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  1. Source characteristics of Jovian narrow-band kilometric radio emissions

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    Reiner, M. J.; Fainberg, J.; Stone, R. G.; Kaiser, M. L.; Desch, M. D.; Manning, R.; Zarka, P.; Pedersen, B.-M.

    1993-07-01

    New observations of Jovian narrow-band kilometric (nKOM) radio emissions were made by the Unified Radio and Plasma Wave (URAP) experiment on the Ulysses spacecraft during the Ulysses-Jupiter encounter in early February 1992. These observations have demonstrated the unique capability of the URAP instrument for determining both the direction and polarization of nKOM radio sources. An important result is the discovery that nKOM radio emission originates from a number of distinct sources located at different Jovian longitudes and at the inner and outermost regions of the Io plasma torus. These sources have been tracked for several Jovian rotations, yielding their corotational lags, their spatial and temporal evolution, and their radiation characteristics at both low latitudes far from Jupiter and at high latitudes near the planet. Both right-hand and left-hand circularly polarized nKOM sources were observed. The polarizations observed for sources in the outermost regions of the torus seem to favor extraordinary mode emission.

  2. Narrow-band light emission from a single carbon nanotube p-n diode

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    Kinoshita, Megumi; Mueller, Thomas; Steiner, Mathias; Perebeinos, Vasili; Bol, Ageeth; Farmer, Damon; Avouris, Phaedon

    2010-03-01

    We present the first observation of electroluminescence from electrostatically-generated carbon nanotube (CNT) p-n junctions[1]. While CNT optoelectronics has made much progress in recent years, observations of emission from electrically excited CNT devices have been limited to the high-bias regime and with low efficiency. Furthermore, the resulting broad linewidths are broad, making it difficult to investigate electronic levels and carrier dynamics. We find that p-n junctions allow for better carrier control at lower power inputs, resulting in emission with near-zero threshold, low self-heating and efficiency two to three orders of magnitude greater compared to previous device configurations. This yields higher signal-to-noise ratio and narrower linewidths (down to 35 meV) that allows us to identify localized excitonic transitions that have previously been observed only in photoluminescent studies. [1] T. Mueller, M. Kinoshita, M. Steiner, V. Perebeinos, A. Bol, D. Farmer, and Ph. Avouris, Nature Nanotech., web publication, November 15 2009.

  3. Cluster survey of narrow band electrostatic emissions in the plasmasphere region.

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    El-Lemdani Mazouz, F.; Dcrau, P. M. E.; Rauch, J. L.; Grimald, S.; Vallires, X.; Kougblenou, S.; Trotignon, J. G.; Canu, P.; darrouzet, F.

    2012-04-01

    Several kinds of natural electrostatic emissions are observed in the outer plasmasphere (Christiansen et al 1978, Olsen et al 1987), in particular emissions related to the electron gyrofrequency (Hubbard and Birmingham 1978), classified as low 3/2 in the class 1a. The low 3/2 emissions have been routinely observed by WHISPER instrument in the plasmasphere region. These emissions are present as bandwidth electrostatic emissions. They are referred to as n(1.1) fce in this work. The Whisper instrument provides a good resolution on time and frequency and allow a fine spectral characterization of the frequency and intensity of these waves. Compared to the (n+1/2) fce emissions, the n(1.1) fce emissions are less intense, and present a high latitudinal extension. A statistical study of these emission using five years of data (2002-2007) is presented. The MLT dependence and the latitudinal extension of these emissions is investigated. The relative occurrence of the n(1.1) fce emissions is calculated, exploring the effect of the distance to the plasmapause in their observation. Finally, a test of the geomagnetic activity influence is presented via the variations of the DST index associated to the observations.

  4. A fluorescent indicator for imaging lysosomal zinc(II) with Frster resonance energy transfer (FRET)-enhanced photostability and a narrow band of emission.

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    Sreenath, Kesavapillai; Yuan, Zhao; Allen, John R; Davidson, Michael W; Zhu, Lei

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate a strategy to transfer the zinc(II) sensitivity of a fluoroionophore with low photostability and a broad emission band to a bright and photostable fluorophore with a narrow emission band. The two fluorophores are covalently connected to afford an intramolecular Frster resonance energy transfer (FRET) conjugate. The FRET donor in the conjugate is a zinc(II)-sensitive arylvinylbipyridyl fluoroionophore, the absorption and emission of which undergo bathochromic shifts upon zinc(II) coordination. When the FRET donor is excited, efficient intramolecular energy transfer occurs to result in the emission of the acceptor boron dipyrromethene (4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene or BODIPY) as a function of zinc(II) concentration. The broad emission band of the donor/zinc(II) complex is transformed into the strong, narrow emission band of the BODIPY acceptor in the FRET conjugates, which can be captured within the narrow emission window that is preferred for multicolor imaging experiments. In addition to competing with other nonradiative decay processes of the FRET donor, the rapid intramolecular FRET of the excited FRET-conjugate molecule protects the donor fluorophore from photobleaching, thus enhancing the photostability of the indicator. FRET conjugates 3 and 4 contain aliphatic amino groups, which selectively target lysosomes in mammalian cells. This subcellular localization preference was verified by using confocal fluorescence microscopy, which also shows the zinc(II)-enhanced emission of 3 and 4 in lysosomes. It was further shown using two-color structured illumination microscopy (SIM), which is capable of extending the lateral resolution over the Abbe diffraction limit by a factor of two, that the morpholino-functionalized compound 4 localizes in the interior of lysosomes, rather than anchoring on the lysosomal membranes, of live HeLa cells. PMID:25382395

  5. A Fluorescent Indicator for Imaging Lysosomal Zinc(II) with Frster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET)-Enhanced Photostability and a Narrow Band of Emission.

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    Sreenath, Kesavapillai; Yuan, Zhao; Allen, John R; Davidson, Michael W; Zhu, Lei

    2014-11-01

    We demonstrate a strategy to transfer the zinc(II) sensitivity of a fluoroionophore with low photostability and a broad emission band to a bright and photostable fluorophore with a narrow emission band. The two fluorophores are covalently connected to afford an intramolecular Frster resonance energy transfer (FRET) conjugate. The FRET donor in the conjugate is a zinc(II)-sensitive arylvinylbipyridyl fluoroionophore, the absorption and emission of which undergo bathochromic shifts upon zinc(II) coordination. When the FRET donor is excited, efficient intramolecular energy transfer occurs to result in the emission of the acceptor boron dipyrromethene (4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene or BODIPY) as a function of zinc(II) concentration. The broad emission band of the donor/zinc(II) complex is transformed into the strong, narrow emission band of the BODIPY acceptor in the FRET conjugates, which can be captured within the narrow emission window that is preferred for multicolor imaging experiments. In addition to competing with other nonradiative decay processes of the FRET donor, the rapid intramolecular FRET of the excited FRET-conjugate molecule protects the donor fluorophore from photobleaching, thus enhancing the photostability of the indicator. FRET conjugates 3 and 4 contain aliphatic amino groups, which selectively target lysosomes in mammalian cells. This subcellular localization preference was verified by using confocal fluorescence microscopy, which also shows the zinc(II)-enhanced emission of 3 and 4 in lysosomes. It was further shown using two-color structured illumination microscopy (SIM), which is capable of extending the lateral resolution over the Abbe diffraction limit by a factor of two, that the morpholino-functionalized compound 4 localizes in the interior of lysosomes, rather than anchoring on the lysosomal membranes, of live HeLa cells. PMID:25378058

  6. A Fluorescent Indicator for Imaging Lysosomal Zinc(II) with Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET)-Enhanced Photostability and a Narrow Band of Emission

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    Sreenath, Kesavapillai; Yuan, Zhao; Allen, John R.

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate a strategy to transfer the zinc(II) sensitivity of a fluoroionophore with low photostability and a broad emission band to a bright and photostable fluorophore with a narrow emission band. The two fluorophores are covalently connected to afford an intramolecular Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) conjugate. The FRET donor in the conjugate is a zinc(II)-sensitive arylvinylbipyridyl fluoroionophore, the absorption and emission of which undergo bathochromic shifts upon zinc(II) coordination. When the FRET donor is excited, efficient intramolecular energy transfer occurs to result in the emission of the acceptor boron dipyrromethene (4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene or BODIPY) as a function of zinc(II) concentration. The broad emission band of the donor/zinc(II) complex is transformed into the strong, narrow emission band of the BODIPY acceptor in the FRET conjugates, which can be captured within the narrow emission window that is preferred for multicolor imaging experiments. In addition to competing with other nonradiative decay processes of the FRET donor, the rapid intramolecular FRET of the excited FRET-conjugate molecule protects the donor fluorophore from photobleaching, thus enhancing the photostability of the indicator. FRET conjugates 3 and 4 contain aliphatic amino groups, which selectively target lysosomes in mammalian cells. This subcellular localization preference was verified by using confocal fluorescence microscopy, which also shows the zinc(II)-enhanced emission of 3 and 4 in lysosomes. It was further shown using two-color structured illumination microscopy (SIM), which is capable of extending the lateral resolution over the Abbe diffraction limit by a factor of two, that the morpholino-functionalized compound 4 localizes in the interior of lysosomes, rather than anchoring on the lysosomal membranes, of live HeLa cells. PMID:25382395

  7. A 1.1-1.9 GHz SETI SURVEY OF THE KEPLER FIELD. I. A SEARCH FOR NARROW-BAND EMISSION FROM SELECT TARGETS

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    Siemion, Andrew P. V.; Korpela, Eric; Werthimer, Dan; Cobb, Jeff; Lebofsky, Matt; Marcy, Geoffrey W.; Demorest, Paul; Maddalena, Ron J.; Langston, Glen; Howard, Andrew W.; Tarter, Jill

    2013-04-10

    We present a targeted search for narrow-band (<5 Hz) drifting sinusoidal radio emission from 86 stars in the Kepler field hosting confirmed or candidate exoplanets. Radio emission less than 5 Hz in spectral extent is currently known to only arise from artificial sources. The stars searched were chosen based on the properties of their putative exoplanets, including stars hosting candidates with 380 K > T{sub eq} > 230 K, stars with five or more detected candidates or stars with a super-Earth (R{sub p} < 3 R{sub Circled-Plus }) in a >50 day orbit. Baseband voltage data across the entire band between 1.1 and 1.9 GHz were recorded at the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope between 2011 February and April and subsequently searched offline. No signals of extraterrestrial origin were found. We estimate that fewer than {approx}1% of transiting exoplanet systems host technological civilizations that are radio loud in narrow-band emission between 1 and 2 GHz at an equivalent isotropically radiated power (EIRP) of {approx}1.5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 21} erg s{sup -1}, approximately eight times the peak EIRP of the Arecibo Planetary Radar, and we limit the number of 1-2 GHz narrow-band-radio-loud Kardashev type II civilizations in the Milky Way to be <10{sup -6} M{sub Sun }{sup -1}. Here we describe our observations, data reduction procedures and results.

  8. A 1.1-1.9 GHz SETI Survey of the Kepler Field. I. A Search for Narrow-band Emission from Select Targets

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    Siemion, Andrew P. V.; Demorest, Paul; Korpela, Eric; Maddalena, Ron J.; Werthimer, Dan; Cobb, Jeff; Howard, Andrew W.; Langston, Glen; Lebofsky, Matt; Marcy, Geoffrey W.; Tarter, Jill

    2013-04-01

    We present a targeted search for narrow-band (<5 Hz) drifting sinusoidal radio emission from 86 stars in the Kepler field hosting confirmed or candidate exoplanets. Radio emission less than 5 Hz in spectral extent is currently known to only arise from artificial sources. The stars searched were chosen based on the properties of their putative exoplanets, including stars hosting candidates with 380 K > T eq > 230 K, stars with five or more detected candidates or stars with a super-Earth (R p < 3 R ⊕) in a >50 day orbit. Baseband voltage data across the entire band between 1.1 and 1.9 GHz were recorded at the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope between 2011 February and April and subsequently searched offline. No signals of extraterrestrial origin were found. We estimate that fewer than ~1% of transiting exoplanet systems host technological civilizations that are radio loud in narrow-band emission between 1 and 2 GHz at an equivalent isotropically radiated power (EIRP) of ~1.5 × 1021 erg s-1, approximately eight times the peak EIRP of the Arecibo Planetary Radar, and we limit the number of 1-2 GHz narrow-band-radio-loud Kardashev type II civilizations in the Milky Way to be {<}10^{-6}\\ M^{-1}_\\odot. Here we describe our observations, data reduction procedures and results.

  9. Narrow band gap amorphous silicon semiconductors

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    Madan, A.; Mahan, A.H.

    1985-01-10

    Disclosed is a narrow band gap amorphous silicon semiconductor comprising an alloy of amorphous silicon and a band gap narrowing element selected from the group consisting of Sn, Ge, and Pb, with an electron donor dopant selected from the group consisting of P, As, Sb, Bi and N. The process for producing the narrow band gap amorphous silicon semiconductor comprises the steps of forming an alloy comprising amorphous silicon and at least one of the aforesaid band gap narrowing elements in amount sufficient to narrow the band gap of the silicon semiconductor alloy below that of amorphous silicon, and also utilizing sufficient amounts of the aforesaid electron donor dopant to maintain the amorphous silicon alloy as an n-type semiconductor.

  10. Efficient, Narrow-Pass-Band Optical Filters

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    Sandford, Stephen P.

    1996-01-01

    Optical filters with both narrow pass bands and high efficiencies fabricated to design specifications. Offer tremendous improvements in performance for number of optical (including infrared) systems. In fiber-optic and free-space communication systems, precise frequency discrimination afforded by narrow pass bands of filters provide higher channel capacities. In active and passive remote sensors like lidar and gas-filter-correlation radiometers, increased efficiencies afforded by filters enhance detection of small signals against large background noise. In addition, sizes, weights, and power requirements of many optical and infrared systems reduced by taking advantage of gains in signal-to-noise ratios delivered by filters.

  11. Narrow-Band Applications of Communications Satellites.

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    Cowlan, Bert; Horowitz, Andrew

    This paper attempts to describe the advantages of "narrow-band" applications of communications satellites for education. It begins by discussing the general controversy surrounding the use of satellites in education, by placing the concern within the larger context of the general debate over the uses of new technologies in education, and by

  12. Photosensized Controlling Benzyl Methacrylate-Based Matrix Enhanced Eu3+ Narrow-Band Emission for Fluorescence Applications

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    Lee, Jiann-Fong; Chen, Hsuen-Li; Lee, Geneh-Siang; Tseng, Shao-Chin; Lin, Mei-Hsiang; Liau, Wen-Bin

    2012-01-01

    This study synthesized a europium (Eu3+) complex Eu(DBM)3Cl-MIP (DBM = dibenzoyl methane; Cl-MIP = 2-(2-chlorophenyl)-1-methyl-1H-imidazo[4,5-f][1,10]phenanthroline) dispersed in a benzyl methacrylate (BMA) monomer and treated with ultraviolet (UV) light for polymerization. Spectral results showed that the europium complex containing an antenna, Cl-MIP, which had higher triplet energy into the Eu3+ energy level, was an energetically enhanced europium emission. Typical stacking behaviors of ?? interactions between the ligands and the Eu3+-ion were analyzed using single crystal X-ray diffraction. Regarding the luminescence performance of this europium composite, the ligand/defect emission was suppressed by dispersion in a poly-BMA (PBMA) matrix. The underlying mechanism of the effective enhancement of the pure Eu3+ emission was attributed to the combined effects of structural modifications, defect emissions, and carrier charge transfer. Fluorescence spectra were compared to the composite of optimized Eu3+ emission where they were subsequently chelated to four metal ions via carboxylate groups on the BMA unit. The optical enhanced europium composite clearly demonstrated highly efficient optical responses and is, therefore a promising application as an optical detection material. PMID:22489178

  13. Photosensized controlling benzyl methacrylate-based matrix enhanced Eu(3+) narrow-band emission for fluorescence applications.

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    Lee, Jiann-Fong; Chen, Hsuen-Li; Lee, Geneh-Siang; Tseng, Shao-Chin; Lin, Mei-Hsiang; Liau, Wen-Bin

    2012-01-01

    This study synthesized a europium (Eu(3+)) complex Eu(DBM)(3)Cl-MIP (DBM = dibenzoyl methane; Cl-MIP = 2-(2-chlorophenyl)-1-methyl-1H-imidazo[4,5-f][1,10]phenanthroline) dispersed in a benzyl methacrylate (BMA) monomer and treated with ultraviolet (UV) light for polymerization. Spectral results showed that the europium complex containing an antenna, Cl-MIP, which had higher triplet energy into the Eu(3+) energy level, was an energetically enhanced europium emission. Typical stacking behaviors of ?-? interactions between the ligands and the Eu(3+)-ion were analyzed using single crystal X-ray diffraction. Regarding the luminescence performance of this europium composite, the ligand/defect emission was suppressed by dispersion in a poly-BMA (PBMA) matrix. The underlying mechanism of the effective enhancement of the pure Eu(3+) emission was attributed to the combined effects of structural modifications, defect emissions, and carrier charge transfer. Fluorescence spectra were compared to the composite of optimized Eu3+ emission where they were subsequently chelated to four metal ions via carboxylate groups on the BMA unit. The optical enhanced europium composite clearly demonstrated highly efficient optical responses and is, therefore a promising application as an optical detection material. PMID:22489178

  14. Narrow band 3 3 Mueller polarimetric endoscopy

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    Qi, Ji; Ye, Menglong; Singh, Mohan; Clancy, Neil T.; Elson, Daniel S.

    2013-01-01

    Mueller matrix polarimetric imaging has shown potential in tissue diagnosis but is challenging to implement endoscopically. In this work, a narrow band 3 3 Mueller matrix polarimetric endoscope was designed by rotating the endoscope to generate 0, 45 and 90 linearly polarized illumination and positioning a rotating filter wheel in front of the camera containing three polarisers to permit polarization state analysis for backscattered light. The system was validated with a rotating linear polarizer and a diffuse reflection target. Initial measurements of 3 3 Mueller matrices on a rat are demonstrated, followed by matrix decomposition into the depolarization and retardance matrices for further analysis. Our work shows the feasibility of implementing polarimetric imaging in a rigid endoscope conveniently and economically in order to reveal diagnostic information. PMID:24298405

  15. Electronic structure of an [FeFe] hydrogenase model complex in solution revealed by X-ray absorption spectroscopy using narrow-band emission detection.

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    Leidel, Nils; Chernev, Petko; Havelius, Kajsa G V; Schwartz, Lennart; Ott, Sascha; Haumann, Michael

    2012-08-29

    High-resolution X-ray absorption spectroscopy with narrow-band X-ray emission detection, supported by density functional theory calculations (XAES-DFT), was used to study a model complex, ([Fe(2)(?-adt)(CO)(4)(PMe(3))(2)] (1, adt = S-CH(2)-(NCH(2)Ph)-CH(2)-S), of the [FeFe] hydrogenase active site. For 1 in powder material (1(powder)), in MeCN solution (1'), and in its three protonated states (1H, 1Hy, 1HHy; H denotes protonation at the adt-N and Hy protonation of the Fe-Fe bond to form a bridging metal hydride), relations between the molecular structures and the electronic configurations were determined. EXAFS analysis and DFT geometry optimization suggested prevailing rotational isomers in MeCN, which were similar to the crystal structure or exhibited rotation of the (CO) ligands at Fe1 (1(CO), 1Hy(CO)) and in addition of the phenyl ring (1H(CO,Ph), 1HHy(CO,Ph)), leading to an elongated solvent-exposed Fe-Fe bond. Isomer formation, adt-N protonation, and hydride binding caused spectral changes of core-to-valence (pre-edge of the Fe K-shell absorption) and of valence-to-core (K(2,5) emission) electronic transitions, and of K? RIXS data, which were quantitatively reproduced by DFT. The study reveals (1) the composition of molecular orbitals, for example, with dominant Fe-d character, showing variations in symmetry and apparent oxidation state at the two Fe ions and a drop in MO energies by ~1 eV upon each protonation step, (2) the HOMO-LUMO energy gaps, of ~2.3 eV for 1(powder) and ~2.0 eV for 1', and (3) the splitting between iron d(z(2)) and d(x(2)-y(2)) levels of ~0.5 eV for the nonhydride and ~0.9 eV for the hydride states. Good correlations of reduction potentials to LUMO energies and oxidation potentials to HOMO energies were obtained. Two routes of facilitated bridging hydride binding thereby are suggested, involving ligand rotation at Fe1 for 1Hy(CO) or adt-N protonation for 1HHy(CO,Ph). XAES-DFT thus enables verification of the effects of ligand substitutions in solution for guided improvement of [FeFe] catalysts. PMID:22860512

  16. High power narrow-band fiber-based ASE source.

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    Schmidt, O; Rekas, M; Wirth, C; Rothhardt, J; Rhein, S; Kliner, A; Strecker, M; Schreiber, T; Limpert, J; Eberhardt, R; Tnnermann, A

    2011-02-28

    In this paper we describe a high power narrow-band amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) light source at 1030 nm center wavelength generated in an Yb-doped fiber-based experimental setup. By cutting a small region out of a broadband ASE spectrum using two fiber Bragg gratings a strongly constrained bandwidth of 122 pm (3.50.6 GHz) is formed. A two-stage high power fiber amplifier system is used to boost the output power up to 697 W with a measured beam quality of M2?1.34. In an additional experiment we demonstrate a stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) suppression of at least 17 dB (theoretically predicted ~20 dB), which is only limited by the dynamic range of the measurement and not by the onset of SBS when using the described light source. The presented narrow-band ASE source could be of great interest for brightness scaling applications by beam combination, where SBS is known as a limiting factor. PMID:21369273

  17. Fast, narrow-band computer model for radiation calculations

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    Yan, Z.; Holmstedt, G.

    1997-01-01

    A fast, narrow-band computer model, FASTNB, which predicts the radiation intensity in a general nonisothermal and nonhomogeneous combustion environment, has been developed. The spectral absorption coefficients of the combustion products, including carbon dioxide, water vapor, and soot, are calculated based on the narrow-band model. FASTNB provides an accurate calculation at reasonably high speed. Compared with Grosshandler`s narrow-band model, RADCAL, which has been verified quite extensively against experimental measurements, FASTNB is more than 20 times faster and gives almost exactly the same results.

  18. A narrow-band speckle-free light source via random Raman lasing

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    Hokr, Brett H.; Schmidt, Morgan S.; Bixler, Joel N.; Dyer, Phillip N.; Noojin, Gary D.; Redding, Brandon; Thomas, Robert J.; Rockwell, Benjamin A.; Cao, Hui; Yakovlev, Vladislav V.; Scully, Marlan O.

    2016-01-01

    Currently, no light source exists which is both narrow-band and speckle-free with sufficient brightness for full-field imaging applications. Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are excellent spatially incoherent sources, but are tens of nanometers broad. Lasers on the other hand can produce very narrow-band light, but suffer from high spatial coherence which leads to speckle patterns which distort the image. Here we propose the use of random Raman laser emission as a new kind of light source capable of providing short-pulsed narrow-band speckle-free illumination for imaging applications.

  19. The Narrow-Band Model and Semi-Conductor Theory

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    Tanner, B. K.

    1976-01-01

    Applies the narrow-band model to the instruction of intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors along with the phenomenon of compensation. Advocates the model for undergraduate instruction due to its intuitive appeal and mathematical simplicity. (CP)

  20. A Band Extension Technique for Narrow-Band Telephony Speech Based on Full Wave Rectification

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    Aoki, Naofumi

    This study investigates a band extension technique for narrow-band telephony speech. The proposed technique employs full wave rectification that nonlinearly generates high-band overtones from the low band. In order to improve the conventional technique, this study investigates a frame-by-frame gain control based on the estimation of gain parameter from narrow-band telephony speech. A subjective evaluation indicates that the proposed technique outperforms the conventional technique.

  1. Huge operation by energy gap of novel narrow band gap Tl1‑x In1‑x B x Se2 (B = Si, Ge): DFT, x-ray emission and photoconductivity studies

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    Piasecki, M.; Myronchuk, G. L.; Zamurueva, O. V.; Khyzhun, O. Y.; Parasyuk, O. V.; Fedorchuk, A. O.; Albassam, A.; El-Naggar, A. M.; Kityk, I. V.

    2016-02-01

    It is shown that narrow band gap semiconductors Tl1‑x In1‑x GexSe2 are able effectively to vary the values of the energy gap. DFT simulations of the principal bands during the cationic substitutions is done. Changes of carrier transport features is explored. Relation with the changes of the near the surface states is explored . Comparison on a common energy scale of the x-ray emission Se Kβ 2 bands, representing energy distribution of the Se 4p states, indicates that these states contribute preliminary to the top of the valence band. The temperature dependence of electrical conductivity and spectral dependence photoconductivity for the Tl1‑x In1‑x Ge x Se2 and Tl1‑x In1‑x Si x Se2 single crystals were explored and compared with previously reported Tl1‑x In1‑x Sn x Se2. Based on our investigations, a model of centre re-charging is proposed. Contrary to other investigated crystals in Tl1‑x In1‑x Ge x Se2 single crystals for x = 0.1 we observe extraordinarily enormous photoresponse, which exceed more than nine times the dark current. X-ray photoelectron core-level and valence-band spectra for pristine and Ar+-ion irradiated surfaces of Tl1‑x In1‑x GexSe2 (x = 0.1 and 0.2) single crystals have been studied. These results indicate that the relatively low hygroscopicity of the studied single crystals is typical for the Tl1‑x In1‑x Ge x Se2 crystals, a property that is very important for handling these quaternary selenides as infrared materials operating at ambient conditions.

  2. Narrow-Band WGM Optical Filters With Tunable FSRs

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    Mohageg, Makan; Matsko, Andrey; Savchenkov, Anatoliy; Maleki, Lute; Iltchenko, Vladimir; Strekalov, Dmitry

    2007-01-01

    Optical resonators of the whispering-gallery-mode (WGM) type featuring DC-tunable free spectral ranges (FSRs) have been demonstrated. By making the FSR tunable, one makes it possible to adjust, during operation, the frequency of a microwave signal generated by an optoelectronic oscillator in which an WGM optical resonator is utilized as a narrow-band filter.

  3. A narrow band pattern-matching model of vowel perception

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    Hillenbrand, James M.; Houde, Robert A.

    2003-02-01

    The purpose of this paper is to propose and evaluate a new model of vowel perception which assumes that vowel identity is recognized by a template-matching process involving the comparison of narrow band input spectra with a set of smoothed spectral-shape templates that are learned through ordinary exposure to speech. In the present simulation of this process, the input spectra are computed over a sufficiently long window to resolve individual harmonics of voiced speech. Prior to template creation and pattern matching, the narrow band spectra are amplitude equalized by a spectrum-level normalization process, and the information-bearing spectral peaks are enhanced by a ``flooring'' procedure that zeroes out spectral values below a threshold function consisting of a center-weighted running average of spectral amplitudes. Templates for each vowel category are created simply by averaging the narrow band spectra of like vowels spoken by a panel of talkers. In the present implementation, separate templates are used for men, women, and children. The pattern matching is implemented with a simple city-block distance measure given by the sum of the channel-by-channel differences between the narrow band input spectrum (level-equalized and floored) and each vowel template. Spectral movement is taken into account by computing the distance measure at several points throughout the course of the vowel. The input spectrum is assigned to the vowel template that results in the smallest difference accumulated over the sequence of spectral slices. The model was evaluated using a large database consisting of 12 vowels in /hVd/ context spoken by 45 men, 48 women, and 46 children. The narrow band model classified vowels in this database with a degree of accuracy (91.4%) approaching that of human listeners.

  4. Narrow-Band Thermal Radiation Based on Microcavity Resonant Effect

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    Huang, Jin-Guo; Xuan, Yi-Min; Li, Qiang

    2014-09-01

    The microcavity resonant effect is used to realize narrow-band thermal radiation. Periodic circular aperture arrays with square lattice are patterned on Si substrates by using standard photolithographic techniques and reactive ion etching techniques. Ag films are deposited on the surface of Si substrates with aperture arrays to improve the infrared reflectance. On the basis of the micromachining process, an Ag/Si structured surface exhibiting narrow-band radiation and directivity insensitivity is presented. The emittance spectra exhibit several selective emittance bands attributed to the microcavity resonance effect. The dependence of emittance spectra on sizes and direction is also experimentally examined. The results indicate that the emittance peak of the Ag/Si structured surface can be modulated by tailoring the structural sizes. Moreover, the emittance peak is independent of the radiant angle, which is very important for designing high-performance thermal emitters.

  5. Recovering physical properties from narrow-band photometry

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    Schoenell, W.; Cid Fernandes, R.; Bentez, N.; Vale Asari, N.

    2013-05-01

    Our aim in this work is to answer, using simulated narrow-band photometry data, the following general question: What can we learn about galaxies from these new generation cosmological surveys? For instance, can we estimate stellar age and metallicity distributions? Can we separate star-forming galaxies from AGN? Can we measure emission lines, nebular abundances and extinction? With what precision? To accomplish this, we selected a sample of about 300k galaxies with good S/N from the SDSS and divided them in two groups: 200k objects and a template library of 100k. We corrected the spectra to z = 0 and converted them to filter fluxes. Using a statistical approach, we calculated a Probability Distribution Function (PDF) for each property of each object and the library. Since we have the properties of all the data from the STARLIGHT-SDSS database, we could compare them with the results obtained from summaries of the PDF (mean, median, etc). Our results shows that we retrieve the weighted average of the log of the galaxy age with a good error margin (? ? 0.1 - 0.2 dex), and similarly for the physical properties such as mass-to-light ratio, mean stellar metallicity, etc. Furthermore, our main result is that we can derive emission line intensities and ratios with similar precision. This makes this method unique in comparison to the other methods on the market to analyze photometry data and shows that, from the point of view of galaxy studies, future photometric surveys will be much more useful than anticipated.

  6. A Deep Narrow Band Imaging Search for CIV?1548 and HeII?1640 Emission from Lyman Alpha Blobs

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    Arrigoni Battaia, Fabrizio; Yang, Y.; Hennawi, J. F.; Matsuda, Y.; Yamada, T.; Hayashino, T.

    2014-07-01

    To study the nature of Ly? blobs (aka LABs), we conduct a deep C IV and He II narrowband imaging survey of 13 Ly? blobs located in SSA22 proto-cluster at z ~ 3.1. We reach the unprecedented sensitivity, 5? surface brightness limit of 2.1 - 3.4 10-18 erg s-1 cm-2 arcsec-2 per 1 arcsec2 aperture for two emission lines. We do not detect any extended C IV and He II emission, placing strong upper limits on the He II/Ly? and C IV/Ly? line ratios. We compare our limits with data in the literature related to the nebulae associated with high-redshift radio galaxies (HzRGs) and quasars, and we recover the data by modeling the LABs as nebulosities powered by a central QSO. For further information see Arrigoni Battaia et al. (2014).

  7. Narrow-band single photon emission at room temperature based on a single nitrogen-vacancy center coupled to an all-fiber-cavity

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    Albrecht, Roland; Bommer, Alexander; Becher, Christoph; Pauly, Christoph; Mücklich, Frank; Schell, Andreas W.; Engel, Philip; Benson, Oliver; Schröder, Tim; Reichel, Jakob

    2014-08-18

    We report the realization of a device based on a single Nitrogen-Vacancy (NV) center in diamond coupled to a fiber-cavity for use as single photon source (SPS). The device consists of two concave mirrors each directly fabricated on the facets of two optical fibers and a preselected nanodiamond containing a single NV center deposited onto one of these mirrors. Both, cavity in- and out-put are directly fiber-coupled, and the emission wavelength is easily tunable by variation of the separation of the two mirrors with a piezo-electric crystal. By coupling to the cavity, we achieve an increase of the spectral photon rate density by two orders of magnitude compared to free-space emission of the NV center. With this work, we establish a simple all-fiber based SPS with promising prospects for the integration into photonic quantum networks.

  8. Narrow-band single photon emission at room temperature based on a single nitrogen-vacancy center coupled to an all-fiber-cavity

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    Albrecht, Roland; Bommer, Alexander; Pauly, Christoph; Mcklich, Frank; Schell, Andreas W.; Engel, Philip; Schrder, Tim; Benson, Oliver; Reichel, Jakob; Becher, Christoph

    2014-08-01

    We report the realization of a device based on a single Nitrogen-Vacancy (NV) center in diamond coupled to a fiber-cavity for use as single photon source (SPS). The device consists of two concave mirrors each directly fabricated on the facets of two optical fibers and a preselected nanodiamond containing a single NV center deposited onto one of these mirrors. Both, cavity in- and out-put are directly fiber-coupled, and the emission wavelength is easily tunable by variation of the separation of the two mirrors with a piezo-electric crystal. By coupling to the cavity, we achieve an increase of the spectral photon rate density by two orders of magnitude compared to free-space emission of the NV center. With this work, we establish a simple all-fiber based SPS with promising prospects for the integration into photonic quantum networks.

  9. Latitude dependence of narrow bipolar pulse emissions

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    Ahmad, M. R.; Esa, M. R. M.; Cooray, V.; Baharudin, Z. A.; Hettiarachchi, P.

    2015-06-01

    In this paper, we present a comparative study on the occurrence of narrow bipolar pulses (NBPs) and other forms of lightning flashes across various geographical areas ranging from northern regions to the tropics. As the latitude decreased from Uppsala, Sweden (59.8N) to South Malaysia (1.5N), the percentage of NBP emissions relative to the total number of lightning flashes increased significantly from 0.13% to 12%. Occurrences of positive NBPs were more common than negative NBPs at all observed latitudes. However, as latitudes decreased, the negative NBP emissions increased significantly from 20% (Uppsala, Sweden) to 45% (South Malaysia). Factors involving mixed-phase region elevations and vertical extents of thundercloud tops are invoked to explain the observed results. These factors are fundamentally latitude dependent. Our results suggest that the NBP emission rate is not a useful measure to monitor thunderstorm severity because regular tropical thunderstorms, where relatively high NBP emissions occur, lack suitable conditions to become severe (i.e., there is modest convective available potential energy and a lack of baroclinity in such regions). Observations of significantly high negative NBP occurrences together with very rare occurrences of positive cloud-to-ground flashes and isolated breakdown pulses in tropical thunderstorms are indicative of a stronger negative screening layer magnitude and weaker lower positive charge region magnitude than those in northern regions.

  10. Spectral narrowing of solid state lasers by narrow-band PTR Bragg mirrors

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    Chung, T.; Rapaport, A.; Chen, Y.; Smirnov, V.; Hemmer, M.; Glebov, L. B.; Richardson, M. C.; Bass, M.

    2006-05-01

    Dramatic spectral narrowing of normally broad band lasers, Ti:Sapphire,Cr:LiSAF, and alexandrite was achieved by simply replacing the output mirror with a reflective, volumetric Bragg grating recorded in photo thermal refractive (PTR) glass. The output power of each laser was changed very slightly from that obtained using dielectric coated output mirrors with the same output coupling as the Bragg grating while spectral brightness increased by about three orders of magnitude.

  11. Narrow-Band Spectrophotometry of Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) Near Perihelion I.: Photometric Behavior of C2, C3, CN Molecular Bands

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    Sung, Eon-Chang; Kim, Ho-Il; Youn, Jae-Hyuk

    2000-12-01

    We present the results from narrow-band spectrophotometry of Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) near perihelion obtained at Sobaeksan Optical Astronomy Observatory 61cm telescope equipped with PM 512 CCD camera (512 x 512, 0.5''/pixel) and narrow-band filter set for the comet on 19 nights from February 21 to May 1, 1997. We discuss molecular emission band morphology and photometric behavior of Comet Hale-Bopp. The morphology of CN band shows more symmetric light distributions than C2 or C3 bands. On other hand, C2 and C3 band have more compact light distributions than CN band. Similar to wide-band image, molecular band morphology shows spiral structures at the core of the comet. The CN surface brightness variation with changing heliocentric distance shows difference from those of C2 and C.3 The brightness, however, of these molecular bands near perihelion shows previously known 7day period light variations.

  12. A narrow band-rejection filter based on block copolymers.

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    Yamanaka, Takahiko; Hara, Shigeo; Hirohata, Toru

    2011-11-21

    We demonstrate filtering characteristics of a polymer band-rejection filter (PBRF) with highly-ordered microphase-separated structure of block copolymers (BCPs). This PBRF is characterized by an Optical Density > 5 blocking at the center wavelength and narrow blocking full bandwidth of 8 nm. Moreover, the wavelength is easily tuned by blending two BCPs with different molecular-weight. A low frequency Raman shift of 200 cm(-1) are, in fact, detected with a sufficient resolution by using this filter in Raman spectroscopy. PMID:22109487

  13. Advanced Imaging Technology Other than Narrow Band Imaging

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    Cho, Jun-Hyung

    2015-01-01

    To improve the detection rate of gastrointestinal tumors, image-enhanced endoscopy has been widely used during screening and surveillance endoscopy in Korea. In addition to narrow band imaging (NBI) with/without magnification, various types of electronic chromoendoscopies have been used, including autofluorescence imaging, I-scan, and flexible spectral imaging color enhancement. These technologies enable the accurate characterization of tumors because they enable visualization of microvascular and microsurface patterns. The present review focuses on understanding the principle and clinical applications of advanced imaging technologies other than NBI. PMID:26668796

  14. Narrow-band tunable alexandrite laser with passive Q switching

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    Tyryshkin, I S; Ivanov, N A; Khulugurov, V M

    1998-06-30

    An alexandrite laser with a self-injection of narrow-band radiation into its cavity was developed. A Fabry - Perot interferometer and a diffraction grating were used as dispersive components in an additional cavity. The cavity was switched by an LiF crystal with F{sub 3}{sup -} colour centres. The laser generated a single pulse of {approx} 180 ns duration and of 1.5 mJ energy, and with a spectrum 5 x 10{sup -3} cm{sup -1} wide. The laser emitted in the spectral range 720 - 780 nm. (lasers, active media)

  15. Emerging role of narrow band imaging in duodenum

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    Dutta, Amit Kumar; Chacko, Ashok

    2015-01-01

    Endoscopy using magnification narrow band imaging (mNBI) allows detailed assessment of mucosal surface and vascular pattern. This may help in better identification and prediction of the nature of the lesion. The role of this technology in duodenum is still evolving. Studies have shown that mNBI has high accuracy in predicting villous atrophy in the duodenum. Limited data suggests that this technique can provide additional information on duodenal polyps, nodules and ampullary tumour which can help guide their management. In this paper we describe the technique for duodenal assessment using NBI and review the existing literature evaluating its role in diagnosis of various duodenal pathologies. PMID:26566428

  16. Compact narrow-band THz radiation source based on photocathode rf gun

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    Li, Wei-Wei; He, Zhi-Gang; Jia, Qi-Ka

    2014-04-01

    Narrow-band THz coherent Cherenkov radiation can be driven by a subpicosecond electron bunch traveling along the axis of a hollow cylindrical dielectric-lined waveguide. We present a scheme of compact THz radiation source based on the photocathode rf gun. On the basis of our analytic result, the subpicosecond electron bunch with high charge (800 pC) can be generated directly in the photocathode rf gun. According to the analytical and simulated results, a narrow emission spectrum peaked at 0.24 THz with 2 megawatt (MW) peak power is expected to gain in the proposed scheme (the length of the facility is about 1.2 m).

  17. Jupiter S-bursts: Narrow-band origin of microsecond subpulses

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    Ryabov, V. B.; Ryabov, B. P.; Vavriv, D. M.; Zarka, P.; Kozhin, R.; Vinogradov, V. V.; Shevchenko, V. A.

    2007-09-01

    We analyze the records of Jupiter's decameter radio emissions obtained during an Io-A S-burst storm on 15 March 2005. The observations were performed at the world's largest decameter array, UTR-2, which is equipped with a digital receiver capable of catching waveforms of duration ~3 s with temporal resolution defined by the sampling rate of ~66 MHz. A Hilbert transform based algorithm has been applied to study narrow-band spectral patterns demonstrating quasi-linear drift over time-frequency plane. The instantaneous amplitude and phase information has been extracted from the recorded waveforms with the purpose of analyzing microsecond-scale coherent events in the S-burst emission. A statistical model of narrow band random process is proposed for describing such features in the observed waveforms as coherent segments, phase jumps, nonlinear frequency drift, etc. It is shown that the study of coherence properties in terms of instantaneous phase is equivalent to Fourier analysis of a narrowband signal. This implies that no particular mechanism (such as superimposed modulation or oscillation) is required for generating the observed coherent phase structures of S-burst emission: those, as well as the pulse-like envelope structures, emerge naturally at the output of a narrow band filter applied to a random noise. It is further suggested that probability distribution function of instantaneous amplitude gives an important insight into the underlying physical mechanism of S-burst generation. In particular, it is demonstrated that models based on the concept of ``generator,'' i.e., a nonlinear system with feedback, are less suitable for reproducing the observational characteristics of S-bursts at microsecond time scale resolution. On the other hand, the concept of ``amplifier,'' i.e., a linear system (without feedback) that enhances the fluctuations within a narrow band, fits the observational data well. This conclusion is consistent with S-burst generation mechanism via cyclotron-maser instability, which is indeed a resonant wave amplification process.

  18. Narrow Band Imaging: Technology Basis and Research and Development History

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    Gono, Kazuhiro

    2015-01-01

    The first launch of narrow band imaging (NBI) was in 2005. Since then, in most countries where gastrointestinal endoscopies are performed, NBI is the most commonly used optical digital method of performing image-enhanced endoscopy. Thanks to the outstanding efforts of many endoscopists, many clinical studies have been performed and clinical evidence has been gathered. In Japan, since 2010, NBI has been reimbursed under the Japanese national health insurance system. This is owing to the establishment of clinical evidence by physicians. However, even though endoscope systems with NBI function have been widely used outside of Japan, dissemination of knowledge on how to use NBI is insufficient. In this review paper, the technology basis of NBI and its research and development history are described. I hope this information will be helpful for updating physicians’ knowledge of NBI. PMID:26668792

  19. Superscattering-enhanced narrow band forward scattering antenna

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    Hu, De-Jiao; Zhang, Zhi-You; Du, Jing-Lei

    2015-10-01

    We present a narrow band forward scattering optical antenna which is based on the excitation of distinctive whispering gallery modes (WGMs). The antenna is composed of three coaxial cylinder layers: a dielectric layer is sandwiched between a metallic core and cladding. Owing to the destructive interference between the scattering of the outer metallic cladding and the WGM in the backward direction, the power flow in the forward direction is increased. Simulation and analysis show that in proper geometry conditions, the cavity can be tuned into a superscattering state. At this state, both the zeroth and the first order of WGM are excited and contribute to the total scattering. It is shown that the power ratio (power towards backward divided by power towards forward) can be enhanced to about 27 times larger than that for a non-resonant position by the superscattering. Owing to the confinement of the cladding to WGMs, the wavelength range of effective forward scattering is considerably narrow (about 15 nm). Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61377054), the Collaborative Innovation Foundation of Sichuan University, China (Grant No. XTCX 2013002), and the International Cooperation and Exchange of Science and Technology Project in Sichuan Province, China (Grant No. 2013HH0010).

  20. NARROW-K-BAND OBSERVATIONS OF THE GJ 1214 SYSTEM

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    Colón, Knicole D.; Gaidos, Eric

    2013-10-10

    GJ 1214 is a nearby M dwarf star that hosts a transiting super-Earth-size planet, making this system an excellent target for atmospheric studies. Most studies find that the transmission spectrum of GJ 1214b is flat, which favors either a high mean molecular weight or cloudy/hazy hydrogen (H) rich atmosphere model. Photometry at short wavelengths (<0.7 μm) and in the K band can discriminate the most between these different atmosphere models for GJ 1214b, but current observations do not have sufficiently high precision. We present photometry of seven transits of GJ 1214b through a narrow K-band (2.141 μm) filter with the Wide Field Camera on the 3.8 m United Kingdom Infrared Telescope. Our photometric precision is typically 1.7 × 10{sup –3} (for a single transit), comparable with other ground-based observations of GJ 1214b. We measure a planet-star radius ratio of 0.1158 ± 0.0013, which, along with other studies, also supports a flat transmission spectrum for GJ 1214b. Since this does not exclude a scenario where GJ 1214b has an H-rich envelope with heavy elements that are sequestered below a cloud/haze layer, we compare K-band observations with models of H{sub 2} collision-induced absorption in an atmosphere for a range of temperatures. While we find no evidence for deviation from a flat spectrum (slope s = 0.0016 ± 0.0038), an H{sub 2}-dominated upper atmosphere (<60 mbar) cannot be excluded. More precise observations at <0.7 μm and in the K band, as well as a uniform analysis of all published data, would be useful for establishing more robust limits on atmosphere models for GJ 1214b.

  1. Narrow band gap conjugated polymers for emergent optoelectronic technologies

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    Azoulay, Jason D.; Zhang, Benjamin A.; London, Alexander E.

    2015-09-01

    Conjugated organic molecules effectively produce and harvest visible light and find utility in a variety of emergent optoelectronic technologies. There is currently interest in expanding the scope of these materials to extend functionality into the infrared (IR) spectral regions and endow functionality relevant in emergent technologies. Developing an understanding of the interplay between chemical and electronic structure in these systems will require control of the frontier orbital energetics (separation, position, and alignment), ground state electronic configurations, interchain arrangements, solid-state properties, and many other molecular features with synthetic precision that has yet to be demonstrated. Bridgehead imine substituted 4H-cyclopenta[2,1-b:3,4-b']dithiophene (CPDT) structural units, in combination with strong acceptors with progressively delocalized π-systems, afford modular donor-acceptor copolymers with broad and long wavelength absorption that spans technologically relevant wavelength (λ) ranges from 0.7 < λ < 3.2 μm.1 Here we demonstrate that electronic and structural manipulation play a major role in influencing the energetics of these systems and ultimately controlling the band gap of the materials. These results bear implication in the development of very narrow band gap systems where precise control will be necessary for achieving desired properties such as interactions with longer wavelength light.

  2. Narrow-Band Emitting Solid Fluorescence Reference Standard with Certified Intensity Pattern.

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    Hoffmann, Katrin; Spieles, Monika; Bremser, Wolfram; Resch-Genger, Ute

    2015-07-21

    The development of a lanthanum-phosphate glass doped with several rare-earth-ions for use as solid fluorescence standard is described. The cuvette-shaped reference material which shows a characteristic emission intensity pattern upon excitation at 365 nm consisting of a multitude of relatively narrow emission bands in the wavelength region between 450 and 700 nm is intended for the day-to-day performance validation of fluorescence measuring devices. Evaluation of the fluorescent glass includes the determination of all properties which can affect its relative emission intensity profile or contribute to the uncertainty of the certified values like absorption spectra, fluorescence anisotropy, excitation wavelength, and temperature dependence of the spectroscopic features, homogeneity of fluorophore distribution, and photo- and long-term stability. Moreover, a certification procedure was developed including the normalization of the intensity profile consisting of several narrow emission bands and the calculation of wavelength-dependent uncertainties. Criteria for the design, characterization, and working principle of the new reference material BAM-F012 are presented, and possible applications of this ready-to-use fluorescence standard are discussed. PMID:26077510

  3. Narrow band imaging and bladder cancer: when and how.

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    Naselli, Angelo; Puppo, Paolo

    2015-10-10

    Narrow band imaging (NBI) is an optical enhancement technology for endoscopy. NBI works filtering the standard white light in two bandwidths of illumination of 415 nm, blue, and 540 nm, green. As a result, capillaries on mucosal surface appear brown and veins in connective subepithelial layer cyan, enhancing the contrast among epithelial, subepithelial tissue and its vascularisation. Given that it is a filter, it is safe, does not need any kind of instillation and the vision modality can be switched from NBI to white light and vice versa without any limitations of time. NBI-assisted cystoscopy increases the detection rate of urothelial lesions and enhances visibility of tumour margins with respect to standard white light modality, although it does not need a particular learning curve. NBI exploration of the bladder should be avoided during active bleeding because the light absorption would be excessive impeding an optimal vision. Moreover, it should always be employed in combination with standard white light modality to avoid an excess of false-positive findings, particularly during or immediately after topic treatments. It can be used in office to anticipate bladder recurrences and in the operating theatre to perform a complete tumour resection. As a matter of fact, it is able to reduce the recurrence rate and ameliorate bladder cancer management by identifying high-grade cancerous tissue, especially Cis, undetected by the standard white light modality. PMID:26481715

  4. Strain-induced asymmetric modulation of band gap in narrow armchair-edge graphene nanoribbon

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    Fang, Hui; Zhang, Fei-Peng; Jiang, Zhi-Nian; Peng, Jin-Yun; Wang, Ru-Zhi

    2015-12-01

    We investigate the band structure of narrow armchair-edge graphene nanoribbons (AGNRs) under tensile strain by means of an extension of the Extended Hckel method. The strain-induced band gap modulation presents asymmetric behavior. The asymmetric modulation of band gap is derived from the different changes of conduction and valence bands near Fermi level under tensile strain. Further analysis suggests that the asymmetric variation of band structure near Fermi level only appear in narrow armchair-edge graphene nanoribbons.

  5. Narrow-band injection seeding of a terahertz frequency quantum cascade laser: Selection and suppression of longitudinal modes

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    Nong, Hanond Markmann, Sergej; Hekmat, Negar; Jukam, Nathan; Pal, Shovon; Mohandas, Reshma A.; Dean, Paul; Li, Lianhe; Linfield, Edmund H.; Giles Davies, A.; Wieck, Andreas D.

    2014-09-15

    A periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) crystal with multiple poling periods is used to generate tunable narrow-bandwidth THz pulses for injection seeding a quantum cascade laser (QCL). We demonstrate that longitudinal modes of the quantum cascade laser close to the gain maximum can be selected or suppressed according to the seed spectrum. The QCL emission spectra obtained by electro-optic sampling from the quantum cascade laser, in the most favorable case, shows high selectivity and amplification of the longitudinal modes that overlap the frequency of the narrow-band seed. Proper selection of the narrow-band THz seed from the PPLN crystal discretely tunes the longitudinal mode emission of the quantum cascade laser. Moreover, the THz wave build-up within the laser cavity is studied as a function of the round-trip time. When the seed frequency is outside the maximum of the gain spectrum the laser emission shifts to the preferential longitudinal mode.

  6. Whispering-Gallery-Mode Tunable Narrow-Band-Pass Filter

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    Savchenkov, Anatoliy; Iltchenko, Vladimir; Matsko, Andrey; Maleki, Lute

    2004-01-01

    An experimental tunable, narrow-band-pass electro-optical filter is based on a whispering-gallery resonator. This device is a prototype of tunable filters needed for the further development of reconfigurable networking wavelength-division multiplexers and communication systems that utilize radio-frequency (more specifically, microwave) subcarrier signals on optical carrier signals. The characteristics of whispering-gallery resonators that make them attractive for such applications include high tuning speed, compactness, wide tuning range, low power consumption, and compatibility with single-mode optical fibers. In addition, relative to Fabry-Perot resonators, these devices offer advantages of greater robustness and lower cost. As described in several prior NASA Tech Briefs articles, a whispering-gallery resonator is a spheroidal, disk-like, or toroidal body made of a highly transparent material. It is so named because it is designed to exploit whispering-gallery electromagnetic modes, which are waveguide modes that propagate circumferentially and are concentrated in a narrow toroidal region centered on the equatorial plane and located near the outermost edge. The experimental whispering-gallery tunable filter (see figure) is made from a disk of Z-cut LiNbO3 of 4.8-mm diameter and 0.17-mm thickness. The perimeter of the disk is rounded to a radius of curvature of 100 m. Metal coats on the flat faces of the disk serve as electrodes for exploiting the electro-optical effect in LiNbO3 for tuning. There is no metal coat on the rounded perimeter region, where the whispering-gallery modes propagate. Light is coupled from an input optical fiber into the whispering-gallery modes by means of a diamond prism. Another diamond prism is used to couple light from the whispering-gallery modes to an output optical fiber. This device is designed and operated to exploit transverse magnetic (TM) whispering- gallery modes, rather than transverse electric (TE) modes because the resonance quality factors (Q values) of the TM modes are higher. If Q values were not of major concern, it would be better to use the TE modes because the electro-optical shifts of the TE modes are 3 times those of the TM modes.

  7. Narrow-band erbium-doped fibre linearring laser

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    Kolegov, A A; Sofienko, G S; Minashina, L A; Bochkov, A V

    2014-01-31

    We have demonstrated a narrow-band linear ring fibre laser with an output power of 15 mW at a wavelength of 1.55 ?m and an emission bandwidth less than 5 kHz. The laser frequency is stabilised by an unpumped active fibre section and fibre Bragg grating. The fibre laser operates in a travelling wave mode, which allows the spatial hole burning effect to be avoided. At a certain pump power level, the laser switches from continuous mode to repetitivepulse operation, corresponding to relaxation oscillations. (control of laser radiation parameters)

  8. Narrow-band ultraviolet-B stimulates proliferation and migration of cultured melanocytes.

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    Wu, Ching-Shuang; Yu, Chia-Li; Wu, Chieh-Shan; Lan, Cheng-Che E; Yu, Hsin-Su

    2004-12-01

    Narrow-band ultraviolet-B (UVB) radiation is an effective treatment for vitiligo vulgaris. However, the mechanisms of narrow-band UVB in inducing repigmentation of vitiligo lesions are not thoroughly clarified. The purpose of our study was to investigate the effects of narrow-band UVB irradiation on melanocyte proliferation and migration in vitro. Our results showed that the cell counts as well as [3H]thymidine uptake of melanocytes were significantly enhanced by narrow-band UVB-irradiated keratinocyte supernatants. In these supernatants, a significant increase in basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and in endothelin-1 (ET-1) release was observed. bFGF is a natural mitogen for melanocytes, whereas ET-1 can stimulate DNA synthesis in melanocytes. This stimulatory effect of melanocyte proliferation by supernatants derived from narrow-band UVB-irradiated keratinocytes was significantly reduced by a selective endothelin-B (ET-B) receptor antagonist (BQ788), suggesting an essential role of ET-1 on melanocyte proliferation. Our results of time-lapse microphotography revealed a stimulatory effect of narrow-band UVB irradiation on melanocyte migration. Focal adhesion kinase (FAK) plays a pivotal role in cell migration. Phosphorylated FAK (p125(FAK)) expression on melanocyte was enhanced by narrow-band UVB irradiation. In this study, narrow-band UVB irradiation stimulated a significant increase in matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) activity in melanocyte supernatants. Narrow-band UVB-irradiation-induced migration of melanocytes was significantly annihilated by the addition of p125(FAK) inhibitor (herbimycin-A) or MMP-2 inhibitor (GM6001). These results suggest that p125(FAK) and MMP-2 activity play important roles in narrow-band UVB-induced migration of melanocytes. Our results provide a theoretical basis for the effectiveness of narrow-band UVB irradiation in treating vitiligo. PMID:15560759

  9. 47 CFR 80.461 - Narrow-band direct-printing.

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    2011-10-01

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  10. 47 CFR 80.1159 - Narrow-band direct-printing (NB-DP).

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    2012-10-01

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  11. 47 CFR 80.1159 - Narrow-band direct-printing (NB-DP).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

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  12. 47 CFR 80.1159 - Narrow-band direct-printing (NB-DP).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

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  13. 47 CFR 80.1159 - Narrow-band direct-printing (NB-DP).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

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  14. 47 CFR 80.1159 - Narrow-band direct-printing (NB-DP).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

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  15. Narrow band imaging and long slit spectroscopy of UGC 5101

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    Stanga, R. M.; Mannucci, F.; Rodriguezespinosa, J. M.

    1993-01-01

    UGC 5101 (z = 0.04; D is approximately equal to 240 Mpc) is one of the so called Ultraluminous IRAS sources. Two important properties of the members of this group are their L(sub IR) is greater than or equal to 10(exp 12) solar luminosity, and their space density in the universe up to z is less than 0.1 is equal or even larger than the space density of the quasars. Further noteworthy features of the Ultraluminous IRAS sources are their being morphologically peculiar and the fact that they all seem to host active nuclei in their center. We have observed UGC 5101 in an effort to study the interplay between the gas ionized by the central active nucleus and that gas ionized by other processes which may hold important clues to the understanding of the entire picture of this object. In particular these other ionizing processes could well be massive stars formed recently after the galactic encounter and shocks possibly also related to the galaxy collision. The data that we discuss were obtained between Dec. 1989 and Jan. 1992 with the WHT 4.2 m telescope using the two-arm spectrograph ISIS. Several spectral frames were obtained at three different position angles: PA 84--along the tail of the galaxy; PA 32--along the dust lane; and PA 110. The blue spectra are centered on the H beta line, while the red spectra are centered on the H alpha line. In the configuration we used for the long slit spectra, the spectral scale was 0.74 A per pixel, and the spatial scale was .37 arcsec per pixel; we also observed the H alpha region with a spectral scale of .37 A per pixel, at position angle 84. The narrow band images were obtained at the auxiliary port of ISIS, with a scale of .2 arcsec per pixel, and were centered at the H alpha wavelength, and on the adjacent continuum. The H alpha images and the spectra support the following model. UGC 5101 hosts an active nucleus; the NLR extends up to about 1.5 kpc and shows a complex velocity field, superimposed on the rotation curve of the galaxy. Besides the NLR, in the H alpha image are visible tow bright cones that extend up to 3 kpc along PA 32. The long slit spectra at PA 32 show that the velocity field of the gas in these regions is peculiar, while the ionization structure of the gas is similar to that of the NLR.

  16. Broadening of effective photonic band gaps in biological chiral structures: From intrinsic narrow band gaps to broad band reflection spectra

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    Vargas, W. E.; Hernández-Jiménez, M.; Libby, E.; Azofeifa, D. E.; Solis, Á.; Barboza-Aguilar, C.

    2015-09-01

    Under normal illumination with non-polarized light, reflection spectra of the cuticle of golden-like and red Chrysina aurigans scarabs show a structured broad band of left-handed circularly polarized light. The polarization of the reflected light is attributed to a Bouligand-type left-handed chiral structure found through the scarab's cuticle. By considering these twisted structures as one-dimensional photonic crystals, a novel approach is developed from the dispersion relation of circularly polarized electromagnetic waves traveling through chiral media, to show how the broad band characterizing these spectra arises from an intrinsic narrow photonic band gap whose spectral position moves through visible and near-infrared wavelengths.

  17. Frequency band broadening of magnetospheric VLF emissions near the equator

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    Maeda, K.; Lin, C. S.

    1981-01-01

    The broadening of the whistler mode VLF emission band has frequently been observed by the equatorially orbiting S3-A (Explorer 45) satellite outside the midnight sector of the plasmasphere, during periods of geomagnetic disturbance. Prior to the broadening, the band of this emission is narrow with a sharp gap at the half electron gyrofrequency. The gradual broadening of the emission band on the low-frequency side is associated with the simultaneously observed spreading of the anisotropy of the ring current electrons to higher and wider energy ranges. Using the modeled distribution function, the linear growth rates of the cyclotron instability are calculated numerically. The results suggest that broadening of the VLF emission band near the plasmasphere can be caused by spreading of the ring current electron anisotropy toward higher energies.

  18. Narrow-band photography of Jupiter and Saturn.

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    Fountain, J. W.

    1973-01-01

    An IR-sensitive vidicon was used in the 1 to 2 mu region, with narrow-bandwidth filters, for Jupiter photographs taken in April, 1971, and Saturn photographs taken in December, 1970. The changes in limb darkening and surface details observed at different wavelengths are discussed. The 37 Jupiter photographs and the 38 Saturn photographs are included.

  19. High average power, narrow band 248 nm alexandrite laser system

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    Kuper, J.W.; Chin, T.C.; Papanestor, P.A.

    1994-12-31

    A compact line-narrowed 248 nm solid state laser source operating at 15 mJ {at} 100 Hz PRF was demonstrated. Constraints due to thermal loading of components were addressed. Tradeoffs between pulse energy and repetition rate were investigated. A method for overcoming thermal dephasing in the THG material was achieved by scanning a slab shaped crystal.

  20. Ultra-narrow-band light dissipation by a stack of lamellar silver and alumina

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    Zhao, Ding; Meng, Lijun; Gong, Hanmo; Chen, Xingxing; Chen, Yiting; Yan, Min; Li, Qiang; Qiu, Min

    2014-06-01

    An ultra-narrow band absorber consisting of continuous silver and alumina films is investigated. Owing to Fabry-Prot resonance and silver's inherent loss, an ultra-narrow spectral range of light can be entirely trapped in the structure. By varying thicknesses of metallic and dielectric films, absorption peak shifts in visible and near-infrared regions. When two such metal-insulator-metal stacks are cascaded, experimental results show that an ultra-narrow absorption bandwidth of 7 nm is achieved, though theoretical results give that of 2 nm. Features of high-efficiency and ultra-narrow band absorption have huge potential in optical filtering, thermal emitter design, etc.

  1. Engineering Frequency-Time Quantum Correlation of Narrow-Band Biphotons from Cold Atoms

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    Cho, Young-Wook; Park, Kwang-Kyoon; Lee, Jong-Chan; Kim, Yoon-Ho

    2014-08-01

    The nonclassical photon pair, generated via a parametric process, is naturally endowed with a specific form of frequency-time quantum correlations. Here, we report complete control of frequency-time quantum correlations of narrow-band biphotons generated via spontaneous four-wave mixing in a cold atomic ensemble. We have experimentally confirmed the generation of frequency-anticorrelated, frequency-correlated, and frequency-uncorrelated narrow-band biphoton states, as well as verifying the strong nonclassicality of the correlations. Our work opens up new possibilities for engineering narrow-band entangled photons for various quantum optical and quantum information applications.

  2. Further improvements in program to calculate electronic properties of narrow band gap materials

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    Patterson, James D.

    1991-01-01

    Research into the properties of narrow band gap materials during the period 15 Jun. to 15 Dec. 1991 is discussed. Abstracts and bibliographies from papers presented during this period are reported. Graphs are provided.

  3. Ultrafast optical control of group delay of narrow-band terahertz waves

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    Miyamaru, Fumiaki; Morita, Hiroki; Nishiyama, Yohei; Nishida, Tsubasa; Nakanishi, Toshihiro; Kitano, Masao; Takeda, Mitsuo W.

    2014-01-01

    We experimentally demonstrate control over the group delay of narrow-band (quasi continuous wave) terahertz (THz) pulses with constant amplitude based on optical switching of a metasurface characteristic. The near-field coupling between resonant modes of a complementary split ring resonator pair and a rectangular slit show an electromagnetically induced transparency-like (EIT-like) spectral shape in the reflection spectrum of a metasurface. This coupling induces group delay of a narrow-band THz pulse around the resonant frequency of the EIT-like spectrum. By irradiating the metasurface with an optical excitation pulse, the metasurface becomes mirror-like and thus the incident narrow-band THz pulse is reflected without a delay. Remarkably, if we select the appropriate excitation power, only the group delay of the narrow-band THz pulse can be switched while the amplitude is maintained before and after optical excitation. PMID:24614514

  4. High-power narrow-vertical-divergence photonic band crystal laser diodes with optimized epitaxial structure

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    Liu, Lei; Qu, Hongwei; Liu, Yun; Zhang, Yejin; Zheng, Wanhua; Wang, Yufei; Qi, Aiyi

    2014-12-08

    900 nm longitudinal photonic band crystal (PBC) laser diodes with optimized epitaxial structure are fabricated. With a same calculated fundamental-mode divergence, stronger mode discrimination is achieved by a quasi-periodic index modulation in the PBC waveguide than a periodic one. Experiments show that the introduction of over 5.5 μm-thick PBC waveguide contributes to only 10% increment of the internal loss for the laser diodes. For broad area PBC lasers, output powers of 5.75 W under continuous wave test and over 10 W under quasi-continuous wave test are reported. The vertical divergence angles are 10.5° at full width at half maximum and 21.3° with 95% power content, in conformity with the simulated angles. Such device shows a prospect for high-power narrow-vertical-divergence laser emission from single diode laser and laser bar.

  5. High-power narrow-vertical-divergence photonic band crystal laser diodes with optimized epitaxial structure

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    Liu, Lei; Qu, Hongwei; Liu, Yun; Zhang, Yejin; Wang, Yufei; Qi, Aiyi; Zheng, Wanhua

    2014-12-01

    900 nm longitudinal photonic band crystal (PBC) laser diodes with optimized epitaxial structure are fabricated. With a same calculated fundamental-mode divergence, stronger mode discrimination is achieved by a quasi-periodic index modulation in the PBC waveguide than a periodic one. Experiments show that the introduction of over 5.5 ?m-thick PBC waveguide contributes to only 10% increment of the internal loss for the laser diodes. For broad area PBC lasers, output powers of 5.75 W under continuous wave test and over 10 W under quasi-continuous wave test are reported. The vertical divergence angles are 10.5 at full width at half maximum and 21.3 with 95% power content, in conformity with the simulated angles. Such device shows a prospect for high-power narrow-vertical-divergence laser emission from single diode laser and laser bar.

