functional theory (local-density, generalized-gradient, and hybrid approximations) are adopted. The lattice thermal expansion, as described with the quasiharmonic approach, is found to entirely account for the effect of temperature on the electron momentum density within the experimental accuracy.

  2. Spectroscopic Investigation of Ce(3+) Doped Fluoride Crystals

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    Reinhart, Donald H.; Armagan, Guzin; Marsh, Waverly; Barnes, James; Chai, B. H. T.

    1995-01-01

    Doping of the trivalent rare-earth cerium ion into fluoride crystals is of interest in producing turnable ultra-violet solid state lasers. These lasers are desirable for many applications in medicine, industry, and scientific research, including remote sensing. High absorption and stimulated emission cross sections of the dipole allowed 4f-5d transitions show promise in cerium as a laser ion in crystals. Several research groups have already reported the observation of stimulated emission of cerium in LiYF4, LiSrAlF6, and LiCaAlF6. However, the color center formation in the crystals due to the excited state absorption of ultra-violet pump light adds difficulty to achieving laser action. We have investigated the spectroscopic properties of cerium such as absorption and emission spectra, and lifetimes in four different fluoride crystals, including LiCaAlF6, LiSrAlF6, KyF4 and LiYF4. We have derived the polarized absorption and stimulated emission cross sections from transmission and fluorescence emission measurements for each of the host crystals. we have measured the lifetime of the lowest 5d level; moreover, investigated the temperature dependence of this lifetime and color center formation. Our results on absorption and stimulated emission cross sections for LiCaAlF6 and LiSrAlF6 are similar to the results already published.

  3. Quantum monte carlo study of the energetics of small hydrogenated and fluoride lithium clusters.

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    Moreira, N L; Brito, B G A; Rabelo, J N Teixeira; Cândido, Ladir

    2016-06-30

    An investigation of the energetics of small lithium clusters doped either with a hydrogen or with a fluorine atom as a function of the number of lithium atoms using fixed-node diffusion quantum Monte Carlo (DMC) simulation is reported. It is found that the binding energy (BE) for the doped clusters increases in absolute values leading to a more stable system than for the pure ones in excellent agreement with available experimental measurements. The BE increases for pure, remains almost constant for hydrogenated, and decreases rapidly toward the bulk lithium for the fluoride as a function of the number of lithium atoms in the clusters. The BE, dissociation energy as well as the second difference in energy display a pronounced odd-even oscillation with the number of lithium atoms. The electron correlation inverts the odd-even oscillation pattern for the doped in comparison with the pure clusters and has an impact of 29%-83% to the BE being higher in the pure cluster followed by the hydrogenated and then by the fluoride. The dissociation energy and the second difference in energy indicate that the doped cluster Li3 H is the most stable whereas among the pure ones the more stable are Li2 , Li4 , and Li6 . The electron correlation energy is crucial for the stabilization of Li3 H. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26992447

  4. Crystallization And Phase Separation In Fluoride Glasses

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    Boehm, L.; Chung, K.-H.; Crichton, S. N.; Moynihan, C. T.

    1987-01-01

    We report here two studies relevant to these phenomena. Phase separation was unambiguously shown to occur in a ZrF4-based glass containing a small amount of PbF2 and prepared under a chloride-containing reactive atmosphere. Partial replacement of ZrF4 by HfF4 in a ZBLAN glass appears to improve the resistance to crystallization. The reason for this improvement seems to be a change in the crystalline phases and compositions first appearing on reheating.

  5. Optical microcavities based on F2 color centers in lithium fluoride films: modification of spontaneous emission

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    Bonfigli, Francesca; Jacquier, Bernard; Montereali, Rosamaria; Moretti, Paul; Nichelatti, Enrico; Piccinini, M.; Rigneault, Herve; Somma, F.

    2003-04-01

    Lithium fluoride (LiF) films irradiated by low energy electrons were employed as active spacers in all-solid, dielectric optical microcavities emitting in the visible spectral range. We present the results of optical characterization of the spontaneous emission from F2 color centers embedded in a LiF layer confined inside a planar microcavity. These structures seem promising for the realization of novel kinds of solid-state miniaturized emitting devices.

  6. Lithium-cation conductivity and crystal structure of lithium diphosphate

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    Voronin, V.I.; Sherstobitova, E.A.; Blatov, V.A.; Shekhtman, G.Sh.

    2014-03-15

    The electrical conductivity of lithium diphosphate Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} has been measured and jump-like increasing of ionic conductivity at 913 K has been found. The crystal structure of Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} has been refined using high temperature neutron diffraction at 300–1050 K. At 913 K low temperature triclinic form of Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} transforms into high temperature monoclinic one, space group P2{sub 1}/n, a=8.8261(4) Å, b=5.2028(4) Å, c=13.3119(2) Å, β=104.372(6)°. The migration maps of Li{sup +} cations based on experimental data implemented into program package TOPOS have been explored. It was found that lithium cations in both low- and high temperature forms of Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} migrate in three dimensions. Cross sections of the migrations channels extend as the temperature rises, but at the phase transition point have a sharp growth showing a strong “crystal structure – ion conductivity” correlation. -- Graphical abstract: Crystal structure of Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} at 950 K. Red balls represent oxygen atoms; black lines show Li{sup +} ion migration channels in the layers perpendicular to [001] direction. Highlights: • Structure of Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} has been refined using high temperature neutron diffraction. • At 913 K triclinic form of Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} transforms into high temperature monoclinic one. • The migration maps of Li{sup +} implemented into program package TOPOS have been explored. • Cross sections of the migrations channels at the phase transition have a sharp growth.

  7. SNOM characterization of micro-radiographs stored in lithium fluoride thin films

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    Ustione, A.; Cricenti, A.; Bonfigli, Francesca; Flora, Francesco; Lai, Antonella; Marolo, Tiziana; Montereali, Rosa Maria; Baldacchini, Giuseppe; Faenov, Anatoly; Pikuz, Tatiana; Reale, Lucia

    2005-12-01

    Nowadays the possibility to obtain micro-radiographs is limited in resolution by the detection properties of the used technique. Here we show a new method to create and observe micro-radiographs. A thin film of Lithium Fluoride works as image detector, storing the micro-radiograph obtained exposing biological material to Extreme Ultra-Violet and soft X-ray radiations. To read the stored image, collecting the optically stimulated luminescence of the active color centers produced by the X-rays, a Scanning Near-Field Optical Microscope (SNOM) is used, for its peculiarity to overcome the diffraction limit, showing details smaller than the wavelength of the collected light. The samples were illuminated with 458 nm laser light and an uncoated tapered optical fiber was collecting the fluorescent signal emitted by the Lithium Fluoride color centers. The SNOM images of these micro-radiographs stored in Lithium Fluoride films showed an optical resolution of 50 nm, corresponding to /12, where is the wavelength of the collected light.

  8. PHz current switching in calcium fluoride single crystal

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    Kwon, Ojoon; Kim, D.

    2016-05-01

    We demonstrate that a current can be induced and switched in a sub-femtosecond time-scale in an insulating calcium fluoride single crystal by an intense optical field. This measurement indicates that a sizable current can be generated and also controlled by an optical field in a dielectric medium, implying the capability of rapid current switching at a rate of optical frequency, PHz (1015 Hz), which is a couple of orders of magnitude higher than that of contemporary electronic signal processing. This demonstration may serve to facilitate the development of ultrafast devices in PHz frequency.

  9. Shrinkage void formation and its effect on freeze and thaw processes of lithium and lithium-fluoride for space applications

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    Yang, Jae Y.; El-Genk, Mohamed S.

    1991-01-01

    The effects of shrinkage void forming during freezing of lithium and lithium fluoride on subsequent thaw processes are investigated using a numerical scheme that is based on a single (solid/liquid) cell approach. Results show that a void forming at the wall appreciably reduces the solid-liquid interface velocity, during both freeze and thaw, and causes a substantial rise in the wall temperature during thaw. However, in the case of Li, the maximum wall temperature was much lower than the melting temperature of PWC-11, which is used as the structure material in the SP-100 system. Hence, it is concluded that a formation of hot spots is unlikely during the startup or restart of the SP-100 system.

  10. Crystal nucleation in lithium borate glass

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    Smith, Gary L.; Neilson, George F.; Weinberg, Michael C.

    1988-01-01

    Crystal nucleation measurements were made on three lithium borate compositions in the vicinity of Li2O-2Br2O3. All nucleation measurements were performed at 500 C. Certain aspects of the nucleation behavior indicated (tentatively) that it proceeded by a homogeneous mechanism. The steady state nucleation rate was observed to have the largest value when the Li2O concentration was slightly in excess of the diborate composition. The change in nucleation rate with composition is controlled by the variation of viscosity as well as the change in free energy with composition. The variation of nucleation rate is explained qualitatively in these terms.

  11. Carbon Nanohorns Carried Iron Fluoride Nanocomposite with ultrahigh rate lithium ion storage properties

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    Fan, Lishuang; Li, Bingjiang; Zhang, Naiqing; Sun, Kening

    2015-07-01

    Novel hierarchical carbon nanohorns (CNHs) carried iron fluoride nanocomposites have been constructed by direct growth of FeF3·0.33H2O nanoparticles on CNHs. In the FeF3·0.33H2O@CNHs nanocomposite, the mesopore CNHs play the role as conductive matrix and robust carrier to support the FeF3·0.33H2O nanoparticles. The intimate conductive contact between the two components can build up an express way of electron transfer for rapid Li+ insertion/extraction. The CNHs can not only suppress the growth and agglomeration of FeF3·0.33H2O during the crystallization process, but also sever as an “elastic confinement” to support FeF3·0.33H2O. As was to be expected, the hierarchical FeF3·0.33H2O@CNHs nanocomposite exhibits impressive rate capability and excellent cycle performance. Markedly, the nanocomposite proves stable, ultrahigh rate lithium ion storage properties of 81 mAh g-1 at charge/discharge rate of 50 C (a discharge/charge process only takes 72 s). The integration of high electron conductivity, confined nano sized FeF3·0.33H2O (~5 nm), hierarchical mesopores CNHs and the “elastic confinement” support, the FeF3·0.33H2O@CNHs nanocomposite demonstrates excellent ultrahigh rate capability and good cycling properties.

  12. Carbon Nanohorns Carried Iron Fluoride Nanocomposite with ultrahigh rate lithium ion storage properties

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    Fan, Lishuang; Li, Bingjiang; Zhang, Naiqing; Sun, Kening

    2015-01-01

    Novel hierarchical carbon nanohorns (CNHs) carried iron fluoride nanocomposites have been constructed by direct growth of FeF3·0.33H2O nanoparticles on CNHs. In the FeF3·0.33H2O@CNHs nanocomposite, the mesopore CNHs play the role as conductive matrix and robust carrier to support the FeF3·0.33H2O nanoparticles. The intimate conductive contact between the two components can build up an express way of electron transfer for rapid Li+ insertion/extraction. The CNHs can not only suppress the growth and agglomeration of FeF3·0.33H2O during the crystallization process, but also sever as an “elastic confinement” to support FeF3·0.33H2O. As was to be expected, the hierarchical FeF3·0.33H2O@CNHs nanocomposite exhibits impressive rate capability and excellent cycle performance. Markedly, the nanocomposite proves stable, ultrahigh rate lithium ion storage properties of 81 mAh g−1 at charge/discharge rate of 50 C (a discharge/charge process only takes 72 s). The integration of high electron conductivity, confined nano sized FeF3·0.33H2O (~5 nm), hierarchical mesopores CNHs and the “elastic confinement” support, the FeF3·0.33H2O@CNHs nanocomposite demonstrates excellent ultrahigh rate capability and good cycling properties. PMID:26173994

  13. An investigation of voids formation mechanisms and their effects on freeze and thaw processes of lithium and lithium fluoride

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    El-Genk, Mohamed S.; Yang, Jae-Young

    1991-01-01

    The mechanisms of void formation during the cooldown and freezing of lithium coolant within the primary loop of SP-100 type systems are investigated. These mechanisms are: (1) homogeneous nucleation; (2) heterogeneous nucleation; (3) normal segregation of helium gas dissolved in liquid lithium; and (4) shrinkage of lithium during freezing. To evaluate the void formation potential due to segregation, a numerical scheme that couples the freezing and mass diffusion processes in both the solid and liquid regions is developed. The results indicated that the formation of He bubbles is unlikely by either homogeneous or heterogeneous nucleation during the cooldown process. However, homogeneous nucleation of He bubbles following the segregation of dissolved He in liquid lithium ahead of the solid-liquid interface is likely to occur. Results also show that total volume of He void is insignificant when compared to that of shrinkage voids. In viewing this, the subsequent research focuses on the effects of shrinkage void forming during freezing of lithium on subsequent thaw processes are investigated using a numerical scheme that is based on a single (solid/liquid) cell approach. The cases of lithium-fluoride are also investigated to show the effect of larger volume shrinkage upon freezing on the freeze and thaw processes. Results show that a void forming at the wall appreciably reduces the solid-liquid interface velocity, during both freeze and thaw, and causes a substantial rise in the wall temperature during thaw. However, in the case of Li, the maximum wall temperature was much lower than the melting temperature of PWC-11, which is used as the structure material in the SP-100 system. Hence, it is included that a formation of hot spots is unlikely during the startup or restart of the SP-100 system.

  14. Magnesium oxide doping reduces acoustic wave attenuation in lithium metatantalate and lithium metaniobate crystals

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    Croft, W.; Damon, R.; Kedzie, R.; Kestigian, M.; Smith, A.; Worley, J.

    1970-01-01

    Single crystals of lithium metatantalate and lithium metaniobate, grown from melts having different stoichiometries and different amounts of magnesium oxide, show that doping lowers temperature-independent portion of attenuation of acoustic waves. Doped crystals possess optical properties well suited for electro-optical and photoelastic applications.

  15. Fluoride

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  16. Fluoride

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  17. An experimental analysis of a doped lithium fluoride direct absorption solar receiver

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    Kesseli, James; Pollak, Tom; Lacy, Dovie

    1988-01-01

    An experimental analysis of two key elements of a direct absorption solar receiver for use with Brayton solar dynamic systems was conducted. Experimental data are presented on LiF crystals doped with dysprosium, samarium, and cobalt fluorides. In addition, a simulation of the cavity/window environment was performed and a posttest inspection was conducted to evaluate chemical reactivity, transmissivity, and condensation rate.

  18. Fluoride Inhibition of Enolase: Crystal Structure and Thermodynamics

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    Qin, Jie; Chai, Geqing; Brewer, John M.; Lovelace, Leslie L.; Lebioda, Lukasz

    2010-12-03

    Enolase is a dimeric metal-activated metalloenzyme which uses two magnesium ions per subunit: the strongly bound conformational ion and the catalytic ion that binds to the enzyme-substrate complex inducing catalysis. The crystal structure of the human neuronal enolase-Mg{sub 2}F{sub 2}P{sub i} complex (enolase fluoride/phosphate inhibitory complex, EFPIC) determined at 1.36 {angstrom} resolution shows that the combination of anions effectively mimics an intermediate state in catalysis. The phosphate ion binds in the same site as the phosphate group of the substrate/product, 2-phospho-d-glycerate/phosphoenolpyruvate, and induces binding of the catalytic Mg{sup 2+} ion. One fluoride ion bridges the structural and catalytic magnesium ions while the other interacts with the structural magnesium ion and the ammonio groups of Lys 342 and Lys 393. These fluoride ion positions correspond closely to the positions of the oxygen atoms of the substrate's carboxylate moiety. To relate structural changes resulting from fluoride, phosphate, and magnesium ions binding to those that are induced by phosphate and magnesium ions alone, we also determined the structure of the human neuronal enolase-Mg{sub 2}Pi complex (enolase phosphate inhibitory complex, EPIC) at 1.92 {angstrom} resolution. It shows the closed conformation in one subunit and a mixture of open and semiclosed conformations in the other. The EPFIC dimer is essentially symmetric while the EPIC dimer is asymmetric. Isothermal titration calorimetry data confirmed binding of four fluoride ions per dimer and yielded K{sub b} values of 7.5 x 10{sup 5} {+-} 1.3 x 10{sup 5}, 1.2 x 10{sup 5} {+-} 0.2 x 10{sup 5}, 8.6 x 10{sup 4} {+-} 1.6 x 10{sup 4}, and 1.6 x 10{sup 4} {+-} 0.7 x 10{sup 4} M{sup -1}. The different binding constants indicate negative cooperativity between the subunits; the asymmetry of EPIC supports such an interpretation.

  19. Efficient holmium:yttrium lithium fluoride laser longitudinally pumped by a semiconductor laser array

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    Hemmati, H.

    1987-01-01

    Optical pumping of a holmium:yttrium lithium floride (Ho:YLF) crystal with a 790-nm continuous-wave diode-laser array has generated 56 mW of 2.1-micron laser radiation with an optical-to-optical conversion slope efficiency of 33 percent while the crystal temperature is held at 77 K. The lasing threshold occurs at 7 mW of input power, and laser operation continues up to a crystal temperature of 124 K.

  20. Crystal chemistry of hydrothermally grown ternary alkali rare earth fluorides.

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    McMillen, Colin D; Comer, Sara; Fulle, Kyle; Sanjeewa, Liurukara D; Kolis, Joseph W

    2015-12-01

    The structural variations of several alkali metal rare earth fluoride single crystals are summarized. Two different stoichiometric formulations are considered, namely those of ARE2F7 and ARE3F10 (A = K, Rb, Cs; RE = Y, La-Lu), over a wide range of ionic radii of both the alkali and rare earth (RE) ions. Previously reported and several new single-crystal structures are considered. The new single crystals are grown using hydrothermal methods and the structures are compared with literature reports of structures grown from both melts and hydrothermal fluids. The data reported here are combined with the literature data to gain a greater understanding of structural subtleties surrounding these systems. The work underscores the importance of the size of the cations to the observed structure type and also introduces synthetic technique as a contributor to the same. New insights based on single-crystal structure analysis in the work introduce a new disordered structure type in the case of ARE2F7, and examine the trends and boundaries of the ARE3F10 stoichiometry. Such fundamental structural information is useful in understanding the potential applications of these compounds as optical materials. PMID:26634734

  1. Polydopamine coated electrospun poly(vinyldiene fluoride) nanofibrous membrane as separator for lithium-ion batteries

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    Cao, Chengying; Tan, Lei; Liu, Weiwei; Ma, Jiquan; Li, Lei

    2014-02-01

    In this study, polydopamine (PDA) coated electrospun poly(vinyldiene fluoride) (PVDF) nanofibrous membranes used as separator for lithium-ion batteries are successfully prepared. Their morphology, chemical and electrochemical characterization are investigated. The morphology and porosity measurements of the membranes show that the PDA coating does not harm to the structure of the electrospun PVDF nanofibrous membranes. Due to the PDA coating, it makes the PVDF surface hydrophilic and thus increases the electrolyte uptake and ionic conductivity, resulting in the enhanced performance of batteries. The battery using the PDA coated PVDF nanofibrous separator exhibits better cycling performance and higher power capability than that the battery using the bare PVDF nanofibrous separator. This study underlines that the PDA-coating treatment provides a promising process for the fabrication of advanced electrospun nanofibers separator in the lithium-ion battery applications.

  2. Polyethylene-supported polyvinylidene fluoride-cellulose acetate butyrate blended polymer electrolyte for lithium ion battery

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    Liu, Jiansheng; Li, Weishan; Zuo, Xiaoxi; Liu, Shengqi; Li, Zhao

    2013-03-01

    The polyethylene (PE)-supported polymer membranes based on the blended polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and cellulose acetate butyrate (CAB) are prepared for gel polymer electrolyte (GPE) of lithium ion battery. The performances of the prepared membranes and the resulting GPEs are investigated by scanning electron microscopy, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, linear potential sweep, and charge-discharge test. The effect of the ratio of PVDF to CAB on the performance of the prepared membranes is considered. It is found that the GPE based on the blended polymer with PVDF:CAB = 2:1 (in weight) has the largest ionic conductivity (2.48 × 10-3 S cm-1) and shows good compatibility with anode and cathode of lithium ion battery. The LiCoO2/graphite battery using this GPE exhibits superior cyclic stability at room temperature, storage performance at elevated temperature, and rate performance.

  3. Special Temperature Features of the Birefringence of Lithium Tetraborate Crystals

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    Kushnir, O. S.; Burak, Ya. V.; Bevz, A. A.; Shopa, Ya. I.

    2000-05-01

    Using the Senarmont polarimetric method, the optical birefringence of lithium tetraborate crystals Li2B4O7 in the 290 480 K range was measured. The steplike temperature dependence of birefringence, the thermal hysteresis, and the thermooptic memory effect were observed, which are most likely associated with the presence of incommensurate phase modulation in lithium tetraborate.

  4. Photorefractive properties of iron-doped lithium tantalate crystals

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    Imbrock, J.; Bäumer, C.; Hesse, H.; Kip, D.; Krätzig, E.

    Iron-doped lithium tantalate crystals are grown by the Czochralski method and their photorefractive properties are examined with holographic methods. Dynamic range, holographic sensitivity, photoconductivity, and dark storage time are measured in dependence on the iron concentration and light intensity. The largest refractive-index change for ordinarily polarized light is 3.5×10-4, in comparison with 6.2×10-4 for iron-doped lithium niobate. Due to a small mobility of protons the dark storage time of holograms in lithium tantalate is larger than that in lithium niobate.

  5. Pulsed laser deposited iron fluoride thin films for lithium-ion batteries

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    Makimura, Yoshinari; Rougier, Aline; Tarascon, Jean-Marie

    2006-04-01

    Iron fluoride thin films were successfully grown by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD), and their physico-chemical properties and electrochemical behaviours were examined by adjusting the deposition conditions, such as the target nature (FeF 2 or FeF 3), the substrate temperature ( Ts ≤ 600 °C), the gas pressure (under vacuum or in oxygen atmosphere) and the repetition rates (2 and 10 Hz). Irrespective of the FeF 2 or FeF 3 target nature, iron fluoride thin films, deposited at 600 °C under vacuum, showed X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns corresponding to the FeF 2 phase. On the other hand, iron fluoride thin films deposited at room temperature (RT) from FeF 2 target were amorphous, whereas the thin films deposited from FeF 3 target consisted of a two-phase mixture of FeF 3 and FeF 2 showing sharp and broad diffraction peaks by XRD, respectively. Their electrochemical behaviour in rechargeable lithium cells was investigated in the 0.05-3.60 V voltage window. Despite a large irreversible capacity on the first discharge, good cycling life was observed up to 30 cycles. Finally, their electrochemical properties were compared to the ones of iron oxide thin films.

  6. Birefringence simulation of annealed ingot of calcium fluoride single crystal

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    Ogino, H.; Miyazaki, N.; Mabuchi, T.; Nawata, T.

    2008-01-01

    We developed a method for simulating birefringence of an annealed ingot of calcium fluoride single crystal caused by the residual stress after annealing process. The method comprises the heat conduction analysis that provides the temperature distribution during the ingot annealing, the elastic thermal stress analysis using the assumption of the stress-free temperature that provides the residual stress after annealing, and the birefringence analysis of an annealed ingot induced by the residual stress. The finite element method was applied to the heat conduction analysis and the elastic thermal stress analysis. In these analyses, the temperature dependence of material properties and the crystal anisotropy were taken into account. In the birefringence analysis, the photoelastic effect gives the change of refractive indices, from which the optical path difference in the annealed ingot is calculated by the Jones calculus. The relation between the Jones calculus and the approximate method using the stress components averaged along the optical path is discussed theoretically. It is found that the result of the approximate method agrees very well with that of the Jones calculus in birefringence analysis. The distribution pattern of the optical path difference in the annealed ingot obtained from the present birefringence calculation methods agrees reasonably well with that of the experiment. The calculated values also agree reasonably well with those of the experiment, when a stress-free temperature is adequately selected.

  7. The preparation of hierarchical SAPO-34 crystals via post-synthesis fluoride etching.

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    Chen, Xiaoxin; Vicente, Aurélie; Qin, Zhengxing; Ruaux, Valérie; Gilson, Jean-Pierre; Valtchev, Valentin

    2016-02-28

    SAPO-34 crystals are etched in fluoride medium. The interface between crystalline domains is dissolved and yields a hierarchical material with a system of straight intersecting mesopores that improve the access to micropore space. PMID:26839923

  8. Investigation of properties of lithium niobate crystals in confined geometries

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    Veenhuizen, Keith; Stone, Greg; Knabe, Bastian; McAnany, Sean; Buse, Karsten; Jain, Himanshu; Dierolf, Volkmar

    The properties of ferroelectric materials in confined geometries, specifically lithium niobate nanocrystals and crystal lines in glass, were studied. Batches of LiNbO3 nanocrystals have been synthesized from various initial ratios of lithium to niobium using the sol-gel method. The batches were analyzed via Raman spectroscopy and SEM imaging to gain information about their size, morphology, stoichiometry, and defect content. The nanocrystals are very sensitive to the initial stoichiometric ratio in the synthesis step. Raman spectra reveal the resultant nanocrystal stoichiometry depends on the initial stoichiometry of the batch, the spectra also reveal an extra phase is present besides LiNbO3 in some batches, and high quality spherical nanocrystals can be synthesized at certain initial stoichiometric ratios. In addition, lines of LiNbO3 were crystallized in lithium-niobo-silica glass systems with varying amounts of silica to understand and control the nucleation and crystallization of the crystals in glass.

  9. Crystal structures of a double-barrelled fluoride ion channel

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    Stockbridge, Randy B.; Kolmakova-Partensky, Ludmila; Shane, Tania; Koide, Akiko; Koide, Shohei; Miller, Christopher; Newstead, Simon

    2016-01-01

    To contend with hazards posed by environmental fluoride, microorganisms export this anion through F--specific ion channels of the Fluc family1–4. Since the recent discovery of Fluc channels, numerous idiosyncratic features of these proteins have been unearthed, including extreme selectivity for F- over Cl- and dual-topology dimeric assembly5–6. To understand the chemical basis for F- permeation and how the antiparallel subunits convene to form a F--selective pore, we solved crystal structures of two bacterial Fluc homologues in complex with three different monobody inhibitors, with and without F- present, to a maximum resolution of 2.1 Å. The structures reveal a surprising “double-barrelled” channel architecture in which two F- ion pathways span the membrane and the dual-topology arrangement includes a centrally coordinated cation, most likely Na+. F- selectivity is proposed to arise from the very narrow pores and an unusual anion coordination that exploits the quadrupolar edges of conserved phenylalanine rings. PMID:26344196

  10. Crystal structures of a double-barrelled fluoride ion channel.

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    Stockbridge, Randy B; Kolmakova-Partensky, Ludmila; Shane, Tania; Koide, Akiko; Koide, Shohei; Miller, Christopher; Newstead, Simon

    2015-09-24

    To contend with hazards posed by environmental fluoride, microorganisms export this anion through F(-)-specific ion channels of the Fluc family. Since the recent discovery of Fluc channels, numerous idiosyncratic features of these proteins have been unearthed, including strong selectivity for F(-) over Cl(-) and dual-topology dimeric assembly. To understand the chemical basis for F(-) permeation and how the antiparallel subunits convene to form a F(-)-selective pore, here we solve the crystal structures of two bacterial Fluc homologues in complex with three different monobody inhibitors, with and without F(-) present, to a maximum resolution of 2.1 Å. The structures reveal a surprising 'double-barrelled' channel architecture in which two F(-) ion pathways span the membrane, and the dual-topology arrangement includes a centrally coordinated cation, most likely Na(+). F(-) selectivity is proposed to arise from the very narrow pores and an unusual anion coordination that exploits the quadrupolar edges of conserved phenylalanine rings. PMID:26344196

  11. Conversion Reaction Mechanisms in Lithium Ion Batteries: Study of the Binary Metal Fluoride Electrodes

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    Wang, Feng; Robert, Rosa; Chernova, Natasha A.; Pereira, Nathalie; Omenya, Fredrick; Badway, Fadwa; Hua, Xiao; Ruotolo, Michael; Zhang, Ruigang; Wu, Lijun; Volkov, Vyacheslav; Su, Dong; Key, Baris; Whittingham, M. Stanley; Grey, Clare P.; Amatucci, Glenn G.; Zhu, Yimei; Graetz, Jason

    2015-10-15

    Materials that undergo a conversion reaction with lithium (e.g., metal fluorides MF{sub 2}: M = Fe, Cu, ...) often accommodate more than one Li atom per transition-metal cation, and are promising candidates for high-capacity cathodes for lithium ion batteries. However, little is known about the mechanisms involved in the conversion process, the origins of the large polarization during electrochemical cycling, and why some materials are reversible (e.g., FeF{sub 2}) while others are not (e.g., CuF{sub 2}). In this study, we investigated the conversion reaction of binary metal fluorides, FeF{sub 2} and CuF{sub 2}, using a series of local and bulk probes to better understand the mechanisms underlying their contrasting electrochemical behavior. X-ray pair-distribution-function and magnetization measurements were used to determine changes in short-range ordering, particle size and microstructure, while high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) were used to measure the atomic-level structure of individual particles and map the phase distribution in the initial and fully lithiated electrodes. Both FeF{sub 2} and CuF{sub 2} react with lithium via a direct conversion process with no intercalation step, but there are differences in the conversion process and final phase distribution. During the reaction of Li{sup +} with FeF{sub 2}, small metallic iron nanoparticles (<5 nm in diameter) nucleate in close proximity to the converted LiF phase, as a result of the low diffusivity of iron. The iron nanoparticles are interconnected and form a bicontinuous network, which provides a pathway for local electron transport through the insulating LiF phase. In addition, the massive interface formed between nanoscale solid phases provides a pathway for ionic transport during the conversion process. These results offer the first experimental evidence explaining the origins of the high lithium reversibility in FeF{sub 2}. In contrast

  12. Directionality of extruded lithium fluoride thermoluminescent dosemeters in a cobalt-60 beam.

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    Wagner, G S; Batey, S E; Mosleh-Shirazi, M A

    2000-09-01

    An experimental investigation of the directionality of commercially available extruded lithium fluoride (LiF:Mg,Ti) thermoluminescent dosemeters was carried out in a cobalt-60 beam at a water depth of 5 cm. One-half of a batch of 60 chips (3.1 x 3.1 x 0.9 mm3) was exposed face-on (faces perpendicular to the beam central axis), and the other half was exposed in an edge-on orientation (two edges perpendicular and faces parallel to the beam axis). Measurements show that an edge-on exposure results in a thermoluminescence reading approximately 0.9% lower than a face-on exposure. Although this is of minor importance in every day patient dosimetry, it is relevant in evaluating errors in in-phantom dosimetric measurements where greater accuracy is required. PMID:11064657

  13. Alternating Current Driven Organic Light Emitting Diodes Using Lithium Fluoride Insulating Layers

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    Liu, Shang-Yi; Chang, Jung-Hung; -Wen Wu, I.; Wu, Chih-I

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate an alternating current (AC)-driven organic light emitting diodes (OLED) with lithium fluoride (LiF) insulating layers fabricated using simple thermal evaporation. Thermal evaporated LiF provides high stability and excellent capacitance for insulating layers in AC devices. The device requires a relatively low turn-on voltage of 7.1 V with maximum luminance of 87 cd/m2 obtained at 10 kHz and 15 Vrms. Ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy and inverse photoemission spectroscopy are employed simultaneously to examine the electronic band structure of the materials in AC-driven OLED and to elucidate the operating mechanism, optical properties and electrical characteristics. The time-resolved luminance is also used to verify the device performance when driven by AC voltage. PMID:25523436

  14. New UV instrumentation enabled by enhanced broadband reflectivity lithium fluoride coatings

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    Fleming, Brian T.; Quijada, Manuel A.; France, Kevin; Hoadley, Keri; Del Hoyo, Javier; Kruczek, Nicholas

    2015-08-01

    We present the results of a preliminary aging study of new enhanced broadband reflectivity lithium fluoride mirror coatings under development at the thin films laboratory at GSFC. These coatings have demonstrated greater than 80% reflectivity from the Lyman ultraviolet (~1020 Å) to the optical, and have the potential to revolutionize far-ultraviolet instrument design and capabilities. This work is part of a concept study in preparation for the fight qualification of these new coatings in a working astronomical environment. We outline the goals for TRL advancement, and discuss the instrument capabilities enabled by these high reflectivity broadband coatings on potential future space missions. We also present the early design of the first space experiment to utilize these coatings, the proposed University of Colorado sounding rocket payload SISTINE, and show how these new coatings make the science goals of SISTINE attainable on a suborbital platform.

  15. Effect of Copper Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, and Lithium Fluoride on the Thermal Behavior and Decomposition Kinetics of Ammonium Nitrate

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    Vargeese, Anuj A.; Mija, S. J.; Muralidharan, Krishnamurthi

    2014-07-01

    Ammonium nitrate (AN) is crystallized along with copper oxide, titanium dioxide, and lithium fluoride. Thermal kinetic constants for the decomposition reaction of the samples were calculated by model-free (Friedman's differential and Vyzovkins nonlinear integral) and model-fitting (Coats-Redfern) methods. To determine the decomposition mechanisms, 12 solid-state mechanisms were tested using the Coats-Redfern method. The results of the Coats-Redfern method show that the decomposition mechanism for all samples is the contracting cylinder mechanism. The phase behavior of the obtained samples was evaluated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and structural properties were determined by X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD). The results indicate that copper oxide modifies the phase transition behavior and can catalyze AN decomposition, whereas LiF inhibits AN decomposition, and TiO2 shows no influence on the rate of decomposition. Possible explanations for these results are discussed. Supplementary materials are available for this article. Go to the publisher's online edition of the Journal of Energetic Materials to view the free supplemental file.

  16. New zirconium phosphate fluorides: Hydrothermal synthesis and crystal structures

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    Wloka, M.; Troyanov, S.I.; Kemnitz, E.

    1998-02-01

    A series of zirconium phosphate fluorides were synthesized and structurally characterized using different amines as templates. The compounds have the general formulas [amH{sub n}]{sub 1/n}[Zr{sub 2}(HPO{sub 4})(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}F]{center_dot}H{sub 2}O (1, am = ethylenediamine, n = 2; 2. am = N-methylethylenediamine, n = 2; 3, am = 1,3-diaminopropane, n = 2; 4, am = diethylenetriamine, n = 3) and [amH{sub 2}]{sub 0.5}[Zr{sub 2}(HPO{sub 4}){sub 2}(PO{sub 4})F{sub 2}]{center_dot}0.5H{sub 2}O (5, am = N,N,N{prime},N{prime}-tetramethylethylenediamine). In the structures of 2--4 with a Zr:F ratio of 2:1, there exists a three-dimensional arrangement of zirconium octahedra (one ZrO{sub 6} and one ZrO{sub 5}F) and phosphate tetrahedra (two PO{sub 4} and one HPO{sub 4}) connected via common oxygen atoms, whereas fluorine atoms and OH groups are terminal. These compounds crystallize in the ZrPO-1 structure type, which contains channels along the b axis formed by eight-membered rings of alternating PO{sub 4} tetrahedra and ZrO{sub 6} or ZrO{sub 5}F octahedra, respectively. The protonated disordered templates occupy the channels. Half the water molecules are situated in the positions alternatively left free by the disordered templates and the other half are bonded via hydrogen bridges to the terminal OH groups of the HPO{sub 4} tetrahedra. In contrast, the structure of 5 reveals a Zr:F ratio of 1:1, consequently forming a layer structure. The layers formed by ZrO{sub 5}F octahedra and PO{sub 4} or HPO{sub 4} tetrahedra, respectively, are linked by hydrogen bridges of type O{single_bond}H{hor_ellipsis}F and by weak H bonds over the protonated template. The similarities in connectivity pattern between Zr octahedra and P tetrahedra in all known zirconium phosphate fluorides and some zirconium phosphates are discussed.

  17. Improving Lithium Therapeutics by Crystal Engineering of Novel Ionic Cocrystals

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    2013-01-01

    Current United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved lithium salts are plagued with a narrow therapeutic window. Recent attempts to find alternative drugs have identified new chemical entities, but lithium’s polypharmacological mechanisms for treating neuropsychiatric disorders are highly debated and are not yet matched. Thus, re-engineering current lithium solid forms in order to optimize performance represents a low cost and low risk approach to the desired therapeutic outcome. In this contribution, we employed a crystal engineering strategy to synthesize the first ionic cocrystals (ICCs) of lithium salts with organic anions. We are unaware of any previous studies that have assessed the biological efficacy of any ICCs, and encouragingly we found that the new speciation did not negatively affect established bioactivities of lithium. We also observed that lithium ICCs exhibit modulated pharmacokinetics compared to lithium carbonate. Indeed, the studies detailed herein represent an important advancement in a crystal engineering approach to a new generation of lithium therapeutics. PMID:24191685

  18. Iron fluoride with excellent cycle performance synthesized by solvothermal method as cathodes for lithium ion batteries

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    Tan, Jinli; Liu, Li; Hu, Hai; Yang, Zhenhua; Guo, Haipeng; Wei, Qiliang; Yi, Xin; Yan, Zichao; Zhou, Qian; Huang, Zhifeng; Shu, Hongbo; Yang, Xiukang; Wang, Xianyou

    2014-04-01

    Hollow prismatic/cylindric iron fluoride with a wall thickness of 0.1-0.5 μm and a length of 1-3 μm has been synthesized by a simple and mild solvothermal method. This compound with a mixed crystal structure of FeF3·3H2O and FeF3·0.33H2O, has an initial discharge capacities of 106.7 mAh g-1 and a capacity retention of 60% after 100 cycles at the rate of 0.5C (1 C is 237 mA g-1) in the voltage of 2.0-4.5 V. To overcome the poor electronic conductivity of fluorides, the as-prepared iron fluoride has been ball-milled with 15 wt.% acetylene black (AB) and heat-treated to obtain FeF3·0.33H2O/C nanocomposites. The nanocomposites deliver discharge capacity of 160.2 mAh g-1 at the rate of 0.5C. Even at the high rate of 5 C, the initial discharge capacity is still as high as 137.5 mAh g-1. The capacity retentions reach up to 85.0% and 75.7% after 100 cycles at 0.5 C and 5 C, respectively.

  19. In situ AFM crystal growth and dissolution study of calcite in the presence of aqueous fluoride

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    Vavouraki, A.; Putnis, C. V.; Putnis, A.; Koutsoukos, P. G.

    2009-04-01

    Fluoride is naturally abundant, encountered in rocks, soil and fresh and ocean water. Calcite crystals, during crystal growth may incorporate fluoride ions into their lattice (Okumura et al., 1983). In situ atomic force microscopy (AFM) has been used to study the growth and dissolution of calcite {104} surfaces in aqueous solutions in the presence of fluoride, using a fluid cell in which the supersaturated and the understaturated solutions respectively, flow over a freshly cleaved calcite crystal. For growth experiments, supersaturation index (S.I.) with respect to calcite was equal to 0.89 and the initial solution pH 10.2. The crystal growth rates were measured from the closure of the rhombohedral etch pits along the [010] direction induced by an initial dissolution step using pure water. The spreading rate of 2-dimensional nuclei was also measured along the same direction. In the presence of low fluoride concentrations (≤0.33 mM), the crystal growth rate of calcite was unaffected. At higher concentrations (up to 5 mM) growth rate decreased substantially to 50% of the rate in the absence of fluoride. Potential fluoride sorption over the calcite surface may ascribe the decrease of growth rates. Dissolution experiments were conducted at pH= 7.2 and dissolution rates of calcite were measured from the spreading of rhombohedral etch pits along both [010] and [42] directions. The presence of low concentrations of fluoride (≤1.1 mM) in the undersaturated solutions enhanced the dissolution rate along the [42] direction by 50% in comparison with pure water. The morphology of rhombohedral etch pits changed to hexagonal in the presence of fluoride in the undersaturated solutions. The AFM dissolution experiments suggested that the fluoride ions adsorbed onto the calcite surface. Further increase of fluoride concentrations (up to 1.6 mM) resulted in the decrease of the calcite dissolution rate by 60% in both [010] and [42] directions. Reference: Okumura, M, Kitano, Y

  20. Bidomain structures formed in lithium niobate and lithium tantalate single crystals by light annealing

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    Kubasov, I. V.; Kislyuk, A. M.; Bykov, A. S.; Malinkovich, M. D.; Zhukov, R. N.; Kiselev, D. A.; Ksenich, S. V.; Temirov, A. A.; Timushkin, N. G.; Parkhomenko, Yu. N.

    2016-03-01

    The bidomain structures produced by light external heating in z-cut lithium niobate and lithium tantalate single crystals are formed and studied. Interdomain regions about 200 and 40 μm wide in, respectively, LiNbO3 and LiTaO3 bidomain crystals are visualized and studied by optical microscopy and piezoresponse force microscopy. Extended chains and lines of domains in the form of thin layers with a width less than 10 μm in volume, which penetrate the interdomain region and spread over distances of up to 1 mm, are found.

  1. The influence of lithium fluoride on in vitro biocompatibility and bioactivity of calcium aluminate-pMMA composite cement.

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    Oh, S H; Choi, S Y; Choi, S H; Lee, Y K; Kim, K N

    2004-01-01

    The objective of this study is to assess the influence of lithium fluoride on in vitro biocompatibility and bioactivity of calcium aluminate (CA)-polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) composite cement exhibiting quick setting time ( < 15 min), low exothermic temperature (< 47 degrees C), and high compressive strength (> 100 MPa). The biocompatibility was measured by examining cytotoxicity tests such as the agar diffusion test with L929 cell line and the hemolysis test with fresh rabbit blood. To estimate the bioactivity of CA-PMMA composite cement, we determined hydroxyapatite (HAp) formation on the surface of composite cement in the simulated body (SBF) solution by using thin-film XRD, XPS, SEM, EPMA and ICP-AES. The results of biocompatibility tests indicated that all experimental compositions of this study had no cytotoxicity and no hemolysis so that there was no cytotoxicity with regard to non-reacted monomers (MMA and TEGDMA) and lithium fluoride. The results of bioactivity tests revealed that CA-PMMA composite cement without lithium fluoride did not form HAp on its surface after 60 days of soaking in the SBF. On the other hand, LiAl2(OH)7 . 2H2O and HAp were formed on the surface of CA-PMMA composite cement including 1.0% by weight of lithium fluoride after 7 and 15 days of soaking in the SBF, respectively. The 5 microm of LiAl2(OH)7 . 2H2O and HAp mixed layers were formed on the surface of specimen after 60 days of soaking in the SBF. PMID:15338588

  2. F center in lithium fluoride revisited: Comparison of solid-state physics and quantum-chemistry approaches

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    Karsai, Ferenc; Tiwald, Paul; Laskowski, Robert; Tran, Fabien; Koller, David; Gräfe, Stefanie; Burgdörfer, Joachim; Wirtz, Ludger; Blaha, Peter

    2014-03-01

    We revisit the theoretical description of the F color center in lithium fluoride employing advanced complementary ab initio techniques. We compare the results from periodic supercell calculations involving density-functional theory (DFT) and post-DFT techniques with those from the embedded-cluster approach involving quantum-chemical many-electron wave-function techniques. These alternative approaches yield results in good agreement with each other and with the experimental data provided that correlation effects are properly taken into account.

  3. Note: Accuracy of velocity correction for impact of a laser-accelerated miniature flyer with lithium fluoride shock-compressed along the [100] axis

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    Wakabayashi, Kunihiko; Matsumura, Tomoharu; Nakayama, Yoshio; Koshi, Mitsuo

    2011-02-15

    We performed miniature flyer impact experiments to investigate the relationship between the apparent (u{sub a}) and actual (u{sub A}) particle velocities measured by a velocity interferometer in single-crystal lithium fluoride (LiF) that was shock-compressed along the [100] axis. The miniature flyer was accelerated to velocities in the range 652.5-1937.6 m/s by a tabletop pulsed laser. An empirical relationship of u{sub a}= (1.2749 {+-} 0.0102)u{sub A} was obtained. The obtained relationship agreed well with the results of a previous study within the experimental errors and its uncertainty was less than {+-}1%. This result indicates that the present experimental technique is effective for measuring the relationship between u{sub a} and u{sub A} of shocked transparent materials with a comparable accuracy to conventional methods.

  4. Reactions of p-toluenesulfonyl chloride with inorganic fluorides in heterogeneous systems

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    Krylov, E.N.; Mashkevich, I.V.

    1986-10-20

    The formation of p-toluenesulfonyl fluoride in the heterogeneous reactions of p-toluenesulfonyl chloride with inorganic fluorides in dipolar aprotic solvents becomes faster in the series of alkali metals from lithium to rubidium in parallel with the decrease in the crystal-lattice energies of the fluorides. In media if DMF and dimethylacetamide, even at 0/sup 0/C, after a relatively short reaction time p-toluenesulfonyl chloride is converted practically completely in the corresponding fluoride.

  5. A lithium-fluoride flashover ion source cleaned with a glow discharge and irradiated with vacuum-ultraviolet radiation

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    Burns, E. J. T.; Woodworth, J. R.; Bieg, K. W.; Mehlhorn, T. A.; Stygar, W. A.; Sweeney, M. A.

    1988-01-01

    We have studied methods of varying the ion species generated by a lithium-fluoride overcoated anode in a 0.5-MV magnetically insulated ion diode. We found that cleaning the anode surface with a 13.6-MHz rf glow discharge or illuminating the anode with a pulsed soft x-ray, vacuum-ultraviolet (XUV) radiation source just before the accelerator pulse significantly altered the ion species of the ion beam produced by the diode. The glow-discharge plasma removed adsorbates (carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen) from the surface of the LiF flashover source. The ions seen were lithium and hydrogen. Unfortunately, the diode impedance with a lithium-fluoride anode was high and the ion efficiency was low; however, XUV irradiation of the surface dramatically lowered the impedance by desorbing neutrals from the ion source via photon-stimulated desorption. Current densities of ten times the Child-Langmuir space-charge limit were achieved under XUV irradiation. In particular, ion currents increased by over a factor of 3 when 12 mJ/cm2 of XUV radiation was used. However, with XUV irradiation the largest fraction of ions were fluorine, oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen, not lithium.

  6. Problems associated with large scale personnel monitoring of photons using lithium-fluoride TLD-100

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    Not Available

    1985-01-01

    The dosimetric properties of a large batch of lithium fluoride TLD-100 dosimeters when exposed to photons for total absorbed doses in the region from 0.1-10 mGy (10-100 mr) have been examined in this work. This region is of particular importance because in many operational health physics situations the majority (>90%) of all recorded absorbed doses to personnel lie in this region. With the possibility that occupational radiation dose limits may be reduced in the future accurate monitoring of individuals in this region will be of prime importance. The purpose of this thesis was to point out several effects which could compromise accurate dosimetric measurements in this region and to suggest some methods to minimize them. These effects include the effect of TLD batch composition, overresponse of the dosimeter to low energy photons, dose rate effects, the effects of storing the dosimeter before readout, and possible interference from ultraviolet and radiofrequency radiation. Each of these items can cause errors which can range up to 70%, depending on the total absorbed dose and the particulars of the radiation exposure. One effect which is of extreme interest is the induction of a thermoluminescent signal by radiofrequency radiation. Although this effect can cause gross errors in estimating the ionizing dose, it opens the possibility that LiF or another phosphor may have an application as a non-ionizing radiation dosimeter.

  7. Precise, reproducible nano-domain engineering in lithium niobate crystals

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    Boes, Andreas; Sivan, Vijay; Ren, Guanghui; Yudistira, Didit; Mailis, Sakellaris; Soergel, Elisabeth; Mitchell, Arnan

    2015-07-01

    We present a technique for domain engineering the surface of lithium niobate crystals with features as small as 100 nm. A film of chromium (Cr) is deposited on the lithium niobate surface and patterned using electron beam lithography and lift-off and then irradiated with a wide diameter beam of intense visible laser light. The regions patterned with chromium are domain inverted while the uncoated regions are not affected by the irradiation. With the ability to realize nanoscale surface domains, this technique could offer an avenue for fabrication of nano-photonic and phononic devices.

  8. Precise, reproducible nano-domain engineering in lithium niobate crystals

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    Boes, Andreas Sivan, Vijay; Ren, Guanghui; Yudistira, Didit; Mitchell, Arnan; Mailis, Sakellaris; Soergel, Elisabeth

    2015-07-13

    We present a technique for domain engineering the surface of lithium niobate crystals with features as small as 100 nm. A film of chromium (Cr) is deposited on the lithium niobate surface and patterned using electron beam lithography and lift-off and then irradiated with a wide diameter beam of intense visible laser light. The regions patterned with chromium are domain inverted while the uncoated regions are not affected by the irradiation. With the ability to realize nanoscale surface domains, this technique could offer an avenue for fabrication of nano-photonic and phononic devices.

  9. Lithium niobate single-crystal and photo-functional device

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    Gopalan, Venkatraman; Mitchell, Terrence E.; Kitamura, Kenji; Furukawa, Yasunori

    2001-01-01

    Provided are lithium niobate single-crystal that requires a low voltage of not larger than 10 kV/nm for its ferroelectric polarization inversion and of which the polarization can be periodically inverted with accuracy even at such a low voltage, and a photo-functional device comprising the crystal. The crystal has a molar fraction of Li.sub.2 O/(Nb.sub.2 O.sub.5 +Li.sub.2 O) of falling between 0.49 and 0.52. The photo-functional device can convert a laser ray being incident thereon.

  10. Characterization of the terbium-doped calcium fluoride single crystal

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    Zheleznov, Dmitry S.; Starobor, Aleksey V.; Palashov, Oleg V.

    2015-08-01

    Optical, thermo-optical and magneto-optical characteristics of the terbium-doped (10 at.%) calcium fluoride sample were investigated. It was made the analysis, confirmed the possibility of development of a Faraday isolator and a cryogenic Faraday isolator based on the studied medium, which will provide more than 30 dB isolation ratio of laser radiation in the "eye-safe" wavelength range (1530-1620 nm) at the 5 and 20 kW power, respectively.

  11. Divalent fluoride doped cerium fluoride scintillator

    DOEpatents

    Anderson, David F.; Sparrow, Robert W.

    1991-01-01

    The use of divalent fluoride dopants in scintillator materials comprising cerium fluoride is disclosed. The preferred divalent fluoride dopants are calcium fluoride, strontium fluoride, and barium fluoride. The preferred amount of divalent fluoride dopant is less than about two percent by weight of the total scintillator. Cerium fluoride scintillator crystals grown with the addition of a divalent fluoride have exhibited better transmissions and higher light outputs than crystals grown without the addition of such dopants. These scintillators are useful in radiation detection and monitoring applications, and are particularly well suited for high-rate applications such as positron emission tomography (PET).

  12. Effect of chloride incorporation on the crystallization of zirconium-barium-lanthanum-aluminum fluoride glass

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    Neilson, G. F.; Smith, G. L.; Weinberg, M. C.

    1985-01-01

    One aspect of the influence of preparation procedure on the crystallization behavior of a zirconium-barium-lanthanum-aluminum fluoride glass was studied. The crystallization pattern of this glass may be affected by the chlorine concentration within it. In particular, when such glasses are heated at low temperatures, the alpha-Ba-Zr-F6 crystalline phase forms only in those glasses which contain chloride.

  13. Origins of Large Voltage Hysteresis in High-Energy-Density Metal Fluoride Lithium-Ion Battery Conversion Electrodes.

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    Li, Linsen; Jacobs, Ryan; Gao, Peng; Gan, Liyang; Wang, Feng; Morgan, Dane; Jin, Song

    2016-03-01

    Metal fluorides and oxides can store multiple lithium ions through conversion chemistry to enable high-energy-density lithium-ion batteries. However, their practical applications have been hindered by an unusually large voltage hysteresis between charge and discharge voltage profiles and the consequent low-energy efficiency (<80%). The physical origins of such hysteresis are rarely studied and poorly understood. Here we employ in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, density functional theory calculations, and galvanostatic intermittent titration technique to first correlate the voltage profile of iron fluoride (FeF3), a representative conversion electrode material, with evolution and spatial distribution of intermediate phases in the electrode. The results reveal that, contrary to conventional belief, the phase evolution in the electrode is symmetrical during discharge and charge. However, the spatial evolution of the electrochemically active phases, which is controlled by reaction kinetics, is different. We further propose that the voltage hysteresis in the FeF3 electrode is kinetic in nature. It is the result of ohmic voltage drop, reaction overpotential, and different spatial distributions of electrochemically active phases (i.e., compositional inhomogeneity). Therefore, the large hysteresis can be expected to be mitigated by rational design and optimization of material microstructure and electrode architecture to improve the energy efficiency of lithium-ion batteries based on conversion chemistry. PMID:26847657

  14. Photorefractive effect at 775 nm in doped lithium niobate crystals

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    Nava, G.; Minzioni, P.; Cristiani, I.; Degiorgio, V.; Argiolas, N.; Bazzan, M.; Ciampolillo, M. V.; Pozza, G.; Sada, C.

    2013-07-15

    The photorefractive effect induced by 775-nm laser light on doped lithium niobate crystals is investigated by the direct observation in the far field of the transmitted-beam distortion as a function of time. Measurements performed at various Zr-doping concentrations and different light intensities show that the 775-nm light beam induces a steady-state photorefractive effect comparable to that of 532-nm light, but the observed build-up time of the photovoltaic field is longer by three-orders of magnitude. The 775-nm photorefractivity of lithium niobate crystals doped with 3 mol. % ZrO{sub 2} or with 5.5 mol. % MgO is found to be negligible.

  15. Origin of electronic transport of lithium phthalocyanine iodine crystal

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    Koike, Noritake; Oda, Masato; Shinozuka, Yuzo

    2013-12-04

    The electronic structures of Lithium Phthalocyanine Iodine are investigated using density functional theory. Comparing the band structures of several model crystals, the metallic conductivity of highly doped LiPcI{sub x} can be explained by the band of doped iodine. These results reveal that there is a new mechanism for electronic transport of doped organic semiconductors that the dopant band plays the main role.

  16. Optical cleaning of congruent lithium niobate crystals

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    Kösters, M.; Sturman, B.; Werheit, P.; Haertle, D.; Buse, K.

    2009-09-01

    Lithium niobate (LiNbO3), also called the `silicon of photonics', is indispensable in advanced photonics and nonlinear optics. For many applications, however, the material is too polluted by transition metals, which are unavoidable at the parts per million level. These impurities serve as sources and traps for photoelectrons, causing optical damage and hampering the usability of LiNbO3. Efforts have therefore been made to get rid of the photoexcitable electrons. Here we introduce a method termed `optical cleaning'. We show theoretically and experimentally that, if the material is heated to moderate temperatures, allowing ions to migrate and to maintain charge neutrality, an appropriately moving light beam pushes photoexcitable electrons out of the illuminated region like a brush, and provides exponential cleaning. This promises purification levels that are beyond the reach of current technologies.

  17. Determining the refractive index of shocked [100] lithium fluoride to the limit of transmissibility

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    Rigg, P. A. Scharff, R. J.; Hixson, R. S.; Knudson, M. D.

    2014-07-21

    Lithium fluoride (LiF) is a common window material used in shock- and ramp-compression experiments because it displays a host of positive attributes in these applications. Most commonly, it is used to maintain stress at an interface and velocimetry techniques are used to record the particle velocity at that interface. In this application, LiF remains transparent to stresses up to 200 GPa. In this stress range, LiF has an elastic-plastic response with a very low (<0.5 GPa) elastic precursor and exhibits no known solid-solid phase transformations. However, because the density dependence of the refractive index of LiF does not follow the Gladstone-Dale relation, the measured particle velocity at this interface is not the true particle velocity and must be corrected. For that reason, the measured velocity is often referred to as the apparent velocity in these types of experiments. In this article, we describe a series of shock-compression experiments that have been performed to determine the refractive index of LiF at the two most commonly used wavelengths (532 nm and 1550 nm) between 35 and 200 GPa to high precision. A modified form of the Gladstone-Dale relation was found to work best to fit the determined values of refractive index. In addition, we provide a direct relationship between the apparent and true particle velocity to correct experimentally obtained wave profiles by others using these velocimetry techniques.

  18. Structural changes of conversion metal fluoride cathodes in lithium ion batteries

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    Sina, Mahsa

    Currently, cathode materials for Li-ion batteries are based on intercalation processes where, during charge and discharge processes, Li intercalates into the crystal lattice while maintaining the host crystal structure. More recently, new cathode materials have been introduced based on conversion reactions involving phase transformation and complete reduction of the host transition metal. In addition, conversion reactions involve two or more Li ions with a resulting much higher capacity than obtainable for intercalation materials. However, mechanism of phase transformation and cycling reversibility are at present still poorly understood. In this study transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques including selected area electron diffraction (SAED) pattern, annular dark field (ADF) STEM image, and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) with nanoscale spatial resolution were used to study the phase evolution and structural changes of iron fluorides (FeFe2, FeO0.7F 1.3, FeF3) after various discharge/charge cycles. Additionally, the changes of the Fe valence states upon cycling were determined using EELS by measuring the L3/L2 intensity ratio of Fe-L edge. The structural transformations of FeO0.7F1.3 during the first lithiation show that litiahation contains two regions. The first region, lithiation is an intercalation reaction with reduction of Fe 3+ to Fe2+. The second region of lithiation involves a conversion reaction, with the formation of metallic Fe, LiF, and Li 0.7Fe2+0.5O0.7F0.3 (rocksalt type) phases. The first delithiation process follows a different conversion reaction path compared to the first lithiation reaction involving the formation an amorphous rutile-type phase along with with the rocksalt-type phase. Interestingly, upon full recharge (delithiated electrode), the measured average Fe valence state returns back to its initial value of Fe2.7+. The growth of a solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) layer formation at the electrode

  19. Anchoring Nanostructured Manganese Fluoride on Few-Layer Graphene Nanosheets as Anode for Enhanced Lithium Storage.

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    Rui, Kun; Wen, Zhaoyin; Lu, Yan; Shen, Chen; Jin, Jun

    2016-01-27

    Manganese fluoride (MnF2)/few-layer graphene nanosheets (GNS) composites are successfully prepared via a facile solvothermal method. It is found that in situ formed tetragonal MnF2 submicron crystals (50-200 nm) with good crystallinity anchoring homogeneously onto conducting GNS, allows the electrically insulating MnF2 particles to be wired up to the current collector with enhanced electron transport pathway. The MnF2/GNS composites act as anode in LIBs and display prominently improved electrochemical performance in comparison to that of pure MnF2, on account of the close interactions between the underlying graphene nanosheets and MnF2 particles grown atop. Distinctly enhanced capacity as high as 489 mAh g(-1) after 100 cycles can be obtained at 600 mA g(-1), while the self-activation process can be greatly accelerated at 6000 mA g(-1) with a maximum specific capacity of 530 mAh g(-1). With long cycling stability for 4000 cycles at 6000 mA g(-1), the MnF2/GNS composite can be deemed as an attractive candidate anode for high-capacity, long cycle life, and environmentally friendly LIBs. PMID:26727406

  20. Vertical Bridgman growth of calcium lithium niobium gallium garnet crystals

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    Xu, Xuewu; Chong, Tow-Chong; Zhang, Guangyu; Li, Minghua; Soo, Lay Hiok; Xu, Wei; Freeman, Bill

    2003-03-01

    The growth of calcium lithium niobium gallium garnet (CLNGG) crystal has been carried out using platinum crucibles in a vertical Bridgman (VB) furnace with three resistance-heating zones. Transparent CLNGG crystals grown from the congruent melts with and without weight loss compensation are different in color and are 25 mm in diameter and about 70 mm in length. The phase identification of the sintered raw materials, grown crystals and white compound formed on the side surface of the grown crystal has been done using the powder X-ray diffraction method. The formation of the white compound is related to the {1 0 0} facet growth near the side surface. The naturally selected growth direction of the CLNGG crystal grown without a seed is near <1 1 1> , which is in good agreement with the morphological importance analysis according to the BFDH law. The VB-grown CLNGG also shows a cleavable feature parallel to {1 1 0} face and no absorption peaks in the wavelength range of 1100-1600 nm. The linear thermal-expansion coefficient of the CLNGG crystal along <1 1 1> direction is also reported and compared with that of CNGG, GGG and platinum crucible.

  1. Structural examination of lithium niobate ferroelectric crystals by combining scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy

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    Efremova, P. V.; Ped'ko, B. B.; Kuznecova, Yu. V.

    2016-02-01

    The structure of lithium niobate single crystals is studied by a complex technique that combines scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. By implementing the piezoresponse force method on an atomic force microscope, the domain structure of lithium niobate crystals, which was not revealed without electron beam irradiation, is visualized

  2. Conductivity degradation of polyvinylidene fluoride composite binder during cycling: Measurements and simulations for lithium-ion batteries

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    Grillet, Anne M.; Humplik, Thomas; Stirrup, Emily K.; Roberts, Scott A.; Barringer, David A.; Snyder, Chelsea M.; Janvrin, Madison R.; Apblett, Christopher A.

