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Sample records for microscopic annealing process

  1. Low thermal power electron beam annealing of scanning tunneling microscope tips

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    Scholz, R.; Agne, M.; Breitenstein, O.; Jenniches, H.

    1997-08-01

    An add-on unit was developed that allows the cleaning of scanning tunneling microscope tips by electron beam annealing even if they cannot be disconnected from the piezo scanner in situ. The whole scanner tip combination, which is attached to a linear motion stage, is subjected to a pulsed annealing treatment. The heat impact is focused on the outermost tip by sticking the tip through a hole in a grounded Mo screening plate with the cathode mounted on the opposite side. Tungsten tips attached to the scanner of the Omicron ultrahigh vacuum Multiscan Lab were annealed to achieve atomic resolution of ultrahigh vacuum cleaved GaAs (110) faces. A highly doped superlattice package grown on semi-insulating GaAs was also able to be investigated on the cleaved (110) face due to the ability of exact tip positioning with a scanning electron microscope.

  2. Understanding the changes in ductility and Poisson's ratio of metallic glasses during annealing from microscopic dynamics

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    Wang, Z.; Ngai, K. L.; Wang, W. H.

    2015-07-21

    In the paper K. L. Ngai et al., [J. Chem. 140, 044511 (2014)], the empirical correlation of ductility with the Poisson's ratio, ν{sub Poisson}, found in metallic glasses was theoretically explained by microscopic dynamic processes which link on the one hand ductility, and on the other hand the Poisson's ratio. Specifically, the dynamic processes are the primitive relaxation in the Coupling Model which is the precursor of the Johari–Goldstein β-relaxation, and the caged atoms dynamics characterized by the effective Debye–Waller factor f{sub 0} or equivalently the nearly constant loss (NCL) in susceptibility. All these processes and the parameters characterizing them are accessible experimentally except f{sub 0} or the NCL of caged atoms; thus, so far, the experimental verification of the explanation of the correlation between ductility and Poisson's ratio is incomplete. In the experimental part of this paper, we report dynamic mechanical measurement of the NCL of the metallic glass La{sub 60}Ni{sub 15}Al{sub 25} as-cast, and the changes by annealing at temperature below T{sub g}. The observed monotonic decrease of the NCL with aging time, reflecting the corresponding increase of f{sub 0}, correlates with the decrease of ν{sub Poisson}. This is important observation because such measurements, not made before, provide the missing link in confirming by experiment the explanation of the correlation of ductility with ν{sub Poisson}. On aging the metallic glass, also observed in the isochronal loss spectra is the shift of the β-relaxation to higher temperatures and reduction of the relaxation strength. These concomitant changes of the β-relaxation and NCL are the root cause of embrittlement by aging the metallic glass. The NCL of caged atoms is terminated by the onset of the primitive relaxation in the Coupling Model, which is generally supported by experiments. From this relation, the monotonic decrease of the NCL with aging time is caused by the slowing down

  3. The Annealing Process in Solid 4He

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    Rittner, Ann Sophie C.; Reppy, John D.

    2007-09-01

    We have used a torsional oscillator with square cross section and a resonance frequency of 185 Hz to confirm the nonclassical rotational inertia (NCRI) discovered by Kim and Chan (Nature 427:225, 2004; Science 305:1941, 2004). We have also found a strong correlation between the NCRI signal and a high dissipation Q -1 of 4×10-6 of the oscillation above the transition temperature. Here, we present preliminary results of the annealing process in 4He at a pressure of 26 bar. When holding the temperature constant above 1 K we have observed a immediate rise in the period and a slow decay of the dissipation. The equilibrium value of Q -1 decreases with increasing temperature.

  4. Feedback regulation of microscopes by image processing.

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    Tsukada, Yuki; Hashimoto, Koichi

    2013-05-01

    Computational microscope systems are becoming a major part of imaging biological phenomena, and the development of such systems requires the design of automated regulation of microscopes. An important aspect of automated regulation is feedback regulation, which is the focus of this review. As modern microscope systems become more complex, often with many independent components that must work together, computer control is inevitable since the exact orchestration of parameters and timings for these multiple components is critical to acquire proper images. A number of techniques have been developed for biological imaging to accomplish this. Here, we summarize the basics of computational microscopy for the purpose of building automatically regulated microscopes focus on feedback regulation by image processing. These techniques allow high throughput data acquisition while monitoring both short- and long-term dynamic phenomena, which cannot be achieved without an automated system. PMID:23594233

  5. In situ laser processing in a scanning electron microscope

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    Roberts, Nicholas A.; Magel, Gregory A.; Hartfield, Cheryl D.; Moore, Thomas M.; Fowlkes, Jason D.; Rack, Philip D.

    2012-07-15

    Laser delivery probes using multimode fiber optic delivery and bulk focusing optics have been constructed and used for performing materials processing experiments within scanning electron microscope/focused ion beam instruments. Controlling the current driving a 915-nm semiconductor diode laser module enables continuous or pulsed operation down to sub-microsecond durations, and with spot sizes on the order of 50 {mu}m diameter, achieving irradiances at a sample surface exceeding 1 MW/cm{sup 2}. Localized laser heating has been used to demonstrate laser chemical vapor deposition of Pt, surface melting of silicon, enhanced purity, and resistivity via laser annealing of Au deposits formed by electron beam induced deposition, and in situ secondary electron imaging of laser induced dewetting of Au metal films on SiO{sub x}.

  6. In situ laser processing in a scanning electron microscope

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    Roberts, Nicholas; Fowlkes, Jason Davidson; Rack, Prof. Philip; Moore, Tom; Magel, Greg; Hartfield, Cheryl

    2012-01-01

    Laser delivery probes using multimode fiber optic delivery and bulk focusing optics have been constructed and used for performing materials processing experiments within scanning electron microscope/focused ion beam instruments. Controlling the current driving a 915-nm semiconductor diode laser module enables continuous or pulsed operation down to sub-microsecond durations, and with spot sizes on the order of 50 {micro}m diameter, achieving irradiances at a sample surface exceeding 1 MW/cm{sup 2}. Localized laser heating has been used to demonstrate laser chemical vapor deposition of Pt, surface melting of silicon, enhanced purity, and resistivity via laser annealing of Au deposits formed by electron beam induced deposition, and in situ secondary electron imaging of laser induced dewetting of Au metal films on SiO{sub x}.

  7. Molecular dynamic simulation of non-melt laser annealing process

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    Liren, Yan; Dai, Li; Wei, Zhang; Zhihong, Liu; Wei, Zhou; Quan, Wang

    2016-03-01

    Molecular dynamic simulation is performed to study the process of material annealing caused by a 266 nm pulsed laser. A micro-mechanism describing behaviors of silicon and impurity atoms during the laser annealing at a non-melt regime is proposed. After ion implantation, the surface of the Si wafer is acted by a high energy laser pulse, which loosens the material and partially frees both Si and impurity atoms. While the residual laser energy is absorbed by valence electrons, these atoms are recoiled and relocated to finally form a crystal. Energy-related movement behavior is observed by using the molecular dynamic method. The non-melt laser anneal appears to be quite sensitive to the energy density of the laser, as a small excess energy may causes a significant impurity diffusion. Such a result is also supported by our laser anneal experiment.

  8. Toward understanding dynamic annealing processes in irradiated ceramics

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    Myers, Michael Thomas

    2013-05-01

    High energy particle irradiation inevitably generates defects in solids. The ballistic formation and thermalization of the defect creation process occur rapidly, and are believed to be reasonably well understood. However, knowledge of the evolution of defects after damage cascade thermalization, referred to as dynamic annealing, is quite limited. Unraveling the mechanisms associated with dynamic annealing is crucial since such processes play an important role in the formation of stable postirradiation disorder in ion-beam-processing of semiconductors, and determines the “radiation tolerance” of many nuclear materials. The purpose of this dissertation is to further our understanding of the processes involved in dynamic annealing. In order to achieve this, two main tasks are undertaken.

  9. Electrode patterning and annealing processes of aluminum-doped zinc oxide thin films using a UV laser system

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    Hsiao, Wen-Tse; Tseng, Shih-Feng; Huang, Kuo-Cheng; Chiang, Donyau

    2013-01-01

    This study presents the hybrid processing (patterning and annealing) of aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) films in a one-step process using a diode-pumped-solid-state (DPSS) ultraviolet (UV) laser system. The focused laser beam had a diameter of 30 μm and the positive defocused laser beam had a diameter of 1 mm. Both beams were adjusted using a UV laser-processing system. AZO films were deposited on Corning Eagle 2000® optical glass sheets with a thickness of 0.7 mm using a sputtering method. The deposited films were approximately 200 nm. The optoelectronic properties of machined (patterning and annealing) AZO films depend on the laser pulse frequency and galvanometer scanning speed. The surface morphology, roughness, optical transmittance, and resistivity of the films after the laser patterning and annealing processes were measured using a three-dimensional confocal laser scanning microscope, a field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), a spectrophotometer, and a four-point probe instrument, respectively. Experimental results indicate that the ablation depth increased as the pulse repetition frequency increased. The ablation depth also decreased as the galvanometric scanning speed increased. The transmittance spectra of the film changes slightly after laser annealing, and the average transmittance in the visible region is approximately 83%. All resistivity values of laser-patterned and annealed AZO films decreased significantly. The structural properties grain size was calculated firm the X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra using the Scherrer equation that increased from 7.4 nm to 12 nm as the annealing scanning speed decreased from 800 mm/s to 400 mm/s. The root mean square (RMS) values of annealed AZO films treated with a laser scanning speed of 500 mm/s with a pulse repetition frequency of 40 kHz, 55 kHz, and 70 kHz were 1.1 nm, 1.2 nm, and 1.8 nm, respectively.

  10. In situ annealing and high-rate silicon epitaxy on porous silicon by mesoplasma process

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    Zhang, Sheng; Lu, Ziyu; Sheng, Jiang; Gao, Pingqi; Yang, Xi; Wu, Sudong; Ye, Jichun; Kambara, Makoto

    2016-05-01

    By a mesoplasma process, a double-layer porous Si is annealed for a few seconds, by which an annealing effect similar to that of a prolonged conventional annealing process is obtained. The basic annealing process is considered to follow the classical sintering theory. However, the surface of the annealed porous Si is rough with large open voids because of H etching. The epitaxial Si films deposited on such a rough surface at a rate of 350 nm/s show a smooth surface with a low defect density compared with those deposited on a polished Si wafer, which clearly demonstrates the advantages of the cluster-assisted mesoplasma process.

  11. Influence of Microwave and Conventional Annealing Processes in Improving an Electrodeposited Nickel Interlayer Characteristics

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    Hassan, Abdelkarim; Noordin, Mohd Yusof; Izman, Sudin; Denni, Kurniawan

    2016-07-01

    Nickel interlayer was coated on tungsten carbide substrate by electrodeposition process for the purpose of diamond deposition. Conventional and microwave annealing processes were used to improve the adhesion strength and modify the surface composition of the electroplated nickel interlayer. The conventional annealing was conducted in a high-temperature tube furnace at 1323.15 K (1050 °C) for 20 and 60 minutes annealing durations. The microwave annealing was carried out in 2.45 GHz microwave furnace at 1303.15 K (1030 °C) for the same annealing durations as the conventional process. The annealed specimens were characterized by electron microscopy, Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction technique. Adhesion of the annealed nickel interlayer was assessed by the scratch test. The results revealed significant changes in the nickel coating composition, adhesion, and appearance. The adhesion strength of nickel interlayer annealed for the longer duration of the two processes is similar. For shorter annealing duration, the microwave-annealed coating showed better adhesion. The surface composition of the nickel interlayer was modified by the diffusion of carbon and tungsten during the microwave and conventional annealing, respectively. The microwave annealing is a promising process for producing good quality treated nickel-coated tungsten carbide specimens.

  12. An Auto-Microscope System For Image Processing

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    Yimo, Zhang; Heqiao, Li; Zhijin, Huang

    1989-12-01

    In this paper we present a new auto-microscope system controlled by microcomputer for image processing. The microstructure of objects can be observed and processed. A charge-coupled device (CCD) array is used as the photoelectric detector. This auto-microscope system can complete autofocusing, recognizing or screening out pattern in the field of view and automatic measuring for photomicrographing by the light intensity information sampling by CCD array. For this auto-microscope system we designed the scanning mechanism of microscope stage, adjustable holder of CCD in 5-Dimention, autofocusing mechanism and a auto-photomicrograph camera with large cassette. The autofocusing discrimination function constructed by means of self entropy is better suitable for low contrast image produced by microscope system. The geometrical features of the microscope image are selected for composing the discrimination function and this discrimination function is used for classifing the patterns in the microscope field of view by training samples. Automatically measuring light for photomicrograph is realized by the same CCD array and the controlling circuit, interface circuit and other circuits of this system are developed. Some experiments results: autofocusing, auto-screening the cell pattern in the microscope field of view are given.

  13. Thin film poly-crystalline silicon fabrication based on Rapid Thermal Annealing (RTA) process

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    Qian, Jun; Li, Jirong; Liao, Yang; Shi, Weimin; Kuang, Huahui; Ming, Xiuchun; Liu, Jin; Jin, Jing; Qin, Juan

    2013-12-01

    Rapid Thermal Annealing (RTA) process was introduced to the experiment of Aluminum-induced crystallization of a-Si, based on sputtering method, on low cost glass substrate. A stack of glass/Al (150 nm)/Si (220 nm) was deposited by sputtering sequentially. Samples were annealed under RTA process, then annealed in the tube annealing furnace at 400 °C for 5 h. The grain crystallization was inspected by optical microscopy (OM), ,Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD),and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The preferential orientation (111) was observed, with a Raman Peak at 520.8cm-1, Different annealing periods were discussed.

  14. Effect of Secondary Annealing Process on Critical Current Density in Highly Textured Bi-2212 Superconducting System

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    Aksan, M. A.; Madre, M. A.; Rasekh, Sh.; Constantinescu, G.; Torres, M. A.; Diez, J. C.; Sotelo, A.; Yakinci, M. E.

    2015-09-01

    Bi-2212 samples prepared by a solid-state reaction technique have been grown from the melt using the laser floating zone method. After annealing the as-grown bars, the samples showed a good grain alignment and a high transport critical current density. Secondary annealing processes were performed on the annealed samples with the aim of producing Bi-2212 phase controlled decomposition. Hence, the Bi-2201 phase and the secondary phases, which act as effective pinning centers, were obtained with the secondary annealing process. After these thermal treatments, the transport critical current densities of samples significantly increased, when compared to the annealed ones. The maximum critical current density was achieved when the samples were subjected to secondary annealing at 680°C for 168 h with an improvement of ~80%, compared to the annealed ones. Moreover, it was found that magnetization of the secondarily annealed samples was also increased. The magnetic critical current densities in these secondary annealed samples were about 3 times higher than the values obtained for the annealed ones. These results clearly indicate that the secondary annealing processes lead to the formation of effective pinning centers in the bulk material.

  15. Rapid thermal annealing of ion implanted 6H-SiC by microwave processing

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    Gardner, J.A.; Rao, M.V.; Tian, Y.L.; Holland, O.W.; Roth, E.G.; Chi, P.H.; Ahmad, I.

    1997-03-01

    Rapid thermal processing utilizing microwave energy has been used to anneal N, P, and Al ion-implanted 6H-SiC. The microwaves raise the temperature of the sample at a rate of 200{degree}C/min vs 10{degree}C/min for conventional ceramic furnace annealing. Samples were annealed in the temperature range of 1400-1700{degree}C for 2-10 min. The implanted/annealed samples were characterized using van der Pauw Hall, Rutherford backscattering, and secondary ion mass spectrometry. For a given annealing temperature, the characteristics of the microwave-annealed material are similar to those of conventional furnace anneals despite the difference in cycle time. 19 refs., 7 figs., 3 tabs.

  16. Effect of low and high temperature anneal on process-induced damage of gate oxide

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    King, J.C.; Hu, C. . Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences)

    1994-11-01

    The authors have investigated the ability of high and low temperature anneals to repair the gate oxide damage due to simulated electrical stress caused by wafer charging resulting from plasma etching, etc. Even 800 C anneal cannot restore the stability in interface trap generation. Even 900 C anneal cannot repair the deteriorated charge-to-breakdown and oxide charge trapping. As a small consolation, the ineffectiveness of anneal in repairing the process-induced damage allows them to monitor the damages even at the end of the fabrication process.

  17. Microscopic information processing and communication in crowd dynamics

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    Henein, Colin Marc; White, Tony

    2010-11-01

    Due, perhaps, to the historical division of crowd dynamics research into psychological and engineering approaches, microscopic crowd models have tended toward modelling simple interchangeable particles with an emphasis on the simulation of physical factors. Despite the fact that people have complex (non-panic) behaviours in crowd disasters, important human factors in crowd dynamics such as information discovery and processing, changing goals and communication have not yet been well integrated at the microscopic level. We use our Microscopic Human Factors methodology to fuse a microscopic simulation of these human factors with a popular microscopic crowd model. By tightly integrating human factors with the existing model we can study the effects on the physical domain (movement, force and crowd safety) when human behaviour (information processing and communication) is introduced. In a large-room egress scenario with ample exits, information discovery and processing yields a crowd of non-interchangeable individuals who, despite close proximity, have different goals due to their different beliefs. This crowd heterogeneity leads to complex inter-particle interactions such as jamming transitions in open space; at high crowd energies, we found a freezing by heating effect (reminiscent of the disaster at Central Lenin Stadium in 1982) in which a barrier formation of naïve individuals trying to reach blocked exits prevented knowledgeable ones from exiting. Communication, when introduced, reduced this barrier formation, increasing both exit rates and crowd safety.

  18. Effects of prior deformation and annealing process on microstructure and annealing twin density in a nickel based alloy

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    Li, Zhigang; Zhang, Lanting; Sun, Nairong; Sun, Yanle; Shan, Aidang

    2014-09-15

    The nickel based alloys with different Σ3 boundary density were achieved by cold-rolling and subsequent annealing treatment. Electron backscattered diffraction analysis showed that the grain size distribution changed with the processing parameters, and the discontinuous Σ3 boundary became continuous with the increase of prior deformation level. Furthermore, the Σ3 boundary density was found to be manipulated by both grain size distribution and Σ3 boundary density per grain which showed an increasing trend with prior deformation level and annealing temperature. - Highlights: • The prior deformation amount influenced the morphology of Σ3 boundary. • The grain size was not the only factor influencing Σ3 boundary density. • The fact that grain size distribution had an important effect on Σ3 boundary density was confirmed. • The nature of grain size distribution on Σ3 boundary density was revealed. • There was a great deviation in Σ3 boundary density between experimental results and predictions.

  19. Microscopic realization of cross-correlated noise processes.

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    Shit, Anindita; Chattopadhyay, Sudip; Banik, Suman Kumar; Chaudhuri, Jyotipratim Ray

    2010-06-01

    We present a microscopic theory of cross-correlated noise processes, starting from a Hamiltonian system-reservoir description. In the proposed model, the system is nonlinearly coupled to a reservoir composed of harmonic oscillators, which in turn is driven by an external fluctuating force. We show that the resultant Langevin equation derived from the composite system (system+reservoir+external modulation) contains the essential features of cross-correlated noise processes. PMID:20590326

  20. Improved cost-effectiveness of the block co-polymer anneal process for DSA

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    Pathangi, Hari; Stokhof, Maarten; Knaepen, Werner; Vaid, Varun; Mallik, Arindam; Chan, Boon Teik; Vandenbroeck, Nadia; Maes, Jan Willem; Gronheid, Roel

    2016-04-01

    This manuscript first presents a cost model to compare the cost of ownership of DSA and SAQP for a typical front end of line (FEoL) line patterning exercise. Then, we proceed to a feasibility study of using a vertical furnace to batch anneal the block co-polymer for DSA applications. We show that the defect performance of such a batch anneal process is comparable to the process of record anneal methods. This helps in increasing the cost benefit for DSA compared to the conventional multiple patterning approaches.

  1. Processing-Structure-Property Relationships in Laser-Annealed PbSe Nanocrystal Thin Films.

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    Treml, Benjamin E; Robbins, Andrew B; Whitham, Kevin; Smilgies, Detlef-M; Thompson, Michael O; Hanrath, Tobias

    2015-01-01

    As nanocrystal (NC) synthesis techniques and device architectures advance, it becomes increasingly apparent that new ways of connecting NCs with each other and their external environment are required to realize their considerable potential. Enhancing inter-NC coupling by thermal annealing has been a long-standing challenge. Conventional thermal annealing approaches are limited by the challenge of annealing the NC at sufficiently high temperatures to remove surface-bound ligands while at the same time limiting the thermal budget to prevent large-scale aggregation. Here we investigate nonequilibrium laser annealing of NC thin films that enables separation of the kinetic and thermodynamic aspects of nanocrystal fusion. We show that laser annealing of NC assemblies on nano- to microsecond time scales can transform initially isolated NCs in a thin film into an interconnected structure in which proximate dots "just touch". We investigate both pulsed laser annealing and laser spike annealing and show that both annealing methods can produce "confined-but-connected" nanocrystal films. We develop a thermal transport model to rationalize the differences in resulting film morphologies. Finally we show that the insights gained from study of nanocrystal mono- and bilayers can be extended to three-dimensional NC films. The basic processing-structure-property relationships established in this work provide guidance to future advances in creating functional thin films in which constituent NCs can purposefully interact. PMID:25787088

  2. Effect of fuel rate and annealing process of LiFePO{sub 4} cathode material for Li-ion batteries synthesized by flame spray pyrolysis method

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    Halim, Abdul; Setyawan, Heru; Machmudah, Siti; Nurtono, Tantular; Winardi, Sugeng

    2014-02-24

    In this study the effect of fuel rate and annealing on particle formation of LiFePO{sub 4} as battery cathode using flame spray pyrolysis method was investigated numerically and experimentally. Numerical study was done using ANSYS FLUENT program. In experimentally, LiFePO{sub 4} was synthesized from inorganic aqueous solution followed by annealing. LPG was used as fuel and air was used as oxidizer and carrier gas. Annealing process attempted in inert atmosphere at 700°C for 240 min. Numerical result showed that the increase of fuel rate caused the increase of flame temperature. Microscopic observation using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) revealed that all particles have sphere and polydisperse. Increasing fuel rate caused decreasing particle size and increasing particles crystallinity. This phenomenon attributed to the flame temperature. However, all produced particles still have more amorphous phase. Therefore, annealing needed to increase particles crystallinity. Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) analysis showed that all particles have PO4 function group. Increasing fuel rate led to the increase of infrared spectrum absorption corresponding to the increase of particles crystallinity. This result indicated that phosphate group vibrated easily in crystalline phase. From Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) analysis, annealing can cause the increase of Li{sup +} diffusivity. The diffusivity coefficient of without and with annealing particles were 6.84399×10{sup −10} and 8.59888×10{sup −10} cm{sup 2} s{sup −1}, respectively.

  3. Comparison of precipitate behaviors in ultra-low carbon, titanium-stabilized interstitial free steel sheets under different annealing processes

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    Shi, J.; Wang, X.

    1999-12-01

    Ultra-low carbon, titanium-stabilized interstitial free (ULC Ti-IF) steel sheets are widely used in the automobile industry because of excellent deep drawability. The annealing process is critical to their final property, and there are two different annealing processes used in industrial production of interstitial free (IF) steel sheets, namely batch annealing and continuous annealing. In this study, precipitation behaviors of titanium IF steels, that is, TiN, TiS, Ti{sub 4}(CS){sub 2}, and TiC, the size and dispersion of TiN, TiS, and Ti{sub 4}(CS){sub 2} remained almost unchanged after either annealing process. Conversely, the average size of a TiC particle increased substantially after both annealing processes, while TiC after continuous annealing was larger than that after batch annealing due to the higher heating temperature of continuous annealing. Two new particles, FeTiP and (Ti, Mn)S, were also observed in the batch annealing process but not in continuous annealing. The structure of FeTiP and (Ti, Mn)S were studied, and furthermore the evolution of FeTiP precipitation was found to be closely related to recrystallization in batch annealing. Finally, the interrelation among processing parameters, precipitation behaviors, and final property was studied.

  4. Observation of Materials Processes in Liquids in the Electron Microscope

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    Wang, Chong M.; Liao, Honggang; Ross, Frances M.

    2015-01-01

    Materials synthesis and the functioning of devices often indispensably involve liquid media. But direct visualization of dynamic process in liquids, especially with high spatial and temporal resolution, has been challenging. For solid materials, advances in aberration corrected electron microscopy have made observation of atomic level features a routine practice. Here we discuss the extent to which one can take advantage of the resolution of modern electron microscopes to image phenomenon occuring in liquids. We will describe the fundamentals of two different experimental approaches, closed and open liquid cells. We will illustrate the capabilities of each approach by considering processes in batteries and nucleation and growth of nanoparticles from solution. We conclude that liquid cell electron microscopy appears to be duly fulfilling its role for in situ studies of nanoscale processes in liquids, revealing physical and chemical processes otherwise difficult to observe.

  5. Hand microscopes and image processing for measurement tasks

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    Ahlers, Rolf-Juergen; Knappe, Bernard

    1997-08-01

    Very often in industry and medical applications we meet tasks, where small microscopic structures have to be inspected. The task is not just related to visualization it is also necessary to inspect and measure features of an imaged object in an automated image processing based system. One newly developed handmicroscope, called MESOP, is presented that allows for a high quality optical inspection of workpieces and objects. Due to the concrete realization with a laptop based image processing and computing environment the handmicroscope can be applied in a mobile manner. It is positioned in front of the object. The optical head, supplied with telecentric optics and a small camera, captures the image, transfers it into the PCMCIA-based frame grabber. There the images are stored and further processed due to the necessity of the operator.

  6. Buffer layer annealing effects on the magnetization reversal process in Pd/Co/Pd systems

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    Fassatoui, A.; Belhi, R.; Vogel, J.; Abdelmoula, K.

    2016-12-01

    We have investigated the effect of annealing the buffer layer on the magnetization reversal behavior in Pd/Co/Pd thin films using magneto-optical Kerr microscopy. It was found that annealing the buffer layer at 150 °C for 1 h decreases the coercivity and increases the saturation magnetization and the effective magnetic anisotropy constant. This study also shows that the annealing induces a change of the magnetization reversal from a mixed nucleation and domain wall propagation process to one dominated by domain wall propagation. This result demonstrates that the main effect of annealing the buffer layer is to decrease the domain wall pinning in the Co layer, favoring the domain wall propagation mode.

  7. Influence of annealing process on texture evolution and magnetostriction in rolled Fe-Ga based alloys

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    Yuan, Chao; Li, Jiheng; Bao, Xiaoqian; Gao, Xuexu

    2014-08-01

    The influence of annealing process, including heating rate and final annealing atmosphere, on texture evolution and magnetostrictive performance of rolled 0.16 wt% NbC doped Fe-Ga sheets has been investigated. It demonstrates that texture evolution is closely related with heating rate, and strong Goss texture {110}<001> was obtained at 0.25 °C/min after the heating process from 900 °C to 1080 °C, accompanied with a peak value of saturation magnetostriction. Non-Goss texture and deviation from ideal {110}<001> were observed at lower or higher heating rate, resulting in the decrease in saturation magnetostriction. Compared with pure-Ar annealed sheets, the hydrogen introduced into annealing atmosphere during final treatment promoted (110) grain growth and eliminated the Nb-rich precipitates, and additional improvement in the saturation magnetostriction was observed for the same annealing protocols, with a maximum measured value, (3/2)λs=λ//-λ⊥, of 233×10-6 obtained in the final Ar/H2 annealed sheet.

  8. Enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity of BiVO4 microstructures via annealing process

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    Lu, Yanjie; Shang, Huishan; Guan, Huijuan; Zhao, Yafei; Zhang, Hongsong; Zhang, Bing

    2015-12-01

    The peanut-shaped monoclinic scheelite BiVO4 crystals were synthesized via a facile one step hydrothermal method without using any templates, followed by annealing at different temperatures. The as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), Brunauer-Emmet-Teller (BET) and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), showing that the annealing procedure could not only change the surface morphology and crystallinity of BiVO4 but also increase the specific surface area without damaging the peanut shape. The band gap values of the samples annealed at different temperatures could be reduced to 2.44-2.46 eV as compare with that of 2.47 eV of the original sample. The photocatalytic activities of BiVO4 crystals were evaluated by degradation of methylene blue in aqueous solution under artificial solar-light. Results demonstrated that the sample annealed at 450 °C exhibited the highest activity, and the photocatalytic conversion of methylene blue could reach above 94% after 150 min of irradiation.

  9. Scientific data processing for the MICROSCOPE space experiment

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    Hardy, Emilie; Metris, Gilles; Santos Rodrigues, Manuel; Touboul, Pierre; Chhun, Ratana; Baghi, Quentin; Berge, Joel

    The MICROSCOPE space mission aims at testing the Equivalence Principle, which states that the acceleration of a test object due to gravitation is independent of its mass and internal composition. The Equivalence Principle is at the basis of General Relativity and has been tested on-ground with a record accuracy of a few 10(-13) . However, most theories for the unification of the gravitation with the three other fundamental interactions predict that it will be violated at a level 10(-18) -10(-13) . This range cannot be reached on Earth because of the numerous perturbations in the terrestrial environment. Being performed in space, the MICROSCOPE experiment will be able to overcome these limitations in order to test the Equivalence Principle with an accuracy of 10(-15) . The instrument will be embarked on board a drag-free microsatellite orbiting the Earth, and consists in a differential electrostatic accelerometer composed of two cylindrical test masses made of different materials. The position of the masses is detected thanks to capacitive sensors, while control loops with electrostatic actuation keep them concentric, so that they both are submitted to the same gravitational field. The electrostatic acceleration applied to the masses to maintain them relatively motionless are measured and will demonstrate a violation of the Equivalence Principle if found unequal. The potential Equivalence Principle violation signal is expected at a well identified frequency, f _{EP}. However, the raw measurement is impacted by systematic instrumental errors, which are calibrated in-orbit during dedicated sessions. The data processing therefore includes the correction of the measurement in order to reduce the contribution of these errors at f _{EP}. Other perturbations must be considered during the data analysis: numerical effects arise from the finite time span of the measurement. A procedure have thus been determined in order to extract the Equivalence Principle violation parameter

  10. Continuous-wave laser annealing of Si-rich oxide: A microscopic picture of macroscopic Si-SiO{sub 2} phase separation

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    Khriachtchev, Leonid; Nikitin, Timur; Raesaenen, Markku; Domanskaya, Alexandra; Boninelli, Simona; Iacona, Fabio; Engdahl, Anders; Juhanoja, Jyrki; Novikov, Sergei

    2010-12-15

    We report on the first observation of the macroscopic (long-range) Si-SiO{sub 2} phase separation in Si-rich oxide SiO{sub x}(x<2) obtained by continuous-wave laser annealing of free-standing SiO{sub x} films. The effect is analyzed by a unique combination of microscopic methods (Raman, transmission, photoluminescence, and infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, electron energy loss spectroscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy). Three regions can be distinguished on a SiO{sub x} free-standing film after 488 nm laser annealing at intensities above {approx}10{sup 4} W cm{sup -2}: central spot, ring around the central spot, and pristine film outside the irradiated area. In the pristine SiO{sub x} material, small Si nanocrystals (Si-nc) (diameters of a few nanometer) are surrounded by SiO{sub 2} with an addition of residual suboxides, the Si-nc being produced by annealing at 1100 deg. C in a furnace. The central spot of the laser-annealed area (up to {approx}30 {mu}m wide in these experiments) is practically free of Si excess and mainly consists of amorphous SiO{sub 2}. The ring around the central spot contains large spherical Si-nc (diameters up to {approx}100 nm) embedded in amorphous SiO{sub 2} without the presence of suboxides. Laser-induced temperatures in the structurally modified regions presumably exceed the Si melting temperature. The macroscopic Si-SiO{sub 2} phase separation is connected with extensive diffusion in temperature gradient leading to the Si concentration gradient. The present work demonstrates the advantages of high spatial resolution for analysis in materials research.

  11. Growth of SiC thin films on (100) and (111) silicon by pulsed laser deposition combined with a vacuum annealing process

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    Huang, J.; Wang, L.; Wen, J.; Wang, Y.; Lin, C.; Zetterling, C.M.; Oestling, M.

    1999-07-01

    Crystalline 3C-SiC thin films were successfully grown on (100) and (111) Si substrates by using ArF pulsed laser ablation from a SiC ceramic target combined with a vacuum annealing process. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) were employed to study the effect of annealing on the structure of thin films deposited at 800 C. It was demonstrated that vacuum annealing could transform the amorphous SiC films into crystalline phase and that the crystallinity was strongly dependent on the annealing temperature. For the samples deposited on (100) and (111) Si, the optimum annealing temperatures were 980 and 920 C, respectively. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) micrographs exhibited different characteristic microstructure for the (100) and (111) Si cases, similar to that observed for the carbonization layer initially formed in chemical vapor deposition of SiC films on Si. This also showed the presence of the epitaxial relationship of 3C-SiC[100]//Si[100] and 3C-SiC[111]//Si[111] in the direction of growth.

  12. A microscopic lane changing process model for multilane traffic

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    Lv, Wei; Song, Wei-guo; Liu, Xiao-dong; Ma, Jian

    2013-03-01

    In previous simulations lane-changing behavior is usually assumed as an instantaneous action. However, in real traffic, lane changing is a continuing process which can seriously affect the following cars. In this paper, a microscopic lane-changing process (LCP) model is clearly described. A new idea of simplifying the lane-changing process to the car-following framework is presented by controlling fictitious cars. To verify the model, the results of flow, lane-changing frequency, and single-car velocity are extracted from experimental observations and are compared with corresponding simulation. It is found that the LCP model agrees well with actual traffic flow and lane-changing behaviors may induce a 12%-18% reduction of traffic flow. The results also reflect that most of the drivers on the two roads in a city are conservative but not aggressive to change lanes. Investigation of lane-changing frequency shows that the largest lane-changing frequency occurs at a medium density range from 15 vehs km lane to 35 vehs km lane. It also implies that the lane-changing process might strengthen velocity variation at medium density and weaken velocity variation at high density. It is hoped that the idea of this study may be helpful to promote the modeling and simulation study of traffic flow.

  13. Low resistive p-type GaN using two-step rapid thermal annealing processes

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    Scherer, M.; Schwegler, V.; Seyboth, M.; Kirchner, C.; Kamp, M.; Pelzmann, A.; Drechsler, M.

