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  1. Short-lived isomers in 192Po and 194Po

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    Andel, B.; Andreyev, A. N.; Antalic, S.; Heßberger, F. P.; Ackermann, D.; Hofmann, S.; Huyse, M.; Kalaninová, Z.; Kindler, B.; Kojouharov, I.; Kuusiniemi, P.; Lommel, B.; Nishio, K.; Page, R. D.; Sulignano, B.; Van Duppen, P.

    2016-06-01

    Isomeric states in 194Po and 192Po were studied at the velocity filter SHIP. The isotopes were produced in the fusion-evaporation reactions 141Pr(56Fe, p 2 n )194Po and 144Sm(51V, p 2 n )192Po . Several new γ -ray transitions were attributed to the isomers and γ -γ coincidences for both isomers were studied for the first time. The 459-keV transition earlier, tentatively proposed as de-exciting the isomeric level in 194Po, was replaced by a new 248-keV transition, and the spin of this isomer was reassigned from (11-) to (10-). The de-excitation of the (11-) isomeric level in 192Po by the 154-keV transition was confirmed and a parallel de-excitation by a 733-keV (E 3 ) transition to (8+) level of the ground-state band was suggested. Moreover, side feeding to the (4+) level of the ground-state band was proposed. The paper also discusses strengths of transitions de-exciting 11- isomers in neighboring Po and Pb isotopes.

  2. Production and decay spectroscopy of 192Po and 194Po

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    Andel, B.

    2015-10-01

    A γ-ray spectroscopy study of the (11-) isomers in 194Po and 192Po was performed at the velocity filter SHIP at GSI (Germany). Nuclei were produced in fusion-evaporation reactions and investigated in the detection set-up at the focal plane after the separator. Several new γ transitions were attributed to the isomers and detailed analysis of the first γ-γ coincidences for both isomers is being prepared. For the reaction 56Fe + 141Pr → 197At*, excitation functions for astatine and polonium isotopes were measured and compared with HIVAP calculations.

  3. Role of PO4 tetrahedron in LiFePO4 and FePO4 system.

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    Zeng, Yuewu

    2015-06-01

    Using high resolution transmission electron microscopy with image simulation and Fourier analysis, the Li1- x FePO4 (x < 0.01), Li1- x FePO4 (x ∼ 0.5), and FePO4 particles, prepared by charging or discharging the 053048 electrochemical cells (thickness: 5 mm, width: 30 mm, height: 48 mm) and dismantled inside an Ar-filled dry box, were investigated. The high resolution images reveal: (1) the solid solution of Li1- x FePO4 (x < 0.01) contains some missing Li ions leading PO4 group distorted around M1 tunnel of the unit cell; (2) the texture of the particles of Li1- x FePO4 (x ∼0.5) has homogeneously distributed compositional domains of LiFePO4 and FePO4 resulting from spinodal decomposition which promote Li ion easily getting into the particle due to uphill diffusion, (3) the particles of FePO4 formed in charging have heavily distorted lattice and contain some isolated LiFePO4 , (4) interface between LiFePO4 and FePO4 and between amorphous and crystal region provides the lattice distortion of small polarons. PMID:25846750

  4. Kinetics of neutralization of Po-218

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    Chu, K.D.

    1987-01-01

    In a well-defined experimental system the neutralization of polonium-218 ions was investigated as a function of the physical and chemical properties of the controlled composition atmosphere. The mobilities of Po/sup +/ and PoO/sub 2//sup +/ are determined by combining experimental results with a computer model of the system. Three neutralization mechanisms were individually studied. The small ion recombination rate has been found to be proportional to the square root of radon concentration. The electron scavenging mechanism is responsible for the neutralization of Po/sup +/ in NO/sub 2/ or H/sub 2/O in nitrogen. When PoO/sub 2//sup +/ is formed, the electron transfer mechanism dominates the neutralization process. The electron is transferred to PoO/sub 2//sup +/ from molecules with lower ionization potentials. The ionization potential of PoO/sub 2//sup +/ is also determined to be 10.44 +/- 0.05 eV.

  5. Redetermination of AgPO(3).

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    Terebilenko, Katherina V; Zatovsky, Igor V; Ogorodnyk, Ivan V; Baumer, Vyacheslav N; Slobodyanik, Nikolay S

    2011-01-01

    Single crystals of silver(I) polyphosphate(V), AgPO(3), were prepared via a phospho-ric acid melt method using a solution of Ag(3)PO(4) in H(3)PO(4). In comparison with the previous study based on single-crystal Weissenberg photographs [Jost (1961 ▶). Acta Cryst. 14, 779-784], the results were mainly confirmed, but with much higher precision and with all displacement parameters refined anisotropically. The structure is built up from two types of distorted edge- and corner-sharing [AgO(5)] polyhedra, giving rise to multidirectional ribbons, and from two types of PO(4) tetra-hedra linked into meandering chains (PO(3))(n) spreading parallel to the b axis with a repeat unit of four tetra-hedra. The calculated bond-valence sum value of one of the two Ag(I) ions indicates a significant strain of the structure. PMID:21522230

  6. Ultraviolet luminescence of ScPO4, AlPO4 and GaPO4 crystals.

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    Trukhin, Anatoly N; Shmits, Krishjanis; Jansons, Janis L; Boatner, Lynn A

    2013-09-25

    The luminescence of self-trapped excitons (STEs) was previously observed and described for the case of tetragonal-symmetry ScPO4 single crystals. The subject band in this material is situated in the UV spectral range of ∼210 nm or ∼5.8 eV. In the present work, we are both expanding this earlier luminescence study and seeking to identify similar luminescence phenomena in other orthophosphate crystals, i.e., AlPO4 and GaPO4. These efforts have proven to be successful--in spite of the structural differences between these materials and ScPO4. Specifically we have found that for AlPO4 and GaPO4, in addition to an α-quartz-like STE, there is a UV luminescence band that is similar in position and decay properties to that of ScPO4 crystals. Potentially this represents an STE in AlPO4 and GaPO4 crystals that is analogous to the STE of ScPO4 and other orthophosphates. The decay kinetics of the UV luminescence of ScPO4 was studied over a wide temperature range from 8 to 300 K, and they exhibited some unusual decay characteristics when subjected to pulses from an F2 excimer laser (157 nm). These features could be ascribed to a triplet state of the STE that is split in a zero magnetic field. A fast decay of the STE was detected as well, and therefore, we conclude that, in addition to the slow luminescence corresponding to a transition from the triplet state, there are singlet-singlet transitions of the STE. Time-resolved spectra of the slow and fast decay exhibit a small shift (∼0.15 eV) indicating that the singlet-triplet splitting is small and the corresponding wavefunction of the STE is widely distributed over the atoms of the ScPO4 crystal where the STE is created. PMID:23988905

  7. 210Po bioaccumulation by mushrooms from Poland.

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    Skwarzec, B; Jakusik, A

    2003-10-01

    The paper presents results on 210Po activity concentration measured in mushroom samples collected in northern Poland (Białogard and Elblag areas). Among 20 species of wild mushrooms, King Bolete (Boletus edulis), accumulated 210Po in the highest degree. Therefore this species of higher mushrooms is an excellent bioindicator for 210Po radioactivity in the land environment. Finally, the effective dose of polonium emission was calculated for a consumer of King Bolete. Wild mushroom consumption contributed up to 37 microSv to the effective dose in an individual consuming about 5 kg (fresh weight) of heavily contaminated Boletus edulis species per year. PMID:14587851

  8. Aspects on the analysis of 210Po.

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    Henricsson, F; Ranebo, Y; Holm, E; Roos, P

    2011-05-01

    There has been little development regarding analysis of polonium (Po) in environmental samples since the 1960 ies. This is due to the straightforward spontaneous deposition of this element on silver (Ag), nickel (Ni) or copper (Cu) without any radiochemical separation. For many years, no radiochemical yield determinant was used and it was generally supposed that the yield was 100% after two depositions. Counting was often done using ZnS scintillation counter coupled to a photomultiplier tube. However, the use of the yield determinants (208)Po and (209)Po and the development of alpha spectrometry showed that the yield was lower. Furthermore, the tendency of Po to volatilize at low temperatures constrains the sample preparation techniques; dry-ashing cannot be used. But during the wet-ashing procedure, there are still some losses. The aim of this study was to evaluate the Po losses during wet-ashing by the use of a double-tracer technique. We have found that the losses were about 30% when open glass beakers were used and about 17% when the samples were digested in microwave oven. When long-necked bottles (Kjeldahl flasks) were used, a loss of about 20% was registered. It has also been observed that (210)Pb to some extent is plating out together with its daughter nuclide Po during the electrochemical deposition. This will result in a systematic error since an unknown amount of supported (210)Po will be produced from the (210)Pb decay depending on the fraction of (210)Pb being deposited on the disc and the waiting time between deposition and measurement of the sample. A further consequence of this is that in the assessment of the (210)Pb content in the sample, very often the remaining liquid is stored after deposition for build-up of (210)Po. Since some (210)Pb is lost on the disc, the result for (210)Pb will be too low. Both these systematic errors give rise to a too high (210)Po/(210)Pb ratio. The fraction of (210)Pb which is plating out has been assessed in this

  9. PO2 Cycling Reduces Diaphragm Fatigue by Attenuating ROS Formation

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    Zuo, Li; Diaz, Philip T.; Chien, Michael T.; Roberts, William J.; Kishek, Juliana; Best, Thomas M.; Wagner, Peter D.

    2014-01-01

    Prolonged muscle exposure to low PO2 conditions may cause oxidative stress resulting in severe muscular injuries. We hypothesize that PO2 cycling preconditioning, which involves brief cycles of diaphragmatic muscle exposure to a low oxygen level (40 Torr) followed by a high oxygen level (550 Torr), can reduce intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) as well as attenuate muscle fatigue in mouse diaphragm under low PO2. Accordingly, dihydrofluorescein (a fluorescent probe) was used to monitor muscular ROS production in real time with confocal microscopy during a lower PO2 condition. In the control group with no PO2 cycling, intracellular ROS formation did not appear during the first 15 min of the low PO2 period. However, after 20 min of low PO2, ROS levels increased significantly by ∼30% compared to baseline, and this increase continued until the end of the 30 min low PO2 condition. Conversely, muscles treated with PO2 cycling showed a complete absence of enhanced fluorescence emission throughout the entire low PO2 period. Furthermore, PO2 cycling-treated diaphragm exhibited increased fatigue resistance during prolonged low PO2 period compared to control. Thus, our data suggest that PO2 cycling mitigates diaphragm fatigue during prolonged low PO2. Although the exact mechanism for this protection remains to be elucidated, it is likely that through limiting excessive ROS levels, PO2 cycling initiates ROS-related antioxidant defenses. PMID:25299212

  10. Characterization of the Shark Myelin Po Protein

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    Rotenstein, L.; Herath, K.; Gould, R.M.; de Bellard, M.E.

    2008-01-01

    Myelin, the insulating sheath made by extensive plasma membrane wrappings is dependent on the presence of highly adhesive molecules that keep the two sides of the membrane in tight contact. The Po glycoprotein (Po) is the major component of the peripheral nervous system (PNS) myelin of mammals. The exact role that Po protein has played in the evolution of myelin is still unclear, but several phylogenetic observations point to it as a crucial component in the development of myelin as a multi-lamellar membrane structure. Sharks, which appeared in evolution about 400 million years ago, are the first fully myelinated organisms. In this study we set out to investigate the expression pattern of shark myelin Po as a way of understanding how it might have played a role in the evolution of myelin in the central nervous system. We found that shark have more than two isoforms (32, 28 and 25kD), and that some of these might not be fully functional because they lack the domains known for Po homophilic adhesion. PMID:18635929

  11. The Po: Centuries of river training

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    Earchi, E.; Roth, G.; Siccardi, F.

    1995-12-01

    The Po river drains the largest morphological unit of the Italian territory. River training works started in the lower Po during the Roman Age and developed upstream, first as discontinuous systems, then connected to form two uninterrupted belts, which have reduced the overflow frequency but also the storage capacity of the river flood bed. The outcome is an increasing value of the flood peak with given probability in the lower Po, which is the reach with the higher flooding risk. On the other hand, the upstream catchment, in which the river is provided with partial embankments, recently experienced a flooding event and require some form of protection. A risk mitigation policy should perceive and take into account all the components of the river system and their connections. In this perspective the development of traditional structural protection along the Po river has reached a critical stage; a further expansion of the existing levee system increases the down-stream risk. From the viewpoint of non structural protection, the river morphology and the past experience suggest that, based on rainfall and discharge monitoring, early warnings of flood hazards can be provided to communities that could be affected by such occurrences. Finally, to reduce the flooding risk in the lower Po a reduction of the flood discharge entering this reach is needed. This can be obtained by diverting the higher part of the flood from the river immediately upstream of the lower Po, allowing the inundation and the temporary storage of the diverted water on pre-designed large agricultural areas. Implementing such a policy will require a reliable system of flood warning and, above all, a sound regulatory authority.

  12. BiPO4 photocatalyst employing synergistic action of Ag/Ag3PO4 nanostructure and graphene nanosheets

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    Mohaghegh, N.; Rahimi, E.

    2016-06-01

    Graphene-supported BiPO4/Ag/Ag3PO4 photocatalyst has been fabricated by simple hydrothermal and impregnation reaction. In BiPO4/Ag/Ag3PO4 based on Reduced Graphene Oxide (RGO), this network renders numerous pathways for rapid mass transport, strong adsorption and multireflection of incident light; meanwhile, the interface between BiPO4/Ag/Ag3PO4 and RGO increases the active sites and electron transfer rate. BiPO4/Ag/Ag3PO4 based on RGO noticeably exhibited high photocatalytic activity than that of BiPO4/Ag/Ag3PO4 and P25 under visible light irradiation for cationic dye (Rhodamine B), anionic dye (methyl orange) and 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) as a neutral pollutant, which are usually difficult to be degraded over the other catalysts. This enhanced photocatalytic activity of Graphene-supported BiPO4/Ag/Ag3PO4 for all pollutants could be mainly ascribed to the reinforced charge transfer from BiPO4/Ag/Ag3PO4 to RGO, which suppresses the recombination of electron/hole pairs. Besides that, this photocatalyst can be used repetitively with a high photocatalytic activity and no apparent loss of activity occurs. The results reveal that the RGO nanosheets work as a photocatalyst promoter during the photocatalytic reaction, leading to an improved photocatalytic activity.

  13. Shape Coexistence in Neutron Deficient Po Nuclei

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    Helariutta, K.; Cocks, J.F.C.; Enqvist, T.; Greenlees, P.T.; Jones, P.; Julin, R.; Juutinen, S.; Jamsen, P.; Kankaanpaa, H.; Kettunen, H.; Kuiusiniemi, P.; Leino, M.; Muikkui, M.; Piiparinen, M.; Rahkila, P.; Savelius, A.; Trzaska, W.H.; Tormanen, S.; Uusitalo, J.; Allatt, R.G.; Butler, P.A.; Page, R.D.; Kapusta, M.

    1999-12-31

    The excited levels in {sup 192-195}Po have been studied using the recoil-decay tagging method. New levels have been identified. The data are in accordance with the scheme of the coexisting spherical and deformed intruder structures crossing each other with N<112.

  14. Shape coexistence in neutron deficient Po nuclei

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    Helariutta, K.; Cocks, J. F. C.; Enqvist, T.; Greenlees, P. T.; Jones, P.; Julin, R.; Juutinen, S.; Jaemsen, P.; Kankaanpaeae, H.; Kettunen, H.; Kuusiniemi, P.; Leino, M.; Muikku, M.; Piiparinen, M.; Rahkila, P.; Savelius, A.; Trzaska, W. H.; Toermaenen, S.; Uusitalo, J.; Allatt, R. G.

    1999-11-16

    The excited levels in {sup 192-195}Po have been studied using the recoil-decay tagging method. New levels have been identified. The data are in accordance with the scheme of the coexisting spherical and deformed intruder structures crossing each other with N<112.

  15. 210Po microsphere radiological design for tumor vascular disruption

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    2015-01-01

    The feasibility of disrupting a tumor’s vascular structure using 210Po microspheres is investigated using standard ion and photon absorbed dose methodologies. Calculated absorbed dose profiles for 210Po alpha particles are sufficient to disrupt a tumor’s arteriole structure while minimizing the dose outside the blood vessel wall. 210Po photons contribute minimal dose to healthy tissue. The requisite activity of 210Po to facilitate vascular disruption is calculated. PMID:26290796

  16. Electronic Properties of LiFePO4 and Li doped LiFePO4

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    Allen, J.L.; Zhuang, G.V.; Ross, P.N.; Guo, J.-H.; Jow, T.R.

    2006-05-31

    LiFePO{sub 4} has several potential advantages in comparison to the transition metal oxide cathode materials used in commercial lithium-ion batteries. However, its low intrinsic electronic conductivity ({approx} 10{sup -9} S/cm) is problematic. We report here a study by soft x-ray absorption/emission spectroscopy of the electronic properties of undoped LiFePO{sub 4} and Li-doped LiFePO{sub 4} in which Li{sup +} ions are substituted for Fe{sup 2+} ions in an attempt to increase the intrinsic electronic conductivity. The conductivities of the Li{sub 1+x}Fe{sub 1-x}PO{sub 4} samples were, however, essentially unchanged from that of the undoped LiFePO{sub 4}. Nonetheless, evidence for changing the electronic properties of LiFePO{sub 4} by doping with excess Li+ was observed by the XAS/XES spectroscopy. New pre-edge features the O-1s XAS spectrum of Li{sub 1.05}Fe{sub 0.95}PO4 is a direct indication that the charge compensation for substitution of Fe{sup 2+} by Li{sup +} resides in the unoccupied O-2p orbitals. A charge transfer (CT) excitation was also observed in the doped material implying that the unoccupied O-2p orbitals created by doping are strongly hybridized with unoccupied Fe-3d orbitals of neighboring sites. However, the strong covalent bonding within the (PO{sub 4}){sup 3-} anions and the large separation of the Fe cations means that the charge created by doping is not delocalized in the manner of electrons or holes in a semiconductor.

  17. 49 CFR 604.36 - Powers of a PO.

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    2011-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 7 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Powers of a PO. 604.36 Section 604.36 Transportation Other Regulations Relating to Transportation (Continued) FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION CHARTER SERVICE Hearings. § 604.36 Powers of a PO. A PO may: (a) Give notice...

  18. 49 CFR 604.36 - Powers of a PO.

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    2013-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 7 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false Powers of a PO. 604.36 Section 604.36 Transportation Other Regulations Relating to Transportation (Continued) FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION CHARTER SERVICE Hearings § 604.36 Powers of a PO. A PO may: (a) Give notice...

  19. Half-life of /sup 218/Po

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    Potapov, V.G.; Soloshenkov, P.S.

    1986-10-01

    The decay of Po 218 is accompanied by the emission of 6.00-MeV alpha particles. The most suitable method for studying it is the alphaspectrometric method. To generate radon, the source for RaA, the authors used a preparation of Ra 226 with a high degree of purity. Targets were prepared for measuring the half-life on a radon setup. Approximately 30 sec after holding in a radon atmosphere the target was placed with the polonium deposited on it into a vacuum chamber. It was noted that the intensity of the peak at 6.70 MeV decreases at the same rate as the decay of Po 218, and the ratio of the intensities of their peaks was equal to 0.037 +/- 0.007%. The spectra (alpha was analyzed on an LP-4900 analyzer. The values of the half-life that were obtained are in good agreement with the values obtained previously.

  20. PoET: Polarimeters for Energetic Transients

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    McConnell, Mark; Barthelmy, Scott; Hill, Joanne

    2008-01-01

    This presentation focuses on PoET (Polarimeters for Energetic Transients): a Small Explorer mission concept proposed to NASA in January 2008. The principal scientific goal of POET is to measure GRB polarization between 2 and 500 keV. The payload consists of two wide FoV instruments: a Low Energy Polarimeter (LEP) capable of polarization measurements in the energy range from 2-15 keV and a high energy polarimeter (Gamma-Ray Polarimeter Experiment - GRAPE) that will measure polarization in the 60-500 keV energy range. Spectra will be measured from 2 keV up to 1 MeV. The PoET spacecraft provides a zenith-pointed platform for maximizing the exposure to deep space. Spacecraft rotation will provide a means of effectively dealing with systematics in the polarization response. PoET will provide sufficient sensitivity and sky coverage to measure statistically significant polarization for up to 100 GRBs in a two-year mission. Polarization data will also be obtained for solar flares, pulsars and other sources of astronomical interest.

  1. Population and Decay of Superdeformed ^198Po

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    Johnson, M. S.; Cizewski, J. A.; Smith, M. B.; Thomas, J. S.; Becker, J. A.; Bernstein, L. A.; McNabb, D. P.; Schiller, A.; Fallon, P.; Macchiavelli, A. O.; Ward, D.

    2002-10-01

    The population and decay of superdeformed (SD) nuclei remains an area of current interest. Little is known about the entry distribution associated with the population of SD excitations, especially in more fissile systems where fission dominates at high angular momentum. The study of the quasicontinuous (QC) spectrum associated with SD excitations provides a probe of the feeding and decay of the SD band as well as information on the excitation energy and spin of SD states. To study the population and decay of SD states, the ^174Yb(^29Si,5n) reaction was used to populate excitations in ^198Po, the most fissile nucleus for which an SD band has been identified at high spin (D.P. McNabb et al.), Phys. Rev. C 53 R541 (1996). The measurements were performed at the 88-Inch Cyclotron facility at LBNL using the Gammasphere array with 101 Compton-suppressed Ge detectors. The present results for the entry distribution and QC spectrum for the SD band in ^198Po will be contrasted to the spectra associated with the ND excitations in ^198Po, as well as the results for ^195Pb and ^192,194Pb footnote D.P. McNabb et al., Phys. Rev. C 61, 031304(R) (2000) for which similar analyses have been reported.

  2. Manduca sexta prophenoloxidase (proPO) activation requires proPO-activating proteinase (PAP) and serine proteinase homologs (SPHs) simultaneously.

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    Gupta, Snehalata; Wang, Yang; Jiang, Haobo

    2005-03-01

    In the tobacco hornworm Manduca sexta, proteolytic activation of prophenoloxidase (proPO) is mediated by three proPO-activating proteinases (PAPs) and two serine proteinase homologs (SPHs) (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 95 (1998) 12220-12225; J. Biol. Chem. 278 (2003a) 3552-3561; Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 33 (2003b) 1049-1060). While our current data are consistent with the hypothesis that the SPHs serve as a cofactor/anchor for PAPs (Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 33 (2003) 197-208; Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 34 (2004) 731-742), roles of these clip-domain proteins (i.e. PAPs and SPHs) in proPO activation are poorly defined. To better understand this process, we further characterized the activation reaction using proPO, PAP-1 and SPHs. PAP-1 itself cleaved nearly 1/3 of proPO at Arg51 without generating much phenoloxidase (PO) activity. In the presence of SPHs, the cleavage of proPO became more complete while the increase in PO activity was over 20-fold, indicating that the extent of cleavage does not directly correlate with PO activity. Since SPHs and p-amidinophenyl methanesulfonyl fluoride (APMSF)-treated PAP-1 did not generate active PO by interacting with proPO, proteolytic cleavage is critical for proPO activation. After 1/5 of proPO was processed by PAP-1 alone which was then inactivated by M. sexta serpin-1J or APMSF, further incubation of the reaction mixture with SPHs failed to generate active PO either. Thus, SPHs cannot generate PO activity by simply binding to cleaved proPO. M. sexta proPO activation requires active PAP-1 and SPHs at the same time-one for limited proteolysis and the other as a cofactor, perhaps. Gel filtration chromatography and native gel electrophoresis revealed the PAP-SPH, proPO-PAP, and SPH-proPO associations, essential for generating high Mr, active PO at the site of infection. PMID:15705503

  3. Solid Solution Phases in the Olivine-Type LiMnPO4/MnPO4 System

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    Chen, Guoying; Richardson, Thomas J.

    2009-04-07

    Nonstoichiometry is reported in the LiMnPO{sub 4}/MnPO{sub 4} system for the first time. As lithium is removed from crystalline LiMnPO{sub 4} by chemical or electrochemical methods, the resulting two phase mixture consists of stoichiometric LiMnPO{sub 4} and a delithiated phase, Li{sub y}MnPO{sub 4}, whose lattice parameters depend upon the global extent of delithiation and on the crystalline domain size of the delithiated phase. This behavior is reproduced during electrochemical insertion of lithium. Again, no evidence for nonstoichiometry was found in the vicinity of LiMnPO{sub 4}. Attempts to create single phase solid solutions by heating mixtures of the two phases failed due to the thermal instability of Li{sub y}MnPO{sub 4}.

  4. Production and decay spectroscopy of {sup 192}Po and {sup 194}Po

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    Andel, B.

    2015-10-15

    A γ-ray spectroscopy study of the (11{sup −}) isomers in {sup 194}Po and {sup 192}Po was performed at the velocity filter SHIP at GSI (Germany). Nuclei were produced in fusion-evaporation reactions and investigated in the detection set-up at the focal plane after the separator. Several new γ transitions were attributed to the isomers and detailed analysis of the first γ-γ coincidences for both isomers is being prepared. For the reaction {sup 56}Fe + {sup 141}Pr → {sup 197}At*, excitation functions for astatine and polonium isotopes were measured and compared with HIVAP calculations.

  5. Assessment of ²¹⁰Po in Italian diet.

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    Meli, Maria Assunta; Desideri, Donatella; Roselli, Carla; Feduzi, Laura

    2014-07-15

    This research was dedicated to the study, in the Italian daily diet, of the background activity concentration of (210)Po, a radionuclide with a high radiotoxicity. (210)Po was determined by alpha spectrometry. For food products of vegetable origin, the (210)Po activity concentration follows the trend: leafy vegetable>flour>rice>fruits>pasta>other vegetables>fruit vegetable; for those of animal origin: eggs>cheese>milk. The (210)Po activity concentration was also compared with that found by the same authors in meat, sea food, water and beverages in a previous study. The committed effective doses to individuals of three population groups (infants, children and adults) were 379, 222 and 151 μSv y(-1), respectively. The intake of foods of marine origin contributed about 67% of the total dose due to (210)Po ingestion. The effective dose, from (210)Po ingested by total diet, accounts for only 5-12% of the natural radiation exposure in Italy. PMID:24594158

  6. Collectivity of {sup 196}Po at low spin

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    Grahn, T.; Page, R. D.; Dewald, A.; Jolie, J.; Melon, B.; Pissulla, Th.; Greenlees, P. T.; Jakobsson, U.; Jones, P.; Julin, R.; Juutinen, S.; Ketelhut, S.; Leino, M.; Nyman, M.; Peura, P.; Rahkila, P.; Saren, J.; Scholey, C.; Sorri, J.; Uusitalo, J.

    2009-07-15

    Absolute electromagnetic transition probabilities in {sup 196}Po have been measured using the recoil distance Doppler-shift technique. The lifetimes of the three lowest yrast states in {sup 196}Po were extracted from singles {gamma}-ray spectra by using the recoil-decay tagging method. In addition, configuration mixing calculations of angular momentum projected mean-field states have been carried out for {sup 196}Po. The present study sheds light on the onset of collectivity and mixing of competing structures in neutron-deficient Po nuclei.

  7. Studies of {sup 194,195,197}Po

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    Carpenter, M.P.; Ahmad, I.; Crowell, B.

    1995-08-01

    The energy systematics of low-lying polonium states show sudden changes near N = 114. The observed drops in the low-lying levels of {sup 196,198}Po relative to the heavier isotopes indicate significant changes in the underlying structure of these nuclei. It is thought that this change is due to the onset of vibrational collectivity brought about by the quadrupole interaction between neutron and proton-pairs. In order to extend the Po systematics even further, we measured, for the first time, states in {sup 194,195,197}Po using the {sup 28}Si + {sup 170}Yb reaction at a beam energy of 142 MeV. The beam was supplied by ATLAS, and the data were taken with 10 Compton-suppressed Ge detectors placed at the target position of the Fragment Mass Analyzer. Preliminary level schemes were constructed for {sup 194,195,197}Po based on {gamma}-{gamma} and {gamma}-FMA coincidences. The results for {sup 194}Po show that the 2{sup +} - 0{sup +} transition energy decreased in energy by 140 keV relative to {sup 196}Po suggesting that this nucleus moved beyond the vibrational limit to more collective motion. An extrapolation of the systematics predicts that the 2{sup +} energy could drop another 140 keV between {sup 194}Po and {sup 192}Po which would indicate the onset of rotational motion. Currently, we have an approved experiment to investigate the decay of yrast isomers in {sup 194}Po which will allow us to (1) confirm our earlier level scheme of {sup 194}Po, and (2) assess the experimental conditions needed for a future study of {sup 192}Po.

  8. Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)/polyolefin (PO) blends

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    Lu, Qiwei

    Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is a very important material with high versatility and superior physical properties. Melt blending TPU with metallocene polyolefin (PO) can lower TPU cost and improve polyolefin properties like abrasion resistance, adhesion, and paintability. Since TPU and non-polar PO blends are completely immiscible, efficient compatibilizers become the key issue and remain challenging. My main thesis work is to develop and study compatibilized TPU/PO blends. Although reactive compatibilization is considered the most efficient method, fast interfacial reactions between highly reactive functional groups are necessary to generate compatibilizers within usually short processing time. It is known that the urethane linkage (carbamate -NHCOO-) in TPU can reversibly dissociate to generate highly reactive isocyanates at melt temperatures. To find out the best reactive compatibilization, three approaches were employed on different molecular scales: (1) model urethane compound (dibutyl & dioctyl 4,4'-methylenebis(phenyl carbamate)) and small functional molecule (primary amine, secondary amine, hydroxyl, acid, anhydride, and epoxide) reactions at 200°C monitored by nuclear magnetic resonance and Fourier-transform infrared to examine the basic chemistry; (2) short, model TPU's with different chemical structures blended with functional polymers including poly(ethylene glycol) and polybutadiene to explore the effect of interface in immiscible mixtures; (3) melt blending of a commercial TPU with polypropylene (PP), further involving more complicated morphology, using different types of functional PP's (note: amine functional PP's were prepared by melt amination) as compatibilizers followed by rheological, morphological, thermal, and mechanical characterizations. Besides the core thesis project on TPU blends, other related work that has been accomplished includes: (1) adhesion between TPU and PP; (2) rheological properties of TPU; (3) block copolymer formation

  9. Specific absorption spectra of hemoglobin at different PO2 levels: potential noninvasive method to detect PO2 in tissues

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    Liu, Peipei; Zhu, Zhirong; Zeng, Changchun; Nie, Guang

    2012-12-01

    Hemoglobin (Hb), as one of main components of blood, has a unique quaternary structure. Its release of oxygen is controlled by oxygen partial pressure (PO2). We investigate the specific spectroscopic changes in Hb under different PO2 levels to optimize clinical methods of measuring tissue PO2. The transmissivity of Hb under different PO2 levels is measured with a UV/Vis fiber optic spectrometer. Its plotted absorption spectral curve shows two high absorption peaks at 540 and 576 nm and an absorption valley at 560 nm when PO2 is higher than 100 mm Hg. The two high absorption peaks decrease gradually with a decrease in PO2, whereas the absorption valley at 560 nm increases. When PO2 decreases to approximately 0 mm Hg, the two high absorption peaks disappear completely, while the absorption valley has a hypochromic shift (8 to 10 nm) and forms a specific high absorption peak at approximately 550 nm. The same phenomena can be observed in visible reflectance spectra of finger-tip microcirculation. Specific changes in extinction coefficient and absorption spectra of Hb occur along with variations in PO2, which could be used to explain pathological changes caused by tissue hypoxia and for early detection of oxygen deficiency diseases in clinical monitoring.

  10. Transport properties of LiCoPO4 and Fe-substituted LiCoPO4

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    Allen, Jan L.; Thompson, Travis; Sakamoto, Jeff; Becker, Collin R.; Jow, T. Richard; Wolfenstine, Jeff

    2014-05-01

    LiCoPO4 is a promising cathode material to enable high energy, abuse tolerant Li-ion batteries. However, LiCoPO4 has relatively poor electronic conductivity which may be improved by chemical substitution. In this work, the ionic and electronic conductivities of dense, polycrystalline LiCoPO4 and Fe2+/Fe3+-substituted LiCoPO4 (Li1-xCo0.9Fe0.1PO4) are measured and compared. Both materials are predominantly ionic conductors with relatively good bulk ionic and relatively poor electronic conductivities. Li1-xCo0.9Fe0.1PO4 exhibits both higher bulk ionic and electronic conductivity. The increased bulk ionic conductivity of Li1-xCo0.9Fe0.1PO4 is believed to originate mainly from extra Li vacancies and the increased electronic conductivity is believed to originate mainly from creating more mobile hole polarons compared to LiCoPO4 as a result of Fe2+/Fe3+ substitution.

  11. Biogeochemical factors affecting the presence of 210Po in groundwater

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    Seiler, R.L.; Stillings, L.L.; Cutler, N.; Salonen, L.; Outola, I.

    2011-01-01

    The discovery of natural 210Po enrichment at levels exceeding 500 mBq/L in numerous domestic wells in northern Nevada, USA, led to a geochemical investigation of the processes responsible for its mobilization. 210Po activities in 63 domestic and public-supply wells ranged from below 1 mBq/L to 6590 ± 590 mBq/L, among the highest reported levels in the USA. There is little spatial or depth variability in 210Pb activity in study-area sediments and mobilization of a few percent of the 210Po in the sediments would account for all of the 210Po in water. Stable-isotope measurements indicate SO4 reduction has occurred in all 210Po contaminated wells. Sulfide species are not accumulating in the groundwater in much of Lahontan Valley, probably because of S cycling involving microbial SO4 reduction, abiotic oxidation of H2S to S0 by Mn(IV), followed by microbial disproportionation of S0 to H2S and SO4. The high pH, Ca depletion, MnCO3 saturation, and presence of S0 in Lahontan Valley groundwater may be consequences of the anaerobic S cycling. Consistent with data from naturally-enriched wells in Florida, 210Po activities begin to decrease when aqueous sulfide species begin to accumulate. This may be due to formation and precipitation of PoS, however, Eh–pH diagrams suggest PoS would not be stable in study-area groundwater. An alternative explanation for the study area is that H2S accumulation begins when anaerobic S cycling stops because Mn oxides are depleted and their reduction is no longer releasing 210Po. Common features of 210Po-enriched groundwater were identified by comparing the radiological and geochemical data from Nevada with data from naturally-enriched wells in Finland, and Florida and Maryland in the USA. Values of pH ranged from 9 in Nevada wells, indicating that pH is not critical in determining whether 210Po is present. Where U is present in the sediments, the data suggest 210Po levels may be elevated in aquifers with (1) SO4-reducing waters with low H2S

  12. Local environment and dynamics of PO4 tetrahedra in Na -Al-PO3 glasses and melts

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    Mamedov, S.; Stachel, D.; Soltwisch, M.; Quitmann, D.