    2016-07-02

    The polymer-composite binder used in lithium-ion battery electrodes must both hold the electrodes together and augment their electrical conductivity while subjected to mechanical stresses caused by active material volume changes due to lithiation and delithiation. We have discovered that cyclic mechanical stresses cause significant degradation in the binder electrical conductivity. After just 160 mechanical cycles, the conductivity of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF):carbon black binder dropped between 45–75%. This degradation in binder conductivity has been shown to be quite general, occurring over a range of carbon black concentrations, with and without absorbed electrolyte solvent and for different polymer manufacturers. Mechanical cycling ofmore » lithium cobalt oxide (LiCoO2) cathodes caused a similar degradation, reducing the effective electrical conductivity by 30–40%. Mesoscale simulations on a reconstructed experimental cathode geometry predicted the binder conductivity degradation will have a proportional impact on cathode electrical conductivity, in qualitative agreement with the experimental measurements. Lastly, ohmic resistance measurements were made on complete batteries. Direct comparisons between electrochemical cycling and mechanical cycling show consistent trends in the conductivity decline. This evidence supports a new mechanism for performance decline of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries during operation – electrochemically-induced mechanical stresses that degrade binder conductivity, increasing the internal resistance of the battery with cycling.« less

  3. Photoemission of Doped Lithium Tetraborate Crystals Being Developed for Neutron Dosimetry

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    Dugan, Christina; Hengehold, Robert; McHale, Stephen; McClory, John; Petrosky, James

    2010-10-01

    Lithium tetraborate or LTB crystals are being developed for possible use in solid state neutron detectors. Already used in thermo luminescence dosimeters, LTB is of interest due to its large cross section for neutron capture by lithium and boron. The reaction between lithium and a neutron produces an alpha particle and tritium. When boron interacts with a neutron an alpha particle and lithium are produced. These reactions are the basis for neutron detection, and an LTB crystal enriched with Mn should show improved efficiency for neutron detection. There is, however, a lack of fundamental characterization information regarding this useful material, particularly with regard to its electronic configuration. In this study, photoemission spectroscopy has been used to determine the energy level structure of manganese doped Lithium Tetraborate crystals. Measurements were made using UV photons from the storage ring of the synchrotron at Louisiana State University. Comparison will be made between Mn doped LTB crystals and undoped crystals.

  4. The OH - absorption spectra of low doped lithium niobate crystals

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    Kong, Yongfa; Zhang, Wanlin; Xu, Jingjun; Yan, Wenbo; Liu, Hongde; Xie, Xiang; Li, Xiaochun; Shi, Lihong; Zhang, Guangyin

    2004-07-01

    The OH - absorption spectra of low doped lithium niobate (LiNbO 3) crystals have been investigated. Though no apparent band shift is observed in these absorption spectra, their shapes are quite different. In order to analyze the information on the defect structure underlying these OH - absorption bands, the normalization and difference methods were employed. It was found that although the doping concentrations are under the thresholds the doping ions have apparent affect to the site occupation of OH - ions. The OH - vibrations related to Mg Li+ (Mg 2+ occupying Li-site) and In Li2+ are 3483 and 3484 cm -1 in LiNbO 3:Mg and LiNbO 3:In crystals, respectively. The absorption peak of LiNbO 3:Ti (2.5 mol%) crystal at 3487 cm -1 is mainly related to Ti Li3+-OH - and the 3489 cm -1 peak of LiNbO 3:Mg (5.0 mol%), Ti (10.0 mol%) related to Mg Li+-OH -, Ti Nb--OH - and Ti Li3+-OH -. Doping with Na improves the peak intensity near 3466 cm -1 and induces a new absorption peak at 3470 cm -1. The absorption bands of LiNbO 3 crystals codoped with trivalent ions are associated with the co-effect of the doped ions and have some different characteristics from mono-doped crystals.

  5. ac conductance of surface layer in lithium tetraborate single crystals

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    Kim, Chung-Sik; Park, Jong-Ho; Moon, Byung Kee; Seo, Hyo-Jin; Choi, Byung-Chun; Hwang, Yoon-Hwae; Kim, Hyung Kook; Kim, Jung Nam

    2003-12-01

    ac conductance for the electrode effect in Li2B4O7 single crystal was investigated by use of a coplanar electrode applied on the surface of a (001) plate. A coplanar electrode in this material more clearly shows conduction of the electrode effect than a conventional parallel planar electrode. The electrode effect in ac conductance is likely to be controlled by the surface layer, which is a poorly conductive depletion layer possibly filled with vacancies of lithium ions. We found that the surface layer is not locally distributed near the electrodes, but, rather, on the broad area of the surface (001) plane of the material. So we conclude that the electrode effect in ac conduction of Li2B4O7 single crystal is mainly due to the poor conductive surface layer distributed over the whole surface of the (001) plane and is not a secondary phase formed by reaction with the electrode material.

  6. Crystallization And Viscosity Of Heavy Metal Fluoride Glasses

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    Moynihan, C. T.; Mossadegh, R.; Crichton, S. N.; Gupta, P. K.; Drexhage, M. G.

    1986-05-01

    Shear viscosity data for a glassforming ZrF4-BaF2-LaF3-A1F3 composition covering the range from the highly fluid melt down to the glass transition (10-1 to 1013 P) have been collected from five sources. The viscosity temperature dependence is highly non-Arrhenius and cannot be described by three parameter expressions such as the Fulcher equation. The four parameter Cohen-Grest equation, however, does give a good fit to the data, possibly allowing interpolation in the range of intermediate viscosity important for fiber drawing where data is currently lacking. The viscosity data are compared with crystallization temperatures obtained by DSC during heating and cooling at 10K/min.

  7. Neutron-induced defects in the lithium tetraborate single crystals

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    Burak, Y. V.; Padlyak, B. V.; Shevel, V. M.

    The X-band (nucongruent to9.4 GHz) electron spin resonance (ESR) spectra of the un-doped isotopically enriched lithium tetraborate (LTB) Li2B4O7 single crystals, irradiated by thermal neutrons (fluences Phi(n) =2.74x 10(15) divided by 1.79 x 10(18) cm(-2) ) were investigated at 300 and 77 K. The LTB crystals of high chemical purity and optical quality with different isotope compositions (Li-6(2) (B4O7)-B-10 , Li-6(2) (B4O7)-B-11 , Li-7(2) (B4O7)-B-10 and Li-7(2) (B4O7)-B-11) were grown by Czochralski technique. The thermal neutrons (the total quantity >90%) with fluence near 10(18) cm(-2) induce at least 4 different types of stable paramagnetic centers in the Li and B isotopically enriched LTB crystals. The ESR spectra, electron structure and efficiency of generation for centers, induced by thermal neutrons, essentially depend on neutron fluence and isotope composition of the LTB crystals. The local symmetry and the spin Hamiltonian parameters of the observed paramagnetic centers were determined and their electron structure were established. The possible models and formation mechanism of the radiation defects, induced by thermal neutrons in the LTB lattice, are proposed.

  8. Cesium iodide crystals fused to vacuum tube faceplates

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    Fleck, H. G.

    1964-01-01

    A cesium iodide crystal is fused to the lithium fluoride faceplate of a photon scintillator image tube. The conventional silver chloride solder is then used to attach the faceplate to the metal support.

  9. Micro- and nanostructures in lithium niobate single crystals doped with lanthanides

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    Palatnikov, M. N. Shcherbina, O. B.; Sidorov, N. V.; Bormanis, K.

    2010-09-15

    Lithium niobate single crystals doped with lanthanides (Gd, Er) and nominally pure single crystals of congruent and stoichiometric compositions have been grown under time-dependent thermal conditions. Regular growth domain microstructures and periodic nanostructures have been investigated by optical microscopy and atomic force microscopy with a step from 10 to 100 nm. Comparative investigations of the Raman spectra of lithium niobate single crystals of different compositions have been performed.

  10. The Effects of Gravity on the Crystallization Behavior of Heavy Metal Fluoride Glasses

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    Tucker, Dennis S.; Smith, Guy A.

    2004-01-01

    Heavy metal fluoride glasses are used in such applications as fiber lasers and laser amplifiers. ZrF4-BaF2-LaF3-AlF3-NaF (ZBLAN) is one of the more commonly used heavy metal fluoride glasses. ZBLAN is an infrared transmitter and has a theoretical attenuation coefficient of 0.002 db/km. However, due to impurities and small crystallites this attenuation coefficient has not been achieved to date. ZBLAN is a fragile glass which can lead to rapid crystallization, if the glass is not cooled rapidly to below the glass transition temperature or if the glass is reheated near the crystallization temperature for any period of time. Studies carried on at Marshall Space Flight Center and the University of Alabama in Huntsville since 1993 have shown that heating ZBLAN glass at the crystallization temperature in reduced gravity results in a suppression of crystallization when compared to ZBLAN processed in unit gravity. These studies utilized NASA's KC-135 aircraft and the Conquest sounding rocket. In the first series of experiments, short lengths of ZBLAN fiber were heated to the crystallization temperature in reduced gravity on board the KC- 135 and the Conquest sounding rocket and compared with fibers heated in unit gravity. The fibers processed in reduced gravity showed no evidence of crystallization when studied with x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. However, the fibers processed in unit gravity were completely crystallized. Subsequent experiments included heating small pieces of ZBLAN glass at the crystallization temperature while viewing with a video camera to follow the crystallization phenomenon. In this experiment crystallization was observed in reduced gravity, however, it was suppressed when compared to heating in unit gravity. In the most recent experiment on board the KC-135, rapid thermal analysis of ZBLAN was performed. A mechanism to explain the observations has been proposed. This mechanism is based on shear thinning whereby, the glass

  11. Time-resolved study of the plasma-plume emission during the nanosecond ablation of lithium fluoride

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    Camacho, J. J.; Diaz, L.; Cid, J. P.; Poyato, J. M. L.

    2013-10-01

    The properties of the plasma-plume accompanying the pulsed laser ablation of lithium fluoride (LiF) at medium-vacuum conditions (4 Pa) were studied by a combination of spatially and temporally resolved optical emission spectroscopy. The laser-induced plasma at CO2 laser intensities ranging from 0.18 to 4.7 GW × cm- 2 was found strongly ionized in F+, Li+, F2 +, and F3 + species and rich in neutral lithium and fluorine atoms. The temporal behavior of excited Li atoms and ionized excited species F+, Li+, F2 +, and F3 + is reported. The results show a faster decay of the continuum emission and Li+, F3 +, and F2 + ionic species than in the case of F+ and neutral Li atoms. The velocity distributions of atomic and ionic species are obtained from time-of-flight measurements. Electron density and excitation temperature in the laser-induced plasma were estimated from the analysis of spectral data at various delay times from the CO2 laser pulse incidence. From the intensity decay of Li+, F+, F2 + and F3 + with the delay time, we have estimated the three-body electron-ion recombination rate constants for these species.

  12. Fluoride Binding and Crystal-Field Analysis of Lanthanide Complexes of Tetrapicolyl-Appended Cyclen.

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    Blackburn, Octavia A; Kenwright, Alan M; Jupp, Andrew R; Goicoechea, Jose M; Beer, Paul D; Faulkner, Stephen

    2016-06-20

    Lanthanide complexes of tetrapicolyl cyclen displayed remarkably high affinities for fluoride (log K≈5) in water, and were shown to form 1:1 complexes. The behaviour of these systems can be rationalised by changes to the magnitude of the crystal-field parameter, B20 . However, such changes are not invariably accompanied by a change in sign of this parameter: for early lanthanides, the N8 donor set with a coordinated axial water molecule ensures that the magnetic anisotropy has the opposite sense to that observed in the analogous dehydrated lanthanide complexes. PMID:27167830

  13. Radiation effects and defects in lithium borate crystals

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    Ogorodnikov, Igor N.; Poryvay, Nikita E.; Pustovarov, Vladimir A.

    2010-11-01

    The paper presents the results of a study of the formation and decay of lattice defects in wide band-gap optical crystals of LiB3O5 (LBO), Li2B4O7 (LTB) and Li6Gd(BO3)3 (LGBO) with a sublattice of mobile lithium cations. By means of thermoluminescence techniques, and luminescent and absorption optical spectroscopy with a nanosecond time resolution under excitation with an electron beam, it was revealed that the optical absorption in these crystals in the visible and ultraviolet spectral ranges is produced by optical hole-transitions from the local defect level to the valence band states. The valence band density of the states determines mainly the optical absorption spectral profile, and the relaxation kinetics is rated by the interdefect non-radiative tunnel recombination between the trapped-hole center and the Li0 trapped-electron centers. At 290 K, the Li0 centers are subject to thermally stimulated migration. Based on experimental results, the overall picture of thermally stimulated recombination processes with the participation of shallow traps was established for these crystals.

  14. Lithium containing chalcogenide single crystals for neutron detection

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    Tupitsyn, E.; Bhattacharya, P.; Rowe, E.; Matei, L.; Cui, Y.; Buliga, V.; Groza, M.; Wiggins, B.; Burger, A.; Stowe, A.

    2014-05-01

    Lithium containing semiconductor-grade chalcogenide single crystals were grown using the vertical Bridgman method. The source material was synthesized from elementary precursors in two steps, (i) preparing the metal alloy LiIn or LiGa, and (ii) reaction with chalcogen - Se or Te. In a number of experiments, enriched 6Li isotope was used for synthesis and growth. The composition and structure of the synthesized materials was verified using powder X-Ray diffraction. The energy band gaps of the crystals were determined using optical absorption measurements. The resistivity of LiInSe2 and LiGaSe2, obtained using current-voltage measurements is on the order of 108-1011 Ω cm. Photoconductivity measurement of a yellow LiInSe2 sample showed a peak in the photocurrent around 445 nm. Nuclear radiation detectors were fabricated from single crystal wafers and the responses to alpha particles, neutrons and gammas were measured and presented. It suggests that this material is a promising candidate for neutron detection applications.

  15. Shock compression experiments on Lithium Deuteride single crystals.

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    Knudson, Marcus D.; Desjarlais, Michael Paul; Lemke, Raymond W.

    2014-10-01

    S hock compression exper iments in the few hundred GPa (multi - Mabr) regime were performed on Lithium Deuteride (LiD) single crystals . This study utilized the high velocity flyer plate capability of the Sandia Z Machine to perform impact experiments at flyer plate velocities in the range of 17 - 32 km/s. Measurements included pressure, density, and temperature between %7E200 - 600 GPa along the Principal Hugoniot - the locus of end states achievable through compression by large amplitude shock waves - as well as pressure and density of re - shock states up to %7E900 GPa . The experimental measurements are compared with recent density functional theory calculations as well as a new tabular equation of state developed at Los Alamos National Labs.

  16. Electrical conduction in nanodomains in congruent lithium tantalate single crystal

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    Cho, Yasuo

    2014-01-27

    The electrical current flow behavior was investigated for nanodomains formed in a thin congruent lithium tantalate (LiTaO{sub 3}) single-crystal plate. When the nanodomains were relatively large, with diameters of about 100 nm, current flow was detected along the domain wall. However, when they were about 40 nm or smaller, the current flowed through the entire nanodomain. Schottky-like rectifying behavior was observed. Unlike the case of LiNbO{sub 3}, optical illumination was not required for current conduction in LiTaO{sub 3}. A clear temperature dependence of the current was found indicating that the conduction mechanism for nanodomains in LiTaO{sub 3} may involve thermally activated carrier hopping.

  17. In-Situ Crystallization of a Lithium Disilicate Glass--Effect of Pressure on Crystal Growth Rate

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    Fuss, T.; Ray, C. S.; Lesher, C. E.; Day, D. E.

    2006-01-01

    Crystallization of a Li2O.2SiO2 (LS2) glass subjected to a uniform hydrostatic pressure of 4.5 GPa and 6 GPa was investigated up to a temperature of 750 C. The density of the compressed glass is about 2% greater at 4.5 GPa than at 1 atm and, depending upon the processing temperature, up to 10% greater at 6 GPa. Crystal growth rates investigated as a function of temperature and pressure show that lithium disilicate crystal growth is an order of magnitude slower at 4.5 GPa than 1 atm resulting in a shift of +45 C (plus or minus 10 C) in the growth rate curve at high pressure compared to 1 atm condition. At 6 GPa lithium disilicate crystallization is suppressed entirely, while a new high pressure lithium metasilicate crystallizes at temperatures 95 C (plus or minus 10 C) higher than those reported for lithium disilicate crystallization at 1 atm. The decrease in crystal growth rate with increasing pressure for lithium disilicate glass up to 750 C is related to an increase in viscosity with pressure associated with fundamental changes in glass structure accommodating densification.

  18. Impact of Nanosilicates on Poly(vinylidene fluoride) Crystal Polymorphism: Part 1. Melt-crystallization at High Supercooling

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    Ince-Gunduz, B.; Alpern, R; Amare, D; Crawford, J; Dolan, B; Jones, S; Kobylarz, R; Reveley, M; Cebe, P

    2010-01-01

    Polymorphism of poly(vinylidene fluoride), PVDF, in the presence of Lucentite STN organically modified silicate (OMS) is investigated for PVDF nanocomposites melt-crystallized at high supercooling temperatures where neat PVDF crystallizes exclusively in the alpha crystalline phase. Nanocomposites were prepared from solution with 0-1.0 wt% OMS composition. Here we observed that clay addition promotes gamma phase formation in nanocomposites melt-crystallized at high supercooling (i.e., at low crystallization temperature), whereas previously we showed that even small amount of nanosilicates resulted in beta phase formation in cold-crystallized PVDF nanocomposites. Wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) studies showed that {alpha}- and {gamma}-phases co-existed in nanocomposites containing up to 0.1 wt% OMS, and the amount of {alpha}-crystals substantially diminished for higher OMS content. Formation of {gamma}-crystal phase was confirmed with morphologic observation of spherulites of low-birefringence using polarizing optical and atomic force microscopies, and their crystalline structures were verified by FTIR and Raman microscopic spectroscopy. We also address in this work the ambiguities in assessing PVDF crystallographic phases, and correct the phase identification errors which have persisted up to this point in the literature based on melting point confusion. The crystal phase identification for PVDF nanocomposites is discussed and clarified, based on X-ray scattering, vibrational spectra, and thermal analysis. For reference, we provide a vibrational band list, indicating the close, or overlapping bands, of the three phases of PVDF: {alpha}, {beta} and {gamma}.

  19. Ferroelectric properties of vinylidene fluoride/tetrafluoroethylene copolymer thin films consisting of needle-like crystals

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    Nakagawa, Yuuta; Hashizume, Yoichiro; Nakajima, Takashi; Okamura, Soichiro

    2016-05-01

    Unique ferroelectric vinylidene fluoride (VDF)/tetrafluoroethylene (TeFE) copolymer thin films consisting of needle-like crystals were formed using Au-sputtered substrates. The VDF/TeFE films with a mixing ratio of 80:20 mol % were melted at 170 °C for 30 min and then recrystallized at 116 °C for 300 min. The molecules in the resultant needle-like crystals had a β-phase form and showed 200/110 orientation, while the direction of each needle-like crystal was random in-plane. The remanent polarization of the 450-nm-thick VDF/TeFE films consisting of the needle-like crystals were estimated to be 62 mC/m2 from the electric displacement vs electric field (D–E) hysteresis measurement at the applied field of 156 MV/m and the frequency of 10 Hz. The remanent polarization of 62 mC/m2 was approximately 50% larger than that of conventional VDF/TeFE films consisting of plate-like crystals.

  20. Refinement of the crystal structure of lithium-bearing uvite

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    Rozhdestvenskaya, I. V. Frank-Kamenetskaya, O. V.; Kuznetsova, L. G.; Bannova, I. I.; Bronzova, Yu. M.

    2007-03-15

    The crystal structure of a natural calcium tourmaline, i.e., uvite with a high lithium content (0.51 au per formula (aupf) at the Y site, is refined to R = 0.019, R{sub w} = 0.020, and S = 1.11. It is shown that, in nature, there exist uvites in which the charge balance in the case where the Z site is occupied by trivalent cations is provided by the replacement of part of the divalent magnesium cations at the Y site by univalent cations, divalent calcium cations at the X site by sodium cations, and univalent anions at the W site by oxygen anions. The W site is found to be split into two sites, namely, the W1 and W11 sites (the W1-W11 distance is 0.14 A), which are partially occupied by the fluorine and oxygen anions, respectively. An analysis of the results obtained in this study and the data available in the literature on the crystal structure of uvites allows the conclusion that uvite can be considered a superspecies and that the nomenclature of this mineral group needs refinement with the use of structural data.

  1. Growth and characterization of Cu (II) doped negatively soluble lithium sulfate monohydrate crystals

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    Boopathi, K.; Ramasamy, P.; Bhagavannarayana, G.

    2014-01-01

    Single crystals of pure and Cu (II) doped negatively soluble lithium sulfate monohydrate have been grown by slow evaporation solution technique. In the present work, to improve the crystalline quality of lithium sulfate monohydrate crystal, metal dopant was incorporated into the pure crystals. The as grown crystals are clear, transparent and the sizes of the crystals were up to 18×12×3 mm3 and 50×15×5 mm3. The presence of metal dopant has been confirmed by energy dispersive spectroscopy, atomic absorption spectroscopy analysis. Single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction studies were carried out to ascertain lattice parameters and identify different phase nature. Optical transmission spectrum of the grown crystals was recorded. FT-IR and thermal analysis were carried out to investigate the functional group and thermal behavior of the grown crystals respectively. The grown crystal was subjected to Vickers micro hardness, HRXRD, piezoelectric, laser damage threshold measurements and second harmonic generation efficiency studies.

  2. Sulfonic Acid- and Lithium Sulfonate-Grafted Poly(Vinylidene Fluoride) Electrospun Mats As Ionic Liquid Host for Electrochromic Device and Lithium-Ion Battery.

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    Zhou, Rui; Liu, Wanshuang; Leong, Yew Wei; Xu, Jianwei; Lu, Xuehong

    2015-08-01

    Electrospun polymer nanofibrous mats loaded with ionic liquids (ILs) are promising nonvolatile electrolytes with high ionic conductivity. The large cations of ILs are, however, difficult to diffuse into solid electrodes, making them unappealing for application in some electrochemical devices. To address this issue, a new strategy is used to introduce proton conduction into an IL-based electrolyte. Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (P(VDF-HFP)) copolymer is functionalized with sulfonic acid through covalent attachment of taurine. The sulfonic acid-grafted P(VDF-HFP) electrospun mats consist of interconnected nanofibers, leading to remarkable improvement in dimensional stability of the mats. IL-based polymer electrolytes are prepared by immersing the modified mats in 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (BMIM(+)BF4(-)). It is found that the SO3(-) groups can have Lewis acid-base interactions with the cations (BMIM(+)) of IL to promote the dissociation of ILs, and provide additional proton conduction, resulting in significantly improved ionic conductivity. Using this novel electrolyte, polyaniline-based electrochromic devices show higher transmittance contrast and faster switching behavior. Furthermore, the sulfonic acid-grafted P(VDF-HFP) electrospun mats can also be lithiated, giving additional lithium ion conduction for the IL-based electrolyte, with which Li/LiCoO2 batteries display enhanced C-rate performance. PMID:26167794

  3. Crystal and Electronic Structures of Neptunium Nitrides Synthesized Using a Fluoride Route

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    Silva, G W Chinthaka M; Weck, Dr. Phil F.; Eunja, Dr. Kim; Yeamans, Dr. Charles B.; Cerefice, Gary S.; Sattelberger, Alfred P; Czerwinski, Ken R.

    2012-01-01

    A low-temperature fluoride route was utilized to synthesize neptunium mononitride, NpN. Through the development of this process, two new neptunium nitride species, NpN{sub 2} and Np{sub 2}N{sub 3}, were identified. The NpN{sub 2} and Np{sub 2}N{sub 3} have crystal structures isomorphous to those of UN{sub 2} and U{sub 2}N{sub 3}, respectively. NpN{sub 2} crystallizes in a face-centered cubic CaF{sub 2}-type structure with a space group of Fm3m and a refined lattice parameter of 5.3236(1) {angstrom}. The Np{sub 2}N{sub 3} adopts the body-centered cubic Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3}-type structure with a space group of Ia{bar 3}. Its refined lattice parameter is 10.6513(4) {angstrom}. The NpN synthesis at temperatures {le} 900 C using the fluoride route discussed here was also demonstrated. Previous computational studies of the neptunium nitride system have focused exclusively on the NpN phase because no evidence was reported experimentally on the presence of NpN{sub x} systems. Here, the crystal structures of NpN{sub 2} and Np{sub 2}N{sub 3} are discussed for the first time, confirming the experimental results by density functional calculations (DFT). These DFT calculations were performed within the local-density approximation (LDA+U) and the generalized-gradient approximation (GGA+U) corrected with an effective Hubbard parameter to account for the strong on-site Coulomb repulsion between Np 5f electrons. The effects of the spin-orbit coupling in the GGA+U calculations have also been investigated for NpN{sub 2} and NpN.

  4. Crystal and electronic structures of neptunium nitrides synthesized using a fluoride route.

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    Silva, G W Chinthaka; Weck, Philippe F; Kim, Eunja; Yeamans, Charles B; Cerefice, Gary S; Sattelberger, Alfred P; Czerwinski, Kenneth R

    2012-02-15

    A low-temperature fluoride route was utilized to synthesize neptunium mononitride, NpN. Through the development of this process, two new neptunium nitride species, NpN(2) and Np(2)N(3), were identified. The NpN(2) and Np(2)N(3) have crystal structures isomorphous to those of UN(2) and U(2)N(3), respectively. NpN(2) crystallizes in a face-centered cubic CaF(2)-type structure with a space group of Fm3m and a refined lattice parameter of 5.3236(1) Å. The Np(2)N(3) adopts the body-centered cubic Mn(2)O(3)-type structure with a space group of Ia3. Its refined lattice parameter is 10.6513(4) Å. The NpN synthesis at temperatures ≤900 °C using the fluoride route discussed here was also demonstrated. Previous computational studies of the neptunium nitride system have focused exclusively on the NpN phase because no evidence was reported experimentally on the presence of NpN(x) systems. Here, the crystal structures of NpN(2) and Np(2)N(3) are discussed for the first time, confirming the experimental results by density functional calculations (DFT). These DFT calculations were performed within the local-density approximation (LDA+U) and the generalized-gradient approximation (GGA+U) corrected with an effective Hubbard parameter to account for the strong on-site Coulomb repulsion between Np 5f electrons. The effects of the spin-orbit coupling in the GGA+U calculations have also been investigated for NpN(2) and NpN. PMID:22280303

  5. High-performance lithium storage in an ultrafine manganese fluoride nanorod anode with enhanced electrochemical activation based on conversion reaction.

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    Rui, Kun; Wen, Zhaoyin; Huang, Xiao; Lu, Yan; Jin, Jun; Shen, Chen

    2016-02-01

    A facile, one-step solvothermal reaction route for the preparation of manganese fluoride nanorods is successfully developed using manganese(II) chloride tetrahydrate (MnCl2·4H2O) as the manganese source and the ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (BmimBF4) as the fluorine source. X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) are conducted to characterize the structural and microstructural properties of the synthesized MnF2. The pure-phase tetragonal MnF2 displays nanorod-like morphology with a diameter of about 20 nm and a length of several hundreds of nanometers. The electrochemical performance of the MnF2 nanorod anode for rechargeable lithium batteries is investigated. A reversible discharge capacity as high as 443 mA h g(-1) at 0.1 C is obtained for the lithium uptake reaction with an initial discharge plateau around 0.7 V. The striking enhancement in electrochemical Li storage performance in ultrafine MnF2 nanorods can be attributed to the small diameters of the nanorods and efficient one-dimensional electron transport pathways. Long cycle performance for 2000 cycles at 10 C with a stabilized capacity of about 430 mA h g(-1) after activation is also achieved. Furthermore, lithiated and delithiated MnF2 anodes are analyzed with HRTEM to elucidate the conversion mechanism for the electrochemical reaction of MnF2 nanorods with Li at a microscopic level. PMID:26766389

  6. Effect of Preparation Methods on Crystallization Behavior and Tensile Strength of Poly(vinylidene fluoride) Membranes.

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    Liu, Jie; Lu, Xiaolong; Wu, Chunrui

    2013-01-01

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membranes were prepared by non solvent induced phase separation (NIPS), melt spinning and the solution-cast method. The effect of preparation methods with different membrane formation mechanisms on crystallization behavior and tensile strength of PVDF membranes was investigated. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy-attenuated total reflectance (FTIR-ATR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were employed to examine the crystal form of the surface layers and the overall membranes, respectively. Spherulite morphologies and thermal behavior of the membranes were studied by polarized light optical microscopy (PLO) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) separately. It was found that the crystallization behavior of PVDF membranes was closely related to the preparation methods. For membranes prepared by the NIPS method, the skin layers had a mixture of α and β phases, the overall membranes were predominantly α phase, and the total crystallinity was 60.0% with no spherulite. For melt spinning membranes, the surface layers also showed a mixture of α and β phases, the overall membranes were predominantly α phase. The total crystallinity was 48.7% with perfect spherulites. Whereas the crystallization behavior of solution-cast membranes was related to the evaporation temperature and the additive, when the evaporation temperature was 140 °C with a soluble additive in the dope solution, obvious spherulites appeared. The crystalline morphology of PVDF exerted a great influence on the tensile strength of the membranes, which was much higher with perfect spherulites. PMID:24957064

  7. Effect of Preparation Methods on Crystallization Behavior and Tensile Strength of Poly(vinylidene fluoride) Membranes

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    Liu, Jie; Lu, Xiaolong; Wu, Chunrui

    2013-01-01

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membranes were prepared by non solvent induced phase separation (NIPS), melt spinning and the solution-cast method. The effect of preparation methods with different membrane formation mechanisms on crystallization behavior and tensile strength of PVDF membranes was investigated. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy-attenuated total reflectance (FTIR-ATR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were employed to examine the crystal form of the surface layers and the overall membranes, respectively. Spherulite morphologies and thermal behavior of the membranes were studied by polarized light optical microscopy (PLO) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) separately. It was found that the crystallization behavior of PVDF membranes was closely related to the preparation methods. For membranes prepared by the NIPS method, the skin layers had a mixture of α and β phases, the overall membranes were predominantly α phase, and the total crystallinity was 60.0% with no spherulite. For melt spinning membranes, the surface layers also showed a mixture of α and β phases, the overall membranes were predominantly α phase. The total crystallinity was 48.7% with perfect spherulites. Whereas the crystallization behavior of solution-cast membranes was related to the evaporation temperature and the additive, when the evaporation temperature was 140 °C with a soluble additive in the dope solution, obvious spherulites appeared. The crystalline morphology of PVDF exerted a great influence on the tensile strength of the membranes, which was much higher with perfect spherulites. PMID:24957064

  8. Instability of Polyvinylidene Fluoride-Based Polymeric Binder in Lithium-Ion Cells: Final Report

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    Garcia, M.; Nagasubramanian, G.; Tallant, D.R.; Roth, E.P.

    1999-05-01

    Thermal instabilities were identified in SONY-type lithium-ion cells and correlated with interactions of cell constituents and reaction products. Three temperature regions of interaction were identified and associated with the state of charge (degree of Li intercalation) of the cell. Anodes were shown to undergo exothermic reactions as low as 100 degree C involving the solid electrolyte interface (SEI) layer and the LiPF(6) salt in the electrolyte (EC-PC:DEC/IM LiPF(6)). These reactions could account for the thermal runaway observed in these cells beginning at 100 degree C. Exothermic reactions were also observed in the 200 degree C to 300 degree C region between the intercalated lithium anodes, the LiPF(6) salt, and the PVDF. These reactions were followed by a high-temperature reaction region, 300 degree C to 400 degree C, also involving the PVDF binder and the intercalated lithium anodes. The solvent was not directly involved in these reactions but served as a moderator and transport medium. Cathode exothermic reactions with the PVDF binder were observed above 200 degree C and increased with the state of charge (decreasing Li content). The stability of the PVDF binder as a function of electrochemical cycling was studied using FTIR. The infrared spectra from the extracts of both electrodes indicate that PVDF is chemically modified by exposure to the lithium cell electrolyte (as well as electrochemical cycling) in conjunction with NMP extraction. Preconditioning of PVDF to dehydrohalogenation, which may be occurring by reaction with LiPf(6), makes the PVDF susceptible to attack by a range of nucleophiles.

  9. Twin defects in thick stoichiometric lithium tantalate crystals prepared by a vapor transport equilibration method

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    Yang, Jinfeng; Sun, Jun; Xu, Jingjun; Li, Qinglian; Shang, Jifang; Zhang, Ling; Liu, Shiguo; Huang, Cunxin

    2016-01-01

    The twins were observed and investigated in vapor transport equilibration (VTE) treated lithium tantalate crystals by burying congruent lithium tantalate crystals (CLT) in a Li-rich polycrystalline powder. Twins and their etched patterns were observed under an optical polarizing microscope, and the geometry of the twins was discussed. Twin composition planes were the { 01 1 bar 2 } planes. The cause of twinning was analyzed and verified by experiment. The results indicate that the emergence of twins is due to sintering stress, which arises from sintered Li-rich polycrystalline powders at high temperature. 3.2 mm thick stoichiometric lithium tantalate (SLT) crystals without twins were obtained by setting corundum crucibles over the top of the crystals to make crystals free from the sintering stress. In addition, cracks were observed at the intersection of twin bands, and the stress caused by the dislocation pile-up was considered to be the reason for the formation of cracks.

  10. Growth of high quality bulk size single crystals of inverted solubility lithium sulphate monohydrate

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    Silambarasan, A.; Rajesh, P.; Ramasamy, P.

    2015-06-01

    The paper summarizes the processes of growing large lithium sulfate monohydrate (LSMH) single crystals. We have established a procedure to grow high quality bulk size single crystals of inverted solubility LSMH by a newly developed unidirectional crystallization technique called the Sankeranarayenan - Ramasamy (SR) method. The convective flow of crystal growth processes from solution and the conditions of growing crystals of various aspects were discussed. Good quality LSMH single crystal is grown of the size 20 mmX80 mm without cracks, localized-defects and inclusions. The as-grown crystals are suitable for piezoelectric and nonlinear optical applications.

  11. Growth of high quality bulk size single crystals of inverted solubility lithium sulphate monohydrate

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    Silambarasan, A.; Rajesh, P. Ramasamy, P.

    2015-06-24

    The paper summarizes the processes of growing large lithium sulfate monohydrate (LSMH) single crystals. We have established a procedure to grow high quality bulk size single crystals of inverted solubility LSMH by a newly developed unidirectional crystallization technique called the Sankeranarayenan - Ramasamy (SR) method. The convective flow of crystal growth processes from solution and the conditions of growing crystals of various aspects were discussed. Good quality LSMH single crystal is grown of the size 20 mmX80 mm without cracks, localized-defects and inclusions. The as-grown crystals are suitable for piezoelectric and nonlinear optical applications.

  12. Growth of Crack-Free 3-Inch-Diameter Lithium Tetraborate Single Crystals by Czochralski Method

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    Komatsu, Ryuichi; Sugihara, Tadashi; Uda, Satoshi

    1994-09-01

    The growth of crack-free 3-inch-diameter lithium tetraborate ( Li2B4O7) single crystals by the Czochralski method has been studied. The relationships between crystal cracking rate during growth and the crystal rotation rate and the position of the work-coil have been examined. It is concluded that crystal cracking at a later stage of growth is related to the temperature fluctuation in melt.

  13. Optical properties and radiation damages of cerium fluoride crystals doped with alkali-earth and rare-earth elements

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    Gusev, Y.I.; Melchakov, E.N.; Mironov, I.A.; Panteleev, L.A.; Reiterov, V.M.; Rodnyi, P.A.; Seliverstov, D.M.; Shchetkowsky, A.I.; Yazikov, D.M.; Zakharov, N.G.

    1994-12-31

    The most essential contribution in the investigation of CeF{sub 3} crystals having the goal to construct high precision electromagnetic calorimeters has been done by Crystal Clear Collaboration. Study of optical properties and radiation damages of Cerium Fluoride crystals doped with Ca, Ba, Sr, La, Nd, Zr and Hf in the wide range of concentrations has been performed with the goal to obtain high optical transparency of crystals at different cumulative doses under {gamma}-irradiation. Time decay curves and relative light yields of scintillators as a function of doping level were measured using X-ray excitation of samples and single photon counting method.

  14. Positioning Vise for Crystal Cleavage

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    Hallberg, F. C.; Morgan, C. J.

    1984-01-01

    Vise manipulates brittle crystals, such as lithium fluoride, so they are in proper position for cleaving. Vise allows crystals as thin as 2 millimeters or less positioned so that cleaved without breakage. Vise holds workpiece firmly but gently. Bushings, shafts and adjusting screw designed to move jaws smoothly and uniformly with great tactile sensitivity.

  15. Photoluminescence of radiation-induced color centers in lithium fluoride thin films for advanced diagnostics of proton beams

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    Piccinini, M. Ampollini, A.; Picardi, L.; Ronsivalle, C.; Bonfigli, F.; Libera, S.; Vincenti, M. A.; Montereali, R. M.; Ambrosini, F.; Nichelatti, E.

    2015-06-29

    Systematic irradiation of thermally evaporated 0.8 μm thick polycrystalline lithium fluoride films on glass was performed by proton beams of 3 and 7 MeV energies, produced by a linear accelerator, in a fluence range from 10{sup 11} to 10{sup 15} protons/cm{sup 2}. The visible photoluminescence spectra of radiation-induced F{sub 2} and F{sub 3}{sup +} laser active color centers, which possess almost overlapping absorption bands at about 450 nm, were measured under laser pumping at 458 nm. On the basis of simulations of the linear energy transfer with proton penetration depth in LiF, it was possible to obtain the behavior of the measured integrated photoluminescence intensity of proton irradiated LiF films as a function of the deposited dose. The photoluminescence signal is linearly dependent on the deposited dose in the interval from 10{sup 3} to about 10{sup 6 }Gy, independently from the used proton energies. This behavior is very encouraging for the development of advanced solid state radiation detectors based on optically transparent LiF thin films for proton beam diagnostics and two-dimensional dose mapping.

  16. Low operating voltage n-channel organic field effect transistors using lithium fluoride/PMMA bilayer gate dielectric

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    Kumar, S.; Dhar, A.

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • Alternative to chemically crosslinking of PMMA to achieve low leakage in provided. • Effect of LiF in reducing gate leakage through the OFET device is studied. • Effect of gate leakage on transistor performance has been investigated. • Low voltage operable and low temperature processed n-channel OFETs were fabricated. - Abstract: We report low temperature processed, low voltage operable n-channel organic field effect transistors (OFETs) using N,N′-Dioctyl-3,4,9,10-perylenedicarboximide (PTCDI-C{sub 8}) organic semiconductor and poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA)/lithium fluoride (LiF) bilayer gate dielectric. We have studied the role of LiF buffer dielectric in effectively reducing the gate leakage through the device and thus obtaining superior performance in contrast to the single layer PMMA dielectric devices. The bilayer OFET devices had a low threshold voltage (V{sub t}) of the order of 5.3 V. The typical values of saturation electron mobility (μ{sub s}), on/off ratio and inverse sub-threshold slope (S) for the range of devices made were estimated to be 2.8 × 10{sup −3} cm{sup 2}/V s, 385, and 3.8 V/decade respectively. Our work thus provides a potential substitution for much complicated process of chemically crosslinking PMMA to achieve low leakage, high capacitance, and thus low operating voltage OFETs.

  17. Elastic properties of poly(vinyldene fluoride) (PVDF) crystals: A density functional theory study

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    Pei, Yong; Zeng, Xiao Cheng

    2011-05-01

    We computed structural and elastic properties of totally nine phases of poly(vinyldene fluoride) (PVDF) crystals using the density-functional theory (DFT) method with and without inclusion of the dispersion corrections. In addition to the four known crystalline forms, mechanic properties of five theoretically predicted crystalline forms of PVDF are also investigated. The all-trans form Ip exhibits the largest cohesive energy, bulk, and Young's modulus among the nine crystalline forms. The DFT calculations suggest that the δ crystalline forms (IIIau, IIIpu, IIIpd, and IIIad) possess poor chain rigidity among the nine PVDF crystalline forms. In contrast, a change of relative orientation of PVDF chains does not lead to significant change in cohesive energy and mechanic properties. A comparison of the cohesive energies of nine crystalline forms of PVDF suggests that the theoretically proposed crystalline forms of PVDF are quite stable.

  18. Radiation Induced Optical Absorption of Cubic Lead Fluoride Crystals and the Effect of Annealing

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    Ren, Guo-Hao; Chen, Xiao-Feng; Li, Huan-Ying; Wu, Yun-Tao; Shi, Hong-Sheng; Qin, Lai-Shun

    2014-08-01

    Transparent and colorless lead fluoride crystals with sizes of 20 × 20 × 20 (mm3) are irradiated with several doses of γ-rays from a 60 Co source. Their transmittance spectra before and after irradiation are measured, and a new parameter ΔT = Tb - Ta is defined to evaluate the irradiation damage. Three optical absorption bands peaking at 270 nm, 370 nm and 500 nm are found in the plots of ΔT versus wavelength, and their intensities increase with the irradiation dose. These optical absorption bands, except the one at 270 nm, can recover spontaneously with time. Thermal annealing treatment can enhance this recovery of the transmittance, while the optimum annealing temperature for different samples depends on the irradiation dose.

  19. Microporous gel electrolytes based on amphiphilic poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) for lithium batteries

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    Yu, Shicheng; Chen, Lie; Chen, Yiwang; Tong, Yongfen

    2012-03-01

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) grafted poly(poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate) (PVDF-HFP-g-PPEGMA) is simply prepared by single-step synthesis directly via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (PEGMA) from poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP). Thermal, mechanical, swelling and electrochemical properties, as well as microstructures of the prepared polymer electrolytes, are evaluated and the effects of the various contents and average molecular weights of PEGMA on those properties are also been investigated. By phase inversion technique, the copolymer membranes tend to form well-defined microporous morphology with the increase of content and average molecular weight of PEGMA, due to the competition and cooperation between the hydrophilic PEGMA segments and hydrophobic PVDF-HFP. When these membranes are gelled with 1 M LiCF3SO3 in ethylene carbonate (EC)/propylene carbonate (PC) (1:1, v/v), their saturated electrolyte uptakes (up to 323.5%) and ion conductivities (up to 2.01 × 10-3 S cm-1) are dramatically improved with respect to the pristine PVDF-HFP, ascribing to the strong affinity of the hydrophilic PEGMA segments with the electrolytes. All the polymer electrolytes are electrochemically stable up to 4.7 V versus Li/Li+, and show good mechanical properties. Coin cells based on the polymer electrolytes show stable charge-discharge cycles and deliver discharge capacities to LiFePO4 is up to 156 mAh g-1.

  20. Mesoporous NiO crystals with dominantly exposed {110} reactive facets for ultrafast lithium storage

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    Su, Dawei; Ford, Mike; Wang, Guoxiu

    2012-01-01

    Faceted crystals with exposed highly reactive planes have attracted intensive investigations for applications such as hydrogen production, enhanced catalytic activity, and electrochemical energy storage and conversion. Herein, we report the synthesis of mesoporous NiO crystals with dominantly exposed {110} reactive facets by the thermal conversion of hexagonal Ni(OH)2 nanoplatelets. When applied as anode materials in lithium-ion batteries, mesoporous NiO crystals exhibit a high reversible lithium storage capacity of 700 mAh g−1 at 1 C rate in 100 cycles and an excellent cyclability. In particular, the dominantly exposed {110} reactive facets and mesoporous nanostructure of NiO crystals lead to ultrafast lithium storage, which mimics the high power delivery of supercapacitors. PMID:23226591

  1. Lithium

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    Jaskula, B.W.

    2011-01-01

    In 2010, lithium consumption in the United States was estimated to have been about 1 kt (1,100 st) of contained lithium, a 23-percent decrease from 2009. The United States was estimated to be the fourth largest consumer of lithium. It remained the leading importer of lithium carbonate and the leading producer of value-added lithium materials. Only one company, Chemetall Foote Corp. (a subsidiary of Chemetall GmbH of Germany), produced lithium compounds from domestic resources. In 2010, world lithium consumption was estimated to have been about 21 kt (22,000 st) of lithium contained in minerals and compounds, a 12-percent increase from 2009.

  2. Lithium

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    Jaskula, B.W.

    2010-01-01

    In 2009, lithium consumption in the United States was estimated to have been about 1.2 kt (1,300 st) of contained lithium, a 40-percent decrease from 2008. The United States was estimated to be the fourth largest consumer of lithium, and remained the leading importer of lithium carbonate and the leading producer of value-added lithium materials. Only one company, Chemetall Foote Corp. (a subsidiary of Chemetall GmbH of Germany), produced lithium compounds from domestic resources. In 2009, world lithium consumption was estimated to have been about 18.7 kt (20,600 st) of lithium contained in minerals and compounds.

  3. Optimizing the performance of bandpass photon detectors for inverse photoemission: Transmission of alkaline earth fluoride window crystals

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    Thiede, Christian Schmidt, Anke B.; Donath, Markus

    2015-08-15

    Bandpass photon detectors are widely used in inverse photoemission in the isochromat mode at energies in the vacuum-ultraviolet spectral range. The energy bandpass of gas-filled counters is usually formed by the ionization threshold of the counting gas as high-pass filter and the transmission cutoff of an alkaline earth fluoride window as low-pass filter. The transmission characteristics of the window have, therefore, a crucial impact on the detector performance. We present transmission measurements in the vacuum-ultraviolet spectral range for alkaline earth fluoride window crystals in the vicinity of the transmission cutoff as a function of crystal purity, surface finish, surface contamination, temperature, and thickness. Our findings reveal that the transmission characteristics of the window crystal and, thus, the detector performance depend critically on these window parameters.

  4. Spectral separation of Cr3+ optical centers in stoichiometric magnesium-doped lithium niobate crystals

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    Galutskii, V. V.; Stroganova, E. V.; Yakovenko, N. A.

    2011-03-01

    The broadband luminescence of chromium optical centers with strongly overlapping spectral lines and similar emission probabilities from excited 4 T 2 states of red and green Cr3+ centers in stoichiometric magnesium-doped lithium niobate crystals has been separated for the first time. The spectral-luminescence characteristics and parameters of intracenter interaction between red and green optical Cr3+ centers in stoichiometric lithium niobate have been calculated. The luminescence quantum efficiencies of red and green chromium centers are determined.

  5. Design of nanobeam photonic crystal resonators for a silicon-on-lithium-niobate platform.

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    Witmer, Jeremy D; Hill, Jeff T; Safavi-Naeini, Amir H

    2016-03-21

    We outline the design for a photonic crystal resonator made in a hybrid Silicon/Lithium Niobate material system. Using the index contrast between silicon and lithium niobate, it is possible to guide and confine photonic resonances in a thin film of silicon bonded on top of lithium niobate. Quality factors greater than 106 at optical wavelength scale mode volumes are achievable. We show that patterning electrodes on such a system can yield an electro-optic coupling rate of 0.6 GHz/V (4 pm/V). PMID:27136784

  6. Design of nanobeam photonic crystal resonators for a silicon-on-lithium-niobate platform

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    Witmer, Jeremy D.; Hill, Jeff T.; Safavi-Naeini, Amir H.

    2016-03-01

    We outline the design for a photonic crystal resonator made in a hybrid Silicon/Lithium Niobate material system. Using the index contrast between silicon and lithium niobate, it is possible to guide and confine photonic resonances in a thin film of silicon bonded on top of lithium niobate. Quality factors greater than $10^6$ at optical wavelength scale mode volumes are achievable. We show that patterning electrodes on such a system can yield an electro-optic coupling rate of 0.6 GHz/V (4 pm/V).

  7. Freestanding manganese dioxide nanosheet network grown on nickel/polyvinylidene fluoride coaxial fiber membrane as anode materials for high performance lithium ion batteries

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    Zhang, Yan; Luo, Zhongping; Xiao, Qizhen; Sun, Tianlei; Lei, Gangtie; Li, Zhaohui; Li, Xiaojing

    2015-11-01

    A novel manganese dioxide (MnO2) nanosheet network grown on nickel/polyvinylidene fluoride (Ni/PVDF) coaxial fiber membrane is successfully fabricated by a three-step route: the polyvinylidene fluoride fiber membrane is prepared by electrospinning method, and then the Ni(shell)/PVDF(core) coaxial fiber membrane with core-shell structure can be obtained by the electroless deposition, and finally the manganese dioxide nanosheet network grown on Ni/PVDF coaxial fiber membrane can be achieved by using a simple hydrothermal treatment. This as-prepared binder-free and flexible composite membrane is directly used as anode for lithium ion batteries. The excellent electrochemical performance of the composite membrane can be attributed to the unique combinative effects of nanosized MnO2 network and conductive Ni/PVDF fiber matrix as well as the porous structure of composite fiber membrane.

  8. Growth of lithium triborate single crystals from molten salt solution under various temperature gradients

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    Guretskii, S. A.; Ges, A. P.; Zhigunov, D. I.; Ignatenko, A. A.; Kalanda, N. A.; Kurnevich, L. A.; Luginets, A. M.; Milovanov, A. S.; Molchan, P. V.

    1995-12-01

    Single crystals of lithium triborate LiB 3O 5 (LBO) have been grown by the top-seeded solution growth method with B 2O 3 as a solvent using different temperature gradients in the zone of crystallization. Optical and nonlinear optical properties of LBO single crystals have been investigated. The influence of post-growth thermal treatment in oxygen atmosphere on the optical properties has been studied.

  9. Lithium

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    Jaskula, B.W.

    2012-01-01

    In 2011, world lithium consumption was estimated to have been about 25 kt (25,000 st) of lithium contained in minerals and compounds, a 10-percent increase from 2010. U.S. consumption was estimated to have been about 2 kt (2,200 st) of contained lithium, a 100-percent increase from 2010. The United States was estimated to be the fourth-ranked consumer of lithium and remained the leading importer of lithium carbonate and the leading producer of value-added lithium materials. One company, Chemetall Foote Corp. (a subsidiary of Chemetall GmbH of Germany), produced lithium compounds from domestic brine resources near Silver Peak, NV.

  10. Lithium

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    Ober, J.A.

    2006-01-01

    In 2005, lithium consumption in the United States was at 2.5 kt of contained lithium, nearly 32% more than the estimate for 2004. World consumption was 14.1 kt of lithium contained in minerals and compounds in 2003. Exports from the US increased slightly compared with 2004. Due to strong demand for lithium compounds in 2005, both lithium carbonate plants in Chile were operating at or near capacity.

  11. Investigations on growth and property of mid-infrared lithium selenoindate single crystals

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    Dai, Li; Tan, Chao; Yan, Zhehua; Xu, Yuheng

    2016-08-01

    Lithium selenoindate (LiInSe2) crystals with high optical quality are successfully grown by small-angle inclined horizontal temperature gradient condensation. In order to evaluate the various characteristics, the powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectrum, optical damage resistance ability and Vickers hardness in lithium selenoindate crystals were studied. The growth crystals have orthorhombic nature, a = 6.184 Å, b = 7.092 Å and c = 8.207 Å. The damage thresholds of LiInSe2 crystal with the front face and back face were 224 mW/cm2 and 165 mW/cm2. Also the Vickers hardness number of LiInSe2 crystal was found to be 342.4 kg/mm2.

  12. Lattice vibrations and phase-transition soft mode in near stoichiometric lithium niobate crystals

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    Xia, H. R.; Sun, S. Q.; Cheng, X. F.; Dong, S. M.; Xu, H. Y.; Gao, L.; Cui, D. L.

    2005-08-01

    At room temperature, Raman-scattering investigations of near stoichiometric lithium niobate (S-LN) crystals theoretically and experimentally reveal an effect of the lattice vacant positions on the Raman spectra. At high temperature, Raman peaks of the mode ν5 vary sensitively and intensely with the increase of the temperature. A condensed soft optical-phonon mode originates from the triply degenerate symmetric in-plane O-Nb-O bending. The paraelectric-ferroelectric structural transition occurs at about 1170°C. The composition homogeneity and optical uniformity of the S-LN crystals are demonstrated to be excellent compared with those of the congruent lithium niobate.

  13. Influence of sodium fluoride (NaF) on the crystallization and spectral properties of L-tyrosine

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    Thenmozhi, M.; Suguna, K.; Sekar, C.

    2011-12-01

    L-Tyrosine (C 9H 11NO 3) is an essential amino acid in living organisms. It is also a building unit in protein, takes part in bio-synthesis of hormones, neurotransmitters, pigments and one of the organic chemical constituents of urinary stones. L-Tyrosine has been crystallized in silica gel by double diffusion technique with and without the addition of NaF. The crystals had rosette-like shape. In case of fluoride addition, two types of crystals have formed: rosette like crystallites, at the gel-solution interface and reticulate type crystallites beneath the interface. XRD results confirmed that both the products are of L-tyrosine with identical crystal structures. Crystal structure, morphology, thermal and spectral properties are analyzed using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and UV-vis transmittance studies. The TG-DTA results suggest that the thermal stability of L-tyrosine has markedly improved due to fluoride doping. Optical band gap energy of NaF grown L-tyrosine crystallite is estimated as 4.28 eV. Second harmonic generation efficiency test indicates that L-tyrosine crystals can be used for application in nonlinear optical devices.

  14. Optical and structural properties of single-crystal lithium niobate thin film

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    Han, Huangpu; Cai, Lutong; Hu, Hui

    2015-04-01

    High-refractive-index contrast, single-crystal lithium niobate thin films are emerging as a new platform for integrated optics. Such lithium niobate thin films are prepared using ion implantation and direct-wafer bonding to a SiO2 layer deposited on a LN substrate. However, the ion-implantation process can cause changes in the refractive index and result in lattice damage, and there are few studies on the optical and structural properties of lithium niobate thin film to compensate for this. In this paper, we reported that the refractive index of lithium niobate thin film can reach that of the bulk material by annealing in an oxygen atmosphere at 500 °C for 5 h. The experimental results of high-resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD) and Rutherford back-scattering spectrum (RBS) showed a good crystal lattice arrangement in the LN thin film. These experimental results confirmed that the refractive index and crystal-lattice structural properties of the lithium niobate thin film were similar to that of the bulk material. To demonstrate the application on integrated optics, a 1 μm wide photonic wire was fabricated and the near-field intensity profile at 1.55 μm wavelength was obtained and compared with the simulation result.

  15. Growth, Structural And Optical Studies On Bis L-alanine Lithium Chloride (BLALC) Single Crystal

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    Rose, A. S. J. Lucia; Selvarajan, P.; Perumal, S.

    2011-10-01

    Bis L-alanine Lithium Chloride (BLALC) single crystals were grown successfully by solution method with slow evaporation technique at room temperature. Crystals of size 15 x 9 x 4 mm3 have been obtained in 28 days. The grown crystals were colourless and transparent. Single crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD) study showed that BLALC belongs to orthorhombic system with a non-centro-symmetric space group P212121. The crystallinity of BLALC crystal was confirmed by the powder X-ray diffraction study and diffraction peaks were indexed. The functional groups of the grown crystals have been identified by FTIR studies. UV-visible transmittance spectrum was recorded to study the optical transparency of BLALC crystal. The nonlinear optical (NLO) property of the grown crystal was confirmed by Kurtz-Perry powder technique.

  16. EPR and ENDOR studies of point defects in lithium tetraborate crystals

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    Buchanan, Douglas A.

    Lithium tetraborate (Li2B4O7 or LTB) is a promising material for both radiation dosimetry and neutron detection applications. LTB crystals can be grown pure or doped with different impurities including transition-metal and rare-earth ions. Research in this dissertation focuses on undoped LTB crystals and LTB crystals doped with copper and silver. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and electron-nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) are used to characterize point defects in the lithium tetraborate crystals. Thermoluminescence (TL), photoluminescence (PL), photoluminescence excitation (PLE), and optical absorption (OA) are also used. An intrinsic hole trap associated with lithium vacancies is characterized with EPR and ENDOR and its thermal stability is determined using thermoluminescence. A "perturbed" hole trap due to Ag2+ ions is characterized in doped crystals using EPR data alone. This method is tested on a previously studied hole center where both EPR and ENDOR were used. New x-ray induced centers are identified in copper-doped crystals. These include two Cu 2+ hole centers and two Cu0 electron centers. These centers are characterized with EPR and their thermal stability explains TL peaks in glow curves. Finally, a comprehensive study utilizing EPR, OA, PL, and PLE data provide convincing explanations for the absorption and emission features of silver-doped crystals.

  17. A large-area lithium-fluoride Bragg spectrometer for stellar X-ray astronomy

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    Stockman, H. S., Jr.; Woodgate, B. E.; Nidey, R. A.; Angel, J. R. P.

    1975-01-01

    A large-area Bragg spectrometer used to search for the Fe XXV X-ray emission lines of Sco X-1 is described. The device has 3400 sq cm of LiF on nine crystal panels aligned perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the rocket. X rays satisfying the Bragg condition reflect into an array of nine companion proportional counters. A pointing system incorporating a free gyroscope with 2 degrees of freedom assures that target X rays are reflected at the required angle and produces repeated spectral scans of the X-ray continuum, which are later superimposed to correct temporal effects. The instrument is capable of detecting a narrow line flux from Sco X-1 of about .01 photons/sq cm/sec.

  18. RETRACTED: Crystal growth and spectroscopic characterization of Aloevera amino acid added lithium sulfate monohydrate: A non-linear optical crystal

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    Manimekalai, R.; Antony Joseph, A.; Ramachandra Raja, C.

    2014-03-01

    This article has been retracted: please see Elsevier Policy on Article Withdrawal. This article has been retracted at the request of authors. According to the author we have reported Aloevera Amino Acid added Lithium sulphate monohydrate [AALSMH] crystal is a new nonlinear optical crystal. From the recorded high performance liquid chromatography spectrum, by matching the retention times with the known compounds, the amino acids present in our extract are identified as homocystine, isoleucine, serine, leucine and tyrosine. From the thin layer chromatography and colorimetric estimation techniques, presence of isoleucine was identified and it was also confirmed by NMR spectrum. From the above studies, we came to conclude that AALSMH is new nonlinear optical crystal. After further investigation, lattice parameter values of AALSMH are coinciding with lithium sulphate. Therefore we have decided to withdraw our paper. Sorry for the inconvenience and time spent.

  19. Lithium

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    Ober, J.

    1998-01-01

    The lithium industry can be divided into two sectors: ore concentrate producers and chemical producers. Ore concentrate producers mine lithium minerals. They beneficiate the ores to produce material for use in ceramics and glass manufacturing.

  20. Non-Isothermal Calorimetric Studies of the Crystallization of Lithium Disilicate Glass

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    Ray, C. S.; Day, D. E.; Huang, W.; Narayan, K. Lakshmi; Cull, T. S.; Kelton, K. F.

    1996-01-01

    The influence of preannealing treatments on the polymorphic crystallization of lithium disilicate glasses is examined. As expected, glasses heated at different rates through the temperature range where there is significant nucleation develop widely different numbers of nuclei. This can dramatically influence the stability and transformation characteristics of the annealed glass. Non-isothermal differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and differential thermal analysis (DTA) measurements are demonstrated to be useful to probe the nucleation behavior. The first systematic investigations of particle size effects on the non-isothermal transformation behavior are presented and discussed. Based on DTA and microscopy experiments, we show that small particles of lithium disilicate glasses crystallize primarily by surface crystallization. The relative importance of surface versus volume crystallization is examined by varying particle size, by introducing nucleating agents and by exposing glasses to atmospheres of different water content. These data are analyzed quantitatively using a numerical model developed in a second paper following in this volume.

  1. One-Step Synthesis of Titanium Oxyhydroxy-Fluoride Rods and Research on the Electrochemical Performance for Lithium-ion Batteries and Sodium-ion Batteries

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    Li, Biao; Gao, Zhan; Wang, Dake; Hao, Qiaoyan; Wang, Yan; Wang, Yongkun; Tang, Kaibin

    2015-10-01

    Titanium oxyhydroxy-fluoride, TiO0.9(OH)0.9F1.2 · 0.59H2O rods with a hexagonal tungsten bronze (HTB) structure, was synthesized via a facile one-step solvothermal method. The structure, morphology, and component of the products were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetry (TG), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM (HRTEM), inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), ion chromatograph, energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) analyses, and so on. Different rod morphologies which ranged from nanoscale to submicron scale were simply obtained by adjusting reaction conditions. With one-dimension channels for Li/Na intercalation/de-intercalation, the electrochemical performance of titanium oxyhydroxy-fluoride for both lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) and sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) was also studied. Electrochemical tests revealed that, for LIBs, titanium oxyhydroxy-fluoride exhibited a stabilized reversible capacity of 200 mAh g-1 at 25 mA g-1 up to 120 cycles in the electrode potential range of 3.0-1.2 V and 140 mAh g-1 at 250 mA g-1 up to 500 cycles, especially; for SIBs, a high capacity of 100 mAh g-1 was maintained at 25 mA g-1 after 115 cycles in the potential range of 2.9-0.5 V.