    2001-06-15

    Two-step thermal annealing processes were investigated for electrical activation of magnesium- doped galliumnitride layers. The samples were studied by room-temperature Hall measurements and photoluminescence spectroscopy at 16 K. After an annealing process consisting of a short-term step at 960{degree}C followed by a 600{degree}C dwell step for 5 min a resistivity as low as 0.84 {Omega}cm is achieved for the activated sample, which improves the results achieved by standard annealing (800{degree}C for 10 min) by 25% in resistivity and 100% in free hole concentration. Photoluminescence shows a peak centered at 3.0 eV, which is typical for Mg-doped samples with high free hole concentrations.{copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  14. Effect of annealing process on the phase formation in poly(vinylidene fluoride) thin films

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    Abdullah, Ibtisam Yahya; Yahaya, Muhammad; Jumali, Mohd Hafizuddin Haji; Shanshool, Haider Mohammed

    2014-09-03

    This work reports the initial study on the effect of annealing process on the crystalline phase of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) thin film. PVDF powder was dissolved in N,N-dimethylformamide before spin-coated onto a glass substrate to form a film. The films were annealed at 30°C, 90°C and 110°C for 5 hrs. The crystalline phase of the powder PVDF as received was investigated by using XRD and FTIR techniques. Moreover, the crystalline phases of thin films after annealing were investigated by using the same techniques. XRD analysis showed that in powder form PVDF exists in α-phase. Each annealed PVDF thin films exhibited identical formation of three-phases material namely γ (as major phase) while α and β phases as the minor phases. The FTIR analysis showed that the powder form of PVDF exists in α and β phases. FTIR measurement further confirmed the XRD results implying that the annealing process has no significant effect on the phase formation in PVDF films.

  15. Annealing Characteristics of Ultrafine Grained Low-Carbon Steel Processed by Differential Speed Rolling Method

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    Hamad, Kotiba; Ko, Young Gun

    2016-05-01

    The annealing behavior of ultrafine grained ferrite in low-carbon steel (0.18 wt pct C) fabricated using a differential speed rolling (DSR) process was examined by observing the microstructural changes by electron backscatter diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. For this purpose, the samples processed by 4-pass DSR at a roll speed ratio of 1:4 for the lower and upper rolls, respectively, were annealed isochronally at temperatures ranging from 698 K to 898 K (425 °C to 625 °C) for 1 hour. The deformed samples exhibited a complex microstructure in the ferrite phase consisting of an equiaxed structure with a mean grain size of ~0.4 µm and a lamellar structure with a mean lamellar width of ~0.35 µm. The texture evolved during deformation was characterized by the rolling and shear components with specific orientations. After annealing at temperatures lower than 798 K (525 °C), the aspect ratio of the deformed grains tended to shift toward a unit corresponding to the equiaxed shape, whereas the grain size remained unchanged as the annealing temperature increased. At temperatures above 798 K (525 °C), however, some grains with a low dislocation density began to appear, suggesting that the starting temperature of static recrystallization in the severely deformed ferrite grains was 798 K (525 °C). The annealing texture of the present sample after heat treatment showed a uniform fiber texture consisting of α- and γ-components.

  16. Effects of annealing process on magnetic properties and structures of Nd-Pr-Ce-Fe-B melt-spun powders

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    Pei, Kun; Lin, Min; Yan, Aru; Zhang, Xing

    2016-05-01

    The effects of annealing process on magnetic properties and structures of Nd-Pr-Ce-Fe-B melt-spun powders have been investigated. The magnetic properties improve a lot when the annealing temperature is 590-650 °C and the annealing time exceeds 1 min. The magnetic properties is stable when the annealing time is 590-650 °C. The powders contains obvious grains when the annealing time is only 1 min, while the grains grow up obviously, leading to the decrease of Br and (BH)max, when the annealing time is more than 9 min. The Hcj changes little for different annealing time. The cooling rate also affects the magnetic properties of powders with different Ce-content. Faster cooling rate is favorable to improve magnetic properties with low Ce-content powders, while high Ce-content powders need slower cooling rate.

  17. Processing of Mn-Al nanostructured magnets by spark plasma sintering and subsequent rapid thermal annealing

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    Saravanan, P.; Vinod, V. T. P.; Černík, Miroslav; Selvapriya, A.; Chakravarty, Dibyendu; Kamat, S. V.

    2015-01-01

    The potential of spark plasma sintering (SPS) in combination with rapid thermal annealing (RTA) for the processing of Mn-Al nanostructured magnets is explored in this study. Ferromagnetic α-Mn alloy powders were processed by high-energy ball milling using Mn (56 at%) and Al (44 at%) as constituent metal elements. The alloying action between Mn and Al due to intensive milling was studied by X-ray diffraction and field-emission scanning electron microscope; while the phase transformation kinetics was investigated using differential scanning calorimetry. The evolution of ferromagnetic properties in the as-milled powders was studied by superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). Among the Mn-Al alloy powders collected at various milling intervals, the 25 h milled Mn-Al powders showed a good combination of coercivity, Hc (11.3 kA/m) and saturation magnetization, Ms (5.0 A/m2/kg); accordingly, these powders were chosen for SPS. The SPS experiments were conducted at different temperatures: 773, 873 and 973 K and its effect on the density, phase composition and magnetic properties of the Mn-Al bulk samples were investigated. Upon increasing the SPS temperature from 773 to 973 K, the bulk density was found to increase from 3.6 to 4.0 g/cm3. The occurrence of equilibrium β-phase with significant amount of γ2-phase was obvious at all the SPS temperatures; however, crystallization of some amount of τ-phase was evident at 973 K. Irrespective of the SPS temperatures, all the samples demonstrated soft magnetic behavior with Hc and Ms values similar to those obtained for the 25 h milled powders. The magnetic properties of the SPSed samples were significantly improved upon subjecting them to RTA at 1100 K. Through the RTA process, Hc values of 75, 174 and 194 kA/m and Ms values of 19, 21 and 28 A/m2/kg were achieved for the samples SPSed at 773, 873 and 973 K, respectively. The possible reasons for the observed improvement in the magnetic properties of the SPSed

  18. Evaluation of deformation-induced transformation and reversion processes of stainless steel by acoustic microscope

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    Kasuga, Yukio; Endo, Tomio; Miyasaka, Chiaki; Kasano, Hideaki

    1999-02-01

    Deformation-induced martensite and reversed austenite of a metastable austenitic stainless steel sheet were evaluated by a scanning acoustic microscope with frequencies 600MHz and 800 MHz. The sheet was elongated up to 40 percent at and below the room temperature to produce martensite, followed by annealing for reversion. First martensite content was measured by a Feritscope. Next using a complex V(z) curve, leaky Rayleigh wave velocity was measured. The deformed and annealed grain structure s were observed with the frequency 800MHz and compared with those by the optical microscope. Rayleigh wave velocity is dependent on the elongation and ambient temperature in elongation and the annealing temperature, which agrees well with the one by the Feritscope. Deformed grains are more clearly observed by the scanning acoustic microscope with 800MHz. The measured value of the velocity is compared with the theoretical one which can be calculated by Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio and the density. The measured Rayleigh wave velocity is well agreement with the theoretical one.

  19. Gas expanded polymer process to anneal nanoparticle dispersion in thin films

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    Ambuken, Preejith V.; Stretz, Holly A.; Dadmun, Mark; Michael Kilbey, S.

    2015-04-21

    A spin-coating solution comprising poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) nanoparticles used to create organic photovoltaic (OPV) active layers have been shown to adopt a non-uniform concentration profile across the thin film dimension. This inhomogeneous distribution can reduce the efficiency of the device. For our new process, gas expanded polymer (GXP) annealing, is applied to P3HT/PCBM thin film blends, enabling the distribution of the PCBM nanoparticles to be manipulated by varying the GXP processing conditions. Films of 50 nm thickness (nominally) created by spin casting a blend of P3HT mixed with PCBM were annealed by oscillatory GXP andmore » GXP at constant pressure using high pressure CO2. An increase in P3HT crystallinity (detected by X-ray diffraction and UV-vis spectroscopy) along with a more uniform distribution of PCBM nanoparticles in the thickness dimension, as interpreted from neutron reflectivity measurements, were observed after oscillatory GXP annealing. In addition, static water contact angles suggest that the film/air interface is enriched in PCBM relative to the as-cast film. Finally, these results demonstrate that GXP annealing, which is commercially scalable, can be successfully used to create a uniform distribution of PCBM nanoparticles across the thickness dimension in a P3HT thin film.« less

  20. Gas expanded polymer process to anneal nanoparticle dispersion in thin films

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    Ambuken, Preejith V.; Stretz, Holly A.; Dadmun, Mark; Michael Kilbey, S.

    2015-04-21

    A spin-coating solution comprising poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) nanoparticles used to create organic photovoltaic (OPV) active layers have been shown to adopt a non-uniform concentration profile across the thin film dimension. This inhomogeneous distribution can reduce the efficiency of the device. For our new process, gas expanded polymer (GXP) annealing, is applied to P3HT/PCBM thin film blends, enabling the distribution of the PCBM nanoparticles to be manipulated by varying the GXP processing conditions. Films of 50 nm thickness (nominally) created by spin casting a blend of P3HT mixed with PCBM were annealed by oscillatory GXP and GXP at constant pressure using high pressure CO2. An increase in P3HT crystallinity (detected by X-ray diffraction and UV-vis spectroscopy) along with a more uniform distribution of PCBM nanoparticles in the thickness dimension, as interpreted from neutron reflectivity measurements, were observed after oscillatory GXP annealing. In addition, static water contact angles suggest that the film/air interface is enriched in PCBM relative to the as-cast film. Finally, these results demonstrate that GXP annealing, which is commercially scalable, can be successfully used to create a uniform distribution of PCBM nanoparticles across the thickness dimension in a P3HT thin film.

  1. Evolution of microstructure in vanadium oxide bolometer film during annealing process

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    Su, Yu-Yu; Cheng, Xing-Wang; Li, Jing-Bo; Dou, Yan-Kun; Rehman, Fida; Su, De-Zhi; Jin, Hai-Bo

    2015-12-01

    Vanadium oxide thin films were prepared through direct current magnetron reactive sputtering and post annealing process. The evolution of composition, microstructure, and electrical properties of as-deposited amorphous films during the annealing process was clarified by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and temperature-dependent resistance measurement. A new composition of thin film was acquired which consisted of crystalline V6O13 and amorphous phase. Sheet resistance and temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) of the thin film are 90 kΩ/□ (measured at room temperature) and 2.52%/K, respectively. No metal-to-semiconductor transition was observed in the obtained film at temperatures ranging from room-temperature to 90 °C, suggesting the thin film is suitable for the application in microbolometer.

  2. Kinetic investigation of sulfidizing annealing of scorodite in processing of refractory oxidized gold-containing ores

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    Boboev, I. R.; Strizhko, L. S.; Bobozoda, Sh.; Gorbunov, E. P.

    2016-03-01

    The results of kinetic studies on the removal of arsenic from scorodite using sulfidizing annealing are presented. The reaction order with respect to the reactant and the activation energy are established from the experimental data. The rate-determining step of the sulfidizing annealing process is determined. The main reactions that occur during the sulfidizing of arsenic in scorodite are proposed on the basis of the obtained results and confirmed by thermodynamic calculations and chemical analyses. The major results of testing this technology, as applied to the refractory oxidized ores in which arsenic is mainly concentrated in scorodite, are presented. Arsenic removal from this ore is confirmed by chemical and quantitative X-ray diffraction analyses and by qualitative phase analysis. Industrial use of this technology provides safe and efficient processing of refractory gold-containing ores, where arsenic is mainly concentrated in scorodite.

  3. Data-based hybrid tension estimation and fault diagnosis of cold rolling continuous annealing processes.

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    Liu, Qiang; Chai, Tianyou; Wang, Hong; Qin, Si-Zhao Joe

    2011-12-01

    The continuous annealing process line (CAPL) of cold rolling is an important unit to improve the mechanical properties of steel strips in steel making. In continuous annealing processes, strip tension is an important factor, which indicates whether the line operates steadily. Abnormal tension profile distribution along the production line can lead to strip break and roll slippage. Therefore, it is essential to estimate the whole tension profile in order to prevent the occurrence of faults. However, in real annealing processes, only a limited number of strip tension sensors are installed along the machine direction. Since the effects of strip temperature, gas flow, bearing friction, strip inertia, and roll eccentricity can lead to nonlinear tension dynamics, it is difficult to apply the first-principles induced model to estimate the tension profile distribution. In this paper, a novel data-based hybrid tension estimation and fault diagnosis method is proposed to estimate the unmeasured tension between two neighboring rolls. The main model is established by an observer-based method using a limited number of measured tensions, speeds, and currents of each roll, where the tension error compensation model is designed by applying neural networks principal component regression. The corresponding tension fault diagnosis method is designed using the estimated tensions. Finally, the proposed tension estimation and fault diagnosis method was applied to a real CAPL in a steel-making company, demonstrating the effectiveness of the proposed method. PMID:21954208

  4. Microstructure Analysis on 6061 Aluminum Alloy after Casting and Diffuses Annealing Process

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    Wang, H. Q.; Sun, W. L.; Xing, Y. Q.

    One factory using semi-continuous casting process produce the ф200×6000 mm 6061 aluminium alloy barstock, and then rotary forged for car wheels. 6061 distorting aluminium alloy is an forged aluminum alloy, and mainly containing Mg, Si, Cu and other alloying elements. The main strengthening phase is Mg2Si, and also has few phase of (FeMn) 3Si2Al15. In order to eliminate the segregation and separation which present in the crystal boundary, and make the distortion to be uniform, and does not present ear and fracture defects after the forging. So the 6061 distorting aluminium alloy adopt the diffusion annealing heat treatment before the forging process.According to the current conditions, we use the diffusion annealing which have the different heating temperature and different holding time.The best process we can obtain from the test which can improve the production efficiency and reduce the material waste, improve the mechanical properties, and eliminate the overheated film on the surface.Then,we using OM,SEM and EDS to analyse the microstructure and the chemical composition of compound between the surface and centre. The result shows that the amount of segregation were different in the surface and in the center, and the different diffusion annealing can cause the phase change in the surface and the center.

  5. Processing of silicon solar cells by ion implantation and laser annealing

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    Minnucci, J. A.; Matthei, K. W.; Greenwald, A. C.

    1981-01-01

    Methods to improve the radiation tolerance of silicon cells for spacecraft use are described. The major emphasis of the program was to reduce the process-induced carbon and oxygen impurities in the junction and base regions of the solar cell, and to measure the effect of reduced impurity levels on the radiation tolerance of cells. Substrates of 0.1, 1.0 and 10.0 ohm-cm float-zone material were used as starting material in the process sequence. High-dose, low-energy ion implantation was used to form the junction in n+p structures. Implant annealing was performed by conventional furnace techniques and by pulsed laser and pulsed electron beam annealing. Cells were tested for radiation tolerance at Spire and NASA-LeRC. After irradiation by 1 MeV electrons to a fluence of 10 to the 16th power per sq cm, the cells tested at Spire showed no significant process induced variations in radiation tolerance. However, for cells tested at Lewis to a fluence of 10 to the 15th power per sq cm, ion-implanted cells annealed in vacuum by pulsed electron beam consistently showed the best radiation tolerance for all cell resistivities.

  6. Synthesis mechanism of heterovalent Sn2O3 nanosheets in oxidation annealing process

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    Zhao, Jun-Hua; Tan, Rui-Qin; Yang, Ye; Xu, Wei; Li, Jia; Shen, Wen-Feng; Wu, Guo-Qiang; Yang, Xu-Feng; Song, Wei-Jie

    2015-07-01

    Heterovalent Sn2O3 nanosheets were fabricated via an oxidation annealing process and the formation mechanism was investigated. The temperature required to complete the phase transformation from Sn3O4 to Sn2O3 was considered. Two contrasting experiments showed that both oxygen and heating were not necessary conditions for the phase transition. Sn2O3 was formed under an argon protective atmosphere by annealing and could also be obtained at room temperature by exposing Sn3O4 in atmosphere or dispersing in ethanol. The synthesis mechanism was proposed and discussed. This fundamental research is important for the technological applications of intermediate tin oxide materials. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 21377063, 51102250, 21203226, and 21205127) and the Personnel Training Foundation of Quzhou University, China (Grant No. BSYJ201412).

  7. Sb-Te alloy nanostructures produced on a graphite surface by a simple annealing process

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    Kuwahara, Masashi; Uratsuji, Hideaki; Abe, Maho; Sone, Hayato; Hosaka, Sumio; Sakai, Joe; Uehara, Yoichi; Endo, Rie; Tsuruoka, Tohru

    2015-08-01

    We have produced Sb-Te alloy nanostructures from a thin Sb2Te3 layer deposited on a highly oriented pyrolytic graphite substrate using a simple rf-magnetron sputtering and annealing technique. The size, shape, and chemical composition of the structures were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX), respectively. The shape of the nanostructures was found to depend on the annealing temperature; nanoparticles appear on the substrate by annealing at 200 °C, while nanoneedles are formed at higher temperatures. Chemical composition analysis has revealed that all the structures were in the composition of Sb:Te = 1:3, Te rich compared to the target composition Sb2Te3, probably due to the higher movability of Te atoms on the substrate compared with Sb. We also tried to observe the production process of nanostructures in situ using SEM. Unfortunately, this was not possible because of evaporation in vacuum, suggesting that the formation of nanostructures is highly sensitive to the ambient pressure.

  8. Observation of the freeze-drying process of biological materials with a scanning electron microscope.

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    Nei, T; Fujikawa, S

    1976-10-01

    Over the past few decades, numerous studies have been done on the freeze-drying of biological materials from a physical, chemical and biological point of view. Morphological observation of the freeze-drying process of specimens, however, has been tried by only a few investigators. In those studies, thin-layered aqueous specimens, which were sandwiched between two cover slips, were mostly observed with an optical microscope. For ultrastructural and stereoscopic observation, the scanning electron microscope has a great advantage, unlike that of the optical microscope. A specially designed cryo-scanning electron microscope, employed in the present study, made it possible to observe the freezing patterns of the specimens and also the sublimation process of ice in frozen specimens under vacuum. With this specially designed microscope, shrinkage of some specimens due to dehydration during the freeze-drying process was revealed and the extent of such shrinkage was quantitatively determined. PMID:1036327

  9. Effect of annealing on the laser induced damage of polished and CO2 laser-processed fused silica surfaces

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    Doualle, T.; Gallais, L.; Cormont, P.; Donval, T.; Lamaignère, L.; Rullier, J. L.

    2016-06-01

    We investigate the effect of different heat treatments on the laser-induced damage probabilities of fused silica samples. Isothermal annealing in a furnace is applied, with different temperatures in the range 700-1100 °C and 12 h annealing time, to super-polished fused silica samples. The surface flatness and laser damage probabilities at 3 ns, 351 nm are measured before and after the different annealing procedures. We have found a significant improvement of the initial laser damage probabilities of the silica surface after annealing at 1050 °C for 12 h. A similar study has been conducted on CO2 laser-processed sites on the surface of the samples. Before and after annealing, we have studied the morphology of the sites, the evolution of residual stress, and the laser-induced damage threshold measured at 351 nm, 3 ns. In this case, we observe that the laser damage resistance of the laser created craters can reach the damage level of the bare fused silica surface after the annealing process, with a complete stress relieve. The obtained results are then compared to the case of local annealing process by CO2 laser irradiation during 1 s, and we found similar improvements in both cases. The different results obtained in the study are compared to numerical simulations made with a thermo-mechanical model based on finite-element method that allows the simulation of the isothermal or the local annealing process, the evolution of stress and fictive temperature. The simulation results were found to be very consistent with experimental observations for the stresses evolution after annealing and estimation of the heat affected area during laser-processing based on the density dependence with fictive temperature. Following this work, the temperature for local annealing should reach 1330-1470 °C for an optimized reduction of damage probability and be below the threshold for material removal, whereas furnace annealing should be kept below the annealing point to avoid sample

  10. The effect of non-contact heating (microwave irradiation) and contact heating (annealing process) on properties and performance of polyethersulfone nanofiltration membranes

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    Mansourpanah, Y.; Madaeni, S. S.; Rahimpour, A.; Farhadian, A.

    2009-07-01

    In this work the effect of microwave irradiation on morphology and performance of polyethersulfone (PES) membranes was investigated. The membranes were prepared with 20 wt.% of PES by phase inversion method. N, N-dimethylformamide (DMF) and mixture of water and ethyl alcohol (90/10 vol.%) were employed as solvent and coagulant respectively. Polyvinylpirrolidone (PVP) with the concentration of 2 wt.% was selected as pore former. The effects of irradiation time (10, 30, 60, 90, 120 s) and microwave power (180, 360, 720 and 900 W) on structure and performance of membranes were studied. Increasing the irradiation time and power caused variation in permeate flux and ion rejection. Moreover, the effects of annealing processes (60, 70, 80 °C) were studied. Transmembrane pressure was selected around 1.5 MPa for all experiments. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and atomic force microscope (AFM) were employed to describe the surface morphology of the prepared membranes. The effect of microwave irradiation time in different power revealed alterations in membrane surface morphology and AFM images represented that surface parameters (such as surface roughness) have been changed. The membrane exhibited moderate rejection (47%) and low permeate flux (4.5 kg/m 2 h) at 80 °C for NaCl solution. The SEM images indicate that the dense skin layer is formed at 80 °C annealing.

  11. Current-voltage characteristic and sheet resistances after annealing of femtosecond laser processed sulfur emitters for silicon solar cells

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    Gimpel, Thomas; Guenther, Kay-Michael; Kontermann, Stefan; Schade, Wolfgang

    2014-08-01

    The characteristics of laser doped sulfur emitters are strongly dependent on annealing processes. We show how annealing increases the efficiency of silicon solar cells with such an emitter. Sheet resistance analysis reveals that up to an annealing temperature of 400 °C the emitter sheet resistivity increases. A lower sulfur donor concentration is concluded, which likely occurs by means of sulfur diffusion and capturing of sulfur donors at intrinsic silicon defects. Above that temperature, the emitter sheet resistance decreases, which we find to originate from healing of laser induced structural defects involving traps within the depletion zone of the silicon pn-junction.

  12. Reconciling historical and contemporary evidence of aeolian-based, gully annealing processes in Glen, Marble, and Grand Canyon, USA

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    Sankey, J. B.; Draut, A. E.

    2013-12-01

    In the absence of large Colorado River floods in Glen, Marble, and Grand Canyons since the completion of Glen Canyon Dam, the geomorphic process most able to counteract the effects of gully incision on terraces and slopes above the contemporary active Colorado River channel is aeolian sand transport that can partially or entirely fill (anneal) small gullies. Whereas gully-formation processes have been much studied, relatively little is known about processes of gully annealing. Aeolian-based annealing has been observed in several instances in the modern Colorado River corridor operating on time scales of months. However, individual, short-term occurrences of aeolian deposition that counteract gully erosion have not yet been expanded into a landscape-scale evaluation of the prevalence of gully-annealing processes over longer time scales (years-decades) along the post-dam corridor. The extent that aeolian or other annealing processes might slow, or temporarily reverse, gully incision and erosion is important in this system because of the propensity for erosion damage to locations of cultural significance that are extensive on terraces and slopes above the contemporary active Colorado River channel. Moreover, the reduction of mainstem fluvial sediment inputs to the system since completion of Glen Canyon Dam might impact the potential of aeolian redistribution of Colorado River-derived sediment as an effective gully annealing mechanism on upper slopes and terraces. We present an investigation of the extent that observations of (i) historical annealing and (ii) contemporary annealing potential, reconcile with (iii) literature and/or model-based estimates of relative rates of gully formation and aeolian deposition in this system. The central question of this work is whether these complimentary lines of evidence support aeolian infilling as a viable mechanism for annealing gullies in Glen, Marble, and Grand Canyons, and analogous systems. We examine the evidence for

  13. Nanoscale thermal processing using a heated atomic force microscope tip

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    Nelson, Brent A.

    This dissertation aims to advance the current state of use of silicon atomic force microscope (AFM) cantilevers with integrated heaters. To this end, the research consists of two primary thrusts---demonstrating new applications for the cantilevers, and advancing the current state of understanding of their thermal and mechanical behavior to enable further applications. Among new applications, two are described. In the first application, the cantilevers are used for nanoscale material deposition, using heat to modulate the delivery of material from the nanoscale tip. In the second application, the cantilever performs thermal analysis with nanoscale spatial resolution, enabling thermal characterization of near surface and composite interphase regions that cannot be measured with bulk analysis techniques. The second thrust of the research seeks to address fundamental questions concerning the precision use of heated cantilevers. Efforts to this end include characterizing the mechanical, electrical, and thermal behavior of the cantilevers, and optimizing calibration methodology. A technique is developed for calibrating the cantilever spring constant while operating at elevated temperature. Finally, an analytical model is developed for the heat flow in the cantilever tip and relevant dimensionless numbers that govern the relative importance of the various components of the thermal environment are identified. The dimensionless numbers permit exploration of the sensitivity of the tip-substrate interface temperature to the environmental conditions.

  14. A low thermal impact annealing process for SiO{sub 2}-embedded Si nanocrystals with optimized interface quality

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    Hiller, Daniel Gutsch, Sebastian; Hartel, Andreas M.; Zacharias, Margit; Löper, Philipp; Gebel, Thoralf

    2014-04-07

    Silicon nanocrystals (Si NCs) for 3rd generation photovoltaics or optoelectronic applications can be produced by several industrially compatible physical or chemical vapor deposition technologies. A major obstacle for the integration into a fabrication process is the typical annealing to form and crystallize these Si quantum dots (QDs) which involves temperatures ≥1100  °C for 1 h. This standard annealing procedure allows for interface qualities that correspond to more than 95% dangling bond defect free Si NCs. We study the possibilities to use rapid thermal annealing (RTA) and flash lamp annealing to crystallize the Si QDs within seconds or milliseconds at high temperatures. The Si NC interface of such samples exhibits huge dangling bond defect densities which makes them inapplicable for photovoltaics or optoelectronics. However, if the RTA high temperature annealing is combined with a medium temperature inert gas post-annealing and a H{sub 2} passivation, luminescent Si NC fractions of up to 90% can be achieved with a significantly reduced thermal load. A new figure or merit, the relative dopant diffusion length, is introduced as a measure for the impact of a Si NC annealing procedure on doping profiles of device structures.

  15. The role of annealing temperature on the structural and magnetic consequences of Ta/PrFeB/Ta thin films processed by rapid thermal annealing

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    Ghasemi, Ali

    2016-04-01

    Ta/PrFeB/Ta thin films were deposited on CORNING 7059 by sputtering technique followed by rapid thermal annealing (RTA). The thickness of PrFeB was kept constant at 50 nm. The role of annealing temperature from 450 to 700 °C in a step of 50 °C for constant heating time of 60 s on the structural and magnetic consequences of thin films was studied by means of X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer. The (00l) texture was almost fully developed at temperature of 650 °C and with an increase in temperature up to 700 °C the (105) peaks was also appeared in the patterns. The grains size and surface roughness of PrFeB films were increased by an increase in temperature. It was found that with an increase in temperature up to 500 °C the coercivity was developed and enhanced to 0.75 MA/m by further increasing of temperature to 650 °C. The maximum remanent-magnetization ratio and coercivity were obtained at temperature of 650 °C. The magnetization reversal process is accompanied by the combination of domain wall motion (DWM) and Stoner-Wohlfarth (S-W) rotation. However, for PrFeB films annealed at 550-700 °C it is closer to the S-W model than DWM modes.

  16. Rapid thermal processing of high-efficiency silicon solar cells with controlled in-situ annealing

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    Doshi, P.; Rohatgi, A.; Ropp, M.; Chen, Z.; Ruby, D.; Meier, D.L.

    1995-01-01

    Silicon solar cell efficiencies of 17.1%, 16.4%, 14.8%, and 14.9% have been achieved on FZ, Cz, multicrystalline (mc-Si), and dendritic web (DW) silicon, respectively, using simplified, cost-effective rapid thermal processing (RTP). These represent the highest reported efficiencies for solar cells processed with simultaneous front and back diffusion with no conventional high-temperature furnace steps. Appropriate diffusion temperature coupled with the added in-situ anneal resulted in suitable minority-carrier lifetime and diffusion profiles for high-efficiency cells. The cooling rate associated with the in-situ anneal can improve the lifetime and lower the reverse saturation current density (J{sub 0}), however, this effect is material and base resistivity specific. PECVD antireflection (AR) coatings provided low reflectance and efficient front surface and bulk defect passivation. Conventional cells fabricated on FZ silicon by furnace diffusions and oxidations gave an efficiency of 18.8% due to greater short wavelength response and lower J{sub 0}.

  17. Computer-enhanced video microscopy: digitally processed microscope images can be produced in real time.

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    Walter, R J; Berns, M W

    1981-01-01

    Digital processing techniques can be used to greatly enhance the available information in an optical image. Although this technology has been routinely used in many fields for a number of years, little application of digital image-processing techniques have been made toward analysis and enhancement of the types of images seen most often by the research biologist. We describe here a computer-based video microscope system that is capable of performing extensive manipulation and enhancement of microscope images in real time. The types of manipulations possible with these techniques greatly surpass the enhancement capabilities of photographic or video techniques alone. The speed and flexibility of this system enables experimental manipulation of the microscopic specimen based on its live processed image. These features greatly extend the power and versatility of the light microscope. Images PMID:6947267

  18. Effects of thermal annealing process on the electrical properties of p{sup +}-Si/n-SiC heterojunctions

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    Liang, J. Nishida, S.; Shigekawa, N.; Arai, M.

    2014-04-21

    The effects of thermal annealing process on the interface in p{sup +}-Si/n-SiC heterojunctions fabricated by using surface-activated bonding are investigated. It is found by measuring their current-voltage (I-V) characteristics that the reverse-bias current and the ideality factor decreased to 2.98 × 10{sup −6} mA/cm{sup 2} and 1.03, respectively, by annealing the junctions at 1000 °C. Observation by using transmission electron microscopy indicates that an amorphous layer with a thickness of ∼6 nm is formed at the unannealed interface, which vanishes after annealing at 1000 °C. No structural defects at the interface are observed even after annealing at such a high temperature.

  19. Molecular Interdiffusion between Stacked Layers by Solution and Thermal Annealing Processes in Organic Light Emitting Devices.

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    Ohisa, Satoru; Pu, Yong-Jin; Yamada, Norifumi L; Matsuba, Go; Kido, Junji

    2015-09-23

    In organic light emitting devices (OLEDs), interfacial structures between multilayers have large impacts on the characteristics of OLEDs. Herein, we succeeded in revealing the interdiffusion in solution processed and thermal annealed OLEDs by neutron reflectometry. We investigated interfaces between a polymer under layer and small molecules upper layer. The small molecules diffused into the swollen polymer layer during the interfacial formation by the solution process, but the polymer did not diffuse into the small molecules layer. At temperatures close to the glass transition temperatures of the materials, asymmetric molecular diffusion was observed. We elucidated the effects of the interdiffusion on the characteristics of OLEDs. Partially mixing the interface improved the current efficiencies due to suppressed triplet-polaron quenching at the interface. Controlling and understanding the interfacial structures of the miultilayers will be more important to improve the OLED characteristics. PMID:26331696

  20. Effect of Nano-Particle Addition on Grain Structure Evolution of Friction Stir-Processed Al 6061 During Postweld Annealing

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    Guo, Junfeng; Lee, Bing Yang; Du, Zhenglin; Bi, Guijun; Tan, Ming Jen; Wei, Jun

    2016-06-01

    The fabrication of nano-composites is challenging because uniform dispersion of nano-sized reinforcements in metallic substrate is difficult to achieve using powder metallurgy or liquid processing methods. In the present study, Al-based nano-composites reinforced with Al2O3 particles have been successfully fabricated using friction stir processing. The effects of nano-Al2O3 particle addition on grain structure evolution of friction stir-processed Al matrix during post-weld annealing were investigated. It was revealed that the pinning effect of Al2O3 particles retarded grain growth and completely prevented abnormal grain growth during postweld annealing at 470°C. However, abnormal grain growth can still occur when the composite material was annealed at 530°C. The mechanism involved in the grain structure evolution and the effect of nano-sized particle addition on the mechanical properties were discussed therein.

  1. Energy dependence of defects in a-Si:H solar cells during degradation and annealing processes

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    Caputo, D.; Lemmi, F.; Palma, F.

    1997-07-01

    In this work the authors report on the effect of current-induced degradation and annealing on p-i-n amorphous silicon solar cells. Current-voltage curves and capacitance measurements under forward bias have been used to monitor the current-induced changes as a function of time. They found that the recovery rate increases with the annealing current, while the stabilized value of efficiency decreases. Comparison of short circuit current and capacitance evolution suggests that defect kinetics in the electronic gap occurs in a different way during degradation and annealing. This behavior can be modeled assuming a faster annealing of defects closest to the extended band and a slower annealing of mid-gap defects.

  2. Rapid low-temperature processing of metal-oxide thin film transistors with combined far ultraviolet and thermal annealing

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    Leppäniemi, J. Ojanperä, K.; Kololuoma, T.; Huttunen, O.-H.; Majumdar, H.; Alastalo, A.; Dahl, J.; Tuominen, M.; Laukkanen, P.

    2014-09-15

    We propose a combined far ultraviolet (FUV) and thermal annealing method of metal-nitrate-based precursor solutions that allows efficient conversion of the precursor to metal-oxide semiconductor (indium zinc oxide, IZO, and indium oxide, In{sub 2}O{sub 3}) both at low-temperature and in short processing time. The combined annealing method enables a reduction of more than 100 °C in annealing temperature when compared to thermally annealed reference thin-film transistor (TFT) devices of similar performance. Amorphous IZO films annealed at 250 °C with FUV for 5 min yield enhancement-mode TFTs with saturation mobility of ∼1 cm{sup 2}/(V·s). Amorphous In{sub 2}O{sub 3} films annealed for 15 min with FUV at temperatures of 180 °C and 200 °C yield TFTs with low-hysteresis and saturation mobility of 3.2 cm{sup 2}/(V·s) and 7.5 cm{sup 2}/(V·s), respectively. The precursor condensation process is clarified with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements. Introducing the FUV irradiation at 160 nm expedites the condensation process via in situ hydroxyl radical generation that results in the rapid formation of a continuous metal-oxygen-metal structure in the film. The results of this paper are relevant in order to upscale printed electronics fabrication to production-scale roll-to-roll environments.