  6. High-power narrow-band terahertz generation using large-aperture photoconductors

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    Park, S.G.; Weiner, A.M.; Melloch, M.R. . School of Electrical and Computer Engineering); Siders, C.W.; Siders, J.L.W.; Taylor, A.J. )

    1999-08-01

    Large-aperture biased photoconductive emitters which can generate high-power narrow-band terahertz (THz) radiation are developed. These emitters avoid saturation at high fluence excitation and achieve enhanced peak power spectral density by employing a thick layer of short-lifetime low-temperature-grown GaAs (LT-GaAs) photoconductor and multiple-pulse excitation. THz waveforms are calculated from the saturation theory of large-aperture photoconductors, and a comparison is made between theory and measurement. A direct comparison of the multiple-pulse saturation properties of THz emission from semi-insulating GaAs and LT-GaAs emitters reveals a strong dependence on the carrier lifetime. In particular, the data demonstrate that saturation is avoided only when the interpulse spacing is longer than the carrier lifetime.

  7. Oxygen vacancy induced band gap narrowing of ZnO nanostructures by an electrochemically active biofilm

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    Ansari, Sajid Ali; Khan, Mohammad Mansoob; Kalathil, Shafeer; Nisar, Ambreen; Lee, Jintae; Cho, Moo Hwan

    2013-09-01

    Band gap narrowing is important and advantageous for potential visible light photocatalytic applications involving metal oxide nanostructures. This paper reports a simple biogenic approach for the promotion of oxygen vacancies in pure zinc oxide (p-ZnO) nanostructures using an electrochemically active biofilm (EAB), which is different from traditional techniques for narrowing the band gap of nanomaterials. The novel protocol improved the visible photocatalytic activity of modified ZnO (m-ZnO) nanostructures through the promotion of oxygen vacancies, which resulted in band gap narrowing of the ZnO nanostructure (Eg = 3.05 eV) without dopants. X-ray diffraction, UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy and high resolution transmission electron microscopy confirmed the oxygen vacancy and band gap narrowing of m-ZnO. m-ZnO enhanced the visible light catalytic activity for the degradation of different classes of dyes and 4-nitrophenol compared to p-ZnO, which confirmed the band gap narrowing because of oxygen defects. This study shed light on the modification of metal oxide nanostructures by EAB with a controlled band structure.Band gap narrowing is important and advantageous for potential visible light photocatalytic applications involving metal oxide nanostructures. This paper reports a simple biogenic approach for the promotion of oxygen vacancies in pure zinc oxide (p-ZnO) nanostructures using an electrochemically active biofilm (EAB), which is different from traditional techniques for narrowing the band gap of nanomaterials. The novel protocol improved the visible photocatalytic activity of modified ZnO (m-ZnO) nanostructures through the promotion of oxygen vacancies, which resulted in band gap narrowing of the ZnO nanostructure (Eg = 3.05 eV) without dopants. X-ray diffraction, UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy and high resolution transmission electron microscopy confirmed the oxygen vacancy and band gap narrowing of m-ZnO. m-ZnO enhanced the visible light catalytic activity for the degradation of different classes of dyes and 4-nitrophenol compared to p-ZnO, which confirmed the band gap narrowing because of oxygen defects. This study shed light on the modification of metal oxide nanostructures by EAB with a controlled band structure. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Pretreatment of EAB and its SEM images, schematic representation of the modification process and absorbance spectra. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr02678g

  8. Narrow-band EUV Multilayer Coating for the MOSES Sounding Rocket

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    Owens, Scott M.; Gum, Jeffery S.; Tarrio, Charles; Dvorak, Joseph; Kjornrattanawanich, Benjawan; Keski-Kuha, Ritva; Thomas, Roger J.; Kankelborg, Charles C.

    2005-01-01

    The Multi-order Solar EUV Spectrograph (MOSES) is a slitless spectrograph designed to study solar He II emission at 303.8 Angstroms, to be launched on a sounding rocket payload. One difference between MOSES and other slitless spectrographs is that the images are recorded simultaneously at three spectral orders, m = -1,0, +l. Another is the addition of a narrow-band multilayer coating on both the grating and the fold flat, which will reject out-of-band lines that normally contaminate the image of a slitless instrument. The primary metrics f a the mating were high peak reflectivity and suppression of Fe XV and XVI emission lines at 284 Angstroms and 335 Angstroms, respectively. We chose B4C/Mg2Si for our material combination since it provides better values for all three metrics together than the other leading candidates Si/Ir, Si/B4C or Si/SiC. Measurements of witness flats at NIST indicate the peak reflectivity at 303.6 is 38.5% for a 15 bilayer stack, while the suppression at 284 Angstroms, is 4.5x and at 335 Angstroms is 18.3x for each of two reflections in the instrument. We present the results of coating the MOSES flight gratings and fold flat, including the spectral response of the fold flat and grating as measured at NIST's SURF III and Brookhaven's X24C beamline.

  9. Narrow-band tunable laser system for a lidar facility

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    Panchenko, Yu. N.; Andreev, M. V.; Bobrovnikov, S. M.; Gorlov, E. V.; Dudarev, V. V.; Ivanov, N. G.; Losev, V. F.; Pavlinskii, A. V.; Puchikin, A. V.; Zharkov, V. I.

    2012-11-01

    A unique ultraviolet laser system has been developed for a lidar intended to detect nitrogen oxide molecules in the atmosphere. The electric-discharge KrF laser system is capable of producing a highly coherent laser beam with practically the same energy over a spectral range of 247.5-249.5 nm. At the edge of the amplification band in the range 247.5-247.8 nm, the system produces a beam of energy 0.3 J, pulse duration 16 ns, and spectral line width 2 pm. Atmospheric sounding by using this beam with an energy density of 200 mJ/cm2 in the scattered signal has detected noise in the 226 and 236 nm bands whose intensity increases the laser beam pulse repetition rate and energy density.

  10. Tracking photosynthetic efficiency with narrow-band spectroradiometry

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    Gamon, John A.; Field, Christopher B.

    1992-01-01

    Narrow-waveband spectroradiometry presents the possibility of detecting subtle signals closely related to the current physiological state of vegetation. One such signal related to the epoxidation state of the xanthophyll cycle pigments, violaxanthin, antheraxanthin, and zeaxanthin is discussed. Recent advances in plant ecophysiology demonstrated a close relationship between these pigments and the regulatory state of photosystem 2 in photosynthesis. Our recent field studies of sunflower (Helianthus annuus) and oak (Quercus agrifolia) demonstrated that a 'xanthophyll signal' can be isolated from the diurnal reflectance spectra of intact canopies. Furthermore, the xanthophyll signal can be used to derive a 'physiological reflectance index' (PRI) that closely correlates with the actual photosynthetic efficiency (defined as the photosynthetic rate divided by the incident PAR) in closed canopies. If these signals were detectable in Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometers (AVIRIS) images, they could lead to improved remote estimates of photosynthetic fluxes.

  11. ACS CCDs UV and Narrow-Band Filters Red Leak Check

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    Chiaberge, Marco; Sirianni, Marco

    2007-05-01

    We present results of the observations of the star 15 Mon, obtained with the aim of checking the impact of red leaks in the UV (and U-band) and two narrow-band filters on ACS CCDs. The red leak in the F220W, F250W and F330W filters appears to be smaller than measured in pre-flight tests. We derive updated passbands for the three filters and we present the updated correction table for different spectral types. The off-band flux in two narrow-band filters (F658N and F502N) is not measurable with the performed observations, thus we conclude that the red leak in narrow band filters is negligible.

  12. Intensity Variations of Narrow Bands of Solar UV Radiation during Descending Phases of SACs 21-23

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    Gigolashvili, M.; Kapanadze, N.

    2014-12-01

    The study of variations of four narrow bands of solar spectral irradiance (SSI) in the ultraviolet (UV) range for period 1981-2008 is presented. Observational data obtained by space-flight missions SORCE, UARS, SME and daily meanings of international sunspot number (ISN) have been used. The investigated data cover the decreasing phases of the solar activity cycles (SACs) 21, 22 and 23. We have revealed a peculiar behavior of intensity variability of some solar ultraviolet spectral lines originated in the solar chromospheres for period corresponding to the declining phase of the solar cycle 23. It is found that variability of emission of different solar spectral narrow bands (289.5 nm, 300.5 nm) does not agree equally well with ISN variability during decreasing phase of the solar activity cycle 23. The negative correlations between total solar irradiance and the solar spectral narrow bands of UV emission (298.5 nm, 300.5 nm) had been revealed. The existence of the negative correlation can be explained by the sensitivity of SSI of some emission lines to the solar global magnetic field.

  13. Pilot-aided modulation for narrow-band satellite communications

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    Saulnier, Gary J.; Rafferty, William

    1988-01-01

    This paper discusses a number of tone-aided modulation techniques which have been studied as part of the Mobile Satellite Experiment (MSAT-X) Program. In all instances tone(s) are inserted into data-free portions of the transmit spectrum and used by the receiver to sense the amplitude and frequency/phase distortions introduced by the channel. The receiver then uses this information in a feedforward manner to lessen the effect of the distortions on the data detection performance. Particular techniques discussed are the Tone Calibration Technique (TCT), the Dual Tone Calibrated Technique (DTCT), Transparent Tone-In-Band (TTIB), and Dual-Tone Single Sideband (DTSSB).

  14. Large Format Narrow-Band, Multi-Band, and Broad-Band LWIR QWIP Focal Planes for Space and Earth Science Applications

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    Gunapala, S. D.; Bandara, S. V.

    2004-01-01

    A 640x512 pixel, long-wavelength cutoff, narrow-band (delta(lambda)/approx. 10%) quantum well infrared photodetector (QWIP) focal plane array (FPA), a four-band QWIP FPA in the 4-16 m spectral region, and a broad-band (delta(lambda)/approx. 42%) QWIP FPA having 15.4 m cutoff have been demonstrated.

  15. Mechanical filtering for narrow-band hearing in the weta.

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    Lomas, Kathryn; Montealegre-Z, Fernando; Parsons, Stuart; Field, Larry H; Robert, Daniel

    2011-03-01

    This paper constitutes a major attempt to associate tympanic deflections with the mechanoreceptor organ location in an acoustic insect. The New Zealand tree weta (Hemideina thoracica) has tympanal ears located on each of the prothoracic tibiae. The tympana exhibit a sclerotized oval plate, membranous processes bulging out from the tibial cuticle and many loosely suspended ripples. We used microscanning laser Doppler vibrometry to determine how such a tympanal membrane vibrates in response to sound and whether the sclerotized region plays a role in hearing. The tympanum displays a single resonance at the calling frequency of the male, an unusual example of an insect tympana acting as a narrow bandpass filter. Both tympana resonate in phase with the stimulus and with each other. Histological sections show that the tympanal area is divided into two distinct regions, as in other ensiferans. An oval plate lies in the middle of a thickened region and is surrounded by a transparent and uniformly thin region. It is hinged dorsally to the tympanal rim and thus resembles the model of a 'hinged flap'. The thickened region appears to act as a damping mass on the oscillation of the thin region, and vibration displacement is reduced in this area. The thinner area vibrates with higher amplitude, inducing mechanical pressure on the dorsal area adjacent to the crista acustica. We present a new model showing how the thickened region might confer a mechanical gain onto the activation of the crista acustica sensory neurons during the sound-induced oscillations. PMID:21307064

  16. The relationship between rape biomass and narrow-band vegetation indices

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    Huang, Jingfeng; Wang, Yuan; Wang, Fumin; Wang, Xiuzhen

    2004-11-01

    The Relationships between rape biomass and hyperspectral vegetation indices are investigated in this paper. The data for this study comes from field hyperspectral reflectance measurements of rape during 2002-2003 growing period. Reflectance was measured in discrete narrow bands between 350 and 2500 nm. Observed rape biomass included wet biomass (WBM including leaf wet biomass-LWBM, stem wet biomass-SWBM, fruit wet biomass-FWBM), and dry biomass(DBM: including leaf dry biomass-LDBM, stem dry biomass, fruit dry biomass-FDBM). Narrow band normalized difference vegetation index (NBNDVI) and narrow band ratio vegetation index (NBRVI)involving all possible two-band combinations of discrete channels was tested. Special narrow band lambda (?1) versus lambda (?2) plots of R2 values illustrate the most effective wavelength combinations (?1 and ?2) and band-width (??1 and ??2) for predicting rape biomass at different development stage. A strong relationship with rape biomass is located in red-edge, the longer portion of red, moisture-sensitive NIR, longer portion of the blue band, the intermediate portion of SWIR, and the longer portion of SWIR.

  17. Band Gap Narrowing and Widening of ZnO Nanostructures and Doped Materials.

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    Kamarulzaman, Norlida; Kasim, Muhd Firdaus; Rusdi, Roshidah

    2015-12-01

    Band gap change in doped ZnO is an observed phenomenon that is very interesting from the fundamental point of view. This work is focused on the preparation of pure and single phase nanostructured ZnO and Cu as well as Mn-doped ZnO for the purpose of understanding the mechanisms of band gap narrowing in the materials. ZnO, Zn0.99Cu0.01O and Zn0.99Mn0.01O materials were prepared using a wet chemistry method, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) results showed that all samples were pure and single phase. UV-visible spectroscopy showed that materials in the nanostructured state exhibit band gap widening with respect to their micron state while for the doped compounds exhibited band gap narrowing both in the nano and micron states with respect to the pure ZnO materials. The degree of band gap change was dependent on the doped elements and crystallite size. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) revealed that there were shifts in the valence bands. From both UV-visible and XPS spectroscopy, it was found that the mechanism for band gap narrowing was due to the shifting of the valance band maximum and conduction band minimum of the materials. The mechanisms were different for different samples depending on the type of dopant and dimensional length scales of the crystallites. PMID:26319225

  18. Band Gap Narrowing and Widening of ZnO Nanostructures and Doped Materials

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    Kamarulzaman, Norlida; Kasim, Muhd Firdaus; Rusdi, Roshidah

    2015-08-01

    Band gap change in doped ZnO is an observed phenomenon that is very interesting from the fundamental point of view. This work is focused on the preparation of pure and single phase nanostructured ZnO and Cu as well as Mn-doped ZnO for the purpose of understanding the mechanisms of band gap narrowing in the materials. ZnO, Zn0.99Cu0.01O and Zn0.99Mn0.01O materials were prepared using a wet chemistry method, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) results showed that all samples were pure and single phase. UV-visible spectroscopy showed that materials in the nanostructured state exhibit band gap widening with respect to their micron state while for the doped compounds exhibited band gap narrowing both in the nano and micron states with respect to the pure ZnO materials. The degree of band gap change was dependent on the doped elements and crystallite size. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) revealed that there were shifts in the valence bands. From both UV-visible and XPS spectroscopy, it was found that the mechanism for band gap narrowing was due to the shifting of the valance band maximum and conduction band minimum of the materials. The mechanisms were different for different samples depending on the type of dopant and dimensional length scales of the crystallites.

  19. Generation of narrow-band terahertz coherent Cherenkov radiation in a dielectric wakefield structure

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    Cook, Alan Matthew

    This study explores the use of a dielectric-lined waveguide structure as a means of producing narrow-band terahertz radiation in the form of electron-beam-driven coherent Cherenkov radiation wakefields. This concept builds on previously studied scenarios such as the Cherenkov maser and the Cherenkov free-electron laser. It is distinct in that it relies solely on coherent wakefield excitation instead of a microbunching instability gain process, in analogy to the superradiant regime of FEL operation. The narrow bandwidth is due to the single-mode nature of the excitation, enabled by the exclusion (due to coherence) of discrete waveguide modes with wavelengths shorter than the driving electron bunch length. This allows an inherently broadband beam current profile to radiate power into a single frequency, which is selectable by appropriate choice of design parameters. The theoretical component of this dissertation is aimed at making predictions for comparison with experimental results. The functional form and propagating mode frequencies of the electromagnetic fields in the waveguide structure are found by eigenmode solution in the source-free case beginning from Maxwell's equations; the response of the structure to a driving electron bunch is then found using a wakefield formalism. Predictions for the frequencies and radiated energy levels obtained from this analysis are corroborated computationally using the commercial particle-in-cell simulation code OOPIC PRO. The experiment is designed to be a proof-of-principle demonstration of the effectiveness of this scenario in converting the energy in an electron beam into electromagnetic radiation. We present detailed measurements showing a narrow emission spectrum peaked at 367 +/- 3 GHz from a 1 cm long fused silica capillary tube with sub-mm transverse dimensions, matching the predicted (analytical and computational) TM01 mode resonance to within 1% error. This measurement confirms the expected preferential coherent excitation of the TM01 mode over the HEM11 mode, which lies nearby in frequency but still decisively outside the error estimate established over multiple measurements. The measured 3 dB bandwidth is on the order of ≲ 10% and is seen to be transform-limited. We observe a 100 GHz shift in the emitted central frequency when the tube wall thickness is changed by 50 mum, demonstrating the modular tunability of the source. Calibrated measurements of the radiated energy register up to 10 muJ per 60-80 ps pulse for an incident sub-picosecond electron beam carrying 200 pC of charge, corresponding to a peak power of approximately 150 kW. A case study considering the implementation of this scenario using a 10-cm-long structure with smaller transverse dimensions indicates a possible yield of 50 MW peak power at 1.8 THz and 0.1% bandwidth. This dissertation reports the first direct measurements of narrow-band THz coherent Cherenkov radiation driven by a sub-picosecond electron beam in a dielectric wakefield structure, representing a successful adaptation of the previously proven Cherenkov FEL concept to the realm of ultra-short electron beams such as are available in state-of-the-art user facilities around the world. These results prove the potential of this method to produce tunable, narrow-band, pulse-length-variable, multi-megawatt peak-power radiation at f > 1 THz in existing modern electron accelerators.

  20. HIGH DEFINITION ENDOSCOPY AND "NARROW BAND IMAGING" IN THE DIAGNOSIS OF GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE

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    ASSIRATI, Frederico Salvador; HASHIMOTO, Cludio Lyoiti; DIB, Ricardo Anuar; FONTES, Luiz Henrique Souza; NAVARRO-RODRIGUEZ, Toms

    2014-01-01

    Introduction The gastroesophageal reflux disease is a common condition in the western world but less than half of patients present endoscopic abnormalities, making a standard procedure unsuitable for diagnosis. High definition endoscopy coupled with narrow band imaging has shown potential for differentiation of lesions and possible biopsy, allowing early diagnosis and treatment. Methods This review describes the principles of biotic and their influence in obtaining images with better definition of the vessels in the mucosa, through the narrow band imaging. Selected papers using it in patients with reflux disease and Barrett's esophagus are analyzed in several ways, highlighting the findings and limitations. Conclusion The meaning of the narrow band imaging in the endoscopic diagnosis of reflux disease will be defined by large scale studies, with different categories of patients, including assessment of symptoms and response to treatment. PMID:24676302

  1. Constrained RLS algorithm for narrow band interference rejection from EEG signal during CES.

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    Sezer, O; Ferdjallah, M

    2004-01-01

    The filtering of signals in the presence of a narrow-band interference noise is a common problem in biomedical signal processing. A double adaptive band-rejection filter is applied to an electroencephalographic (EEG) signal corrupted by a double narrow-band white Gaussian noise during cranial electrical stimulation (CES). The multiple adaptive IIR digital band-rejection filters are designed by the pole-zero placement on the unit circle method using a unique second-order filter structure. Multiple band-rejection filters (of order 2N) can be designed by cascading N second-order band-rejection filters. The coefficients of the multiple band-rejection filters are calculated by convoluting the coefficients of the second-order band-rejection filters. The pole-zero placement on the unit circle method relates the coefficients of the filter through fundamental coefficients that are assumed to be independent. These coefficients are updated through the recursive least-squares (RLS) algorithm. Unlike other RLS based multiple adaptive band-rejection filters, the new constrained RLS (CRLS) multiple adaptive HR band-rejection filter truly adapts its zeros and poles. PMID:17271721

  2. Narrow-band impedance of a round metallic pipe with a low conductive thin layer

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    Ivanyan, M.; Grigoryan, A.; Tsakanian, A.; Tsakanov, V.

    2014-02-01

    The new traveling wave structure with a single synchronous mode resonantly excited by the relativistic charge is presented. The structure is composed of a metallic tube with an internally coated low conductive thin layer. It is shown that the impedance of the internally coated metallic tube has a narrow-band single resonance at a high frequency. The analytical presentation of the narrow-band impedance, the wake function, and the frequency of the synchronous mode are obtained. The analytical solutions are compared with exact numerical simulations using the field matching technique.

  3. Low-frequency narrow-band acoustic filter with large orifice

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    Ma, Guancong; Yang, Min; Yang, Zhiyu; Sheng, Ping

    2013-07-01

    Conventional means of attenuating airborne sound usually require blocking the air medium with a solid material. By exploiting properties of membrane-type acoustic metamaterials (MAMs), we demonstrate large transmission loss to be achievable across a sizable orifice through which air can freely flow. We find that interaction of resonating field of the MAMs with the continuous sound field passing through the orifice is responsible for such phenomenon. The narrow-band characteristic of this effect can be used for acoustic filtering of noise with a particular narrow frequency band.

  4. Hydrogen-Saturated Saline Protects Intensive Narrow Band Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Guinea Pigs through an Antioxidant Effect

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    Chen, Liwei; Yu, Ning; Lu, Yan; Wu, Longjun; Chen, Daishi; Guo, Weiwei; Zhao, Lidong; Liu, Mingbo; Yang, Shiming; Sun, Xuejun; Zhai, Suoqiang

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of the current study was to evaluate hydrogen-saturated saline protecting intensive narrow band noise-induced hearing loss. Guinea pigs were divided into three groups: hydrogen-saturated saline; normal saline; and control. For saline administration, the guinea pigs were given daily abdominal injections (1 ml/100 g) 3 days before and 1 h before narrow band noise exposure (2.53.5 kHz 130 dB SPL, 1 h). The guinea pigs in the control group received no treatment. The hearing function was assessed by the auditory brainstem response (ABR) and distortion product otoacoustic emission (DPOAE) recording. The changes of free radicals in the cochlea before noise exposure, and immediately and 7 days after noise exposure were also examined. By Scanning electron microscopy and succinate dehydrogenase staining, we found that pre-treatment with hydrogen-saturated saline significantly reduced noise-induced hair cell damage and hearing loss. We also found that the malondialdehyde, lipid peroxidation, and hydroxyl levels were significantly lower in the hydrogen-saturated saline group after noise trauma, indicating that hydrogen-saturated saline can decrease the amount of harmful free radicals caused by noise trauma. Our findings suggest that hydrogen-saturated saline is effective in preventing intensive narrow band noise-induced hearing loss through the antioxidant effect. PMID:24945316

  5. Narrow band coronographic imaging of the bipolar nebula around the LBV R127

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    Clampin, Mark; Nota, Antonella; Golimowski, David A.; Leitherer, Claus

    1992-01-01

    New high resolution narrow band coronographic images of the R127 nebula have been recently obtained. The nebula displays a bipolar morphology and is similar in appearance to the nebula around AG Carinae. The observations improve the values for the linear dimensions (1.9 x 2.2 pc) and yield an estimated nebular mass of 3.1 solar mass.

  6. Development of tuneable, narrow-band, and frequency stabilised laser heads in Observatoire Cantonal de Neuchtel

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    Affolderbach, C.; Vuillemin, A.; Matthey, R.; Mileti, G.

    2004-06-01

    We describe our investigations on tuneable, narrow-band and frequency stabilised laser heads. The work is motivated by the potentials of highly stable and narrowband laser light sources for a variety of technical and scientific applications and in particular for atomic clocks and high resolution space instruments.

  7. 47 CFR 80.461 - Narrow-band direct-printing.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 5 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Narrow-band direct-printing. 80.461 Section 80.461 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (CONTINUED) SAFETY AND SPECIAL RADIO SERVICES...-printing. Subpart H of this part lists the frequencies assignable to public coast stations for...

  8. Search for neutrino oscillations at the AGS with the narrow band beam

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    Chi, C.; Kondakis, N.; Lee, W.; O'Brien, E.; O'Halloran, T.; Reardon, K.; Salman, S.; Blumenfeld, B.; Chichura, L.; Chien, C.Y.

    1987-01-01

    We have taken neutrino data with the Narrow Band Beam (NBB) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in the summer and fall of 1985. We are in the process of completing the analysis of the NBB data. In this paper we present preliminary results of this analysis. We observe an anomalous appearance of electron neutrinos above the expected background. 3 refs., 16 figs., 3 tabs.

  9. Analysis of Discrimination Techniques for Low-Cost Narrow-Band Spectrofluorometers

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    Aymerich, Ismael F.; Snchez, Albert-Miquel; Prez, Sergio; Piera, Jaume

    2015-01-01

    The need for covering large areas in oceanographic measurement campaigns and the general interest in reducing the observational costs open the necessity to develop new strategies towards this objective, fundamental to deal with current and future research projects. In this respect, the development of low-cost instruments becomes a key factor, but optimal signal-processing techniques must be used to balance their measurements with those obtained from accurate but expensive instruments. In this paper, a complete signal-processing chain to process the fluorescence spectra of marine organisms for taxonomic discrimination is proposed. It has been designed to deal with noisy, narrow-band and low-resolution data obtained from low-cost sensors or instruments and to optimize its computational cost, and it consists of four separated blocks that denoise, normalize, transform and classify the samples. For each block, several techniques are tested and compared to find the best combination that optimizes the classification of the samples. The signal processing has been focused on the Chlorophyll-a fluorescence peak, since it presents the highest emission levels and it can be measured with sensors presenting poor sensitivity and signal-to-noise ratios. The whole methodology has been successfully validated by means of the fluorescence spectra emitted by five different cultures. PMID:25558997

  10. Cyclotron side band emissions from magnetospheric electrons

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    Maeda, K.

    1975-01-01

    Very low frequency emissions with subharmonic cyclotron frequency from magnetospheric electrons were detected by the S(3)-A satellite (Explorer 45) whose orbit is close to the magnetic equatorial plane where the wave-particle interaction is most efficient. These emissions were observed during the main phase of a geomagnetic storm in the nightside of the magnetosphere outside of the plasmasphere. During the event of these side-band emissions, the pitch angle distributions of high energy electrons (greater than 50 keV) and of energetic protons (greater than 100 keV) showed remarkable changes with time, whereas those of low energy electrons and protons remained approximately isotropic. In this type of event, emissions consist essentially of two bands, the one below the equatorial electron gyrofrequency, and the other above. The emissions below are whistler mode, and the emissions above are electrostatic mode.

  11. Spatial structure analysis of direct-drive implosion cores at OMEGA using x-ray narrow-band core images

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    Welser, L. A.; Mancini, R. C.; Nagayama, T.; Tommasini, R.; Koch, J. A.; Izumi, N.; Delettrez, J. A.; Marshall, F. J.; Regan, S. P.; Smalyuk, V. A.; Golovkin, I. E.; Haynes, D. A.; Kyrala, G.

    2006-10-01

    The spectroscopic analysis of x-ray narrow-band images and space-integrated x-ray line spectra from argon-doped deuterium-filled inertial confinement fusion implosion experiments yields information about the spatial profiles in the compressed core. We discuss the analysis of direct-drive implosion experiments at OMEGA, in which images were obtained with a multimonochromatic imaging instrument. The analysis method considers data based on the argon He? and Ly? spectral features and their associated Li- and He-like satellites. The temperature gradient structure is investigated by using the sensitivity of the Ly? /He? emissivity ratio to the temperature.

  12. The design and fabricate of wide angle 905nm narrow band filter

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    Shi, Baohua; Li, Zaijin; Li, Hongyu; Qu, Yi

    2014-12-01

    All-dielectric film narrow band filter is widely used in laser system owing to its excellent optical capability, manufacturability and environmental adaptability. But 905nm infrared semiconductor laser system have large divergence angel so we designed entrance light cone angle 905nm narrow band filter. And center wavelength shift, due to entrance light cone angle, affects its spectral selective power seriously. In order to reduce these impacts, an informal dielectric film narrowband filter is designed. Changes of transmission characteristics with oblique incidence of Gaussian beam of uneven illumination are analyzed. The relationship between the angle of incidence and the central wavelength shift quantificational are Solved. A 30 incident 905nm narrowband filter was fabricated. Between 880nm and 950nm, the average transmittance is above 90%, and at the cut-off band the average transmittance is below 1%.

  13. An Interpretation of Banded Magnetospheric Radio Emissions

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    Benson, Robert F.; Osherovich, V. A.; Fainberg, J.; Vinas, A. F.; Ruppert, D. R.; Vondrak, Richard R. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    Recently-published Active Magnetospheric Particle Tracer Explorer/Isothermal Remanent Magnetization (AMPTE/IRM) banded magnetospheric emissions, commonly referred to as '(n + 1/2)f(sub ce)' emissions where f(sub ce) is the electron gyrofrequency, are analyzed by treating them as analogous to sounder-stimulated ionospheric emissions. We show that both individual AMPTE/IRM spectra of magnetospheric banded emissions, and a statistically-derived spectra observed over the two-year lifetime of the mission, can be interpreted in a self-consistent manner. The analysis, which predicts all spectral peaks within 4% of the observed peaks, interprets the higher-frequency emissions as due to low group-velocity Bernstein-mode waves and the lower-frequency emissions as eigen modes of cylindrical-electromagnetic-plasma-oscillations. The demarcation between these two classes of emissions is the electron plasma frequency f(sub pe), where an emission is often observed. This f(sub pe), emission is not necessarily the strongest. None of the observed banded emissions were attributed to the upper-hybrid frequency. We present Alouette-2 and ISIS-1 plasma-resonance data, and model electron temperature (T(sub e)) values, to support the argument that the frequency-spectrum of ionospheric sounder-stimulated emissions is not strongly temperature dependent and thus that the interpretation of these emissions in the ionosphere is relevant to other plasmas (such as the magnetosphere) where N(sub e) and T(sub e) can be quite different but where the ratio f(sub pe)/f(sub ce) is identical.

  14. Topologically nontrivial narrow bands in ultrathin SnTe films with defect superstructures.

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    Kim, Minsung; Ihm, Jisoon

    2014-06-11

    It is shown that a two-dimensional topological insulator can be realized and the band topology (equivalently, the edge states) may be further controlled by charge doping in an ultrathin SnTe film with a defect superstructure. Based on first-principles density functional theory (DFT), we predict that a Sn-Te bilayer, if exfoliated from three-dimensional bulk SnTe in the (1 1 1) direction, has a trivial band topology in its pristine form, but is made topologically nontrivial by introducing an appropriate array of defects. The emergence of the topological state is ascribed to the formation of topologically nontrivial narrow bands near the Fermi level by spin–orbit splitting of defect-induced bands. In addition, we demonstrate that a transition between a topological insulator and a normal insulator is possible under the electron or hole doping which can be useful for controlling the topological edge states. PMID:25932473

  15. Experimental analysis of emission linewidth narrowing in a pulsed KGd(WO ?) ? Raman laser.

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    Savitski, Vasili G

    2014-09-01

    The linewidth of a KGd(WO ?) ? (KGW) intracavity pumped Raman laser is analyzed experimentally for different configurations of the Raman and pump laser resonators: with narrow and broadband pump emission profiles, with and without linewidth narrowing elements in the Raman laser resonator, with and without injection seeding into the Raman cavity. The benefits of a narrow linewidth pump source in combination with linewidth narrowing elements in the Raman laser cavity for the efficient linewidth narrowing of the Raman laser emission are explained. 20 kW peak-power pulses at 1156 nm with 0.43 cm? emission linewidth are demonstrated from an injection seeded KGW Raman laser. PMID:25321552

  16. [Narrow band multi-region level set method for remote sensing image].

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    Fang, Jiang-Xiong; Tu, En-Mei; Yang, Jie; Jia, Zhen-Hong; Nikola, Kasabov

    2011-11-01

    Massive redundant contours happen when the classical Chan-Vese (C-V) model is used to segment remote sensing images, which have interlaced edges. What's more, this model can't segment homogeneous objects with multiple regions. In order to overcome this limitation of C-V model, narrow band multiple level set method is proposed. The use of N-1 curves is required for the segmentation of N regions and each curve represents one region. First, the level set model to establish an independent multi-region region can eliminate the redundant contours and avoids the problems of vacuum and overlap. Then, narrow band approach to level set method can reduce the computational cost. Experimental results of remote image verify that our model is efficient and accurate. PMID:22242504

  17. Narrow band region-based active contours model for noisy color image segmentation.

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    Xie, Xiaomin; Zhang, Aijun; Wang, Changming; Meng, Xiangfei

    2014-01-01

    A narrow band active contour model for color image segmentation is proposed, which applies local statistics to improve the robustness against noise. The crux of our approach is to use intensity mean of local region to define the force function within a level set framework, within which a narrow band is implemented to further improve the computational efficiency. In addition, the image is segmented from channel-to-channel, which shows superior performance when the intensities of the object and background are similar. Furthermore, a multichannel segmentation combination method is used to integrate the information of multiple level sets. The proposed model has been applied to both synthetic and real images with expected results, and the comparison with the state-of-the-art approaches demonstrates the accuracy and superiority of our approach. PMID:25121116

  18. Narrow Band Region-Based Active Contours Model for Noisy Color Image Segmentation

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    Xie, Xiaomin; Zhang, Aijun; Wang, Changming; Meng, Xiangfei

    2014-01-01

    A narrow band active contour model for color image segmentation is proposed, which applies local statistics to improve the robustness against noise. The crux of our approach is to use intensity mean of local region to define the force function within a level set framework, within which a narrow band is implemented to further improve the computational efficiency. In addition, the image is segmented from channel-to-channel, which shows superior performance when the intensities of the object and background are similar. Furthermore, a multichannel segmentation combination method is used to integrate the information of multiple level sets. The proposed model has been applied to both synthetic and real images with expected results, and the comparison with the state-of-the-art approaches demonstrates the accuracy and superiority of our approach. PMID:25121116

  19. Single-Crystal Semiconductors with Narrow Band Gaps for Solar Water Splitting.

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    Wang, Tuo; Gong, Jinlong

    2015-09-01

    Solar water splitting provides a clean and renewable approach to produce hydrogen energy. In recent years, single-crystal semiconductors such as Si and InP with narrow band gaps have demonstrated excellent performance to drive the half reactions of water splitting through visible light due to their suitable band gaps and low bulk recombination. This Minireview describes recent research advances that successfully overcome the primary obstacles in using these semiconductors as photoelectrodes, including photocorrosion, sluggish reaction kinetics, low photovoltage, and unfavorable planar substrate surface. Surface modification strategies, such as surface protection, cocatalyst loading, surface energetics tuning, and surface texturization are highlighted as the solutions. PMID:26227831

  20. Scaling effect on the estimation of chlorophyll content using narrow band NDVIs based on radiative transfer model

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    Wang, Hong; Shi, Runhe; Liu, Pudong; Cong, Zhou

    2015-09-01

    The aim of this work is to use narrow band normalized difference vegetation indices to compare the estimations of chlorophyll contents at foliar level and canopy level, through a large number of simulated canopy reflectance spectra under different chlorophyll contents based on PROSPECT model and SAIL model. 10 narrow band NDVIs were selected at the identified ranges that can effectively assess foliar chlorophyll content. We analyzed the correlations between canopy chlorophyll contents and the ten narrow band NDVIs firstly, and then analyze these indices' sensitivities to all canopy parameters, the adaptation of the 10 narrow band NDVIs used in assessing the canopy chlorophyll content were evaluated finally. We found that only two narrow band NDVIs (i.e., NDVI(875, 725) and NDVI(900,720)) can be applied for the estimation of chlorophyll contents at canopy level.

  1. Highly efficient narrow-band green and red phosphors enabling wider color-gamut LED backlight for more brilliant displays.

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    Wang, Le; Wang, Xiaojun; Kohsei, Takahashi; Yoshimura, Ken-ichi; Izumi, Makoto; Hirosaki, Naoto; Xie, Rong-Jun

    2015-11-01

    In this contribution, we propose to combine both narrow-band green (?-sialon:Eu(2+)) and red (K(2)SiF(6):Mn(4+)) phosphors with a blue InGaN chip to achieve white light-emitting diodes (wLEDs) with a large color gamut and a high efficiency for use as the liquid crystal display (LCD) backlighting. ?-sialon:Eu(2+), prepared by a gas-pressure sinteing technique, has a peak emission at 535 nm, a full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 54 nm, and an external quantum efficiency of 54.0% under the 450 nm excitation. K(2)SiF(6):Mn(4+) was synthesized by a twe-step co-precipitation methods, and exhibits a sharp line emission spectrum with the most intensified peak at 631 nm, a FWHM of ~3 nm, and an external quantum efficiency of 54.5%. The prepared three-band wLEDs have a high color temperature of 11,184 - 13,769 K (i.e., 7,828 - 8,611 K for LCD displays), and a luminous efficacy of 91 - 96 lm/W, measured under an applied current of 120 mA. The color gamut defined in the CIE 1931 and CIE 1976 color spaces are 85.5 - 85.9% and 94.3 - 96.2% of the NTSC stanadard, respectively. These optical properties are better than those phosphor-cpnverted wLED backlights using wide-band green or red phosphoprs, suggesting that the two narrow-band phosphors investigated are the most suitable luminescent materials for achieving more bright and vivid displays. PMID:26561139

  2. On resolving 2M - 1 narrow-band signals with an M sensor uniform linear array

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    Williams, Douglas B.; Johnson, Don H.

    1992-01-01

    Length 2M real signal vectors are used to address the problem of determining the maximum number of narrow-band signals whose parameters can be estimated with a linear array of M equally spaced sensors. It is shown that 2M of these real vectors are linearly independent with probability one, and, thus in the presence of additive white noise, the parameters of 2M - 1 signals can be estimated. An algorithm for determining directions and amplitudes is presented.

  3. Advanced Imaging Technology in Biliary Tract Diseases:Narrow-Band Imaging of the Bile Duct

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    Choi, Hyun Jong; Moon, Jong Ho; Lee, Yun Nah

    2015-01-01

    Newly introduced direct peroral cholangioscopy and the development of video choledochoscopes have enabled more defined observation of bile duct mucosal lesions with clearer images. Narrow-band imaging (NBI) is a unique endoscopic imaging technology that provides enhanced endoscopic images of surface mucosal structures and its superficial microvessels. Advanced cholangioscopy and NBI are expected to be useful for precise evaluation and correct diagnosis of biliary tract diseases. However, the diagnostic value of advanced bile duct imaging with cholangioscopy requires further evaluation.

  4. Narrow-band radiation wavelength measurement by processing digital photographs in RAW format

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    Kraiskii, A V; Mironova, T V; Sultanov, T T

    2012-12-31

    The technique of measuring the mean wavelength of narrow-band radiation in the 455 - 625-nm range using the image of the emitting surface is presented. The data from the camera array unprocessed by the built-in processor (RAW format) are used. The method is applied for determining the parameters of response of holographic sensors. Depending on the wavelength and brightness of the image fragment, the mean square deviation of the wavelength amounts to 0.3 - 3 nm. (experimental techniques)

  5. On a Hydrodynamic Source of Self-Excitation of Narrow-Band Disturbances in a Wind Tunnel

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    Karavosov, R. K.; Prozorov, A. G.

    2014-11-01

    A study has been made of the occurrence of intense narrow-band components in the spectra of pressure pulsations in a wind tunnel. It has been established that the high level of acoustic emission in auto-oscillations is a consequence of negative static-pressure gradients inside the nozzle and the change in the regime of wall shear flow of an incompressible medium, of the formation of large-scale coherent structures, and of resonance phenomena. It has been noted that the azimuthally nonuniform topology of large-scale transient-flow structures emitting sound and implementation of not a single resonance are responsible for the existence of ensembles of components of an undesirably high level in the pressure-pulsation spectra in the tunnel. One possible method of fighting the considered sound emission generating auto-oscillations has been indicated.

  6. A theory for narrow-banded radio bursts at Uranus - MHD surface waves as an energy driver

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    Farrell, W. M.; Curtis, S. A.; Desch, M. D.; Lepping, R. P.

    1992-01-01

    A possible scenario for the generation of the narrow-banded radio bursts detected at Uranus by the Voyager 2 planetary radio astronomy experiment is described. In order to account for the emission burstiness which occurs on time scales of hundreds of milliseconds, it is proposed that ULF magnetic surface turbulence generated at the frontside magnetopause propagates down the open/closed field line boundary and mode-converts to kinetic Alfven waves (KAW) deep within the polar cusp. The oscillating KAW potentials then drive a transient electron stream that creates the bursty radio emission. To substantiate these ideas, Voyager 2 magnetometer measurements of enhanced ULF magnetic activity at the frontside magnetopause are shown. It is demonstrated analytically that such magnetic turbulence should mode-convert deep in the cusp at a radial distance of 3 RU.

  7. Band gap narrowing in BaTiO{sub 3} nanoparticles facilitated by multiple mechanisms

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    Ramakanth, S.; James Raju, K. C.

    2014-05-07

    In the present work, BaTiO{sub 3} nanoparticles of four different size ranges were prepared by sol-gel method. The optical band gap of these particles at some size ranges has come down to 2.53?eV from 3.2?eV, resulting in substantial increase in optical absorption by these ferroelectric nanoparticles making them potential candidates for light energy harvesting. XRD results show the presence of higher compressive strain in 23?nm and 54?nm size particles, they exhibit a higher band gap narrowing, whereas tensile strain is observed in 31?nm and 34?nm particles, and they do not show the marginal band gap narrowing. The 23?nm and 54?nm particles also show a coupling of free carriers to phonons by increasing the intensity of LO phonon mode at 715?cm{sup ?1}. The higher surface charge density is expected in case of enhanced surface optical Raman modes (638?cm{sup ?1}) contained in 31 and 34?nm size particles. In addition to this, the red shift in an LO mode Raman spectral line at 305?cm{sup ?1} with decrease in particle size depicts the presence of phonon confinement in it. The enhanced optical absorption in 23?nm and 54?nm size particles with a narrowed band gap of 3?eV and 2.53?eV is due to exchange correlation interactions between the carriers present in these particles. In 31?nm and 34?nm range particles, the absorption got bleached exhibiting increased band gaps of 3.08?eV and 3.2?eV, respectively. It is due to filling up of conduction band resulting from weakening of exchange correlation interactions between the charge carriers. Hence, it is concluded that the band gap narrowing in the nanoparticles of average size 23?nm/54?nm is a consequence of multiple effects like strain, electron-phonon interaction, and exchange correlation interactions between the carriers which is subdued in some other size ranges like 31?nm/34?nm.

  8. Some observations about the components of transonic fan noise from narrow-band spectral analysis

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    Saule, A. V.

    1974-01-01

    Qualitative and quantitative spectral analyses are presented that give the broadband-noise, discrete-tone, and multiple-tone properties of the noise generated by a full-scale high-bypass single-stage axial-flow transonic fan (fan B, NASA Quiet Engine Program). The noise components were obtained from narrow-band spectra in conjunction with 1/3-octave-band spectra. Variations in the pressure levels of the noise components with fan speed, forward-quadrant azimuth angle, and frequency are presented and compared. The study shows that much of the apparent broadband noise on 1/3-octave-band plots consists of a complex system of shaft-order tones. The analyses also indicate the difficulties in determining or defining noise components, especially the broadband level under the discrete tones. The sources which may be associated with the noise components are discussed.

  9. UNIDENTIFIED INFRARED EMISSION BANDS: PAHs or MAONs?

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    Sun Kwok; Yong Zhang

    2013-07-01

    We suggest that the carrier of the unidentified infrared emission (UIE) bands is an amorphous carbonaceous solid with mixed aromatic/aliphatic structures, rather than free-flying polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon molecules. Through spectral fittings of the astronomical spectra of the UIE bands, we show that a significant amount of the energy is emitted by the aliphatic component, implying that aliphatic groups are an essential part of the chemical structure. Arguments in favor of an amorphous, solid-state structure rather than a gas-phase molecule as a carrier of the UIE are also presented.

  10. High resolution observations with Artemis-IV and the NRH. I. Type IV associated narrow-band bursts

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    Bouratzis, C.; Hillaris, A.; Alissandrakis, C. E.; Preka-Papadema, P.; Moussas, X.; Caroubalos, C.; Tsitsipis, P.; Kontogeorgos, A.

    2016-02-01

    Context. Narrow-band bursts appear on dynamic spectra from microwave to decametric frequencies as fine structures with very small duration and bandwidth. They are believed to be manifestations of small scale energy release through magnetic reconnection. Aims: We analyzed 27 metric type IV events with embedded narrow-band bursts, which were observed by the ARTEMIS-IV radio spectrograph from 30 June 1999 to 1 August 2010. We examined the morphological characteristics of isolated narrow-band structures (mostly spikes) and groups or chains of structures. Methods: The events were recorded with the SAO high resolution (10 ms cadence) receiver of ARTEMIS-IV in the 270-450 MHz range. We measured the duration, spectral width, and frequency drift of ~12 000 individual narrow-band bursts, groups, and chains. Spike sources were imaged with the Nançay radioheliograph (NRH) for the event of 21 April 2003. Results: The mean duration of individual bursts at fixed frequency was ~100 ms, while the instantaneous relative bandwidth was ~2%. Some bursts had measurable frequency drift, either positive or negative. Quite often spikes appeared in chains, which were closely spaced in time (column chains) or in frequency (row chains). Column chains had frequency drifts similar to type-IIId bursts, while most of the row chains exhibited negative frequently drifts with a rate close to that of fiber bursts. From the analysis of NRH data, we found that spikes were superimposed on a larger, slowly varying, background component. They were polarized in the same sense as the background source, with a slightly higher degree of polarization of ~65%, and their size was about 60% of their size in total intensity. Conclusions: The duration and bandwidth distributions did not show any clear separation in groups. Some chains tended to assume the form of zebra, lace stripes, fiber bursts, or bursts of the type-III family, suggesting that such bursts might be resolved in spikes when viewed with high resolution. The NRH data indicate that the spikes are not fluctuations of the background, but represent additional emission such as what would be expected from small-scale reconnection.

  11. Narrow-band search of continuous gravitational-wave signals from Crab and Vela pulsars in Virgo VSR4 data

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    Aasi, J.; Abbott, B. P.; Abbott, R.; Abbott, T.; Abernathy, M. R.; Acernese, F.; Ackley, K.; Adams, C.; Adams, T.; Adams, T.; Addesso, P.; Adhikari, R. X.; Adya, V.; Affeldt, C.; Agathos, M.; Agatsuma, K.; Aggarwal, N.; Aguiar, O. D.; Ain, A.; Ajith, P.; Alemic, A.; Allen, B.; Allocca, A.; Amariutei, D.; Anderson, S. B.; Anderson, W. G.; Arai, K.; Araya, M. C.; Arceneaux, C.; Areeda, J. S.; Ashton, G.; Ast, S.; Aston, S. M.; Astone, P.; Aufmuth, P.; Aulbert, C.; Aylott, B. E.; Babak, S.; Baker, P. T.; Baldaccini, F.; Ballardin, G.; Ballmer, S. W.; Barayoga, J. C.; Barbet, M.; Barclay, S.; Barish, B. C.; Barker, D.; Barone, F.; Barr, B.; Barsotti, L.; Barsuglia, M.; Bartlett, J.; Barton, M. A.; Bartos, I.; Bassiri, R.; Basti, A.; Batch, J. C.; Bauer, Th. S.; Baune, C.; Bavigadda, V.; Behnke, B.; Bejger, M.; Belczynski, C.; Bell, A. S.; Bell, C.; Benacquista, M.; Bergman, J.; Bergmann, G.; Berry, C. P. 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L.; Mueller, G.; Mukherjee, S.; Mullavey, A.; Munch, J.; Murphy, D.; Murray, P. G.; Mytidis, A.; Nagy, M. F.; Nardecchia, I.; Nash, T.; Naticchioni, L.; Nayak, R. K.; Necula, V.; Nedkova, K.; Nelemans, G.; Neri, I.; Neri, M.; Newton, G.; Nguyen, T.; Nielsen, A. B.; Nissanke, S.; Nitz, A. H.; Nocera, F.; Nolting, D.; Normandin, M. E. N.; Nuttall, L. K.; Ochsner, E.; O'Dell, J.; Oelker, E.; Ogin, G. H.; Oh, J. J.; Oh, S. H.; Ohme, F.; Oppermann, P.; Oram, R.; O'Reilly, B.; Ortega, W.; O'Shaughnessy, R.; Osthelder, C.; Ottaway, D. J.; Ottens, R. S.; Overmier, H.; Owen, B. J.; Padilla, C.; Pai, A.; Pai, S.; Palashov, O.; Palomba, C.; Pal-Singh, A.; Pan, H.; Pankow, C.; Pannarale, F.; Pant, B. C.; Paoletti, F.; Papa, M. A.; Paris, H.; Pasqualetti, A.; Passaquieti, R.; Passuello, D.; Patrick, Z.; Pedraza, M.; Pekowsky, L.; Pele, A.; Penn, S.; Perreca, A.; Phelps, M.; Pichot, M.; Piergiovanni, F.; Pierro, V.; Pillant, G.; Pinard, L.; Pinto, I. 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B.; Tpai, M.; Tarabrin, S. P.; Taracchini, A.; Taylor, R.; Tellez, G.; Theeg, T.; Thirugnanasambandam, M. P.; Thomas, M.; Thomas, P.; Thorne, K. A.; Thorne, K. S.; Thrane, E.; Tiwari, V.; Tomlinson, C.; Tonelli, M.; Torres, C. V.; Torrie, C. I.; Travasso, F.; Traylor, G.; Tse, M.; Tshilumba, D.; Ugolini, D.; Unnikrishnan, C. S.; Urban, A. L.; Usman, S. A.; Vahlbruch, H.; Vajente, G.; Vajente, G.; Valdes, G.; Vallisneri, M.; van Bakel, N.; van Beuzekom, M.; van den Brand, J. F. J.; van den Broeck, C.; van der Sluys, M. V.; van Heijningen, J.; van Veggel, A. A.; Vass, S.; Vasth, M.; Vaulin, R.; Vecchio, A.; Vedovato, G.; Veitch, J.; Veitch, J.; Veitch, P. J.; Venkateswara, K.; Verkindt, D.; Vetrano, F.; Vicer, A.; Vincent-Finley, R.; Vinet, J.-Y.; Vitale, S.; Vo, T.; Vocca, H.; Vorvick, C.; Vousden, W. D.; Vyatchanin, S. P.; Wade, A. R.; Wade, L.; Wade, M.; Walker, M.; Wallace, L.; Walsh, S.; Wang, H.; Wang, M.; Wang, X.; Ward, R. L.; Warner, J.; Was, M.; Weaver, B.; Wei, L.-W.; Weinert, M.; Weinstein, A. J.; Weiss, R.; Welborn, T.; Wen, L.; Wessels, P.; Westphal, T.; Wette, K.; Whelan, J. T.; White, D. J.; Whiting, B. F.; Wilkinson, C.; Williams, L.; Williams, R.; Williamson, A. R.; Willis, J. L.; Willke, B.; Wimmer, M.; Winkler, W.; Wipf, C. C.; Wittel, H.; Woan, G.; Worden, J.; Xie, S.; Yablon, J.; Yakushin, I.; Yam, W.; Yamamoto, H.; Yancey, C. C.; Yang, Q.; Yvert, M.; Zadro?ny, A.; Zanolin, M.; Zendri, J.-P.; Zhang, Fan; Zhang, L.; Zhang, M.; Zhang, Y.; Zhao, C.; Zhou, M.; Zhu, X. J.; Zucker, M. E.; Zuraw, S.; Zweizig, J.; LIGO Scientific Collaboration; Virgo Collaboration

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we present the results of a coherent narrow-band search for continuous gravitational-wave signals from the Crab and Vela pulsars conducted on Virgo VSR4 data. In order to take into account a possible small mismatch between the gravitational-wave frequency and two times the star rotation frequency, inferred from measurement of the electromagnetic pulse rate, a range of 0.02 Hz around two times the star rotational frequency has been searched for both the pulsars. No evidence for a signal has been found and 95% confidence level upper limits have been computed assuming both that polarization parameters are completely unknown and that they are known with some uncertainty, as derived from x-ray observations of the pulsar wind torii. For Vela the upper limits are comparable to the spin-down limit, computed assuming that all the observed spin-down is due to the emission of gravitational waves. For Crab the upper limits are about a factor of 2 below the spin-down limit, and represent a significant improvement with respect to past analysis. This is the first time the spin-down limit is significantly overcome in a narrow-band search.

  12. Narrow-Band Search of Continuous Gravitational-Wave Signals from Crab and Vela Pulsars in Virgo VSR4 Data

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    Aasi, J.; Abbott, B. P.; Abbott, R.; Abbott, T.; Abernathy, M. R.; Acernese, F.; Ackley, K.; Adams, C.; Adams, T.; Adams, T.; Addesso, P.; Adhikari, R. X.; Adya, V.; Affeldt, C.; Agathos, M.; Agatsuma, K.; Aggarwal, N.; Aguiar, O. D.; Ain, A.; Ajith, P.; Alemic, A.; Allen, B.; Allocca, A.; Amariutei, D.; Camp, J. B.; Gehrels, N.

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we present the results of a coherent narrow-band search for continuous gravitational-wave signals from the Crab and Vela pulsars conducted on Virgo VSR4 data. In order to take into account a possible small mismatch between the gravitational wave frequency and two times the star rotation frequency, inferred from measurement of the electromagnetic pulse rate, a range of 0.02 Hz around two times the star rotational frequency has been searched for both the pulsars. No evidence for a signal has been found and 95% confidence level upper limits have been computed both assuming polarization parameters are completely unknown and that they are known with some uncertainty, as derived from X-ray observations of the pulsar wind torii. For Vela the upper limits are comparable to the spin-down limit, computed assuming that all the observed spin-down is due to the emission of gravitational waves. For Crab the upper limits are about a factor of two below the spin-down limit, and represent a significant improvement with respect to past analysis. This is the first time the spin-down limit is significantly overcome in a narrow-band search.

  13. Encircling Narrow Band versus Buckle for Retinal Detachments with Intrabasal or Unseen Retinal Breaks

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    Banaee, Touka; Hosseini, Seyedeh Maryam; Helmi, Toktam; Ghooshkhanei, Haleh

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: To compare the results of narrow encircling band surgery with standard encircling scleral buckling for retinal detachments (RDs) with intrabasal or unseen breaks. Methods: In a retrospective study, eyes with intrabasal or unseen breaks underwent narrow band implantation (group N) or standard encircling buckling plus wide tire placement (group W) and were followed for at least one year. Results: A total of 112 eyes including 39 eyes in group N and 73 eyes in group W were studied. Preoperatively visual acuity of eyes in group N was significantly better (1.55 0.9 vs. 1.93 0.9 logMAR, P = 0.043). The two study groups (N and W) were comparable in terms of the extent of RD (2.8 0.96 vs. 2.8 0.93 quadrants), interval to surgery (88.3 176.4 vs. 71.9 135.4 days) and percentage of visible breaks (56.4% vs. 63%), respectively (all P values > 0.05). More atrophic holes were present in group W and more dialyses were reported in group N. The single operation success rate at 12 months was 69.2% in group N and 74% in group W (P = 0.1). The single operation success rate for eyes with unseen breaks was also comparable (66.7% vs. 85.7%, P = 0.157). Final corrected visual acuity was also similar (0.63 0.44 vs. 0.85 0.69 log MAR). The only factor influencing success rate was the type of retinal breaks (P = 0.04). Type of scleral buckling did not affect the single operation success rate (P = 0.460). Conclusion: Narrow encircling band surgery is a possible option with acceptable single operation success rate for RDs with intrabasal or unseen breaks. PMID:26005554

  14. Diffuse Interstellar Band Emission in the Galaxy

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    Burton Williams, Theodore; Sarre, Peter; Marshall, Charlotte; Spekkens, Kristine; Kuzio de Naray, Rachel

    2015-08-01

    The longest-standing problem in astronomical spectroscopy is the identification of the carriers of the diffuse interstellar absorption bands (DIBs), the first examples of which were discovered on photographic plates almost 100 years ago. Most researchers consider a population of large carbon-based molecules to be responsible for the DIBs. Identification of the carriers would open a new probe of interstellar conditions and processes in interstellar clouds and could have implications far beyond - including the role of such molecules in star and planet formation and even for the origins of life. Only one clear-cut example exists where complementary emission (from a subset) of DIBs is seen - in the Red Rectangle nebula - where the emission is excited by radiation from the central star HD 44179.Recent Fabry-Perot observations towards galaxy NGC 1325 with the Southern African Large Telescope led to the serendipitous discovery of an emission feature centered at 6613 Å arising from material in the ISM of our Galaxy; this emission feature lies at the wavelength of one of the sharper and stronger diffuse bands normally seen in absorption, and it is one of the most prominent of the Red Rectangle emission bands. The flux of the feature is 4.2 ± 0.5 x 10-18 e/s/cm2 /arc-sec2. It appears that this is the first observation of emission from a diffuse band carrier in the ISM, excited in this case by the interstellar radiation field. Unlike the Red Rectangle, the emission from the ISM is expected to have a very low molecular rotational temperature, potentially as low as 3 K. Spectra of this nature will assist greatly in spectroscopic analysis and in refining the nature of the molecules responsible for the DIB spectrum.We present the discovery spectra and follow-up measurements for the expected strong DIB features at 6613, 5797, 5850 and 5418 Å, in fields near NGC 1325, near the Red Rectangle, and near Rho Ophiuchi.

  15. Measurement of the surface wavelength distribution of narrow-band radiation by a colorimetric method

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    Kraiskii, A V; Mironova, T V; Sultanov, T T

    2010-09-10

    A method is suggested for determining the wavelength of narrow-band light from a digital photograph of a radiating surface. The digital camera used should be appropriately calibrated. The accuracy of the wavelength measurement is better than 1 nm. The method was tested on the yellow doublet of mercury spectrum and on the adjacent continuum of the incandescent lamp radiation spectrum. By means of the method suggested the homogeneity of holographic sensor swelling was studied in stationary and transient cases. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  16. A simplified scheme for generating narrow-band mid-ultraviolet laser radiation

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    Almog, G.; Scholz, M. Weber, W.; Leisching, P.; Kaenders, W.; Udem, Th.

    2015-03-15

    We report on the development and characterization of continuous, narrow-band, and tunable laser systems that use direct second-harmonic generation from blue and green diode lasers with an output power level of up to 11.1 mW in the mid-ultraviolet. One of our laser systems was tuned to the mercury 6{sup 1}S{sub 0} → 6{sup 3}P{sub 1} intercombination line at 253.7 nm. We could perform Doppler-free saturation spectroscopy on this line and were able to lock our laser to the transition frequency on long time scales.

  17. Compressed Sensing/Sparse-Recovery Approach for Improved Range Resolution in Narrow-Band Radar

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    Costanzo, Sandra

    2016-01-01

    A compressed sensing/sparse-recovery procedure is adopted to obtain enhanced range resolution capability from the processing of data acquired with narrow-band SFCW radars. A mathematical formulation for the proposed approach is reported and validity limitations are fully discussed, by demonstrating the ability to identify a great number of targets, up to 20, in the range direction. Both numerical and experimental validations are presented, by assuming also noise conditions. The proposed method can be usefully applied for the accurate detection of parameters with very small variations, such as those involved in the monitoring of soil deformations or biological objects.

  18. Tunable, polarization independent, narrow-band filtering with one-dimensional crossed resonant gratings.

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    Fehrembach, A-L; Chan Shin Yu, K; Monmayrant, A; Arguel, P; Sentenac, A; Gauthier-Lafaye, O

    2011-05-01

    We propose an optical component for widely tunable, narrow-band filtering. It takes advantage of the tunability properties, with respect to the angle of incidence, of guided-mode resonance filters. The intrinsic polarization sensitivity of the resonances is suppressed by exciting the modes through two identical, differently oriented one-dimensional gratings flanking a thick substrate. An example is provided that theoretically shows a polarization independent peak at 1.6 ?m with a Q factor of 13,000 and a reflectivity greater than 99% at resonance, which is tunable over 100 nm. Finally, we discuss the fabrication limitations and conclude that the proposed configuration is realistic. PMID:21540961

  19. Design of curved photonic cavities for a narrow-band widely tunable resonance ranging 200 nm.

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    Liang, Guanquan; Danner, Aaron J; Lee, Chengkuo

    2012-08-13

    We propose a type of photonic resonator with a tunable curved cavity that enables efficient tuning of the optical length of a resonant cavity made of a solid material; we call this a "tunable curved resonator" (TCR). Its integration with a "tunable curved waveguide" (TCWG) and their actuation by a MEMS (micro electromechanical systems) electrostatic comb actuator are also designed for integrated photonic circuits. With this kind of structure, a widely and continuously tunable narrow-band resonance ranging up to 200 nm is achieved with a MEMS actuation voltage less than 70 V. Its applications in widely tunable photonic filters and lasers are promising. PMID:23038533

  20. Compressed Sensing/Sparse-Recovery Approach for Improved Range Resolution in Narrow-Band Radar.

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    Costanzo, Sandra

    2016-01-01

    A compressed sensing/sparse-recovery procedure is adopted to obtain enhanced range resolution capability from the processing of data acquired with narrow-band SFCW radars. A mathematical formulation for the proposed approach is reported and validity limitations are fully discussed, by demonstrating the ability to identify a great number of targets, up to 20, in the range direction. Both numerical and experimental validations are presented, by assuming also noise conditions. The proposed method can be usefully applied for the accurate detection of parameters with very small variations, such as those involved in the monitoring of soil deformations or biological objects. PMID:27022617

  1. Construction of narrow-band regenerative amplifier for momentum imaging spectroscopy of lithium dimer

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    Matsuoka, Leo; Hashimoto, Masashi; Yokoyama, Keiichi

    2012-07-11

    We constructed a Ti:Sapphire narrow-band regenerative amplifier as the probe laser of the experiment of momentum imaging spectroscopy of lithium dimer. The spectral profile of the regenerative cavity was designed by three birefringent filters and a plate of etalon. With 1.1-mJ pumping by the second harmonics of Nd:YLF laser, mode-locked seed pulses were amplified to {approx}25 {mu}J at 1-kHz repetition, with the bandwidth of {approx}0.7 cm{sup -1}.

  2. Temporal characteristics of narrow-band optical filters and their application in lidar systems.

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    Yang, G; Billmers, R; Herczfeld, P R; Contarino, V M

    1997-03-15

    The temporal characteristics of two different narrow-band optical filters at 532 nm are reported. Both filters operate on the 4P(1/2) - 8S(1/2) atomic transition of potassium vapor, where the 4P(1/2) state is excited by a 770-nm, 10-ns laser pulse. The filters operate on the principle of circular birefringence induced by either the Faraday effect or two-photon transition, which is confirmed by experiments. The characteristic decay times of the filters are 5 and 0.015 mus, which is significant for the design of optical gating and signal processing with matched filters for ocean lidar. PMID:18183219

  3. Consequences of narrow cyclotron emission from Hercules X-1

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    Weaver, R. P.

    1978-01-01

    The implications of the recent observations of a narrow cyclotron line in the hard X-ray spectrum of Hercules X-1 are studied. A Monte Carlo code is used to simulate the X-ray transfer of an intrinsically narrow feature at approximately 56 keV through an opaque, cold magnetospheric shell. The results of this study indicate that if a narrow line can be emitted by the source region, then only about 10% of the photons remain in a narrow feature after scattering through the shell. The remaining photons are scattered into a broad feature (FWHM approximately 30 keV) that peaks near 20 keV. Thus, these calculations indicate that the intrinsic source luminosity of the cyclotron line is at least an order of magnitude greater than the observed luminosity.

  4. Locata Performance Evaluation in the Presence of Wide- and Narrow-Band Interference

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    Khan, Faisal A.; Rizos, Chris; Dempster, Andrew G.

    Classically difficult positioning environments often call for augmentation technology to assist the GPS, or more generally the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology. The ground-based ranging technology offers augmentation, and even replacement, to GPS in such environments. However, like any other system relying on wireless technology, a Locata positioning network also faces issues in the presence of RF interference (RFI). This problem is magnified due to the fact that Locata operates in the licence-free 24 GHz Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) band. The licence-free nature of this band attracts a much larger number of devices using a wider range of signal types than for licensed bands, resulting in elevation of the noise floor. Also, harmonics from out-of-band signals can act as potential interferers. WiFi devices operating in this band have been identified as the most likely potential interferer, due partially to their use of the whole ISM band, but also because Locata applications often also may use a wireless network. This paper evaluates the performance of Locata in the presence of both narrow- and wide-band interfering signals. Effects of received interference on both raw measurements and final solutions are reported and analysed. Test results show that Locata performance degrades in the presence of received interference. It is also identified that high levels of received interference can affect Locata carriers even if the interference is not in co-frequency situation with the affected carrier. Finally, Locata characteristics have been identified which can be exploited to mitigate RFI issues.

  5. A search for narrow band signals with SERENDIP II: a progress report

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    Werthimer, D.; Brady, R.; Berezin, A.; Bowyer, S.