  2. Spectral diversity crystalline fluoride lasers

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    Jenssen, H.P.; Gabbe, D.R.; Linz, A.; Naiman, C.S.

    1981-01-01

    Within the realm of crystalline laser materials, the class of fluorides distinguishes itself mostly by the wide variety of laser wavelengths displayed. Laser operation has now been reported from 3.9 micrometers in the infrared to 286 nm in the ultraviolet. Many are operated flash-lamp pumped, while others have shown high utility as linear down conversion lasers and rare earth ion, while others are sensitized by other co-dopants which absorb the pump energy and transfer it to the active laser ions. The potential of large spectral diversity for laser operation is due both to the wide window of transparency that fluorides possess and the lower rates of nonradiative decay. The high band gap in the ultraviolet also leads to low linear absorption, low nonlinear refractive indices and multiphoton absorption. Additionally, the good chemical stability displayed by high-purity stoichiometric fluoride compounds allows their use with ultraviolet pump sources at high energies, without incurring UV-induced damage. The most recent research associated with such materials, particularly the host crystal, lithium yttrium fluoride, LiYF4 (YLF) is reviewed.

  3. Method of forming single crystals of beta silicon carbide using liquid lithium as a solvent

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    Lundberg, Lynn B.

    1982-01-01

    A method of growing single crystals of beta SiC from solution using molten lithium as a solvent for polycrystalline SiC feed material. Reasonable growth rates are accomplished at temperatures in the range of about 1330.degree. C. to about 1500.degree. C.

  4. Zirconium dioxide nanofilled poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) complexed with lithium trifluoromethanesulfonate as composite polymer electrolyte for electrochromic devices

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    Puguan, John Marc C.; Chinnappan, Amutha; Kostjuk, Sergei V.; Kim, Hern

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • Successful synthesis of electrolyte by blending PVdF-HFP, ZrO{sub 2} and LiCF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}. • ZrO{sub 2} increased electrolyte conductivity by two orders of magnitude. • ZrO{sub 2} doubled bulk mechanical strength of electrolyte in terms of Young’s modulus. • Electrolytes gave a optimum optical transmittance of 52.6%. - Abstract: Poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP) polymer electrolyte containing zirconium dioxide nanocrystals (ZrO{sub 2}-NC) and lithium trifluoromethanesulfonate (LiCF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}) has been synthesized using the conventional solution casting method. The addition of ZrO2-NC into the polymeric substrate gave remarkable properties in terms of the electrolyte’s ionic conductivity as well as its bulk mechanical strength. The enhanced amorphicity of the polymeric substrate due to ZrO{sub 2} and the nanofiller’s high dielectric constant make an excellent combination to increase the ionic conductivity (above 10{sup −4} S cm{sup −1}). Increasing the nanofiller content raises the ionic conductivity of the electrolyte by two orders of magnitude of which the optimum is 2.65 × 10{sup −4} S cm{sup −1} at 13.04 wt% ZrO{sub 2}-NC loading. Also, the Young’s modulus, an indicator of electrolyte’s mechanical stability, dramatically increased to 207 MPa upon loading 13.04 wt% ZrO{sub 2}-NC. Using UV–vis spectroscopy, the electrolytes with 13.04% ZrO{sub 2}-NC scanned from 200–800 nm wavelengths exhibited a maximum optical transmittance of 52.6% at 10 μm film thickness. The enhanced conductivity, high mechanical strength and reasonable optical transmittance shown by our composite polymer electrolyte make an excellent electrolyte for future energy saving smart windows such as electrochromic devices.

  5. Two-color photorefractive properties in near-stoichiometric lithium tantalate crystals

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    Liu, Youwen; Kitamura, Kenji; Takekawa, Shunji; Nakamura, Masaru; Furukawa, Yasunori; Hatano, Hideki

    2004-06-01

    The two-color photorefractive properties in undoped as-grown near-stoichiometric lithium tantalate crystals were investigated, where a near-infrared laser and a cw ultraviolet beam were used for writing and gating, respectively. The key parameters in characterizing two-color photorefractive effect, light-induced absorption change, two-color sensitivity, refractive index change, readout characteristics, and dark decay were measured by changing intensities of gating and writing beams, wavelengths of gating and writing beams for the crystals with different near-stoichiometric crystal compositions, and proton concentrations. The results showed that there exists an optimal crystal composition of around 49.65% for both sensitivity and refractive index change together with moderate lifetime of small polarons. The achieved refractive index change was on the order of 10-4, and the obtained maximum sensitivity was 0.18 cm/J. The extrapolated lifetime of holograms at room temperature in the crystals without observable OH- absorption was longer than 50 yr. The measurements of UV-induced absorption change at room temperature and low temperature of 77.3 K suggested that the unintentional impurity of Fe and intrinsic defects were responsible for two-color photorefractive effect. The excellent two-color photorefractive properties of undoped as-grown near-stoichiometric lithium tantalate crystals were discussed based on this mechanism and the physical properties of lithium tantalate.

  6. Growth of negative solubility lithium sulfate monohydrate crystal by slow evaporation and Sankaranarayanan-Ramasamy method

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    Boopathi, K.; Rajesh, P.; Ramasamy, P.

    2012-04-01

    Single crystals of negatively soluble lithium sulfate monohydrate (LSMH) have been grown by conventional and Sankaranarayanan-Ramasamy (SR) methods. A negatively soluble material has been grown for the first time by the SR method. The size of the grown crystal is 40 mm length and 15 mm diameter. The solubility of the material has been found at different temperatures. The grown crystals were subjected to high resolution X-ray diffraction studies, UV-vis analysis, dielectric measurements, Vickers micro-hardness, piezoelectric measurements, laser damage threshold and second harmonic generation studies. Crystalline perfection of the grown crystals was analyzed using HRXRD. The grown crystals were found to be transparent in the entire visible region. The SR method grown crystal has higher hardness, lower dielectric loss, higher piezoelectric charge coefficient and higher laser stability compared to the conventional method grown crystal. The powder Kurtz method confirms that LSMH has SHG efficiency.

  7. Damage threshold of lithium niobate crystal under single and multiple femtosecond laser pulses: theoretical and experimental study

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    Meng, Qinglong; Zhang, Bin; Zhong, Sencheng; Zhu, Liguo

    2016-06-01

    The damage threshold of lithium niobate crystal under single and multiple femtosecond laser pulses has been studied theoretically and experimentally. Firstly, the model for the damage threshold prediction of crystal materials based on the improved rate equation has been proposed. Then, the experimental measure method of the damage threshold of crystal materials has been given in detail. On the basis, the variation of the damage threshold of lithium niobate crystal with the pulse duration has also been analyzed quantitatively. Finally, the damage threshold of lithium niobate crystal under multiple laser pulses has been measured and compared to the theoretical results. The results show that the transmittance of lithium niobate crystal is almost a constant when the laser pulse fluence is relative low, whereas it decreases linearly with the increase in the laser pulse fluence below the damage threshold. The damage threshold of lithium niobate crystal increases with the increase in the duration of the femtosecond laser pulse. And the damage threshold of lithium niobate crystal under multiple laser pulses is obviously lower than that irradiated by a single laser pulse. The theoretical data fall in good agreement with the experimental results.

  8. Growth and characterization of pure and semiorganic nonlinear optical Lithium Sulphate admixtured l-alanine crystal

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    Vela, T.; Selvarajan, P.; Freeda, T. H.; Balasubramanian, K.

    2013-04-01

    Lithium sulphate admixtured l-alanine (LSLA) salt was synthesized and the solubility of the commercially available l-alanine and the synthesized LSLA sample was determined in de-ionized water at various temperatures. In accordance with the solubility data, the saturated aqueous solutions of l-alanine and lithium admixtured l-alanine were prepared separately and the single crystals of the samples were grown by the solution method with a slow evaporation technique. Studying single x-ray diffraction shows that pure and LSLA crystal belong to the orthorhombic system with a non-centrosymmetric space group P212121. Using the powder x-ray diffraction study, the crystallinity of the grown crystals is confirmed and the diffraction peaks are indexed. The various functional groups present in the pure and LSLA crystal are elucidated from Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy study. UV-visible transmittance is recorded to study the optical transmittance range for the grown crystals. The powder second harmonic generation test confirms the nonlinear optical property of the grown crystals. From the microhardness test, the hardness of the grown crystals is estimated. The dielectric behaviour, such as the dielectric constant and the loss of the sample, are measured as a function of temperature and frequency. The ac conductivity of the grown crystals is also studied and the activation energy is calculated.

  9. Shape of isolated domains in lithium tantalate single crystals at elevated temperatures

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    Shur, V. Ya.; Akhmatkhanov, A. R.; Chezganov, D. S.; Lobov, A. I.; Baturin, I. S.; Smirnov, M. M.

    2013-12-01

    The shape of isolated domains has been investigated in congruent lithium tantalate (CLT) single crystals at elevated temperatures and analyzed in terms of kinetic approach. The obtained temperature dependence of the growing domain shape in CLT including circular shape at temperatures above 190 °C has been attributed to increase of relative input of isotropic ionic conductivity. The observed nonstop wall motion and independent domain growth after merging in CLT as opposed to stoichiometric lithium tantalate have been attributed to difference in wall orientation. The computer simulation has confirmed applicability of the kinetic approach to the domain shape explanation.

  10. Shape of isolated domains in lithium tantalate single crystals at elevated temperatures

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    Shur, V. Ya. Akhmatkhanov, A. R.; Baturin, I. S.; Chezganov, D. S.; Lobov, A. I.; Smirnov, M. M.

    2013-12-09

    The shape of isolated domains has been investigated in congruent lithium tantalate (CLT) single crystals at elevated temperatures and analyzed in terms of kinetic approach. The obtained temperature dependence of the growing domain shape in CLT including circular shape at temperatures above 190 °C has been attributed to increase of relative input of isotropic ionic conductivity. The observed nonstop wall motion and independent domain growth after merging in CLT as opposed to stoichiometric lithium tantalate have been attributed to difference in wall orientation. The computer simulation has confirmed applicability of the kinetic approach to the domain shape explanation.

  11. Change in the structural imperfection of lithium niobate crystals doped with zinc

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    Litvinova, V. A. Litvinova, M. N.

    2015-01-15

    The changes in the degree of structural imperfection of lithium niobate (LiNbO{sub 3}) single crystals with an increase in the Li content and doping with zinc (to 1 wt %) have been investigated by the nonlinear optics methods and Raman spectroscopy. The conversion of broadband IR radiation in LiNbO{sub 3} crystals under noncritical (90°) phase-matching condition with vector interactions implemented is investigated. It is shown that the conversion efficiency, spectral width, and the position of maximum in the converted radiation spectrum depend on the ratio R = Li/Nb in LiNbO{sub 3} crystal and the impurity concentration.

  12. Growth and characterization of new semiorganic nonlinear optical and piezoelectric lithium sulfate monohydrate oxalate single crystals

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    Yadav, Harsh; Sinha, Nidhi; Kumar, Binay

    2015-04-15

    Highlights: • A new semiorganic single crystal of LSO grown by slow evaporation technique. • Morphological studies of the LSO crystal deduced by BFDH law. • In the UV–vis spectrum wide transparent region and large band gap were found. • SHG is equal to KDP crystal and d{sub 33} was found to be equal to 6pC/N. • Grown crystal belongs to softer category. - Abstract: New semiorganic crystal of lithium sulfate monohydrate oxalate (LSO) for nonlinear application was synthesized by controlled slow evaporation method. The growth rate of various planes of the grown crystal was estimated by morphological study. Single crystal XRD analysis confirmed that the crystal belongs to triclinic lattice with space group P1. High transparency (∼95%) with large band gap (4.57 eV) was analyzed by UV–vis studies. FTIR and Raman spectroscopy were used to identify various functional groups present in the LSO crystal. SHG efficiency was found to be equal to the KDP crystal. Thermal stability (up to 117.54 °C) and melting point (242 °C) of the crystal were studied by TG-DTA. In dielectric measurements, the value of dielectric constant decreases with increase in frequency. Hardness studies confirmed soft nature of crystals. The piezoelectric coefficient was found to be 6pC/N along [0 0 1].

  13. Mechanical stresses and crystallization of lithium phosphorous oxynitride-coated germanium electrodes during lithiation and delithiation

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    Al-Obeidi, Ahmed; Kramer, Dominik; Mönig, Reiner; Thompson, Carl V.

    2016-02-01

    The evolution of mechanical stresses during the cycling of lithium phosphorous oxynitride (LiPON) coated germanium thin film electrodes was monitored using substrate curvature measurements. By coating germanium thin films with LiPON, morphology evolution, e.g. crack and island formation, can be strongly suppressed. LiPON-coated germanium thin film electrodes can retain their planar form during cycling, resulting in a clear and reproducible stress response originating primarily from the electrochemical processes occurring during lithiation and delithiation. Together with the electrochemical data, stress measurements were used to infer mechanisms underlying the alloying of lithium with germanium. The stress signatures associated with individual phases, crystallization, and amorphization of lithium-germanium alloys are reported and discussed.

  14. Lithium

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  15. Towards an ab initio description of the charge transfer between a proton and a lithium fluoride surface: A quantum chemistry approach

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    Tiwald, P.; Gräfe, S.; Burgdörfer, J.; Wirtz, L.

    2013-12-01

    We study the non-adiabatic charge transfer dynamics during the collision of a slow proton with a lithium fluoride surface employing a quantum-chemistry based dynamics approach. The surface is modeled by an Li5F1 + H+ cluster embedded in a large matrix of point charges. Going beyond the adiabatic (or Born-Oppenheimer) approximation, we apply multi-reference configuration-interaction methods that allow for the calculation of ground and excited states of the embedded cluster as well as of the non-adiabatic couplings between them. This information serves as input for the determination of the neutralization probability of a proton scattered off a LiF surface using Tully's semi-classical surface hopping algorithm.

  16. Ultrathin two-dimensional atomic crystals as stable interfacial layer for improvement of lithium metal anode.

    PubMed

    Yan, Kai; Lee, Hyun-Wook; Gao, Teng; Zheng, Guangyuan; Yao, Hongbin; Wang, Haotian; Lu, Zhenda; Zhou, Yu; Liang, Zheng; Liu, Zhongfan; Chu, Steven; Cui, Yi

    2014-10-01

    Stable cycling of lithium metal anode is challenging due to the dendritic lithium formation and high chemical reactivity of lithium with electrolyte and nearly all the materials. Here, we demonstrate a promising novel electrode design by growing two-dimensional (2D) atomic crystal layers including hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) and graphene directly on Cu metal current collectors. Lithium ions were able to penetrate through the point and line defects of the 2D layers during the electrochemical deposition, leading to sandwiched lithium metal between ultrathin 2D layers and Cu. The 2D layers afford an excellent interfacial protection of Li metal due to their remarkable chemical stability as well as mechanical strength and flexibility, resulting from the strong intralayer bonds and ultrathin thickness. Smooth Li metal deposition without dendritic and mossy Li formation was realized. We showed stable cycling over 50 cycles with Coulombic efficiency ∼97% in organic carbonate electrolyte with current density and areal capacity up to the practical value of 2.0 mA/cm(2)and 5.0 mAh/cm(2), respectively, which is a significant improvement over the unprotected electrodes in the same electrolyte. PMID:25166749

  17. Decomposition of the fluoroethylene carbonate additive and the glue effect of lithium fluoride products for the solid electrolyte interphase: an ab initio study.

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    Okuno, Yukihiro; Ushirogata, Keisuke; Sodeyama, Keitaro; Tateyama, Yoshitaka

    2016-03-28

    Additives in the electrolyte solution of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) have a large impact on the performance of the solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) that forms on the anode and is a key to the stability and durability of LIBs. We theoretically investigated effects of fluoroethylene carbonate (FEC), a representative additive, that has recently attracted considerable attention for the enhancement of cycling stability of silicon electrodes and the improvement of reversibility of sodium-ion batteries. First, we intensively examined the reductive decompositions by ring-opening, hydrogen fluoride (HF) elimination to form a vinylene carbonate (VC) additive and intermolecular chemical reactions of FEC in the ethylene carbonate (EC) electrolyte, by using density functional theory (DFT) based molecular dynamics and the blue-moon ensemble technique for the free energy profile. The results show that the most plausible product of the FEC reductive decomposition is lithium fluoride (LiF), and that the reactivity of FEC to anion radicals is found to be inert compared to the VC additive. We also investigated the effects of the generated LiF on the SEI by using two model systems; (1) LiF molecules distributed in a model aggregate of organic SEI film components (SFCs) and (2) a LiF aggregate interfaced with the SFC aggregate. DFT calculations of the former system show that F atoms form strong bindings with the Li atoms of multiple organic SFC molecules and play as a joint connecting them. In the latter interface system, the LiF aggregate adsorbs the organic SFCs through the F-Li bindings. These results suggest that LiF moieties play the role of glue in the organic SFC within the SEI film. We also examined the interface structure between a LiF aggregate and a lithiated silicon anode, and found that they are strongly bound. This strong binding is likely to be related to the effectiveness of the FEC additive in the electrolyte for the silicon anode. PMID:26948716

  18. Identification of electron and hole traps in lithium tetraborate (Li2B4O7) crystals: Oxygen vacancies and lithium vacancies

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    Swinney, M. W.; McClory, J. W.; Petrosky, J. C.; Yang, Shan; Brant, A. T.; Adamiv, V. T.; Burak, Ya. V.; Dowben, P. A.; Halliburton, L. E.

    2010-06-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and electron-nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) are used to identify and characterize electrons trapped by oxygen vacancies and holes trapped by lithium vacancies in lithium tetraborate (Li2B4O7) crystals. Our study includes a crystal with the natural abundances of B10 and B11 and a crystal highly enriched with B10. The as-grown crystals contain isolated oxygen vacancies, lithium vacancies, and copper impurities, all in nonparamagnetic charge states. During an irradiation at 77 K with 60 kV x-rays, doubly ionized oxygen vacancies trap electrons while singly ionized lithium vacancies and monovalent copper impurities trap holes. The vacancies return to their preirradiation charge states when the temperature of the sample is increased to approximately 90 K. Hyperfine interactions with B10 and B11 nuclei, observed between 13 and 40 K in the radiation-induced EPR and ENDOR spectra, provide models for the two vacancy-related defects. The electron trapped by an oxygen vacancy is localized primarily on only one of the two neighboring boron ions while the hole stabilized by a lithium vacancy is localized on a neighboring oxygen ion with nearly equal interactions with the two boron ions adjacent to the oxygen ion.

  19. Synthesis, structure, crystal growth and characterization of a novel semiorganic nonlinear optical l-proline lithium bromide monohydrate single crystal.

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    Sathiskumar, S; Balakrishnan, T; Ramamurthi, K; Thamotharan, S

    2015-03-01

    l-Proline lithium bromide monohydrate (LPLBM), a promising semiorganic nonlinear optical material, was synthesized and single crystals of LPLBM were grown from solution by slow evaporation technique. Single crystal X-ray structure solution reveals that the grown crystal belongs to monoclinic system with space group P21. Presence of various functional groups was identified by FT-IR and FT-Raman spectral analyses. UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopic study shows that the LPLBM crystal possesses 90% of transmittance in the range of 250-1100nm. Vickers microhardness values, the dielectric constant and dielectric loss of the LPLBM crystal were reported. Elemental analysis by energy dispersive X-ray analysis shows the presence of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and bromine. The surface morphology of the crystal was investigated using scanning electron microscopic study. The thermal stability of the LPLBM crystal was studied from TGA and DSC analysis. Second harmonic generation efficiency of the LPLBM crystal measured by Kurtz and Perry powder technique using Nd:YAG laser is about 0.3 times that of urea. PMID:25498813

  20. Synthesis, structure, crystal growth and characterization of a novel semiorganic nonlinear optical L-proline lithium bromide monohydrate single crystal

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    Sathiskumar, S.; Balakrishnan, T.; Ramamurthi, K.; Thamotharan, S.

    2015-03-01

    L-Proline lithium bromide monohydrate (LPLBM), a promising semiorganic nonlinear optical material, was synthesized and single crystals of LPLBM were grown from solution by slow evaporation technique. Single crystal X-ray structure solution reveals that the grown crystal belongs to monoclinic system with space group P21. Presence of various functional groups was identified by FT-IR and FT-Raman spectral analyses. UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopic study shows that the LPLBM crystal possesses 90% of transmittance in the range of 250-1100 nm. Vickers microhardness values, the dielectric constant and dielectric loss of the LPLBM crystal were reported. Elemental analysis by energy dispersive X-ray analysis shows the presence of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and bromine. The surface morphology of the crystal was investigated using scanning electron microscopic study. The thermal stability of the LPLBM crystal was studied from TGA and DSC analysis. Second harmonic generation efficiency of the LPLBM crystal measured by Kurtz and Perry powder technique using Nd:YAG laser is about 0.3 times that of urea.

  1. Effects of Nanoporous Anodic Alumina Oxide on the Crystallization and Melting Behavior of Poly(vinylidene fluoride).

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    Dai, Xiying; Niu, Jiali; Ren, Zhongjie; Sun, Xiaoli; Yan, Shouke

    2016-02-01

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) nanotubes were fabricated by melt-wetting into porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates with two different interfacial properties: one is pristine AAO, and the other is modified by FOTS (AAO-F). Their crystallization and melting behaviors are compared with those of a bulk sample. For the PVDF in AAO-F, the nonisothermal crystallization temperature is slightly lower than that of bulk, and the melting temperature is similar to that of bulk. For the PVDF in pristine AAO, when the pore diameter is 200 nm, the crystallization is induced by two kinds of nucleation: heterogeneous nucleation and interface-induced nucleation. On the contrary, in the AAO template with pore diameter smaller than 200 nm, only interface-induced nucleation occurs. The melting temperature of PVDF crystals in the pristine AAO is much higher than that of bulk which can be attributed to the presence of an interfacial layer of PVDF on the template inner surface. The interaction between PVDF and AAO template produces the interfacial layer. Such an interfacial layer plays an important role in enhancing the melting temperature of PVDF crystals. The higher melting peak is always observed when the PVDF is nonisothermally crystallized in the AAO template irrespective of the thermal erasing temperature suggesting the interfacial layer is very stable on the AAO template surface. If the PVDF nanostructures are released from AAO template, the higher melting peak disappears with the enhancement of thermal erasing temperature. PMID:26745857

  2. Preparation of room temperature terahertz detector with lithium tantalate crystal and thin film

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    Wang, Jun Gou, Jun; Li, Weizhi

    2014-02-15

    Research on room temperature terahertz (THz) detector is essential for promoting the application of THz science and technology. Both lithium tantalate crystal (LiTaO{sub 3}) and lithium tantalate thin film were used to fabricate the THz detector in this paper. Polishing process were used to reduce the thickness of LiTaO{sub 3} crystal slice by chemical mechanical polishing techniques and an improved sol-gel process was used to obtain high concentration LiTaO{sub 3} precursor solution to fabricate LiTaO{sub 3} thin film. Three dimension models of two THz detectors were set up and the temperature increasing map of two devices were simulated using finite element method. The lowest noise equivalent power value for terahertz detector using pyroelectric material reaches 6.8 × 10{sup −9} W at 30 Hz operating frequency, which is suitable for THz imaging application.

  3. One-Step Synthesis of Titanium Oxyhydroxy-Fluoride Rods and Research on the Electrochemical Performance for Lithium-ion Batteries and Sodium-ion Batteries.

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    Li, Biao; Gao, Zhan; Wang, Dake; Hao, Qiaoyan; Wang, Yan; Wang, Yongkun; Tang, Kaibin

    2015-12-01

    Titanium oxyhydroxy-fluoride, TiO0.9(OH)0.9F1.2 · 0.59H2O rods with a hexagonal tungsten bronze (HTB) structure, was synthesized via a facile one-step solvothermal method. The structure, morphology, and component of the products were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetry (TG), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM (HRTEM), inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), ion chromatograph, energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) analyses, and so on. Different rod morphologies which ranged from nanoscale to submicron scale were simply obtained by adjusting reaction conditions. With one-dimension channels for Li/Na intercalation/de-intercalation, the electrochemical performance of titanium oxyhydroxy-fluoride for both lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) and sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) was also studied. Electrochemical tests revealed that, for LIBs, titanium oxyhydroxy-fluoride exhibited a stabilized reversible capacity of 200 mAh g(-1) at 25 mA g(-1) up to 120 cycles in the electrode potential range of 3.0-1.2 V and 140 mAh g(-1) at 250 mA g(-1) up to 500 cycles, especially; for SIBs, a high capacity of 100 mAh g(-1) was maintained at 25 mA g(-1) after 115 cycles in the potential range of 2.9-0.5 V. PMID:26474890

  4. Growth and characterization of lithium yttrium borate single crystals

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    Singh, A. K.; Singh, S. G.; Tyagi, M.; Desai, D. G.; Sen, Shashwati

    2014-04-24

    Single crystals of 0.1% Ce doped Li{sub 6}Y(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} have been grown using the Czochralski technique. The photoluminescence study of these crystals shows a broad emission at ∼ 420 nm corresponding to Ce{sub 3+} emission from 5d→4f energy levels. The decay profile of this emission shows a fast response of ∼ 28 ns which is highly desirable for detector applications.

  5. Spectroscopic and Crystal Field Consequences of Fluoride Binding by [Yb⋅DTMA]3+ in Aqueous Solution

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    Blackburn, Octavia A; Chilton, Nicholas F; Keller, Katharina; Tait, Claudia E; Myers, William K; McInnes, Eric J L; Kenwright, Alan M; Beer, Paul D; Timmel, Christiane R; Faulkner, Stephen

    2015-01-01

    Yb⋅DTMA forms a ternary complex with fluoride in aqueous solution by displacement of a bound solvent molecule from the lanthanide ion. [Yb⋅DTMA⋅F]2+ and [Yb⋅DTMA⋅OH2]3+ are in slow exchange on the relevant NMR timescale (<2000 s−1), and profound differences are observed in their respective NMR and EPR spectra of these species. The observed differences can be explained by drastic modification of the ligand field states due to the fluoride binding. This changes the magnetic anisotropy of the YbIII ground state from easy-axis to easy-plane type, and this change is easily detected in the observed magnetic anisotropy despite thermal population of more than just the ground state. The spectroscopic consequences of such drastic changes to the ligand field represent important new opportunities in developing fluoride-responsive complexes and contrast agents. PMID:26223970

  6. Interdomain region in single-crystal lithium niobate bimorph actuators produced by light annealing

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    Kubasov, I. V. Timshina, M. S.; Kiselev, D. A.; Malinkovich, M. D.; Bykov, A. S.; Parkhomenko, Yu. N.

    2015-09-15

    The interdomain region of a bidomain strucrture formed in 127°-cut lithium niobate single crystals using light annealing has been studied by optical and scanning probe microscopies. A periodic subdomain structure on the 180° macrodomain wall is visualized by piezoresponse force microscopy. The piezoresponse signal (polarization) is shown to be a power-law function of the domain width with an exponent n = 0.53.

  7. XRD, TEM, IR, Raman and NMR Spectroscopy of In Situ Crystallization of Lithium Disilicate Glass

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    Fuss, T.; Mogus-Milankovic, A.; Ray, C. S.; Lesher, C. E.; Youngman, R.; Day, D. E.

    2006-01-01

    The structure of a Li2O-2SiO2 (LS2) glass was investigated as a function of pressure and temperature up to 6 GPa and 750 C respectively, using XRD, TEM, IR, Raman and NMR spectroscopy. Glass densified at 6 GPa has an average Si-O-Si bond angle approx.7deg lower than that found in glass processed at 4.5 GPa. At 4.5 GPa, lithium disilicate crystallizes from the glass, while at 6 GPa a new high pressure form of lithium metasilicate crystallizes. The new phase, while having lithium metasilicate crystal symmetry, contains at least 4 different Si sites. NMR results for 6 GPa sample indicate the presence of Q4 species with (Q(sup 4))Si-O-Si(Q(sup 4)) bond angles of approx.157deg. This is the first reported occurrence of Q(sup 4) species with such large bond angles in alumina free alkali silicate glass. No five- or six- coordinated Si are found.

  8. Pyroelectric field assisted ion migration induced by ultraviolet laser irradiation and its impact on ferroelectric domain inversion in lithium niobate crystals

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    Ying, C. Y. J.; Mailis, S.; Daniell, G. J.; Steigerwald, H.; Soergel, E.

    2013-08-28

    The impact of UV laser irradiation on the distribution of lithium ions in ferroelectric lithium niobate single crystals has been numerically modelled. Strongly absorbed UV radiation at wavelengths of 244–305 nm produces steep temperature gradients which cause lithium ions to migrate and result in a local variation of the lithium concentration. In addition to the diffusion, here the pyroelectric effect is also taken into account which predicts a complex distribution of lithium concentration along the c-axis of the crystal: two separated lithium deficient regions on the surface and in depth. The modelling on the local lithium concentration and the subsequent variation of the coercive field are used to explain experimental results on the domain inversion of such UV treated lithium niobate crystals.

  9. Novel electrospun poly(vinylidene fluoride- co-hexafluoropropylene)-in situ SiO 2 composite membrane-based polymer electrolyte for lithium batteries

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    Raghavan, Prasanth; Choi, Jae-Won; Ahn, Jou-Hyeon; Cheruvally, Gouri; Chauhan, Ghanshyam S.; Ahn, Hyo-Jun; Nah, Changwoon

    Composite membranes of poly(vinylidene fluoride- co-hexafluoropropylene) {P(VdF-HFP)} and different composition of silica have been prepared by electrospinning polymer solution containing in situ generated silica. These membranes are made up of fibers of 1-2 μm diameters. These fibers are stacked in layers to produce fully interconnected pores that results in high porosity. Polymer electrolytes were prepared by immobilizing 1 M LiPF 6 in ethylene carbonate (EC)/dimethyl carbonate (DMC) in the membranes. The composite membranes exhibit a high electrolyte uptake of 550-600%. The optimum electrochemical properties have been observed for the polymer electrolyte containing 6% in situ silica to show ionic conductivity of 8.06 mS cm -1 at 20 °C, electrolyte retention ratio of 0.85, anodic stability up to 4.6 V versus Li/Li +, and a good compatibility with lithium metal resulting in low interfacial resistance. A first cycle specific capacity of 170 mAh g -1 was obtained when the polymer electrolyte was evaluated in a Li/lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO 4) cell at 0.1 C-rate at 25 °C, corresponding to 100% utilization of the cathode material. The properties of composite membrane prepared with in situ silica were observed to be comparatively better than the one prepared by direct addition of silica.

  10. Closely packed x-poly(ethylene glycol diacrylate) coated polyetherimide/poly(vinylidene fluoride) fiber separators for lithium ion batteries with enhanced thermostability and improved electrolyte wettability

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    Zhai, Yunyun; Xiao, Ke; Yu, Jianyong; Ding, Bin

    2016-09-01

    The x-polyethylene glycol diacrylate (x-PEGDA) coated polyetherimide/polyvinylidene fluoride (PEI/PVdF) membranes are obtained by the facile combination of dip-coating and free radical polymerization of PEGDA on the electrospun PEI/PVdF fiber membranes. Successful cross-linking of PEGDA increases the average fibers diameter from 553 to 817 nm and reduces the packing density, which not only increases the tensile strength of x-PEGDA coated PEI/PVdF membranes, but also decreases the average pore diameter. Besides, the x-PEGDA coated PEI/PVdF membranes are endowed with good wettability, high electrolyte uptake, high ionic conductivity and improved electrochemical stability window because of the good affinity of PEI and PEGDA with liquid electrolyte. Benefiting from the synergetic effect of PEI and PVdF, the x-PEGDA coated PEI/PVdF membranes exhibit excellent thermal stability and nonflammability, which are beneficial for enhancing the safety of lithium ion batteries. More importantly, the x-PEGDA coated PEI/PVdF membranes based Li/LiFePO4 cell exhibits comparable cycling stability with capacity retention of 95.9% after 70 cycles and better rate capability compared with the Celgard membrane based cell. The results clearly demonstrate that the x-PEGDA coated PEI/PVdF membranes are the promising separator candidate with improved wettability and safety for next-generation lithium ion batteries.

  11. Synthesis, growth, optical, dielectric and thermal studies of lithium hydrogen phthalate dihydrate crystals

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    Senthil, A.; Ramasamy, P.; Bhagavannarayana, G.

    2009-04-01

    The semi-organic lithium hydrogen phthalate dihydrate (LHP dihydrate) was synthesized. The LHP dihydrate single crystal was grown by slow evaporation solution technique with water as solvent. Transparent, colourless crystal of size 10 mm×10 mm×50 mm with well-defined morphology was grown. The grown crystals were characterized by powder and single-crystal X-ray diffraction, FT-IR, UV-vis, fluorescence, dielectric, TG/DTA and micro hardness studies. The crystal structure and the unit cell parameters were analyzed from the X-ray diffraction studies. The structural perfection of the grown crystal has been analyzed by high-resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD) rocking curve measurements. The FT-IR spectrum analysis has confirmed the functional group in the LHP dihydrate single crystals. The range and percentage of optical transmission are ascertained by recording the UV-vis spectrum. The thermal behavior of the crystals has been investigated by TG/DTA analysis.

  12. Fluoridation Basics

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    ... Water Fluoridation Journal Articles for Community Water Fluoridation Water Fluoridation Basics Recommend on Facebook Tweet Share Compartir ... because of tooth decay. History of Fluoride in Water In the 1930s, scientists examined the relationship between ...

  13. Growth and properties of Lithium Salicylate single crystals

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    Zaitseva, N; Newby, J; Hull, G; Saw, C; Carman, L; Cherepy, N; Payne, S

    2009-02-13

    An attractive feature of {sup 6}Li containing fluorescence materials that determines their potential application in radiation detection is the capture reaction with slow ({approx}< 100 keV) neutrons: {sup 6}Li + n = {sup 4}He + {sup 3}H + 4.8MeV. The use of {sup 6}Li-salicylate (LiSal, LiC{sub 6}H{sub 5}O{sub 3}) for thermal neutron detection was previously studied in liquid and polycrystalline scintillators. The studies showed that both liquid and polycrystalline LiSal scintillators could be utilized in pulse shape discrimination (PSD) techniques that enable separation of neutrons from the background gamma radiation. However, it was found that the efficiency of neutron detection using LiSal in liquid solutions was severely limited by its low solubility in commonly used organic solvents like, for example, toluene or xylene. Better results were obtained with neutron detectors containing the compound in its crystalline form, such as pressed pellets, or microscopic-scale (7-14 micron) crystals dispersed in various media. The expectation drown from these studies was that further improvement of pulse height, PSD, and efficiency characteristics could be reached with larger and more transparent LiSal crystals, growth of which has not been reported so far. In this paper, we present the first results on growth and characterization of relatively large, a cm-scale size, single crystals of LiSal with good optical quality. The crystals were grown both from aqueous and anhydrous (methanol) media, mainly for neutron detection studies. However, the results on growth and structural characterization may be interesting for other fields where LiSal, together with other alkali metal salicylates, is used for biological, medical, and chemical (as catalyst) applications.

  14. Kinetics effects in lithium-potassium tantalate crystals

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    Doussineau, P.; Levelut, A.; Ziolkiewicz, S.

    1996-03-01

    The study of the dielectric and acoustic constants, performed in a K0.99Li0.01TaO3 crystal between 4 and 30 K, puts in evidence a strong analogy between the kinetics of these two susceptibilities. In particular, the two characteristic times measured for each of them have near values and they are roughly constant in all the temperature range. An explanation in terms of tetragonal domains, with quadrupolar order and dipolar disorder, is suggested.

  15. Selective crystallization with preferred lithium-ion storage capability of inorganic materials.

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    Liu, Fei; Song, Shuyan; Xue, Dongfeng; Zhang, Hongjie

    2012-01-01

    Lithium-ion batteries are supposed to be a key method to make a more efficient use of energy. In the past decade, nanostructured electrode materials have been extensively studied and have presented the opportunity to achieve superior performance for the next-generation batteries which require higher energy and power densities and longer cycle life. In this article, we reviewed recent research activities on selective crystallization of inorganic materials into nanostructured electrodes for lithium-ion batteries and discuss how selective crystallization can improve the electrode performance of materials; for example, selective exposure of surfaces normal to the ionic diffusion paths can greatly enhance the ion conductivity of insertion-type materials; crystallization of alloying-type materials into nanowire arrays has proven to be a good solution to the electrode pulverization problem; and constructing conversion-type materials into hollow structures is an effective approach to buffer the volume variation during cycling. The major goal of this review is to demonstrate the importance of crystallization in energy storage applications. PMID:22353373

  16. Selective crystallization with preferred lithium-ion storage capability of inorganic materials

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    2012-01-01

    Lithium-ion batteries are supposed to be a key method to make a more efficient use of energy. In the past decade, nanostructured electrode materials have been extensively studied and have presented the opportunity to achieve superior performance for the next-generation batteries which require higher energy and power densities and longer cycle life. In this article, we reviewed recent research activities on selective crystallization of inorganic materials into nanostructured electrodes for lithium-ion batteries and discuss how selective crystallization can improve the electrode performance of materials; for example, selective exposure of surfaces normal to the ionic diffusion paths can greatly enhance the ion conductivity of insertion-type materials; crystallization of alloying-type materials into nanowire arrays has proven to be a good solution to the electrode pulverization problem; and constructing conversion-type materials into hollow structures is an effective approach to buffer the volume variation during cycling. The major goal of this review is to demonstrate the importance of crystallization in energy storage applications. PMID:22353373

  17. Fluoride-modified electrical properties of lead borate glasses and electrochemically induced crystallization in the glassy state

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    M'Peko, Jean-Claude; Souza, Jose E. de; Rojas, Seila S.; Hernandes, Antonio C.

    2008-02-15

    Lead fluoroborate glasses were prepared by the melt-quenching technique and characterized in terms of (micro)structural and electrical properties. The study was conducted on as prepared as well as temperature- and/or electric field-treated glass samples. The results show that, in the as-prepared glassy-state materials, electrical conductivity improved with increasing the PbF{sub 2} glass content. This result involves both an increase of the fluoride charge carrier density and, especially, a decrease of the activation energy from a glass structure expansion improving charge carrier mobility. Moreover, for the electric field-treated glass samples, surface crystallization was observed even below the glass transition temperature. As previously proposed in literature, and shown here, the occurrence of this phenomenon arose from an electrochemically induced redox reaction at the electrodes, followed by crystallite nucleation. Once nucleated, growth of {beta}-PbF{sub 2} crystallites, with the indication of incorporating reduced lead ions (Pb{sup +}), was both (micro)structurally and electrically detectable and analyzed. The overall crystallization-associated features observed here adapt well with the floppy-rigid model that has been proposed to further complete the original continuous-random-network model by Zachariasen for closely addressing not only glasses' structure but also crystallization mechanism. Finally, the crystallization-modified kinetic picture of the glasses' electrical properties, through application of polarization/depolarization measurements originally combined with impedance spectroscopy, was extensively explored.

  18. The role of surface charge of nucleation agents on the crystallization behavior of poly(vinylidene fluoride).

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    Wu, Ying; Hsu, Shaw Ling; Honeker, Christian; Bravet, David J; Williams, Darryl S

    2012-06-21

    The effect of the surface charge of nucleation agents on the crystallization behavior of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) has been investigated. Ion-dipole interaction between the positive surface of nucleation agents and the partially negative CF(2) dipoles of PVDF is established as a main factor for further lowering the free energy barrier for nucleation, and thus increasing significantly the crystallization kinetics. This is in contrast to the behavior observed for nucleation agents possessing either negative surface or neutral charges. Positive nucleation agents led to a remarkable increase in the crystallization temperature of PVDF (lower supercooling) as compared with that of neat PVDF. The dispersion of each type of nucleation agent is also important. The melting temperatures of nucleation agents need to be higher than the melting temperature of PVDF. The melting point and degree of crystallinity of PVDF can also be raised by using specific nucleation agents. The detailed crystallization kinetics and conformational changes of the PVDF chain have been investigated. With the addition of positive nucleation agents, the γ and β chain conformations, instead of the α phase, dominate. PMID:22646047

  19. Spectroscopic and Crystal Field Consequences of Fluoride Binding by [Yb⋅DTMA]3+ in Aqueous Solution

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    Blackburn, Octavia A.; Chilton, Nicholas F.; Keller, Katharina; Tait, Claudia E.; Myers, William K.; McInnes, Eric J. L.; Kenwright, Alan M.; Beer, Paul D.; Timmel, Christiane R.

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Yb⋅DTMA forms a ternary complex with fluoride in aqueous solution by displacement of a bound solvent molecule from the lanthanide ion. [Yb⋅DTMA⋅F]2+ and [Yb⋅DTMA⋅OH2]3+ are in slow exchange on the relevant NMR timescale (<2000 s−1), and profound differences are observed in their respective NMR and EPR spectra of these species. The observed differences can be explained by drastic modification of the ligand field states due to the fluoride binding. This changes the magnetic anisotropy of the YbIII ground state from easy‐axis to easy‐plane type, and this change is easily detected in the observed magnetic anisotropy despite thermal population of more than just the ground state. The spectroscopic consequences of such drastic changes to the ligand field represent important new opportunities in developing fluoride‐responsive complexes and contrast agents. PMID:27478267

  20. Growth and non-linear optical properties of lithium triborate crystals

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    Pylneva, N. A.; Kononova, N. G.; Yurkin, A. M.; Bazarova, G. G.; Danilov, V. I.

    1999-03-01

    The Li 2O-B 2O 3-MoO 3 ternary system was investigated to determine the region of growth of lithium triborate Li 2O·3B 2O 3 (LBO) crystals with good optical properties. The top-seeded solution growth method, the method of spontaneous crystallisation and solid-state reactions were used in this investigation. The phases were defined by the method of X-ray power diffraction. The data obtained in these experiments made it possible to choose the region of compositions of solutions in the Li 2O-B 2O 3-MoO 3 system for the successful growth of LBO single crystals. LBO single crystals, up to 100×82×45 mm 3 in size and 290 g in weight, were grown free of cracks, bubbles and inclusions. These single crystals were of high optical quality: wavefront distortion (fringe per mm for λ=0.633 μm) was lower than {1}/{150}, absorption losses (0.25 μm< λ<2.5 μm) in the resultant LBO single crystals were lower than 0.005 cm -1, and the damage threshold at λ=1.06 μm, τ=10 ns in the LBO single crystals was more than 10.0 GW/cm 2. High performance non-linear optical elements of various optical orientations, up to 20×20×20 mm 3 in size, were fabricated on our LBO crystals.

  1. Complex study of the structural and optical homogeneity of lithium niobate crystals

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    Sidorov, N. V.; Palatnikov, M. N.; Yanichev, A. A.; Gabain, A. A.; Makarova, O. V.; Pikul', O. Yu.

    2014-09-01

    Methods of Raman spectroscopy, laser conoscopy, optical microscopy, and electron spin resonance have been used to study the photorefractive properties and structural and optical homogeneity of the following lithium niobate (LiNbO3) crystals: nominally pure crystals of congruent composition (LiNbO3con); LiNbO3:Cu[0.015 wt %] crystals grown from a melt of congruent composition and nominally pure crystals of stoichiometric composition grown from a melt with 58.6 mol % Li2O (LiNbO3st). A small deformation of optical indicatrix and regular microdomain structures of fractal type are revealed for the LiNbO3:Cu[0.015 wt %]; the microdomain structures may be due to the nonuniform impurity incorporation into the structure. It is shown that oxygen octahedra in the LiNbO3:Cu[0.015 wt %] crystal are deformed in comparison with the octahedra in LiNbO3st and LiNbO3con crystals and that the main and impurity cations are clusterized along the polar axis. It is established that the LiNbO3:Cu[0.015 wt %] crystal exhibits photorefractive properties not only due to the presence of intrinsic defects with localized electrons, as in the case of LiNbO3st, but also due to the charge exchange in copper cations (Cu2+ → Cu+) under illumination.

  2. Multiplicity of europium centers in doped stoichiometric crystals of lithium niobate

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    Kaplyanskii, A. A.; Kapphan, S.; Kutsenko, A. B.; Polgar, K.; Skvortsov, A. P.

    2007-04-01

    The optical spectra of europium-doped stoichiometric lithium niobate (LiNbO3:Eu3+) crystals have been studied using combined excitation-luminescence spectroscopy in the range of 5D0 → 7F1, 7F0 optical transitions. Analysis of the results shows that Eu3+ ions can occupy 14 energetically nonequivalent positions in the LiNbO3 crystal lattice. This multiplicity of impurity centers is related to possible variants of the incorporation of Eu3+ ions into the LiNbO3 crystal lattice and the compensation of excess charge. Energy positions of the 5D0 level and the lowest sublevel of the 7F1 Stark multiplet are determined for Eu3+ centers of all 14 types.

  3. The photorefractive characteristics of bismuth-oxide doped lithium niobate crystals

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    Zheng, Dahuai; Yao, Jiaying; Kong, Yongfa; Liu, Shiguo; Zhang, Ling; Chen, Shaolin; Xu, Jingjun

    2015-01-15

    Bismuth-doped lithium niobate (LN:Bi) crystals were grown by Czochralski method and their optical damage resistance, photorefraction, absorption spectra, and defect energy levels were investigated. The experimental results indicate that the photorefractive properties of LN:Bi were enhanced as compared with congruent one, the photorefractive response time was greatly shortened, the photorefractive sensitivity was increased, and the diffraction efficiency of near-stoichiometric LN:Bi (SLN:Bi) reached 31.72% and 49.08% at 532 nm and 488 nm laser, respectively (light intensity of 400 mW/cm{sup 2}). An absorption peak at about 350 nm was observed in the absorption spectrum of LN:Bi. And the defect energy levels simulation indicates new defect levels appear in the forbidden gap of LN:Bi crystals. Therefore bismuth can act as photorefractive centers in LN crystals.

  4. Low-crystallized carbon materials for lithium-ion secondary batteries

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    Higuchi, Hayato; Uenae, Keiichiro; Kawakami, Akira

    The charge/discharge characteristics and mechanisms of low-crystallized carbons which have larger capacity than graphite have been investigated. Low-crystallized carbons have two principal types of charge curve versus Li metal. Hard carbons prepared at 1100 °C (H11) show charge curves with a low average potential, whereas soft carbons pyrolyzed at 700 °C (S7) show those with a high average potential. These results might depend on the lithium diffusion rate in their non-crystallized sites. The 18650-type Li-ion batteries using H11 have comparable capacity versus graphite, whereas the batteries using S7 have low capacity because of their low charge/discharge efficiency.

  5. Strong tendency of homeotropic alignment and anisotropic lithium ion conductivity of sulfonate functionalized zwitterionic imidazolium ionic liquid crystals.

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    Rondla, Rohini; Lin, Joseph C Y; Yang, C T; Lin, Ivan J B

    2013-09-17

    Here, we report the first attempt to investigate the liquid crystal (LC) behavior of SO3(-) functionalized imidazolium zwitterionic (SO3(-)ImZI) salts, which display homeotropic alignment on a glass slide without the aid of any aligning approach. Doping lithium salt to ImZI salts lowers the melting temperatures and raises the clearing temperatures substantially to form room temperature ImZILCs. Excellent anisotropic lithium ion conductivity is achieved; which is strengthened by their tendency for homeotropic alignment. PMID:24010889

  6. Lithium

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    ... mania (frenzied, abnormally excited mood) in people with bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder; a disease that causes episodes of depression, episodes of mania, and other abnormal moods). Lithium is in a ... antimanic agents. It works by decreasing abnormal activity in the brain.

  7. Resonance laser-plasma excitation of coherent terahertz phonons in the bulk of fluorine-bearing crystals under high-intensity femtosecond laser irradiation

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    Potemkin, F V; Mareev, E I; Khodakovskii, N G; Mikheev, P M

    2013-08-31

    The dynamics of coherent phonons in fluorine-containing crystals was investigated by pump-probe technique in the plasma production regime. Several phonon modes, whose frequencies are overtones of the 0.38-THz fundamental frequency, were simultaneously observed in a lithium fluoride crystal. Phonons with frequencies of 1 and 0.1 THz were discovered in a calcium fluoride crystal and coherent phonons with frequencies of 1 THz and 67 GHz were observed in a barium fluoride crystal. Furthermore, in the latter case the amplitudes of phonon mode oscillations were found to significantly increase 15 ps after laser irradiation. (interaction of laser radiation with matter)

  8. Crystallization process of a biomaterial, the lithium disilicate, obtained from rice husk silica

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    Santos, F. A.; Fernandes, M. H. F. V.; Davim, E.; Pinatti, D. G.; Lazar, D. R. R.; Santos, C.

    2013-12-01

    In this work, the crystallization process of lithium disilicate glass-ceramic was investigated with SiO2 from rice husk silica replacing the high-purity SiO2 starting powder form commercial source. Glasses were developed at the stoichiometric composition of 66%.molSiO2:33%.molLiO2 using commercial SiO2 and the one obtained by thermochemical treatment of rice husk. To compare the SiO2 sources, the influence of the one from rice husk on crystallization process was measured using different granulometry, analyzing microstructure and the kinetic behavior. Investigations were carried out by means of differential thermal analysis (DTA), X-ray diffractometry (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Amorphous glasses were obtained after melting at 1550°C. The position of lithium disilicate glass-ceramic crystallization peaks (Tp) are between 550 to 660°C to different granulometry (<63mm, 63mm < × < 250mm and 1mm < × < 2mm) and DTA heat rates (5; 10; 15; and 20°C/min) in both glasses, and the relevant formed crystalline phase after DTA analysis (verified for XRD) was Li2Si2O5. SEM images showed the increase of glass substitution for crystalline phase to both glass-ceramics from different silica sources.

  9. Dislocations and subgrain boundaries in highly magnesium-doped lithium niobate crystals

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    Kong, Yongfa; Wen, Jinke; Wang, Huafu

    1994-06-01

    The extension and distribution of dislocations and subgrain boundaries in highly magnesium-doped lithium niobate crystals at different stages of growth have been investigated using chemical etching and optical microscopy. The relations between dislocation densities, subgrain boundaries and optical quality of the crystals have been also studied. It was found that there is a core with relatively high dislocation density in the central region of the crystal shoulder. In the shouldering stage, the dislocations gathering in the core extend to its surrounding regions and the dislocation density tends to be homogeneous. Tailing increases the dislocation density in the bottom part of the crystal and causes inhomogeneous distribution of dislocations in that part. Subgrain boundaries are apt to form in high dislocation density regions, and neighbouring multiple subgrain boundaries tend to reform a more stable single subgrain boundary. The extinction ratios and conoscope images of crystals are worst in the dislocation gathering regions around the ends of subgrain boundaries, and dislocations are the basic cause of poor optical quality of crystals.

  10. Structuring of material parameters in lithium niobate crystals with low-mass, high-energy ion radiation

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    Peithmann, K.; Eversheim, P.-D.; Goetze, J.; Haaks, M.; Hattermann, H.; Haubrich, S.; Hinterberger, F.; Jentjens, L.; Mader, W.; Raeth, N. L.; Schmid, H.; Zamani-Meymian, M.-R.; Maier, K.

    2011-10-01

    Ferroelectric lithium niobate crystals offer a great potential for applications in modern optics. To provide powerful optical components, tailoring of key material parameters, especially of the refractive index n and the ferroelectric domain landscape, is required. Irradiation of lithium niobate crystals with accelerated ions causes strong structured modifications in the material. The effects induced by low-mass, high-energy ions (such as 3He with 41 MeV, which are not implanted, but transmit through the entire crystal volume) are reviewed. Irradiation yields large changes of the refractive index Δn, improved domain engineering capability within the material along the ion track, and waveguiding structures. The periodic modification of Δn as well as the formation of periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) (supported by radiation damage) is described. Two-step knock-on displacement processes, 3He→Nb and 3He→O causing thermal spikes, are identified as origin for the material modifications.

  11. Mode analysis of photonic crystal L3 cavities in self-suspended lithium niobate membranes

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    Diziain, Séverine Geiss, Reinhard; Zilk, Matthias; Schrempel, Frank; Kley, Ernst-Bernhard; Pertsch, Thomas; Tünnermann, Andreas

    2013-12-16

    We report on a multimodal analysis of photonic crystal L3 cavities milled in lithium niobate free-standing membranes. The classical L3 cavity geometry is compared to an L3 cavity containing a second lattice superimposed on the primary one. Those two different geometries are investigated in terms of vertical radiation and quality (Q) factor for each mode of the cavities. Depending on the cavity geometry, some modes undergo an enhancement of their vertical radiation into small angles while other modes experience a higher Q factor. Experimental characterizations are corroborated by three-dimensional finite difference time domain simulations.

  12. Infrared holographic recording in lithium tantalate crystals by means of the pyroelectric effect

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    Eggert, Helge A.; Imbrock, Jörg; Bäumer, Christoph; Hesse, Hartmut; Krätzig, Eckhard

    2003-10-01

    Infrared holographic recording in a two-step process is demonstrated in stoichiometric iron-doped lithium tantalate crystals. Through absorption of two intersecting infrared pulses (λ = 1064 nm) a temperature grating and thus a modulated pyroelectric field build up. Free electrons, excited by homogeneous light of a shorter wavelength (λ = 532 nm) drift in this field, and a phase hologram is stored that can be read nondestructively. The change in refractive index depends mainly on the absorption coefficient at the wavelength of the recording light and on the intensity of the infrared light. The proposed method may be extended to telecommunication wavelengths by choice of suitable dopants.

  13. Infrared holographic recording in lithium tantalate crystals by means of the pyroelectric effect.

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    Eggert, Helge A; Imbrock, Jörg; Bäumer, Christoph; Hesse, Hartmut; Krätzig, Eckhard

    2003-10-15

    Infrared holographic recording in a two-step process is demonstrated in stoichiometric iron-doped lithium tantalate crystals. Through absorption of two intersecting infrared pulses (A = 1064 nm) a temperature grating and thus a modulated pyroelectric field build up. Free electrons, excited by homogeneous light of a shorter wavelength (lambda = 532 nm) drift in this field, and a phase hologram is stored that can be read nondestructively. The change in refractive index depends mainly on the absorption coefficient at the wavelength of the recording light and on the intensity of the infrared light. The proposed method may be extended to telecommunication wavelengths by choice of suitable dopants. PMID:14587794

  14. Optical constants of lithium triborate crystals in the 55--71 eV region

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    Chen, T.; Zitter, R.N.; Tao, R.; Hunter, W.R.; Rife, J.C.

    1995-11-15

    The reflectances of lithium triborate (LBO) crystals in the range 55--71 eV have been measured and the principal values of the optical constants are derived. Five transitions in this spectral region are observed and their oscillator strengths and matrix elements {l_angle}{ital x}{r_angle},{l_angle}{ital y}{r_angle},{l_angle}{ital z}{r_angle} are determined. LBO is strongly anisotropic in this region and its energy levels are mainly determined by the Li ion.

  15. Isothermal Analysis of the Crystallization Kinetics in Lithium Disilicate Glass using Trans Temp Furnace

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    Fuss, T.; Ray, C. S.; Day, D. E.

    2006-01-01

    Crystallization kinetics for lithium disilicate, Li2O2SiO2, (LS2) glass has been studied extensively by nonisothermal methods, but only a few studies on the isothermal crystallization kinetics of LS2 are available. In the present research, isothermal crystallization experiments or the LS2 glass were conducted in a Trans Temp furnace between 600 and 635 C, and selected properties such as the activation energy for crystallization (E), crystal growth index or Avrami parameter (n), the concentration of quenched-in nuclei in the starting glass (Ni) and the crystal nucleation rate (I) were measured. The crystal nucleation rate (I) was measured at only one selected temperature of 452 C, at this time. This commercial furnace has a 13 cm long isothermal heating zone (+/- 1 C) that allows precise heat treatment of relatively large samples. By placing a thermocouple within approx. 2 mm of the sample, it was possible to detect the heat of crystallization in the form of an isothermal crystallization exotherm during isothermal heat treatment of the sample. The values of E (318 plus or minus 10 kJ/mol), n (3.6 plus or minus 0.l), and N(sub i) (1.6 x 10(exp l2) m(sup -3)) calculated by analyzing these isotherms using the standard Johnson-Mehl-Avrami (JMA) equation were reproducible and in agreement with the literature values. The value of I, 1.9 x 10(exp 10) m(sup -3) s(sup -1) at 452 C, is an order of magnitude higher than the reported value for LS2.

  16. Polymeric ionic liquid-plastic crystal composite electrolytes for lithium ion batteries

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    Li, Xiaowei; Zhang, Zhengxi; Li, Sijian; Yang, Li; Hirano, Shin-ichi

    2016-03-01

    In this work, composite polymer electrolytes (CPEs), that is, 80%[(1-x)PIL-(x)SN]-20%LiTFSI, are successfully prepared by using a pyrrolidinium-based polymeric ionic liquid (P(DADMA)TFSI) as a polymer host, succinonitrile (SN) as a plastic crystal, and lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (LiTFSI) as a lithium salt. XRD and DSC measurements confirm that the as-obtained CPEs have amorphous structures. The 80%[50%PIL-50%SN]-20%LiTFSI (50% SN) electrolyte reveals a high room temperature ionic conductivity of 5.74 × 10-4 S cm-1, a wide electrochemical window of 5.5 V, as well as good mechanical strength with a Young's modulus of 4.9 MPa. Li/LiFePO4 cells assembled with the 50% SN electrolyte at 0.1C rate can deliver a discharge capacity of about 150 mAh g-1 at 25 °C, with excellent capacity retention. Furthermore, such cells are able to achieve stable discharge capacities of 131.8 and 121.2 mAh g-1 at 0.5C and 1.0C rate, respectively. The impressive findings demonstrate that the electrolyte system prepared in this work has great potential for application in lithium ion batteries.

  17. Failure mechanisms of single-crystal silicon electrodes in lithium-ion batteries

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    Shi, Feifei; Song, Zhichao; Ross, Philip N.; Somorjai, Gabor A.; Ritchie, Robert O.; Komvopoulos, Kyriakos

    2016-01-01

    Long-term durability is a major obstacle limiting the widespread use of lithium-ion batteries in heavy-duty applications and others demanding extended lifetime. As one of the root causes of the degradation of battery performance, the electrode failure mechanisms are still unknown. In this paper, we reveal the fundamental fracture mechanisms of single-crystal silicon electrodes over extended lithiation/delithiation cycles, using electrochemical testing, microstructure characterization, fracture mechanics and finite element analysis. Anisotropic lithium invasion causes crack initiation perpendicular to the electrode surface, followed by growth through the electrode thickness. The low fracture energy of the lithiated/unlithiated silicon interface provides a weak microstructural path for crack deflection, accounting for the crack patterns and delamination observed after repeated cycling. On the basis of this physical understanding, we demonstrate how electrolyte additives can heal electrode cracks and provide strategies to enhance the fracture resistance in future lithium-ion batteries from surface chemical, electrochemical and material science perspectives. PMID:27297565

  18. Failure mechanisms of single-crystal silicon electrodes in lithium-ion batteries

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    Shi, Feifei; Song, Zhichao; Ross, Philip N.; Somorjai, Gabor A.; Ritchie, Robert O.; Komvopoulos, Kyriakos

    2016-06-01

    Long-term durability is a major obstacle limiting the widespread use of lithium-ion batteries in heavy-duty applications and others demanding extended lifetime. As one of the root causes of the degradation of battery performance, the electrode failure mechanisms are still unknown. In this paper, we reveal the fundamental fracture mechanisms of single-crystal silicon electrodes over extended lithiation/delithiation cycles, using electrochemical testing, microstructure characterization, fracture mechanics and finite element analysis. Anisotropic lithium invasion causes crack initiation perpendicular to the electrode surface, followed by growth through the electrode thickness. The low fracture energy of the lithiated/unlithiated silicon interface provides a weak microstructural path for crack deflection, accounting for the crack patterns and delamination observed after repeated cycling. On the basis of this physical understanding, we demonstrate how electrolyte additives can heal electrode cracks and provide strategies to enhance the fracture resistance in future lithium-ion batteries from surface chemical, electrochemical and material science perspectives.