    2005-09-01

    Glasses and melts in the system (NaPO3)(1-x)(Al(PO3)3)x were studied with the aim of obtaining information about the structure on the next larger scale beyond the PO4 group. Magic angle spinning NMR was applied to the pure NaPO3 glass and Raman scattering to systems with x =0.00, 0.03, 0.06, 0.15, and 0.60 in the temperature range T =300-1100K. Comparison of the P31 chemical shift between glass and crystalline forms revealed that polymerization of the metaphosphate into tricyclophosphatelike (PO3)33- rings is the dominant structure, ca. 80%, formed by the twofold vertex-joined PO4 groups in the glass. In the Raman study we focused on the prominent polarized band at ca. 1170cm-1 which is due to the symmetric breathing mode of the tetrahedral PO4 group. This band was decomposed into a few Gaussian lines. These component lines could be identified using the NMR results: two narrow components are due to PO4 groups in the tricyclophosphatelike rings, which have either a Na or an Al counterion and a third broad component is due to chain-polymerized (PO3-)n. The variations of the component lines (peak positions, widths, and intensities) with respect to x and T are presented. We derive the shifts of the symmetric breathing mode frequency which are caused by Na or Al counterions, by ring closure, by x >0, etc. The relative intensities of the narrow and broad components in the 1170-cm-1 band of the Raman spectra are discussed. The amount of ring-to-chain transformation on addition of Al3+, and as functions of T and x, is derived. Indications for ordering on a next larger scale, derivable from Raman, NMR, and thermodynamics, are compared.

  13. Search for mixed-symmetry states in 212Po

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    Kocheva, D.; Rainovski, G.; Jolie, J.; Pietralla, N.; Stahl, C.; Petkov, P.; Blazhev, A.; Hennig, A.; Astier, A.; Braunroth, Th.; Cortes, L.; Dewald, A.; Djongolov, M.; Fransen, C.; Gladnishki, K.; Karayonchev, V.; Litzinger, J.; Müller-Gatermann, C.; Scheck, M.; Scholz, Ph.; Schramm, C.; Tölle, P.; Werner, V.; Witt, W.; Wölk, D.; Van Isacker, P.

    2016-06-01

    In this work we present an experiment dedicated to searching for quarupole- collective isovector valence-shell excitation — the states with so-called mixed proton-neutron symmetry (MSSs), in the nucleus 212Po. The states of interest were populated and studied by an α-transfer reaction. The experiment provides indication for existence of one-phonon MSS in the nucleus 212Po which is the first experimentally identified MSS in the region around double magic nucleus 208Pb.

  14. Spatial distribution of 214Po ions in the electrostatic collection.

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    Barlas, E; Bayrak, A; Emirhan, E; Haciomeroglu, S; Ozben, C S

    2013-10-01

    A low cost Si-PIN photodiode-based radon monitor was successfully designed and produced to monitor precursory earthquake indicators in the Northern Anatolian Fault Line. The spatial distribution of (214)Po ions was determined by comparing the 7.69 MeV (214)Po peak in the MCA spectrum and the Geant4 energy distribution of alpha particles at various detector source distances. PMID:23811634

  15. Population of superdeformed excitations in {sup 198}Po

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    Johnson, M.S.; Cizewski, J.A.; Smith, M.B.; Thomas, J.S.; Becker, J.A.; Bernstein, L.A.; Schiller, A.; McNabb, D.P.; Fallon, P.; Macchiavelli, A.O.

    2005-02-01

    Superdeformed excitations in {sup 198}Po were studied using the {sup 174}Yb({sup 29}Si,5n) reaction and {gamma}-ray spectroscopy with Gammasphere. Energy-spin entry distributions for populating normal (ND) and superdeformed (SD) excitations were extracted by gating on discrete ND and SD transitions, respectively. Information on the SD excitation energy, SD well depth, and fission barrier in {sup 198}Po was deduced.

  16. 46 CFR 154.405 - Design vapor pressure (Po) of a cargo tank.

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    2013-10-01

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  17. 46 CFR 154.405 - Design vapor pressure (Po) of a cargo tank.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 5 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Design vapor pressure (Po) of a cargo tank. 154.405... Equipment Cargo Containment Systems § 154.405 Design vapor pressure (Po) of a cargo tank. (a) The design vapor pressure (Po) of a cargo tank must be equal to or greater than the MARVS. (b) The Po of a...

  18. 46 CFR 154.405 - Design vapor pressure (Po) of a cargo tank.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 5 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Design vapor pressure (Po) of a cargo tank. 154.405... Equipment Cargo Containment Systems § 154.405 Design vapor pressure (Po) of a cargo tank. (a) The design vapor pressure (Po) of a cargo tank must be equal to or greater than the MARVS. (b) The Po of a...

  19. Lifetimes of (214)Po and (212)Po measured with Counting Test Facility at Gran Sasso National Laboratory.

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    Miramonti, L; Bellini, G; Benziger, J; Bick, D; Bonfini, G; Bravo, D; Buizza Avanzini, M; Caccianiga, B; Cadonati, L; Calaprice, F; Carraro, C; Cavalcante, P; Chavarria, A; Chubakov, V; D'Angelo, D; Davini, S; Derbin, A; Etenko, A; Fomenko, K; Franco, D; Galbiati, C; Gazzana, S; Ghiano, C; Giammarchi, M; Göger-Neff, M; Goretti, A; Grandi, L; Guardincerri, E; Hardy, S; Ianni, Aldo; Ianni, Andrea; Kobychev, V; Korablev, D; Korga, G; Koshio, Y; Kryn, D; Laubenstein, M; Lewke, T; Lissia, M; Litvinovich, E; Loer, B; Lombardi, F; Lombardi, P; Ludhova, L; Machulin, I; Manecki, S; Maneschg, W; Mantovani, F; Manuzio, G; Meindl, Q; Meroni, E; Misiaszek, M; Montanari, D; Mosteiro, P; Muratova, V; Nisi, S; Oberauer, L; Obolensky, M; Ortica, F; Otis, K; Pallavicini, M; Papp, L; Perasso, L; Perasso, S; Pocar, A; Ranucci, G; Razeto, A; Re, A; Romani, A; Rossi, N; Sabelnikov, A; Saldanha, R; Salvo, C; Schönert, S; Simgen, H; Skorokhvatov, M; Smirnov, O; Sotnikov, A; Sukhotin, S; Suvorov, Y; Tartaglia, R; Testera, G; Vignaud, D; Vogelaar, R B; von Feilitzsch, F; Winter, J; Wojcik, M; Wright, A; Wurm, M; Xhixha, G; Xu, J; Zaimidoroga, O; Zavatarelli, S; Zuzel, G

    2014-12-01

    The decays of (214)Po into (210)Pb and of (212)Po into (208)Pb tagged by the previous decays from (214)Bi and (212)Bi have been studied inserting quartz vials inside the Counting Test Facility (CTF) at the underground laboratory in Gran Sasso (LNGS). We find that the mean lifetime of (214)Po is (236.00 ± 0.42(stat) ± 0.15(syst)) μs and that of (212)Po is (425.1 ± 0.9(stat) ± 1.2(syst)) ns. Our results are compatible with previous measurements, have a much better signal to background ratio, and reduce the overall uncertainties. PMID:24725806

  20. Pressure-induced amorphization of antiferromagnetic FePO 4

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    Pasternak, M. P.; Rozenberg, G. Kh.; Milner, A. P.; Amanowicz, M.; Brister, K. E.; Taylor, R. D.

    1998-03-01

    In this paper we describe for the first time an unusual phenomenon, occurring in FePO 4 ( TN=25 K), where pressure drives the crystalline low-pressure phase (I) into two, coexisting antiferromagnetic states; one amorphous designated as IIa, the other crystalline (IIb) with an enhanced coordination number. This is unlike the case of berlinite (AlPO 4), which completely amorphizes above 15 GPa. Measurements were carried out with Mössbauer Spectroscopy (MS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) at CHESS, over the pressure range 0-30 GPa. XRD shows that the double transformation starts at ˜2 GPa reaching saturation at 7 GPa. MS, however, show that the FePO 4-I phase coexists to the highest pressure, indicating possible formation of clusters with sizes undetected by XRD. The abundance of the FePO 4 IIa and IIb phases are about equal. Both XRD and the new TN (=60 K) value obtained by MS, show that the FePO 4-IIa phase is isostructural to CrVO 4. No change is observed in the relative abundance of the three phases at P>7 GPa in which the I-phase constitutes about 10% of the total. The TN value of the FePO 4-II phases increases with increasing pressure, from 50 K at 2.5 GPa to 65 at 25 GPa. The pressure transitions at room temperature are not reversible; after pressure release to ambient value, the FePO 4-I is completely restored only after heat treatment in air at T=700°C.

  1. RAPID DETERMINATION OF {sup 210} PO IN WATER SAMPLES

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    Maxwell, S.

    2013-05-22

    A new rapid method for the determination of {sup 210}Po in water samples has been developed at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) that can be used for emergency response or routine water analyses. If a radiological dispersive device (RDD) event or a radiological attack associated with drinking water supplies occurs, there will be an urgent need for rapid analyses of water samples, including drinking water, ground water and other water effluents. Current analytical methods for the assay of {sup 210}Po in water samples have typically involved spontaneous auto-deposition of {sup 210}Po onto silver or other metal disks followed by counting by alpha spectrometry. The auto-deposition times range from 90 minutes to 24 hours or more, at times with yields that may be less than desirable. If sample interferences are present, decreased yields and degraded alpha spectrums can occur due to unpredictable thickening in the deposited layer. Separation methods have focused on the use of Sr Resin, often in combination with 210Pb analysis. A new rapid method for {sup 210}Po in water samples has been developed at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) that utilizes a rapid calcium phosphate co-precipitation method, separation using DGA Resin (N,N,N,N-tetraoctyldiglycolamide extractant-coated resin, Eichrom Technologies or Triskem-International), followed by rapid microprecipitation of {sup 210}Po using bismuth phosphate for counting by alpha spectrometry. This new method can be performed quickly with excellent removal of interferences, high chemical yields and very good alpha peak resolution, eliminating any potential problems with the alpha source preparation for emergency or routine samples. A rapid sequential separation method to separate {sup 210} Po and actinide isotopes was also developed. This new approach, rapid separation with DGA Resin plus microprecipitation for alpha source preparation, is a significant advance in radiochemistry for the rapid

  2. Floodplain Management Strategies for Flood Attenuation in the River Po

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Brath, A.; Castellarin, A.; di Baldassarre, G.

    2009-12-01

    This paper analyses the effects of different floodplain management policies on flood hazard using a 350km reach of the River Po (Italy) as a case study. The River Po is the longest Italian river, and the largest in terms of streamflow. The middle-lower Po flows East some 350km in the Pianura Padana (Po Valley), a very important agricultural region and industrial heart of Northern Italy. This portion of the river consists of a main channel (200-500m wide) and a floodplain (overall width from 200m to 5km) confined by two continuous artificial embankments. Floodplains are densely cultivated, and a significant portion of these areas is protected against frequent flooding by a system of minor dikes, which impacts significantly the hydraulic behaviour of the middle-lower Po during major flood events. This study aims at investigating the effects of the adoption of different floodplain management strategies (e.g., raising, lowering or removal of the minor dike system) on the hydrodynamics of the middle-lower Po and, in particular, on flood-risk mitigation. This is a crucial task for institutions and public bodies in charge of formulating robust flood risk management strategies for the Po River. Furthermore, the results of the study is of interest for other European water related public bodies managing large river basins, in the light of the recent Directive 2007/60/EC on the assessment and management of flood risks (European Parliament, 2007). The analysis is performed by means of a quasi-2D hydraulic model, which has been developed on the basis of a laser-scanning DTM and a large amount of calibration data recorded during the significant flood event of October 2000.

  3. The December, 1931 absorption experiments by Irene and Fredrick Joliot-Curie using Po Be, PoB and PoLi sources to study penetrating radiation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shafroth, Stephen

    2005-03-01

    The December, 1931 absorption experiments by Irene and Fredrick Joliot-Curie using Po Be, PoB and PoLi sources to study penetrating radiation S.M. Shafroth, Physics and Astronomy Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 27599-3255, mailto:shafroth@physics.unc.edushafroth@physics.unc.edu The experimental arrangement including the Hoffman electroscope radiation detector and samples of the raw data are shown.^1 The emitted neutrons were interpreted as very high energy penetrating gammas. The exponential decay of detected radiation with thicknesses of Pb from 1.5- 5 cm are shown. I. Curie concludes, based on current knowledge of absorption coefficients vs gamma energy, that the gamma energy from PoBe was 15-20 MeV. However cloud chamber experiments had shown that the ``penetrating radiation'' could eject protons from paraffin with energies of 4.5 and 2 MeV in the case of Be and B respectively. If the ejection mechanism were the Compton effect, the gamma energies had to be 50 and 35 MeV respectively. Finally they conclude that the discrepancy in gamma energies could be ``due to the uncertainties.'' 1. Comptes Rendus de l'Academie des Sciences, S'eance du 28 Decembre 1931

  4. PoSSUM: Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere

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    Reimuller, J. D.; Fritts, D. C.; Thomas, G. E.; Taylor, M. J.; Mitchell, S.; Lehmacher, G. A.; Watchorn, S. R.; Baumgarten, G.; Plane, J. M.

    2013-12-01

    Project PoSSUM (www.projectpossum.org) is a suborbital research project leveraging imaging and remote sensing techniques from Reusable Suborbital Launch Vehicles (rSLVs) to gather critical climate data through use of the PoSSUM Observatory and the PoSSUM Aeronomy Laboratory. An acronym for Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere, PoSSUM grew from the opportunity created by the Noctilucent Cloud Imagery and Tomography Experiment, selected by the NASA Flight Opportunities Program as Experiment 46-S in March 2012. This experiment will employ an rSLV (e.g. the XCOR Lynx Mark II) launched from a high-latitude spaceport (e.g. Eielson AFB, Alaska or Kiruna, Sweden) during a week-long deployment scheduled for July 2015 to address critical questions concerning noctilucent clouds (NLCs) through flights that transition the cloud layer where the clouds will be under direct illumination from the sun. The 2015 Project PoSSUM NLC campaign will use the unique capability of rSLVs to address key under-answered questions pertaining to NLCs. Specifically, PoSSUM will answer: 1) What are the small-scale dynamics of NLCs and what does this tell us about the energy and momentum deposition from the lower atmosphere? 2) What is the seasonal variability of NLCs, mesospheric dynamics, and temperatures? 3) Are structures observed in the OH layer coupled with NLC structures? 4) How do NLCs nucleate? and 5) What is the geometry of NLC particles and how do they stratify? Instrumentation will include video and still-frame visible cameras (PoSSUMCam), infrared cameras, a mesospheric temperatures experiment, a depolarization LiDAR, a mesospheric density and temperatures experiment (MCAT), a mesospheric winds experiment, and a meteoric smoke detector (MASS). The instrument suite used on PoSSUM will mature through subsequent campaigns to develop an integrated, modular laboratory (the ';PoSSUM Observatory') that will provide repeatable, low cost, in-situ NLC and aeronomy observations as well

  5. Structural and Electrochemical Characterization of Pure LiFePO 4 and Nanocomposite C- LiFePO 4 Cathodes for Lithium Ion Rechargeable Batteries

    DOE PAGESBeta

    Kumar, Arun; Thomas, R.; Karan, N. K.; Saavedra-Arias, J. J.; Singh, M. K.; Majumder, S. B.; Tomar, M. S.; Katiyar, R. S.

    2009-01-01

    Pure limore » thium iron phosphate ( LiFePO 4 ) and carbon-coated LiFePO 4 (C- LiFePO 4 ) cathode materials were synthesized for Li-ion batteries. Structural and electrochemical properties of these materials were compared. X-ray diffraction revealed orthorhombic olivine structure. Micro-Raman scattering analysis indicates amorphous carbon, and TEM micrographs show carbon coating on LiFePO 4 particles. Ex situ Raman spectrum of C- LiFePO 4 at various stages of charging and discharging showed reversibility upon electrochemical cycling. The cyclic voltammograms of LiFePO 4 and C- LiFePO 4 showed only a pair of peaks corresponding to the anodic and cathodic reactions. The first discharge capacities were 63, 43, and 13 mAh/g for C/5, C/3, and C/2, respectively for LiFePO 4 where as in case of C- LiFePO 4 that were 163, 144, 118, and 70 mAh/g for C/5, C/3, C/2, and 1C, respectively. The capacity retention of pure LiFePO 4 was 69% after 25 cycles where as that of C- LiFePO 4 was around 97% after 50 cycles. These results indicate that the capacity and the rate capability improved significantly upon carbon coating.« less

  6. Baseline concentration of Polonium-210 ((210)Po) in tuna fish.

    PubMed

    Khan, M Feroz; Wesley, S Godwin

    2016-06-15

    Several species of tuna fish were analyzed for (210)Po content in their edible muscle tissues. This study was carried out as a part of baseline data generation around a large nuclear power plant situated at Kudankulam, southeast coast of India. The concentration of (210)Po in the muscle tissue ranged from 40.9±5.2 to 92.5±7.9Bq/kg of fresh fish, and the highest activity was recorded for the tuna Euthynnus affinis and the lowest for Auxis thazard. The committed effective dose to the local residents was calculated to be 62.7-141.8μSvyear(-1). PMID:27045047

  7. Low temperature heat capacity of PuPO 4

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Thiriet, C.; Konings, R. J. M.; Wastin, F.

    2005-09-01

    PuPO 4 was prepared successfully by coprecipitation and its heat capacity measured between 5 K and 300 K by a hybrid adiabatic relaxation calorimeter. The standard entropy S0 (298.15 K) of PuPO 4 was derived and a semi-empirical method was used to describe the total entropy as the sum of the lattice entropy Slat and the excess entropy Sexs as verified for the iso-electronic lanthanide orthophosphates. Thus the standard entropies of some actinide (III) orthophosphates were estimated.

  8. Optimization of Carbon Coatings on LiFePO4

    SciTech Connect

    Doeff, Marca M.; Wilcox, James D.; Kostecki, Robert; Lau, Grace

    2005-07-14

    The electrochemical performance of LiFePO{sub 4} in lithium cells is strongly dependent on the structure (disordered/graphene or D/G ratio) of the in situ carbon produced during synthesis from carbon-containing precursors. Addition of pyromellitic acid (PA) prior to final calcination results in lower D/G ratios, yielding a higher-rate material. Further, improvements in electrochemical performance are realized when graphitization catalysts such as ferrocene are also added during LiFePO{sub 4} preparation, although overall carbon content is still less than 2 wt.%.

  9. The Imagine the Universe! E/PO Program

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    Lochner, James C.; White, Nicholas E. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Since 1996, the Imagine the Universe! E/PO program has brought information and curriculum support materials to upper middle school, high school, and lower undergraduate students and their teachers on topics in the Structure and Evolution of the Universe (SEU) theme. The Imagine E/PO program consists of a web site, a series of posters and information/activity booklets, and a repertoire of educator workshops. We involve both scientists and educators in the development and testing of the materials. We describe here the various aspects of this program.

  10. β-K(VO2)2(PO4).

    PubMed

    Ezzine Yahmed, Safa; Ayed, Meriem; Zid, Mohamed Faouzi; Driss, Ahmed

    2013-01-01

    A new vanadium oxide, potassium bis-(dioxovanad-yl) phosphate, β-K(VO2)2(PO4), has been synthesized by a solid-state reaction. In the title compound, the [V2PO8] framework is built up from infinite pyramidal [V2O8]∞ and [VPO7]∞ chains linked together by V-O-P bridges, leading to a three-dimensional framework which delimits two types of inter-secting tunnels running along [100] and [010] in which the four unique K(+) ions, showing coordination numbers of nine and ten, are located. PMID:23476311

  11. Neutron diffraction studies of the Na-ion battery electrode materials NaCoCr2(PO4)3, NaNiCr2(PO4)3, and Na2Ni2Cr(PO4)3

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    Yahia, H. Ben; Essehli, R.; Avdeev, M.; Park, J.-B.; Sun, Y.-K.; Al-Maadeed, M. A.; Belharouak, I.

    2016-06-01

    The new compounds NaCoCr2(PO4)3, NaNiCr2(PO4)3, and Na2Ni2Cr(PO4)3 were synthesized by sol-gel method and their crystal structures were determined by using neutron powder diffraction data. These compounds were characterized by galvanometric cycling and cyclic voltammetry. NaCoCr2(PO4)3, NaNiCr2(PO4)3, and Na2Ni2Cr(PO4)3 crystallize with a stuffed α-CrPO4-type structure. The structure consists of a 3D-framework made of octahedra and tetrahedra that are sharing corners and/or edges generating channels along [100] and [010], in which the sodium atoms are located. Of significance, in the structures of NaNiCr2(PO4)3, and Na2Ni2Cr(PO4)3 a statistical disorder Ni2+/Cr3+ was observed on both the 8g and 4a atomic positions, whereas in NaCoCr2(PO4)3 the statistical disorder Co2+/Cr3+ was only observed on the 8g atomic position. When tested as negative electrode materials, NaCoCr2(PO4)3, NaNiCr2(PO4)3, and Na2Ni2Cr(PO4)3 delivered specific capacities of 352, 385, and 368 mA h g-1, respectively, which attests to the electrochemical activity of sodium in these compounds.

  12. [Establishment and activity of PoKuNyoKwan].

    PubMed

    Lee, Bang Weon

    2008-06-01

    PoKuNyoKwan was established in 1887 by Meta Howard, a female doctor who was dispatched from Woman's Foreign Missionary Society, an evangelical branch affiliated with U.S. North Methodist Church. PoKuNyoKwan was equipped with dispensaries, waiting rooms, pharmacies, warehouses, operating rooms, and wards for about 30 patients. It used a traditional Korean house, which was renovated for its medical purpose, in Ewha Haktang. Residing in Chung Dong, the medical institution had taken care of women's mental and physical health for about 25 years, until it was merged with East Gate Lillian Harris Memorial Hospital in 1912, and then its dispensary function was abolished in 1913. Medical missionaries (Meta Howard, Rosetta Sherwood, Mary M. Cutler, Emma Ernsberger, Esther K. Pak, Amanda F. Hillman) and nurse missionaries (Ella Lewis, Margaret J. Edmunds, Alta I. Morrison, Naomi A. Anderson), who were professionally trained in the United States, and their helpers, who were trained by those missionaries, managed PoKuNyoKwan. Nurses who were educated in Nurses' Training School, which was also established by PoKuNyoKwan, helped to run the institution as well. At the beginning, they usually had worked as a team of one medical missionary and three helpers. Since its establishment in 1903, however, the helpers began to enter the Nurses' Training School to become professional nurses, and the helpers eventually faded out because of the proliferation of those nurses. PoKuNyoKwan did not only offer medical services but also executed educational and evangelical activities. Medical missionaries struggled to overcome Koreans' ignorance and prejudice against westerners and western medical services, while they took care of their patients at office, for calls, and in hospital dispensaries. Enlightening the public by criticizing Korean traditional medical treatments including fork remedies, acupuncture, and superstitions, they helped modernization of medical systems in Korea. In the area of

  13. Size-dependent magnetic ordering and spin-dynamics in DyPO4 and GdPO4 nanoparticles

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    Evangelisti, Marco; Sorop, Tibi G; Bakharev, Oleg N; Visser, Dirk; Hillier, Adrian D.; Alonso, Juan; Haase, Markus; Boatner, Lynn A; De Jongh, L. Jos

    2011-01-01

    Low-temperature magnetic susceptibility and heat capacity measurements on nanoparticles (d 2.6 nm) of the antiferromagnetic compounds DyPO4 (TN = 3:4 K) and GdPO4 (TN = 0:77 K) provide clear demonstrations of finite-size effects, which limit the divergence of the magnetic correlation lengths, thereby suppressing the bulk long-range magnetic ordering transitions. Instead, the incomplete antiferromagnetic order inside the particles leads to the formation of net magnetic moments on the particles. For the nanoparticles of Ising-type DyPO4 superparamagnetic blocking is found in the ac-susceptibility at 1 K, those of the XY-type GdPO4 analogue show a dipolar spin-glass transition at 0:2 K. Monte Carlo simulations for the magnetic heat capacities of both bulk and nanoparticle samples are in agreement with the experimental data. Strong size effects are also apparent in the Dy3+ and Gd3+ spin-dynamics, which were studied by zero-field SR relaxation and high-field 31P-NMR nuclear relaxation measurements. The freezing transitions observed in the ac-susceptibility of the nanoparticles also appear as peaks in the temperature dependence of the zero-field SR rates, but at slightly higher temperatures - as to be expected from the higher frequency of the muon probe. For both bulk and nanoparticles of GdPO4, the muon and 31P-NMR rates are for T 5 K dominated by exchange-narrowed hyperfine broadening arising from the electron spin-spin interactions inside the particles. The dipolar hyperfine interactions acting on the muons and the 31P are, however, much reduced in the nanoparticles. For the DyPO4 analogues the high-temperature rates appear to be fully determined by electron spin-lattice relaxation processes.

  14. Structure for Storing Properties of Particles (PoP)

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    Patel, N. R.; Mattoon, C. M.; Beck, B. R.; Summers, N. C.; Brown, D. A.

    2014-06-01

    Some evaluated nuclear databases are critical for applications such as nuclear energy, nuclear medicine, homeland security, and stockpile stewardship. Particle masses, nuclear excitation levels, and other “Properties of Particles” are essential for making evaluated nuclear databases. Currently, these properties are obtained from various databases that are stored in outdated formats. Moreover, the “Properties of Particles” (PoP) structure is being designed that will allow storing all information for one or more particles in a single place, so that each evaluation, simulation, model calculation, etc. can link to the same data. Information provided in PoP will include properties of nuclei, gammas and electrons (along with other particles such as pions, as evaluations extend to higher energies). Presently, PoP includes masses from the Atomic Mass Evaluation version 2003 (AME2003), and level schemes and gamma decays from the Reference Input Parameter Library (RIPL-3). The data are stored in a hierarchical structure. An example of how PoP stores nuclear masses and energy levels will be presented here.

  15. America's Earliest Revolutionary Voice: Po-Pay--Not Patrick Henry.

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    Owen, Gordon R.

    A full century before Patrick Henry's persuasive battle for the rights of oppressed people, a San Juan Pueblo Indian medicine man known only as Po-Pay was the masterful communicator and agitator who orchestrated the first American revolution to drive the Spanish back into Mexico. Seeking mineral wealth, cheap labor, and the maximum number of…

  16. Spontaneous Fluctuations of PO2 in the Rabbit Somatosensory Cortex.

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    Linsenmeier, Robert A; Aksenov, Daniil P; Faber, Holden M; Makar, Peter; Wyrwicz, Alice M

    2016-01-01

    In many tissues, PO2 fluctuates spontaneously with amplitudes of a few mmHg. Here we further characterized these oscillations. PO2 recordings were made from the whisker barrel cortex of six rabbits with acutely or chronically placed polarographic electrodes. Measurements were made while rabbits were awake and while anesthetized with isoflurane, during air breathing, and during 100% oxygen inspiration. In awake rabbits, 90% of the power was between 0 and 20 cycles per minute (cpm), not uniformly distributed over this range, but with a peak frequently near 10 cpm. This was much slower than heart or respiratory rhythms and is similar to the frequency content observed in other tissues. During hyperoxia, total power was higher than during air-breathing, and the dominant frequencies tended to shift toward lower values (0-10 cpm). These observations suggest that at least the lower frequency fluctuations represent efforts by the circulation to regulate local PO2. There were no consistent changes in total power during 0.5 or 1.5% isoflurane anesthesia, but the power shifted to lower frequencies. Thus, both hyperoxia and anesthesia cause characteristic, but distinct, changes in spontaneous fluctuations. These PO2 fluctuations may be caused by vasomotion, but other factors cannot be ruled out. PMID:26782227

  17. Measurement of airborne {sup 218}Po - A Bayesian approach

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    Groer, P.G.; Lo, Y.

    1996-12-01

    The standard mathematical treatment of the buildup and decay of airborne radionuclides on a filter paper uses the solutions of the so-called bateman equations adapted to the sampling process. The equations can be interpreted as differential equations for the expectation of an underlying stochastic process, which describes the random fluctuations in the accumulation and decay of the sampled radioactive atoms. The process for the buildup and decay of airborne {sup 218}Po can be characterized as an {open_quotes}immigration-death process{close_quotes} in the widely adopted, biologically based jargon. The probability distribution for the number of {sup 218}Po atoms, accumulated after sampling time t, is Poisson. We show that the distribution of the number of counts, registered by a detector with efficiency {epsilon} during a counting period T after the end of sampling, it also Poisson, with mean dependent on {epsilon},t,T, the flowrate and N{sub o}, the number of airborne {sup 218}Po atoms per unit volume. This Poisson distribution was used to construct the likelihood given the observed number of counts. After inversion with Bayes` Theorem we obtained the posterior density for N{sub o}. This density characterizes the remaining uncertainty about the measured under of {sup 218}Po atoms per unit volume of air. 6 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  18. Measurement of airborne 218Po--a Bayesian approach.

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    Groer, P G; Lo, Y

    1996-12-01

    The standard mathematical treatment of the buildup and decay of airborne radionuclides on a filter paper uses the solutions of the so-called Bateman equations adapted to the sampling process. These equations can be interpreted as differential equations for the expectation of an underlying stochastic process, which describes the random fluctuations in the accumulation and decay of the sampled radioactive atoms. The process for the buildup and decay of airborne 218Po can be characterized as an "immigration-death process" in the widely adopted, biologically based jargon. The probability distribution for the number of 218Po atoms, accumulated after sampling time t, is Poisson. We show that the distribution of the number of counts, registered by a detector with efficiency epsilon during a counting period T after the end of sampling, is also Poisson, with mean dependent on epsilon, t, T, the flowrate and N(o), the number of airborne 218Po atoms per unit volume. This Poisson distribution was used to construct the likelihood given the observed number of counts. After inversion with Bayes' Theorem we obtained the posterior density for N(o). This density characterizes the remaining uncertainty about the measured number of 218Po atoms per unit volume of air. PMID:8919080

  19. PoGOLite measurement of Crab polarisation and future plans

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    Pearce, Mark

    2016-07-01

    (For the PoGOLite Collaboration) The PoGOLite Pathfinder is a balloon-borne hard X-ray polarimeter designed for the observation of bright, ~1 Crab, sources. Polarisation is determined by measuring the azimuthal Compton scattering angle of incident X-rays in an array of plastic scintillators housed in an BGO anticoincidence well. The PoGOLite Pathfinder was launched from the SSC Esrange Space Centre in July 2013 resulting in a near-circumpolar flight of two weeks duration. The linear polarisation of hard X-ray emissions from the Crab was measured in a previously unexplored energy interval, 20-120 keV. The polarimetric response was characterised prior to flight using both polarised and unpolarised calibration sources. Systematic effects were addressed through observations of a background field. An upgraded polarimeter, PoGO+, is scheduled to fly in summer 2016 from Esrange. Results from the 2013 Pathfinder flight and prospects for the 2016 flight will be discussed.

  20. Recoil-deposited Po-210 in radon dwellings

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    Samuelsson, C.

    1990-12-31

    Short-lived decay products of Rn-222 plate out on all surfaces in a house containing radon gas. Following the subsequent alpha decays of the mother nuclei, the daughter products Pb-214 and Pb-210 are superficially and permanently absorbed. Due to its long half-life (22 y) the activity of absorbed Pb-210 accumulates in the surface. The activity of Pb-210, or its decay products, can thus reflect the past randon daughter and plate-out history of a house over several decades. Our results and experience from measurements of Po-210 and Rn-222 in 22 dwellings will be presented. In these studies the Po-210 surface activity of one plane glass sheet per dwelling (window panes were not used) has been determined and compared with the period of exposure times the mean radon concentration measured over a two-month period. Considering the large uncertainty in the integrated radon exposure estimate the surface {sup 210}Po correlates well (r=0.73) with the accumulated radon exposure. The {sup 210}Po activity of the glass samples has been measured non-destructively using an open-flow pulse ionization chamber and this detector has also been successfully applied in field exercises.

  1. Design and network applications of PoE

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    Feng, Xiancheng; Yun, Xiang; Chen, Ying

    2008-12-01

    With the rapid development of digital networks, many of the appliances in life are widely used, particularly in wireless LAN and IP telephony. Ethernet-based data terminals have been widely used in many areas, although the device's power consumption is low, but in general stability and reliability of the power is of very high requirements. In this paper, PoE technology (a solution focused on long-distance power supply system) is focused on the PoE power supply equipment, power-operation process, the system configuration management, automatic detection, and other major technology. Also, at the same time it introduces the use of PoE technology for wireless access points designed to supply power as a kind of typical application in the local network, the programme through the network to provide power system solutions, and expand the use of PoE equipment and make full use of the existing network resources, providing users with convenient and stable service.

  2. Structure for Storing Properties of Particles (PoP)

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    Patel, N.R.; Mattoon, C.M.; Beck, B.R.; Summers, N.C.; Brown, D.A.

    2014-06-15

    Evaluated nuclear databases are critical for applications such as nuclear energy, nuclear medicine, homeland security, and stockpile stewardship. Particle masses, nuclear excitation levels, and other “Properties of Particles” are essential for making evaluated nuclear databases. Currently, these properties are obtained from various databases that are stored in outdated formats. A “Properties of Particles” (PoP) structure is being designed that will allow storing all information for one or more particles in a single place, so that each evaluation, simulation, model calculation, etc. can link to the same data. Information provided in PoP will include properties of nuclei, gammas and electrons (along with other particles such as pions, as evaluations extend to higher energies). Presently, PoP includes masses from the Atomic Mass Evaluation version 2003 (AME2003), and level schemes and gamma decays from the Reference Input Parameter Library (RIPL-3). The data are stored in a hierarchical structure. An example of how PoP stores nuclear masses and energy levels will be presented here.