    1988-01-01

    Commensal programs for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), carried out concurrently with conventional radio astronomical observing programs, can be an attractive and cost-effective means of exploring the large multidimensional search space intrinsic to this effort. Our automated commensal system, SERENDIP II, is a high resolution 131,072 channel spectrometer. It searches for 0.49 Hz signals in sequential 64,700 Hz bands of the IF signal from a radio telescope being used for an astronomical observation. Upon detection of a narrow band signal with power above a preset threshold, the frequency, power, time, and telescope direction are recorded for later study. The system has been tested at the Hat Creek Radio Astronomy Observatory 85 ft telescope and the NASA-JPL Deep Space Station (DSS 14) 64 m telescope. It is currently collecting data at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory 300 ft telescope.

  6. A search for narrow band signals with SERENDIP II: a progress report.

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    Werthimer, D; Brady, R; Berezin, A; Bowyer, S

    1988-01-01

    Commensal programs for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), carried out concurrently with conventional radio astronomical observing programs, can be an attractive and cost-effective means of exploring the large multidimensional search space intrinsic to this effort. Our automated commensal system, SERENDIP II, is a high resolution 131,072 channel spectrometer. It searches for 0.49 Hz signals in sequential 64,700 Hz bands of the IF signal from a radio telescope being used for an astronomical observation. Upon detection of a narrow band signal with power above a preset threshold, the frequency, power, time, and telescope direction are recorded for later study. The system has been tested at the Hat Creek Radio Astronomy Observatory 85 ft telescope and the NASA-JPL Deep Space Station (DSS 14) 64 m telescope. It is currently collecting data at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory 300 ft telescope. PMID:11538322

  7. Narrow band wavelength selective filter using grating assisted single ring resonator

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    Prabhathan, P.; Murukeshan, V. M.

    2014-09-01

    This paper illustrates a filter configuration which uses a single ring resonator of larger radius connected to a grating resonator at its drop port to achieve single wavelength selectivity and switching property with spectral features suitable for on-chip wavelength selection applications. The proposed configuration is expected to find applications in silicon photonics devices such as, on-chip external cavity lasers and multi analytic label-free biosensors. The grating resonator has been designed for a high Q-factor, high transmittivity, and minimum loss so that the wavelength selectivity of the device is improved. The proof-of-concept device has been demonstrated on a Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) platform through electron beam lithography and Reactive Ion Etching (RIE) process. The transmission spectrum shows narrow band single wavelength selection and switching property with a high Free Spectral Range (FSR) 60 nm and side band rejection ratio >15 dB

  8. Narrow band wavelength selective filter using grating assisted single ring resonator

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    Prabhathan, P. Murukeshan, V. M.

    2014-09-15

    This paper illustrates a filter configuration which uses a single ring resonator of larger radius connected to a grating resonator at its drop port to achieve single wavelength selectivity and switching property with spectral features suitable for on-chip wavelength selection applications. The proposed configuration is expected to find applications in silicon photonics devices such as, on-chip external cavity lasers and multi analytic label-free biosensors. The grating resonator has been designed for a high Q-factor, high transmittivity, and minimum loss so that the wavelength selectivity of the device is improved. The proof-of-concept device has been demonstrated on a Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) platform through electron beam lithography and Reactive Ion Etching (RIE) process. The transmission spectrum shows narrow band single wavelength selection and switching property with a high Free Spectral Range (FSR) ?60 nm and side band rejection ratio >15 dB.

  9. A comparison between weighted sum of gray gases and statistical narrow-band radiation models for combustion applications

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    Soufiani, A. . Lab. d'Energetique Moleculaire et Macroscopique); Djavdan, E. )

    1994-05-01

    The weighted sum of gray gases (WSGG) and the statistical narrow-band (SNB) models are implemented for radiative transfer calculations in realistic combustion gas mixtures and their results are compared. The WSGG model parameters are generated from SNB emissivity calculations in the [300, 2500 K] temperature range for a partial pressure ratio p[sub w]/p[sub c] = 2. In addition, the same methods are used for the resolution of the transfer equation associated with both models. Comparisons are made for the cases of planar geometry and an axisymmetrical methane--oxygen furnace. When the gas mixture is practically isothermal and surrounded by cold walls, small errors are introduced by the use of the WSGG model. On the other hand, in the case of significant temperature gradients, the inaccurate representation of gas absorptivities by the WSGG model leads to important errors.

  10. EVOLUTION OF [O III] {lambda}5007 EMISSION-LINE PROFILES IN NARROW EMISSION-LINE GALAXIES

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    Wang, J.; Mao, Y. F.; Wei, J. Y.

    2011-11-01

    The active galactic nucleus (AGN)-host co-evolution issue is investigated here by focusing on the evolution of the [O III] {lambda}5007 emission-line profile. A large sample of narrow emission-line galaxies is selected from the Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics/Johns Hopkins University Sloan Digital Sky Survey DR7 catalog to simultaneously measure both the [O III] line profile and circumnuclear stellar population in an individual spectrum. By requiring that (1) the [O III] line signal-to-noise ratio is larger than 30 and (2) the [O III] line width is larger than the instrumental resolution by a factor of two, our sample is narrowed down to 2333 Seyfert galaxies/LINERs (AGNs), 793 transition galaxies, and 190 star-forming galaxies. In addition to the commonly used profile parameters (i.e., line centroid, relative velocity shift, and velocity dispersion), two dimensionless shape parameters, skewness and kurtosis, are used to quantify the line shape deviation from a pure Gaussian function. We show that the transition galaxies are systematically associated with narrower line widths and weaker [O III] broad wings than the AGNs, which implies that the kinematics of emission-line gas are different in the two kinds of objects. By combining the measured host properties and line shape parameters, we find that the AGNs with stronger blue asymmetries tend to be associated with younger stellar populations. However, a similar trend is not identified in the transition galaxies. The failure likely results from a selection effect in which the transition galaxies are systematically associated with younger stellar populations than the AGNs. The evolutionary significance revealed here suggests that both narrow-line region kinematics and outflow feedback in AGNs co-evolve with their host galaxies.

  11. An accurate cluster selection function for the J-PAS narrow-band wide-field survey

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    Ascaso, B.; Benítez, N.; Dupke, R.; Cypriano, E.; Lima-Neto, G.; López-Sanjuan, C.; Varela, J.; Alcaniz, J. S.; Broadhurst, T.; Cenarro, A. J.; Devi, N. Chandrachani; Díaz-García, L. A.; Fernandes, C. A. C.; Hernández-Monteagudo, C.; Mei, S.; Mendes de Oliveira, C.; Molino, A.; Oteo, I.; Schoenell, W.; Sodré, L.; Viironen, K.; Marín-Franch, A.

    2016-03-01

    The impending Javalambre Physics of the accelerating Universe Astrophysical Survey (J-PAS) will be the first wide-field survey of ≳ 8500 deg2 to reach the `stage IV' category. Because of the redshift resolution afforded by 54 narrow-band filters, J-PAS is particularly suitable for cluster detection in the range z<1. The photometric redshift dispersion is estimated to be only ˜0.003 with few outliers ≲4 per cent for galaxies brighter than i ˜ 23 AB, because of the sensitivity of narrow band imaging to absorption and emission lines. Here, we evaluate the cluster selection function for J-PAS using N-body+semi-analytical realistic mock catalogues. We optimally detect clusters from this simulation with the Bayesian Cluster Finder, and we assess the completeness and purity of cluster detection against the mock data. The minimum halo mass threshold we find for detections of galaxy clusters and groups with both >80 per cent completeness and purity is Mh ˜ 5 × 1013 M⊙ up to z ˜ 0.7. We also model the optical observable, M^{*}_CL-halo mass relation, finding a non-evolution with redshift and main scatter of σ _{M^{*}_CL | M_h}˜ 0.14 dex down to a factor 2 lower in mass than other planned broad-band stage IV surveys, at least. For the Mh ˜ 1 × 1014 M⊙ Planck mass limit, J-PAS will arrive up to z ˜ 0.85 with a σ _{M^{*}_CL | M_h}˜ 0.12 dex. Therefore, J-PAS will provide the largest sample of clusters and groups up to z ˜ 0.8 with a mass calibration accuracy comparable to X-ray data.

  12. Imaging of the PAH Emission Bands in the Orion Bar

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    Bregman, Jesse; Harker, David; Rank, David; Temi, Pasqiale; Morrison, David (Technical Monitor)

    1994-01-01

    The infrared spectrum of many planetary nebulae, HII regions, galactic nuclei, reflection nebulae, and WC stars are dominated by a set of narrow and broad features which for many years were called the "unidentified infrared bands". These bands have been attributed to several carbon-rich molecular species which all contain only carbon and hydrogen atoms, and fall into the class of PAH molecules or are conglomerates of PAH skeletons. If these bands are from PAHs, then PAHs contain 1-10% of the interstellar carbon, making them the most abundant molecular species in the interstellar medium after CO. From ground based telescopes, we have studied the emission bands assigned to C-H bond vibrations in PAHs (3.3, 11.3 microns) in the Orion Bar region, and showed that their distribution and intensities are consistent with a quantitative PAH model. We have recently obtained spectral images of the Orion Bar from the KAO at 6.2 and 7.7 microns using a 128 x 128 Si:Ga array camera in order to study the C-C modes of the PAH molecules. We will show these new data along with our existing C-H mode data set, and make a quantitative comparison of the data with the existing PAH model.

  13. Development of narrow-band fluorescence index for the detection of aflatoxin contaminated corn

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    Yao, Haibo; Hruska, Zuzana; Kincaid, Russell; Ononye, Ambrose; Brown, Robert L.; Bhatnagar, Deepak; Cleveland, Thomas E.

    2011-06-01

    Aflatoxin is produced by the fungus Aspergillus flavus when the fungus invades developing corn kernels. Because of its potent toxicity, the levels of aflatoxin are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US, allowing 20 ppb (parts per billion) limits in food, and feed intended for interstate commerce. Currently, aflatoxin detection and quantification methods are based on analytical tests. These tests require the destruction of samples, can be costly and time consuming, and often rely on less than desirable sampling techniques. Thus, the ability to detect aflatoxin in a rapid, non-invasive way is crucial to the corn industry in particular. This paper described how narrow-band fluorescence indices were developed for aflatoxin contamination detection based on single corn kernel samples. The indices were based on two bands extracted from full wavelength fluorescence hyperspectral imagery. The two band results were later applied to two large sample experiments with 25 g and 1 kg of corn per sample. The detection accuracies were 85% and 95% when 100 ppb threshold was used. Since the data acquisition period is significantly lower for several image bands than for full wavelength hyperspectral data, this study would be helpful in the development of real-time detection instrumentation for the corn industry.

  14. A super narrow band filter based on silicon 2D photonic crystal resonator and reflectors

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    Wang, Yuanyuan; Chen, Deyuan; Zhang, Gang; Wang, Juebin; Tao, Shangbin

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, a novel structure of super narrow band filter based on two-dimensional square lattice photonic crystals of silicon rods in air for 1.5 um communication is proposed and studied. COMSOL Multiphysics4.3b software is used to simulate the optical behavior of the filter. The filter consists of one point-defect-based resonator and two line-defect-based reflectors. The resonance frequency, transmission coefficient and quality factor are investigated by varying the parameters of the structure. In design, a silicon rod is removed to form the resonator; for the rows of rods above and below the resonator, a part of the rods are removed to form the reflectors. By optimizing the parameters of the filter, the quality factor and transmission coefficient of the filter at the resonance frequency of 2e14 Hz can reach 1330 and 0.953, respectively. The super narrow band filter can be integrated into optical circuit for its micron size. Also, it can be used for wavelength selection and noise filtering of optical amplifier in future communication application.

  15. Application and comparison of band gap narrowing models for passivated phosphorus doped silicon surfaces

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    Kimmerle, Achim; Greulich, Johannes; Haug, Halvard; Wolf, Andreas

    2016-01-01

    In this work, the recently proposed band-gap narrowing model by Yan and Cuevas [J. Appl. Phys. 114, 044508 (2013)] is evaluated by simulations of the recombination pre-factor J0 of highly phosphorus doped, passivated crystalline silicon surfaces, which are particularly relevant for solar cell applications. The results were fitted to experimental J0 data measured on a large range of samples exhibiting different dopant profiles and passivation coatings, both for planar and textured surfaces. For each sample, the surface recombination velocity parameter Sp was extracted by fitting the simulation results to the experimental data. We show that the Yan and Cuevas' model developed for Fermi-Dirac statistics leads to a smooth and monotonically increasing curve for Sp as a function of the surface dopant concentration Nsurf, for both investigated passivation layers. We provide a parameterization for this relation and compare the findings with those obtained with the widely used model by Schenk [J. Appl. Phys. 84, 3684 (1998)]. On the other hand, we show that the apparent band gap narrowing of Yan and Cuevas developed for use with Boltzmann statistics cannot be used to describe the experimental data, requiring unphysical negative Sp values for high Nsurf.

  16. Growth of semiconducting single-wall carbon nanotubes with a narrow band-gap distribution.

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    Zhang, Feng; Hou, Peng-Xiang; Liu, Chang; Wang, Bing-Wei; Jiang, Hua; Chen, Mao-Lin; Sun, Dong-Ming; Li, Jin-Cheng; Cong, Hong-Tao; Kauppinen, Esko I; Cheng, Hui-Ming

    2016-01-01

    The growth of high-quality semiconducting single-wall carbon nanotubes with a narrow band-gap distribution is crucial for the fabrication of high-performance electronic devices. However, the single-wall carbon nanotubes grown from traditional metal catalysts usually have diversified structures and properties. Here we design and prepare an acorn-like, partially carbon-coated cobalt nanoparticle catalyst with a uniform size and structure by the thermal reduction of a [Co(CN)6](3-) precursor adsorbed on a self-assembled block copolymer nanodomain. The inner cobalt nanoparticle functions as active catalytic phase for carbon nanotube growth, whereas the outer carbon layer prevents the aggregation of cobalt nanoparticles and ensures a perpendicular growth mode. The grown single-wall carbon nanotubes have a very narrow diameter distribution centred at 1.7 nm and a high semiconducting content of >95%. These semiconducting single-wall carbon nanotubes have a very small band-gap difference of ∼0.08 eV and show excellent thin-film transistor performance. PMID:27025784

  17. Fabry-Prot based narrow band imager for solar filament observations

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    Dhara, Sajal Kumar; Ravindra, Belur; Banyal, Ravinder Kumar

    2016-01-01

    We have recently developed a narrow band imager (NBI) using an air gap based Fabry-Prot (FP) interferometer at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore. Narrow band imaging is achieved by using an FP interferometer working in combination with an order sorting pre-filter. The NBI can be tuned to a different wavelength position on the line profile by changing the plate separation of the FP. The interferometer has a 50 mm clear aperture with a bandpass of ?247.8 m and a free spectral range of ?5.3 at ? = 656.3 nm. The developed NBI is used to observe the solar filament in the H? wavelength. The instrument is being used to image the Sun at chromospheric height and it is also able to scan the H? spectral line profile at different wavelength positions. We have also made Doppler velocity maps at chromospheric height by taking the blue and red wing images at 176 m wavelength positions separately away from the line center of the spectral line. In this paper, we present a description of the NBI including lab test results of individual components and some initial observations carried out with this instrument.

  18. A Cooperative Distance Learning Method based on the Narrow-band Internet and Its Evaluation

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    Tilwaldi, Dilmurat; Takahashi, Toshiya; Takata, Akinobu; Koizumi, Hisao

    This paper describes the experimental evaluation of a cooperative distance learning method, which can be utilized on the narrow-band Internet. In this method, students of group-learning perform a series of study a couple of times, which create an on-line report, communicating through the chat about given theme. they try to gain improvement in the study effect with higher cooperative attitude. Teacher gives a short lecture at the first stage, and then gives supplementary explanation after grasping the degree of comprehension of students at the middle stage of the study. Teaching materials are distributed to students' PCs beforehand and the lecture could be carried out on the narrow-band environment by transmitting the commands. The teacher analyzes students' communication logs and gives advice for the next study. This paper describes the result of the evaluation of the proposed method by carrying out simulated installation of the environment within the campus supposing a trial of cooperative distance learning in overseas desert circumference area environment.

  19. Narrow-band imaging and velocity maps of young stellar objects - Initial results

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    Morgan, J. S.; Wolff, S. C.; Strom, S. E.; Strom, K. M.

    1984-01-01

    The first trials of a new technique, designed to map low-excitation ionized gas surrounding young stellar objects, are reported. The region surrounding the T Tau stars HL Tau and XZ Tau, that near HH 101, and that near IRS 5 in L1551 have been imaged through a narrow-band (4.7 A FWHM) forbidden S II filter; three-phase CCD chip was used as the detector. By tilting the narrow-band filter, it is possible to vary the wavelength of peak transmission and thus to detect high-velocity radial flows as well as map the morphology of the excited gas near these young stars. Evidence of an apparently helical outflow is found for HH 101. Redshifted gas appears to extend southward from HL Tau toward HH 30; a blueshifted jet extends northeastward of HL Tau. A series of forbidden S II knots is seen to extend along a jet directed southwestward from the infrared source IRS 5; the knot chain appears to delineate a blueshifted outflow that decelerates as it recedes from IRS 5.

  20. In vivo early diagnosis of gastric dysplasia using narrow-band image-guided Raman endoscopy

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    Huang, Zhiwei; Bergholt, Mads Sylvest; Zheng, Wei; Lin, Kan; Ho, Khek Yu; Teh, Ming; Yeoh, Khay Guan

    2010-05-01

    We first report on the implementation of a novel narrow-band image-guided Raman endoscopy technique for in vivo diagnosis of gastric dysplasia. High-quality in vivo Raman spectra can be acquired from normal and dysplastic gastric mucosal tissue within 0.5 sec under narrow-band image (NBI) guidance at gastroscopy. Significant differences are observed in in vivo Raman spectra between normal (n=54) and dysplastic (n=18) gastric tissue from 30 gastric patients, particularly in the spectral ranges of 825 to 950, 1000 to 1100, 1250 to 1500, and 1600 to 1800 cm-1, which primarily contain signals related to proteins, nucleic acids, and lipids. The multivariate analysis [i.e., principal components analysis (PCA) and linear discriminant analysis (LDA)], together with the leave-one tissue site-out, cross validation on in vivo gastric Raman spectra yields a diagnostic sensitivity of 94.4% (17/18) and specificity of 96.3% (52/54) for distinction of gastric dysplastic tissue. This study suggests that narrowband image-guided Raman endoscopy associated with PCA-LDA diagnostic algorithms has potential for the noninvasive, in vivo early diagnosis and detection of gastric precancer during clinical gastroscopic examination.

  1. Narrow-band N-resonance formed in thin rubidium atomic layers

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    Sargsyan, A.; Mirzoyan, R.; Sarkisyan, D.

    2012-11-15

    The narrow-band N-resonance formed in a {Lambda} system of D{sub 1}-line rubidium atoms is studied in the presence of a buffer gas (neon) and the radiations of two continuous narrow-band diode lasers. Special-purpose cells are used to investigate the dependence of the process on vapor column thickness L in millimeter, micrometer, and nanometer ranges. A comparison of the dependences of the N-resonance and the electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) resonance on L demonstrates that the minimum (record) thickness at which the N-resonance can be detected is L = 50 {mu}m and that a high-contrast EIT resonance can easily be formed even at L Almost-Equal-To 800 nm. The N-resonance in a magnetic field for {sup 85}Rb atoms is shown to split into five or six components depending on the magnetic field and laser radiation directions. The results obtained indicate that levels F{sub g} = 2, 3 are initial and final in the N-resonance formation. The dependence of the N-resonance on the angle between the laser beams is analyzed, and practical applications are noted.

  2. Fabry-Pérot based narrow band imager for solar filament observations

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    Dhara, Sajal Kumar; Ravindra, Belur; Banyal, Ravinder Kumar

    2016-01-01

    We have recently developed a narrow band imager (NBI) using an air gap based Fabry-Pérot (FP) interferometer at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore. Narrow band imaging is achieved by using an FP interferometer working in combination with an order sorting pre-filter. The NBI can be tuned to a different wavelength position on the line profile by changing the plate separation of the FP. The interferometer has a 50 mm clear aperture with a bandpass of ∼247.8 mÅ and a free spectral range of ∼5.3 Å at λ = 656.3 nm. The developed NBI is used to observe the solar filament in the Hα wavelength. The instrument is being used to image the Sun at chromospheric height and it is also able to scan the Hα spectral line profile at different wavelength positions. We have also made Doppler velocity maps at chromospheric height by taking the blue and red wing images at ±176 mÅ wavelength positions separately away from the line center of the spectral line. In this paper, we present a description of the NBI including lab test results of individual components and some initial observations carried out with this instrument.

  3. Narrow-band double-pass superluminescent diodes emitting at 1060 nm

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    Lobintsov, A A; Perevozchikov, M V; Shramenko, M V; Yakubovich, S D

    2009-09-30

    Experimental data are presented which show that double-pass superluminescent diodes (SLDs) with fibre Bragg grating (FBG) based spectrally selective external reflectors offer emission linewidths in the range 0.1-1.0 nm, i.e., one to two orders of magnitude narrower in comparison with conventional SLDs and considerably broader in comparison with single-frequency semiconductor lasers. Their optical power at the single-mode fibre output reaches 5.0-8.0 mW, and can be raised to 50 mW using a semiconductor optical amplifier. (lasers)

  4. Effect of timing noise on targeted and narrow-band coherent searches for continuous gravitational waves from pulsars

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    Ashton, G.; Jones, D. I.; Prix, R.

    2015-03-01

    Most searches for continuous gravitational waves from pulsars use Taylor expansions in the phase to model the spin-down of neutron stars. Studies of pulsars demonstrate that their electromagnetic (EM) emissions suffer from timing noise, small deviations in the phase from Taylor expansion models. How the mechanism producing EM emission is related to any continuous gravitational-wave (CW) emission is unknown; if they either interact or are locked in phase, then the CW will also experience timing noise. Any disparity between the signal and the search template used in matched filtering methods will result in a loss of signal-to-noise ratio, referred to as "mismatch." In this work we assume the CW suffers a level of timing noise similar to its EM counterpart. We inject and recover fake CW signals, which include timing noise generated from observational data on the Crab pulsar. Measuring the mismatch over durations of order 10 months, the effect is, for the most part, found to be small. This suggests recent so-called "narrow-band" searches which placed upper limits on the signals from the Crab and Vela pulsars will not be significantly affected. At a fixed observation time, we find the mismatch depends upon the observation epoch. Considering the averaged mismatch as a function of observation time, we find that it increases as a power law with time, and so may become relevant in long baseline searches.

  5. Identification and extraction of photometric redshifts of quasars with narrow-band filters

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    Queiroz, C.; Raul Abramo, L.

    2014-10-01

    Although quasars are valuable targets for many cosmological applications, imaging surveys employing optical broad-band filter systems are unable to obtain accurate photometric redshifts for these objects. Broad-band imaging surveys also have some difficulty in distinguishing quasars from stars and HII regions of galaxies. However, the construction of a high-purity catalog of quasars, with accurate photometric redshifts, can be much more efficient with medium or narrow-band surveys, such as the upcoming J-PAS. In this work we discuss how to overcome the degeneracies in the color-color and color-magnitude diagrams that hamper the efficient detection of quasars, and how to obtain very good (near spectroscopic) photometric redshifts for these objects. In particular, we discuss how to include quasars in some of the most popular redshift codes, and the parallel need for the inclusion of spectral libraries for stars. We also discuss the importance of a good modeling of the distribution of point-sources in the sky, and the need for reliable luminosity functions that can inform the Bayesian estimation of types and photometric redshifts.

  6. Treatment of moderate and severe adult chronic atopic dermatitis with narrow-band UVB and the combination of narrow-band UVB/UVA phototherapy.

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    Fernndez-Guarino, Montserrat; Aboin-Gonzalez, Sonsoles; Barchino, Lucia; Velazquez, Diana; Arsuaga, Carmen; Lzaro, Pablo

    2016-01-01

    The phototherapy is a safe and effective technique for the treatment of adult patients with atopic dermatitis (AD). The treatment of chronic forms of the disease is most often done with narrow-band UVB (NB-UVB). There also exist effective phototherapy options against the AD. The aim of this study was to asses if the combination of NB-UVB with UVA was more effective than the treatment with only NB-UVB against adult chronic AD. We carried out a prospective and observational study. Adult patients with chronic AD with more than 50% of the total body surface area affected (TBSA) were included. The affected TBSA was calculated using the so-called "rule of nines." Patients with a clearance rate >75% of the initial affected TBSA or complete clearance rate were considered as complete response (CR). An analogue scale from 0 to 10 was used to measure the improvement grade of the pruritus. The treatments were repeated three times a week. The initial doses of NB-UVB and UVA were determined by patient's phototype. The treatments were performed using a phototherapy booth (UV7002, Walmann, Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany() ) with TL01 and UVA fluorescent lamps. Statistical analysis was performed with SPSS() (IBM, New York, NY) for Windows 21.0. A total of 26 patients with adult chronic AD were included in the study, 16 patients were treated with UVB-BE and 10 patients with the combined treatment option NB-UVB/UVA. The mean value of cumulative doses and the mean number of performed treatments were similar between both groups of patients (p?>?0.05). The mean value of duration of response was significantly higher in the patients treated only with NB-UVB, 101 versus 6.8 months (p???0.05). No differences were observed for the patients that showed complete response (p?=?0.42) and in the analogue scale of pruritus (p?>?0.005). In our study, the patients treated with the combination of NB-UVB and UVA were similar to the patient that were only treated with NB-UVB e. Further prospective and controlled studies have to be performed in order to determine the dosing regimens of phototherapy in adult patients with AD. PMID:26301893

  7. The method of narrow-band audio classification based on universal noise background model

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    Rui, Rui; Bao, Chang-chun

    2013-03-01

    Audio classification is the basis of content-based audio analysis and retrieval. The conventional classification methods mainly depend on feature extraction of audio clip, which certainly increase the time requirement for classification. An approach for classifying the narrow-band audio stream based on feature extraction of audio frame-level is presented in this paper. The audio signals are divided into speech, instrumental music, song with accompaniment and noise using the Gaussian mixture model (GMM). In order to satisfy the demand of actual environment changing, a universal noise background model (UNBM) for white noise, street noise, factory noise and car interior noise is built. In addition, three feature schemes are considered to optimize feature selection. The experimental results show that the proposed algorithm achieves a high accuracy for audio classification, especially under each noise background we used and keep the classification time less than one second.

  8. Narrow-Band Imagery of New Planetary Nebula Candidates at High Galactic Latitudes.

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    Kronberger, Matthias; Jacoby, George H.; Harmer, Dianne

    2013-08-01

    We propose a narrowband imaging campaign to verify the classification of 45 Galactic planetary nebula candidates discovered thus far on digitized sky surveys, following up an imaging and spectroscopy program started at KPNO, OHP, SAAO and UNAM. The majority of the candidates are located outside of the Milky Way regions covered by recent narrow-band surveys (IPHAS and SHS) that are limited to low Galactic latitudes (|b| > 5 and |b| > 10 for candidates north and south of +2 declination, respectively). Due to their large projected angle from the Galactic plane, many of the new candidates are likely to belong to the local volume (< 1kpc from the Sun). Thus, we will better estimate the total number of planetary nebulae in our Galaxy (extrapolated from the local volume), a metric that offers a critical test of the hypothesis that most planetary nebulae derive from binaries.

  9. H-tailored surface conductivity in narrow band gap In(AsN)

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    Velichko, A. V. E-mail: anton.velychko@nottingham.ac.uk; Patanè, A. E-mail: anton.velychko@nottingham.ac.uk; Makarovsky, O.; Capizzi, M.; Polimeni, A.; Sandall, I. C.; Tan, C. H.; Giubertoni, D.; Krier, A.; Zhuang, Q.

    2015-01-12

    We show that the n-type conductivity of the narrow band gap In(AsN) alloy can be increased within a thin (∼100 nm) channel below the surface by the controlled incorporation of H-atoms. This channel has a large electron sheet density of ∼10{sup 18 }m{sup −2} and a high electron mobility (μ > 0.1 m{sup 2}V{sup −1}s{sup −1} at low and room temperature). For a fixed dose of impinging H-atoms, its width decreases with the increase in concentration of N-atoms that act as H-traps thus forming N-H donor complexes near the surface.

  10. The Safety and Efficacy of Narrow Band Ultraviolet B Treatment in Dermatology: A Review.

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    Sokolova, Anna; Lee, Andrew; D Smith, Saxon

    2015-12-01

    Narrow-band ultraviolet B (NBUVB) phototherapy is an important treatment modality in dermatology. The most common dermatological indications for NBUVB include psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and vitiligo; however, it has been found to be an effective and well-tolerated treatment option in various other dermatoses. The efficacy of NBUVB phototherapy compares favorably with other available photo(chemo)therapy options and its efficacy is further augmented by a number of topical and systemic adjuncts. The long-term safety of NBUVB phototherapy remains to be fully elucidated; however, available data now suggest that it is safe and well-tolerated. The objective of this review was to summarize the current understanding of the safety and efficacy of NBUVB phototherapy in dermatology. PMID:26369540

  11. Catalyzed Water Oxidation by Solar Irradiation of Band-Gap-Narrowed Semiconductors (Part 2. Overview).

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    Fujita,E.; Khalifah, P.; Lymar, S.; Muckerman, J.T.; Rodriguez, J.

    2008-03-18

    The objectives of this report are: (1) Investigate the catalysis of water oxidation by cobalt and manganese hydrous oxides immobilized on titania or silica nanoparticles, and dinuclear metal complexes with quinonoid ligands in order to develop a better understanding of the critical water oxidation chemistry, and rationally search for improved catalysts. (2) Optimize the light-harvesting and charge-separation abilities of stable semiconductors including both a focused effort to improve the best existing materials by investigating their structural and electronic properties using a full suite of characterization tools, and a parallel effort to discover and characterize new materials. (3) Combine these elements to examine the function of oxidation catalysts on Band-Gap-Narrowed Semiconductor (BGNSC) surfaces and elucidate the core scientific challenges to the efficient coupling of the materials functions.

  12. Generation of Intense Narrow-Band Tunable Terahertz Radiation from Highly Bunched Electron Pulse Train

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    Li, Heting; Lu, Yalin; He, Zhigang; Jia, Qika; Wang, Lin

    2016-02-01

    We present the analysis and start-to-end simulation of an intense narrow-band terahertz (THz) source with a broad tuning range of radiation frequency, using a single-pass free electron laser (FEL) driven by a THz-pulse-train photoinjector. The fundamental radiation frequency, corresponding to the spacing between the electron microbunches, can be easily tuned by varying the spacing time between the laser micropulses. Since the prebunched electron beam is highly bunched at the first several harmonics, with the harmonic generation technique, the radiation frequency range can be further enlarged by several times. The start-to-end simulation results show that this FEL is capable of generating a few tens megawatts power, several tens micro-joules pulse energy, and a few percent bandwidth at the frequencies of 0.5-5 THz. In addition, several practical issues are considered.

  13. A proposed interim improvement to the Tevatron beam position monitors with narrow band crystal filters

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    Cheng-Yang Tan

    2003-08-25

    Since the start of Run II, we have found that we are unable to reliably and accurately measure the beam position with the present BPM system during high energy physics (HEP). This problem can be traced back to the analogue frontend called the AM/PM module which has trouble handling coalesced beam, but works well with uncoalesced beam. In this paper, we propose a simple fix to the AM/PM module so that we can measure the beam position during HEP. The idea is to use narrow band crystal filters which ring when pinged by coalesced beam so that the AM/PM module is tricked into thinking that it is measuring uncoalesced beam.

  14. The Role of Narrow Band Imaging in Head and Neck Cancers.

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    Ni, Xiao-Guang; Wang, Gui-Qi

    2016-02-01

    Early diagnosis of malignant tumors in the head and neck region is very difficult. Therefore, endoscopic systems with narrow band imaging (NBI), which enhances image contrast, have an important clinical value in detecting superficial mucosal lesions. In particular, highlighting of the intraepithelial microvasculature helps determine the nature of the lesion. This new image-enhanced technology already has proven effective in the early diagnosis of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, including laryngeal, hypopharyngeal, oropharyngeal, nasopharyngeal, and oral cancers, as well as of unknown primary cervical lymph node metastasis. NBI laryngoscopy can be applied easily in clinical practice and has become a valuable tool in diagnosing head and neck cancers early, providing the option of minimally invasive treatment such as endoscopic or partial surgical resection. PMID:26769115

  15. A center frequency adjustable narrow band filter for the detection of weak single frequency signal

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    Xin, Yunhong; Xiang, ZhenMing; Dong, LeMing; Zhu, Bing; Cao, Hui; Fang, Yu

    2014-04-01

    We describe and implement a center frequency adjustable narrow band filter based on the crystal filter for the detection of weak single frequency signal. It is formed by a multiplier, a direct digital frequency synthesizer, a multi-stage crystal bandpass filter, and a micro control unit which is used to set the center frequency of the filter. A theoretical study is proposed and experimentally validated. The test results show that the 3 db and 20 db bandwidths are 0.84 Hz and 2.73 Hz, respectively, and the filter system can effectively detect the signal with amplitude below 1 ?V and a frequency which ranges from 10 Hz to the frequency that is mainly limited by the components applied.

  16. Band gap narrowing in zinc oxide-based semiconductor thin films

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    Kumar, Jitendra E-mail: akrsri@gmail.com; Kumar Srivastava, Amit E-mail: akrsri@gmail.com

    2014-04-07

    A simple expression is proposed for the band gap narrowing (or shrinkage) in semiconductors using optical absorption measurements of spin coated 1 at. % Ga-doped ZnO (with additional 0–1.5 at. % zinc species) thin films as ΔE{sub BGN} = Bn{sup 1/3} [1 − (n{sub c}/n){sup 1/3}], where B is the fitting parameter, n is carrier concentration, and n{sub c} is the critical density required for shrinkage onset. Its uniqueness lies in not only describing variation of ΔE{sub BGN} correctly but also allowing deduction of n{sub c} automatically for several M-doped ZnO (M: Ga, Al, In, B, Mo) systems. The physical significance of the term [1 − (n{sub c}/n){sup 1/3}] is discussed in terms of carrier separation.

  17. Catalyzed Water Oxidation by Solar Irradiation of Band-Gap-Narrowed Semiconductors (Part 1. Overview).

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    Fujita,E.; Khalifah, P.; Lymar, S.; Muckerman, J.T.; Rodgriguez, J.

    2008-03-18

    The objectives of this report are: (1) Investigate the catalysis of water oxidation by cobalt and manganese hydrous oxides immobilized on titania or silica nanoparticles, and dinuclear metal complexes with quinonoid ligands in order to develop a better understanding of the critical water oxidation chemistry, and rationally search for improved catalysts. (2) Optimize the light-harvesting and charge-separation abilities of stable semiconductors including both a focused effort to improve the best existing materials by investigating their structural and electronic properties using a full suite of characterization tools, and a parallel effort to discover and characterize new materials. (3) Combine these elements to examine the function of oxidation catalysts on Band-Gap-Narrowed Semiconductor (BGNSC) surfaces and elucidate the core scientific challenges to the efficient coupling of the materials functions.

  18. On the first-excursion probability in stationary narrow-band random vibration. II.

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    Yang, J.-N.; Shinozuka, M.

    1972-01-01

    The first-excursion probability of a stationary narrow-band Gaussian process with mean zero has been studied. Within the framework of point process approach, series approximations derived from the theory of random points and approximations based on the maximum entropy principle have been developed. With the aid of numerical examples, merits of the approximations proposed previously as well as of those developed in this paper have been compared. The results indicate that the maximum entropy principle has not produced satisfactory approximations but the approximation based on nonapproaching random points is found to be the best among all the approximations proposed herein. A conclusion drawn from the present and the previous studies is that the point process approach produces a number of useful approximations for the first-excursion probability, particularly those based on the concepts of the Markov process, the clump-size, and the nonapproaching random points.

  19. Program for narrow-band analysis of aircraft flyover noise using ensemble averaging techniques

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    Gridley, D.

    1982-01-01

    A package of computer programs was developed for analyzing acoustic data from an aircraft flyover. The package assumes the aircraft is flying at constant altitude and constant velocity in a fixed attitude over a linear array of ground microphones. Aircraft position is provided by radar and an option exists for including the effects of the aircraft's rigid-body attitude relative to the flight path. Time synchronization between radar and acoustic recording stations permits ensemble averaging techniques to be applied to the acoustic data thereby increasing the statistical accuracy of the acoustic results. Measured layered meteorological data obtained during the flyovers are used to compute propagation effects through the atmosphere. Final results are narrow-band spectra and directivities corrected for the flight environment to an equivalent static condition at a specified radius.

  20. Simulator spectral characterization using balloon calibrated solar cells with narrow band pass filters

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    Goodelle, G. S.; Brooks, G. R.; Seaman, C. H.

    The development and implementation of an instrument for spectral measurement of solar simulators for testing solar cell characteristics is reported. The device was constructed for detecting changes in solar simulator behavior and for comparing simulator spectral irradiance to solar AM0 output. It consists of a standard solar cell equipped with a band pass filter narrow enough so that, when flown on a balloon to sufficient altitude along with sufficient numbers of cells, each equipped with filters of different bandpass ratings, the entire spectral response of the standard cell can be determined. Measured short circuit currents from the balloon flights thus produce cell devices which, when exposed to solar simulator light, have a current which does or does not respond as observed under actual AM0 conditions. Improvements of the filtered cells in terms of finer bandpass filter tuning and measurement of temperature coefficients are indicated.

  1. Polyp detection rates using magnification with narrow band imaging and white light

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    Gilani, Nooman; Stipho, Sally; Panetta, James D; Petre, Sorin; Young, Michele A; Ramirez, Francisco C

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To compare the yield of adenomas between narrow band imaging and white light when using high definition/magnification. METHODS: This prospective, non-randomized comparative study was performed at the endoscopy unit of veteran affairs medical center in Phoenix, Arizona. Consecutive patients undergoing first average risk colorectal cancer screening colonoscopy were selected. Two experienced gastroenterologists performed all the procedures that were blinded to each others findings. Demographic details were recorded. Data are presented as mean SEM. Proportional data were compared using the ?2 test and means were compared using the Students t test. Tandem colonoscopy was performed in a sequential and segmental fashion using one of 3 strategies: white light followed by narrow band imaging [Group A: white light (WL) ? narrow band imaging (NBI)]; narrow band imaging followed by white light (Group B: NBI ? WL) and, white light followed by white light (Group C: WL ? WL). Detection rate of missed polyps and adenomas were evaluated in all three groups. RESULTS: Three hundred patients were studied (100 in each Group). Although the total time for the colonoscopy was similar in the 3 groups (23.8 0.7, 22.2 0.5 and 24.1 0.7 min for Groups A, B and C, respectively), it reached statistical significance between Groups B and C (P < 0.05). The cecal intubation time in Groups B and C was longer than for Group A (6.5 0.4 min and 6.5 0.4 min vs 4.9 0.3 min; P < 0.05). The withdrawal time for Groups A and C was longer than Group B (18.9 0.7 min and 17.6 0.6 min vs 15.7 0.4 min; P < 0.05). Overall miss rate for polyps and adenomas detected in three groups during the second look was 18% and 17%, respectively (P = NS). Detection rate for polyps and adenomas after first look with white light was similar irrespective of the light used during the second look (WL ? WL: 13.7% for polyps, 12.6% for adenomas; WL ? NBI: 14.2% for polyps, 11.3% for adenomas). Miss rate of polyps and adenomas however was significantly higher when NBI was used first (29.3% and 30.3%, respectively; P < 0.05). Most missed adenomas were ? 5 mm in size. There was only one advanced neoplasia (defined by size only) missed during the first look. CONCLUSION: Our data suggest that the tandem nature of the procedure rather than the optical techniques was associated with the detection of additional polyps and adenomas. PMID:25992195

  2. Ultra-narrow band perfect absorbers based on plasmonic analog of electromagnetically induced absorption.

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    He, Jinna; Ding, Pei; Wang, Junqiao; Fan, Chunzhen; Liang, Erjun

    2015-03-01

    A novel plasmonic metamaterial consisting of the solid (bar) and the inverse (slot) compound metallic nanostructure for electromagnetically induced absorption (EIA) is proposed in this paper, which is demonstrated to achieve an ultra-narrow absorption peak with the linewidth less than 8 nm and the absorptivity exceeding 97% at optical frequencies. This is attributed to the plasmonic EIA resonance arising from the efficient coupling between the magnetic response of the slot (dark mode) and the electric resonance of the bar (bright mode). To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that the plasmonic EIA is used to realize the narrow-band perfect absorbers. The underlying physics are revealed by applying the two-coupled-oscillator model. The near-perfect-absorption resonance also causes an enhancement of about 50 times in H-field and about 130 times in E-field within the slots. Such absorber possesses potential for applications in filter, thermal emitter, surface enhanced Raman scattering, sensing and nonlinear optics. PMID:25836832

  3. Nature of the narrow optical band in H*-aggregates: Dozy-chaos–exciton coupling

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    Egorov, Vladimir V.

    2014-07-15

    Dozy chaos emerges as a combined effect of the collective chaotic motion of electrons and nuclei, and their chaotic electromagnetic interactions in the transient state of molecules experiencing quantum transitions. Following earlier discussions of the well-known Brönsted relations for proton-transfer reactions; the temperature-dependent electron transfer in Langmuir–Blodgett films; the shape of the optical bands of polymethine dye monomers, their dimers, and J-aggregates, this paper reports one more application of the dozy-chaos theory of molecular quantum transitions. The qualitative and quantitative explanations for shape of a narrow and blue-shifted optical absorption band in H{sup *}-aggregates is given on the basis of the dozy-chaos theory by taking into account the dozy-chaos–exciton coupling effect. It is emphasized that in the H{sup *}-aggregate chromophore (dimer of cyclic bis-thiacarbocyanines) there is a competition between two Frenkel exciton transitions through the chaotic reorganization motion of nuclear environment. As a result, the highly organized quantum transition to the upper exciton state becomes an exciton-induced source of dozy chaos for the low organized transition to the lower exciton state. This manifests itself in appearing the narrow peak and broad wing in the optical spectrum pattern of H{sup *}-aggregates. A similar enhancement in the H{sup *}-effect caused by the strengthening of the exciton coupling in H{sup *}-dimers, which could be achieved by synthesizing tertiary and quarternary thiacarbocyanine monomers, is predicted.

  4. Five years of comet narrow band photometry and imaging with TRAPPIST

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    Opitom, Cyrielle; Jehin, Emmanuel; Manfroid, Jean; Hutsemékers, Damien; Gillon, Michaël; Magain, Pierre

    2015-11-01

    TRAPPIST is a 60-cm robotic telescope in La Silla Observatory [1] mainly dedicated to the study of exoplanets and comets. The telescope is equipped with a set of narrow band cometary filters designed by the NASA for the Hale-Bopp observing campaign [2]. Since its installation in 2010, we gathered a high quality and homogeneous data set of more than 30 bright comets observed with narrow band filters. Some comets were only observed for a few days but others have been observed weekly during several months on both sides of perihelion. From the images, we derived OH, NH, CN, C2, and C3 production rates using a Haser [3] model in addition to the Afρ parameter as a proxy for the dust production. We computed production rates ratios and the dust color for each comet to study their composition and followed the evolution of these ratios and colors with the heliocentric distance.The TRAPPIST data set, rich of more than 10000 images obtained and reduced in an homogeneous way, allows us to address several fundamental questions such as the pristine or evolutionary origin of composition differences among comets. The evolution of comet activity with the heliocentric distance, the differences between species, and from comet to comet, will be discussed. Finally, the first results about the one year campaign on comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina) and our recent work on the re-determination of Haser scalelengths will be presented.[1] Jehin et al., The Messenger, 145, 2-6, 2011[2] Farnham et al., Icarus, 147, 180-204, 2000[3] Haser, Bulletin de l’Académie Royal des Sciences de Belgique,63, 739, 1957

  5. Emission line galaxies in a narrow strip toward Perseus

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    Ellman, Nancy E.

    1993-01-01

    Many studies have suggested that emission line galaxies (ELG's) have spatial distributions that differ from non-emission line galaxies. The ELG's tend to avoid rich clusters and may sometimes reside within voids. This paper describes work in progress on a redshift survey aimed both at determining the angular extent of the structures detected in deep pencil beam survey and at studying the characteristics of galaxies with respect to the rest of the sample.

  6. Energy transport in weakly nonlinear wave systems with narrow frequency band excitation.

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    Kartashova, Elena

    2012-10-01

    A novel discrete model (D model) is presented describing nonlinear wave interactions in systems with small and moderate nonlinearity under narrow frequency band excitation. It integrates in a single theoretical frame two mechanisms of energy transport between modes, namely, intermittency and energy cascade, and gives the conditions under which each regime will take place. Conditions for the formation of a cascade, cascade direction, conditions for cascade termination, etc., are given and depend strongly on the choice of excitation parameters. The energy spectra of a cascade may be computed, yielding discrete and continuous energy spectra. The model does not require statistical assumptions, as all effects are derived from the interaction of distinct modes. In the example given-surface water waves with dispersion function ω(2)=gk and small nonlinearity-the D model predicts asymmetrical growth of side-bands for Benjamin-Feir instability, while the transition from discrete to continuous energy spectrum, excitation parameters properly chosen, yields the saturated Phillips' power spectrum ~g(2)ω(-5). The D model can be applied to the experimental and theoretical study of numerous wave systems appearing in hydrodynamics, nonlinear optics, electrodynamics, plasma, convection theory, etc. PMID:23214551

  7. Very Narrow Band Model Calculations of Atmospheric Fluxes and Cooling Rates.

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    Bernstein, L. S.; Berk, A.; Acharya, P. K.; Robertson, D. C.; Anderson, G. P.; Chetwynd, J. H.; Kimball, L. M.

    1996-10-01

    A new very narrow band model (VNBM) approach has been developed and incorporated into the MODTRAN atmospheric transmittance-radiance code. The VNBM includes a computational spectral resolution of 1 cm1, a single-line Voigt equivalent width formalism that is based on the Rodgers-Williams approximation and accounts for the finite spectral width of the interval, explicit consideration of line tails, a statistical line overlap correction, a new sublayer integration approach that treats the effect of the sublayer temperature gradient on the path radiance, and the Curtis-Godson (CG) approximation for inhomogeneous paths. A modified procedure for determining the line density parameter 1/d is introduced, which reduces its magnitude. This results in a partial correction of the VNBM tendency to overestimate the interval equivalent widths. The standard two parameter CG approximation is used for H2O and CO2, while the Goody three parameter CG approximation is used for O3. Atmospheric flux and cooling rate predictions using a research version of MODTRAN, MODR, are presented for H2O (with and without the continuum), CO2, and O3 for several model atmospheres. The effect of doubling the CO2 concentration is also considered. These calculations are compared to line-by-line (LBL) model calculations using the AER, GLA, GFDL, and GISS codes. The MODR predictions fall within the spread of the LBL results. The effects of decreasing the band model spectral resolution are illustrated using CO2 cooling rate and flux calculations.

  8. Narrow- and broad-band satellite measurements of shortwave radiation - Conversion simulations with a general circulation model

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    Cess, Robert D.; Potter, Gerald L.

    1986-01-01

    The Oregon State University/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory general circulation model has been employed as a vehicle for suggesting and exploring various means of converting narrow-band measurements of reflected solar radiation from the earth-atmosphere system to broad-band quantities. For purely illustrative purposes within the model's solar radiation routine, a narrow-band filter function consisting of a square-wave window extending from 0.5 to 0.9 microns is adopted. A limitation of the model, for this sort of endeavor, is that it does not include the wavelength dependence of surface albedos. Nevertheless, the model simulations tend to mimic the calibration of a narrow-band instrument, utilizing reflected solar radiation from the earth-atmosphere system as simultaneously measured by a collocated broad-band instrument; for the model, however, this is done in terms of fluxes, in contrast to instrument-measured radiances. The model results suggest that it might be preferable to perform narrow- to broad-band conversions in terms of planetary albedo (or an equivalent quantity), rather than in terms of reflected fluxes or radiances. Further improvement is achieved if, for instruments that can differentiate between clear and overcast conditions, separate clear and overcast calibrations are performed.

  9. New Design of Integrated 2D Photonic Crystal Narrow Band Filters Using the FDTD-2D Method

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    Badaoui, Hadjira Abri; Abri, Mehadji

    2014-11-01

    In this paper, integrated 2D photonic crystal narrow band filter design is achieved based on transmission spectra shift. The presented effective technique for the design of narrow band resonant filters obtained by one-missing-row and by choosing proper radii of air holes of the waveguide is proposed. The 2D photonic crystals are designed by utilizing cascaded waveguides with different radii of air holes. The results are presented for normal incident wave with TE polarizations with a narrow spectral bandwidth centered at ? = 1.55 ?m. We also discuss the filtering process and its necessary modifications to achieve efficient filtering. A final synthesized filter topology is presented and a band from 1.53 ?m to 1.57 ?m around 1.55 ?m is transmitted with a maximum transmission of about 77% with better performances is achieved.

  10. Porcine skin as a model system for studies of adverse effects of narrow-band UVB pulses on human skin.

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    Brozyna, Anna; Wasilewska, Katarzyna; Wesierska, Katarzyna; Chwirot, Barbara W

    2009-01-01

    Ultraviolet (UV) radiation has been widely used in medicine, and in recent years there has been a growing interest in narrow-band UVB therapies, especially those employing pulses of the 308-nm line of XeCl excimer lasers. Comparative studies in several skin pathologies showed that narrow-band UVB was more effective than classical broad-band UVB radiation. Simultaneously, UVB is carcinogenic and there is a need for data to establish the risk associated with phototherapies involving irradiations of human skin with different doses of narrow- and broad-band UVA and/or UVB radiation. Relevant data are sparse predominantly due to a lack of suitable model systems for study of this phenomenon. Our comparative study of human and porcine skin responses to pulses of narrow-band UVB radiation demonstrated that for doses ranging from 5 to 10,000 mJ/cm(2) both skin types have similar susceptibility to UVB-induced breaking of nuclear DNA, indicating that pig skin might serve as good model for studies of sensitivity of human skin to UVB radiation. PMID:19557606

  11. Narrow band quantitative and multivariate electroencephalogram analysis of peri-adolescent period

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    2012-01-01

    Background The peri-adolescent period is a crucial developmental moment of transition from childhood to emergent adulthood. The present report analyses the differences in Power Spectrum (PS) of the Electroencephalogram (EEG) between late childhood (24 children between 8 and 13 years old) and young adulthood (24 young adults between 18 and 23 years old). Results The narrow band analysis of the Electroencephalogram was computed in the frequency range of 0–20 Hz. The analysis of mean and variance suggested that six frequency ranges presented a different rate of maturation at these ages, namely: low delta, delta-theta, low alpha, high alpha, low beta and high beta. For most of these bands the maturation seems to occur later in anterior sites than posterior sites. Correlational analysis showed a lower pattern of correlation between different frequencies in children than in young adults, suggesting a certain asynchrony in the maturation of different rhythms. The topographical analysis revealed similar topographies of the different rhythms in children and young adults. Principal Component Analysis (PCA) demonstrated the same internal structure for the Electroencephalogram of both age groups. Principal Component Analysis allowed to separate four subcomponents in the alpha range. All these subcomponents peaked at a lower frequency in children than in young adults. Conclusions The present approaches complement and solve some of the incertitudes when the classical brain broad rhythm analysis is applied. Children have a higher absolute power than young adults for frequency ranges between 0-20 Hz, the correlation of Power Spectrum (PS) with age and the variance age comparison showed that there are six ranges of frequencies that can distinguish the level of EEG maturation in children and adults. The establishment of maturational order of different frequencies and its possible maturational interdependence would require a complete series including all the different ages. PMID:22920159

  12. A streaming narrow-band algorithm: interactive computation and visualization of level sets.

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    Lefohn, Aaron E; Kniss, Joe M; Hansen, Charles D; Whitaker, Ross T

    2004-01-01

    Deformable isosurfaces, implemented with level-set methods, have demonstrated a great potential in visualization and computer graphics for applications such as segmentation, surface processing, and physically-based modeling. Their usefulness has been limited, however, by their high computational cost and reliance on significant parameter tuning. This paper presents a solution to these challenges by describing graphics processor (GPU) based algorithms for solving and visualizing level-set solutions at interactive rates. The proposed solution is based on a new, streaming implementation of the narrow-band algorithm. The new algorithm packs the level-set isosurface data into 2D texture memory via a multidimensional virtual memory system. As the level set moves, this texture-based representation is dynamically updated via a novel GPU-to-CPU message passing scheme. By integrating the level-set solver with a real-time volume renderer, a user can visualize and intuitively steer the level-set surface as it evolves. We demonstrate the capabilities of this technology for interactive volume segmentation and visualization. PMID:18579970

  13. Directional loudness of narrow-band noises in an anechoic sound field

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    Sivonen, Ville P.; Ellermeier, Wolfgang

    2001-05-01

    In order to investigate the effect of sound incidence angle on loudness across a larger set of parameters than have been used in most previous studies, a listening experiment was carried out using a loudspeaker setup in an anechoic chamber. Eight subjects, whose absolute hearing thresholds and head-related transfer functions (HRTFs) were measured, participated in a total of 22 sessions each. On each trial their task was to judge which of two narrow-band noises sounded louder. These judgments were used in an adaptive procedure to find loudness matches between a frontal reference location and seven other sources, positioned both in the horizontal and median planes. Sound incidence angle, center frequency, and overall SPL were varied in the procedure. The results show that loudness is not constant over sound incidence angles, with matches varying over a range of 10 dB, and showing considerable frequency dependency. The pattern of results also varies substantially between subjects, but can be accounted for by interindividual variations in the listeners' HRTFs. [Work Kjr Sound & Vibration Measurement A/S.

  14. Hearing thresholds of a harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) for narrow-band sweeps.

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    Kastelein, Ronald A; Schop, Jessica; Hoek, Lean; Covi, Jennifer

    2015-10-01

    The hearing sensitivity of a 2-yr-old male harbor porpoise was measured using a standard psycho-acoustic technique under low ambient noise conditions. Auditory sensitivity was measured for narrow-band 1?s sweeps (center frequencies: 0.125-150?kHz). The audiogram was U-shaped; range of best hearing (within 10?dB of maximum sensitivity) was from 13 to ?140?kHz. Maximum sensitivity (threshold: ?39?dB re 1??Pa) occurred at 125?kHz at the peak frequency of echolocation pulses produced by harbor porpoises. Reduced sensitivity occurred at 32 and 63?kHz. Sensitivity fell by ?10?dB per octave below 16?kHz and declined sharply above 125?kHz. Apart from this individual's ca. 10?dB higher sensitivity at 0.250?kHz, ca. 10?dB lower sensitivity at 32?kHz, and ca. 59?dB lower sensitivity at 150?kHz, his audiogram is similar to that of two harbor porpoises tested previously with a similar psycho-acoustic technique. PMID:26520333

  15. High-repetition-rate, narrow-band dye lasers with water as a solvent for dyes

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    Ray, Alok K.; Sinha, Sucharita; Kundu, Soumitra; Kumar, Sasi; Nair, Sivagiriyal Karunakaran Sreenivasan; Pal, Tamal; Dasgupta, Kamalesh

    2002-03-01

    The performance of a copper vapor laser-pumped narrow-band dye laser in oscillator-amplifier configuration with water-based binary mixture solvents is described. Although oscillator efficiency in water-surfactant (sodium lauryl sulfate) solvent was comparable with that that employed pure ethanolic solvent, amplifier efficiency was found to be lower. Experiments that were carried out with vertically polarized pump beams and either horizontally or vertically polarized signal beams show that, in case of both the pump and signal having orthogonal polarization (horizontal) and same polarization (vertical), the extraction efficiency for both ethanolic and water-micelle media increased substantially from 15.7% to 18.5% and from 10% to 12.5%, respectively. However, the relative difference remained nearly the same, indicating that a slower orientational diffusion of excited dye molecules in a micellar medium is not responsible for a decrease in amplifier efficiency. Amplifier efficiency comparable with that containing ethanolic dye solutions could be obtained with a binary solvent that comprises a mixture of water and about 30% n-propanol. The performances of two efficient dyes, Rhodamine-6G and Kiton Red S, using water-based solvents were studied.

  16. Polyp Detection, Characterization, and Management Using Narrow-Band Imaging with/without Magnification

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    Utsumi, Takahiro; Iwatate, Mineo; Sano, Wataru; Sunakawa, Hironori; Hattori, Santa; Hasuike, Noriaki; Sano, Yasushi

    2015-01-01

    Narrow-band imaging (NBI) is a new imaging technology that was developed in 2006 and has since spread worldwide. Because of its convenience, NBI has been replacing the role of chromoendoscopy. Here we review the efficacy of NBI with/without magnification for detection, characterization, and management of colorectal polyps, and future perspectives for the technology, including education. Recent studies have shown that the next-generation NBI system can detect significantly more colonic polyps than white light imaging, suggesting that NBI may become the modality of choice from the beginning of screening. The capillary pattern revealed by NBI, and the NBI International Colorectal Endoscopic classification are helpful for prediction of histology and for estimating the depth of invasion of colorectal cancer. However, NBI with magnifying colonoscopy is not superior to magnifying chromoendoscopy for estimation of invasion depth. Currently, therefore, chromoendoscopy should also be performed additionally if deep submucosal invasive cancer is suspected. If endoscopists become able to accurately estimate colorectal polyp pathology using NBI, this will allow adenomatous polyps to be resected and discarded; thus, reducing both the risk of polypectomy and costs. In order to achieve this goal, a suitable system for education and training in in vivo diagnostics will be necessary. PMID:26668794

  17. Speaker identification by difference sum and correlation coefficients of narrow-band spectrum

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    Yang, Byunggon; Kang, Sunmee

    2003-04-01

    Some problems in speaker identification procedures were examined: transformation of acoustic parameters into auditory scales, invalid measurement values, and comparability of spectral energy values across the frequency range. To resolve those problems, the acoustic spectral energy of three Korean numbers produced by ten female students from narrow-band spectrograms at 19 proportional time points of each voiced segment were analyzed. Then, cells of the first five spectral matrices were averaged to form a matrix model for each speaker. The correlation coefficients and sum of the absolute amplitude difference in each pair of the spectral models of the ten subjects were obtained. Also, some individual matrix models were compared to those of the same subject or the other subject with a similar spectral model. Results showed that in numbers ``2'' and ``9'' subjects could not be clearly distinguished from the others but in number ``4'' it shed some possibility of setting threshold values for speaker identification if the coefficients and the sum of absolute difference were employed. Further studies would be desirable on various combinations of the range of long-term average spectra and the degree of signal pre-emphasis. [Work supported by grant No. R01-1999-000-00229-0 from the Korea Science & Engineering Foundation.

  18. DICOM extensions for narrow-band networks: compresssion of nonpixel data

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    Riesmeier, Joerg; Eichelberg, Marco; Lemoine, Didier; Punys, Jonas; Balogh, Nandor; Jensch, Peter F.

    2000-05-01

    DICOM is today's de-facto standard for exchanging medical images. Since new image acquisition devices produce more and more image and non-image data, image compression has become an important part of the standard. However, the compression of non-pixel data also stored in DICOM data sets has been disregarded up to now. In the scope of an EU research project we have examined a large amount of real-world DICOM images to test whether or not there is a potential for compressing the non-pixel attributes. As a result we have found out that it is indeed possible to reduce the size of header information in DICOM data sets significantly. However, the contribution to the overall compression ratio is very small. We conclude that compression of DICOM header information is only interesting for data sets which mainly consist of non-pixel data. Since new DICOM modalities introduce more and more of such data, the importance of this issue is likely to increase. Also many DICOM network services are based on more or less large 'textual' data structures. Especially for use with narrow-band networks extensions as proposed in this paper could be a solution to save valuable bandwidth.

  19. Narrow Angle Diversity using ACTS Ka-band Signal with Two USAT Ground Stations

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    Kalu, A.; Emrich, C.; Ventre, J.; Wilson, W.; Acosta, R.

    1998-01-01

    Two ultra small aperture terminal (USAT) ground stations, separated by 1.2 km in a narrow angle diversity configuration, received a continuous Ka-band tone sent from Cleveland Link Evaluation Terminal (LET). The signal was transmitted to the USAT ground stations via NASA's Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS) steerable beam. Received signal power at the two sites was measured and analyzed. A dedicated datalogger at each site recorded time-of-tip data from tipping bucket rain gauges, providing rain amount and instantaneous rain rate. WSR-88D data was also obtained for the collection period. Eleven events with ground-to-satellite slant-path precipitation and resultant signal attenuation were observed during the data collection period. Fade magnitude and duration were compared at the two sites and diversity gain was calculated. These results exceeded standard diversity gain model predictions by several decibels. Rain statistics from tipping bucket data and from radar data were also compared to signal attenuation. The nature of Florida's subtropical rainfall, specifically its impact on signal attenuation at the sites, was addressed.

  20. Generation of Nondegenerate Narrow-Band Photon Pairs for a Hybrid Quantum Network

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    Wang, Jian; Lv, Peng-YinJie; Cui, Jin-Ming; Liu, Bi-Heng; Tang, Jian-Shun; Huang, Yun-Feng; Li, Chuan-Feng; Guo, Guang-Can

    2015-12-01

    In a hybrid quantum network, the linking of two types of quantum nodes through photonic channels requires excellent matching of the central frequency and bandwidth between both nodes and their interfacing photons. However, preexisting photon sources cannot fulfill this requirement. Using a novel conjoined double-cavity strategy, we report the generation of nondegenerate narrow-band photon pairs by cavity-enhanced spontaneous parametric down-conversion. The central frequencies and bandwidths of the signal and idler photons are independently set to match with trapped ions and solid-state quantum memories. With this source we achieve the bandwidths and central wavelengths of 4 MHz at 935 nm and 5 MHz at 880 nm for the signal and idler photons, respectively, with a normalized spectral brightness of 4.9 photon pairs /(s MHz mW ) . Because of its ability to be independently locked to two different wavelengths, the conjoined double cavity is universally suitable for a hybrid quantum network consisting of various quantum nodes.

  1. Mosaic Narrow-band Imaging of the Massive Star Formaing Complex W3/4/5

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    Bally, John; Allen, Lori; Stringfellow, Guy; Smith, Nathan; Koenig, Xavier Paul; Megeath, Tom

    2007-08-01

    We propose a narrow-band H(alpha), [SII], and partial [OIII] survey of the massive star and cluster forming complex containing the HII regions W3, W4, and W5 using the Mosaic CCD imager on the KPNO 4m. The W3/4/5 complex is a northern-hemisphere analog of the Carina Nebula; it has produced over 80 OB stars, several giant HII regions, and thousands of low mass stars. Our main goals are: [1] Investigate star formation in a region irradiated by nearly 100 times the UV radiation of the Orion Nebula. [2] Search for irradiated jets and Herbig-Haro outflows that are signposts of on-going accretion onto their central young stars. [3] Characterize the relationship between the Spitzer-identified young stars and clusters and the massive stars, their HII regions, and ionization fronts. [4] Probe the nature of Spitzer identified cometary clouds. [5] Obtain visual photometry of Spitzer identified YSOs. [6] Study the multiplicity fraction of young stars unresolved by Spitzer. [7] Probe the relationship of exotic objects such as the externally irradiated circumstellar ring WeBo 1 and the micro-quasar LSI+61 303 to the W3/4/5 complex and search for additional unique objects. [8] Study the superbubble ionization front of this region. Our survey will produce stunning images that will serve multiple public-outreach and educational purposes.