  3. [Role of microscopic fungi in the process of weathering of pegmatite deposit rocks and minerals].

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    Avakian, Z A; Karavaiko, G I; Mel'nikova, E O; Krutsko, V S; Ostroushko, Iu I

    1981-01-01

    The object of this work was to study the effect of microscopic fungi isolated from the weathering zone of a pegmatite deposit on the transport of elements and the degradation of rocks and minerals. Regardless of the chemical composition of rocks and minerals, microscopic fungi accelerated the leaching of elements as compared to the purely chemical process. The extraction of Li, Si, Al and Fe under the action of microorganisms increased by factors of 1.4-1.7, 2.7-4.0, 5.0-8.7 and 4-18, respectively. In the case of chemical weathering, the extraction of elements occurred at a high rate only at the beginning; then the process either decelerated or stopped. The mechanism of action of microscopic fungi on rocks and minerals is discussed as well as the role of these microorganisms in the weathering of spodumene and the surrounding rocks, pegmatites an shales, which occurs in the zone of hypergenesis. PMID:7194415

  4. Development of a scanning nanopipette probe microscope for fine processing using atmospheric pressure plasma jet

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    Morimatsu, Daisuke; Sugimoto, Hiromitsu; Nakamura, Atsushi; Ogino, Akihisa; Nagatsu, Masaaki; Iwata, Futoshi

    2016-08-01

    We developed a novel technique for fine material processing based on a localized atmospheric-pressure plasma jet (APPJ) using a scanning probe microscope equipped with a nanopipette. Using a nanopipette — a tapered glass capillary with an aperture of sub-micrometer diameter — as a nozzle makes it possible to localize the discharge area of the APPJ for fine surface processing. The nanopipette can also be used as a probe for a scanning probe microscope operated with shear-force feedback control, which is capable of positioning the pipette edge in the vicinity of material surfaces for APPJ processing and imaging of the processed surface. Sub-micrometer holes and line patterns were successfully processed on a photoresist film. It was possible to control the size of the processed patterns by varying the applied pulse voltage and the distance between the pipette and the surface.

  5. Gamification in Science Education: Gamifying Learning of Microscopic Processes in the Laboratory

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    Fleischmann, Katja; Ariel, Ellen

    2016-01-01

    Understanding and trouble-shooting microscopic processes involved in laboratory tests are often challenging for students in science education because of the inability to visualize the different steps and the various errors that may influence test outcome. The effectiveness of gamification or the use of game design elements and game-mechanics were…

  6. Effects of quenching, irradiation, and annealing processes on the radiation hardness of silica fiber cladding materials (I)

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    Wen, Jianxiang; Gong, Renxiang; Xiao, Zhongyin; Luo, Wenyun; Wu, Wenkai; Luo, Yanhua; Peng, Gang-ding; Pang, Fufei; Chen, Zhenyi; Wang, Tingyun

    2016-07-01

    Silica optical fiber cladding materials were experimentally treated by a series of processes. The treatments involved quenching, irradiation, followed by annealing and subsequent re-irradiation, and they were conducted in order to improve the radiation hardness. The microstructural properties of the treated materials were subsequently investigated. Following the treatment of the optical fiber cladding materials, the results from the electron spin resonance (ESR) analysis demonstrated that there was a significant decrease in the radiation-induced defect structures. The ESR signals became significantly weaker when the samples were annealed at 1000 °C in combination with re-irradiation. In addition, the microstructure changes within the silica optical fiber cladding material were also analyzed using Raman spectroscopy. The experimental results demonstrate that the Sisbnd Osbnd Si bending vibrations at ω3 = 800-820 cm-1 and ω4 = 1000-1200 cm-1 (with longitudinal optical (LO) and transverse optical (TO) splitting bands) were relatively unaffected by the quenching, irradiation, and annealing treatments. In particular, the annealing process resulted in the disappearance of the defect centers; however, the LO and TO modes at the ω3 and ω4 bands were relatively unchanged. With the additional support of the ESR test results, we can conclude that the combined treatment processes can significantly enhance the radiation hardness properties of the optical fiber cladding materials.

  7. Microscopic investigation of the magnetic saturation process for Co/Pt multilayers

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    Quach, Duy-Truong; Kim, Dong-Hyun; Lee, Kyung-Min; Jeong, Jong-Ryul; Pham, Duc-Thang

    2016-07-01

    We have systematically investigated the magnetic saturation process for Co/Pt multilayers with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy by using the first-order reversal-curve (FORC) technique. We find that even for a field that apparently is higher than the major-loop saturation field, some microscopically not-yet-annihilated domains still remain. The true saturation on a microscopic scale field is found to be about 1.5 to 2.5 times greater than the macroscopicall-determined majorloop saturation field. Not-yet-annihilated domains are observed to be exponentially reduced with respect to the applied magnetic field.

  8. Influence of film structure on the dewetting kinetics of thin polymer films in the solvent annealing process.

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    Zhang, Huanhuan; Xu, Lin; Lai, Yuqing; Shi, Tongfei

    2016-06-28

    On a non-wetting solid substrate, the solvent annealing process of a thin polymer film includes the swelling process and the dewetting process. Owing to difficulties in the in situ analysis of the two processes simultaneously, a quantitative study on the solvent annealing process of thin polymer films on the non-wetting solid substrate is extremely rare. In this paper, we design an experimental method by combining spectroscopic ellipsometry with optical microscopy to achieve the simultaneous in situ study. Using this method, we investigate the influence of the structure of swollen film on its dewetting kinetics during the solvent annealing process. The results show that for a thin PS film with low Mw (Mw = 4.1 kg mol(-1)), acetone molecules can form an ultrathin enriched layer between the PS film and the solid substrate during the swelling process. The presence of the acetone enriched layer accounts for the exponential kinetic behavior in the case of a thin PS film with low Mw. However, the acetone enriched layer is not observed in the case of a thin PS film with high Mw (Mw = 400 kg mol(-1)) and the slippage effect of polymer chains is valid during the dewetting process. PMID:27254136

  9. Effects of annealing conditions on the dielectric properties of solution-processed Al2O3 layers for indium-zinc-tin-oxide thin-film transistors.

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    Kim, Yong-Hoon; Kim, Kwang-Ho; Park, Sung Kyu

    2013-11-01

    In this paper, the effects of annealing conditions on the dielectric properties of solution-processed aluminum oxide (Al2O3) layers for indium-zinc-tin-oxide (IZTO) thin-film transistors (TFTs) have been investigated. The dielectric properties of Al2O3 layers such as leakage current density and dielectric strength were largely affected by their annealing conditions. In particular, oxygen partial pressure in rapid thermal annealing, and the temperature profile of hot plate annealing had profound effects on the dielectric properties. From a refractive index analysis, the enhanced dielectric properties of Al2O3 gate dielectrics can be attributed to higher film density depending on the annealing conditions. With the low-temperature-annealed Al2O3 gate dielectric at 350 degrees C, solution-processed IZTO TFTs with a field-effect mobility of approximately 2.2 cm2/Vs were successfully fabricated. PMID:24245333

  10. Annealing of chromium oxycarbide coatings deposited by plasma immersion ion processing (PIIP) for aluminum die casting

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    Peters, A. M.; He, X. M.; Trkula, M.; Nastasi, M.

    2001-04-01

    Chromium oxycarbide coatings have been investigated for use as non-wetting coatings for aluminum die casting. This paper examines Cr-C-O coating stability and non-wetability at elevated temperatures for extended periods. Coatings were deposited onto 304 stainless steel from chromium carbonyl [Cr(CO) 6] by plasma immersion ion processing. The coatings were annealed in air at an aluminum die casting temperature of 700°C up to 8 h. Coatings were analyzed using resonant ion backscattering spectroscopy, nanoindentation and pin-on-disk tribometry. Molten aluminum was used to determine coating wetting and contact angle. Results indicate that the surface oxide layer reaches a maximum thickness of 900 nm. Oxygen concentrations in the coatings increased from 24% to 34%, while the surface concentration rose to almost 45%. Hardness values ranged from 22.1 to 6.7 GPa, wear coefficients ranged from 21 to 8×10 -6 mm3/ Nm and contact angles ranged from 156° to 127°.

  11. Annealing process of F- and F+-centers in Al2O3 single crystal induced by fast neutrons irradiation

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    Izerrouken, M.; Djouadi, Y.; Zirour, H.

    2014-01-01

    F and F+ centers were produced in Al2O3 single crystal by fast neutrons (En > 1.2 MeV) irradiation at low fluence (4.4 × 1016 n cm-2). The evolution of defects intensity as a function of temperature and of time at 493, 623 and 823 K was investigated by UV-visible spectrophotometry technique. It can be concluded from the analysis of isochronal and isothermal annealing data, that the F- and F+-centers annealing process is complex. At low annealing temperature (<473 K), only F- to F+-center conversion process takes place. At higher temperature (>493 K) the annealing is due to the superposition of several mechanisms with different activation energies. According to our results, the activation energies needed for both F- and F+-centers elimination are 0.2, 0.3 and 0.03 eV for temperature range of 300-673 K, 673-873 K and >873 K, respectively.

  12. Development of a hydrogen-based annealing process for desulfurization of single crystalline, nickel-based superalloy. Final report

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    Smith, M.; Mickle, T.H.; Frazier, W.E.; Waldman, J.

    1994-11-05

    The presence of minor amounts of sulfur (1-10 ppm) in nickel-based superalloys has been associated with reduced oxidation resistance and premature spallation of protective coatings. A hydrogen annealing process has been developed by NAWCADWAR which effectively reduces the sulfur content of superalloys. The conditions which allow effective desulfurization are delineated. Diffusion of sulfur through the superalloy is found to be the rate controlling step for the process.

  13. Effects of a modular two-step ozone-water and annealing process on silicon carbide graphene

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    Webb, Matthew J. Lundstedt, Anna; Grennberg, Helena; Polley, Craig; Niu, Yuran; Zakharov, Alexei A.; Balasubramanian, Thiagarajan; Dirscherl, Kai; Burwell, Gregory; Guy, Owen J.; Palmgren, Pål; Yakimova, Rositsa

    2014-08-25

    By combining ozone and water, the effect of exposing epitaxial graphene on silicon carbide to an aggressive wet-chemical process has been evaluated after high temperature annealing in ultra high vacuum. The decomposition of ozone in water produces a number of oxidizing species, however, despite long exposure times to the aqueous-ozone environment, no graphene oxide was observed after the two-step process. The systems were comprehensively characterized before and after processing using Raman spectroscopy, core level photoemission spectroscopy, and angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy together with low energy electron diffraction, low energy electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. In spite of the chemical potential of the aqueous-ozone reaction environment, the graphene domains were largely unaffected raising the prospect of employing such simple chemical and annealing protocols to clean or prepare epitaxial graphene surfaces.

  14. The Role of Annealing Process in Ag-Based BaSnO3 Multilayer Thin Films.

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    Wu, Muying; Yu, Shihui; He, Lin; Yang, Lei; Zhang, Weifeng

    2016-12-01

    The BaSnO3/Ag/BaSnO3 multilayer structure was designed and fabricated on a quartz glass by magnetron sputtering, followed by an annealing process at a temperature from 150 to 750 °C in air. In this paper, we investigated the influence of the annealing temperature on the structural, optical, and electrical properties of the multilayers and proposed the mechanisms of conduction and transmittance. The maximum value of the figure of merit of 31.8 × 10(-3) Ω(-1) was achieved for the BaSnO3/Ag/BaSnO3 multilayer thin films annealed at 150 °C, while the average optical transmittance in the visible ranges was >84 %, the resistivity was 5.71 × 10(-5) Ω cm, and the sheet resistance was 5.57 Ω/sq. When annealed at below 600 °C, the values of resistivity and transmittance of the multilayers were within an acceptable range (resistivity <5.0 × 10(-4) Ω cm, transmittance >80 %). The observed property of the multilayer film is suitable for the application of transparent conductive electrodes. PMID:27544775

  15. Efficiency enhancement in solution-processed organic small molecule: Fullerene solar cells via solvent vapor annealing

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    Miao, Jingsheng; Chen, Hui; Liu, Feng; Zhao, Baofeng; Hu, Lingyu; He, Zhicai; Wu, Hongbin

    2015-05-01

    We report highly efficient small molecule solar cells (SMSCs) by using dichloromethane solvent vapor annealing method. The resulted devices delivered a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 8.3%, which is among the highest in SMSCs. Comparing to the control devices, the short circuit current (Jsc), fill factor, and PCE of solvent vapor annealed devices are significantly improved. Summarizing the results of optical absorption, film morphology, and charge carrier transporting properties, we see that the enhanced structure order and reduced size of phase separation are major reasons for the improved device performances, establishing a solid structure-property relationship. The solvent vapor annealing method can thus be a useful method in device fabrication to enhance performances of SMSCs.

  16. An array microscope for ultrarapid virtual slide processing and telepathology. Design, fabrication, and validation study.

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    Weinstein, Ronald S; Descour, Michael R; Liang, Chen; Barker, Gail; Scott, Katherine M; Richter, Lynne; Krupinski, Elizabeth A; Bhattacharyya, Achyut K; Davis, John R; Graham, Anna R; Rennels, Margaret; Russum, William C; Goodall, James F; Zhou, Pixuan; Olszak, Artur G; Williams, Bruce H; Wyant, James C; Bartels, Peter H

    2004-11-01

    This paper describes the design and fabrication of a novel array microscope for the first ultrarapid virtual slide processor (DMetrix DX-40 digital slide scanner). The array microscope optics consists of a stack of three 80-element 10 x 8-lenslet arrays, constituting a "lenslet array ensemble." The lenslet array ensemble is positioned over a glass slide. Uniquely shaped lenses in each of the lenslet arrays, arranged perpendicular to the glass slide constitute a single "miniaturized microscope." A high-pixel-density image sensor is attached to the top of the lenslet array ensemble. In operation, the lenslet array ensemble is transported by a motorized mechanism relative to the long axis of a glass slide. Each of the 80 miniaturized microscopes has a lateral field of view of 250 microns. The microscopes of each row of the array are offset from the microscopes in other rows. Scanning a glass slide with the array microscope produces seamless two-dimensional image data of the entire slide, that is, a virtual slide. The optical system has a numerical aperture of N.A.= 0.65, scans slides at a rate of 3 mm per second, and accrues up to 3,000 images per second from each of the 80 miniaturized microscopes. In the ultrarapid virtual slide processing cycle, the time for image acquisition takes 58 seconds for a 2.25 cm2 tissue section. An automatic slide loader enables the scanner to process up to 40 slides per hour without operator intervention. Slide scanning and image processing are done concurrently so that post-scan processing is eliminated. A virtual slide can be viewed over the Internet immediately after the scanning is complete. A validation study compared the diagnostic accuracy of pathologist case readers using array microscopy (with images viewed as virtual slides) and conventional light microscopy. Four senior pathologists diagnosed 30 breast surgical pathology cases each using both imaging modes, but on separate occasions. Of 120 case reads by array microscopy

  17. Advanced processing of gallium nitride and gallium nitride-based devices: Ultra-high temperature annealing and implantation incorporation

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    Yu, Haijiang

    This dissertation is focused on three fields: ultra-high temperature annealing of GaN, activation of implanted GaN and the implantation incorporation into AlGaN/GaN HEMT processing, with an aim to increase the performance, manufacturability and reliability of AlGaN/GaN HEMTs. First, the ultra high temperature (around 1500°C) annealing of MOCVD grown GaN on sapphire has been studied, and a thermally induced threading dislocation (TD) motion and reaction are reported. Using a rapid thermal annealing (RTA) approach capable of heating 2 inch wafers to around 1500°C with 100 bar N2 over-pressure, evidence of dislocation motion was first observed in transmission electron microscopy (TEM) micrographs of both planar and patterned GaN films protected by an AIN capping layer. An associated decrease in x-ray rocking curve (XRC) full-width-half-maximum (FWHM) was also observed for both the symmetric and asymmetric scans. After annealing, the AIN capping layer remained intact, and optical measurements showed no degradation of the opto-electronic properties of the films. Then activation annealing of Si implants in MOCVD grown GaN has been studied for use in ohmic contacts. Si was implanted in semi-insulating GaN at 100 keV with doses from 5 x 1014 cm-2 to 1.5 x 1016 cm-2. Rapid thermal annealing at 1500°C with 100 bar N2 over-pressure was used for dopant activation, resulting in a minimum sheet resistance of 13.9 O/square for a dose of 7 x 1015 cm-2. Secondary ion mass spectroscopy measurements showed a post-activation broadening of the dopant concentration peak by 20 nm (at half the maximum), while X-Ray triple axis o-2theta scans indicated nearly complete implant damage recovery. Transfer length method measurements of the resistance of Ti/Al/Ni/Au contacts to activated GaN:Si (5 x 1015 cm-2 at 100 keV) indicated lowest contact resistances of 0.07 Omm and 0.02 Omm for as-deposited and subsequently annealed contacts, respectively. Finally, the incorporation of Si implantation

  18. Extended morphological processing: a practical method for automatic spot detection of biological markers from microscopic images

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    2010-01-01

    Background A reliable extraction technique for resolving multiple spots in light or electron microscopic images is essential in investigations of the spatial distribution and dynamics of specific proteins inside cells and tissues. Currently, automatic spot extraction and characterization in complex microscopic images poses many challenges to conventional image processing methods. Results A new method to extract closely located, small target spots from biological images is proposed. This method starts with a simple but practical operation based on the extended morphological top-hat transformation to subtract an uneven background. The core of our novel approach is the following: first, the original image is rotated in an arbitrary direction and each rotated image is opened with a single straight line-segment structuring element. Second, the opened images are unified and then subtracted from the original image. To evaluate these procedures, model images of simulated spots with closely located targets were created and the efficacy of our method was compared to that of conventional morphological filtering methods. The results showed the better performance of our method. The spots of real microscope images can be quantified to confirm that the method is applicable in a given practice. Conclusions Our method achieved effective spot extraction under various image conditions, including aggregated target spots, poor signal-to-noise ratio, and large variations in the background intensity. Furthermore, it has no restrictions with respect to the shape of the extracted spots. The features of our method allow its broad application in biological and biomedical image information analysis. PMID:20615231

  19. Tuning surface properties of amino-functionalized silica for metal nanoparticle loading: The vital role of an annealing process

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    Pei, Yuchen; Xiao, Chaoxian; Goh, Tian -Wei; Zhang, Qianhui; Goes, Shannon; Sun, Weijun; Huang, Wenyu

    2015-10-20

    Metal nanoparticles (NPs) loaded on oxides have been widely used as multifunctional nanomaterials in various fields such as optical imaging, sensors, and heterogeneous catalysis. However, the deposition of metal NPs on oxide supports with high efficiency and homogeneous dispersion still remains elusive, especially when silica is used as the support. Amino-functionalization of silica can improve loading efficiency, but metal NPs often aggregate on the surface. Herein, we report that a facial annealing of amino-functionalized silica can significantly improve the dispersion and enhance the loading efficiency of various metal NPs, such as Pt, Rh, and Ru, on the silica surface. A series of characterization techniques, such as diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS), Zeta potential analysis, UV–Vis spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis coupled with infrared analysis (TGA–IR), and nitrogen physisorption, were employed to study the changes of surface properties of the amino-functionalized silica before and after annealing. We found that the annealed amino-functionalized silica surface has more cross-linked silanol groups and relatively lesser amount of amino groups, and less positively charges, which could be the key to the uniform deposition of metal NPs during the loading process. Lastly, these results could contribute to the preparation of metal/oxide hybrid NPs for the applications that require uniform dispersion.

  20. Tuning surface properties of amino-functionalized silica for metal nanoparticle loading: The vital role of an annealing process

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    Pei, Yuchen; Xiao, Chaoxian; Goh, Tian -Wei; Zhang, Qianhui; Goes, Shannon; Sun, Weijun; Huang, Wenyu

    2015-10-20

    Metal nanoparticles (NPs) loaded on oxides have been widely used as multifunctional nanomaterials in various fields such as optical imaging, sensors, and heterogeneous catalysis. However, the deposition of metal NPs on oxide supports with high efficiency and homogeneous dispersion still remains elusive, especially when silica is used as the support. Amino-functionalization of silica can improve loading efficiency, but metal NPs often aggregate on the surface. Herein, we report that a facial annealing of amino-functionalized silica can significantly improve the dispersion and enhance the loading efficiency of various metal NPs, such as Pt, Rh, and Ru, on the silica surface. Amore » series of characterization techniques, such as diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS), Zeta potential analysis, UV–Vis spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis coupled with infrared analysis (TGA–IR), and nitrogen physisorption, were employed to study the changes of surface properties of the amino-functionalized silica before and after annealing. We found that the annealed amino-functionalized silica surface has more cross-linked silanol groups and relatively lesser amount of amino groups, and less positively charges, which could be the key to the uniform deposition of metal NPs during the loading process. Lastly, these results could contribute to the preparation of metal/oxide hybrid NPs for the applications that require uniform dispersion.« less

  1. Selective synthesis of boron nitride nanotubes by self-propagation high-temperature synthesis and annealing process

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    Wang Jilin; Zhang Laiping; Zhao Guowei; Gu Yunle; Zhang Zhanhui; Zhang Fang; Wang Weimin

    2011-09-15

    Four types of BN nanotubes are selectively synthesized by annealing porous precursor in flowing NH{sub 3} and NH{sub 3}/H{sub 2} atmosphere at temperature ranging from 1000 to 1200 deg. C in a vertical furnace. The as-synthesized BN nanotubes, including cylinder, wave-like, bamboo-like and bubble-chain, are characterized by XRD, FTIR, Raman, SEM, TEM and HRTEM. Three phenomenological growth models are proposed to interpret growth scenario and structure features of the four types of BN nanotubes. Selectivity of nanotubes formation is estimated as approximately 80-95%. The precursor containing B, Mg, Fe and O prepared by self-propagation high-temperature synthesis (SHS) method plays a key role in selective synthesis of the as-synthesized BN nanotubes. Chemical reactions are also discussed. - Graphical Abstract: Four types of BN nanotubes are selectively synthesized by annealing porous precursor prepared by self-propagation high-temperature synthesis. Three phenomenological growth models are proposed to reveal growth scenario and characteristics of the as-synthesized BN nanotubes. Highlights: > Four types of BN nanotubes are selectively synthesized by annealing porous precursor. > Selectivity of BN nanotubes formation is estimated as approximately 80-95 wt%. > Three growth models are proposed to interpret growth of the as-synthesized BN nanotubes. > The precursor prepared by SHS method plays a key role in selective synthesis process.

  2. Tuning surface properties of amino-functionalized silica for metal nanoparticle loading: The vital role of an annealing process

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    Pei, Yuchen; Xiao, Chaoxian; Goh, Tian-Wei; Zhang, Qianhui; Goes, Shannon; Sun, Weijun; Huang, Wenyu

    2016-06-01

    Metal nanoparticles (NPs) loaded on oxides have been widely used as multifunctional nanomaterials in various fields such as optical imaging, sensors, and heterogeneous catalysis. However, the deposition of metal NPs on oxide supports with high efficiency and homogeneous dispersion still remains elusive, especially when silica is used as the support. Amino-functionalization of silica can improve loading efficiency, but metal NPs often aggregate on the surface. Herein, we report that a facial annealing of amino-functionalized silica can significantly improve the dispersion and enhance the loading efficiency of various metal NPs, such as Pt, Rh, and Ru, on the silica surface. A series of characterization techniques, such as diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS), Zeta potential analysis, UV-Vis spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis coupled with infrared analysis (TGA-IR), and nitrogen physisorption, were employed to study the changes of surface properties of the amino-functionalized silica before and after annealing. We found that the annealed amino-functionalized silica surface has more cross-linked silanol groups and relatively lesser amount of amino groups, and less positively charges, which could be the key to the uniform deposition of metal NPs during the loading process. These results could contribute to the preparation of metal/oxide hybrid NPs for the applications that require uniform dispersion.

  3. Highly efficient low-bandgap polymer solar cells with solution-processed and annealing-free phosphomolybdic acid as hole-transport layers.

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    Jia, Xu; Shen, Liang; Yao, Mengnan; Liu, Yan; Yu, Wenjuan; Guo, Wenbin; Ruan, Shengping

    2015-03-11

    We demonstrate a novel solution-processed method to fabricate a stable anode buffer layer without any annealing process. As we know, buffer layers in polymer solar cells (PSCs) are always prepared by the traditional high-vacuum thermal evaporation or annealing-treated spin-coating methods, but the fabricating processes are complicated and time-consuming. Here, a solution method without any annealing to fabricate phosphomolybdic acid (PMA) as anode buffers is presented, which brings an obvious improvement of power conversion efficiency (PCE) from 1.75% to 6.57% by optimizing the PMA concentrations and interface pretreatment with device structure shown as ITO/TiO2/PCDTBT:PC70BM/PMA/Ag. The improvement is ascribed to the fine energy-level matching and perfect surface modification. This annealing-free method greatly simplifies the device fabrication process and supplies a wide way to achieve a large area fabrication for PSCs. PMID:25695125

  4. The morphometric analysis and recognition an amyloid plaque in microscope images by computer image processing.

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    Grams, A; Liberski, P P; Sobów, T; Napieralska, M; Zubert, M; Napieralski, A

    2000-01-01

    This paper presents an approach of the two-dimensional image processing application in recognition of amyloid plaque in microscope images of the brain tissues. The authors propose to create universal amyloid plaque computer pattern and special multivariate image segmentation techniques based on collected images and statistical information. This recognition image procedure is divided into 3-dimensional statistical colour and morphological shape identifications. The developed computer system will collect and store image data and exchange them by network with other collaborated systems. PMID:11693723

  5. Effects of Annealing Process on the Formability of Friction Stir Welded Al-Li Alloy 2195 Plates

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    Chen, Po-Shou; Bradford, Vann; Russell, Carolyn

    2011-01-01

    Large rocket cryogenic tank domes have typically been fabricated using Al-Cu based alloys like Al-Cu alloy 2219. The use of aluminum-lithium based alloys for rocket fuel tank domes can reduce weight because aluminum-lithium alloys have lower density and higher strength than Al-Cu alloy 2219. However, Al-Li alloys have rarely been used to fabricate rocket fuel tank domes because of the inherent low formability characteristic that make them susceptible to cracking during the forming operations. The ability to form metal by stretch forming or spin forming without excessive thinning or necking depends on the strain hardening exponent "n". The stain hardening exponent is a measure of how rapidly a metal becomes stronger and harder. A high strain hardening exponent is beneficial to a material's ability to uniformly distribute the imposed strain. Marshall Space Flight Center has developed a novel annealing process that can achieve a work hardening exponent on the order of 0.27 to 0.29, which is approximately 50% higher than what is typically obtained for Al-Li alloys using the conventional method. The strain hardening exponent of the Al-Li alloy plates or blanks heat treated using the conventional method is typically on the order of 0.17 to 0.19. The effects of this novel annealing process on the formability of friction stir welded Al-Li alloy blanks are being studied at Marshall Space Flight Center. The formability ratings will be generated using the strain hardening exponent, strain rate sensitivity and forming range. The effects of forming temperature on the formability will also be studied. The objective of this work is to study the deformation behavior of the friction stir welded Al-Li alloy 2195 blank and determine the formability enhancement by the new annealing process.

  6. Fabrication of Graphene Directly on SiO2 without Transfer Processes by Annealing Sputtered Amorphous Carbon

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    Sato, Motonobu; Inukai, Manabu; Ikenaga, Eiji; Muro, Takayuki; Ogawa, Shuichi; Takakuwa, Yuji; Nakano, Haruhisa; Kawabata, Akio; Nihei, Mizuhisa; Yokoyama, Naoki

    2012-04-01

    We fabricated multilayer graphene directly on SiO2 by annealing sputtered amorphous carbon with a catalyst - a simple non-chemical vapor deposition method - without the use of complicated transfer processes. Structural analysis revealed that the graphene sheets formed an epitaxial structure aligned to the Co(111) surface between the Co catalyst and SiO2 dielectric. In the multilayer graphene, a resistivity of approximately 500 µΩ cm was obtained, which is one order of magnitude higher than that of highly oriented pyrolytic graphite.

  7. Facile Routes To Improve Performance of Solution-Processed Amorphous Metal Oxide Thin Film Transistors by Water Vapor Annealing.

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    Park, Won-Tae; Son, Inyoung; Park, Hyun-Woo; Chung, Kwun-Bum; Xu, Yong; Lee, Taegweon; Noh, Yong-Young

    2015-06-24

    Here, we report on a simple and high-rate oxidization method for producing solution-based compound mixtures of indium zinc oxide (IZO) and indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) metal-oxide semiconductors (MOS) for thin-film transistor (TFT) applications. One of the issues for solution-based MOS fabrication is how to sufficiently oxidize the precursor in order to achieve high performance. As the oxidation rate of solution processing is lower than vacuum-based deposition such as sputtering, devices using solution-processed MOS exhibit relatively poorer performance. Therefore, we propose a method to prepare the metal-oxide precursor upon exposure to saturated water vapor in a closed volume for increasing the oxidization efficiency without requiring additional oxidizing agent. We found that the hydroxide rate of the MOS film exposed to water vapor is lower than when unexposed (≤18%). Hence, we successfully fabricated oxide TFTs with high electron mobility (27.9 cm(2)/V·s) and established a rapid process (annealing at 400 °C for 5 min) that is much shorter than the conventional as-deposited long-duration annealing (at 400 °C for 1 h) whose corresponding mobility is even lower (19.2 cm(2)/V·s). PMID:26043206

  8. An image processing approach to analyze morphological features of microscopic images of muscle fibers

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    Comin, Cesar Henrique; Xu, Xiaoyin; Wang, Yaming; da Fontoura Costa, Luciano; Yang, Zhong

    2016-01-01

    We present an image processing approach to automatically analyze duo-channel microscopic images of muscular fiber nuclei and cytoplasm. Nuclei and cytoplasm play a critical role in determining the health and functioning of muscular fibers as changes of nuclei and cytoplasm manifest in many diseases such as muscular dystrophy and hypertrophy. Quantitative evaluation of muscle fiber nuclei and cytoplasm thus is of great importance to researchers in musculoskeletal studies. The proposed computational approach consists of steps of image processing to segment and delineate cytoplasm and identify nuclei in two-channel images. Morphological operations like skeletonization is applied to extract the length of cytoplasm for quantification. We tested the approach on real images and found that it can achieve high accuracy, objectivity, and robustness. PMID:25124286

  9. Laser apparatus and method for microscopic and spectroscopic analysis and processing of biological cells

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    Gourley, P.L.; Gourley, M.F.

    1997-03-04

    An apparatus and method are disclosed for microscopic and spectroscopic analysis and processing of biological cells. The apparatus comprises a laser having an analysis region within the laser cavity for containing one or more biological cells to be analyzed. The presence of a cell within the analysis region in superposition with an activated portion of a gain medium of the laser acts to encode information about the cell upon the laser beam, the cell information being recoverable by an analysis means that preferably includes an array photodetector such as a CCD camera and a spectrometer. The apparatus and method may be used to analyze biomedical cells including blood cells and the like, and may include processing means for manipulating, sorting, or eradicating cells after analysis. 20 figs.

  10. Laser apparatus and method for microscopic and spectroscopic analysis and processing of biological cells

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    Gourley, Paul L.; Gourley, Mark F.

    1997-01-01

    An apparatus and method for microscopic and spectroscopic analysis and processing of biological cells. The apparatus comprises a laser having an analysis region within the laser cavity for containing one or more biological cells to be analyzed. The presence of a cell within the analysis region in superposition with an activated portion of a gain medium of the laser acts to encode information about the cell upon the laser beam, the cell information being recoverable by an analysis means that preferably includes an array photodetector such as a CCD camera and a spectrometer. The apparatus and method may be used to analyze biomedical cells including blood cells and the like, and may include processing means for manipulating, sorting, or eradicating cells after analysis thereof.

  11. Electron microscopic time-lapse visualization of surface pore filtration on particulate matter trapping process.

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    Sanui, Ryoko; Hanamura, Katsunori

    2016-09-01

    A scanning electron microscope (SEM) was used to dynamically visualize the particulate matter (PM) trapping process on diesel particulate filter (DPF) walls at a micro scale as 'time-lapse' images corresponding to the increase in pressure drop simultaneously measured through the DPF. This visualization and pressure drop measurement led to the conclusion that the PM trapping in surface pores was driven by PM bridging and stacking at constricted areas in porous channels. This caused a drastic increase in the pressure drop during PM accumulation at the beginning of the PM trapping process. The relationship between the porous structure of the DPF and the depth of the surface pore was investigated in terms of the porosity distribution and PM penetration depth near the wall surface with respect to depth. The pressure drop calculated with an assumed surface pore depth showed a good correspondence to the measured pressure drop. PMID:26923765

  12. Macroscopic and microscopic deformation and failure processes that control composite toughness

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    Morgan, R.J.; Pruneda, C.O.

    1985-02-12

    Stress-optical microscopy and fracture topography studies of a variety of fibrous composites are presented and discussed in terms of the composite macroscopic and microscopic deformation and failure processes. Composite toughening mechanisms associated with the fiber failure processes and fiber-matrix interfacial strength are discussed. Molecular flow in the composite matrix, which enhances composite toughness, occurs either in the form of macroscopic homogeneous plastic flow or inhomogeneously in the form of crazing or shear banding. The physical parameters that control the toughening mechanisms in epoxy, thermoplastic and polyimide composite matrices are discussed. Effects of service environment exposure on the elimination of these toughening mechanisms which results in composite embrittlement are also considered.