  3. Development of a Portable Motor Learning Laboratory (PoMLab).

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    Takiyama, Ken; Shinya, Masahiro

    2016-01-01

    Most motor learning experiments have been conducted in a laboratory setting. In this type of setting, a huge and expensive manipulandum is frequently used, requiring a large budget and wide open space. Subjects also need to travel to the laboratory, which is a burden for them. This burden is particularly severe for patients with neurological disorders. Here, we describe the development of a novel application based on Unity3D and smart devices, e.g., smartphones or tablet devices, that can be used to conduct motor learning experiments at any time and in any place, without requiring a large budget and wide open space and without the burden of travel on subjects. We refer to our application as POrtable Motor learning LABoratory, or PoMLab. PoMLab is a multiplatform application that is available and sharable for free. We investigated whether PoMLab could be an alternative to the laboratory setting using a visuomotor rotation paradigm that causes sensory prediction error, enabling the investigation of how subjects minimize the error. In the first experiment, subjects could adapt to a constant visuomotor rotation that was abruptly applied at a specific trial. The learning curve for the first experiment could be modeled well using a state space model, a mathematical model that describes the motor leaning process. In the second experiment, subjects could adapt to a visuomotor rotation that gradually increased each trial. The subjects adapted to the gradually increasing visuomotor rotation without being aware of the visuomotor rotation. These experimental results have been reported for conventional experiments conducted in a laboratory setting, and our PoMLab application could reproduce these results. PoMLab can thus be considered an alternative to the laboratory setting. We also conducted follow-up experiments in university physical education classes. A state space model that was fit to the data obtained in the laboratory experiments could predict the learning curves

  4. Development of a Portable Motor Learning Laboratory (PoMLab)

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    Shinya, Masahiro

    2016-01-01

    Most motor learning experiments have been conducted in a laboratory setting. In this type of setting, a huge and expensive manipulandum is frequently used, requiring a large budget and wide open space. Subjects also need to travel to the laboratory, which is a burden for them. This burden is particularly severe for patients with neurological disorders. Here, we describe the development of a novel application based on Unity3D and smart devices, e.g., smartphones or tablet devices, that can be used to conduct motor learning experiments at any time and in any place, without requiring a large budget and wide open space and without the burden of travel on subjects. We refer to our application as POrtable Motor learning LABoratory, or PoMLab. PoMLab is a multiplatform application that is available and sharable for free. We investigated whether PoMLab could be an alternative to the laboratory setting using a visuomotor rotation paradigm that causes sensory prediction error, enabling the investigation of how subjects minimize the error. In the first experiment, subjects could adapt to a constant visuomotor rotation that was abruptly applied at a specific trial. The learning curve for the first experiment could be modeled well using a state space model, a mathematical model that describes the motor leaning process. In the second experiment, subjects could adapt to a visuomotor rotation that gradually increased each trial. The subjects adapted to the gradually increasing visuomotor rotation without being aware of the visuomotor rotation. These experimental results have been reported for conventional experiments conducted in a laboratory setting, and our PoMLab application could reproduce these results. PoMLab can thus be considered an alternative to the laboratory setting. We also conducted follow-up experiments in university physical education classes. A state space model that was fit to the data obtained in the laboratory experiments could predict the learning curves

  5. EPR Studies of the Defect Centers in γ-Irradiated KH2PO4, NH4H2PO4 and Ba(H2PO4)2 Single Crystals: Effects of Impurities and Thermal Annealing

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    Yu, Jiang-Tsu; Lou, Ssu-Hao

    1993-09-01

    The CrO42- impurity has been found to be very effective in stabilizing a phosphorus oxyradical produced by γ-irradiation at room temperature in KH2PO4 and NH4H2PO4 crystals. A similar radical species can be observed in pure Ba(H2PO4)2 crystals γ-irradiated at room temperature. The observed principal values of the g-factor and the 31P hyperfine splitting indicate that this radical species could be the [PO5]2- or [O3POO]2-.

  6. NASA's Planetary Science E/PO Forum: Reflections on Five Years of Effort to Support an E/PO Community

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    Shipp, S. S.; Shebby, S.; Buxner, S.; Boonstra, D.; Cobabe-Ammann, E. A.; Cobb, W. H.; Dalton, H.; Grier, J.; Klug Boonstra, S. L.; LaConte, K.; Ristvey, J.; Shupla, C. B.; Weeks, S.; Wessen, A. S.; Zimmerman-Brachman, R.

    2014-12-01

    Over the past decade, NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) has funded four education and public outreach (E/PO) forums, aligned with each of its science divisions, including Astrophysics, Earth Science, Heliophysics, and Planetary Science. Together, these forums help organize individual division E/PO programs into a coordinated, effective, efficient, nationwide effort that shares the scientific discoveries of NASA across a broad array of audiences. In the past four-and-a-half years, the Planetary Science Division's Forum - in collaboration with the other three Forums - has worked to support its community of education professionals and scientists involved in E/PO to communicate, collaborate, and strengthen their efforts. The Forum's work encompasses identification of best practices based on educational research, increasing understanding of needs through audience-based working groups, the development of strategic collaborations and partnerships to increase programmatic reach, and the creation of strategic resources to support community members in their E/PO work (e.g., an online workspace for the community to communicate, collaborate, and share practices; recommendations to scientists for increasing impact in educational settings; a one-stop shop for NASA SMD classroom and informal education products, http://nasawavelength.org). Drawing on evaluation data, the presentation will explore what resources and support mechanisms are valued by the community, ways the community uses the available resources, and the outcomes of the effort to date.

  7. A synthesis of LiFePO{sub 4} starting from FePO{sub 4} under reducing atmosphere

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    Prosini, Pier Paolo; Cento, Cinzia; Masci, Amedeo; Carewska, Maria; Gislon, Paola

    2014-06-19

    A fast and easy way to produce LiFePO{sub 4} starting from FePO{sub 4}, used as iron and phosphorus source, is proposed. 5% hydrogen is employed as a reducing agent and various compounds containing lithium as lithiation agents. The selected lithiation agents included: LiCl, CH{sub 3}COOLi, LiOH, Li{sub 2}S, LiH, and Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3}. Solid state synthesis is used for the LiFePO{sub 4} preparation and the so obtained materials are structurally characterized by XRD. The materials are used to fabricate composite electrode and their specific capacity is evaluated by low rate galvanostatic charge/discharge cycles (C/10 rate). Among the various lithium salts, the acetate give rise to the LiFePO{sub 4} with the best electrochemical performance. The morphology of this material is further investigated by SEM microscopy and the specific capacity is evaluated as a function of the discharge rate and the cycle number.

  8. Pressure-induced zircon-type to scheelite-type phase transitions in YbPO{sub 4} and LuPO{sub 4}

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    Zhang, F.X. Lang, M.; Ewing, R.C. Lian, J.; Wang, Z.W.; Hu, J.; Boatner, L.A.

    2008-10-15

    The tetragonal orthophosphates, YbPO{sub 4} and LuPO{sub 4}, were studied by in situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) at pressures up to 52 and 43 GPa, respectively. A reversible phase transition from the zircon structure-type to the scheelite structure-type was found at {approx}22 GPa for YbPO{sub 4} and 19 GPa for LuPO{sub 4}. Coinciding with the transition from the zircon structure-type to the scheelite structure-type, there is a {approx}10% reduction in volume and a significant increase in the bulk modulus for both compounds. - Graphical abstract: The tetragonal orthophosphates, YbPO{sub 4} and LuPO{sub 4}, show reversible phase transitions from the zircon structure-type to the scheelite structure-type at {approx}22 and 19 Gpa, respectively. Coinciding with the phase transition, there is a {approx}10% reduction in unit cell volume.

  9. Stability of luminescence in LaPO4, LaPO4 :RE(3+) (RE = Dy, Eu) nanophosphors.

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    Pimpalshende, D M; Dhoble, S J

    2015-03-01

    The property of high refractive index, low solubility in water as well as stability to high temperature variation of lanthanum phosphate (LaPO4 ) proved it was the most effective candidate for the production of display lamps, and plasma display panel devices and sensors. The morphological and nanostructural characteristics play a key role in the working efficiency of the luminescent material. These properties can be controlled by the synthesis method, which we have adopted in this paper. We have prepared LaPO4 nanoparticles at a relatively low temperature (110 ºC) in polyethylene glycol medium by using a wet chemical one-step synthesis. The phase composition and structural properties of the sample have been characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared, transmission electron microscopy and the luminescent property by photoluminescence and thermoluminescence. The samples were well crystallized and the average crystallite size of 15 nm has been calculated for pure LaPO4 using the Debye-Scherrer equation. The result from heat-treated samples shows the phase combination and morphological structure of the powder depend on the annealing temperature. The heat treatment changes the structure of LaPO4 from cuboid rods to fine grains at about 600 °C. The emission spectrum of LaPO4 shows the broad emission band at 368 nm and shoulder at 465 nm with emission of blue color when monitored at an excitation wavelength at 256 nm. The stability of phosphor has been studied with respect to humidity, temperature, doping, doping concentration, γ-ray exposures, etc. The prepared nanosized phosphors were thermally stable and may be a promising blue phosphor for lighting technology as well as radiation dosimetry. PMID:24942642

  10. Formation and diffusion of vacancy-polaron complex in olivine-type LiMnPO4 and LiFePO4

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    Asari, Yusuke; Suwa, Yuji; Hamada, Tomoyuki

    2011-10-01

    Formation and diffusion of a vacancy-polaron complex in olivine-type cathode-active materials, namely, LiMPO4 (M = Fe, Mn), were theoretically investigated by using the first-principles density functional theory within a framework of GGA + U method. It is shown that a lithium vacancy and a corresponding hole-polaron form the complex at the fully lithiated limit owing to lattice distortion and Coulomb interaction between them. It is also shown that the formation energy of the complex in LiMnPO4 is 0.19 eV higher than that in LiFePO4, since a hole polaron in LiMnPO4 is not sufficiently relaxed. As a result, the nucleation rate of MnPO4 phase in LiMnPO4 is 10-3 times slower than that in LiFePO4 and represents the main difference between the kinetics in the initial stage of charging of the two olivine materials. It was also found that the activation energy of the complex diffusion is limited by vacancy hopping in LiMnPO4, while it is determined by both vacancy hopping and polaron hopping in LiFePO4. The activation energy in LiMnPO4, 0.38 eV, is comparable with that in LiFePO4, 0.42 eV. The calculated potential energy profile, showed that the minimum energy path of the diffusing lithium in LiMnPO4 has the same winding shape as that in LiFePO4.

  11. Pressure-Induced Zircon-Type to Scheelite-Type Phase Transition in Orthophosphates YbPO4 and LuPO4

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    Zhang, F.; Maik, L; Ewing, R; Lian, J; Wang, Z; Hu, J; Boatner, L

    2008-01-01

    The tetragonal orthophosphates, YbPO4 and LuPO4, were studied by in situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) at pressures up to 52 and 43 GPa, respectively. A reversible phase transition from the zircon structure-type to the scheelite structure-type was found at not, vert, similar22 GPa for YbPO4 and 19 GPa for LuPO4. Coinciding with the transition from the zircon structure-type to the scheelite structure-type, there is a not, vert, similar 10% reduction in volume and a significant increase in the bulk modulus for both compounds.

  12. High pressure structural phase transitions of PbPo

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    Bencherif, Y.; Boukra, A.; Zaoui, A.; Ferhat, M.

    2012-09-01

    First-principles calculations have been performed to investigate the high pressure phase transitions and dynamical properties of the less known lead polonium compound. The calculated ground state parameters for the NaCl phase show good agreement with the experimental data. The obtained results show that the intermediate phase transition for this compound is the orthorhombic Pnma phase. The PbPo undergoes from the rocksalt to Pnma phase at 4.20 GPa. Further structural phase transition from intermediate to CsCl phase has been found at 8.5 GPa. In addition, phonon dispersion spectra were derived from linear-response to density functional theory. In particular, we show that the dynamical properties of PbPo exhibit some peculiar features compared to other III-V compounds. Finally, thermodynamics properties have been also addressed from quasiharmonic approximation.

  13. The BiPo detector for ultralow radioactivity measurements

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    Bongrand, M.

    2007-03-28

    The BiPo project is dedicated to the measurement of extremely low radioactivity contamination of SuperNEMO source foils (208Tl < 2 {mu}Bq/kg and 214Bi < 10 {mu}Bq/kg). The R and D phase is started : a modular BiPo prototype with its shielding test facility is under construction. The goal of this prototype is to study the background and particularly the surface contamination of scintillators. The first capsule has been installed in the Canfranc Underground Laboratory in October, 17th and is now taking data. After 10.7 days of measurements, a preliminary upper limit on the surface radiopurity of the scintillators of A(208Tl) < 60 {mu}Bq/m2 (90% C. L.) has been obtained.

  14. PoInTree: a polar and interactive phylogenetic tree.

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    Carreras, Marco; Marco, Cerreras; Gianti, Eleonora; Eleonora, Gianti; Sartori, Luca; Luca, Sartori; Plyte, Simon Edward; Edward, Plyte Simon; Isacchi, Antonella; Antonella, Isacchi; Bosotti, Roberta; Roberta, Bosotti

    2005-02-01

    PoInTree (Polar and Interactive Tree) is an application that allows to build, visualize and customize phylogenetic trees in a polar interactive and highly flexible view. It takes as input a FASTA file or multiple alignment formats. Phylogenetic tree calculation is based on a sequence distance method and utilizes the Neighbor Joining (NJ) algorithm. It also allows displaying precalculated trees of the major protein families based on Pfam classification. In PoInTree, nodes can be dynamically opened and closed and distances between genes are graphically represented. Tree root can be centered on a selected leaf. Text search mechanism, color-coding and labeling display are integrated. The visualizer can be connected to an Oracle database containing information on sequences and other biological data, helping to guide their interpretation within a given protein family across multiple species. The application is written in Borland Delphi and based on VCL Teechart Pro 6 graphical component (Steema software). PMID:16144524

  15. Alpha radioactivity in cigarette smoke. [/sup 210/Po

    SciTech Connect

    Cohen, B.S.; Eisenbud, M.; Harley, N.H.

    1980-07-01

    The ..cap alpha.. activity of cigarette smoke tar deposited onto membrane filters was found to be associated with the relatively insoluble fraction. Perfusion of the tar with physiological saline resulted in no change in the mean measured activity, but there was more variability in the measured values for the perfused tar than for the initial tar samples. Analysis of cigarette smoke condensate shows that radium and thorium are present, but over 99% of the ..cap alpha.. activity results from /sup 210/Po. Repeat measurements after a time lapse of 2 1/2 years indicate that the initial /sup 210/Pb content of the tar is roughly 30 to 40% of the original /sup 210/Po content for both unprocessed and perfused samples. An increase in the ..cap alpha.. activity concentration of smoke deposited in lung tissue may result from the lack of solubility of the radioactive material compared with other smoke constituents.

  16. Synthesis and Electrochemical Properties of LiFePO4/C for Lithium Ion Batteries.

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    Gao, Hong; Wang, Jiazhao; Yin, Shengyu; Zheng, Hao; Wang, Shengfu; Feng, Chuanqi; Wang, Shiquan

    2015-03-01

    LiFePO4/C was prepared through a facile rheological phase reaction method by using Fe3(PO4)2, Li3PO4 · 8H2O, and glucose as reactants. The LiFePO4/C samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis. The electrochemical properties of the samples were investigated. The results show that the LiFePO4/C samples have single-phase olivine-type structure, and their particles feature a spherical shape. The carbon coating on the particles of LiFePO4 is about 1.8% of the LiFePO4/C by weight. The particle size was distributed from 0.2 to 1 µm. The initial discharge capacity of LiFePO4/C reached 154 mA h/g at 0.1 C. The retained discharge capacity of LiFePO4/C was 152.9 mA h g(-1) after 50 cycles. The LiFePO4/C also showed better cycling performance than that of the bare LiPeO4 at a higher charge/discharge rate (1 C). The LIFePO4/C prepared in this way could be a promising cathode material for lithium ion battery application. PMID:26413648

  17. Graphs for Isotopes of 84-Po(Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides a graphic representation of nucleon separation energies and residual interaction parameters for isotopes of the chemical element 84-Po (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84).

  18. Evidence of 210Po on Martian dust at Meridiani Planum

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    Meslin, Pierre-Yves; Sabroux, Jean-Christophe; Berger, Lionel; Pineau, Jean-François; Chassefière, Eric

    2006-09-01

    Since the Surveyor and Apollo missions and up to the recent Lunar Prospector mission, 222Rn and 210Po have been key isotopes for understanding gas release events and their spatial and temporal variations on the Moon. Comparatively, these isotopes have drawn much less attention on Mars, if any, despite the wealth of information it could bring on the uppermost meters of the regolith, the exchange of volatiles at the surface, and the atmospheric aerosol cycle. Here we present a statistical analysis of the high-energy end of alpha spectra obtained by the alpha particle X-ray spectrometer onboard Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity and report evidence of 210Po, a decay product of 222Rn, attached to atmospheric dust. The 210Po surface activity on rocks and soils at the landing site is lower than 3.1 × 10-4 Bq cm-2, but analysis of spectra obtained on the dust capture magnet reveals a 210Po activity of (4.6 +/- 2.4) × 10-3 Bq cm-2 (+/-2σ). This difference is due to the very low dust cover index at the landing site. Owing to frequent dust devils, regional and global dust storms that mobilize substantial amounts of dust and homogenize the dust surface layer, we infer that the global average 222Rn exhalation rate is significantly greater on Mars than on the Moon. This comparison supports the hypothesis that on Mars, radon emanation could be comparatively enhanced by the presence of water in the surficial soil. Analysis of atmospheric spectra yields a radon activity upper limit of 16 +/- 5 Bq m-3 during nighttime at the landing site.

  19. Stoichiometry, spin fluctuations, and superconductivity in LaNiPO

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    Klimczuk, Tomasz; Mcqueen, Tyrel M; Williams, Anthony J; Huang, Qiang; Cava, Robert J

    2009-01-01

    Superconductivity in LaNiPO is disrupted by small ({approx}5%) amounts of non-stoichiometry on the lanthanum site, even though the electronic contribution to the heat capacity increases with increasing non-stoichiometry. All samples also exhibit specific heat anomalies consistent with the presence of ferromagnetic spin fluctuations (T{sub sf}{approx} 14K). Comparison of layered nickel phosphide and nickel borocarbide superconductors reveals different structure-property correlations in the two families.

  20. Lattice dynamics of LuPO{sub 4}

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    Nipko, J.C. |; Loong, C.-K.; Loewenhaupt, M.; Reichardt, W.; Braden, M.; Boatner, L.A.

    1996-06-01

    Lutetium orthophosphate is an important nonmagnetic host material for rare-earth-activated luminescence applications. We have measured the LuPO{sub 4} phonon density of states and dispersion curves along the [{xi}00],[{xi}{xi}0], and [00{xi}] symmetry directions by neutron spectroscopy using polycrystalline and single-crystal samples. A quantitative analysis of the neutron results was carried out using a lattice-dynamical shell model.

  1. β-NbPO 5 and β-TaPO 5: Bronzoïds, second members of the monophosphate tungsten bronze series (PO 2) 4(WO 3) 2 m

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    Chahboun, H.; Groult, D.; Hervieu, M.; Raveau, B.

    1986-12-01

    The oxides β-NbPO 5 and β-TaPO 5 have been studied by X-ray diffraction and high resolution electron microscopy. They exhibit different supercells based on an orthorhombic subcell with the parameters a0 = 11.27 Å, b0 = 5.28 Å, c0 = 6.62 Å. It is shown that their framework corresponds to the member m = 2 of the series of monophosphate tungsten bronzes (PO 2) 4(WO 3) 2 m with pentagonal tunnels (MPTB P). The structure can thus be described as built up from ReO 3-type slabs which are two octahedra wide and connected through phosphate planes. The stability of these bronzoïds is discussed with respect to that of the MPTB P compounds. The relationships between the structures of the α and β forms of NbPO 5 and TaPO 5 are studied.

  2. Visible light assisted degradation of organic dye using Ag3PO4

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    Dhanabal, R.; Velmathi, S.; Bose, A. Chandra

    2015-06-01

    The study of visible light photodegradation of organic dye Methylene Blue (MB) have been investigated using silver phosphate (Ag3PO4) as a photocatalyst which is good efficient material for photocatalytic reaction. The simple ion-exchange method is used to prepare Ag3PO4. The structure of the material have been confirmed using X-ray diffraction which shows cubic structure of Ag3PO4. The functional group of the Ag3PO4 has been verified by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The bandgap of Ag3PO4 is calculated using kubelka-munk function from the ultra violet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, the absorption of Ag3PO4 starts from 470 nm. Under simulated visible light irradiation, Ag3PO4 catalyst exhibits good catalytic ability for degrading MB dye.

  3. Seasonal POC fluxes at BATS estimated from 210Po deficits

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    Stewart, Gillian M.; Bradley Moran, S.; Lomas, Michael W.

    2010-01-01

    In this study at the Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study (BATS) site we demonstrate that the polonium-lead disequilibrium system may perform better as a tracer of organic carbon export under low-flux conditions (in this case, <2.5 mmol C m -2 d -1) than under bloom conditions in an oligotrophic setting. With very few exceptions, the POC flux predictions calculated from the water-column 210Po deficit were within a factor of 2 of the POC flux caught in surface-tethered sediment traps. However, we found higher correlation between size-fractionated particulate 210Po activity and POC concentration in November 2006 ( r=0.93) than in January ( r=0.79) and during the spring bloom in March 2007 ( r=0.80). We suggest that this is due to the ability of polonium to distinguish between bulk mass flux and organic carbon export under oligotrophic and lithogenic-driven flux regimes. Further, we found that the POC/Po ratio on particles was largely independent of size class between 10 and 100 μm ( P=0.13) during each season, supporting the notion that export in this oligotrophic system is driven by sinking aggregates of smaller cells and not by large, individual cells.

  4. Origin of the charge gap in LaMnPO

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    McNally, D. E.; Simonson, Jack W.; Post, K. W.; Yin, Zhiping P.; Pezzoli, M.; Smith, G. J.; Leyva, V.; Marques, C.; Debeer-Schmitt, Lisa M.; Kolesnikov, Alexander I.; Zhao, Yang; Lynn, J. W.; Basov, D. N.; Kotliar, G.; Aronson, Meigan C.

    2014-11-18

    In this paper, we present high temperature inelastic neutron scattering and magnetic susceptibility measurements of the antiferromagnetic insulator LaMnPO that are consistent with the presence of two-dimensional magnetic correlations up to a temperature Tmax≈700K»TN=375 K, the Néel temperature. Optical transmission measurements show the T=300 K direct charge gap Δ=1 eV has decreased only marginally by 500 K and suggest it decreases by only 10% at Tmax. Density functional theory and dynamical mean-field theory calculations reproduce a direct charge gap in paramagnetic LaMnPO only when a strong Hund's coupling JH=0.9 eV is included, as well as on-site Hubbard U=8 eV. In conclusion, our results show that LaMnPO is a Mott-Hund's insulator, in which the charge gap is rather insensitive to antiferromagnetic exchange coupling.

  5. Origin of the charge gap in LaMnPO

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    McNally, D. E.; Simonson, Jack W.; Post, K. W.; Yin, Zhiping P.; Pezzoli, M.; Smith, G. J.; Leyva, V.; Marques, C.; Debeer-Schmitt, Lisa M.; Kolesnikov, Alexander I.; et al

    2014-11-18

    In this paper, we present high temperature inelastic neutron scattering and magnetic susceptibility measurements of the antiferromagnetic insulator LaMnPO that are consistent with the presence of two-dimensional magnetic correlations up to a temperature Tmax≈700K»TN=375 K, the Néel temperature. Optical transmission measurements show the T=300 K direct charge gap Δ=1 eV has decreased only marginally by 500 K and suggest it decreases by only 10% at Tmax. Density functional theory and dynamical mean-field theory calculations reproduce a direct charge gap in paramagnetic LaMnPO only when a strong Hund's coupling JH=0.9 eV is included, as well as on-site Hubbard U=8 eV. Inmore » conclusion, our results show that LaMnPO is a Mott-Hund's insulator, in which the charge gap is rather insensitive to antiferromagnetic exchange coupling.« less

  6. The Stanford Solar Observatory Group E/PO Program

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    Scherrer, P. H.

    2003-12-01

    As PI for the SOHO/MDI and SDO/HMI investigations and a Co-I in the NSF CISM STC program I have had the opportunity to help in the formulation and development of a multifaceted education and public outreach program. Our E/PO effort began with a web page and press relations but has grown to include the development of an inexpensive spectrometer with supporting materials, poster development and distribution, and a series of webcasts in collaboration with NASA. The present program, with the support of a dedicated E/PO team, includes the development of a solar planetarium program, and a space weather monitor that can be made available through traditional distribution methods. In collaboration with the Stanford Haas Center for Public Service we are also developing a university course that will teach the essentials of science education as part of a lifetime commitment to public service. The development of the Stanford solar E/PO program and involvement of science professionals in that program will be discussed. (The Michelson Doppler Imager (MDI) is an instrument on the Joint ESA & NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) mission. The Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI), is an instrument on the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) mission which is under development. The Center for Space Weather Modeling (CISM) led by Jeff Hughes at Boston University is an NSF Science and Technology Center.)

  7. Can Vanadium Be Substituted into LiFePO4

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    Omenya F.; Nam K.; Chernova N.A.; Upreti S.; Zavalij P.Y.; Nam K.-W.; Yang X.-Q.; Whittingham M.S.

    2011-11-08

    Vanadium is shown to substitute for iron in the olivine LiFePO{sub 4} up to at least 10 mol %, when the synthesis is carried out at 550 C. In the solid solution LiFe{sub 1-3y/2}V{sub y}PO{sub 4}, the a and b lattice parameters and cell volume decrease with increasing vanadium content, while the c lattice parameter increases slightly. However, when the synthesis is performed at 650 C, a NASICON phase, Li{sub 3}V{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, is also formed, showing that solid solution is a function of the synthesis temperature. X-ray absorption near-edge structure indicates vanadium is in the 3+ oxidation state and in an octahedral environment. Magnetic studies reveal a shift of the antiferromagnetic ordering transition toward lower temperatures with increasing vanadium substitution, confirming solid solution formation. The addition of vanadium enhances the electrochemical performance of the materials especially at high current densities.

  8. Occurrence of 210Po and Biological Effects of Low-Level Exposure: The Need for Research

    PubMed Central

    Wiemels, Joseph L.

    2012-01-01

    Background: Polonium-210 (210Po) concentrations that exceed 1 Bq/L in drinking-water supplies have been reported from four widely separated U.S. states where exposure to it went unnoticed for decades. The radionuclide grandparents of 210Po are common in sediments, and segments of the public may be chronically exposed to low levels of 210Po in drinking water or in food products from animals raised in contaminated areas. Objectives: We summarized information on the environmental behavior, biokinetics, and toxicology of 210Po and identified the need for future research. Methods: Potential linkages between environmental exposure to 210Po and human health effects were identified in a literature review. Discussion: 210Po accumulates in the ovaries where it kills primary oocytes at low doses. Because of its radiosensitivity and tendency to concentrate 210Po, the ovary may be the critical organ in determining the lowest injurious dose for 210Po. 210Po also accumulates in the yolk sac of the embryo and in the fetal and placental tissues. Low-level exposure to 210Po may have subtle, long-term biological effects because of its tropism towards reproductive and embryonic and fetal tissues where exposure to a single alpha particle may kill or damage critical cells. 210Po is present in cigarettes and maternal smoking has several effects that appear consistent with the toxicology of 210Po. Conclusions: Much of the important biological and toxicological research on 210Po is more than four decades old. New research is needed to evaluate environmental exposure to 210Po and the biological effects of low-dose exposure to it so that public health officials can develop appropriate mitigation measures where necessary. PMID:22538346

  9. Space matters: Li+ conduction versus strain effect at FePO4/LiFePO4 interface

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    Lv, Weiqiang; Niu, Yinghua; Jian, Xian; Zhang, Kelvin H. L.; Wang, Wei; Zhao, Jiyun; Wang, Zhiming; Yang, Weiqing; He, Weidong

    2016-02-01

    FePO4/LiFePO4 (FP/LFP) interfacial strain, giving rise to substantial variation in interfacial energy and lattice volume, is inevitable in the (de)lithiation process of LiFePO4, a prototype of Li ion battery cathodes. Extensive theoretical and experimental research has been focused on the effect of lattice strain energy on FP/LFP interface propagation orientation and cyclic stability of the electrode. However, the essential effect of strain induced lattice distortion on Li+ transport at the FP/LFP interface is typically overlooked. In this report, a coherent interface model is derived to evaluate quantitatively the correlation between FP/LFP lattice distortion and Li+ conduction. The results illustrate that the effect of lattice strain on Li+ conduction depends strongly on FP/LFP interface orientations. Lattice strain induces a 90% decrease of Li+ conductivity in ac-plane oriented (de)lithiation at room temperature. The opposite effect of lattice strain on delithiation and lithiation for ab- and bc-orientations is elucidated. In addition, the effect of lattice strain tends to be more pronounced at a lower working temperature. This study provides an efficient platform to comprehend and manipulate Li+ conduction in the charge and discharge of lithium ion batteries, the large-scale application of which is frequently challenged by limited in-cell ion conduction.

  10. 210Po in Nevada groundwater and its relation to gross alpha radioactivity

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Seiler, R.L.

    2011-01-01

    Polonium-210 (210Po) is a highly toxic alpha emitter that is rarely found in groundwater at activities exceeding 1 pCi/L. 210Po activities in 63 domestic and public-supply wells in Lahontan Valley in Churchill County in northern Nevada, United States, ranged from 0.01 ± 0.005 to 178 ± 16 pCi/L with a median activity of 2.88 pCi/L. Wells with high 210Po activities had low dissolved oxygen concentrations (less than 0.1 mg/L) and commonly had pH greater than 9. Lead-210 activities are low and aqueous 210Po is unsupported by 210Pb, indicating that the 210Po is mobilized from aquifer sediments. The only significant contributors to alpha particle activity in Lahontan Valley groundwater are 234/238U, 222Rn, and 210Po. Radon-222 activities were below 1000 pCi/L and were uncorrelated with 210Po activity. The only applicable drinking water standard for 210Po in the United States is the adjusted gross alpha radioactivity (GAR) standard of 15 pCi/L. 210Po was not volatile in a Nevada well, but volatile 210Po has been reported in a Florida well. Additional information on the volatility of 210Po is needed because GAR is an inappropriate method to screen for volatile radionuclides. About 25% of the samples had 210Po activities that exceed the level associated with a lifetime total cancer risk of 1× 10−4 (1.1 pCi/L) without exceeding the GAR standard. In cases where the 72-h GAR exceeds the uranium activity by more than 5 to 10 pCi/L, an analysis to rule out the presence of 210Po may be justified to protect human health even though the maximum contaminant level for adjusted GAR is not exceeded.

  11. Energetics of phosphate frameworks containing zinc and cobalt: NaZnPO{sub 4}, NaH(ZnPO{sub 4}){sub 2}, NaZnPO{sub 4}.H{sub 2}O, NaZnPO{sub 4}.4/3 H{sub 2}O, and NaCo{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}PO{sub 4}.4/3 H{sub 2}O

    SciTech Connect

    Le, So-Nhu; Navrotsky, Alexandra

    2007-09-15

    Differential scanning calorimetry and high temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry were used to study the enthalpy of the {alpha}-{beta} phase transformation of NaZnPO{sub 4} and enthalpies of formation of {alpha}-NaZnPO{sub 4}, NaH(ZnPO{sub 4}){sub 2}, NaZnPO{sub 4}.H{sub 2}O, and NaCo{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}PO{sub 4}.4/3 H{sub 2}O (x=0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3). The enthalpies of formation from the oxides of cobalt substituted in NaZnPO{sub 4}.4/3 H{sub 2}O do not depend on cobalt content, confirming similar acid-base interactions for Zn-PO{sub 4} and Co-PO{sub 4}. While water molecules stabilize zinc phosphate frameworks through solvating a cation or forming extra hydrogen bonds, the partial substitution of water for sodium oxide to form NaH(ZnPO{sub 4}){sub 2} represents the formation of an acidic compound with weaker acid-base interactions and less exothermic enthalpy of formation from oxides than Na{sub 2}(ZnPO{sub 4}){sub 2}. - Graphical abstract: Relative stability of NaZnPO{sub 4} dense phases, open frameworks, and hydrated frameworks. Enthalpy of interaction between water and NaZnPO{sub 4} frameworks is presented by reaction: NaZnPO{sub 4} (cr, open framework) + nH{sub 2}O (l) {yields} NaZnPO{sub 4}.nH{sub 2}O (cr, hydrated framework)

  12. Micro-Raman observation on the H2PO4- association structures in a supersaturated droplet of potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KH2PO4)

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    Syed, Kamran Ajmal; Pang, Shu-Feng; Zhang, Yun; Zhang, Yun-Hong

    2013-01-01

    The efflorescence of an individual KH2PO4 droplet on Teflon substrate was investigated by micro-Raman spectroscopy. With the decrease of relative humidity (RH) from 98.0% to 73.0%, the KH2PO4 droplet lost water gradually and entered into supersaturated state, which was reflected by the area ratio between the water stretching band to the sum of νs-PO2 and νs-P(OH)2 bands of the H2PO4- (A_{H_2 O} /(A_{(ν _s -PO_2 } {+ A}_{ν _s -P(OH)_2 {)}} {)}). In 1.0 mol l-1 KH2PO4 solution, the νs-P(OH)2 and νs-PO2 bands appeared at 877 and 1077 cm-1. In the KH2PO4 droplet, the two bands shifted to 894 and 1039 cm-1 at 98.0% RH, to 899 and 1031 cm-1 at 89.6% RH, and then to 904 and 997 cm-1 at 73.0% RH. Moreover, the aggregation process between the H2PO4- ions was observed from the spectral characteristic of the νs-P(OH)2 band in the concentration process, including the transitions of the H2PO4- ions from monomer in bulk solutions (0.5-1.0 mol l-1) to possible dimers at 98.0% RH and then further to oligomers in the droplet with the RH decrease, which were indicated by the blueshift of the νs-P(OH)2 band and its full width at half-height as a function of the RH. When the RH reached at 72.0%, the anhydrous crystal was obtained. A strong peak appeared at 928 cm-1, implying that the four oxygen atoms of the H2PO4- were all hydrogen bonding through the bridge hydrogen atoms to get the extensive hydrogen-bonded network structure of the H2PO4- association, leading to the symmetric increase of the H2PO4- ion from C2v in dilute solution to quasi-Td in the anhydrous crystal.