  2. Narrow-band imaging with magnifying endoscopy for the evaluation of gastrointestinal lesions.

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    Boeriu, Alina; Boeriu, Cristian; Drasovean, Silvia; Pascarenco, Ofelia; Mocan, Simona; Stoian, Mircea; Dobru, Daniela

    2015-02-16

    Narrow band imaging (NBI) endoscopy is an optical image enhancing technology that allows a detailed inspection of vascular and mucosal patterns, providing the ability to predict histology during real-time endoscopy. By combining NBI with magnification endoscopy (NBI-ME), the accurate assessment of lesions in the gastrointestinal tract can be achieved, as well as the early detection of neoplasia by emphasizing neovascularization. Promising results of the method in the diagnosis of premalignant and malignant lesions of gastrointestinal tract have been reported in clinical studies. The usefulness of NBI-ME as an adjunct to endoscopic therapy in clinical practice, the potential to improve diagnostic accuracy, surveillance strategies and cost-saving strategies based on this method are summarized in this review. Various classification systems of mucosal and vascular patterns used to differentiate preneoplastic and neoplastic lesions have been reviewed. We concluded that the clinical applicability of NBI-ME has increased, but standardization of endoscopic criteria and classification systems, validation in randomized multicenter trials and training programs to improve the diagnostic performance are all needed before the widespread acceptance of the method in routine practice. However, published data regarding the usefulness of NBI endoscopy are relevant in order to recommend the method as a reliable tool in diagnostic and therapy, even for less experienced endoscopists. PMID:25685267

  3. Narrow-band imaging with magnifying endoscopy for the evaluation of gastrointestinal lesions

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    Boeriu, Alina; Boeriu, Cristian; Drasovean, Silvia; Pascarenco, Ofelia; Mocan, Simona; Stoian, Mircea; Dobru, Daniela

    2015-01-01

    Narrow band imaging (NBI) endoscopy is an optical image enhancing technology that allows a detailed inspection of vascular and mucosal patterns, providing the ability to predict histology during real-time endoscopy. By combining NBI with magnification endoscopy (NBI-ME), the accurate assessment of lesions in the gastrointestinal tract can be achieved, as well as the early detection of neoplasia by emphasizing neovascularization. Promising results of the method in the diagnosis of premalignant and malignant lesions of gastrointestinal tract have been reported in clinical studies. The usefulness of NBI-ME as an adjunct to endoscopic therapy in clinical practice, the potential to improve diagnostic accuracy, surveillance strategies and cost-saving strategies based on this method are summarized in this review. Various classification systems of mucosal and vascular patterns used to differentiate preneoplastic and neoplastic lesions have been reviewed. We concluded that the clinical applicability of NBI-ME has increased, but standardization of endoscopic criteria and classification systems, validation in randomized multicenter trials and training programs to improve the diagnostic performance are all needed before the widespread acceptance of the method in routine practice. However, published data regarding the usefulness of NBI endoscopy are relevant in order to recommend the method as a reliable tool in diagnostic and therapy, even for less experienced endoscopists. PMID:25685267

  4. Equine endometrial vascular pattern changes during the estrous cycle examined by Narrow Band Imaging hysteroscopy.

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    Otzen, Henning; Sieme, Harald; Oldenhof, Harriëtte; Kassens, Ana; Ertmer, Franziska; Rode, Kristina; Müller, Kristin; Klose, Kristin; Rohn, Karl; Schoon, Heinz-Adolf; Meinecke, Burkhard

    2016-03-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the uterine blood supply and endometrial vessel architecture, during the equine estrous cycle. Narrow Band Imaging (NBI) hysteroscopy was used for evaluating changes in the endometrial vasculature during the estrous cycle [six mares, d 0 (representing the day of ovulation), d 6 and 11 in four locations]. In addition, endometrial biopsy samples were used for immunodetection of markers for angiogenesis (Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A, its receptor 2, as well as angiopoietin-2 and its receptor-tyrosine-kinase Tie2) during the estrous cycle (three mares, d 0, 5 and 10; one biopsy per mare). Detailed analysis of hysteroscopic images revealed an increase in the vascular density from estrus towards diestrus. In contrast, microscopic specimens prepared from biopsies revealed no evidence for changes in the endometrial vessel number during the estrous cycle. Studies on expression of angiogenesis markers indicated that cyclic changes in the endometrial vascular density observed by NBI-hysteroscopy were not due to formation of new vessels. It is concluded that vessels are involved in blood supply of a smaller area during diestrus, facilitating better distribution of nutrients during this phase. PMID:26791330

  5. Automatic segmentation of polyps in colonoscopic narrow-band imaging data.

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    Ganz, M; Xiaoyun Yang; Slabaugh, G

    2012-08-01

    Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer worldwide. However, this disease can be prevented by detection and removal of precursor adenomatous polyps during optical colonoscopy (OC). During OC, the endoscopist looks for colon polyps. While hyperplastic polyps are benign lesions, adenomatous polyps are likely to become cancerous. Hence, it is a common practice to remove all identified polyps and send them to subsequent histological analysis. But removal of hyperplastic polyps poses unnecessary risk to patients and incurs unnecessary costs for histological analysis. In this paper, we develop the first part of a novel optical biopsy application based on narrow-band imaging (NBI). A barrier to an automatic system is that polyp classification algorithms require manual segmentations of the polyps, so we automatically segment polyps in colonoscopic NBI data. We propose an algorithm, Shape-UCM, which is an extension of the gPb-OWT-UCM algorithm, a state-of-the-art algorithm for boundary detection and segmentation. Shape-UCM solves the intrinsic scale selection problem of gPb-OWT-UCM by including prior knowledge about the shape of the polyps. Shape-UCM outperforms previous methods with a specificity of 92%, a sensitivity of 71%, and an accuracy of 88% for automatic segmentation of a test set of 87 images. PMID:22542647

  6. Enhancing the visibility of injuries with narrow-banded beams of light within the visible light spectrum.

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    Limmen, Roxane M; Ceelen, Manon; Reijnders, Udo J L; Joris Stomp, S; de Keijzer, Koos C; Das, Kees

    2013-03-01

    The use of narrow-banded visible light sources in improving the visibility of injuries has been hardly investigated, and studies examining the extent of this improvement are lacking. In this study, narrow-banded beams of light within the visible light spectrum were used to explore their ability in improving the visibility of external injuries. The beams of light were induced by four crime-lites() providing narrow-banded beams of light between 400 and 550nm. The visibility of the injuries was assessed through specific long-pass filters supplied with the set of crime-lites() . Forty-three percent of the examined injuries improved in visibility by using the narrow-banded visible light. In addition, injuries were visualized that were not visible or just barely visible to the naked eye. The improvements in visibility were particularly marked with the use of crime-lites() "violet" and "blue" covering the spectrum between 400-430 and 430-470nm. The simple noninvasive method showed a great potential contribution in injury examination. PMID:23278497

  7. 47 CFR 80.219 - Special requirements for narrow-band direct-printing (NB-DP) equipment.

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    2012-10-01

    ...-printing (NB-DP) equipment. 80.219 Section 80.219 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION... § 80.219 Special requirements for narrow-band direct-printing (NB-DP) equipment. NB-DP and data...-DP and data transmission equipment are additionally permitted to utilize any modulation, so long...

  8. 47 CFR 80.219 - Special requirements for narrow-band direct-printing (NB-DP) equipment.

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    2011-10-01

    ... reference in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. Copies of these standards can be inspected...-printing (NB-DP) equipment. 80.219 Section 80.219 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION... § 80.219 Special requirements for narrow-band direct-printing (NB-DP) equipment. NB-DP and...

  9. 47 CFR 80.219 - Special requirements for narrow-band direct-printing (NB-DP) equipment.

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    2010-10-01

    ... reference in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. Copies of these standards can be inspected...-printing (NB-DP) equipment. 80.219 Section 80.219 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION... § 80.219 Special requirements for narrow-band direct-printing (NB-DP) equipment. NB-DP and...

  10. 47 CFR 80.219 - Special requirements for narrow-band direct-printing (NB-DP) equipment.

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    2013-10-01

    ...-printing (NB-DP) equipment. 80.219 Section 80.219 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION... § 80.219 Special requirements for narrow-band direct-printing (NB-DP) equipment. NB-DP and data...-DP and data transmission equipment are additionally permitted to utilize any modulation, so long...

  11. 47 CFR 80.219 - Special requirements for narrow-band direct-printing (NB-DP) equipment.

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    2014-10-01

    ...-printing (NB-DP) equipment. 80.219 Section 80.219 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION... § 80.219 Special requirements for narrow-band direct-printing (NB-DP) equipment. NB-DP and data...-DP and data transmission equipment are additionally permitted to utilize any modulation, so long...

  12. Synchrotron Studies of Narrow Band and Low-Dimensional Materials. Final Report for July 1, 1990---December 31, 2002

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    Allen, J. W.

    2003-05-13

    This report summarizes a 12-year program of various kinds of synchrotron spectroscopies directed at the electronic structures of narrow band and low-dimensional materials that display correlated electron behaviors such as metal-insulator transitions, mixed valence, superconductivity, Kondo moment quenching, heavy Fermions, and non-Fermi liquid properties.

  13. Light-Emitting Diode-Assisted Narrow Band Imaging Video Endoscopy System in Head and Neck Cancer

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    Chang, Hsin-Jen; Wang, Wen-Hung; Chang, Yen-Liang; Jeng, Tzuan-Ren; Wu, Chun-Te; Angot, Ludovic; Lee, Chun-Hsing

    2015-01-01

    Background/Aims To validate the effectiveness of a newly developed light-emitting diode (LED)-narrow band imaging (NBI) system for detecting early malignant tumors in the oral cavity. Methods Six men (mean age, 51.5 years) with early oral mucosa lesions were screened using both the conventional white light and LED-NBI systems. Results Small elevated or ulcerative lesions were found under the white light view, and typical scattered brown spots were identified after shifting to the LED-NBI view for all six patients. Histopathological examination confirmed squamous cell carcinoma. The clinical stage was early malignant lesions (T1), and the patients underwent wide excision for primary cancer. This is the pilot study documenting the utility of a new LED-NBI system as an adjunctive technique to detect early oral cancer using the diagnostic criterion of the presence of typical scattered brown spots in six high-risk patients. Conclusions Although large-scale screening programs should be established to further verify the accuracy of this technology, its lower power consumption, lower heat emission, and higher luminous efficiency appear promising for future clinical applications. PMID:25844342

  14. Gas Distributions in Comet ISON’s Coma: Concurrent Integral-Field Spectroscopy and Narrow-band Imaging.

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    Schmidt, Carl; Johnson, Robert E.; Baumgardner, Jeffrey; Mendillo, Michael

    2014-11-01

    At a solar distance of 0.44 AU, Oort cloud comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) exhibited an outburst phase that was observed by small telescopes at the McDonald Observatory. In conjunction with narrow-band (14Å) imaging over a wide-field, an image-slicer spectrograph ( 20,000) simultaneously measured the spatial distribution of ISON’s coma over a 1.6 x 2.7 arcminute field made up of 246 individual spectra. More than fifty emission lines from C2, NH2, CO, H2O+ and Na were observed within a single Echelle order spanning 5868Å to 5930Å. Spatial reconstructions of these species reveal that ISON’s coma was quite elongated several thousand km along the axis perpendicular to its motion. The ion tail appeared distinctly broader than the neutral Na tail, providing strong evidence that Na in the coma did not originate by dissociative recombination of a sodium bearing molecular ion. Production rates increased from 1.6 ± 0.3 x 1023 to 5.8 ± 1 x 1023 Na atoms/s within 24 hours, outgassing much less than comparable comets relative to ISON’s water production. The anti-sunward Na tail was imaged >106 km from the nucleus. Its distribution indicates origins both near the nucleus and in the dust tail, with the ratio of these Na sources varying on hourly timescales due to outburst activity.

  15. Spectrophotometry: imaging with custom narrow-band filters and an automated data-reduction pipeline

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    Forde, Kieran P.; Butler, Raymond F.; Peat, David; Golden, Aaron; O'Tuairisg, Seathrun

    2005-06-01

    Abundance variations of carbon and nitrogen in globular star clusters provide astronomers with a means to determine a cluster's evolutionary past. Moreover, these clusters are so ancient (~13 billion years) and so well preserved that they provide an ideal diagnostic for the overall chemical history of the Milky Way Galaxy. Traditionally, spectroscopy is the preferred method to perform investigations into such theories. However, it is not without its drawbacks: spectroscopy can normally only be obtained star by star, and both large telescopes and a great deal of time is required to carry out research in this manner. As globular clusters are known to contain up to a million stars, studying each star individually would take too much time to return a true representative sample of the cluster stars. So, we opt instead for a spectrophotometric technique and a statistical approach to infer a cluster's composition variations. This has required the design and use of new custom narrow-band filters centered on the CH and CN molecular absorption bands or their adjacent continua. Two Galactic clusters (M71 & M92) with contrasting characteristics have been chosen for this study. In order to process this data a header-driven (i.e. automated) astronomical data-processing pipeline was developed for use with a family of CCD instruments known as the FOSCs. The advent of CCD detectors has allowed astronomers to generate large quantities of raw data on a nightly basis, but processing of this amount of data is extremely time and resource intensive. In our case the majority of our cluster data has been obtained using the BFOSC instrument on the 1.52m Cassini Telescope at Loiano, Italy. However, as there are a number of these FOSC instruments throughout the world, our pipeline can be easily adapted to suit any of them. The pipeline has been tested using various types of data ranging from brown dwarf stars to globular cluster images, with each new dataset providing us with new problems/bugs to solve and overcome. The pipeline performs various tasks such as data reduction including image de-fringing, image registration and photometry, with final products consisting of RGB colour images and colour magnitude diagrams (CMD).

  16. Development of inexpensive optical broad- and narrow-band sensors for ecosystem research

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    Mollenhauer, Hannes; Cuntz, Thomas; Bumberger, Jan

    2014-05-01

    The observation and monitoring of ecosystem processes are great challenges in environmental science, due to the dynamic and complexity of such procedures. To describe and understand biotic and abiotic processes and their interaction it is necessary to acquire multiple parameters, which are influencing the natural regime. Essential issues are: the detection of spatial heterogeneities and scale overlapping procedures in the environment. To overcome these problems an adequate monitoring system should cover a representative area as well as have a sufficient resolution in time and space. Hence, the needed quantity of sensors (depending on the observed parameters or processes) can be enormous. According to these issues, there is a high demand on low-cost sensor technologies (with adequate performances) to realize a delicate monitoring platform. In the case of vegetation processes, one key feature is to characterize photosynthetic activity of the plants in detail. Common investigation methods are based on optical measurements. Here photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) sensors and hyperspectral sensors are in major use. Photosynthetically active radiation (solar radiation from 400 to 700 nanometers) designates the spectral range that photosynthetic organisms are able to use in the process of photosynthesis. PAR sensors enable the detection of the reflected solar light of the vegetation in whole the PAR wave band. The amount of absorption indicates photosynthetic activity of the plant. Hyperspectral sensors observe specific parts of the solar light spectrum and facilitate the determination of the main pigment classes (Chlorophyll, Carotenoid and Anthocyanin). Due to absorption of pigments they producing a specific spectral signature in the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum (narrow-band peaks). If vegetation is affected by water or nutritional deficience the proportion of light-absorbing pigments is reduced which finally results in an overall reduced light absorption. The resulting spectral signature then differs from usual reflectance patterns and can be used as stress indicator. Hence, reflectances between 550-700 nm are extremely sensitive regarding changing Chlorophyll contents. Both kinds of sensors based on semiconductor technologies whereby the material input can kept on low level. This work presents the development and testing of a practical, rugged, and inexpensive PAR and hyperspectral sensor. The sensors were made from a gallium arsenide phosphide (GaAsP) photodiodes and silicon photodiodes with different interference filters. First results of recorded long term in-situ data and linear regressions (in comparison to commercial products) show extremely high performances (coefficient of determination higher than 0.99) of the PAR sensors simultaneous to the cost cutting.

  17. Advantage of transurethral resection with narrow band imaging for non-muscle invasive bladder cancer

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    KOBATAKE, KOHEI; MITA, KOJI; OHARA, SHINYA; KATO, MASAO

    2015-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to compare the benefits of transurethral resection (TUR) under narrow band imaging (NBI-TUR) and TUR under conventional white light imaging (WLI-TUR) for non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC). The study cohort consisted of 135 patients with NMIBC who were followed up for ?1 year after TUR and who received no additional post-operative treatment. In the WLI-TUR group (n=78), systematic intravesical observation under WLI was followed by a multiple site biopsy (MSB), after which lesions detected as positive findings were resected completely under WLI. In the NBI-TUR group (n=57), similar observation under WLI was followed by systematic intravesical observation under NBI. Following MSB under NBI, TUR was performed for all lesions detected as positive findings under NBI. The sensitivity, specificity, positive-predictive value, negative-predictive value (NPV) and accuracy in the NBI-TUR group were calculated using results from the cystoscopical and pathological examinations of MSB samples under WLI and NBI. The tumor recurrence rate was analyzed in the two groups. Background factors did not differ significantly between the two groups, with the exception of the observation period (31.0 vs. 15.0 months; P<0.01). The procedure under NBI exhibited significantly higher sensitivity (95.0 vs. 70.0%; P<0.01) and NPV (97.1 vs. 86.8%; P<0.01) compared with the procedure under WLI. The 1-year recurrence rate in the NBI-TUR group was significantly lower than that in the WLI-TUR group (21.1 vs. 39.7%; P=0.016). In conclusion, the present study indicated that NBI-TUR is more advantageous than conventional WLI-TUR for patients with NMIBC. PMID:26622632

  18. Assessing the temperature dependence of narrow-band Raman water vapor lidar measurements: a practical approach.

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    Whiteman, David N; Venable, Demetrius D; Walker, Monique; Cadirola, Martin; Sakai, Tetsu; Veselovskii, Igor

    2013-08-01

    Narrow-band detection of the Raman water vapor spectrum using the lidar technique introduces a concern over the temperature dependence of the Raman spectrum. Various groups have addressed this issue either by trying to minimize the temperature dependence to the point where it can be ignored or by correcting for whatever degree of temperature dependence exists. The traditional technique for performing either of these entails accurately measuring both the laser output wavelength and the water vapor spectral passband with combined uncertainty of approximately 0.01 nm. However, uncertainty in interference filter center wavelengths and laser output wavelengths can be this large or larger. These combined uncertainties translate into uncertainties in the magnitude of the temperature dependence of the Raman lidar water vapor measurement of 3% or more. We present here an alternate approach for accurately determining the temperature dependence of the Raman lidar water vapor measurement. This alternate approach entails acquiring sequential atmospheric profiles using the lidar while scanning the channel passband across portions of the Raman water vapor Q-branch. This scanning is accomplished either by tilt-tuning an interference filter or by scanning the output of a spectrometer. Through this process a peak in the transmitted intensity can be discerned in a manner that defines the spectral location of the channel passband with respect to the laser output wavelength to much higher accuracy than that achieved with standard laboratory techniques. Given the peak of the water vapor signal intensity curve, determined using the techniques described here, and an approximate knowledge of atmospheric temperature, the temperature dependence of a given Raman lidar profile can be determined with accuracy of 0.5% or better. A Mathematica notebook that demonstrates the calculations used here is available from the lead author. PMID:23913054

  19. Assessing the Temperature Dependence of Narrow-Band Raman Water Vapor Lidar Measurements: A Practical Approach

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    Whiteman, David N.; Venable, Demetrius D.; Walker, Monique; Cardirola, Martin; Sakai, Tetsu; Veselovskii, Igor

    2013-01-01

    Narrow-band detection of the Raman water vapor spectrum using the lidar technique introduces a concern over the temperature dependence of the Raman spectrum. Various groups have addressed this issue either by trying to minimize the temperature dependence to the point where it can be ignored or by correcting for whatever degree of temperature dependence exists. The traditional technique for performing either of these entails accurately measuring both the laser output wavelength and the water vapor spectral passband with combined uncertainty of approximately 0.01 nm. However, uncertainty in interference filter center wavelengths and laser output wavelengths can be this large or larger. These combined uncertainties translate into uncertainties in the magnitude of the temperature dependence of the Raman lidar water vapor measurement of 3% or more. We present here an alternate approach for accurately determining the temperature dependence of the Raman lidar water vapor measurement. This alternate approach entails acquiring sequential atmospheric profiles using the lidar while scanning the channel passband across portions of the Raman water vapor Q-branch. This scanning is accomplished either by tilt-tuning an interference filter or by scanning the output of a spectrometer. Through this process a peak in the transmitted intensity can be discerned in a manner that defines the spectral location of the channel passband with respect to the laser output wavelength to much higher accuracy than that achieved with standard laboratory techniques. Given the peak of the water vapor signal intensity curve, determined using the techniques described here, and an approximate knowledge of atmospheric temperature, the temperature dependence of a given Raman lidar profile can be determined with accuracy of 0.5% or better. A Mathematica notebook that demonstrates the calculations used here is available from the lead author.

  20. Interpreting motion and force for narrow-band intermodulation atomic force microscopy.

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    Platz, Daniel; Forchheimer, Daniel; Tholn, Erik A; Haviland, David B

    2013-01-01

    Intermodulation atomic force microscopy (ImAFM) is a mode of dynamic atomic force microscopy that probes the nonlinear tip-surface force by measurement of the mixing of multiple modes in a frequency comb. A high-quality factor cantilever resonance and a suitable drive comb will result in tip motion described by a narrow-band frequency comb. We show, by a separation of time scales, that such motion is equivalent to rapid oscillations at the cantilever resonance with a slow amplitude and phase or frequency modulation. With this time-domain perspective, we analyze single oscillation cycles in ImAFM to extract the Fourier components of the tip-surface force that are in-phase with the tip motion (F(I)) and quadrature to the motion (F(Q)). Traditionally, these force components have been considered as a function of the static-probe height only. Here we show that F(I) and F(Q) actually depend on both static-probe height and oscillation amplitude. We demonstrate on simulated data how to reconstruct the amplitude dependence of F(I) and F(Q) from a single ImAFM measurement. Furthermore, we introduce ImAFM approach measurements with which we reconstruct the full amplitude and probe-height dependence of the force components F(I) and F(Q), providing deeper insight into the tip-surface interaction. We demonstrate the capabilities of ImAFM approach measurements on a polystyrene polymer surface. PMID:23400552

  1. Detection of Mucosal Recurrent Nasopharyngeal Carcinomas After Radiotherapy With Narrow-Band Imaging Endoscopy

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    Wang, Wen-Hung; Lin, Yen-Chun; Chen, Wen-Cheng; Chen, Miao-Fen; Chen, Chih-Cheng; Lee, Kam-Fai

    2012-07-15

    Purpose: This study evaluated the feasibility of screening mucosal recurrent nasopharyngeal carcinoma with narrow-band imaging (NBI) endoscopy. Methods and Materials: One hundred and six patients were enrolled. All patients underwent conventional white-light (WL) endoscopic examination of the nasopharynx followed by NBI endoscopy. Biopsies were performed if recurrence was suspected. Results: We identified 32 suspected lesions by endoscopy in WL and/or NBI mode. Scattered brown spots (BS) were identified in 22 patients, and 4 of the 22 who had negative MRI findings were histopathologically confirmed to be neoplasias that were successfully removed via endoscopy. A comparison of the visualization in NBI closer view corresponded to histopathological findings in 22 BS, and the prevalence rates of neoplasias in tail signs, round signs, and irregularities signs were 0% (0/6), 0% (0/7), and 44.4% (4/9), respectively (p = 0.048). The sensitivity, specificity, and diagnostic capability were 37.5%, 92.9% and 0.652 for WL, 87.5%, 74.5% and 0.810 for NBI, and 87.5%, 87.8%, and 0.876 for NBI closer view, respectively. NBI closer view was effective in increasing specificity compared with NBI alone (87.8% vs. 74.5%, p < 0.05), and in increasing sensitivity and diagnostic capability compared to WL alone (87.5% vs. 37.5%, p < 0.05; 0.876 vs. 0.652, p = 0.0001). Conclusions: Although NBI in endoscopy can improve sensitivity of mucosal recurrent nasopharyngeal neoplasias, false-positive (nonneoplasia BS) results may be obtained in areas with nonspecific inflammatory changes due to postradiation effects. NBI closer view not only can offer a timely, convenient, and highly reliable assessment of mucosal recurrent nasopharyngeal carcinoma, it can also make endoscopic removal possible.

  2. Narrow-band imaging for the computer assisted diagnosis in patients with Barrett's esophagus

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    Kage, Andreas; Raithel, Martin; Zopf, Steffen; Wittenberg, Thomas; Mnzenmayer, Christian

    2009-02-01

    Cancer of the esophagus has the worst prediction of all known cancers in Germany. The early detection of suspicious changes in the esophagus allows therapies that can prevent the cancer. Barrett's esophagus is a premalignant change of the esophagus that is a strong indication for cancer. Therefore there is a big interest to detect Barrett's esophagus as early as possible. The standard examination is done with a videoscope where the physician checks the esophagus for suspicious regions. Once a suspicious region is found, the physician takes a biopsy of that region to get a histological result of it. Besides the traditional white light for the illumination there is a new technology: the so called narrow-band Imaging (NBI). This technology uses a smaller spectrum of the visible light to highlight the scene captured by the videoscope. Medical studies indicate that the use of NBI instead of white light can increase the rate of correct diagnoses of a physician. In the future, Computer-Assisted Diagnosis (CAD) which is well known in the area of mammography might be used to support the physician in the diagnosis of different lesions in the esophagus. A knowledge-based system which uses a database is a possible solution for this task. For our work we have collected NBI images containing 326 Regions of Interest (ROI) of three typical classes: epithelium, cardia mucosa and Barrett's esophagus. We then used standard texture analysis features like those proposed by Haralick, Chen, Gabor and Unser to extract features from every ROI. The performance of the classification was evaluated with a classifier using the leaving-one-out sampling. The best result that was achieved is an accuracy of 92% for all classes and an accuracy of 76% for Barrett's esophagus. These results show that the NBI technology can provide a good diagnosis support when used in a CAD system.

  3. Endocytoscopic narrow-band imaging efficiency for evaluation of inflammatory activity in ulcerative colitis

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    Maeda, Yasuharu; Ohtsuka, Kazuo; Kudo, Shin-ei; Wakamura, Kunihiko; Mori, Yuichi; Ogata, Noriyuki; Wada, Yoshiki; Misawa, Masashi; Yamauchi, Akihiro; Hayashi, Seiko; Kudo, Toyoki; Hayashi, Takemasa; Miyachi, Hideyuki; Yamamura, Fuyuhiko; Ishida, Fumio; Inoue, Haruhiro; Hamatani, Shigeharu

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To assess the efficacy of endocytoscopic narrow-band imaging (EC-NBI) for evaluating the severity of inflammation in ulcerative colitis (UC). METHODS: This retrospective study was conducted at a single tertiary care referral center. We included UC patients who underwent colonoscopy with endocytoscopy from July 2010 to December 2013. EC-NBI was performed, and the images were evaluated by assessing visibility, increased vascularization, and the increased calibers of capillaries and were classified as Obscure, Visible or Dilated. Obscure was indicative of inactive disease, while Visible and Dilated were indicative of acute inflammation. This study received Institutional Review Board approval. The primary outcome measures included the diagnostic ability of EC-NBI to distinguish between active and inactive UC on the basis of histological activity. The conventional endoscopic images were classified according to the Mayo endoscopic score. A score of 0 or 1 indicated inactive disease, whereas a score of 2 indicated active disease. RESULTS: Fifty-two patients were enrolled. There was a strong correlation between the EC-NBI findings and the histological assessment (r = 0.871, P < 0.01). The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, and accuracy of EC-NBI for diagnosing acute inflammation were 84.0%, 100%, 87.1%, 100%, and 92.3%, respectively, while those for the Mayo endoscopic score were 100%, 40.7%, 100%, 61.0%, and 69.2%, respectively. Compared with conventional endoscopy, EC-NBI was superior in diagnostic specificity, negative predictive value, and accuracy (P < 0.001, P = 0.001 and P = 0.047, respectively). CONCLUSION: The EC-NBI finding of capillaries in the rectal mucosa was strongly correlated with histological inflammation and aided in the differential diagnosis between active and inactive UC. PMID:25717245

  4. Simplified Classification of Capillary Pattern in Barrett Esophagus Using Magnifying Endoscopy With Narrow Band Imaging

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    Uno, Goichi; Ishimura, Norihisa; Tada, Yasumasa; Tamagawa, Yuji; Yuki, Takafumi; Matsushita, Takashi; Ishihara, Shunji; Amano, Yuji; Maruyama, Riruke; Kinoshita, Yoshikazu

    2015-01-01

    Abstract The classification of Barrett esophagus (BE) using magnifying endoscopy with narrow band imaging (ME-NBI) is not widely used in clinical settings because of its complexity. To establish a new simplified available classification using ME-NBI. We conducted a cross-sectional study in a single-referral center. One hundred eight consecutive patients with BE using ME-NBI and crystal violet (CV) chromoendoscopy, and histological findings were enrolled. BE areas observed by ME-NBI were classified as type I or II on the basis of capillary pattern (CP), and as closed or open type on the basis of a mucosal pit pattern using CV chromoendoscopy; then, biopsy samples were obtained. We evaluated the relation between CP and pit pattern, expression of the factors with malignant potential, percentage of microvascular density, and interobserver agreement. One hundred thirty lesions from 91 patients were analyzed. Type II CP had more open type pit pattern areas and significantly greater microvascular density than type I. The presence of dysplasia, specialized intestinal metaplasia, expressions of COX-2, CDX2, and CD34, and PCNA index were significantly higher in type II, whereas the multivariate analysis showed that type II was the best predictor for the presence of dysplasia (OR 11.14), CD34 expression (OR 3.60), and PCNA (OR 3.29). Interobserver agreement for this classification was substantial (??=?0.66). A simplified CP classification based on observation with ME-NBI is presented. Our results indicate that the classification may be useful for surveillance of BE with high malignant potential. PMID:25621687

  5. Magnifying narrow-band imaging of surface patterns for diagnosing colorectal cancer.

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    Misawa, Masashi; Kudo, Shin-Ei; Wada, Yoshiki; Nakamura, Hiroki; Toyoshima, Naoya; Hayashi, Seiko; Mori, Yuichi; Kudo, Toyoki; Hayashi, Takemasa; Wakamura, Kunihiko; Miyachi, Hideyuki; Yamamura, Fuyuhiko; Hamatani, Shigeharu

    2013-07-01

    Narrow-band imaging (NBI) of surface microvessels of colorectal lesions is useful for differentiating neoplasms from non-neoplasms and for predicting histopathological diagnosis. Furthermore, NBI of surface microstructure, or 'surface pattern', is valuable for predicting histopathology in colorectal cancer. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether surface patterns could be used to predict invasion depth in colorectal cancer, and to compare the accuracy of surface pattern diagnosis in each macroscopic type. Between January 2010 and March 2011, a series of 357 consecutive patients with 378 early colorectal cancers were observed by magnifying NBI and the surface pattern was prospectively evaluated. Surface pattern was classified into 3 types: type I, microstructure was clearly recognised with uniform arrangement and form; type II, microstructure was obscured with heterogeneous arrangement and form; and type III, microstructure was invisible. We also classified the macroscopic type into 3 categories: depressed, protruded and flat elevated. Assuming that type III was an index of massively invasive lesions in the submucosal layer (SMm), the sensitivity, specificity and accuracy were 56.9, 91.7 and 85.7%, respectively. The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of type III for the diagnosis of SMm in each macroscopic type were: depressed, 88.9, 40.0 and 63.2%, respectively; protruded: 34.8, 96.4 and 90.0%, respectively; and flat elevated, 54.2, 92.7 and 85.0%, respectively. These results suggest that the diagnostic accuracy of surface pattern was insufficient and particularly poor for depressed-type lesions. PMID:23673484

  6. Multicolor Fluorescent Semiconducting Polymer Dots with Narrow Emissions and High Brightness

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    Rong, Yu; Wu, Changfeng; Yu, Jiangbo; Zhang, Xuanjun; Ye, Fangmao; Zeigler, Maxwell; Gallina, Maria Elena; Wu, I-Che; Zhang, Yong; Chan, Yang-Hsiang; Sun, Wei; Uvdal, Kajsa; Chiu, Daniel T.

    2013-01-01

    Fluorescent semiconducting polymer dots (Pdots) have attracted great interest because of their superior characteristics as fluorescent probes, such as high fluorescence brightness, fast radiative rates, and excellent photostability. However, currently available Pdots generally exhibit broad emission spectra, which significantly limit their usefulness in many biological applications involving multiplex detections. Here, we describe the design and development of multicolor narrow emissive Pdots based on different boron-dipyrromethene (BODIPY) units. BODIPY-containing semiconducting polymers emitting at multiple wavelengths were synthesized and used as precursors for preparing the Pdots, where intra-particle energy transfer led to highly bright, narrow emissions. The emission full-width at half maximum (FWHM) of the resulting Pdots varies from 40 nm to 55 nm, which is 1.5~2 times narrower than those of conventional semiconducting polymer dots. BODIPY520 Pdots was about an order of magnitude brighter than commercial Qdot 525 under identical laser excitation conditions. Fluorescence imaging and flow cytometry experiments indicate the narrow emissions from these bright Pdots are promising for multiplexed biological detections. PMID:23282278

  7. An inexpensive S-band angle pointing technique for steering a narrow beam Ku-band antenna

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    Line, Larry; Hager, Fred; Hanson, Duke; Kral, Kevin; Moss, Robert

    1987-01-01

    A recently tested antenna pointing control system for gimbaled antennas has been developed. A modified TDRSS user transponder produces pointing error signals from the S-band forward link which in turn drive the Steering Control Electronics (SCE) to precision steer a S-/Ku-band Data and S-band Tracking (KDST) planar array. A successful test of the pointing and data handling capabilities is described and plans for further tests, incorporating additional refinements, are presented.

  8. Non-proximity resonant tunneling in multi-core photonic band gap fibers: An efficient mechanism for engineering highly-selective ultra-narrow band pass splitters.

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    Florous, Nikolaos J; Saitoh, Kunimasa; Murao, Tadashi; Koshiba, Masanori; Skorobogatiy, Maksim

    2006-05-29

    The objective of the present investigation is to demonstrate the possibility of designing compact ultra-narrow band-pass filters based on the phenomenon of non-proximity resonant tunneling in multi-core photonic band gap fibers (PBGFs). The proposed PBGF consists of three identical air-cores separated by two defected air-holes which act as highly-selective resonators. With a fine adjustment of the design parameters associated with the resonant-air-holes, phase matching at two distinct wavelengths can be achieved, thus enabling very narrow-band resonant directional coupling between the input and the two output cores. The validation of the proposed design is ensured with an accurate PBGF analysis based on finite element modal and beam propagation algorithms. Typical characteristics of the proposed device over a single polarization are: reasonable short coupling length of 2.7 mm, dual bandpass transmission response at wavelengths of 1.339 and 1.357 mum, with corresponding full width at half maximum bandwidths of 1.2 nm and 1.1 nm respectively, and a relatively high transmission of 95% at the exact resonance wavelengths. The proposed ultra-narrow band-pass filter can be employed in various applications such as all-fiber bandpass/bandstop filtering and resonant sensors. PMID:19516644

  9. AVHRR Surface Temperature and Narrow-Band Albedo Comparison with Ground Measurements for the Greenland Ice Sheet

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    Haefliger, M.; Steffen, K.; Fowler, C.

    1993-01-01

    An ice-surface temperature retrieval algorithm for the Greenland ice sheet was developed using NOAA 11 thermal radiances from channels 4 and 5. Temperature, pressure and humidity profiles, cloud observations and skin temperatures from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) camp, located at the equilibrium line altitude at 49 deg17 min W, 69 deg 34 min N, were used in the LOWTRAN 7 model. Through a statistical analysis of daily clear sky profiles, the coefficients that correct for the atmospheric effects were determined for the ETH-Camp field season (May to August). Surface temperatures retrieved by this method were then compared against the in situ observations with a maximum difference of 0.6 K. The NOAA 11 narrow-band planetary albedo values for channels 1 and 2 were calculated using pre-launch calibration coefficients. Scattering and absorption by the atmosphere were modelled with LOWTRAN 7. Then, narrow-band albedo values for the AVHRR visible and near infrared channels were compared with in situ high resolution spectral reflectance measurements. In the visible band (580-680 nm), AVHRR-derived narrow-band albedo and the in situ measurements corrected with radiative transfer model LOWTRAN 7 showed a difference of less than 2%. For the near infrared channel (725-1100 nm) the difference between the measured and modelled narrow-band albedo was 14%. These discrepancies could be either the result of inaccurate aerosol scattering modelling (lack of the in situ observation), or the result of sensor drift due to degradation.

  10. Narrow band ultraviolet B irradiations cause alteration in interleukin-31 serum level in psoriatic patients.

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    Narbutt, Joanna; Olejniczak, Irmina; Sobolewska-Sztychny, Dorota; Sysa-Jedrzejowska, Anna; Słowik-Kwiatkowska, Iwona; Hawro, Tomasz; Lesiak, Aleksandra

    2013-04-01

    Scientific communications indicate the disturbed expression of neuropeptides in the skin and serum in psoriasis vulgaris (PsV) patients. Narrow-band ultraviolet radiation (NB-UVB) is one of the systemic therapies of PsV. The aim of the study was to evaluate the influence of NB-UVB therapy on substance P (SP), calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) and interleukin-31 (IL-31) serum concentrations in PsV patients. 59 psoriatic patients with mean PASI (psoriasis area and severity index) 14.3 were treated with NB-UVB (20 exposures). The control group consisted of 50 healthy subjects, whose age and sex matched. In all patients, serum concentration of BDNF, CRF, IL-31 substance P and CGRP was analyzed by ELISA before the treatment and in psoriatic group the analysis was also done after 10 and 20 irradiations. In patients there was found a significantly higher concentration of IL-31 (215.3 vs. 748.6 ng/ml; p < 0.0001), SP (25.7 vs. 67.2 pg/ml; p < 0.01), CGRP (31.4 vs. 44.15 pg/ml; p < 0.01) and a lower concentration of CRF (0.89 vs. 0.426 ng/ml; p < 0.0001) and BDNF (16.39 vs. 14.15 ng/ml; p = 0.1216) in comparison with the controls. 20 NB-UVB exposures caused a significant decrease in IL-31 level (748.6 vs. 631.7 ng/ml; p < 0.0001). The NB-UVB therapy had no major effect on neuropeptides serum levels regardless of a number of irradiations. On the basis of our study it can be suggested that IL-31 is involved in pathogenesis of psoriasis and the NB-UVB therapy causes alterations in its level. PMID:23108364

  11. Design of narrow bandwidth ladder-type filters with sharp transition bands using mutually connected resonator elements.

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    Komatsu, Tomoya; Tanaka, Yasutomo; Hashimoto, Ken-ya; Omori, Tatsuya; Yamaguchi, Masatsune

    2009-07-01

    This paper proposes a new design technique for a ladder-type filter to reduce the passband width without sacrificing the insertion loss, out-of-band rejection, and steepness of the transition bands. First, it is shown that 2 transmission zeros can be generated by connecting an additional resonator in either series or parallel arm of the ladder filter topology. This new filter topology can be designed systematically by the derived-m transformation. Second, it is demonstrated that the narrow bandwidth, sharp transition bands, and large out-of- band rejection are simultaneously realized by applying the present technique to specifically designed ladder-type filters. Finally, this technique is applied to the design of a SAW filter fabricated on the Cu-grating/15 degrees YX-LiNbO3 structure. PMID:19574155

  12. A narrow band-pass filter type Wilkinson power divider for I-Q demodulator in microwave interferometer system

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    Wang, X.; Yoshikawa, M.; Kohagura, J.; Shima, Y.; Ikezoe, R.; Sakamoto, M.; Imai, T.; Nakashima, Y.; Ma, Z.; Sakagami, I.; Mase, A.

    2015-11-01

    I-Q (In-phase Quadrature) demodulator is one of key components in microwave interferometer system application. Normally, I-Q demodulator consists of amplifiers, mixers, 90 degree phase shifter, power divider and band-pass filters, and it is widely used in various microwave communication systems and measurement systems. In this paper, power divider and band-pass filters are newly designed as one single passive component, therefore, I-Q demodulator topology becomes simplified. The novel narrow band-pass filter type Wilkinson power divider not only provides extremely miniaturized circuit size, but also maintains the band-pass filter performance and power division function as well. One experimental circuit shows good agreement with the theoretical simulation.

  13. Photonic band-edge-induced enhancement in absorption and emission

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    Ummer, Karikkuzhi Variyath; Vijaya, Ramarao

    2015-01-01

    An enhancement in photonic band-edge-induced absorption and emission from rhodamine-B dye doped polystyrene pseudo gap photonic crystals is studied. The band-edge-induced enhancement in absorption is achieved by selecting the incident angle of the excitation beam so that the absorption spectrum of the emitter overlaps the photonic band edge. The band-edge-induced enhancement in emission, on the other hand, is possible with and without an enhancement in band-edge-induced absorption, depending on the collection angle of emission. Through a simple set of measurements with suitably chosen angles for excitation and emission, we achieve a maximum enhancement of 70% in emission intensity with band-edge-induced effects over and above the intrinsic emission in the case of self-assembled opals. This is a comprehensive effort to interpret tunable lasing in opals as well as to predict the wavelength of lasing arising as a result of band-edge-induced distributed feedback effects.

  14. Spectrally narrowed emissions from organic crystals mounted on transfer-printed parylene diffraction gratings

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    Fukaya, Yoshihide; Obama, Yuki; Hotta, Shu; Yamao, Takeshi

    2014-01-01

    We have fabricated diffraction gratings of parylene by evaporation polymerization. The parylene film was deposited onto a commercially available diffraction grating used as a template and transfer-printed onto a substrate. A well-defined periodic structure was replicated on the parylene film surface and its period was in good agreement with that of the template. For future light-emitting device application, we laminated a parylene grating with organic semiconductor crystals and investigated their emission properties under weak ultraviolet light excitation. We observed emissions parallel to the grating wave vector. Their spectra narrowed as peaks with full-widths at half-maxima less than 5 nm. We discussed these narrow emission lines considering them as the propagating light in a waveguide composed of the organic crystal and parylene grating. The present results reflect the formation of a high-quality optical cavity on a parylene film.

  15. Optimization of advanced Wiener estimation methods for Raman reconstruction from narrow-band measurements in the presence of fluorescence background.

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    Chen, Shuo; Ong, Yi Hong; Lin, Xiaoqian; Liu, Quan

    2015-07-01

    Raman spectroscopy has shown great potential in biomedical applications. However, intrinsically weak Raman signals cause slow data acquisition especially in Raman imaging. This problem can be overcome by narrow-band Raman imaging followed by spectral reconstruction. Our previous study has shown that Raman spectra free of fluorescence background can be reconstructed from narrow-band Raman measurements using traditional Wiener estimation. However, fluorescence-free Raman spectra are only available from those sophisticated Raman setups capable of fluorescence suppression. The reconstruction of Raman spectra with fluorescence background from narrow-band measurements is much more challenging due to the significant variation in fluorescence background. In this study, two advanced Wiener estimation methods, i.e. modified Wiener estimation and sequential weighted Wiener estimation, were optimized to achieve this goal. Both spontaneous Raman spectra and surface enhanced Raman spectra were evaluated. Compared with traditional Wiener estimation, two advanced methods showed significant improvement in the reconstruction of spontaneous Raman spectra. However, traditional Wiener estimation can work as effectively as the advanced methods for SERS spectra but much faster. The wise selection of these methods would enable accurate Raman reconstruction in a simple Raman setup without the function of fluorescence suppression for fast Raman imaging. PMID:26203387

  16. Optimization of advanced Wiener estimation methods for Raman reconstruction from narrow-band measurements in the presence of fluorescence background

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    Chen, Shuo; Ong, Yi Hong; Lin, Xiaoqian; Liu, Quan

    2015-01-01

    Raman spectroscopy has shown great potential in biomedical applications. However, intrinsically weak Raman signals cause slow data acquisition especially in Raman imaging. This problem can be overcome by narrow-band Raman imaging followed by spectral reconstruction. Our previous study has shown that Raman spectra free of fluorescence background can be reconstructed from narrow-band Raman measurements using traditional Wiener estimation. However, fluorescence-free Raman spectra are only available from those sophisticated Raman setups capable of fluorescence suppression. The reconstruction of Raman spectra with fluorescence background from narrow-band measurements is much more challenging due to the significant variation in fluorescence background. In this study, two advanced Wiener estimation methods, i.e. modified Wiener estimation and sequential weighted Wiener estimation, were optimized to achieve this goal. Both spontaneous Raman spectra and surface enhanced Raman spectra were evaluated. Compared with traditional Wiener estimation, two advanced methods showed significant improvement in the reconstruction of spontaneous Raman spectra. However, traditional Wiener estimation can work as effectively as the advanced methods for SERS spectra but much faster. The wise selection of these methods would enable accurate Raman reconstruction in a simple Raman setup without the function of fluorescence suppression for fast Raman imaging. PMID:26203387

  17. Deposition of semiconductor thin films with narrow band gap based on iron oxides by using laser radiation (LCVD and RPLD)

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    Caricato, A. P.; Kudryavsev, Y. V.; Luches, A.; Mulenko, S. A.

    2007-03-01

    Two laser-based methods were used for the deposition of narrow band gap semiconductor films based on iron oxides. The first one is laser chemical vapor deposition (LCVD) from iron carbonyl Fe(CO) 5 vapors using Ar + laser radiation. The width of the band gap of the films depends on the film thickness and the applied electrical field. The film thickness was varied from 10 to 18 nm and consequently the band gap width (E g) varied from 0.46 to 0.66 eV. The longer the exposure time of the Si substrate to Ar + laser radiation, the higher the content of iron oxides, the larger the width of the band gap in the deposited semiconductor materials. The second method is the reactive pulsed laser deposition (RPLD) of an iron target in low pressure oxygen atmosphere using a KrF excimer laser (?=248 nm, ? congruent to 30 ns) at the fluence of 4 J/cm2 and the repetition rate of 10 Hz. A number of pulses (3000-8500) increasing with oxygen ambient pressure (0.05-1 Pa) was used for each deposition with the aim of depositing films with almost equal thickness (~100 nm). The width of the band gap (E g) varied in the range 0.13-0.34 eV, depending on the oxygen pressure: the higher the oxygen pressure, the higher the iron oxide content in the deposited film, the larger the width of the band gap in the deposited semiconductor material. It is shown that both LCVD and RPLD methods are appropriate technologies for the deposition of narrow variable band gap semiconductor thin films.

  18. Diagnosis of gastric intraepithelial neoplasia by narrow-band imaging and confocal laser endomicroscopy

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    Wang, Shu-Fang; Yang, Yun-Sheng; Wei, Li-Xin; Lu, Zhong-Sheng; Guo, Ming-Zhou; Huang, Jin; Peng, Li-Hua; Sun, Gang; Ling-Hu, En-Qiang; Meng, Jiang-Yun

    2012-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate the diagnosis of different differentiated gastric intraepithelial neoplasia (IN) by magnification endoscopy combined with narrow-band imaging (ME-NBI) and confocal laser endomicroscopy (CLE). METHODS: Eligible patients with suspected gastric IN lesions previously diagnosed by endoscopy in secondary hospitals and scheduled for further diagnosis and treatment were recruited for this study. Excluded from the study were patients who had liver cirrhosis, impaired renal function, acute gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding, coagulopathy, esophageal varices, jaundice, and GI post-surgery. Also excluded were those who were pregnant, breastfeeding, were younger than 18 years old, or were unable to provide informed consent. All patients had all mucus and bile cleared from their stomachs. They then received upper GI endoscopy. When a mucosal lesion is found during observation with white-light imaging, the lesion is visualized using maximal magnification, employing gradual movement of the tip of the endoscope to bring the image into focus. Saved images are analyzed. Confocal images were evaluated by two endoscopists (Huang J and Li MY), who were familiar with CLE, blinded to the related information about the lesions, and asked to classify each lesion as either a low grade dysplasia (LGD) or high grade dysplasia (HGD) according to given criteria. The results were compared with the final histopathologic diagnosis. ME-NBI images were evaluated by two endoscopists (Lu ZS and Ling-Hu EQ) who were familiar with NBI, blinded to the related information about the lesions and CLE images, and were asked to classify each lesion as a LGD or HGD according to the microvascular pattern and surface pattern classification system. The results were compared with the final histopathologic diagnosis. RESULTS: The study included 32 pathology-proven low grade gastric IN and 26 pathology-proven high grade gastric IN that were detected with any of the modalities. CLE and ME-NBI enabled clear visualization of the vascular microsurface patterns and microvascular structures of the gastric mucosa. The accuracy of the CLE and the ME-NBI diagnosis was 88% (95% CI: 78%-98%) and 81% (95% CI: 69%-93%), respectively. The kappa coefficient of agreement between the histopathology and the in vivo CLE imaging was 0.755; between the histopathology and the in vivo CLE imaging was 0.615. McNemars test (binomial distribution used) indicated that the agreement was significant (P < 0.05). When patients were diagnosed by ME-NBI with CLE, the overall accuracy of the diagnosis was 86.21% (95% CI: 73%-96%), and the kappa coefficient of agreement was 0.713, according to McNemars test (P < 0.05). CONCLUSION: Higher diagnostic accuracy, sensitivity and specificity of CLE over ME-NBI indicate the feasibility of these two techniques for the efficacious diagnostic classification of gastric IN. PMID:23002348

  19. Crystal growth and characterization of the narrow-band-gap semiconductors OsPn? (Pn = P, As, Sb).

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    Bugaris, Daniel E; Malliakas, Christos D; Shoemaker, Daniel P; Do, Dat T; Chung, Duck Young; Mahanti, Subhendra D; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G

    2014-09-15

    Using metal fluxes, crystals of the binary osmium dipnictides OsPn2 (Pn = P, As, Sb) have been grown for the first time. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction confirms that these compounds crystallize in the marcasite structure type with orthorhombic space group Pnnm. The structure is a three-dimensional framework of corner- and edge-sharing OsPn6 octahedra, as well as [Pn2(4-)] anions. Raman spectroscopy shows the presence of P-P single bonds, consistent with the presence of [Pn2(-4)] anions and formally Os(4+) cations. Optical-band-gap and high-temperature electrical resistivity measurements indicate that these materials are narrow-band-gap semiconductors. The experimentally determined Seebeck coefficients reveal that nominally undoped OsP2 and OsSb2 are n-type semiconductors, whereas OsAs2 is p-type. Electronic band structure using density functional theory calculations shows that these compounds are indirect narrow-band-gap semiconductors. The bonding p orbitals associated with the Pn2 dimer are below the Fermi energy, and the corresponding antibonding states are above, consistent with a Pn-Pn single bond. Thermopower calculations using Boltzmann transport theory and constant relaxation time approximation show that these materials are potentially good thermoelectrics, in agreement with experiment. PMID:25162930

  20. Flexible metamaterial narrow-band-pass filter based on magnetic resonance coupling between ultra-thin bilayer frequency selective surfaces

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    Bai, Zhengyuan; Zhang, Qing; Ju, Yongfeng; Tao, Guiju; Jiang, Xiongwei; Kang, Ning; Liu, Chengpu; Zhang, Long

    2016-02-01

    A novel flexible metamaterial narrow-band-pass filter is designed and proved to be reliable by both numerical simulations and experimental measurements. The unit cell of the designed structure consists of circle ring resonators on top of a thin dielectric layer backed by a metallic mesh. The investigations on the distribution of the surface current and magnetic field as well as the analysis of the equivalent circuit model reveal that the magnetic resonance response between layers induced by the reverse surface current contributes to the high quality factor band-pass property. Importantly, it is a flexible design with a tunable resonance frequency by just changing the radius of the circle rings and can also be easily extended to have the multi-band-pass property. Moreover, this simplified structure with low duty cycle and ultra-thin thickness is also a symmetric design which is insensitive to the polarization and incident angles. Therefore, such a metamaterial narrow-band-pass filter is of great importance in the practical applications such as filtering and radar stealth, and especially for the conformal structure applications in the infrared and optical window area.

  1. Electronic crosstalk in Terra MODIS thermal emissive bands

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    Sun, Junqiang; Madhavan, Sriharsha; Xiong, Xiaoxiong; Wang, Menghua

    2015-09-01

    The MODerate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) is a legacy Earth remote sensing instrument in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Earth Observing System (EOS). The first MODIS instrument was launched in December 1999 on board the Terra spacecraft. MODIS has 36 bands, among which bands 20-25 and bands 27-36 are thermal emissive bands covering a wavelength range from 3.7μm to 14.2μm. It has been found that there are severe contaminations in Terra bands 27-30 (6.7 μm - 9.73 μm) due to crosstalk of signals among themselves. The crosstalk effect induces strong striping artifacts in the Earth View (EV) images and causes large long-term drifts in the EV brightness temperature (BT) in these bands. An algorithm using a linear approximation derived from on-orbit lunar observations has been developed to correct the crosstalk effect for them. It was demonstrated that the crosstalk correction can substantially reduce the striping noise in the EV images and significantly remove the long-term drifts in the EV BT in the Long Wave InfraRed (LWIR) water vapor channels (bands 27-28). In this paper, the crosstalk correction algorithm previously developed is applied to correct the crosstalk effect in the remaining LWIR bands 29 and 30. The crosstalk correction successfully reduces the striping artifact in the EV images and removes long-term drifts in the EV BT in bands 29-30 as was done similarly for bands 27-28. The crosstalk correction algorithm can thus substantially improve both the image quality and the radiometric accuracy of the Level 1B (L1B) products of the LWIR PV bands, bands 27-30. From this study it is also understood that other Terra MODIS thermal emissive bands are contaminated by the crosstalk effect and that the algorithm can be applied to these bands for crosstalk correction.

  2. Two-band emission source based on a three-barrier KrCl-XeBr excilamp

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    Avdeev, S. M.; Sosnin, . A.; Skakun, V. S.; Tarasenko, V. F.; Schitz, D. V.

    2008-09-01

    We have created and tested a coaxial excimer lamp (excilamp) with three barriers and two separate compartments representing serially connected gaps. The emission spectrum of the excilamp exhibits two narrow bands of comparable intensity peaking at 222 and 282 nm, representing the emission due to KrCl* and XeBr* molecules, respectively, at an average output radiant power of 1.2 W.

  3. Narrow-band waveguide Bragg gratings on SOI wafers with CMOS-compatible fabrication process.

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    Wang, Xu; Shi, Wei; Yun, Han; Grist, Samantha; Jaeger, Nicolas A F; Chrostowski, Lukas

    2012-07-01

    We demonstrate the design, fabrication and measurement of integrated Bragg gratings in a compact single-mode silicon-on-insulator ridge waveguide. The gratings are realized by corrugating the sidewalls of the waveguide, either on the ridge or on the slab. The coupling coefficient is varied by changing the corrugation width which allows precise control of the bandwidth and has a high fabrication tolerance. The grating devices are fabricated using a CMOS-compatible process with 193 nm deep ultraviolet lithography. Spectral measurements show bandwidths as narrow as 0.4 nm, which are promising for on-chip applications that require narrow bandwidths such as WDM channel filters. We also present the die-to-die nonuniformity for the grating devices on the wafer, and our analysis shows that the Bragg wavelength deviation is mainly caused by the wafer thickness variation. PMID:22772250

  4. New Insights on the Burstein-Moss Shift and Band Gap Narrowing in Indium-Doped Zinc Oxide Thin Films.

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    Saw, K G; Aznan, N M; Yam, F K; Ng, S S; Pung, S Y

    2015-01-01

    The Burstein-Moss shift and band gap narrowing of sputtered indium-doped zinc oxide (IZO) thin films are investigated as a function of carrier concentrations. The optical band gap shifts below the carrier concentration of 5.61 1019 cm-3 are well-described by the Burstein-Moss model. For carrier concentrations higher than 8.71 1019 cm-3 the shift decreases, indicating that band gap narrowing mechanisms are increasingly significant and are competing with the Burstein-Moss effect. The incorporation of In causes the resistivity to decrease three orders of magnitude. As the mean-free path of carriers is less than the crystallite size, the resistivity is probably affected by ionized impurities as well as defect scattering mechanisms, but not grain boundary scattering. The c lattice constant as well as film stress is observed to increase in stages with increasing carrier concentration. The asymmetric XPS Zn 2p3/2 peak in the film with the highest carrier concentration of 7.02 1020 cm-3 suggests the presence of stacking defects in the ZnO lattice. The Raman peak at 274 cm-1 is attributed to lattice defects introduced by In dopants. PMID:26517364

  5. New Insights on the Burstein-Moss Shift and Band Gap Narrowing in Indium-Doped Zinc Oxide Thin Films

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    Saw, K. G.; Aznan, N. M.; Yam, F. K.; Ng, S. S.; Pung, S. Y.

    2015-01-01

    The Burstein-Moss shift and band gap narrowing of sputtered indium-doped zinc oxide (IZO) thin films are investigated as a function of carrier concentrations. The optical band gap shifts below the carrier concentration of 5.61 × 1019 cm-3 are well-described by the Burstein-Moss model. For carrier concentrations higher than 8.71 × 1019 cm-3 the shift decreases, indicating that band gap narrowing mechanisms are increasingly significant and are competing with the Burstein-Moss effect. The incorporation of In causes the resistivity to decrease three orders of magnitude. As the mean-free path of carriers is less than the crystallite size, the resistivity is probably affected by ionized impurities as well as defect scattering mechanisms, but not grain boundary scattering. The c lattice constant as well as film stress is observed to increase in stages with increasing carrier concentration. The asymmetric XPS Zn 2p3/2 peak in the film with the highest carrier concentration of 7.02 × 1020 cm-3 suggests the presence of stacking defects in the ZnO lattice. The Raman peak at 274 cm-1 is attributed to lattice defects introduced by In dopants. PMID:26517364

  6. Broad-band transmission spectrum and K-band thermal emission of WASP-43b as observed from the ground

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    Chen, G.; van Boekel, R.; Wang, H.; Nikolov, N.; Fortney, J. J.; Seemann, U.; Wang, W.; Mancini, L.; Henning, Th.

    2014-03-01

    Aims: WASP-43b is the closest-orbiting hot Jupiter, and it has high bulk density. It causes deep eclipse depths in the system's light curve in both transit and occultation that is attributed to the cool temperature and small radius of its host star. We aim to secure a broad-band transmission spectrum and to detect its near-infrared thermal emission in order to characterize its atmosphere. Methods: We observed one transit and one occultation event simultaneously in the g', r', i', z', J, H, K bands using the GROND instrument on the MPG/ESO 2.2-m telescope, where the telescope was heavily defocused in staring mode. After modeling the light curves, we derived wavelength-dependent transit depths and flux ratios and compared them to atmospheric models. Results: From the transit event, we have independently derived WASP-43's system parameters with high precision and improved the period to be 0.81347437(13) days based on all the available timings. No significant variation in transit depths is detected, with the largest deviations coming from the i'-, H-, and K-bands. Given the observational uncertainties, the broad-band transmission spectrum can be explained by either (i) a flat featureless straight line that indicates thick clouds; (ii) synthetic spectra with absorption signatures of atomic Na/K, or molecular TiO/VO that in turn indicate cloud-free atmosphere; or (iii) a Rayleigh scattering profile that indicates high-altitude hazes. From the occultation event, we detected planetary dayside thermal emission in the K-band with a flux ratio of 0.197 0.042%, which confirms previous detections obtained in the 2.09 ?m narrow band and KS-band. The K-band brightness temperature 1878+108-116 K favors an atmosphere with poor day- to nightside heat redistribution. We also have a marginal detection in the i'-band (0.037+0.023-0.021%), corresponding to TB = 2225+139-225 K, which is either a false positive, a signature of non-blackbody radiation at this wavelength, or an indication of reflective hazes at high altitude. Based on observations collected with the Gamma Ray Burst Optical and Near-Infrared Detector (GROND) on the MPG/ESO 2.2-m telescope at La Silla Observatory, Chile. Program 088.A-9016 (PI: Chen).Photometric time series are only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (ftp://130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/563/A40

  7. SciNOvA: A Measurement of Neutrino-Nucleus Scattering in a Narrow-Band Beam

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    Paley, J.; Djurcic, Z.; Harris, D.; Tesarek, R.; Feldman, G.; Corwin, L.; Messier, M.D.; Mayer, N.; Musser, J.; Paley, J.; Tayloe, R.; /Indiana U. /Iowa State U. /Minnesota U. /South Carolina U. /Wichita State U. /William-Mary Coll.

    2010-10-15

    We propose to construct and deploy a fine-grained detector in the Fermilab NOvA 2 GeV narrow-band neutrino beam. In this beam, the detector can make unique contributions to the measurement of quasi-elastic scattering, neutral-current elastic scattering, neutral-current {pi}{sup 0} production, and enhance the NOvA measurements of electron neutrino appearance. To minimize cost and risks, the proposed detector is a copy of the SciBar detector originally built for the K2K long baseline experiment and used recently in the SciBooNE experiment.

  8. Observation of coherently enhanced tunable narrow-band terahertz transition radiation from a relativistic sub-picosecond electron bunch train

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    Piot, P.; Sun, Y. -E; Maxwell, T. J.; Ruan, J.; Lumpkin, A. H.; Rihaoui, M. M.; Thurman-Keup, R.

    2011-06-27

    We experimentally demonstrate the production of narrow-band (?f/f ~ =20% at f ~ = 0.5 THz) THz transition radiation with tunable frequency over [0.37, 0.86] THz. The radiation is produced as a train of sub-picosecond relativistic electron bunches transits at the vacuum-aluminum interface of an aluminum converter screen. In addition, we show a possible application of modulated beams to extend the dynamical range of a popular bunch length diagnostic technique based on the spectral analysis of coherent radiation.

  9. Preferential induction of endothelin-1 in a human epidermal equivalent model by narrow-band ultraviolet B light sources.

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    Noborio, Reiko; Morita, Akimichi

    2010-06-01

    Narrow-band ultraviolet B (NB-UVB; 310-315 nm) is commonly used to treat vitiligo, but the mechanisms underlying the therapeutic effect have not been understood completely. Here, we evaluated the effects of broadband UVB (BB-UVB), NB-UVB, 308 nm xenon chloride (XeCl) excimer laser, and 308 nm XeCl excimer light on the expression of endothelin-1 (ET-1) in a cultured human epidermal tissue model. Our results provide a theoretical basis for the effectiveness of UVB irradiation, including excimer light and excimer laser, in the treatment of vitiligo. PMID:20584257

  10. Study on a tunable narrow-band filter based on magnetic defects in photonic crystal in the terahertz region

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    Zhang, Hui; Xu, Xian-feng; Fan, Fei; Chang, Sheng-jiang

    2015-04-01

    A narrow-band filter with a broad tuning range is designed based on a magnetic field controlled ferrite defect in photonic crystal for a terahertz (THz) wave. The resonance defect modes of a ferrite defect in photonic crystal in the THz region are studied by using the finite difference time domain method. Detailed calculations on the shifts of the defect mode frequency and transmission properties reveal that the peak frequency of transmission spectra can continuously vary from 0.77 to 0.95 THz under the external magnetic field and the bandwidth of the filter is about 0.015 THz.

  11. Approximate first-passage and extremes of narrow-band Gaussian and non-Gaussian random vibrations

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    Naess, A.

    1990-05-01

    An approximate method for estimating the probability distribution of first-passage times and extreme values of stationary narrow-band random vibrations is presented. The advantage of the method is that explicit, closed from expressions are obtained. The method is applied to the response process of a simple linear oscillator driven by both Gaussian and non-Gaussian random excitations and, by comparison with published simulation results, good agreement is obtained. For the Duffing oscillator, the results of Markov diffusion models are compared with the present method, and the agreement is fairly good.

  12. Continuously tunable narrow-band operation of an injection-seeded ring-cavity optical parametric oscillator: spectroscopic applications.

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    Johnson, M J; Haub, J G; Orr, B J

    1995-06-01

    A pulsed beta-barium borate optical parametric oscillator is injection seeded by cw diode lasers, yielding continuously tunable narrow-band output at its idler wavelength. A notable feature of this optical parametric oscillator is that it comprises a simple passive ring cavity with no active control of path length as the seed wavelength is scanned. We demonstrate this by recording Doppler-limited photoacoustic absorption spectra of acetylene gas and Doppler-free two-photon fluorescence spectra of rubidium vapor. PMID:19859498

  13. Study of Laser-Array-Source-Generated Narrow-Band Acoustic Waves Interacting with Surface-Breaking Cracks Using Finite Element Method

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    Ni, C.; Dong, L.; Li, J.; Shen, Z.; Ni, X.; Shi, D.

    2015-06-01

    Based on the classical theory of laser ultrasound generation in the thermoelastic regime, the generation of ultrasound by the irradiation of a laser array source is simulated by the finite element method. The interaction of ultrasound with a surface-breaking crack is studied. By changing the space distribution of a simultaneously triggered laser array source, narrow-band acoustic waves can be obtained. The characteristics of the narrow-band acoustic waves in the frequency domain are analyzed. By comparing with the spectrum of wide-band reflected acoustic waves generated by a single laser source, the mechanism of the interaction of a surface-breaking crack on the reflected narrow-band acoustic waves is studied. According to the variation of a reflected narrow-band acoustic wave spectrum on cracks with different depths, the influence of the crack-depth variation on different components of the narrow-band acoustic waves is obtained. Results suggest that the narrow-band acoustic waves could also be sensitive to the variation of the crack depth so that it can provide an alternative option for crack-depth gaging using all-optical methods.

  14. Study of narrow-band dichroic plates with circular, rectangular, or Pyleguide apertures

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    Chen, J. C.

    1992-11-01

    The dichroic plate considered in this article is a metal plate perforated with arrays of apertures such that electromagnetic waves of certain frequencies pass through the plate and other frequencies are reflected. The shape of the apertures is an important contributor to the performance of the dichroic plate. An S/X dichroic plate, which passes X-band (8.4-8.45 GHz) and reflects S-band (2.0-2.32 GHz), is chosen for a case study. A comparison of the performance of dichroic plates of the same thickness and array pattern is presented for three different aperture shapes: circular, Pyleguide, and rectangular.

  15. Narrow band photocurrent response from partially phase separated a-SiNx:H thin films

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    Bommali, R. K.; Ahmad, Shahab; Sharma, Nandlal; Srivastava, P.; Vijaya Prakash, G.

    2014-09-01

    We report static and dynamic photocurrent response from sub-stoichiometric a-SiNx:H thin films. The photocurrent spectral (PCS) response is peaked in the technologically important optical energy range of 2.2 to 4.5 eV. The transient photocurrent response with prolonged exposure is attributed to reduction in number of charge carriers due to trapping of photo-generated carriers at defect sites. The narrow PCS response is attributed to dominant photo-generation of carriers in the bandtails of stoichiometric Si3N4 phase and subsequent transport through the excess Si network.