  19. Failure mechanisms of single-crystal silicon electrodes in lithium-ion batteries.

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    Shi, Feifei; Song, Zhichao; Ross, Philip N; Somorjai, Gabor A; Ritchie, Robert O; Komvopoulos, Kyriakos

    2016-01-01

    Long-term durability is a major obstacle limiting the widespread use of lithium-ion batteries in heavy-duty applications and others demanding extended lifetime. As one of the root causes of the degradation of battery performance, the electrode failure mechanisms are still unknown. In this paper, we reveal the fundamental fracture mechanisms of single-crystal silicon electrodes over extended lithiation/delithiation cycles, using electrochemical testing, microstructure characterization, fracture mechanics and finite element analysis. Anisotropic lithium invasion causes crack initiation perpendicular to the electrode surface, followed by growth through the electrode thickness. The low fracture energy of the lithiated/unlithiated silicon interface provides a weak microstructural path for crack deflection, accounting for the crack patterns and delamination observed after repeated cycling. On the basis of this physical understanding, we demonstrate how electrolyte additives can heal electrode cracks and provide strategies to enhance the fracture resistance in future lithium-ion batteries from surface chemical, electrochemical and material science perspectives. PMID:27297565

  20. The structural and electrochemical dynamics of the electrode-electrolyte interphase of metal fluoride nanocomposite positive electrodes for lithium batteries

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    Gmitter, Andrew John

    Metal fluorides are attractive for use as positive electrodes in Li and Li-ion batteries because of their high gravimetric and volumetric energy densities. When synthesized into nanocomposites, these materials undergo conversion reactions and exhibit near theoretical specific capacity and good rate capability. Despite these positive attributes, metal fluorides nanocomposites generally exhibit unacceptable rates of capacity loss during cycling. This stands as a significant barrier to their realization as a viable battery technology. This thesis explored a candidate material, BiF3, and for the first time, the mechanisms by which metal fluoride nanocomposite positive electrode materials fail during cycling have been investigated. The chemistry of the electrode / electrolyte interface and its influence on the BiF3 material were of greatest interest. Early in the course of study, it was discovered that the Bi0 metal produced through the discharge reaction of BiF3 was a catalytically active site for the electrochemical reduction of ethylene carbonate (EC) at potentials exceeding 2 V vs. Li/Li+. This potential range is well above the values typically observed on carbonaceous negative electrodes on which preferential reduction of electrolyte species yields insoluble phases. These ionically conducting layers are deemed solid-electrolyte interphases (SEI), and in the case of carbonaceous materials, they are necessary for enabling functionality of the electrode and preventing deleterious interactions with the electrolyte. Thorough electrochemical and spectroscopic examinations identified Li2CO3 as the predominant SEI species formed on Bi0 from EC. In stark contrast to carbonaceous materials, the presence of SEI on Bi0 was detrimental to the cycling performance of BiF3. Elaboration of this topic identified instability of the SEI during the charging process of the BiF3 and the formation of BiOxF3-2x in the fully charged state. Electrolytes composed of linear

  1. Anomalous dielectric relaxation in lithium-potassium tantalate crystals

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    Doussineau, P.; Farssi, Y.; Frénois, C.; Levelut, A.; Toulouse, J.; Ziolkiewicz, S.

    1994-08-01

    In order to describe the unusual dielectric properties observed in Ki{1-χ}Li{χ}TaO3. crystals a new approchh is proposed. The dynamical Glauber theory, previously applied to spinglasses, is modifiéd by the introduction of the spectral distribution of the random interactions between the dipoles associated with the Li+ ions. Moreover, the dipole corrélations are taken into account by the Onsager réaction field. As a result, the calculated dielectric constant reproduces well the unusual features of the Argand diagrams and, in particular, their finite slope at low frequencies and infinite slope at high frequencies (strophoidal shape). The temperature dépendance of some parameters shows, however, the limits of a spin-glass type model in describing the collective behaviour of randomly distributed dipoles in a highly polarizable medium. Une nouvelle approche est présentée qui permet de décrire les propriétés diélectriques particulières de cristaux mixtes de Ki{1-χ}Li{χ}TaO3. Elle s'appuie sur la théorie dynamique de Glauber, déjà utilisée pour les verres de spins, et modifiée par l'introduction d'une distribution spectrale spécifique aux interactions aléatoires des dipôles électriques associés aux ions Li+. En outre, les corrélations entre dipôles sont prises en compte par le champ de réaction d'Onsager. II s'ensuit que la constante diélectrique complexe ainsi calculée reproduit fidèlement les particularités des diagrammes d'Argand, telles que la pente finie aux basses fréquences et la pente infinie aux hautes fréquences (forme strophoïdale). La dépendance en température de certains paramètres déterminés par le calcul montre les limites de l'analogie avec les verres de spins et met en évidence le rôle d'un réseau très polarisable dans le comportement collectif d'une assemblée de dipôles électriques.

  2. Some Lower Valence Vanadium Fluorides: Their Crystal Distortions, Domain Structures, Modulated Structures, Ferrimagnetism, and Composition Dependence.

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    Hong, Y. S.; And Others

    1980-01-01

    Describes some contemporary concepts unique to the structure of advanced solids, i.e., their crystal distortions, domain structures, modulated structures, ferrimagnetism, and composition dependence. (Author/CS)

  3. Effect of the Crystallization Process on the Marginal and Internal Gaps of Lithium Disilicate CAD/CAM Crowns.

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    Kim, Jae-Hong; Oh, Seunghan; Uhm, Soo-Hyuk

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study is to quantify the effect of the crystallization process on lithium disilicate ceramic crowns fabricated using a computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) system and to determine whether the effect of crystallization is clinically acceptable by comparing values of fit before and after the crystallization process. The mandibular right first molar was selected as the abutment for the experiments. Fifteen working models were prepared. Lithium disilicate crowns appropriate for each abutment were prepared using a commercial CAD/CAM system. Gaps in the marginal area and 4 internal areas of each crown were measured twice-before and after crystallization-using the silicone replica technique. The mean values of fit before and after crystallization were analyzed using a paired t-test to examine whether the conversion that occurred during crystallization affected marginal and internal gaps (α = 0.05). Gaps increased in the marginal area and decreased in the internal areas after crystallization. There were statistically significant differences in all of the investigated areas (P < 0.05). None of the values for marginal and internal fit of lithium disilicate CAD/CAM crowns after crystallization exceeded 120 μm, which is the clinically acceptable threshold. PMID:27123453

  4. Electro-Spun Poly(vinylidene fluoride) Nanofiber Web as Separator for Lithium Ion Batteries: Effect of Pore Structure and Thickness.

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    Lim, Seung-Gyu; Jo, Hye-Dam; Kim, Chan; Kim, Hee-Tak; Chang, Duck-Rye

    2016-01-01

    Electro-spun nanofiber web is highly attractive as a separator for lithium ion batteries because of its high electrical properties. In moving toward wider battery applications of the nanofiber separators, a deeper understanding on the structure and property relationship is highly meaningful. In this regard, we prepared electro-spun poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVdF) webs with various thicknesses (10.5~100 µm) and investigated their structures and electrochemical performances. As the thickness of the web is decreased, a decrease of porosity and an increase of pore size are resulted in. For the 10.5 µm-thick separator, a minor short-circuit was detected, stressing the importance of reducing pore-size on prevention of short-circuit. However, above the thickness of 21 µm, well-connected, submicron-sized pores are generated, and, with lowering the separator thickness, discharge capacity and rate capability are enhanced owing to the lowered area-specific resistance. PMID:27398553

  5. Preparation and characterization of lithium ion conducting polymer electrolytes based on a blend of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) and poly(methyl methacrylate).

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    Gebreyesus, Merhawi Abreha; Purushotham, Y; Kumar, J Siva

    2016-07-01

    Ion conducting polymer electrolytes composed of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP), poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and lithium triflate (LiTf) were prepared using the solution casting method. Structural change and complex formation in the blend electrolyte systems were confirmed from the X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) studies. Thermal properties of the samples were investigated by the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) technique. The ionic conductivity of these polymer electrolytes was studied by impedance spectroscopy at various temperatures ranging from 303-393 K. The results reveal that the ionic conductivity of the polymer blend electrolytes depends on the PVdF-HFP:PMMA composition as well as the temperature. Maximum room temperature conductivity of [Formula: see text] S cm(-1) was achieved with 22.5 wt.% PMMA. The blending of PVdF-HFP with PMMA improved the thermal stability and ionic conductivity of the polymer electrolyte. Estimated transference numbers suggest the charge transport is predominantly ionic. PMID:27512728

  6. Synthesis, structure characterization and fluorescence property of a new fluoride borate crystal, CdZn{sub 2}KB{sub 2}O{sub 6}F

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    Jiao Zhiwei; Zhang Fan; Yan Qingfeng; Shen Dezhong; Shen Guangqiu

    2009-11-15

    A new fluoride borate crystal, CdZn{sub 2}KB{sub 2}O{sub 6}F, has been synthesized by flux-supported solid-state reaction. The crystal structure has been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. It crystallizes in the trigonal space group P3-barc1 with a=5.0381(6) A, b=5.0381(6) A, c=15.1550(19) A, alpha=90.00{sup o}, beta=90.00{sup o}, gamma=120.00{sup o}, Z=2. The crystal represents a new structure type in which ZnBO{sub 3} layers are connected through bridging fluorine and cadmium atoms alternately along the c-axis. K{sup +} cations are filled in the intralayer open channels to balance charge. IR and Raman spectra further confirm the crystal structure. Photoluminescent measurement reveals that CdZn{sub 2}KB{sub 2}O{sub 6}F exhibits blue fluorescence at room temperature in the solid-state. - Graphical abstract: Preparation, structure and fluorescence property of a new fluoride borate crystal, CdZn{sub 2}KB{sub 2}O{sub 6}F are descripted. The crystal represents a new structure type in which ZnBO{sub 3} layers are connected through bridging fluorine and cadmium atoms alternately to form a 3D open framework.

  7. Crystallization Temperature of Aqueous Lithium Bromide Solutions at Low Evaporation Temperature

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    Kisari, Padmaja; Wang, Kai; Abdelaziz, Omar; Vineyard, Edward Allan

    2010-01-01

    Water- aqueous Lithium Bromide (LiBr) solutions have shown superior performance as working fluid pairs for absorption refrigeration cycles. Most of the available literature (e.g. ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals, etc.) provide crystallization behavior down to only 10 C. The typical evaporating temperature for an absorption chiller system is usually lower than 10 C. Hence, it is essential to have an accurate prediction of the crystallization temperature in this range in order to avoid crystallization during the design phase. We have therefore conducted a systematic study to explore the crystallization temperatures of LiBr/Water solutions that fall below an evaporating temperature of 10 C. Our preliminary studies revealed that the rate of cooling of the sample solution influences the crystallization temperature; therefore we have performed a quasi steady test where the sample was cooled gradually by reducing the sample temperature in small steps. Results from this study are reported in this paper and can be used to extend the data available in open literature.

  8. Resistance degradation due to interstitial hydrogen in photorefractive potassium lithium tantalate niobate single crystals

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    Ivker, M.; Agranat, A. J.

    2004-12-01

    Resistance degradation in potassium lithium tantalate niobate (KLTN) doped with iron and titanium was measured in a single sample containing various concentrations of interstitial hydrogen. In this crystal the degradation arose from the migration of interstitial hydrogen and not oxygen vacancies, as reported in previous research. Interstitial hydrogen and oxygen vacancy defects both arise to compensate the valence shortfall of the substitutional iron impurities and the thermodynamic balance between the two compensation mechanisms can be controlled using reaction chemistry techniques. Through appropriate annealing treatments a single crystal of KLTN was prepared in three states: hydrogen-rich oxidized, hydrogen-poor reduced, and hydrogen-rich reduced. The characteristic degradation times for the three cases were 29, 2710, and 26min, respectively. The degradation rate is correlated with hydrogen concentration and not oxidation state of the crystal. Infrared absorption from near the two electrodes of the hydrogen-rich reduced crystal after degradation confirmed polarization of the hydrogen concentration. Electrocoloration was also found to correlate with hydrogen—it was observed in both hydrogen-rich states, but was absent from the hydrogen-poor crystal.

  9. Electric Modulus Spectroscopy of Lithium Tetraborate (Li2B4O7) Single Crystal

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    Kim, Jin

    2001-10-01

    The lithium tetraborate (Li2B4O7; LBO) crystals were successfully grown by Czochralski technique. The frequency and temperature dependences of dielectric constant and ac conductivity were investigated in the frequency from 100 Hz to 10 MHz along c-axis. The dielectric anomaly with broad peak about 300°C was observed in the temperature from 200°C to 500°C. The ac conductivity is frequency independent at high temperature and low frequencies, and shows a frequency dispersion at low temperature. The relaxation in ionically conducting LBO crystal analysed in terms of modulus formalism. The electric modulus which describes the dielectric relaxation behavior is fitted to the Kohlrausch Williams Watts (KWW) exponential function. The activation energy with 0.34 eV was estimated by Arrhenius plot of relaxation frequency, which is related to ionic hopping conduction. The temperature dependence of the electric relaxation of modulus was studied and the results were discussed.

  10. A compact photonic crystal micro-cavity on a single-mode lithium niobate photonic wire

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    Cai, Lutong; Zhang, Shaomei; Hu, Hui

    2016-03-01

    The properties of the guided modes, including the single-mode conditions and the coupling of different polarized modes in the single-crystal lithium niobate photonic wires, were analyzed in detail. One-dimensional photonic crystal micro-cavities with several different patterns, which could be used as an ultra-compact optical filter, were designed and simulated in order to get high transmission at the resonant wavelength and the best preferment. The designed structure, with the whole size of 6.5 × 0.7 μm2, was fabricated on a single-mode photonic wire. A measured peak transmission of 0.34 at 1400 nm, an extinction ratio of 12.5 dB and a Q factor of 156 were obtained. The measured transmission spectrum was basically consistent with the simulation, although a slight shift of resonant wavelength occurred due to the fabrication errors.

  11. A Novel Coupled Resonator Photonic Crystal Design in Lithium Niobate for Electrooptic Applications

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    Ozturk, Birol; Yavuzcetin, Ozgur; Sridhar, Srinivas

    2015-01-01

    High-aspect-ratio photonic crystal air-hole fabrication on bulk Lithium Niobate (LN) substrates is extremely difficult due to its inherent resistance to etching, resulting in conical structures and high insertion losses. Here, we propose a novel coupled resonator photonic crystal (CRPC) design, combining a coupled resonator approach with that of Bragg gratings. CRPC design parameters were optimized by analytical calculations and FDTD simulations. CRPC structures with optimized parameters were fabricated and electrooptically tested on bulk LN annealed proton exchange waveguides. Low insertion loss and large electrooptic effect were observed with the fabricated devices, making the CRPC design a promising structure for electroopticmore » device applications.« less

  12. Photorefractive properties of paraelectric potassium lithium tantalate niobate crystal doped with iron

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    Tian, Hao; Zhou, Zhongxiang; Gong, Dewei; Wang, Haifeng; Jiang, Yongyuan; Hou, Chunfeng

    2008-03-01

    We report the successful growth of paraelectric potassium lithium tantalate niobate (KLTN) single crystal doped with iron. Detailed investigations have been made on the photorefractive properties of the as-grown crystal. The key parameters such as space-charge field, grating response time, photorefractive sensitivity and sign of the dominant charge carrier were obtained by two-wave mixing technique. 1.7 mm thick sample exhibits a high diffraction efficiency of 78% at the external field of 3.3 kV/cm and a sensitivity of 1.49 × 10-10E0 cm2/J. The two-wave mixing gain coefficient increases linearly with external field, and reaches a large value of 19.4 cm-1 at 4 kV/cm. Based on experimental results, iron is an effective dopant to KLTN which shows high diffraction efficiency and two-wave mixing gain coefficient.

  13. Formation, dynamics, and implication of solid electrolyte interphase in high voltage reversible conversion fluoride nanocomposites

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    Gmitter, Andrew J.; Badway, Fadwa; Rangan, Sylvie; Bartynski, Robert A.; Halajko, Anna; Pereira, Nathalie; Amatucci, Glenn G.

    2010-01-01

    Metal fluoride nanocomposites are uniquely suited as an alternative pathway to provide very high energy density cathodes for lithium batteries. Contrasted with modern intercalation compounds, they undergo conversion upon discharge into nanodomains of lithium fluoride and highly active metal. The nanosized metal formed during the discharge process along with the dynamic nature of the crystal structure may have considerable impact on the stability of any solid state interphase formed through reaction with the electrolyte. This is in contrast to the more macrocrystalline and stable crystal structure of traditional intercalation compounds. It has been found that the cyclic carbonates are susceptible to decomposition on the nanometal surfaces at potentials as high as 2.00 V vs. Li, and the products have been identified with Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM), Attenuated Total Reflectance-Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) as lithium carbonate species. Of greater importance is the impact of these decomposition products on the reversible cycling of the metal fluoride. Through a series of potentiodynamic and galvanostatic cycling trials, a clear relationship has been developed for the bismuth fluoride nanocomposites, the decomposition of the electrolyte solvent, and the cycle life. Acyclic organic carbonate solvents have been found to have minimal interaction and exhibited better long-term cycling performance than cyclic solvents.

  14. [Study on the vacuum ultraviolet transmittance of barium fluoride crystals at different temperature].

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    Peng, Ru-Yi; Fu, Li-Ping; Tao, Ye

    2014-03-01

    Two VUV-grade BaF2 windows with 0.5 mm-thick and 1 mm-thick respectively were selected to study the transmittance variety with the temperature. The results show that the cutoff wavelength of BaF2 crystals will shift towards the long wave with the increase in temperature. In a certain temperature range, BaF2 crystals can depress 130.4 nm radiation well, and also has a high transmittance at 135.6 nm. Compared with the reported method in which SrF2 crystals can be applied to suppress 130.4 nm stray light by heating, BaF2 crystal can inhibit the 130. 4 nm emission line completely, and thus reduce the power consumption of the device at the same time. This indicates that BaF2 crystals can play an important role in the ionosphere optical remote sensing detection. PMID:25208398

  15. Lithium vanadyl oxalatophosphite: Influence of the water content on the crystal structures and the dehydration scheme

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    Auguste, S.; Alonzo, V.; Bataille, T.; Le Pollès, L.; Cañón-Mancisidor, W.; Venegas-Yazigi, D.; Le Fur, E.

    2014-03-01

    Two new lithium vanadyl oxalatophosphites have been synthesized by hydrothermal treatment. The respective formula are Li2(VOHPO3)2C2O4 6H2O (1) and Li2(VOHPO3)2C2O4 4H2O (2). The structures of the compounds have been determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. Compound 1 crystallizes in triclinic symmetry in space group P-1, a=6.3592(2) Å, b=8.0789(3) Å, c=9.1692(3) Å, α=64.390(2), β=87.277(2)°, γ=67.624(2) and, compound 2 in monoclinic symmetry, space group P21/a, a=6.3555(2) Å b=12.6368(7) Å c=9.0242(4) Å β=105.167(3)°. The vanadium phosphite framework consists of infinite chains of corner-sharing vanadium octahedra and hydrogenophosphite tetrahedra. The oxalate groups ensure the connection between the chains. The lithium ions and the water molecules are located between the anionic [(VO)2(HPO3)2C2O4]2- layers. Thermal behavior of both compounds was carefully studied by combining thermogravimetric analyses and thermal dependant X-ray diffraction in order to study the thermal stability of the layered oxalatophosphites and to see the influence of the decomposition of the carbon-based anions into the final lithium vanadyl phosphate. Various intermediate phases were evidenced and for both compounds the final product was LiVOPO4.

  16. Bending waveguides made in x-cut lithium niobate crystals for technological applications

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    Guarepi, V.; Perrone, C.; Aveni, M.; Videla, F.; Torchia, GA

    2015-12-01

    In this paper we analyse the performance of several designs of integrated optical deviators made in x-cut lithium niobate crystals by means of femtosecond laser writing using the double line approach. Straight and bent guiding structures have been designed and implemented using this technique. Well-confined propagation modes at communication wavelengths (1.55 μm) were conducted in these structures with acceptable overall losses (less than 2 dB cm-1). Further, a discussion about the optical propagation losses for curved and straight deviators devices is included in this work. At a low aperture angle (less than 0.2°), as expected, low losses were determined for both structures; however, a weak output light was observed for large angles (greater than 0.2°) in the straight optical circuits. In contrast, a smooth variation of the output was measured for the bent structures. The results presented in this paper support the possibility of the technological implementation of integrated optical circuits for optical communications fabricated with ultrashort laser writing in lithium niobate crystals. In addition, some hypotheses of loss mechanisms that are normally not considered are discussed in order to explain the differences between the measured values and predictions obtained by calculating with the usual models.

  17. Low-Temperature Fluorination of Soft-Templated Mesoporous Carbons for a High-Power Lithium/Carbon Fluoride Battery

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    Fulvio, Pasquale F; Dai, Sheng; Guo, Bingkun; Mahurin, Shannon Mark; Mayes, Richard T; Sun, Xiao-Guang; Veith, Gabriel M; Brown, Suree; Adcock, Jamie

    2011-01-01

    Soft-templated mesoporous carbons and activated mesoporous carbons were fluorinated using elemental fluorine between room temperature and 235 C. The mesoporous carbons were prepared via self-assembly synthesis of phloroglucinol formaldehyde as a carbon precursor in the presence of triblock ethylene oxide propylene oxide ethylene oxide copolymer BASF Pluronic F127 as the template. The F/C ratios ranged from 0.15 to 0.75 according to gravimetric, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis. Materials have mesopore diameters up to 11 nm and specific surface areas as high as 850 m2 g 1 after fluorination as calculated from nitrogen adsorption isotherms at 196 C. Furthermore, the materials exhibit higher discharge potentials and energy and power densities as well as faster reaction kinetics under high current densities than commercial carbon fluorides with similar fluorine contents when tested as cathodes for Li/CFx batteries.

  18. Synthesis, structure characterization and fluorescence property of a new fluoride borate crystal, CdZn 2KB 2O 6F

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    Jiao, Zhi-Wei; Zhang, Fan; Yan, Qing-Feng; Shen, De-Zhong; Shen, Guang-Qiu

    2009-11-01

    A new fluoride borate crystal, CdZn 2KB 2O 6F, has been synthesized by flux-supported solid-state reaction. The crystal structure has been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. It crystallizes in the trigonal space group P3¯c1 with a=5.0381(6) Å, b=5.0381(6) Å, c=15.1550(19) Å, α=90.00°, β=90.00°, γ=120.00°, Z=2. The crystal represents a new structure type in which ZnBO 3 layers are connected through bridging fluorine and cadmium atoms alternately along the c-axis. K + cations are filled in the intralayer open channels to balance charge. IR and Raman spectra further confirm the crystal structure. Photoluminescent measurement reveals that CdZn 2KB 2O 6F exhibits blue fluorescence at room temperature in the solid-state.

  19. Effect of the Crystallization Process on the Marginal and Internal Gaps of Lithium Disilicate CAD/CAM Crowns

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    Kim, Jae-Hong; Oh, Seunghan; Uhm, Soo-Hyuk

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study is to quantify the effect of the crystallization process on lithium disilicate ceramic crowns fabricated using a computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) system and to determine whether the effect of crystallization is clinically acceptable by comparing values of fit before and after the crystallization process. The mandibular right first molar was selected as the abutment for the experiments. Fifteen working models were prepared. Lithium disilicate crowns appropriate for each abutment were prepared using a commercial CAD/CAM system. Gaps in the marginal area and 4 internal areas of each crown were measured twice—before and after crystallization—using the silicone replica technique. The mean values of fit before and after crystallization were analyzed using a paired t-test to examine whether the conversion that occurred during crystallization affected marginal and internal gaps (α = 0.05). Gaps increased in the marginal area and decreased in the internal areas after crystallization. There were statistically significant differences in all of the investigated areas (P < 0.05). None of the values for marginal and internal fit of lithium disilicate CAD/CAM crowns after crystallization exceeded 120 μm, which is the clinically acceptable threshold. PMID:27123453

  20. Growth and Ultraviolet Transparency of Nanosized-Scatterer-Free Lithium Tetraborate Single Crystals by the Czochralski Method

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    Komatsu, Ryuichi; Shiro, Yusuke; Fujiwara, Yukifumi; Fujino, Shigeru

    2008-11-01

    Scatterers observed in lithium tetraborate (Li2B4O7) crystals grown by the Czochralski (CZ) method, were examined. It was revealed that the scattering source may decrease transparency in the ultraviolet (UV) region, which is an important property for application in nonlinear devices in the UV region. Parameters necessary for the reproducible growth of scatterer-free Li2B4O7 crystals were also investigated and scatterer-free Li2B4O7 crystals were successfully grown in dry air flow. Particles forming the scattering source were evaluated and the H concentration of the crystals was also examined.

  1. Effects of copper, iron and fluoride co-crystallized with sugar on caries development and acid formation in deslivated rats.

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    Rosalen, P L; Pearson, S K; Bowen, W H

    1996-11-01

    The purpose was to explore the effects of combinations of copper, iron and fluoride (Cu, Fe and F) incorporated in sucrose by co-crystallization on caries development in the deslivated rat model and to examine acid formation by bacteria in the rat mouth. Ninety-six Sprague-Dawley rats were infected with Streptococcus sobrinus 6715 and desalivated when aged 26 days. Eight groups were placed in a König-Höfer programmed feeder and received 17 meals daily at hourly intervals, and essential nutrition (NCP No. 2) by gavage twice daily for 21 days. The groups received (1) plain sucrose, (2) F (8 parts/10(6)) co-crystallized with sucrose, (3) Fe (88 parts/10(6)) sucrose, (4) Cu (75 parts/10(6)) sucrose, (5) Cu + F sucrose, (6) Cu + L Fe sucrose, (7) F + Fe sucrose, and (8) Cu + Fe + F sucrose. At death the jaws were removed and sonicated in 0.9% saline solution for microbial assessment. In addition, organic acid assays were performed for each animal. Keyes smooth-surface and sulcal caries scores were lowest in the Cu + Fe + F sucrose group, but not statistically significantly different from those of the other Cu groups. The numbers of Strep. sobrinus found in the groups that received Cu, Cu + Fe, Cu + F, F + Fe and Cu + Fe + F sugar were lower than in the control group. Lactic acid was found in lower concentrations in Fe, Cu, Cu + F, Cu + Fe and F + Fe groups than in the other groups. It appears that combinations of Cu; Fe and F co-crystallized with sugar may have an additive effect in reducing the cariogenic potential of sugar by affecting lactic acid formation and reducing bacterial colonization. PMID:9068864

  2. Crystal structure of a lithium salt of a glucosyl derivative of lithocholic acid.

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    Gubitosi, Marta; Meijide, Francisco; D'Annibale, Andrea; Vázquez Tato, José; Jover, Aida; Galantini, Luciano; Travaglini, Leana; di Gregorio, Maria Chiara; Pavel, Nicolae V

    2016-09-01

    The crystal structure of a Li(+) salt of a glucosyl derivative of lithocholic acid (lithium 3α-(α-d-glucopyranosyl)-5β-cholan-24-oate) has been solved. The crystal belongs to the orthorhombic system, P212121 spatial group, and includes acetone and water in the structure with a 1:1:2 stoichiometry. Monolayers, having a hydrophobic interior and hydrophilic edges, are recognized in the crystal structure. Li(+) is coordinated to three hydroxyl groups of three different glucose residues, with two of them belonging to the same monolayer. A fourth molecule, located in this monolayer, is involved in the coordination of the cation through the carboxylate ion by an electrostatic interaction, thus completing a distorted tetrahedron. All Li(+)-oxygen distances values are very close to the sum of the ionic radius of Li(+) and van der Waals radius of oxygen. Each steroid molecule is linked to other five steroid molecules through hydrogen bonds. Water and acetone are also involved in the hydrogen bond network. A hierarchical organization can be recognized in the crystal, the helical assembly along 21 screw axes being left-handed. PMID:27394960

  3. Optimal Fluoridation

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    Lee, John R.

    1975-01-01

    Optimal fluoridation has been defined as that fluoride exposure which confers maximal cariostasis with minimal toxicity and its values have been previously determined to be 0.5 to 1 mg per day for infants and 1 to 1.5 mg per day for an average child. Total fluoride ingestion and urine excretion were studied in Marin County, California, children in 1973 before municipal water fluoridation. Results showed fluoride exposure to be higher than anticipated and fulfilled previously accepted criteria for optimal fluoridation. Present and future water fluoridation plans need to be reevaluated in light of total environmental fluoride exposure. PMID:1130041

  4. Waveguides in single-crystal lithium niobate thin film by proton exchange.

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    Cai, Lutong; Han, Shuang Li Huangpu; Hu, Hui

    2015-01-26

    The proton exchanged (PE) planar and channel waveguides in a 500 nm thick single-crystal lithium niobate thin film (lithium niobate on insulator, LNOI) were studied. The mature PE technique and strong confinement of light in the LN single-crystal thin film were used. The single mode and cut-off conditions of the channel waveguides were obtained by finite difference simulation. The results showed that the single mode channel waveguide would form if the width of the PE region was between 0.75 μm and 2.1 μm in the β(4) phase. The channel waveguide in LNOI had a much smaller mode size than that in the bulk material due to the high-refractive-index contrast. The mode size reached as small as 0.6 μm(2). in simulation. In the experiment, the refractive index and phase transition after PE in LNOI were analyzed using the prism coupling method and X-ray diffraction. Three different width waveguides (5 μm, 7 μm and 11 μm) were optically characterized. Near-field intensity distribution showed that their mode sizes were 3.3 μm(2).,5 μm(2). and 7 μm(2). The propagation losses were evaluated to be about 16 dB/cm, 12 dB/cm and 11 dB/cm, respectively. The results indicate that PE is a promising method for building more complicated photonic integrated circuits in single-crystal LN thin film. PMID:25835882

  5. Low-Temperature Fluorination of Soft-Templated Mesoporous Carbons for a High-Power Lithium/Carbon Fluoride Battery

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    Fulvio, Pasquale F.; Brown, Suree S.; Adcock, Jamie; Mayes, Richard T.; Guo, Bingkun; Sun, Xiao-Guang; Mahurin, Shannon M.; Veith, Gabriel M.; Dai, Sheng

    2011-09-29

    Soft-templated mesoporous carbons and activated mesoporous carbons were fluorinated using elemental fluorine between room temperature and 235 °C. The mesoporous carbons were prepared via self-assembly synthesis of phloroglucinol–formaldehyde as a carbon precursor in the presence of triblock ethylene oxide–propylene oxide–ethylene oxide copolymer BASF Pluronic F127 as the template. The F/C ratios ranged from ~0.15 to 0.75 according to gravimetric, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis. Materials have mesopore diameters up to 11 nm and specific surface areas as high as 850 m² g⁻¹ after fluorination as calculated from nitrogen adsorption isotherms at -196 °C. Furthermore, the materials exhibit higher discharge potentials and energy and power densities as well as faster reaction kinetics under high current densities than commercial carbon fluorides with similar fluorine contents when tested as cathodes for Li/CFx batteries.

  6. Uniaxial growth of nonlinear optical active lithium para-nitrophenolate trihydrate single crystal by Sankaranarayanan Ramasamy (SR) method

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    Dinakaran, S.; Jerome Das, S.

    2008-01-01

    Optically transparent bulk single crystal of lithium para-nitrophenolate trihydrate has been grown along (1 1 0) plane using the uniaxial crystal growth method of Sankaranarayanan-Ramasamy with a slight modification in the growth assembly. The crystal was grown with a growth rate of 7 mm per day up to a dimensions of 80 mm length and 12 mm diameter with in a period of 12 days having cylindrical morphology. The grown crystal was confirmed by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The optical transparency of the crystal was observed by UV-Vis-NIR spectral analysis. The mechanical strength of the grown crystal was tested by Vickers microhardness test along the growth plane (1 1 0). Frequency dependent dielectric studies were carried out along the growth axis.

  7. Lithium vanadyl oxalatophosphite: Influence of the water content on the crystal structures and the dehydration scheme

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    Auguste, S.; Alonzo, V.; Bataille, T.; Le Pollès, L.; Cañón-Mancisidor, W.; Venegas-Yazigi, D.; Le Fur, E.

    2014-03-15

    Two new lithium vanadyl oxalatophosphites have been synthesized by hydrothermal treatment. The respective formula are Li{sub 2}(VOHPO{sub 3}){sub 2}C{sub 2}O{sub 4} 6H{sub 2}O (1) and Li{sub 2}(VOHPO{sub 3}){sub 2}C{sub 2}O{sub 4} 4H{sub 2}O (2). The structures of the compounds have been determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. Compound 1 crystallizes in triclinic symmetry in space group P-1, a=6.3592(2) Å, b=8.0789(3) Å, c=9.1692(3) Å, α=64.390(2), β=87.277(2)°, γ=67.624(2) and, compound 2 in monoclinic symmetry, space group P2{sub 1}/a, a=6.3555(2) Å b=12.6368(7) Å c=9.0242(4) Å β=105.167(3)°. The vanadium phosphite framework consists of infinite chains of corner-sharing vanadium octahedra and hydrogenophosphite tetrahedra. The oxalate groups ensure the connection between the chains. The lithium ions and the water molecules are located between the anionic [(VO){sub 2}(HPO{sub 3}){sub 2}C{sub 2}O{sub 4}]{sup 2−} layers. Thermal behavior of both compounds was carefully studied by combining thermogravimetric analyses and thermal dependant X-ray diffraction in order to study the thermal stability of the layered oxalatophosphites and to see the influence of the decomposition of the carbon-based anions into the final lithium vanadyl phosphate. Various intermediate phases were evidenced and for both compounds the final product was LiVOPO{sub 4}. -- Graphical abstract: Two new lithium vanadyl oxalatophosphites layered compounds, Li{sub 2} (VOHPO{sub 3}){sub 2}C{sub 2}O{sub 4} 6H{sub 2}O (1) and Li{sub 2} (VOHPO{sub 3}){sub 2}C{sub 2}O{sub 4} 4H{sub 2}O (2) have been hydrothermally synthesized. Lithium ions and water molecules are located between the anionic [(VO){sub 2}(HPO{sub 3}){sub 2}C{sub 2}O{sub 4}]{sup 2−} layers. Thermal behaviors were carefully studied by thermogravimetric and thermal dependant X-ray diffraction. Various intermediate phases were evidenced and for both compounds the final product was LiVOPO{sub 4}. Highlights: • The first

  8. EPR and optical absorption studies of Cu2+ doped lithium maleate dihydrate single crystal

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    Kripal, Ram; Pandey, Shri Devi

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) study of Cu2+ doped lithium maleate dihydrate single crystal is done at liquid nitrogen temperature (LNT). Four hyperfine lines are observed in all directions, i.e. only a single site is observed. The spin Hamiltonian parameters are determined from EPR spectra: gx=2.100±0.002, gy=2.162±0.002, gz=2.215±0.002, Ax=(55±5)×10-4 cm-1, Ay=(52±5)×10-4 cm-1, Az=(50±5)×10-4 cm-1. The results indicate that the copper ion enters the lattice interstitially. Using the spin Hamiltonian parameters obtained from EPR study the ground state wave function of Cu2+ ion in the lattice is determined. The optical absorption study of Cu2+ doped lithium maleate dihydrate at room temperature is also performed. With the help of optical and EPR data, the nature of bonding in the complex is discussed.

  9. Lithium insertion into mesoscopic and single-crystal TiO{sub 2} (rutile) electrodes

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    Kavan, L.; Fattakhova, D.; Krtil, P.

    1999-04-01

    Electrochemical behavior of single-crystal and mesoscopic TiO{sub 2} (rutile) was studied in propylene carbonate solutions at potentials negative to the flatband potential. In electrolytic solutions containing sodium or tetrabutylammonium (Bu{sub 4}N{sup +}), the injected charge is compensated by protonization of the surface and/or by adsorption of cations in the double layer. In electrolytic solutions containing Li{sup +}, the insertion into the rutile lattice occurs at potentials below 1.5 V (Li/Li{sup +}). At higher potentials, the charge is compensated mainly by a nonfaradaic process. Lithium insertion into rutile proceeds at a potential ca. 0.4 V more negative than the insertion potential into anatase. The maximum insertion capacity of rutile is also lower than that of anatase. The insertion of lithium into rutile is accompanied by an increase of the electrode mass, while the mass/charge relations show hystereses between anodic and cathodic potential sweeps. This behavior is explained in terms of a free convection in the electrode vicinity.

  10. Poly(vinylidene fluoride)-based, co-polymer separator electrolyte membranes for lithium-ion battery systems

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    Costa, C. M.; Gomez Ribelles, J. L.; Lanceros-Méndez, S.; Appetecchi, G. B.; Scrosati, B.

    2014-01-01

    In the present paper we report and discuss the physicochemical properties of novel electrolyte membranes, based on poly(vinylidenefluoride-co-trifluoroethylene), PVdF-TrFE, and poly(vinylidenefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene), PVdF-HFP, co-polymer hosts and the PVdF-TrFE/poly(ethylene oxide (PEO) blend as separators for lithium battery systems. The results have shown that the examined separator membranes, particularly those based on the PVdF co-polymers, are able to uptake large liquid amounts leading to high ionic conductivity values. Tests performed on Li/LiFePO4 and Li/Sn-C cells have revealed very good cycling performance even at high current rates and 100% of DOD, approaching the results achieved in liquid electrolytes. A capacity fading lower than 0.002% per cycle was observed. Particularly, the Li/LiFePO4 cathode cells have exhibited excellent rate capability, being still able to deliver at 2C above 89% of the capacity discharged at 0.1C. These results, in conjunction with the about 100% coulombic efficiency, suggest very good electrolyte/electrode compatibility, which results from the high purity and stability of the electrolyte and electrode materials and the cell manufacturing.

  11. Investigation of pyroelectric electron emission from monodomain lithium niobate single crystals

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    Bourim, El Mostafa; Moon, Chang-Wook; Lee, Seung-Woon; Kyeong Yoo, In

    2006-09-01

    The behaviors of thermally stimulated electron emission from pyroelectric monodomain lithium niobate single crystal (LiNbO 3) were investigated by utilizing a Si p-n junction photodiode as electron detector and a receptive electron beam resist (E-beam resist) as electron collector. In high vacuum (10 -6 Torr), the pyroelectric electron emission (PEE) was found to depend on the exposed emitting polar crystal surface (+ Z face or - Z face) and was significantly influenced by the emitter-electron receiver gap distances. Thus, the PEE from + Z face was detected during heating and was activated, in small gaps (<2 mm), by field emission effect on which was superposed an intense field ionization effect that primed intermittent runway ionizations (plasma breakdown into a glow discharge). In large gaps (>2 mm) the emission was simply mastered by field emission effect. Whereas, The PEE from - Z face was detected during cooling and was solely due to the field ionization effect. Therewith, for small gaps (<2 mm) the emission was governed by intermittent runway ionization ignitions resulting from a high ionization degree leading to dense plasma formation, and for large gaps (>2 mm) PEE was governed by field ionization generating a soft and continuous plasma ambient atmosphere. Significant decrease of electron emission current was observed from + Z face after successive thermal cycles. A fast and fully emission recovery was established after a brief exposure of crystal to a poor air vacuum of 10 -1 Torr.

  12. Structural chemistry of new lithium bis(oxalato)borate solvates.

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    Zavalij, Peter Y; Yang, Shoufeng; Whittingham, M Stanley

    2004-12-01

    Recently lithium bis(oxalato)borate, LiB(C2O4)2, has been proposed as an alternative lithium salt for the electrolyte in rechargeable batteries that do not contain explosive perchlorate, reactive fluoride or toxic arsenic. This lithium salt crystallizes in the form of solvates from such solvents as water, acetonitrile, acetone, dimethoxyethane, 1,3-dioxolane and ethylene carbonate. Their crystal structures were determined in order to explore the crystal chemistry of this lithium salt. It was found that most of the solvents consist of a lithium bis(oxalato)borate dimer in which the ligand acts as both a chelating and a bridging agent. Lithium has octahedral coordination that typically includes one or, less commonly, two solvent molecules. An exception to this rule is the ethylene carbonate solvate where the lithium is tetrahedrally surrounded exclusively by the solvent and bis(oxalato)borate plays the role of counter-ion only. The ethylene carbonate solvates were also studied for LiPF6 and LiAsF6 salts and they have similar structures to the bis(oxalato)borate tetrahedral complexes. PMID:15534382

  13. Photonic guiding structures in lithium niobate crystals produced by energetic ion beams

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    Chen, Feng

    2009-10-01

    A range of ion beam techniques have been used to fabricate a variety of photonic guiding structures in the well-known lithium niobate (LiNbO3 or LN) crystals that are of great importance in integrated photonics/optics. This paper reviews the up-to-date research progress of ion-beam-processed LiNbO3 photonic structures and reports on their fabrication, characterization, and applications. Ion beams are being used with this material in a wide range of techniques, as exemplified by the following examples. Ion beam milling/etching can remove the selected surface regions of LiNbO3 crystals via the sputtering effects. Ion implantation and swift ion irradiation can form optical waveguide structures by modifying the surface refractive indices of the LiNbO3 wafers. Crystal ion slicing has been used to obtain bulk-quality LiNbO3 single-crystalline thin films or membranes by exfoliating the implanted layer from the original substrate. Focused ion beams can either generate small structures of micron or submicron dimensions, to realize photonic bandgap crystals in LiNbO3, or directly write surface waveguides or other guiding devices in the crystal. Ion beam-enhanced etching has been extensively applied for micro- or nanostructuring of LiNbO3 surfaces. Methods developed to fabricate a range of photonic guiding structures in LiNbO3 are introduced. Modifications of LiNbO3 through the use of various energetic ion beams, including changes in refractive index and properties related to the photonic guiding structures as well as to the materials (i.e., electro-optic, nonlinear optic, luminescent, and photorefractive features), are overviewed in detail. The application of these LiNbO3 photonic guiding structures in both micro- and nanophotonics are briefly summarized.

  14. Crystal structure and chemistry of lithium-bearing trioctahedral micas-3T

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    Brigatti, M.F.; Kile, D.E.; Poppi, L.

    2003-01-01

    Chemical analyses and crystal structure refinements were performed on lithian siderophyllite-3T crystals from granitic pegmatites of the anorogenic Pikes Peak batholith (Colorado) to characterize the crystal chemistry and relations with trioctahedral lithium-bearing micas showing different stacking sequences. Chemical data show that the studied samples fall on the siderophyllite-polylithionite join, closer to the siderophyllite end-member. Single-crystal X-ray refinements were carried out on three samples (two of which were taken from core and rim of the same crystal) in space-group P31 12 (the agreement factor, Robs, varies between 0.034 and 0.036). Mean bond distances and mean electron counts of M1, M2 and M3 octahedral sites indicate an ordered cation distribution with M1 and M3 positions substantially larger than M2. In the sample with the largest iron content, the M2 mean electron count increases as well as the mean distance, whereas remains smaller than or . The tetrahedral cation-oxygen atom mean distances range from 1.614 to 1.638 A?? and from 1.663 to 1.678 A?? for T1 and T2 sites, respectively, being consistent with Al3+ enrichment in the T2 sites. The tetrahedral rotation angle, ??, is generally small (3.1 ??? ?? ??? 4.6??) and decreases with siderophyllite content. As Fe increases, the T1 tetrahedron becomes flatter (112.4 ??? t??1 ??? 110.5??), whereas T2 tetrahedron distortion appears unchanged (110.7 ??? t??T2 ??? 110.9).

  15. Integrated opto-microfluidics platforms in lithium niobate crystals for sensing applications

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    Bettella, G.; Pozza, G.; Zaltron, A.; Ciampolillo, M. V.; Argiolas, N.; Sada, C.; Chauvet, M.; Guichardaz, B.

    2015-02-01

    In micro-analytical chemistry and biology applications, droplet microfluidic technology holds great promise for efficient lab-on-chip systems where higher levels of integration of different stages on the same platform is constantly addressed. The possibility of integration of opto-microfluidic functionalities in lithium niobate (LiNbO3) crystals is presented. Microfluidic channels were directly engraved in a LiNbO3 substrate by precision saw cutting, and illuminated by optical waveguides integrated on the same substrate. The morphological characterization of the microfluidic channel and the optical response of the coupled optical waveguide were tested. In particular, the results indicate that the optical properties of the constituents dispersed in the fluid flowing in the microfluidic channel can be monitored in situ, opening to new compact optical sensor prototypes based on droplets generation and optical analysis of the relative constituents.

  16. Polarization reversal induced by heating-cooling cycles in MgO doped lithium niobate crystals

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    Shur, V. Ya.; Mingaliev, E. A.; Lebedev, V. A.; Kuznetsov, D. K.; Fursov, D. V.

    2013-05-01

    Polarization reversal during heating-cooling cycles was investigated in MgO doped lithium niobate (MgO:LN) crystal using piezoresponse force microscopy. The essential dependence of the domain structure evolution scenario on the maximal temperature in the cycle has been revealed experimentally. It has been shown that the heating of the engineered domain matrix from room temperature to 85 °C leads to light size reduction of the isolated domains at the matrix edges, whereas the heating to 170 °C leads to essential reduction of the domain size. The opposite strong effect of the domain formation and growth during cooling after pulse heating have been revealed in single domain MgO:LN. The simulation of the time dependence of the pyroelectric field during heating-cooling cycle allowed to reveal the temperature hysteresis and to explain all observed effects taking into account the temperature dependence of the bulk conductivity.

  17. Formation of snowflake domains during fast cooling of lithium tantalate crystals

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    Shur, V. Ya.; Kosobokov, M. S.; Mingaliev, E. A.; Kuznetsov, D. K.; Zelenovskiy, P. S.

    2016-04-01

    Formation of the original dendrite snowflake-shape domains during fast cooling after heating above phase transition temperature by pulse laser irradiation was revealed in congruent lithium tantalate crystals. The effect was attributed to polarization reversal under the action of spatially nonuniform pyroelectric field. Two stages of the domain shape evolution at the surface were separated: (1) growth of circular domains by sideways motion of the domain walls and (2) backswitching leading to formation of the snowflake domains. The simulated spatial distribution of the pyroelectric field in regular two-dimensional structure was used for an explanation of the obtained results. The backswitching process in the surface layer has been attributed to change of the sign of the pyroelectric field at the domain wall. The snowflake domain shape is caused by the formation of isolated nanodomain fingers and hampering of their merging.

  18. Fabrication and Characterization of Linear Terahertz Detector Arrays Based on Lithium Tantalate Crystal

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    Li, Weizhi; Wang, Jun; Gou, Jun; Huang, Zehua; Jiang, Yadong

    2015-01-01

    Two samples of 30-pixel linear terahertz detector arrays (TDAs) were fabricated based on lithium tantalate (LT) crystals. Pixel readout circuit (ROC) was designed to extract the weak current signal of TDAs. A test platform was established for performance evaluation of TDA+ROC components. By using a 2.52THz laser as radiation source, the test results reveal that average voltage responsivities of the components were larger than 7000V/W and non-uniformity no more than 2.1%. Average noise equivalent power ( NEP) of one sample was measured to be 1.5×10-9 W/Hz1/2, which is low enough and desirable for high performance THz detector.

  19. Synthesis, crystal structure, and electrode characteristics of LiMnPO{sub 4}(OH) cathode for lithium batteries

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    Yang, Yang; Hirayama, Masaaki; Yonemura, Masao; Kanno, Ryoji

    2012-03-15

    The electrochemical properties of lithium manganese hydroxyphosphate, LiMnPO{sub 4}(OH), with the tavorite structure have been investigated to assess its suitability as a cathode material for lithium batteries. Stoichiometric LiMnPO{sub 4}(OH) was synthesized by an ion-exchange reaction with MnPO{sub 4}{center_dot}H{sub 2}O and LiNO{sub 3}. Lithium (de)intercalation reaction was observed for the first time in the trivalent LiMnPO{sub 4}(OH), and it exhibited a reversible capacity of 110 mA h g{sup -1} with an average cell voltage of 3.4 V (vs. Li) after an irreversible phase change during the first charge process. The crystal structure has been refined at room temperature by neutron and synchrotron X-ray diffraction data using Rietveld method with a space group of P-1. The hydroxy group at a bottleneck may reduce the attraction force between lithium and the bottleneck oxygen ions that thus increase the ion mobility along the lithium diffusion tunnel. - Graphical abstract: Tavorite-type material LiMnPO{sub 4}(OH) shows lithium intercalation at an average voltage of 3.4 V (vs. Li) after a phase transition during the first charge-discharge. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Tavorite-type LiMnPO{sub 4}(OH) nanoparticles as a cathode material for lithium battery. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Synchrotron XRD and neutron diffraction refinement of LiMnPO{sub 4}(OH). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Lithium intercalation reaction occurs in LiMnPO{sub 4}(OH) during charge-discharge. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A phase transition in the first charge, followed by a reversible reaction.

  20. Dielectric relaxation in ytterbium- and lead-doped calcium fluoride crystals

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    Stef, Marius; Nicoara, Irina; Stef, Florica

    2013-04-01

    YbF3-doped and 1 mol% PbF2 co-doped CaF2 crystals were grown by vertical Bridgman method using a shaped graphite furnace in vacuum. Dielectric spectra and optical absorption spectra were measured in order to study the influence of Pb2+ ions on the charge compensating defects formation. The influence of Pb2+ ions on the various charge compensating defects depend on the YbF3 concentration. For low YbF3 concentrations the influence is stronger than for concentrations higher than 1 mol% YbF3. Dielectric relaxation in double doped (Yb,Pb):CaF2 crystals in order the study the charge compensating defects formation was not reported before.

  1. Trace phase formation, crystallization kinetics and crystallographic evolution of a lithium disilicate glass probed by synchrotron XRD technique

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    Huang, Saifang; Huang, Zhaohui; Gao, Wei; Cao, Peng

    2015-01-01

    X-ray diffraction technique using a laboratory radiation has generally shown limitation in detectability. In this work, we investigated the in situ high-temperature crystallization of a lithium disilicate glass-ceramic in the SiO2–Li2O–CaO–P2O5–ZrO2 system with the aid of synchrotron radiation. The formation of lithium metasilicate and other intermediate phases in trace amount was successfully observed by synchrotron X-ray diffraction (SXRD). The crystallization mechanism in this glass was thus intrinsically revised to be the co-nucleation of lithium metasilicate and disilicate, instead of the nucleation of lithium disilicate only. The phase content, crystallite size and crystallographic evolutions of Li2Si2O5 in the glass-ceramic as a function of annealing temperature were studied by performing Rietveld refinements. It is found that the growth of Li2Si2O5 is constrained by Li2SiO3 phase at 580–700°C. The relationship between the crystallographic evolution and phase transition was discussed, suggesting a common phenomenon of structural response of Li2Si2O5 along its c axis to other silicon-related phases during glass crystallization. PMID:25778878

  2. Systemic fluoride.

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    Sampaio, Fábio Correia; Levy, Steven Marc

    2011-01-01

    There is substantial evidence that fluoride, through different applications and formulas, works to control caries development. The first observations of fluoride's effects on dental caries were linked to fluoride naturally present in the drinking water, and then from controlled water fluoridation programs. Other systemic methods to deliver fluoride were later suggested, including dietary fluoride supplements such as salt and milk. These systemic methods are now being questioned due to the fact that many studies have indicated that fluoride's action relies mainly on its post-eruptive effect from topical contact with the tooth structure. It is known that even the methods of delivering fluoride known as 'systemic' act mainly through a topical effect when they are in contact with the teeth. The effectiveness of water fluoridation in many geographic areas is lower than in previous eras due to the widespread use of other fluoride modalities. Nevertheless, this evidence should not be interpreted as an indication that systemic methods are no longer relevant ways to deliver fluoride on an individual basis or for collective health programs. Caution must be taken to avoid excess ingestion of fluoride when prescribing dietary fluoride supplements for children in order to minimize the risk of dental fluorosis, particularly if there are other relevant sources of fluoride intake - such as drinking water, salt or milk and/or dentifrice. Safe and effective doses of fluoride can be achieved when combining topical and systemic methods. PMID:21701196

  3. Development of fluorides for high power laser optics

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    Ready, J.F.; Vora, H.

    1980-07-01

    The laser-assisted thermonuclear fusion program has significant needs for improved optical materials with high transmission in the ultraviolet, and with low values of nonlinear index of refraction. Lithium fluoride (LiF) possesses a combination of optical properties which are of potential use. Single-crystalline LiF is limited by low mechanical strength. In this program, we investigated the technique of press-forging to increase the mechanical strength. LiF single crystals were press-forged over the temperature range 300 to 600/sup 0/C to produce fine-grained polycrystalline material.

  4. Complex extraordinary dielectric function of Mg-doped lithium niobate crystals at terahertz frequencies

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    Kuznetsov, K. A.; Kitaeva, G. Kh.; Kovalev, S. P.; Germansky, S. A.; Buryakov, A. M.; Tuchak, A. N.; Penin, A. N.

    2016-08-01

    We study the dispersion of the extraordinary dielectric function real and imaginary parts in the wide terahertz-frequency range of the lowest polariton branch for bulk LiNbO3 and Mg:LiNbO3 crystals. At frequencies 0.1-2.5 THz, both dispersion parts are measured by means of standard time-domain terahertz spectroscopy, and at higher frequencies up to 5.5 THz, the dielectric function real part is determined using a common scheme of spontaneous parametric down-conversion under near-forward Raman scattering by phonon polaritons. A special approach is applied for measuring of the dielectric function imaginary part at frequencies 1-3 THz, based on the analysis of visibility of three-wave second-order interference under spontaneous parametric down-conversion. The generalized approximate expressions are obtained for complex dielectric function dispersion within the lower polariton branches of LiNbO3 and Mg:LiNbO3. It is shown that the well-known decrease in terahertz-wave absorption of lithium niobate crystals under Mg-doping is caused by changes in the defect structure and reduction of coupling of the terahertz-frequency polaritons with Debye relaxational mode.

  5. Polymorphic Crystallization and Crystalline Reorganization of Poly(l-lactic acid)/Poly(d-lactic acid) Racemic Mixture Influenced by Blending with Poly(vinylidene fluoride).

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    Yu, Chengtao; Han, Lili; Bao, Jianna; Shan, Guorong; Bao, Yongzhong; Pan, Pengju

    2016-08-18

    The effects of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) on the crystallization kinetics, competing formations of homocrystallites (HCs) and stereocomplexes (SCs), polymorphic crystalline structure, and HC-to-SC crystalline reorganization of the poly(l-lactic acid)/poly(d-lactic acid) (PLLA/PDLA) racemic mixture were investigated. Even though the PLLA/PDLA/PVDF blends are immiscible, blending with PVDF enhances the crystallization rate and SC formation of PLLA/PDLA components at different temperatures that are higher or lower than the melting temperature of the PVDF component; it also facilitates the HC-to-SC melt reorganization upon heating. The crystallization rate and degree of SC crystallinity (Xc,SC) of PLLA/PDLA components in nonisothermal crystallization increase after immiscible blending with PVDF. At different isothermal crystallization temperatures, the crystallization half-time of PLLA/PDLA components decreases; its spherulitic growth rate and Xc,SC increase as the mass fraction of PVDF increases from 0 to 0.5 in the presence of either a solidified or a molten PVDF phase. The HCs formed in primary crystallization of PLLA/PDLA components melt and recrystallize into SCs upon heating; the HC-to-SC melt reorganization is promoted after blending with PVDF. We proposed that the PVDF-promoted crystallization, SC formation, and HC-to-SC melt reorganization of PLLA/PDLA components in PLLA/PDLA/PVDF blends stem from the enhanced diffusion ability of PLLA and PDLA chains. PMID:27414064

  6. Domain wall kinetics of lithium niobate single crystals near the hexagonal corner

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    Choi, Ju Won; Ko, Do-Kyeong; Yu, Nan Ei E-mail: jhro@pnu.edu; Kitamura, Kenji; Ro, Jung Hoon E-mail: jhro@pnu.edu

    2015-03-09

    A mesospheric approach based on a simple microscopic 2D Ising model in a hexagonal lattice plane is proposed to explain macroscopic “asymmetric in-out domain wall motion” observation in the (0001) plane of MgO-doped stoichiometric lithium niobate. Under application of an electric field that was higher than the conventional coercive field (E{sub c}) to the ferroelectric crystal, a natural hexagonal domain was obtained with walls that were parallel to the Y-axis of the crystal. When a fraction of the coercive field of around 0.1E{sub c} is applied in the reverse direction, this hexagonal domain is shrunk (moved inward) from the corner site into a shape with a corner angle of around 150° and 15° wall slopes to the Y-axis. A flipped electric field of 0.15E{sub c} is then applied to recover the natural hexagonal shape, and the 150° corner shape changes into a flat wall with 30° slope (moved outward). The differences in corner domain shapes between inward and outward domain motion were analyzed theoretically in terms of corner and wall site energies, which are described using the domain corner angle and wall slope with respect to the crystal Y-axis, respectively. In the inward domain wall motion case, the energy levels of the evolving 150° domain corner and 15° slope walls are most competitive, and could co-exist. In the outward case, the energy levels of corners with angles >180° are highly stable when compared with the possible domain walls; only a flat wall with 30° slope to the Y-axis is possible during outward motion.

  7. The impact of MgO-doped near-stoichiometric lithium niobate crystals on the THz wave output characteristics

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    Xianbin, Zhang; Yunfeng, Li; lijuan, Ma; ke, Yuan; Wei, Shi

    2011-02-01

    The control experimental study on the THz wave parametric oscillator (TPO) output characteristics based on the congruent LiNbO3 crystal (CLN) and stoichiometric MgO-doped lithium niobate (SLN) crystal is performed. As a nonlinear medium in the aspect of the THz wave output experiments show that the congruent LiNbO3 crystal is more stable than the SLN crystal. Compared with the CLN crystal SLN showed significant photorefractive effect which adversely the stability of the THz wave output. Experiments indicated that different molar concentration of MgO doped can significantly change the photorefractive properties of SLN crystal. The results showed that with the increase of MgO doping concentration the photorefractive of SLN gradually become weaker and THz wave output stability has the significantly increase. The output stability of mol 5.0% MgO droped SLN crystal has not significantly different with the CLN. In the contrast experiment of TPO with the 160mm cavity length and 65mm crystal length the pump laser threshold of the 5% mol MgO: SLN crystal decreased by 23% than the CLN crystal while the peak THz energy output increased 28%.

  8. Solvothermal indium fluoride chemistry: Syntheses and crystal structures of K 5In 3F 14, β-(NH 4) 3InF 6 and [NH 4] 3[C 6H 21N 4] 2[In 4F 21

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    Jayasundera, Anil C. A.; Goff, Richard J.; Li, Yang; Finch, Adrian A.; Lightfoot, Philip

    2010-02-01

    The solvothermal syntheses and crystal structures of three indium fluorides are presented. K 5In 3F 14 ( 1) and β-(NH 4) 3InF 6 ( 2) are variants on known inorganic structure types chiolite and cryolite, respectively, with the latter exhibiting a complex and apparently novel structural distortion. [NH 4] 3[C 6H 21N 4] 2[In 4F 21] ( 3) represents a new hybrid composition displaying a unique trimeric metal fluoride building unit.

  9. Quasicharacteristic radiation of relativistic electrons at orientation motion in lithium halides crystals along charged planes and axes

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    Maksyuta, N. V.; Vysotskii, V. I.; Efimenko, S. V.

    2016-07-01

    The paper deals with the investigation of the orientation motion of relativistic electrons in charged (111) planes and charged [110] axes of lithium halides ionic crystals of LiF, LiCl, LiBr and LiI. On the basis of these investigations the spectra of quasicharacteristic radiation for the electron beams with various Lorentz-factors both in planar and axial cases have been calculated numerically.

  10. Test beam results with a sampling calorimeter of cerium fluoride scintillating crystals and tungsten absorber plates for calorimetry at the HL-LHC

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    Becker, R.; Dissertori, G.; Djambazov, L.; Donegà, M.; Dröge, M.; Haller, C.; Horisberger, U.; Lustermann, W.; Nessi-Tedaldi, F.; Quittnat, M.; Pandolfi, F.; Peruzzi, M.; Schönenberger, M.; Cavallari, F.; Dafinei, I.; Diemoz, M.; D`Imperio, G.; del Re, D.; Gelli, S.; Jorda Lope, C.; Meridiani, P.; Micheli, F.; Nuccetelli, M.; Organtini, G.; Paramatti, R.; Pellegrino, F.; Rahatlou, S.; Rovelli, C.; Santanastasio, F.; Soffi, L.; Tabarelli de Fatis, T.; Martelli, A.; Monti, V.; Pastrone, N.; Trapani, P. P.; Candelise, V.; Della Ricca, G.

    2016-07-01

    A sampling calorimeter using cerium fluoride scintillating crystals as active material, interleaved with absorber plates made of tungsten, and read out by wavelength-shifting fibres has been tested with high-energy electron beams at the CERN SPS H4 beam line, as well as with lower-energy beams at the INFN Frascati Beam Test Facility in Italy. Energy resolution studies revealed a low stochastic term (< 10 % /√{ E }). This result, combined with high radiation hardness of the material used, marks this sampling calorimeter as a good candidate for the detectors' forward regions during the high luminosity phase of LHC.