  13. 210Po concentration analysis on tobacco and cigarettes in Malaysia

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    Azman, Muhammad Azfar; Rahman, Irman Abdul; Yasir, Muhammad Samudi

    2013-05-01

    Tobacco or better known as the cigarette was smoked since ages. Although many efforts had been made by the Ministry of Health to prevent or reduce the cigarette problem, the smokers still consider that cigarette are not harmful to health. This work is conducted to study the concentration of radionuclides alpha in tobacco and tobacco products in Malaysia. The radionuclide sought in this study is 210Po which is an alpha emitter. The sample used are tobacco and cigarettes, the tobacco samples were taken from tobacco farms in Malaysia while the sample branded cigarettes Marlboro and Gudang Garam were bought in the supermarket. The objectives of this study are to determine the concentration of radionuclides 210Po in tobacco and tobacco products as well as to estimate the radioactivity doses contributing to the smokers in Malaysia. The results for Marlboro cigarettes and Gudang Garam were found to be on the average radionuclide concentration of 210Po is 13.3 mBq/g (Marlboro cigarettes) and 11.9 mBq/g (Gudang Garam). From the total concentration of the cigarette, the estimated annual contribution dose to smokers for every 20 cigarettes smoked per day are 111.9 ± 14.7 μSv/year for Marlboro cigarettes and 100.2 ± 3.3 μSv/year for Gudang Garam cigarettes. The average concentration of radionuclides for tobacco leaf tobacco for each area taken is 3.6 mBq / g for Bachok, 2.4 mBq / g for Tumpat and 3.1 mBq / g for Semerak district.

  14. Quality assessment of bed sediments of the Po River (Italy).

    PubMed

    Viganò, Luigi; Arillo, Attilio; Buffagni, Andrea; Camusso, Marina; Ciannarella, Ruggero; Crosa, Giuseppe; Falugi, Carla; Galassi, Silvana; Guzzella, Licia; Lopez, Antonio; Mingazzini, Marina; Pagnotta, Romano; Patrolecco, Luisa; Tartari, Gianni; Valsecchi, Sara

    2003-02-01

    Comprehensive and contemporary evaluations of physical, chemical and toxicological endpoints have been performed on bed sediments of the Po River, the major Italian watercourse. Two extensive sampling campaigns were conducted in summer and winter low-flow conditions. Composite sediment samples were collected from ten reaches of the main river: the first was located in the upper region (ambient control), and the others downstream of the confluences of nine principal tributaries. The two sampling programs were paralleled by contemporary investigations on the macroinvertebrate community. The particle-size composition along the Po River showed a relatively uniform distribution of fine sand, a progressive downstream decrease of coarse sands and a corresponding increase of fine materials. The levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), extractable organo halides (EOX), Cd, Cr, Cu, Hg, Ni, Pb and Zn were determined in sediment fine particles (< 63 microm), and showed marked changes across the ten river reaches. Their longitudinal trends, as those of organic carbon and total nitrogen, were very similar and largely independent of the survey season. Sediment quality benchmarks were used to evaluate sediment chemistry, and, although the overall level of contamination was from moderate to low, the reaches located downstream of the tributaries Dora Riparia, Dora Baltea, Lambro and Oglio were considered to be at risk. Sediments were tested for toxicity on Oncorhynchus mykiss, Ceriodaphnia dubia, Raphidocelis subcapitata and Vibrio fischeri. The toxicity tests were conducted both with sediment extracts and whole samples. Sediment extracts showed toxic potentials that were consistent with the spatial distribution of contaminants. Whole-sediment toxicity showed moderate/low effects which also included false positives and negatives. Alterations of the macroinvertebrate community were found for many kilometers downstream of Dora Riparia, and

  15. Luminescence Properties of ScPO{sub 4} Single Crystals

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    Boatner, L.A.; Trukhin, A.N.

    1999-08-16

    Flux-grown ScPO{sub 4} single crystals exhibit a number of luminescence bands in their x-ray-excited luminescence spectra - including sharp lines arising from rare-earth elements plus a number of broad bands at 5.6 cV, 4.4 eV, and 3 eV. The band at 5.6 eV was attributed to a self-trapped exciton (STE) [l], and it could be excited at 7 eV and higher energies. This luminescence is strongly polarized (P = 70 %) along the optical axes of the crystal and exhibits a kinetic decay time constant that varies from several ns at room temperature to {approximately}10 {micro}s at 60 K and up to {approximately}1 ms at 10 K. It is assumed that the STE is localized on the SC ions. The band at 3 eV can be excited in the range of the ScPO{sub 4} crystal transparency (decay time = 3 to 4 {micro}s.) This band is attributed to a lead impurity that creates different luminescence centers. At high temperatures, the band at 4.4 eV is dominant in the x-ray-excited TSL and afterglow spectra. Its intensity increases with irradiation time beginning at zero at the initial irradiation time. The 4.4 eV band does not appear in a fast process under a pulsed electron beam, showing that accumulation is necessary for its observation. A sample of ScPO{sub 4} doped with vanadium exhibited a prevalent band at 4.4 eV at T = 480 K.

  16. The sources and fate of (210)Po in the urban air: A review.

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    Długosz-Lisiecka, Magdalena

    2016-09-01

    The origin of (210)Po activity and its fluctuations in the air are discussed in this paper. In the case of atmospheric aerosol samples, a comparison of the (210)Po/(210)Pb and (210)Bi/(210)Pb activity ratios makes it possible not only to determine aerosol residence times but also to appraise the contribution of the unsupported (210)Po coming from other sources than (222)Rn decay, such as human industrial activities, especially coal combustion. A simple mathematical method makes it possible to observe the seasonal fluctuations of the anthropogenic excess of (210)Po in the urban air. The average doses of (210)Po intake with food (including drinking water) and inhalation of urban aerosols are usually lower than those from (210)Po intake by cigarette smokers and negligible in comparison to total natural radiation exposure. PMID:27295049

  17. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-272 (Polonium)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-272 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 272).

  18. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-279 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-279 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 279).

  19. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-277 (Polonium)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-277 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 277).

  20. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-269 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-269 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 269).

  1. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-282 (Polonium)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-282 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 282).

  2. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-275 (Polonium)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-275 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 275).

  3. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-270 (Polonium)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-270 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 270).

  4. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-283 (Polonium)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-283 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 283).

  5. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-276 (Polonium)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-276 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 276).

  6. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-271 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-271 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 271).

  7. An emergency bioassay method for (210)Po in urine.

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    Guérin, Nicolas; Dai, Xiongxin

    2015-09-01

    A rapid method was developed to efficiently measure (210)Po in urine samples in an emergency situation. Polonium-210 in small urine samples (10 mL) was spontaneously deposited on a stainless steel disc in 1 M HCl at room temperature for 4 h in a polyethylene bottle. The metallic disc was then counted for 4 h by alpha spectrometry. The developed method allowed the preparation of large sample batch in a short time. The method meets the requirements for an emergency bioassay procedure. PMID:26115206

  8. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-280 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-280 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 280).

  9. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-278 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-278 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 278).

  10. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-281 (Polonium)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-281 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 281).

  11. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-274 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-274 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 274).

  12. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-268 (Polonium)

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    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-268 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 268).

  13. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-284 (Polonium)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-284 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 284).

  14. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-273 (Polonium)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-273 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 273).

  15. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-267 (Polonium)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-267 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 267).

  16. Atomic Mass and Nuclear Binding Energy for Po-266 (Polonium)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sukhoruchkin, S. I.; Soroko, Z. N.

    This document is part of the Supplement containing the complete sets of data of Subvolume B `Nuclei with Z = 55 - 100' of Volume 22 `Nuclear Binding Energies and Atomic Masses' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms', and additionally including data for nuclei with Z = 101 - 130. It provides atomic mass, mass excess, nuclear binding energy, nucleon separation energies, Q-values, and nucleon residual interaction parameters for atomic nuclei of the isotope Po-266 (Polonium, atomic number Z = 84, mass number A = 266).

  17. Ferroelastic shear bands in Pb3(PO4)2

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    Li, Suzhi; Bismayer, Ulli; Ding, Xiangdong; Salje, Ekhard K. H.

    2016-01-01

    We report shear bands as a precursor structure of deformation twinning in Pb3(PO4)2. Atomic force microscopy shows "slip-line" like traces on the surface of untwinned regions of the sample. The traces are shear bands oriented along twin boundaries of the ferroelastic R 3 ¯ m -C2/c transition. Computer simulations reproduce the shear band patterns and show that each shear band is a precursor embryo of a twin wall that forms under higher shear stress. This observation reveals the structural origin of twin boundaries under stress conditions just before ferroelastic switching occurs.

  18. Climatology of atmospheric PM10 concentration in the Po Valley

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    Bigi, A.; Ghermandi, G.

    2014-01-01

    The limits to atmospheric pollutant concentration set by the European Commission provide a challenging target for the municipalities in the Po Valley, because of the characteristic climatic conditions and high population density of this region. In order to assess climatology and trends in the concentration of atmospheric particles in the Po Valley, a dataset of PM10 data from 41 sites across the Po Valley have been analysed, including both traffic and background sites (either urban, suburban or rural). Of these 41 sites, 18 with 10 yr or longer record have been analysed for long term trend in de-seasonalized monthly means, in annual quantiles and in monthly frequency distribution. A widespread significant decreasing trend has been observed at most sites, up to few percent per year, by Generalised Least Square and Theil-Sen method. All 41 sites have been tested for significant weekly periodicity by Kruskal-Wallis test for mean anomalies and by Wilcoxon test for weekend effect magnitude. A significant weekly periodicity has been observed for most PM10 series, particularly in summer and ascribed mainly to anthropic particulate emissions. A cluster analysis has been applied in order to highlight stations sharing similar pollution conditions over the reference period. Five clusters have been found, two gathering the metropolitan areas of Torino and Milano and their respective nearby sites and the other three clusters gathering north-east, north-west and central Po Valley sites respectively. Finally the observed trends in atmospheric PM10 have been compared to trends in provincial emissions of particulates and PM precursors, and analysed along with data on vehicular fleet age, composition and fuel sales. Significant basin-wide drop in emissions occurred for gaseous pollutants, contrarily to emissions of PM10 and PM2.5, whose drop resulted low and restricted to few provinces. It is not clear whether the decrease for only gaseous emissions is sufficient to explain the

  19. Decay/ingrowth uncertainty correction of (210)Po/(210)Pb in seawater.

    PubMed

    Lin, Wuhui; Ma, Hao; Chen, Liqi; Zeng, Zhi; He, Jianhua; Zeng, Shi

    2014-11-01

    Due to increasing application of (210)Po/(210)Pb in studying particle dynamics, a consistent procedure and calculation to derive accurate and precise result of (210)Po and (210)Pb in seawater should be proposed in the framework of intercalibration by GEOTRACES. The associated uncertainty of radioactivity, which is a significant component of data report, plays a vital role in intercomparison and should be well evaluated. Although measurement uncertainty of laboratory result was well defined in ISO standards and IAEA technical documents, the decay/ingrowth uncertainty correction from laboratory result to in-situ result was less studied. It was demonstrated that the relative uncertainty of in-situ (210)Pb activity was independent of elapsed time and equal to relative uncertainty of laboratory measuring (210)Po activity at second spontaneous deposition date. The relative uncertainty of in-situ (210)Po activity decreases with in-situ activity ratio of (210)Po to (210)Pb and increases with elapsed time between sampling date and separation date, relative uncertainty of laboratory measuring (210)Po activity at first spontaneous deposition date and relative uncertainty of in-situ (210)Pb activity. It was more important to improve precision of (210)Po at first spontaneous deposition date than that of (210)Po at second spontaneous deposition date. To obtain a desirable relative uncertainty of in-situ (210)Po activity, the maximum allowing elapsed time for (210)Po, which was important for sampling strategy making and quality assurance, was calculated by in-situ activity ratio of (210)Po to (210)Pb and precision of analytical method for (210)Po. The methodology of decay/ingrowth uncertainty correction could also be applied for other radionuclide pairs ((234)Th/(238)U, (90)Y/(90)Sr, (210)Bi/(210)Pb), sample matrixes (aerosols), and disciplines. PMID:24992240

  20. {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb intake by the Portuguese population: The contribution of seafood in the dietary intake of {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb

    SciTech Connect

    Carvalho, F.P.

    1995-10-01

    Through analysis of {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb in the diet, the average ingestion rate for the Portuguese population is estimated at 1.2 and 0.47 Bq d{sup -1} per capita for {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb, respectively. Detailed analysis of foods indicate that seafood alone contributes up to 70% of the {sup 210}Po ingestion rate, whereas cerals, vegetables, and meat altogether contribute 79% of the {sup 210}Pb ingestion rate. Consumption of seafood, both in terms of quantities (kg d{sup -1} per person) and preferential consumption of certain marine species, is the cause of the relatively high intake of {sup 210}Po and high {sup 210}Po:{sup 210}Pb ratio in the diet in comparison with other countries. Other {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb sources, namely inhalation of surface air and cigarette smoke, contribute only a small percentage of the adsorption of these radionuclides in the blood. Estimated total body burdens of {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb in adult men, 70 Bq, are 3.5 times higher than estimates for humans living in normal radioactivity regions and consuming a reference diet. Average whole body effective doses for the adult from the Portuguese population are estimated at about 85 {mu}Sv y{sup -1} from {sup 210}Po and 170 {mu}Sv y{sup -1} from {sup 210}Pb adsorbed with the diet. Effective dose from {sup 210}Po in the diet may vary from 25 {mu}Sv y{sup -1} in an heavy consumer of sardines, to 1,000 {mu}Sv y{sup -1} in an hypothetical heavy consumer of molluscs. 46 refs., 2 figs., 4 tabs.

  1. Vitamins A, C, and E May Reduce Intestinal 210Po Levels after Ingestion.

    PubMed

    Kemp, Francis W; Portugal, Frank; Akudugu, John M; Neti, Prasad V S V; Ferraris, Ronaldo P; Howell, Roger W

    2016-07-01

    Damage to the gut mucosa is a probable contributory cause of death from ingested Po. Therefore, medical products are needed that can prevent, mitigate, and/or repair gastrointestinal (GI) damage caused by high-LET radiation emitted by Po. The present studies investigated the capacity of a diet highly enriched with vitamins A, C, and E (vitamin ACE) to protect against intestinal mucosal damage indicated by functional reductions in nutrient transport caused by orally ingested Po. Mice were gavaged with 0 or 18.5 kBq Po-citrate and fed a control or vitamin ACE-enriched diet (the latter beginning either 96 h before or immediately after gavage). Mouse intestines significantly retained Po on day 8 post-gavage. The concentration of Po in intestinal tissues was significantly (p<0.05) lower in all vitamin ACE groups compared to control. There were borderline significant Po-induced reductions in intestinal absorption of D-fructose. The combination of vitamins A, C, and E may reduce Po incorporation in the intestines when given before, or enhance decorporation when provided after, Po gavage. PMID:27218295

  2. The importance of acid digestion of urine prior to spontaneous deposition of 210Po.

    PubMed

    Fellman, A; Ralston, L; Hickman, D; Ayres, L; Cohen, N; Spitz, H; Robinson, B

    1989-10-01

    Historically, radiochemical analysis of 210Po in urine has used spontaneous deposition of the nuclide directly from raw urine onto a suitable metal disc. Consequently, the urinary excretion fraction for Po in some current metabolic and dosimetric models is based on studies which inherently assume that metabolized (i.e., filtered out of the blood by the kidneys) 210Po is plated with the same efficiency as tracer 210Po which has been added to urine samples. Urine samples collected after intravenous administration of 210Po citrate to two species of nonhuman primates were divided and simultaneously analyzed via two methods: the historical procedure of plating 210Po from raw urine for one sample and a method which includes the addition of 208Po tracer and sample digestion with concentrated HNO3 prior to 210Po deposition for the other sample. A more significant amount of 210Po was consistently recovered when the urine was wet ashed then when it was not wet ashed. A temporal relationship was found to describe the change in the ratio of the deposition recoveries for the two methods. Possible mechanisms for this phenomenon and its dosimetric implications are discussed. PMID:2507478

  3. Controlled synthesis of a highly dispersed BiPO4 photocatalyst with surface oxygen vacancies

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    Wei, Zhen; Liu, Yanfang; Wang, Jun; Zong, Ruilong; Yao, Wenqing; Wang, Juan; Zhu, Yongfa

    2015-08-01

    Highly dispersed BiPO4 with surface oxygen vacancies was synthesized via a solvothermal-calcination method. It can disperse uniformly in water for more than three days and the optimum photocatalytic activity of this highly dispersed BiPO4 was more than twice as high as that of Degussa P25 due to the oxygen vacancies. The high dispersibility is attributed to a layer of organic matter formed on the surface of BiPO4via the solvothermal approach. Most of the organic matter can be removed by calcination at 450 °C, but a small amount remains, thus the calcined BiPO4 retained its high dispersibility. This high dispersibility maintains a good contact between BiPO4 and the pollutants, resulting in the efficient removal of the pollutants by BiPO4. Besides, calcination at 450 °C also induced the formation of oxygen defects in BiPO4, which promotes the separation of photogenerated charge carriers and thus improves the photocatalytic activity of BiPO4.Highly dispersed BiPO4 with surface oxygen vacancies was synthesized via a solvothermal-calcination method. It can disperse uniformly in water for more than three days and the optimum photocatalytic activity of this highly dispersed BiPO4 was more than twice as high as that of Degussa P25 due to the oxygen vacancies. The high dispersibility is attributed to a layer of organic matter formed on the surface of BiPO4via the solvothermal approach. Most of the organic matter can be removed by calcination at 450 °C, but a small amount remains, thus the calcined BiPO4 retained its high dispersibility. This high dispersibility maintains a good contact between BiPO4 and the pollutants, resulting in the efficient removal of the pollutants by BiPO4. Besides, calcination at 450 °C also induced the formation of oxygen defects in BiPO4, which promotes the separation of photogenerated charge carriers and thus improves the photocatalytic activity of BiPO4. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr02345a

  4. 210Po and 210Pb inhalation by cigarette smoking in Italy.

    PubMed

    Desideri, Donatella; Meli, Maria Assunta; Feduzi, Laura; Roselli, Carla

    2007-01-01

    210Po and its precursor 210Pb in cigarette smoke contribute a significant radiation dose to the lungs of smokers. In this work, the concentration of 210Po was determined in 17 of the most frequently smoked cigarette brands in Italy. Samples of tobacco, fresh filters, ash, and post-smoking filters were analyzed; 210Po was determined by alpha spectrometry after its spontaneous deposition on a silver disk. To verify the radioactive equilibrium between 210Po and 210Pb, lead was determined in one tobacco sample by counting the beta activity of its decay product 210Bi with a gas flow proportional detector after separation. The results of the present study show 210Po concentrations ranged from 6.84 to 17.49 mBq per cigarette. Based on these results, smokers who smoke 20 cigarettes per day inhale, on average, 79.53 +/- 28.65 mBq d(-1) of 210Po and 210Pb each. The mean value of the annual committed effective dose for Italian smokers, calculated by applying the dose conversion factor for adults of 4.3 microSv Bq(-1) for 210Po and 5.6 microSv Bq(-1) for 210Pb, was estimated to be 124.8 and 162.6 microSv y(-1) for 210Po and 210Pb, respectively. The lung dose from inhalation of cigarette smoke is much higher than the lung dose from inhalation of atmospheric 210Po and 210Pb. PMID:17164600

  5. {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb in Forest Soil and in Wild Berries in Finland

    SciTech Connect

    Vaaramaa, Kaisa; Lehto, Jukka; Solatie, Dina; Aro, Lasse

    2008-08-07

    The behaviour of {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb was investigated in forests in the Southern Finland site and in the Northern Finland site. Sampling sites were in Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) forests. Maximum activities of {sup 210}Po and {sup 210}Pb in soil columns were found in organic layers. According to preliminary results of wild berry samples, the lowest {sup 210}Po concentrations were found in berries. The highest concentration of {sup 210}Po was found in stems of the blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) and the lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) samples.

  6. What Happens to LiMnPO4 upon Chemical Delithiation?

    PubMed

    Huang, Yiqing; Chernova, Natasha A; Yin, Qiyue; Wang, Qi; Quackenbush, Nicholas F; Leskes, Michal; Fang, Jin; Omenya, Fredrick; Zhang, Ruibo; Wahila, Matthew J; Piper, Louis F J; Zhou, Guangwen; Grey, Clare P; Whittingham, M Stanley

    2016-05-01

    Olivine MnPO4 is the delithiated phase of the lithium-ion-battery cathode (positive electrode) material LiMnPO4, which is formed at the end of charge. This phase is metastable under ambient conditions and can only be produced by delithiation of LiMnPO4. We have revealed the manganese dissolution phenomenon during chemical delithiation of LiMnPO4, which causes amorphization of olivine MnPO4. The properties of crystalline MnPO4 obtained from carbon-coated LiMnPO4 and of the amorphous product resulting from delithiation of pure LiMnPO4 were studied and compared. The phosphorus-rich amorphous phases in the latter are considered to be MnHP2O7 and MnH2P2O7 from NMR, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis. The thermal stability of MnPO4 is significantly higher under high vacuum than at ambient condition, which is shown to be related to surface water removal. PMID:27065434

  7. Assessment of river Po sediment quality by micropollutant analysis.

    PubMed

    Camusso, Marina; Galassi, Silvana; Vignati, Davide

    2002-05-01

    Trace metals, PCB congeners and DDT homologues were determined in composite sediment samples collected from 10 representative sites along the river Po in two separate seasons. The aim was to identify the most anthropogenically impacted areas for future monitoring programmes and to aid development of Italian sediment quality criteria. The surface samples were collected during low flow conditions. Trace metal concentrations were assayed by electrothermal (Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb), flame (Fe, Mn, Zn) or hydride generation (As) atomic absorption spectrometry after microwave assisted acid digestion. Hg was determined on solid samples by automated analyser. Organic microcontaminants were determined by gas-chromatography with 63Ni electron capture detector after Soxhlet extraction. Concentrations of trace metals, total PCB and DDT homologues showed two distinct peaks at the sites immediately downstream of Turin and Milan, respectively, and in each case decreased progressively further downstream. Principal component analysis identified three major factors (from a multi-dimensional space of 35 variables) which explained 85-90% of the total observed variance. The first and second factors corresponded to anthropogenic inputs and geological factors on sediment quality; the third included seasonal processes of minor importance. Sediment quality assessment identified Cd, Cu, Hg, Pb, Zn and organic microcontaminants as posing the most serious threats to river sediment quality. A reference site within the Po basin provided useful background values. Moderate pollution by organochlorine compounds was ascribed both to local sources and to atmospheric deposition. PMID:12153015

  8. STEREO-IMPACT E/PO: Getting Ready for Launch!

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mendez, B. J.; Peticolas, L. M.; Craig, N.

    2005-12-01

    The Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) is scheduled for launch in April/May 2006. STEREO will study the Sun with two spacecraft on either side of Earth in orbit around the Sun. The primary science goal is to understand the nature of Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs). The E/PO program for the IMPACT suite of instruments aboard the two crafts is planning several activities leading up to launch to raise awareness and interest in the mission and its scientific discoveries. We will be participating in NASA's Sun-Earth day events which are scheduled to coincide with a total solar eclipse in March. This event offers a good opportunity to engage the public in STEREO science, because an eclipse allows one to see the solar corona from where CMEs erupt. We will be conducting teacher workshops locally in California and also at the annual conference of the National Science Teachers Association. At these workshops, we will focus on the basics of magnetism and then its connection to CMEs and Earth's magnetic field, leading to the questions STEREO scientists hope to answer. In addition, we will be working with NASA's Public Relations office to ensure that STEREO E/PO programs are highlighted in press releases about the mission.

  9. Shell-model description of sup 211 Bi(. beta. sup minus ) sup 211 Po and sup 211 At(EC) sup 211 Po and the spectroscopy of sup 211 Po

    SciTech Connect

    Warburton, E.K. )

    1991-10-01

    A recent treatment of first-forbidden {beta}{sup {minus}} decay in the lead region is extended to {beta}{sup +} decay and electron capture. The modified Kuo-Herling shell-model interaction recently described by Warburton and Brown is used to calculate wave functions and observables for {sup 211}Po. The log{ital f}{sub 0}{ital t} values for the {sup 211}Bi(9/2{sup {minus}}){r arrow}{sup 211}Po(9/2{sup +}) {beta}{sup {minus}} transition and the electron capture of {sup 211}At(9/2{sup {minus}}) into the 9/2 {sub 1}{sup +} and 11/2 {sub 1}{sup +} states of {sup 211}Po are predicted to be 6.008, 5.891, and 5.850 as compared to the experimental values of 6.026{plus minus}0.017, 5.960{plus minus}0.008, and 5.831{plus minus}0.090, respectively. The wave functions and spectrum of {sup 211}Po are calculated in the Kuo-Herling model space. The yrast spectrum is presented for comparison to anticipated results from fusion-evaporation reaction studies. The experimental {sup 210}Po({ital d},{ital p}){sup 211}Po spectroscopic factors are quite accurately reproduced.

  10. Tools for Scientist Engagement in E/PO: NASA SMD Community Workspace and Online Resources

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dalton, H.; Shipp, S. S.; Grier, J.; Gross, N. A.; Buxner, S.; Bartolone, L.; Peticolas, L. M.; Woroner, M.; Schwerin, T. G.

    2014-12-01

    The Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Science Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) Forums are here to help you get involved in E/PO! The Forums have been developing several online resources to support scientists who are - or who are interested in becoming - involved in E/PO. These include NASA Wavelength, EarthSpace, and the SMD E/PO online community workspace. NASA Wavelength is the one-stop shop of all peer-reviewed NASA education resources to find materials you - or your audiences - can use. Browse by audience (pre-K through 12, higher education, and informal education) or topic, or choose to search for something specific by keyword and audience. http://nasawavelength.org. EarthSpace, an online clearinghouse of Earth and space materials for use in the higher education classroom, is driven by a powerful search engine that allows you to browse the collection of resources by science topic, audience, type of material or key terms. All materials are peer-reviewed before posting, and because all submissions receive a digital object identifier (doi), submitted materials can be listed as publications. http://www.lpi.usra.edu/earthspace. The SMD E/PO online community workspace contains many resources for scientists. These include one-page guides on how to get involved, tips on how to make the most of your time spent on E/PO, and sample activities, as well as news on funding, policy, and what's happening in the E/PO community. The workspace also provides scientists and the public pathways to find opportunities for participation in E/PO, to learn about SMD E/PO projects and their impacts, to connect with SMD E/PO practitioners, and to explore resources to improve professional E/PO practice, including literature reviews, information about the Next Generation Science Standards, and best practices in evaluation and engaging diverse audiences. http://smdepo.org.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of CdS/BiPO{sub 4} heterojunction photocatalyst

    SciTech Connect

    Chen, Daimei Kuang, Zheng; Zhu, Qian; Du, Yue; Zhu, Honglei

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • A CdS/BiPO{sub 4} heterojunction was prepared by the solvothermal method. • The CdS/BiPO{sub 4} composite has the higher photocatalytic activity than the individual ones. • The optimal mass ratio of CdS to BiPO{sub 4} was 0.5. • The heterojunction structure of CdS/BiPO{sub 4} induces an effective electron–hole separation. - Abstract: A series of CdS/BiPO{sub 4} heterojunction photocatalysts with the visible-light response were synthesized by the solvothermal method. The resulting products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and UV–vis diffuse reflection spectroscopy. CdS nanoparticles with the size at range of 5–7 nm were immobilized on the surface of BiPO{sub 4} nanorods. The CdS/BiPO{sub 4} composite exhibited much higher photodegradation rate of methylene blue under visible light irradation compared to the pure CdS and BiPO{sub 4}. The optimal mass ratio of CdS to BiPO{sub 4} was 0.5, the photodegradation rate of which is 2.1 times higher than that of CdS. The enhancement of photocatalytic activity is attributed to the heterojunction structure of CdS/BiPO{sub 4} composite which induced the effective electron–hole separation between CdS and BiPO{sub 4}.

  12. Magnetic relaxation in Zn(PO3)2·Er(PO3)3 glass

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Orendáč, M.; Tibenská, K.; Čižmár, E.; Tkáč, V.; Orendáčová, A.; Holubová, J.; Černošek, Z.; Černošková, E.

    2016-08-01

    The results of experimental studies of alternating (ac) magnetic susceptibility and specific heat of Zn(PO3)2·Er(PO3)3 glass are reported. Despite a high concentration of magnetic Er(III) ions the analysis of ac susceptibility ruled out the formation of a spin glass state in the used range of temperatures. Two relaxation processes were identified. The first one is thermally activated with a crossover in its temperature dependence observed at nominally 7 K. The relaxation at lower temperatures seems to be governed by a direct process with pronounced effect of phonon bottleneck. Striking deceleration of spin dynamics with increasing temperature found above 7 K is tentatively attributed to overcoming Ioffe - Regel crossover and strong scattering of acoustic phonons on local modes. Simplified prediction derived from a soft-mode-dynamics model confirms the presence of the boson peak observed in specific heat data and reasonably predicts the temperature of the crossover. The second process is consistent with a cross - tunneling relaxation. The obtained results suggest that magnetic doping of glasses and studying magnetic relaxation may represent an alternative tool for the investigation of lattice modes in glasses.

  13. Important Variation in Vibrational Properties of LiFePO4 and FePO4 Induced by Magnetism.

    PubMed

    Seifitokaldani, Ali; Gheribi, Aïmen E; Phan, Anh Thu; Chartrand, Patrice; Dollé, Mickaël

    2016-01-01

    A new thermodynamically self-consistent (TSC) method, based on the quasi-harmonic approximation (QHA), is used to obtain the Debye temperatures of LiFePO4 (LFP) and FePO4 (FP) from available experimental specific heat capacities for a wide temperature range. The calculated Debye temperatures show an interesting critical and peculiar behavior so that a steep increase in the Debye temperatures is observed by increasing the temperature. This critical behavior is fitted by the critical function and the adjusted critical temperatures are very close to the magnetic phase transition temperatures in LFP and FP. Hence, the critical behavior of the Debye temperatures is correlated with the magnetic phase transitions in these compounds. Our first-principle calculations support our conjecture that the change in electronic structures, i.e. electron density of state and electron localization function, and consequently the change in thermophysical properties due to the magnetic transition may be the reason for the observation of this peculiar behavior of the Debye temperatures. PMID:27604551

  14. Important Variation in Vibrational Properties of LiFePO4 and FePO4 Induced by Magnetism

    PubMed Central

    Seifitokaldani, Ali; Gheribi, Aïmen E.; Phan, Anh Thu; Chartrand, Patrice; Dollé, Mickaël

    2016-01-01

    A new thermodynamically self-consistent (TSC) method, based on the quasi-harmonic approximation (QHA), is used to obtain the Debye temperatures of LiFePO4 (LFP) and FePO4 (FP) from available experimental specific heat capacities for a wide temperature range. The calculated Debye temperatures show an interesting critical and peculiar behavior so that a steep increase in the Debye temperatures is observed by increasing the temperature. This critical behavior is fitted by the critical function and the adjusted critical temperatures are very close to the magnetic phase transition temperatures in LFP and FP. Hence, the critical behavior of the Debye temperatures is correlated with the magnetic phase transitions in these compounds. Our first-principle calculations support our conjecture that the change in electronic structures, i.e. electron density of state and electron localization function, and consequently the change in thermophysical properties due to the magnetic transition may be the reason for the observation of this peculiar behavior of the Debye temperatures. PMID:27604551

  15. Structure and electrochemistry of NaFePO{sub 4} and Na{sub 2}FePO{sub 4}F cathode materials prepared via mechanochemical route

    SciTech Connect

    Kosova, N.V.; Podugolnikov, V.R.; Devyatkina, E.T.; Slobodyuk, A.B.

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Na{sub 2}FePO{sub 4}F is prepared by mechanochemically assisted solid state synthesis. • The crystal and local structure are studied by XRPD, FTIR, Mössbauer, and NMR. • Na{sup +}/Li{sup +} ion exchange is completed with the formation of NaLiFePO{sub 4}F. • The average D{sub Li} (10{sup −15} cm{sup 2} s{sup −1}) is determined from GITT measurements. - Abstract: Nanostructured NaFePO{sub 4} (space group Pmnb) and Na{sub 2}FePO{sub 4}F (space group Pbcn) were prepared by a quick and facile mechanochemically assisted solid state synthesis. Low-crystalline Na{sub 2}FePO{sub 4}F was formed as a result of direct mechanochemical reaction of NaFePO{sub 4} with NaF. It crystallizes upon subsequent heating to 600 °C and decomposes at higher temperatures. Crystal and local structure were analyzed by XRD using Rietveld refinement, FTIR, Mössbauer, and NMR spectroscopy. Electrochemical properties were studied by galvanostatic cycling in lithium cells and GITT. Although NaFePO{sub 4} showed some electrochemical activity, neither electrochemical nor chemical Na{sup +}/Li{sup +} exchange was observed by XRD. On contrary, electrochemical and chemical Na{sup +}/Li{sup +} ion exchange occurred in the case of Na{sub 2}FePO{sub 4}F and accomplished with the NaLiFePO{sub 4}F formation. Li{sup +} diffusion coefficient in NaLiFePO{sub 4}F at different delithiated/lithiated states was determined from GITT. Carbon-coated Na{sub 2}FePO{sub 4}F shows discharge capacity of 116 mA h g{sup −1} at 0.1 C rate within the 2.0–4.2 V voltage range and a good cyclability.

  16. Chemical characterization of springtime submicrometer aerosol in Po Valley, Italy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Saarikoski, S.; Carbone, S.; Decesari, S.; Giulianelli, L.; Angelini, F.; Canagaratna, M.; Ng, N. L.; Trimborn, A.; Facchini, M. C.; Fuzzi, S.; Hillamo, R.; Worsnop, D.