  16. Accretion disc/corona emission from a radio-loud narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxy PKS 0558-504

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    Ghosh, R.; Dewangan, G. C.; Raychaudhuri, B.

    2016-02-01

    Approximately 10-20 per cent of active galactic nuclei (AGN) are known to eject powerful jets from the innermost regions. There is very little observational evidence if the jets are powered by spinning black holes and if the accretion discs extend to the innermost regions in radio-loud AGN. Here, we study the soft X-ray excess, the hard X-ray spectrum and the optical/UV emission from the radio-loud narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxy PKS 0558-504 using Suzaku and Swift observations. The broad-band X-ray continuum of PKS 0558-504 consists of a soft X-ray excess emission below 2 keV that is well described by a blackbody (kT ˜ 0.13 keV) and high-energy emission that is well described by a thermal Comptonization (compps) model with kTe ˜ 250 keV, optical depth τ ˜ 0.05 (spherical corona) or kTe ˜ 90 keV, τ ˜ 0.5 (slab corona). The Comptonizing corona in PKS 0558-504 is likely hotter than in radio-quiet Seyferts such as IC 4329A and Swift J2127.4+5654. The observed soft X-ray excess can be modelled as blurred reflection from an ionized accretion disc or optically thick thermal Comptonization in a low-temperature plasma. Both the soft X-ray excess emission when interpreted as the blurred reflection and the optical/UV to soft X-ray emission interpreted as intrinsic disc Comptonized emission implies spinning (a > 0.6) black hole. These results suggest that disc truncation at large radii and retrograde black hole spin both are unlikely to be the necessary conditions for launching the jets.

  17. Forward-bias capacitance and current measurements for determining lifetimes and band narrowing in p-n junction solar cells

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    Neugroschel, A.; Chen, P. J.; Pao, S. C.; Lindholm, F. A.

    1978-01-01

    A new method is described and illustrated for determining the minority-carrier diffusion length and lifetime in the base region of p-n junction solar cells. The method requires only capacitance measurements at the device terminals and its accuracy is estimated to be + or - 5%. It is applied to a set of silicon p-n junction devices and the values of the diffusion lengths agree with those obtained using the current response to X-ray excitation but disagree with those obtained by the OCVD method. The reasons for the relative inaccuracy of OCVD applied to silicon devices are discussed. The capacitance method includes corrections for a two-dimensional fringing effects which occur in small area devices. For a device having highly-doped base region and surface (emitter) layer, the method can be extended to enable the determination of material properties of the degenerately doped surface layer. These material properties include the phenomenological emitter lifetime and a measure of the energy band-gap narrowing in the emitter. An alternate method for determining the energy band-gap narrowing from temperature dependence of emitter current is discussed and demonstrated.

  18. Magnetism switching and band-gap narrowing in Ni-doped PbTiO{sub 3} thin films

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    Zhou, Wenliang; Yu, Lu; Yang, Pingxiong Chu, Junhao; Deng, Hongmei

    2015-05-21

    Ions doping-driven structural phase transition accompanied by magnetism switching and band-gap narrowing effects has been observed in PbTi{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3−δ} (xPTNO, x = 0.00, 0.06, and 0.33) thin films. With the increase of x, the xPTNO thin films exhibit not only a phase transition from the pseudotetragonal structure to a centrosymmetric cubic structure but also a drastic decrease of grain size. Moreover, the as-grown Ni-doped PbTiO{sub 3} (PTO) thin films show obvious room-temperature ferromagnetism and an increased saturation magnetization with increasing the Ni content, in contrast to undoped PTO, which shows diamagnetism. A bound magnetic polaron model was proposed to understand the observed ferromagnetic behavior of PTO-derived perovskite thin films. Furthermore, the 0.33PTNO thin film presents a narrowed band-gap, much smaller than that of PTO, which is attributed to new states of both the highest occupied molecular orbital and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital in an electronic structure with the presence of Ni. These findings may open up a route to explore promising perovskite oxides as candidate materials for use in multiferroics and solar-energy devices.

  19. Magnetism switching and band-gap narrowing in Ni-doped PbTiO3 thin films

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    Zhou, Wenliang; Deng, Hongmei; Yu, Lu; Yang, Pingxiong; Chu, Junhao

    2015-05-01

    Ions doping-driven structural phase transition accompanied by magnetism switching and band-gap narrowing effects has been observed in PbTi1-xNixO3-? (xPTNO, x = 0.00, 0.06, and 0.33) thin films. With the increase of x, the xPTNO thin films exhibit not only a phase transition from the pseudotetragonal structure to a centrosymmetric cubic structure but also a drastic decrease of grain size. Moreover, the as-grown Ni-doped PbTiO3 (PTO) thin films show obvious room-temperature ferromagnetism and an increased saturation magnetization with increasing the Ni content, in contrast to undoped PTO, which shows diamagnetism. A bound magnetic polaron model was proposed to understand the observed ferromagnetic behavior of PTO-derived perovskite thin films. Furthermore, the 0.33PTNO thin film presents a narrowed band-gap, much smaller than that of PTO, which is attributed to new states of both the highest occupied molecular orbital and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital in an electronic structure with the presence of Ni. These findings may open up a route to explore promising perovskite oxides as candidate materials for use in multiferroics and solar-energy devices.

  20. Five years of Project META - An all-sky narrow-band radio search for extraterrestrial signals

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    Horowitz, Paul; Sagan, Carl

    1993-01-01

    We have conducted a five-year search of the northern sky (delta between 30 and 60 deg) for narrow-band radio signals near the 1420 MHz line of neutral hydrogen, and its second harmonic, using an 8.4 x 10 exp 6 channel Fourier spectrometer of 0.05 Hz resolution and 400 kHz instantaneous bandwidth. The observing frequency was corrected both for motions with respect to three astronomical inertial frames, and for the effect of Earth's rotation, which provides a characteristic changing Doppler signature for narrow-band signals of extraterrestrial origin. Among the 6 x 10 exp 13 spectral channels searched, we have found 37 candidate events exceeding the average detection threshold of 1.7 x 10 exp -23 W/sq m, none of which was detected upon reobservation. The strongest of these appear to be dominated by rare processor errors. However, the strongest signals that survive culling for terrestrial interference lie in or near the Galactic plane. We describe the search and candidate events, and set limits on the prevalence of supercivilizations transmitting Doppler-precompensated beacons at H I or its second harmonic. We conclude with recommendations for future searches, based upon these findings, and a description of our next-generation search system.

  1. Optimized grating as an ultra-narrow band absorber or plasmonic sensor.

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    Meng, Lijun; Zhao, Ding; Ruan, Zhichao; Li, Qiang; Yang, Yuanqing; Qiu, Min

    2014-03-01

    Lamellar gratings are investigated via temporal coupled-mode theory and numerical simulations. Total absorption can be achieved by an optimized grating with shallow grooves under normal incidence and the full width at half-maximum (FWHM) is only 0.4 nm. For certain wavelengths, the structure shows high absorption only within an ultra-narrow angle, which suggests that it can be used as a highly directional thermal emitter according to Kirchhoff's law. Besides, the resonant wavelength is sensitive to the refractive index of the environmental dielectric. The large sensitivity (1400??nm/RIU) and simultaneous small FWHM result in a huge figure-of-merit of 2300/RIU, which enables the structure to have great potential in plasmonic sensing. PMID:24690690

  2. Angle-insensitive and narrow band grating filter with a gradient-index layer.

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    Zheng, Gaige; Cong, Jiawei; Xu, Linhua; Su, Wei

    2014-10-15

    We demonstrate the design of an efficient angle-insensitive guided mode resonance filter (GMRF), with narrow bandwidth and low sideband reflection, for TE-polarized waves. The reflection properties of the multilayer structure have been studied, and the results verify that the thin film design of the gradient-index layer is important for the realization of an angle-insensitive filter. Various gradient coefficients of the thin film have distinct effects on the reflection spectrum. For an increasing incident angle, although the line-shape symmetry becomes less perfect, the positions of the resonant peak remain the same. The GMRF proposed here has many desirable attributes that lends itself to being an excellent platform, for devices such as lasers, detectors, filters, and sensors. PMID:25361122

  3. The infrared emission bands. III. Southern IRAS sources.

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    Cohen, M; Tielens, A G; Bregman, J; Witteborn, F C; Rank, D M; Allamandola, L J; Wooden, D H; de Muizon, M

    1989-06-01

    We present airborne 5-8 micrometers spectra of southern IRAS sources which reveal strong polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) emission features. The good correlation between the bands, in particular the dominant 6.2 and "7.7" micrometers features, strongly imply a common carrier, reinforcing the PAH hypothesis. However, small but detectable spectral variations exist. Planetaries have a distinctly different ratio of I(6.2)/I(7.7) than other nebulae, accompanied by a redward shift in the actual wavelength of the "7.7" micrometers peak. Further, we have detected a new feature, previously predicted from laboratory spectra of PAH molecules, at 5.2 micrometers in many of these sources. Spectra of two rare [WC 10] planetary nebular nuclei indicate a very prominent plateau of emission, linking the 6.2 and 7.7 micrometers bands. Several of our sources show definite evidence for emission structure between 14 and 23 micrometers in their IRAS Low-Resolution Spectral Atlas spectra: we attribute this structure to PAH bands. too. We have defined the "generic" spectrum of emission bands relating the mean intensities of each band to that of the strongest, near 7.7 micrometers. We have added three more planetary or protoplanetary nebulae to our correlation between 7.7 micrometers band intensity and nebular gas phase C/O ratio, namely NGC 6302, HR 4049, and the highly carbon-rich [WC 10] nucleus, CPD--56 degrees 8032. For the latter we have determined a ratio for C/O of approximately 4.8 from IUE observations. The good correlation between the intensity ratio of the "7.7" micrometers feature relative to the far-infrared dust continuum and nebular C/O also supports a carbonaceous carrier for these emission features. PMID:11542167

  4. ROSAT PSPC spectra of X-ray selected narrow emission line galaxies

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    Colmenero, E. Romero; Carrera, F. J.; Branduardi-Raymont, G.; Mittaz, J. P. D.; McHardy, I. M.; Jones, L. R.

    1996-01-01

    The Rosat Position Sensitive Proportional Counter (PSPC) spectra of a sample of 35 X-ray selected Narrow Emission Line Galaxies (NELGs) are presented. Of these 35 objects, 16 are from the Rosat International X-ray Optical Survey (RIXOS) and the remaining 19 were discovered during the optical identification of Rosat U.K. deep survey sources. A power law model with low energy absorption set at the Galactic value is found to be a good fit for all sources. The results indicate that the spectral slope of NELGs is flatter than that of active galactic nuclei.

  5. Band-gap narrowing in Mn-doped GaAs probed by room-temperature photoluminescence

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    Prucnal, S.; Gao, K.; Skorupa, I.; Rebohle, L.; Vines, L.; Schmidt, H.; Khalid, M.; Wang, Y.; Weschke, E.; Skorupa, W.; Grenzer, J.; Hübner, R.; Helm, M.; Zhou, S.

    2015-12-01

    The electronic band structure of the (Ga,Mn)As system has been one of the most intriguing problems in solid state physics over the past two decades. Determination of the band structure evolution with increasing Mn concentration is a key issue to understand the origin of ferromagnetism. Here, we present room-temperature photoluminescence and ellipsometry measurements of G a100 %-xM nxAs alloy. The upshift of the valence band is proven by the redshift of the room temperature near band-gap emission from the G a100 %-xM nxAs alloy with increasing Mn content. It is shown that even a doping by 0.02% of Mn affects the valence-band edge, and it merges with the impurity band for a Mn concentration as low as 0.6%. Both x-ray diffraction pattern and high-resolution cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy images confirmed full recrystallization of the implanted layer and GaMnAs alloy formation.

  6. Effects of laser source parameters on the generation of narrow band and directed laser ultrasound

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    Spicer, James B.; Deaton, John B., Jr.; Wagner, James W.

    1992-01-01

    Predictive and prescriptive modeling of laser arrays is performed to demonstrate the effects of the extension of array elements on laser array performance. For a repetitively pulsed laser source (the temporal laser array), efficient frequency compression is best achieved by detecting longitudinal waves off-epicenter in plates where the source size and shape directly influence the longitudinal wave shape and duration; the longitudinal array may be tailored for a given repetition frequency to yield efficient overtone energy compression into the fundamental frequency band. For phased arrays, apparent array directivity is heavily influenced by array element size.

  7. The Narrow Band AOTF Based Hyperspectral Microscopic Imaging on the Rat Skin Stratum Configuration

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    Zhang, C.; Wang, H.; Huang, J.; Gao, Q.

    2014-08-01

    A noncollinear acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) was designed with a comprehensive treatment of the properties of TeO2 as an acoustooptic (A-O) material. The results of optical testing validated that it predicted the performance of the designed AOTF. The bandwidth of the AOTF was very narrow in the visible light range. The high spectral resolution of AOTF was useful in practical applications to the hyperspectral imaging. The experimentally observed spectral pattern of the diffracted light was nearly the same as the theoretical result. The measured tuning relationship between the diffracted central optical wavelength and acoustic frequency was in accordance with the theoretical prediction. It demonstrates the accuracy of our design theory. Furthermore, by selecting the AOTF as the spectroscopic element, a hyperspectral microscopic imaging system was designed. The hyperspectral microscopic images of the rat skin tissue under the different optical center wavelength were acquired. The experimental results indicated that the imaging performance was satisfactory. The stratums of the rat skin can be clearly distinguished. The inner details of the epidermis and the corium can be shown on the hyperspectral microscopic images. Some differences also can be found by the comparison of the hyperspectal images under the different optical wavelengths. The study indicated the applicability and the advantage of our system on biomedicine area.

  8. Use of narrow-band spectra to estimate the fraction of absorbed photosynthetically active radiation

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    Hall, Forrest G.; Huemmrich, Karl F.; Goward, Samuel N.

    1990-01-01

    A novel approach is proposed for using high-spectral resolution imagers to estimate the fraction of photosynthetically active radiation adsorbed, f(apar), by vegetated land surfaces. In comparison to approaches using broad-band vegetation indices, the proposed method appears to be relatively insensitive to the reflectance of nonphotosynthetically active material beneath the canopy, such as leaf litter or soil. The method is based on a relationship between the second derivative of the reflectance vs wavelength function for terrestrial vegetation and f(apar). The relationship can be defined by the second derivatives in either of two windows, one in the visible region centered at 0.69 micron, another in the near-infrared region centered at 0.74 micron.

  9. Metalorganic chemical vapor phase epitaxy of narrow-band distributed Bragg reflectors realized by GaN:Ge modulation doping

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    Berger, Christoph; Lesnik, Andreas; Zettler, Thomas; Schmidt, Gordon; Veit, Peter; Dadgar, Armin; Bläsing, Jürgen; Christen, Jürgen; Strittmatter, André

    2016-04-01

    We report on metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) of distributed Bragg reflectors (DBR) applying a periodic modulation of the GaN doping concentration only. The doping modulation changes the refractive index of GaN via the Burstein-Moss-effect. MOVPE growth of highly doped GaN:Ge and modulation of the dopant concentration by at least two orders of magnitude within few nanometers is required to achieve a refractive index contrast of 2-3%. Such modulation characteristic is achieved despite the presence of Ge memory effects and incorporation delay. We realized DBRs with up to 100 layer pairs by combining GaN:Ge with a nominal doping concentration of 1.6×1020 cm-3 as low-refractive index material with unintentionally doped GaN as high-refractive index layer. Scanning transmission electron microscope images reveal DBR structures with abrupt interfaces and homogenous layer thicknesses in lateral and vertical direction. Reflectance measurements of DBRs designed for the blue and near UV-spectral region show a narrow stopband with a maximum reflectivity of 85% at 418 nm and even 95% at 370 nm. InGaN/GaN multi-quantum well structures grown on top of such DBRs exhibit narrow emission spectra with linewidths below 3 nm and significantly increased emission intensity.

  10. Spectral characterisation of tuneable narrow-band diode lasers for Rb atomic spectroscopy and precision instruments

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    Slavov, Dimitar; Affolderbach, C.; Mileti, Gaetano

    2005-04-01

    We have characterized teh spectral properties and wavelength tuning behaviour of different types of diode lasers in order to evaluate their potential for applications in atomic spectroscopy and precision instruments. Here we report on studies of recently developed distributed feedback (DFB) and Fabry-Perot laser diodes, emitting around 780 and 795 nm, in solitary operation as well as in an extended-cavity configuration. In solitary operation both types of laser studied show continuous tuning ranges beyond 40 GHz and single-mode emission linewidths around 6 MHz, which makes them interesting candidates for use in high-precision instruments based on atomic spectroscopy such as atomic frequency standards and atomic magnetometers.

  11. Tunable narrow band difference frequency THz wave generation in DAST via dual seed PPLN OPG.

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    Dolasinski, Brian; Powers, Peter E; Haus, Joseph W; Cooney, Adam

    2015-02-01

    We report a widely tunable narrowband terahertz (THz) source via difference frequency generation (DFG). A narrowband THz source uses the output of dual seeded periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) optical parametric generators (OPG) combined in the nonlinear crystal 4-dimthylamino-N-methyl-4-stilbazolium-tosylate (DAST). We demonstrate a seamlessly tunable THZ output that tunes from 1.5 THz to 27 THz with a minimum bandwidth of 3.1 GHz. The effects of dispersive phase matching, two-photon absorption, and polarization were examined and compared to a power emission model that consisted of the current accepted parameters of DAST. PMID:25836219

  12. Observation of soft X-ray spectra from a Seyfert 1 and a narrow emission-line galaxy

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    Singh, K. P.; Garmire, G. P.; Nousek, J.

    1985-01-01

    The 0.2-40 keV X-ray spectra of the Seyfert 1 galaxy Mrk 509 and the narrow emission-line galaxy NGC 2992 are analyzed. The results suggest the presence of a steep soft X-ray component in Mrk 509 in addition to the well-known Gamma = 1.7 component found in other active galactic nuclei in the 2-40 keV energy range. The soft X-ray component is interpreted as due to thermal emission from a hot gas, probably associated with the highly ionized gas observed to be outflowing from the galaxy. The X-ray spectrum of NGC 2992 does not show any steepening in the soft X-ray band and is consistent with a single power law (Gamma = 1.78) with very low absorbing column density of 4 x 10 to the 21st/sq cm. A model with partial covering of the nuclear X-ray source is preferred, however, to a simple model with a single power law and absorption.

  13. 500 days of Stromgren b, y and narrow-band [OIII], H ? photometric evolution of gamma-ray Nova Del 2013 (=V339 Del)

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    Munari, Ulisse; Maitan, Alessandro; Moretti, Stefano; Tomaselli, Salvatore

    2015-10-01

    We present and discuss highly accurate photometry obtained through medium Stromgren y, b bands and narrow [OIII], H? bands covering 500 days of the evolution of Nova Del 2013 since its maximum brightness. This is by far the most complete study of any nova observed in such photometric systems. The nova behavior in these photometric bands is very different from that observed with the more conventional broad bands like UBVRC IC or u?g?r?i?z? , providing unique information about extent and ionization of the ejecta, the onset of critical phases like the transition between optically thick and thin conditions, and re-ionization by the central super-soft X-ray source. The actual transmission profiles of the y, b , [OIII] and H? photometric filters have been accurately measured at different epochs and different illumination angles, to evaluate in detail their performance under exact operating conditions. The extreme smoothness of both the H? and [OIII] lightcurves argues for absence of large and abrupt discontinuities in the ejecta of Nova Del 2013. Should they exist, glitches in the lightcurves would have appeared when the ionization and/or recombination fronts overtook them. During the period of recorded very large variability (up to 100 over a single day) in the super-soft X-ray emission (from day +69 to +86 past V maximum), no glitch in excess of 1% was observed in the optical photometry, either in the continuum (Stromgren y) or in the lines ([OIII] and H? filters), or in a combination of the two (Stromgren b, Johnson B and V). Considering that the recombination time scale in the ejecta was one week at that time, this excludes global changes of the white dwarf as the source of the X-ray variability and supports instead clumpy ejecta passing through the line of sight to us as its origin.

  14. The impact of mismatch on the performance of coded narrow-band FM with limiter/discriminator detection

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    Simon, M. K.

    1983-01-01

    An examination of the impact of mismatch on the performance of convolutionally encoded/Viterbi decoded narrow-band FM with limiter/discriminator detection is presented. Attention was given to the potential gain available by the combination of this type of system in terms of hard and soft decision decoding. Soft decision decoding was demonstrated to offer only approximately 0.3 dB better performance than hard decision coding. It was also shown, through a technique involving the number of clicks occurring in each detection interval, that both soft and hard decision decoding bit error probability performance could be improved. It is concluded that the mismatch between the coding channel and the decoding metric of the Viterbi algorithm is responsible for reducing the difference between hard and soft decoding metrics.

  15. Narrow-band modulation of semiconductor lasers at millimeter wave frequencies (greater than 100 GHz) by mode-locking

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    Lau, K. Y.

    1989-06-01

    The feasibility of mode locking (ML) semiconductor lasers at 100 GHz or greater is considered theoretically. A self-consistent model of the semiconductor-laser ML process is developed and applied to the VHF case in a passive cavity partially filled with active medium. Electron-density modulation at about the intercavity mode spacing is assumed, and both the resulting optical modulation and the response of the electron density to the injection-current and optical modulation are calculated, imposing the requirement that the originally specified electron-density modulation be regenerated. It is shown that mm-wave passive ML is possible, although parasitic elements are a problem for active ML. The ML output assumes the form of a sinusoidal modulation and represents an efficient method for direct modulation of laser-diode output over a narrow band. Applications to the fiber-optic transport of high-speed phased-array-radar signals are discussed.

  16. Prediction of corridor effect from the launching of the satellite power system. [air pollutant concentration into narrow band of latitude

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    Borucki, W. J.; Whitten, R. C.; Woodward, H. T.; Capone, L. A.; Riegel, C. A.

    1982-01-01

    A diagnostic model is developed to define the parameters which control the corridor effect of contaminants deposited in a narrow latitudinal band of the earth's atmosphere by numerous launches of the STS and heavy lift launch vehicles for construction of satellite solar power systems. Identified factors included the pollution injection rate, the ambient background levels of the pollutant species, and the transport properties related to the dilution rate of the chemicals. If the chemical life of the pollutant was shorter or the same length of time as the transport time, alterations in the chemical production and loss rates were found to be parameters necessarily added to the model. A comparison with NASA Ames Research Center two-dimensional model results indicate that the corridor effect was possile with operations above 60 km in the case of H2O, H2, and NO production.

  17. Narrow Band Source of Transform-Limited Photon Pairs via Four-Wave Mixing in a Cold Atomic Ensemble

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    Srivathsan, Bharath; Gulati, Gurpreet Kaur; Chng, Brenda; Maslennikov, Gleb; Matsukevich, Dzmitry; Kurtsiefer, Christian

    2013-09-01

    We observe narrow band pairs of time-correlated photons of wavelengths 776 and 795 nm from nondegenerate four-wave mixing in a laser-cooled atomic ensemble of Rb87 using a cascade decay scheme. Coupling the photon pairs into single mode fibers, we observe an instantaneous rate of 7700 pairs per second with silicon avalanche photodetectors, and an optical bandwidth below 30 MHz. Detection events exhibit a strong correlation in time [g(2)(?=0)?5800] and a high coupling efficiency indicated by a pair-to-single ratio of 23%. The violation of the Cauchy-Schwarz inequality by a factor of 8.4106 indicates a strong nonclassical correlation between the generated fields, while a Hanbury Brown-Twiss experiment in the individual photons reveals their thermal nature. The comparison between the measured frequency bandwidth and 1/e decay time of g(2) indicates a transform-limited spectrum of the photon pairs. The narrow bandwidth and brightness of our source makes it ideal for interacting with atomic ensembles in quantum communication protocols.

  18. Determination of the neutron star mass-radii relation using narrow-band gravitational wave detector

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    Lenzi, C. H.; Malheiro, M.; Marinho, R. M.; Marranghello, G. F.; Providência, C.

    2009-03-01

    The direct detection of gravitational waves will provide valuable astrophysical information about many celestial objects. The most promising sources of gravitational waves are neutron stars and black holes. These objects emit waves in a very wide spectrum of frequencies determined by their quasi-normal modes oscillations. In this work we are concerned with the information we can extract from f and pI-modes when a candidate leaves its signature in the resonant mass detectors ALLEGRO, EXPLORER, NAUTILUS, MiniGrail and SCHENBERG. Using the empirical equations, that relate the gravitational wave frequency and damping time with the mass and radii of the source, we have calculated the radii of the stars for a given interval of masses M in the range of frequencies that include the bandwidth of all resonant mass detectors. With these values we obtain diagrams of mass-radii for different frequencies that have allowed to determine the better candidates to future detection taking in account the compactness of the source. Finally, to determine which are the models of compact stars that emit gravitational waves in the frequency band of the mass resonant detectors, we compare the mass-radii diagrams obtained by different neutron stars sequences from several relativistic hadronic equations of state (GM1, GM3, TM1, NL3) and quark matter equations of state (NJL, MTI bag model). We verify that quark stars obtained from MIT bag model with bag constant equal to 170 MeV and quark matter in color-superconductivity phase are the best candidates for mass resonant detectors.

  19. Spectrally narrowed leaky waveguide edge emission and transient electrluminescent dynamics of OLEDs

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    Zhengqing, Gan

    2010-05-16

    In summary, there are two major research works presented in this dissertation. The first research project (Chapter 4) is spectrally narrowed edge emission from Organic Light Emitting Diodes. The second project (Chapter 5) is about transient electroluminescent dynamics in OLEDs. Chapter 1 is a general introduction of OLEDs. Chapter 2 is a general introduction of organic semiconductor lasers. Chapter 3 is a description of the thermal evaporation method for OLED fabrication. The detail of the first project was presented in Chapter 4. Extremely narrowed spectrum was observed from the edge of OLED devices. A threshold thickness exists, above which the spectrum is narrow, and below which the spectrum is broad. The FWHM of spectrum depends on the material of the organic thin films, the thickness of the organic layers, and length of the OLED device. A superlinear relationship between the output intensity of the edge emission and the length of the device was observed, which is probably due to the misalignment of the device edge and the optical fiber detector. The original motivation of this research is for organic semiconductor laser that hasn't been realized due to the extremely high photon absorption in OLED devices. Although we didn't succeed in fabricating an electrically pumped organic laser diode, we made a comprehensive research in edge emission of OLEDs which provides valuable results in understanding light distribution and propagation in OLED devices. Chapter 5 focuses on the second project. A strong spike was observed at the falling edge of a pulse, and a long tail followed. The spike was due to the recombination of correlated charge pair (CCP) created by trapped carriers in guest molecules of the recombination zone. When the bias was turned off, along with the decreasing of electric field in the device, the electric field induced quenching decreases and the recombination rate of the CCP increases which result in the spike. This research project provides a profound understanding of the EL dynamics of OLED, and the theoretical model can fit and explain the experiment data quite well. For the edge emission, we focused on the spectrum and the relative intensity of the edge emission. In the future, more research can be done on the comparison of the intensity between the total edge emission and the surface emission which will give us a sense what fraction of light was trapped in the device. Micro structures can be integrated into the OLED such as DFB and DBR, the character of edge emission should be very interesting. For the transient spike, the CCP model can give a good explanation. But in the model, the effect of the electric field change is not included, because from the start point (t=0), we assume the mobility of carriers is a constant. If we consider the details of the change of the electric field, then when turning of the bias, the decrease of the electric field results in decrease of the carrier mobility and the dissociation rate. If we can add the electric field effect into the model, the whole theory will be more convincing.

  20. Methane Band and Continuum Band Imaging of Titan's Atmosphere Using Cassini ISS Narrow Angle Camera Pictures from the CURE/Cassini Imaging Project

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    Shitanishi, Jennifer; Gillam, S. D.

    2009-05-01

    The study of Titan's atmosphere, which bears resemblance to early Earth's, may help us understand more of our own. Constructing a Monte Carlo model of Titan's atmosphere is helpful to achieve this goal. Methane (MT) and continuum band (CB) images of Titan taken by the CURE/Cassini Imaging Project, using the Cassini Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) were analyzed. They were scheduled by Cassini Optical Navigation. Images were obtained at phase 53, 112, 161, and 165. They include 22 total MT1(center wavelength at 619nm), MT2(727nm), MT3(889nm), CB1(635nm), CB2(751nm), and CB3(938nm) images. They were reduced with previously written scripts using the National Optical Astronomy Observatory Image Reduction and Analysis Facility scientific analysis suite. Correction for horizontal and vertical banding and cosmic ray hits were made. The MT images were registered with corresponding CB images to ensure that subsequently measured fluxes ratios came from the same parts of the atmosphere. Preliminary DN limb-to-limb scans and loci of the haze layers will be presented. Accurate estimates of the sub-spacecraft points on each picture will be presented. Flux ratios (FMT/FCB=Q0) along the scans and total absorption coefficients along the lines of sight from the spacecraft through the pixels (and into Titan) will also be presented.

  1. Precise photometric redshifts with a narrow-band filter set: the PAU survey at the William Herschel Telescope

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    Mart, P.; Miquel, R.; Castander, F. J.; Gaztaaga, E.; Eriksen, M.; Snchez, C.

    2014-07-01

    The Physics of the Accelerating Universe (PAU) survey at the William Herschel Telescope will use a new optical camera (PAUCam) with a large set of narrow-band filters to perform a photometric galaxy survey with a quasi-spectroscopic redshift precision of ?(z)/(1 + z) 0.0035 and map the large-scale structure of the universe in three dimensions up to iAB < 22.5-23.0. In this paper, we present a detailed photo-z performance study using photometric simulations for 40 equally spaced 12.5-nm-wide (full width at half-maximum) filters with an 25 per cent overlap and spanning the wavelength range from 450 to 850 nm, together with a ugrizY broad-band filter system. We then present the migration matrix rij, containing the probability that a galaxy in a true redshift bin j is measured in a photo-z bin i, and study its effect on the determination of galaxy auto- and cross-correlations. Finally, we also study the impact on the photo-z performance of small variations of the filter set in terms of width, wavelength coverage, etc., and find a broad region where slightly modified filter sets provide similar results, with the original set being close to optimal.

  2. High-frequency response and the possibilities of frequency-tunable narrow-band terahertz amplification in resonant tunneling nanostructures

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    Kapaev, V. V. Kopaev, Yu. V.; Savinov, S. A.; Murzin, V. N.

    2013-03-15

    The characteristics of the high-frequency response of single- and double-well resonant tunneling structures in a dc electric field are investigated on the basis of the numerical solution of a time-dependent Schroedinger equation with open boundary conditions. The frequency dependence of the real part of high frequency conductivity (high-frequency response) in In{sub 0.53}Ga{sub 0.47}As/AlAs/InP structures is analyzed in detail for various values of the dc voltage V{sub dc} in the negative differential resistance (NDR) region. It is shown that double-well three-barrier structures are promising for the design of terahertz-band oscillators. The presence of two resonant states with close energies in such structures leads to a resonant (in frequency) response whose frequency is determined by the energy difference between these levels and can be controlled by varying the parameters of the structure. It is shown that, in principle, such structures admit narrow-band amplification, tuning of the amplification frequency, and a fine control of the amplification (oscillation) frequency in a wide range of terahertz frequencies by varying a dc electric voltage applied to the structure. Starting from a certain width of the central intermediate barrier in double-well structures, one can observe a collapse of resonances, where the structure behaves like a single-well system. This phenomenon imposes a lower limit on the oscillation frequency in three-barrier resonant tunneling structures.

  3. Echolocation in sympatric Peale's dolphins (Lagenorhynchus australis) and Commerson's dolphins (Cephalorhynchus commersonii) producing narrow-band high-frequency clicks.

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    Kyhn, L A; Jensen, F H; Beedholm, K; Tougaard, J; Hansen, M; Madsen, P T

    2010-06-01

    An increasing number of smaller odontocetes have recently been shown to produce stereotyped narrow-band high-frequency (NBHF) echolocation clicks. Click source parameters of NBHF clicks are very similar, and it is unclear whether the sonars of individual NBHF species are adapted to specific habitats or the presence of other NBHF species. Here, we test whether sympatric NBHF species sharing the same habitat show similar adaptations in their echolocation clicks and whether their clicks display signs of character displacement. Wide-band sound recordings were obtained with a six-element hydrophone array from wild Peale's (Lagenorhynchus australis) and Commerson's (Cephalorhynchus commersonii) dolphins off the Falkland Islands. The centroid frequency was different between Commerson's (133+/-2 kHz) and Peale's (129+/-3 kHz) dolphins. The r.m.s. bandwidth was 12+/-3 kHz for both species. The source level was higher for Peale's dolphin (185+/-6 dB re 1 muPa p.-p.) than for Commerson's (177+/-5 dB re 1 muPa p.-p.). The mean directivity indexes were 25 dB for both species. The relatively low source levels in combination with the high directivity index may be an adaptation to reduce clutter when foraging in a coastal environment. We conclude that the small species-specific shifts in distribution of centroid frequencies around 130 kHz may reflect character displacement in otherwise-stereotyped NBHF clicks. PMID:20472781

  4. A Morphological Study of Compact Narrow Emission Line Galaxies In The COSMOS Field

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    Baldassare, Vivienne; Feldman, D.; Greenbaum, A.; Hasan, I.; Mahalchick, S.; Liu, C.; COSMOS Team

    2010-01-01

    We present a morphological study of 139 spectroscopically selected compact narrow emission line galaxies (CNELGs) from the COSMOS HST Treasury Survey, using a comparison sample of field galaxies of similar magnitude obtained from the COSMOS field. The CNELGs range in magnitude from 18.13 < V < 21.95 and in redshift from 0 < z < 0.9. Preliminary results indicate that, whereas statistically the CNELGs are clearly morphologically distinct from our comparison sample, at HST resolution they are also clearly not all - or even predominantly - "compact." This work was supported by an NSF REU Site grant to The City University of New York and American Museum of Natural History; an NSF STEAM grant to the College of Staten Island; the NASA New York Space Grant program; Barnard College; and the CUNY Macaulay Honors College.

  5. Spectral imaging of the 3.3 and 11.3 micron emission bands in NGC 1333 - Discovery of spatially separate band emissions

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    Bregman, Jesse; Rank, David; Sandford, Scott A.; Temi, Pasquale

    1993-01-01

    Spectral images in the 3.3 and 11.3 micron IR emission band around the star SVS 3 in NGC 1333 indicate that the two bands have their origin in different locations, rendering them useless in estimates of the sizes of the molecules emitting the bands. This is in keeping with the emission bands' generation by a mixture of variously sized polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) whose smallest species have been dehydrogenated in the vicinity of SVS 3. Hot bands and overtone/combination bands may account for the 3.4-micron band, rather than molecular side-groups of the PAHs.

  6. Full-sky survey searching for ultra-narrow-band artificial CW signals: analysis of the results of Project META

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    Lemarchand, Guillermo A.

    1996-06-01

    Project META (Megachannel ExtraTerrestrial Assay), a full-sky survey for artificial narrow-band signals, has been conducted from the Harvard/Smithsonian 26 m radiotelescope at Agassiz Station and from one of the two 30 m radiotelescopes of the Instituto Argentino de Radioastronomia (IAR). The search was performed near the 1420 MHz line of neutral hydrogen, and its second harmonic, using two 8.4 X 10(superscript 6) channel Fourier spectrometers of 0.05 Hz resolution and 400 kHz of instantaneous bandwidth. The observing frequency was corrected both for motions with respect to three astronomical inertial frames, and for the effect of Earth's rotation, which provides a characteristic changing signature for narrow-band signals of extraterrestrial origin. Among the 6 X 10(superscript 13) spectral channels searched in the northern hemisphere, Horowitz and Sagan reported 37 candidates events exceeding the average threshold of 1.7 X 10(superscript -23) W m(superscript -2), while in the southern hemisphere among 2 X 10(superscript 13) spectral channels analyzed we found 19 events exceeding the same threshold. The strongest signals that survive culling for terrestrial interference lie in or near the Galactic Plane. The first high resolution southern target search around 71 stars (-90 degrees narrow-band non-repeating 'events' found by Project META can be generated by (a) radiometer noise fluctuations, (b) a population of constant galactic sources which undergo deep fading and amplification due to interstellar scintillation, consistent with ETI transmissions and (c) real, transient signals of either terrestrial or extraterrestrial origin. The Bayesian test shows that hypothesis (b) and (c) are both highly preferred to (a), but the first two are about equally likely. Using this analysis we discuss the best observing strategies to determine the real origin of these 'events'.

  7. Compact, narrow-linewidth, tunable ultraviolet laser source for detecting Hg emissions

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    Hoops, Alexandra A.; Farrow, Roger L.; Schulz, Paul; Reichardt, Thomas A.; Bambha, Ray P.; Schmitt, Randal L.; Kliner, Dahv A. V.

    2008-02-01

    Recent EPA regulations targeting mercury (Hg) emissions from utility coal boilers have prompted increased activity in the development of reliable chemical sensors for monitoring Hg emissions with high sensitivity, high specificity, and fast time response. We are developing a portable, laser-based instrument for real-time, stand-off detection of Hg emissions that involves exciting the Hg (6 3P I <--6 1S 0) transition at 253.7 nm and detecting the resulting resonant emission from Hg (6 3P I). The laser for this approach must be tunable over the Hg absorption line at 253.7 nm, while system performance modeling has indicated a desired output pulse energy >=0.1 ?J and linewidth <=5 GHz (full width at half-maximum, FWHM). In addition, the laser must have the requisite physical characteristics for use in coal-fired power plants. To meet these criteria, we are pursing a multistage frequency-conversion scheme involving an optical parametric amplifier (OPA). The OPA is pumped by the frequency-doubled output of a passively Q-switched, monolithic Nd:YAG micro-laser operating at 10-Hz repetition rate and is seeded by a 761-nm, cw distributed-feedback diode laser. The resultant pulse-amplified seed beam is frequency tripled in two nonlinear frequency-conversion steps to generate 253.7-nm light. The laser system is mounted on a 45.7 cm 30.5 cm breadboard and can be further condensed using custom optical mounts. Based on simulations of the nonlinear frequency-conversion processes and current results, we expect this laser architecture to exceed the desired pulse energy. Moreover, this approach provides a compact, all-solid- state source of tunable, narrow-linewidth visible and ultraviolet radiation, which is required for many chemical sensing applications.

  8. Narrow Band Ultraviolet B Treatment for Human Vitiligo Is Associated with Proliferation, Migration, and Differentiation of Melanocyte Precursors.

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    Goldstein, Nathaniel B; Koster, Maranke I; Hoaglin, Laura G; Spoelstra, Nicole S; Kechris, Katerina J; Robinson, Steven E; Robinson, William A; Roop, Dennis R; Norris, David A; Birlea, Stanca A

    2015-08-01

    In vitiligo, the autoimmune destruction of epidermal melanocytes produces white spots that can be repigmented by melanocyte precursors from the hair follicles, following stimulation with UV light. We examined by immunofluorescence the distribution of melanocyte markers (C-KIT, DCT, PAX3, and TYR) coupled with markers of proliferation (KI-67) and migration (MCAM) in precursors and mature melanocytes from the hair follicle and the epidermis of untreated and narrow band UVB (NBUVB)-treated human vitiligo skin. NBUVB was associated with a significant increase in the number of melanocytes in the infundibulum and with restoration of the normal melanocyte population in the epidermis, which was lacking in the untreated vitiligo. We identified several precursor populations (melanocyte stem cells, melanoblasts, and other immature phenotypes), and progressively differentiating melanocytes, some with putative migratory and/or proliferative abilities. The primary melanocyte germ was present in the untreated and treated hair follicle bulge, whereas a possible secondary melanocyte germ composed of C-KIT+ melanocytes was found in the infundibulum and interfollicular epidermis of UV-treated vitiligo. This is an exceptional model for studying the mobilization of melanocyte stem cells in human skin. Improved understanding of this process is essential for designing better treatments for vitiligo, ultimately based on melanocyte stem cell activation and mobilization. PMID:25822579

  9. Data analysis of gravitational-wave signals from spinning neutron stars. V. A narrow-band all-sky search

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    Astone, Pia; Borkowski, Kazimierz M.; Jaranowski, Piotr; Pietka, Maciej; Krolak, Andrzej

    2010-07-15

    We present theory and algorithms to perform an all-sky coherent search for periodic signals of gravitational waves in narrow-band data of a detector. Our search is based on a statistic, commonly called the F-statistic, derived from the maximum-likelihood principle in Paper I of this series. We briefly review the response of a ground-based detector to the gravitational-wave signal from a rotating neuron star and the derivation of the F-statistic. We present several algorithms to calculate efficiently this statistic. In particular our algorithms are such that one can take advantage of the speed of fast Fourier transform in calculation of the F-statistic. We construct a grid in the parameter space such that the nodes of the grid coincide with the Fourier frequencies. We present interpolation methods that approximately convert the two integrals in the F-statistic into Fourier transforms so that the fast Fourier transform algorithm can be applied in their evaluation. We have implemented our methods and algorithms into computer codes and we present results of the Monte Carlo simulations performed to test these codes.

  10. Correlation between Reversal of DNA Methylation and Clinical Symptoms in Psoriatic Epidermis Following Narrow-Band UVB Phototherapy

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    Gu, Xiaolian; Nylander, Elisabet; Coates, Philip J; Fahraeus, Robin; Nylander, Karin

    2015-01-01

    Epigenetic modifications by DNA methylation are associated with a wide range of diseases. Previous studies in psoriasis have concentrated on epigenetic changes in immune cells or in total skin biopsies that include stromal-associated changes. In order to improve our understanding of the role of DNA methylation in psoriasis, we sought to obtain a comprehensive DNA methylation signature specific for the epidermal component of psoriasis and to analyze methylation changes during therapy. Genome-wide DNA methylation profiling of epidermal cells from 12 patients undergoing narrow-band UVB phototherapy and 12 corresponding healthy controls revealed a distinct DNA methylation pattern in psoriasis compared with controls. A total of 3,665 methylation variable positions (MVPs) were identified with an overall hypomethylation in psoriasis patient samples. DNA methylation pattern was reversed at the end of phototherapy in patients showing excellent clinical improvement. Only 7% of phototherapy-affected MVPs (150 out of 2,108) correlate with nearby gene expression. Enrichment of MVPs in enhancers indicates tissue-specific modulation of the transcriptional regulatory machinery in psoriasis. Our study identified key epigenetic events associated with psoriasis pathogenesis and helps understand the dynamic DNA methylation landscape in the human genome. PMID:25830654

  11. Comparison of the Efficacy of Methotrexate and Narrow-Band Ultraviolet B for the Treatment of Plaque-Type Psoriasis.

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    Solak, Berna; Dikicier, Bahar Sevimli; Yaldz, Mahizer; Erkorkmaz, Unal; Erdem, Teoman

    2016-01-01

    Although many treatment methods for psoriasis are available, it is still a challenging task for the dermatologist to choose the optimal one. To the best of our knowledge, there was only 1 small study of head-to-head comparison of the efficacy of these medications to date. In this retrospective study, we compared the clinical efficacy and recurrence rates of narrow-band ultraviolet B (NB-UVB) and methotrexate (MTX) treatments for plaque-type psoriasis. Sixty-seven patients with psoriasis who received NB-UVB (n = 35) or MTX (n = 32) treatments were included in the study. Response was assessed by Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) at baseline, 4th and 12th week. Our results revealed that both treatment modalities significantly reduced the PASI score compared with baseline (P < 0.001 and P < 0.001, respectively). Moreover, there was no significant difference between both regimens regardless of baseline PASI scores (P = 0.796 at 4th week and P = 0.606 at 12th week). Recurrence rates in both treatments were also similar at 3 months (42.9% for NB-UVB and 65.2% for MTX, P = 0.162). In conclusion, the use of NB-UVB can be considered as a preliminary treatment method rather than MTX when taking into account of the lower side effect profile even in patients with severe psoriasis. PMID:25470611

  12. Endoscopic Detection of Early Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Patients with Achalasia: Narrow-Band Imaging versus Lugol's Staining

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    Ide, Edson; Carneiro, Fred Olavo Arago Andrade; Frazo, Mariana Souza Varella; Chaves, Dalton Marques; Sallum, Rubens Antnio Aissar; de Moura, Eduardo Guimares Hourneaux; Sakai, Paulo; Cecconello, Ivan; Maluf-Filho, Fauze

    2013-01-01

    Chromoendoscopy with Lugol's staining remains the gold standard technique for detecting superficial SCC. An alternative technique, such as narrow-band imaging (NBI), for optical staining would be desirable, since NBI is a simpler technique and has no known complications. In this study, we compare NBI without magnification and chromoendoscopy with Lugol's staining for detecting high-grade dysplasia and intramucosal esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in patients with achalasia. This was a prospective observational study of 43 patients with achalasia referred to the Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Unit of the Hospital of Clinics, So Paulo, University Medical School, Brazil, from October 2006 to February 2007. Conventional examinations with white light, NBI, and Lugol staining were consecutively performed, and the suspected lesions were mapped, recorded, and sent for biopsy. The results of the three methods were compared regarding sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, positive likelihood value, and negative likelihood value. Of the 43 patients, one was diagnosed with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma, and it was detected by all of the methods. NBI technology without magnification has high sensitivity and negative predictive value for detecting superficial esophageal squamous cell carcinoma, and it has comparable results with those obtained with Lugol's staining. PMID:23935622

  13. Endoscopic Detection of Early Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Patients with Achalasia: Narrow-Band Imaging versus Lugol's Staining.

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    Ide, Edson; Carneiro, Fred Olavo Arago Andrade; Frazo, Mariana Souza Varella; Chaves, Dalton Marques; Sallum, Rubens Antnio Aissar; de Moura, Eduardo Guimares Hourneaux; Sakai, Paulo; Cecconello, Ivan; Maluf-Filho, Fauze

    2013-01-01

    Chromoendoscopy with Lugol's staining remains the gold standard technique for detecting superficial SCC. An alternative technique, such as narrow-band imaging (NBI), for "optical staining" would be desirable, since NBI is a simpler technique and has no known complications. In this study, we compare NBI without magnification and chromoendoscopy with Lugol's staining for detecting high-grade dysplasia and intramucosal esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in patients with achalasia. This was a prospective observational study of 43 patients with achalasia referred to the Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Unit of the Hospital of Clinics, So Paulo, University Medical School, Brazil, from October 2006 to February 2007. Conventional examinations with white light, NBI, and Lugol staining were consecutively performed, and the suspected lesions were mapped, recorded, and sent for biopsy. The results of the three methods were compared regarding sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, positive likelihood value, and negative likelihood value. Of the 43 patients, one was diagnosed with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma, and it was detected by all of the methods. NBI technology without magnification has high sensitivity and negative predictive value for detecting superficial esophageal squamous cell carcinoma, and it has comparable results with those obtained with Lugol's staining. PMID:23935622

  14. Toward Photochemical Water Splitting Using Band-Gap-Narrowed Semiconductors and Transition-Metal Based Molecular Catalysts

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    Muckerman,J.T.; Rodriguez, J.A.; Fujita, E.

    2009-06-07

    We are carrying out coordinated theoretical and experimental studies of toward photochemical water splitting using band-gap-narrowed semiconductors (BGNSCs) with attached multi-electron molecular water oxidation and hydrogen production catalysts. We focus on the coupling between the materials properties and the H{sub 2}O redox chemistry, with an emphasis on attaining a fundamental understanding of the individual elementary steps in the following four processes: (1) Light-harvesting and charge-separation of stable oxide or oxide-derived semiconductors for solar-driven water splitting, including the discovery and characterization of the behavior of such materials at the aqueous interface; (2) The catalysis of the four-electron water oxidation by dinuclear hydroxo transition-metal complexes with quinonoid ligands, and the rational search for improved catalysts; (3) Transfer of the design principles learned from the elucidation of the DuBois-type hydrogenase model catalysts in acetonitrile to the rational design of two-electron hydrogen production catalysts for aqueous solution; (4) Combining these three elements to examine the function of oxidation catalysts on BGNSC photoanode surfaces and hydrogen production catalysts on cathode surfaces at the aqueous interface to understand the challenges to the efficient coupling of the materials functions.

  15. Narrow-band ultraviolet B treatment boosts serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D in patients with psoriasis on oral vitamin D supplementation.

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    Ala-Houhala, Meri J; Karppinen, Toni; Vhvihu, Katja; Kautiainen, Hannu; Dombrowski, Yvonne; Snellman, Erna; Schauber, Jrgen; Reunala, Timo

    2014-03-01

    A course of treatment with narrow-band ultraviolet B (NB-UVB) improves psoriasis and increases serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D). In this study 12 patients with psoriasis who were supplemented with oral cholecalciferol, 20 g daily, were given a course of NB-UVB and their response measured. At baseline, serum 25(OH)D was 74.14??22.9 nmol/l. At the 9th exposure to NB-UVB 25(OH)D had increased by 13.2 nmol/l (95% confidence interval (95% CI) 7.2-18.4) and at the 18th exposure by 49.4 nmol/l (95% CI 35.9-64.6) above baseline. Psoriasis Area Severity Index score improved from 8.7??3.5 to 4.5??2.0 (p?

  16. The Role of Narrow Band Imaging in the Detection of Recurrent Laryngeal and Hypopharyngeal Cancer after Curative Radiotherapy

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    Zabrodsky, Michal; Plzak, Jan

    2014-01-01

    Narrow band imaging is considered a significant improvement in the possibility of detecting early mucosal lesion of the upper aerodigestive tract. Early detection of mucosal neoplastic lesions is of utmost importance for patients survival. There is evidence that, especially in patients previously treated by means of curative radiotherapy or chemoradiotherapy, the early detection rate of recurrent disease is quite low. The aim of this study was to prove whether the videoendoscopy coupled with NBI might help detect recurrent or secondary tumors of the upper aerodigestive tract. 66 patients previously treated by means of RT or CRT with curative intent were enrolled in the study. All patients underwent transnasal flexible videoendoscopy with NBI mode under local anesthesia. When a suspicious lesion was identified in an ambulatory setting, its nature was proved histologically. Many of these changes were not identifiable by means of conventional white light (WL) endoscopy. The accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive value of the method are very high (88%, 92%, 76%, 96%, and 91%, resp.). Results demonstrate that outpatient transnasal endoscopy with NBI is an excellent method for the follow-up of patients with carcinomas of the larynx and the hypopharynx primarily treated with radiotherapy. PMID:25101264

  17. Empirical determination of the energy band gap narrowing in p{sup +} silicon heavily doped with boron

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    Yan, Di Cuevas, Andres

    2014-11-21

    In the analysis of highly doped silicon, energy band gap narrowing (BGN) and degeneracy effects may be accounted for separately, as a net BGN in conjunction with Fermi-Dirac statistics, or lumped together in an apparent BGN used with Boltzmann statistics. This paper presents an experimental study of silicon highly doped with boron, with the aim of evaluating the applicability of previously reported BGN models. Different boron diffusions covering a broad range of dopant densities were prepared, and their characteristic recombination current parameters J{sub 0} were measured using a contactless photoconductance technique. The BGN was subsequently extracted by matching theoretical simulations of carrier transport and recombination in each of the boron diffused regions and the measured J{sub 0} values. An evaluation of two different minority carrier mobility models indicates that their impact on the extraction of the BGN is relatively small. After considering possible uncertainties, it can be concluded that the BGN is slightly larger in p{sup +} silicon than in n{sup +} silicon, in qualitative agreement with theoretical predictions by Schenk. Nevertheless, in quantitative terms that theoretical model is found to slightly underestimate the BGN in p{sup +} silicon. With the two different parameterizations derived in this paper for the BGN in p{sup +} silicon, both statistical approaches, Boltzmann and Fermi-Dirac, provide a good agreement with the experimental data.

  18. [Narrow band imaging for early diagnosis of epithelial dysplasias and microinvasive tumors in the upper aerodigestive tract].

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    Arens, C; Betz, C; Kraft, M; Voigt-Zimmermann, S

    2016-01-01

    The various stages of tumor growth are characterized by typical epithelial, vascular, and secondary connective tissue changes. Narrow band imaging (NBI) endoscopy is aminimally invasive imaging technique that presents vascular structures in particular at ahigher contrast than white light endoscopy alone. In combination with high-resolution image recording and reproduction (high-definition television, HDTV; ultra-high definition, 4K), progress has been made in otolaryngological differential diagnostics, both pre- and intraoperatively. This progress represents an important step towards aso-called optical biopsy. Flexible endoscopy in combination with NBI allows detailed assessment of areas of the upper aerodigestive tract which are difficult to assess by rigid endoscopy. Papillomas, precancerous, and cancerous lesions are characterized by epithelial and connective tissue changes, as well as by typical perpendicular vascular changes. Systematic use of NBI is recommended in the differential diagnosis of malignant lesions of the upper aerodigestive tract. NBI also convinces by asignificant improvement in pre- and intraoperative assessment of superficial resection margins. In particular, the combination of NBI and contact endoscopy (compact endoscopy) permits excellent therapeutic decisions during tumor surgery. Intraoperative determination of resection margins at unprecedented precision is possible. In addition, assessment of the form and extent of the perpendicular vessel loops stimulated by epithelial signaling enables differential diagnostic decisions to be made, approximating our goal of an optical biopsy. PMID:26677856

  19. New high Tc multiferroics KBiFe2O5 with narrow band gap and promising photovoltaic effect

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    Zhang, Ganghua; Wu, Hui; Li, Guobao; Huang, Qingzhen; Yang, Chongyin; Huang, Fuqiang; Liao, Fuhui; Lin, Jianhua

    2013-01-01

    Intrinsic polarization of ferroelectrics (FE) helps separate photon-generated charge carriers thus enhances photovoltaic effects. However, traditional FE with transition-metal cations (M) of d0 electron in MO6 network typically has a band gap (Eg) exceeding 3.0 eV. Although a smaller Eg (2.6 eV) can be obtained in multiferroic BiFeO3, the value is still too high for optimal solar energy applications. Computational “materials genome” searches have predicted several exotic MO6 FE with Eg < 2.0 eV, all thus far unconfirmed because of synthesis difficulties. Here we report a new FE compound with MO4 tetrahedral network, KBiFe2O5, which features narrow Eg (1.6 eV), high Curie temperature (Tc ~ 780 K) and robust magnetic and photoelectric activities. The high photovoltage (8.8 V) and photocurrent density (15 μA/cm2) were obtained, which is comparable to the reported BiFeO3. This finding may open a new avenue to discovering and designing optimal FE compounds for solar energy applications. PMID:23405279

  20. Comparative Evaluation of Intralesional Triamcinolone Acetonide Injection, Narrow Band Ultraviolet B, and their Combination in Alopecia Areata

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    Kaur, Sandeep; Mahajan, Bharat Bhushan; Mahajan, Raman

    2015-01-01

    Context: Alopecia areata (AA), an autoimmune disorder, can affect any hair-bearing area. No treatment so far has produced a consistent response. Narrow band ultraviolet B (NBUVB) has not been studied in its management. Aims: Comparative evaluation of intralesional triamcinolone acetonide injection, NBUVB, and their combination in AA. Materials and Methods: Forty patients (28 males and 12 females) with at least three patches of hair loss were enrolled after obtaining written informed consent. Patches were subdivided as follows: Patch 1 was injected with triamcinolone acetonide 2.5 mg/ml (total of three injections) at 3 weeks interval. Patch 2 - NBUVB was given twice a week for a total of 12 weeks. Patch 3 - combination of injection and NBUVB. Therapeutic response was recorded as regrowth of terminal hair (G0 to G4). Statistical Analysis Used: Chi-square test. P < 5% was considered significant. Results: At the end of treatment and follow-up, that is, at week 12, more than 50% of hair regrowth was evident in 27 (67.5%) patients with intralesional steroid; 7 (17.5%) with NBUVB; and 25 (62.5%) patients with their combination. This difference in the clinical response was statistically significant. Conclusions: Intralesional steroid is more effective than NBUVB and their combination is not synergistic in terms of the clinical response in AA. PMID:26903743

  1. Photoionization Models of the H_2 Emission of the Narrow Line Region of AGNs

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    Aleman, I.; Gruenwald, R.

    2011-05-01

    The excitation mechanism of the narrow line region (NLR) of AGNs is still an open question. Excitation by UV radiation from O and B stars, x-rays from the central black hole, shock from supernovae or jets, or a combination of these mechanisms have been suggested. In the present work, we use photoionization models to study the excitation mechanisms of the H_2 infrared emission lines in the NLR. In the literature, analyzes of the H_2 emission have been done assuming that the molecules is present only in neutral regions (photodissociation regions, x-ray-dominated regions, or shocks; Veilleux et al. 1997, Krabbe et al. 2000, Rigopoulou et al. 2002, Rodriguez-Ardila et al. 2004, 2005, and Davies et al. 2005). However, they are not conclusive. In previous work (Aleman & Gruenwald 2004, 2011), we show that the H_2 emission from the ionized region of PNe can be significant for planetary nebulae (PNe) with hot central stars (T⋆ > 150000 K). Such stars produce copious amounts of high energy photons, which create an extended partially ionized region that favors the H_2 survival. The conditions in the NLR are similar to those in PNe with hot central stars, so we can expect that the H_2 emission might also be important. We obtain and analyze a grid of photoionization models for different NRL parameters. We study the resulting H_2 density and emission, as well as, the formation, destruction, excitation, and de-excitation mechanisms. The higher values observed for the H_2 1-0 S(1)/Brγ ratio cannot be reproduced by our models. The calculated ratios are between 10^-8 and 10^-1, while the observational ration can be as high as 10. The calculated ratio is strongly anti-correlated with the ionization parameter (U) and only models with U<10-3 result in ratios inside the observational range. We show that the NLR is an environment more hostile to the H_2 molecule than the ionized region of PNe. Another interesting result of our calculations is that the H_2 formation on grain surfaces is more important in the NLR than in the ionized region of PNe.

  2. Application of soft-decision trellis decoding of block codes in narrow-banded image transmission system over Rayleigh fading channels

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    Yuan, Dong-Feng; Gao, Chun-Yan; Zhang, Li-Jun

    2000-05-01

    A new trellis decoding method of block codes based on the GAC structure is applied to Rayleigh fading channels in this paper. Performance of this decoding technique with hard- decision and soft-decision is studied respectively. Researches are also carried out to introduce this maximum- likelihood decoding method to narrow-banded mobile image transmission systems.

  3. Half-side comparison study on the efficacy of 8-methoxypsoralen bath-PUVA versus narrow-band ultraviolet B phototherapy in patients with severe chronic atopic dermatitis.

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    Der-Petrossian, M; Seeber, A; Hnigsmann, H; Tanew, A

    2000-01-01

    In patients with severe chronic atopic dermatitis (AD), both photochemotherapy [psoralen ultraviolet A (PUVA)] and narrow-band (TL-01) UV B phototherapy have been reported to be very effective. As no data exist on the relative therapeutic efficacy of these two regimens, we performed a randomized investigator-blinded half-side comparison study on 12 patients with severe chronic AD. Half-side irradiation with threshold erythemogenic doses of 8-methoxypsoralen bath-PUVA and narrow-band UVB was performed three times weekly over a period of 6 weeks. The severity of the disease was assessed separately for the paired halves of the patients' bodies by a modified SCORAD score at baseline and after 2, 4 and 6 weeks of treatment. Ten of the 12 patients completed the trial. All but one showed marked improvement or complete remission with both treatments. The mean baseline SCORAD score decreased by 65.7% by the bath-PUVA treatment and by 64.1% by the narrow-band UVB treatment (P = 0.48). No serious adverse reactions to either of the two regimens were observed. Our data confirm the high efficacy of bath-PUVA and narrow-band UVB phototherapy in the treatment of patients with chronic severe AD. Both regimens appear to be equally effective when administered in equi-erythemogenic doses. PMID:10651692

  4. Narrow-band Imagery with the Goddard Fabry-Perot: Probing the Epoch of Active Accretion for PMS Stars

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    Woodgate, Bruce E.; Grady, C.; Endres, M.; Williger, G.

    2006-01-01

    The STIS coronagraphic imaging sample of I'MS stars was surveyed with the Goddard Fabry-Perot (GFP) interferometer to determine what fraction of the stars drive jets, whether there is any difference in behavior for a group of intermediate-mass stars as compared with T Tauri stars, and to search for evolutionary effects. Compared to broad band imaging, the FGP achieves an emission-line nebulosity-to-star contrast gain of between 500 and 3000. To date, we have detected jets associated with classical T Tauri stars spanning a factor of 280 in mass accretion rate in approximately 50% of the STIS coronagraphic imaging sample. We also detected jets or Herbig-HARO knots associated with 5 Herbig Ae stars, all younger than 8 Myr, for a detection fraction which is smaller than the T Tauri survey.

  5. The X-ray spectrum and time variability of narrow emission line galaxies

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    Mushotzky, R.

    1981-01-01

    X-ray spectral and temporal observations are reported for six narrow emission line galaxies (NELGs), all of which are fitted by power-law X-ray spectra of energy slope 0.8 and have column densities in the line of sight greater than 1 x 10 to the 22nd atoms/sq cm. Three of the objects, NGC 526a, NGC 2110 and MCG-5-23-16 are variable in their X-ray flux, and the latter two, along with NGC 5506 and NGC 7582, showed detectable variability in at least one observation. The measured X-ray properties of these NELGs, which also included NGC 2992, strongly resemble those of previously-measured type 1 Seyferts of the same X-ray luminosity and lead to the conclusion of great similarity between the NELGs and low-luminosity type 1 Seyferts. The implications of these observations for the optical line-emitting region structure of these galaxies are discussed.

  6. Design of narrow band-pass filters based on the resonant-tunneling phenomenon in multi-core photonic crystal fibers.

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    Saitoh, Kunimasa; Florous, Nikolaos J; Koshiba, Masanori; Skorobogatiy, Maksim

    2005-12-12

    The objective of the present paper is to introduce and numerically demonstrate the operation of a novel band-pass filter based on the phenomenon of resonant tunneling inmulti-core photonic crystal fibers (PCFs). The proposed PCF consists of two identical cores separated by a third one which acts as a resonator. With a fine adjustment of the design parameters associated with the resonant-core, phase matching at a single wavelength can be achieved, thus enabling very narrow-band resonant directional coupling between the input and the output cores. The validation of the design is ensured with an accurate PCF analysis based on finite element and beam propagation algorithms. The proposed narrow band-pass filter can be employed in various applications such as all fiber and pass/bandstop filtering. PMID:19503248

  7. Optical spectroscopy of IRAS sources with infrared emission bands - IRAS 21282+5050 and the diffuse interstellar bands

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    Cohen, Martin; Jones, B. F.

    1987-01-01

    Spectroscopy of the starlike optical counterpart to IRAS 21282+5050, a source with the 'hydrocarbon' IR emission band spectrum, shows an O7(f)-(WC 11) planetary nebula nucleus suffering an extinction of 5.7 mag. Emission-line widths in the WC spectrum are only about 100 km/s, indicating a very slow stellar wind. Optical diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs) are prominent, and five DIBs are strongly enhanced. The presence of circumstellar hydrocarbon molecules may explain both the IR emission bands and the enhanced DIBs.

  8. Optical spectroscopy of IRAS sources with infrared emission bands. 1: IRAS 21282+5050 and the diffuse interstellar bands

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    Cohen, Martin; Jones, B. F.

    1987-01-01

    Spectroscopy of the starlike optical counterpart to IRAS 21282+5050, a source with the hydrocarbon infrared emission band spectrum, shows an 07(f)-(WC11) planetary nebula nucleus suffering an extinction of 5.7 mag. Emission line widths in the WC spectrum are only approx. 100 km/s, indicating a very slow stellar wind. Optical diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs) are prominent. Five DIBs are strongly enhanced, namely lamda lamda 5797, 6196, 6203, 6283, and 6613. The presence of circumstellar hydrocarbon molecules may explain both the infrared emission bands and the enhanced DIBs.

  9. Measurements of global UV irradiance at Terranova Bay, Antactica, by a home made narrow band filter radiometer

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    Salvatore, Scaglione; di Sarcina, Ilaria; Flori, Daniele; Menchini, Francesca

    2010-05-01

    Filter radiometers measure the solar radiation in several channels (typically 4 to 7) with a bandwith from 2 to 10 nm. They require less maintenance than the spectroradiometer and they are able to work in hostile environment as for instance the polar regions. The spectral resolution depends on the width at half maximum (FWHM) of the filters and is generally lower than the spectroradiometer resolution (0.5 nm). Other than the robustness of this instruments, the main advantage of the filter radiometers is the high frequency with which all wavelengths can be measured, making this class of instrument well suited for investigating short term irradiance variation. In this work is presented the results of UV irradiance measurements performed by a very narrow band (FWHM less than 1 nm) filter radiometer at Antarctica Italia Base, Mario Zucchelli Station, Terranova Bay, lat. 74 41.6084' south and lon. 164 05.9224' est. All-dielectric Fabry-Perot filters were manufactured in the laboratories of the Optical Coating Group, ENEA, by the ion beam assistance physical vapor deposition technique. Nine filters select nine different wavelengths in the UV spectral range from 296.5 nm to 377 nm with about 1 minute of measurement period, i.e. each wavelength is measured about 1250 times per day. At the moment the radiometer are permanently located near MZS and the data are daily downloaded in ENEA, Rome, by a dedicated satellite channel. During the Antarctica winter the radiometer will be in standby mode, in this season MZS is closed, and it will be start to measure again in the Antarctica spring.