  11. The mechanism of deceleration of nucleation and crystal growth by the small addition of transition metals to lithium disilicate glasses

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    Thieme, Katrin; Avramov, Isak; Rüssel, Christian

    2016-01-01

    The addition of small amounts of niobium or tantalum oxide to lithium disilicate glass provokes a drastic decrease of the steady-state nucleation rates and the crystal growth velocities. The viscosity of the residual glassy matrix is considered as a function of the crystallization degree in the course of a non-isothermal crystallization. For simplification, a homogeneous distribution of the added oxides in the glass matrix is assumed. While the viscosity initially decreases, it significantly increases again for higher crystallization degrees hindering crystal growth. However, it was shown that the additives are enriched at the crystal interface. Several possible reasons for the inhibition of nucleation and growth kinetics such as viscosity, interfacial energy crystal/glassy phase, thermodynamic driving force or impingement rate are discussed. Since the crystallization front is blocked by the additives the impingement rate is decreased with increasing additive concentration. Since small concentrations of Nb2O5 and Ta2O5 have a drastic effect on the nucleation, these components should be enriched at the interface crystal/glass. This will only take place, if it leads to a decrease in the interfacial energy. Since this effect alone should result in an increase of the nucleation rate, it must be overcompensated by kinetic effects. PMID:27150844

  12. The mechanism of deceleration of nucleation and crystal growth by the small addition of transition metals to lithium disilicate glasses.

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    Thieme, Katrin; Avramov, Isak; Rüssel, Christian

    2016-01-01

    The addition of small amounts of niobium or tantalum oxide to lithium disilicate glass provokes a drastic decrease of the steady-state nucleation rates and the crystal growth velocities. The viscosity of the residual glassy matrix is considered as a function of the crystallization degree in the course of a non-isothermal crystallization. For simplification, a homogeneous distribution of the added oxides in the glass matrix is assumed. While the viscosity initially decreases, it significantly increases again for higher crystallization degrees hindering crystal growth. However, it was shown that the additives are enriched at the crystal interface. Several possible reasons for the inhibition of nucleation and growth kinetics such as viscosity, interfacial energy crystal/glassy phase, thermodynamic driving force or impingement rate are discussed. Since the crystallization front is blocked by the additives the impingement rate is decreased with increasing additive concentration. Since small concentrations of Nb2O5 and Ta2O5 have a drastic effect on the nucleation, these components should be enriched at the interface crystal/glass. This will only take place, if it leads to a decrease in the interfacial energy. Since this effect alone should result in an increase of the nucleation rate, it must be overcompensated by kinetic effects. PMID:27150844

  13. Fluoride evaporation and crystallization behavior of CaF2-CaO-Al2O3-(TiO2) slag for electroslag remelting of Ti-containing steels

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    Shi, Cheng-bin; Cho, Jung-wook; Zheng, Ding-li; Li, Jing

    2016-06-01

    To elucidate the behavior of slag films in an electroslag remelting process, the fluoride evaporation and crystallization of CaF2-CaO-Al2O3-(TiO2) slags were studied using the single hot thermocouple technique. The crystallization mechanism of TiO2-bearing slag was identified based on kinetic analysis. The fluoride evaporation and incubation time of crystallization in TiO2-free slag are found to considerably decrease with decreasing isothermal temperature down to 1503 K. Fish-bone and flower-like CaO crystals precipitate in TiO2-free slag melt, which is accompanied by CaF2 evaporation from slag melt above 1503 K. Below 1503 K, only near-spherical CaF2 crystals form with an incubation time of less than 1 s, and the crystallization is completed within 1 s. The addition of 8.1wt% TiO2 largely prevents the fluoride evaporation from slag melt and promotes the slag crystallization. TiO2 addition leads to the precipitation of needle-like perovskite (CaTiO3) crystals instead of CaO crystals in the slag. The crystallization of perovskite (CaTiO3) occurs by bulk nucleation and diffusion-controlled one-dimensional growth.

  14. Point defects in lithium triborate (LiB3O5) crystals

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    Scripsick, M. P.; Fang, X. H.; Edwards, G. J.; Halliburton, L. E.; Tyminski, J. K.

    1993-02-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), electron-nuclear double resonance, optical absorption, and thermoluminescence have been used to investigate radiation-induced point defects in a single crystal of lithium triborate (LiB3O5). Two prominent defects are observed after irradiation near liquid-nitrogen temperature with 60 kV x rays. A four-line EPR spectrum, with 12.2 G splittings, is assigned to a trapped-hole center, and another four-line EPR spectrum, with 120 G splittings, is assigned to a trapped-electron center. In each case, the nucleus responsible for the observed hyperfine is 11B. The trapped hole is localized on an oxygen ion and has a weak hyperfine interaction with one neighboring boron nucleus, whereas the trapped electron is localized primarily on a boron ion with a correspondingly larger hyperfine interaction. Both defects become thermally unstable near 125 K, and their decay (i.e., recombination) correlates with an intense thermoluminescence peak at this same temperature. An optical absorption peak at 300 nm is produced by the x rays and thermally decays at the same temperatures as the EPR spectra.

  15. Waveguides consisting of single-crystal lithium niobate thin film and oxidized titanium stripe.

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    Li, Shuang; Cai, Lutong; Wang, Yiwen; Jiang, Yunpeng; Hu, Hui

    2015-09-21

    Strip-loaded waveguides were fabricated by the direct oxidation of a titanium film based on the single-crystal lithium niobate. The method avoided the surface roughness problems that are normally introduced during dry etching of waveguide sidewalls. Propagation modes of the composite strip waveguide were analyzed by a full-vectorial finite difference method. The minimum dimensions of the propagation modes were calculated to be 0.7 μm(2) and 1.1 μm(2) for quasi-TM mode and quasi-TE mode at 1550 nm when the thickness of the LN layer and TiO(2) strip was 660 nm and 95 nm, respectively. The optical intensity was as high as 93% and was well confined in the LN layer for quasi-TM polarization. In this experiment, the propagation losses for the composite strip waveguide with 6 μm wide TiO(2) were 14 dB/cm for quasi-TM mode and 5.8 dB/cm for quasi-TE mode, respectively. The compact hybrid structures have the potential to be utilized for compact photonic integrated devices. PMID:26406627

  16. The crystal structure and microtwinning of ferro-pedrizite, a new lithium amphibole

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    Aksenov, S. M.; Rastsvetaeva, R. K.; Konovalenko, S. I.; Ananyev, S. A.; Chukanov, N. V.; Miroshkina, A. E.

    2015-07-01

    The structure of ferro-pedrizite—a new lithium mineral of the amphibole supergroup—has been studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Fe2+ ions dominate over Mg in the chemical composition of this mineral. The parameters of the monoclinic unit cell are a = 9.3716(4) Å, b = 17.649(1) Å, c = 5.2800(6) Å, and β = 102.22(1)°. The experimental set of intensities contains a large number of significant reflections (~10%), which violate the Clattice. Consideration of pseudomerohedral twinning (matrix [1 0 0/00/-3/4 0]) allowed us to solve and refine the structure within the sp. gr. C2/ m to the final value R = 3.9% in the anisotropic approximation of atomic displacements using 4843 I > 2σ( I). The twin components are found to be 0.681(3)/0.319(3). Twinning has been revealed for the first time in amphiboles of the pedrizite family. The idealized formula of ferro-pedrizite ( Z = 2) is determined as NaLi2(Al2Li)[Si8O22](OH)2.

  17. Studies on semi-organic non linear optical single crystal: Lithium formate monohydrate (HCO2LiṡH2O)

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    Joseph Daniel, D.; Ramasamy, P.

    2014-03-01

    A semi-organic nonlinear optical single crystal, of lithium formate monohydrate (LFMH), has been grown by slow evaporation solution growth technique. The single crystal XRD analysis confirms that the crystal belongs to the orthorhombic system with non-centrosymmetric space group Pbn21. Powder X-ray diffraction analysis was carried out for the grown crystal in the 2θ range 20-80°. The crystalline perfection was analyzed by high-resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD) and found that the quality of the grown single crystal is quite good. The UV-Vis spectrum shows that it has a good transmittance in the entire visible region with the lower cut-off wavelength at 240 nm. The presence of the functional groups was confirmed by using FT-IR spectral analysis. The thermal characteristics of LFMH were analyzed by thermogravimetric (TGA) and differential thermal analysis (DTA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Dielectric studies have been carried out for the grown crystal at different frequencies from 100 Hz to 5 MHz. Both dielectric constant and dielectric loss values are found to decrease with increasing frequency. The mechanical behavior of the grown crystal was studied using Vickers microhardness tester. Nonlinear optical characteristics of LFMH have been studied using Q-switched Nd:YAG laser (λ = 1064 nm). The second harmonic generation conversion efficiency of LFMH is 0.9 times that of standard KDP crystal. The laser damage threshold value of LFMH is found to be 1.5 GW/cm2.

  18. Growth and photorefractive properties of Mg, Fe co-doped near-stoichiometric lithium tantalate single crystals

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    Hsu, W. T.; Chen, Z. B.; You, C. A.; Huang, S. W.; Liu, J. P.; Lan, C. W.

    2010-07-01

    Mg, Fe co-doped near-stoichiometric lithium tantalate (SLT) crystals were successfully grown by the zone-leveling Czochralski (ZLCz) technique and the holographic properties were measured by the two-beam coupling method. The fundamental optical properties of crystals were measured by employing the UV-vis-NIR spectrometer and Fourier transformation infrared spectrophotometer as well. By the chemical analysis, the Li/Ta, Mg/Ta and Fe/Ta ratios of the crystals were obtained and the Li/Ta ratios of the crystals were all close to the theoretical limitation of 0.98. In the holographic properties, the recording time constant, erasing time constant, dynamic range, and sensitivity decreased with light intensity; but the maximum diffraction efficiency showed an opposite trend. Furthermore, the diffraction efficiency, dynamic range and sensitivity of the crystals were improved with a relatively higher Fe/Ta ratio. In comparison with Mn-LT crystals, the Mg, Fe co-doped SLT crystal showed the superior photorefractive properties indicating that it could be a promising new material for lifetime holographic data storage.

  19. Dentifrice Fluoride

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    Rakita, Philip E.

    2004-05-01

    The effectiveness of the fluoride ion in lowering the incidence of dental caries is a major factor in the field of dental health. Observations and research studies in the first half of the 20th century have lead to the widespread adoption of fluoridated water and the use of inorganic fluoride compounds in oral care products, such as toothpaste and dental rinses. This article provides a brief review of the types of compounds used and the chemistry involved.

  20. Microstructure and defects probed by Raman spectroscopy in lithium niobate crystals and devices

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    Fontana, Marc D.; Bourson, Patrice

    2015-12-15

    Raman microprobe applied on LiNbO{sub 3} (LN) crystals and derived materials or devices is shown to be a tool to detect either local variations or changes of the whole structure. Position, width, or intensity of one Raman line can be used as markers of a structural change. Indeed, each Raman line can be assigned to a peculiar ionic motion and is differently sensitive to application of strain, temperature change, and electric field. Some vibrational modes are especially associated to the site of Li ion, or Nb ion, or still oxygen octahedron, so that they can be affected by the introduction of dopant ion on one or another site. Therefore, Raman Spectroscopy (RS) can be used as a site spectroscopy to describe the mechanism of doping incorporation in the LN lattice, allowing the optimization of some linear and non-linear optical properties according to the dopant concentration and substitution site. The composition or the content of non-stoichiometry related defects could be derived from the width of some lines. Any damage or local disorder can be detected by a line broadening. The quality or preservation of the structure after chemical treatment, or laser pulses, can be thus checked. The structure of ion-implanted or proton-exchanged wave-guides and periodically poled lithium niobate as well can be imaged from frequency shift or intensity change of some lines. RS is thus a useful way to control the structure of LN and/or to optimize the preparation parameters and its properties.

  1. Bottled Water and Fluoride

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    ... Fluoridation Journal Articles for Community Water Fluoridation Bottled Water Recommend on Facebook Tweet Share Compartir Consumers drink ... questions about bottled water and fluoride. Does bottled water contain fluoride? Bottled water products may contain fluoride, ...

  2. Growth, characterization and upconversion properties of erbium-doped potassium lithium tantalate niobate single crystals under 975 nm laser excitation

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    Zhou, Zhongxiang; Li, Lei; Duan, Qianqian; Feng, Lei; Tian, Hao

    2012-04-01

    Potassium lithium tantalate niobate single crystals doped with erbium ions are grown by top-seeded solution growth method. The crystals are characterized by X-ray diffraction and differential thermal analysis. The refractive indices of the crystal are measured using ellipsometry method and fitted by Sellmeier equation. The as-grown crystals are tetragonal phase tungsten bronze-type structure with Curie temperature of 271.3 °C. Characteristic Er3 + absorption bands are observed from 350 to 1100 nm in ultraviolet-visible-near infrared absorption spectra. These crystals emit brightly green and red upconversion fluorescence under 975 nm LD laser excitation, and the steady state upconversion spectra are obtained at room temperature. The red emission intensity increases as the erbium ions concentration increases in crystals. Processes of excited state absorption and energy transfer are responsible for upconversion luminescence. The emission intensities are quadratic dependences on pump power from pump power dependence analyses and deduction of transition rate equation model.

  3. Lithium peroxide crystal clusters as a natural growth feature of discharge products in Li-O2 cells.

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    Zakharchenko, Tatiana K; Kozmenkova, Anna Ya; Itkis, Daniil M; Goodilin, Eugene A

    2013-01-01

    The often observed and still unexplained phenomenon of the growth of lithium peroxide crystal clusters during the discharge of Li-O2 cells is likely to happen because of self-assembling Li2O2 platelets that nucleate homogeneously right after the intermediate formation of superoxide ions by a single-electron oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). This feature limits the rechargeability of Li-O2 cells, but at the same time it can be beneficial for both capacity improvement and gain in recharge rate if a proper liquid phase mediator can be found. PMID:24367744

  4. Optical constants and related electronic energy bands of lithium triborate crystal in the 6{endash}12-eV region

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    Chen, T.; Tao, R.; Rife, J.C.; Hunter, W.R.

    1998-01-01

    Reflectance of lithium triborate crystal in the 6{endash}12-eV region is measured with synchrotron radiation, and the principal values of optical constants are derived. Six absorption peaks are found in both X- and Y-polarized spectra. Among them the five transitions of the Y-polarized peaks and three of the X-polarized peaks are identified. The measurement suggests that the energy of the lowest conducting band 4A{sub 2} is 7.3 eV rather than 7.57 eV, as previously reported. {copyright} 1998 Optical Society of America

  5. Study of beryllium and beryllium-lithium complexes in single-crystal silicon.

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    Crouch, R. K.; Robertson, J. B.; Gilmer, T. E., Jr.

    1972-01-01

    When beryllium is thermally diffused into silicon, it gives rise to acceptor levels 191 and 145 meV above the valence band. Quenching and annealing studies indicate that the 145-meV level is due to a more complex beryllium configuration than the 191-meV level. When lithium is thermally diffused into a beryllium-doped silicon sample, it produces two new acceptor levels at 106 and 81 meV. Quenching and annealing studies indicate that these new levels are due to lithium forming a complex with the defects responsible for the 191- and 145-meV beryllium levels, respectively. Electrical measurements imply that the lithium impurity ions are physically close to the beryllium impurity atoms. The ground state of the 106-meV beryllium-lithium level is split into two levels, presumably by internal strains. Tentative models are proposed to explain these results.

  6. Channel waveguides and y-junctions in x-cut single-crystal lithium niobate thin film.

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    Cai, Lutong; Kong, Ruirui; Wang, Yiwen; Hu, Hui

    2015-11-01

    Proton exchanged channel waveguides in x-cut single-crystal lithium niobate thin film could avoid optical leakage loss which existed in the z-cut case. Indicated by simulations, the mechanism and condition of the optical leakage loss were studied. The light energy in the exchanged layer and the mode sizes were calculated to optimize the parameters for fabrication. By a very short time (3 minutes) proton exchange process without anneal, the channel waveguide with 2 μm width and 0.16 μm exchanged depth in the x-cut lithium niobate thin film had a propagation loss as low as 0.2 dB/cm at 1.55 μm. Furthermore, the Y-junctions based on the low-loss waveguide were designed and fabricated. For a Y-junction based on the 3 μm wide channel waveguide with 8000 μm bending radius, the total transmission could reach 85% ~90% and the splitting ratio maintained at a stable level around 1:1. The total length was smaller than 1 mm, much shorter than the conventional Ti-diffused and proton exchanged Y-junctions in bulk lithium niobate. PMID:26561191

  7. An insight into crystal, electronic, and local structures of lithium iron silicate (Li2FeSiO4) materials upon lithium extraction

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    Kamon-in, O.; Klysubun, W.; Limphirat, W.; Srilomsak, S.; Meethong, N.

    2013-05-01

    Recently, orthosilicate, Li2MSiO4 (where M=transition metal) materials have been attracting considerable attention for potential use as a new generation cathode for Li-ion batteries due to their safety, low toxicity, and low cost characteristics. In addition, the presence of two Li+ ions in the molecule offers a multiple electron-charge transfer (M2+/M3+ and M3+/M4+ redox couples), thus allowing a high achievable capacity of more than 320 mA h/g per M unit. Good electrochemical properties of Li2FeSiO4 have been reported through several approaches such as downsizing of the particles, carbon-coating, etc. However, in addition to electrochemical performance, fundamental understanding regarding crystal, electronic and local structure changes during charge/discharge processes is also important and needs more rigorous investigation. In this work, lithium iron silicates (Li2FeSiO4/C) in space group of Pnma: a=10.6671(3) Å, b=6.2689(2) Å, and c=5.0042(2) Å have been prepared by solid-state reaction. The synthesized as well as chemical delithiated samples have been characterized by XRD, HRTEM, AAS and XAS techniques. We will show the results focusing on Fe K-edge XANES, EXAFS, HRTEM and XRD of the Li2-xFeSiO4 samples and discuss how the crystal, electronic, and local structure changes upon Li+ de-intercalation.

  8. Electrical properties of lead-free Fe-doped niobium-rich potassium lithium tantalate niobate single crystals

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    Li, Yang; Li, Jun; Zhou, Zhongxiang; Guo, Ruyan; Bhalla, Amar S.

    2013-12-01

    Lead-free, 0.025 wt% Fe-doped niobium-rich potassium lithium tantalate niobate Fe: K0.95Li0.05Ta1-xNbxO3 single crystals have been grown by the top-seeded melt growth method. All the transition temperatures have been determined by the dielectric constant and loss-dependent temperature. The spontaneous polarizations computed by the integration of pyroelectric coefficients over all the temperatures are consistent with the results of the P-E hysteresis loops. The piezoelectric constants and electromechanical coupling factors are attractive among lead-free piezoelectric materials. With suitable Fe-doping, the electrical properties of KLTN single crystals have been improved overall and can be compared to those of the current important lead-based piezoelectric materials.

  9. Enhanced electroactive and mechanical properties of poly(vinylidene fluoride) by controlling crystallization and interfacial interactions with low loading polydopamine coated BaTiO₃.

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    Jia, Nan; Xing, Qian; Liu, Xu; Sun, Jing; Xia, Guangmei; Huang, Wei; Song, Rui

    2015-09-01

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) is a semi-crystalline polymer and the polar β-phase of PVDF shows superb electroactive properties. In order to enhance the β-phase of PVDF, extreme low content of BaTiO3 nanoparticles (BT-NPs) coated with polydopamine (Pdop) were incorporated into PVDF matrix by solution casting. The β-phase of the resulting PVDF nanocomposites film was dramatically increased and the d33 value reached 34.3±0.4 pCN(-1). It is found that the Pdop layer could improve the dispersibility and stability of the BT NPs in solution and endow the BT NPs good dispersity in the PVDF matrix. Moreover, the interfacial interaction between PVDF chains and the surface of BT-Pdop nanoparticles (BT-Pdop NPs) were revealed, in which the CF2 groups on PVDF could interact with the electron-rich plane of aromatic ring of Pdop moiety. This interaction, led to the increase of the crystallization activation energy as derived from the DSC nonisothermal crystallization measurement. The α-β crystal transformation, organization of interfacial interactions as well as the prevention of agglomeration of BT-NPs confer the improvement of mechanical and thermal properties of PVDF, such as toughness, tensile strength, elongation at break, and thermal conductivity. PMID:25985420

  10. Bulk crystal growth, optical, mechanical and ferroelectric properties of new semiorganic nonlinear optical and piezoelectric Lithium nitrate monohydrate oxalate single crystal

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    Dalal, Jyoti; Kumar, Binay

    2016-01-01

    New semiorganic nonlinear optical single crystals of Lithium nitrate oxalate monohydrate (LNO) were grown by slow evaporation solution technique. Single crystal X-ray diffraction study indicated that LNO crystal belongs to the triclinic system with space group P1. Various functional groups present in the material were identified by FTIR and Raman analysis. UV-vis study showed the high transparency of crystals with a wide band gap 5.01 eV. Various Optical constants i.e. Urbach energy (Eu), extinction coefficient (K), refractive index, optical conductivity, electric susceptibility with real and imaginary parts of dielectric constant were calculated using the transmittance data which have applications in optoelectronic devices. A sharp emission peak was found at 438 nm in photoluminescence measurement, which revealed suitability of crystal for fabricating violet lasers. In dielectric studies, a peak has been observed at 33 °C which is due to ferroelectric to paraelectric phase transition. Piezoelectric charge coefficients (d33 = 9.2 pC/N and g33) have been calculated, which make it a suitable for piezoelectric devices applications. In ferroelectric studies, a saturated loop was found in which the values of coercive field and remnant polarization were found to be 2.18 kV/cm and 0.39 μC/cm2, respectively. Thermal behavior was studied by TGA and DSC studies. The relative SHG efficiency of LNO was found to be 1.2 times that of KDP crystal. In microhardness study, Meyer's index value was found to be 1.78 which revealed its soft nature. These optical, dielectric, piezoelectric, ferroelectric, mechanical and non-linear optical properties of grown crystal establish the usefulness of this material for optoelectronics, non-volatile memory and piezoelectric devices applications.

  11. A study of beryllium and beryllium-lithium complexes in single crystal silicon

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    Crouch, R. K.; Robertson, J. B.; Gilmer, T. E., Jr.

    1972-01-01

    When beryllium is thermally diffused into silicon, it gives rise to acceptor levels 191 MeV and 145 meV above the valence band. Quenching and annealing studies indicate that the 145-MeV level is due to a more complex beryllium configuration than the 191-MeV level. When lithium is thermally diffused into a beryllium-doped silicon sample, it produces two acceptor levels at 106 MeV and 81 MeV. Quenching and annealing studies indicate that these levels are due to lithium forming a complex with the defects responsible for the 191-MeV and 145-MeV beryllium levels, respectively. Electrical measurements imply that the lithium impurity ions are physically close to the beryllium impurity atoms. The ground state of the 106-MeV beryllium level is split into two levels, presumably by internal strains. Tentative models are proposed.

  12. The Effect of Chain Structures on the Crystallization Behavior and Membrane Formation of Poly(Vinylidene Fluoride) Copolymers

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    Ma, Wenzhong; Yuan, Haoge; Wang, Xiaolin

    2014-01-01

    The crystallization behaviors of two copolymers of PVDF were studied, and the effect of copolymerized chains on the crystallization behavior was investigated. The results indicated that both copolymers had a lowered crystallization temperature and crystallinity. The crystallization rate was improved by the copolymer with symmetrical units in PVDF chains, but hindered by asymmetrical units, compared with the neat PVDF. The symmetrical units in PVDF chains favored the β-crystals with fiber-like structures. According to the solubility parameter rule, methyl salicylate (MS) can be chosen as a diluent for PVDF copolymers. Both diluted systems had liquid-liquid (L-L) regions in the phase diagrams, which was due to the lowered crystallization temperature. PMID:24957175

  13. Growth and evaluation of nonlinear optical crystals for laser applications: Lithium borate, barium borate and silver gallium selenide

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    Feigelson, Robert S.; Route, Roger K.

    1994-12-01

    This report summarizes a four year program on the development of high efficiency nonlinear optical materials. Major achievements were the development of effective top-seeded solution growth techniques for beta-barium borate (BBO) and lithium triborate (LBO). BBO crystals were also grown for the first time in the US by the direct melt growth technique, a metastable method that leads to significantly higher growth rates than the commercial solution-growth technique. High quality crystals were made available for optical property determinations and nonlinear optical device development at government and commercial laboratories. Additional accomplishments involved development of an optimum heat-treatment technology for eliminating optical scattering centers from as-grown crystals of silver gallium selenide. Cooperative programs were carried out with NRL to quantify the effects of intrinsic and extrinsic defects on residual absorption. It was discovered that silver gallium selenide and silver gallium sulfide crystals grown from silver-rich solutions are free of anomolous absorption in the 2 micron waveband which is currently the major problem limiting generation of high intensity, tunable 3-5 micron radiation by OPO methods using these materials. A new nonlinear optical material, (La,Gd)Sc3(BO3)4 has been identified for future study.

  14. Transfer of excitation energy from host's ions to active dopant ions in oxide single crystals, glasses, and fluorides

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    Kaczmarek, Slawomir M.; Drozdowski, Winicjusz; Swirkowicz, Marek; Majchrowski, Andrzej

    2000-10-01

    Results of absorption and radio luminescence measurements of YalO3, Y3Al5O12, LiTaO3, LiNbO3, YVO4 single crystals and Li2B4O7 single crystals and glasses doped with rare-earth and transition metal ions and LiF crystal were presented. Analysis of excitation energy transfer of x-rays from lattice sites to active ions was performed. Changes in absorption spectra were also analyzed due to (gamma) -quanta irradiation of Nd3+ doped LiYF4 single crystal with a dose of 105 Gy.

  15. Electrical conductivity and asymmetric material changes upon irradiation of Mg-doped lithium niobate crystals with low-mass, high-energy ions

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    Jentjens, L.; Raeth, N. L.; Peithmann, K.; Maier, K.

    2011-06-15

    Radiation damage in magnesium-doped lithium niobate crystals, created by low-mass, high-energy ions which have transmitted the entire crystal thickness, leads to an enhanced electrical dark conductivity as well as an enhanced photoconductivity. Experimental results on the electrical properties after ion exposure are given, and an asymmetric dependence of the conductivity as well as refractive index changes on the irradiation geometry with respect to the ferroelectric axis is revealed.

  16. Variation and fractionation of lithium isotope ratios within single tourmaline crystals in the pegmatites of the Black Hills, SD

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    Gross, M.; Nabelek, P. I.

    2012-12-01

    Lithium isotopes are quickly becoming a valuable geochemical tool, providing insight into a broad range of studies. Li isotopes have been utilized in studies with subjects ranging from mantle processes to planetary accretion on stars. Yet, as an emerging technique, a number of uncertainties remain to be resolved. Two basic questions must be answered in order to apply isotope studies in a meaningful way: How do isotopes fractionate from each other and what do the isotope ratios mean? Previous studies on intra-crystal Li isotope signatures in tourmaline are extremely limited. One study showed roughly homogenous isotope profile using secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) analysis (Ludwig et al. 2011). If Li isotopes are in fact variable within individual crystals, however, it has implications for previous models of pegmatite formation reached using Li isotopes, as well as the root cause of Li isotope fractionation in tourmaline. For this study, tourmaline samples were collected from several texturally different pegmatite localities in the Black Hills, SD. Lithium concentrations and isotope ratios were measured along numerous points in a tourmaline crystal to discern how they change within a single crystal. The tourmaline was dissolved by an alkali fusion technique. Concentrations were determined at the University of Missouri using a Perkin-Elmer Optima 3300 Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES). Isotope measurements were performed at University of Maryland-College Park by a Nu Plasma Multi-collector ICP-MS. The procedure followed the three-column cation exchange chromatography method. Additionally, elemental mapping was performed on one sample using the JEOL JXA-8200 Superprobe at Washington University in St. Louis. Results of this research reveal that extreme fractionation of Li is possible within single tourmaline crystals. The δ7Li values measured are among the highest measured in rocks, though the average for each crystal falls

  17. Synthesis and crystal structure of two tin fluoride materials: NaSnF 3 (BING-12) and Sn 3F 3PO 4

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    Salami, Tolulope O.; Zavalij, Peter Y.; Oliver, Scott R. J.

    2004-03-01

    A new compound, sodium tin trifluoride (NaSnF 3, which we denote BING-12 for SUNY at Binghamton, Structure No. 12), was synthesized solvothermally from a pyridine-water solvent system. The new compound crystallized in the monoclinic space group C2/ c (No. 15), with a=11.7429(12) Å, b=17.0104(18) Å, c=6.8528(7) Å, β=100.6969(2)°, V=1345.1(2) Å 3 and Z=16. The layered structure consists of outer pyramidal SnF 3 units, where the fluorides surround a central layer of six- and seven-coordinate sodium atoms. The layers are stabilized by charged Na + galleries that reside in the center of the layers. Tin trifluorophosphate (Sn 3F 3PO 4, Compound 2) was isolated from a related synthetic system, and crystallized in the rhombohedral space group R3 (No. 146), with a=11.8647(11) Å, c=4.6291(6) Å, V=564.34(10) Å 3 and Z=3. The framework is made up of helical -Sn-F- chains, which are connected by phosphate groups. The materials were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), variable temperature PXRD (VT-PXRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

  18. Functionalization of borate networks by the incorporation of fluoride: Syntheses, crystal structures; and nonlinear optical properties of novel actinide fluoroborates

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    Wang, Shuao; Alekseev, Evgeny V.; Diwu, Juan; Miller, Hannah M.; Oliver, Allen G.; Liu, Guokui; Depmeier, Wulf; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E.

    2011-06-14

    The boric acid flux reactions of uranyl nitrate with sodium, potassium, rubidium, or thallium fluoride result in the formation of a novel family of uranyl(VI) fluoroborate materials. These compounds are Na[(UO₂)B₅O₈(OH)F]·H₂O (NaUBOF-1), K[(UO₂)B₅O₈(OH)F] (KUBOF-1), K₁₁[(UO₂)₆B₂₄O₃₆F₂₂)](H₂BO₃) (KUBOF-2), Rb[(UO₂)B₅O₈(OH)F] (RbUBOF-1), and Tl[(UO₂)B₅O₈(OH)F] (TlUBOF-1). A new neptunium(VI) fluoroborate that is isotypic with NaUBOF-1, Na[(NpO₂)B₅O₈(OH)F]·H₂O (NaNpBOF-1), was synthesized via the boric acid flux reaction of neptunium(VI) nitrate with sodium fluoride. These new actinide fluoroborates share a common structural motif consisting of a linear actinyl (U(Np)O₂2+) cation surrounded by BO₃ triangles and BO₄ tetrahedra to create an U(Np)O₈ hexagonal bipyramidal environment around uranium or neptunium. The borate anions bridge between actinyl units to create layers. B–F bonds were formed during the reactions to yield BO₃F tetrahedral units. The BO3F tetrahedra and additional BO₃ triangles extend from the actinyl polyborate layers and are directed approximately perpendicular to the layers. A novel actinyl borate layered topology was found in K₁₁[(UO₂)₆B₂₄O₃₆F₂₂)](H₂BO₃) (KUBOF-2). Except for K[(UO₂)B₅O₈(OH)F] (KUBOF-1) and K₁₁[(UO₂)₆B₂₄O₃₆F₂₂)](H₂BO₃) (KUBOF-2), all of the other actinide fluoroborate phases adopt noncentrosymmetric space groups. Tl[(UO₂)B₅O₈(OH)F] (TlUBOF-1), which can be obtained as a pure phase, displays second-harmonic generation of 532-nm light from 1064-nm light.

  19. LASERS AND PHYSICAL PROCESSES IN THEM: Lithium yttrium fluoride (LiYF4:Nd3+)—promising laser material for picosecond spectroscopy

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    Kaminskiĭ, A. A.; Demchuk, M. I.; Zhavoronkov, N. I.; Mikhaĭlov, V. P.

    1989-01-01

    An investigation was made of passive mode locking in lasers with active media in the form of anisotropic fluorides LiYF4 and LiLuF4 activated with Nd3+ ions. Selection of the optical dynamics of laser pulses (due to the 4F3/2→4I11/2 transition) and use of Soviet dyes characterized by different bleaching intensities and different relaxation times ensured a minimum duration of ~ 6 ps with an energy of 10 mJ per pulse.

  20. Lithium ions in the van der Waals gap of Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} single crystals

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    Bludska, J.; Jakubec, I.; Karamazov, S.; Horak, J.; Uher, C.

    2010-12-15

    Insertion/extraction of lithium ions into/from Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} crystals was investigated by means of cyclic voltammetry. The process of insertion is reflected in the appearance of two bands on voltammograms at {approx}1.7 and {approx}1.5 V, corresponding to the insertion of Li{sup +} ions into octahedral and tetrahedral sites of the van der Waals gap of these layered crystals. The process of extraction of Li{sup +} ions from the gap results in the appearance of four bands on the voltammograms. The bands 1 and 2 at {approx}2.1 and {approx}2.3 V correspond to the extraction of a part of Li{sup +} guest ions from the octahedral and tetrahedrals sites and this extraction has a character of a reversible intercalation/deintercalation process. A part of Li{sup +} ions is bound firmly in the crystal due to the formation of negatively charged clusters of the (LiBiSe{sub 2}.Bi{sub 3}Se{sub 4}{sup -}) type. A further extraction of Li{sup +} ions from the van der Waals gap is associated with the presence of bands 3 and 4 placed at {approx}2.5 and {approx}2.7 V on the voltammograms as their extraction needs higher voltage due to the influence of negative charges localized on these clusters. -- Graphical abstract: Insertion/extraction of lithium ions into/from Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} layered crystals was investigated by cyclic voltammetry. The extraction of Li{sup +} results in the appearance of four bands on the voltammograms. The first two bands have a character of a reversible process. A part of Li{sup +} ions is bound firmly in the crystal due to the formation of negatively charged clusters of the (LiBiSe{sub 2}.Bi{sub 3}Se{sub 4}{sup -}) type. Their extraction needs higher voltage due to the negative charge. Display Omitted

  1. Crystal modification of iron oxide scale by potassium addition and its application to lithium-ion battery anodes

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    Jung, Dong-Won; Han, Sang-Wook; Kong, Byung-Seon; Oh, Eun-Suok

    2013-11-01

    This paper proposes a valuable method to reuse the iron oxide scale (IOS) often produced in the steel industry as an anode active material in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). The IOS samples are prepared via quenching of carbon steel and simple oxidation at a high temperature with or without sequential treatment by potassium hydroxide. Morphological and physical characterizations confirm the formation of a lamellar structure of orthorhombic KFeO2 with a high degree of crystallinity in the potassium-added IOSs. Additionally, the potassium addition decreases the particle size of the crystals and increases the d-spacing between crystal layers. Electrochemical performance tests show that the discharge capacities of the IOS samples monotonically increased with increasing number of charge/discharge cycles regardless of the existence of potassium. In addition, the rate of increase is larger in the potassium-added IOS samples containing the lamellar KFeO2 structure. Consequently, after prolonged cycling (more than 500 cycles), the potassium-added IOS sample retains a discharge capacity of 1020 mAh g-1 with good cycling stability, while the IOS quenched sample only exhibits a capacity of 956 mAh g-1. This result is attributed to the unique structure of the KFeO2 crystals formed in the potassium-added IOS particles.

  2. Optimization of the idler wavelength tunable cascaded optical parametric oscillator based on chirp-assisted aperiodically poled lithium niobate crystal

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    Tao, Chen; Rong, Shu; Ye, Ge; Zhuo, Chen

    2016-01-01

    We present the numerical results for the optimization of the pump-to-idler conversion efficiencies of nanosecond idler wavelength tunable cascaded optical parametric oscillators (OPO) in different wavelength tuning ranges, where the primary signals from the OPO process are recycled to enhance the pump-to-idler conversion efficiencies via the simultaneous difference frequency generation (DFG) process by monolithic aperiodically poled, magnesium oxide doped lithium niobate (APMgLN) crystals. The APMgLN crystals are designed with different chirp parameters for the DFG process to broaden their thermal acceptance bandwidths to different extents. The idler wavelength tuning of the cascaded OPO is realized by changing the temperature of the designed APMgLN crystal and the cascaded oscillation is achieved in a single pump pass singly resonant linear cavity. The pump-to-idler conversion efficiencies with respect to the pump pulse duration and ratio of OPO coefficient to DFG coefficient are calculated by numerically solving the coupled wave equations. The optimal working conditions of the tunable cascaded OPOs pumped by pulses with energies of 350 μJ and 700 μJ are compared to obtain the general rules of optimization. It is concluded that the optimization becomes the interplay between the ratio of OPO coefficient to DFG coefficient and the pump pulse duration when the idler wavelength tuning range and the pump pulse energy are fixed. Besides, higher pump pulse energy is beneficial for reaching higher optimal pump-to-idler conversion efficiency as long as the APMgLN crystal is optimized according to this pump condition. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first numerical analysis of idler wavelength tunable cascaded OPOs based on chirp-assisted APMgLN crystals. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61505236), the Innovation Program of Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics, China (Grant No. CX-2), and the Program of Shanghai

  3. Lithium ion diffusion in Li β-alumina single crystals measured by pulsed field gradient NMR spectroscopy

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    Chowdhury, Mohammed Tareque Takekawa, Reiji; Iwai, Yoshiki; Kuwata, Naoaki; Kawamura, Junichi

    2014-03-28

    The lithium ion diffusion coefficient of a 93% Li β-alumina single crystal was measured for the first time using pulsed field gradient (PFG) NMR spectroscopy with two different crystal orientations. The diffusion coefficient was found to be 1.2 × 10{sup −11} m{sup 2}/s in the direction perpendicular to the c axis at room temperature. The Li ion diffusion coefficient along the c axis direction was found to be very small (6.4 × 10{sup −13} m{sup 2}/s at 333 K), which suggests that the macroscopic diffusion of the Li ion in the β-alumina crystal is mainly two-dimensional. The diffusion coefficient for the same sample was also estimated using NMR line narrowing data and impedance measurements. The impedance data show reasonable agreement with PFG-NMR data, while the line narrowing measurements provided a lower value for the diffusion coefficient. Line narrowing measurements also provided a relatively low value for the activation energy and pre-exponential factor. The temperature dependent diffusion coefficient was obtained in the temperature range 297–333 K by PFG-NMR, from which the activation energy for diffusion of the Li ion was estimated. The activation energy obtained by PFG-NMR was smaller than that obtained by impedance measurements, which suggests that thermally activated defect formation energy exists for 93% Li β-alumina single crystals. The diffusion time dependence of the diffusion coefficient was observed for the Li ion in the 93% Li β-alumina single crystal by means of PFG-NMR experiments. Motion of Li ion in fractal dimension might be a possible explanation for the observed diffusion time dependence of the diffusion coefficient in the 93% Li β–alumina system.

  4. Ordered nano-scale domains in lithium niobate single crystals via phase-mask assisted all-optical poling

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    Wellington, I. T.; Valdivia, C. E.; Sono, T. J.; Sones, C. L.; Mailis, S.; Eason, R. W.

    2007-02-01

    We report the formation of directionally ordered nano-scale surface domains on the +z face of undoped congruent lithium niobate single crystals by using UV illumination through a phase mask of sub-micron periodicity with an energy fluence between ˜90 mJ/cm 2 and 150 mJ/cm 2 at λ = 266 nm. We clearly show here that the UV-induced surface ferroelectric domains only nucleate at and propagate along maxima of laser intensity. Although the domain line separation varies and is greater than 2 μm for this set of experimental conditions, this enables a degree of control over the all-optical poling process.

  5. Laser-writing inside uniaxially birefringent crystals: fine morphology of ultrashort pulse-induced changes in lithium niobate.

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    Karpinski, P; Shvedov, V; Krolikowski, W; Hnatovsky, C

    2016-04-01

    This work presents a detailed analysis of the morphology of femtosecond laser-induced changes in bulk lithium niobate (LiNbO3) - one of the most common host materials in photonics - using second-harmonic generation microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. It is shown that focused linearly polarized near-infrared pulses can produce two or three distinct axially separated regions of modified material, depending on whether the pulse propagation is along or perpendicular to the optical axis. When laser writing in LiNbO3 is conducted in multi-shot irradiation mode and the focused light intensity is kept near the bulk damage threshold, periodic planar nanostructures aligned perpendicular to the laser polarization are produced inside the focal volume. These results provide a new perspective to laser writing in crystalline materials, including the fabrication of passive and active waveguides, photonic crystals, and optical data storage devices. PMID:27137036

  6. Site-selective measurement of relaxation properties at 980 nm in Er^{3+}-doped congruent and stoichiometric lithium niobate crystals

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    Mandula, Gabor; Kis, Zsolt; Kovacs, Laszlo; Szaller, Zsuzsanna; Krampf, Andreas

    2016-04-01

    A pump-probe-type saturation spectroscopic experiment has been performed at 980 nm to measure the homogeneous linewidth of the ^4I_{11/2}-^4I_{15/2} transition and the lifetime of the ^4I_{11/2} state of erbium embedded into lithium niobate single crystals. There are several non-equivalent Er^{3+}_{Li^+}-V_{Li^+} sites with differently oriented defect structure for charge compensation. These non-equivalent centers differ in their transition energies. Hence, our measurements have been done at two nearby frequencies, addressing groups of erbium ions located at non-equivalent sites. The results are compared with lifetime calculations and measurements found in the literature and with the predictions of our simple model calculation.

  7. Growth of hollow nickel fluoride whiskers

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    Petrov, S. V.; Orekhov, Yu. F.; Fedorov, P. P.

    2009-07-15

    Hollow nickel fluoride whiskers have been obtained by condensation from the vapor phase onto a platinum substrate in a flow of hydrogen fluoride. Crystals up to 5 mm in length have a square cross section with a 300 {+-} 30-{mu}m side. The wall thickness is 85 {+-} 20 {mu}m.

  8. Structure, ion transport, and relaxation dynamics of polyethylene oxide/poly (vinylidene fluoride co-hexafluoropropylene)—lithium bis(trifluoromethane sulfonyl) imide blend polymer electrolyte embedded with ionic liquid

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    Das, S.; Ghosh, A.

    2016-03-01

    We have studied structure, ion transport, and relaxation dynamics in polyethylene oxide/poly (vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene)-lithium bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonimide blend polymer electrolytes embedded with 1-propyl-3-methyleimidazoliuum bis(trifluromethyle-sulfonyl)imide ionic liquid. Structural property and ion-polymer interaction of polymer electrolytes have been studied using X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The addition of ionic liquid decreases glass transition temperature and reduces crystalline phase in the polymer matrix. It is also observed that surface becomes smooth with increase of ionic liquid content. The temperature dependence of the Li ion conductivity follows Vogel-Tammann-Fulcher type behaviour when a sufficient amount of ionic liquid is added to polymer matrix. The electric modulus has been studied using Havriliak-Negami function for the understanding of ion dynamics. The modulus data have been analyzed using non-exponential Kohlrausch-Williams-Watts function. It is observed that the non-exponential parameter β is quite lower than unity, suggesting existence of a non-exponential relaxation. The temperature dependence of the relaxation time also follows Vogel-Tammann-Fulcher relation for compositions with higher ionic liquid content.

  9. Photoelastic properties of magnesium fluoride

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    Chung, S.; Carleton, H.R.

    1980-05-01

    Magnesium fluoride (MgF/sub 2/) has the rutile crystal structure with a tetragonal space lattice (P4/mnm). The crystal is uniaxial positive with n/sub omega/ = 1.378 and n/sub epsilon/ = 1.390 for sodium D light. A single crystal of MgF/sub 2/ grown by the Materials Research Corporation was used in this study. The crystal was approximately 1 cm/sup 3/ with polished faces in the (001), (110), and (anti 110) crystal planes as verified by the back-reflection Laue method. Sample preparations and measurements are described.

  10. Crystallization kinetics of lithium niobate glass: determination of the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov parameters.

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    Choi, H W; Kim, Y H; Rim, Y H; Yang, Y S

    2013-06-28

    The formation of crystalline LiNbO3 (LN) from LN glass has been studied by means of differential scanning calorimetry and in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction. The LN glass with no glass former was prepared by the polymerized complex method. The isothermal kinetics of the crystallization process is described using the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov (JMAK) equation and the Avrami exponent n is found to be ~2.0, indicating that the crystallization mechanism is diffusion-controlled growth with a decreasing nucleation rate. The effective activation energy of crystallization calculated from isothermal measurements is 6.51 eV. It is found that the LN glass directly transforms into a rhombohedral LN crystal without any intermediate crystalline phase and most crystal grains are confined within the size of ~40 nm irrespective of different isothermal temperatures. Application of JMAK theory to the non-isothermal thermoanalytical study of crystallization of LN glass is discussed. PMID:23677338

  11. Directional growth by low electric-field-controlled crystallization of bulk amorphous lithium tetraborate

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    Kim, S. J.; Kim, J. E.; Yang, Y. S.

    2004-12-01

    Highly oriented rod-shaped crystals were grown during crystallization of bulk amorphous Li2B4O7 under a low ac electric field of ˜5V/mm. The crystal c axis that is the long direction of rods and perpendicular to the flat surface of the sample is parallel to the applied electric-field direction. The oriented crystals, with an alignment within a declined angle of ˜15°, are so long along the c direction compared with those of other directions that the geometrical structure of each rod is quasi-one-dimensional. The measured electromechanical coupling coefficient of kt=0.47 is comparable to that of single-crystal Li2B4O7.

  12. Different incorporation of Cu+ and Cu2+ in lithium tetraborate single crystals

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    Corradi, G.; Nagirnyi, V.; Watterich, A.; Kotlov, A.; Polgár, K.

    2010-11-01

    The incorporation site of Cu in the scintillator and thermoluminescent dosimeter material lithium tetraborate Li2B4O7:Cu has been shown to depend on the charge state of the dopant. As confirmed by a refined analysis, the EPR spectra of an unpaired hole can be ascribed to Cu2+ situated near the Li lattice site with C1 symmetry, in contrast to the higher (C2) overall symmetry reported earlier for Cu+ in its relaxed excited state, the latter suggesting interstitial incorporation for the monovalent dopant. Consequences for charge transfer processes involving copper ions are discussed.

  13. Generation of deep-UV sources (160-250 nm) by frequency mixing in lithium-triborate crystal

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    Lin, Jui T.; Kato, Kiyoshi

    1990-05-01

    The newly discovered nonlinear crystal of lithium triborate, LiB3O5 (LBO), has several advantages over another borate family, 8-BaB2O4.13 These include nonhydroscopic, wide transparency (0.16-2.6 sm), high damage threshold and may be temperature-tuned for noncritical phase-matching (NPCM). NCPM using LBO (temperature-tuned) for the second harmonic generation (SHG) and sum frequency mixing (SFM) of N&YAG laser and YAG-laser-pumped Raman cell in H2 gas was reported.4 In this paper we present the phase-matching curves of LBO for the generation of UV-sources (160-250 nm), where 160 nm is the absorption edge of LBO crystal (see Fig. 1). In Section 2, we analyze the phasematching conditions for second harmonic generation (SHG), third harmonic generation (THG) and sum-frequency- mixing (SFM) and provide the general guidance for achieving phase-matchable shortest wavelengths. Section 3 shows the numerical results based on the Seilmeir equations of LBO, where UV and IR sources are mixed for deep-UV sources. Schematics of proposed experimental setups are also shown.

  14. Tip-induced domain growth on the non-polar cuts of lithium niobate single-crystals

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    Alikin, D. O.; Turygin, A. P.; Lobov, A. I.; Shur, V. Ya.; Ievlev, A. V.; Kalinin, S. V.

    2015-05-04

    Currently, ferroelectric materials with designed domain structures are considered as a perspective material for new generation of photonic, data storage, and data processing devices. Application of external electric field is the most convenient way of the domain structure formation. Lots of papers are devoted to the investigation of domain kinetics on polar surface of crystals while the forward growth remains one of the most mysterious stages due to lack of experimental methods allowing to study it. Here, we performed tip-induced polarization reversal on X- and Y-non-polar cuts in single-crystal of congruent lithium niobate which allows us to study the forward growth with high spatial resolution. The revealed difference in the shape and length of domains induced on X- and Y-cuts is beyond previously developed theoretical approaches used for the theoretical consideration of the domains growth at non-polar ferroelectric surfaces. To explain experimental results, we used kinetic approach with anisotropy of screening efficiency along different crystallographic directions.

  15. Investigations on synthesis, growth, electrical and defect studies of lithium selenoindate single crystals

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    Vijayakumar, P.; Magesh, M.; Arunkumar, A.; Anandha Babu, G.; Ramasamy, P.; Abhaya, S.

    2014-02-01

    LiInSe2 polycrystalline material was successfully synthesized from melt and temperature oscillation method (MTOM). The crystalline phase was confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction pattern. Crack free LiInSe2 single crystal of size 12 mm diameter and 32 mm length was grown using two zone tubular resistive heated furnace by modified vertical Bridgman-Stockbarger method with steady ampoule rotation. The grown LiInSe2 crystal was subjected to single crystal XRD, inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS), Hall effect and dielectric measurements. Single crystal XRD measurement confirms the orthorhombic crystal system. ICP-OES analysis gives the crystal composition as Li0.81In1.01Se2.18. The average lifetime 278.03 ps in PAS measurements corresponds to vacancy clusters present in LiInSe2 crystal. Hall effect measurement confirms the n-type semiconductor nature. The dielectric permittivity and dielectric loss were obtained to be 9.8 and 0.108 respectively by capacitance measurements at room temperature for the frequency of 2 MHz.

  16. Periodic domain inversion in x-cut single-crystal lithium niobate thin film

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    Mackwitz, P.; Rüsing, M.; Berth, G.; Widhalm, A.; Müller, K.; Zrenner, A.

    2016-04-01

    We report the fabrication of periodically poled domain patterns in x-cut lithium niobate thin-film. Here, thin films on insulator have drawn particular attention due to their intrinsic waveguiding properties offering high mode confinement and smaller devices compared to in-diffused waveguides in bulk material. In contrast to z-cut thin film lithium niobate, the x-cut geometry does not require back electrodes for poling. Further, the x-cut geometry grants direct access to the largest nonlinear and electro-optical tensor element, which overall promises smaller devices. The domain inversion was realized via electric field poling utilizing deposited aluminum top electrodes on a stack of LN thin film/SiO2 layer/Bulk LN, which were patterned by optical lithography. The periodic domain inversion was verified by non-invasive confocal second harmonic microscopy. Our results show domain patterns in accordance to the electrode mask layout. The second harmonic signatures can be interpreted in terms of spatially, overlapping domain filaments which start their growth on the +z side.

  17. Comparison of optical properties of pure and doped lithium tetraborate single crystals and glasses

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    Patra, G. D.; Singh, A. K.; Singh, S. G.; Tyagi, M.; Sen, S.; Tiwari, B.; Gadkari, S. C.

    2012-06-01

    High optical quality Li2B4O7 (LTB) single crystals and glassy phases of pure, doped (Cu, Ag) and co-doped with Cu+Ag have been grown by Czochralski crystal pulling and melt quenching techniques respectively. They were characterized through photoluminescence (PL), thermoluminescence (TL), and UV-VIS-NIR transmission measurements. The PL of glass phase shows light yield comparable to that of single crystal. 80-85 % optical transmission in the range 350-800 nm revealed good optical quality of the glasses which is comparable to the single crystals though the glasses have higher cut off wavelength (lower energy). TL glow peaks of Cu doped LTB single crystal at 200 °C and for Cu+Ag co-doped LTB single crystals at around 170°C and 240°C are useful for the dosimetry applications and found to be linear in the range from 1mGy to 1kGy. However, in glasses no TL was observed in spite of a good PL yield.

  18. Deformation, Stress Relaxation, and Crystallization of Lithium Silicate Glass Fibers Below the Glass Transition Temperature

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    Ray, Chandra S.; Brow, Richard K.; Kim, Cheol W.; Reis, Signo T.

    2004-01-01

    The deformation and crystallization of Li(sub 2)O (center dot) 2SiO2 and Li(sub 2)O (center dot) 1.6SiO2 glass fibers subjected to a bending stress were measured as a function of time over the temperature range -50 to -150 C below the glass transition temperature (Tg). The glass fibers can be permanently deformed at temperatures about 100 C below T (sub)g, and they crystallize significantly at temperatures close to, but below T,, about 150 C lower than the onset temperature for crystallization for these glasses in the no-stress condition. The crystallization was found to occur only on the surface of the glass fibers with no detectable difference in the extent of crystallization in tensile and compressive stress regions. The relaxation mechanism for fiber deformation can be best described by a stretched exponential (Kohlrausch-Williams-Watt (KWW) approximation), rather than a single exponential model.The activation energy for stress relaxation, Es, for the glass fibers ranges between 175 and 195 kJ/mol, which is considerably smaller than the activation energy for viscous flow, E, (about 400 kJ/mol) near T, for these glasses at normal, stress-free condition. It is suspected that a viscosity relaxation mechanism could be responsible for permanent deformation and crystallization of the glass fibers below T,

  19. Luminescence properties and stimulated emission from Pr/sup 3 +/, Nd/sup 3 +/, and Er/sup 3 +/ ions in tetragonal lithium-lutecium fluoride

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    Kaminskii, A.A.; Markosyan, A.A.; Pelevin, A.V.; Polyakova, Y.A.; Sarkisov, S.E.

    1986-10-01

    This work continues an investigation of the scheelite-structure flourides by growing LiLuF/sub 4/ crystals containing Pr/sup 3 +/, Nd/sup 3 +/, Ho/sup 3 +/, and Er/sup 3 +/ ions by the Bridgman-Stockbarger method; the study of their absorption-luminescence properties and stimulated emission are also performed. Excitation of simulated emission in crystals 25 to 45 mm long and 6 mm in diameter with plane-parallel ends was accomplished by radiation from a pulsed xenon lamp. Continuous stimulated emission was also obtained at 300 K in LiLuF/sub 4//sup -/Nd/sup 3 +/ on pumping with radiation from an LNI tungsten lamp. Measurements of the orientational and intensity behavior for luminescence in the crystals indicates the possibility of their use for ultrashort stimulated emission pulses (nano- and pico-second duration) in the visible and near-IR at 300 K.

  20. NONLINEAR OPTICAL PHENOMENA: Generation of UV radiation in a lithium tetraborate crystal by walk-off compensated Type I sum-frequency mixing

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    Bhar, G. C.; Kumbhakar, P.; Chaudhary, A. K.

    2002-04-01

    Ultraviolet radiation is generated in two lithium tetraborate (Li2B4O7 or LB4) crystals by Type I walk-off compensated sum-frequency mixing (SFM) of the commonly available Nd:YAG laser radiation and radiation from a dye laser pumped by the second harmonic of the same YAG laser. In the walk-off compensated configuration, an enhancement in the conversion efficiency by a factor of 3.8 relative to the single pass generation is realised.

  1. A study of the piezoelectric resonance in metal organic NLO single crystals: Sodium D-isoascorbate monohydrate and Lithium L-ascorbate dihydrate

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    Saripalli, Ravi Kiran; Raghavendra Rao, K.; Sanath Kumar, R.; Bhat, H. L.; Elizabeth, Suja

    2016-05-01

    Large single crystals of Sodium D-isoacsorbate monohydrate and Lithium L-ascorbate dehydrate were grown using solution growth technique. Dielectric constant and dielectric loss were monitored as a function of frequency at different temperatures. These are typically characterized by strong resonance peaks. The piezoelectric coefficients d31, elastic coefficient (S11) and electromechanical coupling coefficient (k31) were estimated by resonance-antiresonance method. The temperature dependence of the resonance-peaks frequencies was studied.

  2. Crystal structure, spectroscopic properties, and magnetic behavior of the fluoride-derivatized lanthanoid(III) ortho-oxomolybdates(VI) LnF[MoO 4] ( Ln=Sm-Tm)

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    Hartenbach, Ingo; Strobel, Sabine; Dorhout, Peter K.; Schleid, Thomas

    2008-10-01

    The fluoride-derivatized lanthanoid(III) ortho-oxomolybdates(VI) LnF[MoO 4] ( Ln=Sm-Tm) crystallize in the monoclinic space group P2 1/ c with four formula units per unit cell ( a=516-528 pm, b=1220-1248 pm, c=659-678 pm, β=112.5-113.1°). The structure contains one crystallographically unique Ln3+ cation surrounded by two fluoride and six oxide anions in a square antiprism (CN=8). The square antiprisms [ LnF 2O 6] are interconnected via three edges to form layers ∞2{[LnF2/2eO4/2eO2/1t]} parallel (010), which are cross-linked along [010] by Mo 6+ in tetrahedral oxygen coordination to form the three-dimensional crystal structure. The fluoride anions within this arrangement exhibit a twofold coordination of Ln3+ cations in the shape of a boomerang, which is connected to another F - anion to form planar [F 2Ln2] 4+ rhombuses. Magnetic measurements for GdF[MoO 4], TbF[MoO 4], and DyF[MoO 4] show Curie-Weiss behavior, despite the peculiar arrangement of the lanthanoid(III) cations in layers comparable with those of gray arsenic. Furthermore, Raman, infrared, and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy data for these compounds were recorded and interpreted.

  3. Theoretical exploration of various lithium peroxide crystal structures in a Li-air battery

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    Lau, Kah; Qiu, Dantong; Luo, Xiangyi; Greeley, Jeffrey; Curtiss, Larry; Lu, Jun; Amine, Khalil

    2015-01-14

    We describe a series of metastable Li₂O₂ crystal structures involving different orientations and displacements of the O₂²⁻ peroxy ions based on the known Li₂O₂ crystal structure. Within the vicinity of the chemical potential ΔG ~ 0.20 eV/Li from the thermodynamic ground state of the Li₂O₂ crystal structure (i.e., Föppl structure), all of these newly found metastable Li₂O₂ crystal structures are found to be insulating and high-k materials, and they have a common unique signature of an O₂²⁻ O-O vibration mode (ω ~ 799–865 cm⁻¹), which is in the range of that commonly observed in Li-air battery experiments, regardless of the random O₂²⁻ orientations and the symmetry in the crystal lattice. From XRD patterns analysis, the commercially available Li₂O₂ powder is confirmed to be the thermodynamic ground state Föppl-like structure. However, for Li₂O₂ compounds that are grown electrochemically under the environment of Li-O₂ cells, we found that the XRD patterns alone are not sufficient for structural identification of these metastable Li₂O₂ crystalline phases due to the poor crystallinity of the sample. In addition, the commonly known Raman signal of O₂²⁻ vibration mode is also found to be insufficient to validate the possible existence of these newly predicted Li₂O₂ crystal structures, as all of them similarly share the similar O₂²⁻ vibration mode. However considering that the discharge voltage in most Li-O₂ cells are typically several tenths of an eV below the thermodynamic equilibrium for the formation of ground state Föppl structure, the formation of these metastable Li₂O₂ crystal structures appears to be thermodynamically feasible.

  4. Theoretical exploration of various lithium peroxide crystal structures in a Li-air battery

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    Lau, Kah; Qiu, Dantong; Luo, Xiangyi; Greeley, Jeffrey; Curtiss, Larry; Lu, Jun; Amine, Khalil

    2015-01-14

    We describe a series of metastable Li₂O₂ crystal structures involving different orientations and displacements of the O₂²⁻ peroxy ions based on the known Li₂O₂ crystal structure. Within the vicinity of the chemical potential ΔG ~ 0.20 eV/Li from the thermodynamic ground state of the Li₂O₂ crystal structure (i.e., Föppl structure), all of these newly found metastable Li₂O₂ crystal structures are found to be insulating and high-k materials, and they have a common unique signature of an O₂²⁻ O-O vibration mode (ω ~ 799–865 cm⁻¹), which is in the range of that commonly observed in Li-air battery experiments, regardless of themore » random O₂²⁻ orientations and the symmetry in the crystal lattice. From XRD patterns analysis, the commercially available Li₂O₂ powder is confirmed to be the thermodynamic ground state Föppl-like structure. However, for Li₂O₂ compounds that are grown electrochemically under the environment of Li-O₂ cells, we found that the XRD patterns alone are not sufficient for structural identification of these metastable Li₂O₂ crystalline phases due to the poor crystallinity of the sample. In addition, the commonly known Raman signal of O₂²⁻ vibration mode is also found to be insufficient to validate the possible existence of these newly predicted Li₂O₂ crystal structures, as all of them similarly share the similar O₂²⁻ vibration mode. However considering that the discharge voltage in most Li-O₂ cells are typically several tenths of an eV below the thermodynamic equilibrium for the formation of ground state Föppl structure, the formation of these metastable Li₂O₂ crystal structures appears to be thermodynamically feasible.« less

  5. Photoreduction of metal nanostructures on periodically proton exchanged MgO-doped lithium niobate crystals

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    Balobaid, Laila; Craig Carville, N.; Collins, Liam; Rodriguez, Brian J.; Manzo, Michele; Gallo, Katia

    2013-10-28

    Local reactivity on periodically proton exchanged lithium niobate (PPE:LN) surfaces is a promising route for the fabrication of regularly spaced nanostructures. Here, using MgO-doped PPE:LN templates, we investigate the influence of the doping on the nanostructure formation as a function of the proton exchange (PE) depth. The deposition is found to occur preferentially along the boundary between MgO-doped LN and the PE region when the PE depth is at least 1.73 μm, however, for shallower depths, deposition occurs across the entire PE region. The results are found to be consistent with an increased photoconductivity of the MgO-doped LN.