    2012-09-01

    The chemistry of submicron particles was investigated at San Pietro Capofiume (SPC) measurement station in the Po Valley, Italy, in spring 2008. The measurements were performed by using both off-line and on-line instruments. Organic carbon (OC) and elemental carbon, organic acids and biomass burning tracers were measured off-line by using a 24-h PM1 filter sampling. More detailed particle chemistry was achieved by using a Aerodyne high resolution time-of-flight aerosol mass spectrometer (HR-ToF-AMS) and analyzing the data by positive matrix factorization (PMF). Oxalic acid had the highest concentrations of organic acids (campaign-average 97.4 ng m-3) followed by methane sulfonic, formic, malonic, and malic acids. Samples were also analyzed for glyoxylic, succinic, azelaic and maleic acids. In total, the nine acids composed 1.9 and 3.8% of OC and water-soluble OC, respectively (average), in terms of carbon atoms. Levoglucosan concentration varied from 17.7 to 495 ng m-3 with the concentration decreasing in the course of the campaign most likely due to the reduced use of domestic heating with wood. Six factors were found for organic aerosol (OA) at SPC by PMF: hydrocarbon-like OA (HOA), biomass burning OA (BBOA), nitrogen-containing OA (N-OA) and three different oxygenated OAs (OOA-a, OOA-b and OOA-c). Most of the OA mass was composed of OOA-a, HOA and OOA-c (26, 24 and 22%, respectively) followed by OOA-b (13%), BBOA (8%) and N-OA (7%). As expected, OOAs were the most oxygenated factors with organic matter:organic carbon (OM : OC) ratios ranging from 1.9 to 2.2. The diurnal variability of the aerosol chemical composition was greatly affected by the boundary layer meteorology. Specifically, the effect of the nocturnal layer break-up in morning hours was most evident for nitrate and N-OA indicating that these compounds originated mainly from the local sources in the Po Valley. For sulfate and OOA-a the concentration did not change during the break-up suggesting their

  17. Chemical characterization of springtime submicrometer aerosol in Po Valley, Italy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Saarikoski, S.; Carbone, S.; Decesari, S.; Giulianelli, L.; Angelini, F.; Teinilä, K.; Canagaratna, M.; Ng, N. L.; Trimborn, A.; Facchini, M. C.; Fuzzi, S.; Hillamo, R.; Worsnop, D.

    2012-03-01

    The chemistry of submicron particles was investigated at San Pietro Capofiume (SPC) measurement station in the Po Valley, Italy, in spring 2008. The measurements were performed by using both off-line and on-line instruments. Organic carbon (OC) and elemental carbon, organic acids and biomass burning tracers were measured off-line by using a 24-h PM1 filter sampling. More detailed particle chemistry was achieved by using an Aerodyne high resolution time-of-flight aerosol mass spectrometer (HR-ToF-AMS) and analyzing the data by positive matrix factorization (PMF). Oxalic acid had the highest concentrations of organic acids (campaign-average 97.4 ng m-3) followed by methane sulfonic, formic, malonic, and malic acids. Samples were also analyzed for glyoxylic, succinic, azelaic and maleic acids. In total, the nine acids composed 1.9 and 3.8% of OC and water-soluble OC, respectively (average), in terms of carbon atoms. Levoglucosan concentration varied from 17.7 to 495 ng m-3 with the concentration decreasing in the course of the campaign most likely due to the reduced use of domestic heating with wood. Six factors were found for organic aerosol (OA) at SPC by PMF: hydrocarbon-like OA (HOA), biomass burning OA (BBOA), nitrogen-containing OA (N-OA) and three different oxygenated OAs (OOA-a, OOA-b and OOA-c). Most of the OA mass was composed of OOA-a, HOA and OOA-c (26, 24 and 22%, respectively) followed by OOA-b (13%), BBOA (8%) and N-OA (7%). As expected, OOAs were the most oxygenated factors with organic matter:organic carbon (OM:OC) ratios ranging from 1.9 to 2.2. The diurnal variability of the aerosol chemical composition was greatly affected by the boundary layer meteorology. Specifically, the effect of the nocturnal layer break-up in morning hours was most evident for nitrate and N-OA indicating that these compounds originated mainly from the local sources in the Po Valley. For sulfate and OOA-a the concentration did not change during the break-up suggesting their

  18. Draft Genome Sequence of Biocontrol Agent Pythium oligandrum Strain Po37, an Oomycota.

    PubMed

    Berger, Harald; Yacoub, Amira; Gerbore, Jonathan; Grizard, Damien; Rey, Patrice; Sessitsch, Angela; Compant, Stéphane

    2016-01-01

    The oomycotaPythium oligandrumPo37 is used as a biocontrol agent of plant diseases. Here, we present the first draft of theP. oligandrumPo37 genome sequence, which comprises 725 scaffolds with a total length of 35.9 Mb and 11,695 predicted protein-coding genes. PMID:27081125

  19. 76 FR 54931 - Post Office (PO) Box Fee Groups for Merged Locations

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2011-09-06

    ... 111 Post Office (PO) Box Fee Groups for Merged Locations AGENCY: Postal Service TM . ACTION: Final..., Domestic Mail Manual (DMM ) 508.4 to allow Post Office Box TM (PO Box TM ) fee groups to be merged due to Post Office TM mergers and to have the ability to change a fee group more than one higher or...

  20. Draft Genome Sequence of Biocontrol Agent Pythium oligandrum Strain Po37, an Oomycota

    PubMed Central

    Berger, Harald; Yacoub, Amira; Gerbore, Jonathan; Grizard, Damien; Rey, Patrice; Sessitsch, Angela

    2016-01-01

    The oomycota Pythium oligandrum Po37 is used as a biocontrol agent of plant diseases. Here, we present the first draft of the P. oligandrum Po37 genome sequence, which comprises 725 scaffolds with a total length of 35.9 Mb and 11,695 predicted protein-coding genes. PMID:27081125

  1. 21 CFR 868.1200 - Indwelling blood oxygen partial pressure (PO2) analyzer.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Indwelling blood oxygen partial pressure (PO2... Indwelling blood oxygen partial pressure (PO2) analyzer. (a) Identification. An indwelling blood oxygen... electrode) and that is used to measure, in vivo, the partial pressure of oxygen in blood to aid...

  2. 21 CFR 868.1200 - Indwelling blood oxygen partial pressure (PO2) analyzer.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Indwelling blood oxygen partial pressure (PO2... Indwelling blood oxygen partial pressure (PO2) analyzer. (a) Identification. An indwelling blood oxygen... electrode) and that is used to measure, in vivo, the partial pressure of oxygen in blood to aid...

  3. 21 CFR 868.1200 - Indwelling blood oxygen partial pressure (PO2) analyzer.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Indwelling blood oxygen partial pressure (PO2... Indwelling blood oxygen partial pressure (PO2) analyzer. (a) Identification. An indwelling blood oxygen... electrode) and that is used to measure, in vivo, the partial pressure of oxygen in blood to aid...

  4. 21 CFR 868.1200 - Indwelling blood oxygen partial pressure (PO2) analyzer.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Indwelling blood oxygen partial pressure (PO2... Indwelling blood oxygen partial pressure (PO2) analyzer. (a) Identification. An indwelling blood oxygen... electrode) and that is used to measure, in vivo, the partial pressure of oxygen in blood to aid...

  5. 21 CFR 868.1200 - Indwelling blood oxygen partial pressure (PO2) analyzer.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Indwelling blood oxygen partial pressure (PO2... Indwelling blood oxygen partial pressure (PO2) analyzer. (a) Identification. An indwelling blood oxygen... electrode) and that is used to measure, in vivo, the partial pressure of oxygen in blood to aid...

  6. GENE PROBE FOR PO MESSENGER RNA USED TO INDEX ACRYLAMIDE TOXIC NEUROPATHY IN RATS

    EPA Science Inventory

    A gene probe for the PNS myelin glycoprotein PO (PO-mRNA) was used to monitor acrylamide neuropathy in Sprague Dawley rats prior to, concurrent with, and subsequent to, ultrastructurally and immunocytochemically defined nerve damage. ats were dosed every other day with acrylamide...

  7. Ionothermal synthesis, crystal structure, and magnetic study of Co2PO4OH isostructural with caminite.

    PubMed

    Wang, Guangmei; Valldor, Martin; Spielberg, Eike T; Mudring, Anja-Verena

    2014-03-17

    A new framework cobalt(II) hydroxyl phosphate, Co2PO4OH, was prepared by ionothermal synthesis using 1-butyl-4-methyl-pyridinium hexafluorophosphate as the ionic liquid. As the formation of Co2PO4F competes in the synthesis, the synthesis conditions have to be judiciously chosen to obtain well-crystallized, single phase Co2PO4OH. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses reveal Co2PO4OH crystallizes with space group I41/amd (a = b = 5.2713(7) Å, c = 12.907(3) Å, V = 358.63(10) Å(3), and Z = 4). Astonishingly, it does not crystallize isotypically with Co2PO4F but rather isotypically with the hydroxyl minerals caminite Mg1.33[SO4(OH)0.66(H2O)0.33] and lipscombite Fe(2–y)PO4(OH) (0 ≤ y ≤ 2/3). Phosphate tetrahedra groups interconnect four rod-packed face-sharing ∞(1){CoO(6/2)} octahedra chains to form a three-dimensional framework structure. The compound Co2PO4OH was further characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform–infrared, and ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy, confirming the discussed structure. The magnetic measurement reveals that Co2PO4OH undergoes a magnetic transition and presents at low temperatures a canted antiferromagnetic spin order in the ground state. PMID:24597964

  8. Study of the solid-liquid equilibria in the LiPO{sub 3}-Y(PO{sub 3}){sub 3} binary system

    SciTech Connect

    Jouini, Anis; Ferid, Mokhtar; Trabelsi-Ayadi, Malika

    2003-02-20

    The LiPO{sub 3}-Y(PO{sub 3}){sub 3} system has been studied for the first time. Microdifferential thermal analysis ({mu}-DTA), infrared spectroscopy (IR) and X-ray diffraction were used to investigate the liquidus and solidus relations. The only new compound observed within this system is LiY(PO{sub 3}){sub 4}, melting incongruently at 1104 K. An eutectic appears at 4{+-}1 mol% Y(PO{sub 3}){sub 3} at 933 K. LiY(PO{sub 3}){sub 4} crystallizes in the monoclinic system C{sub 2/c} with a unit cell: a=16.201(4) A, b=7.013(2) A, c=9.573(2) A, {beta}=125.589(9) deg. , Z=4 and V=884.5 A{sup 3}, which is isostructural to LiNd(PO{sub 3}){sub 4}. The infrared absorption spectrum indicates that this salt is a chain polyphosphate.

  9. Rate-dependent, Li-ion insertion/deinsertion behavior of LiFePO4 cathodes in commercial 18650 LiFePO4 cells.

    PubMed

    Liu, Qi; He, Hao; Li, Zhe-Fei; Liu, Yadong; Ren, Yang; Lu, Wenquan; Lu, Jun; Stach, Eric A; Xie, Jian

    2014-03-12

    We have performed operando synchrotron high-energy X-ray diffraction (XRD) to obtain nonintrusive, real-time monitoring of the dynamic chemical and structural changes in commercial 18650 LiFePO4/C cells under realistic cycling conditions. The results indicate a nonequilibrium lithium insertion and extraction in the LiFePO4 cathode, with neither the LiFePO4 phase nor the FePO4 phase maintaining a static composition during lithium insertion/extraction. On the basis of our observations, we propose that the LiFePO4 cathode simultaneously experiences both a two-phase reaction mechanism and a dual-phase solid-solution reaction mechanism over the entire range of the flat voltage plateau, with this dual-phase solid-solution behavior being strongly dependent on charge/discharge rates. The proposed dual-phase solid-solution mechanism may explain the remarkable rate capability of LiFePO4 in commercial cells. PMID:24521163

  10. Electrochemical performance of NiO-doped LiFePO4/C cathode materials prepared from amorphous FePO4 · xH2O

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mahmud, Iqbal; Kim, Dong-Seob; Ur, Soon-Chul

    2016-05-01

    LiFePO4/C composites are prepared from amorphous FePO4 · xH2O and are modified with NiO (0.0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, and 0.04 mol) by using a solid-state reaction process with a spex milling system. The crystalline structure and the morphology of synthesized powders have been characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The XRD patterns indicate a complete solid solution for all the NiO-doped LiFePO4/C composites. The SEM images show that the sizes of the particles produced are distributed in the range of 200 - 300 nm. The electrochemical performances have been evaluated by using an impedance measurement and a galvanostatic charge/discharge test. The initial properties and impedance measurement reveal different improvements for different amounts of NiO doping in LiFePO4/C. A maximum capacity of 158.8 mAh/g at 0.1 C has been achieved LiFePO4/C doped with NiO at 0.01 mol. The present work reveals that the newly processed composite of LiFePO4/C doped with a small amount of NiO may be a promising material for using in a lithium-ion battery.

  11. Spectroscopy of {sup 193,195,197}Po

    SciTech Connect

    Fotiades, N.; Cizewski, J.A.; McNabb, D.P.; Ding, K.Y.; Davids, C.N.; Janssens, R.V.; Seweryniak, D.; Carpenter, M.P.; Amro, H.; Decrock, P.; Reiter, P.; Nisius, D.; Brown, L.T.; Fischer, S.; Lauritsen, T.; Wauters, J.; Bingham, C.R.; Huyse, M.; Andreyev, A.; Seweryniak, D.; Conticchio, L.F.; Brown, L.T.

    1997-08-01

    Excited states built on the 13/2{sup +} isomers of the odd-mass {sup 193,195,197}Po isotopes have been observed via in-beam {gamma}-ray spectroscopy. The {alpha} radioactivity of these isotopes has been used to tag {gamma}-ray transitions following the {sup A}Er+164 MeV {sup 32}S reactions, where A=164, 166, 167, 168, and 170. Prompt {gamma} radiation was measured by ten Compton-suppressed Ge detectors at the target position and the Fragment Mass Analyzer was used to select evaporation residues. The results are compared with the first excited states of the heavier odd-mass polonium isotopes and of the even-mass cores. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  12. Comparison of LiFePO4 from different sources

    SciTech Connect

    Striebel, Kathryn; Shim, Joongpyo; Srinivasan, Venkat; Newman, John

    2003-11-25

    The lithium iron phosphate chemistry is plagued by the poor conductivity and slow lithium diffusion in the solid phase. In order to alleviate these problems, various research groups have adopted different strategies including decreasing the particle sizes, increasing the carbon content, and adding dopants. In this study we obtained LiFePO4 electrodes from six different sources and used a combined model-experimental approach to compare the performance. Samples ranged from one with no carbon coating to one with 15 percent coating. In addition, particle sizes varied by as much as a order of magnitude between samples. The study detailed in this manuscript allows us to provide insight into the relative importance of the conductivity of the samples compared to the particle size, the impact of dopant on performance and ideas for making materials in order to maximize the power capability of this chemistry.

  13. PO*WW*ER mobile treatment unit process hazards analysis

    SciTech Connect

    Richardson, R.B.

    1996-06-01

    The objective of this report is to demonstrate that a thorough assessment of the risks associated with the operation of the Rust Geotech patented PO*WW*ER mobile treatment unit (MTU) has been performed and documented. The MTU was developed to treat aqueous mixed wastes at the US Department of Energy (DOE) Albuquerque Operations Office sites. The MTU uses evaporation to separate organics and water from radionuclides and solids, and catalytic oxidation to convert the hazardous into byproducts. This process hazards analysis evaluated a number of accident scenarios not directly related to the operation of the MTU, such as natural phenomena damage and mishandling of chemical containers. Worst case accident scenarios were further evaluated to determine the risk potential to the MTU and to workers, the public, and the environment. The overall risk to any group from operation of the MTU was determined to be very low; the MTU is classified as a Radiological Facility with low hazards.

  14. Nucleation and growth of new particles in Po Valley, Italy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hamed, A.; Joutsensaari, J.; Mikkonen, S.; Sogacheva, L.; Dal Maso, M.; Kulmala, M.; Cavalli, F.; Fuzzi, S.; Facchini, M. C.; Decesari, S.; Mircea, M.; Lehtinen, K. E. J.; Laaksonen, A.

    2007-01-01

    Aerosol number distribution measurements are reported at San Pietro Capofiume (SPC) station (44°39' N, 11°37' E) for the time period 2002-2005. The station is located in Po Valley, the largest industrial, trading and agricultural area in Italy with a high population density. New particle formation was studied based on observations of the particle size distribution, meteorological and gas phase parameters. The nucleation events were classified according to the event clarity based on the particle number concentrations, and the particle formation and growth rates. Out of a total of 769 operational days from 2002 to 2005 clear events were detected on 36% of the days whilst 33% are clearly non-event days. The event frequency was high during spring and summer months with maximum values in May and July, whereas lower frequency was observed in winter and autumn months. The average particle formation and growth rates were estimated as ~6 cm-3 s-1 and ~7 nm h-1, respectively. Such high growth and formation rates are typical for polluted areas. Temperature, wind speed, solar radiation, SO2 and O3 concentrations were on average higher on nucleation days than on non-event days, whereas relative and absolute humidity and NO2 concentration were lower; however, seasonal differences were observed. Backtrajectory analysis suggests that during majority of nucleation event days, the air masses originate from northern to eastern directions. We also study previously developed nucleation event correlations with environmental variables and show that they predict Po Valley nucleation events with variable success.

  15. Nucleation and growth of new particles in Po Valley, Italy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hamed, A.; Joutsensaari, J.; Mikkonen, S.; Sogacheva, L.; Dal Maso, M.; Kulmala, M.; Cavalli, F.; Fuzzi, S.; Facchini, M. C.; Decesari, S.; Mircea, M.; Lehtinen, K. E. J.; Laaksonen, A.

    2006-10-01

    Aerosol number distribution measurements are reported at San Pietro Capofiume (SPC) station (44°39' N, 11°37' E) for the time period 2002-2005. The station is located in Po Valley, the largest industrial, trading and agricultural area in Italy with a high population density. New particle formation was studied based on observations of the particle size distribution, meteorological and gas phase parameters. The nucleation events were classified according to the event clarity based on the particle number concentrations, and the particle formation and growth rates. Out of a total of 769 operational days from 2002 to 2005 clear events were detected on 36% of the days whilst 33% are clearly non-event days. The event frequency was high during spring and summer months with maximum values in May and July, whereas lower frequency was observed in winter and autumn months. The average particle formation and growth rates were estimated as ~6 cm-3 s-1 and ~7 nm h-1, respectively. Such high growth and formation rates are typical for polluted areas. Temperature, wind speed, solar radiation, SO2 and O3 concentrations were on average higher on nucleation days than on non-event days, whereas relative and absolute humidity and NO2 concentration were lower; however, seasonal differences were observed. Backtrajectory analysis suggests that during majority of nucleation event days, the air masses originate from northern to eastern directions. We also study previously developed nucleation event correlations with environmental variables and show that they predict Po Valley nucleation events with variable success.

  16. Ultrathin carbon nanopainting of LiFePO4 by oxidative surface polymerization of dopamine

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ding, Bo; Tang, Wei Chin; Ji, Ge; Ma, Yue; Xiao, Pengfei; Lu, Li; Lee, Jim Yang

    2014-11-01

    The common strategy to address the low electronic conductivity of LiFePO4 is to downsize LiFePO4 and to coat the nanocrystal with conductive carbon film. The major issues with existing carbon coating techniques are thickness and quality control. This paper reports a facile carbon coating method which can provide ultrathin, uniform and fully encapsulating carbon coating on LiFePO4. This coating method capitalizes on the redox chemistry of surface Fe3+ on solvothermally synthesized LiFePO4 nanocrystal, to deposit uniform thin films of polydopamine films. The polymer film is easily carbonized into ultrathin carbon film. The carbon coated LiFePO4 exhibits very high rate performance (143 mAh g-1 at current density of 1700 mA g-1) with excellent capacity retention.

  17. Exploring the connection between 210Po and organic matter in the northwestern Mediterranean

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Stewart, Gillian; Kirk Cochran, J.; Xue, Jianhong; Lee, Cindy; Wakeham, Stuart G.; Armstrong, Robert A.; Masqué, Pere; Carlos Miquel, Juan

    2007-03-01

    The disequilibrium between 210Po and its grandparent 210Pb has been proposed as a tracer of the vertical flux of sinking particulate organic matter in the ocean. The mechanism of association between 210Po and organic matter is, however, still unclear. To investigate this association we measured trace metals, minerals, organic carbon, nitrogen, and the natural radioisotopes 234Th, 228Th, 210Po, and 210Pb in sinking particles collected in sediment traps at 200 m in the northwestern Mediterranean. Pigments, fatty acids, and amino acids were used to identify the types and sources of particulate organic matter. Multivariate analyses were used to determine which components of sinking particulate matter are traced by 210Po and/or by the 210Po/ 210Pb ratio. Statistical analysis of the results indicates that the distribution of polonium in sinking marine particles is influenced by fresh phytoplankton-derived, nitrogen-rich organic matter as well as sulfur-containing amino acids. These findings are consistent with previous laboratory observations that the distribution of 210Po in biota parallels the distributions of both sulfur and protein, and indicate that these associations persist as material sinks through the water column. While this research generally supports the use of 210Po as a specific tracer of the flux of organic matter, the signals traced by 210Po/ 210Pb and 234Th/ 238U are not as distinct in the field as in laboratory experiments. Further work is needed to determine more precisely what 210Po/ 210Pb traces in order to increase the correspondence of 210Po/ 210Pb measurements to biogeochemically important rates and quantities.

  18. Crystallization-Dependent Luminescence Properties of Ce:LuPO4.

    PubMed

    Sun, Congting; Li, Xingxing; Wang, Hao; Xue, Dongfeng

    2016-03-21

    The luminescence properties of Ce:LuPO4 depend on both the Ce(3+) center and the host lattice. In this article, we studied the dependence of the luminescence properties of Ce:LuPO4 on both the doping concentration of Ce(3+) and the size and morphology of the LuPO4 matrix at micro- and nanosize regimes. The crystalline behavior of Ce:LuPO4, including its size and shape, was investigated via precursor transformation crystallization. On the basis of this crystallization approach, Ce:LuPO4 hollow nanospheres, nanorods, and regular tetrahedrons were obtained. For micro- and nanostructured Ce:LuPO4, the surface-induced chemical bonding architecture can be effectively varied by controlling the size of the crystalline material and its geometry. Our experimental observations demonstrate that one-dimensional Ce:LuPO4 nanorods doped with 0.1 mol % Ce(3+) possess the best performance among the as-prepared samples. The significant anisotropy of Ce:LuPO4 nanorods can result in a larger specific surface area and enhanced luminescence properties. Moreover, the improved luminescence property of Ce:LuPO4 nanostructures can also be optimized by increasing the preferential anisotropic chemical bonding architecture to regulate the 5d level of Ce(3+). Our work also shows that the photoluminescence emission intensity of Ce:LuPO4 nanorods is increased as the surface area normal to their axial direction increases. From the standpoint of crystallization, the luminescence properties of Ce(3+) in nano- and microsize matrixes can be well-optimized by controlling the crystalline behavior of the host lattice under proper synthesis conditions. PMID:26863291

  19. Processes controlling the distributions of Cd and PO4 in the ocean

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Quay, Paul; Cullen, Jay; Landing, William; Morton, Peter

    2015-06-01

    Depth profiles of dissolved Cd and PO4 from a global data compilation were used to derive the Cd/P of particles exported from the surface layer, and the results indicate lowest values in the North Atlantic (0.17 ± 0.05), highest in the Southern (0.56 ± 0.24), and intermediate in the South Indian (0.31 ± 0.14) and North Pacific (0.36 ± 0.08) Ocean basins. The Cd/P of exported particles in high nutrient-low chlorophyll (HNLC) regions is twice that for particles exported in non-HNLC regions as is the fractionation effect during biological uptake of Cd and PO4, and these trends primarily determine the spatial trends of dissolved Cd/PO4 observed in the surface ocean. In deep waters the lowest dissolved Cd/PO4 of 0.23 ± 0.07 is found in the North Atlantic Ocean and the result primarily of low Cd/PO4 of North Atlantic Deep Water (0.23). In contrast, deep waters in the Southern Ocean have significantly higher dissolved Cd/PO4 (0.30 ± 0.06), which is a result of the Cd/PO4 of upwelled deep water from the South Pacific and South Indian (0.28) and the high Cd/P of degrading particles. A multibox model that accounts for the impacts of particle degradation and thermohaline circulation in the deep sea yields dissolved Cd and PO4 interbasin trends close to observations. Model experiments illustrate the dependence of the dissolved Cd/PO4 of the deep sea on the extent of HNLC conditions in the Southern Ocean and the impact on reconstructing paleo PO4 concentrations from a Cd proxy.

  20. Adaptation of Nitrogen Fixation by Intact Soybean Nodules to Altered Rhizosphere pO21

    PubMed Central

    Criswell, Jerome G.; Havelka, Ulysses D.; Quebedeaux, Bruno; Hardy, Ralph W. F.

    1976-01-01

    The N2-fixing legume nodule requires O2 for ATP production; however, the O2 sensitivity of nitrogenase dictates a requirement for a low pO2 inside the nodule. The effects of long term exposures to various pO2s on N2[C2H2] fixation were evaluated with intact soybean (Glycine max [L.] Merr., var. Wye) plants. Continuous exposure of their rhizosphere to a pO2 of 0.06 atmospheres initially reduced nitrogenase activity by 37 to 45% with restoration of original activity in 4 to 24 hours and with no further change in tests up to 95 hours; continuous exposure to 0.02 atmosphere of O2 initially reduced nitrogenase activity 72%, with only partial recovery by 95 hours. Similar exposures to a pO2 of 0.32 atmospheres had little effect on N2[C2H2] fixation; a pO2 of 0.89 atmospheres initially reduced nitrogenase activity by 98% with restoration to only 14 to 24% of that of the ambient O2 controls by 95 hours. Re-exposure to ambient pO2 of plants adapted to nonambient pO2s reduced N2[C2H2] fixation to similar magnitudes as the reductions which occurred upon initial exposure to variant pO2 conditions, and a time period was required to readapt to ambient O2. It is concluded that the N2[C2H2]-fixing system of intact soybean plants is able to adapt to a wide range of external pO2s as probably occur in soil. We postulate that this occurs through an undefined mechanism which enables the nodule to maintain an internal pO2 optimal for nitrogenase activity. PMID:16659731

  1. LiFePO4 Nanostructures Fabricated from Iron(III) Phosphate (FePO4 x 2H2O) by Hydrothermal Method.

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    Saji, Viswanathan S; Song, Hyun-Kon

    2015-01-01

    Electrode materials having nanometer scale dimensions are expected to have property enhancements due to enhanced surface area and mass/charge transport kinetics. This is particularly relevant to intrinsically low electronically conductive materials such as lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4), which is of recent research interest as a high performance intercalation electrode material for Li-ion batteries. Many of the reported works on LiFePO4 synthesis are unattractive either due to the high cost of raw materials or due to the complex synthesis technique. In this direction, synthesis of LiFePO4 directly from inexpensive FePO4 shows promise.The present study reports LiFePO4 nanostructures prepared from iron (III) phosphate (FePO4 x 2H2O) by precipitation-hydrothermal method. The sintered powder was characterized by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Inductive coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), and Electron microscopy (SEM and TEM). Two synthesis methods, viz. bulk synthesis and anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) template-assisted synthesis are reported. By bulk synthesis, micro-sized particles having peculiar surface nanostructuring were formed at precipitation pH of 6.0 to 7.5 whereas typical nanosized LiFePO4 resulted at pH ≥ 8.0. An in-situ precipitation strategy inside the pores of AAO utilizing the spin coating was utilized for the AAO-template-assisted synthesis. The template with pores filled with the precipitate was subsequently subjected to hydrothermal process and high temperature sintering to fabricate compact rod-like structures. PMID:26328435

  2. Use of moss and lichen species to identify (210)Po-contaminated regions.

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    Długosz-Lisiecka, Magdalena; Wróbel, Justyna

    2014-12-01

    (210)Po concentration in urban air fluctuates as a result of natural (222)Rn radionuclide exhalation and technical activity that is especially linked with high-temperature processes. Each year, an average 11 GBq of (210)Po is released from local power plants into urban air. Over two months, about 180 samples in central Poland were collected. To detect the concentration of (210)Po activity, two common species of biomonitors were chosen: the moss Pleurozium schreberi and the lichen Hypogymnia physodes. For the same locale, (210)Po in lichen shows an average of twice the amount of activity concentration than the moss. In moss, (210)Po concentrations in Lodz ranged from 41.5 Bq kg(-1) to 258.0 Bq kg(-1), while in lichen it ranges from 74.2 Bq kg(-1) to 670.9 Bq kg(-1). On the basis of the measured activity of (210)Po maps, radionuclide distribution has been prepared. For areas identified with higher concentrations of (210)Po, Quantum Gis has been applied. PMID:25301434

  3. BiPO4/reduced graphene oxide composites photocatalyst with high photocatalytic activity

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    Zhang, Yihe; Shen, Bo; Huang, Hongwei; He, Ying; Fei, Bin; Lv, Fengzhu

    2014-11-01

    The composite photocatalysts composed of BiPO4 and reduced graphene oxide (rGO) were synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron spectroscopy (TEM), photoluminescence emission spectra (PL) and UV-vis diffuse reflection spectroscopy (DRS) were used to characterize the titled composites. The results showed that the BiPO4 particles can be immobilized on the surface of rGO sheets, and the crystallization phases of BiPO4 were significantly influenced by the amount of graphene. The phase transformation of BiPO4 crystal from hexagonal to monoclinic phase was observed. The introduction of rGO improved the optical properties of BiPO4 and thereby enhancing the utilization of light. Compared with pure BiPO4 under similar synthesis condition, the BiPO4/rGO composites exhibit a much higher photodegradation activity, which was confirmed by photoluminescence (PL) spectra and photocurrent (PC) generation.

  4. [Alpha-spectroscopic determination of 210Pb and 210PO in snow samples].

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    Hashimoto, T; Masumura, S; Komatsu, S; Sotobayashi, T

    1982-09-01

    The concentrations of 210Pb and 210PO in several snow samples were determined using alpha-spectrometry. After 5 l of snow-melt water was subjected to coprecipitation of both nuclides with AlPO4, the solvent extraction procedure with TBP (tri-butyl phosphate)-isopropyl ether was applied to purify the polonium fraction, followed by the spontaneous electro-deposition on a Ni-sheet. The alpha-spectrum was measured with a Si(Au)-semiconductor detector coupled with a multichannel pulse-height analyzer. After the first determination of 210PO, the concentration of 210Pb was estimated from second measurement of 210PO grown newly from the remaining Pb-fraction during the storage period of more than 3 months. In these analytical procedures, 212Pb and 208PO tracers were conveniently utilized for the determination of collection yield for 210Pb and of the final chemical yield of 210PO, respectively. The contents of 210PO and 210Pb in the fresh snow were 3--30 mBq/l(81--810 fCi/l) and 250--720 mBq/l (6.8--19.5 pCi/l), respectively, and the residence time of 210Pb was given to be 6--12 days from the decay-growth relationships of both nuclides. PMID:7156418

  5. Electrochemical performance of Sol-Gel synthesized LiFePO{sub 4} in lithium batteries

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    Hu, Yaoqin; Doeff, Marca M.; Kostecki, Robert; Finones, Rita

    2003-06-16

    LiFePO{sub 4}, Li{sub 0.98}Mg{sub 0.01}FePO{sub 4}, and Li{sub 0.96}Ti{sub 0.01}FePO{sub 4} were synthesized via a sol-gel method, using a variety of processing conditions. For comparison, LiFePO{sub 4} was also synthesized from iron acetate by a solid state method. The electrochemical performance of these materials in lithium cells was evaluated and correlated to mean primary particle size and residual carbon structure in the LiFePO{sub 4} samples, as determined by Raman microprobe spectroscopy. For materials with mean agglomerate sizes below 20 {micro}m, an association between structure and crystallinity of the residual carbon and improved utilization was observed. Addition of small amounts of organic compounds or polymers during processing results in carbon coatings with higher graphitization ratios and better electronic properties on the LiFePO{sub 4} samples and improves cell performance in some cases, even though total carbon contents remain very low (<2%). In contrast, no performance enhancement was seen for samples doped with Mg or Ti. These results suggest that it should be possible to design high power LiFePO{sub 4} electrodes without unduly compromising energy density by optimizing the carbon coating on the particles.

  6. Visible light assisted degradation of organic dye using Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}

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    Dhanabal, R.; Bose, A. Chandra; Velmathi, S.

    2015-06-24

    The study of visible light photodegradation of organic dye Methylene Blue (MB) have been investigated using silver phosphate (Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}) as a photocatalyst which is good efficient material for photocatalytic reaction. The simple ion-exchange method is used to prepare Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}. The structure of the material have been confirmed using X-ray diffraction which shows cubic structure of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}. The functional group of the Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} has been verified by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The bandgap of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} is calculated using kubelka-munk function from the ultra violet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, the absorption of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} starts from 470 nm. Under simulated visible light irradiation, Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} catalyst exhibits good catalytic ability for degrading MB dye.