  10. Visuospatial Working Memory in Toddlers with a History of Periventricular Leukomalacia: An EEG Narrow-Band Power Analysis

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    Garca-Gomar, Mara Luisa; Santiago-Rodrguez, Efran; Rodrguez-Camacho, Mario; Harmony, Thala

    2013-01-01

    Background Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL) affects white matter, but grey matter injuries have also been reported, particularly in the dorsomedial nucleus and the cortex. Both structures have been related to working memory (WM) processes. The aim of this study was to compare behavioral performances and EEG power spectra during a visuospatial working memory task (VSWMT) of toddlers with a history of PVL and healthy toddlers. Methodology/Principal Findings A prospective, comparative study of WM was conducted in toddlers with a history of PVL and healthy toddlers. The task responses and the EEG narrow-band power spectra during a VSWMT were compared in both groups. The EEG absolute power was analyzed during the following three conditions: baseline, attention and WM retention. The number of correct responses was higher in the healthy group (20.55.0) compared to the PVL group (16.13.9) (p?=?0.04). The healthy group had absolute power EEG increases (p?0.05) during WM compared to the attention condition in the bilateral frontal and right temporal, parietal and occipital regions in frequencies ranging from 1.17 to 2.34 Hz and in the right temporal, parietal and occipital regions in frequencies ranging from 14.06 to 15.23 Hz. In contrast, the PVL group had absolute power increases (p?0.05) in the bilateral fronto-parietal, left central and occipital regions in frequencies that ranged from 1.17 to 3.52 Hz and in the bilateral frontal and right temporal regions in frequencies ranging from 9.37 to 19.14 Hz. Conclusions/Significance This study provides evidence that PVL toddlers have visuospatial WM deficits and a very different pattern of absolute power increases compared to a healthy group of toddlers, with greater absolute power in the low frequency range and widespread neuronal networks in the WM retention phase. PMID:23922816

  11. GTC OSIRIS transiting exoplanet atmospheric survey: detection of potassium in HAT-P-1b from narrow-band spectrophotometry

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    Wilson, P. A.; Sing, D. K.; Nikolov, N.; Lecavelier des Etangs, A.; Pont, F.; Fortney, J. J.; Ballester, G. E.; Lpez-Morales, M.; Dsert, J.-M.; Vidal-Madjar, A.

    2015-06-01

    We present the detection of potassium in the atmosphere of HAT-P-1b using optical transit narrow-band photometry. The results are obtained using the 10.4-m Gran Telescopio Canarias together with the OSIRIS instrument in tunable filter imaging mode. We observed four transits, two at continuum wavelengths outside the potassium feature, at 6792 and 8844 , and two probing the potassium feature in the line wing at 7582.0 and the line core at 7664.9 using a 12 filter width (R 650). The planet-to-star radius ratios in the continuum are found to be Rpl/R? = 0.1176 0.0013 at 6792 and Rpl/R? = 0.1168 0.0022 at 8844 , significantly lower than the two observations in the potassium line: Rpl/R? = 0.1248 0.0014 in the line wing at 7582.0 and Rpl/R? = 0.1268 0.0012 in the line core at 7664.9 . With a weighted mean of the observations outside the potassium feature Rpl/R? = 0.1174 0.0010, the potassium is detected as an increase in the radius ratio of ?Rpl/R? = 0.0073 0.0017 at 7582.0 and ?Rpl/R? = 0.0094 0.0016 at 7664.9 (a significance of 4.3? and 6.1?, respectively). We hypothesize that the strong detection of potassium is caused by a large scaleheight, which can be explained by a high temperature at the base of the upper atmosphere. A lower mean molecular mass caused by the dissociation of molecular hydrogen into atomic hydrogen by the extreme ultraviolet flux from the host star may also partly explain the amplitude of our detection.

  12. A significant feature of microvessels in magnifying narrow-band imaging for diagnosis of early gastric cancer

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    Kanesaka, Takashi; Uedo, Noriya; Yao, Kenshi; Ezoe, Yasumasa; Doyama, Hisashi; Oda, Ichiro; Kaneko, Kazuhiro; Kawahara, Yoshiro; Yokoi, Chizu; Sugiura, Yasushi; Ishikawa, Hideki; Kato, Minoru; Takeuchi, Yoji; Muto, Manabu; Saito, Yutaka

    2015-01-01

    Background and study aims: Magnifying narrow-band imaging (NBI) is more useful than conventional endoscopy for diagnosing early gastric cancer (EGC). However, evaluation of irregular microvascular patterns is subjective and is often difficult, even with expert eyes. The aim of this study was to clarify the most important microvascular patterns in magnifying NBI for diagnosis of EGC. Patients and methods: This was a post-hoc analysis of a multicenter prospective trial among nine Japanese hospitals. A total of 1353 patients underwent screening with white-light endoscopy and 362 patients had small (??10?mm) depressed lesions. They were randomly assigned to magnifying NBI or white-light endoscopy followed by magnifying NBI. During diagnosis, magnifying NBI images were recorded before biopsy. All magnifying NBI images were reviewed and evaluated for the association of four features of microvessels that is, dilation, tortuosity, difference in caliber, and variation in shape with cancer diagnosis. Results: Images of 343 lesions (40 cancerous and 303 benign depression lesions) were evaluable. The diagnostic performance (sensitivity/specificity) of each finding was: dilation, 25/90?%; tortuosity, 55/24?%; difference in caliber, 13?/99?%; and variation in shape, 70/95?%. Multivariate analysis identified only variation in shape as being statistically significantly associated with diagnosis of cancer (odds ratio 38.0, 95?% confidence interval: 16.1??95.7, P?

  13. Effect of acid-suppressive therapy on narrow band imaging findings in gastroesophageal reflux disease: a pilot study.

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    Lynch, C R; Wani, S; Rastogi, A; Keighley, J; Mathur, S; Higbee, A; Bansal, A; Gaddam, S; Sharma, P

    2013-01-01

    Standard endoscopy is an insensitive test for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Narrow band imaging (NBI) endoscopy enhances visualization of the distal esophagus. NBI patterns like intrapapillary capillary loop (IPCL) dilatation, tortuosity, and increased number; microerosions; increased vascularity at the squamocolumnar junction (SCJ); ridge-villous pattern below the SCJ; and presence of columnar islands in the distal esophagus have been suggested as features of GERD. We evaluated the effect of proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy on NBI findings in GERD patients. Patients prospectively underwent NBI upper endoscopy before and after PPI therapy. NBI findings were recorded at each endoscopy. Twenty-one patients with GERD symptoms (mean age 60.0 years; males 90.5%; white 90.5%) were studied. After PPI therapy, there was a significant reduction in the proportion of patients with the following NBI features: IPCL tortuosity (90% vs. 4.8%, P < 0.0001), dilated IPCLs (86% vs. 9.5%, P < 0.0001), and increased vascularity at the SCJ (43% vs. 9.5%, P= 0.0082). PPI led to healing of all microerosions (71% vs. 0%, P < 0.0001) and disappearance of ridge-villous patterns below the SCJ (14% vs. 0%, P < 0.0001). There was no significant change in the proportion of patients with increased numbers of IPCLs pre- and post-PPI therapy (71% vs. 48%, P= 0.09) or columnar islands in the distal esophagus (38% vs. 29%, P= 0.31). In patients with GERD symptoms, NBI features suggestive of GERD respond to PPI; suggesting these features are truly acid-mediated. These findings need to be confirmed by randomized controlled trials. PMID:22404535

  14. Hybrid quantum dot-superconducting systems: Josephson current and Kondo effect in the narrow-band limit

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    Allub, R.; Proetto, C. R.

    2015-01-01

    The case of a quantum dot connected to two superconducting leads is studied by using the narrow-band limit to describe the superconducting degrees of freedom. The model provides a simple theoretical framework, almost analytical, to analyze the interplay between the Kondo effect, superconductivity, and finite temperature. In the quantum dot Kondo regime, the model is completely characterized by the ratio ? /J , with ? the superconducting gap and J an effective antiferromagnetic exchange coupling between the dot and the leads. The model allows us to calculate, at any temperature T , the equilibrium Josephson current through the dot in a very straightforward way as a function of ? /J . The behavior of the current allows us to distinguish the four types of hybrid junctions: 0, 0',?', and ? . The presence of the 0- and 0'-junction configurations are intrinsically linked to the Kondo effect in the quantum dot, while the ? - and ?'-junction configurations are driven by the superconductivity in the leads. The Josephson critical current has a non-monotonic behavior with temperature, that may be used for the experimental characterization of the fundamental 0 -? transition. The model allows us to obtain easily a phase diagram ? /J vs temperature, from where we can obtain an overall picture on the stability of the different types of junctions. From the explicit analytical expressions for the ground-state, low-energy excitations, free energy, and Josephson current, it is easy to understand the physical nature of the main features of the critical current and the phase diagram. The results, obtained with a minimum of numerical effort, are in a good qualitative agreement with more demanding calculational approaches aimed to solve the full model.

  15. One-dimensional alumina photonic crystals with a narrow band gap and their applications to high-sensitivity concentration sensor and photoluminescence enhancement

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    Wang, Gang; Wang, Jian; Li, Shou-Yi; Zhang, Jian-Wen; Wang, Cheng-Wei

    2015-10-01

    One-dimensional (1D) anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) photonic crystals (PCs) with alternate arrangement of stem channel layer and branched channel layer have been fabricated by using modified periodic pulse anodic technique with simple voltage waveform, and exhibited a narrow stop band with extreme low transmittance, steep edge. Their stop band is very sensitive to the concentration of NaCl solution, and the PCs are very suitable for concentration sensors. Importantly, it also is found that the photoluminescence (PL) intensity is enhanced remarkably when the PC structure was introduced into the AAO, which mainly attributes to the introduction of more PL centers into the branched channel layers, and the stop band also has effect on the PL intensity. Especially, the blue band edge of the stop band plays more important role on the PL enhancement of AAO.

  16. Investigation of mechanisms of multimode emission from double-heterostructure AlGaAs injection lasers with narrow stripe contacts

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    Bessonov, Y.L.; Kurlenkov, S.S.; Morozov, V.N.; Sapozhnikov, S.M.; Thai, C.t.; Shidlovskii, V.R.

    1985-02-01

    An investigation was made of the spectral characteristics of planar stripe (contact width 6--8 ..mu..) lasers made of AlGaAs heterostructures. The steady-state emission spectrum could be of multimode type because of the high level of spontaneous emission in the lasing mode. The spectrum then became narrower on increase in the power and in the limit changed to the single-mode form. However, in the presence of self-modulation processes the multimode nature of the emission spectrum could be explained by a theory of transient effects and in this case the width of the spectrum increased on increase in the power.

  17. A Catalog of z=3.1 Lyman Alpha Emitting Galaxies Discovered in Narrow-band Imaging of MUSYC 1030+05

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    Christenson, Holly; Gangolli, Nakul; Raney, Catie Ann; Walker, Jean P.; Gawiser, Eric J.; MUSYC Collaboration

    2016-01-01

    We present a catalog of ~200 Lyman Alpha Emitting galaxies (LAEs) at redshift z=3.1 found in a 5015 narrow-band image of the MUSYC 1030+05 field. We reduced raw optical images taken with the MOSAIC II CCD camera at the CTIO 4m telescope with the IRAF MSCRED package. The reduction included the crucial steps of bias subtraction, flat-field correction, cosmic ray and satellite trail rejection, astrometric calibration, tangent plane projection, weighted stacking, and sky background removal. Our initial catalog of sources detected in the narrow-band filter contains ~20,000 sources. We used additional photometric measurements in the MUSYC broad-band filters to identify LAEs via their flux density excess in the narrow-band. This catalog of LAEs will undergo further analysis to characterize how the number density, clustering, colors, and star formation rates of LAEs vary with position and evolve with redshift.We gratefully acknowledge support from NSF grants AST-1055919 & PHY-1263280.

  18. Intentional examination of esophagus by narrow-band imaging endoscopy increases detection rate of cervical inlet patch.

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    Chung, C-S; Lin, C-K; Liang, C-C; Hsu, W-F; Lee, T-H

    2015-10-01

    Foci of heterotopic gastric mucosa have been identified at different sites in the human body and the most common location is the proximal esophagus which is referred to as cervical inlet patch (CIP). The true prevalence of CIP varies and it is usually incidental findings during endoscopy. Because CIP is always asymptomatic, it was believed to be of little clinical relevance. However, emerging studies have described the acid-secreting characteristics of heterotopic gastric mucosa and associations of CIP with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In addition, complications such as stricture, fistula, infection, mucosal hyperplasia, and malignant transformation have been reported. In this study, we investigated the prevalence of CIP, its associations with clinical manifestations, and the effect of intentional screening upper esophagus by magnifying endoscopy-narrow-band imaging (ME-NBI) system. Consecutive healthy adults who underwent panendoscopy were separated into two groups. Patients in group I (n = 471) were examined by an endoscopist who intended to find CIPs by ME-NBI. Patients in group II (n = 428) were examined by two endoscopists who were unaware of the study and performed white-light imaging endoscopy. Participants provided questionnaires on GERD-related symptoms. Higher CIP prevalence (11.7% vs. 1.9%, P < 0.0001) and longer duration of esophageal examination (mean standard deviation, 17.50 12.40 vs. 15.24 10.78 seconds, P = 0.004) were noted in group I than in group II. Analyzing group I patients revealed the higher prevalences of reflux symptoms (32.7% vs. 18.3%, P = 0.013) and erosive esophagitis (43.6% vs. 25.5%, P = 0.005) in patients with CIP than in those without. CIP was not associated with globus or dysphagia symptoms. More small CIPs (< 5 mm) were detected by ME-NBI than by white-light imaging (85.3% vs. 41.4%, P = 0.001). In conclusion, CIP prevalence was not low under intentional ME-NBI examination of the upper esophagus. The clinical relevance of CIP and its association with GERD require further investigation. PMID:25059461

  19. Generation condition of the Upper-band and Lower-band chorus emissions in the Earth's magnetosphere

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    Habagishi, T.; Yagitani, S.; Omura, Y.; Kojima, H.

    2013-12-01

    In the present study, chorus emissions have been analyzed on the basis of the nonlinear growth theory [1] in the Earth's magnetosphere. A rising-tone chorus emission is initially generated continuously in the frequency range from 0.1 to 0.7 fce0, where fce0 is the gyrofrequency in the generation region. Because of the nonlinear damping mechanism [2] the rising-tone chorus is separated into upper and lower bands at half the local gyrofrequency for the quasi-parallel propagation toward higher latitude (i.e. toward larger gyrofrequencies). Thus the lower cutoff of the upper-band chorus indicates half-gyrofrequency at the observational point (1/2 fce), whereas the upper cutoff of the lower-band chorus indicates half the gyrofrequency in the generation region (1/2fce0). We found an observational evidence of such characteristics of upper-band and lower-band chorus observed by the wave form capture (WFC) and the sweep frequency analyzer (SFA) onboard Geotail [3]. Mainly ';'lower-band-only chorus'' (only the lower-band emission exists) is observed and occasionally ';'dual-band chorus'' (both the upper-band and the lower-band emissions) is observed by Geotail. In this study, we statistically analyze the difference between the lower-band-only chorus and the dual-band chorus, using the SFA data obtained during October, 1992 and August, 2011. It has been confirmed that the dual-band chorus is generated because of the nonlinear damping at half the local gyrofrequency during the propagation. When the dual-band chorus propagates toward higher latitudes with its the upper-band part completely damped at half the local gyrofrequencies, the dual-band chorus becomes the lower-band-only chorus. We assume that the upper cutoff frequency of the lower-band chorus equals to the half-gyrofrequency in the generation region. When 0.7 fce0 (i.e. upper limit frequency of the chorus generation) is higher than local 1/2 fce, the dual-band chorus is possibly observed because the higher-frequency part of the upper-band chorus would not be damped. When 0.7 fce0 is lower than local 1/2 fce, the lower-band-only chorus is observed because the upper-band chorus is completely damped. References [1] Omura Y., Y. Katoh and D. Summers (2008), Theory and simulation of the generation of whistler-mode chorus, J. Geophys. Res., 113, A04223, doi:10.1029/2007JA012622. [2] Omura Y., M. Hikishima, Y. Katoh, D.Summers, and S. Yagitani (2009), Nonlinear mechanisms of lower-band and upper-band VLF chorus emissions in the magnetosphere, J. Geophys. Res., 114, A07217, doi:10.1029/2009JA014206 [3] S. Yagitani, T. Habagishi, S. Mori, Y. Omura, and H. Kojima, Generation and propagation characteristics of dual-band chorus emissions observed by Geotail, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2012, December 2012, San Francisco, USA.

  20. Benchmarking of L-band soil microwave emission models

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    Calvet, Jean-Christophe; Parrens, Marie; de Rosnay, Patricia; Decharme, Bertrand

    2013-04-01

    A first step before assimilating Soil Moisture and ocean Salinity (SMOS) L-band brightness temperatures (Tb) over land is to couple land surface models (LSM) to microwave emission models. In this study, the ISBA LSM is coupled to the Community Microwave Emission Model (CMEM). Simulations of Tb are performed over a 3-yr period (2003-2005) for a bare soil field in southwestern France, at the SMOSREX experimental site. Both ISBA and CMEM present several options for the representation of the soil moisture and soil temperature profiles. Simplified 2-layer simulations are compared with more detailed multilayer simulations. In the 2-layer simulations, the soil is divided in two layers (a thin surface layer and a bulk reservoir), and Fresnel laws are used in CMEM to model the smooth surface emissivity. In the multilayer simulations, the ISBA soil diffusion scheme is used (with 11 soil layers represented) together with the Wilheit (1978) option of CMEM. The Tb simulations are compared to the Tb ground observations available for the SMOSREX site, at H and V polarizations and at different angles and the impact of soil roughness is assessed. It is shown that Tb values derived from the more complex multilayer simulations correlate better to the observations than Tb derived from the 2-layer model. This is partly due to a better representation of the soil moisture profile. However, taking surface soil moisture into account in the calculation of soil roughness is needed to represent the seasonal trend of Tb produced by the multilayer model. Finally, the multilayer model is used to investigate the L-band sampling depth for contrasting soil texture profiles. For the SMOSREX soil texture, it is found that Tb is mainly driven by the top 15 cm soil layer. However, from May to October, a significant part of the signal originates from deeper soil layers, and an accuracy of 0.1 K can be achieved by representing a multilayer soil profile from the surface to a depth of 35 cm.

  1. Narrow-Band Emission in Thomson Sources Operating in the High-Field Regime

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    Terzi?, Bala; Deitrick, Kirsten; Hofler, Alicia S.; Krafft, Geoffrey A.

    2014-02-01

    We present a novel and quite general analysis of the interaction of a high-field chirped laser pulse and a relativistic electron, in which exquisite control of the spectral brilliance of the up-shifted Thomson-scattered photon is shown to be possible. Normally, when Thomson scattering occurs at high field strengths, there is ponderomotive line broadening in the scattered radiation. This effect makes the bandwidth too large for some applications and reduces the spectral brilliance. We show that such broadening can be corrected and eliminated by suitable frequency modulation of the incident laser pulse. Furthermore, we suggest a practical realization of this compensation idea in terms of a chirped-beam-driven free electron laser oscillator configuration and show that significant compensation can occur, even with the imperfect matching to be expected in these conditions.

  2. Fast Hearing-Threshold Estimation Using Multiple Auditory Steady-State Responses with Narrow-Band Chirps and Adaptive Stimulus Patterns

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    Mühler, Roland; Mentzel, Katrin; Verhey, Jesko

    2012-01-01

    This paper describes the estimation of hearing thresholds in normal-hearing and hearing-impaired subjects on the basis of multiple-frequency auditory steady-state responses (ASSRs). The ASSR was measured using two new techniques: (i) adaptive stimulus patterns and (ii) narrow-band chirp stimuli. ASSR thresholds in 16 normal-hearing and 16 hearing-impaired adults were obtained simultaneously at both ears at 500, 1000, 2000, and 4000 Hz, using a multiple-frequency stimulus built up of four one-octave-wide narrow-band chirps with a repetition rate of 40 Hz. A statistical test in the frequency domain was used to detect the response. The recording of the steady-state responses was controlled in eight independent recording channels with an adaptive, semiautomatic algorithm. The average differences between the behavioural hearing thresholds and the ASSR threshold estimate were 10, 8, 13, and 15 dB for test frequencies of 500, 1000, 2000, and 4000 Hz, respectively. The average overall test duration of 18.6 minutes for the threshold estimations at the four frequencies and both ears demonstrates the benefit of an adaptive recording algorithm and the efficiency of optimised narrow-band chirp stimuli. PMID:22619622

  3. Turboprop and rotary-wing aircraft flight parameter estimation using both narrow-band and broadband passive acoustic signal-processing methods.

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    Ferguson, B G; Lo, K W

    2000-10-01

    Flight parameter estimation methods for an airborne acoustic source can be divided into two categories, depending on whether the narrow-band lines or the broadband component of the received signal spectrum is processed to estimate the flight parameters. This paper provides a common framework for the formulation and test of two flight parameter estimation methods: one narrow band, the other broadband. The performances of the two methods are evaluated by applying them to the same acoustic data set, which is recorded by a planar array of passive acoustic sensors during multiple transits of a turboprop fixed-wing aircraft and two types of rotary-wing aircraft. The narrow-band method, which is based on a kinematic model that assumes the source travels in a straight line at constant speed and altitude, requires time-frequency analysis of the acoustic signal received by a single sensor during each aircraft transit. The broadband method is based on the same kinematic model, but requires observing the temporal variation of the differential time of arrival of the acoustic signal at each pair of sensors that comprises the planar array. Generalized cross correlation of each pair of sensor outputs using a cross-spectral phase transform prefilter provides instantaneous estimates of the differential times of arrival of the signal as the acoustic wavefront traverses the array. PMID:11051503

  4. Narrowing of band gap and effective charge carrier separation in oxygen deficient TiO2 nanotubes with improved visible light photocatalytic activity.

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    Choudhury, Biswajit; Bayan, Sayan; Choudhury, Amarjyoti; Chakraborty, Purushottam

    2016-03-01

    Oxygen vacancies are introduced into hydrothermally processed TiO2 nanotube by vacuum calcination. Formation of oxygen vacancies modifies the local coordination in TiO2 as evident from Raman spectroscopy and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) results. The surface area is increased from 172.5m(2)/g in pure to 405.1m(2)/g in defective TiO2 nanotube. The mid-band gap electronic states created by oxygen vacancies are mostly responsible for the effective narrowing of band gap. Charge carrier separation is sufficiently prolonged as the charged oxygen defect states inhibit facile carrier recombination. With high surface area, narrowed band gap and separated charge carriers defective TiO2 nanotube is a suitable candidate in the photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) and phenol under visible light illumination. Photosensitized electron transfer from MB to the conduction band of TiO2 and the photodegradation of MB is facilitated in presence of high density of oxygen vacancies. Unlike MB, phenol absorbs in the UV region and does not easily excited under visible light. Phenol shows activity under visible light by forming charge transfer complex with TiO2. Defect trapped carriers become available at the phenol-TiO2 interface and finally interact with phenol molecule and degrade it. PMID:26629648

  5. VLF-emissions from ring current electrons. An interpretation of the band of missing emissions

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    Maeda, K.; Smith, P. H.; Anderson, R. R.

    1976-01-01

    VLF-emissions associated with the enhancement of ring current electrons during magnetic storms and substorms which were detected by the equatorially orbiting S-A satellite (Explorer 45) are described. The emissions observed near the geomagnetic equator consist of essentially two frequency regimes, i.e., one above the electron gyrofrequency, f sub H at the equator and the other below f sub H. This is indicated as a part of the wide-band data obtained during the main phase of the December 17, 1971 magnetic storm. The upper figure is the ac-magnetic field data measured by the search-coil magnetometer with the upper cutoff of 3kHz and the lower figure is the ac-electric field data obtained by the electric field sensor with the upper cutoff of 10kHz. These figures show the time sequence of the observed emissions along the inbound orbit (No. 101) of the satellite as f sub H changes approximately from 3 kHz at 20 UT to 6 kHz at 21 UT. The emissions above f sub H are electrostatic mode, which peak near the frequencies of (n + 1/2) f sub H where n is positive integer, and sometimes emissions up to n = 10 are observed. The emissions below f sub H are whistler mode, which have a conspicuous gap along exactly half electron gyrofrequency, f sub H/2.

  6. Observation of valence band electron emission from n-type silicon field emitter arrays

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    Ding, Meng; Kim, Han; Akinwande, Akintunde I.

    1999-08-01

    Electron emission from the valence band of n-type Si field emitter arrays is reported. High electrostatic field at the surface of Si was achieved by reducing the radius of the emitter tip. Using oxidation sharpening, 1 ?m aperture polycrystalline Si gate, n-type Si field emitter arrays with small tip radius (10 nm) were fabricated. Three distinct emission regions were observed: conduction band emission at low gate voltages, saturated current emission from the conduction band at intermediate voltages, and valence band plus conduction band emission at high gate voltages. Emission currents at low and high voltages obey the Fowler-Nordheim theory. The ratio of the slopes of the corresponding Fowler-Nordheim fits for these two regions is 1.495 which is in close agreement with the theoretical value of 1.445.

  7. The strain induced band gap modulation from narrow gap semiconductor to half-metal on Ti2CrGe: A first principles study

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    Li, Jia; Zhang, Zhidong; Lu, Zunming; Xie, Hongxian; Fang, Wei; Li, Shaomin; Liang, Chunyong; Yin, Fuxing

    2015-11-01

    The Heusler alloy Ti2CrGe is a stable L21 phase with antiferromagnetic ordering. With band-gap energy ( 0.18 eV) obtained from a first-principles calculation, it belongs to the group of narrow band gap semiconductor. The band-gap energy decreases with increasing lattice compression and disappears until a strain of -5%; moreover, gap contraction only occurs in the spin-down states, leading to half-metallic character at the -5% strain. The Ti1, Ti2, and Cr moments all exhibit linear changes in behavior within strains of -5%- +5%. Nevertheless, the total zero moment is robust for these strains. The imaginary part of the dielectric function for both up and down spin states shows a clear onset energy, indicating a corresponding electronic gap for the two spin channels.

  8. Detection of marine methane emissions with AVIRIS band ratios

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    Bradley, Eliza S.; Leifer, Ira; Roberts, Dar A.; Dennison, Philip E.; Washburn, Libe

    2011-05-01

    The relative source contributions of methane (CH4) have high uncertainty, creating a need for local-scale characterization in concert with global satellite measurements. However, efforts towards methane plume imaging have yet to provide convincing results for concentrated sources. Although atmospheric CH4 mapping did not motivate the Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) design, recent studies suggest its potential for studying concentrated CH4 sources such as the Coal Oil Point (COP) seep field (0.015 Tg CH4 yr-1) offshore Santa Barbara, California. In this study, we developed a band ratio approach on high glint COP AVIRIS data and demonstrate the first successful local-scale remote sensing mapping of natural atmospheric CH4 plumes. Plume origins closely matched surface and sonar-derived seepage distributions, with plume characteristics consistent with wind advection. Imaging spectrometer data may also be useful for high spatial-resolution characterization of concentrated, globally-significant CH4 emissions from offshore platforms and cattle feedlots.

  9. Reduction of timing jitter and intensity noise in normal-dispersion passively mode-locked fiber lasers by narrow band-pass filtering.

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    Qin, Peng; Song, Youjian; Kim, Hyoji; Shin, Junho; Kwon, Dohyeon; Hu, Minglie; Wang, Chingyue; Kim, Jungwon

    2014-11-17

    Fiber lasers mode-locked with normal cavity dispersion have recently attracted great attention due to large output pulse energy and femtosecond pulse duration. Here we accurately characterized the timing jitter of normal-dispersion fiber lasers using a balanced cross-correlation method. The timing jitter characterization experiments show that the timing jitter of normal-dispersion mode-locked fiber lasers can be significantly reduced by using narrow band-pass filtering (e.g., 7-nm bandwidth filtering in this work). We further identify that the timing jitter of the fiber laser is confined in a limited range, which is almost independent of cavity dispersion map due to the amplifier-similariton formation by insertion of the narrow bandpass filter. The lowest observed timing jitter reaches 0.57 fs (rms) integrated from 10 kHz to 10 MHz Fourier frequency. The rms relative intensity noise (RIN) is also reduced from 0.37% to 0.02% (integrated from 1 kHz to 5 MHz Fourier frequency) by the insertion of narrow band-pass filter. PMID:25402069

  10. The visible to the near infrared narrow band acousto-optic tunable filter and the hyperspectral microscopic imaging on biomedicine study

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    Zhang, Chunguang; Wang, Hao; Huang, Junfeng; Gao, Qiang

    2014-12-01

    Based on the parallel tangents momentum-matching condition, a narrow band noncollinear acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) using a single TeO2 crystal is designed with the consideration of the birefringence and the rotatory property of the material. An effective setup is established to evaluate the performance of the designed AOTF. The experimental observed spectrum pattern of the diffracted light is nearly the same with the theoretical result. The measured tuning relationship between the diffracted central optical wavelength and acoustic frequency is in accordance with the theoretical prospect. The optical bandwidth of the diffracted light is as narrow as 1.88 nm when the central wavelength is 556.75 nm. The high spectral resolution is significant in practical applications of imaging AOTF. Additionally, the AOTF based hyperspectral microscopic imaging system is established. The stability and the image resolution of the designed narrow band AOTF are satisfying. Finally, the study of the biologic samples indicates the feasibility of our system on biomedicine.

  11. Theoretical and experimental study on narrowing the band gap of carbon nitride photocatalyst by coupling a wide gap molecule

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    Guo, Yong; Yang, Juncheng; Chu, Sheng; Kong, Fei; Luo, Leilei; Wang, Ying; Zou, Zhigang

    2012-10-01

    Experimental and theoretical methods have been combined to investigate why 1,2,4,5-benzene tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PMDA) can extend light absorption of wide band gap carbon nitride polymer. Based on VBXPS results and detailed orbital analysis, it is most likely that LUMO of PMDA acts as doping state between CB and VB of wide band gap carbon nitride polymer and extends light absorption by using its LUMO to accept the electron from VB. In addition, the interaction between PMDA and wide band gap carbon nitride polymer influence the energies of CB and VB.

  12. DOUBLE-PEAKED NARROW EMISSION-LINE GALAXIES FROM THE SLOAN DIGITAL SKY SURVEY. I. SAMPLE AND BASIC PROPERTIES

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    Ge Junqiang; Hu Chen; Wang Jianmin; Zhang Shu; Bai Jinming

    2012-08-01

    Recently, much attention has been paid to double-peaked narrow emission-line (NEL) galaxies, some of which are suggested to be related to merging galaxies. We make a systematic search to build the largest sample of these sources from Data Release 7 of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). With reasonable criteria for fluxes, FWHMs of the emission lines, and separations of the peaks, we select 3030 double-peaked NEL galaxies. In light of the existence of broad Balmer lines and the locations of the two components of double-peaked NELs distinguished by the Kauffmann et al. criteria in the Baldwin-Phillips-Terlevich diagram, we find that there are 81 Type I active galactic nuclei (AGNs), 837 double Type II AGNs (2-Type II), 708 galaxies with double star-forming components (2-SF), 400 with mixed star-forming and Type II AGN components (Type II + SF), and 1004 unknown-type objects. As a by-product, a sample of galaxies (12,582) with asymmetric or top-flat profiles of emission lines is established. After visually inspecting the SDSS images of the two samples, we find 54 galaxies with dual cores. The present samples can be used to study the dynamics of merging galaxies, the triggering mechanism of black hole activity, the hierarchical growth of galaxies, and the dynamics of narrow line regions driven by outflows and a rotating disk.

  13. Narrow He II emission in star-forming galaxies at low metallicity. Stellar wind emission from a population of very massive stars

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    Grfener, G.; Vink, J. S.

    2015-06-01

    Context. In a recent study, star-forming galaxies with He ii ?1640 emission at moderate redshifts between 2 and 4.6 have been found to occur in two modes that are distinguished by the width of their He ii emission lines. Broad He ii emission has been attributed to stellar emission from a population of evolved Wolf-Rayet (WR) stars. The origin of narrow He ii emission is less clear but has been attributed to nebular emission excited by a population of very hot Pop III stars formed in pockets of pristine gas at moderate redshifts. Aims: We propose an alternative scenario for the origin of the narrow He ii emission, namely very massive stars (VMS) at low metallicity (Z), which form strong but slow WR-type stellar winds due to their proximity to the Eddington limit. Methods: We estimated the expected He ii line fluxes and equivalent widths based on wind models for VMS and Starburst99 population synthesis models and compared the results with recent observations of star-forming galaxies at moderate redshifts. Results: The observed He ii line strengths and equivalent widths are in line with what is expected for a population of VMS in one or more young super-clusters located within these galaxies. Conclusions: In our scenario the two observed modes of He ii emission originate from massive stellar populations in distinct evolutionary stages at low Z (~0.01 Z?). If this interpretation is correct, there is no need to postulate the existence of Pop III stars at moderate redshifts to explain the observed narrow He ii emission. An interesting possibility is the existence of self-enriched VMS with similar WR-type spectra at extremely low Z. Stellar He ii emission from such very early generations of VMS may be detectable in future studies of star-forming galaxies at high redshifts with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The fact that the He ii emission of VMS is largely neglected in current population synthesis models will generally affect the interpretation of the integrated spectra of young stellar populations.

  14. Assessment of low-frequency hearing with narrow-band chirp-evoked 40-Hz sinusoidal auditory steady-state response.

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    Wilson, Uzma S; Kaf, Wafaa A; Danesh, Ali A; Lichtenhan, Jeffery T

    2016-04-01

    Objective To determine the clinical utility of narrow-band chirp-evoked 40-Hz sinusoidal auditory steady state responses (s-ASSR) in the assessment of low-frequency hearing in noisy participants. Design Tone bursts and narrow-band chirps were used to respectively evoke auditory brainstem responses (tb-ABR) and 40-Hz s-ASSR thresholds with the Kalman-weighted filtering technique and were compared to behavioral thresholds at 500, 2000, and 4000 Hz. A repeated measure ANOVA and post-hoc t-tests, and simple regression analyses were performed for each of the three stimulus frequencies. Study sample Thirty young adults aged 18-25 with normal hearing participated in this study. Results When 4000 equivalent response averages were used, the range of mean s-ASSR thresholds from 500, 2000, and 4000 Hz were 17-22 dB lower (better) than when 2000 averages were used. The range of mean tb-ABR thresholds were lower by 11-15 dB for 2000 and 4000 Hz when twice as many equivalent response averages were used, while mean tb-ABR thresholds for 500 Hz were indistinguishable regardless of additional response averaging. Conclusion Narrow-band chirp-evoked 40-Hz s-ASSR requires a ∼15 dB smaller correction factor than tb-ABR for estimating low-frequency auditory threshold in noisy participants when adequate response averaging is used. PMID:26795555

  15. CMOS image sensor with organic photoconductive layer having narrow absorption band and proposal of stack type solid-state image sensors

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    Takada, Shunji; Ihama, Mikio; Inuiya, Masafumi

    2006-02-01

    Digital still cameras overtook film cameras in Japanese market in 2000 in terms of sales volume owing to their versatile functions. However, the image-capturing capabilities such as sensitivity and latitude of color films are still superior to those of digital image sensors. In this paper, we attribute the cause for the high performance of color films to their multi-layered structure, and propose the solid-state image sensors with stacked organic photoconductive layers having narrow absorption bands on CMOS read-out circuits.

  16. Investigation of band gap narrowing in nitrogen-doped La2Ti2O7 with transient absorption spectroscopy.

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    Yost, Brandon T; Cushing, Scott K; Meng, Fanke; Bright, Joeseph; Bas, Derek A; Wu, Nianqiang; Bristow, Alan D

    2015-11-18

    Doping a semiconductor can extend the light absorption range, however, it usually introduces mid-gap states, reducing the charge carrier lifetime. This report shows that doping lanthanum dititinate (La2Ti2O7) with nitrogen extends the valence band edge by creating a continuum of dopant states, increasing the light absorption edge from 380 nm to 550 nm without adding mid-gap states. The dopant states are experimentally resolved in the excited state by correlating transient absorption spectroscopy with a supercontinuum probe and DFT prediction. The lack of mid-gap states is further confirmed by measuring the excited state lifetimes, which reveal the shifted band edge only increased carrier thermalization rates to the band edge and not interband charge recombination under both ultraviolet and visible excitation. Terahertz (time-domain) spectroscopy also reveals that the conduction mechanism remains unchanged after doping, suggesting the states are delocalized. PMID:26531849

  17. Narrow-band amplified photoluminescence of amorphous silicon quantum dots via the coupling between localized surface plasmon and Fabry-Pérot cavity modes

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    Tsai, Tsung-Han; Lin, Ming-Yi; Hsiao, Li-Jen; Choi, Wing-Kit; Lin, Hoang Yan

    2016-02-01

    We experimentally investigate the multifold intensity enhancement and spectral narrowing of photoluminescence (PL) from amorphous silicon quantum dots (a-Si QDs) embedded in a silicon-rich SiOx film of the Ag/SiOx:a-Si QDs/Au plasmonic nanocavity, through the resonance coupling between the localized surface plasmon (LSP) mode and the Fabry-Pérot (FP) cavity mode, by tuning a one-dimensional (1-D) Ag grating on the top. The LSP resonance can be precisely tuned by adjusting the Ag line widths of the 1-D Ag grating. It is found that the LSP mode strongly couples with the FP cavity mode, resulting in a narrower emission line width and a larger PL enhancement. An optimized Ag grating structure is found to exhibit a narrow emission line width of 15 nm and 2.77-fold enhancement in the PL peak intensity, as compared to an SiOx:a-Si QDs/Au structure without 1-D Ag grating, due to the strong resonance coupling between the two modes.

  18. Quasi-random narrow-band model fits to near-infrared low-temperature laboratory methane spectra and derived exponential-sum absorption coefficients

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    Baines, Kevin H.; West, Robert A.; Giver, Lawrence P.; Moreno, Fernando

    1993-01-01

    Near-infrared 10/cm resolution spectra of methane obtained at various temperatures, pressures, and abundances are fit to a quasi-random narrow-band model. Exponential-sum absorption coefficients for three temperatures (112, 188, and 295 K), and 20 pressures from 0.0001 to 5.6 bars, applicable to the cold environments of the major planets, are then derived from the band model for the 230 wavelengths measured from 1.6 to 2.5 microns. RMS deviations between the laboratory and the exponential-sum synthetic transmissions are reported for the best fitting 50 wavelengths. Deviations relevant to broadband, 1-percent spectral resolution observations are also presented. The validity of exponential-sum coefficients derived from broadband (10/cm) transmission data is demonstrated via direct comparison with line-by-line calculations. The complete atlas of coefficients is available from the Planetary Data System-Planetary Atmospheres Discipline Node.

  19. Quasi-random narrow-band model FITS to near-infrared low-temperature laboratory methane spectra and derived exponential-sum absorption coefficients

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    Baines, K. H.; West, R. A.; Giver, L. P.; Moreno, F.

    1993-03-01

    Near-infrared 10/cm resolution spectra of methane obtained at various temperatures, pressures, and abundances are fit to a quasi-random narrow-band model. Exponential-sum absorption coefficients for three temperatures (112, 188, and 295 K), and 20 pressures from 0.0001 to 5.6 bars, applicable to the cold environments of the major planets, are then derived from the band model for the 230 wavelengths measured from 1.6 to 2.5 microns. RMS deviations between the laboratory and the exponential-sum synthetic transmissions are reported for the best fitting 50 wavelengths. Deviations relevant to broadband, 1-percent spectral resolution observations are also presented. The validity of exponential-sum coefficients derived from broadband (10/cm) transmission data is demonstrated via direct comparison with line-by-line calculations. The complete atlas of coefficients is available from the Planetary Data System-Planetary Atmospheres Discipline Node.

  20. Unprecedentedly strong and narrow electromagnetic emissions stimulated by high-frequency radio waves in the ionosphere.

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    Norin, L; Leyser, T B; Nordblad, E; Thidé, B; McCarrick, M

    2009-02-13

    Experimental results of secondary electromagnetic radiation, stimulated by high-frequency radio waves irradiating the ionosphere, are reported. We have observed emission peaks, shifted in frequency up to a few tens of Hertz from radio waves transmitted at several megahertz. These emission peaks are by far the strongest spectral features of secondary radiation that have been reported. The emissions are attributed to stimulated Brillouin scattering, long predicted but hitherto never unambiguously identified in high-frequency ionospheric interaction experiments. The experiments were performed at the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP), Alaska, USA. PMID:19257596

  1. Unprecedentedly Strong and Narrow Electromagnetic Emissions Stimulated by High-Frequency Radio Waves in the Ionosphere

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    Norin, L.; Leyser, T. B.; Nordblad, E.; Thide, B.; McCarrick, M.

    2009-02-13

    Experimental results of secondary electromagnetic radiation, stimulated by high-frequency radio waves irradiating the ionosphere, are reported. We have observed emission peaks, shifted in frequency up to a few tens of Hertz from radio waves transmitted at several megahertz. These emission peaks are by far the strongest spectral features of secondary radiation that have been reported. The emissions are attributed to stimulated Brillouin scattering, long predicted but hitherto never unambiguously identified in high-frequency ionospheric interaction experiments. The experiments were performed at the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP), Alaska, USA.

  2. The Diffuse Interstellar Bands and Anomalous Microwave Emission May Originate from the Same Carriers

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    Bernstein, L. S.; Clark, F. O.; Cline, J. A.; Lynch, D. K.

    2015-11-01

    We argue that the observed spectroscopic and statistical properties of the diffuse interstellar band (DIB) carriers are those that are needed to produce the anomalous microwave emission (AME). We explore this idea using a carrier-impartial model for AME based on the observed DIB statistical properties. We show that an observed distribution of profile widths for narrow DIBs can be mapped into an AME spectrum. The mapping model is applied to width distributions observed for HD 204827 and HD 183143, selected because their spectroscopic and statistical properties bracket those for most other sight lines. The predicted AME spectra for these sight lines agree well with the range of spectral shapes, and peak frequencies, 23-31 GHz, typically observed for AME. We use the AME spectral profiles to derive a strong constraint between the average carrier size and its rotational temperature. The constraint is applied to a variety of postulated molecular carrier classes, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, fulleranes, hydrocarbon chains, and amorphous hydrocarbon clusters. The constraint favors small, cold carriers with average sizes of 8-15 carbon atoms, and average rotational temperatures of 3-10 K, depending on carrier type. We suggest new observations, analyses, and modeling efforts to help resolve the ambiguities with regard to carrier size and class, and to further clarify the DIB-AME relationship.

  3. Shocked Post-starbust Galaxy Survey: Candidate Post-Starbust Galaxies with Narrow Emission Line Ratios Arising from Shocks

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    Cales, Sabrina; Alatalo, Katherine A.; Appleton, Philip N.; Lisenfeld, Ute; Rich, Jeffrey; Nyland, Kristina; Lacy, Mark; Kewley, Lisa J.

    2015-01-01

    As galaxies age they move from the blue cloud (star forming) to the red sequence (`dead' galaxies) in the color-magnitude diagram of galaxies. Galaxies between the blue cloud and red sequence (i.e., the green valley) are caught in the act of transitioning and they show large Balmer jump and high order Balmer absorption lines in their optical spectra. These galaxies answer to many names (i.e., E+A, K+A, Hdelta-strong, post-starburst), all with similar but slightly different selection criteria. Many studies of transitioning galaxies invoke strong constraints on emission lines in order to guarantee a dominant post-starburst (rather that actively star bursting) stellar population, however these constraints bias the sample against narrow-line emission not arising from star formation, namely active galactic nuclei, low-ionization nuclear emission regions and shocks. Using the Oh-Sarzi-Schawinski-Yi (OSSY) emission and absorption line measurements for SDSS DR7 galaxies we study the intersection between transitioning galaxies and those with shock line ratios. We show that a significant fraction of transitioning galaxies have emission-line ratios indicative of shocks. We postulate that these shocks may be in part responsible for the shepherding of blue star forming galaxies to passive early-types.

  4. Using Lunar Observations to Assess Terra MODIS Thermal Emissive Bands Calibration

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    Xiong, Xiaoxiong; Chen, Hongda

    2010-01-01

    MODIS collects data in both the reflected solar and thermal emissive regions using 36 spectral bands. The center wavelengths of these bands cover the3.7 to 14.24 micron region. In addition to using its on-board calibrators (OBC), which include a full aperture solar diffuser (SD) and a blackbody (BB), lunar observations have been scheduled on a regular basis to support both Terra and Aqua MODIS on-orbit calibration and characterization. This paper provides an overview of MODIS lunar observations and their applications for the reflective solar bands (RSB) and thermal emissive bands (TEB) with an emphasis on potential calibration improvements of MODIS band 21 at 3.96 microns. This spectral band has detectors set with low gains to enable fire detection. Methodologies are proposed and examined on the use of lunar observations for the band 21 calibration. Also presented in this paper are preliminary results derived from Terra MODIS lunar observations and remaining challenging issues.

  5. Preparation of Narrow Band-Gap Cu2Sn(S,Se)3 and Fabrication of Film by Non-Vacuum Process

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    Nomura, Takeshi; Maeda, Tsuyoshi; Wada, Takahiro

    2013-04-01

    We successfully prepared a Cu2Sn(S1-xSex)3 (CTSSe) solid solution with 0?x?1.0. CTSSe solid solution powders were synthesized by mixing the elemental powders and post-annealing at 600 C. The crystal structure of Cu2SnS3 (CTS) was characterized by Rietveld refinement of the powder X-ray diffraction data and determined to be a monoclinic crystal system. The band gaps of CTSSe solid solution were determined by the diffuse reflectance spectra of the powder samples and the transmittance spectrum of the film fabricated by a non-vacuum thin-film fabrication process called printing and high-pressure sintering (PHS). The band gap (Eg) of CTS is 0.87 eV, which is in good agreement with the recently reported value of monoclinic CTS film. The band gap of the Cu2Sn(S1-xSex)3 solid solution linearly decreases from 0.87 eV (x = 0.0) to 0.67 eV (x = 0.6) with increasing Se content. The CTSSe solid solution has potential as a narrow band-gap absorber material for thin-film full spectrum solar cells.

  6. Mid- and far-infrared emission bands in C-rich proto-planetary nebulae

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    Omont, A.; Cox, P.; Moseley, S. Harvey; Glaccum, W.; Casey, Sean; Forveille, T.; Szczerba, R.; Chan, Kin-Wing

    1995-01-01

    The 16-48 micron spectra of five carbon-rich post-asymptotic giant branch (post-AGB) objects known to have an unidentified 21 micron feature in their IRAS low resolution spectrometer (LRS) spectra have been obtained using the Kuiper Airborne Observatory. A broad emission band extending from 24 to approximately 45 microns is present in the spectra of these objects. The strength of this band is variable from source to source and is not correlated with the strength of the 21 micron band. The possible identifications for the emitting material of both the 21 and 30 micron emission bands is discussed.

  7. Band-gap narrowing and magnetic behavior of Ni-doped Ba(Ti0.875Ce0.125)O3 thin films

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    Zhou, Wenliang; Deng, Hongmei; Yu, Lu; Yang, Pingxiong; Chu, Junhao

    2015-11-01

    Band-gap narrowing and magnetic effects have been observed in a Ni-doped Ba(Ti0.875Ce0.125)O3 (BTC) thin film. Structural characterizations and microstructural analysis show that the as-prepared Ba(Ti0.75Ce0.125Ni0.125)O3-δ (BTCN) thin film exhibits a cubic perovskite structure with an average grain size of 25 nm. The Ce doping at the Ti-site results in an increasing perovskite volume to favour an O-vacancy-stabilized Ni2+ substitution. Raman spectroscopy, however, shows the cubic symmetry of crystalline structures is locally lowered by the presence of dopants, significantly deviating from the ideal Pm3m space group. Moreover, BTCN presents a narrowed band-gap, much smaller than that of BaTiO3 and BTC, due to new states of both the highest occupied molecular orbital and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital in an electronic structure with the presence of Ni. Also, magnetic enhancement driven by co-doping has been confirmed in the films, which mainly stems from the exchange interaction of Ni2+ ions via an electron trapped in a bridging oxygen vacancy. These findings may open an avenue to discover and design optimal perovskite compounds for solar-energy devices and information storage.

  8. Subharmonic response of a single-degree-of-freedom nonlinear vibro-impact system to a narrow-band random excitation.

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    Haiwu, Rong; Wang, Xiangdong; Xu, Wei; Fang, Tong

    2009-08-01

    The subharmonic response of single-degree-of-freedom nonlinear vibro-impact oscillator with a one-sided barrier to narrow-band random excitation is investigated. The narrow-band random excitation used here is a filtered Gaussian white noise. The analysis is based on a special Zhuravlev transformation, which reduces the system to one without impacts, or velocity jumps, thereby permitting the applications of asymptotic averaging over the "fast" variables. The averaged stochastic equations are solved exactly by the method of moments for the mean-square response amplitude for the case of linear system with zero offset. A perturbation-based moment closure scheme is proposed and the formula of the mean-square amplitude is obtained approximately for the case of linear system with nonzero offset. The perturbation-based moment closure scheme is used once again to obtain the algebra equation of the mean-square amplitude of the response for the case of nonlinear system. The effects of damping, detuning, nonlinear intensity, bandwidth, and magnitudes of random excitations are analyzed. The theoretical analyses are verified by numerical results. Theoretical analyses and numerical simulations show that the peak amplitudes may be strongly reduced at large detunings or large nonlinear intensity. PMID:19792269

  9. Three-photon-induced blue emission with narrow bandwidth from hot flower-like ZnO nanorods.

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    Dai, Jun; Yuan, Mao-Hui; Zeng, Jian-Hua; Dai, Qiao-Feng; Lan, Sheng; Xiao, Chai; Tie, Shao-Long

    2015-11-01

    ZnO nanorods (NRs) self-organized into flowers were synthesized at different temperatures ranging from 100°C to 180°C by using the hydrothermal method. The existence of Zn interstitials (Zn(i)) was confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and a larger amount of Zn(i) was found in the ZnO NRs prepared at higher temperatures. A redshift of the emission peak of more than 15 nm was observed for the ZnO NRs under single photon excitation. The nonlinear optical properties of the flower-like ZnO NRs were characterized by using focused femtosecond laser light and strong three-photon-induced luminescence was observed at an excitation wavelength of ~750 nm. More interestingly, a large redshift of the emission peak was observed with increasing excitation intensity, resulting in efficient blue emission with a narrow bandwidth of ~30 nm. It was confirmed that the large redshift originates from the heating of the ZnO NRs to a temperature of more than 800°C and the closely packed ZnO NRs in the flowers play a crucial role in heat accumulation. The stable and efficient three-photon-induced blue emission from such ZnO NRs may find potential applications in the fields of optical display, high-temperature sensors and light therapy of tumors. PMID:26561193

  10. RFID Transponders' RF Emissions in Aircraft Communication and Navigation Radio Bands

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    Nguyen, Truong X.; Ely, Jay J.; Koppen Sandra V.; Fersch, Mariatheresa S.

    2008-01-01

    Radiated emission data in aircraft communication and navigation bands are presented for several active radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. The individual tags are different in design, operation and transmitting frequencies. The process for measuring the tags emissions in a reverberation chamber is discussed. Measurement issues dealing with tag interrogation, low level measurement in the presence of strong transmissions, and tags low duty factors are discussed. The results show strong emissions, far exceeding aircraft emission limits and can be of potential interference risks.

  11. CONNECTION BETWEEN MID-INFRARED EMISSION PROPERTIES AND NARROW-LINE REGION OUTFLOWS IN TYPE 1 ACTIVE GALACTIC NUCLEI

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    Zhang Kai; Wang Tinggui; Dong Xiaobo; Yan Lin

    2013-05-01

    The location of warm dust producing the mid-infrared (MIR) emission in type 1 active galactic nuclei (AGNs) is complex and not yet fully known. We explore this problem by studying how the MIR covering factor (CF{sub MIR} = L{sub MIR}/L{sub bol}) correlates with the fundamental parameters of AGN accretion process (such as L{sub bol}, black hole mass M{sub BH}, and Eddington ratio L/L{sub Edd}) and the properties of narrow emission lines (as represented by [O III] {lambda}5007), using large data sets derived from the Sloan Digital Sky Spectroscopic Survey (SDSS) and the Wide Infrared Sky Survey (WISE). First, we find that the luminosity of the [O III] wing component (L{sub wing}) correlates more tightly with the continuum luminosity ({lambda}L{sub {lambda}}(5100)) than the luminosity of the line core component (L{sub core}) does, which is in line with our previous conclusion that the wing component, generally blueshifted, originates from the polar outflows in the inner narrow-line region (NLR). We then find that the MIR CF shows the strongest correlation with L{sub wing}/L{sub bol} rather than with L{sub core}/L{sub bol} or the above fundamental AGN parameters, and the correlation becomes stronger as the infrared wavelength increases. We also confirm the anti-correlations of CF{sub MIR} with L{sub bol} and M{sub BH}, and the lack of dependence of CF{sub MIR} on the Eddington ratio. These results suggest that a large fraction of the warm dust producing MIR emission in AGNs is likely embedded in polar outflows in the NLR instead of in the torus.

  12. Defect-Band Emission Photoluminescence Imaging on Multi-Crystalline Si Solar Cells: Preprint

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    Yan, F.; Johnston, S.; Zaunbrecher, K.; Al-Jassim, M.; Sidelkheir, O.; Blosse, A.

    2011-07-01

    Defect-band photoluminescence (PL) imaging with an InGaAs camera was applied to multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) wafers, which were taken from different heights of different Si bricks. Neighboring wafers were picked at six different processing steps, from as-cut to post-metallization. By using different cut-off filters, we were able to separate the band-to-band emission images from the defect-band emission images. On the defect-band emission images, the bright regions that originate from the grain boundaries and defect clusters were extracted from the PL images. The area fraction percentage of these regions at various processing stages shows a correlation with the final cell electrical parameters.

  13. Valence-band energy spectrum of solid solutions of narrow-gap-semiconductor Bi2-xSnxTe3 single crystals

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    Kulbachinskii, V. A.; Inoue, M.; Sasaki, M.; Negishi, H.; Gao, W. X.; Takase, K.; Giman, Y.; Lostak, P.; Horak, J.

    1994-12-01

    Electrical resistivities along the C2 and C3 axes, Hall effect, Shubnikov-de Haas effect, and pulsed-laser-induced transient thermoelectric effect (TTE) have been measured in the temperature range 4.2-300 K for solid solutions of narrow-gap p-type Bi2-xSnxTe3 (0<=x<=0.035) single crystals. We have found systematic variations of the hole concentration, Hall mobility, Dingle temperature, and cyclotron mass with increasing Sn content. By doping Sn atoms, the hole Fermi energy of the upper valence band (UVB) is increased and a Sn-induced impurity band is formed near the top of the lower valence band (LVB) lying by about 15 meV below the top of the UVB. The observed TTE voltages decay exponentially with time, showing a multiple relaxation process with characteristic relaxation times for thermal diffusions of photogenerated carriers. The TTE data show that there are at least four different relaxation times (?1-?4) due to holes, and two, ?5 and ?6, due to electrons. Combined with the transport data, as well as the existing band model, we have evaluated the effective masses m*1~=0.033m0 and m*2~=0.060m0 for the many-valley hole Fermi surfaces of the UVB, as well as two effective masses m*3~=0.16m0 and m*4~=0.31m0 for the LVB along the C2 direction, corresponding to ?1-?4, respectively. Discussion will be given for the energy spectrum and anisotropy in the UVB and LVB, as well as the lower electron band, in this material system. The thermal conductivities for holes and lattices are also evaluated from the TTE data.

  14. Narrow-band pass filter array for integrated opto-electronic spectroscopy detectors to assess esophageal tissue.

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    Ferreira, Dbora S; Mirkovic, Jelena; Wolffenbuttel, Reinoud F; Correia, Jos H; Feld, Michael S; Minas, Graa

    2011-06-01

    A strategy for spectroscopy tissue diagnosis using a small number of wavelengths is reported. The feasibility to accurately quantify tissue information using only 16 wavelengths is demonstrated with several wavelength reduction simulations of the existing esophageal data set. These results are an important step for the development of a miniaturized, robust and low-cost spectroscopy system. This system is based on a sub-millimeter high-selective filter array that offers prospects for a simplified miniature spectrographic detector for a future diagnostic tool to improve the diagnosis of dysplasia. Several thin-film optical filters are optimized and fabricated and its spectral performance is shown to be sufficient for the selection of specific wavelength bands. PMID:21698030

  15. N2 triplet band emissions in the dayglow of Venus, Mars, and Titan

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    Jain, Sonal Kumar; Bhardwaj, Anil

    2012-07-01

    Vegard-Kaplan (VK) and Second Positive emissions of N_2 are common features in the terrestrial dayglow and aurora and have been studied extensively. Recent discoveries of N_2 triplet band emissions on Mars by SPICAM/Mars-Express and on Titan by Cassini UVIS have led planetary scientists to look for the processes governing the N_2 triplet band emissions in different planetary atmospheres. Present work deals with the modeling of N_2 triplet band emission on Mars, Venus, and Titan. A model for N_2 triplet band emissions has been developed and used to explain the recent observations of N_2 Vegard-Kaplan (VK) (A^3?_u^+ - X^1?^+_g ) band on Mars and Titan. Steady state photoelectron fluxes and volume excitation rates have been calculated using the Analytical Yield Spectra technique. Since interstate cascading is important for triplet states of N_2, the population of any given level of N_2 triplet states is calculated under statistical equilibrium considering direct excitation, cascading, and quenching effects. Relative population of all vibrational levels of each triplet state is calculated in the model. Line of sight intensities and height-integrated overhead intensities have been calculated for VK, First Positive ( B^3?_g - A^3?^+_u ), Second Positive ( C^3?_u - B^3?_g ), Wu-Benesch (W^3?_u - B^3?_g), Reverse First Positive, Herman--Kaplan (E ? A), E ? B, and E ? C bands of N_2. The N_2 VK band span wavelength range from far ultraviolet to visible, and some transitions even originate at wavelength more than 1000 nm . Our calculations show that the overhead intensity of VK bands in the wavelength range 400--800, 300--190, 200--300, and 150--200 nm are 22%, 39%, 35%, and 4% of the total VK band emission. Emissions between 600 and 800 nm wavelength consist of about 50% of the total First Positive band system. Major portion of Second Positive band emissions lie in wavelengths between 300 and 400 nm, which is more than 90% of the total Second Positive band overhead intensity. On Mars, a reduction in the N_2 density by a factor of 3 in the Mars thermospheric general circulation model is required to obtain agreement between calculated limb profiles of VK (0-6) and the SPICAM/MEX observation. On Titan, the calculated intensity of N_2 VK band in 150--190 nm wavelength range is in good agreement with the Cassini-UVIS observation. Calculations are also carried out on Venus using this model. Calculated intensities on Venus are about factor of 10 higher than that on Mars. The results will be presented and discussed.

  16. Si3N4 emissivity and the unidentified infrared bands

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    Russell, Ray W.; Chatelain, M. A.; Hecht, James H.; Stephens, John R.

    1989-01-01

    Infrared spectroscopy of warm (about 150 to 750 K), dusty astronomical sources has revealed a structured emission spectrum which can be diagnostic of the composition, temperature, and in some cases, even size and shape of the grains giving rise to the observed emission. The identifications of silicate emission in oxygen rich objects and SiC in carbon rich object are two examples of this type of analysis. Cometary spectra at moderate resolution have similarly revealed silicate emission, tying together interstellar and interplanetary dust. However, Goebel has pointed out that some astronomical sources appear to contain a different type of dust which results in a qualitatively different spectral shape in the 8 to 13 micron region. The spectra shown make it appear unlikely that silicon nitride can be identified as the source of the 8 to 13 micron emission in either NGC 6572 or Nova Aql 1982. The similarity between the general wavelength and shape of the 10 micron emission from some silicates and that from the two forms of silicon nitride reported could allow a mix of cosmic grains which include some silicon nitride if only the 8 to 13 micron data are considered.

  17. An intelligent copper(II) luminescent sensor using europium narrow emissions based on titania hybrid material

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    Tang, Ke; Ma, Qianmin; Zhan, Qingguang; Wang, Qianming

    2014-07-01

    A new kind of europium 2,6-Pyridinedicarboxylic acid complex was synthesized and immobilized in titania via modification of this network. Then a europium luminescent hybrid material was fabricated, which gave prominent red emission. More importantly, this target material exhibited highly selective and rapid quenching effect to copper ion in contrast with Ca2+, Na+, K+, Ni2+, Zn2+, Mn2+, Ag+ and Fe3+ in pure water. The europium containing titania hybrid material could be promising for the fabrication of functional sensing devices.

  18. Amplified spontaneous emission measurement of a line-narrowed, tunable, Ti:Al2O3 amplifier using rubidium absorption

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    Barnes, James C.; Barnes, Norman P.; Lockard, George E.; Cross, Patricia L.

    1989-01-01

    Amplified spontaneous emission, ASE, generated by a Ti:Al2O3 laser amplifier has been measured as a function of pump energy, and thus gain, using the atomic absorption of rubidium, Rb, gas at 0.780 micron. By tuning the Ti:Al2O3 laser, the Rb cell could selectively absorb the narrow spectral bandwidth laser radiation while transmitting the wide spectral bandwidth ASE. Transmission of laser amplifier pulses through a Rb absorption cell, measured at various temperatures, thus allows the measurement of the weak ASE in the vicinity of the strong laser pulse. A model for the transmission of Rb as a function of temperature and wavelength has been developed. The measured transmissions are in good agreement with the transmission model predictions.

  19. Predicting Thaumastocoris peregrinus damage using narrow band normalized indices and hyperspectral indices using field spectra resampled to the Hyperion sensor

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    Oumar, Z.; Mutanga, O.; Ismail, R.

    2013-04-01

    Thaumastocoris peregrinus (T. peregrinus) is a sap sucking insect that feeds on Eucalyptus leaves. It poses a threat to the forest industry by reducing the photosynthetic ability of the tree, resulting in stunted growth and even death of severely infested trees. Remote sensing techniques offer the potential to detect and map T. peregrinus infestations in plantation forests using current operational hyperspectral scanners. This study resampled field spectral data measured from a field spectrometer to the band settings of the Hyperion sensor in order to assess its potential in predicting T. peregrinus damage. Normalized indices based on NDVI ratios were calculated using the resampled visible and near-infrared bands of the Hyperion sensor to assess its utility in predicting T. peregrinus damage using Partial Least Squares (PLS) regression. The top 20 normalized indices were based on specific biochemical absorption features that predicted T. peregrinus damage with a mean bootstrapped R2 value of 0.63 on an independent test dataset. The top 20 indices were located in the near-infrared region between 803.3 nm and 894.9 nm. Twenty three previously published hyperspectral indices which have been used to assess stress in vegetation were also used to predict T. peregrinus damage and resulted in a mean bootstrapped R2 value of 0.59 on an independent test dataset. The datasets were combined to assess its collective strength in predicting T. peregrinus damage and significant indices were chosen based on variable importance scores (VIP) and were then entered into a PLS model. The indices chosen by VIP predicted T. peregrinus damage with a mean bootstrapped R2 value of 0.71 on an independent test dataset. A greedy backward variable selection model was further tested on the VIP selected indices in order to find the best subset of indices with the best predictive accuracy. The greedy backward variable selection model identified 3 indices and performed the best by predicting damage with an R2 value of 0.74 with the lowest RMSE of 1.30% on an independent test dataset. The best three indices identified include the anthocyanin reflectance index, carotenoid reflectance index and the normalized index calculated at 864.4 and 884.7 nm. Individual relationships between these indices and T. peregrinus damage indicate that high correlations are obtained with the inclusion of a few severely infested trees in the sample size. When the severely infested trees were removed from the study, the normalized index (864.4 and 884.7 nm) and the anthocyanin reflectance index still yielded significant correlations at the 99% confidence interval. This study indicates the significance of normalized indices and spectral indices calculated from the visible and near-infrared bands in hyperspectral data for the prediction of T. peregrinus damage.