  6. Cr3+ ions in hydrogenated and proton exchanged lithium niobate crystals

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    Kamiska, A.; Arizmendi, L.; Barcz, A.; Usakowska, E.; Suchocki, A.

    2004-01-01

    We studied influence of annealing in water vapour and proton exchange on high-pressure low-temperature luminescence spectra of near stoichiometric LN:Cr, MgO crystals, containing both CrLi and CrNb centers by using diamond-anvil cell technique. The observed changes of the spectra of Cr3+ ions are associated with the larger inhomogeneous broadening and increase of the splitting of the 2E level of the so called CrNb center. This shows that neither increase of hydrogen concentration in LN by almost two orders of magnitude (from 1018 to almost 1020 cm-3) nor proton-exchange procedure do not create any new optically active Cr3+ centers in those crystals. This does not support the hypothesis about the close compensation of Cr3+Nb sites in LiNbO3 crystals by hydrogen ions.

  7. Fluoride in diet

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    ... Infants can only get fluoride through drinking infant formulas. Breast milk has a negligible amount of fluoride ... of water to use in concentrated or powdered formulas. DO NOT use any fluoride supplement without talking ...

  8. Frequency non-degenerate sequential excitation of the impurity trapped exciton in strontium fluoride crystals doped with ytterbium

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    Senanayake, Pubudu S.; Hughes-Currie, Rosa B.; Wells, Jon-Paul R.; Reid, Michael F.; Berden, Giel; Reeves, Roger J.; Meijerink, Andries

    2015-04-07

    We model the dynamic behaviour observed for impurity-trapped excitons in SrF{sub 2}:Yb{sup 2+} using transient photoluminescence enhancement induced via a two-frequency, sequential excitation process employing an UV optical parametric amplifier synchronized to an IR free electron laser (FEL). We observe sharp transitions interpreted as a change of state of the localized hole and broad bands interpreted as a change of state of the delocalized electron. Our modeling indicates that the 4f crystal-field interaction is 25% smaller than in CaF{sub 2}. The photoluminescence enhancement transients are analyzed across a range of excitation frequencies using a system of rate equations. The temporal behavior is explained in terms of intra-excitonic relaxation, local lattice heating by the FEL, and liberation of electrons from trap states.

  9. Scintillation properties of the silver doped lithium iodide single crystals at room and low temperature

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    Khan, Sajid; Kim, H. J.; Lee, M. H.

    2016-06-01

    This study presents luminescence and scintillation properties of Silver doped LiI crystals. Single crystals of LiI: x% Ag (x=0.02, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.5) were grown by using the Bridgman technique. X-ray induced luminescence spectra show emission bands spanning from 275 nm to 675 nm, dominated by Ag+ band having a peak at 300 nm. Under UV-luminescence, a similar emission band was observed with the peak excitation wavelength of 265 nm. Energy resolution, light yield and decay time profiles of the samples were measured under a 137Cs γ-ray irradiation. The LiI(0.1%Ag) showed the highest light yield and the best energy resolution among the samples. The light yield of LiI(0.1%Ag) is higher than commercially available LiI(Eu) crystal (15,000±1500 ph/MeV). The LiI(Ag) samples exhibit three exponential decay time components except the LiI(0.02%Ag), where the fitting found two decay time components. Temperature dependences of emission spectra, light yield and decay time were studied from 300 K to 10 K. The LiI(0.1%Ag) crystal showed an increase in the light yield and a shortening of decay time with a decrease in temperature..

  10. Lithium-bearing fluor-arfvedsonite from Hurricane Mountain, New Hampshire: A crystal-chemical study

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    Hawthorne, F.C.; Oberti, R.; Ottolini, L.; Foord, E.E.

    1996-01-01

    The structures of two crystals of Li-bearing fluor-arfvedsonite (1) (K0.32Na0.68)Na2(Li0.48Fe 2+2.83Mn2+0.10Zn 0.06Fe3+1.46Ti0.07) (Si7.88Al0.12)O22[Fu1.15(OH) 0.85] and (2) (K0.25Na0.75)Na2(Li0.48Fe 2+2.84Mn2+0.11Zn 0.05Fe3+1.45Ti0.07)(Si 7.89Al0.11)O22[F1.35(OH) 0.65] from a granitic pegmatite, Hurricane Mountain, New Hampshire, have been refined to R indices of 1.5(1.6)% based on 1380(1387) reflections measured with MoK?? X-radiation. The unit cell parameters are (1) a 9.838(4), b 17.991(6), c 5.315(2) A??, 103.78(3)??, V 913.7 A??3 and (2) a 9.832(3), b 17.990(7), c 5.316(3) A??, ?? 103.79(3)??, V 913.2 A??3. Site-scattering refinement shows Li to be completely ordered at the M(3) site in these crystals. The amphibole composition is intermediate between fluor-arfvedsonite and fluor-ferro-leakeite with a small component (???10%) of fluor-ferro-ferri-nybo??ite. These amphibole crystals project into miarolitic cavities in a pegmatitic phase of a riebeckite granite. The early-crystallizing amphibole is close to fluor-ferro-leakeite in composition, but becomes progressively depleted in Li and F as crystals project out into miarolitic cavities; the final amphibole to crystallize is a fibrous Li-poor riebeckite. Li plays a significant role in late-stage fractionation involving the crystallization of alkali amphibole in peralkaline granitic environments.

  11. Electron and hole traps in Ag-doped lithium tetraborate (Li2B4O7) crystals

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    Brant, A. T.; Kananan, B. E.; Murari, M. K.; McClory, J. W.; Petrosky, J. C.; Adamiv, V. T.; Burak, Ya. V.; Dowben, P. A.; Halliburton, L. E.

    2011-11-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), electron-nuclear double resonance (ENDOR), and thermoluminescence (TL) are used to characterize the primary electron and hole trapping centers in a lithium tetraborate (Li2B4O7) crystal doped with Ag. Three defects, two holelike and one electronlike, are observed after exposure at room temperature to 60 kV x-rays. The as-grown crystal contains both interstitial Ag+ ions and Ag+ ions substituting for Li+ ions. During the irradiation, substitutional Ag+ ions (4d10) trap holes and two distinct Ag2+ centers (4d9) are formed. These Ag2+ EPR spectra consist of doublets (i.e., the individual 107Ag and 109Ag hyperfine lines are not resolved). One of these hole centers is an isolated unperturbed Ag2+ ion and the other is a Ag2+ ion with a nearby perturbing defect. EPR and ENDOR angular-dependence data provide the g matrix and the 107Ag and 109Ag hyperfine matrices for the more intense isolated hole center. In contrast, the electronlike EPR spectrum produced during the irradiation exhibits large nearly isotropic hyperfine interactions with 107Ag and 109Ag nuclei and a neighboring I = 3/2 nucleus (either 7Li or 11B). This spectrum is assigned to a trapped electron shared between an interstitial Ag ion and the substitutional I = 3/2 ion. Upon warming, the radiation-induced trapped electrons and holes seen with EPR recombine between 100 and 200 °C, in agreement with a single strong TL peak observed near 160 °C.

  12. Composite Gel Polymer Electrolyte Based on Poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) with Modified Aluminum-Doped Lithium Lanthanum Titanate (A-LLTO) for High-Performance Lithium Rechargeable Batteries.

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    Le, Hang T T; Ngo, Duc Tung; Kalubarme, Ramchandra S; Cao, Guozhong; Park, Choong-Nyeon; Park, Chan-Jin

    2016-08-17

    A composite gel polymer electrolyte (CGPE) based on poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) polymer that includes Al-doped Li0.33La0.56TiO3 (A-LLTO) particles covered with a modified SiO2 (m-SiO2) layer was fabricated through a simple solution-casting method followed by activation in a liquid electrolyte. The obtained CGPE possessed high ionic conductivity, a large electrochemical stability window, and interfacial stability-all superior to that of the pure gel polymer electrolyte (GPE). In addition, under a highly polarized condition, the CGPE effectively suppressed the growth of Li dendrites due to the improved hardness of the GPE by the addition of inorganic A-LLTO/m-SiO2 particles. Accordingly, the Li-ion polymer and Li-O2 cells employing the CGPE exhibited remarkably improved cyclability compared to cells without CGPE. In particular, the CGPE as a protection layer for the Li metal electrode in a Li-O2 cell was effective in blocking the contamination of the Li electrode by oxygen gas or impurities diffused from the cathode side while suppressing the Li dendrites. PMID:27463563

  13. Crystal chemistry and electronic structure of the metallic lithium ion conductor, LiNiN.

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    Stoeva, Zlatka; Jäger, Bernd; Gomez, Ruben; Messaoudi, Sabri; Yahia, Mouna Ben; Rocquefelte, Xavier; Hix, Gary B; Wolf, Walter; Titman, Jeremy J; Gautier, Régis; Herzig, Peter; Gregory, Duncan H

    2007-02-21

    The layered ternary nitride LiNiN shows an interesting combination of fast Li+ ion diffusion and metallic behavior, properties which suggest potential applications as an electrode material in lithium ion batteries. A detailed investigation of the structure and properties of LiNiN using powder neutron diffraction, ab initio calculations, SQUID magnetometry, and solid-state NMR is described. Variable-temperature neutron diffraction demonstrates that LiNiN forms a variant of the parent Li3N structure in which Li+ ion vacancies are ordered within the [LiN] planes and with Ni exclusively occupying interlayer positions (at 280 K: hexagonal space group Pm2, a = 3.74304(5) A, c = 3.52542(6) A, Z = 1). Calculations suggest that LiNiN is a one-dimensional metal, as a result of the mixed pi- and sigma-bonding interactions between Ni and N along the c-axis. Solid-state 7Li NMR spectra are consistent with both fast Li+ motion and metallic behavior. PMID:17260984

  14. Femtosecond-induced micostructures in Magnesium- doped Lithium Niobate crystals with high repetition rate

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    Kan, Hongli; Zhang, Shuanggen; Zhai, Kaili; Ma, Xiurong; Luo, Yiming; Hu, Minglie; Wang, Qingyue

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, heat accumulation effect of MgO: LN crystal irradiated by femtosecond pulses was analyzed by a developed thermal conduction model in terms of the spatial and temporal distribution of the absorbed laser energy. Using the focused femtosecond pulses about 61 fs at 1040 nm with a repetition rate of 52 MHz, ablation morphologies under different exposure time and average power were obtained experimentally. The measured laser-induced damage threshold of X-, Y- and Z-cut MgO: LN crystals are 0.82 mJ/cm2, 0.74 mJ/cm2 and 0.76 mJ/cm2, respectively, and based on the measurement achieved in the Lab the differences in the ablation morphologies were analyzed in detail.

  15. Nucleation and Crystallization as Induced by Bending Stress in Lithium Silicate Glass Fibers

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    Reis, Signo T.; Kim, Cheol W.; Brow, Richard K.; Ray, Chandra S.

    2003-01-01

    Glass Fibers of Li2O.2SiO2 (LS2) and Li2O.1.6SiO2 (LS1.6) compositions were heated near, but below, the glass transition temperature for different times while subjected to a constant bending stress of about 1.2 GPa. The nucleation density and the crystallization tendency estimated by differential thermal analysis (DTA) of a glass sample in the vicinity of the maximum of the bending stress increased relative to that of stress-free glass fibers. LS2 glass fibers were found more resistant to nucleation and crystallization than the Ls1.6 glass fibers. These results are discussed in regards to shear thinning effects on glass stability.

  16. Optical investigation of femtosecond laser induced microstress in neodymium doped lithium niobate crystals

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    Ródenas, A.; Sanz García, J. A.; Jaque, D.; Torchia, G. A.; Mendez, C.; Arias, I.; Roso, L.; Agulló-Rueda, F.

    2006-08-01

    The depth-resolved micromodification of single-crystalline femtosecond laser irradiated Nd3+ doped MgO:LiNbO3 crystals is investigated by means of micro-Raman and microluminescence experiments. We have found that a permanent tensile stress of the order of 2GPa is induced in the vicinity of ablated volume as a consequence of the pressure-wave propagation due to the thermoelastic relaxation of the laser irradiated material. Microluminescence experiments have revealed that, as a consequence of the permanent laser induced microstress, a localized redshift of the F3/24→I9/24 luminescence band of Nd3+ ions also takes place due to a crystal field modification. The analysis of Raman and fluorescence bandwidths indicates that a slight lattice disorder and densification is induced by femtosecond laser irradiation.

  17. Optical investigation of femtosecond laser induced microstress in neodymium doped lithium niobate crystals

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    Rodenas, A.; Sanz Garcia, J. A.; Jaque, D.; Torchia, G. A.; Mendez, C.; Arias, I.; Roso, L.; Agullo-Rueda, F.

    2006-08-01

    The depth-resolved micromodification of single-crystalline femtosecond laser irradiated Nd{sup 3+} doped MgO:LiNbO{sub 3} crystals is investigated by means of micro-Raman and microluminescence experiments. We have found that a permanent tensile stress of the order of 2 GPa is induced in the vicinity of ablated volume as a consequence of the pressure-wave propagation due to the thermoelastic relaxation of the laser irradiated material. Microluminescence experiments have revealed that, as a consequence of the permanent laser induced microstress, a localized redshift of the {sup 4}F{sub 3/2}{yields}{sup 4}I{sub 9/2} luminescence band of Nd{sup 3+} ions also takes place due to a crystal field modification. The analysis of Raman and fluorescence bandwidths indicates that a slight lattice disorder and densification is induced by femtosecond laser irradiation.

  18. Graphite Fluoride Fiber Composites For Heat Sinking

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    Hung, Ching-Cheh; Long, Martin; Stahl, Mark

    1989-01-01

    Graphite fluoride fiber/polymer composite materials consist of graphite fluoride fibers in epoxy, polytetrafluoroethylene, or polyimide resin. Combines high electrical resistivity with high thermal conductivity and solves heat-transfer problems of many electrical systems. Commercially available in powder form, for use as dry lubricant or cathode material in lithium batteries. Produced by direct fluorination of graphite powder at temperature of 400 to 650 degree C. Applications include printed-circuit boards for high-density power electronics, insulators for magnetic-field cores like those found in alternators and transformers, substrates for thin-film resistors, and electrical-protection layers in aircraft de-icers.

  19. Study of structural and ferromagnetic resonance properties of spinel lithium ferrite (LiFe{sub 5}O{sub 8}) single crystals

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    Pachauri, Neha; Khodadadi, Behrouz; Mewes, Tim; Althammer, Matthias; Singh, Amit V.; Gupta, Arunava; Loukya, B.; Datta, Ranjan; Iliev, Milko; Bezmaternykh, Leonard; Gudim, Irina

    2015-06-21

    The effect of B-site cation ordering on the room temperature structural and ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) properties of single crystal spinel lithium ferrite (LiFe{sub 5}O{sub 8}, LFO) have been investigated. A detailed microstructural analysis is done through X-ray diffraction, polarized Raman spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to examine the effect of post-annealing on the B-site cation ordering. The X-ray diffraction pattern of the as-grown crystal indicates a disordered state of the crystal. However, the annealed sample shows additional superlattice reflections corresponding to the ordered phase. This ordering is further confirmed by Raman spectra and TEM images, which reveal ordering of Li and Fe ions at the octahedral sites contrasting with the relatively high degree of octahedral site disorder in the as-grown crystal. To study the effect of B-site ordering on the magnetic properties and FMR linewidth, vibrating sample magnetometry and broadband FMR measurements have been performed for both the ordered and disordered phases of lithium ferrite. The value of saturation magnetization for both phases is ∼290 emu/cm{sup 3}. A single mode FMR profile is observed for both phases with little distortion. The linewidth characteristics of the ordered and disordered phases of lithium ferrite phases are compared, and it is observed that the linewidth is independent of the cation ordering. Both the phases exhibit a low linewidth (∼26 Oe at 30 GHz) and the effective damping parameter for the as-grown and annealed samples is determined to be 0.0021 ± 0.0001.

  20. Preparation and stress evolution of sol-gel SiO2 antireflective coatings for small-size anisotropic lithium triborate crystals

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    Tian, Bingtao; Wang, Xiaodong; Niu, Yanyan; Zhang, Jinlong; Zhang, Qinghua; Zhang, Zhihua; Wu, Guangming; Zhou, Bin; Shen, Jun

    2016-04-01

    Lithium triborate (LiB3O5, LBO) crystal is now one of the most useful nonlinear optical materials for frequency conversion of high power lasers. The use of the crystal, however, has been hampered by the unavailability of antireflective (AR) coatings with high laser damage resistance. In this work, a "point contact" dip-coating method is developed to prepare sol-gel SiO2 AR coatings on small-size LBO crystals. Using this approach, we obtain a homogenous coating surface on an 8 mm×8 mm×3 mm LBO crystal. The stress measurements show that the stresses in sol-gel SiO2 coatings vary with the time of natural drying, which is beyond our expectation. The anisotropic Young's modulus of the LBO crystal and the different evolution tendency of the stress in the different SiO2 coating layers are found to be responsible for the crack of the double-layer AR coatings on anisotropic LBO crystal. Meanwhile, the resulting coatings on LBO crystal achieve a LIDT of over 15 J/cm2 (532 nm, 3ns) and the coated LBO is expected to have a transmittance of over 99% at 800 nm.

  1. How Does Fluoride Work?

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    ... Help White House Lunch Recipes How Does Fluoride Work? KidsHealth > For Kids > How Does Fluoride Work? Print A A A Text Size There's fluoride ... even in your water. But how does it work to keep teeth healthy? Let's find out. Fluoride ...

  2. Correlation and the mechanism of lithium ion diffusion with the crystal structure of Li7La3Zr2O12 revealed by an internal friction technique.

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    Wang, X P; Gao, Y X; Xia, Y P; Zhuang, Z; Zhang, T; Fang, Q F

    2014-04-21

    The correlation and transport mechanism of lithium ions with the crystal structure of a fast lithium ion conductor Li7La3Zr2O12 are mainly investigated by internal friction (IF) and AC impedance spectroscopy techniques. Compared with the poor conductivity of tetragonal Li7La3Zr2O12, the Al stabilized cubic phase exhibits a good ionic conductivity that can be up to 1.9 × 10(-4) S cm(-1) at room temperature, which can be ascribed to the disordered distribution of lithium ions in the cubic phase. A well-pronounced relaxation IF peak (labeled as peak PC) is observed in the cubic phase while a very weak IF peak (labeled as PT) is observed in the tetragonal phase, further evidencing the difference in lithium ion migration in the two phases. Peak PC can be decomposed into two sub-peaks with the activation energy and the pre-exponential factor of relaxation time being E1 = 0.41 eV and τ01 = 1.2 × 10(-14) s for the lower temperature peak PC1 and E2 = 0.35 eV and τ02 = 1.9 × 10(-15) s for the higher temperature PC2 peak, respectively. Based on the crystalline structure of a cubic garnet-type Li7La3Zr2O12 compound, an atomistic mechanism of lithium ion diffusion via vacancies is suggested, i.e. 48g(96h) ↔ 48g(96h) for peak PC1 and 48g(96h) ↔ 24d for peak PC2, respectively. The weak PT peak in the tetragonal phase is preliminarily interpreted as due to the short jump process among neighboring octahedral sites and vacant tetrahedral sites. PMID:24604069

  3. Kinetics of the transient optical absorption in Li2B4O7 and LiB3O5 lithium borate crystals

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    Ogorodnikov, I. N.; Kiseleva, M. S.

    2012-04-01

    This paper reports on a study of the kinetics of electron tunneling transport between electron and hole centers in Li2B4O7 and LiB3O5 lithium borate crystals under the conditions where the mobility of one of the partners in the recombination process is thermally stimulated. A mathematical model has been proposed to describe all specific features in the relaxation kinetics of the induced optical density observed in Li2B4O7 (LTB) and LiB3O5 (LBO) nonlinear optical crystals within a broad time interval of 10-8-1 s after a radiation pulse. The results of calculations have been compared with experimental data on transient optical absorption (TOA) of LTB and LBO crystals in the visible and ultraviolet spectral regions. The nature of the radiation defects responsible for TOA and the dependence of the TOA decay kinetics on temperature, excitation power, and other experimental conditions have been discussed.

  4. Optical properties of trigonal single crystals (Yb,Tm)Al{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} grown from fluxes based on the bismuth and lithium molybdates

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    Temerov, V. L. Sokolov, A. E.; Sukhachev, A. L.; Bovina, A. F.; Edel'man, I. S.; Malakhovskii, A. V.

    2008-12-15

    The conditions for synthesis of Yb{sub x}Tm{sub 1-x}Al{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} (x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 1.0) single crystals from fluxes based on bismuth trimolybdate Bi{sub 2}Mo{sub 3}O{sub 12} and lithium molybdate Li{sub 2}MoO{sub 4} are investigated. It is proposed to grow them by the group method on seeds. The polarized optical absorption spectra are measured for two mutually orthogonal linear polarizations at temperatures of 100 and 300 K.

  5. A5RE4X[TO4]4 crystal growth: Fluoride flux synthesis of Na5Ln4F[GeO4]4 (Ln=Pr, Nd), the first quaternary germanate oxyfluorides

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    Latshaw, Allison M.; Wilkins, Branford O.; Morrison, Gregory; Smith, Mark D.; zur Loye, Hans-Conrad

    2016-07-01

    Crystals of Na5Pr4F[GeO4]4 and Na5Nd4F[GeO4]4 were synthesized using a eutectic sodium fluoride, sodium chloride flux. Both compounds crystallize in the tetragonal space group I-4 with lattice parameters of a=12.1173(4) Å and c=5.6795(2) Å (Pr) and of a=12.0642(17) Å and c=5.6674(11) Å (Nd). The structure of the reported compounds is three-dimensional with face and corner sharing lanthanide polyhedra which edge and corner share with isolated germanium tetrahedra. These novel compositions represent the first example of quaternary germanium containing oxyfluorides.

  6. Writing of crystal lines and its optical properties of rare-earth ion (Er 3+ and Sm 3+) doped lithium niobate crystal on glass surface formed by laser irradiation

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    Honma, Tsuyoshi; Koshiba, Keiko; Benino, Yasuhiko; Komatsu, Takayuki

    2008-10-01

    A glass of Li 2O-Nb 2O 5-SiO 2-B 2O 3 with an addition of CuO or Sm 2O 3 crystallizing in nonlinear optical lithium niobate LiNbO 3 is developed. Crystalline lines of Lithium Niobate have been fabricated by continuous wave laser irradiation of the glass surface. The crystalline laser written lines have been found, by means of micro-Raman and Second Harmonic experiments, to be well oriented with its c-axis pointing along the laser scanning direction. The analysis of the confocal micro luminescence spectra obtained at the crystalline line have confirmed the incorporation of rare-earth ions in the crystalline network.

  7. Nonstoichiometry in inorganic fluorides: 2. Ionic conductivity of nonstoichiometric M 1 - x R xF2 + x and R 1 - y M yF3 - y crystals ( M = Ca, Sr, Ba; R are rare earth elements)

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    Sobolev, B. P.; Sorokin, N. I.

    2014-11-01

    The peak manifestation of nonstoichiometry in fluoride systems in the number of phases with valuable properties and wide homogeneity ranges is 45 MF2- RF3 systems, where M = Ca, Sr, Ba and R are 15 rare earth elements from La to Lu and Y (with Pm and Sc excluded). A deviation from stoichiometry in crystals of the M 1 - x R xF2 + x (CaF2 fluorite type) and R 1 - y M yF3 - y (LaF3 tysonite type) phases is responsible for the fluorine superionic conductivity σ. The range of variation in σ with changes in the qualitative ( M, R) and quantitative ( x, y) compositions in both structure types is very wide. The σ value changes by a factor of 108 in the M 1 - x R xF2 + x phases (at 500 K) and by a factor of 106 in the R 1 - y M yF3 - y phases (at 293 K). Changing compositions, one can also obtain crystals with σ values large enough for their use as fluorine-conducting solid electrolytes. Phases promising for solid electrolytes were revealed in the MFm- RFn systems ( m < n ≤ 4), which were studied within the program of searching for new multicomponent fluoride materials at the Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Sciences (IC RAS). Superionic conductivity is one of the peak manifestations of the influence of defect structure of nonstoichiometric crystals on their properties. The subject of this review is the results of the studies performed at the IC RAS on the ionic conductivity of single crystals of the M 1 - x R xF2 + x and R 1 - y M yF3 - y nonstoichiometric phases.

  8. Desired crystal oriented LiFePO4 nanoplatelets in situ anchored on a graphene cross-linked conductive network for fast lithium storage.

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    Wang, Bo; Liu, Anmin; Abdulla, Wael Al; Wang, Dianlong; Zhao, X S

    2015-05-21

    Electron transfer and lithium ion diffusion rates are the key factors limiting the lithium ion storage in anisotropic LiFePO4 electrodes. In this work, we employed a facile solvothermal method to synthesize a "platelet-on-sheet" LiFePO4/graphene composite (LFP@GNs), which is LiFePO4 nanoplatelets in situ grown on graphene sheets with highly oriented (010) facets of LiFePO4 crystals. Such a two-phase contact mode with graphene sheets cross-linked to form a three-dimensional porous network is favourable for both fast lithium ion and electron transports. As a result, the designed LFP@GNs displayed a high rate capability (∼56 mA h g(-1) at 60 C) and long life cycling stability (∼87% capacity retention over 1000 cycles at 10 C). For comparison purposes, samples ex situ modified with graphene (LFP/GNs) as well as pure LiFePO4 platelets (LFP) were also prepared and investigated. More importantly, the obtained LFP@GNs can be used as a basic unit for constructing more complex structures to further improve electrochemical performance, such as coating the exposed LFP surface with a thin layer of carbon to build a C@LFP@GN composite to further enhance its cycling stability (∼98% capacity retention over 1000 cycles at 10 C). PMID:25908535

  9. Fluoride and Water (For Parents)

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    ... Things to Know About Zika & Pregnancy Fluoride and Water KidsHealth > For Parents > Fluoride and Water Print A ... to 19-year-olds continue Fluoride and the Water Supply For more than 60 years, water fluoridation ...

  10. Investigation on crystalline perfection, optical transmittance, birefringence, temperature-dependent refractive index, laser damage threshold and pyroelectric characteristics of inversely soluble lithium sulfate monohydrate single crystals

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    Silambarasan, A.; Rajesh, P.; Bhatt, Rajeev; Bhaumik, Indranil; Karnal, A. K.; Ramasamy, P.; Gupta, P. K.

    2016-08-01

    Bulk prismatic lithium sulfate monohydrate (LSMH) single crystals were grown by seed rotation with slow heating method from aqueous solution. Small FWHM obtained from high-resolution X-ray diffraction spectrum shows that the crystals grown by this method have less defects and absence of low-angle grain boundaries. The high transmittance and low reflectance nature of the grown crystal was observed using UV-Vis-NIR spectrometer. The principal refractive indices of a LSMH crystal have been measured by a prism coupling method for the wavelengths of 0.407, 0.532, 0.828, 1.064 and 1.551 µm at room temperature, and Sellmeier equations are determined from the fitting of the data point. The refractive index data confirm that LSMH crystal is negative biaxial and the optic axis lies in YZ plane with an angle (2 V y ) of 51.74° with respect to y axis at 532 nm wavelength. The thermo-optic coefficients were determined from the temperature-dependent refractive indices measured in the range of 30-125 °C for the wavelengths of 532 and 1064 nm. The surface laser damage threshold studies reveal the higher optical radiation stability against 532-nm laser. The pyroelectric coefficients and pyroelectric figure of merit were determined from the pyroelectric current measurement by the Byer and Roundy method.

  11. Three-Dimensional (3D) Bicontinuous Hierarchically Porous Mn2O3 Single Crystals for High Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Huang, Shao-Zhuan; Jin, Jun; Cai, Yi; Li, Yu; Deng, Zhao; Zeng, Jun-Yang; Liu, Jing; Wang, Chao; Hasan, Tawfique; Su, Bao-Lian

    2015-01-01

    Bicontinuous hierarchically porous Mn2O3 single crystals (BHP-Mn2O3-SCs) with uniform parallelepiped geometry and tunable sizes have been synthesized and used as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). The monodispersed BHP-Mn2O3-SCs exhibit high specific surface area and three dimensional interconnected bimodal mesoporosity throughout the entire crystal. Such hierarchical interpenetrating porous framework can not only provide a large number of active sites for Li ion insertion, but also good conductivity and short diffusion length for Li ions, leading to a high lithium storage capacity and enhanced rate capability. Furthermore, owing to their specific porosity, these BHP-Mn2O3-SCs as anode materials can accommodate the volume expansion/contraction that occurs with lithium insertion/extraction during discharge/charge processes, resulting in their good cycling performance. Our synthesized BHP-Mn2O3-SCs with a size of ~700 nm display the best electrochemical performance, with a large reversible capacity (845 mA h g(-1) at 100 mA g(-1) after 50 cycles), high coulombic efficiency (>95%), excellent cycling stability and superior rate capability (410 mA h g(-1) at 1 Ag(-1)). These values are among the highest reported for Mn2O3-based bulk solids and nanostructures. Also, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy study demonstrates that the BHP-Mn2O3-SCs are suitable for charge transfer at the electrode/electrolyte interface. PMID:26439102

  12. Three-Dimensional (3D) Bicontinuous Hierarchically Porous Mn2O3 Single Crystals for High Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries

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    Huang, Shao-Zhuan; Jin, Jun; Cai, Yi; Li, Yu; Deng, Zhao; Zeng, Jun-Yang; Liu, Jing; Wang, Chao; Hasan, Tawfique; Su, Bao-Lian

    2015-10-01

    Bicontinuous hierarchically porous Mn2O3 single crystals (BHP-Mn2O3-SCs) with uniform parallelepiped geometry and tunable sizes have been synthesized and used as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). The monodispersed BHP-Mn2O3-SCs exhibit high specific surface area and three dimensional interconnected bimodal mesoporosity throughout the entire crystal. Such hierarchical interpenetrating porous framework can not only provide a large number of active sites for Li ion insertion, but also good conductivity and short diffusion length for Li ions, leading to a high lithium storage capacity and enhanced rate capability. Furthermore, owing to their specific porosity, these BHP-Mn2O3-SCs as anode materials can accommodate the volume expansion/contraction that occurs with lithium insertion/extraction during discharge/charge processes, resulting in their good cycling performance. Our synthesized BHP-Mn2O3-SCs with a size of ~700 nm display the best electrochemical performance, with a large reversible capacity (845 mA h g-1 at 100 mA g-1 after 50 cycles), high coulombic efficiency (>95%), excellent cycling stability and superior rate capability (410 mA h g-1 at 1 Ag-1). These values are among the highest reported for Mn2O3-based bulk solids and nanostructures. Also, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy study demonstrates that the BHP-Mn2O3-SCs are suitable for charge transfer at the electrode/electrolyte interface.

  13. Three-Dimensional (3D) Bicontinuous Hierarchically Porous Mn2O3 Single Crystals for High Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries

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    Huang, Shao-Zhuan; Jin, Jun; Cai, Yi; Li, Yu; Deng, Zhao; Zeng, Jun-Yang; Liu, Jing; Wang, Chao; Hasan, Tawfique; Su, Bao-Lian

    2015-01-01

    Bicontinuous hierarchically porous Mn2O3 single crystals (BHP-Mn2O3-SCs) with uniform parallelepiped geometry and tunable sizes have been synthesized and used as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). The monodispersed BHP-Mn2O3-SCs exhibit high specific surface area and three dimensional interconnected bimodal mesoporosity throughout the entire crystal. Such hierarchical interpenetrating porous framework can not only provide a large number of active sites for Li ion insertion, but also good conductivity and short diffusion length for Li ions, leading to a high lithium storage capacity and enhanced rate capability. Furthermore, owing to their specific porosity, these BHP-Mn2O3-SCs as anode materials can accommodate the volume expansion/contraction that occurs with lithium insertion/extraction during discharge/charge processes, resulting in their good cycling performance. Our synthesized BHP-Mn2O3-SCs with a size of ~700 nm display the best electrochemical performance, with a large reversible capacity (845 mA h g−1 at 100 mA g−1 after 50 cycles), high coulombic efficiency (>95%), excellent cycling stability and superior rate capability (410 mA h g−1 at 1 Ag−1). These values are among the highest reported for Mn2O3-based bulk solids and nanostructures. Also, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy study demonstrates that the BHP-Mn2O3-SCs are suitable for charge transfer at the electrode/electrolyte interface. PMID:26439102

  14. AES analysis of barium fluoride thin films

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    Kashin, G. N.; Makhnjuk, V. I.; Rumjantseva, S. M.; Shchekochihin, Ju. M.

    1993-06-01

    AES analysis of thin films of metal fluorides is a difficult problem due to charging and decomposition of such films under electron bombardment. We have developed a simple algorithm for a reliable quantitative AES analysis of metal fluoride thin films (BaF 2 in our work). The relative AES sensitivity factors for barium and fluorine were determined from BaF 2 single-crystal samples. We have investigated the dependence of composition and stability of barium fluoride films on the substrate temperature during film growth. We found that the instability of BaF 2 films grown on GaAs substrates at high temperatures (> 525°C) is due to a loss of fluorine. Our results show that, under the optimal electron exposure conditions, AES can be used for a quantitative analysis of metal fluoride thin films.

  15. Fluoridation update 2014.

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    Allukian, Myron; Wong, Chloe

    2014-01-01

    This year more than 4 million people living in 140 communities in Massachusetts will have the health and economic benefits of community water fluoridation. However Massachusetts is ranked only 37th in the country for fluoridation, with just 62 percent of the population on a public water supply living in fluoridated communities. Nationally, more than 210 million Americans, about 74.6 percent of the U.S. population on a community water supply live in fluoridated communities. PMID:25226771

  16. Characterization of active waveguides fabricated by ultralow-fluence swift heavy ion irradiation in lithium niobate crystals

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    Dong, Ningning; Chen, Feng; Jaque, Daniel; Benayas, Antonio; Qiu, Feng; Narusawa, Tadashi

    2011-03-01

    We report on the fabrication of neodymium-doped lithium niobate active planar waveguides based on the generation of non-overlapping nano-tracks by ultralow-fluence swift heavy ions. A combination of confocal luminescence, Raman and surface second harmonic investigations have evidenced the simultaneous presence of partial amorphization, damage and local compression of the lithium niobate network along the ion path, with these effects being at the basis of the refractive index modification. The potential application of the obtained waveguides in multi-functional laser devices has been discussed.

  17. Synthesis and crystal structure of [C 6N 2H 14]ṡ(Zr 2F 10)ṡ1.5H 2O A new one-dimensional zirconium fluoride templated with DABCO

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    Saada, M. A.; Maisonneuve, V.; Leblanc, M.; Hémon-Ribaud, A.

    2006-01-01

    A new organic-inorganic zirconium (IV) fluoride, [C 6N 2H 14]ṡ(Zr 2F 10)ṡ1.5H 2O, is prepared by slow evaporation at 45 °C from a solution of Zr 4+ and of 1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]-octane (DABCO) in 40% aqueous HF. The structure, determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction, is monoclinic, space group C2/m, a=19.598(8) Å, b=6.658(3) Å, c=10.891(3) Å, β=101.25(4)° and Z=4. Previously unknown ∞(Zr 2F 10) 2- double chains, built up from edge-sharing ZrF 7 pentagonal bipyramids and ZrF 8 trigonal dodecahedra, are observed. The diprotonated organic cations, water molecules and the ∞(Zr 2F 10) 2- chains are linked by hydrogen bonds.

  18. Desired crystal oriented LiFePO4 nanoplatelets in situ anchored on a graphene cross-linked conductive network for fast lithium storage

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    Wang, Bo; Liu, Anmin; Abdulla, Wael Al; Wang, Dianlong; Zhao, X. S.

    2015-05-01

    Electron transfer and lithium ion diffusion rates are the key factors limiting the lithium ion storage in anisotropic LiFePO4 electrodes. In this work, we employed a facile solvothermal method to synthesize a ``platelet-on-sheet'' LiFePO4/graphene composite (LFP@GNs), which is LiFePO4 nanoplatelets in situ grown on graphene sheets with highly oriented (010) facets of LiFePO4 crystals. Such a two-phase contact mode with graphene sheets cross-linked to form a three-dimensional porous network is favourable for both fast lithium ion and electron transports. As a result, the designed LFP@GNs displayed a high rate capability (~56 mA h g-1 at 60 C) and long life cycling stability (~87% capacity retention over 1000 cycles at 10 C). For comparison purposes, samples ex situ modified with graphene (LFP/GNs) as well as pure LiFePO4 platelets (LFP) were also prepared and investigated. More importantly, the obtained LFP@GNs can be used as a basic unit for constructing more complex structures to further improve electrochemical performance, such as coating the exposed LFP surface with a thin layer of carbon to build a C@LFP@GN composite to further enhance its cycling stability (~98% capacity retention over 1000 cycles at 10 C).Electron transfer and lithium ion diffusion rates are the key factors limiting the lithium ion storage in anisotropic LiFePO4 electrodes. In this work, we employed a facile solvothermal method to synthesize a ``platelet-on-sheet'' LiFePO4/graphene composite (LFP@GNs), which is LiFePO4 nanoplatelets in situ grown on graphene sheets with highly oriented (010) facets of LiFePO4 crystals. Such a two-phase contact mode with graphene sheets cross-linked to form a three-dimensional porous network is favourable for both fast lithium ion and electron transports. As a result, the designed LFP@GNs displayed a high rate capability (~56 mA h g-1 at 60 C) and long life cycling stability (~87% capacity retention over 1000 cycles at 10 C). For comparison purposes, samples

  19. Lithium niobate explosion monitor

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    Bundy, C.H.; Graham, R.A.; Kuehn, S.F.; Precit, R.R.; Rogers, M.S.

    1990-01-09

    Monitoring explosive devices is accomplished with a substantially z-cut lithium niobate crystal in abutment with the explosive device. Upon impact by a shock wave from detonation of the explosive device, the crystal emits a current pulse prior to destruction of the crystal. The current pulse is detected by a current viewing transformer and recorded as a function of time in nanoseconds. In order to self-check the crystal, the crystal has a chromium film resistor deposited thereon which may be heated by a current pulse prior to detonation. This generates a charge which is detected by a charge amplifier. 8 figs.

  20. Lithium niobate explosion monitor

    DOEpatents

    Bundy, Charles H.; Graham, Robert A.; Kuehn, Stephen F.; Precit, Richard R.; Rogers, Michael S.

    1990-01-01

    Monitoring explosive devices is accomplished with a substantially z-cut lithium niobate crystal in abutment with the explosive device. Upon impact by a shock wave from detonation of the explosive device, the crystal emits a current pulse prior to destruction of the crystal. The current pulse is detected by a current viewing transformer and recorded as a function of time in nanoseconds. In order to self-check the crystal, the crystal has a chromium film resistor deposited thereon which may be heated by a current pulse prior to detonation. This generates a charge which is detected by a charge amplifier.

  1. Containerless processing of fluoride glass

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    Doremus, Robert H.

    1990-01-01

    Ground-based experiments on glass formation, crystallization, surface tension, vaporization, and chemical durability of a zirconium-barium-lanthanum (ZBL) fluoride glass are summarized. In a container large, columnar grains grew out from the container-glass interface during cooling. The main crystalline phase was alpha BaZrF6. A ZBL glass sphere was levitated acoustically during Shuttle flight STS-11. The glass was melted and then cooled while being levitated (containerless). Crystallization in the recovered sample was very fine and mainly beta BaZr2F10, showing the influence of the container on the nucleation and microstructure of crystallization in the glass. Glass formation should be easier for a containerless glass than in a container.

  2. Lithium ions in the van der Waals gap of Bi2Se3 single crystals

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    Bludska, J.; Jakubec, I.; Karamazov, S.; Horak, J.; Uher, Ctirad

    2010-09-24

    Insertion/extraction of lithium ions into/from Bi2Se3 crystals was investigated by means of cyclic voltammetry. The process of insertion is reflected in the appearance of two bands on voltammograms at ~1.7 and ~1.5 V, corresponding to the insertion of Li+ ions into octahedral and tetrahedral sites of the van der Waals gap of these layered crystals. The process of extraction of Li+ ions from the gap results in the appearance of four bands on the voltammograms. The bands 1 and 2 at ~2.1 and ~2.3 V correspond to the extraction of a part of Li+ guest ions from the octahedral and tetrahedrals sites and this extraction has a character of a reversible intercalation/deintercalation process. A part of Li+ ions is bound firmly in the crystal due to the formation of negatively charged clusters of the (LiBiSe2.Bi3Se4-) type. A further extraction of Li+ ions from the van der Waals gap is associated with the presence of bands 3 and 4 placed at ~2.5 and ~2.7 V on the voltammograms as their extraction needs higher voltage due to the influence of negative charges localized on these clusters.

  3. Unique 1D Co3O4 crystallized nanofibers with (220) oriented facets as high-performance lithium ion battery anode material

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    Tan, Yanli; Gao, Qiuming; Li, Zeyu; Tian, Weiqian; Qian, Weiwei; Yang, Chunxiao; Zhang, Hang

    2016-01-01

    A novel one-step hydrothermal and calcination strategy was developed to synthesize the unique 1D oriented Co3O4 crystal nanofibers with (220) facets on the carbon matrix derived from the natural, abundant and low cost wool fibers acting as both carbon precursor and template reagent. The resultant W2@Co3O4 nanocomposite exhibited very high specific capacity and favorable high-rate capability when used as anode material of lithium ion battery. The high reversible Li+ ion storage capacity of 986 mAh g−1 was obtained at 100 mA g−1 after 150 cycles, higher than the theoretical capacity of Co3O4 (890 mAh g−1). Even at the higher current density of 1 A g−1, the electrode could still deliver a remarkable discharge capacity of 720 mAh g−1 over 150 cycles. PMID:27217201

  4. Unique 1D Co3O4 crystallized nanofibers with (220) oriented facets as high-performance lithium ion battery anode material.

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    Tan, Yanli; Gao, Qiuming; Li, Zeyu; Tian, Weiqian; Qian, Weiwei; Yang, Chunxiao; Zhang, Hang

    2016-01-01

    A novel one-step hydrothermal and calcination strategy was developed to synthesize the unique 1D oriented Co3O4 crystal nanofibers with (220) facets on the carbon matrix derived from the natural, abundant and low cost wool fibers acting as both carbon precursor and template reagent. The resultant W2@Co3O4 nanocomposite exhibited very high specific capacity and favorable high-rate capability when used as anode material of lithium ion battery. The high reversible Li(+) ion storage capacity of 986 mAh g(-1) was obtained at 100 mA g(-1) after 150 cycles, higher than the theoretical capacity of Co3O4 (890 mAh g(-1)). Even at the higher current density of 1 A g(-1), the electrode could still deliver a remarkable discharge capacity of 720 mAh g(-1) over 150 cycles. PMID:27217201

  5. Unique 1D Co3O4 crystallized nanofibers with (220) oriented facets as high-performance lithium ion battery anode material

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    Tan, Yanli; Gao, Qiuming; Li, Zeyu; Tian, Weiqian; Qian, Weiwei; Yang, Chunxiao; Zhang, Hang

    2016-05-01

    A novel one-step hydrothermal and calcination strategy was developed to synthesize the unique 1D oriented Co3O4 crystal nanofibers with (220) facets on the carbon matrix derived from the natural, abundant and low cost wool fibers acting as both carbon precursor and template reagent. The resultant W2@Co3O4 nanocomposite exhibited very high specific capacity and favorable high-rate capability when used as anode material of lithium ion battery. The high reversible Li+ ion storage capacity of 986 mAh g‑1 was obtained at 100 mA g‑1 after 150 cycles, higher than the theoretical capacity of Co3O4 (890 mAh g‑1). Even at the higher current density of 1 A g‑1, the electrode could still deliver a remarkable discharge capacity of 720 mAh g‑1 over 150 cycles.

  6. Crystal structure of bis­(propane-1,3-di­ammonium) hexa­fluorido­aluminate fluoride trihydrate

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    Abdi, I.; Al-Sadhan, K. A.; Ben Ali, A.

    2014-01-01

    The title compound, (C3H10N2)2[AlF6]F·3H2O, was obtained using the solvothermal method with aluminium hydroxide, HF and propane-1,3-di­amine as precursors in ethanol as solvent. The structure consists of isolated [AlF6]3− octa­hedra, diprotonated propane-1,3-di­amine cations [(H2dap)2+], free fluoride ions and water mol­ecules of solvation. The Al—F bond lengths in the octa­hedral [AlF6]3− anions range from 1.7690 (19) to 1.8130 (19) Å, with an average value of 1.794 Å. Each [AlF6]3− anion is surrounded by three water mol­ecules and by six diprotonated amine cations. The ‘free’ fluoride ion is hydrogen bonded to four H atoms belonging to four dications and has a distorted tetra­hedral geometry. The three water mol­ecules are connected by hydrogen bonds, forming trimers that connect the AlF6 octa­hedra and dications into a three-dimensional framework. PMID:25309188

  7. Solvothermal indium fluoride chemistry: Syntheses and crystal structures of K{sub 5}In{sub 3}F{sub 14}, beta-(NH{sub 4}){sub 3}InF{sub 6} and [NH{sub 4}]{sub 3}[C{sub 6}H{sub 21}N{sub 4}]{sub 2}[In{sub 4}F{sub 21}

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    Jayasundera, Anil C.A.; Goff, Richard J.; Li Yang; Finch, Adrian A.; Lightfoot, Philip

    2010-02-15

    The solvothermal syntheses and crystal structures of three indium fluorides are presented. K{sub 5}In{sub 3}F{sub 14} (1) and beta-(NH{sub 4}){sub 3}InF{sub 6} (2) are variants on known inorganic structure types chiolite and cryolite, respectively, with the latter exhibiting a complex and apparently novel structural distortion. [NH{sub 4}]{sub 3}[C{sub 6}H{sub 21}N{sub 4}]{sub 2}[In{sub 4}F{sub 21}] (3) represents a new hybrid composition displaying a unique trimeric metal fluoride building unit. - Graphical abstract: Solvothermal synthesis has been used to prepare three indium fluorides, including a novel hybrid material containing a unique [In{sub 3}F{sub 15}] trimer templated by tren.

  8. Low-temperature crystal structure, specific heat, and dielectric properties of lithium tetraborate Li2B4O7

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    Senyshyn, A.; Schwarz, B.; Lorenz, T.; Adamiv, V. T.; Burak, Ya. V.; Banys, J.; Grigalaitis, R.; Vasylechko, L.; Ehrenberg, H.; Fuess, H.

    2010-11-01

    Coherent neutron powder diffraction experiments were carried out together with specific heat, dilatometry, and dielectric spectroscopy studies on Li2B4O7 enriched with B11 isotope to 99.3% at low temperatures. Neither traces of phase transformations nor discontinuous changes in physical properties were observed. Negative thermal expansion, anomalous thermal behavior of selected interatomic distances/angles, isotropic displacement parameters on specific sites as well as dielectric constant were discussed in terms of dynamic lithium disorder.

  9. Some electronic and magnetic properties of Fluoride ion in Fluoride structure nanocrystals

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    Imtani, Ali Nasir

    2012-01-01

    We have investigated the effects of the environment potential around Fluoride ion on some important electronic and magnetic properties such as dipole polarisability, moment of oscillator strengths S(k) and magnetic susceptibility. The theoretical procedure is based on the variational-perturbation theory with two parameter trial functions incorporated in an ionic model. We estimate these properties in four cases for Fluoride ion; free ion, ion under different potentials, ion in the crystals and ion in nanocrystal, CdF2, CaF2, PbF2, SrF2 and BaF2. Our results indicate that these properties vary with ion environments and the free state of Fluoride ion has higher values and there is linearity behaviour of these properties with lattice constant. For Fluoride ion in nanocrystal, we have found that there is an extra parameter that can also affect the dipole polarisability, the number of ions in the structure.

  10. Fluoride and Oral Health.

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    O'Mullane, D M; Baez, R J; Jones, S; Lennon, M A; Petersen, P E; Rugg-Gunn, A J; Whelton, H; Whitford, G M

    2016-06-01

    The discovery during the first half of the 20th century of the link between natural fluoride, adjusted fluoride levels in drinking water and reduced dental caries prevalence proved to be a stimulus for worldwide on-going research into the role of fluoride in improving oral health. Epidemiological studies of fluoridation programmes have confirmed their safety and their effectiveness in controlling dental caries. Major advances in our knowledge of how fluoride impacts the caries process have led to the development, assessment of effectiveness and promotion of other fluoride vehicles including salt, milk, tablets, toothpaste, gels and varnishes. In 1993, the World Health Organization convened an Expert Committee to provide authoritative information on the role of fluorides in the promotion of oral health throughout the world (WHO TRS 846, 1994). This present publication is a revision of the original 1994 document, again using the expertise of researchers from the extensive fields of knowledge required to successfully implement complex interventions such as the use of fluorides to improve dental and oral health. Financial support for research into the development of these new fluoride strategies has come from many sources including government health departments as well as international and national grant agencies. In addition, the unique role which industry has played in the development, formulation, assessment of effectiveness and promotion of the various fluoride vehicles and strategies is noteworthy. This updated version of 'Fluoride and Oral Health' has adopted an evidence-based approach to its commentary on the different fluoride vehicles and strategies and also to its recommendations. In this regard, full account is taken of the many recent systematic reviews published in peer reviewed literature. PMID:27352462

  11. The crystal structure, thermal behaviour and ionic conductivity of a novel lithium gadolinium polyphosphate LiGd(PO{sub 3}){sub 4}

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    Ettis, Hasna; Naili, Houcine . E-mail: houcine_naili@yahoo.com; Mhiri, Tahar

    2006-10-15

    Crystal structure and ionic conductivity of lithium gadolinium polyphosphate, LiGd(PO{sub 3}){sub 4}, were investigated. Single crystals of the title compound have been grown by a flux technique. The structure of this novel phosphate was determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction techniques. LiGd(PO{sub 3}){sub 4} is isotypic with LiNd(PO{sub 3}){sub 4}. It crystallizes in the monoclinic space group C2/c with the unit cell parameters a=16.386(2), b=7.059(3), c=9.677(2) A, {beta}=126.12(1){sup o}, V=904.2(4) A{sup 3} and Z=4. The structure refined from 967 independent reflections leads to R {sub 1}=0.0167 and wR {sub 2}=0.0458. The lattice of LiGd(PO{sub 3}){sub 4} is built of twisted zig-zag chains running along with the b direction and make up of PO{sub 4} tetrahedra sharing two corners, connected to the GdO{sub 8} and LiO{sub 4} polyhedra by common oxygen atoms to form a three-dimensional framework. Differential and thermogravimetric thermal analysis are given. The thermal curve of this compound was recorded and interpreted in agreement with impedance measurements. The ionic conductivity has been measured on pellet of the polycrystalline powder and evaluated as a function of temperature. This phase showed the conductivity of 2x10{sup -6} and 2x10{sup -4} {omega}{sup -1} cm{sup -1} at 682 and 951 K, respectively. - Graphical abstract: The structural arrangement of LiGd(PO{sub 3}){sub 4} viewed in the (0 1 0) plane.

  12. Mild hydrothermal crystal growth of new uranium(IV) fluorides, Na3.13Mg1.43U6F30 and Na2.50Mn1.75U6F30: Structures, optical and magnetic properties

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    Yeon, Jeongho; Smith, Mark D.; Tapp, Joshua; Möller, Angela; zur Loye, Hans-Conrad

    2016-04-01

    Two new uranium(IV) fluorides, Na3.13Mg1.43U6F30 (1) and Na2.50Mn1.75U6F30 (2), were synthesized through an in situ mild hydrothermal route, and were structurally characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction. The compounds exhibit complex crystal structures composed of corner- or edge-shared UF9 and MF6 (M=Mg, Mn) polyhedra, forming hexagonal channels in the three-dimensional framework, in which ordered or disordered divalent metal and sodium atoms reside. The large hexagonal voids contain the nearly regular M(II)F6 octahedra and sodium ions, whereas the small hexagonal cavities include M(II) and sodium ions on a mixed-occupied site. Magnetic susceptibility measurements yielded effective magnetic moments of 8.36 and 11.6 μB for 1 and 2, respectively, confirming the presence and oxidation states of U(IV) and Mn(II). The large negative Weiss constants indicate the spin gap between a triplet and a singlet state in the U(IV). Magnetization data as a function of applied fields revealed that 2 exhibits paramagnetic behavior due to the nonmagnetic singlet ground state of U(IV) at low temperature. UV-vis diffuse reflectance and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data were also analyzed.

  13. Crystallization, fluoridation and some properties of apatite thin films prepared through rf-sputtering from CaO-P2O5 glasses.

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    Yamashita, K; Matsuda, M; Arashi, T; Umegaki, T

    1998-07-01

    Using calcium phosphate glass targets with the CaO/P2O5 molar ratios of 1.50-0.50, much lower than the stoichiometric value of 3.3 for hydroxyapatite, thin films of stoichiometric hydroxy-, nonstoichiometric oxyhydroxy- and Ca-deficient oxyhydroxy-apatites were prepared on alumina ceramic substrates by rf-sputtering followed by post-annealing. Based on the present results, a phase diagram for CaO-P2O5 at low temperatures in the ambience of air was depicted for thin films. The ambient H2O vapor had an influence on the phase diagram: Tricalcium phosphate was changed to apatite in the presence of H2O vapor. Dense fluorohydroxyapatite thin films were prepared by fluoridation of those apatite thin films at a low temperature such as 200 degrees C. In the present report, some functional properties of thin films thus prepared were also shown. PMID:9720887

  14. STS lithium/CF(x) battery

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    Gnacek, Dee

    1991-01-01

    Lithium carbon fluoride batteries are used on Space Shuttle Rocket Boosters and external tanks. These batteries have been extremely successful in terms of mission reliability with the exception of cell yield variances. The function/system and battery descriptions are given. A description is given of the battery range safety system.

  15. Fluoride in UK rivers.

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    Neal, Colin; Neal, Margaret; Davies, Helen; Smith, Jennifer

    2003-10-01

    Fluoride concentrations in eastern UK rivers (the Humber, Tweed, Wear, Great Ouse and Thames) are described based on information collected within the Land-Ocean Interaction Study (LOIS) and by the Environment Agency (EA) of England and Wales. The results show varied fluoride concentrations across the region, with a range from <0.01 to >10 mg l(-1); and mean, median and range in mean concentrations of 0.30, 0.21 and 0.05-3.38 mg l(-1) (excluding one outlier point), respectively. Within the main rivers and tributaries, the mean fluoride concentration varied from approximately 0.5 to over 2 mg l(-1) and the highest values occurred within the Don basin (Don, Dearne and Rother) and parts of the Trent basin (upper Tame and mid-upper Derbyshire Derwent) in highly industrialised and urbanised areas (Sheffield and Rotherham in the Don basin; Birmingham and Derby on the Trent). For localised inputs to the rivers, fluoride concentrations were slightly higher, and considerably higher in one outlier case. Correspondingly, the other rivers examined typically had mean fluoride concentrations between approximately 0.2 and 0.5 mg l(-1), but fluoride concentrations were lower in the headwater areas. As there is much less information on fluoride levels in upland areas, extensive data collected as part of an acid waters survey are used to show that fluoride concentrations are generally less than 0.1 mg l(-1) for the upland UK. The data are summarised in terms of both fluoride concentrations and flux, and the values are cross-referenced to other determinands collected within LOIS. The high positive correlation with boron and negative correlation with flow show the importance of point source (sewage) inputs of fluoride, while strong positive correlations between fluoride and barium indicate the relative importance of vein mineralisation in the bedrock in supplying fluoride to the waters of the Yorkshire Ouse and its tributaries. There seems to be some process that limits the fluoride

  16. Ultraviolet laser-induced poling inhibition produces bulk domains in MgO-doped lithium niobate crystals

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    Boes, Andreas Steigerwald, Hendrik; Sivan, Vijay; Mitchell, Arnan; Yudistira, Didit; Wade, Scott; Mailis, Sakellaris; Soergel, Elisabeth

    2014-09-01

    We report the realization of high-resolution bulk domains achieved using a shallow, structured, domain inverted surface template obtained by UV laser-induced poling inhibition in MgO-doped lithium niobate. The quality of the obtained bulk domains is compared to those of the template and their application for second harmonic generation is demonstrated. The present method enables domain structures with a period length as small as 3 μm to be achieved. Furthermore, we propose a potential physical mechanism that leads to the transformation of the surface template into bulk domains.

  17. Fluorides and non-fluoride remineralization systems.

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    Amaechi, Bennett T; van Loveren, Cor

    2013-01-01

    Caries develops when the equilibrium between de- and remineralization is unbalanced favoring demineralization. De- and remineralization occur depending on the degree of saturation of the interstitial fluids with respect to the tooth mineral. This equilibrium is positively influenced when fluoride, calcium and phosphate ions are added favoring remineralization. In addition, when fluoride is present, it will be incorporated into the newly formed mineral which is then less soluble. Toothpastes may contain fluoride and calcium ions separately or together in various compounds (remineralization systems) and may therefore reduce demineralization and promote remineralization. Formulating all these compounds in one paste may be challenging due to possible premature calcium-fluoride interactions and the low solubility of CaF2. There is a large amount of clinical evidence supporting the potent caries preventive effect of fluoride toothpastes indisputably. The amount of clinical evidence of the effectiveness of the other remineralization systems is far less convincing. Evidence is lacking for head to head comparisons of the various remineralization systems. PMID:23817057

  18. PRODUCTION OF THORIUM FLUORIDE

    DOEpatents

    Zachariasen, W.H.

    1959-08-11

    A process is presented for producing anhydrous thorium fluoride comprising the step of contacting a saturated aqueous solution of thorium nitrate with an aqueous solution of hydrofluoric acid having a concentration of about 45 to 50% by weight at a temperature above 70 deg C whereby anhydrous thorium fluoride precipitates.

  19. Massachusetts fluoridation update 2006.

    PubMed

    Allukian, Myron

    2006-01-01

    Massachusetts has a long history of activity with community water fluoridation. Although the state has 3.8 million people living in 137 fluoridated communities, there are more than 2 million people who do not have these benefits. The Bay State is ranked 35th in the country regarding the percent of people on public water supplies with fluoridation. We can do better than that. We have more than 60 years of experience receiving the health and economic benefits of fluoridation in our country; however, there is still a lot of misinformation about fluoridation, and the unreliable nature of information posted on the Internet exacerbates much of this misinformation. Dental professionals, their patients, and decision-makers must be continuously educated about the safety, health, and economic benefits of community water fluoridation. Patients from 6 months to 16 years of age living in nonfluoridated communities should be prescribed supplemental fluoride. Dental professionals in nonfluoridated communities should assist them to become fluoridated. All dental professionals need to become more involved in the leadership of their communities. PMID:16683510

  20. Structural, morphological and electrical studies of lithium ion irradiated sodium potassium niobate single crystal grown by flux method

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    Saravanan, R.; Rajesh, D.; Rajasekaran, S. V.; Perumal, R.; Chitra, M.; Jayavel, R.

    2013-02-05

    Single crystals of sodium potassium niobate (K{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5})NbO{sub 3} (KNN) were grown by flux method and crystals were irradiated with 45 MeV Li ions to modify the electrical properties. Energy of the irradiated heavy ion was lower than the threshold energy to produce columnar defect and only clusters of defect was observed. The surface morphology of the irradiated single crystals was studied using scanning electron microscope (SEM) and atomic force microscope (AFM). The results show that the surface roughness value was found to increase with increasing fluence.

  1. Structural, morphological and electrical studies of lithium ion irradiated sodium potassium niobate single crystal grown by flux method

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    Saravanan, R.; Rajesh, D.; Rajasekaran, S. V.; Perumal, R.; Chitra, M.; Jayavel, R.

    2013-02-01

    Single crystals of sodium potassium niobate (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 (KNN) were grown by flux method and crystals were irradiated with 45 MeV Li ions to modify the electrical properties. Energy of the irradiated heavy ion was lower than the threshold energy to produce columnar defect and only clusters of defect was observed. The surface morphology of the irradiated single crystals was studied using scanning electron microscope (SEM) and atomic force microscope (AFM). The results show that the surface roughness value was found to increase with increasing fluence.

  2. Indium fluoride glass fibers

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    Saad, Mohammed

    2012-03-01

    Fluoride glasses are the only material that transmit light from ultraviolet to mid-infrared and can be drawn into industrial optical fibers. The mechanical and optical properties of new indium fluoride glass fibers have been investigated. Multimode fiber 190 microns, has very high mechanical strength greater than 100 kpsi and optical loss as low as 45 dB/km between 2 and 4 microns. Unlike chalcogenide glass fibers, indium fluoride fiber has a wide transmission window from 0.3 to 5.5 microns without any absorption peak. Indium fluoride glass fibers are the technology of choice for all application requiring transmission up to 5 micron such as infrared contour measure (IRCM) and chemical sensing. Furthermore, Indium fluoride glasses have low phonon energy and can be heavily doped and co-doped whit rare-earth elements. Therefore they are very promising candidates for infrared fiber lasers.