  7. PO41, a snake venom metalloproteinase inhibitor isolated from Philander opossum serum.

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    Jurgilas, Patrícia B; Neves-Ferreira, Ana G C; Domont, Gilberto B; Perales, Jonas

    2003-11-01

    PO41 was isolated from Philander opossum serum by DEAE-Sephacel, Phenyl Superose and Superdex 200 chromatographies and showed a molecular mass of 41,330 Da by MALDI-TOF MS. Molecular masses of 81.5 and 84.5 kDa were obtained by size exclusion chromatography and dynamic laser light scattering, respectively, suggesting that PO41 is dimeric. Its isoelectric point was estimated to be lower than 3.5. PO41 presented similar amino terminal sequence to those of DM40 and DM43, two antihaemorrhagins previously isolated from Didelphis marsupialis serum and was recognized by polyclonal antibodies raised against D. marsupialis antibothropic fraction. To study the inhibitory properties of this protein, the metalloproteinases bothrolysin and jararhagin were isolated from Bothrops jararaca venom by chromatographies on Superdex 200 and Phenyl Superose. Jararhagin was further submitted to a Mono Q column. The proteolytic and haemorrhagic effects of these haemorrhagins were neutralized by PO41. Both snake venom metalloproteinases formed stable complexes with PO41. The stoichiometry of the complex PO41-jararhagin was one inhibitor subunit to one molecule of the enzyme. These results show that PO41 has physicochemical, structural, immunoreactive and biological properties similar to other metalloproteinase inhibitors belonging to the supergene family of immunoglobulins. PMID:14602117

  8. Unlocking the energy capabilities of micron-sized LiFePO4

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    Guo, Limin; Zhang, Yelong; Wang, Jiawei; Ma, Lipo; Ma, Shunchao; Zhang, Yantao; Wang, Erkang; Bi, Yujing; Wang, Deyu; McKee, William C.; Xu, Ye; Chen, Jitao; Zhang, Qinghua; Nan, Cewen; Gu, Lin; Bruce, Peter G.; Peng, Zhangquan

    2015-08-01

    Utilization of LiFePO4 as a cathode material for Li-ion batteries often requires size nanonization coupled with calcination-based carbon coating to improve its electrochemical performance, which, however, is usually at the expense of tap density and may be environmentally problematic. Here we report the utilization of micron-sized LiFePO4, which has a higher tap density than its nano-sized siblings, by forming a conducting polymer coating on its surface with a greener diazonium chemistry. Specifically, micron-sized LiFePO4 particles have been uniformly coated with a thin polyphenylene film via the spontaneous reaction between LiFePO4 and an aromatic diazonium salt of benzenediazonium tetrafluoroborate. The coated micron-sized LiFePO4, compared with its pristine counterpart, has shown improved electrical conductivity, high rate capability and excellent cyclability when used as a `carbon additive free' cathode material for rechargeable Li-ion batteries. The bonding mechanism of polyphenylene to LiFePO4/FePO4 has been understood with density functional theory calculations.

  9. Unlocking the energy capabilities of micron-sized LiFePO4

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    Guo, Limin; Zhang, Yelong; Wang, Jiawei; Ma, Lipo; Ma, Shunchao; Zhang, Yantao; Wang, Erkang; Bi, Yujing; Wang, Deyu; McKee, William C.; Xu, Ye; Chen, Jitao; Zhang, Qinghua; Nan, Cewen; Gu, Lin; Bruce, Peter G.; Peng, Zhangquan

    2015-01-01

    Utilization of LiFePO4 as a cathode material for Li-ion batteries often requires size nanonization coupled with calcination-based carbon coating to improve its electrochemical performance, which, however, is usually at the expense of tap density and may be environmentally problematic. Here we report the utilization of micron-sized LiFePO4, which has a higher tap density than its nano-sized siblings, by forming a conducting polymer coating on its surface with a greener diazonium chemistry. Specifically, micron-sized LiFePO4 particles have been uniformly coated with a thin polyphenylene film via the spontaneous reaction between LiFePO4 and an aromatic diazonium salt of benzenediazonium tetrafluoroborate. The coated micron-sized LiFePO4, compared with its pristine counterpart, has shown improved electrical conductivity, high rate capability and excellent cyclability when used as a ‘carbon additive free' cathode material for rechargeable Li-ion batteries. The bonding mechanism of polyphenylene to LiFePO4/FePO4 has been understood with density functional theory calculations. PMID:26235395

  10. On a framework for generating PoD curves assisted by numerical simulations

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    Subair, S. Mohamed; Agrawal, Shweta; Balasubramaniam, Krishnan; Rajagopal, Prabhu; Kumar, Anish; Rao, Purnachandra B.; Tamanna, Jayakumar

    2015-03-01

    The Probability of Detection (PoD) curve method has emerged as an important tool for the assessment of the performance of NDE techniques, a topic of particular interest to the nuclear industry where inspection qualification is very important. The conventional experimental means of generating PoD curves though, can be expensive, requiring large data sets (covering defects and test conditions), and equipment and operator time. Several methods of achieving faster estimates for PoD curves using physics-based modelling have been developed to address this problem. Numerical modelling techniques are also attractive, especially given the ever-increasing computational power available to scientists today. Here we develop procedures for obtaining PoD curves, assisted by numerical simulation and based on Bayesian statistics. Numerical simulations are performed using Finite Element analysis for factors that are assumed to be independent, random and normally distributed. PoD curves so generated are compared with experiments on austenitic stainless steel (SS) plates with artificially created notches. We examine issues affecting the PoD curve generation process including codes, standards, distribution of defect parameters and the choice of the noise threshold. We also study the assumption of normal distribution for signal response parameters and consider strategies for dealing with data that may be more complex or sparse to justify this. These topics are addressed and illustrated through the example case of generation of PoD curves for pulse-echo ultrasonic inspection of vertical surface-breaking cracks in SS plates.

  11. Hollow GdPO4:Eu3+ microspheres: Luminescent properties and applications as drug carrier

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    Tang, Yanxia; Mei, Rui; Yang, Shaokun; Tang, Hongxia; Yin, Wenzhong; Xu, Yongchun; Gao, Yaping

    2016-04-01

    GdPO4:Eu3+ samples were synthesized by a hydrothermal process using melamine formaldehyde (MF) as template. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns and the Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrum suggested that GdPO4:Eu3+ has a hexagonal phase. The scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) images showed that the obtained GdPO4:Eu3+ are hollow microspheres with diameters in the range of 1-1.5 μm. Under the excitation at 245 nm, hexagonal GdPO4:Eu3+ hollow microspheres showed emission bands originating from the 5D0 → 7FJ (J = 1, 2, 3 and 4) transitions of Eu3+. The drug release properties of hexagonal GdPO4:Eu3+ hollow microspheres were exhibited by the doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX) release test. The biocompatibility of hexagonal GdPO4:Eu3+ hollow microsphere was tested by the standard 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay. The results indicated that hollow GdPO4:Eu3+ microspheres have potential applications in biomedicine fields.

  12. Ultralong Lifespan and Ultrafast Li Storage: Single-Crystal LiFePO4 Nanomeshes.

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    Zhang, Yan; Zhang, Hui Juan; Feng, Yang Yang; Fang, Ling; Wang, Yu

    2016-01-27

    A novel LiFePO4 material, in the shape of a nanomesh, has been rationally designed and synthesized based on the low crystal-mismatch strategy. The LiFePO4 nanomesh possesses several advantages in morphology and crystal structure, including a mesoporous structure, its crystal orientation that is along the [010] direction, and a shortened Li-ion diffusion path. These properties are favorable for their application as cathode in Li-ion batteries, as these will accelerate the Li-ion diffusion rate, improve the Li-ion exchange between the LiFePO4 nanomesh and the electrolyte, and reduce the Li-ion capacitive behavior during Li intercalation. So the LiFePO4 nanomesh exhibits a high specific capacity, enhanced rate capability, and strengthened cyclability. The method developed here can also be extended to other similar systems, for instance, LiMnPO4 , LiCoPO4 , and LiNiPO4 , and may find more applications in the designed synthesis of functional materials. PMID:26643716

  13. Unlocking the energy capabilities of micron-sized LiFePO4.

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    Guo, Limin; Zhang, Yelong; Wang, Jiawei; Ma, Lipo; Ma, Shunchao; Zhang, Yantao; Wang, Erkang; Bi, Yujing; Wang, Deyu; McKee, William C; Xu, Ye; Chen, Jitao; Zhang, Qinghua; Nan, Cewen; Gu, Lin; Bruce, Peter G; Peng, Zhangquan

    2015-01-01

    Utilization of LiFePO4 as a cathode material for Li-ion batteries often requires size nanonization coupled with calcination-based carbon coating to improve its electrochemical performance, which, however, is usually at the expense of tap density and may be environmentally problematic. Here we report the utilization of micron-sized LiFePO4, which has a higher tap density than its nano-sized siblings, by forming a conducting polymer coating on its surface with a greener diazonium chemistry. Specifically, micron-sized LiFePO4 particles have been uniformly coated with a thin polyphenylene film via the spontaneous reaction between LiFePO4 and an aromatic diazonium salt of benzenediazonium tetrafluoroborate. The coated micron-sized LiFePO4, compared with its pristine counterpart, has shown improved electrical conductivity, high rate capability and excellent cyclability when used as a 'carbon additive free' cathode material for rechargeable Li-ion batteries. The bonding mechanism of polyphenylene to LiFePO4/FePO4 has been understood with density functional theory calculations. PMID:26235395

  14. On a framework for generating PoD curves assisted by numerical simulations

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    Subair, S. Mohamed Agrawal, Shweta Balasubramaniam, Krishnan Rajagopal, Prabhu; Kumar, Anish; Rao, Purnachandra B.; Tamanna, Jayakumar

    2015-03-31

    The Probability of Detection (PoD) curve method has emerged as an important tool for the assessment of the performance of NDE techniques, a topic of particular interest to the nuclear industry where inspection qualification is very important. The conventional experimental means of generating PoD curves though, can be expensive, requiring large data sets (covering defects and test conditions), and equipment and operator time. Several methods of achieving faster estimates for PoD curves using physics-based modelling have been developed to address this problem. Numerical modelling techniques are also attractive, especially given the ever-increasing computational power available to scientists today. Here we develop procedures for obtaining PoD curves, assisted by numerical simulation and based on Bayesian statistics. Numerical simulations are performed using Finite Element analysis for factors that are assumed to be independent, random and normally distributed. PoD curves so generated are compared with experiments on austenitic stainless steel (SS) plates with artificially created notches. We examine issues affecting the PoD curve generation process including codes, standards, distribution of defect parameters and the choice of the noise threshold. We also study the assumption of normal distribution for signal response parameters and consider strategies for dealing with data that may be more complex or sparse to justify this. These topics are addressed and illustrated through the example case of generation of PoD curves for pulse-echo ultrasonic inspection of vertical surface-breaking cracks in SS plates.

  15. Study of phase relationships in the Sr{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}–CePO{sub 4} system. Phase diagram and thermal characteristics of phases

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    Matraszek, Aleksandra

    2013-07-15

    A diagram representing phase relationships in the Sr{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}–CePO{sub 4} phosphate system has been developed on the basis of results obtained by thermal analysis (DTA/DSC/TGA) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods. One intermediate compound with the formula Sr{sub 3}Ce(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} occurs in the Sr{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}–CePO{sub 4} system at temperatures exceeding 1045 °C. The compound has a eulytite structure with the following structural parameters: a=b=c=10.1655(8) Å, α=β=γ=90.00°, V=1050.46(6) Å{sup 3}. It's melting point exceeds 1950 °C. A limited solid solution exists in the system, which possesses the structure of a low-temperature form of Sr{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}. At 1000 °C the maximal concentration of CePO{sub 4} in the solid solution is below 20 mol%. The solid solution phase field narrows with increased temperature. There is a eutectic point in the (Sr{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}+Sr{sub 3}Ce(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}) phase field at 1765 °C and 15 mol% of CePO{sub 4}. The melting temperature of Sr{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} is 1882±15 °C. - Graphical abstract: The phase diagram of Sr{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}–CePO{sub 4} system showing the stability ranges of limited solid solution and Sr{sub 3}Ce(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} phases. - Highlights: • Sr{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} melts at 1882 °C. • Phase diagram of Sr{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}–CePO{sub 4} system has been proposed. • Limited solid solution of CePO{sub 4} in Sr{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} forms in the system. • The Sr{sub 3}Ce(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} phosphate is stable at temperatures above 1045 °C.

  16. Estimating benthic fluxes of trace elements to hypoxic coastal waters using 210Po

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    Kim, Tae-Hoon; Kim, Guebuem

    2014-12-01

    The activities of colloidal (10 kDa-0.45 μm) and truly dissolved (<10 kDa) 210Po and 210Pb, dissolved inorganic nutrients, and trace elements (Al, V, Co, Ni, Cu, Mo, Mn, and Fe) were measured in the artificial and saline Lake Shihwa, South Korea in July 2011. The boundary between oxic and hypoxic layers, indexed by NH4+, Mn, and dissolved oxygen, was determined by the pycnocline formed at the depth of 2-4 m. The total activities of 210Po and 210Pb in Lake Shihwa were in the range of 10.5-20.4 dpm 100 L-1 and 6.4 to 9.8 dpm 100 L-1, respectively. The proportions of the truly dissolved, colloidal, and particulate phases were, respectively, 55 ± 6%, 29 ± 5%, and 16 ± 3% for 210Po, and 48 ± 6%, 29 ± 7%, and 23 ± 4% for 210Pb. The activities of 210Po were 20-55% higher than those of 210Pb. The benthic flux of 210Po is determined on the basis of the 210Po mass balance model in the water column. Since the excess activities of dissolved 210Po relative to 210Pb showed a positive correlation with the concentrations of trace elements (except for Al), the benthic fluxes of the trace elements from bottom sediment were successfully calculated using these relationships and the 210Po fluxes. Our study highlights that 210Po can be used as a powerful tracer for estimating trace element fluxes from bottom sediment in a hypoxic environment.

  17. Complex magnetism and magneto-transport of RECoPO (RE = La, Nd, and Sm)

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    Pal, Anand; Mehdi, Syed Sajjad; Husain, Mushahid; Gahtori, Bhasker; Awana, V. P. S.

    2011-11-01

    We report the electrical, magnetotransport, and specific heat of the layered polycrystalline RECoPO (RE = La, Nd, and Sm) samples. These compounds are iso-structural to recently discovered superconductor LaFeAs(O/F). Bulk polycrystalline samples are synthesized by a solid state reaction route in an evacuated sealed quartz tube. All these compounds are crystallized in a tetragonal structure with space group P4/nmm. Cobalt in these compounds is in an itinerant state, with its paramagnetic moment above 1.4 μB and the same orders ferromagnetically (FM) with saturation moment of around 0.20 μB below, say, 80 K. Though, LaCoPO shows single paramagnetic (PM) to ferromagnetic (FM) transition near 35 K, the NdCoPO and SmCoPO exhibit successive PM-FM-anti-ferromagnetic (AFM) transitions. Both FM and AFM transition temperatures vary with applied fields. Although the itinerant ferromagnetism occurs with small saturation moment, typical anti-ferromagnetic (AFM) transitions (TN1, TN2) are observed at 60 K and 14 K for Nd and 70 K and 40 K for Sm. This FM-AFM transition of Co spins in NdCoPO and SmCoPO is both field and temperature dependent. The magneto-transport of NdCoPO and SmCoPO distinctly follows their successive PM-FM-AFM transitions. It is clear that Sm/Nd (4f) interacts with the Co (3d) in first-time-synthesized Sm/NdCoPO.

  18. Morphology and conductivity study of solid electrolyte Li3PO4

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    Prayogi, Lugas Dwi; Faisal, Muhamad; Kartini, Evvy; Honggowiranto, Wagiyo; Supardi

    2016-02-01

    The comparison between two different methods of synthesize of solid electrolyte Li3PO4 as precursor material for developing lithium ion battery, has been performed. The first method is to synthesize Li3PO4 prepared by wet chemical reaction from LiOH and H3PO4 which provide facile, abundant available resource, low cost, and low toxicity. The second method is solid state reaction prepared by Li2CO3 and NH4H2PO4. In addition, the possible morphology identification of comparison between two different methods will also be discussed. The composition, morphology, and additional identification phase and another compound of Li3PO4 powder products from two different reaction are characterized by SEM, EDS, and EIS. The Li3PO4 powder produced from wet reaction and solid state reaction have an average diameter of 0.834 - 7.81 µm and 2.15 - 17.3 µm, respectively. The density of Li3PO4 prepared by wet chemical reaction is 2.238 gr/cm3, little bit lower than the sample prepared by solid state reaction which density is 2.3560 gr/cm3. The EIS measurement result shows that the conductivity of Li3PO4 is 1.7 x 10-9 S.cm-1 for wet chemical reaction and 1.8 x 10-10 S.cm-1 for solid state reaction. The conductivity of Li3PO4 is not quite different between those two samples even though they were prepared by different method of synthesize.

  19. Implementing DOIs for Oceanographic Satellite Data at PO.DAAC

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    Hausman, J.; Tauer, E.; Chung, N.; Chen, C.; Moroni, D. F.

    2013-12-01

    The Physical Oceanographic Distributed Active Archive Center (PO.DAAC) is NASA's archive for physical oceanographic satellite data. It distributes over 500 datasets from gravity, ocean wind, sea surface topography, sea ice, ocean currents, salinity, and sea surface temperature satellite missions. A dataset is a collection of granules/files that share the same mission/project, versioning, processing level, spatial, and temporal characteristics. The large number of datasets is partially due to the number of satellite missions, but mostly because a single satellite mission typically has multiple versions or even temporal and spatial resolutions of data. As a result, a user might mistake one dataset for a different dataset from the same satellite mission. Due to the PO.DAAC'S vast variety and volume of data and growing requirements to report dataset usage, it has begun implementing DOIs for the datasets it archives and distributes. However, this was not as simple as registering a name for a DOI and providing a URL. Before implementing DOIs multiple questions needed to be answered. What are the sponsor and end-user expectations regarding DOIs? At what level does a DOI get assigned (dataset, file/granule)? Do all data get a DOI, or only selected data? How do we create a DOI? How do we create landing pages and manage them? What changes need to be made to the data archive, life cycle policy and web portal to accommodate DOIs? What if the data also exists at another archive and a DOI already exists? How is a DOI included if the data were obtained via a subsetting tool? How does a researcher or author provide a unique, definitive reference (standard citation) for a given dataset? This presentation will discuss how these questions were answered through changes in policy, process, and system design. Implementing DOIs is not a trivial undertaking, but as DOIs are rapidly becoming the de facto approach, it is worth the effort. Researchers have historically referenced the source

  20. Identifying the Structure of the Intermediate, Li2/3CoPO4, Formed during Electrochemical Cycling of LiCoPO4

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    In situ synchrotron diffraction measurements and subsequent Rietveld refinements are used to show that the high energy density cathode material LiCoPO4 (space group Pnma) undergoes two distinct two-phase reactions upon charge and discharge, both occurring via an intermediate Li2/3(Co2+)2/3(Co3+)1/3PO4 phase. Two resonances are observed for Li2/3CoPO4 with intensity ratios of 2:1 and 1:1 in the 31P and 7Li NMR spectra, respectively. An ordering of Co2+/Co3+ oxidation states is proposed within a (a × 3b × c) supercell, and Li+/vacancy ordering is investigated using experimental NMR data in combination with first-principles solid-state DFT calculations. In the lowest energy configuration, both the Co3+ ions and Li vacancies are found to order along the b-axis. Two other low energy Li+/vacancy ordering schemes are found only 5 meV per formula unit higher in energy. All three configurations lie below the LiCoPO4–CoPO4 convex hull and they may be readily interconverted by Li+ hops along the b-direction. PMID:25960604

  1. Effect of the synthesis conditions on the electrochemical properties of LiFePO{sub 4} obtained from NH{sub 4}FePO{sub 4}

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    Prosini, Pier Paolo Gislon, Paola; Cento, Cinzia; Carewska, Maria; Masci, Amedeo

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Four different samples of FAP were synthesized by precipitation techniques. • The samples were used as precursors to synthesize electrochemical active LiFePO{sub 4}. • Their morphology, composition, structure and electrochemical performance were studied. • The LiFePO{sub 4} electrochemical performance resulted affected by the preparation method - Abstract: In this paper the morphological, structural and electrochemical properties of crystalline lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO{sub 4}) obtained from ferrous ammonium phosphate (FAP) have been studied. The FAP was obtained following four different processes, namely: (1) homogeneous phase precipitation, (2) heterogeneous phase precipitation from stoichiometric sodium phosphate, (3) heterogeneous phase precipitation from stoichiometric ammonium phosphate, and (4) heterogeneous phase precipitation from over stoichiometric ammonium phosphate. Lithium iron phosphate was prepared by solid state reaction of FAP with lithium hydroxide. In order to evaluate the effect of reaction time and synthesis temperature the LiFePO{sub 4} was prepared varying the heating temperatures (550, 600 and 700 °C) and the reaction times (1 or 2 h). The morphology of the materials was evaluated by scanning electron microscopy while the chemical composition was determined by electron energy loss spectroscopy. X-ray diffraction was used to evaluate phase composition, crystal structure and crystallite size. The so obtained LiFePO{sub 4}'s were fully electrochemical characterized and a correlation was found between the crystal size and the electrochemical performance.

  2. RbZnFe(PO4)2: synthesis and crystal structure.

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    Badri, Abdessalem; Ben Amara, Mongi

    2016-08-01

    A new iron phosphate, rubidium zinc iron(III) phosphate, RbZnFe(PO4)2, has been synthesized as single crystals by the flux method. This compound is isostructural to the previously reported KCoAl(PO4)2 [Chen et al. (1997 ▸). Acta Cryst. C53,1754-1756]. Its structure consists of a three-dimensional framework built up from corner-sharing PO4 and (Zn,Fe)O4 tetra-hedra. This mode of linkage forms channels parallel to the [100], [010] and [001] directions in which the Rb(+) ions are located. PMID:27536385

  3. Bulk Superconductivity and Disorder in Single Crystals of LaFePO

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    Analytis, James G.; Chu, Jiun-Haw; Erickson, Ann S.; Kucharczyk, Chris; Serafin, Alessandro; Carrington, Antony; Cox, Catherine; Kauzlarich, Susan M.; Hope, Hakon; /UC, Davis. Dept. Chem.

    2010-02-15

    We have studied the intrinsic normal and superconducting properties of the oxypnictide LaFePO. These samples exhibit bulk superconductivity and the evidence suggests that stoichiometric LaFePO is indeed superconducting, in contrast to other reports. We find that superconductivity is independent of the interplane residual resistivity {rho}{sub 0} and discuss the implications of this on the nature of the superconducting order parameter. Finally we find that, unlike T{sub c}, other properties in single-crystal LaFePO including the resistivity and magnetoresistance, can be very sensitive to disorder.

  4. Structure and performance of LiFePO4 cathode materials: A review

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    Zhang, Wei-Jun

    2011-03-01

    LiFePO4 has been considered a promising battery material in electric vehicles. However, there are still a number of technical challenges to overcome before its wide-spread applications. In this article, the structure and electrochemical performance of LiFePO4 are reviewed in light of the major technical requirements for EV batteries. The rate capability, capacity density, cyclic life and low-temperature performance of various LiFePO4 materials are described. The major factors affecting these properties are discussed, which include particle size, doping, carbon coating, conductive carbon loading and synthesis techniques. Important future research for science and engineering is suggested.

  5. Effect of conductive additives in LiFePO4 cathode for lithium-ion batteries

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    Shim, J.; Guerfi, A.; Zaghib, K.; Striebel, K.A.

    2003-11-25

    The electrochemical properties of LiFePO4 cathodes with different carbon contents were studied to find out the role of carbon as conductive additive. LiFePO4 cathodes containing from 0 percent to 12 percent of conductive additive (carbon black or mixture of carbon black and graphite) were cycled at different C rates. The capacity of LiFePO4 cathode increased, as conductive additive content increased. Carbon increased the utilization of active material and the electrical conductivity of electrode, but decreased volumetric capacity of electrode.

  6. [100]-Oriented LiFePO4 Nanoflakes toward High Rate Li-Ion Battery Cathode.

    PubMed

    Li, Zhaojin; Peng, Zhenzhen; Zhang, Hui; Hu, Tao; Hu, Minmin; Zhu, Kongjun; Wang, Xiaohui

    2016-01-13

    [100] is believed to be a tough diffusion direction for Li(+) in LiFePO4, leading to the belief that the rate performance of [100]-oriented LiFePO4 is poor. Here we report the fabrication of 12 nm-thick [100]-oriented LiFePO4 nanoflakes by a simple one-pot solvothermal method. The nanoflakes exhibit unexpectedly excellent electrochemical performance, in stark contrast to what was previously believed. Such an exceptional result is attributed to a decreased thermodynamic transformation barrier height (Δμb) associated with increased active population. PMID:26694590

  7. RbZnFe(PO4)2: synthesis and crystal structure

    PubMed Central

    Badri, Abdessalem; Ben Amara, Mongi

    2016-01-01

    A new iron phosphate, rubidium zinc iron(III) phosphate, RbZnFe(PO4)2, has been synthesized as single crystals by the flux method. This compound is isostructural to the previously reported KCoAl(PO4)2 [Chen et al. (1997 ▸). Acta Cryst. C53,1754–1756]. Its structure consists of a three-dimensional framework built up from corner-sharing PO4 and (Zn,Fe)O4 tetra­hedra. This mode of linkage forms channels parallel to the [100], [010] and [001] directions in which the Rb+ ions are located. PMID:27536385

  8. Research Update: Retardation and acceleration of phase separation evaluated from observation of imbalance between structure and valence in LiFePO{sub 4}/FePO{sub 4} electrode

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    Tokuda, Kazuya; Kawaguchi, Tomoya; Ichitsubo, Tetsu; Matsubara, Eiichiro; Fukuda, Katsutoshi

    2014-07-01

    LiFePO{sub 4} is a potential positive electrode material for lithium ion batteries. We have experimentally observed an imbalance between the valence change of Fe ions and the structure change from the LiFePO{sub 4} phase to the FePO{sub 4} phase during delithiation by simultaneous in situ XRD and XANES measurements in an LiFePO{sub 4}/FePO{sub 4} electrode. The ratio of structure change to valence change clearly indicates that the phase separation from LiFePO{sub 4} to FePO{sub 4} is suppressed at the beginning of delithiation, while it is accelerated at the latter stage, which is due to the coherent strain caused by the lattice misfit between the two phases.

  9. Electrochemical performance of patterned LiFePO4 nano-electrode with a pristine amorphous layer

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    Wang, Mao; Zhang, Wei; Liu, Yihang; Yang, Yong; Wang, Chunsheng; Wang, Yuan

    2014-04-01

    A patterned LiFePO4 nanorod with a pristine amorphous LiFePO4 surface layer was fabricated by controlling the temperature gradient from the interior to the exterior layer in high-temperature annealing process through designing hierarchical multilayer electrode structure. The three dimensional patterned LiFePO4 nanorods were prepared using tobacco mosaic virus nanoforest arrays. The results indicate that the nano-electrodes nearly reached the theoretical capacity at a very low C rate even without conductive coatings. The amorphous LiFePO4 can fast transport the Li-ion to inside crystal LiFePO4, thus enhancing the rate capability.

  10. Redetermination of β-Ba(PO3)2

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    Weil, Matthias

    2014-01-01

    In comparison with the previous structure determination of the β-modification of barium catena-polyphosphate that was based on Weissenberg film data [Grenier et al. (1967 ▶). Bull. Soc. Fr. Minéral. Cristallogr. 90, 24–31], the current CCD-data-based redetermination reveals all atoms with anisotropic displacement parameters, standard uncertainties for the atomic coordinates, and the determination of the absolute structure. Moreover, a much higher accuracy in terms of the bond-length distribution for the polyphosphate chain, with two shorter and two longer P—O distances, was achieved. The structure consists of polyphosphate chains extending parallel to [100] with a periodicity of two PO4 tetra­hedra. The Ba2+ cations are located between the chains and are surrounded by ten O atoms in the form of a distorted coordination polyhedron, with Ba—O distances ranging from 2.765 (3) to 3.143 (3) Å, also reflecting the higher precision of the current redetermination. PMID:24764803

  11. Magnetic structure and magnetocalorics of GdPO4

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    Palacios, E; Rodr´ıguez-Velamaz´an,,; Evangelisti, Marco; McIntyre, G; Lorusso, G; Visser, Dirk; De Jongh, L. Jos; Boatner, Lynn A

    2014-01-01

    The magnetic ordering structure of GdPO4 is determined at T = 60 mK by diffraction of hot neutrons with wavelength = 0.4696 A. It corresponds to a non-collinear antiferromagnetic arrangement of the Gd moments with propagation vector k = (1/2, 0, 1/2). This arrangement is found to minimize the dipole-dipole interaction and the crystal field anisotropy energy, the magnetic superexchange being much smaller. The intensity of the magnetic reflections decreases with increasing temperature and vanishes at T 0.8 K, in agreement with the magnetic ordering temperature TN = 0.77 K, as reported in previous works based on heat capacity andmore » magnetic susceptibility measurements. The magnetocaloric parameters have been determined from heat capacity data at constant applied fields up to 7 T, as well as from isothermal magnetization data. The magnetocaloric effect reaches ST = 375.8 mJ cm3 K 1 at T = 2.1 K, largely exceeding the maximum values reported to date for Gd-based magnetic refrigerants.« less

  12. Magnetic structure and magnetocalorics of GdPO4

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    Palacios, E; Rodr´ıguez-Velamaz´an,,; Evangelisti, Marco; McIntyre, G; Lorusso, G; Visser, Dirk; De Jongh, L. Jos; Boatner, Lynn A

    2014-01-01

    The magnetic ordering structure of GdPO4 is determined at T = 60 mK by diffraction of hot neutrons with wavelength = 0.4696 A. It corresponds to a non-collinear antiferromagnetic arrangement of the Gd moments with propagation vector k = (1/2, 0, 1/2). This arrangement is found to minimize the dipole-dipole interaction and the crystal field anisotropy energy, the magnetic superexchange being much smaller. The intensity of the magnetic reflections decreases with increasing temperature and vanishes at T 0.8 K, in agreement with the magnetic ordering temperature TN = 0.77 K, as reported in previous works based on heat capacity and magnetic susceptibility measurements. The magnetocaloric parameters have been determined from heat capacity data at constant applied fields up to 7 T, as well as from isothermal magnetization data. The magnetocaloric effect reaches ST = 375.8 mJ cm3 K 1 at T = 2.1 K, largely exceeding the maximum values reported to date for Gd-based magnetic refrigerants.

  13. Hygroscopic growth of aerosol particles in the Po Valley

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    Svenningsson, I. B.; Hansson, H.-C.; Wiedensohler, A.; Ogren, J. A.; Noone, K. J.; Hallberg, A.

    1992-11-01

    A Tandem Differential Mobility Analyser (TDMA) was used to study the hygroscopic growth of individual ambient aerosol particles in the Po Valley, Italy. The measurements were made during the GCE fog experiment in November 1989. During fog, the interstitial aerosol (Dp(at ambient relative humidity)<5µm) was sampled. Two modes of particles with different hygroscopic growth were found for 0.030µm

  14. EduBites: Cliffs Notes for E/PO

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    Brinkworth, Carolyn; Bartolone, L.; Wenger, M.; Martin, A.; Nichols-Yehling, M.; Hurt, R. L.; Squires, G. K.

    2013-01-01

    We present a new resource for the astronomy education community, with the goal of improving our community’s knowledge and understanding of the educational research papers relevant to our work. EduBites is a searchable database of summaries of peer-reviewed education papers, written by astronomy educators and posted for the entire community to use. While we are all aware that we should be basing our E/PO work on a solid research foundation, many people in the community are pushed for time when it comes to staying on top of the educational literature. EduBites aims to reduce that workload for the benefit of the entire community. Our database is small, but growing, and will ultimately tackle papers across the whole of the astronomy education spectrum, including formal and informal education, outreach, grades K-16, pedagogy, evaluation, and many other topics. We are keen to hear from anyone on the community who would be interested in joining our review team, and welcome feedback on the EduBites user experience.

  15. New Media E/PO: Building a Digital Astronomy Community

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    Gay, Pamela L.

    2008-05-01

    Today's communications landscape is rich with new technologies. Cell phones and laptops are the constant companions of content consumers, and as we plan tomorrow's Education and Public Outreach programs, we need to consider how to most effectively utilize these technologies with their new, dynamic content possibilities - We need to use New Media. The field of New Media includes dynamic content sites such as: blogs, pod/vodcasts, Flickr, Facebook, Ustream, Twitter, and Second Life. The first part of this talk will summarize what New Media is available in the field of astronomy. All new media technologies have one thing in common: Users can easily create and input their own content and/or comments. These new media users and content contributors can just as easily be professional researchers, E/PO professionals, amateur astronomers, stay-at-home parents, and school kids. All are welcome in the online community, and today, all voices are digitally joined in the cacophony of astronomy new media content. This rich diversity supports many opportunities for learning, mentoring, content distribution, and discussion of ideas (including the debunking of bad ideas). In the second half of this talk, ways to use new media to build a community that shares, promotes, and comments on content is discussed, and techniques for dealing with the high flux of content are outlined. Also covered are the considerations that need to be made to make content as broadly accessible as possible.

  16. Avoided ferromagnetic quantum critical point in CeRuPO

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    Lengyel, E.; Macovei, M. E.; Jesche, A.; Krellner, C.; Geibel, C.; Nicklas, M.

    2015-01-01

    CeRuPO is a rare example of a ferromagnetic (FM) Kondo-lattice system. External pressure suppresses the ordering temperature to zero at about pc≈3 GPa. Our ac-susceptibility and electrical-resistivity investigations evidence that the type of magnetic ordering changes from FM to antiferromagnetic (AFM) at about p*≈0.87 GPa . Studies in applied magnetic fields suggest that ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic correlations compete for the ground state at p >p* , but finally the AFM correlations win. The change in the magnetic ground-state properties is closely related to the pressure evolution of the crystalline-electric-field level scheme and the magnetic Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida exchange interaction. The Néel temperature disappears abruptly in a first-order-like fashion at pc, hinting at the absence of a quantum critical point. This is consistent with the low-temperature transport properties exhibiting Landau-Fermi-liquid behavior in the whole investigated pressure range up to 7.5 GPa.

  17. Molecular cloning, structure and expressional profiles of two novel single-exon genes (PoCCR6A and PoCCR6B) in the Japanese flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus).

    PubMed

    Wang, Lei; Zhang, Yong-zhen; Xu, Wen-teng; Jia, Xiao-dong; Chen, Song-lin

    2016-05-01

    CCR6 is an important binding receptor of CCL20 and beta-defensins, and has multiple functions in the innate and acquired immune responses. In this study, we cloned the PoCCR6A and PoCCR6B genes of the Japanese flounder and studied the gene structure and expression patterns of these two genes in bacterial infection. The full-length PoCCR6A cDNA is 1415 bp and the open reading frame (ORF) is 1113 bp, encoding a 370-amino-acid peptide. The full-length PoCCR6B cDNA is 2193 bp and the ORF is 1029 bp, encoding a 363-amino-acid peptide. The structures of PoCCR6A and PoCCR6B indicate that they are single-exon genes. The predicted proteins encoded by PoCCR6A and PoCCR6B have the typical G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) family signature of seven transmembrane domains and several conserved structural features. A tissue distribution analysis showed that PoCCR6A is predominately expressed in the intestine, gill, and blood, and PoCCR6B in the gill, spleen, and liver. The expression patterns of the two chemokine receptors were analyzed during bacterial infection. In spleen and kidney, the expression of PoCCR6A was significantly upregulated at 24 h after infection, whereas the expression of PoCCR6B was steady at these time points. While in intestine, both of them were upregulated at 6 h-12 h after infection, and in gill the expression levels of them were upregulated at 24 h. The patterns of expression suggested that PoCCR6A and PoCCR6B play an important role in the immune response of the Japanese flounder, especially in the mucosal tissues. PMID:26997201

  18. Seasonal variations of Pb-210 and Po-210 concentrations in an oligotrophic lake

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    Talbot, R. W.; Andren, A. W.