  20. 33 W quasi-continuous-wave narrow-band sodium D2a laser by sum-frequency generation in LBO

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    Wang, Peng-Yuan; Xie, Shi-Yong; Bo, Yong; Wang, Bao-Shan; Zuo, Jun-Wei; Wang, Zhi-Chao; Shen, Yu; Zhang, Feng-Feng; Wei, Kai; Jin, Kai; Xu, Yi-Ting; Xu, Jia-Lin; Peng, Qin-Jun; Zhang, Jing-Yuan; Lei, Wen-Qiang; Cui, Da-Fu; Zhang, Yu-Dong; Xu, Zu-Yan

    2014-09-01

    We demonstrate an all-solid quasi-continuous-wave (QCW) narrow-band source tunable to sodium D2a line at 589.159 nm. The source is based on sum-frequency mixing between lasers at 1064 nm and 1319 nm in a LBO crystal. The 1064 nm and 1319 nm lasers are produced from two diode side-pumped Nd:YAG master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) laser systems, respectively. A 33 W output of 589 nm laser is obtained with beam quality factor M2 = 1.25, frequency stability better than 0.2 GHz and linewidth less than 0.44 GHz. A prototype 589 nm laser system is assembled, and a sodium laser guided star has been successfully observed in the field test.

  1. Thiophene-S,S-dioxidized Indophenine: A Quinoid-Type Building Block with High Electron Affinity for Constructing n-Type Polymer Semiconductors with Narrow Band Gaps.

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    Deng, Yunfeng; Sun, Bin; He, Yinghui; Quinn, Jesse; Guo, Chang; Li, Yuning

    2016-03-01

    Three thiophene-S,S-dioxidized indophenine (IDTO) isomers, 3?a (E,E,E), 3?b (Z,E,E), and 3?c (Z,E,Z), were synthesized by oxidation of an indophenine compound. 3?b and 3?c could be converted into the most-stable 3?a by heating at 110?C. An IDTO-containing conjugated polymer, PIDTOTT, was prepared using 3?a as a comonomer through a Stille coupling reaction, and it possesses a narrow band gap and low energy levels. In organic field effect transistors (OFETs), PIDTOTT exhibited unipolar n-type semiconductor characteristics with unexpectedly high electron mobility (up to 0.14?cm(2) ?V(-1) ?s(-1) ), despite its rather disordered chain packing. PMID:26836777

  2. A novel ultra-narrow transmission-band fiber Bragg grating and its application in a single-longitudinal-mode fiber laser with improved efficiency

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    Liu, Xueming

    2007-12-01

    A novel design approach to ultra-narrow transmission-band fiber Bragg grating (FBG) is proposed and demonstrated for the first time. The new grating consists of multiple identical distributed-Bragg reflector (DBR) cavities and a ?-phase-shifted gap, and hence, the proposed laser is constructed by the cascade of these identical DBR fiber lasers. By manufacturing the proposed grating in a piece of Er-Yb codoped fiber, a single-wavelength single-longitudinal-mode (SLM) fiber laser with improved efficiency is demonstrated experimentally. The experimental results show that the pump-to-signal conversion efficiency of the proposed laser is improved by a factor of two in comparison with the optimized distributed-feedback (DFB) fiber lasers.

  3. Yb5Ga2Sb6: a mixed valent and narrow-band gap material in the RE5M2X6 family.

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    Subbarao, Udumula; Sarkar, Sumanta; Gudelli, Vijay Kumar; Kanchana, V; Vaitheeswaran, G; Peter, Sebastian C

    2013-12-01

    A new compound Yb5Ga2Sb6 was synthesized by the metal flux technique as well as high frequency induction heating. Yb5Ga2Sb6 crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pbam (no. 55), in the Ba5Al2Bi6 structure type, with a unit cell of a = 7.2769(2) , b = 22.9102(5) , c = 4.3984(14) , and Z = 2. Yb5Ga2Sb6 has an anisotropic structure with infinite anionic double chains (Ga2Sb6)(10-) cross-linked by Yb(2+) and Yb(3+) ions. Each single chain is made of corner-sharing GaSb4 tetrahedra. Two such chains are bridged by Sb2 groups to form double chains of 1/? [Ga2Sb6(10-)]. The compound satisfies the classical Zintl-Klemm concept and is a narrow band gap semiconductor with an energy gap of around 0.36 eV calculated from the electrical resistivity data corroborating with the experimental absorption studies in the IR region (0.3 eV). Magnetic measurements suggest Yb atoms in Yb5Ga2Sb6 exist in the mixed valent state. Temperature dependent magnetic susceptibility data follows the Curie-Weiss behavior above 100 K and no magnetic ordering was observed down to 2 K. Experiments are accompanied by all electron full-potential linear augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) calculations based on density functional theory to calculate the electronic structure and density of states. The calculated band structure shows a weak overlap of valence band and conduction band resulting in a pseudo gap in the density of states revealing semimetallic character. PMID:24224906

  4. Ortho-Rectification of Narrow Band Multi-Spectral Imagery Assisted by Dslr RGB Imagery Acquired by a Fixed-Wing Uas

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    Rau, J.-Y.; Jhan, J.-P.; Huang, C.-Y.

    2015-08-01

    Miniature Multiple Camera Array (MiniMCA-12) is a frame-based multilens/multispectral sensor composed of 12 lenses with narrow band filters. Due to its small size and light weight, it is suitable to mount on an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) for acquiring high spectral, spatial and temporal resolution imagery used in various remote sensing applications. However, due to its wavelength range is only 10 nm that results in low image resolution and signal-to-noise ratio which are not suitable for image matching and digital surface model (DSM) generation. In the meantime, the spectral correlation among all 12 bands of MiniMCA images are low, it is difficult to perform tie-point matching and aerial triangulation at the same time. In this study, we thus propose the use of a DSLR camera to assist automatic aerial triangulation of MiniMCA-12 imagery and to produce higher spatial resolution DSM for MiniMCA12 ortho-image generation. Depending on the maximum payload weight of the used UAS, these two kinds of sensors could be collected at the same time or individually. In this study, we adopt a fixed-wing UAS to carry a Canon EOS 5D Mark2 DSLR camera and a MiniMCA-12 multi-spectral camera. For the purpose to perform automatic aerial triangulation between a DSLR camera and the MiniMCA-12, we choose one master band from MiniMCA-12 whose spectral range has overlap with the DSLR camera. However, all lenses of MiniMCA-12 have different perspective centers and viewing angles, the original 12 channels have significant band misregistration effect. Thus, the first issue encountered is to reduce the band misregistration effect. Due to all 12 MiniMCA lenses being frame-based, their spatial offsets are smaller than 15 cm and all images are almost 98% overlapped, we thus propose a modified projective transformation (MPT) method together with two systematic error correction procedures to register all 12 bands of imagery on the same image space. It means that those 12 bands of images acquired at the same exposure time will have same interior orientation parameters (IOPs) and exterior orientation parameters (EOPs) after band-to-band registration (BBR). Thus, in the aerial triangulation stage, the master band of MiniMCA-12 was treated as a reference channel to link with DSLR RGB images. It means, all reference images from the master band of MiniMCA-12 and all RGB images were triangulated at the same time with same coordinate system of ground control points (GCP). Due to the spatial resolution of RGB images is higher than the MiniMCA-12, the GCP can be marked on the RGB images only even they cannot be recognized on the MiniMCA images. Furthermore, a one meter gridded digital surface model (DSM) is created by the RGB images and applied to the MiniMCA imagery for ortho-rectification. Quantitative error analyses show that the proposed BBR scheme can achieve 0.33 pixels of average misregistration residuals length and the co-registration errors among 12 MiniMCA ortho-images and between MiniMCA and Canon RGB ortho-images are all less than 0.6 pixels. The experimental results demonstrate that the proposed method is robust, reliable and accurate for future remote sensing applications.

  5. EXTENDED NARROW-LINE EMISSION IN THE BRIGHT SEYFERT 1.5 GALAXY HE 2211-3903

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    Scharwaechter, J.; Dopita, M. A.; Zuther, J.; Fischer, S.; Eckart, A.; Komossa, S.

    2011-08-15

    Extended narrow-line regions (ENLRs) and extended emission-line regions have been the focus of integral field spectroscopy aiming at the inner kiloparsecs of nearby Seyfert galaxies as well as the larger environment of high-redshift QSOs. Based on observations with the Wide Field Spectrograph at the 2.3 m telescope of the Australian National University, we present spatially resolved emission-line diagnostics of the bright Seyfert 1.5 galaxy HE 2211-3903 which is drawn from a sample of the brightest Seyfert galaxies at z < 0.06 with luminosities around the classical Seyfert/QSO demarcation. In addition to the previously known spiral arms of HE 2211-3903, the emission-line maps reveal a large-scale ring with a radius of about 6 kpc which is connected to the active galactic nucleus (AGN) through a bar-like structure. The overall gas kinematics indicates a disk rotation pattern. The emission-line ratios show Seyfert-type, H II region-type, and composite classifications, while there is no strong evidence of LINER-type ratios. Shock ionization is likely to be negligible throughout the galaxy. The composite line ratios are explained via a mixing line between AGN and H II region photoionization. Composite line ratios are predominantly found in between the H II regions in the circum-nuclear region, the bar-like structure to the east of the nucleus, and the eastern half of the ring, suggesting AGN photoionization of the low-density interstellar medium in an ENLR on galaxy scales. The line ratios in the nucleus indicate N enrichment, which is discussed in terms of chemical enrichment by Wolf-Rayet and asymptotic giant branch stars during past and ongoing nuclear starburst activity.

  6. Searching for correlations in simultaneous X-ray and UV emission in the narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxy 1H 0707-495

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    Robertson, D. R. S.; Gallo, L. C.; Zoghbi, A.; Fabian, A. C.

    2015-11-01

    We examine simultaneous X-ray and UV light curves from multi-epoch 8 d XMM-Newton observations of the narrow line Seyfert 1 galaxy 1H 0707-495. The simultaneous observations reveal that both X-ray and UV emission are variable and that the amplitude of the X-ray variations is significantly greater than that of the UV variations in both epochs. Using a discrete correlation function the X-ray and UV light curves were examined for correlation on time-scales up to 7 d. Low-significance (95 per cent confidence) correlations with the UV leading the X-ray variations are observed. The lack of a significant correlation between the UV and X-ray bands seems consistent with the X-ray source being centrally compact and dominated by light bending close to the black hole. In addition, multiband X-ray light curves were examined for correlations on similar time-scales. Highly significant (>99.9 per cent confidence) correlations were observed at zero lag consistent with previous studies of this active galactic nucleus.

  7. Techniques to minimize adjacent band emissions from Earth Exploration Satellites to protect the Space Research (Category B) Earth Stations in the 8400-8450 MHz band

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    Wang, Charles C.; Sue, Miles K.; Manshadi, Farzin

    2004-01-01

    The Earth Exploration Satellites operating in the 8025-8400 MHz band can have strong adjacent band emissions on the8400-8450 MHz band which is allocated for Space Research (Category-B). The unwanted emission may exceed the protection criterion establish by the ITU-R for the protection of the Space Research (Category B) earth stations, i.e., deep-space earth stations. An SFCG Action Item (SF 23/14) was created during the 23rd SFCG meeting to explore technical and operational techniques to reduce the adjacent band emissions. In response to this action item, a study was conducted and results are presented in this document.

  8. CO Cameron band and CO2+ UV doublet emissions in the dayglow of Venus: Role of CO in the Cameron band production

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    Bhardwaj, Anil; Jain, Sonal Kumar

    2013-06-01

    The present study deals with the model calculations of CO Cameron band and CO2+ ultraviolet doublet emissions in the dayglow of Venus. The overhead and limb intensities of CO Cameron band and CO2+ UV doublet emissions are calculated for low, moderate, and high solar activity conditions. Using updated cross sections, the impact of different e-CO cross sections for Cameron band production is estimated. The electron impact on CO is the major source mechanism of Cameron band, followed by electron and photon impact dissociation of CO2. The overhead intensities of CO Cameron band and CO2+UV doublet emissions are about a factor of 2 higher in solar maximum than those in solar minimum condition. The effect of solar EUV flux models on the emission intensity is 30-40% in solar minimum condition and 2-10% in solar maximum condition. At the altitude of emission peak (135 km), the model predicted limb intensity of CO Cameron band and CO2+ UV doublet emissions in moderate (F10.7=130) solar activity condition is about 2400 and 300 kR, respectively, which is in agreement with the very recently published SPICAV/Venus Express observation. The model limb intensity profiles of CO Cameron band and CO2+UV doublet are compared with SPICAV observation. We also calculated intensities of N2Vegard-Kaplan UV bands and O I 2972 emissions during moderate and high solar activity conditions.

  9. Discovery of SiO Band Emission from Galactic B[e] Supergiants

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    Kraus, M.; Oksala, M. E.; Cidale, L. S.; Arias, M. L.; Torres, A. F.; Borges Fernandes, M.

    2015-02-01

    B[e] supergiants (B[e]SGs) are evolved massive stars in a short-lived transition phase. During this phase, these objects eject large amounts of material, which accumulate in a circumstellar disk-like structure. The expelled material is typically dense and cool, providing the cradle for molecule and dust condensation and for a rich, ongoing chemistry. Very little is known about the chemical composition of these disks, beyond the emission from dust and CO revolving around the star on Keplerian orbits. As massive stars preserve an oxygen-rich surface composition throughout their life, other oxygen-based molecules can be expected to form. As SiO is the second most stable oxygen compound, we initiated an observing campaign to search for first-overtone SiO emission bands. We obtained high-resolution near-infrared L-band spectra for a sample of Galactic B[e]SGs with reported CO band emission. We clearly detect emission from the SiO first-overtone bands in CPD-52 9243 and indications for faint emission in HD 62623, HD 327083, and CPD-57 2874. From model fits, we find that in all these stars the SiO bands are rotationally broadened with a velocity lower than observed in the CO band forming regions, suggesting that SiO forms at larger distances from the star. Hence, searching for and analyzing these bands is crucial for studying the structure and kinematics of circumstellar disks, because they trace complementary regions to the CO band formation zone. Moreover, since SiO molecules are the building blocks for silicate dust, their study might provide insight in the early stage of dust formation. Based on observations collected with the ESO VLT Paranal Observatory under program 093.D-0248(A).

  10. DISCOVERY OF SiO BAND EMISSION FROM GALACTIC B[e] SUPERGIANTS

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    Kraus, M.; Oksala, M. E.; Cidale, L. S.; Arias, M. L.; Torres, A. F.; Fernandes, M. Borges

    2015-02-20

    B[e] supergiants (B[e]SGs) are evolved massive stars in a short-lived transition phase. During this phase, these objects eject large amounts of material, which accumulate in a circumstellar disk-like structure. The expelled material is typically dense and cool, providing the cradle for molecule and dust condensation and for a rich, ongoing chemistry. Very little is known about the chemical composition of these disks, beyond the emission from dust and CO revolving around the star on Keplerian orbits. As massive stars preserve an oxygen-rich surface composition throughout their life, other oxygen-based molecules can be expected to form. As SiO is the second most stable oxygen compound, we initiated an observing campaign to search for first-overtone SiO emission bands. We obtained high-resolution near-infrared L-band spectra for a sample of Galactic B[e]SGs with reported CO band emission. We clearly detect emission from the SiO first-overtone bands in CPD-52 9243 and indications for faint emission in HD 62623, HD 327083, and CPD-57 2874. From model fits, we find that in all these stars the SiO bands are rotationally broadened with a velocity lower than observed in the CO band forming regions, suggesting that SiO forms at larger distances from the star. Hence, searching for and analyzing these bands is crucial for studying the structure and kinematics of circumstellar disks, because they trace complementary regions to the CO band formation zone. Moreover, since SiO molecules are the building blocks for silicate dust, their study might provide insight in the early stage of dust formation.

  11. Origin of multi-band emission from the microquasar Cygnus X-1

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    Zhang, Jianfu; Lu, Jufu; Xu, Bing

    2014-06-20

    We study the origin of non-thermal emissions from the Galactic black hole X-ray binary Cygnus X-1, which is a confirmed high-mass microquasar. By analogy with the methods used in studies of active galactic nuclei, we propose a two-dimensional, time-dependent radiation model from the microquasar Cygnus X-1. In this model, the evolution equation for relativistic electrons in a conical jet are numerically solved by including escape, adiabatic, and various radiative losses. The radiative processes involved are synchrotron emission, its self-Compton scattering, and inverse Compton scatterings of an accretion disk and its surrounding stellar companion. This model also includes an electromagnetic cascade process of an anisotropic γ-γ interaction. We study the spectral properties of electron evolution and its emission spectral characteristic at different heights of the emission region located in the jet. We find that radio data from Cygnus X-1 are reproduced by the synchrotron emission, the Fermi Large Area Telescope measurements by the synchrotron emission and Comptonization of photons of the stellar companion, and the TeV band emission fluxes by the Comptonization of the stellar photons. Our results show the following. (1) The radio emission region extends from the binary system scales to the termination of the jet. (2) The GeV band emissions should originate from the distance close to the binary system scales. (3) The TeV band emissions could be inside the binary system, and these emissions could be probed by the upcoming Cherenkov Telescope Array. (4) The MeV tail emissions, which produce a strongly linearly polarized signal, are emitted inside the binary system. The location of the emissions is very close to the inner region of the jet.

  12. Anatomy of the AGN in NGC 5548. V. A clear view of the X-ray narrow emission lines

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    Whewell, M.; Branduardi-Raymont, G.; Kaastra, J. S.; Mehdipour, M.; Steenbrugge, K. C.; Bianchi, S.; Behar, E.; Ebrero, J.; Cappi, M.; Costantini, E.; De Marco, B.; Di Gesu, L.; Kriss, G. A.; Paltani, S.; Peterson, B. M.; Petrucci, P.-O.; Pinto, C.; Ponti, G.

    2015-09-01

    Context. Our consortium performed an extensive multi-wavelength campaign of the nearby Seyfert 1 galaxy NGC 5548 in 2013-14. The source appeared unusually heavily absorbed in the soft X-rays, and signatures of outflowing absorption were also present in the UV. He-like triplets of neon, oxygen and nitrogen, and radiative recombination continuum (RRC) features were found to dominate the soft X-ray spectrum due to the low continuum flux. Aims: Here we focus on characterising these narrow emission features using data obtained from the XMM-Newton RGS (770 ks stacked spectrum). Methods: We use spex for our initial analysis of these features. Self-consistent photoionisation models from Cloudy are then compared with the data to characterise the physical conditions of the emitting region. Results: Outflow velocity discrepancies within the O VII triplet lines can be explained if the X-ray narrow-line region (NLR) in NGC 5548 is absorbed by at least one of the six warm absorber components found by previous analyses. The RRCs allow us to directly calculate a temperature of the emitting gas of a few eV (~104 K), favouring photoionised conditions. We fit the data with a Cloudy model of log ? = 1.45 0.05 erg cm s-1, log NH = 22.9 0.4 cm-2 and log vturb = 2.25 0.5 km s-1 for the emitting gas; this is the first time the X-ray NLR gas in this source has been modelled so comprehensively. This allows us to estimate the distance from the central source to the illuminated face of the emitting clouds as 13.9 0.6 pc, consistent with previous work.

  13. The size of the narrow-line-emitting region in the Seyfert 1 galaxy NGC 5548 from emission-line variability

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    Peterson, B. M.; Denney, K. D.; De Rosa, G.; Grier, C. J.; Pogge, R. W.; Kochanek, C. S.; Bentz, M. C.; Vestergaard, M.; Kilerci-Eser, E.; Dalla Bontà, E.; Ciroi, S.

    2013-12-20

    The narrow [O III] λλ4959, 5007 emission-line fluxes in the spectrum of the well-studied Seyfert 1 galaxy NGC 5548 are shown to vary with time. From this we show that the narrow-line-emitting region has a radius of only 1-3 pc and is denser (n {sub e} ∼ 10{sup 5} cm{sup –3}) than previously supposed. The [O III] line width is consistent with virial motions at this radius given previous determinations of the black hole mass. Since the [O III] emission-line flux is usually assumed to be constant and is therefore used to calibrate spectroscopic monitoring data, the variability has ramifications for the long-term secular variations of continuum and emission-line fluxes, though it has no effect on shorter-term reverberation studies. We present corrected optical continuum and broad Hβ emission-line light curves for the period 1988-2008.

  14. Bulk band gaps in divalent hexaborides: A soft x-ray emission study

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    Denlinger, Jonathan D.; Gweon, Gey-Hong; Allen, James W.; Bianchi, Andrea D.; Fisk, Zachary

    2001-10-03

    Boron K-edge soft x-ray emission and absorption are used to address the fundamental question of whether divalent hexaborides are intrinsic semimetals or defect-doped bandgap insulators. These bulk sensitive measurements, complementary and consistent with surface-sensitive angle-resolved photoemission experiments, confirm the existence of a bulk band gap and the location of the chemical potential at the bottom of the conduction band.

  15. Unidirectional total variation destriping using difference curvature in MODIS emissive bands

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    Wang, Mi; Zheng, Xinghui; Pan, Jun; Wang, Bin

    2016-03-01

    This paper presents a method of unidirectional total variation destriping using difference curvature in MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer) emissive bands. First, difference curvature is utilized to extract spatial information at each pixel; and the spatially weighted parameters that constructed by extracted spatial information are incorporated into the unidirectional total variation model to adaptively adjust the destriping strength for achieving a better destriping result and preserving the detail information meantime. Second, the split Bregman iteration method is employed to optimize the proposed model. Finally, experimental results from MODIS emissive bands and comparisons with other methods demonstrate the potential of the presented method for MODIS image destriping.

  16. The MAON model of Astronomical Unidentified Infrared Emission Bands

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    Kwok, Sun; Zhang, Yong

    2015-08-01

    Infrared spectroscopic observations of the stretching and bending modes of aliphatic and aromatic compounds are now seen throughout the Universe, from the diffuse interstellar medium of the Milky Way Galaxy to distant galaxies. Observations of evolved stars have revealed a rapid (~10$^3$ year time scale) and continuous synthesis of organic materials from the end of the asymptotic giant branch (AGB), to proto-planetary nebulae, to planetary nebulae. These synthesized products are ejected into the interstellar medium through stellar winds and as a result enriching the Galaxy with complex organics. Analysis of the infrared spectra suggests that the chemical structure of the carrier is consistent with that of mixed aromatic and aliphatic nanoparticles (MAON). These structures are very similar to those of the insoluble organic matter found in meteorites, suggesting that the early solar system may have been enriched by stellar ejecta.ReferencesKwok, S. The Synthesis of Organic and Inorganic Compounds in Evolved Stars, Nature, 430, 985 (2004)Kwok, S. and Zhang, Y. Mixed aromatic/aliphatic organic nanoparticles as carriers of unidentified infrared emission features, Nature, 479, 80 (2011)Kwok, S. Organic Matter in the Universe, Wiley (2011)

  17. Ocean Surface Emissivity at L-band (1.4 GHz): The Dependence on Salinity and Roughness

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    LeVine, D. M.; Lang, R.; Wentz, F.; Messiner, T.

    2012-01-01

    A characterization of the emissivity of sea water at L-band is important for the remote sensing of sea surface salinity. Measurements of salinity are currently being made in the radio astronomy band at 1.413 GHz by ESA's Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission and NASA's Aquarius instrument aboard the Aquarius/SAC-D observatory. The goal of both missions is accuracy on the order of 0.1 psu. This requires accurate knowledge of the dielectric constant of sea water as a function of salinity and temperature and also the effect of waves (roughness). The former determines the emissivity of an ideal (i.e. flat) surface and the later is the major source of error from predictions based on a flat surface. These two aspects of the problem of characterizing the emissivity are being addressed in the context of the Aquarius mission. First, laboratory measurements are being made of the dielectric constant of sea water. This is being done at the George Washington University using a resonant cavity. In this technique, sea water of known salinity and temperature is fed into the cavity along its axis through a narrow tube. The sea water changes the resonant frequency and Q of the cavity which, if the sample is small enough, can be related to the dielectric constant of the sample. An extensive set of measurements have been conducted at 1.413 GHz to develop a model for the real and imaginary part of the dielectric constant as a function of salinity and temperature. The results are compared to the predictions of models based on parameterization of the Debye resonance of the water molecule. The models and measurements are close; however, the differences are significant for remote sensing of salinity. This is especially true at low temperatures where the sensitivity to salinity is lowest.

  18. Absorption of monochromatic and narrow band radiation in the visible and near IR by both mitochondrial and non-mitochondrial photoacceptors results in photobiomodulation.

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    Passarella, Salvatore; Karu, Tiina

    2014-11-01

    In addition to the major functions performed by in the cell, mitochondria play a major role in cell-light interaction. Accordingly it is generally accepted that mitochondria are crucial in cell photobiomodulation; however a variety of biomolecules themselves proved to be targets of light irradiation. We describe whether and how mitochondria can interact with monochromatic and narrow band radiation in the red and near IR optical regions with dissection of both structural and functional effects likely leading to photobiostimulation. Moreover we also report that a variety of biomolecules localized in mitochondria and/or in other cell compartments including cytochrome c oxidase, some proteins, nucleic acids and adenine nucleotides are light sensitive with major modifications in their biochemistry. All together the reported investigations show that the elucidation of the mechanism of the light interaction with biological targets still remains to be completed, this needing further research, however the light sensitivity of a variety of molecules strongly suggests that photobiomodulation could be used in both in photomedicine and in biotechnology. PMID:25226343

  19. Xenon chloride ultraviolet B laser is more effective in treating psoriasis and in inducing T cell apoptosis than narrow-band ultraviolet B.

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    Novk, Zoltn; Bnis, Bla; Balts, Eszter; Ocsovszki, Imre; Igncz, Ferenc; Dobozy, Attila; Kemny, Lajos

    2002-05-01

    Earlier we reported that a 308-nm xenon chloride (XeCl) UVB laser is highly effective for treating psoriasis. As ultraviolet B light seems to cause T cell apoptosis, in the present study we studied the ability of the XeCl laser to induce T-cell apoptosis in vitro, and then compared the apoptosis-inducing capacities of narrow-band UVB (NB-UVB) light and the XeCl laser. The role of laser impulse frequency and intensity in the therapeutical and apoptosis-inducing efficacy of XeCl laser was also investigated. Both XeCl laser and NB-UVB induced T cell apoptosis, but quantitative induction was greater with XeCl laser. Changes in the frequency and intensity of impulses of XeCl laser did not influence its therapeutic and T cell apoptosis-inducing efficacy. These results suggest that the more effective induction of T cell apoptosis can be responsible for the greater clinical efficacy of XeCl laser compared to NB-UVB. Additionally, the optical properties of the XeCl laser (a monochromatic, coherent, pulse-mode laser; easier precise dosimetry, there are no 'contaminating' wavelengths) can make this laser light an ideal tool for studies of the mode of action of UVB light. PMID:12007465

  20. A Randomized Controlled Clinical Study Comparing the Diagnostic Accuracy of the Histologic Prediction for Colorectal Polyps Depending on the Use of Either Magnified or Nonmagnified Narrow Band Imaging

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    Kim, Jin Joo; Hong, Kyoung Sup; Kim, Joo Sung; Jung, Hyun Chae

    2015-01-01

    Background/Aims: The aim of this study was to compare the diagnostic capabilities of narrow band imaging (NBI) colonoscopy with and without optical magnification in differentiating neoplastic from nonneoplastic colorectal polyps. Methods: Between April 2012 and March 2013, 122 patients with colorectal polyps detected by using diagnostic conventional colonoscopy were prospectively enrolled. A total of 236 polyps were evaluated with NBI, in vivo in real time during therapeutic colonoscopy, by one experienced endoscopist. Whether magnification was used or not was determined by randomization. After an in vivo real-time endoscopic prediction of histology, all lesions were endoscopically excised. Surgical pathologic reports were used as the criterion standards. The sensitivity (Sn), specificity (Sp), positive predictive value (PPV), and negative predictive value (NPV) of identifying neoplastic polyps were calculated. Results: A total of 236 lesions with an average size of 5.6 mm in 122 patients were assessed (159 neoplastic, 77 nonneoplastic). The Sn, Sp, PPV, and NPV in differentiating neoplastic from nonneoplastic lesions with the magnified NBI were 97.5%, 83.3%, 94.0%, and 92.6%, respectively, whereas those of the nonmagnified NBI group were 97.5%, 85.1%, 91.7%, and 95.2%, respectively. Conclusions: Nonmagnified NBI colonoscopy distinguishes neoplastic from nonneoplastic colorectal polyps as accurately as does magnified NBI colonoscopy. PMID:26668800

  1. Clicking in a killer whale habitat: narrow-band, high-frequency biosonar clicks of harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) and Dall's porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli).

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    Kyhn, Line A; Tougaard, Jakob; Beedholm, Kristian; Jensen, Frants H; Ashe, Erin; Williams, Rob; Madsen, Peter T

    2013-01-01

    Odontocetes produce a range of different echolocation clicks but four groups in different families have converged on producing the same stereotyped narrow band high frequency (NBHF) click. In microchiropteran bats, sympatric species have evolved the use of different acoustic niches and subtly different echolocation signals to avoid competition among species. In this study, we examined whether similar adaptations are at play among sympatric porpoise species that use NBHF echolocation clicks. We used a six-element hydrophone array to record harbour and Dall's porpoises in British Columbia (BC), Canada, and harbour porpoises in Denmark. The click source properties of all porpoise groups were remarkably similar and had an average directivity index of 25 dB. Yet there was a small, but consistent and significant 4 kHz difference in centroid frequency between sympatric Dall's (137±3 kHz) and Canadian harbour porpoises (141±2 kHz). Danish harbour porpoise clicks (136±3 kHz) were more similar to Dall's porpoise than to their conspecifics in Canada. We suggest that the spectral differences in echolocation clicks between the sympatric porpoises are consistent with evolution of a prezygotic isolating barrier (i.e., character displacement) to avoid hybridization of sympatric species. In practical terms, these spectral differences have immediate application to passive acoustic monitoring. PMID:23723996

  2. Narrow-Band Imaging Magnifying Endoscopy versus Lugol Chromoendoscopy with Pink-Color Sign Assessment in the Diagnosis of Superficial Esophageal Squamous Neoplasms: A Randomised Noninferiority Trial

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    Goda, Kenichi; Dobashi, Akira; Yoshimura, Noboru; Kato, Masayuki; Aihara, Hiroyuki; Sumiyama, Kazuki; Toyoizumi, Hirobumi; Kato, Tomohiro; Ikegami, Masahiro; Tajiri, Hisao

    2015-01-01

    Previous studies have shown the high diagnostic accuracy of narrow-band imaging magnifying endoscopy (NBI-ME) and Lugol chromoendoscopy with pink-color sign assessment (LCE-PS) for superficial esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (SESCC). However, there has been no controlled trial comparing these two diagnostic techniques. We conducted a randomized noninferiority trial to compare the diagnostic accuracy of NBI-ME and LCE-PS. We recruited patients with, or with a history of, squamous cell carcinoma in the head and neck region or in the esophagus. They were randomly assigned to either NBI-ME or LCE-PS. When lesions > 5 mm in diameter were found as brownish areas on NBI or as Lugol-voiding lesions (LVL), they were evaluated to determine whether they are SESCC on the basis of the findings of NBI-ME or PS in the LVL. NBI-ME and LCE-PS were completed in 147 patients each. There was no significant difference in all diagnostic values between the two techniques. Compared with LCE-PS, NBI-ME showed a significantly shorter examination time but a larger number of misdiagnosed lesions especially in patients with many irregularly shaped multiform LVLs. Compared with LCE-PS, NBI-ME might be similarly accurate and less invasive, but less reliable in patients with many LVLs, in the diagnosis of SESCC. PMID:26229530

  3. Clicking in a Killer Whale Habitat: Narrow-Band, High-Frequency Biosonar Clicks of Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) and Dall’s Porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli)

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    Kyhn, Line A.; Tougaard, Jakob; Beedholm, Kristian; Jensen, Frants H.; Ashe, Erin; Williams, Rob; Madsen, Peter T.

    2013-01-01

    Odontocetes produce a range of different echolocation clicks but four groups in different families have converged on producing the same stereotyped narrow band high frequency (NBHF) click. In microchiropteran bats, sympatric species have evolved the use of different acoustic niches and subtly different echolocation signals to avoid competition among species. In this study, we examined whether similar adaptations are at play among sympatric porpoise species that use NBHF echolocation clicks. We used a six-element hydrophone array to record harbour and Dall’s porpoises in British Columbia (BC), Canada, and harbour porpoises in Denmark. The click source properties of all porpoise groups were remarkably similar and had an average directivity index of 25 dB. Yet there was a small, but consistent and significant 4 kHz difference in centroid frequency between sympatric Dall’s (137±3 kHz) and Canadian harbour porpoises (141±2 kHz). Danish harbour porpoise clicks (136±3 kHz) were more similar to Dall’s porpoise than to their conspecifics in Canada. We suggest that the spectral differences in echolocation clicks between the sympatric porpoises are consistent with evolution of a prezygotic isolating barrier (i.e., character displacement) to avoid hybridization of sympatric species. In practical terms, these spectral differences have immediate application to passive acoustic monitoring. PMID:23723996

  4. A Direct Linkage between AGN Outflows in the Narrow-line Regions and the X-Ray Emission from the Accretion Disks

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    Wang, J.; Xu, D. W.; Wei, J. Y.

    2016-03-01

    The origin of outflow in the narrow-line region (NLR) of the active galactic nucleus (AGN) is studied in this paper by focusing on the relationship between the [O iii]λ5007 line profile and the hard-X-ray (in a bandpass of 2–10 keV) emission from the central super-massive black hole (SMBH) in type-I AGNs. A sample of 47 local X-ray selected type-I AGNs at z\\lt 0.2 is extracted from the 2XMMi/SDSS-DR7 catalog, which was originally cross-matched by Pineau et al. The X-ray luminosities in an energy band from 2 to 10 keV of these luminous AGNs range from 1042 to {10}44 {erg} {{{s}}}-1. A joint spectral analysis is performed on their optical and X-ray spectra, in which the [O iii] line profile is modeled by a sum of several Gaussian functions to quantify its deviation from a pure Gaussian function. The statistics allow us to identify a moderate correlation with a significance level of 2.78σ: luminous AGNs with stronger [O iii] blue asymmetry tend to have steeper hard-X-ray spectra. By identifying the role of L/{L}{Edd} on the correlation at a 2–3σ significance level in both direct and indirect ways, we argue that the photon index versus the asymmetry correlation provides evidence that the AGN’s outflow commonly observed in its NLR is related to the accretion process occurring around the central SMBH, which favors the wind/radiation model as the origin of the outflow in luminous AGNs.

  5. THE EFFECT OF DEW ON THE MICROWAVE EMISSION OF MAIZE AT L-BAND

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    Dew has the net effect of decreasing the brightness temperature of maize at L-band. Scattering is enhanced more than emission. This effect occurs at both polarizations, but vertically-polarized brightness is affected more than horizontally-polarized brightness. As more water condenses on the cano...

  6. Interpreting Methanol v2-band Emission in Comets using Empirical Fluorescence g-factors

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    Disanti, M. A.; Villanueva, G. L.; Bonev, B. P.; Mumma, M. J.; Paganini, L.; Gibb, E. L.; Magee-Sauer, K.

    2011-10-01

    The present study concentrates on the spectral region from ~ 2970 - 3010 cm-1 (3.367 - 3.322 ?m), which is dominated by emission in the ?7 band of C2H6 and the ?2 band of CH3OH, with minor contributions from CH3OH (?9 band), CH4 (?3), and OH prompt emissions (?1 and ?2 - ?1). Based on laboratory jetcooled spectra (at a rotational temperature near 20 K)[1], we incorporated approximately 100 lines of the CH3OH ?2 band, having known frequencies and lower state rotational energies, into our model. Line intensities were determined through comparison with several comets we observed with NIRSPEC at Keck 2, after removal of continuum and additional molecular emissions and correcting for atmospheric extinction. In addition to the above spectral region, NIRSPEC allows simultaneous sampling of the CH3OH ?3 band (centered at 2844 cm-1, or 3.516 ?m) and several hot bands of H2O in the ~ 2.85 - 2.9 ?m region, at a nominal spectral resolving power of ~ 25,000 [2]. Empirical g-factors for ?2 lines were based on the production rate as determined from the ?3 Q-branch intensity; application to comets spanning a range of rotational temperatures (~ 50 - 90 K) will be reported. This work represents an extension of that presented for comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner at the 2010 Division for Planetary Sciences meeting [3]. Our empirical study also allows for quantifying CH3OH in comets using IR spectrometers for which the ?3 and ?2 bands are not sampled simultaneously, for example CSHELL / NASA-IRTF or CRIRES / VLT.

  7. RFID Transponders' Radio Frequency Emissions in Aircraft Communication and Navigation Radio Bands

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    Nguyen, Truong X.; Ely, Jay J.; Williams, Reuben A.; Koppen, Sandra V.; Salud, Maria Theresa P.

    2006-01-01

    Radiated emissions in aircraft communication and navigation bands are measured from several active radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. The individual tags are different in design and operations. They may also operate in different frequency bands. The process for measuring the emissions is discussed, and includes tag interrogation, reverberation chamber testing, and instrument settings selection. The measurement results are described and compared against aircraft emission limits. In addition, interference path loss for the cargo bays of passenger aircraft is measured. Cargo bay path loss is more appropriate for RFID tags than passenger cabin path loss. The path loss data are reported for several aircraft radio systems on a Boeing 747 and an Airbus A320.

  8. Low Discrepancy Between Tissue Biopsy Plus Magnifying Endoscopy With Narrow-Band Imaging and Endoscopic Resection in the Diagnosis of Gastric Epithelial Neoplasia (STROBE)

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    Zhang, Qiang; Lian, Zhou Yang; Chen, Zhen Yu; Wang, Zhen; di Chen, Chu; An, Sheng li; Gong, Wei; Zhi, Fa chao; de Liu, Si

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Tissue biopsy is often not very accurate for the diagnosis of gastric epithelial neoplasia (GEN), and the results differ notably from endoscopic resection (ER) in terms of the pathological diagnosis. The aims of this study were to evaluate the diagnostic performances of biopsy, magnifying endoscopy with narrow-band imaging (ME-NBI), and biopsy plus ME-NBI for GEN. This study retrospectively analyzed 101 cases diagnosed as GEN using ER samples. The discrepancies between biopsy and ER, as well as between biopsy plus ME-NBI and ER in the diagnosis of GEN were evaluated. Factors that contributed to such discrepancies were analyzed. The sensitivity and specificity of biopsy and ME-NBI for the diagnosis of high-grade neoplasia (HGN) were determined. The discrepancy in the pathological diagnosis between biopsy and ER was 39.6% for GEN and 54.2% for HGN. The discrepancy between biopsy combined with ME-NBI and ER was 15.9% for GEN and 10.2% for HGN. Factors that undermined the diagnostic accuracy of biopsy included the lesion size (?10?mm, odds ratio [OR] 1; 1020?mm, OR 0.2, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.10.7; >20?mm, OR 0.5, 95% CI 0.12.1, P?=?0.03) and the number of biopsy fragments (OR 0.6, 95% CI 0.50.8, P?=?0.001). The sensitivity and specificity for HGN were 45.8% (33.7%58.3%) and 100% (87.5%100%) for biopsy, and 88.1% (77.5%94.1%) and 92.9% (81.0%97.5%) for ME-NBI, respectively. In conclusion, biopsy-based diagnoses for GEN should be interpreted with caution. Biopsy combined with ME-NBI can contribute to the diagnosis of GEN, which improves diagnostic consistency with pathological result of ER specimens. PMID:26166094

  9. Low Discrepancy Between Tissue Biopsy Plus Magnifying Endoscopy With Narrow-Band Imaging and Endoscopic Resection in the Diagnosis of Gastric Epithelial Neoplasia (STROBE).

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    Zhang, Qiang; Lian, Zhou Yang; Chen, Zhen Yu; Wang, Zhen; di Chen, Chu; An, Sheng Li; Gong, Wei; Zhi, Fa Chao; de Liu, Si

    2015-07-01

    Tissue biopsy is often not very accurate for the diagnosis of gastric epithelial neoplasia (GEN), and the results differ notably from endoscopic resection (ER) in terms of the pathological diagnosis. The aims of this study were to evaluate the diagnostic performances of biopsy, magnifying endoscopy with narrow-band imaging (ME-NBI), and biopsy plus ME-NBI for GEN.This study retrospectively analyzed 101 cases diagnosed as GEN using ER samples. The discrepancies between biopsy and ER, as well as between biopsy plus ME-NBI and ER in the diagnosis of GEN were evaluated. Factors that contributed to such discrepancies were analyzed. The sensitivity and specificity of biopsy and ME-NBI for the diagnosis of high-grade neoplasia (HGN) were determined.The discrepancy in the pathological diagnosis between biopsy and ER was 39.6% for GEN and 54.2% for HGN. The discrepancy between biopsy combined with ME-NBI and ER was 15.9% for GEN and 10.2% for HGN. Factors that undermined the diagnostic accuracy of biopsy included the lesion size (?10?mm, odds ratio [OR] 1; 10-20?mm, OR 0.2, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.1-0.7; >20?mm, OR 0.5, 95% CI 0.1-2.1, P?=?0.03) and the number of biopsy fragments (OR 0.6, 95% CI 0.5-0.8, P?=?0.001). The sensitivity and specificity for HGN were 45.8% (33.7%-58.3%) and 100% (87.5%-100%) for biopsy, and 88.1% (77.5%-94.1%) and 92.9% (81.0%-97.5%) for ME-NBI, respectively.In conclusion, biopsy-based diagnoses for GEN should be interpreted with caution. Biopsy combined with ME-NBI can contribute to the diagnosis of GEN, which improves diagnostic consistency with pathological result of ER specimens. PMID:26166094

  10. Evaluation of the Efficacy of Topical Ethyl Vanillate in Enhancing the Effect of Narrow Band Ultraviolet B against Vitiligo: A Double Blind Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial

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    Namazi, Mohammad Reza; Shotorbani, Amir Kalafi

    2015-01-01

    Background: Vitiligo is an acquired disease of skin that presents with depigmented patches due to lack of melanocytes in the epidermis. Accumulation of toxic free radicals like hydrogen peroxide in the epidermis may be responsible for melanocytes death. Since ethyl vanillate (vanillic acid ethyl ester) is a strong hydrogen peroxide scavenger, it may be effective against vitiligo. This study was carried out to evaluate the effect of ethyl vanillate cream on vitiligo patients receiving phototherapy. Methods: A double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial using ethyl vanillate cream 20% was performed on 30 cases of generalized stable vitiligo (randomly selected) who were receiving phototherapy in the outpatient clinic of Faghihi Hospital (Shiraz, Iran). The patients randomly applied ethyl vanillate on an assigned lesion (left or right side of the body) and placebo on the opposite side lesion (almost the same size and location) twice a day for 3 months, while receiving a narrow band ultraviolet B (NB-UVB) 2-3 times weekly. Photos were taken at the beginning of the trial and at the end of 4th, 8th, and 12th weeks. Then, images were compared with the photos from the beginning of the trial based on VASI score. Results: There was a significant change in pigmentation after applying ethyl vanillate compared with baseline in medication side (P=0.002), but no significant change in placebo side (P=0.066). Additionally, there was a significant difference between medication and placebo sides in pigmentation (P=0.005). Conclusion: Ethyl vanillate may serve as an adjunct therapy for the treatment of vitiligo, although changes in pigmentation are mild clinically. PMID:26538775

  11. Diagnosis of small intramucosal signet ring cell carcinoma of the stomach by non-magnifying narrow-band imaging: A pilot study

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    Watari, Jiro; Tomita, Toshihiko; Ikehara, Hisatomo; Taki, Masato; Ogawa, Tomohiro; Yamasaki, Takahisa; Kondo, Takashi; Toyoshima, Fumihiko; Sakurai, Jun; Kono, Tomoaki; Tozawa, Katsuyuki; Ohda, Yoshio; Oshima, Tadayuki; Fukui, Hirokazu; Hirota, Seiichi; Miwa, Hiroto

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To examine the efficacy of non-magnifying narrow-band imaging (NM-NBI) imaging for small signet ring cell carcinoma (SRC). METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 14 consecutive small intramucosal SRCs that had been treated with endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) and 14 randomly selected whitish gastric ulcer scars (control). The strength and shape of the SRCs and whitish scars by NM-NBI and white-light imaging (WLI) were assessed with Image J (NIH, Bethesda). RESULTS: NM-NBI findings of SRC showed a clearly isolated whitish area amid the brown color of the surrounding normal mucosa. The NBI index, which indicates the potency of NBI for visualizing SRC, was significantly higher than the WLI index (P = 0.001), indicating SRC was more clearly identified by NM-NBI. Although the NBI index was not significantly different between SRCs and controls, the circle (C)-index, as an index of circularity of tumor shape, was significantly higher in SRCs (P = 0.001). According to the receiver-operating characteristic analysis, the resulting cut-off value of the circularity index (C-index) for SRC was 0.60 (85.7% sensitivity, 85.7% specificity). Thus a lesion with a C-index ? 0.6 was significantly more likely to be an SRC than a gastric ulcer scar (OR = 36.0; 95%CI: 4.33-299.09; P = 0.0009). CONCLUSION: Small isolated whitish round area by NM-NBI endoscopy is a useful finding of SRCs which is the indication for ESD. PMID:26380053

  12. An Unusual Rotationally Modulated Attenuation Band in the Jovian Hectometric Radio Emission Spectrum

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    Gurnett, D. A.; Kurth, W. S.; Menietti, J. D.; Persoon, A. M.

    1998-01-01

    A well-defined attenuation band modulated by the rotation of Jupiter has been found in the spectrum of Jovian hectometric radiation using data from the Galileo plasma wave instrument. The center frequency of this band usually occurs in the frequency range from about 1 to 3 MHz and the bandwidth is about 10 to 20 percent. The center frequency varies systematically with the rotation of Jupiter and has two peaks per rotation, the first at a system III longitude of about 50 deg, and the second at about 185 deg. It is now believed that the attenuation occurs as the ray path from a high-latitude cyclotron maser source passes approximately parallel to the magnetic field near the northern or southern edges of the Io L-shell. The peak at 50 deg system 3 longitude is attributed to radiation from a southern hemisphere source and the peak at 185 deg is from a northern hemisphere source. The attenuation is thought to be caused by coherent scattering or shallow angle reflection from field-aligned density irregularities near the Io L-shell. The narrow bandwidth indicates that the density irregularities are confined to a very narrow range of L values (Delta L = 0.2 to 0.4) near the Io L-shell.

  13. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and the unidentified infrared emission bands - Auto exhaust along the Milky Way

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    Allamandola, L. J.; Tielens, A. G. G. M.; Barker, J. R.

    1985-01-01

    The unidentified infrared emission features (UIR bands) are attributed to a collection of partially hydrogenated, positively charged polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). This assignment is based on a spectroscopic analysis of the UIR bands. Comparison of the observed interstellar 6.2 and 7.7-micron bands with the laboratory measured Raman spectrum of a collection of carbon-based particulates (auto exhaust) shows a very good agreement, supporting this identification. The infrared emission is due to relaxation from highly vibrationally and electronically excited states. The excitation is probably caused by UV photon absorption. The infrared fluorescence of one particular, highly vibrationally excited PAH (chrysene) is modeled. In this analysis the species is treated as a molecule rather than bulk material and the non-thermodynamic equilibrium nature of the emission is fully taken into account. From a comparison of the observed ratio of the 3.3 to 11.3-micron UIR bands with the model calculations, the average number of carbon atoms per molecule is estimated to be about 20. The abundance of interstellar PAHs is calculated to be about 2 x 10 to the -7th with respect to hydrogen.

  14. Calculations of N 2 triplet states vibrational populations and band emissions in venusian dayglow

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    Bhardwaj, Anil; Jain, Sonal Kumar

    2012-02-01

    A model for N 2 triplet states band emissions in the venusian dayglow has been developed for low and high solar activity conditions. Steady state photoelectron fluxes and volume excitation rates for N 2 triplet states have been calculated using the Analytical Yield Spectra (AYS) technique. Model calculated photoelectron flux is in good agreement with Pioneer Venus Orbiter-observed electron flux. Since inter-state cascading is important for the triplet states of N 2, populations of different levels of N 2 triplet states are calculated under statistical equilibrium considering direct electron impact excitation, and cascading and quenching effects. Densities of all vibrational levels of each triplet state are calculated in the model. Height-integrated overhead intensities of N 2 triplet band emissions are calculated, the values for Vegard-Kaplan (A3?u+-X1?g+), First Positive (B3?g-A3?u+), Second Positive ( C3? u - B3? g), and Wu-Benesch ( W3? u - B3? g) bands of N 2, are 1.9 (3.2), 3 (6), 0.4 (0.8), and 0.5 (1.1) kR, respectively, for solar minimum (maximum) conditions. The intensities of the three strong Vegard-Kaplan bands (0, 5), (0, 6), and (0, 7) are 94 (160), 120 (204), and 114 (194) R, respectively, for solar minimum (maximum) conditions. Limb profiles are calculated for VK (0, 4), (0, 5), (0, 6) and (0, 7) bands. The calculated intensities on Venus are about a factor 10 higher than those on Mars. The present study provides a motivation for a search of N 2 triplet band emissions in the dayglow of Venus.

  15. Dayglow emissions of the O2 Herzberg bands and the Rayleigh backscattered spectrum of the earth

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    Frederick, J. E.; Abrams, R. B.

    1982-01-01

    It is pointed out that numerous fluorescent emissions from the Herzberg bands of molecular oxygen lie in the spectral region 242-300 nm. This coincides with the wavelength range used by orbiting spectrometers that observe the Rayleigh backscattered spectrum of the earth for the purpose of monitoring the vertical distribution of stratospheric ozone. Model calculations suggest that Herzberg band emissions in the dayglow could provide significant contamination of the ozone measurements if the quenching rate of O2(A3Sigma) is sufficiently small. It is noted that this is especially true near 255 nm, where the most intense fluorescent emissions relative to the Rayleigh scattered signal are located and where past satellite measurements have shown a persistent excess radiance above that expected for a pure ozone absorbing and molecular scattering atmosphere. Very small quenching rates, however, are adequate to reduce the dayglow emission to negligible levels. Noting that available laboratory data have not definitely established the quenching on the rate of O2(A3Sigma) as a function of vibration level, it is emphasized that such information is required before the Herzberg band contributions can be evaluated with confidence.

  16. Review of Terra MODIS thermal emissive band L1B radiometric performance

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    Moeller, Chris; Menzel, W. P.; Quinn, Greg

    2014-09-01

    The MODerate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Earth Observing System Terra satellite, launched into orbit on 18 December 1999, will have a "first light" 15th anniversary on 24 February 2015. For nearly 15 years the MODIS instrument has provided radiances in all spectral bands. Though some detectors have fallen below SNR thresholds, the vast majority of spectral bands continue to provide high quality L1B measurements for use in L2 science algorithms supporting global climate research. Radiometric accuracy of the Terra MODIS thermal emissive bands (TEBs) in the C6 L1B product has been assessed using various approaches over the nearly 15 year Terra MODIS data record, including comparisons with instruments on the ground, in aircraft under-flights, and on other satellites. All of these approaches contribute to the understanding of the Terra MODIS radiometric L1B performance. Early in the lifetime of Terra, ground-based measurements and NASA ER-2 aircraft under-flights revealed that TEBs in the infrared window ("window" bands) are well calibrated and performing within accuracy specifications. The ER-2 under-flights also suggested that many atmospheric bands may be performing outside of specification, especially LWIR CO2 sensitive bands that are subject to optical crosstalk, although analysis uncertainties are larger for atmospheric bands. Beginning in 2007, MetOp-A IASI observations were used to evaluate Terra MODIS TEB performance through Simultaneous Nadir Overpass (SNO) comparisons. These inter-satellite comparisons largely affirm the early aircraft and ground-based evaluations, showing that all Terra MODIS window bands have small biases, minimal trending, and minor detector and mirror side striping over the 2007-2013 timeframe. Most atmospheric bands are performing satisfactorily near to specification; however, biases, striping and trending are large and significantly out of specification in the water vapor sensitive band 27 and ozone sensitive band 30 while the CO2 sensitive band 36 bias significantly exceeds specification. The investigation has found that an effective spectral shift significantly reduces biases and scene temperature dependence (but not trends) in most atmospheric bands, bringing them closer to, if not within, specification.

  17. Generation and Propagation Characteristics of Dual-Band Chorus Emissions Observed by Geotail

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    Yagitani, S.; Habagishi, T.; Mori, S.; Omura, Y.; Kojima, H.

    2012-12-01

    We analyze the generation and propagation characteristics of chorus emissions observed by the wave form capture (WFC) and the sweep frequency analyzer (SFA) onboard the Geotail spacecraft in the dayside outer magnetosphere (L from 9 to 10). We examine any observational evidence, which may validate the nonlinear growth theory of the chorus emissions [1]. In the nonlinear growth theory a rising-tone element is initially generated continuously in the frequency range from 0.1 to 0.7 fce, where fce is the gyrofrequency in the generation region. Because of the nonlinear damping mechanism the rising-tone element is separated into upper and lower bands at half the local gyrofrequency (1/2 fce) through propagation [2]. As the rising-tone emissions are generated in the minimum-B region and propagate toward the larger-B regions along the geomagnetic field line, the upper cutoff of the lower-band chorus corresponds to 1/2 fce in the generation region, and the lower cutoff of the upper-band chorus corresponds to 1/2 fce at the observation point. In this study, we analyze the SFA spectrum data (consecutively over several hours) and WFC waveform data (several seconds) of the dual-band chorus emissions observed by Geotail. As a result, it is found that the upper cutoff of the lower-band chorus coincides with 1/2 fce at the minimum-B region estimated from the geomagnetic field line connecting to the Geotail position by using the Tsyganenko geomagnetic field model (TS04 model), whereas the lower cutoff of the upper-band chorus coincides with 1/2 fce locally at the observation point. We also examine the amplitude of a rising-tone emission using the WFC waveform data on the basis of the nonlinear growth theory. The amplitude at the generation region is estimated from the observed frequency sweep rate of the emission, and the nonlinear growth of the amplitude through propagation toward the observation point is calculated from the nonlinear growth rate, which is found consistent with the observed amplitude. We will also discuss the observational evidence for the threshold amplitudes and the optimum amplitudes required for triggering rising-tone chorus emissions in the generation region. [1] Omura Y., Y. Katoh and D. Summers (2008), Theory and simulation of the generation of whistler-mode chorus, J. Geophys. Res., 113, A04223, doi:10.1029/2007JA012622. [2] Omura Y., M. Hikishima, Y. Katoh, D. Summers, and S. Yagitani (2009), Nonlinear mechanisms of lower-band and upper-band VLF chorus emissions in the magnetosphere, J.Geophys. Res., 114, A07217, doi:10.1029/2009JA014206. [3] Omura Y., and D. Nunn (2011), Triggering process of whistler mode chorus emissions in the magnetosphere, J. Geophys. Res., 116, A05205, doi:10.1029/2010JA016280.

  18. Evaluating the impact of cold focal plane temperature on Aqua MODIS thermal emissive band calibration

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    Li, Yonghong; Wu, Aisheng; Wenny, Brian; Xiong, Xiaoxiong

    2015-09-01

    Aqua MODIS, the second MODIS instrument of the NASA Earth Observation System, has operated for over thirteen years since launch in 2002. MODIS has sixteen thermal emissive bands (TEB) located on two separate cold focal plane assemblies (CFPA). The TEB are calibrated using onboard blackbody and space view observations. MODIS CFPA temperature is controlled by a radiative cooler and heaters in order to maintain detector gain stability. Beginning in 2006, the CFPA temperature gradually varies from its designed operating temperature with increasing orbital and seasonal fluctuations, with the largest observed impacts on the TEB photoconductive (PC) bands. In Aqua Collection 6 (C6), a correction to the detector gain due to the CFPA temperature variation is applied for data after mid-2012. This paper evaluates the impact of the CFPA temperature variation on the TEB PC band calibration through comparisons with simultaneous nadir overpasses (SNO) measurements from the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) and Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS). Our analysis shows that the current L1B product from mid-2011 to mid-2012 is affected by the CFPA temperature fluctuation. The MODIS-IASI comparison results show that no drift is observed in PC bands over the CFPA temperature variation range. Similarly, in the MODIS-AIRS comparison, bands 31-34 show nearly no trend over the range of CFPA temperature while a slight drift in bands 35-36 are seen from the comparison results.

  19. High brightness field emission from printed carbon nanotubes in an S-band microwave gun

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    Wang, Qilong; Li, Xiangkun; Di, Yusong; Yu, Cairu; Zhang, Xiaobing; Li, Ming; Lei, Wei

    2016-02-01

    Printed carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were applied as cold cathode and placed into an S-band microwave gun operating at 2856 MHz with the pulse duration of 2.8 μs. High brightness field emission was demonstrated and the current density achieves the value more than 4.2 A/cm2. The emittance of field emission beam is calculated to be nearly 21 μm based on the beam profile of emission electrons monitored via yttrium aluminum garnet screen. The infrared image of printed CNTs confirms that the emitters in the center contributed more electrons and the heat generated during the large current density field emission. The results in the paper imply that randomly distributed printed CNTs have the potential to be applied as the high brightness electron sources for free electron lasers.

  20. GROUND-BASED DETECTIONS OF THERMAL EMISSION FROM THE DENSE HOT JUPITER WASP-43b IN THE H AND K{sub s} BANDS

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    Wang, W.; Zhao, G.; Van Boekel, R.; Henning, Th.; Madhusudhan, N.; Chen, G.

    2013-06-10

    We report new detections of thermal emission from the transiting hot Jupiter WASP-43b in the H and K{sub s} bands as observed at secondary eclipses. The observations were made with the WIRCam instrument on the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. We obtained a secondary eclipse depth of 0.103{sub -0.017}{sup +0.017}%$ and 0.194{sub -0.029}{sup +0.029} in the H and K{sub s} bands, respectively. The K{sub s}-band depth is consistent with the previous measurement in the narrow band centered at 2.09 {mu}m by Gillon et al. Our eclipse depths in both bands are consistent with a blackbody spectrum with a temperature of {approx}1850 K, slightly higher than the dayside equilibrium temperature without day-night energy redistribution. Based on theoretical models of the dayside atmosphere of WASP-43b, our data constrain the day-night energy redistribution in the planet to be {approx}< 15%-25%, depending on the metal content in the atmosphere. Combined with energy balance arguments, our data suggest that a strong temperature inversion is unlikely in the dayside atmosphere of WASP-43b. However, a weak inversion cannot be strictly ruled out at the current time. Future observations are required to place detailed constraints on the chemical composition of the atmosphere.

  1. Development of a L-band ocean emissivity electromagnetic model using observations from the Aquarius Radiometer

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    Hejazin, Y.; Jones, W.; El-Nimri, S.

    2012-12-01

    The Aquarius/SAC-D ocean salinity measurement mission was launched into polar orbit during the summer of 2011. The prime sensor is an L-band radiometer/scatterometer developed jointly by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This paper deals with the development of an ocean emissivity model using AQ radiometer brightness temperature (Tb) observations. This model calculates the ocean surface emissivity as a function of ocean salinity, sea surface temperature, surface wind speed and direction. One unique aspect of this model is that it calculates ocean emissivity over wide ranges of Earth incidence angles (EIAs) from nadir to > 60and ocean wind speeds from 0 m/s to > 70 m/s. This physical electromagnetic model with empirical coefficients follows the form of Stogryn [1967] that treats the ocean as a mixture of foam and clean rough water. The CFRSL ocean surface emissivity (?ocean) is modeled as a linear sum of foam (?foam) and foam-free seawater (?rough) emissivities, according to ?ocean = FF * ?foam + (1 - FF) * ?rough (1) where FF is the fractional area coverage by foam. The foam emissivity is modeled as ?foam = Q(freq, U10, EIA) (2) where Q( ) is the empirical dependence of foam emissivity on radiometer frequency, the 10-m neutral stability wind speed and EIA according to El-Nimri [2010]. Following Stogryn, the foam-free seawater emissivity (?rough) is modeled ?rough = ?smooth +??excess (3) where ?smooth = (1 - ?) is the smooth surface emissivity, ? is the Fresnel power reflection coefficient, and ??excess is the wind-induced excess emissivity, given by ??excess = G(freq, U10, WDir, EIA) (4) Where G( ) is the empirical signature of foam-free rough ocean, which depends upon the surface wind speed and wind direction. This function is determined empirically from measured AQ radiometer Tb's associated with surface wind vector from collocated NOAA GDAS numerical weather model. Ocean emissivity calculations are compared to AQ ocean surface Tb's normalized by collocated SST. Results are parametrically presented in a series of two dimensional graphs that illustrate the dependence of ocean emissivity on EIA, SST, salinity, U10 and wind direction. References: A. Stogryn, 1967, "The apparent temperature of the sea at microwave frequencies," IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag., vol. AP-15, no. 2, pp. 278-286, Mar. S. El-Nimri et al., 2010, "An improved C-band ocean surface emissivity model at hurricane force wind speeds over a wide range of earth incidence angles," IEEE Geosci. Rem. Sens. Letters, vol. 7, NO. 4, October.

  2. Nitric oxide delta band emission in the earth's atmosphere - Comparison of a measurement and a theory

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    Rusch, D. W.; Sharp, W. E.

    1981-01-01

    Attention is given to the altitude dependent emission rate in the delta-bands of nitric oxide as measured in the earth's atmosphere at night by a scanning ultraviolet spectrometer. It is noted that the reaction responsible is the two-body association of nitrogen and oxygen atoms. The measurements show a vertical intensity beneath the layer for the delta-band system of 19 R. The horizontal emission rate is found to increase from 70 R at 117 km to 140 R at 150 km. The data are analyzed with a one-dimensional, time-dependent, vertical-transport model of odd nitrogen photochemistry. The calculated and measured intensities agree so long as the quenching of N(2D) by atomic oxygen is near 5 x 10 to the -13 cu cm/sec.

  3. L to X-band scatter and emission measurements of vegetation

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    Hueppi, R.; Schanda, E.

    1986-08-01

    A broad-band H and V polarization radiometer was combined with a noise transmitter to an instrument for measuring active and passive microwave signatures at seven frequencies between L and X band. This radiometer-scatterometer is operated from a cherry picker over agricultural fields. During the growing seasons the development of sugar-beet, wheat, and corn was measured. The geometrical structure of the vegetation cover was described by recording the crop type, the distances between the plants, and the canopy height. The soil underneath was characterized by moisture, temperature profile, and dielectric constant. Another variable was the seasonal change in water content of the plants. Relating these parameters to the microwave signatures reveals the interaction of scatter and emission processes between soil and vegetation. Significant differences of the emission and scattering behavior for the measured crops are found.

  4. Anomalous Series of Bands in the Edge Emission Spectra of CdS(О)

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    Morozova, N. K.; Kanakhin, A. A.; Galstyan, V. G.; Shnitnikov, A. S.

    2015-02-01

    The region of the edge emission spectrum of CdS(O) single crystals with cadmium excess is examined. An anomalous series of equidistant bands with leading line at 514 nm and phonon replicas has been revealed. These bands grow in intensity with increase of the excitation density up to 1026-1027 cm-3ṡs-1 at 80 K, and the leading line of the series is observed even at 300 K. It is shown that luminescence is conditioned by the exciton spectrum in perfect bulk single-crystals of CdO. Some characteristics of this spectrum are presented, in particular, the dependence on temperature, excitation intensity, composition and size of the crystals, and the LO interaction. The results experimentally confirm the theoretically calculated magnitude of the direct band gap of CdO.

  5. Electron emission from conduction band of heavily phosphorus doped diamond negative electron affinity surface

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    Yamada, Takatoshi; Masuzawa, Tomoaki; Mimura, Hidenori; Okano, Ken

    2016-02-01

    Hydrogen (H)-terminated surfaces of diamond have attracted significant attention due to their negative electron affinity (NEA), suggesting high-efficiency electron emitters. Combined with n-type doping technique using phosphorus (P) as donors, the unique NEA surface makes diamond a promising candidate for vacuum cold-cathode applications. However, high-electric fields are needed for the electron emission from the n-type doped diamond with NEA. Here we have clarified the electron emission mechanism of field emission from P-doped diamond having NEA utilizing combined ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy/field emission spectroscopy (UPS/FES). An UP spectrum has confirmed the NEA of H-terminated (1 1 1) surface of P-doped diamond. Despite the NEA, electron emission occurs only when electric field at the surface exceeds 4.2  ×  106 V cm‑1. Further analysis by UPS/FES has revealed that the emitted energy level is shifted, indicating that the electron emission mechanism of n-type diamond having NEA surface does not follow a standard field emission theory, but is dominated by potential barrier formed within the diamond due to upward band bending. The reduction of internal barrier is the key to achieve high-efficiency electron emitters using P-doped diamond with NEA, of which application ranges from high-resolution electron spectroscopy to novel vacuum nanoelectronics devices.

  6. Prospective Investigation of 25(OH)D3 Serum Concentration Following UVB Narrow Band Phototherapy in Patients with Psoriasis and Atopic Dermatitis.