  3. Effects of Gravity on Processing Heavy Metal Fluoride Fibers

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    Tucker, Dennis S.; Workman, Gary L.; Smith, Guy A.

    1997-01-01

    The effects of gravity on the crystal nucleation of heavy metal fluoride fibers have been studied in preliminary experiments utilizing NASA's KC-135 reduced gravity aircraft and a microgravity sounding rocket flight. Commercially produced fibers were heated to the crystallization temperature in normal and reduced gravity. The fibers processed in normal gravity showed complete crystallization while the fibers processed in reduced gravity did not show signs of crystallization.

  4. Investigation of the bulk laser damage of lithium triborate, LiB3O5, single crystals

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    Furukawa, Yasunori; Markgraf, Steven A.; Sato, Masayoshi; Yoshida, Hidetsugu; Sasaki, Takatomo; Fujita, Hisanori; Yamanaka, Tatsuhiko; Nakai, Sadao

    1994-09-01

    The laser damage resistance properties of LBO single crystals to Q-switched pulse energy were considered. The bulk damage threshold was reported as a function of laser irradiation direction, polarization, wavelength, and pulse duration. It was shown that the damage threshold was independent of either the laser irradiation direction or polarization direction. Careful regulation of the growth conditions yielded large crystals free of inclusions and hopper growth. Consequently, uniform damage thresholds throughout the crystal were noted. The integration of wide transparency, reasonable nonlinear optic coefficients, suitable phase matching parameters, high damage threshold, and a lack of crystallographic dependence on the damage threshold, made LBO one of the most appealing crystals for high-power frequency conversion.

  5. Holographic recording in a doubly doped lithium niobate crystal with two wavelengths: a blue laser diode and a green laser

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    Komori, Yuichi; Ishii, Yukihiro

    2010-08-01

    A doubly-doped LiNbO3 (LN) crystal has been well used as a nonvolatile two-wavelength recording material. By using two levels of the crystal, two-kind holograms can be recorded on one crystal; a hologram is recorded with a 405-nm blue laser diode (LD) for a deep Mn level, and another hologram is with a 532-nm green laser for a shallow Fe level. The recording capacity doubles. A 780-nm LD is non-volatile reconstructing source since the LD line is insensitive to both levels. Multiplexed reconstructed images are demonstrated by using a sharp angular selectivity of a volume LN crystal keeping Bragg condition with spherical reconstructions.

  6. Crystal Structures of Beryllium Fluoride-Free and Beryllium Fluoride-Bound CheY in Complex with the Conserved C-Terminal Peptide of CheZ Reveal Dual Binding Modes Specific to CheY Conformation

    SciTech Connect

    Guhaniyogi,J.; Robinson, V.; Stock, A.

    2006-01-01

    Chemotaxis, the environment-specific swimming behavior of a bacterial cell is controlled by flagellar rotation. The steady-state level of the phosphorylated or activated form of the response regulator CheY dictates the direction of flagellar rotation. CheY phosphorylation is regulated by a fine equilibrium of three phosphotransfer activities: phosphorylation by the kinase CheA, its auto-dephosphorylation and dephosphorylation by its phosphatase CheZ. Efficient dephosphorylation of CheY by CheZ requires two spatially distinct protein-protein contacts: tethering of the two proteins to each other and formation of an active site for dephosphorylation. The former involves interaction of phosphorylated CheY with the small highly conserved C-terminal helix of CheZ (CheZ{sub C}), an indispensable structural component of the functional CheZ protein. To understand how the CheZ{sub C} helix, representing less than 10% of the full-length protein, ascertains molecular specificity of binding to CheY, we have determined crystal structures of CheY in complex with a synthetic peptide corresponding to 15 C-terminal residues of CheZ (CheZ{sub 200-214}) at resolutions ranging from 2.0 Angstroms to 2.3 Angstroms. These structures provide a detailed view of the CheZC peptide interaction both in the presence and absence of the phosphoryl analog, BeF{sub 3}{sup -}. Our studies reveal that two different modes of binding the CheZ{sub 200-214} peptide are dictated by the conformational state of CheY in the complex. Our structures suggest that the CheZ{sub C} helix binds to a 'meta-active' conformation of inactive CheY and it does so in an orientation that is distinct from the one in which it binds activated CheY. Our dual binding mode hypothesis provides implications for reverse information flow in CheY and extends previous observations on inherent resilience in CheY-like signaling domains.

  7. Solid electrolytes for fluoride ion batteries: ionic conductivity in polycrystalline tysonite-type fluorides.

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    Rongeat, Carine; Reddy, M Anji; Witter, Raiker; Fichtner, Maximilian

    2014-02-12

    Batteries based on a fluoride shuttle (fluoride ion battery, FIB) can theoretically provide high energy densities and can thus be considered as an interesting alternative to Li-ion batteries. Large improvements are still needed regarding their actual performance, in particular for the ionic conductivity of the solid electrolyte. At the current state of the art, two types of fluoride families can be considered for electrolyte applications: alkaline-earth fluorides having a fluorite-type structure and rare-earth fluorides having a tysonite-type structure. As regard to the latter, high ionic conductivities have been reported for doped LaF3 single crystals. However, polycrystalline materials would be easier to implement in a FIB due to practical reasons in the cell manufacturing. Hence, we have analyzed in detail the ionic conductivity of La(1-y)Ba(y)F(3-y) (0 ≤ y ≤ 0.15) solid solutions prepared by ball milling. The combination of DC and AC conductivity analyses provides a better understanding of the conduction mechanism in tysonite-type fluorides with a blocking effect of the grain boundaries. Heat treatment of the electrolyte material was performed and leads to an improvement of the ionic conductivity. This confirms the detrimental effect of grain boundaries and opens new route for the development of solid electrolytes for FIB with high ionic conductivities. PMID:24444763

  8. Impact of crystal structure singularity on transport and electrochemical properties of Lix(LiyFezV1‑y‑z)O2 — electrode material for lithium batteries

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    Gędziorowski, Bartłomiej; Tobola, Janusz; Braun, Artur; Molenda, Janina

    2016-07-01

    Lithium vanadium oxide (LiVO2) and its substituted derivatives are a distinctive group of materials that may act both, as cathode and anode materials for Li-ion batteries. This paper presents influence of crystal structure singularity of Li(LiyFezV1‑y‑z)O2 (y=0, 0.03, 0.07, z=0, 0.05, 0.1) on transport and electrochemical properties of the compounds.

  9. Construction of waveguiding structures in potassium lithium tantalate niobate crystals by combined laser ablation and ion implantation

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    Yashar, Ayelet Badichi; Ilan, Harel; Agranat, Aharon J.

    2015-02-01

    A generic methodology for constructing complex integrated electro-optic circuits in waveguided configurations is presented. The method is based on combining two techniques, "laser ablation" and "refractive index engineering by ion implantations." The constructed circuits are side-cladded by air trenches that were produced using laser ablation and bottom-cladded by a layer with a reduced refractive index which is generated through the implantation of He+ ions. This fabrication technique enables the construction of circular structures with complex geometry featuring small radii of curvature, and further can be employed to construct microfluidic channels on the same substrate. The research demonstrates waveguides in both linear and circular configurations that were constructed in a potassium lithium tantalate niobate (KLTN) substrate using the aforementioned method, proving that this substrate is a suitable candidate for use in creating laboratories-on-a-chip with multifunctional capabilities. The proposed techniques used in the research are generic and applicable to a wide range of substrates.

  10. Preferential growth orientation of laser-patterned LiNbO{sub 3} crystals in lithium niobium silicate glass

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    Komatsu, T.; Koshiba, K.; Honma, T.

    2011-02-15

    Dots and lines consisting of LiNbO{sub 3} crystals are patterned on the surface of 1CuO-40Li{sub 2}O-32Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}-28SiO{sub 2} (mole ratio) glass by irradiations of continuous-wave Nd:YAG laser (wavelength: {lambda}=1064 nm), diode laser ({lambda}=795 nm), and Yb:YVO{sub 4} fiber laser ({lambda}=1080 nm), and the feature of laser-patterned LiNbO{sub 3} crystal growth is examined from linearly polarized micro-Raman scattering spectrum measurements. LiNbO{sub 3} crystals with the c-axis orientation are formed at the edge parts of the surface and cross-section of dots. The growth direction of an LiNbO{sub 3} along the laser scanning direction is the c-axis. It is proposed that the profile of the temperature distribution in the laser-irradiated region and its change along laser scanning would be one of the most important conditions for the patterning of crystals with a preferential growth orientation. Laser irradiation giving a narrow width is also proposed to be one of the important factors for the patterning of LiNbO{sub 3} crystal lines with homogeneous surface morphologies. -- Graphical abstract: Polarized optical microscope observations for the surface and cross-section of the dot obtained by LD laser ({lambda}=795 nm) irradiations of P=1.4 W and t=20 s in Cu-LNS glass. Schematic model for the orientation of LiNbO{sub 3} crystals at the edge parts of the surface and cross-section of the dot is also shown. Display Omitted Research highlights: > Dots and lines with LiNbO{sub 3} crystals are patterned on the glass surface by laser irradiations. > LiNbO{sub 3} crystals with the c-axis orientation are formed at the edge parts of the surface and cross-section of dots. > The profile of the temperature distribution in the laser-irradiated region is one of the most important conditions for the patterning of highly oriented crystals.

  11. Hydrolysis of iron and chromium fluorides: mechanism and kinetics.

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    Gálvez, José L; Dufour, Javier; Negro, Carlos; López-Mateos, Federico

    2008-06-15

    Fluoride complexes of metallic ions are one of the main problems when processing industrial effluents with high content of fluoride anion. The most important case is derived from pickling treatment of stainless steel, which is performed with HNO3/HF mixtures to remove oxides scale formed over the metal surface. Waste from this process, spent pickling liquor, must be treated for recovering metallic and acid content. Conventional treatments produce a final effluent with high quantity of fluoride complexes of iron and chromium. This work proposes a hydrolysis treatment of these solid metal fluorides by reacting them with a basic agent. Metal oxides are obtained, while fluoride is released to solution as a solved salt, which can be easily recovered as hydrofluoric acid. Solid iron and chromium fluorides, mainly K2FeF5(s) and CrF3(s), obtained in the UCM treatment process, were employed in this work. Optimal hydrolysis operating conditions were obtained by means of a factorial design: media must be basic but pH cannot be higher than 9.5, temperature from 40 to 70 degrees C and alkali concentration (potassium hydroxide) below 1.1 mol L(-1). Secondary reactions have been detected, which are probably due to fluoride adsorption onto obtained oxides surface. Mechanism of reaction consists of several stages, involving solid fluoride dissolution and complexes decomposition. Hydrolysis kinetics has been modeled with classical crystal dissolution kinetics, based on mass transfer phenomena. PMID:17988794

  12. Crystal structure of μ-fluorido-bis-{(η(4)-cyclo-octa-diene)[hexa-fluorido-anti-monato(V)]platinum(II)} hexa-fluorido-anti-monate(V) hydrogen fluoride 0.75-solvate.

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    Seppelt, Konrad; Friedemann, Roland

    2016-01-01

    In the complex cation of the binuclear solvated title salt, [Pt2F(SbF6)2(C8H12)2]SbF6·0.75HF, an F atom bridges the two platinum(II) atoms with a bond angle of 123.3 (2)°. The corresponding Pt-F bond lengths are in the range of other fluorine-bridged binuclear platinum(II) complexes. Two of the three SbF6 (-) anions each coordinate with one F atom to one platinum(II) atom. Including the η(4)-bound cyclo-octa-diene (COD) ligands, the overall coordination sphere of each platinum(II) atom is square-planar. The third SbF6 (-) anion is not bound to the complex. Hydrogen fluoride is present in the crystal structure as a solvent disordered over three positions, each with an occupancy of 0.25. F⋯F distances of 2.5512 (7), 2.6076 (8) and 3.2215 (10) Å to surrounding SbF6 (-) anions are indicative of F-H⋯F hydrogen-bonding inter-actions although no H atoms could be localized for the disordered solvent mol-ecules. The resulting hydrogen-bonded network is three-dimensional. PMID:26870575

  13. Effect of in situ synthesized Fe2O3 and Co3O4 nanoparticles on electroactive β phase crystallization and dielectric properties of poly(vinylidene fluoride) thin films.

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    Thakur, Pradip; Kool, Arpan; Bagchi, Biswajoy; Das, Sukhen; Nandy, Papiya

    2015-01-14

    A simple and low cost in situ process has been developed to synthesize Fe2O3-Co3O4 nanoparticles (NPs) loaded poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) thin films. The electroactive β phase nucleation mechanism and the dielectric properties of the films have been investigated by X-ray diffraction spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and using an LCR meter. Results confirmed that the electroactive β phase crystallization in the PVDF matrix is due to the fast nucleating or catalytic effect of the in situ NPs. Homogenous dispersion of in situ Fe2O3-Co3O4 NPs in the polymer matrix leads to strong interfacial interaction between the NPs and the polymer resulting in enhanced β phase nucleation in PVDF and a large dielectric constant of the thin films. The observed variation in the electroactive β phase nucleation by NPs (Fe2O3-Co3O4) and the dielectric properties of the thin films have been explained on the basis of surface charge, size, geometrical shape and extent of agglomeration of the NPs in the polymer matrix. PMID:25424552

  14. Structural and photoluminescence studies on europium-doped lithium tetraborate (Eu:Li2B4O7) single crystal grown by microtube Czochralski (μT-Cz) technique

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    A, Kumaresh; R, Arun Kumar; N, Ravikumar; U, Madhusoodanan; B, S. Panigrahi; K, Marimuthu; M, Anuradha

    2016-05-01

    Rare earth europium (Eu3+)-doped lithium tetraborate (Eu:Li2B4O7) crystal is grown from its stoichiometric melt by microtube Czochralski pulling technique (μT-Cz) for the first time. The grown crystals are subjected to powder x-ray diffraction (PXRD) analysis which reveals the tetragonal crystal structure of the crystals. UV–vis–NIR spectral analysis is carried out to study the optical characteristics of the grown crystals. The crystal is transparent in the entire visible region, and the lower cutoff is observed to be at 304 nm. The existence of BO3 and BO4 bonding structure and the molecular associations are analyzed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The results of excitation and emission-photoluminescence spectra of europium ion incorporated in lithium tetraborate (LTB) single crystal reveal that the observations of peaks at 258, 297, and 318 nm in the excitation spectra and peaks at 579, 591, 597, 613, and 651 nm are observed in the emission spectra. The chromaticity coordinates are calculated from the emission spectra, and the emission intensity of the grown crystal is characterized through a CIE 1931 (Commission International d’Eclairage) color chromaticity diagram. Project supported by the Department of Science and Technology–Science and Engineering Research Board (Grant No. SR/S2/LOP-0012/2011), the Government of India for Awarding Major Research Project, the University Grants Commission–Department of Atomic Research–Consortium for Scientific Research (Grant No. CSR–KN/CSR–63/2014–2015/503), and the Kalpakkam and Indore, India.

  15. Fluoridation: strategies for success.

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    Isman, R

    1981-07-01

    Of 19 referenda on community water fluoridation held in the first six months of 1980, 17 were defeated. Among the postulated reasons are a growing distrust of government and the health establishment. The public remains largely ignorant of the purpose and benefits of fluoridation. The emotionalism surrounding the issue has made it difficult to generate public support outside of the health professions. Opponents have also learned to fight fluoridation with increasingly sophisticated techniques. Some of the strategies used in recent successful campaigns in Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregon are described; recommendations that can be applied to communities considering fluoridation include careful wording of ballot measures so they are unequivocally clear and simple; timing ballot measures with elections likely to draw the largest voter turnout; broadening the base of political and financial support; using a figurehead if possible; and making maximum use of the media. PMID:7246838

  16. Fluoride in diet

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    ... broken through the gums have changes in the enamel that covers the teeth. Faint white lines or ... regarding fluoride intake from reconstituted infant formula and enamel fluorosis: a report of the American Dental Association ...

  17. Fluoride toothpastes, rinses, and tablets.

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    Stephen, K W

    1994-07-01

    Only from the mid-1950's has therapeutic benefit been obtained via dentifrices, initially with stannous fluoride-then monofluorophosphate-containing products which remained stable and efficacious. Altered abrasive systems followed, and both sodium fluoride and monofluorophosphate/sodium fluoride mixtures were introduced as active anti-caries agents, with recent meta-analysis indicating that sodium fluoride > monofluorophosphate/sodium fluoride > monofluorophosphate. With respect to fluoride levels, clear dose-response relationships have been demonstrated. However, at < 1000 ppm F, the situation is less certain. Since the mid-1980's, anticalculus fluoride dentifrices have been marketed, and have been shown to have similar caries-reducing potential as their non-calculus-inhibiting control formulae. Finally, one study has been described where a sodium fluoride dentifrice successfully reduced root caries. Of the many fluoride formulations used for caries-inhibiting mouthrinsing [e.g., acid phosphate fluoride (100-3000 ppm F), sodium fluoride (45-3000 ppm F), stannous fluoride (100-250 ppm F), ammonium fluoride (1000 ppm F), and amine fluoride (250 ppm F)], sodium fluoride would seem to be the preferred agent. Furthermore, rinse frequency is deemed more important than fluoride ion concentration, but caution is urged re the volumes and concentrations to be used by children, no rinsing being recommended below 4 years. Combination of a 440-pp-F sodium fluoride and 0.05% chlorhexidine school-administered rinse appears to have increased the caries-inhibiting benefit as compared with sodium fluoride alone. Fluoride supplements have reduced deciduous caries from 14 to 93%, and in the permanent dentition, from 20 to 81%.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:7865074

  18. Characterization of pore and crystal structure of synthesized LiBOB with varying quality of raw materials as electrolyte for lithium-ion battery

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    Lestariningsih, Titik; Ratri, Christin Rina; Wigayati, Etty Marty; Sabrina, Qolby

    2016-02-01

    Characterization of pore structure and crystal structure of the LiB(C2O4)2H2O or LIBOB compound has been performed in this study. These recent years, research regarding LiBOB electrolyte salt have been performed using analytical-grade raw materials, therefore this research was aimed to synthesized LiBOB electrolyte salt using the cheaper and abundant technical-grade raw materials. Lithium hydroxide (LiOH), oxalic acid dihydrate (H2C2O4.2H2O), and boric acid (H3BO3) both in technical-grade and analytical-grade quality were used as raw materials for the synthesis of LiBOB. Crystal structure characterization results of synthesized LiBOB from both technical-grade and analytical-grade raw materials have shown the existence of LiBOB and LiBOB hydrate phase with orthorombic structure. These results were also confirmed by FT-IR analysis, which showed the functional groups of LiBOB compounds. SEM analysis results showed that synthesized LiBOB has spherical structure, while commercial LiBOB has cylindrical structure. Synthesized LiBOB has a similar pore size of commercial LiBOB, i.e. 19 nm (mesoporous material). Surface area of synthesized LiBOB from analytical-grade raw materials and technical-grade materials as well as commercial LIBOB were 88.556 m2/g, 41.524 m2/g, and 108.776 m2/g, respectively. EIS analysis results showed that synthesized LiBOB from technical-grade raw materials has lower conductivity than synthesized LiBOB from analytical-grade raw materials.

  19. A theoretical study on the second-order nonlinear optical susceptibilities of lithium formate monohydrate crystal, HCOOLi·H 2O

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    Mang, Chaoyong; Wu, Kechen; Lin, Chensheng; Sa, Rongjian; Liu, Ping; Zhuang, Botao

    2003-06-01

    Ab initio calculations of the first hyperpolarizabilities of (HCOOLi·H 2O) 2 n supermolecules, as the building-blocks of lithium formate monohydrate (LFM) crystal with extended system, were performed for the first time. The dependence of the static βijk0 values on chain length was explored, and the frequency dependence of βijk(-2 ω; ω, ω) was measured, and the influences of electron correlation and basis set on βijk0 were evaluated. Finally, we predicted the second-order nonlinear optical coefficients of LFM crystal. The βijk0 value of (HCOOLi·H 2O) 2 n is linearly dependent on the chain length of supermolecule, which is quite unusual for an extended system connected by the O-Li bonds with ionic characters. Although the static component of βzzz0 tensor is the static largest in these three components under study, the absolute value of frequency-dependent βzyy(-2 ω; ω, ω) element, transforming the smallest into the largest, is the most sensitive to frequency. After the fundamental wavelength is smaller than 500 nm, it is found that the βijk(-2 ω; ω, ω) value is resonantly enhanced to a great extent due to the double frequency lies in the region of resonance. In addition, the βzxx0 value goes from negative to positive with changes of electron correlation and basis set. Obviously, it is very necessary to take into account the effect of electron correlation, if the hyperpolarizability tensor components must be accurately calculated. Moreover, it is also very important whether it is adopted a complete basis set with diffuse and polarization functions. The calculated nonlinear coefficients at high level suggest that the scaled set reported by Robert seem more reasonable.

  20. Refinement of the crystal structure of calcium-lithium-aluminum tourmaline from the pegmatite vein in the Sangilen Upland (Tuva Republic)

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    Rozhdestvenskaya, I. V. Bronzova, Yu. M.; Frank-Kamenetskaya, O. V.; Zolotarev, A. A.; Kuznetsova, L. G.; Bannova, I. I.

    2008-03-15

    The crystal structure of a natural calcium-lithium-aluminum tourmaline, which has the unique composition (Ca{sub 0.62}Na{sub 0.32}{open_square}{sub 0.06})(Al{sub 1.08}Li{sub 0.99}Fe{sub 0.66}{sup 2+} Mg{sub 0.24}Ti{sub 0.03})Al{sub 6}[Si{sub 6}O{sub 18}](BO{sub 3}){sub 3}(OH{sub 2.28}O{sub 0.72}) {center_dot} (F{sub 0.84}O{sub 0.16}), is refined (R = 0.019, R{sub w} = 0.022, S = 1.47). It is found that the O(1)(W) site is split into two sites, O(1) and O(11), which are incompletely occupied by fluorine and oxygen anions, respectively, and that the O(3)(V) site contains bivalent oxygen anions. The solid solution studied is close in composition to the liddicoatite mineral species and differs from the latter one by the Li: Al ratio in the Y octahedra and the presence of bivalent oxygen anions in the O(3) site. The tourmaline studied differs from the hypothetical oxyliddicoatite by the population of the O(1)(W) site by fluorine and accommodation of additional oxygen anions in the O(3)(V) site.

  1. Refinement of the crystal structure of calcium-lithium-aluminum tourmaline from the pegmatite vein in the Sangilen Upland (Tuva Republic)

    SciTech Connect

    Rozhdestvenskaya, I. V. Bronzova, Yu. M.; Frank-Kamenetskaya, O. V.; Zolotarev, A. A.; Kuznetsova, L. G.; Bannova, I. I.

    2008-03-15

    The crystal structure of a natural calcium-lithium-aluminum tourmaline, which has the unique composition (Ca{sub 0.62}Na{sub 0.32}{open_square}{sub 0.06})(Al{sub 1.08}Li{sub 0.99}Fe{sub 0.66}{sup 2+} Mg{sub 0.24}Ti{sub 0.03})Al{sub 6}[Si{sub 6}O{sub 18}](BO{sub 3}){sub 3}(OH{sub 2.28}O{sub 0.72}) . (F{sub 0.84}O{sub 0.16}), is refined (R = 0.019, R{sub w} = 0.022, S = 1.47). It is found that the O(1)(W) site is split into two sites, O(1) and O(11), which are incompletely occupied by fluorine and oxygen anions, respectively, and that the O(3)(V) site contains bivalent oxygen anions. The solid solution studied is close in composition to the liddicoatite mineral species and differs from the latter one by the Li: Al ratio in the Y octahedra and the presence of bivalent oxygen anions in the O(3) site. The tourmaline studied differs from the hypothetical oxyliddicoatite by the population of the O(1)(W) site by fluorine and accommodation of additional oxygen anions in the O(3)(V) site.

  2. Crystal chemistry and stability of "Li7La3Zr2O12" garnet: a fast lithium-ion conductor.

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    Geiger, Charles A; Alekseev, Evgeny; Lazic, Biljana; Fisch, Martin; Armbruster, Thomas; Langner, Ramona; Fechtelkord, Michael; Kim, Namjun; Pettke, Thomas; Weppner, Werner

    2011-02-01

    Recent research has shown that certain Li-oxide garnets with high mechanical, thermal, chemical, and electrochemical stability are excellent fast Li-ion conductors. However, the detailed crystal chemistry of Li-oxide garnets is not well understood, nor is the relationship between crystal chemistry and conduction behavior. An investigation was undertaken to understand the crystal chemical and structural properties, as well as the stability relations, of Li(7)La(3)Zr(2)O(12) garnet, which is the best conducting Li-oxide garnet discovered to date. Two different sintering methods produced Li-oxide garnet but with slightly different compositions and different grain sizes. The first sintering method, involving ceramic crucibles in initial synthesis steps and later sealed Pt capsules, produced single crystals up to roughly 100 μm in size. Electron microprobe and laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) measurements show small amounts of Al in the garnet, probably originating from the crucibles. The crystal structure of this phase was determined using X-ray single-crystal diffraction every 100 K from 100 K up to 500 K. The crystals are cubic with space group Ia3̅d at all temperatures. The atomic displacement parameters and Li-site occupancies were measured. Li atoms could be located on at least two structural sites that are partially occupied, while other Li atoms in the structure appear to be delocalized. (27)Al NMR spectra show two main resonances that are interpreted as indicating that minor Al occurs on the two different Li sites. Li NMR spectra show a single narrow resonance at 1.2-1.3 ppm indicating fast Li-ion diffusion at room temperature. The chemical shift value indicates that the Li atoms spend most of their time at the tetrahedrally coordinated C (24d) site. The second synthesis method, using solely Pt crucibles during sintering, produced fine-grained Li(7)La(3)Zr(2)O(12) crystals. This material was studied by X-ray powder

  3. The Effect of Crystal Face of Fe2O3 on the Electrochemical Performance for Lithium-ion Batteries.

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    Chen, Minmin; Zhao, Enyue; Yan, Qingbo; Hu, Zhongbo; Xiao, Xiaoling; Chen, Dongfeng

    2016-01-01

    Fe2O3 nanorods exposing (001) and (010) plane as well as Fe2O3 nanosheets exposing (001) plane have been successfully synthesized. Fe2O3 nanosheets exhibit better cycle performance and rate capabilities than that of Fe2O3 nanorods. The discharge capacity of Fe2O3 nanosheets can stabilize at 865 mAh/g at the rate of 0.2 C (1C = 1000 mA/g) and 570 mAh/g at the rate of 1.2 C after 80 cycles, which increased by 90% and 79% compared with 456 mAh/g and 318 mAh/g of Fe2O3 nanorods. In comparison with (010) plane, the (001) plane of hematite possesses larger packing density of Fe(3+) and O(2-), which is responsible for the superior electrochemical performances of Fe2O3 nanosheets than that of Fe2O3 nanorods. In addition, potentiostatic intermittent titration (PITT) results show the diffusion coefficients of Li(+) (DLi) of Fe2O3 nanosheets is higher than that of Fe2O3 nanorods. The higher diffusion coefficients of Li(+) is favorable for the excellent lithium-storage capabilities and rate capability of Fe2O3 nanosheets. Inspired by our results, we can design and synthesize Fe2O3 or other electrodes with high performances according to their structure features in future. PMID:27380891

  4. The Effect of Crystal Face of Fe2O3 on the Electrochemical Performance for Lithium-ion Batteries

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    Chen, Minmin; Zhao, Enyue; Yan, Qingbo; Hu, Zhongbo; Xiao, Xiaoling; Chen, Dongfeng

    2016-07-01

    Fe2O3 nanorods exposing (001) and (010) plane as well as Fe2O3 nanosheets exposing (001) plane have been successfully synthesized. Fe2O3 nanosheets exhibit better cycle performance and rate capabilities than that of Fe2O3 nanorods. The discharge capacity of Fe2O3 nanosheets can stabilize at 865 mAh/g at the rate of 0.2 C (1C = 1000 mA/g) and 570 mAh/g at the rate of 1.2 C after 80 cycles, which increased by 90% and 79% compared with 456 mAh/g and 318 mAh/g of Fe2O3 nanorods. In comparison with (010) plane, the (001) plane of hematite possesses larger packing density of Fe3+ and O2‑, which is responsible for the superior electrochemical performances of Fe2O3 nanosheets than that of Fe2O3 nanorods. In addition, potentiostatic intermittent titration (PITT) results show the diffusion coefficients of Li+ (DLi) of Fe2O3 nanosheets is higher than that of Fe2O3 nanorods. The higher diffusion coefficients of Li+ is favorable for the excellent lithium-storage capabilities and rate capability of Fe2O3 nanosheets. Inspired by our results, we can design and synthesize Fe2O3 or other electrodes with high performances according to their structure features in future.

  5. The Effect of Crystal Face of Fe2O3 on the Electrochemical Performance for Lithium-ion Batteries

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    Chen, Minmin; Zhao, Enyue; Yan, Qingbo; Hu, Zhongbo; Xiao, Xiaoling; Chen, Dongfeng

    2016-01-01

    Fe2O3 nanorods exposing (001) and (010) plane as well as Fe2O3 nanosheets exposing (001) plane have been successfully synthesized. Fe2O3 nanosheets exhibit better cycle performance and rate capabilities than that of Fe2O3 nanorods. The discharge capacity of Fe2O3 nanosheets can stabilize at 865 mAh/g at the rate of 0.2 C (1C = 1000 mA/g) and 570 mAh/g at the rate of 1.2 C after 80 cycles, which increased by 90% and 79% compared with 456 mAh/g and 318 mAh/g of Fe2O3 nanorods. In comparison with (010) plane, the (001) plane of hematite possesses larger packing density of Fe3+ and O2−, which is responsible for the superior electrochemical performances of Fe2O3 nanosheets than that of Fe2O3 nanorods. In addition, potentiostatic intermittent titration (PITT) results show the diffusion coefficients of Li+ (DLi) of Fe2O3 nanosheets is higher than that of Fe2O3 nanorods. The higher diffusion coefficients of Li+ is favorable for the excellent lithium-storage capabilities and rate capability of Fe2O3 nanosheets. Inspired by our results, we can design and synthesize Fe2O3 or other electrodes with high performances according to their structure features in future. PMID:27380891

  6. Process for converting magnesium fluoride to calcium fluoride

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    Kreuzmann, A.B.; Palmer, D.A.

    1984-12-21

    This invention is a process for the conversion of magnesium fluoride to calcium fluoride whereby magnesium fluoride is decomposed by heating in the presence of calcium carbonate, calcium oxide or calcium hydroxide. Magnesium fluoride is a by-product of the reduction of uranium tetrafluoride to form uranium metal and has no known commercial use, thus its production creates a significant storage problem. The advantage of this invention is that the quality of calcium fluoride produced is sufficient to be used in the industrial manufacture of anhydrous hydrogen fluoride, steel mill flux or ceramic applications.

  7. The structure of trimethyltin fluoride.

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    Chaudhary, Praveen; Bieringer, Mario; Hazendonk, Paul; Gerken, Michael

    2015-12-01

    The solid-state structure of (CH3)3SnF was reinvestigated by X-ray diffraction techniques as well as by multi-nuclear solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Trimethyltin fluoride crystallizes from hot ethanol in the orthorhombic space group Pnma at room temperature and changes to a low-temperature orthorhombic phase (space group: Cmcm) below -70 °C. In both modifications, trimethyltin fluoride adopts a linear chain structure with symmetric fluorine bridges, in contrast to previous reports. During its synthesis, (CH3)3SnF precipitates in another, poorly crystalline modification, as shown by powder X-ray diffraction. Solid-state MAS NMR experiments of both room-temperature phases of (CH3)3SnF (non-recrystallized and recrystallized) were carried out for the (1)H, (13)C, (19)F, and (119)Sn nuclei. The (119)Sn{(19)F, (1)H} and (19)F{(1)H} NMR spectra offer unambiguous determination for the (19)F and (119)Sn shielding tensors. The (119)Sn{(1)H} solid-state NMR spectra are in agreement with pentacoordination of Sn in this compound for the non-recrystallized and the recrystallized modifications. Based on the solid-state NMR results, the non-recrystallized modification of (CH3)3SnF also consists of linear, symmetrically fluorine-bridged chains, and differs from the recrystallized orthorhombic phase only in packing of the chains. PMID:26300008

  8. Fluoride release from fissure sealants.

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    Garcia-Godoy, F; Abarzua, I; De Goes, M F; Chan, D C

    1997-01-01

    This 30-day study, compared the amounts and patterns of fluoride release from 5 commercially available fluoride-containing pit and fissure sealants: FluroShield, Helioseal-F, Ultraseal XT, Baritone L3, and Teethmate-F; Delton without fluoride, was used as control. Disc-shaped samples of each sealant were immersed in distilled water and the fluoride release was measured periodically until day 30. All the fluoridated sealants tested released measurable fluoride throughout the test period in a similar pattern: the greatest amount of fluoride was released in the first 24 hours after mixing, fell sharply on the second day and decreased slowly for the last days. On day one, Baritone L3 released significantly more fluoride than all other materials. Teethmate-F released the highest amount of fluoride during all the other time intervals from day 2, until day 30. PMID:9643204

  9. Eu{sub 3}F{sub 4}S{sub 2}: Synthesis, crystal structure, and magnetic properties of the mixed-valent europium(II,III) fluoride sulfide EuF{sub 2}.(EuFS){sub 2}

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    Grossholz, Hagen; Hartenbach, Ingo; Kotzyba, Gunter; Poettgen, Rainer; Trill, Henning; Mosel, Bernd D.; Schleid, Thomas

    2009-11-15

    Using the method to synthesize rare-earth metal(III) fluoride sulfides MFS (M=Y, La, Ce-Lu), in some cases we were able to obtain mixed-valent compounds such as Yb{sub 3}F{sub 4}S{sub 2} instead. With Eu{sub 3}F{sub 4}S{sub 2} another isotypic representative has now been synthesized. Eu{sub 3}F{sub 4}S{sub 2} (tetragonal, I4/mmm, a=400.34(2), c=1928.17(9) pm, Z=2) is obtained from the reaction of metallic europium, elemental sulfur, and europium trifluoride in a molar ratio of 5:6:4 within seven days at 850 deg. C in silica-jacketed gas-tightly sealed platinum ampoules. The single-phase product consists of black plate-shaped single crystals with a square cross section, which can be obtained from a flux using equimolar amounts of NaCl as fluxing agent. The crystal structure is best described as an intergrowth structure, in which one layer of CaF{sub 2}-type EuF{sub 2} is followed by two layers of PbFCl-type EuFS when sheeted parallel to the (001) plane. Accordingly there are two chemically and crystallographically different europium cations present. One of them (Eu{sup 2+}) is coordinated by eight fluoride anions in a cubic fashion, the other one (Eu{sup 3+}) exhibits a monocapped square antiprismatic coordination sphere with four F{sup -} and five S{sup 2-} anions. Although the structural ordering of the different charged europium cations is plausible, a certain amount of charge delocalization with some polaron activity has to take place, which is suggested by the black color of the title compound. Temperature dependent magnetic susceptibility measurements of Eu{sub 3}F{sub 4}S{sub 2} show Curie-Weiss behavior with an experimental magnetic moment of 8.19(5) mu{sub B} per formula unit and a paramagnetic Curie temperature of 0.3(2) K. No magnetic ordering is observed down to 4.2 K. In accordance with an ionic formula splitting like (Eu{sup II})(Eu{sup III}){sub 2}F{sub 4}S{sub 2} only one third of the europium centers in Eu{sub 3}F{sub 4}S{sub 2} carry permanent

  10. Influence of magnesium concentration on the optical properties of ytterbium and holmium co-doped lithium niobate crystal

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    Dai, Li; Jiao, Shanshan; Yan, Zhehua; Dai, Ping; Lui, Gang; Xu, Yuheng

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, a series of Yb (0.5mol.%):Ho (0.5mol.%):LiNbO3 crystals doped with various concentration of Mg2+ (1, 3, 5 and 7mol.%) were grown by the Czochralski technique. The ability of optical damage resistance of Mg:Yb:Ho:LiNbO3 crystals increases with increasing the Mg2+ doping concentration. The optical homogeneity of Mg:Yb:Ho:LiNbO3 crystals doped with different concentration of Mg2+ was detected using the birefringence gradient method. The results demonstrated that the optical homogeneity is getting better with the increase of the Mg2+ doping concentration. The studies on the infrared transmission spectra indicated that Mg2+ ions first replaces anti-site NbLi4+ in the form of MgLi+ defect, once the concentration of Mg2+ reaches or exceeds the threshold concentration, it begins to substitute Li-site and Nb-site of normal lattice and form defect of MgNb3--3MgLi+. Therefore, the change of Mg2+ doping concentration is the fundamental reason leading to a violet shift of the OH- absorption peak.

  11. Controlled synthesis of series NixCo3-xO4 products: Morphological evolution towards quasi-single-crystal structure for high-performance and stable lithium-ion batteries

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    Zhou, Yu; Liu, Yong; Zhao, Wenxia; Wang, Hai; Li, Baojun; Zhou, Xiang; Shen, Hui

    2015-01-01

    Transition metal oxides are very promising alternative anode materials for high-performance lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). However, their conversion reactions and concomitant volume expansion cause the pulverization, leading to poor cycling stability, which limit their applications. Here, we present the quasi-single-crystal NixCo3-xO4 hexagonal microtube (QNHM) composed of continuously twinned single crystal submicron-cubes as anode materials for LIBs with high energy density and long cycle life. At the current density of 0.8 A g−1, it can deliver a high discharge capacities of 1470 mAh g−1 over 100 cycles (105% of the 2nd cycle) and 590 mAh g−1 even after 1000 cycles. To better understand what underlying factors lead our QNHMs to achieve excellent electrochemical performance, a series of NixCo3-xO4 products with systematic shape evolution from spherical to polyhedral, and cubic particles as well as circular microtubes consisted of spheres and square microtubes composed of polyhedra have been synthesized. The excellent electrochemical performance of QNHMs is attributed to the unique stable quasi-single-crystal structure, which can both provide efficient electrical transport pathway and suppress the electrode pulverization. It is important to note that such quasi-single-crystal structure would be helpful to explore other high-energy lithium storage materials based on alloying or conversion reactions. PMID:26103885

  12. Controlled synthesis of series NixCo3-xO4 products: Morphological evolution towards quasi-single-crystal structure for high-performance and stable lithium-ion batteries

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    Zhou, Yu; Liu, Yong; Zhao, Wenxia; Wang, Hai; Li, Baojun; Zhou, Xiang; Shen, Hui

    2015-06-01

    Transition metal oxides are very promising alternative anode materials for high-performance lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). However, their conversion reactions and concomitant volume expansion cause the pulverization, leading to poor cycling stability, which limit their applications. Here, we present the quasi-single-crystal NixCo3-xO4 hexagonal microtube (QNHM) composed of continuously twinned single crystal submicron-cubes as anode materials for LIBs with high energy density and long cycle life. At the current density of 0.8 A g-1, it can deliver a high discharge capacities of 1470 mAh g-1 over 100 cycles (105% of the 2nd cycle) and 590 mAh g-1 even after 1000 cycles. To better understand what underlying factors lead our QNHMs to achieve excellent electrochemical performance, a series of NixCo3-xO4 products with systematic shape evolution from spherical to polyhedral, and cubic particles as well as circular microtubes consisted of spheres and square microtubes composed of polyhedra have been synthesized. The excellent electrochemical performance of QNHMs is attributed to the unique stable quasi-single-crystal structure, which can both provide efficient electrical transport pathway and suppress the electrode pulverization. It is important to note that such quasi-single-crystal structure would be helpful to explore other high-energy lithium storage materials based on alloying or conversion reactions.

  13. S(N)2' reaction of allylic difluorides with lithium amides and thiolates.

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    Bergeron, Maxime; Guyader, David; Paquin, Jean-François

    2012-12-01

    The synthesis of monofluoroalkenes using an S(N)2' reaction of lithium amides derived from aromatic amines or lithium thiolates with 3,3-difluoropropenes is reported. This transformation features the use of fluoride as a leaving group. PMID:23145465

  14. Fluoride inhibition of Sporosarcina pasteurii urease: structure and thermodynamics.

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    Benini, Stefano; Cianci, Michele; Mazzei, Luca; Ciurli, Stefano

    2014-12-01

    Urease is a nickel-dependent enzyme and a virulence factor for ureolytic bacterial human pathogens, but it is also necessary to convert urea, the most worldwide used fertilizer, into forms of nitrogen that can be taken up by crop plants. A strategy to control the activity of urease for medical and agricultural applications is to use enzyme inhibitors. Fluoride is a known urease inhibitor, but the structural basis of its mode of inhibition is still undetermined. Here, kinetic studies on the fluoride-induced inhibition of urease from Sporosarcina pasteurii, a widespread and highly ureolytic soil bacterium, were performed using isothermal titration calorimetry and revealed a mixed competitive and uncompetitive mechanism. The pH dependence of the inhibition constants, investigated in the 6.5-8.0 range, reveals a predominant uncompetitive mechanism that increases by increasing the pH, and a lesser competitive inhibition that increases by lowering the pH. Ten crystal structures of the enzyme were independently determined using five crystals of the native form and five crystals of the protein crystallized in the presence of fluoride. The analysis of these structures revealed the presence of two fluoride anions coordinated to the Ni(II) ions in the active site, in terminal and bridging positions. The present study consistently supports an interaction of fluoride with the nickel centers in the urease active site in which one fluoride competitively binds to the Ni(II) ion proposed to coordinate urea in the initial step of the catalytic mechanism, while another fluoride uncompetitively substitutes the Ni(II)-bridging hydroxide, blocking its nucleophilic attack on urea. PMID:25113581

  15. Mild hydrothermal crystal growth, structure, and magnetic properties of ternary U(IV) containing fluorides: LiUF5, KU2F9, K7U6F31, RbUF5, RbU2F9, and RbU3F13.

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    Yeon, Jeongho; Smith, Mark D; Tapp, Joshua; Möller, Angela; zur Loye, Hans-Conrad

    2014-06-16

    Single crystals of several ternary alkali uranium fluorides, LiUF5, KU2F9, K7U6F31, RbUF5, RbU2F9, and RbU3F13, have been obtained in a mild hydrothermal process using UO2(CH3CO2)2(H2O)2 as the uranium source. Their crystal structures were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. The uranium in the starting reagent was successfully reduced from U(6+) to U(4+) in a dilute hydrofluoric acid environment, aided by the presence of a copper salt. All materials exhibit highly complex crystal structures that range from two-dimensional to three-dimensional. The U(4+) cations are found in high (UF8 and UF9) coordination environments. The magnetic susceptibility measurements yielded effective magnetic moments of 3.01-3.83 μB for the U(4+) cations. The temperature dependent magnetic susceptibility measurements confirmed that the U(4+) cation exhibits a nonmagnetic singlet ground state at low temperatures. No long-range magnetic order was observed for any of the above compositions down to 2 K. Optical and thermal behaviors of the fluorides were also investigated. PMID:24867234

  16. Up conversion processes in yttrium-lithium-flouride crystals co-doped with erbium and ytterbium ions

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    Spinger, B.; Danilov, Valery P.; Prokhorov, Alexander M.; Schwan, L. O.; Schmid, D.

    2002-07-01

    We report on studies of the up-conversion process in YLiF4 single crystals co-doped with Er3+ and with Yb3+. Er3+ has a well known complicated energy level system within the 4f shell which gives rise to the up- conversion process. Yb3+ with a broad absorption band int eh regime 940 nm crystal co-doped with Er3+ and with Yb3+ may be considered as suitable candidates for diode-laser-pumped displays and for solid state laser system int eh visible and near UV region.

  17. Wide spectral range multiple orders and half-wave achromatic phase retarders fabricated from two lithium tantalite single crystal plates

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    Emam-Ismail, M.

    2015-11-01

    In a broad spectral range (300-2500 nm), we report the use of channeled spectra formed from the interference of polarized white light to extract the dispersion of the phase birefringence Δnp(λ) of the x- and y-cuts of lithium tantalite (LiTaO3:LT) plates. A new method named as wavenumber difference method is used to extract the spectral behavior of the phase birefringence of the x- and y- cuts of LT plates. The correctness of the obtained birefringence data is confirmed by using Jones vector method through recalculating the plates thicknesses. The spectral variation of the phase birefringence Δnp(λ) of the x- and y-cuts of LT plates is fitted to Cauchy dispersion function with relative error for both x- and y-cuts of order 2.4×10-4. The group birefringence dispersion Δng (λ) of the x- and y-cuts of LT plates is also calculated and fitted to Ghosh dispersion function with relative error for both x- and y-cuts of order 2.83×10-4. Furthermore, the phase retardation introduced by the x- and y-cuts of LT plates is also calculated. It is found that the amount of phase retardation confirms that the x- and y-cuts of LT plates can act as a multiple order half- and quarter-wave plates working at many different wavelengths through the spectral range 300-2500 nm. For the x- and y-cuts of LT plates, a large difference between group and phase birefringence is observed at a short wavelength (λ=300 nm); while such difference progressively diminished at longer wavelength (λ=2000 nm). In the near infrared region (NIR) region (700-2500 nm), a broad spectral full width at half maximum (FWHM) is observed for either x- or y-cut of LT plate which can act as if it is working as a zero order wave plate. Finally, an achromatic half-wave plate working at 598 nm and covering a wide spectral range (300-900 nm) is demonstrated experimentally by combining both x- and y-cuts of LT plates.

  18. Mechanistic understanding of enamel mineralization under fluoride regime.

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    Aoba, T; Taya, Y; Sato, A; Shimada, T; Mura-Galelli, M J

    1995-01-01

    In order to learn more about how the microenvironment for enamel mineralization is modified by fluoride at low concentrations (0 through 1 ppm) and how excess fluoride retards the degradation and removal of amelogenins, we studied precipitation reactions in an in vitro model utilizing a dialysis chamber. The results showed that, with the limited supply of Ca ions through the ultrafiltration membrane, the solution composition surrounding the seed crystals showed a proximity to the steady-state condition after 12-24 h equilibration. Major findings were that (a) fluoride overcame partially the inhibition of precipitation and growth reactions by enamel proteins and (b), with this accelerating effect of fluoride, the steady-state Ca concentrations in the media surrounding the seed crystals decreased substantially as a function of fluoride concentration. The overall results support the concept that the presence of fluoride in the mineralizing milieu can modify markedly the steady-state concentrations of mineral lattice ions, particularly decreasing free Ca2+ concentrations, which in turn may modulate protease activities in situ. PMID:7554946

  19. Private Well Water and Fluoride

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    ... from my well has less than the recommended level of fluoride for preventing tooth decay? The recommended ... if the water from my well has fluoride levels that are higher than the recommended level for ...

  20. Hydrogen, lithium, and lithium hydride production

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    Brown, Sam W; Spencer, Larry S; Phillips, Michael R; Powell, G. Louis; Campbell, Peggy J

    2014-03-25

    A method of producing high purity lithium metal is provided, where gaseous-phase lithium metal is extracted from lithium hydride and condensed to form solid high purity lithium metal. The high purity lithium metal may be hydrided to provide high purity lithium hydride.

  1. MOLTEN FLUORIDE NUCLEAR REACTOR FUEL

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    Barton, C.J.; Grimes, W.R.

    1960-01-01

    Molten-salt reactor fuel compositions consisting of mixtures of fluoride salts are reported. In its broadest form, the composition contains an alkali fluoride such as sodium fluoride, zirconium tetrafluoride, and a uranium fluoride, the latter being the tetrafluoride or trifluoride or a mixture of the two. An outstanding property of these fuel compositions is a high coeffieient of thermal expansion which provides a negative temperature coefficient of reactivity in reactors in which they are used.

  2. The preparation and characterization of iron fluorides polymorphs FeF{sub 3}·0.33H{sub 2}O and β-FeF{sub 3}∙3H{sub 2}O as cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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    Chen, Chao; Xu, Xiaoping; Chen, Shu; Zheng, Bin; Shui, Miao Xu, Lingxia; Zheng, Weidong; Shu, Jie Cheng, Liangliang; Feng, Lin; Ren, Yuanlong

    2015-04-15

    Graphical abstract: Better rate capability and cycling performance were observed for β-FeF{sub 3}·3H{sub 2}O/C prepared by mechano-chemical synthesis. - Highlights: • A novel mechano-chemical preparation method. • The use of NH{sub 4}F as starting material. • Better electro-chemical performance in the case of β-FeF{sub 3}·3H{sub 2}O/C. - Abstract: Two kinds of iron fluorides, FeF{sub 3}·0.33H{sub 2}O and β-FeF{sub 3}∙3H{sub 2}O, have been synthesized by different chemical routes using Fe(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}·9H{sub 2}O and NH{sub 4}F as precursors and investigated as cathode materials for secondary lithium batteries. β-FeF{sub 3}·3H{sub 2}O was obtained via a mechano-chemical process and FeF{sub 3}·0.33H{sub 2}O was obtained by a precipitation reaction from ethanol solution. To further improve their electrochemical properties, a ball milling process with carbon has been used to form composites. The fluorides were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermal analysis, FTIR spectroscopy, galvanostatic charge/discharge and cyclic voltammetry measurements. The results showed that the as-prepared β-FeF{sub 3}·3H{sub 2}O/C exhibited better rate performance and cycling stability. It exhibited an initial discharge capacity of 199.6 mA h g{sup −1} at a current density of 20 mA g{sup −1} in a voltage range of 1.8–4.5 V and still reserved a discharge capacity of about 146.5 mA h g{sup −1} after 10 cycles. Only a capacity loss of 15 mA h g{sup −1} and 7 mA h g{sup −1} was observed when the current density was at 40 mA g{sup −1} and 80 mA g{sup −1}, respectively.

  3. Surfactant-assisted hydrothermal crystallization of nanostructured lithium metasilicate (Li{sub 2}SiO{sub 3}) hollow spheres: (I) Synthesis, structural and microstructural characterization

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    Ortiz-Landeros, J.

    2011-05-15

    Lithium metasilicate (Li{sub 2}SiO{sub 3}) was successfully synthesized using a hydrothermal process in the presence of different surfactants with cationic, non-ionic and anionic characters. The samples obtained were compared to a sample prepared by the conventional solid-state reaction method. The structural and microstructural characterizations of different Li{sub 2}SiO{sub 3} powders were performed using various techniques. Diffraction analyses revealed the successful crystallization of pure Li{sub 2}SiO{sub 3} single phase by hydrothermal technique, even without further heat-treatments and independent of the surfactant used. Electron microscopy analyses revealed that Li{sub 2}SiO{sub 3} powders were composed of uniform micrometric particles with a hollow sphere morphology and nanostructured walls. Finally, different thermal analyses showed that Li{sub 2}SiO{sub 3} samples preserved their structure and microstructure after further thermal treatments. Specific aspects regarding the formation mechanism of the spherical aggregates under hydrothermal conditions are discussed, and there is a special emphasis on the effect of the synthesis pathway on the morphological characteristics. -- Graphical abstract: Li{sub 2}SiO{sub 3} was synthesized using a hydrothermal process in the presence of different surfactants. Li{sub 2}SiO{sub 3} powders were composed of uniform micrometric particles with a hollow sphere morphology and nanostructured walls. Display Omitted Highlights: {yields} Pure Li{sub 2}SiO{sub 3} was synthesized by the hydrothermal method. {yields} Surfactant addition produced microstructural and morphological variations. {yields} TEM reveled the generation of nanostructured hollow spheres.

  4. Efficient, green laser based on a blue-diode pumped rare-earth-doped fluoride crystal in an extremely short resonator

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    Strotkamp, Michael; Schwarz, Thomas; Jungbluth, Bernd; Faidel, Heinrich; Leers, Michael

    2010-02-01

    The green cw laser presented in this work is realized by means of a Pr:YLF crystal emitting at 523 nm that is pumped by a blue GaN laser diode in an extremely short resonator. With a 500 mW-diode a laser has been achieved with M2 = 1, a slope of 40 % and an output power of 140mW with an absorbed pump power of 410 mW which results in an electrooptical efficiency of 6.5 %. Despite the reduced overlap with a 1 W-diode the output power rises to 290 mW with an absorbed pump power of 850 mW and the M2 increases only slightly. Based on these results a compact laser package has been accomplished using a monolithic micro optics for the beam shaping of the diode light and joining all components with a low-shrinkage adhesive on a common base plate. In a first test of the alignment strategy a laser with an output power of 92 mW has been achieved by means of the 500 mW pump power.

  5. Dosimetric properties of activated lithium tetraborate

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    Majchrowski, Andrzej; Malecki, M.; Zmija, Jozef; Warkocki, Stanislaw; Warkocki, Wodzislaw

    1993-10-01

    This paper describes preliminary investigations of Li2B4O7 thermoluminescent phosphors as candidates for gamma radiation dosimetry materials. Single crystals, glasses, and polycrystals of lithium tetraborate activated with different dopants have been investigated.

  6. Ferrimyoglobin-Fluoride.

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    Russo, Steven O.; Hanania, George I. H.

    1990-01-01

    Described is an experiment which is designed to investigate the reaction of the protein ferrimyoglobin with fluoride. The activity uses readily available apparatus and the technique of optical absorbance for measurement of concentrations. Experimental design, procedures, and treatment of the equilibrium data are detailed. (CW)

  7. Other Fluoride Products

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    ... in preventing tooth decay in people of all ages. Use the information listed below to compare the other fluoride products ... even among children younger than 6 years of age. Proper application technique ... cleared for marketing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as ...

  8. Fluorine (soluble fluoride)

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    Fluorine ( soluble fluoride ) ; CASRN 7782 - 41 - 4 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for No

  9. Lithium nephrotoxicity.

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    Azab, Abed N; Shnaider, Alla; Osher, Yamima; Wang, Dana; Bersudsky, Yuly; Belmaker, R H

    2015-12-01

    Reports of toxic effects on the kidney of lithium treatment emerged very soon after lithium therapy was introduced. Lithium-induced nephrogenic diabetes insipidus is usually self-limiting or not clinically dangerous. Some reports of irreversible chronic kidney disease and renal failure were difficult to attribute to lithium treatment since chronic kidney disease and renal failure exist in the population at large. In recent years, large-scale epidemiological studies have convincingly shown that lithium treatment elevates the risk of chronic kidney disease and renal failure. Most patients do not experience renal side effects. The most common side effect of polyuria only weakly predicts increasing creatinine or reduced kidney function. Among those patients who do experience decrease in creatinine clearance, some may require continuation of lithium treatment even as their creatinine increases. Other patients may be able to switch to a different mood stabilizer medication, but kidney function may continue to deteriorate even after lithium cessation. Most, but not all, evidence today recommends using a lower lithium plasma level target for long-term maintenance and thereby reducing risks of severe nephrotoxicity. PMID:26043842

  10. Topotactic lithium exchange in the precursor catalyst VOHPO[sub 4][center dot]0. 5H[sub 2]O: The crystal structure of LiVOPO[sub 4][center dot]0. 5 H[sub 2]O

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    Lozano-Calero, D.; Bruque, S.; Aranda, M.A.G.; Martinez-Lara, M.; Moreno, L. )

    1993-04-01

    The synthesis and properties of a new lithium vanadyl(IV) phosphate, LiVOPO[sub 4][center dot]0.5H[sub 2]O, are reported. The synthesis was carried out by a lithium exchange reaction in VO(HPO[sub 4])[center dot]0.5H[sub 2]O with LiOH at low temperature in a nonaqueous medium. The crystal structure of LiVOPO[sub 4][center dot]0.5H[sub 2]O (space group P[sub 2[sub 1]2[sub 1]2], a = 7.4651(6) [Angstrom], b = 9.4167(8) [Angstrom], c = 6.0762(6) [Angstrom], Z = 4) was refined by the Rietveld method from laboratory X-ray powder diffraction data, giving R[sub wp] = 8.0% and R[sub F] = 6.5%. The structure is made up of layers made of VO[sub 6] dimers which are linked by phosphate groups. The framework of the starting material is maintained but the vanadium coordination sphere is more distorted and the lithium position is deduced from a difference Fourier map. The structural, thermal, and spectroscopic features are compared to those of the closely related H-derivative. 27 refs., 8 figs., 3 tabs.

  11. X-ray diffraction studies of phase transformations in heavy-metal fluoride glasses

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    Bansal, N. P.; Doremus, R. H.

    1985-01-01

    Powder X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry studies of the crystallization properties of five ZrF4-based glass compositions have indicated that the crystalline phase in Zr-Ba-La-Pb fluoride glass is beta-BaZrF6; no such identification of crystal phases was obtainable, however, for the other glasses. Reversible polymorphic phase transformations occur in Zr-Ba-La-Li and Zr-Ba-La-Na fluoride glasses, upon heating to higher temperatures.

  12. Stabilization of Th{sup 3+} ions into mixed-valence thorium fluoride

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    Dubois, Marc; Dieudonne, Belto; Mesbah, Adel; Bonnet, Pierre; El-Ghozzi, Malika; Renaudin, Guillaume; Avignant, Daniel

    2011-01-15

    The unusual oxidation state +3 of the thorium has been stabilized into a lithium containing non-stoichiometric mixed-valence (III/IV) thorium fluorinated phase with formula Li{sub 2+x}Th{sub 12}F{sub 50} (0crystal X-ray diffraction and high resolution synchrotron powder diffraction. In these phases, the Li{sup +} ions can be divided into two groups and are located either in locked positions or in open channels of the three dimensional framework. The amount of Li{sup +} ions in open channels can be variable, so that the afore mentioned single phase may be considered as an insertion compound. The Li{sup +} insertion is accompanied by the simultaneous reduction of a part of the Th{sup 4+} ions, resulting in a mixed-valence III/IV thorium fluoride. The electrochemical insertion of Li{sup +} ions into the open channels of the host matrix has been carried out at 60 {sup o}C, using an alkylcarbonate PC-LiClO{sub 4} 1 M electrolyte. The Li{sup +} and Th{sup 3+} contents, both in the starting composition and the Li{sup +} inserted ones, were investigated by high resolution solid state {sup 7}Li NMR and EPR, respectively. -- Graphical abstract: Electrochemical insertion of Li{sup +} ions into mixed-valence III/IV thorium fluoride and EPR spectra for the raw and inserted compounds. Display Omitted

  13. Advantages of liquid fluoride thorium reactor in comparison with light water reactor

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    Bahri, Che Nor Aniza Che Zainul; Majid, Amran Ab.; Al-Areqi, Wadeeah M.

    2015-04-01

    Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) is an innovative design for the thermal breeder reactor that has important potential benefits over the traditional reactor design. LFTR is fluoride based liquid fuel, that use the thorium dissolved in salt mixture of lithium fluoride and beryllium fluoride. Therefore, LFTR technology is fundamentally different from the solid fuel technology currently in use. Although the traditional nuclear reactor technology has been proven, it has perceptual problems with safety and nuclear waste products. The aim of this paper is to discuss the potential advantages of LFTR in three aspects such as safety, fuel efficiency and nuclear waste as an alternative energy generator in the future. Comparisons between LFTR and Light Water Reactor (LWR), on general principles of fuel cycle, resource availability, radiotoxicity and nuclear weapon proliferation shall be elaborated.

  14. Advantages of liquid fluoride thorium reactor in comparison with light water reactor

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    Bahri, Che Nor Aniza Che Zainul Majid, Amran Ab.; Al-Areqi, Wadeeah M.

    2015-04-29

    Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) is an innovative design for the thermal breeder reactor that has important potential benefits over the traditional reactor design. LFTR is fluoride based liquid fuel, that use the thorium dissolved in salt mixture of lithium fluoride and beryllium fluoride. Therefore, LFTR technology is fundamentally different from the solid fuel technology currently in use. Although the traditional nuclear reactor technology has been proven, it has perceptual problems with safety and nuclear waste products. The aim of this paper is to discuss the potential advantages of LFTR in three aspects such as safety, fuel efficiency and nuclear waste as an alternative energy generator in the future. Comparisons between LFTR and Light Water Reactor (LWR), on general principles of fuel cycle, resource availability, radiotoxicity and nuclear weapon proliferation shall be elaborated.

  15. Health Effects Associated with Water Fluoridation.

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    Richmond, Virginia L.

    1979-01-01

    Discussion is presented concerning fluoridation of water supplies. Correlation between fluoride in drinking water and improved dental health is reviewed. Relationship is expressed between fluoridation and reduced tooth decay. Use of fluoride in treating skeletal disorders is discussed. Author advocates fluoridating water supplies. (SA)

  16. Synthesis of SnO2 versus Sn crystals within N-doped porous carbon nanofibers via electrospinning towards high-performance lithium ion batteries.