    1984-01-01

    In order to examine spatial and temporal variability during the seasonal cycle of the oligotrophic Crystal Lake, Wisconsin, vertical distribution measurements of Pb-210 and Po-210 in both the dissolved and particulate phases were conducted. Mass balance considerations indicate that the removal rates of the two isotopes from the water column to the sediment vary temporally by nearly an order of magnitude. The mean removal residence time was estimated to be 0.095 yr for Pb-210 and 0.26 yr for Po-210, suggesting a difference in the extent of water column recycling. Calculations indicate a cyclic response of the water column Po-210 inventory which corresponds to successive time periods when there were net losses or gains; this response may be due to rapid biological removal and subsequent release from the sediment of freshly deposited Po-210.

  19. Probing the failure mechanism of nanoscale LiFePO4 for Li-ion batteries

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    Gu, Meng; Shi, Wei; Zheng, Jianming; Yan, Pengfei; Zhang, Ji-guang; Wang, Chongmin

    2015-05-01

    LiFePO4 is a high power rate cathode material for lithium ion battery and shows remarkable capacity retention, featuring a 91% capacity retention after 3300 cycles. In this work, we use high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy to study the gradual capacity fading mechanism of LiFePO4 materials. We found that upon prolonged electrochemical cycling of the battery, the LiFePO4 cathode shows surface amorphization and loss of oxygen species, which directly contribute to the gradual capacity fading of the battery. The finding can guide the design and improvement of LiFePO4 cathode for high-energy and high-power rechargeable battery for electric transportation.

  20. Searching for “LiCr{sup II}PO{sub 4}”

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    Mosymow, E.; Glaum, R.; Kremer, R.K.

    2014-10-15

    The two new phosphates LiCr{sup II}{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} and Li{sub 5}Cr{sup II}{sub 2}Cr{sup III}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4} are discovered as equilibrium phases (ϑ=800 °C) in the quarternary system Li/Cr/P/O. Their crystal structures have been determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data (LiCr{sup II}{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}: violet-blue, Pnma (no. 62), Z=4, a=6.175(1) Å, b=14.316(3) Å, c=10.277(2) Å, 100 parameters, R{sub 1}=0.028, wR{sub 2}=0.08, 2060 unique reflections with F{sub o}>4σ(F{sub o}); Li{sub 5}Cr{sup II}{sub 2}Cr{sup III}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4}: greyish-green, P1{sup ¯} (no. 2), Z=1, a=4.9379(7) Å, b=7.917(2) Å, c=8.426(2) Å, α=109.98(2)°, β=90.71(1)°, γ=104.91(1)°, 131 parameters, R{sub 1}=0.022, wR{sub 2}=0.067, 1594 unique reflections with F{sub o}>4σ(F{sub o})). Li{sub 5}Cr{sup II}{sub 2}Cr{sup III}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4} adopts an hitherto unknown structure type. The crystal structure of LiCr{sup II}{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} is isotypic to that of NaCd{sup II}{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} and related to that of the mineral silicocarnotite Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}(SiO{sub 4}). Significant disorder between Li{sup +} and Cr{sup 2+} is observed for both crystal structures. The oxidation states assigned to chromium in these two phosphates are in agreement with UV/vis/NIR absorption spectra and magnetic susceptibility data recorded for both compounds. Instead of “LiCr{sup II}PO{sub 4}” mixtures of LiCr{sup II}{sub 4}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, Li{sub 5}Cr{sup II}{sub 2}Cr{sup III}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4}, Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and CrP are observed at equilibrium. Instead of “Li{sub 2}Cr{sup II}P{sub 2}O{sub 7}” four-phase mixtures consisting of Li{sub 9}Cr{sup III}{sub 3}(P{sub 2}O{sub 7}){sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}, Li{sub 3}Cr{sup III}{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}, LiCrP{sub 2}O{sub 7}, and CrP were obtained. - Graphical abstract: Investigations on the equilibrium relations in the system Li/Cr/P/O revealed the two hitherto unknown phosphates Li{sub 5

  1. The Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) Education and Outreach (E/PO) Program

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    Peticolas, L. M.; Craig, N.; Kucera, T.; Michels, D. J.; Gerulskis, J.; MacDowall, R. J.; Beisser, K.; Chrissotimos, C.; Luhmann, J. G.; Galvin, A. B.; Ratta, L.; Drobnes, E.; Méndez, B. J.; Hill, S.; Marren, K.; Howard, R.

    2008-04-01

    The STEREO mission’s Education and Outreach (E/PO) program began early enough its team benefited from many lessons learned as NASA’s E/PO profession matured. Originally made up of discrete programs, by launch the STEREO E/PO program had developed into a quality suite containing all the program elements now considered standard: education workshops, teacher/student guides, national and international collaboration, etc. The benefit of bringing so many unique programs together is the resulting diverse portfolio, with scientists, E/PO professionals, and their education partners all of whom can focus on excellent smaller programs. The drawback is a less cohesive program nearly impossible to evaluate in its entirety with the given funding. When individual components were evaluated, we found our programs mostly made positive impact. In this paper, we elaborate on the programs, hoping that others will effectively use or improve upon them. When possible, we indicate the programs’ effects on their target audiences.

  2. Hybrid potential model of the {alpha}-cluster structure of {sup 212}Po

    SciTech Connect

    Ibrahim, T. T.; Perez, S. M.; Wyngaardt, S. M.

    2010-09-15

    Cluster-core potentials derived microscopically or phenomenologically each have some desirable features. We combine these features in an analysis of the properties of {sup 212}Po treated as an {alpha}-{sup 208}Pb system.

  3. Dispersion, agglomeration, and gelation of LiFePO4 in water-based slurry

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    Tsai, Feng-Yen; Jhang, Jia-Hao; Hsieh, Han-Wei; Li, Chia-Chen

    2016-04-01

    The gelation of commercially available lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) in water-based slurry and its corresponding mechanism are studied. Based on surface chemistry analyses using zeta potential measurements and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, it is found that the key factor that causes LiFePO4 gelation in the aqueous slurry is the quality of the surface carbon coating on powder. When the surface carbon exhibits functional derivatives, such as carboxyl, hydroxyl, and carbonyl polar functional groups, LiFePO4 tends to form a three-dimensional, gel-like structure via hydrogen bonding. Moreover, the presence of the derivatives reduces the amount of conduction-favorable sp2-bonded carbon to LiFePO4, resulting in an electric resistance increase of the as-prepared electrode and the deterioration of the specific capacity of the as-constructed cell.

  4. Sol-precipitation-hydrothermal synthesis and luminescence of GdPO4:Tb3+ submicron cubes

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    Cao, Yanyan; Sun, Peng; Liang, Yingmin; Wang, Rongrong; Zhang, Xiao

    2016-05-01

    GdPO4:Tb3+ submicron cubes were synthesized by a sol-precipitation-hydrothermal process. The XRD result indicated that GdPO4:Tb3+ submicron cubes have pure hexagonal phase. The SEM and TEM images confirmed the formation of cubic morphology. Under the excitation at 273 nm, GdPO4:Tb3+ submicron cubes show emission bands corresponding to Gd3+ and Tb3+. With the increasing Tb3+ concentration, the emission intensities originating from Gd3+ and 5D3 → 7Fj transition of Tb3+ decrease, but the emission intensities originating from 5D4 → 7Fj transition of Tb3+ increase. These results suggested energy transfer from Gd3+ to Tb3+ and the occurrence of cross-relaxation processes in GdPO4:Tb3+ submicron cubes.

  5. Graphene Modified LiFePO4 Cathode Materials for High Power Lithium ion Batteries

    SciTech Connect

    Zhou, X.; Wang, F.; Zhu, Y.; Liu, Z.

    2011-01-24

    Graphene-modified LiFePO{sub 4} composite has been developed as a Li-ion battery cathode material with excellent high-rate capability and cycling stability. The composite was prepared with LiFePO{sub 4} nanoparticles and graphene oxide nanosheets by spray-drying and annealing processes. The LiFePO{sub 4} primary nanoparticles embedded in micro-sized spherical secondary particles were wrapped homogeneously and loosely with a graphene 3D network. Such a special nanostructure facilitated electron migration throughout the secondary particles, while the presence of abundant voids between the LiFePO{sub 4} nanoparticles and graphene sheets was beneficial for Li{sup +} diffusion. The composite cathode material could deliver a capacity of 70 mAh g{sup -1} at 60C discharge rate and showed a capacity decay rate of <15% when cycled under 10C charging and 20C discharging for 1000 times.

  6. Carbon coatings with olive oil, soybean oil and butter on nano-LiFePO 4

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    Kim, Ketack; Jeong, Ji Hwa; Kim, Ick-Jun; Kim, Hyun-Soo

    Kitchen oils (olive, soybean and butter) are selected for carbon coatings on LiFePO 4. The surface properties of LiFePO 4 are unknown or vary depending on synthetic methods. The multi-functional groups of fatty acids in the oils can orient properly to cope with the variable surface properties of LiFePO 4, which can lead to dense carbon coatings. The low price and low toxicity of kitchen oils are other advantages of the coating process. LiFePO 4 (D 50 = 121 nm)combined with the carbon coating enhances the rate capability. Capacities at the 2 C rate reach 150 mAh g -1 or higher. The charge retention values of 2.0 C/0.2 C are between 94.4 and 98.9%.

  7. The iron phosphate CaFe3(PO4)3O

    PubMed Central

    Hidouri, Mourad; Ben Amara, Mongi

    2009-01-01

    A new iron phosphate, calcium triiron(III) tris­(phosphate) oxide, CaFe3(PO4)3O, has been isolated and shown to exhibit a three-dimensional structure built by FeO6 octa­hedra, FeO5 trigonal bipyramids and PO4 tetra­hedra. The FeOx (x = 5, 6) polyhedra are linked through common corners and edges, forming [Fe6O28]∞ chains with branches running along [010]. Adjacent chains are connected by the phosphate groups via common corners and edges, giving rise to a three-dimensional framework analogous to those of the previously reported SrFe3(PO4)3O and Bi0.4Fe3(PO4)3O structures, in which the Ca2+ cations occupy a single symmetry non-equivalent cavity. PMID:21583300

  8. The iron phosphate CaFe(3)(PO(4))(3)O.

    PubMed

    Hidouri, Mourad; Ben Amara, Mongi

    2009-01-01

    A new iron phosphate, calcium triiron(III) tris-(phosphate) oxide, CaFe(3)(PO(4))(3)O, has been isolated and shown to exhibit a three-dimensional structure built by FeO(6) octa-hedra, FeO(5) trigonal bipyramids and PO(4) tetra-hedra. The FeO(x) (x = 5, 6) polyhedra are linked through common corners and edges, forming [Fe(6)O(28)](∞) chains with branches running along [010]. Adjacent chains are connected by the phosphate groups via common corners and edges, giving rise to a three-dimensional framework analogous to those of the previously reported SrFe(3)(PO(4))(3)O and Bi(0.4)Fe(3)(PO(4))(3)O structures, in which the Ca(2+) cations occupy a single symmetry non-equivalent cavity. PMID:21583300

  9. Sky Fest: A Model of Successful Scientist Participation in E/PO

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    Dalton, H.; Shipp, S. S.; Shaner, A. J.; LaConte, K.; Shupla, C. B.

    2014-12-01

    Participation in outreach events is an easy way for scientists to get involved with E/PO and reach many people with minimal time commitment. At the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston, Texas, the E/PO team holds Sky Fest outreach events several times a year. These events each have a science content theme and include several activities for children and their parents, night sky viewing through telescopes, and scientist presentations. LPI scientists have the opportunity to participate in Sky Fest events either by helping lead an activity or by giving the scientist presentation (a short lecture and/or demonstration). Scientists are involved in at least one preparation meeting before the event. This allows them to ask questions, understand what activity they will be leading, and learn the key points that they should be sharing with the public, as well as techniques for effectively teaching members of the public about the event topic. During the event, each activity is run by one E/PO specialist and one scientist, enabling the scientist to learn about effective E/PO practices from the E/PO specialist and the E/PO specialist to get more science information about the event topic. E/PO specialists working together with scientists at stations provides a more complete, richer experience for event participants. Surveys of event participants have shown that interacting one-on-one with scientists is often one of their favorite parts of the events. Interviews with scientists indicated that they enjoyed Sky Fest because there was very little time involved on their parts outside of the actual event; the activities were created and/or chosen by the E/PO professionals, and setup for the events was completed before they arrived. They also enjoyed presenting their topic to people without a background in science, and who would not have otherwise sought out the information that was presented.

  10. Modeling Li-ion conductivity in LiLa(PO3)4 powder

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    Mounir, Ferhi; Karima, Horchani-Naifer; Khaled, Ben Saad; Mokhtar, Férid

    2012-07-01

    Polycrystalline powder and single-crystal of LiLa(PO3)4 are synthesized by solid state reaction and flux technique, respectively. A morphological description of the obtained product was made based on scanning electron microscopy micrographs. The obtained powder was characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, FTIR and Raman spectroscopies. Ionic conductivity of the LiLa(PO3)4 powder was measured and evaluated over a temperature range from 553 to 913 K. Single crystals of LiLa(PO3)4 are characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The LiLa(PO3)4 structure was found to be isotypic with LiNd(PO3)4. It crystallizes in the monoclinic system with space group C2/c and cell parameters: a=16.635(6) Å, b=7.130(3) Å, c=9.913(3) Å, β=126.37(4)°, V=946.72(6) Å3 and Z=4. The LiLa(PO3)4 structure was described as an alternation between spiraling chains (PO3)n and (La3+, Li+) cations along the b direction. The small Li+ ions, coordinated to four oxygen atoms, were located in the large connected cavities created between the LaO8 polyhedra and the polyphosphate chains. The jumping of Li+ through tunnels of the crystalline network was investigated using complex impedance spectroscopy. The close value of the activation energies calculated through the analysis of conductivity data and loss spectra indicate that the transport in the investigated system is through hopping mechanism. The correlation between ionic conductivity of LiLa(PO3)4 and its crystallographic structure was investigated and the most probably transport pathway model was determined.

  11. Online Workspace to Connect Scientists with NASA's Science E/PO Efforts and Practitioners

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    Shipp, Stephanie; Bartolone , Lindsay; Peticolas, Laura; Woroner, Morgan; Dalton, Heather; Schwerin, Theresa; Smith, Denise

    2014-11-01

    There is a growing awareness of the need for a scientifically literate public in light of challenges facing society today, and also a growing concern about the preparedness of our future workforce to meet those challenges. Federal priorities for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education call for improvement of teacher training, increased youth and public engagement, greater involvement of underrepresented populations, and investment in undergraduate and graduate education. How can planetary scientists contribute to these priorities? How can they “make their work and findings comprehensible, appealing, and available to the public” as called for in the Planetary Decadal Survey?NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) workspace provides the SMD E/PO community of practice - scientists and educators funded to conduct SMD E/PO or those using NASA’s science discoveries in E/PO endeavors - with an online environment in which to communicate, collaborate, and coordinate activities, thus helping to increase effectiveness of E/PO efforts. The workspace offers interested scientists avenues to partner with SMD E/PO practitioners and learn about E/PO projects and impacts, as well as to advertise their own efforts to reach a broader audience. Through the workspace, scientists can become aware of opportunities for involvement and explore resources to improve professional practice, including literature reviews of best practices for program impact, mechanisms for engaging diverse audiences, and large- and small-scale program evaluation. Scientists will find “how to” manuals for getting started and increasing impact with public presentations, classroom visits, and other audiences, as well as primers with activity ideas and resources that can augment E/PO interactions with different audiences. The poster will introduce the workspace to interested scientists and highlight pathways to resources of interest that can help

  12. Determination of (210)Po in calcium supplements and the possible related dose assessment to the consumers.

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    Strumińska-Parulska, Dagmara I

    2015-12-01

    The aim of this pioneer study was to investigate the most popular calcium supplements as a potential additional source of polonium (210)Po in human diet. The analyzed calcium pharmaceutics contained organic or inorganic calcium compounds; some from natural sources as mussels' shells, fish extracts, or sedimentary rocks. The objectives of this research were to investigate the naturally occurring (210)Po activity concentrations in calcium supplements, find the correlations between (210)Po concentration in medicament and calcium chemical form, and calculate the effective radiation dose connected to analyzed calcium supplement consumption. As results showed, (210)Po concentrations in natural origin calcium supplements (especially sedimentary rocks) were higher than the other analyzed. Also the results of (210)Po analysis obtained for inorganic forms of calcium supplements were higher. The highest (210)Po activity concentrations were determined in mineral tablets made from sedimentary rocks: dolomite and chalk - 3.88 ± 0.22 and 3.36 ± 0.10 mBq g(-1) respectively; while the lowest in organic calcium compounds: calcium lactate and calcium gluconate - 0.07 ± 0.02 and 0.17 ± 0.01 mBq g(-1). The annual effective radiation doses from supplements intake were estimated as well. The highest annual radiation dose from (210)Po taken with 1 tablet of calcium supplement per day was connected to sample made from chalk - 2.5 ± 0.07 μSv year(-1), while the highest annual radiation dose from (210)Po taken with 1 g of pure calcium per day was connected to dolomite - 12.7 ± 0.70 μSv year(-1). PMID:26318774

  13. Combustion Synthesis of Ca3(PO4)2 Net-Shape Surgical Implants

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    Ayers, Reed A.; Castillo, Martin; Gottoli, Guglielmo; Moore, John J.; Simske, Steven J.

    2006-01-01

    Self-propagating high-temperature combustion synthesis (SHS) is the basis of a method of making components of porous tricalcium phosphate [Ca3(PO4)2] and related compounds in net sizes and shapes for use as surgical implants that are compatible with bone. The SHS method offers advantages over prior methods of manufacturing Ca3(PO4)2-based surgical implants.

  14. Variation of ²¹⁰Po daily urinary excretion for male subjects at environmental level.

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    Hölgye, Z; Hýža, M; Mihalík, J; Rulík, P; Škrkal, J

    2015-05-01

    (210)Po was determined in 24-h urine of seven healthy males from Prague, Czech Republic, for ten consecutive days. The results show that for each volunteer, the urinary excretion of (210)Po changed only little from day to day in the studied time period. For two volunteers, the difference in the daily excreted (210)Po activity for two consecutive days was not significant, given the 95% confidence interval (two sigma) of the activity measurements. The same is valid for the excretion data of the other volunteers, except for some days where the differences were slightly higher. The range of daily urinary excretion of (210)Po of each volunteer in the studied time period was quite narrow. Among the volunteers, the maximum daily urinary excretion value of (210)Po was at most about a factor of 2.5 higher than the lowest excretion value. An attempt to explain the observed small inter-individual variability of (210)Po excretion in daily urine is made. PMID:25712002

  15. Phase dependent structural and electronic properties of lanthanum orthophosphate (LaPO4)

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    Neupane, M. R.; Garrett, G. A.; Rudin, S.; Andzelm, J. W.

    2016-05-01

    We study the phase-dependent structural and electronic properties of bulk LaPO4, using density functional theory (DFT). The applicability of conventional semi-local and hybrid functionals in predicting structural and electronic properties of monoclinic and hexagonal LaPO4 is evaluated by comparing results to available experimental data. The monoclinic LaPO4 was found to be more stable than the hexagonal phase in ambient conditions with a small energy difference, suggesting a possibility of a phase transition. Both the phases in the bulk form are found to be diamagnetic with indirect energy gaps. These results are consistent with available experimental results. In the monoclinic phase, the hybrid functionals predict indirect band gap at about 8 eV. Furthermore, the calculated indirect–direct transition energy offset (ΔE) in the hexagonal phase was three times lower than the monoclinic phase. Our calculations based on hybrid functionals also reveal that the states near the conduction band edge in the hexagonal LaPO4 are strongly hybridized between La and PO4 states. By analyzing the band dispersion around the band edges, we show that the hexagonal phase has lighter electron effective mass, as compared to the monoclinic phase. With a larger energy gap, smaller ΔE, and smaller electron effective mass, the hexagonal LaPO4 might be a promising candidate material as an n-type transparent oxide.

  16. The Electronic Spectrum of H_2PO, the Prototypical Phosphoryl Free Radical

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    Gharaibeh, Mohammed A.; Clouthier, Dennis J.

    2011-06-01

    The electronic spectrum of the H_2PO radical has been identified by laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) and single vibronic level (SVL) emission techniques. The radical was produced in a pulsed electric discharge jet using a precursor mixture of phosphine (PH_3) and carbon dioxide in high-pressure argon and the tilde{B}^2A' - tilde{X}^2A' electronic transition was detected in the 410-338 nm region. Low resolution LIF and SVL emission spectra of H_2PO and D_2PO have been recorded and the A' vibrational frequencies have been determined in both states. High-resolution spectra of the 0_0^0 bands of H_2PO and D_2PO, which consist of strong a-type and weaker c-type components, were recorded. The spectra have been rotationally analyzed and the excited state molecular structure determined. The spectrum of H_2PO will be discussed in comparison with the spectra of other phosphoryl and arsenyl radicals that have been recently studied in our laboratory.

  17. Fabrication and luminescence of BiPO4:Tb3+/Ce3+ nanofibers by electrospinning

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    Yang, Yuguo; Liu, Bing; Zhang, Yuanyuan; Lv, Xianshun; Wei, Lei; Wang, Xuping

    2016-02-01

    BiPO4:Tb3+/Ce3+ nanofibers are synthesized by a simple electrospinning process and followed by a calcination treatment. The nanofibers are characterized by TG-DSC, XRD, FT-IR, SEM, TEM, and spectrophotometer. The calcined BiPO4:Tb3+/Ce3+ nanofibers have a monoclinic phase and the diameters are in the range of 80-200 nm. The SEM and TEM images show that the nanofibers are mesoporous and composed of lots of linked nanoparticles. Under an excitation at 369 nm, BiPO4:Tb3+ and BiPO4:Tb3+/Ce3+ nanofibers show characteristic emission bands originating from the 5D4 → 7Fj (j = 6, 5, 4, and 3) transitions of Tb3+ ions. The luminescent properties of BiPO4:Tb3+ indicate that the quenching concentration for Tb3+ ions in BiPO4 host is about 15 mol%. The co-doped Ce3+ ions can improve the emission intensity through the energy transfer from Ce3+ to Tb3+ ions.

  18. Hydrothermal growth and morphology evolution of CePO{sub 4} aggregates by a complexing method

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    Ma Lin; Chen Weixiang Zheng Yifan; Xu Zhude

    2008-11-03

    A facile hydrothermal route assisted by Na{sub 2}H{sub 2}EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid disodium) has been successfully developed to prepare uniform cerium phosphate (CePO{sub 4}) aggregates with different morphologies, such as peanut-like and spindle-like. It was found that the as-prepared uniform CePO{sub 4} aggregates were constructed with many nearly parallel aligned nanorods. The molar ratio of EDTA/Ce{sup 3+}, solution pH and reaction time had great influences on the morphologies and sizes of the CePO{sub 4} samples. In our process of synthesis, Na{sub 2}H{sub 2}EDTA played important roles as complexing reagent and inducing agent on the formation of CePO{sub 4} aggregates. The possible growth mechanism for CePO{sub 4} aggregates was presented. Ce{sub 0.9}Tb{sub 0.1}PO{sub 4} aggregates with different morphologies were also prepared and their photoluminescence properties were characterized.

  19. Hydrothermal Synthesis and Luminescence Property of Nanoscaled BiPO4:Eu3+ Powders.

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    Shi, Xiaolei; Liu, Yun; Zhang, Jin; Zhang, Kun; Li, Peng; Zuo, Haoqiang

    2016-04-01

    A series of Bi1-xPO4:xEu3+ phosphors were prepared using a simple hydrothermal method. The effects of pH and Eu3+ doping on the structure, morphology and luminescence properties of BiPO4:Eu3+ were investigated systematically. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) results reveal that the as-prepared BiPO4 crystals are in a low temperature monoclinic phase (LTMP), and have a rod-like structure with a size in the range of 1-5 µm at pH 1. Increasing the pH to 2 transforms the BiPO4 to its hexagonal phase (HP), with peanut-like structures ranging from 50 to 150 nm. At pH 1, when the doping level is increased to 0.07, the phase transformation from LTMP to HP occurs, meaning that the amount of HP components increase with increasing Eu3+ doping. Furthermore, all the diffraction peaks of the Bi1-xPO4:xEu3+ can be fitted very well to HP when x = 0.11. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra suggest that orange-red luminescence can be observed in the series of BiPO4:Eu3+ phosphors, and that concentration quenching occurs when x = 0.07. PMID:27451718

  20. Radioluminescence properties of Ce 3+-activated MGd(PO 3) 4 (M = Li, Na, K, Cs)

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    Zhong, Jiuping; Liang, Hongbin; Su, Qiang; Zhou, Jianying; Khodyuk, Ivan V.; Dorenbos, Pieter

    2009-12-01

    Rare-earth phosphates MGd(PO 3) 4:1.0 mol% Ce 3+ (M = Li, Na, K, Cs) powder samples were prepared by a solid-state reaction technique at high temperature. The radioluminescence spectra and light-yield characteristic of MGd(PO 3) 4:Ce 3+ under X-ray irradiation were determined. It was found that, from LiGd(PO 3) 4:Ce 3+ to CsGd(PO 3) 4:Ce 3+, with the increasing of M + radius, the doublet emission energy of Ce 3+ ions decrease gradually but the light-yield increase significantly. Especially, CsGd(PO 3) 4:1.0 mol% Ce 3+ has the highest X-ray excited light-yield of 24,400 photons/MeV with maximal emission peaks at 337 nm and 358 nm at room temperature. Due to its suitable emission wavelength range, high light-yield, high chemical stability and fast luminescence decay of Ce 3+ emission, CsGd(PO 3) 4:Ce 3+ may be a promising scintillation material.

  1. Levels and transfer of 210Po and 210Pb in Nordic terrestrial ecosystems.

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    Brown, J E; Gjelsvik, R; Roos, P; Kålås, J A; Outola, I; Holm, E

    2011-05-01

    Recent developments regarding environmental impact assessment methodologies for radioactivity have precipitated the need for information on levels of naturally occurring radionuclides within and transfer to wild flora and fauna. The objectives of this study were therefore to determine activity concentrations of the main dose forming radionuclides (210)Po and (210)Pb in biota from terrestrial ecosystems thus providing insight into the behaviour of these radioisotopes. Samples of soil, plants and animals were collected at Dovrefjell, Central Norway and Olkiluoto, Finland. Soil profiles from Dovrefjell exhibited an approximately exponential fall in (210)Pb activity concentrations from elevated levels in humus/surface soils to "supported" levels at depth. Activity concentrations of (210)Po in fauna (invertebrates, mammals, birds) ranged between 2 and 123 Bq kg(-1)d.w. and in plants and lichens between 20 and 138 Bq kg(-1)d.w. The results showed that soil humus is an important reservoir for (210)Po and (210)Pb and that fauna in close contact with this media may also exhibit elevated levels of (210)Po. Concentration ratios appear to have limited applicability with regards to prediction of activity concentrations of (210)Po in invertebrates and vertebrates. Biokinetic models may provide a tool to explore in a more mechanistic way the behaviour of (210)Po in this system. PMID:20650552

  2. Optimization of LiFePO4 nanoparticle suspensions with polyethyleneimine for aqueous processing.

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    Li, Jianlin; Armstrong, Beth L; Kiggans, Jim; Daniel, Claus; Wood, David L

    2012-02-28

    Addition of dispersants to aqueous based lithium-ion battery electrode formulations containing LiFePO(4) is critical to obtaining a stable suspension. The resulting colloidal suspensions enable dramatically improved coating deposition when processing electrodes. This research examines the colloidal chemistry modifications based on polyethyleneimine (PEI) addition and dispersion characterization required to produce high quality electrode formulations and coatings for LiFePO(4) active cathode material. The isoelectric point, a key parameter in characterizing colloidal dispersion stability, of LiFePO(4) and super P C45 were determined to be pH = 4.3 and 3.4, respectively. PEI, a cationic surfactant, was found to be an effective dispersant. It is demonstrated that 1.0 wt % and 0.5 wt % PEI were required to stabilize the LiFePO(4) and super P C45 suspension, respectively. LiFePO(4) cathode suspensions with 1.5 wt % PEI demonstrated the best dispersibility of all components, as evidenced by viscosity and agglomerate size of the suspensions and elemental distribution within dry cathodes. The addition of PEI significantly improved the LiFePO(4) performance. PMID:22292836

  3. Phase dependent structural and electronic properties of lanthanum orthophosphate (LaPO4).

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    Neupane, M R; Garrett, G A; Rudin, S; Andzelm, J W

    2016-05-25

    We study the phase-dependent structural and electronic properties of bulk LaPO4, using density functional theory (DFT). The applicability of conventional semi-local and hybrid functionals in predicting structural and electronic properties of monoclinic and hexagonal LaPO4 is evaluated by comparing results to available experimental data. The monoclinic LaPO4 was found to be more stable than the hexagonal phase in ambient conditions with a small energy difference, suggesting a possibility of a phase transition. Both the phases in the bulk form are found to be diamagnetic with indirect energy gaps. These results are consistent with available experimental results. In the monoclinic phase, the hybrid functionals predict indirect band gap at about 8 eV. Furthermore, the calculated indirect-direct transition energy offset (ΔE) in the hexagonal phase was three times lower than the monoclinic phase. Our calculations based on hybrid functionals also reveal that the states near the conduction band edge in the hexagonal LaPO4 are strongly hybridized between La and PO4 states. By analyzing the band dispersion around the band edges, we show that the hexagonal phase has lighter electron effective mass, as compared to the monoclinic phase. With a larger energy gap, smaller ΔE, and smaller electron effective mass, the hexagonal LaPO4 might be a promising candidate material as an n-type transparent oxide. PMID:27114454

  4. IR near-field spectroscopy and imaging of single Li(x)FePO4 microcrystals.

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    Lucas, I T; McLeod, A S; Syzdek, J S; Middlemiss, D S; Grey, C P; Basov, D N; Kostecki, R

    2015-01-14

    This study demonstrates the unique capability of infrared near-field nanoscopy combined with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy to map phase distributions in microcrystals of Li(x)FePO4, a positive electrode material for Li-ion batteries. Ex situ nanoscale IR imaging provides direct evidence for the coexistence of LiFePO4 and FePO4 phases in partially delithiated single-crystal microparticles. A quantitative three-dimensional tomographic reconstruction of the phase distribution within a single microcrystal provides new insights into the phase transformation and/or relaxation mechanism, revealing a FePO4 shell surrounding a diamond-shaped LiFePO4 inner core, gradually shrinking in size and vanishing upon delithiation of the crystal. The observed phase propagation pattern supports recent functional models of LiFePO4 operation relating electrochemical performance to material design. This work demonstrates the remarkable potential of near-field optical techniques for the characterization of electrochemical materials and interfaces. PMID:25375874

  5. Polytypism in wagnerite, Mg2PO4(F,OH)

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    Chopin, C.; Armbruster, T.; Leyx, C.

    2003-04-01

    The Mg, Fe and Mn phosphates with formula Me2+_2PO_4(F,OH) belong to two groups which share the same fundamental monoclinic structure type, but in one of which the b parameter is doubled. Specifically, magniotriplite (Mg), zwieselite (Fe) and triplite (Mn) are F-dominant and have space group I2/a, with Z = 8, b_0 ≈ 6.5 Å, whereas wagnerite (Mg, F dominant), wolfeite (Fe, OH dominant) and triploidite (Mn, OH dominant) have space group P2_1/a, Z = 16 and b = 2 b_0 ≈ 13 Å. In I2/a magniotriplite, eight F atoms are distributed over two eightfold equipoints with 50% occupancy. Periodic ordering of the F atoms into each of these equipoint positions (say A and B), each alternately void and fully occupied along b, leads to a new, double cell with space group P2_1/a and a 2b_0 parameter, i.e. the wagnerite cell, in which the succession of the occupied F positions along b is ABAB (Tadini 1981). Ren et al. (2002) reported from granulite-facies rocks of East Antarctica a wagnerite "polymorph" structurally very close to wagnerite, but with space group Ia, b = 5b_0 ≈ 32 Å and Z = 40. We studied wagnerite crystals from granulite-facies rocks of central Australia (Vry and Cartwright 1994). CCD area-detector imaging revealed either 7b_0 ≈ 45 Å or 9b_0 ≈ 57 Å superstructures (Z = 56 and 72, respectively). The structure of the 9b_0 phase was refined in space group Ia to R = 6% from 11903 unique reflections. We show that wagnerite and the 5b_0, 7b_0 and 9b_0 phases share the same topological arrangement of cations and oxygen atoms, differ only by the periodic faulting of the A-B succession of the F atoms along b, and are all members of a polytypic series based on the magniotriplite cell (b_0). The relevant polytypes and F ordering schemes are wagnerite-a2bc (AB), wagnerite-a5bc (ABAAB), wagnerite-a7bc (ABAABAB) and wagnerite-a9bc (ABAABABAB). Reinvestigation of OH-rich wagnerite from Miregn (Central Alps) and of OH-rich to OH-dominant wagnerite from Dora-Maira (W. Alps

  6. Synthesis and performances of 2LiFePO4·Li3V2(PO4)3/C cathode materials via spray drying method with double carbon sources

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    Zhang, Jia-feng; Shen, Chao; Zhang, Bao; Zheng, Jun-chao; Peng, Chun-li; Wang, Xiao-wei; Yuan, Xin-bo; Li, Hui; Chen, Guo-min

    2014-12-01

    The 2LiFePO4·Li3V2(PO4)3/C samples are synthesized through spray drying method. Glucose and oxalic acid are used as collaborative carbon sources to improve the electrochemical performance of 2LiFePO4·Li3V2(PO4)3/C composites. XRD results reveal the LiFePO4·Li3V2(PO4)3/C samples are composed of orthorhombic LiFePO4 and monoclinic Li3V2(PO4)3 phases. SEM results reveal that the nano-spherical Fe4(VO4)4·5H2O are about 80 nm and the 2LiFePO4·Li3V2(PO4)3/C composites possess a micro-nano spherical morphology with carbon coating layer. The samples show the best electrochemical performance when the mass ration of glucose and oxalic is 6:4, it can deliver a capacity of 147.6 mAh g-1, 145.0 mAh g-1, 134.1 mAh g-1 and 123.0 mAh g-1 at the rates of 0.1C, 1C, 5C and 10C, respectively.