  13. Effect of excimer laser annealing on a-InGaZnO thin-film transistors passivated by solution-processed hybrid passivation layers

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    Bermundo, Juan Paolo; Ishikawa, Yasuaki; Fujii, Mami N.; Nonaka, Toshiaki; Ishihara, Ryoichi; Ikenoue, Hiroshi; Uraoka, Yukiharu

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate the use of excimer laser annealing (ELA) as a low temperature annealing alternative to anneal amorphous InGaZnO (a-IGZO) thin-film transistors (TFTs) passivated by a solution-processed hybrid passivation layer. Usually, a-IGZO is annealed using thermal annealing at high temperatures of up to 400 °C. As an alternative to high temperature thermal annealing, two types of ELA, XeCl (308 nm) and KrF (248 nm) ELA, are introduced. Both ELA types enhanced the electrical characteristics of a-IGZO TFTs leading to a mobility improvement of ~13 cm2 V-1 s-1 and small threshold voltage which varied from ~0-3 V. Furthermore, two-dimensional heat simulation using COMSOL Multiphysics was used to identify possible degradation sites, analyse laser heat localization, and confirm that the substrate temperature is below 50 °C. The two-dimensional heat simulation showed that the substrate temperature remained at very low temperatures, less than 30 °C, during ELA. This implies that any flexible material can be used as the substrate. These results demonstrate the large potential of ELA as a low temperature annealing alternative for already-passivated a-IGZO TFTs.

  14. Measuring microscopic evolution processes of complex networks based on empirical data

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    Chi, Liping

    2015-04-01

    Aiming at understanding the microscopic mechanism of complex systems in real world, we perform the measurement that characterizes the evolution properties on two empirical data sets. In the Autonomous Systems Internet data, the network size keeps growing although the system suffers a high rate of node deletion (r = 0.4) and link deletion (q = 0.81). However, the average degree keeps almost unchanged during the whole time range. At each time step the external links attached to a new node are about c = 1.1 and the internal links added between existing nodes are approximately m = 8. For the Scientific Collaboration data, it is a cumulated result of all the authors from 1893 up to the considered year. There is no deletion of nodes and links, r = q = 0. The external and internal links at each time step are c = 1.04 and m = 0, correspondingly. The exponents of degree distribution p(k) ∼ k-γ of these two empirical datasets γdata are in good agreement with that obtained theoretically γtheory. The results indicate that these evolution quantities may provide an insight into capturing the microscopic dynamical processes that govern the network topology.

  15. Non-thermal alloyed ohmic contact process of GaN-based HEMTs by pulsed laser annealing

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    Tzou, An-Jye; Hsieh, Dan-Hua; Chen, Szu-Hung; Li, Zhen-Yu; Chang, Chun-Yen; Kuo, Hao-Chung

    2016-05-01

    We have demonstrated Si implantation incorporation into GaN HEMTs with a non-alloyed ohmic contact process. We optimized the power density of pulsed laser annealing to activate implanted Si dopants without a thermal metallization process. The experimental results show that the GaN surface will be reformed under the high power density of the illumination conditions. It provides a smooth surface for following contact engineering and leads to comparable contact resistance. The transmission line model (TLM) measurement shows a lower contact resistance to 6.8 × 10-7 Ω · cm2 via non-alloyed contact technology with significantly improved surface morphology of the contact metals. DC measurement of HEMTs shows better current and on-resistance. The on-resistance could be decreased from 2.18 to 1.74 mΩ-cm2 as we produce a lower contact resistance. Pulsed laser annealing also results in lower gate leakage and smaller dispersion under a pulse I-V measurement, which implies that the density of the surface state is improved.

  16. Reduction of the interfacial trap density of indium-oxide thin film transistors by incorporation of hafnium and annealing process

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    Lin, Meng-Fang; Gao, Xu; Mitoma, Nobuhiko; Kizu, Takio; Ou-Yang, Wei; Aikawa, Shinya; Nabatame, Toshihide; Tsukagoshi, Kazuhito

    2015-01-01

    The stable operation of transistors under a positive bias stress (PBS) is achieved using Hf incorporated into InOx-based thin films processed at relatively low temperatures (150 to 250 °C). The mobilities of the Hf-InOx thin-film transistors (TFTs) are higher than 8 cm2/Vs. The TFTs not only have negligible degradation in the mobility and a small shift in the threshold voltage under PBS for 60 h, but they are also thermally stable at 85 °C in air, without the need for a passivation layer. The Hf-InOx TFT can be stable even annealed at 150 °C for positive bias temperature stability (PBTS). A higher stability is achieved by annealing the TFTs at 250 °C, originating from a reduction in the trap density at the Hf-InOx/gate insulator interface. The knowledge obtained here will aid in the realization of stable TFTs processed at low temperatures.

  17. Reduction of the interfacial trap density of indium-oxide thin film transistors by incorporation of hafnium and annealing process

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    Lin, Meng-Fang E-mail: TSUKAGOSHI.Kazuhito@nims.go.jp; Gao, Xu; Mitoma, Nobuhiko; Kizu, Takio; Ou-Yang, Wei; Tsukagoshi, Kazuhito E-mail: TSUKAGOSHI.Kazuhito@nims.go.jp; Aikawa, Shinya; Nabatame, Toshihide

    2015-01-15

    The stable operation of transistors under a positive bias stress (PBS) is achieved using Hf incorporated into InO{sub x}-based thin films processed at relatively low temperatures (150 to 250 °C). The mobilities of the Hf-InO{sub x} thin-film transistors (TFTs) are higher than 8 cm{sup 2}/Vs. The TFTs not only have negligible degradation in the mobility and a small shift in the threshold voltage under PBS for 60 h, but they are also thermally stable at 85 °C in air, without the need for a passivation layer. The Hf-InO{sub x} TFT can be stable even annealed at 150 °C for positive bias temperature stability (PBTS). A higher stability is achieved by annealing the TFTs at 250 °C, originating from a reduction in the trap density at the Hf-InO{sub x}/gate insulator interface. The knowledge obtained here will aid in the realization of stable TFTs processed at low temperatures.

  18. Bridging Oriented Copper Nanowire-Graphene Composites for Solution-Processable, Annealing-Free, and Air-Stable Flexible Electrodes.

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    Zhang, Wang; Yin, Zhenxing; Chun, Alvin; Yoo, Jeeyoung; Kim, Youn Sang; Piao, Yuanzhe

    2016-01-27

    One-dimensional flexible metallic nanowires (NWs) are of considerable interest for next-generation wearable devices. The unavoidable challenge for a wearable electrode is the assurance of high conductivity, flexibility, and durability with economically feasible materials and simple manufacturing processes. Here, we use a straightforward solvothermal method to prepare a flexible conductive material that contains reduced graphene oxide (RGO) nanosheets bridging oriented copper NWs. The GO-assistance route can successfully meet the criteria listed above and help the composite films maintain high conductivity and durable flexibility without any extra treatment, such as annealing or acid processes. The composite film exhibits a high electrical performance (0.808 Ω·sq(-1)) without considerable change over 30 days under ambient conditions. Moreover, the Cu NW-RGO composites can be deposited on polyester cloth as a lightweight wearable electrode with high durability and simple processability and are very promising for a wide variety of electronic devices. PMID:26720592

  19. Microscopic tubes in igneous rocks

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    Richter, D.; Simmons, G.

    1977-01-01

    Microscopic tubes have been observed in several igneous rocks and may be quite common. They occur in single crystals and have either elliptical or circular cross-sections 1 to 5 microns in diameter and are ten to hundreds of microns long. Microtubes may be hollow or partially or completely filled with another phase, but are distinct from acicular crystals of accessory minerals such as rutile. Microtubes can form by at least three processes: (1) the partial annealing of microcracks, (2) the natural etching of dislocations, or (3) the primary inclusion of fluid material during crystal growth.

  20. Microscopic study of a ligand induced electroless plating process onto polymers.

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    Garcia, Alexandre; Berthelot, Thomas; Viel, Pascal; Polesel-Maris, Jérôme; Palacin, Serge

    2010-11-01

    The ligand induced electroless plating (LIEP) process was recently developed and thoroughly demonstrated with one of the most used polymers for plating processes: acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS). This generic process is based, thanks to the use of diazonium salts as precursors, on the covalent grafting of a thin layer of poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) acting as ligand for metallic salts onto pristine polymer surfaces. This strategy takes advantage of the PAA ion exchange properties. Indeed, carboxylate groups contained in PAA allow one to complex copper ions which are eventually reduced and used as catalysts of the metallic deposition. Essentially based on ABS, ABS-PC (ABS-polycarbonate) and PA (polyamide) substrates, the present paper focuses on the role of the polymer substrate and the relationships between the macroscopic properties and microscopic characterizations such as infrared (IR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The adhesion strength of the metallic layer deposited via that LIEP process with the bulk polymer substrates was successfully compared with the adhesion of similar copper films deposited by the usual process based on chromic acid etching and palladium-based seed layer, by measuring the T-peel adhesion strength, and by carrying out the common industrial scotch tape test. Lastly, the electrical properties of the deposited layer were studied thanks to a four-point probe and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) measurements. PMID:21053943

  1. Microscopic Approaches to Decomposition and Burning Processes of a Micro Plastic Resin Particle under Abrupt Heating

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    Ohiwa, Norio; Ishino, Yojiro; Yamamoto, Atsunori; Yamakita, Ryuji

    To elucidate the possibility and availability of thermal recycling of waste plastic resin from a basic and microscopic viewpoint, a series of abrupt heating processes of a spherical micro plastic particle having a diameter of about 200 μm is observed, when it is abruptly exposed to hot oxidizing combustion gas. Three ingenious devices are introduced and two typical plastic resins of polyethylene terephthalate and polyethylene are used. In this paper the dependency of internal and external appearances of residual plastic embers on the heating time and the ingredients of plastic resins is optically analyzed, along with appearances of internal micro bubbling, multiple micro explosions and jets, and micro diffusion flames during abrupt heating. Based on temporal variations of the surface area of a micro plastic particle, the apparent burning rate constant is also evaluated and compared with those of well-known volatile liquid fuels.

  2. Gate-first GaN MOSFET based on dry-etching-assisted non-annealing ohmic process

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    Wang, Qingpeng; Jiang, Ying; Zhang, Jiaqi; Li, Liuan; Kawaharada, Kazuya; Wang, Dejun; Ao, Jin-Ping

    2015-04-01

    We report on a gate-first GaN metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) based on a non-annealing ohmic process. The device was formed on an n+-GaN (30 nm, 1 × 1019 cm-3)/semi-insulating GaN wafer. The source and drain (Ti/Al/Ti/Au) were deposited after the contact region was treated using an inductively coupled plasma (ICP) dry etching system. Ohmic contact with a contact resistance of 0.48 Ω mm was realized at room temperature. A device fabricated by a gate-first process shows good pinch-off characteristics and a maximum field-effect mobility of 163.8 cm2 V-1 s-1.

  3. Flow rate distribution and effect of convection and radiation heat transfer on the temperature profile during a coil annealing process

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    Haouam, A.; Bigerelle, M.

    2015-02-01

    Determining the temperature of several steel coils, heated in a furnace with a controlled hydrogen environment is important in an annealing process. Temperatures must be defined during heat treatment in order to guarantee metallurgical properties and acceptable reduced residual stresses. In this paper we approach hydrogen flow characteristics in the furnace and through a set of coils using an annealing non-differential model. Fluid flow is schematized as a pipe network solved by the Hardy Cross method to obtain pressure drops across the various gas flow segments. A comparison is made between measured and simulated results, confirming the adequacy of adopted assumptions and the validity of proposed model. Convective and radiative exchanges between the furnace and the coils are calculated by a discretization using the finite differences method. The convection coefficients are estimated and introduced into the boundary conditions around the coil to obtain the temperature distribution in the coils and in the covering bell. Finally, heat exchanges by convection and radiation are estimated by this model and the modeling errors are <8 °C.

  4. Evaluation of a gate-first process for AlGaN/GaN metal-oxide-semiconductor heterostructure field-effect transistors with low ohmic annealing temperature

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    Liuan, Li; Jiaqi, Zhang; Yang, Liu; Jin-Ping, Ao

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, TiN/AlOx gated AlGaN/GaN metal-oxide-semiconductor heterostructure field-effect transistors (MOS-HFETs) were fabricated for gate-first process evaluation. By employing a low temperature ohmic process, ohmic contact can be obtained by annealing at 600 °C with the contact resistance approximately 1.6 Ω·mm. The ohmic annealing process also acts as a post-deposition annealing on the oxide film, resulting in good device performance. Those results demonstrated that the TiN/AlOx gated MOS-HFETs with low temperature ohmic process can be applied for self-aligned gate AlGaN/GaN MOS-HFETs. Project supported by the International Science and Technology Collaboration Program of China (Grant No. 2012DFG52260).

  5. Microscopic processes ruling the bioavailability of Zn to roots of Euphorbia pithyusa L. pioneer plant.

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    Medas, Daniela; De Giudici, Giovanni; Casu, Maria Antonietta; Musu, Elodia; Gianoncelli, Alessandra; Iadecola, Antonella; Meneghini, Carlo; Tamburini, Elena; Sprocati, Anna Rosa; Turnau, Katarzyna; Lattanzi, Pierfranco

    2015-02-01

    Euphorbia pithyusa L. was used in a plant growth-promoting assisted field trial experiment. To unravel the microscopic processes at the interface, thin slices of E. pithyusa roots were investigated by micro-X-ray fluorescence mapping. Roots and rhizosphere materials were examined by X-ray absorption spectroscopy at the Zn K-edge, X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy. Results indicate some features common to all the investigated samples. (i) In the rhizosphere of E. pithyusa, Zn was found to exist in different phases. (ii) Si and Al are mainly concentrated in a rim at the epidermis of the roots. (iii) Zn is mostly stored in root epidermis and does not appear to be coordinated to organic molecules but mainly occurs in mineral phases such as Zn silicates. We interpreted that roots of E. pithyusa significantly promote mineral evolution in the rhizosphere. Concomitantly, the plant uses Si and Al extracted by soil minerals to build a biomineralization rim, which can capture Zn. This Zn silicate biomineralization has relevant implications for phytoremediation techniques and for further biotechnology development, which can be better designed and developed after specific knowledge of molecular processes ruling mineral evolution and biomineralization processes has been gained. PMID:25568986

  6. The microscopic Z-pinch process of current-carrying rarefied deuterium plasma shell

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    Ning, Cheng; Feng, Zhixing; Xue, Chuang; Li, Baiwen

    2015-02-01

    For insight into the microscopic mechanism of Z-pinch dynamic processes, a code of two-dimensional particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation has been developed in cylindrical coordinates. In principle, the Z-pinch of current-carrying rarefied deuterium plasma shell has been simulated by means of this code. Many results related to the microscopic processes of the Z-pinch are obtained. They include the spatio-temporal distributions of electromagnetic field, current density, forces experienced by the ions and electrons, positions and energy distributions of particles, and trailing mass and current. In radial direction, the electric and magnetic forces exerted on the electrons are comparable in magnitude, while the forces exerted on the ions are mainly the electric forces. So in the Z-pinch process, the electrons are first accelerated in Z direction and get higher velocities; then, they are driven inwards to the axis at the same time by the radial magnetic forces (i.e., Lorentz forces) of them. That causes the separations between the electrons and ions because the ion mass is much larger than the electron's, and in turn a strong electrostatic field is produced. The produced electrostatic field attracts the ions to move towards the electrons. When the electrons are driven along the radial direction to arrive at the axis, they shortly move inversely due to the static repellency among them and their tiny mass, while the ions continue to move inertially inwards, and later get into stagnation, and finally scatter outwards. Near the stagnation, the energies of the deuterium ions mostly range from 0.3 to 6 keV, while the electron energies are mostly from 5 to 35 keV. The radial components, which can contribute to the pinched plasma temperature, of the most probable energies of electron and ion at the stagnation are comparable to the Bennett equilibrium temperature (about 1 keV), and also to the highest temperatures of electron and ion obtained in one dimensional radiation

  7. The microscopic Z-pinch process of current-carrying rarefied deuterium plasma shell

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    Ning, Cheng; Xue, Chuang; Li, Baiwen; Feng, Zhixing

    2015-02-15

    For insight into the microscopic mechanism of Z-pinch dynamic processes, a code of two-dimensional particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation has been developed in cylindrical coordinates. In principle, the Z-pinch of current-carrying rarefied deuterium plasma shell has been simulated by means of this code. Many results related to the microscopic processes of the Z-pinch are obtained. They include the spatio-temporal distributions of electromagnetic field, current density, forces experienced by the ions and electrons, positions and energy distributions of particles, and trailing mass and current. In radial direction, the electric and magnetic forces exerted on the electrons are comparable in magnitude, while the forces exerted on the ions are mainly the electric forces. So in the Z-pinch process, the electrons are first accelerated in Z direction and get higher velocities; then, they are driven inwards to the axis at the same time by the radial magnetic forces (i.e., Lorentz forces) of them. That causes the separations between the electrons and ions because the ion mass is much larger than the electron's, and in turn a strong electrostatic field is produced. The produced electrostatic field attracts the ions to move towards the electrons. When the electrons are driven along the radial direction to arrive at the axis, they shortly move inversely due to the static repellency among them and their tiny mass, while the ions continue to move inertially inwards, and later get into stagnation, and finally scatter outwards. Near the stagnation, the energies of the deuterium ions mostly range from 0.3 to 6 keV, while the electron energies are mostly from 5 to 35 keV. The radial components, which can contribute to the pinched plasma temperature, of the most probable energies of electron and ion at the stagnation are comparable to the Bennett equilibrium temperature (about 1 keV), and also to the highest temperatures of electron and ion obtained in one dimensional radiation

  8. Simulated annealing versus quantum annealing

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    Troyer, Matthias

    Based on simulated classical annealing and simulated quantum annealing using quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) simulations I will explore the question where physical or simulated quantum annealers may outperform classical optimization algorithms. Although the stochastic dynamics of QMC simulations is not the same as the unitary dynamics of a quantum system, I will first show that for the problem of quantum tunneling between two local minima both QMC simulations and a physical system exhibit the same scaling of tunneling times with barrier height. The scaling in both cases is O (Δ2) , where Δ is the tunneling splitting. An important consequence is that QMC simulations can be used to predict the performance of a quantum annealer for tunneling through a barrier. Furthermore, by using open instead of periodic boundary conditions in imaginary time, equivalent to a projector QMC algorithm, one obtains a quadratic speedup for QMC, and achieve linear scaling in Δ. I will then address the apparent contradiction between experiments on a D-Wave 2 system that failed to see evidence of quantum speedup and previous QMC results that indicated an advantage of quantum annealing over classical annealing for spin glasses. We find that this contradiction is resolved by taking the continuous time limit in the QMC simulations which then agree with the experimentally observed behavior and show no speedup for 2D spin glasses. However, QMC simulations with large time steps gain further advantage: they ``cheat'' by ignoring what happens during a (large) time step, and can thus outperform both simulated quantum annealers and classical annealers. I will then address the question how to optimally run a simulated or physical quantum annealer. Investigating the behavior of the tails of the distribution of runtimes for very hard instances we find that adiabatically slow annealing is far from optimal. On the contrary, many repeated relatively fast annealing runs can be orders of magnitude faster for

  9. Recent progress in the imaging of soil processes at the microscopic scale, and a look ahead

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    Garnier, Patricia; Baveye, Philippe C.; Pot, Valérie; Monga, Olivier; Portell, Xavier

    2016-04-01

    Over the last few years, tremendous progress has been achieved in the visualization of soil structures at the microscopic scale. Computed tomography, based on synchrotron X-ray beams or table-top equipment, allows the visualization of pore geometry at micrometric resolution. Chemical and microbiological information obtainable in 2D cuts through soils can now be interpolated, with the support of CT-data, to produce 3-dimensional maps. In parallel with these analytical advances, significant progress has also been achieved in the computer simulation and visualization of a range of physical, chemical, and microbiological processes taking place in soil pores. In terms of water distribution and transport in soils, for example, the use of Lattice-Boltzmann models as well as models based on geometric primitives has been shown recently to reproduce very faithfully observations made with synchrotron X-ray tomography. Coupling of these models with fungal and bacterial growth models allows the description of a range of microbiologically-mediated processes of great importance at the moment, for example in terms of carbon sequestration. In this talk, we shall review progress achieved to date in this field, indicate where questions remain unanswered, and point out areas where further advances are expected in the next few years.

  10. Approaches for ultrafast imaging of transient materials processes in the transmission electron microscope.

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    LaGrange, Thomas; Reed, Bryan W; Santala, Melissa K; McKeown, Joseph T; Kulovits, Andreas; Wiezorek, Jörg M K; Nikolova, Liliya; Rosei, Federico; Siwick, Bradely J; Campbell, Geoffrey H

    2012-11-01

    The growing field of ultrafast materials science, aimed at exploring short-lived transient processes in materials on the microsecond to femtosecond timescales, has spawned the development of time-resolved, in situ techniques in electron microscopy capable of capturing these events. This article gives a brief overview of two principal approaches that have emerged in the past decade: the stroboscopic ultrafast electron microscope and the nanosecond-time-resolved single-shot instrument. The high time resolution is garnered through the use of advanced pulsed laser systems and a pump-probe experimental platforms using laser-driven photoemission processes to generate time-correlated electron probe pulses synchronized with laser-driven events in the specimen. Each technique has its advantages and limitations and thus is complementary in terms of the materials systems and processes that they can investigate. The stroboscopic approach can achieve atomic resolution and sub-picosecond time resolution for capturing transient events, though it is limited to highly repeatable (>10(6) cycles) materials processes, e.g., optically driven electronic phase transitions that must reset to the material's ground state within the repetition rate of the femtosecond laser. The single-shot approach can explore irreversible events in materials, but the spatial resolution is limited by electron source brightness and electron-electron interactions at nanosecond temporal resolutions and higher. The first part of the article will explain basic operating principles of the stroboscopic approach and briefly review recent applications of this technique. As the authors have pursued the development of the single-shot approach, the latter part of the review discusses its instrumentation design in detail and presents examples of materials science studies and the near-term instrumentation developments of this technique. PMID:22595460

  11. Environmental fatigue of an Al-Li-Cu alloy; Part II: Microscopic hydrogen cracking processes

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    Piascik, R.S.; Gangloff, R.P.

    1993-12-01

    Microscopic fatigue crack propagation (FCP) paths in peak-aged unrecrystallized alloy 2090 are identified as functions of intrinsic da/dN-{Delta}K kinetics and environment. The FCP rates in longitudinal-transverse (LT)-oriented 2090 are accelerated by hydrogen-producing environments (pure water vapor, moist air, and aqueous NaCl), as defined in Part 1. Subgrain boundary cracking (SGC) dominates for {Delta}K values where the cyclic plastic zone is sufficient to envelop subgrains. At low {Delta}K, when this crack tip process zone is smaller than the subgrain size, environmental FCP progresses on or near [100] or [110] planes, based on etch-pit shape. For inert environments (vacuum and He) and pure O{sub 2} with crack surface oxidation, FCP produces large facets along [111] oriented slip bands. This mode does not change with {Delta}K, and T{sub 1} decorated subgrain boundaries do not effect an expected da/dN-{Delta}K transition for the inert environments. Rather, the complex dependence of da/dN on {Delta}K is controlled by the environmental contribution to process zone microstructure-plastic strain interactions. A hydrogen embrittlement mechanism for FCP in 2090 is supported by similar brittle crack paths for low pressure water vapor and the electrolyte, the SGC and [100]/[110] crystallographic cracking modes, the influence of cyclic plastic zone volume ({Delta}K), and the benignancy of O{sub 2}. The SGC may be due to hydrogen production and trapping at T{sub 1} bearing sub-boundaries after process zone dislocation transport, while crystallographic cracking may be due to lattice decohesion or hydride cracking.

  12. Environmental fatigue of an Al-Li-Cu alloy. Part 2: Microscopic hydrogen cracking processes

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    Piascik, Robert S.; Gangloff, Richard P.

    1992-01-01

    Based on a fractographic analysis of fatigue crack propagation (FCP) in Al-Li-Cu alloy 2090 stressed in a variety of inert and embrittling environments, microscopic crack paths are identified and correlated with intrinsic da/dN-delta K kinetics. FCP rates in 2090 are accelerated by hydrogen producing environments (pure water vapor, moist air, and aqueous NaCl), as defined in Part 1. For these cases, subgrain boundary fatigue cracking (SGC) dominates for delta K values where the crack tip process zone, a significant fraction of the cyclic plastic zone, is sufficiently large to envelop 5 micron subgrains in the unrecrystallized microstructure. SGC may be due to strong hydrogen trapping at T1 precipitates concentrated at sub-boundaries. At low delta K, the plastic zone diameter is smaller than the subgrain size and FCP progresses along (100) planes due to either local lattice decohesion or aluminum-lithium hydride cracking. For inert environments (vacuum, helium, and oxygen), or at high delta K where the hydrogen effect on da/dN is small, FCP is along (111) slip planes; this mode does not transition with increasing delta K and plastic zone size. The SGC and (100) crystallographic cracking modes, and the governing influence of the crack tip process zone volume (delta K), support hydrogen embrittlement rather than a surface film rupture and anodic dissolution mechanism for environmental FCP. Multi-sloped log da/dN-log delta K behavior is produced by changes in process zone hydrogen-microstructure interactions, and not by purely micromechanical-microstructure interactions, in contradiction to microstructural distance-based fatigue models.

  13. Microscopic model calculations for the magnetization process of layered triangular-lattice quantum antiferromagnets.

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    Yamamoto, Daisuke; Marmorini, Giacomo; Danshita, Ippei

    2015-01-16

    Magnetization processes of spin-1/2 layered triangular-lattice antiferromagnets (TLAFs) under a magnetic field H are studied by means of a numerical cluster mean-field method with a scaling scheme. We find that small antiferromagnetic couplings between the layers give rise to several types of extra quantum phase transitions among different high-field coplanar phases. Especially, a field-induced first-order transition is found to occur at H≈0.7H_{s}, where H_{s} is the saturation field, as another common quantum effect of ideal TLAFs in addition to the well-established one-third plateau. Our microscopic model calculation with appropriate parameters shows excellent agreement with experiments on Ba_{3}CoSb_{2}O_{9} [T. Susuki et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 267201 (2013)]. Given this fact, we suggest that the Co^{2+}-based compounds may allow for quantum simulations of intriguing properties of this simple frustrated model, such as quantum criticality and supersolid states. PMID:25635561

  14. Microscopic Model Calculations for the Magnetization Process of Layered Triangular-Lattice Quantum Antiferromagnets

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    Yamamoto, Daisuke; Marmorini, Giacomo; Danshita, Ippei

    2015-01-01

    Magnetization processes of spin-1 /2 layered triangular-lattice antiferromagnets (TLAFs) under a magnetic field H are studied by means of a numerical cluster mean-field method with a scaling scheme. We find that small antiferromagnetic couplings between the layers give rise to several types of extra quantum phase transitions among different high-field coplanar phases. Especially, a field-induced first-order transition is found to occur at H ≈0.7 Hs, where Hs is the saturation field, as another common quantum effect of ideal TLAFs in addition to the well-established one-third plateau. Our microscopic model calculation with appropriate parameters shows excellent agreement with experiments on Ba3CoSb2O9 [T. Susuki et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 267201 (2013)]. Given this fact, we suggest that the Co2 + -based compounds may allow for quantum simulations of intriguing properties of this simple frustrated model, such as quantum criticality and supersolid states.

  15. Microscopic insight into the DNA condensation process of a zwitterion-functionalized polycation.

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    Sun, Hui; Zhou, Li; Chen, Xiaolu; Han, Xia; Wang, Rui; Liu, Honglai

    2016-11-01

    Zwitterion-functionalized polycations are ideal gene carriers with long circulation, high cellular uptaking and low cell viability. However, the trade-off between the DNA condensation efficiency and the cell viability must be addressed. The purpose of this study is to provide a microscopic insight into the DNA condensation process and to explore the effect of a zwitterionic block of zwitterion-functionalized polycation, which is of great significance in designing novel gene delivery systems. Poly[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate-b-(sulfobetaine methacrylate)] (PDMAEMA-b-PSBMA) copolymers were synthesized and used as the model systems. Different from the conventional concept that the PSBMA zwitterionic block act only as the "stealthy" groups, the subtle differences in physical and colloidal characteristics between the polycation/DNA polyplexes show that the PSBMA segment is capable of wrapping DNA attributed to the quaternary ammonium cations, without compromising the DNA condensation capability. On the other hand, the incorporation of PSBMA block reduces the surface charge of the polyplexes, which substantially result in the inefficient transfection and the reduced cytotoxicity. PMID:27404763

  16. Analyzing the Role of Biofilm in Weathering Processes in the Rhizosphere with Various Microscopic Techniques

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    Niedziela, S.; Greenberg, K. A.; Dohnalkova, A.; Arey, B.; Balogh-Brunstad, Z.

    2011-12-01

    Biofilm is thought to have a significant role in biological weathering of minerals in the rhizosphere (root systems). The goal of our study is to examine the characteristics of rhizospheric biofilms under a range of base cation limitations and determine the best microscopic techniques to analyze the biofilm-microbe-fungus-mineral interface. We hypothesized that tree-fungus-bacteria association increases biofilm formation under severe base cation limitations that enhance mineral weathering rate and improve potassium and calcium retention and transport to the trees. Our hypothesis was tested in samples from a growth column experiment. Red pine (Pinus resinosa) trees were grown in leach tubes in quartz sand amended with 1 wt% biotite and anorthite. Half of the trees were inoculated with Suillus tomentosus and a group of soil bacteria, and the other half were left without microbial inoculation. Columns without any biology added served as controls. Calcium and potassium were supplied in irrigation water in 0, 30, 60 and 100% of an amount for healthy tree growth and the concentration of all other nutrients stayed constant in all solutions. After four weeks, the columns were destructively sampled and the root systems were analyzed by various microscopic techniques such as helium ion microscopy (HeIM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) coupled with focused ion beam (FIB) and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), cryo-SEM, and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM) also coupled with EDS. These techniques were employed to collect the most information about the biofilm-microbe-fungus-mineral interface. The HeIM uses a beam of helium ions to produce 3-D high resolution images with greater depth of field than SEM and produces detailed surface topography results. The SEM coupled with EDS gives detailed chemical distribution of elements on a surface topography. The SEM coupled with FIB produces a cross-section of the analyzed material and allows a view

  17. A new approach to study local corrosion processes on steel surfaces by combining different microscopic techniques

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    Heyer, A.; D'Souza, F.; Bruin, A.; Ferrari, G.; Mol, J. M. C.; de Wit, J. H. W.

    2012-09-01

    Corrosion studies of materials on the micro or even nano-scale level are cumbersome due to instrumental limitations and handling procedures. If biological processes are involved the spatial resolution is even more important and sample preparation is usually the limitation. Attachment of bacteria on stainless steel surface is a complex interfacial process including interactions of bacterial cells and bacterial extracellular polymeric substances with the surface. To overcome the limitations in sample preparations and resolution we present a new stainless steel sample holder to switch among epifluorescent microscope (EFM), AFM and SEM at exactly the same position. Exemplary bacterial accumulation was studied by staining the bacterial DNA with a fluorescent dye over time. It was possible to distinguish among bacteria and other surface characteristic such as deformations or grain structures. Also surface topographic features such as roughness at the grain boundaries and deposits were quantified. All three techniques complement one another in the way that AFM is a high-resolution technique that does not allow to distinguish directly bacterial cell structures, whereas EFM offers excellent bacterial identification based on staining at a low resolution that can complement AFM images. Application of SEM in the last step will reveal inclusions and grain structure and combined with EDX gives the composition of the substrate, inclusions and corrosion deposit. The combination of the three high-resolution techniques enables a more detailed understanding of surface phenomena. The method itself is quite elegant and easy to handle which is an important aspect in materials research, especially when a high sample throughput is needed.

  18. A Study of the Nature of Students' Models of Microscopic Processes in the Context of Modern Physics Experiments.

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    Thacker, Beth Ann

    2003-01-01

    Interviews university students in modern physics about their understanding of three fundamental experiments. Explores their development of models of microscopic processes. Uses interactive demonstrations to probe student understanding of modern physics experiments in two high school physics classes. Analyzes the nature of students' models and the…

  19. Post-annealing-free, room temperature processed nanocrystalline indium tin oxide thin films for plastic electronics

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    Nyoung Jang, Jin; Jong Lee, You; Jang, YunSung; Yun, JangWon; Yi, Seungjun; Hong, MunPyo

    2016-06-01

    In this study, we confirm that bombardment by high energy negative oxygen ions (NOIs) is the key origin of electro-optical property degradations in indium tin oxide (ITO) thin films formed by conventional plasma sputtering processes. To minimize the bombardment effect of NOIs, which are generated on the surface of the ITO targets and accelerated by the cathode sheath potential on the magnetron sputter gun (MSG), we introduce a magnetic field shielded sputtering (MFSS) system composed of a permanent magnetic array between the MSG and the substrate holder to block the arrival of energetic NOIs. The MFSS processed ITO thin films reveal a novel nanocrystal imbedded polymorphous structure, and present not only superior electro-optical characteristics but also higher gas diffusion barrier properties. To the best of our knowledge, no gas diffusion barrier composed of a single inorganic thin film formed by conventional plasma sputtering processes achieves such a low moisture permeability.

  20. Excimer laser annealing: A gold process for CZ silicon junction formation

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    Wong, David C.; Bottenberg, William R.; Byron, Stanley; Alexander, Paul

    1987-01-01

    A cold process using an excimer laser for junction formation in silicon has been evaluated as a way to avoid problems associated with thermal diffusion. Conventional thermal diffusion can cause bulk precipitation of SiOx and SiC or fail to completely activate the dopant, leaving a degenerate layer at the surface. Experiments were conducted to determine the feasibility of fabricating high quality p-n junctions using a pulsed excimer laser for junction formation at remelt temperature with ion-implanted surfaces. Solar-cell efficiency exceeding 16 percent was obtained using Czochralski single-crystal silicon without benefit of back surface field or surface passivation. Characterization shows that the formation of uniform, shallow junctions (approximately 0.25 micron) by excimer laser scanning preserves the minority carrier lifetime that leads to high current collection. However, the process is sensitive to initial surface conditions and handling parameters that drive the cost up.

  1. Microscopic Processes Involved in the Transition from a Disk to a Ring Sequence

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    Coppi, B.