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    Wang, Hongkang; Lu, Xuan; Li, Longchao; Li, Beibei; Cao, Daxian; Wu, Qizhen; Li, Zhihui; Yang, Guang; Guo, Baolin; Niu, Chunming

    2016-04-14

    The design of tin-based anode materials (SnO2 or Sn) has become a major concern for lithium ion batteries (LIBs) owing to their different inherent characteristics. Herein, particulate SnO2 or Sn crystals coupled with porous N-doped carbon nanofibers (denoted as SnO2/PCNFs and Sn/PCNFs, respectively) are fabricated via the electrospinning method. The electrochemical behaviors of both SnO2/PCNFs and Sn/PCNFs are systematically investigated as anodes for LIBs. When coupled with porous carbon nanofibers, both SnO2 nanoparticles and Sn micro/nanoparticles display superior cycling and rate performances. SnO2/PCNFs and Sn/PCNFs deliver discharge capacities of 998 and 710 mA h g(-1) after 140 cycles (at 100, 200, 500 and 1000 mA g(-1) each for 10 cycles and then 100 cycles at 100 mA g(-1)), respectively. However, the Sn/PCNF electrodes show better cycling stability at higher current densities, delivering higher discharge capacities of 700 and 550 mA h g(-1) than that of SnO2/PCNFs (685 and 424 mA h g(-1)) after 160 cycles at 200 and 500 mA g(-1), respectively. The different superior electrochemical performance is attributed to the introduction of porous N-doped carbon nanofibers and their self-constructed networks, which, on the one hand, greatly decrease the charge-transfer resistance due to the high conductivity of N-doped carbon fibers; on the other hand, the porous carbon nanofibers with numerous voids and flexible one-dimensional (1D) structures efficiently alleviate the volume changes of SnO2 and Sn during the Li-Sn alloying-dealloying processes. Moreover, the discussion of the electrochemical behaviors of SnO2vs. Sn would provide new insights into the design of tin-based anode materials for practical applications, and the current strategy demonstrates great potential in the rational design of metallic tin-based anode materials. PMID:26984273

  17. Vanadium Oxyfluoride/Few-Layer Graphene Composite as a High-Performance Cathode Material for Lithium Batteries.

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    Cambaz, Musa Ali; Vinayan, B P; Clemens, Oliver; Munnangi, Anji Reddy; Chakravadhanula, Venkata Sai Kiran; Kübel, Christian; Fichtner, Maximilian

    2016-04-18

    Metal oxyfluoride compounds are gathering significant interest as cathode materials for lithium ion batteries at the moment because of their high theoretical capacity and resulting high energy density. In this regard, a new and direct approach is presented to synthesize phase-pure vanadium oxyfluoride (VO2F). The structure of VO2F was identified by Rietveld refinement of the powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern. It crystallizes in a perovskite-type structure with disorder of the oxide and fluoride ions. The as-synthesized VO2F was tested as a cathode material for lithium ion batteries after being surface-coated with few-layer graphene. The VO2F delivered a first discharge capacity of 254 mA h g(-1) and a reversible capacity of 208 mA h g(-1) at a rate of C/20 for the first 20 cycles with an average discharge voltage of 2.84 V, yielding an energy density of 591 W h kg(-1). Improved rate capability that outperforms the previous report has been achieved, showing a discharge capacity of 150 mA h g(-1) for 1 C. The structural changes during lithium insertion and extraction were monitored by ex-situ XRD analysis of the electrodes discharged and charged to various stages. Lithium insertion results in an irreversible structural change of the anion lattice from (3)/4 cubic close packing to hexagonal close packing to accommodate the inserted lithium ions while keeping the overall space-group symmetry. For the first time we have revealed a structural change for the ReO3-type structure of as-prepared VO2F to the RhF3 structure after lithiation/delithiation, with structural changes that have not been observed in previous reports. Furthermore, the new synthetic approach described here would be a platform for the synthesis of new oxyfluoride compounds. PMID:27018603

  18. Synthesis and effect of electrode heat-treatment on the superior lithium storage performance of Co3O4 nanoparticles

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    Zhang, Jingjing; Huang, Tao; Yu, Aishui

    2015-01-01

    Single-crystal Co3O4 nanoparticles are produced via a novel lysine-assisted hydrothermal process. When used as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries, a heat-treatment process is first introduced to decrease the initial irreversible loss and enhance the cyclability of Co3O4 nanoparticle-based electrodes using a polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) binder. Heat-treated electrodes exhibit improved lithium storage properties relative to those that are unheated. In particular, Co3O4 electrodes heated at 200 °C have the highest capacity and best reversibility: 1000 mA h g-1 with 95.2% capacity retention after 170 cycles at a current density of 100 mA g-1. Even when cycled at a high rate of 1000 mA g-1, a reversible capacity up to 600 mA h g-1 can still be maintained after 500 cycles. These improvements are explained based on the results from thermal analysis, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, nanoscratch tests, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements. Heat treatment not only improves binder distribution and adhesion to both Co3O4 particles and the substrate but also ensures high interfacial conductivity and keeps the active material particles and carbon black electrically connected, thereby leading to superior electrochemical performance. The results suggest that the heat-treated Co3O4 electrode may be a promising anode for next-generation lithium-ion batteries.

  19. Magnesium fluoride recovery method

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    Gay, Richard L.; McKenzie, Donald E.

    1989-01-01

    A method of obtaining magnesium fluoride substantially free from radioactive uranium from a slag containing the same and having a radioactivity level of at least about 7000 pCi/gm. The slag is ground to a particle size of about 200 microns or less. The ground slag is contacted with an acid under certain prescribed conditions to produce a liquid product and a particulate solid product. The particulate solid product is separated from the liquid and treated at least two more times with acid to produce a solid residue consisting essentially of magnesium fluoride substantially free of uranium and having a residual radioactivity level of less than about 1000 pCi/gm. In accordance with a particularly preferred embodiment of the invention a catalyst and an oxidizing agent are used during the acid treatment and preferably the acid is sulfuric acid having a strength of about 1.0 Normal.

  20. Reversible Intercalation of Fluoride-Anion Receptor Complexes in Graphite

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    West, William C.; Whitacre, Jay F.; Leifer, Nicole; Greenbaum, Steve; Smart, Marshall; Bugga, Ratnakumar; Blanco, Mario; Narayanan, S. R.

    2007-01-01

    We have demonstrated a route to reversibly intercalate fluoride-anion receptor complexes in graphite via a nonaqueous electrochemical process. This approach may find application for a rechargeable lithium-fluoride dual-ion intercalating battery with high specific energy. The cell chemistry presented here uses graphite cathodes with LiF dissolved in a nonaqueous solvent through the aid of anion receptors. Cells have been demonstrated with reversible cathode specific capacity of approximately 80 mAh/g at discharge plateaus of upward of 4.8 V, with graphite staging of the intercalant observed via in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction during charging. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and B-11 nuclear magnetic resonance studies suggest that cointercalation of the anion receptor with the fluoride occurs during charging, which likely limits the cathode specific capacity. The anion receptor type dictates the extent of graphite fluorination, and must be further optimized to realize high theoretical fluorination levels. To find these optimal anion receptors, we have designed an ab initio calculations-based scheme aimed at identifying receptors with favorable fluoride binding and release properties.

  1. Synthesis of SnO2versus Sn crystals within N-doped porous carbon nanofibers via electrospinning towards high-performance lithium ion batteries

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    Wang, Hongkang; Lu, Xuan; Li, Longchao; Li, Beibei; Cao, Daxian; Wu, Qizhen; Li, Zhihui; Yang, Guang; Guo, Baolin; Niu, Chunming

    2016-03-01

    The design of tin-based anode materials (SnO2 or Sn) has become a major concern for lithium ion batteries (LIBs) owing to their different inherent characteristics. Herein, particulate SnO2 or Sn crystals coupled with porous N-doped carbon nanofibers (denoted as SnO2/PCNFs and Sn/PCNFs, respectively) are fabricated via the electrospinning method. The electrochemical behaviors of both SnO2/PCNFs and Sn/PCNFs are systematically investigated as anodes for LIBs. When coupled with porous carbon nanofibers, both SnO2 nanoparticles and Sn micro/nanoparticles display superior cycling and rate performances. SnO2/PCNFs and Sn/PCNFs deliver discharge capacities of 998 and 710 mA h g-1 after 140 cycles (at 100, 200, 500 and 1000 mA g-1 each for 10 cycles and then 100 cycles at 100 mA g-1), respectively. However, the Sn/PCNF electrodes show better cycling stability at higher current densities, delivering higher discharge capacities of 700 and 550 mA h g-1 than that of SnO2/PCNFs (685 and 424 mA h g-1) after 160 cycles at 200 and 500 mA g-1, respectively. The different superior electrochemical performance is attributed to the introduction of porous N-doped carbon nanofibers and their self-constructed networks, which, on the one hand, greatly decrease the charge-transfer resistance due to the high conductivity of N-doped carbon fibers; on the other hand, the porous carbon nanofibers with numerous voids and flexible one-dimensional (1D) structures efficiently alleviate the volume changes of SnO2 and Sn during the Li-Sn alloying-dealloying processes. Moreover, the discussion of the electrochemical behaviors of SnO2vs. Sn would provide new insights into the design of tin-based anode materials for practical applications, and the current strategy demonstrates great potential in the rational design of metallic tin-based anode materials.The design of tin-based anode materials (SnO2 or Sn) has become a major concern for lithium ion batteries (LIBs) owing to their different inherent

  2. Texture evolution and infrared optical properties of praseodymium fluoride films

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    Su, Wei-Tao; Li, Bin; Liu, Ding-Quan; Zhang, Feng-Shan

    2007-10-01

    Praseodymium fluoride (PrF3) thin films were deposited on Ge(1 1 1) and zinc selenide substrates by molybdenum boat evaporation method. The crystal structures of thin film were characterized using XRD technique and the texture coefficients were calculated. The texture of praseodymium fluoride films changes from (3 0 2) to (1 1 0) texture when the temperature increases from 100 °C to 250 °C. Drastic tensile stress makes all the films covered by a network of fine cracks with width of nanometer-scale. The infrared transmission spectrum was measured to investigate the optical properties for all the films. The optical constants of praseodymium fluoride film were determined by using Lorentz oscillator model in the range from 8000 cm-1 to 500 cm-1.

  3. Fluoride Content in Alcoholic Drinks.

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    Goschorska, Marta; Gutowska, Izabela; Baranowska-Bosiacka, Irena; Rać, Monika Ewa; Chlubek, Dariusz

    2016-06-01

    The aim of the study was to determine the role of alcoholic drinks as a potential source of dietary fluoride by means of measuring fluoride levels in selected alcoholic drinks available on the Polish market that are also diverse in terms of the percentage content of ethanol. The study was conducted on 48 types of drinks with low, medium, and high alcohol content available on the Polish market and offered by various manufacturers, both Polish and foreign. Fluoride concentrations in individual samples were measured by potentiometric method with a fluoride ion-selective electrode. The highest fluoride levels were determined in the lowest percentage drinks (less than 10 % v/v ethanol), with the lowest fluoride levels observed in the highest percentage drinks (above 40 % v/v ethanol). In terms of types of alcoholic drinks, the highest fluoride levels were determined in beers and wines, while the lowest levels were observed in vodkas. These data confirm the fact that alcoholic beverages need to be considered as a significant source of fluoride delivered into the body. PMID:26475300

  4. WET FLUORIDE SEPARATION METHOD

    DOEpatents

    Seaborg, G.T.; Gofman, J.W.; Stoughton, R.W.

    1958-11-25

    The separation of U/sup 233/ from thorium, protactinium, and fission products present in neutron-irradiated thorium is accomplished by dissolving the irradiated materials in aqueous nitric acid, adding either a soluble fluoride, iodate, phosphate, or oxalate to precipltate the thorium, separating the precipltate from the solution, and then precipitating uranlum and protactinium by alkalizing the solution. The uranium and protactinium precipitate is removcd from the solution and dissolved in nitric acid. The uranyl nitrate may then be extracted from the acid solution by means of ether, and the protactinium recovered from the aqueous phase.

  5. Topical fluoride for caries prevention

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    Weyant, Robert J.; Tracy, Sharon L.; Anselmo, Theresa (Tracy); Beltrán-Aguilar, Eugenio D.; Donly, Kevin J.; Frese, William A.; Hujoel, Philippe P.; Iafolla, Timothy; Kohn, William; Kumar, Jayanth; Levy, Steven M.; Tinanoff, Norman; Wright, J. Timothy; Zero, Domenick; Aravamudhan, Krishna; Frantsve-Hawley, Julie; Meyer, Daniel M.

    2015-01-01

    Background A panel of experts convened by the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs presents evidence-based clinical recommendations regarding professionally applied and prescription-strength, home-use topical fluoride agents for caries prevention. These recommendations are an update of the 2006 ADA recommendations regarding professionally applied topical fluoride and were developed by using a new process that includes conducting a systematic review of primary studies. Types of Studies Reviewed The authors conducted a search of MEDLINE and the Cochrane Library for clinical trials of professionally applied and prescription-strength topical fluoride agents—including mouthrinses, varnishes, gels, foams and pastes—with caries increment outcomes published in English through October 2012. Results The panel included 71 trials from 82 articles in its review and assessed the efficacy of various topical fluoride caries-preventive agents. The panel makes recommendations for further research. Practical Implications The panel recommends the following for people at risk of developing dental caries: 2.26 percent fluoride varnish or 1.23 percent fluoride (acidulated phosphate fluoride) gel, or a prescription-strength, home-use 0.5 percent fluoride gel or paste or 0.09 percent fluoride mouthrinse for patients 6 years or older. Only 2.26 percent fluoride varnish is recommended for children younger than 6 years. The strengths of the recommendations for the recommended products varied from “in favor” to “expert opinion for.” As part of the evidence-based approach to care, these clinical recommendations should be integrated with the practitioner's professional judgment and the patient's needs and preferences. PMID:24177407

  6. Crystal growth of a series of lithium garnets Ln3Li 5Ta 2O 12 ( Ln=La, Pr, Nd): Structural properties, Alexandrite effect and unusual ionic conductivity

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    Roof, Irina P.; Smith, Mark D.; Cussen, Edmund J.; zur Loye, Hans-Conrad

    2009-02-01

    We report the single crystal structures of a series of lanthanide containing tantalates, Ln3Li 5Ta 2O 12 ( Ln=La, Pr, Nd) that were obtained out of a reactive lithium hydroxide flux. The structures of Ln3Li 5Ta 2O 12 were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction, where the Li + positions and Li + site occupancies were fixed based on previously reported neutron diffraction data for isostructural compounds. All three oxides crystallize in the cubic space group Ia3¯d (No. 230) with lattice parameters a=12.7735(1), 12.6527(1), and 12.5967(1) Å for La 3Li 5Ta 2O 12, Pr 3Li 5Ta 2O 12, and Nd 3Li 5Ta 2O 12, respectively. A UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectrum of Nd 3Li 5Ta 2O 12 was collected to explain its unusual Alexandrite-like optical behavior. To evaluate the transport properties of Nd 3Li 5Ta 2O 12, the impedance data were collected in air in the temperature range 300⩽ T(°C)⩽500.

  7. Urinary Fluoride Concentration in Children with Disabilities Following Long-Term Fluoride Tablet Ingestion

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    Liu, Hsiu-Yueh; Chen, Jung-Ren; Hung, Hsin-Chia; Hsiao, Szu-Yu; Huang, Shun-Te; Chen, Hong-Sen

    2011-01-01

    Urine is the most commonly utilized biomarker for fluoride excretion in public health and epidemiological studies. Approximately 30-50% of fluoride is excreted from urine in children. Urinary fluoride excretion reflects the total fluoride intake from multiple sources. After administering fluoride tablets to children with disabilities, urinary…

  8. Determination of Stability Constants of Hydrogen and Aluminum Fluorides with a Fluoride-Selective Electrode

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    Baumann, E.W.

    2003-01-06

    The ability to directly determine free fluoride ion concentration (or mean activity) simplifies gathering and interpretation of experimental data for studies of metal complexes. In this work, the new lanthanum fluoride electrode was used to measure free fluoride ion in an investigation of the hydrogen-fluoride and aluminum-fluoride systems in NH4NO3.

  9. 49 CFR 173.163 - Hydrogen fluoride.

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    2011-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 2 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Hydrogen fluoride. 173.163 Section 173.163... Hydrogen fluoride. (a) Hydrogen fluoride (hydrofluoric acid, anhydrous) must be packaged as follows: (1) In... filling ratio of 0.84. (b) A cylinder removed from hydrogen fluoride service must be condemned...

  10. 49 CFR 173.163 - Hydrogen fluoride.

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    2012-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 2 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Hydrogen fluoride. 173.163 Section 173.163... Hydrogen fluoride. (a) Hydrogen fluoride (hydrofluoric acid, anhydrous) must be packaged as follows: (1) In... filling ratio of 0.84. (b) A cylinder removed from hydrogen fluoride service must be condemned...

  11. 49 CFR 173.163 - Hydrogen fluoride.

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    2014-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 2 2014-10-01 2014-10-01 false Hydrogen fluoride. 173.163 Section 173.163... Hydrogen fluoride. (a) Hydrogen fluoride (hydrofluoric acid, anhydrous) must be packaged as follows: (1) In... filling ratio of 0.84. (b) A cylinder removed from hydrogen fluoride service must be condemned...

  12. 49 CFR 173.163 - Hydrogen fluoride.

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    2013-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 2 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false Hydrogen fluoride. 173.163 Section 173.163... Hydrogen fluoride. (a) Hydrogen fluoride (hydrofluoric acid, anhydrous) must be packaged as follows: (1) In... filling ratio of 0.84. (b) A cylinder removed from hydrogen fluoride service must be condemned...

  13. 49 CFR 173.163 - Hydrogen fluoride.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Hydrogen fluoride. 173.163 Section 173.163... Hydrogen fluoride. (a) Hydrogen fluoride (hydrofluoric acid, anhydrous) must be packaged as follows: (1) In... filling ratio of 0.84. (b) A cylinder removed from hydrogen fluoride service must be condemned...

  14. Vapor-liquid equilibria for the systems difluoromethane + hydrogen fluoride, dichlorodifluoromethane + hydrogen fluoride, and chlorine + hydrogen fluoride

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    Kang, Y.W.

    1998-01-01

    Isothermal vapor-liquid equilibria for difluoromethane + hydrogen fluoride, dichlorodifluoromethane + hydrogen fluoride, and chlorine + hydrogen fluoride have been measured. The experimental data for the binary systems are correlated with the NRTL equation with the vapor-phase association model for the mixtures containing hydrogen fluoride, and the relevant parameters are presented. The binary system difluoromethane + hydrogen fluoride forms a homogeneous liquid phase, and the others form minimum boiling heterogeneous azeotropes at the experimental conditions.

  15. Molten fluoride fuel salt chemistry

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    Toth, L.M.; Del Cul, G.D.; Dai, S.; Metcalf, D.H.

    1994-09-01

    The chemistry of molten fluorides is traced from their development as fuels in the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment with important factors in their selection being discussed. Key chemical characteristics such as solubility, redox behavior, and chemical activity are explained as they relate to the behavior of molten fluoride fuel systems. Fission product behavior is described along with processing experience. Development requirements for fitting the current state of the chemistry to modern nuclear fuel system are described. It is concluded that while much is known about molten fluoride behavior, processing and recycle of the fuel components is a necessary factor if future systems are to be established.

  16. Strontium-90 fluoride data sheet

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    Fullam, H.T.

    1981-06-01

    This report is a compilation of available data and appropriate literature references on the properties of strontium-90 fluoride and nonradioactive strontium fluoride. The objective of the document is to compile in a single source pertinent data to assist potential users in the development, licensing, and use of /sup 90/SrF/sub 2/-fueled radioisotope heat sources for terrestrial power conversion and thermal applications. The report is an update of the Strontium-90 Fluoride Data Sheet (BNWL-2284) originally issued in April 1977.

  17. Radiation effects on Yb:YLF crystals used in cryogenic optical refrigerators

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    Martin, K. W.; Melgaard, S.; Cowan, V. M.; Hubbs, J.; Fraser, T.; Sheik-Bahae, M.

    2015-09-01

    Optical cooling of solids is a promising and innovative method to provide cryogenic cooling to infrared sensors. Currently insulator crystals, specifically ytterbium-doped yttrium- lithium-fluoride (Yb:YLF), have shown the most promise for cooling to low temperatures. This method has demonstrated cooling below the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cryogenic temperature definition of less than 123 K. Optical refrigeration utilizes a phenomenon called anti-Stokes fluorescence to generate cooling power. Incident laser light is absorbed by the cooling crystal and photons are spontaneously emitted at a higher, and thus more energetic, frequency. The difference in frequency is proportional to the cooling power of the crystal. Anti-Stokes cooling is highly dependent on doping percentages and YLF crystal purity and structure. Space based infrared sensors and their coolers are operated in a radiation environment where protons, gamma, rays, heavy ions, and other radiation species are common and of varying severities depending on operational orbit. To ensure that radiative effects on cooling crystal performance are minimal, we irradiated two samples with 63 MeV protons to a total of ionized dose of 100 Krad (Si) and 1 Mrad (Si), and compared cooling crystal efficiency parameters before and after dosing.

  18. Fluorination utilizing thermodynamically unstable fluorides and fluoride salts thereof

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    Bartlett, Neil; Whalen, J. Marc; Chacon, Lisa

    2000-12-12

    A method for fluorinating a carbon compound or cationic carbon compound utilizes a fluorination agent selected from thermodynamically unstable nickel fluorides and salts thereof in liquid anhydrous hydrogen fluoride. The desired carbon compound or cationic organic compound to undergo fluorination is selected and reacted with the fluorination agent by contacting the selected organic or cationic organic compound and the chosen fluorination agent in a reaction vessel for a desired reaction time period at room temperature or less.

  19. Crystal growth of a series of lithium garnets Ln{sub 3}Li{sub 5}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 12} (Ln=La, Pr, Nd): Structural properties, Alexandrite effect and unusual ionic conductivity

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    Roof, Irina P.; Smith, Mark D.; Cussen, Edmund J.; Loye, Hans-Conrad zur

    2009-02-15

    We report the single crystal structures of a series of lanthanide containing tantalates, Ln{sub 3}Li{sub 5}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 12} (Ln=La, Pr, Nd) that were obtained out of a reactive lithium hydroxide flux. The structures of Ln{sub 3}Li{sub 5}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 12} were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction, where the Li{sup +} positions and Li{sup +} site occupancies were fixed based on previously reported neutron diffraction data for isostructural compounds. All three oxides crystallize in the cubic space group Ia3-bard (No. 230) with lattice parameters a=12.7735(1), 12.6527(1), and 12.5967(1) A for La{sub 3}Li{sub 5}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 12}, Pr{sub 3}Li{sub 5}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 12}, and Nd{sub 3}Li{sub 5}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 12}, respectively. A UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectrum of Nd{sub 3}Li{sub 5}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 12} was collected to explain its unusual Alexandrite-like optical behavior. To evaluate the transport properties of Nd{sub 3}Li{sub 5}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 12}, the impedance data were collected in air in the temperature range 300{<=}T(deg. C){<=}500. - Graphical abstract: Crystal structure of garnets Ln{sub 3}Li{sub 5}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 12} (Ln=La, Pr, Nd). TaO{sub 6} polyhedra are shown in yellow and Ln{sup 3+} are shown as light blue spheres. Octahedrally and tetrahedrally coordinated Li{sup +} ions are shown in green and brown, respectively. Oxygen atoms are omitted for clarity.

  20. Protactinium distribution in a fluoride melt in the presence of solid oxide phases

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    Alekseev, V.A.; Ziv, V.S.; Morozova, Z.E.

    1989-01-01

    Measurements have been made on protactinium distributions between molten lithium and sodium fluorides and solid lanthanum or zirconium oxides as affected by time, amount of solid, and amount of gas (air of argon) at 1023 K. Protactinium can be extracted quantitatively from LiF-NaF melts by the two oxides. It is found that all the regularities previously reported for actinoid distributions in halide liquids in the presence of oxides apply to protactinium.

  1. Equilibrium distribution of samarium and europium between fluoride salt melts and liquid bismuth

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    Zagnit'ko, A. V.; Ignat'ev, V. V.

    2016-01-01

    The extraction of samarium and europium from a melt of a molar composition 73LiF-27BeF2 into liquid bismuth with additions of lithium as a reducing agent at a temperature of 600-610°C was studied. The equilibrium distribution coefficients of samarium and europium were measured. In the metal fluoride salt melt under study, the valence of samarium and europium was shown to be equal to two.

  2. Do Fluoride Ions Protect Teeth?

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    Parkin, Christopher

    1998-01-01

    Begins with the procedure and results from an investigation on the effect of fluoride on the reaction between eggshell (substitute teeth) and dilute ethanoic acid. Describes an elegantly modified and improvised apparatus. (DDR)

  3. Enhanced electrochemical properties of fluoride-coated LiCoO2 thin films.

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    Lee, Hye Jin; Kim, Seuk Buom; Park, Yong Joon

    2012-01-01

    The electrochemical properties of fluoride-coated lithium cobalt oxide [LiCoO2] thin films were characterized. Aluminum fluoride [AlF3] and lanthanum fluoride [LaF3] coating layers were fabricated on a pristine LiCoO2 thin film by using a spin-coating process. The AlF3- and LaF3-coated films exhibited a higher rate capability, cyclic performance, and stability at high temperature than the pristine film. This indicates that the AlF3 and LaF3 layers effectively protected the surface of the pristine LiCoO2 film from the reactive electrolyte. PMID:22221488

  4. Lithium in 2012

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    Jaskula, B.W.

    2013-01-01

    In 2012, estimated world lithium consumption was about 28 kt (31,000 st) of lithium contained in minerals and compounds, an 8 percent increase from that of 2011. Estimated U.S. consumption was about 2 kt (2,200 st) of contained lithium, the same as that of 2011. The United States was thought to rank fourth in consumption of lithium and remained the leading importer of lithium carbonate and the leading producer of value-added lithium materials. One company, Rockwood Lithium Inc., produced lithium compounds from domestic brine resources near Silver Peak, NV.

  5. Defects and Luminescence in Lithium FLUORIDE:MAGNESIUM, Titanium

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    He, Shulin Sam

    This research investigated the characteristics of the defect centers produced by ionizing radiation in LiF:Mg,Ti and the mechanism of the luminescence associated with the defect centers. Experimental methods used in this work include the measurement of the optical absorption of the defect centers (produced by gamma ray irradiation) under thermal annealing treatment and optical bleaching treatment, the photoluminescence (after irradiation with gamma rays and/or neutrons) and the thermoluminescence (after irradiation with gamma rays and/or beta particles) related to the defect centers. It has been concluded that both Mg^{+2} ions and Ti^{+4} ions act as electron traps in LiF. Upon ionizing irradiation, a Mg ^{+2} ion can trap two electrons to form a Mg^{0} center absorbing at 3.25 eV in LiF and one electron to form a Mg^{+} center which absorbs at 3.5 eV, and a Mg^{+} center in a vacancy complex environment absorbs at 4.0 eV, in contrast to the Z center model and the Mg ^{+2}{rm V}_{ rm c}^{-} pair/trimer model. The absorption band near 5.5 eV in LiF:Mg,Ti produced by ionizing radiation at room temperature is attributed to Ti^{+3} ions (formed by Ti^{+4} ion's trapping of one electron) related charge transfer absorption. It could also be a result of the optical absorption of Z _3 centers and/or Mg^{+2 }{rm V}_{rm c} ^{-} dimers, trimers produced by thermal annealing and optical bleaching following irradiation. The mechanism of the luminescence spectra associated with these defect centers upon either optical excitation or thermal stimulation is concluded to be due to an electron-hole recombination process with the perturbation of vacancies and/or impurities. During the electron-hole recombination process, electrons originate from all electron traps (F center and its aggregates, Mg^{+2} ion and Ti^{+4} ion related defect centers) while hole centers are only V_3 centers if irradiated at room temperature, and include both V_{rm K} centers and V_3 center if irradiated at liquid nitrogen temperature.

  6. Effect of PET on the crystallization of lithium/sodium acetate glasses studied by isothermal and non-isothermal kinetic methods

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    da Costa, Silvanio S. L.; dos Santos, Marcelo L.; Beltrao, Marcelo A. N.; Matos, Charlene R. S.; Alcantara, Ana C. S.; Gimenez, Iara F.; Alves, Oswaldo L.; Barreto, Ledjane S.

    2010-11-01

    The kinetic parameters for the crystallization of CH3COOLi/CH3COONa glasses varying the Li:Na mole fraction LN21(2:1), LN31(3:1), LN41(4:1) and LN32(3:2) have been evaluated by isothermal and non-isothermal DSC measurements. Crystallization of LN21 samples containing variable amounts of poly(ethylene-terephthalate) (PET) has also been studied. Values of the Avrami exponent n varying between 2.05 and 2.33 were obtained from both isothermal and non-isothermal methods for all LN glasses, indicating a diffusion-controlled crystal growth with a decreasing nucleation rate. The more pronounced effect of PET on glass crystallization has been observed for low polymer amounts, being interpreted as due to polymer miscibility with the glass, which is absent for high PET amounts. The value of n = 4.75 for LN21+PET (3%) suggests a change in the crystallization mechanism from diffusion-controlled to interface-controlled crystal growth. The apparent activation energy (E) decreased with increasing PET amount, evidencing an improvement in glass stability against crystallization.

  7. Fluorination Induced the Surface Segregation of High Voltage Spinel on Lithium-Rich Layered Cathodes for Enhanced Rate Capability in Lithium Ion Batteries.

    PubMed

    Jin, Yi-Chun; Duh, Jenq-Gong

    2016-02-17

    This study is aimed to explore the effect of fluoride doping and the associated structural transformation on lithium-rich layered cathode materials. The polymeric fluoride source is first adopted for synthesizing lithium intercalated oxide through a newly developed organic precipitation process. A heterostructured spinel/layered composite cathode material is obtained after appreciable fluorination and a superior rate capability is successfully achieved. The fluoride dopant amount and the surface spinel phase are evidenced and systematically examined by various structural spectroscopy and electrochemical analysis. It appears the reversible Ni(2+/4+) redox couple at high voltage regime around 4.8 V because of the formation of spinel LiNi1/2Mn3/2O4 phase. The mechanism of "layer to spinel" phase transformation is discussed in detail. PMID:26807506

  8. Mechanisms for the Crystallization of ZBLAN

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    Ethridge, Edwin C.; Tucker, Dennis S.; Kaukler, William; Antar, Basil

    2003-01-01

    The objective of this ground based study is to test the hypothesis that shear thinning (the non-Newtonian response of viscosity to shear rate) is a viable mechanism to explain the observation of enhanced glass formation in numerous low-g experiments. In 1-g, fluid motion results from buoyancy forces and surface tension driven convection. This fluid flow will introduce shear in undercooled liquids in 1-g. In low-g it is known that fluid flows are greatly reduced so that the shear rate in fluids can be extremely low. It is believed that some fluids may have weak structure in the absence of flow. Very small shear rates could cause this structure to collapse in response to shear resulting in a lowering of the viscosity of the fluid. The hypothesis of this research is that: Shear thinning in undercooled liquids decreases the viscosity, increasing the rate of nucleation and crystallization of glass forming melts. Shear in the melt can be reduced in low-g, thus enhancing undercooling and glass formation. The viscosity of a model glass (lithium di-silicate, L2S) often used for crystallization studies has been measured at very low shear rates using a dynamic mechanical thermal analyzer. Our results are consistent with increasing viscosity with a lowering of shear rates. The viscosity of L2S may vary as much as an order of magnitude depending on the shear rate in the temperature region of maximum nucleation and crystal growth. Classical equations for nucleation and crystal growth rates, are inversely related to the viscosity and viscosity to the third power respectively. An order of magnitude variation in viscosity (with shear) at a given temperature would have dramatic effects on glass crystallization Crystallization studies with the heavy metal fluoride glass ZBLAN (ZrF2-BaF2-LaF3-AlF3-NaF) to examine the effect of shear on crystallization are being initiated. Samples are to be melted and quenched under quiescent conditions at different shear rates to determine the effect

  9. High-pressure stabilization of argon fluorides.

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    Kurzydłowski, Dominik; Zaleski-Ejgierd, Patryk

    2016-01-28

    On account of the rapid development of noble gas chemistry in the past half-century both xenon and krypton compounds can now be isolated in macroscopic quantities. The same does not hold true for the next lighter group 18 element, argon, which forms only isolated molecules stable solely in low temperature matrices or supersonic jet streams. Here we present theoretical investigations into a new high-pressure reaction pathway, which enables synthesis of argon fluorides in bulk and at room temperature. Our hybrid DFT calculations (employing the HSE06 functional) indicate that above 60 GPa ArF2-containing molecular crystals can be obtained by a reaction between argon and molecular fluorine. PMID:26742478

  10. Intrinsic Instabilities Of Heavy Metal Fluoride Glasses

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    Bruce, A. J.; Moynihan, C. T.; Loehr, S. R.; Opalka, S. M.; Mossadegh, R.; Perazzo, N. L.; Bansal, N. P.; Doremus, R. H.; Doremus; Drexhage, M. G.

    1985-06-01

    Heavy metal fluoride glasses (HMFG) are potentially useful as optical components in a wide range of devices. Their utilization has so far been delayed mainly because of insufficient material purity and inadequate processing conditions. However, as the result of numerous research efforts, these problems are gradually diminishing, and it now seems likely that the ultimate limitations for use of HMFG components, at least in those applications in which high optical transparency is not a prerequisite, will be imposed by more intrinsic instabilities of the glasses themselves. These include their strong tendency to crystallize on quenching and subsequent reheating, low mechanical and chemical durability, and the possibility that they will undergo significant physical aging in situ. Experimental data relating to these problems have now been obtained, and their relative importance is assessed in this paper.

  11. Intergranular fracture of lithium fluoride-22 percent calcium fluoride hypereutectic salt at 800 K

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    Raj, Subramanium V.; Whittenberger, J. Daniel

    1990-01-01

    Substantial strain-hardening was noted during the initial stages of deformation in constant-velocity compression tests conducted on as-cast samples of the LiF-22 mol pct CaF2 hypereutectic salt at 800 K. The deformed specimens exhibited extensive grain-boundary cracking and cavitation, suggesting that such cracking, in conjunction with interfacial sliding, is important for cavity nucleation at grain boundaries and at the LiF-CaF2 interfaces. Cavity growth and interlinkage occur through the preferential failure of the weaker LiF phase.

  12. Sound velocity anisotropy in cubic crystals

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    Tsang, T.; Park, H. Y.

    1983-01-01

    Simple analytical expressions may be derived for sound velocities in cubic crystals by using lattice harmonics or functions which are invariant under the crystal symmetry operations. These expressions are in good agreement with the exact results for typical crystals such as metallic iron and potassium fluoride.

  13. Fluoride bioavailability in saliva and plaque

    PubMed Central

    2012-01-01

    Background Different fluoride formulations may have different effects on caries prevention. It was the aim of this clinical study to assess the fluoride content, provided by NaF compared to amine fluoride, in saliva and plaque. Methods Eight trained volunteers brushed their teeth in the morning for 3 minutes with either NaF or amine fluoride, and saliva and 3-day-plaque-regrowth was collected at 5 time intervals during 6 hours after tooth brushing. The amount of collected saliva and plaque was measured, and the fluoride content was analysed using a fluoride sensitive electrode. All subjects repeated all study cycles 5 times, and 3 cycles per subject underwent statistical analysis using the Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney test. Results Immediately after brushing the fluoride concentration in saliva increased rapidly and dropped to the baseline level after 360 minutes. No difference was found between NaF and amine fluoride. All plaque fluoride levels were elevated after 30 minutes until 120 minutes after tooth brushing, and decreasing after 360 minutes to baseline. According to the highly individual profile of fluoride in saliva and plaque, both levels of bioavailability correlated for the first 30 minutes, and the fluoride content of saliva and plaque was back to baseline after 6 hours. Conclusions Fluoride levels in saliva and plaque are interindividually highly variable. However, no significant difference in bioavailability between NaF and amine fluoride, in saliva, or in plaque was found. PMID:22230722

  14. Antibacterial coatings of fluoridated hydroxyapatite for percutaneous implants.

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    Ge, Xiang; Leng, Yang; Bao, Chongyun; Xu, Sherry Li; Wang, Renke; Ren, Fuzeng

    2010-11-01

    Percutaneous orthopedic and dental implants require not only good adhesion with bone but also the ability to attach and form seals with connective tissues and the skin. To solve the skin-seal problem of such implants, an electrochemical deposition method was used to modify the surfaces of metallic implants to improve their antibacterial ability and skin seals around them. A dense and uniform fluoridated calcium phosphate coating with a thickness of about 200 nm was deposited on an acid-etched pure titanium substrate by controlling the current density and reaction duration of the electrochemical process. The as-deposited amorphous fluoridated calcium phosphate transformed to fluoridated hydroxyapatite (FHA) after heat treatment at 600°C in a water vapor environment for 3 h. Both single crystal diffraction patterns and high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) images confirmed the phase of the fluoridated calcium phosphate after the heat treatment. The antibacterial activities of FHA coatings were tested against Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), Escherichia coli (E. coli), and Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis) with the film attachment method. The antibacterial activity of FHA coating is much higher than that of pure hydroxyapatite (HA) coating and acid-etched pure titanium surface. The promising features of FHA coating make it suitable for orthopedic and dental applications. PMID:20725973

  15. Industrial fluoride pollution. Chronic fluoride poisoning in Cornwall Island cattle.

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    Krook, L; Maylin, G A

    1979-04-01

    An aluminum plant on the south bank of the St. Lawrence river, southwest of Cornwall Island, Ontario, Canada, has emitted 0.816 metric tons of fluoride daily since 1973; considerably higher amounts were emitted from 1959 to 1973. The plant has been designated as the "major source of fluoride emissions impacting on Cornwall Island." Chronic fluoride poisoning in Cornwall island cattle was manifested clinically by stunted growth and dental fluorosis to a degree of severe interference with drinking and mastication. Cows died at or were slaughtered after the third pregnancy. The deterioration of cows did not allow further pregnancies. Fluoride concentrations in ash of biopsied coccygeal vertebrae increased significantly with age and were dependent on distance from and direction to the aluminum plant. Fluoride in bone ash of a 7-month old-fetus exceeded 500 ppm; fluoride thus was passed transplacentally. Analyses of fluoride in ash of bones obtained at necropsy of cattle from 4 months of age to 4 to 5 years of age showed increased amounts with age. Cancellous bone retained far higher amounts than cortical bone, a reflection of the normally higher metabolic rate of cancellous bone. Concentrations exceeding 10,000 ppm fluoride were recorded in cancellous bone of a 4-to 5-year-old cow. The target cells for fluoride in chronic fluorosis were shown to be the ameloblasts, the dental pulp cells and the odontoblasts and, in bone, primarily the resorbing osteocytes and also the osteoblasts. Atrophy and necrosis of the ameloblasts were responsible for enamel defects. The existing enamel showed brown discoloration from fluoride deposits. The pulp cells underwent fibrous and osseous metaplasia and necrosis of the ectopic bone occurred. The odontoblasts were atrophic and the dentin showed brown discoloration. The resorbing osteocytes were inactive and osteosclerosis resulted. This was especially pronounced in areas of normally great apposition, i.e. in the metaphyses. The epiphyseal

  16. Sub-2 nm Thick Fluoroalkylsilane Self-Assembled Monolayer-Coated High Voltage Spinel Crystals as Promising Cathode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries.

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    Zettsu, Nobuyuki; Kida, Satoru; Uchida, Shuhei; Teshima, Katsuya

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate herein that an ultra-thin fluoroalkylsilane self-assembled monolayer coating can be used as a modifying agent at LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4-δcathode/electrolyte interfaces in 5V-class lithium-ion batteries. Bare LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4-δ cathode showed substantial capacity fading, with capacity dropping to 79% of the original capacity after 100 cycles at a rate of 1C, which was entirely due to dissolution of Mn(3+) from the spinel lattice via oxidative decomposition of the organic electrolyte. Capacity retention was improved to 97% on coating ultra-thin FAS17-SAM onto the LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 cathode surface. Such surface protection with highly ordered fluoroalkyl chains insulated the cathode from direct contact with the organic electrolyte and led to increased tolerance to HF. PMID:27553901

  17. Lithium-associated hyperthyroidism.

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    Siyam, Fadi F; Deshmukh, Sanaa; Garcia-Touza, Mariana

    2013-08-01

    Goiters and hypothyroidism are well-known patient complications of the use of lithium for treatment of bipolar disease. However, the occurrence of lithium-induced hyperthyroidism is a more rare event. Many times, the condition can be confused with a flare of mania. Monitoring through serial biochemical measurement of thyroid function is critical in patients taking lithium. Hyperthyroidism induced by lithium is a condition that generally can be controlled medically without the patient having to discontinue lithium therapy, although in some circumstances, discontinuation of lithium therapy may be indicated. We report on a patient case of lithium-associated hyperthyroidism that resolved after discontinuation of the medication. PMID:23948626

  18. Mechanism of Calcium Fluoride Acceleration for Vacuum Carbothermic Reduction of Magnesia

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    Jiang, Yun; Liu, Yu-qin; Ma, Hong-wen; Zhou, Wei-gong

    2016-04-01

    The use of a small amount of calcium fluoride as an additive greatly accelerated the reduction of magnesia during the preparation of magnesium from magnesia using the vacuum carbothermic reduction method. At 1573 K (1300 °C), the magnesia reaction rates of the samples with 1, 3, and 5 pct CaF2 were all approximately 26 pct, three times that of free CaF2, and they were arranged in order of the calcium fluoride weight percentages at 1673 K (1400 °C). The residues were analyzed using chemical analysis, XRD, SEM, EDS, and XRF. The possible acceleration mechanism was discussed. Calcium fluoride combined with magnesia and silicon dioxide to form a eutectic that melted as a channel to aid the solid-solid reaction between carbon and magnesia at approximately 1573 K (1300 °C). Calcium fluoride in the molten state offered free calcium ions and fluorine ions. Fluorine ions entered and distorted the magnesia crystal lattice. The structural strength and chemical stability of the magnesia crystal lattice decreased, which facilitated the magnesia reduction by carbon. Calcium ions were employed to generate the calcium and magnesium silicate. The easyly evaporating fluorides, including magnesium fluoride and silicon tetrafluoride, were regarded as the main reason for the loss of fluorine.

  19. Strontium aluminum fluoride laser

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    Jenssen, H.P.

    1986-07-08

    A laser is described which consists of: a resonant cavity having a means for outputting coherent radiation and a laser medium comprising a crystal of SrAlF/sub 5/:Cr/sup 3 +/, and pump means for exciting the laser medium.

  20. Fluoride-rich, hydrofluorothermal routes to functional transition metal (Mn, Fe, Co, Cu) fluorophosphates.

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    Armstrong, Jennifer A; Williams, Edward R; Weller, Mark T

    2011-06-01

    Hydrofluorothermal methods are shown to offer a facile route to a very large family of mid-late first row, transition metal fluorophosphates with 50 new compounds identified to date for manganese(III), iron(III), cobalt(II), and copper(II). Reactions of a transition metal fluoride with a phosphate source in a very low-water, high-fluoride content system and in the presence of framework charge balancing metal cations or template molecular cations, lead to materials with structures formed from linked M(O,F)(n) and P(O,F)(n) polyhedra. The structures of these materials, which contain a variety of 1, 2, and 3-dimensional motifs with a level of framework termination dependent upon their fluoride content, show numerous useful characteristics for functionality and applications. The new and unusual features of these fluorophosphate materials include interlayer spaces or channels lined with fluoride ions, metal polyhedra, M(O,F)(n), linked through vertex, edge, or face-sharing, and μ(2), μ(3), and μ(4) bridging fluoride ions. Preliminary characterization of the properties of some of these metal fluorophosphates is reported, including reductive lithium ion insertion, of interest for Li-ion battery positive electrodes, ion exchange reactions, the formation of nanoporous material derivatives through template destruction, and magnetic susceptibility behaviors. PMID:21553852

  1. Microcratering in Polyvinylidene Fluoride

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    Shu, Anthony John

    Dust is defined as macroparticles as small as a few molecules up to several micrometers in diameter. In the context of space exploration, it was originally seen only as a technical obstacle to applications; dust can damage instrument surfaces, coat mating surfaces preventing proper seals, and impair or obstruct measurements. Because of the ubiquity of dust in the solar system and its role in the origin of planets and other bodies, the study of dust and related phenomena has evolved to a scientific subdiscipline which can provide us insight into the origins and evolution of our solar system. In order to facilitate this, a hypervelocity dust accelerator has been built at the University of Colorado at Boulder and is being used to probe impact phenomena, dust mitigation techniques, dust detection techniques, and more. One such dust detector is a Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) dust detector. The PVDF dust detector is very lightweight and consumes little power. Due to these properties, PVDF detectors can potentially be used on any spacecraft to gain information on the local dust environment. It is not fully understood how this PVDF dust detector signal is generated, so at present can only be used as a dust counter. In this thesis I discuss the importance of the study of dust phenomena, describe the accelerator experiment, and describe a study conducted to determine the underlying physical principles of PVDF dust detectors. This included measuring crater size scaling laws, measuring the detailed shape of craters, and applying this data to simulations of the signals being generated by PVDF detectors.

  2. Second harmonic generation microscopy reveals hidden polar organization in fluoride doped MIL-53(Fe).

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    Markey, Karen; Putzeys, Tristan; Horcajada, Patricia; Devic, Thomas; Guillou, Nathalie; Wübbenhorst, Michael; Cleuvenbergen, Stijn Van; Verbiest, Thierry; De Vos, Dirk E; van der Veen, Monique A

    2016-03-01

    Polar metal-organic frameworks have potential applications as functional non-linear optical, piezoelectric, pyroelectric and ferroelectric materials. Using second harmonic generation microscopy we found that fluoride doping of the microporous iron(iii) terephthalate MOF MIL-53(Fe) induces a polar organization in its structure, which was not previously detected with XRD. The polar order is only observed when both fluoride and guest molecules are present, and may be related to a complex interplay between the adsorbates and the framework, leading to a modification of the positioning of fluoride in the inorganic Fe-chains. Combined polarized second harmonic generation microscopy and scanning pyroelectric microscopy show that the polar axis is unidirectional and of the same sense over the whole crystal, extending up to 100 micrometers. This finding shows how MOF materials can be endowed with useful properties by doping MOFs with fluoride. PMID:26812223

  3. Holographic data storage crystals for the LDEF

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    Callen, W. Russell; Gaylord, Thomas K.

    1993-01-01

    Crystals of lithium niobate were passively exposed to the space environment of the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF). Three of the four crystals contained volume holograms. Although the crystals suffered the surface damage characteristic of that suffered by other components on the Georgia Tech tray, the crystals remained suitable for the formation of volume holograms.

  4. A Manual for Rural School Fluoridation.

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    Sprouse, Larman W.; Brooks, John

    The product of a 1972 Dental Health Branch contract with the U.S. Public Health Service, this manual is designed to aid in the development of school fluoridation programs and presents: background information on general concepts relating to the action of fluoride on teeth; discussions dealing with community and school fluoridation studies; and the…

  5. The Effect of Fluoride in Osteoporosis.

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    Hedlund, L. R.; Gallagher, J. C.

    1987-01-01

    This article discusses the effect of fluoride on bone tissue and the possible role of fluoride in the treatment of osteoporosis. At present, fluoride treatment should be restricted to clinical trials until its risks and benefits have been further evaluated. (Author/MT)

  6. Fluoride uptake by Streptococcus mutans 6715.

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    Whitford, G M; Schuster, G S; Pashley, D H; Venkateswarlu, P

    1977-01-01

    The short-term kinetics of fluoride uptake by cells from 20- to 22-h cultures of Streptococcus mutans strain 6715 were studied using rapid filtration and centrifugation techniques. Saline-suspended organisms were diluted with fluoride-containing solutions buffered at four different pH values (2.0, 4.0, 5.5, and 8.2). Fluoride disappearance from the medium was inversely related to pH and to the duration of the exposure at any given pH. The uptake was rapid and extensive at the lower pH values and decreased as the pH increased. Media fluoride concentrations subsequently increased; i.e., fluoride was released from the cells. The presence of glucose, cyanide, or iodoacetate did not influence the results. However, preincubation of the cells in fluoride-free buffers, followed by the addition of fluoride, reduced fluoride uptake markedly. Cell-to-media pH gradients were determined by the distribution of 14C-labeled 5,5-dimethyl-2,4-oxazolidinedione. Fluoride uptake was found to be a function of the magnitude of the pH gradient (P less than 0.001). It is hypothesized that fluoride uptake occurs by the diffusion of hydrogen fluoride and the subsequent trapping of ionic fluoride. PMID:22490

  7. Anhydrous hydrogen fluoride electrolyte battery. [Patent application

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    Not Available

    1972-06-26

    It is an object of the invention to provide a primary cell or battery using ammonium fluoride--anhydrous hydrogen fluoride electrolyte having improved current and power production capabilities at low temperatures. It is operable at temperatures substantially above the boiling point of hydrogen fluoride. (GRA)

  8. Precision machining and polishing of scintillating crystals for large calorimeters and hodoscopes

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    Wuest, C.R.; Fuchs, B.A.

    1993-05-01

    New machining and polishing techniques have been developed for large barium fluoride scintillating crystals that provide crystalline surfaces without sub-surface damage or deformation as verified by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Rutherford Back-scattering (RBS) analyses. Surface roughness of about 10--20 angstroms and sub-micron mechanical tolerances have been demonstrated on large crystal samples. Mass production techniques have also been developed for machining and polishing up to five 50 cm long crystals at one time. We present this technology along with surface studies of barium fluoride crystals polished with this technique. This technology is applicable for a number of new crystal detectors proposed at Colliders including the Barium Fluoride Electromagnetic Calorimeter at SSC, the Crystal Clear Collaboration`s cerium fluoride calorimeter at LHC, and the KTeV and PHENIX scintillating hodoscopes at Fermilab, and RHIC, respectively. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has an active program of study on barium fluoride scintillating crystals for the Barium Fluoride Electromagnetic Calorimeter Collaboration and cerium fluoride and lead fluoride for the Crystal Clear Collaboration. This program has resulted in a number of significant improvements in the mechanical processing, polishing and coating of fluoride crystals. Techniques have been developed using diamond-loaded pitch lapping that can produce 15 angstrom RMS surface finishes over large areas. Also, special polishing fixtures have been designed based on mounting technology developed for the 1.1 m diameter optics used in LLNL`s Nova Laser. These fixtures allow as many as five 25--50 cm long crystals to be polished and lapped at the same time with tolerances satisfying the stringent requirements of crystal calorimeters. We also discuss results on coating barium fluoride with UV reflective layers of magnesium fluoride and aluminum.

  9. METHOD OF PREPARING METAL FLUORIDES

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    Katz, J.J.; Sheft, I.

    1959-08-11

    A method is presented for preparing the halides of elements which are relatively non-reactive with halogenating agents. The method involves reacting a mixture of an oxygen containing salt of a difficulty halogenated metal with an oxygen containing salt of an easily halogenated metal with a halogenating agent. Accordingly plutonium tetrafluoride is produced by reacting a mixture of plutonium dioxide and uranium octaoxide with bromine trifluoride. The reaction proceeds smoothly at moderate temperatures and the resulting plutonium trifluoride may be readily separated from many impurities which form volatile fluorides by volatilizing these volatile fluorides from the reaction chamber.

  10. Complete sets of elastic constants and photoelastic coefficients of pure and MgO-doped lithium niobate crystals at room temperature

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    Andrushchak, A. S.; Laba, H. P.; Yurkevych, O. V.; Mytsyk, B. G.; Solskii, I. M.; Kityk, A. V.; Sahraoui, B.

    2009-10-01

    This paper presents the results of ultrasonic measurements of LiNbO{sub 3} and LiNbO{sub 3}:MgO crystals. The tensors of piezoelectric coefficients, elastic stiffness constants, and elastic compliances are determined for both crystals at room temperature. Combining these data with the results of piezo-optical measurements, a complete set of photoelastic tensor coefficients is also calculated. Doping of LiNbO{sub 3} crystals by MgO does not lead to a considerable modification of their elastic and photoelastic properties. However, LiNbO{sub 3}:MgO is characterized by a considerably higher resistance with respect to powerful light radiation, making it promising for future application in acousto-optic devices that deal with superpowerful laser radiation. Presented here are the complete tensor sets of elastic constants and photoelastic coefficients of LiNbO{sub 3} and LiNbO{sub 3}:MgO crystals that may be used for a geometry optimization of acousto-optical interaction providing the best diffraction efficiency of acousto-optical cells made of these materials.

  11. Fabricating Hexagonal Al-Doped LiCoO2 Nanomeshes Based on Crystal-Mismatch Strategy for Ultrafast Lithium Storage.

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    Xu, Hai-Tao; Zhang, Huijuan; Liu, Li; Feng, Yangyang; Wang, Yu

    2015-09-23

    In the designed synthesis, low crystal-mismatch strategy has been applied in the synthesis of ion-doped LiCoO2 materials, and a good success of single crystal property has been achieved between the precursor and the final sample for the first time. The hexagonal LiCo0.8Al0.26O2 (LCAO) nanomesh possesses several advantages in morphology and crystal structure, including mesoporous structure, single crystal, atomic even distribution, high exposing surface area as (100) or their equivalent planes, and shortened Li ions diffusion distance. All the merits are beneficial to the application in Li-ion batteries (LIBs) cathode, for example, accelerating Li ions diffusion rate, improving the Li ions shuttle between the LCAO nanomesh and electrolyte, and reducing the Li ions capacitive behavior during Li intercalation. Hence, our research adopts Al-contained precursor with morphology of hexagonal nanoplates to fabricate designed Al-doped LiCoO2 nanomeshes and greatly improves the cathode performance in LIBs. PMID:26333181

  12. Frequency doubling crystals

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    Wang, Francis; Velsko, Stephan P.

    1989-01-01

    A systematic approach to the production of frequency conversion crystals is described in which a chiral molecule has attached to it a "harmonic generating unit" which contributes to the noncentrosymmetry of the molecule. Certain preferred embodiments of such harmonic generating units include carboxylate, guanadyly and imidazolyl units. Certain preferred crystals include L-arginine fluoride, deuterated L-arginine fluoride, L-arginine chloride monohydrate, L-arginine acetate, dithallium tartrate, ammonium N-acetyl valine, N-acetyl tyrosine and N-acetyl hydroxyproline. Chemical modifications of the chiral molecule, such as deuteration, halogenation and controlled counterion substitution are available to adapt the dispersive properties of a crystal in a particular wavelength region.

  13. Sub-2 nm Thick Fluoroalkylsilane Self-Assembled Monolayer-Coated High Voltage Spinel Crystals as Promising Cathode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Zettsu, Nobuyuki; Kida, Satoru; Uchida, Shuhei; Teshima, Katsuya

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate herein that an ultra-thin fluoroalkylsilane self-assembled monolayer coating can be used as a modifying agent at LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4−δcathode/electrolyte interfaces in 5V-class lithium-ion batteries. Bare LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4−δ cathode showed substantial capacity fading, with capacity dropping to 79% of the original capacity after 100 cycles at a rate of 1C, which was entirely due to dissolution of Mn3+ from the spinel lattice via oxidative decomposition of the organic electrolyte. Capacity retention was improved to 97% on coating ultra-thin FAS17-SAM onto the LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 cathode surface. Such surface protection with highly ordered fluoroalkyl chains insulated the cathode from direct contact with the organic electrolyte and led to increased tolerance to HF. PMID:27553901

  14. Study with Analytical Equations of Absorption Spectra Containing Interference Dips in Fluoride Glasses Doped with Cr(3.).

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    Maalej, O; Taktak, O; Boulard, B; Kammoun, S

    2016-08-01

    The optical absorption of Cr(3+)-doped fluoride glasses has been investigated. The lowest energy absorption band (4)A2 → (4)T2 shows distinct interference dips due to spin-orbit coupling between (4)T2, (2)E and (2)T1 excited states. The dips were analyzed using an analytical method proposed by Bussière et al. ( J. Phys. Chem. A 2003 , 107 , 1258 ) based on coupled potential energy surfaces. Then a theoretical crystal-field analysis based on the Racah tensor algebraic method was carried on Cr(3+) ions occupying octahedral site symmetry in the fluoride glasses. Satisfactory correlations were obtained between the experimental and calculated energy levels. The fitting of the interference dips also provided a measure of the spin-orbit coupling constant for Cr(3+) in fluoride glasses, intermediate between the theoretical value calculated for a fluoride crystal and the value deduced from Racah parameters. PMID:27384495

  15. Special Report: Fluoridation of Water.

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    Hileman, Bette

    1988-01-01

    Reviews the controversy regarding water fluoridation in the United States during the last 50 years. Discusses the current status; benefits; and health risks including skeletal fluorosis, kidney disease, hypersensitivity, mutagenic effects, birth defects, and cancer. Presents statistics and anecdotal accounts. (CW)

  16. Molten salt lithium cells

    DOEpatents

    Raistrick, Ian D.; Poris, Jaime; Huggins, Robert A.

    1983-01-01

    Lithium-based cells are promising for applications such as electric vehicles and load-leveling for power plants since lithium is very electropositive and light weight. One type of lithium-based cell utilizes a molten salt electrolyte and is operated in the temperature range of about 400.degree.-500.degree. C. Such high temperature operation accelerates corrosion problems and a substantial amount of energy is lost through heat transfer. The present invention provides an electrochemical cell (10) which may be operated at temperatures between about 100.degree.-170.degree. C. Cell (10) comprises an electrolyte (16), which preferably includes lithium nitrate, and a lithium or lithium alloy electrode (12).

  17. Molten salt lithium cells

    DOEpatents

    Raistrick, I.D.; Poris, J.; Huggins, R.A.

    1980-07-18

    Lithium-based cells are promising for applications such as electric vehicles and load-leveling for power plants since lithium is very electropositive and light weight. One type of lithium-based cell utilizes a molten salt electrolyte and is operated in the temperature range of about 400 to 500/sup 0/C. Such high temperature operation accelerates corrosion problems and a substantial amount of energy is lost through heat transfer. The present invention provides an electrochemical cell which may be operated at temperatures between about 100 to 170/sup 0/C. The cell is comprised of an electrolyte, which preferably includes lithium nitrate, and a lithium or lithium alloy electrode.

  18. Molten salt lithium cells

    DOEpatents

    Raistrick, Ian D.; Poris, Jaime; Huggins, Robert A.

    1982-02-09

    Lithium-based cells are promising for applications such as electric vehicles and load-leveling for power plants since lithium is very electropositive and light weight. One type of lithium-based cell utilizes a molten salt electrolyte and is operated in the temperature range of about 400.degree.-500.degree. C. Such high temperature operation accelerates corrosion problems and a substantial amount of energy is lost through heat transfer. The present invention provides an electrochemical cell (10) which may be operated at temperatures between about 100.degree.-170.degree. C. Cell (10) comprises an electrolyte (16), which preferably includes lithium nitrate, and a lithium or lithium alloy electrode (12).

  19. [Absorption of fluorides by synthetic hydroxyapatites].

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    Yévenes, I; Sánchez, U; Medina, M E

    1988-01-01

    We studied the adsorption of sodium fluoride, ammonium fluoride, tin fluoride and sodium monofluorophosphate to synthetic hydroxiapatite in function of the pH (pH 4.7, 5.5 and 6.1). In two models; in a first model was eluted the fluorides of the hydroxiapatite column with artificial saliva; in the second model were incubated the fluoride with bufferized hydroxiapatite to the above pH. The fluoride determination was done by potentiometric method with a specific ion activity electrode. The results in the elution indicated that the sodium and tin fluorides give elution levels different at the pH studied. By other hand ammonium fluoride did not present differences. The results with incubation demonstrated that ammonium fluoride gives the greater adsorption, the sodium fluoride is slightly lower, and the sodium monofluorophosphate the lowest. Also, was observed that the adsorption decrease with the increase of the pH for the three fluorides. The comparison of both models showed that the incubation presented higher values of adsorption than the elution for the pH studied. PMID:3155417

  20. The role of fluoride in erosion therapy.

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    Huysmans, Marie-Charlotte; Young, Alix; Ganss, Carolina

    2014-01-01

    The role of fluoride in erosion therapy has long been questioned. However, recent research has yielded positive results. In this chapter, an overview of the literature is provided regarding the application of fluorides in the prevention and treatment of erosion and erosive wear. The results are presented and discussed for different fluoride sources such as monovalent and polyvalent fluorides, and for different vehicles such as toothpastes, solutions and rinses, as well as varnishes and gels. It is concluded that fluoride applications are very likely to be of use in the preventive treatment of erosive wear. Most promising are high-concentration, acidic formulations and the polyvalent fluoride sources, with the best evidence available for stannous fluoride. However, the evidence base for clinical effectiveness is still small. PMID:24993271