  7. Changing hydrological conditions in the Po basin under global warming.

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    Coppola, Erika; Verdecchia, Marco; Giorgi, Filippo; Colaiuda, Valentina; Tomassetti, Barbara; Lombardi, Annalina

    2014-09-15

    The Po River is a crucial resource for the Italian economy, since 40% of the gross domestic product comes from this area. It is thus crucial to quantify the impact of climate change on this water resource in order to plan for future water use. In this paper a mini ensemble of 8 hydrological simulations is completed from 1960 to 2050 under the A1B emission scenario, by using the output of two regional climate models as input (REMO and RegCM) at two different resolutions (25 km-10 km and 25 km-3 km). The river discharge at the outlet point of the basin shows a change in the spring peak of the annual cycle, with a one month shift from May to April. This shift is entirely due to the change in snowmelt timing which drives most of the discharge during this period. Two other important changes are an increase of discharge in the wintertime and a decrease in the fall from September to November. The uncertainty associated with the winter change is larger compared to that in the fall. The spring shift and the fall decrease of discharge imply an extension of the hydrological dry season and thus an increase in water stress over the basin. The spatial distributions of the discharge changes are in agreement with what is observed at the outlet point and the uncertainty associated with these changes is proportional to the amplitude of the signal. The analysis of the changes in the anomaly distribution of discharge shows that both the increases and decreases in seasonal discharge are tied to the changes in the tails of the distribution, i.e. to the increase or decrease of extreme events. PMID:24656403

  8. Solvothermal synthesis and photoluminescence properties of BiPO{sub 4} nano-cocoons and nanorods with different phases

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    Xue Fei; Li Haibo; Zhu Yongchun; Xiong Shenglin; Zhang Xianwen; Wang Tingting; Liang Xin; Qian Yitai

    2009-06-15

    Hexagonal phase BiPO{sub 4} nano-cocoons and monoclinic phase BiPO{sub 4} nanorods have been synthesized in the mixed solvents of glycerol and distilled water with the volume ratio of 2:1 at 200 deg. C. The solvothermal evolution process from hexagonal phase BiPO{sub 4} nano-cocoons to monoclinic phase BiPO{sub 4} nanorods was observed by varying the reaction time from 1 to 3 h. In the hydrothermal condition at 160 deg. C, the similar phase transformation from hexagonal phase BiPO{sub 4} to monoclinic phase BiPO{sub 4} was also observed, accompanying with a morphology transformation from nanorods to octahedron-like microcrystals. It was found that the volume ratio of glycerol to water in the solvothermal condition had a great impact on the shapes of products, while it had no influence on the formation of different phases. The fluorescence spectra of hexagonal phase BiPO{sub 4} nano-cocoons and monoclinic phase BiPO{sub 4} nanorods were also studied. - Graphical abstract: Hexagonal phase BiPO{sub 4} nano-cocoons were fabricated by solvothermal method at 200 deg. C for 1 h. When the reaction time was increased to 3 h, monoclinic phase BiPO{sub 4} nanorods were formed.

  9. Enhancement of electrochemical behavior of nanostructured LiFePO4/Carbon cathode material with excess Li

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    Bazzi, K.; Nazri, M.; Naik, V. M.; Garg, V. K.; Oliveira, A. C.; Vaishnava, P. P.; Nazri, G. A.; Naik, R.

    2016-02-01

    We have synthesized carbon coated LiFePO4 (C-LiFePO4) and C-Li1.05FePO4 with 5 mol% excess Li via sol-gel method using oleic acid as a source of carbon for enhancing electronic conductivity and reducing the average particle size. Although the phase purity of the crystalline samples was confirmed by x-ray diffraction (XRD), the 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy analyses show the presence of ferric impurity phases in both stoichiometric and non-stoichiometric C-LiFePO4 samples. Transmission electron microscopy measurements show nanosized C-LiFePO4 particles uniformly covered with carbon, with average particle size reduced from ∼100 nm to ∼50 nm when excess lithium is used. Electrochemical measurements indicate a lower charge transfer resistance and better electrochemical performance for C-Li1.05FePO4 compared to that of C-LiFePO4. The aim of this work is to systematically analyze the nature of impurities formed during synthesis of LiFePO4 cathode material, and their impact on electrochemical performance. The correlation between the morphology, charge transfer resistance, diffusion coefficient and electrochemical performance of C-LiFePO4 and C- Li1.05FePO4 cathode materials are discussed.

  10. Synthesis and structure of Ce1-xEuxPO4 solid solutions for minor actinides immobilization

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    Wang, Xiaohuan; Teng, Yuancheng; Huang, Yi; Wu, Lang; Zeng, Pan

    2014-08-01

    Ce1-xEuxPO4 (x = 0-1) solid solutions were synthesized by the solid state reaction process using europium (Eu) as the surrogate for trivalent minor actinide americium (Am). The effects of calcination temperature, holding time and Eu content on the crystalline phase, microstructure and morphology of Ce1-xEuxPO4 (x = 0-1) were investigated. The monazite-type EuPO4 and CePO4 coexisted after being calcined at 1000 °C for 4 h, suggesting the CePO4 and EuPO4 phases would form initially separately. Pure and single-phase monazite-type Ce1-xEuxPO4 (x = 0-1) powders were obtained at 1300 °C for 4 h. The results of the XRD patterns Rietveld refinement and μ-Raman analysis confirmed the formation of a Ce1-xEuxPO4 (x = 0-1) continuous solid solution. The grain size of Ce0.5Eu0.5PO4 increased obviously as the holding time extended. The Ce, Eu, P and O elements were almost distributed homogeneously in the Ce0.5Eu0.5PO4 solid solution.

  11. Irreversible phase transition between LiFePO4 and FePO4 during high-rate charge-discharge reaction by operando X-ray diffraction

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    Takahashi, Ikuma; Mori, Takuya; Yoshinari, Takahiro; Orikasa, Yuki; Koyama, Yukinori; Murayama, Haruno; Fukuda, Katsutoshi; Hatano, Masaharu; Arai, Hajime; Uchimoto, Yoshiharu; Terai, Takayuki

    2016-03-01

    LiFePO4 is a practically used cathode material for lithium-ion batteries due to a high theoretical capacity, high cycle capability and the high-rate performance. The metastable LixFePO4 (LxFP) phase with an intermediate composition appears in the non-equilibrium state at high-rate condition. However, the formation process of the metastable LxFP phase and its impact to the electrochemical property are still unclear. In order to elucidate these points, we directly observed the phase transition behavior by applying operando XRD during 10C charge-discharge. LxFP phase does not form in charge reaction but preferentially forms in discharge reaction. The phase transition from LxFP to Li-rich phase is less likely to proceed in the end of discharge reaction. The asymmetric phase transition between LiFePO4 and FePO4 results in decreasing the discharge capacity and increasing the irreversible capacity at high-rate conditions.

  12. The Legacy of NASA Astrophysics E/PO: Conducting Professional Development, Developing Key Themes & Resources, and Broadening E/PO Audiences

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    Lawton, Brandon L.; Smith, Denise A.; Meinke, Bonnie K.; Bartolone, Lindsay; Manning, Jim; Schultz, Gregory R.; NASA Astrophysics E/PO Community

    2016-01-01

    For the past six years, NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) has coordinated the work of its mission- and program-embedded education and public outreach (E/PO) efforts through four forums representing its four science divisions. The Astrophysics Forum, as the others, has built on SMD's long-standing principle of partnering scientists and educators and embedding E/PO in its missions to encourage and coordinate collaborative efforts to make the most efficient and effective use of NASA resources, personnel, data and discoveries in leveraged ways, in support of the nation's science education. Three priorities established early in the Forum's period of activity were to collaboratively enhance professional development for formal and informal educators, develop key themes & resources centered on astrophysics topics, and broaden the reach of astrophysics E/PO to traditionally underserved audiences in STEM subjects. This presentation will highlight some of the achievements of the Astrophysics E/PO community and Forum in these priority areas. This work constitutes an ongoing legacy--a firm foundation on which the new structure of NASA SMD education efforts will go forward.

  13. Energetics of cobalt phosphate frameworks: {alpha}, {beta}, and red NaCoPO{sub 4}

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    Le, So-Nhu; Eng, Hank W.; Navrotsky, Alexandra . E-mail: anavrotsky@ucdavis.edu

    2006-12-15

    Thermal behavior, relative stability, and enthalpy of formation of {alpha} (pink phase), {beta} (blue phase), and red NaCoPO{sub 4} are studied by differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction, and high-temperature oxide melt drop solution calorimetry. Red NaCoPO{sub 4} with cobalt in trigonal bipyramidal coordination is metastable, irreversibly changing to {alpha} NaCoPO{sub 4} at 827 K with an enthalpy of phase transition of -17.4{+-}6.9 kJ mol{sup -1}. {alpha} NaCoPO{sub 4} with cobalt in octahedral coordination is the most stable phase at room temperature. It undergoes a reversible phase transition to the {beta} phase (cobalt in tetrahedra) at 1006 K with an enthalpy of phase transition of 17.6{+-}1.3 kJ mol{sup -1}. Enthalpy of formation from oxides of {alpha}, {beta}, and red NaCoPO{sub 4} are -349.7{+-}2.3, -332.1{+-}2.5, and -332.3{+-}7.2 kJ mol{sup -1}; standard enthalpy of formation of {alpha}, {beta}, and red NaCoPO{sub 4} are -1547.5{+-}2.7, -1529.9{+-}2.8, and -1530.0{+-}7.3 kJ mol{sup -1}, respectively. The more exothermic enthalpy of formation from oxides of {beta} NaCoPO{sub 4} compared to a structurally related aluminosilicate, NaAlSiO{sub 4} nepheline, results from the stronger acid-base interaction of oxides in {beta} NaCoPO{sub 4} (Na{sub 2}O, CoO, P{sub 2}O{sub 5}) than in NaAlSiO{sub 4} nepheline (Na{sub 2}O, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, SiO{sub 2}). - Graphical abstract: Relative stability of NaCoPO{sub 4} polymorphs compared to the most stable phase, {alpha} NaCoPO{sub 4}.

  14. Development of an Ultra-Pure, Carrier-Free 209Po Solution Standard

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    Collé, R.; Fitzgerald, R. P.; Laureano-Perez, L.

    2015-01-01

    Ultra-pure, carrier-free 209Po solution standards have been prepared and standardized for their massic alpha-particle emission rate. The standards, which will be disseminated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as Standard Reference Material SRM 4326a, have a mean mass of (5.169 ± 0.003) g of a solution of polonium in nominal 2.0 mol▪L−1 HCl (having a solution density of (1.032 ± 0.002) g▪ mL−1 at 20 °C) that are contained in 5 mL, flame-sealed, borosilicate glass ampoules. They are certified to contain a 209Po massic alpha-particle emission rate of (39.01 ± 0.18) s−1▪g−1 as of a reference time of 1200 EST, 01 December 2013. This new standard series replaces SRM 4326 that was issued by NIST in 1994. The standardization was based on 4πα liquid scintillation (LS) spectrometry with two different LS counting systems and under wide variations in measurement and counting source conditions. The methodology for the standardization, with corrections for detection of the low-energy conversion electrons from the delayed 2 keV isomeric state in 205Pb and for the radiations accompanying the small 0.45 % electron-capture branch to 209Bi, involves a unique spectral analysis procedure that is specific for the case of 209Po decay. The entire measurement protocol is similar, but revised and improved from that used for SRM 4326. Spectroscopic impurity analyses revealed that no photon-emitting or alpha-emitting radionuclidic impurities were detected. The most common impurity associated with 209Po is 208Po and the activity ratio of 208Po/209Po was < 10−7. PMID:26958444

  15. Development of an Ultra-Pure, Carrier-Free (209)Po Solution Standard.

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    Collé, R; Fitzgerald, R P; Laureano-Perez, L

    2015-01-01

    Ultra-pure, carrier-free (209)Po solution standards have been prepared and standardized for their massic alpha-particle emission rate. The standards, which will be disseminated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as Standard Reference Material SRM 4326a, have a mean mass of (5.169 ± 0.003) g of a solution of polonium in nominal 2.0 mol▪L(-1) HCl (having a solution density of (1.032 ± 0.002) g▪ mL(-1) at 20 °C) that are contained in 5 mL, flame-sealed, borosilicate glass ampoules. They are certified to contain a (209)Po massic alpha-particle emission rate of (39.01 ± 0.18) s(-1)▪g(-1) as of a reference time of 1200 EST, 01 December 2013. This new standard series replaces SRM 4326 that was issued by NIST in 1994. The standardization was based on 4πα liquid scintillation (LS) spectrometry with two different LS counting systems and under wide variations in measurement and counting source conditions. The methodology for the standardization, with corrections for detection of the low-energy conversion electrons from the delayed 2 keV isomeric state in (205)Pb and for the radiations accompanying the small 0.45 % electron-capture branch to (209)Bi, involves a unique spectral analysis procedure that is specific for the case of (209)Po decay. The entire measurement protocol is similar, but revised and improved from that used for SRM 4326. Spectroscopic impurity analyses revealed that no photon-emitting or alpha-emitting radionuclidic impurities were detected. The most common impurity associated with (209)Po is (208)Po and the activity ratio of (208)Po/(209)Po was < 10(-7). PMID:26958444

  16. Crystal structure and optical study of praseodymium polyphosphate Pr(PO{sub 3}){sub 3}

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    Jouini, Anis; Ferid, Mokhtar; Gacon, Jean-Claude; Grosvalet, Laurent; Thozet, Alain; Trabelsi-Ayadi, Malika

    2003-10-01

    Single crystals of praseodymium polyphosphate Pr(PO{sub 3}){sub 3} were grown for the first time using a flux method and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Pr(PO{sub 3}){sub 3} is isostructural with Nd(PO{sub 3}){sub 3} and La(PO{sub 3}){sub 3}. It crystallizes in the orthorhombic system with space group C222{sub 1} (D{sub 2}{sup 5}), with lattice parameters: a=11.234(1) A, b=8.5289(8) A, c=7.3199(8) A. The crystal structure was resolved with final R(F{sup 2})=0.0359 and R{sub w}(F{sup 2})=0.0924 for 402 independent reflections (F{sub 0}{sup 2}{>=}2{sigma}(F{sub 0}{sup 2})). In the Pr(PO{sub 3}){sub 3} structure, oxygen atoms form a PO{sub 4} tetrahedron around each P atom and a PrO{sub 8} polyhedron around each Pr atom. The PO{sub 4} tetrahedra share corners to produce helical chains and the PrO{sub 8} polyhedra share edges to form zigzag chains. The shortest Pr-Pr distance is 4.253 A. The energies of the vibrational modes of the crystal are obtained from the infrared and Raman spectra. Measurements of emission spectra under pulsed laser excitation in the Pr{sup 3+} (4f{sup 2}) {sup 3}P{sub J} (J=0, 1, 2) levels and decay times of the observed emissions are reported both at room and liquid-helium temperatures. X-ray excitation leads to intense ultraviolet 4f{sup 1}5d{sup 1}{yields}4f{sup 2} band emissions in the 200-300 nm spectral range with decay times in the order of 6 ns both at room and low temperatures.

  17. Structure determination and optical properties of CsSm(PO{sub 3}){sub 4}

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    Ben Hassen, N.; Ferhi, M. Horchani-Naifer, K.; Férid, M.

    2015-03-15

    Graphical abstract: Projection of the CsSm(PO{sub 3}){sub 4} structure viewing along the a axis. - Highlights: • Single crystal of a new polyphosphate CsSm(PO{sub 3}){sub 4} has been synthesized. • The obtained compound has been characterized by several techniques. • The crystal structure of CsSm(PO{sub 3}){sub 4} has been resolved. • Spectroscopic properties of Sm{sup 3+} in CsSm(PO{sub 3}){sub 4} have been performed. - Abstract: A new alkali metal-rare earth polyphosphate CsSm(PO{sub 3}){sub 4} has been synthesized by flux method. The obtained compound has been characterized by means of single crystal X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman scattering spectroscopies. It crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P2{sub 1}/n with the following unit-cell parameters: a = 10.382(2), b = 8.978(6), c = 11.205(4) Å, β = 106.398(3)° and Z = 4. The structure of CsSm(PO{sub 3}){sub 4} is an infinite three-dimensional framework made up of double spiral (PO{sub 3}){sub n} chains linked with neighboring SmO{sub 8} and CsO{sub 11} polyhedra. Spectroscopic properties of Sm{sup 3+} in this new compound including excitation, emission, and kinetic measurement have been performed. The emission spectrum shows four transitions characteristics of Sm{sup 3+} in the orange–red region by excitation wavelength at 400 nm. The decay time curve of {sup 4}G{sub 5/2} → {sup 6}H{sub 7/2} transition has been also registered and fitted to a single exponential function.

  18. Influence of submarine groundwater discharge on (210)Po and (210)Pb bioaccumulation in fish tissues.

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    Garcia-Orellana, J; López-Castillo, E; Casacuberta, N; Rodellas, V; Masqué, P; Carmona-Catot, G; Vilarrasa, M; García-Berthou, E

    2016-05-01

    This study presents the results of the accumulation of (210)Po and (210)Pb in fish tissues and organs in a brackish-water marshland that is characterized by high concentrations of (222)Rn and (226)Ra supplied by submarine groundwater discharge (SGD). Tissues and organs from Cyprinus carpio, Chelon labrosus and Carassius auratus in the wetland were significantly enriched by both (210)Pb and (210)Po (up to 55 and 66 times, respectively) compared to blanks. The major input route of (210)Pb and (210)Po into the fish body seems to be through ingestion, due to the high levels of (210)Pb and (210)Po found in the gut content as well as in organs involved in digestion and metabolism (i.e. gut, kidney and hepatopancreas). Results showed that (210)Po was more accumulated in all fish tissues and organs except for the spine, which showed a higher affinity for (210)Pb, due to its capacity to replace Ca from apatite in bones. Over all the variables analyzed, fish tissues/organs and, secondarily, fish species were the most important factors explaining the concentration of radionuclides, whereas fish length and the sampling location played a minor role. The relationship of the two radionuclides varied markedly among tissues and their concentration levels were only correlated in gills, gut and, marginally, in spines. In general, the highest values of (210)Pb and (210)Po concentrations in tissues were found on C. labrosus tissues rather C. auratus and C. carpio. This study demonstrates that inputs of natural radionuclides supplied by SGD to coastal semi-enclosed areas (such as marshlands, lagoons or ponds) may significantly increase the contents of (210)Pb and (210)Po in fish tissues/organs. Thus, this study represents one of the first evidences of direct ecological effects derived from SGD. PMID:26913976

  19. Concentration levels of 210Pb and 210Po in dry tobacco leaves in Greece.

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    Savidou, A; Kehagia, K; Eleftheriadis, K

    2006-01-01

    Tobacco leaves are large and have sticky exudates that retain the radon decay products once they deposit on the leaves. The study of 210Po in tobacco is required, because of the cumulative alpha-radiation dose delivered to humans from inhaled 210Po in cigarette smoke. 210Pb is the other element of interest since it is the 210Po precursor in the radioactive decay chain. In the present study, the concentrations of these two radionuclides were determined in tobacco samples from seven regions in Greece. 210Po was determined by alpha spectrometry using a surface barrier detector after radiochemical separation and spontaneous deposition of polonium on a nickel disk. The 210Pb activity in the samples was determined via the 210Po resulting from the decay of 210Pb. The results of the present study indicate that 210Po concentrations ranged from 3.6 to 17.0 mBqg(-1) (average 13.1 mBqg(-1)) of dry tobacco, while 210Pb concentrations ranged from 7.3 to 18.0 mBqg(-1) (average 13.4 mBqg(-1)). The mean value of the annual committed effective dose for smokers (20 cigarettes per day) of Greek tobacco was estimated to be 287 microSv (124 microSv from 210Po and 163 microSv from 210Pb). The inhalation dose for smokers is on average about 12 times higher than for non-smokers living in the mid-latitudes of the northern hemisphere. PMID:16098642

  20. Photonic bandgap guiding into a composite AgPO3-glass/silica microstructured optical fibre

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    Konidakis, Ioannis; Zito, Gianluigi; Pissadakis, Stavros

    2012-04-01

    Infiltration of glass matrices inside Photonic Crystals Fibres (PCFs) for achieving photonic bandgap (PBG) guidance and expand devices development capabilities has been recently demonstrated. Herein, we report the fabrication of an all-solid PBG guiding PCF by suction-assisted infiltration of molten silver-metaphosphate (AgPO3) glass into the air capillaries of a commercial solid core PCF. The relatively low viscosity of the AgPO3 glass melt permitted infiltration at ~ 700 °C inside an annealing oven apparatus by applying suction with the use of a standard mechanical vacuum pump, while its low glass transition temperature of ~ 190 °C allows structural relaxations at temperatures close to ambient and the formation of high quality glass strands inside the silica structure of the PCF. The AgPO3/silica PCF was characterized by means of its transmission spectrum that showed PBG guidance over the measurement range (350-1650nm). The effect of the AgPO3 glass photosensitivity on the guiding properties of the AgPO3/silica PCF was explored by employing a 355nm, 150 ps laser irradiation. The exposure gave rise to a photo-induced enhancement of the transmission-to-stop-band extinction ratio by ~60 dB/cm as well as bandwidth tuning. Numerical calculations of the transmission spectra of the AgPO3/silica PCF have been performed for confirming the experimental results and modelling the photo-induced variation of the two-glass fibre transmission. We believe that the fabrication of the AgPO3/silica PBG fibre constitutes a strong base for the development of new in-fibre sensing and scattering-based devices, by exploiting the high photosensitivity of silver and its specific plasmon absorption properties.

  1. Saproxylic beetles of the Po plain woodlands, Italy

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    Bogliani, Giuseppe

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Forest ecosystems play an important role for the conservation of biodiversity, and for the protection of ecological processes. The Po plain woodlands which once covered the whole Plain, today are reduced in isolated highly threatened remnants by modern intensive agriculture. These close to natural floodplain forests are one of the most scarce and endangered ecosystems in Europe. Saproxylic species represent a major part of biodiversity of woodlands. The saproxylic insects are considered one of the most reliable bio-indicators of high-quality mature woodlands and have a very important role in regard to the protection and monitoring of forest biodiversity due to their highly specific living environments. As a result of the dramatic reduction of mature forests and the decreased availability of deadwood most of the saproxylic communities are greatly diminishing. The study was conducted in the Ticino Valley Regional Park and the aim is to contribute to the expansion of knowledge on the saproxylic beetles of Lombardy. We investigated 6 sampling sites belonging to alluvial and riparian mixed forests. For each forest we selected 12 trees. For beetles’ collection we used two different traps: Eclector Traps and Trunk Window Traps (total of 72 traps and 864 samples collected). We determined 4.387 beetles from 87 saproxylic species belonging to 21 families. Of these species 51 were not included in the previous checklist of the Park. By comparing the two different techniques used for catching saproxylic beetles, we found a significantly high difference in species richness between Window Traps (WT) and Eclector Traps (ET) with a higher number of species captured in the Window Traps. However, the combined use of two different types of traps significantly expanded the spectrum of insects captured Among the species reported as Least Concern in the IUCN Red List, we found interesting species such as the Elateridae Calambus bipustulats, the Eucnemidae Melasis buprestoides

  2. Radiokinetic study on nucleation process of 65Zn(OH)2, 65Zn3(PO4)2 and 51CrPO4 crystals in gelatin and agar

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    Cecal, Al; Palamaru, M.; Chisca, S.; Balan, A.

    1999-01-01

    The nucleation process of 65Zn(OH)2, 65Zn3(PO4)2, and 51CrPO4 crystals in gelatin and agar was studied by using radioactive tracers. The diffusion rate, constants for 65Zn2+ and 51Cr3+ cations through gel, and the reaction rate constants of nucleation process as well as the beginning time of crystal appearance were established. It was found that the reaction rate constant of the low-soluble crystal is higher, and consequently, in a given colloidal medium this parameter varies as follows: k * Zn(PO4)2> k * Zn(OH) 2> k * CrPO 4

  3. Radiokinetic study on nucleation process of 65Zn(OH)2, 65Zn3(PO4)2 and 51CrPO4 crystals in gelatin and agar

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    Cecal, Al; Palamaru, M.; Chisca, S.; Balan, A.

    1999-01-01

    The nucleation process of 65Zn(OH)2, 65Zn3(PO4)2, and 51CrPO4 crystals in gelatin and agar was studied by using radioactive tracers. The diffusion rate, constants for 65Zn2+ and 51Cr3+ cations through gel, and the reaction rate constants of nucleation process as well as the beginning time of crystal appearance were established. It was found that the reaction rate constant of the low-soluble crystal is higher, and consequently, in a given colloidal medium this parameter varies as follows: k * Zn(PO4)2>k * Zn(OH) 2>k * CrPO 4

  4. Screening and analysis of PoAkirin1 and two related genes in response to immunological stimulants in the Japanese flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus)

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    2013-01-01

    A member of the NF-κB signaling pathway, PoAkirin1, was cloned from a full-length cDNA library of Japanese flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus). The full-length cDNA comprises a 5′UTR of 202 bp, an open reading frame of 564 bp encoding a 187-amino-acid polypeptide and a 521-bp 3′UTR with a poly (A) tail. The putative protein has a predicted molecular mass of 21 kDa and an isoelectric point (pI) of 9.22. Amino acid sequence alignments showed that PoAkirin1 was 99% identical to the Scophthalmus maximus Akirin protein (ADK27484). Yeast two-hybrid assays identified two proteins that interact with PoAkirin1: PoHEPN and PoC1q. The cDNA sequences of PoHEPN and PoC1q are 672 bp and 528 bp, respectively. Real-time quantitative reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction analysis showed that bacteria could induce the expressions of PoAkirin1, PoHEPN and PoC1q. However, the responses of PoHEPN and PoC1q to the bacterial challenge were slower than that of PoAkirin1. To further study the function of PoAkirin1, recombinant PoAkirin1 and PoHEPN were expressed in Escherichia coli and would be used to verify the PoAkirin1-PoHEPN binding activity. These results identified two proteins that potentially interact with PoAkirin1 and that bacteria could induce their expression. PMID:23651673

  5. Screening and analysis of PoAkirin1 and two related genes in response to immunological stimulants in the Japanese flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus).

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    Yang, Chang-Geng; Wang, Xian-Li; Zhang, Bo; Sun, Bing; Liu, Shan-Shan; Chen, Song-Lin

    2013-01-01

    A member of the NF-κB signaling pathway, PoAkirin1, was cloned from a full-length cDNA library of Japanese flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus). The full-length cDNA comprises a 5'UTR of 202 bp, an open reading frame of 564 bp encoding a 187-amino-acid polypeptide and a 521-bp 3'UTR with a poly (A) tail. The putative protein has a predicted molecular mass of 21 kDa and an isoelectric point (pI) of 9.22. Amino acid sequence alignments showed that PoAkirin1 was 99% identical to the Scophthalmus maximus Akirin protein (ADK27484). Yeast two-hybrid assays identified two proteins that interact with PoAkirin1: PoHEPN and PoC1q. The cDNA sequences of PoHEPN and PoC1q are 672 bp and 528 bp, respectively. Real-time quantitative reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction analysis showed that bacteria could induce the expressions of PoAkirin1, PoHEPN and PoC1q. However, the responses of PoHEPN and PoC1q to the bacterial challenge were slower than that of PoAkirin1. To further study the function of PoAkirin1, recombinant PoAkirin1 and PoHEPN were expressed in Escherichia coli and would be used to verify the PoAkirin1-PoHEPN binding activity. These results identified two proteins that potentially interact with PoAkirin1 and that bacteria could induce their expression. PMID:23651673

  6. Synthesis of LiFePO4/Pani/C composite as a cathode material for lithium ion battery

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    Rahayu, Iman; Hidayat, Sahrul; Aryadi, Lutfi

    2016-02-01

    In recent years, LiFePO4 studied intensively as a cathode material for Li-ion batteries because of high theoretical capacity, stability, and environmental friendly. However, its low intrinsic electronic conductivity. One way to improve its conductivity is addition of conductive material. Polyaniline (PANI) is one of the conductive polymer materials that widely studied because its unique physical and chemical properties which can be an insulator and conductor by doping-dedoping processes and has large potential application. The purpose of this research is to improve the conductivity of LiFePO4 with conductive polymer PANI. The method is performed by the addition of LiFePO4 during the polymerization process to form LiFePO4 polyaniline then added to the C-PANI with the addition of mass percent variation of 5%, 10%, 15%, 20% form-LiFePO4 composite PANI-C. In LiFePO4 added during polymerization PANI provide a smooth surface profile after composited with the carbon to LiFePO4-PANI-C compared to LiFePO4-C. LiFePO4-PANI-C composite provided higher conductivity is 18.45×10-4 S/cm compared to LiFePO4-C is 10.48×10-4 S/cm at 20% addition of carbon. This is due to PANI in LiFePO4 is added to the polyaniline polymerization process can act as a conductive adhesive to glue between carbon and LiFePO4.

  7. BiPO4: a better host for doping lanthanide ions.

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    Naidu, Boddu Sanyasi; Vishwanadh, Bathula; Sudarsan, Vasanthakumaran; Vatsa, Rajesh Kumar

    2012-03-21

    In the present manuscript it is demonstrated that BiPO(4) is a better alternative to lanthanide phosphate host for making lanthanide ion-based luminescent materials. Hexagonal and monoclinic forms of BiPO(4) phase were prepared based on the reaction of Bi(3+) and PO(4)(3-) ions in ethylene glycol medium at 100 and 185 °C, respectively. From the differential thermal analysis (DTA) studies it is confirmed that the difference in the nucleation mechanism rather than the phase transition is responsible for the monoclinic phase formation at low temperatures (125 °C). Monoclinic BiPO(4) is quite stable and forms random solid solutions with lanthanide phosphates having both monoclinic (monazite) and tetragonal (xenotime) structures, as confirmed by XRD, FTIR and (31)P solid state nuclear magnetic resonance studies. On excitation corresponding to the (1)S(0)→(3)P(1) transition of Bi(3+) in BiPO(4):Ln samples, energy transfer from host to lanthanide ions takes place. The studies are quite relevant as there is a growing interest all over the world in replacing lanthanide based host used for different applications with easily available, easily purifiable and cheap main group elements (like Sb, Bi etc.) based hosts. PMID:22286329

  8. PoGOLite - a circumpolar balloon-borne mission for hard X-ray polarimetry

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    Pearce, Mark

    Mark Pearce For the PoGOLite Collaboration. KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Dept. of Physics, Stockholm, Sweden. pearce@kth.se Abstract Emission processes in astrophysical systems can yield polarised hard X-rays. The orientation of the polarisation plane is a powerful probe of the physical environment around compact astrophysical sources. Despite the wealth of sources accessible to polarisation measurements, and the importance of these measurements, it is 40 years since the last dedicated mission for X-ray polarimetry of point sources. PoGOLite is a balloon-borne hard X-ray polarimeter operating in the 25-100 keV energy band. Polarisation is determined using coincident Compton scattering and photo-absorption in a segmented array of plastic scintillators surrounded by a BGO anticoincidence system and a polyethylene neutron shield. PoGOLite was launched from the Esrange Space Center on July 12th 2013 with the Crab nebula and pulsar as primary observation targets. The mission was terminated on July 25th after an almost complete circumpolar flight. The PoGOLite mission was conducted as a collaboration between Swedish, Japanese, Russian and US scientific teams. The PoGOLite circumpolar mission will be reviewed and the outcome of the 2013 flight discussed.

  9. Scientist-Educator Partnerships: the Cornerstone of Astrophysics E/PO

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    Meinke, Bonnie K.; Smith, Denise A.; Lawton, Brandon; Eisenhamer, Bonnie; Jirdeh, Hussein

    2015-11-01

    For nearly two decades, NASA has partnered scientists and educators by embedding Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) programs and funding in its science missions and research activities. This enables scientist and educators to work side-by-side in translating cutting-edge NASA science and technology for classrooms, museums, and public venues.The Office of Public Outreach at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is uniquely poised to foster collaboration between scientists with content expertise and educators with pedagogy expertise. As home to both Hubble Space Telescope and the future James Webb Space Telescope, STScI leverages the expertise of its scientists to create partnerships with its collocated Education Team to translate cutting-edge NASA science into new and effective learning tools. In addition, STScI is home of the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Astrophysics Science E/PO Forum, which facilitates connections both within the SMD E/PO community and beyond to scientists and educators across all NASA Astrophysics missions. These collaborations strengthen partnerships, build best practices, and enhance coherence for NASA SMD-funded E/PO missions and programs.We will present examples of astronomers’ engagement in our E/PO efforts, such as NASA Science4Girls.

  10. Microwave synthesis of molybdenum doped LiFePO4/C and its electrochemical studies.

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    Naik, Amol; P, Sajan C

    2016-05-10

    A Mo-doped LiFePO4 composite was prepared successfully from an iron carbonyl complex by adopting a facile and rapid microwave assisted solid state method. The evolution of gases from the iron precursor produces a highly porous product. The formation and substitution of Mo in LiFePO4 were confirmed by X-ray diffraction; surface analysis was carried out by scanning electron microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The electrochemical properties of the substituted LiFePO4 were examined by cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and by recording charge-discharge cycles. It was observed that the as prepared composites consisted of a single phase orthorhombic olivine-type structure, where Mo(6+) was successfully introduced into the M2(Fe) sites. Incorporation of supervalent Mo(6+) introduced Li(+) ion vacancies in LiFePO4. The synthesized material facilitated lithium ion diffusion during charging/discharging due to the charge compensation effect and porosity. The battery performance studies showed that LiMo0.05Fe0.095PO4 exhibited a maximum capacity of 169.7 mA h g(-1) at 0.1 C current density, with admirable stability retention. Even at higher current densities, the retention of the specific capacity was exceptional. PMID:27071463