    2006-10-01

    In a differentially rotating plasma structure, in the prevailing gravity of a central object, it is realistic to consider ɛm=Dm/(HvA)<< 1, where Dm= ηc^2/4 π, η is the plasma resistivity, vA is the Alfvén velocity, and H is the height of the structure. Therefore, the frozen-in- law can be applied when dealing with global scale distances. However, the transition from a disk configuration to a ring sequence configuration in a structure imbedded in an external magnetic field with a ``seed'' vertical component involves the formation of a periodic sequence of new closed magnetic surfaces^1 similar to those characteristic of Field Reverse Configurations. Pairs of counter-streaming (around the axis of rotation) current ``filaments'' form these very large aspect ratio toroidal configurations. The transition occurs when the field produced by the internal currents is equal (and of opposite direction) to that in which the structure is immersed. Then, magnetic reconnection has to be considered. The region in which the poloidal field is null can be viewed as a coalescence of two X-points and two O-points which, after the transition has occurred, tend to separate. The scale distances involved are much smaller than the characteristic global scale distances, such as H, the characteristic values of the collisional mean free paths need to be considered, and relevant microscopic reconnection processes are analyzed. *Sponsored in part by the U.S. DOE. B. Coppi Phys. Plasmas 12, 057301, (2005) B. Coppi and F. Rousseau, Ap. J. 641 (1), 458 (2006). external magnetic field with a ``seed'' vertical component involves the

  2. Estimation of sampling errors in a high-resolution TV microscope image-processing system.

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    Harms, H; Aus, H M

    1984-05-01

    The basic postulate of this paper is that the commonly accepted sampling density of 2-4 pixels/micron in a high-resolution TV microscope system is too low to digitize exactly and analyze the complex cellular detail found in stained cell images. Depending on the specific microscope system, the required sampling density is much higher, lying between 15 and 30 pixels/micron. This sampling density is derived from the aliasing error, the resolution loss, and computational limitations. The mathematical and optical methods and equipment used to obtain these results are described in detail. PMID:6375997

  3. TiO2-coated mesoporous carbon: conventional vs. microwave-annealing process.

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    Coromelci-Pastravanu, Cristina; Ignat, Maria; Popovici, Evelini; Harabagiu, Valeria

    2014-08-15

    The study of coating mesoporous carbon materials with titanium oxide nanoparticles is now becoming a promising and challenging area of research. To optimize the use of carbon materials in various applications, it is necessary to attach functional groups or other nanostructures to their surface. The combination of the distinctive properties of mesoporous carbon materials and titanium oxide is expected to be applied in field emission displays, nanoelectronic devices, novel catalysts, and polymer or ceramic reinforcement. But, their synthesis is still largely based on conventional techniques, such as wet impregnation followed by chemical reduction of the metal nanoparticle precursors, which takes time and money. The thermal heating based techniques are time consuming and often lack control of particle size and morphology. Hence, since there is a growing interest in microwave technology, an alternative way of power input into chemical reactions through dielectric heating is the use of microwaves. This work is focused on the advantages of microwave-assisted synthesis of TiO2-coated mesoporous carbon over conventional thermal heating method. The reviewed studies showed that the microwave-assisted synthesis of such composites allows processes to be completed within a shorter reaction time allowing the nanoparticles formation with superior properties than that obtained by conventional method. PMID:24997254

  4. Fabrication of High Jc (Bi,Pb)2223 Thin Films by PLD and Post-annealing Process

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    Takahira, S.; Ichino, Y.; Yoshida, Y.

    (Bi,Pb)2Sr2Ca2Cu3Oy ((Bi,Pb)2333) has high critical temperature (Tc) compared to REBa2Cu3Oy. However, (Bi,Pb)2223 has a disadvantage that the critical current density (Jc) seriously degrades in magnetic fields. We succeeded to fabricate (Bi,Pb)2223 epitaxial thin films by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method using Nd:YAG pulsed laser deposition and post-annealing process. In addition, we tried to improve Jc in the magnetic fields by introducing Y2O3 or Al2O3 as artificial pinning centers (APCs). As a result, we fabricated (Bi,Pb)2223 thin films that had high Jc in self field at 77 K of 0.4 MA/cm2. The main phase of the thin films introduced Y2O3 was Bi2212. On the other hand, the main phase of the thin films introduced Al2O3 was Bi2223, however, the formation of Ca2PbO4 resulted in the decline of Jc.

  5. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Co21Cr22Cu22Fe21Ni14 Processed by High Pressure Torsion and Annealing

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    Park, Nokeun; Li, Xiang; Tsuji, Nobuhiro

    2015-08-01

    The strengthening mechanisms of Co21Cr22Cu22Fe21Ni14 multiple-principal element alloy processed by high pressure torsion (HPT) and annealing were examined. Two face-centered cubic (FCC) phases were observed in the as-cast alloy; one was a Cu-rich phase and the other was a Cu-lean one. In the HPT process, the microhardness increased from 190 HV to 470 HV at a strain of 157 due to strain hardening and grain refinement hardening. X-ray diffraction showed that the lattice parameters of the two FCC phases became closer to each other at higher HPT strain, indicating the alloying of Cu into the Cu-lean matrix. The HPT processed specimens were annealed at 500°C, 550°C, 600°C, and 650°C. The microhardness increased to 540 HV after annealing at temperatures lower than 650°C, whereas it decreased when the specimen was annealed at 650°C. The mean grain size of the specimens annealed at temperatures lower than 650°C was much smaller than 100 nm, and Cu-rich clusters with sizes ranging from 2 nm to 32 nm were distributed homogeneously. The reasons for the formation of the Cu-rich nano-clusters were discussed from a perspective of the positive mixing enthalpy of Cu in the alloy and thermalenergy for Cu diffusion at a given temperature. The dissolution and partitioning of two FCC phases played a key role in strengthening the Co21Cr22Cu22Fe21Ni14 system.

  6. Scanning Capacitace Microscope/Atomic Force Microscope/Scanning Tunneling Microscope Study of Ion-Implanted Silicon Surfaces

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    Tomiye, Hideto; Kawami, Hiroshi; Izawa, Michiyoshi; Yoshimura, Masamichi; Yao, Takafumi

    1995-06-01

    We have investigated the local electrical properties of ion-implanted Si using a combined scanning capacitance microscope (SCaM)/atomic force microscope (AFM)/scanning tunneling microscope (STM) with special attention paid to the effect of annealing. The STM image shows that the as-implanted area is insulating, while the unimplanted area is conductive, in an unannealed sample. Both STM and SCaM images clearly indicate that the implanted area is conductive with n-type behavior after annealing. However, the unimplanted area did not show p-type behavior but slightly n-type behavior due to the diffusion of P impurities during annealing.

  7. Scanning Electron Microscope Calibration Using a Multi-Image Non-Linear Minimization Process

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    Cui, Le; Marchand, Éric

    2015-04-01

    A scanning electron microscope (SEM) calibrating approach based on non-linear minimization procedure is presented in this article. A part of this article has been published in IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2014. . Both the intrinsic parameters and the extrinsic parameters estimations are achieved simultaneously by minimizing the registration error. The proposed approach considers multi-images of a multi-scale calibration pattern view from different positions and orientations. Since the projection geometry of the scanning electron microscope is different from that of a classical optical sensor, the perspective projection model and the parallel projection model are considered and compared with distortion models. Experiments are realized by varying the position and the orientation of a multi-scale chessboard calibration pattern from 300× to 10,000×. The experimental results show the efficiency and the accuracy of this approach.

  8. Macroscopic observables experimentally linked to microscopic processes in the explosive fracture and fragmentation of metals

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    Hull, Lawrence M

    2010-12-16

    The response of a metal element to explosive loading depends on a broad spectrum of explosive and metal properties, macroscopic geometry plays a crucial role in defining the localized loading history and the resulting gradients of interest, while microscopic effects and defects are generally believed responsible for damage nucleation. Certain experiments reduce the complexity by producing conditions that are uniform in some sense, allowing dynamic measurement of variables that can be correlated with corresponding microscopic effects observed in recovery experiments. Spherical expansion of thin shells, that eventually fragment, and steady wave loading of flat plates are two such experiments. Proton radiography, x-radiography, laser velocimetry, imaging IR, and visible light photography all have produced dynamic measurements in 4340 steel, copper, uranium alloys, tantalum, and titanium. Correlation of the macroscopic measurements with microscopy on recovered samples has been done with a statistical approach.

  9. The induction of a graphite-like phase on diamond films by a Fe-coating/post-annealing process to improve their electron field emission properties

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    Huang, Pin-Chang; Shih, Wen-Ching; Chen, Huang-Chin; Lin, I-Nan

    2011-04-15

    The electron field emission (EFE) process for diamond films was tremendously enhanced by Fe-coating and post-annealing processes. Microstructural analysis indicates that the mechanism for the improvement in the EFE process is the formation of nanographites with good crystallinity that surround the Fe (or Fe{sub 3}C) nanoclusters. Presumably the nanographites were formed via the reaction of Fe clusters with diamond films, viz. by the dissolution of carbons into Fe (or Fe{sub 3}C) clusters and the reprecipitation of carbon species to the surface of the clusters, a process similar to the growth of carbon nanotubes via Fe clusters as catalyst. Not only is a sufficiently high post-annealing temperature (900 deg. C) required but also a highly active reducing atmosphere (NH{sub 3}) is needed to give a proper microstructure for enhancing the EFE process. The best EFE properties are obtained by post-annealing the Fe-coated diamond films at 900 deg. C in an NH{sub 3} environment for 5 min. The EFE behavior of the films can be turned on at E{sub 0} = 1.9 V/{mu}m, attaining a large EFE current density of 315 {mu}A/cm{sup 2} at an applied field of 8.8 V/{mu}m (extrapolation using the Fowler-Nordheim model leads to J{sub e} = 40.7 mA/cm{sup 2} at a 20 V/{mu}m applied field).

  10. Computer control of a scanning electron microscope for digital image processing of thermal-wave images

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    Gilbert, Percy; Jones, Robert E.; Kramarchuk, Ihor; Williams, Wallace D.; Pouch, John J.

    1987-01-01

    Using a recently developed technology called thermal-wave microscopy, NASA Lewis Research Center has developed a computer controlled submicron thermal-wave microscope for the purpose of investigating III-V compound semiconductor devices and materials. This paper describes the system's design and configuration and discusses the hardware and software capabilities. Knowledge of the Concurrent 3200 series computers is needed for a complete understanding of the material presented. However, concepts and procedures are of general interest.

  11. The dynamic process and microscopic mechanism of extraordinary terahertz transmission through perforated superconducting films.

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    Wu, J B; Zhang, X; Jin, B B; Liu, H T; Chen, Y H; Li, Z Y; Zhang, C H; Kang, L; Xu, W W; Chen, J; Wang, H B; Tonouchi, M; Wu, P H

    2015-01-01

    Superconductor is a compelling plasmonic medium at terahertz frequencies owing to its intrinsic low Ohmic loss and good tuning property. However, the microscopic physics of the interaction between terahertz wave and superconducting plasmonic structures is still unknown. In this paper, we conducted experiments of the enhanced terahertz transmission through a series of superconducting NbN subwavelength hole arrays, and employed microscopic hybrid wave model in theoretical analysis of the role of hybrid waves in the enhanced transmission. The theoretical calculation provided a good match of experimental data. In particular, we obtained the following results. When the width of the holes is far below wavelength, the enhanced transmission is mainly caused by localized resonance around individual holes. On the contrary, when the holes are large, hybrid waves scattered by the array of holes dominate the extraordinary transmission. The surface plasmon polaritions are proved to be launched on the surface of superconducting film and the excitation efficiency increases when the temperature approaches critical temperature and the working frequency goes near energy gap frequency. This work will enrich our knowledge on the microscopic physics of extraordinary optical transmission at terahertz frequencies and contribute to developing terahertz plasmonic devices. PMID:26498994

  12. The dynamic process and microscopic mechanism of extraordinary terahertz transmission through perforated superconducting films

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    Wu, J. B.; Zhang, X.; Jin, B. B.; Liu, H. T.; Chen, Y. H.; Li, Z. Y.; Zhang, C. H.; Kang, L.; Xu, W. W.; Chen, J.; Wang, H. B.; Tonouchi, M.; Wu, P. H.

    2015-01-01

    Superconductor is a compelling plasmonic medium at terahertz frequencies owing to its intrinsic low Ohmic loss and good tuning property. However, the microscopic physics of the interaction between terahertz wave and superconducting plasmonic structures is still unknown. In this paper, we conducted experiments of the enhanced terahertz transmission through a series of superconducting NbN subwavelength hole arrays, and employed microscopic hybrid wave model in theoretical analysis of the role of hybrid waves in the enhanced transmission. The theoretical calculation provided a good match of experimental data. In particular, we obtained the following results. When the width of the holes is far below wavelength, the enhanced transmission is mainly caused by localized resonance around individual holes. On the contrary, when the holes are large, hybrid waves scattered by the array of holes dominate the extraordinary transmission. The surface plasmon polaritions are proved to be launched on the surface of superconducting film and the excitation efficiency increases when the temperature approaches critical temperature and the working frequency goes near energy gap frequency. This work will enrich our knowledge on the microscopic physics of extraordinary optical transmission at terahertz frequencies and contribute to developing terahertz plasmonic devices. PMID:26498994

  13. Semi insulating CdTe:Cl after elimination of inclusions and precipitates by post grown annealing

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    Franc, J.; Belas, E.; Bugár, M.; Hlídek, P.; Grill, R.; Yang, G.; Cavallini, A.; Fraboni, B.; Castaldini, A.; Assali, S.

    2012-11-01

    We present in this contribution results of two-step annealing, when the CdTe:Cl doped samples are at first annealed under Cd overpressure to remove inclusions and the re-annealed under Te overpressure to restore the high resistivity state. Investigation of samples after Cd rich annealing by infrared microscope has proven, that all inclusions are removed. Also Te nano precipitates were strongly influenced by the annealing process. The resistivity of the samples after Te-rich annealing was restored to values ( ~ 108-109Ωcm). We observed, however, decrease of mobility-lifetime product of electrons from 10-3cm2/Vs to 10-4cm2/Vs. In order to understand the reason of this decrease we performed a study of point defects before and after annealing by thermoelectric effect spectroscopy. It shows a decrease of concentrations of most deep levels after two-step annealing. This behavior is completely different compared to past annealing studies, where concentration of deep levels strongly increased after annealing. The only level with an increased concentration in the current study is the midgap level (E ~ 0.8 eV). At the same time we observed increase of micro-twins in the samples investigated by transmission electron microscopy. The decrease of charge collection efficiency after two-step annealing may be therefore connected with re-arrangement of near midgap levels due to increase of concentrations of structure defects (micro twins, dislocations) that accumulate in their surroundings point defects with energy ~ 0.75 eV.

  14. Kinetics and microscopic processes of long term fracture in polyethylene piping materials

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    Brown, N.; Lu, X.

    1992-07-01

    The report contains 9 completed works as follows: The Dependence of Slow Crack Growth in a Polyethylene Copolymer on Testing Temperature and Morphology; A Test of Slow Crack Growth Failure of PE Under Constant Load; Effect of Annealing on Slow Crack Growth in an Ethylene-Hexene Copolymer; The Fundamental Material Parameters that Govern Slow Crack Growth in Linear Polyethylene; Slow Crack Growth in Blends of HDPE and UHMWPE; The Mechanism of Fatigue Failure in a Polyethylene Copolymer; PENT Quality Control Test for PE Gas Pipes and Resins; International Round Robin Study of a Fatigue Test Approach to the Ranking of Polyethylene Pipe Material; and Proposed ASTM Specification for ASTM F17.40 Test Methods Committee.

  15. Lateral Temperature-Gradient Method for High-Throughput Characterization of Material Processing by Millisecond Laser Annealing.

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    Bell, Robert T; Jacobs, Alan G; Sorg, Victoria C; Jung, Byungki; Hill, Megan O; Treml, Benjamin E; Thompson, Michael O

    2016-09-12

    A high-throughput method for characterizing the temperature dependence of material properties following microsecond to millisecond thermal annealing, exploiting the temperature gradients created by a lateral gradient laser spike anneal (lgLSA), is presented. Laser scans generate spatial thermal gradients of up to 5 °C/μm with peak temperatures ranging from ambient to in excess of 1400 °C, limited only by laser power and materials thermal limits. Discrete spatial property measurements across the temperature gradient are then equivalent to independent measurements after varying temperature anneals. Accurate temperature calibrations, essential to quantitative analysis, are critical and methods for both peak temperature and spatial/temporal temperature profile characterization are presented. These include absolute temperature calibrations based on melting and thermal decomposition, and time-resolved profiles measured using platinum thermistors. A variety of spatially resolved measurement probes, ranging from point-like continuous profiling to large area sampling, are discussed. Examples from annealing of III-V semiconductors, CdSe quantum dots, low-κ dielectrics, and block copolymers are included to demonstrate the flexibility, high throughput, and precision of this technique. PMID:27385487

  16. Periodically pulsed wet annealing approach for low-temperature processable amorphous InGaZnO thin film transistors with high electrical performance and ultrathin thickness.

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    Kim, Ye Kyun; Ahn, Cheol Hyoun; Yun, Myeong Gu; Cho, Sung Woon; Kang, Won Jun; Cho, Hyung Koun

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, a simple and controllable "wet pulse annealing" technique for the fabrication of flexible amorphous InGaZnO thin film transistors (a-IGZO TFTs) processed at low temperature (150 °C) by using scalable vacuum deposition is proposed. This method entailed the quick injection of water vapor for 0.1 s and purge treatment in dry ambient in one cycle; the supply content of water vapor was simply controlled by the number of pulse repetitions. The electrical transport characteristics revealed a remarkable performance of the a-IGZO TFTs prepared at the maximum process temperature of 150 °C (field-effect mobility of 13.3 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1); Ion/Ioff ratio ≈ 10(8); reduced I-V hysteresis), comparable to that of a-IGZO TFTs annealed at 350 °C in dry ambient. Upon analysis of the angle-resolved x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, the good performance was attributed to the effective suppression of the formation of hydroxide and oxygen-related defects. Finally, by using the wet pulse annealing process, we fabricated, on a plastic substrate, an ultrathin flexible a-IGZO TFT with good electrical and bending performances. PMID:27198067

  17. Particle capture processes and evaporation on a microscopic scale in wet filters.

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    Mullins, Benjamin J; Braddock, Roger D; Agranovski, Igor E

    2004-11-01

    This paper details results of an experimental study of the capture of solid and liquid aerosols on fibrous filters wetted with water. A microscopic cell containing a single fibre (made from a variety of materials) was observed via a microscope, with a high speed CCD camera used to dynamically image the interactions between liquid droplets, zeolite and PSL particles and fibres. Variable quantities of liquid irrigation were used, and the possibility for subsequent fibre regeneration after clogging or drying was also studied. It was found that drainage of the wetting liquid (water) from the fibres occurred, even at very low irrigation rates when the droplet consisted almost completely of captured particles. It was also found that the fibre was rapidly loaded with captured particles when the irrigation was not supplied. However, almost complete regeneration (removal of the collected cake) by the liquid droplets occurred shortly after recommencement of the water supply. The study also examined the capture of oily liquid aerosols on fibres wetted with water. A predominance of the barrel shaped droplet on the fibre was observed, with oil droplets displacing water droplets (if the oil and fibre combination created a barrel shaped droplet), creating various compound droplets of oil and water not previously reported in literature. This preferential droplet shape implies that whatever the initial substance wetting a filter, a substance with a greater preferential adherence to the fibre will displace the former one. PMID:15380432

  18. Hierarchical processes in β-sheet peptide self-assembly from the microscopic to the mesoscopic level

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    Li, Deng; Hai, Xu

    2016-01-01

    Under appropriate physicochemical conditions, short peptide fragments and their synthetic mimics have been shown to form elongated cross-β nanostructures through self-assembly. The self-assembly process and the resultant peptide nanostructures are not only related to neurodegenerative diseases but also provide inspiration for the development of novel bionanomaterials. Both experimental and theoretical studies on peptide self-assembly have shown that the self-assembly process spans multiple time and length scales and is hierarchical. β-sheet self-assembly consists of three sub-processes from the microscopic to the mesoscopic level: β-sheet locking, lateral stacking, and morphological transformation. Detailed atomistic simulation studies have provided insight into the early stages of peptide nanostructure formation and the interplay between different non-covalent interactions at the microscopic level. This review gives a brief introduction of the hierarchical peptide self-assembly process and focuses on the roles of various non-covalent interactions in the sub-processes based on recent simulation, experimental, and theoretical studies. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 21373270 and 11504431) and the Fundamental Research Funds for Central Universities of China (Grant No. 15CX02025A).

  19. Recycling process for recovery of gallium from GaN an e-waste of LED industry through ball milling, annealing and leaching.

    PubMed

    Swain, Basudev; Mishra, Chinmayee; Kang, Leeseung; Park, Kyung-Soo; Lee, Chan Gi; Hong, Hyun Seon

    2015-04-01

    Waste dust generated during manufacturing of LED contains significant amounts of gallium and indium, needs suitable treatment and can be an important resource for recovery. The LED industry waste dust contains primarily gallium as GaN. Leaching followed by purification technology is the green and clean technology. To develop treatment and recycling technology of these GaN bearing e-waste, leaching is the primary stage. In our current investigation possible process for treatment and quantitative leaching of gallium and indium from the GaN bearing e-waste or waste of LED industry dust has been developed. To recycle the waste and quantitative leaching of gallium, two different process flow sheets have been proposed. In one, process first the GaN of the waste the LED industry dust was leached at the optimum condition. Subsequently, the leach residue was mixed with Na2CO3, ball milled followed by annealing, again leached to recover gallium. In the second process, the waste LED industry dust was mixed with Na2CO3, after ball milling and annealing, followed acidic leaching. Without pretreatment, the gallium leaching was only 4.91 w/w % using 4M HCl, 100°C and pulp density of 20g/L. After mechano-chemical processing, both these processes achieved 73.68 w/w % of gallium leaching at their optimum condition. The developed process can treat and recycle any e-waste containing GaN through ball milling, annealing and leaching. PMID:25769129

  20. Germanium nanoislands grown by radio frequency magnetron sputtering: Annealing time dependent surface morphology and photoluminescence

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    Alireza, Samavati; Othaman, Z.; K. Ghoshal, S.; J. Amjad, R.

    2013-09-01

    Structural and optical properties of ~ 20 nm Ge nanoislands grown on Si(100) by radio frequency (rf) magnetron sputtering under varying annealing conditions are reported. Rapid thermal annealing at a temperature of 600°C for 30 s, 90 s, and 120 s are performed to examine the influence of annealing time on the surface morphology and photoluminescence properties. X-ray diffraction spectra reveal prominent Ge and GeO2 peaks highly sensitive to the annealing time. Atomic force microscope micrographs of the as-grown sample show pyramidal nanoislands with relatively high-density 1011 cm-2)). The nanoislands become dome-shaped upon annealing through a coarsening process mediated by Oswald ripening. The room temperature photoluminescence peaks for both as-grown 3.29 eV) and annealed 3.19 eV) samples consist of high intensity and broad emission, attributed to the effect of quantum confinement. The red shift (~0.10 eV) of the emission peak is attributed to the change in the size of the Ge nanoislands caused by annealing. Our easy fabrication method may contribute to the development of Ge nanostructure-based optoelectronics.

  1. Real-time scattered light dark-field microscopic imaging of the dynamic degradation process of sodium dimethyldithiocarbamate

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    Lei, Gang; Gao, Peng Fei; Liu, Hui; Huang, Cheng Zhi

    2015-12-01

    Single nanoparticle analysis (SNA) technique with the aid of a dark-field microscopic imaging (iDFM) technique has attracted wide attention owing to its high sensitivity. Considering that the degradation of pesticides can bring about serious problems in food and the environment, and that the real-time monitoring of the dynamic degradation process of pesticides can help understand and define their degradation mechanisms, herein we real-time monitored the decomposition dynamics of sodium dimethyldithiocarbamate (NaDDC) under neutral and alkaline conditions by imaging single silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) under a dark-field microscope (DFM); the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) scattering signals were measured at a single nanoparticle level. As a result, the chemical mechanism of the degradation of NaDDC under neutral and alkaline conditions was proposed, and the inhibition effects of metal ions including Zn(ii) and Cu(ii) were investigated in order to understand the decomposition process in different environments. It was found that Cu(ii) forms the most stable complex with NaDDC with a stoichiometric ratio of 1 : 2, which greatly reduces the toxicity.Single nanoparticle analysis (SNA) technique with the aid of a dark-field microscopic imaging (iDFM) technique has attracted wide attention owing to its high sensitivity. Considering that the degradation of pesticides can bring about serious problems in food and the environment, and that the real-time monitoring of the dynamic degradation process of pesticides can help understand and define their degradation mechanisms, herein we real-time monitored the decomposition dynamics of sodium dimethyldithiocarbamate (NaDDC) under neutral and alkaline conditions by imaging single silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) under a dark-field microscope (DFM); the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) scattering signals were measured at a single nanoparticle level. As a result, the chemical mechanism of the degradation of Na

  2. Scanning Electron Microscopic Investigations on Natural and Synthetic Gas Hydrates: New Insights into the Formation Process

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    Techmer, K. S.; Kuhs, W. F.; Heinrichs, T.; Bohrmann, G.

    2001-12-01

    We present results of field-emission scanning electron microscopic investigations of gas hydrates from shallow marine sediments of Cascadia margin as well as from synthesis experiments. The natural hydrates were taken by TV-grab sampling during the TECFLUX project on RV SONNE cruises, SO143 and SO148 on the southern summit of Hydrate Ridge. The samples are dominantly methane hydrates with a low content of H2S (1.5-3.0 vol%). The hydrates develop as pure white ice-like layers in otherwise soft sediment deposits. The synthetic gas hydrates were prepared from pure CH4 gas at variable pressure and temperature including experimental conditions similar to the natural situation. All synthetic hydrates show a porous microstructure with pore diameters of a few hundred nm (see figure) and grain sizes of a few †m[1]. Samples were transferred to a pre-cooled cryo-stage field-emission scanning electron microscope via an interlock. No decomposition was observed during our work, which was carried out below -165° C in a vacuum of <10-5 mbar by using an electron beam of 1.0-1.5 keV. The microscope is connected with an energy-dispersive X-ray spectrographic analyzer, which can clearly identify methane in the clathrate structure by detecting the carbon peak in the elemental spectrum. The microstructures of the natural gas hydrates vary greatly with the magnification. In general, large pores between a few to hundreds of †m in diameter are observed, and these have been also documented in thin sections. These pores are interpreted to originate from gas bubbles that ascend from deeper in the sediment. The pores develop in the pore water as skins of hydrate around the former gas bubbles. We investigated the inner part of the former bubble walls by FE-SEM and could document tiny filaments that often form a network of honeycomb-like structures. EDX- analyses show that these filaments have Cl-Peaks, and we think the filaments are remnants of pore water salt that cannot be incorporated

  3. Formative Processes of a Sliding Zone in Pelitic Schist - Implications of Microscopic Analyses on High-quality Drilled Cores

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    Yamasaki, S.; Chigira, M.

    2009-04-01

    Pelitic schist has been known to be easily deformed by gravitational force to form characteristic topographic and geologic features, but little is known about how they develop. This is mainly due to the fact that deformed politic schist is so fragile that it could not be obtained from subsurface without disturbance. We analyzed high-quality undisturbed cores obtained by using a sophisticated drilling technique from two typical pelitic schist landslide sites in Japan. We made analyses on physical, chemical, mineralogical properties and observations from mesoscopic to microscopic rock textures of these cores and found that a special layering of rock-forming minerals determines the locations of shearing by gravity and that there is specific water-rock interaction processes in pelitic schist. Pelitic schist consists of thinly alternating beds of black layers and quartz-rich layers, and a black layer has numerous microscopic layers containing abundant pyrite and graphite grains (pyrite-graphite layers). Many of the black layers were observed to have microfractures connected to open cracks, suggesting that relatively thick, continuous black layers are easily sheared to form an incipient sliding layer. Thus unevenly distributed pyrite-graphite layers likely to determine the potential location of microscopic slip in a rock mass. Shear displacement along black layers occurs unevenly, depending upon the microscopic heterogeneity in mineral composition as well as undulating shape of the layers. Open micro-cracks nearly perpendicular to the schistosity were commonly observed in quartz-rich layers in contact with black layers, suggesting that the shearing occurred with heterogeneous displacements along the black layer and that it occurred under the low confining pressure. This is in the incipient stage of a fracture zone. When shearing occurs along two thick neighboring black layers, the rock in between would be fractured, rotated and pulverized. In some cases, quartz

  4. Three-dimensional machining of carbon nanotube forests using water-assisted scanning electron microscope processing

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    Rajabifar, Bahram; Kim, Sanha; Slinker, Keith; Ehlert, Gregory J.; Hart, A. John; Maschmann, Matthew R.

    2015-10-01

    We demonstrate that vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) can be precisely machined in a low pressure water vapor ambient using the electron beam of an environmental scanning electron microscope. The electron beam locally damages the irradiated regions of the CNT forest and also dissociates the water vapor molecules into reactive species including hydroxyl radicals. These species then locally oxidize the damaged region of the CNTs. The technique offers material removal capabilities ranging from selected CNTs to hundreds of cubic microns. We study how the material removal rate is influenced by the acceleration voltage, beam current, dwell time, operating pressure, and CNT orientation. Milled cuts with depths between 0-100 microns are generated, corresponding to a material removal rate of up to 20.1 μm3/min. The technique produces little carbon residue and does not disturb the native morphology of the CNT network. Finally, we demonstrate direct machining of pyramidal surfaces and re-entrant cuts to create freestanding geometries.

  5. Three-dimensional machining of carbon nanotube forests using water-assisted scanning electron microscope processing

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    Rajabifar, Bahram; Maschmann, Matthew R.; Kim, Sanha; Hart, A. John; Slinker, Keith; Ehlert, Gregory J.

    2015-10-05

    We demonstrate that vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) can be precisely machined in a low pressure water vapor ambient using the electron beam of an environmental scanning electron microscope. The electron beam locally damages the irradiated regions of the CNT forest and also dissociates the water vapor molecules into reactive species including hydroxyl radicals. These species then locally oxidize the damaged region of the CNTs. The technique offers material removal capabilities ranging from selected CNTs to hundreds of cubic microns. We study how the material removal rate is influenced by the acceleration voltage, beam current, dwell time, operating pressure, and CNT orientation. Milled cuts with depths between 0–100 microns are generated, corresponding to a material removal rate of up to 20.1 μm{sup 3}/min. The technique produces little carbon residue and does not disturb the native morphology of the CNT network. Finally, we demonstrate direct machining of pyramidal surfaces and re-entrant cuts to create freestanding geometries.

  6. Thermal annealing study on P3HT: PCBM based bulk heterojunction organic solar cells using impedance spectroscopy

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    Gollu, Sankara Rao; Sharma, Ramakant G, Srinivas Gupta, Dipti

    2014-10-15

    Recently, Thermal annealing is an important process for bulk heterojunction organic solar cells (BHJ OSCs) to improve the device efficiency and performance of the organic solar cells. Here in, we have examined the changes in the efficiency and morphology of P3HT: PCBM film according to the thermal annealing temperature to find the changes during the annealing process by measuring the optical absorption, atomic force microscope and X-ray diffraction. We also investigated the effect of different annealing process conditions (without, pre- and post-annealing) on the device performance of the inverted bulk heterojunction organic solar cells consist the structure of ITO/ ZnO / P3HT: PCBM / MoO{sub 3}/ Al by measuring AC impedance characteristics. Particularly, the power conversion efficiency (PCE), crystalline nature of the polymer, light absorption and the surface smoothness of P3HT: PCBM films are significantly improved after the annealing process. These results indicated the improvement in terms of PCE, interface smoothness between the P3HT: PCBM and MoO{sub 3} layers of the post annealed device originated from the decrease of series resistance between P3HT: PCBM layer and Al electrodes, which could be due to decrease in the effective life time of charge carriers.

  7. True and false chirality, {ital CP} violation, and the breakdown of microscopic reversibility in chiral molecular and elementary particle processes

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    Barron, L.D.

    1996-07-01

    The concept of chirality is extended to cover systems that exhibit enantiomorphism on account of motion. This is achieved by applying time reversal in addition to space inversion and leads to a more precise definition of a chiral system. Although spatial enantiomorphism is sufficient to guarantee chirality in a stationary system such as a finite helix, enantiomorphous systems are not necessarily chiral when motion is involved, which leads to the concept of true and false chirality associated with time-invariant and time-noninvariant enantiomorphism, respectively. Only a truly chiral influence can induce an enantiomeric excess in a reaction that has reached true thermodynamic equilibrium (i.e., when all possible interconversion pathways have equilibrated); however, false chirality can suffice in a reaction under kinetic control due to a breakdown of microscopic reversibility analogous to that observed in particle-antiparticle processes involving the neutral K-meason as a result of {ital CP} violation, with the apparently contradictory kinetic and thermodynamic aspects being reconciled by an appeal to unitarity. This reveals that {ital CP} violation is analogous to chemical catalysis since it affects the rates of certain particle-antiparticle interconversion pathways without affecting the initial and final particle energies and hence the equilibrium thermodynamics. Consideration of falsely chiral influences, including the {open_quote}ratchet effect{close_quote} arising from the associated breakdown in microscopic reversibility, greatly enlarges the range of possible chiral advantage factors in prebiotic chemical processes if far from equilibrium. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  8. Uptake and processing of (/sup 3/H)retinoids in rat liver studied by electron microscopic autoradiography

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    Hendriks, H.F.; Elhanany, E.; Brouwer, A.; de Leeuw, A.M.; Knook, D.L.

    1988-03-01

    The role of rat liver cell organelles in retinoid uptake and processing was studied by electron microscopic autoradiography. (/sup 3/H)Retinoids were administered either orally, to make an inventory of the cell organelles involved, or intravenously as chylomicron remnant constituents to study retinoid processing by the liver with time. No qualitative differences were observed between the two routes of administration. Time-related changes in the distribution of grains were studied using chylomicron remnant (/sup 3/H)retinoids. The percentages of grains observed over cells and the space of Disse at 5 and 30 min after administration were, respectively: parenchymal cells, 72.6 and 70.4%; fat-storing cells, 5.0 and 18.1%, and the space of Disse, 14.4 and 8.9%. Low numbers of grains were observed over endothelial and Kupffer cells. The percentages of grains observed over parenchymal cell organelles were, respectively: sinusoidal area, 59.6 and 34.4%; smooth endoplasmic reticulum associated with glycogen, 13.8 and 13.4%; mitochondria, 5.4 and 13.6%; rough endoplasmic reticulum, 4.2 and 7.3%, and rough endoplasmic reticulum associated with mitochondria, 3.7 and 6.5%. It is concluded that chylomicron remnant (/sup 3/H)retinoids in combination with electron microscopic autoradiography provide a good system to study the liver processing of retinoids in vivo. These results, obtained in the intact liver under physiological conditions, further substantiate that retinoids are processed through parenchymal cells before storage occurs in fat-storing cell lipid droplets, that retinoid uptake is not mediated through lysosomes and that the endoplasmic reticulum is a major organelle in retinoid processing.

  9. Microscopic dynamics research on the "mature" process of dye-sensitized solar cells after injection of highly concentrated electrolyte.

    PubMed

    Liang, Zhongguan; Liu, Weiqing; Chen, Jun; Hu, Linhua; Dai, Songyuan

    2015-01-21

    After injection of electrolyte, the internal three-dimensional solid-liquid penetration system of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) can take a period of time to reach "mature" state. This paper studies the changes of microscopic processes of DSCs including TiO2 energy-level movement, localized state distribution, charge accumulation, electron transport, and recombination dynamics, from the beginning of electrolyte injection to the time of reached mature state. The results show that the microscopic dynamics process of DSCs exhibited a time-dependent behavior and achieved maturity ∼12 h after injecting the electrolyte into DSCs. Within 0-12 h, several results were observed: (1) the conduction band edge of TiO2 moved slightly toward negative potential direction; (2) the localized states in the band gap of TiO2 was reduced according to the same distribution law; (3) the transport resistance in TiO2 film increased, and electron transport time was prolonged as the time of maturity went on, which indicated that the electron transport process is impeded gradually; (4) the recombination resistance at the TiO2/electrolyte (EL) interface increases, and electron lifetime gradually extends, therefore, the recombination process is continuously suppressed. Furthermore, results suggest that the parameters of EL/Pt-transparent conductive oxide (TCO) interface including the interfacial capacitance, electron-transfer resistance, and transfer time constant would change with time of maturity, indicating that the EL/Pt-TCO interface is a potential factor affecting the mature process of DSCs. PMID:25517177

  10. Real-time monitoring of the cell physiological and pathological processes using computer-aided phase microscope

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    Vasilenko, Irina A.; Shabalin, Vladimir; Tychinsky, Vladimir P.; Kufal, Georgy E.; Konradov, A.; Slinchenko, O. I.

    1996-01-01

    Living cells investigation and cell response to external factors are of great interest for practical medicine and biology. The main advantages of computer aided phase microscope (CPM) Cytoscan which permits us to observe the cell surface and internal structure consists in superresolution and the possibility of the dynamic processes registering. We attempt to characterize some aspects of the morphofunctional status of human lymphocytes determining the dynamics of the selected points in normal or pathological cells. To evaluate the lymphocyte homeostasis donors and persons of autoimmune diseases were analyzed and the changes of optical and geometrical cell parameters registered by CPM Cytoscan. The dynamic process registration allowed us to perform the real-time quantitative analysis of the living lymphocyte activity in norm and pathology.

  11. Recycling process for recovery of gallium from GaN an e-waste of LED industry through ball milling, annealing and leaching

    SciTech Connect

    Swain, Basudev Mishra, Chinmayee; Kang, Leeseung; Park, Kyung-Soo Lee, Chan Gi; Hong, Hyun Seon

    2015-04-15

    Waste dust generated during manufacturing of LED contains significant amounts of gallium and indium, needs suitable treatment and can be an important resource for recovery. The LED industry waste dust contains primarily gallium as GaN. Leaching followed by purification technology is the green and clean technology. To develop treatment and recycling technology of these GaN bearing e-waste, leaching is the primary stage. In our current investigation possible process for treatment and quantitative leaching of gallium and indium from the GaN bearing e-waste or waste of LED industry dust has been developed. To recycle the waste and quantitative leaching of gallium, two different process flow sheets have been proposed. In one, process first the GaN of the waste the LED industry dust was leached at the optimum condition. Subsequently, the leach residue was mixed with Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3}, ball milled followed by annealing, again leached to recover gallium. In the second process, the waste LED industry dust was mixed with Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3}, after ball milling and annealing, followed acidic leaching. Without pretreatment, the gallium leaching was only 4.91 w/w % using 4 M HCl, 100 °C and pulp density of 20 g/L. After mechano-chemical processing, both these processes achieved 73.68 w/w % of gallium leaching at their optimum condition. The developed process can treat and recycle any e-waste containing GaN through ball milling, annealing and leaching. - Highlights: • Simplest process for treatment of GaN an LED industry waste developed. • The process developed recovers gallium from waste LED waste dust. • Thermal analysis and phase properties of GaN to Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3} and GaN to NaGaO{sub 2} revealed. • Solid-state chemistry involved in this process reported. • Quantitative leaching of the GaN was achieved.

  12. Periodically pulsed wet annealing approach for low-temperature processable amorphous InGaZnO thin film transistors with high electrical performance and ultrathin thickness

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    Kim, Ye Kyun; Ahn, Cheol Hyoun; Yun, Myeong Gu; Cho, Sung Woon; Kang, Won Jun; Cho, Hyung Koun

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, a simple and controllable “wet pulse annealing” technique for the fabrication of flexible amorphous InGaZnO thin film transistors (a-IGZO TFTs) processed at low temperature (150 °C) by using scalable vacuum deposition is proposed. This method entailed the quick injection of water vapor for 0.1 s and purge treatment in dry ambient in one cycle; the supply content of water vapor was simply controlled by the number of pulse repetitions. The electrical transport characteristics revealed a remarkable performance of the a-IGZO TFTs prepared at the maximum process temperature of 150 °C (field-effect mobility of 13.3 cm2 V‑1 s‑1 Ion/Ioff ratio ≈ 108 reduced I-V hysteresis), comparable to that of a-IGZO TFTs annealed at 350 °C in dry ambient. Upon analysis of the angle-resolved x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, the good performance was attributed to the effective suppression of the formation of hydroxide and oxygen-related defects. Finally, by using the wet pulse annealing process, we fabricated, on a plastic substrate, an ultrathin flexible a-IGZO TFT with good electrical and bending performances.

  13. Periodically pulsed wet annealing approach for low-temperature processable amorphous InGaZnO thin film transistors with high electrical performance and ultrathin thickness

    PubMed Central

    Kim, Ye Kyun; Ahn, Cheol Hyoun; Yun, Myeong Gu; Cho, Sung Woon; Kang, Won Jun; Cho, Hyung Koun

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, a simple and controllable “wet pulse annealing” technique for the fabrication of flexible amorphous InGaZnO thin film transistors (a-IGZO TFTs) processed at low temperature (150 °C) by using scalable vacuum deposition is proposed. This method entailed the quick injection of water vapor for 0.1 s and purge treatment in dry ambient in one cycle; the supply content of water vapor was simply controlled by the number of pulse repetitions. The electrical transport characteristics revealed a remarkable performance of the a-IGZO TFTs prepared at the maximum process temperature of 150 °C (field-effect mobility of 13.3 cm2 V−1 s−1; Ion/Ioff ratio ≈ 108; reduced I-V hysteresis), comparable to that of a-IGZO TFTs annealed at 350 °C in dry ambient. Upon analysis of the angle-resolved x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, the good performance was attributed to the effective suppression of the formation of hydroxide and oxygen-related defects. Finally, by using the wet pulse annealing process, we fabricated, on a plastic substrate, an ultrathin flexible a-IGZO TFT with good electrical and bending performances. PMID:27198067

  14. Rotation and shape changes in {sup 151}Tb and {sup 196}Pb: Probes of nuclear structure and tunneling process in warm nuclei. II. Microscopic Monte Carlo simulation

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    Leoni, S.; Bracco, A.; Camera, F.; Corsi, A.; Crespi, F. C. L.; Montanari, D.; Pignanelli, M.; Benzoni, G.; Blasi, N.; Million, B.; Vigezzi, E.; Wieland, O.; Mason, P.; Matsuo, M.; Shimizu, Y. R.; Curien, D.; Duchene, G.; Robin, J.; Bednarczyk, P.; Kmiecik, M.

    2009-06-15

    A Monte Carlo simulation of the {gamma} decay of superdeformed nuclei has been developed. It is based on microscopic calculations for the energy levels, E2 decay probabilities, collective mass parameters, and potential energy barriers. The use of microscopically calculated quantities largely reduces the parameters of the simulation, allowing one to focus on the basic ingredients of the physical processes. Calculations are performed for the warm rotating superdeformed nuclei {sup 151}Tb and {sup 196}Pb, for which high statistics Euroball IV data are available. The dependence on the simulation parameters is investigated, together with the basic features of the microscopic calculations.

  15. Electron microscopic studies on the initial process of lysozyme crystal growth

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    Michinomae, M.; Mochizuki, M.; Ataka, M.

    1999-02-01

    The initial process of lysozyme crystallization has been investigated by negatively stained electron microscopy. In the initial process of crystallization, two steps were distinguished by the appearance of associating protein molecules. One is the formation of the short threads, and the other the formation of the spherical structure (looks like a rice-ball). From among the mass of the rice-balls, larger structure appears. Some of them show the arrangement of molecules as a crystalline lattice. The spacing between the molecules agrees with one of the lattice constants known for the tetragonal lysozyme crystals. The rice-balls may be taken into crystals as essential growth units. Similarly, the thread-like structures may be the unit to form the rice-balls that appear in the next step.

  16. Experimental study on microscopic evolving process of boiling overheat liquor in boiler under microcracking condition

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    Chen, Sining; He, Xuechao; Sun, Jinhua

    2009-07-01

    Boilers are frequently used in agricultural engineering. After micro cracks appear on the wall of the boiler for high pressure saturated liquor, the containing liquid will be overheated, rapidly boiled and expanded, which may result in explosion of the whole container. The evolving processes differ greatly by cracking conditions. In the experiment conducted in the this article, we made a small sized experimental device and applied high speed photography technology observing the simulated fierce boiling process of the high temperature and high pressure saturated water under overheat condition when micro cracking appears on boiler wall. According to our study, lower depressurization rate will suppress the boiling intensity of the overheated liquid and slow the growth of bubbles, decelerating the expansion of the two-phase flow compared with the boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion. The magnitude of overpressure in the container is also relatively smaller than overpressure in BLEVE.

  17. Microscopic processes in photo-encoded second-harmonic generation in glasses

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    Kyung, Jae Hyun

    1997-12-01

    For over a decade since the first discovery of self- organized second harmonic generation (SHG) in photo- encoded optical fibers by Ohmori and Sasaki, significant amount of research was devoted to understanding the mechanism leading to this unexpected phenomenon. Although vast amounts of experimental data and theoretical results have been gathered throughout the years, there is still no satisfactory theory to explain all the observed phenomena of SHG in glasses. A clear limitation in the experimental approach to this problem is that there have been no direct method in measuring the underlying charge distribution responsible for SHG in optically prepared glasses. In this dissertation, a novel technique using a newly discovered photo-induced selective etching effect is employed to probe the various charge distributions left behind by the optical encoding process, directly. This method eliminates the complications introduced by overlap integrals, wave diffraction, and controversies surrounding the interpretation of the measured free space modes in near- or far-field. Using the selective etching technique, two distinct transverse change distributions are revealed at different encoding intensities as well as a surprising transformation of the charge distributions between monochromatic and bichromatic excitations. Evidence of light-induced transition from bound to extended carrier transport is also observed in direct correlation to the threshold behavior of the SHG process. Finally, for the first time, the effective χ(2) grating in bulk glasses is directly mapped using this method. Armed with these observations, an outline for a more complete theory for the SHG process will be presented.

  18. Solution-processed n-type fullerene field-effect transistors prepared using CVD-grown graphene electrodes: improving performance with thermal annealing.

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    Jeong, Yong Jin; Yun, Dong-Jin; Jang, Jaeyoung; Park, Seonuk; An, Tae Kyu; Kim, Lae Ho; Kim, Se Hyun; Park, Chan Eon

    2015-03-01

    Solution-processed organic field effect transistors (OFETs), which are amenable to facile large-area processing methods, have generated significant interest as key elements for use in all-organic electronic applications aimed at realizing low-cost, lightweight, and flexible devices. The low performance levels of n-type solution-processed bottom-contact OFETs unfortunately continue to pose a barrier to their commercialization. In this study, we introduced a combination of CVD-grown graphene source/drain (S/D) electrodes and fullerene (C60) in a solution-processable n-type semiconductor toward the fabrication of n-type bottom-contact OFETs. The C60 coating in the channel region was achieved by modifying the surface of the oxide gate dielectric layer with a phenyl group-terminated self-assembled monolayer (SAM). The graphene and phenyl group in the SAMs induced π-π interactions with C60, which facilitated the formation of a C60 coating. We also investigated the effects of thermal annealing on the reorganization properties and field-effect performances of the overlaying solution-processed C60 semiconductors. We found that thermal annealing of the C60 layer on the graphene surface improved the crystallinity of the face-centered cubic (fcc) phase structure, which improved the OFET performance and yielded mobilities of 0.055 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1). This approach enables the realization of solution-processed C60-based FETs using CVD-grown graphene S/D electrodes via inexpensive and solution-process techniques. PMID:25665649

  19. Basic properties of GaAs oxide generated by scanning probe microscope tip-induced nano-oxidation process

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    Okada, Yoshitaka; Iuchi, Yoshimasa; Kawabe, Mitsuo; Harris, James S.

    2000-07-01

    The basic properties of GaAs oxide generated by atomic force microscope (AFM) tip-induced nano-oxidation process have been investigated. The chemical analysis of the AFM tip-generated GaAs oxide was performed by using scanning microprobe x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and the main constituents of GaAs anodic oxide were determined to be Ga2O3 and As2O3. The electrical characterization showed that the electron transport across a GaAs oxide nanodot of ˜5.7 nm thickness, from a doped n+-Si tip into the n+-GaAs substrate follows the Fowler-Nordheim tunneling mechanism over a range of applied bias. Further, the tip-generated GaAs oxide nanodots were found to withstand moderate thermal treatments, but some volume reduction was observed.

  20. Magnetization process in a two-phase exchange-coupled system: A microscopic study

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    Ryan, D.H.; Feutrill, E.H.; Ding, J.

    1997-04-01

    The magnetization process in an exchange-coupled {alpha}-Fe+Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B nanocomposite has been studied by M{umlt o}ssbauer spectroscopy. Measurements in fields of up to 2 T confirm that the magnetization of the soft phase is strongly coupled to that of the hard phase. Analysis of magnetization curves and magic-angle spectra of saturated samples shows that the remanence is dominated by the hard phase. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  1. Performance improvement of GaN-based metal-semiconductor-metal photodiodes grown on Si(111) substrate by thermal cycle annealing process

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    Lin, Jyun-Hao; Huang, Shyh-Jer; Su, Yan-Kuin

    2014-01-01

    A simple thermal cycle annealing (TCA) process was used to improve the quality of GaN grown on a Si substrate. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) and etch pit density (EPD) results revealed that using more process cycles, the defect density cannot be further reduced. However, the performance of GaN-based metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM) photodiodes (PDs) prepared on Si substrates showed significant improvement. With a two-cycle TCA process, it is found that the dark current of the device was only 1.46 × 10-11 A, and the photo-to-dark-current contrast ratio was about 1.33 × 105 at 5 V. Also, the UV/visible rejection ratios can reach as high as 1077.

  2. Evaluation of freeze-substitution and conventional embedding protocols for routine electron microscopic processing of eubacteria

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    Graham, L.L.; Beveridge, T.J. )

    1990-04-01

    Freeze-substitution and more conventional embedding protocols were evaluated for their accurate preservation of eubacterial ultrastructure. Radioisotopes were specifically incorporated into the RNA, DNA, peptidoglycan, and lipopolysaccharide of two isogenic derivatives of Escherichia coli K-12 as representative gram-negative eubacteria and into the RNA and peptidoglycan of Bacillus subtilis strains 168 and W23 as representative gram-positive eubacteria. Radiolabeled bacteria were processed for electron microscopy by conventional methods with glutaraldehyde fixation, osmium tetroxide postfixation, dehydration in either a graded acetone or ethanol series, and infiltration in either Spurr or Epon 812 resin. A second set of cells were simultaneously freeze-substituted by plunge-freezing in liquid propane, substituting in anhydrous acetone containing 2% (wt/vol) osmium tetroxide, and 2% (wt/vol) uranyl acetate, and infiltrating in Epon 812. Extraction of radiolabeled cell components was monitored by liquid scintillation counting at all stages of processing to indicate retention of cell labels. Electron microscopy was also used to visually confirm ultrastructural integrity. Radiolabeled nucleic acid and wall components were extracted by both methods. In conventionally embedded specimens, dehydration was particularly damaging, with ethanol-dehydrated cells losing significantly more radiolabeled material during dehydration and subsequent infiltration than acetone-treated cells. For freeze-substituted specimens, postsubstitution washes in acetone were the most deleterious step for gram-negative cells, while infiltration was more damaging for gram-positive cells.

  3. Microscopic Origin of the Logarithmic Time Evolution of Aging Processes in Complex Systems

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    Lomholt, Michael A.; Lizana, Ludvig; Metzler, Ralf; Ambjörnsson, Tobias

    2013-05-01

    There exists compelling experimental evidence in numerous systems for logarithmically slow time evolution, yet its full theoretical understanding remains elusive. We here introduce and study a generic transition process in complex systems, based on nonrenewal, aging waiting times. Each state n of the system follows a local clock initiated at t=0. The random time τ between clock ticks follows the waiting time density ψ(τ). Transitions between states occur only at local clock ticks and are hence triggered by the local forward waiting time, rather than by ψ(τ). For power-law forms ψ(τ)≃τ-1-α (0<α<1) we obtain a logarithmic time evolution of the state number ⟨n(t)⟩≃log⁡(t/t0), while for α>2 the process becomes normal in the sense that ⟨n(t)⟩≃t. In the intermediate range 1<α<2 we find the power-law growth ⟨n(t)⟩≃tα-1. Our model provides a universal description for transition dynamics between aging and nonaging states.

  4. Microscopic origin of the logarithmic time evolution of aging processes in complex systems.

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    Lomholt, Michael A; Lizana, Ludvig; Metzler, Ralf; Ambjörnsson, Tobias

    2013-05-17

    There exists compelling experimental evidence in numerous systems for logarithmically slow time evolution, yet its full theoretical understanding remains elusive. We here introduce and study a generic transition process in complex systems, based on nonrenewal, aging waiting times. Each state n of the system follows a local clock initiated at t = 0. The random time τ between clock ticks follows the waiting time density ψ(τ). Transitions between states occur only at local clock ticks and are hence triggered by the local forward waiting time, rather than by ψ(τ). For power-law forms ψ(τ) ≃ τ(-1-α) (0 < α < 1) we obtain a logarithmic time evolution of the state number ⟨n(t)⟩ ≃ log(t/t(0)), while for α > 2 the process becomes normal in the sense that ⟨n(t)⟩ ≃ t. In the intermediate range 1 < α < 2 we find the power-law growth ⟨n(t)⟩ ≃ t(α-1). Our model provides a universal description for transition dynamics between aging and nonaging states. PMID:25167457

  5. Microscopic colitis.

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    Pardi, Darrell S

    2014-02-01

    Microscopic colitis is a frequent cause of chronic watery diarrhea, especially in older persons. Common associated symptoms include abdominal pain, arthralgias, and weight loss. The incidence of microscopic colitis had been increasing, although more recent studies have shown a stabilization of incidence rates. The diagnosis is based on characteristic histologic findings in a patient with diarrhea. Microscopic colitis can occur at any age, including in children, but it is primarily seen in the elderly. Several treatment options exist to treat the symptoms of microscopic colitis, although only budesonide has been well studied in randomized clinical trials. PMID:24267602

  6. Thermal-Wave Microscope

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    Jones, Robert E.; Kramarchuk, Ihor; Williams, Wallace D.; Pouch, John J.; Gilbert, Percy

    1989-01-01

    Computer-controlled thermal-wave microscope developed to investigate III-V compound semiconductor devices and materials. Is nondestructive technique providing information on subsurface thermal features of solid samples. Furthermore, because this is subsurface technique, three-dimensional imaging also possible. Microscope uses intensity-modulated electron beam of modified scanning electron microscope to generate thermal waves in sample. Acoustic waves generated by thermal waves received by transducer and processed in computer to form images displayed on video display of microscope or recorded on magnetic disk.

  7. Microscopic biomineralization processes and Zn bioavailability: a synchrotron-based investigation of Pistacia lentiscus L. roots.

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    De Giudici, G; Medas, D; Meneghini, C; Casu, M A; Gianoncelli, A; Iadecola, A; Podda, S; Lattanzi, P

    2015-12-01

    Plants growing on polluted soils need to control the bioavailability of pollutants to reduce their toxicity. This study aims to reveal processes occurring at the soil-root interface of Pistacia lentiscus L. growing on the highly Zn-contaminated tailings of Campo Pisano mine (SW Sardinia, Italy), in order to shed light on possible mechanisms allowing for plant adaptation. The study combines conventional X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with advanced synchrotron-based techniques, micro-X-ray fluorescence mapping (μ-XRF) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). Data analysis elucidates a mechanism used by P. lentiscus L. as response to high Zn concentration in soil. In particular, P. lentiscus roots take up Al, Si and Zn from the rhizosphere minerals in order to build biomineralizations that are part of survival strategy of the species, leading to formation of a Si-Al biomineralization coating the root epidermis. XAS analysis rules out Zn binding to organic molecules and indicates that Zn coordinates Si atoms stored in root epidermis leading to the precipitation of an amorphous Zn-silicate. These findings represent a step forward in understanding biological mechanisms and the resulting behaviour of minor and trace elements during plant-soil interaction and will have significant implications for development of phytoremediation techniques. PMID:26062465

  8. Magnetic lens apparatus for use in high-resolution scanning electron microscopes and lithographic processes

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    Crewe, Albert V.

    2000-01-01

    Disclosed are lens apparatus in which a beam of charged particlesis brought to a focus by means of a magnetic field, the lens being situated behind the target position. In illustrative embodiments, a lens apparatus is employed in a scanning electron microscopeas the sole lens for high-resolution focusing of an electron beam, and in particular, an electron beam having an accelerating voltage of from about 10 to about 30,000 V. In one embodiment, the lens apparatus comprises an electrically-conducting coil arranged around the axis of the beam and a magnetic pole piece extending along the axis of the beam at least within the space surrounded by the coil. In other embodiments, the lens apparatus comprises a magnetic dipole or virtual magnetic monopole fabricated from a variety of materials, including permanent magnets, superconducting coils, and magnetizable spheres and needles contained within an energy-conducting coil. Multiple-array lens apparatus are also disclosed for simultaneous and/or consecutive imaging of multiple images on single or multiple specimens. The invention further provides apparatus, methods, and devices useful in focusing charged particle beams for lithographic processes.

  9. Effective thermionic work function measurements of zirconium carbide using a computer-processed image of a thermionic projection microscope pattern

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    Mackie, W.A.; Hinrichs, C.H.; Cohen, I.M.; Alin, J.S.; Schnitzler, D.T.; Carleson, P.; Ginn, R.; Krueger, P.; Vetter, C.G. ); Davis, P.R. )

    1990-05-01

    We report on a unique experimental method to determine thermionic work functions of major crystal planes of single crystal zirconium carbide. Applications for transition metal carbides could include cathodes for advanced thermionic energy conversion, radiation immune microcircuitry, {beta}-SiC substrates or high current density field emission cathodes. The primary emphasis of this paper is the analytical method used, that of computer processing a digitized image. ZrC single crystal specimens were prepared by floating zone arc refinement from sintered stock, yielding an average bulk stoichiometry of C/Zr=0.92. A 0.075 cm hemispherical cathode was prepared and mounted in a thermionic projection microscope (TPM) tube. The imaged patterns of thermally emitted electrons taken at various extraction voltages were digitized and computer analyzed to yield currents and corresponding emitting areas for major crystallographic planes. These data were taken at pyrometrically measured temperatures in the range 1700{lt}{ital T}{lt}2200 K. Schottky plots were then used to determine effective thermionic work functions as a function of crystallographic direction and temperature. Work function ordering for various crystal planes is reported through the TPM image processing method. Comparisons are made with effective thermionic and absolute (FERP) work function methods. To support the TPM image processing method, clean tungsten surfaces were examined and results are listed with accepted values.

  10. The reactivity of chlorite surfaces: Microscopic alteration processes and the transport behaviour of uranium(VI)

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    Bosbach, D.; Brandt, F.; Arnold, T.; Krawczyk-Baersch, E.; Bernhard, G.

    2003-04-01

    The transport of U(VI) in phyllite rocks or on granitic fractures is significantly affected by the dissolution of chlorite and the re-precipitation of various secondary phases. However, in order to be able to predict the behaviour of radionuclides in these systems a sound understanding of the reaction kinetics of chlorite alteration/dissolution processes as well as the precipitation of secondary phases is required. We have studied the dissolution of chlorite with mixed-flow reactor experiments and in-situ AFM observations far from equilibrium over a broad pH range. Key parameters such as the reactive surface area as well as the stoichiometry and pH dependency of the dissolution reaction were determined. Speciation calculations indicate that no secondary phases have formed (except under neutral pH conditions). Under acidic conditions the brucite-like layer of the chlorite structure dissolves faster than the 2:1 TOT layer whereas above pH 8 a reverse dissolution behaviour was observed. Under acidic conditions (pH < 5) chlorite transforms to a vermiculite-like clay mineral, which has also been identified in field studies. In addition, static batch dissolution experiments with chlorite were performed in order to mimic more closely natural systems. In these experiments various secondary phases including hydrous ferrous oxides (HFO) were formed as coatings on chlorite surfaces and as colloids in solution. Batch adsorption experiments indicate that U(VI) has a strong affinity to HFO and that retardation of U(VI) occurs via adsorption to immobile HFO coatings on chlorite surfaces. Heterogeneous HFO formation seems to be favoured on {hk0} edge surfaces in the near neutral pH range. The formation mechanism of HFO coatings was studied systematically with titration experiments, in order to be able to quantify the homogeneous and heterogeneous formation of these secondary phases as a function of the geochemical conditions.

  11. GenAnneal: Genetically modified Simulated Annealing

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    Tsoulos, Ioannis G.; Lagaris, Isaac E.

    2006-05-01

    A modification of the standard Simulated Annealing (SA) algorithm is presented for finding the global minimum of a continuous multidimensional, multimodal function. We report results of computational experiments with a set of test functions and we compare to methods of similar structure. The accompanying software accepts objective functions coded both in Fortran 77 and C++. Program summaryTitle of program:GenAnneal Catalogue identifier:ADXI_v1_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/ADXI_v1_0 Program available from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University of Belfast, N. Ireland Computer for which the program is designed and others on which it has been tested: The tool is designed to be portable in all systems running the GNU C++ compiler Installation: University of Ioannina, Greece on Linux based machines Programming language used:GNU-C++, GNU-C, GNU Fortran 77 Memory required to execute with typical data: 200 KB No. of bits in a word: 32 No. of processors used: 1 Has the code been vectorized or parallelized?: No No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.:84 885 No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.:14 896 Distribution format: tar.gz Nature of physical problem: A multitude of problems in science and engineering are often reduced to minimizing a function of many variables. There are instances that a local optimum does not correspond to the desired physical solution and hence the search for a better solution is required. Local optimization techniques are frequently trapped in local minima. Global optimization is hence the appropriate tool. For example, solving a non-linear system of equations via optimization, employing a "least squares" type of objective, one may encounter many local minima that do not correspond to solutions (i.e. they are far from zero). Typical running time: Depending on the objective function. Method of solution: We modified the process of step selection that the traditional Simulated

  12. Annealing behavior of high permeability amorphous alloys

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    Rabenberg, L.

    1980-06-01

    Effects of low temperature annealing on the magnetic properties of the amorphous alloy Co/sub 71/ /sub 4/Fe/sub 4/ /sub 6/Si/sub 9/ /sub 6/B/sub 14/ /sub 4/ were investigated. Annealing this alloy below 400/sup 0/C results in magnetic hardening; annealing above 400/sup 0/C but below the crystallization temperature results in magnetic softening. Above the crystallization temperature the alloy hardens drastically and irreversibly. Conventional and high resolution transmission electron microscopy were used to show that the magnetic property changes at low temperatures occur while the alloy is truly amorphous. By imaging the magnetic microstructures, Lorentz electron microscopy has been able to detect the presence of microscopic inhomogeneities in this alloy. The low temperature annealing behavior of this alloy has been explained in terms of atomic pair ordering in the presence of the internal molecular field. Lorentz electron microscopy has been used to confirm this explanation.

  13. Synthesis of CuO nanowires on Cu-foil using thermal oxidation method, a novel annealing process

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    Eshghi, Hosein; Goodarzi, Mehdi Torabi

    2016-02-01

    Cupric oxide (CuO) nanowires (NWs) on Cu-foils were prepared by thermal oxidation method in air atmosphere using two annealing manners (continuous and steps) in the temperature ranges of 400-500∘C and 400-600∘C. Morphology and microstructure of the NWs was studied using field effect scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray diffractogram (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED). Optical reflectance spectrum was used for the optical investigation of the layers. We found the NWs formed have two different morphologies, curved and straight, with diameters between 50 nm and 200 nm and lengths between 5 μm and 10 μm. SAED pattern of a single NW revealed as a CuO single crystal with monoclinic structure. The reflectance spectra analysis based on Kubelka-Munk method showed that the band gap energy of the CuO NWs are varying in the range of 1.40-1.47 eV depending on the crystallite sizes of the NWs, a confirmation for the happening of the quantum confined effect in these samples.

  14. Computerized Measuring Microscope

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    Schoonmaker, Thomas D.

    1980-05-01

    In the manufacturing of printed circuit boards, microscopic analysis is an essential process control activity. An inspector microscopically analyzes board samples to deter-mine board lot quality and process conditions. Prior to computerizing, this sustained measurement-taking involved the tedious process of recording raw data, converting microscope filar readings, calculating averages, logging information in a job notebook, and completing detailed final lab reports. It is evident from this brief task description that this time-consuming repetitious data recording routine was an added burden to the already fatiguing visual inspection method and therefore was a prime candidate for automatic data capture and printout. Secondly, the creation of a permanent and easily accessible data base would improve process feedback and provide for a system with quick identification of any suspect boards if further assembly/testing exhibited board-related failures. This paper describes the evolution and implementation of a computer-aided microscopic inspection operation.

  15. Improvement of electrical characteristics of solution-processed InZnO thin-film transistor by vacuum annealing and nitrogen pressure treatment at 200 °C

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    Jeong, Woong Hee; Rim, You Seung; Lim Kim, Dong; Kim, Hyun Jae

    2015-12-01

    Electrical characteristics of the InZnO (IZO) thin-film transistor (TFT) using solution process were improved via vacuum annealing and N2 pressure treatment (PT) at 200 °C. Especially, the PT reduced the IZO film thickness and enhanced the IZO film density. It reduced the trap sites at the interface of IZO/gate insulator and those in the IZO bulk. Therefore, the PT IZO TFT exhibited a higher mobility of 4.44 cm2 V-1 s-1 and a steeper subthreshold swing of 0.79 V/decade than non-PT IZO TFT. The improvement of hysteresis on the PT IZO TFT was also observed.

  16. Microscopic Polyangiitis

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    ... include purplish bumps and spots pictured below (palpable purpura). These areas range in size from several millimeters ... Syndrome (EGPA) Cryoglobulinemia Giant Cell Arteritis Henoch-Schönlein Purpura Microscopic Polyangiitis Polyarteritis Nodosa Rheumatoid Vasculitis Takayasu’s Arteritis ...

  17. Rapid Annealing Of Amorphous Hydrogenated Carbon

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    Alterovitz, Samuel A.; Pouch, John J.; Warner, Joseph D.

    1989-01-01

    Report describes experiments to determine effects of rapid annealing on films of amorphous hydrogenated carbon. Study represents first efforts to provide information for applications of a-C:H films where rapid thermal processing required. Major finding, annealing causes abrupt increase in absorption and concomitant decrease in optical band gap. Most of change occurs during first 20 s, continues during longer annealing times. Extend of change increases with annealing temperature. Researchers hypothesize abrupt initial change caused by loss of hydrogen, while gradual subsequent change due to polymerization of remaining carbon into crystallites or sheets of graphite. Optical band gaps of unannealed specimens on silicon substrates lower than those of specimens on quartz substrates.

  18. Phase transformation from cubic ZnS to hexagonal ZnO by thermal annealing

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    Mahmood, K.; Asghar, M.; Amin, N.; Ali, Adnan

    2015-03-01

    We have investigated the mechanism of phase transformation from ZnS to hexagonal ZnO by high-temperature thermal annealing. The ZnS thin films were grown on Si (001) substrate by thermal evaporation system using ZnS powder as source material. The grown films were annealed at different temperatures and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), photoluminescence (PL), four-point probe, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray diffraction (EDX). The results demonstrated that as-deposited ZnS film has mixed phases but high-temperature annealing leads to transition from ZnS to ZnO. The observed result can be explained as a two-step process: (1) high-energy O atoms replaced S atoms in lattice during annealing process, and (2) S atoms diffused into substrate and/or diffused out of the sample. The dissociation energy of ZnS calculated from the Arrhenius plot of 1000/T versus log (resistivity) was found to be 3.1 eV. PL spectra of as-grown sample exhibits a characteristic green emission at 2.4 eV of ZnS but annealed samples consist of band-to-band and defect emission of ZnO at 3.29 eV and 2.5 eV respectively. SEM and EDX measurements were additionally performed to strengthen the argument.

  19. Surface processes recorded by rocks and soils on Meridiani Planum, Mars: Microscopic Imager observations during Opportunity's first three extended missions

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    Herkenhoff, Ken E.; Grotzinger, John; Knoll, Andrew H.; McLennan, Scott M.; Weitz, Catherine; Yingst, Aileen; Anderson, Robert; Archinal, Brent A.; Arvidson, Raymond E.; Barrett, Janet M.; Becker, Kris J.; Bell, James F.; Budney, Charles; Chapman, Mary G.; Cook, Debbie; Ehlmann, Bethany; Franklin, Brenda; Gaddis, Lisa R.; Galuszka, Donna M.; Garcia, Patricia A.; Geissler, Paul; Hare, Trent M.; Howington-Kraus, Elpitha; Johnson, Jeffrey R.; Keszthelyi, Laszlo; Kirk, Randolph L.; Lanagan, Peter; Lee, Ella Mae; Leff, Craig; Maki, Justin N.; Mullins, Kevin F.; Parker, Timothy J.; Redding, Bonnie L.; Rosiek, Mark R.; Sims, Michael H.; Soderblom, Laurence A.; Spanovich, Nicole; Springer, Richard; Squyres, Steve W.; Stolper, Daniel; Sucharski, Robert M.; Sucharski, Tracie; Sullivan, Rob; Torson, James M.

    2008-11-01

    The Microscopic Imager (MI) on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has returned images of Mars with higher resolution than any previous camera system, allowing detailed petrographic and sedimentological studies of the rocks and soils at the Meridiani Planum landing site. Designed to simulate a geologist's hand lens, the MI is mounted on Opportunity's instrument arm and can resolve objects 0.1 mm across or larger. This paper provides an overview of MI operations, data calibration, and analysis of MI data returned during the first 900 sols (Mars days) of the Opportunity landed mission. Analyses of Opportunity MI data have helped to resolve major questions about the origin of observed textures and features. These studies support eolian sediment transport, rather than impact surge processes, as the dominant depositional mechanism for Burns formation strata. MI stereo observations of a rock outcrop near the rim of Erebus Crater support the previous interpretation of similar sedimentary structures in Eagle Crater as being formed by surficial flow of liquid water. Well-sorted spherules dominate ripple surfaces on the Meridiani plains, and the size of spherules between ripples decreases by about 1 mm from north to south along Opportunity's traverse between Endurance and Erebus craters.

  20. Analysis of signal processing in vestibular circuits with a novel light-emitting diodes-based fluorescence microscope.

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    Direnberger, Stephan; Banchi, Roberto; Brosel, Sonja; Seebacher, Christian; Laimgruber, Stefan; Uhl, Rainer; Felmy, Felix; Straka, Hans; Kunz, Lars

    2015-05-01

    Optical visualization of neural network activity is limited by imaging system-dependent technical tradeoffs. To overcome these constraints, we have developed a powerful low-cost and flexible imaging system with high spectral variability and unique spatio-temporal precision for simultaneous optical recording and manipulation of neural activity of large cell groups. The system comprises eight high-power light-emitting diodes, a camera with a large metal-oxide-semiconductor sensor and a high numerical aperture water-dipping objective. It allows fast and precise control of excitation and simultaneous low noise imaging at high resolution. Adjustable apertures generated two independent areas of variable size and position for simultaneous optical activation and image capture. The experimental applicability of this system was explored in semi-isolated preparations of larval axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) with intact inner ear organs and central nervous circuits. Cyclic galvanic stimulation of semicircular canals together with glutamate- and γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-uncaging caused a corresponding modulation of Ca(2+) transients in central vestibular neurons. These experiments revealed specific cellular properties as well as synaptic interactions between excitatory and inhibitory inputs, responsible for spatio-temporal-specific sensory signal processing. Location-specific GABA-uncaging revealed a potent inhibitory shunt of vestibular nerve afferent input in the predominating population of tonic vestibular neurons, indicating a considerable impact of local and commissural inhibitory circuits on the processing of head/body motion-related signals. The discovery of these previously unknown properties of vestibular computations demonstrates the merits of our novel microscope system for experimental applications in the field of neurobiology. PMID:25847143

  1. Scanning-electron-microscope image processing for accurate analysis of line-edge and line-width roughness

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    Hiraiwa, Atsushi; Nishida, Akio

    2012-03-01

    The control of line-edge or line-width roughness (LER/LWR) is a challenge especially for future devices that are fabricated using extreme-ultraviolet lithography. Accurate analysis of the LER/LWR plays an essential role in this challenge and requires the noise involved in scanning-electron-microscope (SEM) images to be reduced by appropriate image processing prior to analyses. In order to achieve this, the authors simulated SEM images using the Monte-Carlo method and detected line edges in experimental and these theoretical images after noise filtering using new imageanalysis software. The validity of these simulation and software was confirmed by a good agreement between the experimental and theoretical results. In the case when the image pixels aligned perpendicular (crosswise) to line edges were averaged, the variance var(φ) that was additionally induced by the image noise decreased with the number NPIX,X of averaged pixels but turned to increase for relatively large NPIX,X's. Real LER/LWR, however, remained unaffected. On the other hand, averaging image pixels aligned parallel (longitudinal) to line edges not only reduced var(φ) but smoothed the real LER/LWR. As a result, the nominal variance of the real LWR, obtained using simple arithmetic, monotonically decreased with the number NPIX,L of averaged pixels. Artifactual oscillations were additionally observed in power spectral densities. var(φ) in this case decreased in an inverse proportion to the square root of NPIX,L according to the statistical mechanism clarified here. In this way, image processing has a marked effect on the LER/LWR analysis and needs to be much more cared and appropriately applied. All the aforementioned results not only constitute a solid basis of but improve previous empirical instructions for accurate analyses. The most important instruction is to avoid the longitudinal averaging and to crosswise average an optimized number of image pixels consulting the equation derived in this

  2. An Introduction to Simulated Annealing

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    Albright, Brian

    2007-01-01

    An attempt to model the physical process of annealing lead to the development of a type of combinatorial optimization algorithm that takes on the problem of getting trapped in a local minimum. The author presents a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that illustrates how this works.

  3. The effect of annealing process on the optical and microwave dielectric properties of transparent MgAl2O4 ceramics by spark plasma sintering

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    Fu, Ping; Xu, Yong; Shi, Haohao; Zhang, Baohua; Ruan, Xuefeng; Lu, Wenzhong

    2014-05-01

    Transparent MgAl2O4 ceramics were fabricated by using spark plasma sintering (SPS). The effects of annealing temperature on the optical and microwave dielectric properties were investigated by positron annihilation technique and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results showed that the optimal annealing temperature for the optical property improvement was 900 °C and the in-line transmittance was improved to 74.9% at the wavelength of 550 nm. The further elevation of annealing temperature damaged the optical performance due to the combination of oxygen vacancies. The Q × f values of transparent MgAl2O4 ceramics were an overall increase from 800 °C to 1200 °C, but decreased at 1300 °C. It can be concluded that the annealing temperature plays an important role in the Q × f value, while a certain annealing temperature is corresponding to the best microwave dielectric property.

  4. Microscopic Polyangiitis

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    Chung, Sharon A.; Seo, Philip

    2010-01-01

    Synopsis In 1923, Friedrich Wohlwill described two patients with a “microscopic form of periarteritis nodosa”, which was distinct from classical polyarteritis nodosa. This disease, now known as microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), is a primary systemic vasculitis characterized by inflammation of the small-caliber blood vessels and the presence of circulating antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA). Typically, microscopic polyangiitis presents with glomerulonephritis and pulmonary capillaritis, although involvement of the skin, nerves, and gastrointestinal tract is not uncommon. Treatment of MPA generally requires use of a cytotoxic agent (such as cyclophosphamide) in addition to high-dose glucocorticoids. Recent research has focused on identifying alternate treatment strategies that minimize or eliminate exposure to cytotoxic agents. This article will review the history, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and treatment of MPA. PMID:20688249

  5. A Review of Automatic Methods Based on Image Processing Techniques for Tuberculosis Detection from Microscopic Sputum Smear Images.

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    Panicker, Rani Oomman; Soman, Biju; Saini, Gagan; Rajan, Jeny

    2016-01-01

    Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It primarily affects the lungs, but it can also affect other parts of the body. TB remains one of the leading causes of death in developing countries, and its recent resurgences in both developed and developing countries warrant global attention. The number of deaths due to TB is very high (as per the WHO report, 1.5 million died in 2013), although most are preventable if diagnosed early and treated. There are many tools for TB detection, but the most widely used one is sputum smear microscopy. It is done manually and is often time consuming; a laboratory technician is expected to spend at least 15 min per slide, limiting the number of slides that can be screened. Many countries, including India, have a dearth of properly trained technicians, and they often fail to detect TB cases due to the stress of a heavy workload. Automatic methods are generally considered as a solution to this problem. Attempts have been made to develop automatic approaches to identify TB bacteria from microscopic sputum smear images. In this paper, we provide a review of automatic methods based on image processing techniques published between 1998 and 2014. The review shows that the accuracy of algorithms for the automatic detection of TB increased significantly over the years and gladly acknowledges that commercial products based on published works also started appearing in the market. This review could be useful to researchers and practitioners working in the field of TB automation, providing a comprehensive and accessible overview of methods of this field of research. PMID:26573654

  6. Martian Microscope

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    2004-01-01

    The microscopic imager (circular device in center) is in clear view above the surface at Meridiani Planum, Mars, in this approximate true-color image taken by the panoramic camera on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. The image was taken on the 9th sol of the rover's journey. The microscopic imager is located on the rover's instrument deployment device, or arm. The arrow is pointing to the lens of the instrument. Note the dust cover, which flips out to the left of the lens, is open. This approximated color image was created using the camera's violet and infrared filters as blue and red.

  7. Microstructural evolution in a low carbon steel during cold rolling and subsequent annealing.

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    Ghassemali, E; Kermanpur, A; Najafizadeh, A

    2010-09-01

    Cold rolling with subsequent annealing of lath martensite structure could lead to the formation of nanostructures in low carbon steels. In the present work, the microstructural evolution of a 0.13% C steel during this process was studied. The specimens were austenitized at 950 degrees C followed by quenching in ice-brine to get martensitic structure. The quenched samples were aged at 200 degrees C for 30 min. These specimens were cold rolled up to 90% reduction in thickness without any intermediate annealing and then annealed at the temperatures from 400 to 600 degrees C. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy and color metallography was used to investigate the microstructure. Microscopic investigations showed that a multiphase nanostructure composed of equiaxed ferrite grains with the mean grain size of about 188 nm and small blocks of tempered martensite can be achieved under annealing at 400 degrees C for 90 min. Formation of the nanostructure was discussed from the viewpoint of characteristics of the martensite starting structure. Fragmentation of martensite lathes in cold rolling stage play an important role on recrystallization at annealing stage to get the ultrafine structure. PMID:21133169

  8. Effects of Annealing Temperature on Thermomechanical Properties of Cu-Al-Ni Shape Memory Alloys

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    Canbay, C. Aksu; Karagoz, Z.

    2013-07-01

    The effects of the annealing temperature on structural properties and the phase transformation of a Cu-14.1Al-3.9Ni (mass %) shape memory alloy (SMA) have been investigated. The annealing process was carried out at temperatures in the range of to . The structural changes of the as-quenched and annealed samples were studied by optical microscope and X-ray diffraction measurements. The evolution of the transformation temperatures was studied by differential scanning calorimetry with different heating and cooling rates. The activation energy and thermodynamic parameters of the samples were determined. It was found that the heat treatment has an effect on the characteristic transformation temperatures and on thermodynamic parameters such as enthalpy, entropy, and activation energy. The crystallite size of the as-quenched and annealed samples were determined. Vickers hardness measurements of the as-quenched and annealed samples were also carried out. It is evaluated that the transformation parameters of a CuAlNi SMA can be controlled by heat treatment.

  9. Recrystallization Behavior of a Heavily Deformed Austenitic Stainless Steel During Iterative Type Annealing

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    Ravi Kumar, B.; Sharma, Sailaja

    2014-09-01

    The study describes evolution of the recrystallization microstructure in an austenitic stainless steel during iterative or repetitive type annealing process. The starting heavily cold deformed microstructure consisted of a dual phase structure i.e., strain-induced martensite (SIM) (43 pct in volume) and heavily deformed large grained retained austenite. Recrystallization behavior was compared with Johnson Mehl Avrami and Kolmogorov model. Early annealing iterations led to reversion of SIM to reversed austenite. The microstructure changes observed in the retained austenite and in the reverted austenite were mapped by electron backscatter diffraction technique and transmission electron microscope. The reversed austenite was characterized by a fine polygonal substructure consisting of low-angle grain boundaries. With an increasing number of annealing repetitions, these boundaries were gradually replaced by high-angle grain boundaries and recrystallized into ultrafine-grained microstructure. On the other hand, recrystallization of retained austenite grains was sluggish in nature. Progress of recrystallization in these grains was found to take place by a gradual evolution of subgrains and their subsequent transformation into fine grains. The observed recrystallization characteristics suggest continuous recrystallization type process. The analysis provided basic insight into the recrystallization mechanisms that enable the processing of ultrafine-grained fcc steels by iterative type annealing. Tensile properties of the processed material showed a good combination of strength and ductility.

  10. Recrystallization Behavior of a Heavily Deformed Austenitic Stainless Steel During Iterative Type Annealing

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    Ravi Kumar, B.; Sharma, Sailaja

    2014-12-01

    The study describes evolution of the recrystallization microstructure in an austenitic stainless steel during iterative or repetitive type annealing process. The starting heavily cold deformed microstructure consisted of a dual phase structure i.e., strain-induced martensite (SIM) (43 pct in volume) and heavily deformed large grained retained austenite. Recrystallization behavior was compared with Johnson Mehl Avrami and Kolmogorov model. Early annealing iterations led to reversion of SIM to reversed austenite. The microstructure changes observed in the retained austenite and in the reverted austenite were mapped by electron backscatter diffraction technique and transmission electron microscope. The reversed austenite was characterized by a fine polygonal substructure consisting of low-angle grain boundaries. With an increasing number of annealing repetitions, these boundaries were gradually replaced by high-angle grain boundaries and recrystallized into ultrafine-grained microstructure. On the other hand, recrystallization of retained austenite grains was sluggish in nature. Progress of recrystallization in these grains was found to take place by a gradual evolution of subgrains and their subsequent transformation into fine grains. The observed recrystallization characteristics suggest continuous recrystallization type process. The analysis provided basic insight into the recrystallization mechanisms that enable the processing of ultrafine-grained fcc steels by iterative type annealing. Tensile properties of the processed material showed a good combination of strength and ductility.

  11. Stereoscopic Video Microscope

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    Butterfield, James F.

    1980-11-01

    The new electronic technology of three-dimensional video combined with the established. science of microscopy has created. a new instrument. the Stereoscopic Video Microscope. The specimen is illuminated so the stereoscopic objective lens focuses the stereo-pair of images side-by-side on the video camera's pick-up, tube. The resulting electronic signal can be enhanced, digitized, colorized, quantified, its polarity reverse., and its gray scale expanJed non-linearally. The signal can be transmitted over distances and can be stored on video. tape for later playback. The electronic signal is converted to a stereo-pair of visual images on the video monitor's cathode-ray-tube. A stereo-hood is used to fuse the two images for three-dimensional viewing. The conventional optical microscope has definite limitations, many of which can be eliminated by converting the optical image to an electronic signal in the video microscope. The principal aHvantages of the Stereoscopic Video Microscope compared to the conventional optical microscope are: great ease of viewing; group viewing; ability to easily recohd; and, the capability of processing the electronic signal for video. enhancement. The applications cover nearly all fields of microscopy. These include: microelectronics assembly, inspection, and research; biological, metallurgical, and che.illical research; and other industrial and medical uses. The Stereo-scopic Video Microscope is particularly useful for instructional and recordkeeping purposes. The video microscope can be monoscopic or three dimensional.

  12. AUTOMATED MALLEABLE ANNEALING OVENS SLOWLY HEAT AND COOL CASTINGS AS ...

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    AUTOMATED MALLEABLE ANNEALING OVENS SLOWLY HEAT AND COOL CASTINGS AS THEY MOVE IN BINS ALONG TRACKS IN THE OVEN BOTTOM IN THE MALLEABLE ANNEALING BUILDING. THIS PROCESS TRANSFORMS BRITTLE WHITE IRON CASTINGS INTO SOFTER, STRONGER MALLEABLE IRON. - Stockham Pipe & Fittings Company, Malleable Annealing Building, 4000 Tenth Avenue North, Birmingham, Jefferson County, AL

  13. Modified laser-annealing process for improving the quality of electrical P-N junctions and devices

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    Wood, Richard F.; Young, Rosa T.

    1984-01-01

    The invention is a process for producing improved electrical-junction devices. The invention is applicable, for example, to a process in which a light-sensitive electrical-junction device is produced by (1) providing a body of crystalline semiconductor material having a doped surface layer, (2) irradiating the layer with at least one laser pulse to effect melting of the layer, (3) permitting recrystallization of the melted layer, and (4) providing the resulting body with electrical contacts. In accordance with the invention, the fill-factor and open-circuit-voltage parameters of the device are increased by conducting the irradiation with the substrate as a whole at a selected elevated temperature, the temperature being selected to effect a reduction in the rate of the recrystallization but insufficient to effect substantial migration of impurities within the body. In the case of doped silicon substrates, the substrate may be heated to a temperature in the range of from about 200.degree. C. to 500.degree. C.

  14. Crystal growth and annealing method and apparatus

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    Gianoulakis, Steven E.; Sparrow, Robert

    2001-01-01

    A method and apparatus for producing crystals that minimizes birefringence even at large crystal sizes, and is suitable for production of CaF.sub.2 crystals. The method of the present invention comprises annealing a crystal by maintaining a minimal temperature gradient in the crystal while slowly reducing the bulk temperature of the crystal. An apparatus according to the present invention includes a thermal control system added to a crystal growth and annealing apparatus, wherein the thermal control system allows a temperature gradient during crystal growth but minimizes the temperature gradient during crystal annealing. An embodiment of the present invention comprises a secondary heater incorporated into a conventional crystal growth and annealing apparatus. The secondary heater supplies heat to minimize the temperature gradients in the crystal during the annealing process. The secondary heater can mount near the bottom of the crucible to effectively maintain appropriate temperature gradients.

  15. Annealing of Solar Cells and Other Thin Film Devices

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    Escobar, Hector; Kuhlman, Franz; Dils, D. W.; Lush, G. B.; Mackey, Willie R. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Annealing is a key step in most semiconductor fabrication processes, especially for thin films where annealing enhances performance by healing defects and increasing grain sizes. We have employed a new annealing oven for the annealing of CdTe-based solar cells and have been using this system in an attempt to grow US on top of CdTe by annealing in the presence of H2S gas. Preliminary results of this process on CdTe solar cells and other thin-film devices will be presented.

  16. Effect of In Situ Thermal Annealing Process on Structural, Optical and Electrical Properties of CdSCdTe Thin-Film Solar Cells Fabricated by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Al-mebir, Alaa Ayad Khedhair

    Cadmium Telluride has long been recognized as the second lowest- cost material after Si in the world photovoltaic market, specifically for thin-film solar cells. The two attractive properties of the CdTe are its nearly ideal band gap of ˜1.5 eV for single p-n junction photovoltaic and its high optical absorption coefficient up to 105 cm-1. Therefore, a thickness of ˜1 mum of CdTe can absorb up to 90% of the incident light. The key to high-performance thin film CdTe-based solar cells is controlling microstructure of the CdS/CdTe through obtaining high-quality crystalline CdTe thin films that have low density pinholes and other defects and form high-quality p-n heterojunction interfaces on the CdS or other window layers. Considering these, the relative high temperatures used for CdTe thick film growth may not be suitable in the thin film case due to lack of control in CdTe microstructure evolution. Therefore, development of low-temperature processes for CdTe thin film solar cells is important to achieving a precise control of the CdS/CdTe microstructure and optoelectronic properties. In addition, low temperatures provide benefits in wider selection of substrates especially those for low-cost, flexible solar cells applications. However, the CdS/CdTe solar cells based on thin CdTe films fabricated at low temperature have generally poor performance as a result of increased density of grain boundaries and defects. In order to address this issue, we have developed an in situ thermal annealing process (iTAP) immediately after the CdS/CdTe deposition using Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) at 200 °C and before the common ex situ CdCl2 annealing typically employed for optimization of the CdTe-based solar cells. A systematic study on the microstructure, optical and optoelectronic properties of CdS/CdTe solar cells processed under different iTAP conditions has been carried out. It has been found that these physical properties depend sensitively on the iTAP processing conditions

  17. An in situ annealing study of lead implanted single crystal calcium titanate

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    Rankin, J.; Hobbs, L. W.; Boatner, L. A.; White, C. W.

    1988-05-01

    In situ annealing studies have been carried out in ion-implanted single crystals of CaTiO 3. These crystals were implanted along both the a and b axes of this orthorhombic perovskite structure (Pcmn). Through the use of a Panasonic video cassette recorder connected to a Gatan television system on a JEOL 200CX transmission electron microscope, the regrowth process was observed and the growth rate monitored. Samples were annealed in a Gatan single tilt hot stage at ˜ 475° C. The near-surface region of this material, approximately 190 nm, is turned amorphous by the implantation of 540 keV Pb ions at a fluence of 1 × 10 15/cm 2. Annealing at 475° C results in the epitaxial regrowth of the damaged region. The regrowth process begins at the original amorphous/crystalline interface and proceeds outward to the surface. This phenomenon has been studied for implantations along both the <010> and the <100> crystallographic directions. For constant accelerating voltage and fluence of the implanted lead ions, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) [C.W. White et al., to be published in Proc. of Radiation Effects in Insulators, Lyon, France, 1987.] indicate that the regrowth rate is linear with time but strongly dependent on the oxygen partial pressure in the annealing atmosphere, and the implantation and subsequent regrowth direction.

  18. Near-infrared microscopic methods for the detection and quantification of processed by-products of animal origin

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    Abbas, O.; Fernández Pierna, J. A.; Dardenne, P.; Baeten, V.

    2010-04-01

    Since the BSE crisis, researches concern mainly the detection, identification, and quantification of meat and bone meal with an important focus on the development of new analytical methods. Microscopic based spectroscopy methods (NIR microscopy - NIRM or/and NIR hyperspectral imaging) have been proposed as complementary methods to the official method; the optical microscopy. NIR spectroscopy offers the advantage of being rapid, accurate and independent of human analyst skills. The combination of an NIR detector and a microscope or a camera allows the collection of high quality spectra for small feed particles having a size larger than 50 μm. Several studies undertaken have demonstrated the clear potential of NIR microscopic methods for the detection of animal particles in both raw and sediment fractions. Samples are sieved and only the gross fraction (superior than 250 μm) is investigated. Proposed methodologies have been developed to assure, with an acceptable level of confidence (95%), the detection of at least one animal particle when a feed sample is adulterated at a level of 0.1%. NIRM and NIR hyperspectral imaging are running under accreditation ISO 17025 since 2005 at CRA-W. A quantitative NIRM approach has been developed in order to fulfill the new requirements of the European commission policies. The capacities of NIRM method have been improved; only the raw fraction is analyzed, both the gross and the fine fractions of the samples are considered, and the acquisition parameters are optimized (the aperture, the gap, and the composition of the animal feed). A mapping method for a faster collection of spectra is also developed. The aim of this work is to show the new advances in the analytical methods developed in the frame of the feed ban applied in Europe.

  19. Effects of rolling temperature and subsequent annealing on mechanical properties of ultrafine-grained Cu–Zn–Si alloy

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    Zhang, Xiangkai; Yang, Xuyue; Chen, Wei; Qin, Jia; Fouse, Jiaping

    2015-08-15

    The effects of rolling temperature and subsequent annealing on mechanical properties of Cu–Zn–Si alloy were investigated by using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscope, electron back scattered diffraction and tensile tests. The Cu–Zn–Si alloy has been processed at cryogenic temperature (approximately 77 K) and room temperature up to different rolling strains. It has been identified that the cryorolled Cu–Zn–Si alloy samples show a higher strength compared with those room temperature rolled samples. The improved strength of cryorolled samples is resulted from grain size effect and higher densities of dislocations and deformation twins. And subsequent annealing, as a post-heat treatment, enhanced the ductility. An obvious increase in uniform elongation appears when the volume fraction of static recrystallization grains exceeds 25%. The strength–ductility combination of the annealed cryorolled samples is superior to that of annealed room temperature rolled samples, owing to the finer grains, high fractions of high angle grain boundaries and twins. - Highlights: • An increase in hardness of Cu–Zn–Si alloy is noticed during annealing process. • Thermal stability is reduced in Cu–Zn–Si alloy by cryorolling. • An obvious enhancement in UE is noticed when fraction of SRX grains exceeds 25%. • A superior strength–ductility combination is achieved in the cryorolling samples.

  20. Annealing induced interfacial layers in niobium-clad stainless steel developed as a bipolar plate material for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell stacks

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    Hong, Sung Tae; Weil, K. Scott; Choi, Jung-Pyung; Bae, In-Tae; Pan, Jwo

    2010-05-01

    Niobium (Nb)-clad 304L stainless steel (SS) manufactured by cold rolling is currently under consideration for use as a bipolar plate material in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) stacks. To make the fabrication of bipolar plates using the Nb-clad SS feasible, annealing may be necessary for the Nb-clad SS to reduce the springback induced by cold rolling. However, the annealing can develop an interfacial layer between the Nb cladding and the SS core and the interfacial layer plays a key role in the failure of the Nb-clad SS as reported earlier [JPS our work]. In this investigation, the Nb-clad SS specimens in as-rolled condition were annealed at different combinations of temperature and time. Based on the results of scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis, an annealing process map for the Nb-clad SS was obtained. The results of SEM analysis and Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) analysis also suggest that different interfacial layers occurred based on the given annealing conditions.

  1. High-temperature annealing of proton irradiated beryllium - A dilatometry-based study

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    Simos, Nikolaos; Elbakhshwan, Mohamed; Zhong, Zhong; Ghose, Sanjit; Savkliyildiz, Ilyas

    2016-08-01

    Ssbnd 200 F grade beryllium has been irradiated with 160 MeV protons up to 1.2 1020 cm-2 peak fluence and irradiation temperatures in the range of 100-200 °C. To address the effect of proton irradiation on dimensional stability, an important parameter in its consideration in fusion reactor applications, and to simulate high temperature irradiation conditions, multi-stage annealing using high precision dilatometry to temperatures up to 740 °C were conducted in air. X-ray diffraction studies were also performed to compliment the macroscopic thermal study and offer a microscopic view of the irradiation effects on the crystal lattice. The primary objective was to qualify the competing dimensional change processes occurring at elevated temperatures namely manufacturing defect annealing, lattice parameter recovery, transmutation 4He and 3H diffusion and swelling and oxidation kinetics. Further, quantification of the effect of irradiation dose and annealing temperature and duration on dimensional changes is sought. The study revealed the presence of manufacturing porosity in the beryllium grade, the oxidation acceleration effect of irradiation including the discontinuous character of oxidation advancement, the effect of annealing duration on the recovery of lattice parameters recovery and the triggering temperature for transmutation gas diffusion leading to swelling.

  2. Effect of thermal annealing on the optical properties of CdGeAs2 wafers

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    Huang, Wei; Zhao, Beijun; Zhu, Shifu; He, Zhiyu; Chen, Baojun; Li, Jiawei; Yu, You; Tang, Jingjing; Liu, Weijia

    2013-01-01

    A crack-free CdGeAs2 single crystal 15 mm in diameter and 50 mm in length was grown in a three-zone tubular furnace by the modified vertical Bridgman method. During the annealing processes, the effects of treatments with different atmosphere, different temperatures and time were investigated. The as-grown and annealed wafers were characterized using X-ray diffractometer (XRD), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and IR microscope. Conclusively, the results confirm annealing could improve the optical qualities of as-grown CdGeAs2 crystal. The best result was obtained under cover-up with CdGeAs2 polycrystalline powder at 450 °C for 150 h and the IR transmittance of the wafer measured by FTIR was up to 48.65% nearby 5.5 μm and exceeded 50% in the range of 8-12 μm. Additionally, the monolithic homogeneity of the crystal has also been greatly improved after annealing under cover-up with polycrystalline powder.

  3. Effect of Annealing Time Process on the pH Sensitivity of Spin-coated TiO2/ ZnO Bilayer Film

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    Rahman, R. A.; Zulkefle, M. A.; Yusof, K. A.; Abdullah, W. F. H.; Rusop, M.; Herman, S. H.

    2015-11-01

    This paper presents an investigation on titanium dioxide (TiO2) and zinc oxide (ZnO) bilayer film, which is used as sensing membrane for extended-gate field effect transistor (EGFET) for pH sensing application. TiO2/ZnO thin films were deposited using sol-gel spin coating method on indium tin oxide (ITO) substrates. After the deposition, the bilayer films were annealed at constant temperatures which is 400 °C for 15, 30, 40 and 60 minutes. The sensitivity of the TiO2 thin film towards pH buffer solution was measured by dipping the sensing membrane in pH4, pH7 and pH10 buffer solution. By varying the annealing time, we found that the TiO2/ZnO thin film annealed at 400°C for 15 minutes gave the highest sensitivity compared to other annealing conditions, with the value of 64.87 mV/pH.

  4. Growth Kinetics of Microscopic Silicon Rods Grown on Silicon Substrates by the Pyrolytic Laser-Induced Chemical Vapor Deposition Process

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    Park, Se Il; Lee, Sang Soo

    1990-01-01

    By using a cw Ar+ ion laser beam, microscopic crystalline silicon rods ≈ 102 μm in diameter and ≈ 103 μm in height have been grown on a silicon substrate by pyrolytic dissociation of SiH4. The kinetics of lateral growth of the silicon rods is derived from the time integration of the Arrhenius equation using a reasonable assumption that the temperature on the edge of the deposit saturates inversely to the substrate temperature with illumination time. For the axial growth, excluding the initial transient growth, the same result as Bäuerle and his collaborators is derived. The influences of laser power and illumination time on the deposited diameter and height are found experimentally, and it is found that the derived theory agrees well with the experimental results.

  5. Femtosecond photoelectron point projection microscope

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    Quinonez, Erik; Handali, Jonathan; Barwick, Brett

    2013-10-15

    By utilizing a nanometer ultrafast electron source in a point projection microscope we demonstrate that images of nanoparticles with spatial resolutions of the order of 100 nanometers can be obtained. The duration of the emission process of the photoemitted electrons used to make images is shown to be of the order of 100 fs using an autocorrelation technique. The compact geometry of this photoelectron point projection microscope does not preclude its use as a simple ultrafast electron microscope, and we use simple analytic models to estimate temporal resolutions that can be expected when using it as a pump-probe ultrafast electron microscope. These models show a significant increase in temporal resolution when comparing to ultrafast electron microscopes based on conventional designs. We also model the microscopes spectroscopic abilities to capture ultrafast phenomena such as the photon induced near field effect.

  6. Simulated annealing with probabilistic analysis for solving traveling salesman problems

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    Hong, Pei-Yee; Lim, Yai-Fung; Ramli, Razamin; Khalid, Ruzelan

    2013-09-01

    Simulated Annealing (SA) is a widely used meta-heuristic that was inspired from the annealing process of recrystallization of metals. Therefore, the efficiency of SA is highly affected by the annealing schedule. As a result, in this paper, we presented an empirical work to provide a comparable annealing schedule to solve symmetric traveling salesman problems (TSP). Randomized complete block design is also used in this study. The results show that different parameters do affect the efficiency of SA and thus, we propose the best found annealing schedule based on the Post Hoc test. SA was tested on seven selected benchmarked problems of symmetric TSP with the proposed annealing schedule. The performance of SA was evaluated empirically alongside with benchmark solutions and simple analysis to validate the quality of solutions. Computational results show that the proposed annealing schedule provides a good quality of solution.

  7. Recent progress of quantum annealing

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    Suzuki, Sei

    2015-03-10

    We review the recent progress of quantum annealing. Quantum annealing was proposed as a method to solve generic optimization problems. Recently a Canadian company has drawn a great deal of attention, as it has commercialized a quantum computer based on quantum annealing. Although the performance of quantum annealing is not sufficiently understood, it is likely that quantum annealing will be a practical method both on a conventional computer and on a quantum computer.

  8. Impurity and defect interactions during laser thermal annealing in Ge

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    Milazzo, R.; Impellizzeri, G.; Piccinotti, D.; La Magna, A.; Fortunato, G.; De Salvador, D.; Carnera, A.; Portavoce, A.; Mangelinck, D.; Privitera, V.; Napolitani, E.

    2016-01-01

    The microscopic mechanisms involving dopants, contaminants, and defects in Ge during pulsed melting laser thermal annealing (LTA) are investigated in detail. Samples both un-implanted and implanted with As or B are processed by LTA as well as characterized in terms of chemical (1D and 3D), electrical, and strain profiling. The clustering of As is directly measured by 3D chemical profiling and correlated with its partial electrical activation along with a reduction of the lattice strain induced by As atoms. A semi-quantitative microscopic model involving the interaction with mobile As-vacancy (AsV) complexes is proposed to describe the clustering mechanism. Boron is shown to follow different clustering behavior that changes with depth and marked by completely different strain levels. Oxygen penetrates from the surface into all the samples as a result of LTA and, only in un-implanted Ge, it occupies an interstitial position inducing also positive strain in the lattice. On the contrary, data suggest that the presence of As or B forces O to assume different configurations with negligible strain, through O-V or O-B interactions for the two dopant species, respectively. These data suggest that LTA does not inject a significant amount of vacancies in Ge, at variance with Si, unless As atoms or possibly other n-type dopants are present. These results have to be carefully considered for modeling the LTA process in Ge and its implementation in technology.

  9. Evolution of nano-structures of silver due to rapid thermal annealing

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    Mondal, Shyamal Bhattacharyya, S. R.

    2014-04-24

    This report deals with rapid thermal annealing (RTA) effect on continuous silver film on Si(100) substrate. For this purpose silver films of different thicknesses were deposited and subsequently annealed at 500 and 800 °C. The as-deposited and annealed samples were investigated by scanning electron microscope (SEM). Formations of different nano-structures have been observed. Fragmentation of formed nanoislands also observed at temperature below melting temperature.

  10. Influence of Microscopic Diffusive Process on Uranyl Precipitation and Dissolution in Subsurface Sediments at Hanford Site, USA

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    Liu, Chongxuan; Zachara, John M.; McKinley, James P.; Wang, Zheming; Majors, Paul D.

    2004-03-29

    Uranium in DOE Hanford sediments was found to be distributed as uranyl silicate precipitates almost exclusively within interiors of sediment grains. The precipitates were minute, generally 1-3 {micro}m across in either radiating or parallel arrays in intraparticle microfractures of a few microns width and variable connectivity to particle surfaces. Grain-scale porosity, tortuosity and diffusivity of tracer (H2O) and U(VI) were measured and imaged using various spectroscopic techniques. Simulations using a microscopic reactive diffusion model suggested that diffusion-limited mass transport generated a favorable thermodynamic condition within the grain microfractures for precipitation and concentration of uranium from waste plumes. The rate and extent of uranyl precipitate dissolution were studied in various electrolytes with variable pH under ambient CO2 pressure. Uranium speciation and distribution before and after dissolution were monitored by spectroscopic and imaging techniques . Experimental, spectroscopic and modeling results collectively indicated that dissolution of uranyl precipitates was controlled by diffusion-limited dissolution kinetics.

  11. The importance of annealing 316 LVM stents.

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    Meyer-Kobbe, C; Hinrichs, B H

    2003-01-01

    The annealing process is an important key step in the manufacture of high quality and reliable 316 LVM stents. [figure: see text] The methods commonly applied for verifying the outcome of the annealing process such as microhardness testing are inappropriate and should not be used. The tension testing of tubes, processed together with stents, provides reliable results of the final material properties of stents. During the course of the investigation the grain size was reduced significantly and the break elongation improved. The surface of the strain-tested material shows substantial improvements. All results are particularly important for thin-wall stents with filigree struts. PMID:12974121

  12. Note: Improving long-term stability of hot-wire anemometer sensors by means of annealing

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    Lundström, H.

    2015-08-15

    Annealing procedures for hot-wire sensors of platinum and platinum-plated tungsten have been investigated experimentally. It was discovered that the two investigated sensor metals behave quite differently during the annealing process, but for both types annealing may improve long-term stability considerably. Measured drift of sensors both without and with prior annealing is presented. Suggestions for suitable annealing temperatures and times are given.

  13. Learning quantum annealing

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    Behrman, Elizabeth; Steck, James

    We propose and develop a new quantum algorithm, whereby a quantum system can learn to anneal to a desired ground state. We demonstrate successful learning of entanglement for a two-qubit system, then bootstrap to larger systems. We also show that the method is robust to noise and decoherence.

  14. Quo Vadis quantum annealing?

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    Das, Arnab; Suzuki, Sei

    2015-02-01

    In this article we sketch a broad outline of quantum annealing as a framework for realizing analog quantum computation. We provide a short review of the basic ideas and discuss some issues relevant to the current scenario of condensed matter physics and quantum computation.

  15. On thermodynamic and microscopic reversibility

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    Crooks, Gavin E.

    2011-07-12

    The word 'reversible' has two (apparently) distinct applications in statistical thermodynamics. A thermodynamically reversible process indicates an experimental protocol for which the entropy change is zero, whereas the principle of microscopic reversibility asserts that the probability of any trajectory of a system through phase space equals that of the time reversed trajectory. However, these two terms are actually synonymous: a thermodynamically reversible process is microscopically reversible, and vice versa.

  16. Mechanical behaviors and failure processes of precracked specimens under uniaxial compression: A perspective from microscopic displacement patterns

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    Liu, Ting; Lin, Baiquan; Zou, Quanle; Zhu, Chuanjie; Yan, Fazhi

    2016-03-01

    Hydraulic slotting is an efficient permeability enhancement method that has been widely used in China for enhanced coalbed methane (ECBM) recovery. Although some research has been conducted on hydraulic slotting, the mechanical behaviors such as strength, deformation, and cracking processes of coal treated by this technique are still unclear. This paper numerically investigates the mechanical behaviors of specimens containing combined flaws with various inclination angles. Research results show that different flaw inclination angles result in variations in strength and deformation of precracked specimens. We also analyzed the crack initiation, propagation, and coalescence processes to understand the underlying mechanisms for the aforementioned variations. To evaluate the crack initiation and propagation process and its corresponding mechanisms, we proposed 12 types of displacement field modes from the perspective of particles relative motion. Based on this, evolution of the displacement field during loading process is analyzed and 11 types of crack and three types of crack initiation modes are extracted from the cracking processes of specimens with different inclination angles. Analysis of the displacement field not only indicates the type of each crack, but also reveals the formation mechanism of the three crack initiation modes. A comparison between the numerical results and the previous laboratory test results shows that numerical simulation can reproduce most of the phenomenon observed in the laboratory test. The research result is expected to contribute to the further understanding of the mechanical behavior of coal subjected to hydraulic slotting or the stability of rock structures.

  17. Thermal annealing of tilted fiber Bragg gratings

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    González-Vila, Á.; Rodríguez-Cobo, L.; Mégret, P.; Caucheteur, C.; López-Higuera, J. M.

    2016-05-01

    We report a practical study of the thermal decay of cladding mode resonances in tilted fiber Bragg gratings, establishing an analogy with the "power law" evolution previously observed on uniform gratings. We examine how this process contributes to a great thermal stability, even improving it by means of a second cycle slightly increasing the annealing temperature. In addition, we show an improvement of the grating spectrum after annealing, with respect to the one just after inscription, which suggests the application of this method to be employed to improve saturation issues during the photo-inscription process.

  18. Surface Temperature of Protoplanetary Disks Probed by Annealing Experiments Reflecting Spitzer Observations

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    Roskosz, Mathieu; Gillot, Jessy; Capet, Frédéric; Roussel, Pascal; Leroux, Hugues

    2009-12-01

    Pyroxenes and olivines are the dominant crystalline silicates observed in protoplanetary disks. Recent spectral observations from the Spitzer Space Telescope indicate that the abundance of olivine, generally associated with silica polymorphs, relative to pyroxene is higher in the outer cold part of the disk than in the inner warmer part. The interpretation of these unexpected results requires a comprehensive knowledge of the thermal processing of Mg-rich silicate dust. In this respect, amorphous analogs were thermally annealed to identify microscopic crystallization mechanisms. We show that pyroxenes are not produced in significant proportions below the glass transition temperature of the amorphous precursor. The annealing of amorphous enstatite leads to a mineralogical assemblage dominated by forsterite, with only minute amounts of pyroxenes at temperatures as high as the glass transition temperature of enstatite (1050 K). The decoupling of cation mobility in amorphous silicates, favors the crystallization of the most Mg-enriched silicates. These results are consistent with Spitzer observations of silicate dust and also with the documented mineralogy of presolar silicates, making the low-temperature annealing a likely formation process for these objects. Based on these laboratory experiments and Spitzer observations, it appears that the reported zoned mineralogy may directly records and calibrates the thermal gradient at the scale of protoplanetary disks.

  19. SURFACE TEMPERATURE OF PROTOPLANETARY DISKS PROBED BY ANNEALING EXPERIMENTS REFLECTING SPITZER OBSERVATIONS

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    Roskosz, Mathieu; Gillot, Jessy; Leroux, Hugues; Capet, Frederic; Roussel, Pascal

    2009-12-20

    Pyroxenes and olivines are the dominant crystalline silicates observed in protoplanetary disks. Recent spectral observations from the Spitzer Space Telescope indicate that the abundance of olivine, generally associated with silica polymorphs, relative to pyroxene is higher in the outer cold part of the disk than in the inner warmer part. The interpretation of these unexpected results requires a comprehensive knowledge of the thermal processing of Mg-rich silicate dust. In this respect, amorphous analogs were thermally annealed to identify microscopic crystallization mechanisms. We show that pyroxenes are not produced in significant proportions below the glass transition temperature of the amorphous precursor. The annealing of amorphous enstatite leads to a mineralogical assemblage dominated by forsterite, with only minute amounts of pyroxenes at temperatures as high as the glass transition temperature of enstatite (1050 K). The decoupling of cation mobility in amorphous silicates, favors the crystallization of the most Mg-enriched silicates. These results are consistent with Spitzer observations of silicate dust and also with the documented mineralogy of presolar silicates, making the low-temperature annealing a likely formation process for these objects. Based on these laboratory experiments and Spitzer observations, it appears that the reported zoned mineralogy may directly records and calibrates the thermal gradient at the scale of protoplanetary disks.

  20. Virtual pinhole confocal microscope

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    George, J.S.; Rector, D.M.; Ranken, D.M.; Peterson, B.; Kesteron, J.

    1999-06-01

    Scanned confocal microscopes enhance imaging capabilities, providing improved contrast and image resolution in 3-D, but existing systems have significant technical shortcomings and are expensive. Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a novel approach--virtual pinhole confocal microscopy--that uses state of the art illumination, detection, and data processing technologies to produce an imager with a number of advantages: reduced cost, faster imaging, improved efficiency and sensitivity, improved reliability and much greater flexibility. Work at Los Alamos demonstrated proof of principle; prototype hardware and software have been used to demonstrate technical feasibility of several implementation strategies. The system uses high performance illumination, patterned in time and space. The authors have built functional confocal imagers using video display technologies (LCD or DLP) and novel scanner based on a micro-lens array. They have developed a prototype system for high performance data acquisition and processing, designed to support realtime confocal imaging. They have developed algorithms to reconstruct confocal images from a time series of spatially sub-sampled images; software development remains an area of active development. These advances allow the collection of high quality confocal images (in fluorescence, reflectance and transmission modes) with equipment that can inexpensively retrofit to existing microscopes. Planned future extensions to these technologies will significantly enhance capabilities for microscopic imaging in a variety of applications, including confocal endoscopy, and confocal spectral imaging.

  1. Processing Technology in Microscopic Images of Cancer Cells in Pleural Fluid Based on Fuzzy Edge Detection Method

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    Zhang, L.; Wang, Q. G.; Qi, J. P.

    2006-10-01

    The traditional manual method of cancer cell recognizing requests a long period of diagnoses. In order to improve the efficiency and veracity of diagnoses, this article applies technology of image processing to analysis and recognition of cancer cell image. This article uses the fuzzy edge extraction, which is based on the OTSU threshold to process the original image of the cancer cells in pleural fluid, and then extracts the feature of the cancer cells according to the morphology automatically. The experiment shows that features such as area rate of karyon and cytoplasm, karyon division, shape of karyon and so on will provide evidences for diagnoses and will improve the efficiency and veracity of diagnoses.

  2. Microscopic Analysis of Activated Sludge. Training Manual.

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    Office of Water Program Operations (EPA), Cincinnati, OH. National Training and Operational Technology Center.

    This training manual presents material on the use of a compound microscope to analyze microscope communities, present in wastewater treatment processes, for operational control. Course topics include: sampling techniques, sample handling, laboratory analysis, identification of organisms, data interpretation, and use of the compound microscope.…

  3. BELL ANNEALING FURNACES, SHOWING EMPLOYEEDESIGN CENTER POST WITH THREE RADIAL ...

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    BELL ANNEALING FURNACES, SHOWING EMPLOYEE-DESIGN CENTER POST WITH THREE RADIAL ARMS FOR HANGING COILS. ANNEALING SOFTENS BATCHES OF COILS WHICH HAVE BEEN HARDENED BY ROLLING SO THAT THEY WILL BE SUITABLE FOR FURTHER PROCESSING. - American Brass Foundry, 70 Sayre Street, Buffalo, Erie County, NY

  4. Mechanical properties of ferrite-perlite and martensitic Fe-Mn-V-Ti-C steel processed by equal-channel angular pressing and high-temeperature annealing

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    Zakharova, G. G.; Astafurova, E. G.; Tukeeva, M. S.; Naidenkin, E. V.; Raab, G. I.; Dobatkin, S. V.

    2011-09-01

    Using the method of equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP), submicrocrystalline structure is formed in lowcarbon Fe-Mn-V-Ti-C steel with the average grain size 260 nm in the ferrite-perlite state and 310 nm in the martensitic state. It is established that the ECAP treatment gives rise to improved mechanical properties (Hμ = 2.9 GPa, σ0 = 990 MPa in the ferrite-perlite and Hμ = 3.7 GPa, σ0 = 1125 MPa in martensitic states), decreased plasticity, and results in plastic flow localization under tensile loading. The high strength properties formed by the ECAP are shown to sustain up to the annealing temperature 500°C.

  5. Effect of residual chips on the material removal process of the bulk metallic glass studied by in situ scratch testing inside the scanning electron microscope

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    Huang Hu; Zhao Hongwei; Shi Chengli; Wu Boda; Fan Zunqiang; Wan Shunguang; Geng Chunyang

    2012-12-15

    Research on material removal mechanism is meaningful for precision and ultra-precision manufacturing. In this paper, a novel scratch device was proposed by integrating the parasitic motion principle linear actuator. The device has a compact structure and it can be installed on the stage of the scanning electron microscope (SEM) to carry out in situ scratch testing. Effect of residual chips on the material removal process of the bulk metallic glass (BMG) was studied by in situ scratch testing inside the SEM. The whole removal process of the BMG during the scratch was captured in real time. Formation and growth of lamellar chips on the rake face of the Cube-Corner indenter were observed dynamically. Experimental results indicate that when lots of chips are accumulated on the rake face of the indenter and obstruct forward flow of materials, materials will flow laterally and downward to find new location and direction for formation of new chips. Due to similar material removal processes, in situ scratch testing is potential to be a powerful research tool for studying material removal mechanism of single point diamond turning, single grit grinding, mechanical polishing and grating fabrication.

  6. Hydrogen Annealing Of Single-Crystal Superalloys

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    Smialek, James L.; Schaeffer, John C.; Murphy, Wendy

    1995-01-01

    Annealing at temperature equal to or greater than 2,200 degrees F in atmosphere of hydrogen found to increase ability of single-crystal superalloys to resist oxidation when subsequently exposed to oxidizing atmospheres at temperatures almost as high. Supperalloys in question are principal constituents of hot-stage airfoils (blades) in aircraft and ground-based turbine engines; also used in other high-temperature applications like chemical-processing plants, coal-gasification plants, petrochemical refineries, and boilers. Hydrogen anneal provides resistance to oxidation without decreasing fatigue strength and without need for coating or reactive sulfur-gettering constituents. In comparison with coating, hydrogen annealing costs less. Benefits extend to stainless steels, nickel/chromium, and nickel-base alloys, subject to same scale-adhesion and oxidation-resistance considerations, except that scale is chromia instead of alumina.

  7. Simulation of Storm Occurrences Using Simulated Annealing.

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    Lokupitiya, Ravindra S.; Borgman, Leon E.; Anderson-Sprecher, Richard

    2005-11-01

    Modeling storm occurrences has become a vital part of hurricane prediction. In this paper, a method for simulating event occurrences using a simulated annealing algorithm is described. The method is illustrated using annual counts of hurricanes and of tropical storms in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Simulations closely match distributional properties, including possible correlations, in the historical data. For hurricanes, traditionally used Poisson and negative binomial processes also predict univariate properties well, but for tropical storms parametric methods are less successful. The authors determined that simulated annealing replicates properties of both series. Simulated annealing can be designed so that simulations mimic historical distributional properties to whatever degree is desired, including occurrence of extreme events and temporal patterning.

  8. Solid state optical microscope

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    Young, Ian T.

    1983-01-01

    A solid state optical microscope wherein wide-field and high-resolution images of an object are produced at a rapid rate by utilizing conventional optics with a charge-coupled photodiode array. A galvanometer scanning mirror, for scanning in one of two orthogonal directions is provided, while the charge-coupled photodiode array scans in the other orthogonal direction. Illumination light from the object is incident upon the photodiodes, creating packets of electrons (signals) which are representative of the illuminated object. The signals are then processed, stored in a memory, and finally displayed as a video signal.

  9. Solid state optical microscope

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    Young, I.T.

    1983-08-09

    A solid state optical microscope wherein wide-field and high-resolution images of an object are produced at a rapid rate by utilizing conventional optics with a charge-coupled photodiode array. A galvanometer scanning mirror, for scanning in one of two orthogonal directions is provided, while the charge-coupled photodiode array scans in the other orthogonal direction. Illumination light from the object is incident upon the photodiodes, creating packets of electrons (signals) which are representative of the illuminated object. The signals are then processed, stored in a memory, and finally displayed as a video signal. 2 figs.

  10. Low frequency acoustic microscope

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    Khuri-Yakub, Butrus T.

    1986-11-04

    A scanning acoustic microscope is disclosed for the detection and location of near surface flaws, inclusions or voids in a solid sample material. A focused beam of acoustic energy is directed at the sample with its focal plane at the subsurface flaw, inclusion or void location. The sample is scanned with the beam. Detected acoustic energy specularly reflected and mode converted at the surface of the sample and acoustic energy reflected by subsurface flaws, inclusions or voids at the focal plane are used for generating an interference signal which is processed and forms a signal indicative of the subsurface flaws, inclusions or voids.

  11. Atomic Force Microscope

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    Day, R.D.; Russell, P.E.

    1988-12-01

    The Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) is a recently developed instrument that has achieved atomic resolution imaging of both conducting and non- conducting surfaces. Because the AFM is in the early stages of development, and because of the difficulty of building the instrument, it is currently in use in fewer than ten laboratories worldwide. It promises to be a valuable tool for obtaining information about engineering surfaces and aiding the .study of precision fabrication processes. This paper gives an overview of AFM technology and presents plans to build an instrument designed to look at engineering surfaces.

  12. Thermal Conductivity Changes in Titanium-Graphene Composite upon Annealing

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    Jagannadham, Kasichainula

    2016-02-01

    Ti-graphene composite films were prepared on polished Ti substrates by deposition of graphene platelets from suspension followed by deposition of Ti by magnetron sputtering. The films were annealed at different temperatures up to 1073 K (800 °C) and different time periods in argon atmosphere. The annealed films were characterized by X-ray diffraction for phase identification, scanning electron microscopy for microstructure, energy-dispersive spectrometry for chemical analysis, atomic force microscopy for surface roughness, and transient thermoreflectance for thermal conductivity and interface thermal conductance. The results showed that the interface between the composite film and Ti substrate remained continuous with the absence of voids. Oxygen concentration in the composite films has increased for higher temperature and time of annealing. TiO2 and TiC phases are formed only in the film annealed at 1073 K (800 °C). The thermal conductivity of the composite film decreased with increasing oxygen concentration. The effective thermal conductance of the film annealed at 1073 K (800 °C) was significantly lower. The interface thermal conductance between the composite film and the Ti substrate is also reduced for higher oxygen concentration. Formation of microscopic TiO2 phase bound by interface boundaries and oxygen incorporation is considered responsible for the lower thermal conductance of the Ti-graphene composite annealed at 1073 K (800 °C).

  13. Microscopic characteristic of biological iron sulfide composites during the generation process and the association with treatment effect on heavy metal wastewater.

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    Yang, Yang; Xie, Yifei; Li, Xudong; Zhou, Jingchao; Liu, Jingwei

    2014-01-01

    Heavy metal pollution is a serious environmental concern worldwide, resulting in both environmental and human harm. Recently, studies have shown that environmental biotechnologies based on sulfate reduction offer a potential for removal of toxic heavy metals. Biological iron sulfide composites are iron sulfide compounds generated in situ by sulfate-reducing bacteria. In this study, microscopic morphological changes during the composites' generation process were studied, and the effect of biological iron sulfide composites in different generation phases on treatment of heavy metal wastewater was investigated to establish the correlation between macro-effect and micro-properties. The results revealed that the generation process of biological iron sulfide composites occurs in three phases: the formation phase, stationary phase, and agglomeration phase. The stationary phase can be divided into a pre-stationary phase and post-stationary phase. It was found that the best treatment time for Cr(6+) is in the pre-stationary phase, while the best treatment time for Cu(2+)and Cd(2+) is in the post-stationary phase. The results of this study further prove the benefits of treatment of heavy metal wastewater using biological sulfide composites and provide theoretical guidance in practical applications. PMID:25325556

  14. Annealing of hydrogen-induced defects in RF-plasma-treated Si wafers: ex situ and in situ transmission electron microscopy studies

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    Ghica, C.; Nistor, L. C.; Vizireanu, S.; Dinescu, G.

    2011-07-01

    The smart-cut™ process is based on inducing and processing structural defects below the free surface of semiconductor wafers. The necessary defects are currently induced by implantation of light elements such as hydrogen or helium. An alternative softer way to induce shallow subsurface defects is by RF-plasma hydrogenation. To facilitate the smart-cut process, the wafers containing the induced defects need to be subjected to an appropriate thermal treatment. In our experiments, (0 0 1) Si wafers are submitted to 200 and 50 W hydrogen RF-plasma and are subsequently annealed. The samples are studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), before and after annealing. The plasma-introduced defects are {1 1 1} and {1 0 0} planar-like defects and nanocavities, all of them involving hydrogen. Many nanocavities are aligned into strings almost parallel to the wafer surface. The annealing is performed either by furnace thermal treatment at 550 °C, or by in situ heating in the electron microscope at 450, 650 and 800 °C during the TEM observations. The TEM microstructural studies indicate a partial healing of the planar defects and a size increase of the nanometric cavities by a coalescence process of the small neighbouring nanocavities. By annealing, the lined up nanometric voids forming chains in the as-hydrogenated sample coalesced into well-defined cracks, mostly parallel to the wafer surface.

  15. Fabrication of a high-performance poly-Si thin-film transistor using a poly-Si film prepared by silicide-enhanced rapid thermal annealing process

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    Yang, Yong Ho; Ahn, Kyung Min; Kang, Seung Mo; Moon, Sun Hong; Ahn, Byung Tae

    2014-11-01

    A 50-nm thick polycrystalline Si film was fabricated by the crystallization of anamorphous Si film using silicide-enhanced rapid thermal annealing (SERTA). The amorphous Si film was deposited on a 5-nm thick polycrystalline Si seed layer containing nickel silicide precipitates in grain boundary areas. With the help of the silicide precipitates, the RTA temperature decreased from 730 to 680°C and the grain size of the crystallized polycrystalline Si film increased to 1.4 — 2.2 μm. Few defects were found within the grains and the Ni concentration in the polycrystalline film decreased to 1 × 1018 cm-3 due to the very-thin seed layer that contained nickel silicide precipitates. As a result, the field-effect hole mobility in the p-channel poly-Si thin film transistors (TFTs), fabricated employing the polycrystalline Si film, was as high as 169 cm2/V•s at a drain voltage of V D = -0.1 V; the subthreshold swing was as small as 0.24 V/decade. The minimum leakage current at V D= 5V was 1.5 × 10-10 A with very good diode characteristics. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  16. Quasi in situ scanning force microscope with an automatic operated reaction chamber.

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    Hund, Markus; Olszowka, Violetta; Fischer, Franz; Krejtschi, Heinz

    2011-11-01

    We describe the design and performance of a quasi in situ scanning force microscope with an automatic operated reaction chamber. The design provides a repetitive hermetically sealed sample environment for successive processing. The reaction chamber is based on a combination of a flexure-guided cover, a piezo-positioning system and a force applicator system. An axial force seals the cover against the reactor enabling flow-through applications at low pressure, ambient pressure, or elevated pressure. The position stability of the sample relative to the probe is characterized and a full automated operation of the instrument is explored by the alignment of an ABC terblock copolymer thin film undergoing solvent vapor annealing in the presence of a high electric field. Due to the high electric field strength and the sharp scanning force microscope tip it is impossible to perform in situ scanning in the presence of the electric field. PMID:22128986

  17. Annealing Mechanism and Effect of Microwave Plasma Assisted Annealing on Properties of Sputtered Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 Thin Films.

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    Wan, Jing; Yang, Chengtao; He, Ming

    2016-03-01

    To solve some problems existing in PZT films, such as: large residual stresses, interface diffusion, and lead loss, etc., which were caused by high post-annealing temperatures, and to obtain thin films with high-preferred orientation and uniform size grain and dense microstructure, different technological conditions of microwave plasma assisted post-annealing had been pilot studied. X-ray diffraction was used to analyze the crystal structures of the films. Transmission electronic microscope was used to analyze the surface and the interface morphology of the films. Ferroelectric properties were showed by measuring the remnant polarization and the leakage current dependence of electric field. The results indicated that it was good for reducing lead loss and annealing temperature of PZT films by microwave plasma assisted annealing. Ferroelectric properties of the film could also be enhanced by this pilot annealing method. PMID:27455722

  18. Microscopic Tribotactic Walkers

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    Steimel, Joshua; Aragones, Juan; Alexander-Katz, Alfredo

    2014-03-01

    The translational motion of a rotating object near a surface is strongly dependent on the friction between the object and the surface. The process of friction is inherently directional and the friction coefficient can be anisotropic even in the absence of a net friction coefficient gradient. This is macroscopically observed in the ordering motif of some animal hair or scales and a microscopic analog can be imagined where the friction coefficient is determined by the strength and density of reversible bonds between a rotating object and the substrate. For high friction coefficients most of the rotational motion is converted into translational motion; conversely for low friction coefficients the object primarily rotates in place. We exploited this property to design and test a new class of motile system that displays tribotaxis, which is the process by which an object detects differences in the local friction coefficient and moves accordingly either to regions of higher or lower friction. These synthetic tribotactic microscopic walkers, composed of a pair of functionalized superparamagnetic beads, detect gradients in the spatial friction coefficient and migrate towards high friction areas when actuated in a random fashion. The effective friction between the walkers and the substrate is controlled by the local density of active receptors in the substrate. The tribotactic walkers also displayed trapping in high friction areas where the density of free receptors is higher.

  19. Microscopic analysis of 10,11Be elastic scattering on protons and 12C and breakup processes of 11Be within the 10Be+n cluster model

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    Spasova, K.; Lukyanov, V. K.; Kadrev, D. N.; Antonov, A. N.; Zemlyanaya, E. V.; Lukyanov, K. V.; Gaidarov, M. K.

    2016-06-01

    The elastic scattering cross-sections of 10,11Be on protons and 12C at energy E < 100 MeV/nucleon using microscopically calculated optical potentials (OP) are presented. The real OP is obtained by a folding procedure with effective NN interactions, while the imaginary OP is estimated within the high energy approximation (HEA). The spin-orbit part of the OP is also included. The characteristics of the breakup processes of 11Be on different nuclear targets are also considered. The cross-sections of diffractive breakup and stripping reactions of 11Be on 9Be, 93Nb, 181Ta and 238U at energy E = 63 MeV/nucleon and the longitudinal momentum distributions of 10Be fragments produced in the breakup of 11Be on these nuclei are presented. The results are in a good agreement with the available experimental data, in particular the obtained widths of about 50 MeV/c are closed to the empirical ones.

  20. The Scanning Optical Microscope.

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    Sheppard, C. J. R.

    1978-01-01

    Describes the principle of the scanning optical microscope and explains its advantages over the conventional microscope in the improvement of resolution and contrast, as well as the possibility of producing a picture from optical harmonies generated within the specimen.

  1. Advanced Microscopic Integrated Thermocouple Arrays

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    Pettigrew, Penny J.

    1999-01-01

    The purpose of this research is to develop and refine a technique for making microscopic thermocouple arrays for use in measuring the temperature gradient across a solid-liquid interface during the solidification process. Current thermocouple technology does not allow for real-time measurements across the interface due to the prohibitive size of available thermocouples. Microscopic thermocouple arrays will offer a much greater accuracy and resolution of temperature measurements across the solid-liquid interface which will lead to a better characterization of the solidification process and interface reaction which affect the properties of the resulting material.

  2. Spectral and kinetic characterization of CaS:Pr 3+ phosphor synthesized through chemical co-precipitation route and post annealing process

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    Pitale, Shreyas S.; Sharma, Suchinder K.; Dubey, R. N.; Qureshi, M. S.; Malik, M. M.

    2010-01-01

    Synthesis of Pr 3+ doped CaS phosphor has been reported through chemical co-precipitation route and post annealing in the presence of NaCl, KCl and NH 4Cl flux. Good crystallinity and cubic CaS phase is achieved after post-precipitation calcinations of powder at 900 °C for 1 h duration. Pseudo-spherical morphostructural features of micron-size particles are observed for phosphor prepared via chemical route. Phosphor samples are also prepared via solid-state carbothermal reduction technique for comparative studies and exhibit dendrite like structures. Prominent excitation bands at 276, 320 nm are observed for the present phosphor samples. The emission spectra show a duo-band feature at 495 and 580 nm where a spectral overlap of host lattice emission due to intrinsic defects and characteristic spectral features of Pr ion due to 3P 0- 1H 4, 3P 1- 1H 5, 1D 2- 3H 4 and 3P 0- 3F 2 transitions can be observed. The carbothermal route synthesized CaS:Pr shows spectral features of Pr ion due to 3P 0- 1H 4 and 3P 0- 3F j transitions. Electron spin resonance investigations reveal the presence of unintentional Mn 2+ through a sextet signature. F + electron trapping center is detected having g = 2.0034. Thermoluminescence glow curves possess a broad duo-band feature between room temperature -100 °C and >125 °C under host UV irradiation. Kinetic characterization using glow curve deconvolution reveals quasicontinuous distribution of traps having energy between 0.56 and 1.15 eV and frequency factors between 10 7 and 10 11/sec.

  3. TEAM Electron Microscope Animation

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    2012-01-01

    The TEAM Electron Microscope, a device that enables atomic-scale imaging in 3-D, has a rotating stage that can hold and position samples inside electron microscopes with unprecedented stability, position-control accuracy, and range of motion.The TEAM Stage makes one of the world's most powerful electron microscopes even better, and enables previously impossible experiments.

  4. Mechanical annealing and source-limited deformation in submicrometre-diameter Ni crystals.

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    Shan, Z W; Mishra, Raja K; Syed Asif, S A; Warren, Oden L; Minor, Andrew M

    2008-02-01

    The fundamental processes that govern plasticity and determine strength in crystalline materials at small length scales have been studied for over fifty years. Recent studies of single-crystal metallic pillars with diameters of a few tens of micrometres or less have clearly demonstrated that the strengths of these pillars increase as their diameters decrease, leading to attempts to augment existing ideas about pronounced size effects with new models and simulations. Through in situ nanocompression experiments inside a transmission electron microscope we can directly observe the deformation of these pillar structures and correlate the measured stress values with discrete plastic events. Our experiments show that submicrometre nickel crystals microfabricated into pillar structures contain a high density of initial defects after processing but can be made dislocation free by applying purely mechanical stress. This phenomenon, termed 'mechanical annealing', leads to clear evidence of source-limited deformation where atypical hardening occurs through the progressive activation and exhaustion of dislocation sources. PMID:18157134

  5. Deformation and annealing response of TD-nickel chromium sheet

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    Kane, R. D.; Ebert, L. J.

    1973-01-01

    The deformation and annealing response of TD-nickel chromium (TD-NiCr) 0.1 inch thick sheet was examined using various cold-rolling and annealing treatments. Upon annealing (above 816 C (1500 F), the as-received material was converted from an initially ultra-fine grain size (average grain dimension 0.51 micron) to a large grain structure. Increases in grain size by a factor of 100 to 200 were observed for this transformation. However, in those material states where the large grain transformation was absent, a fine grain recrystallized structure formed upon annealing (above 732 C (1350 F)). The deformation and annealing response of TD-NiCr sheet was evaluated with respect to the processing related variables as mode and severity of deformation and annealing temperature. Results indicate that the large grain transformation, classical primary recrystallization occurs. Using selected materials produced during the deformation and annealing study, the elevated temperature tensile properties of TD-NiCr sheet were examined in the temperature range 593 C (1100 F) to 1093 C (2000 F). It was observed that the elevated temperature tensile properties of TD-NiCr sheet could be optimized by the stabilization of a large grain size in this material using the cold working and/or annealing treatments developed during the present investigation.

  6. Microscope and method of use

    DOEpatents

    Bongianni, Wayne L.

    1984-01-01

    A method and apparatus for electronically focusing and electronically scanning microscopic specimens are given. In the invention, visual images of even moving, living, opaque specimens can be acoustically obtained and viewed with virtually no time needed for processing (i.e., real time processing is used). And planar samples are not required. The specimens (if planar) need not be moved during scanning, although it will be desirable and possible to move or rotate nonplanar specimens (e.g., laser fusion targets) against the lens of the apparatus. No coupling fluid is needed, so specimens need not be wetted. A phase acoustic microscope is also made from the basic microscope components together with electronic mixers.

  7. Microscope and method of use

    DOEpatents

    Bongianni, W.L.

    1984-04-17

    A method and apparatus for electronically focusing and electronically scanning microscopic specimens are given. In the invention, visual images of even moving, living, opaque specimens can be acoustically obtained and viewed with virtually no time needed for processing (i.e., real time processing is used). And planar samples are not required. The specimens (if planar) need not be moved during scanning, although it will be desirable and possible to move or rotate nonplanar specimens (e.g., laser fusion targets) against the lens of the apparatus. No coupling fluid is needed, so specimens need not be wetted. A phase acoustic microscope is also made from the basic microscope components together with electronic mixers. 7 figs.

  8. Microscopic processes in space plasmas and their role in macroscale phenomena. Proceedings. D0.2 Symposium of COSPAR Scientific Commission D held during the 32nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Nagoya (Japan), 12 - 19 Jul 1998.

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    The following topics were dealt with: microscopic plasma processes, wave generation, particle acceleration and heating, bow shock, magnetic reconnection, spacecraft observations, magnetospheric plasma dynamics, temporal and spatial variations of the magnetosphere, theoretical and computational studies of macroscale phenomena, specific forms of particle distribution functions, temperature anisotropy and nongyrotropy.

  9. High mobility annealing of Transparent Conductive Oxides

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Warzecha, M.; Owen, J. I.; Wimmer, M.; Ruske, F.; Hotovy, J.; Hüpkes, J.

    2012-04-01

    To improve electrical properties a high temperature annealing treatment was applied to several transparent conductive oxides (TCO), namely tin doped indium oxide (ITO), Ga- or Al- doped ZnO (ZnO:Al/Ga), ion beam assisted deposited (IBAD) ZnO:Ga and Ga doped zinc magnesium oxide (ZnMgO:Ga). All these films were grown by magnetron sputtering. During the annealing process all TCO films were capped with 50 nm of amorphous silicon in order to protect the films from environmental impact. Increase in mobility up to 72 cm2/Vs and low resistivity of 1.6 × 10-4 Ωcm was achieved for ZnO:Al after annealing at 650°C for 24 h. Independent of the deposition conditions and doping or alloying material almost all ZnO based films show a consistent improvement in mobility. Also for ITO films a decrease in resistivity with partially improved mobility was found after annealing. However, not all ITO films show consistent improvement, but carrier density above 1021 cm-3 while ZnO films show no clear trend for carrier density but a remarkable increase in mobility. Thus we propose the healing of defects and the activation of donors to be most significant effects for ZnO and ITO films, respectively.

  10. Mars Under the Microscope

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2004-01-01

    This magnified look at the martian soil near the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's landing site, Meridiani Planum, shows coarse grains sprinkled over a fine layer of sand. The image was captured by the rover's microscopic imager on the 10th day, or sol, of its mission. Scientists are intrigued by the spherical rocks, which can be formed by a variety of geologic processes, including cooling of molten lava droplets and accretion of concentric layers of material around a particle or 'seed.'

    The examined patch of soil is 3 centimeters (1.2 inches) across. The circular grain in the lower left corner is approximately 3 millimeters (.12 inches) across, or about the size of a sunflower seed.