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    Weinhold, Annett; Obeid, Rima; Vogt, Thomas; Reichrath, Jörg

    2016-03-01

    Vitamin D deficiency represents a major health issue. It is a worldwide endemic and is associated with a broad variety of severe diseases. The skin is a key tissue for the human body's vitamin D endocrine system. It represents a target tissue for biologically active vitamin D metabolites. Approximately 90% of the human body's requirements of vitamin D have to be synthesised in the skin by the action of UVB-radiation. However, individual factors that influence a person's cutaneous synthesis of vitamin D are still not well understood. In our present prospective study we investigated the effect of UVB narrow band (UVBnb, 311 nm) and PUVA phototherapy on 25(OH)D3 serum concentration, in patients with psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and a few cases with other dermatoses (n=41). We found that two weeks of UVBnb treatment resulted in an increase of 25(OH)D3 serum concentration from 11.4 to 20.5 ng/ml (p<0.001), while in contrast PUVA-treatment did not significantly alter vitamin D status. These findings question the hypothesis of a relevant vitamin D metabolizing effect of UVA. Psoriasis patients showed a trend for a stronger increase in 25(OH)D3 serum levels following UVBnb compared to patients with atopic dermatitis. Patients with relatively low baseline serum 25(OH)D3 concentrations had a stronger increase in 25(OH)D3 concentrations compared to patients with relatively high 25(OH)D serum concentrations. In general patients with skin types (Fitzpatrick) I and II (median=14.3 ng/ml) had a higher baseline of 25(OH)D3 serum concentration compared to patients with skin types III (median=11.2 ng/ml) or IV-V (median=12.3 ng/ml), although these differences were not statistically significant (p=0.106). Baseline 25(OH)D3 serum concentrations were correlated with presence of genetic variants (SNPs of VDR, CYP2R1, VDBP/GC) that influence vitamin D status, and with other individual factors such as body mass index, age and gender. We also investigated the effect of phototherapy on blood pressure and a variety of laboratory parameters such as CRP, HbA1c, LDL, HDL, triglycerides and cholesterol. In conclusion, our pilot study shows that UVBnb phototherapy efficiently increases 25(OH)D3 serum concentration and reports interesting preliminary findings that have to be re-evaluated in larger follow-up studies. PMID:26977048

  7. Monitoring water stress and fruit quality in an orange orchard under regulated deficit irrigation using narrow-band structural and physiological remote sensing indices

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    Stagakis, S.; Gonzlez-Dugo, V.; Cid, P.; Guilln-Climent, M. L.; Zarco-Tejada, P. J.

    2012-07-01

    This paper deals with the monitoring of water status and the assessment of the effect of stress on citrus fruit quality using structural and physiological remote sensing indices. Four flights were conducted over a citrus orchard in 2009 using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) carrying a multispectral camera with six narrow spectral bands in the visible and near infrared. Physiological indices such as the Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI570), a new structurally robust PRI formulation that uses the 515 nm as the reference band (PRI515), and a chlorophyll ratio (R700/R670) were compared against the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), Renormalized Difference Vegetation Index (RDVI) and Modified Triangular Vegetation Index (MTVI) canopy structural indices for their performance in tracking water status and the effects of sustained water stress on fruit quality at harvest. The irrigation setup in the commercial orchard was compared against a treatment scheduled to satisfy full requirements (based on estimated crop evapotranspiration) using two regulated deficit irrigation (RDI) strategies. The water status of the trees throughout the experiment was monitored with frequent field measurements of stem water potential (?x), while titratable acidity (TA) and total soluble solids (TSS) were measured at harvest on selected trees from each irrigation treatment. The high spatial resolution of the multispectral imagery (30 cm pixel size) enabled identification of pure tree crown components, extracting the tree reflectance from shaded, sunlit and aggregated pixels. The physiological and structural indices were then calculated from each tree at the following levels: (i) pure sunlit tree crown, (ii) entire crown, aggregating the within-crown shadows, and (iii) simulating a lower resolution pixel, including tree crown, sunlit and shaded soil pixels. The resulting analysis demonstrated that both PRI formulations were able to track water status, except when water stress altered canopy structure. In such cases, PRI570 was more affected than PRI515 by the structural changes caused by sustained water stress throughout the season. Both PRI formulations were proven to serve as pre-visual water stress indicators linked to fruit quality TSS and TA parameters (r2 = 0.69 for PRI515 vs TSS; r2 = 0.58 vs TA). In contrast, the chlorophyll (R700/R670) and structural indices (NDVI, RDVI, MTVI) showed poor relationships with fruit quality and water status levels (r2 = 0.04 for NDVI vs TSS; r2 = 0.19 vs TA). The two PRI formulations showed strong relationships with the field-measured fruit quality parameters in September, the beginning of stage III, which appeared to be the period most sensitive to water stress and the most critical for assessing fruit quality in citrus. Both PRI515 and PRI570 showed similar performance for the two scales assessed (sunlit crown and entire crown), demonstrating that within-crown component separation is not needed in citrus tree crowns where the shaded vegetation component is small. However, the simulation conducted through spatial resampling on tree + soil aggregated pixels revealed that the physiological indices were highly affected by soil reflectance and between-tree shadows, showing that for TSS vs PRI515 the relationship dropped from r2 = 0.69 to r2 = 0.38 when aggregating soil + crown components. This work confirms a previous study that demonstrated the link between PRI570, water stress, and fruit quality, while also making progress in assessing the new PRI formulation (PRI515), the within-crown shadow effects on the physiological indices, and the need for high resolution imagery to target individual tree crowns for the purpose of evaluating the effects of water stress on fruit quality in citrus.

  8. Excitation temperatures determined from H{sup +}{sub 3} hot band emission in the Jovian ionosphere

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    Jagod, M.F.; Oka, T.; Geballe, T.R.

    1996-12-31

    Since the observation of the 3.544 {mu}m 2v{sup 0}{sub 2} {r_arrow} v{sub 2} (J = 9, K = 9 {r_arrow} J = 8, G = 9, U = 1) hot band transition of H{sup +}{sub 3} in the polar regions of Jupiter, the authors have pursued the simultaneous detection of additional hot band transitions with fundamental band transitions in order to derive well determined H+ excitation temperatures. The authors report 9 additional resolved 2{nu}{sub 2}{sup 2} {r_arrow} {nu}{sub 2} and {nu}{sub 1} + {nu}{sub 2} {r_arrow} {nu}{sub 1} hot band transitions observed in emission at 3.52, 3.63, 3.66, and 3.84 {mu}m. The hot band transitions have thus far only been detected in the polar regions, with the occasional exception being the 3.544 {mu}m 2{nu}{sup 0}{sub 2} {r_arrow} {nu}{sub 2} transition around 45{degrees}S latitude during the 1994 Comet Shoemaker Levy-9 encounter. Temporal and spatial variation of the excitation temperatures as well as their dependence on vibrational mode will be presented. Anomalous line intensities, e.g. {sup r}R(3,3){sup -b} will also be discussed. All observations were made with the CGS4 spectrometer at the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

  9. Rain effect on Aquarius L-band Emissivity and Backscatter Model Functions

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    Tang, W.; Yueh, S. H.; Fore, A.; Neumann, G.; Hayashi, A.

    2012-12-01

    Remote sensing of sea surface salinity (SSS) is being performed by Aquarius and SMOS missions, which are using L-band radiometry to sense the microwave emissions from sea surfaces. To enable accurate SSS retrieval, it is essential to correct the impact of sea surface roughness on L-band brightness temperatures. In addition, the impact of rain has to be carefully assessed and accounted for. Although the atmospheric attenuation caused by raindrops are likely negligible at 1.4GHz, other factors must be considered because they may have indirect but important contribution to the surface roughness and consequently L-band brightness temperatures. For example, the wind speed dependent roughness correction will be corrupted when rain striking the water, creating rings, stalks, and crowns from which the signal scatters. It is also unknown how long the freshwater stays at surface while through the oceanic mixing process at various regions over global oceans. We collocated the Aquarius L-band data with various wind products, including SSM/I, NCEP, ASCAT and WindSAT, as well as the SSM/I and WindSAT rain products. During the first four months of Aquarius mission, near 1.9 million pixels are identified under rain conditions by either SSM/I or WindSAT. We derived the L-band emissivity and backscatter geophysical model functions (GMF), parameterized by SSM/I and NCEP winds for rain-free conditions. However, the residual ocean surface emissivity (the Aquarius measured minus the rain-free model predictions) reveals profound resemblance with global precipitation pattern. In region dominated by rain, e.g. ITCZ, northern hemisphere storm track, and Indian Ocean partially under the influence of summer monsoon, the GMF built using rain free data underestimates excess emissivity about 0.5 to 1 K. The dependence of residual of emissivity and backscatter is shown as a function of wind speed and rain rate. A modified GMF is developed including rain rate as one of the parameters. Due to limited samples at heavy rain, we binned the data in four rain domains: rain free, light (0-2 mm/hr), moderate (2-5 mm/hr) and heavy (>5 mm/hr). Comparing the modeling coefficients with rain free GMF, the major changes introduced by rain is found to occur at low to medium wind speeds, and curves for different rain domains converge for high wind (beyond 15 m/s).

  10. Origin of the low-energy emission band in epitaxially grown para-sexiphenyl nanocrystallites

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    Kadashchuk, A.; Schols, S.; Heremans, P.; Skryshevski, Yu.; Piryatinski, Yu.; Beinik, I.; Teichert, C.; Hernandez-Sosa, G.; Sitter, H.; Andreev, A.; Frank, P.; Winkler, A.

    2009-02-28

    A comparative study of steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence of para-sexiphenyl (PSP) films grown by organic molecular beam epitaxy (OMBE) and hot wall epitaxy (HWE) under comparable conditions is presented. Using different template substrates [mica(001) and KCl(001) surfaces] as well as different OMBE growth conditions has enabled us to vary greatly the morphology of the PSP crystallites while keeping their chemical structure virtually untouched. We prove that the broad redshifted emission band has a structure-related origin rather than being due to monomolecular oxidative defects. We conclude that the growth conditions and type of template substrate impacts substantially on the film morphology (measured by atomic force microscopy) and emission properties of the PSP films. The relative intensity of the defect emission band observed in the delayed spectra was found to correlate with the structural quality of PSP crystallites. In particular, the defect emission has been found to be drastically suppressed when (i) a KCl template substrate was used instead of mica in HWE-grown films, and (ii) in the OMBE-grown films dominated by growth mounds composed of upright standing molecules as opposed to the films consisting of crystallites formed by molecules lying parallel to the substrate.

  11. Reduced threshold of optically pumped amplified spontaneous emission and narrow line-width electroluminescence at cutoff wavelength from bilayer organic waveguide devices.

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    Chang, Jui-Fen; Huang, Yu-Syuan; Chen, Po-Ting; Kao, Ruei-Lin; Lai, Xuan-You; Chen, Chii-Chang; Lee, Cheng-Chung

    2015-06-01

    We present a detailed study of the optically and electrically pumped emission in the BSB-Cz/PVK bilayer waveguide devices. By optical pumping we demonstrate that PVK as a spacer between fluorescent BSB-Cz and ITO electrode allows the significant reduction of the threshold for amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) of BSB-Cz. The simulation provides a better understanding of how the PVK thickness affects the waveguide mode field distribution and hence the ASE threshold of BSB-Cz. On the other hand, the BSB-Cz/PVK bilayer OLED exhibits the external quantum efficiency of >1% and anisotropic electroluminescence with spectrally narrowed edge emission at the cutoff wavelength controlled by the BSB-Cz thickness. When tuning the cutoff wavelength to match the peak gain of BSB-Cz, we demonstrate an intense, particularly narrow edge emission (~5 nm) without obvious degradation of efficiency at a high current density of 1000 mA/cm2, suggesting a reliable device performance for high-power applications and further exploration of electrically-pumped ASE. PMID:26072828

  12. Multiyear On-orbit Calibration and Performance of Terra MODIS Thermal Emissive Bands

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    Xiong, Xiaoxiong; Chiang, Kwo-Fu; Wu, Aisheng; Barnes, William; Guenther, Bruce; Salomonson, Vincent

    2007-01-01

    Since launch in December 1999, Terra MODIS has been making continuous Earth observations for more than seven years. It has produced a broad range of land, ocean, and atmospheric science data products for improvements in studies of global climate and environmental change. Among its 36 spectral bands, there are 20 reflective solar bands (RSB) and 16 thermal emissive bands (TEB). MODIS thermal emissive bands cover the mid-wave infrared (MWIR) and long-wave infrared (LWIR) spectral regions with wavelengths from 3.7 to 14.4pm. They are calibrated on-orbit using an on-board blackbody (BB) with its temperature measured by a set of thermistors on a scan-by-scan basis. This paper will provide a brief overview of MODIS TEB calibration and characterization methodologies and illustrate on-board BB functions and TEB performance over more than seven years of on-orbit operation and calibration. Discussions will be focused on TEB detector short-term stability and noise characterization, and changes in long-term response (or system gain). Results show that Terra MODIS BB operation has been extremely stable since launch. When operated at its nominal controlled temperature of 290K, the BB temperature variation is typically less than +0.30mK on a scan-by-scan basis and there has been no time-dependent temperature drift. In addition to excellent short-term stability, most TEB detectors continue to meet or exceed their specified noise characterization requirements, thus enabling calibration accuracy and science data product quality to be maintained. Excluding the noisy detectors identified pre-launch and those that occurred post-launch, the changes in TEB responses have been less than 0.7% on an annual basis. The optical leak corrections applied to bands 32-36 have been effective and stable over the entire mission

  13. Study of local time dependence of the attenuation band associated to the Jovian hectometric emission

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    Boudjada, M. Y.; Galopeau, P. H. M.

    2011-10-01

    We study the phenomenological spectral features of the Jovian hectometric (HOM) emission recorded during the Jupiter flyby by the RPWS experiment onboard the Cassini spacecraft. The capability of this experiment allowed a frequency coverage from a few hertz to 16 MHz with a large dynamic range of about 80 dB. HOM emission was regularly observed several weeks before and after the closest approach of the planet. We analyze the Jovian radio dynamic spectra recorded from the end of November 2000 to the second week of January 2001. During this period, the spacecraft approached Jupiter from a distance of more than 500 RJ to 137 RJ (closest approach on December 30, 2010) and back to about 250 RJ. We attempt in this study to investigate the local time (LT) dependence of the attenuation band due to refraction effects caused by the presence of the Io plasma torus. We analyze the spectral features of the attenuation band taking into consideration three local time intervals [10.0 LT, 13.2 LT], [13.6 LT, 16.5 LT], and [16.7 LT, 20 LT]. A statistical study leads us to characterize the spectral features of the attenuation band principally on the day-side and the late afternoon sector of the planet. This will allow us to discuss the LT variation of the electronic density of the Io plasma torus versus the central meridian longitude (CML) and the Jovian magnetic latitude.

  14. EXAMINING THE BROADBAND EMISSION SPECTRUM OF WASP-19b: A NEW z-BAND ECLIPSE DETECTION

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    Zhou, George; Bayliss, Daniel D. R.; Kedziora-Chudczer, Lucyna; Bailey, Jeremy

    2013-09-10

    WASP-19b is one of the most irradiated hot-Jupiters known. Its secondary eclipse is the deepest of all transiting planets and has been measured in multiple optical and infrared bands. We obtained a z-band eclipse observation with a measured depth of 0.080% {+-} 0.029%, using the 2 m Faulkes Telescope South, which is consistent with the results of previous observations. We combined our measurement of the z-band eclipse with previous observations to explore atmosphere models of WASP-19b that are consistent with its broadband spectrum. We use the VSTAR radiative transfer code to examine the effect of varying pressure-temperature profiles and C/O abundance ratios on the emission spectrum of the planet. We find that models with super-solar carbon enrichment best match the observations, which is consistent with previous model retrieval studies. We also include upper atmosphere haze as another dimension in the interpretation of exoplanet emission spectra and find that particles <0.5 {mu}m in size are unlikely to be present in WASP-19b.

  15. Ruling out unresolved binaries in five transitional disks. VLT/NACO deep 2.12 and 1.75 ?m narrow-band imaging

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    Vicente, S.; Mern, B.; Hartung, M.; Bouy, H.; Hulamo, N.; Artigau, E.; Augereau, J.-C.; van Dishoeck, E.; Olofsson, J.; Oliveira, I.; Prusti, T.

    2011-09-01

    Context. The presence of unresolved binaries on sub-arsecond scales could explain the existence of optically thin inner holes or gaps in circumstellar disks, which are commonly referred to as "transitional" or "cold" disks, and it is the first scenario to check before making any other assumptions. Aims: We aim at detecting the presence of companions inside the inner hole/gap region of a sample of five well known transitional disks using spatially-resolved imaging in the near-IR with the VLT/NACO/S13 camera, which probes projected distances from the primary of typically 0.1 to 7 arcsec. The sample includes the stars DoAr 21, HD 135344B (SAO 206462), HR 4796A, T Cha, and TW Hya, spanning ages of less than 1 to 10 Myr, spectral types of A0 to K7, and hole/gap outer radii of 4 to 100 AU. Methods: In order to enhance the contrast and to avoid saturation at the core of the point-spread function (PSF), we use narrow-band filters at 1.75 and 2.12 ?m. The "locally optimized combination of images" (LOCI) algorithm is applied for an optimal speckle noise removal and PSF subtraction, providing an increase of 0.5-1.5 mag in contrast over the classic method. Results: With the proviso that we could have missed companions owing to unfavorable projections, the VLT/NACO observations rule out the presence of unresolved companions down to an inner radius of about 0.1 arcsec from the primary in all five transitional disks and with a detection limit of 2 to 5 mag in contrast. In the disk outer regions the detection limits typically reach 8 to 9 mag in contrast and 4.7 mag for T Cha. Hence, the NACO images resolve part of the inner hole/gap region of all disks with the exception of TW Hya, for which the inner hole is only 4 AU. The 5? sensitivity profiles, together with a selected evolutionary model, allow to discard stellar companions within the inner hole/gap region of T Cha, and down to the substellar regime for HD 135344B and HR 4796A. DoAr 21 is the only object from the sample of five disks for which the NACO images are sensitive enough for a detection of objects less massive than ~13 MJup that is, potential giant planets or low-mass brown dwarfs at radii larger than ~76 AU (0.63 arcsec). Conclusions: These new VLT/NACO observations further constrain the origin of the inner opacity cavities to be owing to closer or lower-mass companions or other mechanisms such as giant planet formation, efficient grain growth, and photoevaporation (for DoAr 21 and HR 4796A).

  16. Model calculation of N2 Vegard-Kaplan band emissions in Martian dayglow

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    Jain, Sonal Kumar; Bhardwaj, Anil

    2011-07-01

    A model for N2 Vegard-Kaplan (VK) band (A3?u+ - X1?g+) emissions in Martian dayglow has been developed to explain the recent observations made by the Spectroscopy for Investigation of Characteristics of the Atmosphere of Mars (SPICAM) ultraviolet spectrograph aboard Mars Express. Steady state photoelectron fluxes and volume excitation rates have been calculated using the analytical yield spectra technique. Since interstate cascading is important for triplet states of N2, the population of any given level of N2 triplet states is calculated under statistical equilibrium considering direct excitation, cascading, and quenching effects. Relative population of all vibrational levels of each triplet state is calculated in the model. Line of sight intensities and height-integrated overhead intensities have been calculated for VK, first positive (B3?g - A3?u+), second positive (C3?u - B3?g), and Wu-Benesch (W3?u - B3?g) bands of N2. A reduction in the N2 density by a factor of 3 in the Mars thermospheric general circulation model is required to obtain agreement between calculated limb profiles of VK (0-6) and SPICAM observation. Calculations are carried out to asses the impact of model parameters, namely, electron impact cross sections, solar EUV flux, and model atmosphere, on the emission intensities. Constraining the N2/CO2 ratio by SPICAM observations, we suggest the N2/CO2 ratios to be in the range 1.1-1.4% at 120 km, 1.8-3.2% at 140 km, and 4-7% at 170 km. During high solar activity the overhead intensity of N2 VK band emissions would be 2.5 times higher than that during low solar activity.

  17. Band-limited Green's Functions for Quantitative Evaluation of Acoustic Emission Using the Finite Element Method

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    Leser, William P.; Yuan, Fuh-Gwo; Leser, William P.

    2013-01-01

    A method of numerically estimating dynamic Green's functions using the finite element method is proposed. These Green's functions are accurate in a limited frequency range dependent on the mesh size used to generate them. This range can often match or exceed the frequency sensitivity of the traditional acoustic emission sensors. An algorithm is also developed to characterize an acoustic emission source by obtaining information about its strength and temporal dependence. This information can then be used to reproduce the source in a finite element model for further analysis. Numerical examples are presented that demonstrate the ability of the band-limited Green's functions approach to determine the moment tensor coefficients of several reference signals to within seven percent, as well as accurately reproduce the source-time function.

  18. Observational Studies on the Near-infrared Unidentified Emission Bands in Galactic H II Regions

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    Mori, Tamami I.; Onaka, Takashi; Sakon, Itsuki; Ishihara, Daisuke; Shimonishi, Takashi; Ohsawa, Ryou; Bell, Aaron C.

    2014-03-01

    Using a large collection of near-infrared spectra (2.5-5.4 ?m) of Galactic H II regions and H II region-like objects, we perform a systematic investigation of astronomical polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) features. Thirty-six objects were observed using the infrared camera on board the AKARI satellite as a part of a director's time program. In addition to the well known 3.3-3.6 ?m features, most spectra show a relatively weak emission feature at 5.22 ?m with sufficient signal-to-noise ratios, which we identify as the PAH 5.25 ?m band (previously reported). By careful analysis, we find good correlations between the 5.25 ?m band and both the aromatic hydrocarbon feature at 3.3 ?m and the aliphatic hydrocarbon features at around 3.4-3.6 ?m. The present results give us convincing evidence that the astronomical 5.25 ?m band is associated with C-H vibrations, as suggested by previous studies, and show its potential to probe the PAH size distribution. The analysis also shows that the aliphatic-to-aromatic ratio of I 3.4-3.6 ?m/I 3.3 ?m decreases against the ratio of the 3.7 ?m continuum intensity to the 3.3 ?m band, I cont, 3.7 ?m/I 3.3 ?m, which is an indicator of the ionization fraction of PAHs. The midinfrared color of I 9 ?m/I 18 ?m also declines steeply against the ratio of the hydrogen recombination line Br? at 4.05 ?m to the 3.3 ?m band, I Br?/I 3.3 ?m. These facts indicate possible dust processing inside or at the boundary of ionized gas.

  19. Ocean Surface Emissivity at L-band (1.4 GHz): The Dependence on Salinity and Roughness

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    Le Vine, D. M.; Lang, R. H.; Wentz, F. J.; Meissner, T.

    2012-12-01

    A characterization of the emissivity of sea water at L-band is important for the remote sensing of sea surface salinity. Measurements of salinity are currently being made in the radio astronomy band at 1.413 GHz by ESA's Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission and NASA's Aquarius instrument aboard the Aquarius/SAC-D observatory. The goal of both missions is accuracy on the order of 0.2 psu. This requires accurate knowledge of the dielectric constant of sea water as a function of salinity and temperature and also the effect of waves (roughness). The former determines the emissivity of an ideal (i.e. flat) surface and the later is the major source of error from predictions based on a flat surface. These two aspects of the problem of characterizing the emissivity are being addressed in the context of the Aquarius mission. First, laboratory measurements are being made of the dielectric constant of sea water. This is being done at the George Washington University using a resonant cavity. In this technique, sea water of known salinity and temperature is fed into the cavity along its axis through a narrow tube. The sea water changes the resonant frequency and Q of the cavity which, if the sample is small enough, can be related to the dielectric constant of the sample. An extensive set of measurements have been conducted at 1.413 GHz to develop a model for the real and imaginary part of the dielectric constant as a function of salinity and temperature. The results are compared to the predictions of models based on parameterization of the Debye resonance of the water molecule. The models and measurements are close; however, the differences are significant for remote sensing of salinity. This is especially true at low temperatures where the sensitivity to salinity is lowest. Second, observations from Aquarius are being used to develop a model for the effect of wind-driven roughness (waves) on the emissivity in the open ocean. This is done by comparing the measured radiometric brightness temperature with the value expected for a surface with the same salinity and physical temperature. A parametric model for the excess brightness temperature as a function of wind speed and wind direction is developed in the form: ?TB = A0(w) + A1(w) cos(?) + A2(w) cos(2?) where w = wind speed; ? = wind direction (relative to the look direction of the radiometer) and ?TB = ?E Ts where Ts is the physical temperature and ?E is the change in emissivity caused by the waves. A0(w) is roughly linear with wind speed with values on the order of 3 K at 15 m/s. The directional dependence is much smaller but the data definitely indicate a directional component for wind speeds greater than 10-15 m/s. The coefficients depend on the incidence angle of the radiometer.

  20. Field-induced hot-electron emission model for wide-band-gap semiconductor nanostructures

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    Zeng, J. Z.; Deng, S. Z.; She, J. C.; He, H.; Xu, N. S.

    2010-09-01

    For field emission from wide-band-gap semiconductor nanostructures, nonlinear plots on Fowler-Nordheim (FN) coordinates and unacceptably large field enhancement factors (?FN) are often obtained by fitting based on FN equation. In the present work, the field-induced hot-electron emission model is developed and is found to give theoretical findings consistent with the experimental observation. The hot electrons are produced by heating effect of penetration field into the emitting tip of the nanostructure. This energy is expressed by effective electron temperature Te, which is much higher than the temperature of bulk structure. By combining the effective electron temperature with thermal emission function and Murphy and Good integration function, the relation between emission current density and external field is derived and the field enhancement factor (?Te) can be calculated quantitatively. For evaluation of the theoretical model, ZnO nanostructure is selected as a concrete example. The results are found to agree with experiment findings. Extremely large field enhancement factor is not needed in our model and nonlinear property of saturation region emerges in nature in our calculation.

  1. Emission from the Local Galactic Halo in the 1/4 keV Band

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    Juda, M.

    1994-12-01

    Pointed observations with the ROSAT PSPC toward clouds at high galactic latitude provide a unique opportunity to probe emission from the local galactic halo in the 1/4 keV band. I present data from five fields toward clouds at |b| > 60(deg) identified through their IRAS 100 microns emission, two in the north galactic hemisphere and three in the south. In four of the five fields significant shadows are detected (2 north, 2 south). The derivation of the brightness of the shadowed component depends strongly on the assumed location and amount of absorbing material. Scaling the IRAS 100 microns emission by 10(20) H atom cm(-2) /MJy sr(-1) and correcting for the difference from the observed average 21 cm derived column density, the implied brightness of the distant emitting component is the same for the two northern latitude fields at { ~ 1.2*E(-3) counts s(-1) arcmin(-2}) ; this brightness is lower than that seen in the direction of Draco (Burrows & Mendenhall 1991, Snowden et al. 1991) and higher than in Ursa Major (Snowden et al. 1994). The two southern fields also have the same derived distant brightness at nearly the same level as the northern fields, { ~ 1.0*E(-3) counts s(-1) arcmin(-2}) . Approximately 20% of this emission may be attributed to an extragalactic background (Hasinger et al. 1993). The remaining emission, { ~ 0.8*E(-3) counts s(-1) arcmin(-2}) , would be provided by the local galactic halo. If these x-rays arise from a collisionally excited plasma at a temperature of 10(6) K the required emission measure is { ~ 0.0033 cm(-6) pc}. Burrows & Mendenhall 1991, Nature, 351, 629. Hasinger et al. 1993, A&A, 275, 1. Snowden et al. 1991, Science, 252, 1529. Snowden et al. 1994, ApJ, 430, 601.

  2. Interstellar polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons: the infrared emission bands, the excitation/emission mechanism, and the astrophysical implications.

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    Allamandola, L J; Tielens, A G; Barker, J R

    1989-12-01

    This article presents a comprehensive treatment of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) hypothesis. The interstellar, infrared spectral features which have been attributed to emission from highly vibrationally excited PAHs are discussed in detail. These include major (most intense) bands at 3040, 1615, "1310," 1150, and 885 cm-1 (3.29, 6.2 "7.7," 8.7, and 11.3 micrometers), minor bands and broad features in the 3200-2700 cm-1 [correction of 3200-2700-1] (3.1-3.7 micrometers), 1600-1100 cm-1 (6.0-9 micrometers) and 910-770 cm-1 (11-13 micrometers) regions, as well as the vibrational quasi-continuum spanning the entire mid-IR and the electronic transitions which contribute to the high-frequency IR continuum. All the major and minor bands, as well as the quasi-continuum, can be attributed to vibrational transitions in molecular-sized PAHs. The latter two broad features probably arise from very large PAHs, PAH clusters, and amorphous carbon particles. A precise match of the interstellar spectra with laboratory spectra is not yet possible because laboratory spectra are not available of PAHs in the forms probably present in the interstellar medium (completely isolated, ionized, some completely dehydrogenated, and containing between about 20 and 40 carbon atoms). The method with which one can calculate the IR fluorescence spectrum from a vibrationally excited molecule is also described in detail. Fluorescence band intensities, relaxation rates, and dependence on molecule size and energy content are treated explicitly. Analysis of the interstellar spectra indicates that the PAHs which dominate the infrared spectra contain between about 20 and 40 carbon atoms. The results obtained with this method are compared with the results obtained using a thermal approximation. It is shown that for high levels of vibrational excitation and emission from low-frequency modes, the two methods give similar results. However, at low levels of vibrational excitation and for the high-frequency modes (for example, the 3040 cm-1, 3.3 micrometers band), the thermal approach overestimates the emission intensities. For calculations of molecular reactions (such as H-loss, deuterium enrichment, and carbon skeleton rearrangement) a thermal approximation is invalid. The relationship between PAH molecules and amorphous carbon particles is presented and their production in circumstellar shells is described. The most likely interstellar PAH molecular structures are discussed and the possibility of destructive reactions with interstellar oxygen and hydrogen atoms is considered in detailed and found to be unimportant. Interstellar PAH size and abundance estimates are made. On the order of a few percent of the available interstellar carbon is tied up in the small (20-40 carbon atom) PAHs which are responsible for the sharp features, and a similar amount is tied up in the larger (200-500 carbon atom) PAHs or PAH clusters and amorphous carbon particles which are responsible for the broad components underlying the 1600-1100 and 900-770 cm-1 (6-9 and 11-13 micrometers) regions. It is shown that the spectroscopic structure these PAHs and PAH-related materials produce in the UV portion of the interstellar extinction curve lie just below current detection limits but fall in the range detectable by the Hubble Space Telescope. Finally, the influence of PAH charge on the ultraviolet, visible, and infrared regions is described. PMID:11542189

  3. ROSAT and ASCA Observations of the Narrow-Line SEYFER 1 GALAXY RXJ0136.9-3510 : Blueshifted Fe K? Line and Extended Soft X-Ray Emission

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    Ghosh, K.; Swartz, D. A.; Tennant, A. F.; Kinwah, W.

    2003-05-01

    RX J0136.9-3510 is an unusual Narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxy (NLS1). We have detected extended ( 12" or 54 kpc) soft X-ray emission in the ROSAT HRI image, accounting for 20% of the total emission. We have also detected a highly blueshifted (7.6 keV in the source frame) Fe K? line in the ASCA SIS spectrum. This is the first detection of such a highly blueshifted line in a NLS1. Near-IR and FIR studies indicate the presence of a possible starburst component in this NLS1. Physical models of the accretion and/or outflow and the evolution of this NLS1 are discussed in the context of these results.

  4. Capturing electromagnetic emissions in the HF band possibly related to earthquake events

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    Koulouras, Gr; Kontakos, K.; Ninos, K.; Cavouras, D.; Nomicos, C.

    2009-04-01

    The purpose of this project was to capture electromagnetic emissions in the HF band. Possible correlations of these emissions prior to strong earthquakes were investigated. In order to record the variations of the electromagnetic field in a wide spectrum of frequencies up to the VHF band, a new device was designed and implemented by our research team. Ten prototype electromagnetic variation (EMV) field stations have already been installed in Greece, at the locations, Corfu, Ioannina, Ithomi (Kalamata), Kephalonia, Kozani, Mytilini, Rodos, Neapoli (Crete), and Bamos (Crete). This telemetric network was launched in 1999 and since it has been in constant operation. During the period 2005-2008, 14 strong earthquakes occurred in Greece with magnitude over Ms>=6. Of them, three events were recorded as precursor signals by only one station. Fractal analysis showed that these were precursors and not manmade signals. In eight EQs events, two or three stations recorded simultaneously precursor signals. In one EQ event, recordings in all stations were disturbed by strong magnetic storms twenty days before the event. In two EQs, events did not trigger any station in a time window of up to 10 days.

  5. Results and Lessons from MODIS Thermal Emissive Bands Calibration: Pre-launch to On-orbit

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    Xiong, X.; Chiang, K.; Barnes, W. L.; Guenther, B.

    2006-01-01

    MODIS is a major instrument for the NASA EOS Terra (launched in December 1999) and Aqua (launched in May 2002) missions. It was designed and built to enhance and extend its heritage sensors' measurements and data records with applications covering a wide range of studies of the Earth's land, oceans, and atmosphere. Its 16 thermal emissive bands (TEB), each with 10 detectors, are located on the two cold focal plane assemblies (FPAs) controlled by a passive radiative cooler. Because of instrument design complexity and stringent calibration requirements, extensive calibration and characterization activities were conducted pre-launch by the sensor vendor for both Terra and Aqua MODIS. For TEB, these activities include characterization of detectors' noise and non-linearity and evaluation of their radiometric performance in thermal vacuum at difference instrument temperatures and FPA temperatures. In addition TEB system level response versus scan-angle (RVS) and relative spectral response (RSR) were characterized. MODIS TEB radiometric calibration transfer from pre-launch to on-orbit was performed using spectral bands' responses to the instrument on-board blackbody and a laboratory blackbody calibration source (BCS) traceable to NIST standards. This paper provides a summary of MODIS TEB pre-launch and on-orbit calibration and characterization activities, challenges, data analysis results, and lessons learned with focus on sensors' radiometric performance. A comparison between Terra and Aqua MODIS TEB performance is also presented. A similar summary for the reflective solar bands (RSB) is reported in a separate paper in these proceedings.

  6. Synthesis, crystal and electronic structures of new narrow-band-gap semiconducting antimonide oxides RE(3)SbO(3) and RE(8)Sb(3-delta)O(8), with RE = La, Sm, Gd, and Ho.

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    Wang, Peng; Forbes, Scott; Kolodiazhnyi, Taras; Kosuda, Kosuke; Mozharivskyj, Yurij

    2010-06-30

    In the search for high-temperature thermoelectric materials, two families of novel, narrow-band-gap semiconducting antimonide oxides with the compositions RE(3)SbO(3) and RE(8)Sb(3-delta)O(8) (RE = La, Sm, Gd, Ho) have been discovered. Their synthesis was motivated by attempts to open a band gap in the semimetallic RESb binaries through a chemical fusion of RESb and corresponding insulating RE(2)O(3). Temperatures of 1350 degrees C or higher are required to obtain these phases. Both RE(3)SbO(3) and RE(8)Sb(3-delta)O(8) adopt new monoclinic structures with the C2/m space group and feature similar REO frameworks composed of "RE(4)O" tetrahedral units. In both structures, the Sb atoms occupy the empty channels within the REO sublattice. High-purity bulk Sm and Ho samples were prepared and subjected to electrical resistivity measurements. Both the RE(3)SbO(3) and RE(8)Sb(3-delta)O(8) (RE = Sm, Ho) phases exhibit a semiconductor-type electrical behavior. While a small band gap in RE(3)SbO(3) results from the separation of the valence and conduction bands, a band gap in RE(8)Sb(3-delta)O(8) appears to result from the Anderson localization of electrons. The relationship among the composition, crystal structures, and electrical resistivity is analyzed using electronic structure calculations. PMID:20524656

  7. The GOES-R Advanced Baseline Imager: detector spectral response effects on thermal emissive band calibration

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    Pearlman, Aaron J.; Padula, Francis; Cao, Changyong; Wu, Xiangqian

    2015-10-01

    The Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) will be aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-Series (GOES-R) to supply data needed for operational weather forecasts and long-term climate variability studies, which depend on high quality data. Unlike the heritage operational GOES systems that have two or four detectors per band, ABI has hundreds of detectors per channel requiring calibration coefficients for each one. This increase in number of detectors poses new challenges for next generation sensors as each detector has a unique spectral response function (SRF) even though only one averaged SRF per band is used operationally to calibrate each detector. This simplified processing increases computational efficiency. Using measured system-level SRF data from pre-launch testing, we have the opportunity to characterize the calibration impact using measured SRFs, both per detector and as an average of detector-level SRFs similar to the operational version. We calculated the spectral response impacts for the thermal emissive bands (TEB) theoretically, by simulating the ABI response viewing an ideal blackbody and practically, with the measured ABI response to an external reference blackbody from the pre-launch TEB calibration test. The impacts from the practical case match the theoretical results using an ideal blackbody. The observed brightness temperature trends show structure across the array with magnitudes as large as 0.1 K for and 12 (9.61 µm), and 0.25 K for band 14 (11.2 µm) for a 300 K blackbody. The trends in the raw ABI signal viewing the blackbody support the spectral response measurements results, since they show similar trends in bands 12 (9.61µm), and 14 (11.2 µm), meaning that the spectral effects dominate the response differences between detectors for these bands. We further validated these effects using the radiometric bias calculated between calibrations using the external blackbody and another blackbody, the ABI on-board calibrator. Using the detector-level SRFs reduces the structure across the arrays but leaves some residual bias. Further understanding of this bias could lead to refinements of the blackbody thermal model. This work shows the calibration impacts of using an average SRF across many detectors instead of accounting for each detector SRF independently in the TEB calibration. Note that these impacts neglect effects from the spectral sampling of Earth scene radiances that include atmospheric effects, which may further contribute to artifacts post-launch and cannot be mitigated by processing with detector-level SRFs. This study enhances the ability to diagnose anomalies on-orbit and reduce calibration uncertainty for improved system performance.

  8. Is Perceptual Narrowing Too Narrow?

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    Cashon, Cara H.; Denicola, Christopher A.

    2011-01-01

    There is a growing list of examples illustrating that infants are transitioning from having earlier abilities that appear more "universal," "broadly tuned," or "unconstrained" to having later abilities that appear more "specialized," "narrowly tuned," or "constrained." Perceptual narrowing, a well-known phenomenon related to face, speech, and…

  9. Acoustic emission frequency discrimination

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    Sugg, Frank E. (Inventor); Graham, Lloyd J. (Inventor)

    1988-01-01

    In acoustic emission nondestructive testing, broadband frequency noise is distinguished from narrow banded acoustic emission signals, since the latter are valid events indicative of structural flaws in the material being examined. This is accomplished by separating out those signals which contain frequency components both within and beyond (either above or below) the range of valid acoustic emission events. Application to acoustic emission monitoring during nondestructive bond verification and proof loading of undensified tiles on the Space Shuttle Orbiter is considered.

  10. Wurtzite CuGaO2: a new direct and narrow band gap oxide semiconductor applicable as a solar cell absorber.

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    Omata, Takahisa; Nagatani, Hiraku; Suzuki, Issei; Kita, Masao; Yanagi, Hiroshi; Ohashi, Naoki

    2014-03-01

    An oxide semiconductor ?-CuGaO2 with a wurtzite-derived ?-NaFeO2 structure has been synthesized. Structural characterization has been carried out by Rietveld analysis using XRD and SAED, and it was shown that the lattice size is very close to that of zinc oxide. The optical absorption spectrum indicated that the band gap is 1.47 eV, which matches the band gap required to achieve the theoretical maximum conversion efficiency for a single-junction solar cell. The thermoelectromotive force indicated p-type conduction in its intrinsic state. Density functional theory calculations were performed to understand the electronic structure and optical properties of the semiconductor. These calculations indicated that ?-CuGaO2 is a direct semiconductor and intense absorption of light occurs near the band edge. These properties render this new material promising as an absorber in solar cells. PMID:24555768

  11. Aminorhodamine (ARh): A Bichromophore with Three Emission Bands in Low Temperature Glasses.

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    Srensen, Thomas Just; Kils, Kristine; Laursen, Bo W

    2015-06-01

    At first glance, aminorhodamine (ARh) is a typical pH responsive fluorescent, rhodamine-type dye. However, hidden under the typical rhodamine absorption band, ARh has another electronic transition of similar energy, but polarized orthogonal to that of the rhodamine chromophore. This transition-assigned to an arylpyrylium type chromophore contained in the system-is responsible for the sensor action of the dye. ARh is non-fluorescent, while protonation of a donor amino group turn on a strong rhodamine-type emission. At low temperature in frozen solution emission from both electronic subsystems of ARh are observed. In order to achieve more complete understanding of the photophysical mechanisms in this type of fluorescent probes, ARh and its protonated counterpart HARh were studied by absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy, computational chemistry, and at low temperatures in solid solution. Results from fluorescence anisotropy and time-resolved fluorescence spectra establish a bichromophore model and suggest that a remarkable weak coupling between the two nearly isoenergetic excited states in ARh enables the dual emission. All the complicated properties observed for ARh was accounted for by a bichromophore model describing the electronic system of ARh as a bichromophore constituted by a rhodamine and an arylpyrylium subsystem. PMID:25916892

  12. Enhancement on the Europium emission band of Europium chlortetracycline complex in the presence of LDL.

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    Teixeira, Luciane Dos Santos; Grasso, Andréa Nastri; Monteiro, Andrea Moreira; Neto, A M Figueiredo; Vieira, Nilson Dias; Gidlund, Magnus; Courrol, Lilia Coronato

    2010-05-01

    Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) particles are the major cholesterol-carrying lipoprotein in the human circulation from the liver to peripheral tissues. High levels of LDL-Cholesterol (LDL-C) are known risk factor for the development of coronary artery disease (CAD). The most common approach to determine the LDL-C in the clinical laboratory involves the Friedewald formula. However, in certain situations, this approach is inadequate. In this paper we report on the enhancement on the Europium emission band of Europium chlortetracycline complex (CTEu) in the presence of LDL. The emission intensity at 615 nm of the CTEu increases with increasing amounts of LDL. This phenomenon allowed us to propose a method to determine the LDL concentration in a sample composed by an aqueous solution of LDL. With this result we obtained LDL calibration curve, LOD (limit of detection) of 0.49 mg/mL and SD (standard deviation) of 0.003. We observed that CTEu complex provides a wider dynamic concentration-range for LDL determination than that from Eu-tetracycline previously. The averaged emission lifetimes of the CTEu and CTEu with LDL (1.5 mg/mL) complexes were measured as 15 and 46 micros, respectively. Study with some metallic interferents is presented. PMID:20117070

  13. Performance of MODIS Thermal Emissive Bands On-orbit Calibration Algorithms

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    Xiong, Xiaoxiong; Chang, T.

    2009-01-01

    Two nearly identical copies of the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) are currently operated on-board the Terra and Aqua spacecrafts, launched in December 1999 and May 2002, respectively. Together, they have produced an unprecedented amount of science data products, which are widely used for the studies of changes in the Earth's system of land, oceans, and atmosphere. MODIS is a cross-track scanning radiometer, which uses a two-sided scan mirror and collects data continuously over a wide scan angle range (+/-55 degree relative to the instrument nadir) each scan of 1.47 seconds. It has 36 spectral bands with wavelengths ranging from visible (VIS) to long-wave infrared (LWIR). MODIS bands 1-19 and 26 are the reflective solar bands (RSB) and bands 20-25 and 27-36 are the thermal emissive bands (TEB). MODIS was developed and designed with improvements made over its heritage sensors (such as AVHRR and Landsat) and, in particular, with more stringent calibration requirements. Because of this, MODIS was built with a set of state-of-art on-board calibrators (OBC), which include a solar diffuser (SD), a solar diffuser stability monitor (SDSM), a blackbody (BB), a spectroradiometric calibration assembly (SRCA), and a space view (SV) port. With the exception of view angle differences, MODIS OBC measurements and the Earth View (EV) observations are made via the same optical path. MODIS TEB have a total of 160 individual TEB detectors (10 per band), which are located on two cold focal plane assemblies (CFPA). For nominal on-orbit operation, the CFPA temperature is controlled at 83K via a passive radiative cooler. For the TEB, the calibration requirements at specified typical scene radiances are less than or equal to 1% with an exception for the fire detection (low gain) band. MODIS TEB on-orbit calibration is performed on a scan-by-scan basis using a quadratic calibration algorithm, and data collected from sensor responses to the onboard BB and SV. The BB serves as the thermal calibration source and the SV provides measurements for the sensor's background and offsets. MODIS on-board BB is a v-grooved plate with its temperature measured using 12 platinum resistive thermistors (PRT) uniformly embedded in the BB substrate. All the BB thermistors were characterized pre-launch with reference to the NIST temperature standards. Unlike typical BB operations in many heritage sensors, which have no temperature control capability, the MODIS on-board BB can be operated at any temperatures between instrument ambient (about 270K) and 315K and can also be varied continuously within this range. This feature has significantly enhanced the MODIS' capability of tracking and updating the TEB nonlinear calibration coefficients over its entire mission. Following a brief description of MODIS TEB on-orbit calibration methodologies and its onboard BB operational activities, this paper provides a comprehensive performance assessment of MODIS TEB quadratic calibration algorithm. It examines the scan-by-scan, orbit-by-orbit, daily, and seasonal variations of detector responses and associated impact due changes in the CFPA and instrument temperatures. Specifically, this paper will analyze the contribution by each individual thermal emissive source term (BB, scan cavity, and scan mirror), the impact on the Level 1 B data product quality due to pre-launch and on-orbit calibration uncertainties. A comparison of Terra and Aqua TEB on-orbit performance, lessons learned, and suggestions for future improvements will also be made.

  14. A coronagraphic absorbing cloud reveals the narrow-line region and extended Lyman α emission of QSO J0823+0529

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    Fathivavsari, H.; Petitjean, P.; Noterdaeme, P.; Pâris, I.; Finley, H.; López, S.; Srianand, R.; Sánchez, P.

    2015-11-01

    We report long-slit spectroscopic observations of the quasar SDSS J082303.22+052907.6 (z_{C IV}} ˜ 3.1875), whose broad-line region (BLR) is partly eclipsed by a strong damped Lyman α (DLA; logN(H I) = 21.7) cloud. This allows us to study the narrow-line region (NLR) of the quasar and the Lyman α emission from the host galaxy. Using CLOUDY models that explain the presence of strong N V and P V absorption together with the detection of Si II* and O I** absorption in the DLA, we show that the density and the distance of the cloud to the quasar are in the ranges 180 < nH < 710 cm-3 and 580 > r0 > 230 pc, respectively. Sizes of the neutral (˜2-9pc) and highly ionized phases (˜3-80pc) are consistent with the partial coverage of the C IV BLR by the C IV absorption from the DLA (covering factor of ˜0.85). We show that the residuals are consistent with emission from the NLR with C IV/Lyman α ratios varying from 0 to 0.29 through the profile. Remarkably, we detect extended Lyman α emission up to 25 kpc to the north and west directions and 15 kpc to the south and east. We interpret the emission as the superposition of strong emission in the plane of the galaxy up to 10 kpc with emission in a wind of projected velocity ˜500 km s-1 which is seen up to 25 kpc. The low metallicity of the DLA (0.27 solar) argues for at least part of this gas being infalling towards the active galactic nucleus and possibly being located where accretion from cold streams ends up.

  15. Probing the Ionization States of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons via the 15-20 μm Emission Bands

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    Shannon, M. J.; Stock, D. J.; Peeters, E.

    2015-10-01

    We report new correlations between ratios of band intensities of the 15-20 μm emission bands of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in a sample of 57 sources observed with the Spitzer/Infrared Spectrograph. This sample includes Large Magellanic Cloud point sources from the SAGE-Spec survey, nearby galaxies from the Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxies Survey survey, two Galactic interstellar medium cirrus sources, and the spectral maps of the Galactic reflection nebulae NGC 2023 and NGC 7023. We find that the 16.4, 17.4, and 17.8 μm band intensities are inter-correlated in all environments. In NGC 2023 and NGC 7023 these bands also correlate with the 11.0 and 12.7 μm band intensities. The 15.8 μm band correlates only with the 15-18 μm plateau and the 11.2 μm emission. We examine the spatial morphology of these bands and introduce radial cuts. We find that these bands can be spatially organized into three sets: the 12.7, 16.4, and 17.8 μm bands; the 11.2, 15.8 μm bands and the 15-18 μm plateau; and the 11.0 and 17.4 μm bands. We also find that the spatial distribution of the 12.7, 16.4, and 17.8 μm bands can be reconstructed by averaging the spatial distributions of the cationic 11.0 μm and neutral 11.2 μm bands. We conclude that the 17.4 μm band is dominated by cations, the 15.8 μm band by neutral species, and the 12.7, 16.4, and 17.8 μm bands by a combination of the two. These results highlight the importance of PAH ionization for spatially differentiating sub-populations by their 15-20 μm emission variability.

  16. Photocatalytic hydrogen generation enhanced by band gap narrowing and improved charge carrier mobility in AgTaO3 by compensated co-doping.

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    Li, Min; Zhang, Junying; Dang, Wenqiang; Cushing, Scott K; Guo, Dong; Wu, Nianqiang; Yin, Penggang

    2013-10-14

    The correlation of the electronic band structure with the photocatalytic activity of AgTaO3 has been studied by simulation and experiments. Doping wide band gap oxide semiconductors usually introduces discrete mid-gap states, which extends the light absorption but has limited benefit for photocatalytic activity. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations show that compensated co-doping in AgTaO3 can overcome this problem by increasing the light absorption and simultaneously improving the charge carrier mobility. N/H and N/F co-doping can delocalize the discrete mid-gap states created by sole N doping in AgTaO3, which increases the band curvature and the electron-to-hole effective mass ratio. In particular, N/F co-doping creates a continuum of states that extend the valence band of AgTaO3. N/F co-doping thus improves the light absorption without creating the mid-gap states, maintaining the necessary redox potentials for water splitting and preventing from charge carrier trapping. The experimental results have confirmed that the N/F-codoped AgTaO3 exhibits a red-shift of the absorption edge in comparison with the undoped AgTaO3, leading to remarkable enhancement of photocatalytic activity toward hydrogen generation from water. PMID:23995011

  17. A Narrow Amide I Vibrational Band Observed by Sum Frequency Generation Spectroscopy Reveals Highly Ordered Structures of a Biofilm Protein at the Air/Water Interface†

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    Wang, Zhuguang; Morales-Acosta, M. Daniela; Li, Shanghao; Liu, Wei; Kanai, Tapan; Liu, Yuting; Chen, Ya-Na; Walker, Frederick J.; Ahn, Charles H.; Leblanc, Roger M.

    2016-01-01

    We characterized BslA, a bacterial biofilm protein, at the air/water interface using vibrational sum frequency generation spectroscopy and observed one of the sharpest amide I band ever reported. Combining methods of surface pressure measurements, thin film X-ray reflectivity, and atomic force microscopy, we showed extremely ordered BslA at the interface. PMID:26779572

  18. Underwater hearing sensitivity of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) for narrow noise bands between 0.2 and 80 kHz.

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    Kastelein, Ronald A; Wensveen, Paul; Hoek, Lean; Terhune, John M

    2009-07-01

    The underwater hearing sensitivities of two 1.5-year-old female harbor seals were quantified in a quiet pool built specifically for acoustic research, by using a behavioral psychoacoustic technique. The animals were trained to respond when they detected an acoustic signal and not to respond when they did not ("go/no-go" response). Fourteen narrowband noise signals (1/3-octave bands but with some energy in adjacent bands), at 1/3-octave center frequencies of 0.2-80 kHz, and of 900 ms duration, were tested. Thresholds at each frequency were measured using the up-down staircase method and defined as the stimulus level resulting in a 50% detection rate. Between 0.5 and 40 kHz, the thresholds corresponded to a 1/3-octave band noise level of approximately 60 dB re 1 microPa (SD+/-3.0 dB). At lower frequencies, the thresholds increased to 66 dB re 1 microPa and at 80 kHz the thresholds rose to 114 dB re 1 microPa. The 1/3-octave noise band thresholds of the two seals did not differ from each other, or from the narrowband frequency-modulated tone thresholds at the same frequencies obtained a few months before for the same animals. These hearing threshold values can be used to calculate detection ranges of underwater calls and anthropogenic noises by harbor seals. PMID:19603905

  19. A narrow amide I vibrational band observed by sum frequency generation spectroscopy reveals highly ordered structures of a biofilm protein at the air/water interface.

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    Wang, Zhuguang; Morales-Acosta, M Daniela; Li, Shanghao; Liu, Wei; Kanai, Tapan; Liu, Yuting; Chen, Ya-Na; Walker, Frederick J; Ahn, Charles H; Leblanc, Roger M; Yan, Elsa C Y

    2016-02-01

    We characterized BslA, a bacterial biofilm protein, at the air/water interface using vibrational sum frequency generation spectroscopy and observed one of the sharpest amide I bands ever reported. Combining methods of surface pressure measurements, thin film X-ray reflectivity, and atomic force microscopy, we showed extremely ordered BslA at the interface. PMID:26779572

  20. Impact of Conifer Forest Litter on Microwave Emission at L-Band

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    Kurum, Mehmet; O'Neill, Peggy E.; Lang, Roger H.; Cosh, Michael H.; Joseph, Alicia T.; Jackson, Thomas J.

    2011-01-01

    This study reports on the utilization of microwave modeling, together with ground truth, and L-band (1.4-GHz) brightness temperatures to investigate the passive microwave characteristics of a conifer forest floor. The microwave data were acquired over a natural Virginia Pine forest in Maryland by a ground-based microwave active/passive instrument system in 2008/2009. Ground measurements of the tree biophysical parameters and forest floor characteristics were obtained during the field campaign. The test site consisted of medium-sized evergreen conifers with an average height of 12 m and average diameters at breast height of 12.6 cm. The site is a typical pine forest site in that there is a surface layer of loose debris/needles and an organic transition layer above the mineral soil. In an effort to characterize and model the impact of the surface litter layer, an experiment was conducted on a day with wet soil conditions, which involved removal of the surface litter layer from one half of the test site while keeping the other half undisturbed. The observations showed detectable decrease in emissivity for both polarizations after the surface litter layer was removed. A first-order radiative transfer model of the forest stands including the multilayer nature of the forest floor in conjunction with the ground truth data are used to compute forest emission. The model calculations reproduced the major features of the experimental data over the entire duration, which included the effects of surface litter and ground moisture content on overall emission. Both theory and experimental results confirm that the litter layer increases the observed canopy brightness temperature and obscure the soil emission.

  1. Aromatic emission bands from the HII region ahead the Horsehead Nebula

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    Compigne, M.; Abergel, A.; Verstraete, L.; Reach, W. T.; Habart, E.; Smith, J. D.; Boulanger, F.; Joblin, C.

    2009-01-01

    We present a study of Aromatic Infrared Band (AIBs) emission in the IC434 HII region ahead the Horsehead nebula as well as in the associated photodissociation region (PDR). AIBs are detected in the HII region and the correlation of the 11.3 ?m AIB with ionised gas lines shows that PAHs must be located in the ionised gas. The survival of AIBs emitters in the HII region could be due to the moderate intensity of the radiation field (G_0 100) and the lack of photons with energy above 25 eV. The relatively high strength of the 11.3 ?m AIB regarding the other AIBs at 6.2, 7.7 and 8.6 ?m in the HII region spectrum is explained by the presence of neutral PAHs in the ionised gas while they are mostly ionised in the PDR. Our observations highlight a transition region between ionised and neutral PAHs observed with ideal conditions in our Galaxy. A scenario where PAHs can survive in HII regions and be preferantially neutral could explain the detection of a prominent 11.3 ?m band in other Spitzer observations.

  2. Evaluation of VIIRS and MODIS thermal emissive band calibration consistency using Dome C

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    Madhavan, Sriharsha; Wu, Aisheng; Brinkmann, Jake; Wenny, Brian; Xiong, Xiaoxiong

    2015-10-01

    The S-NPP Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument is designed based on MODIS heritage and uses a similar on-board calibrating source - a V-grooved blackbody for the Thermal Emissive Bands (TEBs). Except for the 10.7 ?m band, the central wavelengths of the rest of the VIIRS TEBs match well with MODIS. To ensure the continuity and consistency of data records between VIIRS and MODIS TEBs, it is important to assess any systematic differences between the two instruments for scenes with temperatures significantly lower than blackbody operating temperatures at ~290 K. In previous studies, the MODIS Calibration and Characterization Support Team (MCST) at NASA/GSFC uses recurrent observations of Dome C, Antarctica by both Terra and Aqua MODIS over the mission lifetime to track their calibration stability and consistency. Near-surface temperature measurements from an Automatic Weather Station (AWS) provide a proxy reference useful for tracking the stability and determining the relative bias between the two MODIS instruments. In this study, the same approach is applied to VIIRS TEBs and the results are compared with those from the matched MODIS TEBs. The results of this study provide a quantitative assessment for VIIRS TEBs performance over the first three years of the mission.

  3. Predation by killer whales (Orcinus orca) and the evolution of whistle loss and narrow-band high frequency clicks in odontocetes.

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    Morisaka, T; Connor, R C

    2007-07-01

    A disparate selection of toothed whales (Odontoceti) share striking features of their acoustic repertoires including the absence of whistles and high frequency but weak (low peak-to-peak source level) clicks that have a relatively long duration and a narrow bandwidth. The non-whistling, high frequency click species include members of the family Phocoenidae, members of one genus of delphinids, Cephalorhynchus, the pygmy sperm whale, Kogia breviceps, and apparently the sole member of the family Pontoporiidae. Our review supports the 'acoustic crypsis' hypothesis that killer whale predation risk was the primary selective factor favouring an echolocation and communication system in cephalorhynchids, phocoenids and possibly Pontoporiidae and Kogiidae restricted to sounds that killer whales hear poorly or not at all (< 2 and > 100 kHz). PMID:17584238

  4. Time variations of the narrow Fe II and H I spectral emission lines from the close vicinity of ? Carinae during the spectral event of 2003

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    Hartman, H.; Damineli, A.; Johansson, S.; Letokhov, V. S.

    2005-06-01

    The spectrum of Eta Carinae and its ejecta shows slow variations over a period of 5.5 years. However, the spectrum changes drastically on a time scale of days once every period called the "spectral event". We report on variations in the narrow emission line spectrum of gas condensations (the Weigelt blobs) close to the central star during a spectral event. The rapid changes in the stellar radiation field illuminating the blobs make the blobs a natural astrophysical laboratory to study atomic photoprocesses. The different responses of the HI Paschen lines, fluorescent lines and forbidden [Fe II] lines allow us to identify the processes and estimate physical conditions in the blobs. This paper is based on observations from the Pico dos Dias Observatory (LNA/Brazil) during the previous event in June 2003.

  5. Fermi/Large Area Telescope Discovery of Gamma-Ray Emission from a Relativistic Jet in the Narrow-Line Quasar PMN J0948+0022

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    Abdo, A. A.; Ackermann, M.; Ajello, M.; Axelsson, M.; Baldini, L.; Ballet, J.; Barbiellini, G.; Bastieri, D.; Battelino, M.; Baughman, B. M.; Bechtol, K.; Bellazzini, R.; Bloom, E. D.; Bonamente, E.; Borgland, A. W.; Bregeon, J.; Brez, A.; Brigida, M.; Bruel, P.; Caliandro, G. A.; Cameron, R. A.; Caraveo, P. A.; Casandjian, J. M.; Cavazzuti, E.; Cecchi, C.; Chekhtman, A.; Cheung, C. C.; Chiang, J.; Ciprini, S.; Claus, R.; Cohen-Tanugi, J.; Collmar, W.; Conrad, J.; Costamante, L.; Dermer, C. D.; de Angelis, A.; de Palma, F.; Digel, S. W.; Silva, E. do Couto e.; Drell, P. S.; Dubois, R.; Dumora, D.; Farnier, C.; Favuzzi, C.; Focke, W. B.; Foschini, L.; Frailis, M.; Fuhrmann, L.; Fukazawa, Y.; Funk, S.; Fusco, P.; Gargano, F.; Gehrels, N.; Germani, S.; Giebels, B.; Giglietto, N.; Giordano, F.; Giroletti, M.; Glanzman, T.; Grenier, I. A.; Grondin, M.-H.; Grove, J. E.; Guillemot, L.; Guiriec, S.; Hanabata, Y.; Harding, A. K.; Hartman, R. C.; Hayashida, M.; Hays, E.; Hughes, R. E.; Jhannesson, G.; Johnson, A. S.; Johnson, R. P.; Johnson, W. N.; Kamae, T.; Katagiri, H.; Kataoka, J.; Kerr, M.; Kndlseder, J.; Kuehn, F.; Kuss, M.; Lande, J.; Latronico, L.; Lemoine-Goumard, M.; Longo, F.; Loparco, F.; Lott, B.; Lovellette, M. N.; Lubrano, P.; Madejski, G. M.; Makeev, A.; Max-Moerbeck, W.; Mazziotta, M. N.; McConville, W.; McEnery, J. E.; Meurer, C.; Michelson, P. F.; Mitthumsiri, W.; Mizuno, T.; Monte, C.; Monzani, M. E.; Morselli, A.; Moskalenko, I. V.; Murgia, S.; Nolan, P. L.; Norris, J. P.; Nuss, E.; Ohsugi, T.; Omodei, N.; Orlando, E.; Ormes, J. F.; Paneque, D.; Panetta, J. H.; Parent, D.; Pavlidou, V.; Pearson, T. J.; Pepe, M.; Pesce-Rollins, M.; Piron, F.; Porter, T. A.; Rain, S.; Rando, R.; Razzano, M.; Readhead, A.; Reimer, A.; Reimer, O.; Reposeur, T.; Richards, J. L.; Ritz, S.; Rodriguez, A. Y.; Romani, R. W.; Ryde, F.; Sadrozinski, H. F.-W.; Sambruna, R.; Sanchez, D.; Sander, A.; Parkinson, P. M. Saz; Scargle, J. D.; Schalk, T. L.; Sgr, C.; Smith, D. A.; Spandre, G.; Spinelli, P.; Starck, J.-L.; Stevenson, M.; Strickman, M. S.; Suson, D. J.; Tagliaferri, G.; Takahashi, H.; Tanaka, T.; Thayer, J. G.; Thompson, D. J.; Tibaldo, L.; Tibolla, O.; Torres, D. F.; Tosti, G.; Tramacere, A.; Uchiyama, Y.; Usher, T. L.; Vilchez, N.; Vitale, V.; Waite, A. P.; Winer, B. L.; Wood, K. S.; Ylinen, T.; Zensus, J. A.; Ziegler, M.; Fermi/LAT Collaboration; Ghisellini, G.; Maraschi, L.; Tavecchio, F.; Angelakis, E.

    2009-07-01

    We report the discovery by the Large Area Telescope (LAT) onboard the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope of high-energy ?-ray emission from the peculiar quasar PMN J0948+0022 (z = 0.5846). The optical spectrum of this object exhibits rather narrow H? (FWHM(H?) ~1500 km s-1), weak forbidden lines, and is therefore classified as a narrow-line type I quasar. This class of objects is thought to have relatively small black hole mass and to accrete at a high Eddington ratio. The radio loudness and variability of the compact radio core indicate the presence of a relativistic jet. Quasi-simultaneous radio/optical/X-ray and ?-ray observations are presented. Both radio and ?-ray emissions (observed over five months) are strongly variable. The simultaneous optical and X-ray data from Swift show a blue continuum attributed to the accretion disk and a hard X-ray spectrum attributed to the jet. The resulting broadband spectral energy distribution (SED) and, in particular, the ?-ray spectrum measured by Fermi are similar to those of more powerful Flat-Spectrum Radio Quasars (FSRQs). A comparison of the radio and ?-ray characteristics of PMN J0948+0022 with the other blazars detected by LAT shows that this source has a relatively low radio and ?-ray power with respect to other FSRQs. The physical parameters obtained from modeling the SED also fall at the low power end of the FSRQ parameter region discussed in Celotti & Ghisellini. We suggest that the similarity of the SED of PMN J0948+0022 to that of more massive and more powerful quasars can be understood in a scenario in which the SED properties depend on the Eddington ratio rather than on the absolute power.

  6. FERMI/LARGE AREA TELESCOPE DISCOVERY OF GAMMA-RAY EMISSION FROM A RELATIVISTIC JET IN THE NARROW-LINE QUASAR PMN J0948+0022

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    Abdo, A. A.; Ackermann, M.; Ajello, M.; Bechtol, K.; Bloom, E. D.; Borgland, A. W.; Axelsson, M.; Battelino, M.; Baldini, L.; Bellazzini, R.; Bregeon, J.; Brez, A.; Ballet, J.; Bastieri, D.; Baughman, B. M.; Bonamente, E.; Brigida, M.; Caliandro, G. A.; Bruel, P.

    2009-07-10

    We report the discovery by the Large Area Telescope (LAT) onboard the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope of high-energy {gamma}-ray emission from the peculiar quasar PMN J0948+0022 (z = 0.5846). The optical spectrum of this object exhibits rather narrow H{beta} (FWHM(H{beta}) {approx}1500 km s{sup -1}), weak forbidden lines, and is therefore classified as a narrow-line type I quasar. This class of objects is thought to have relatively small black hole mass and to accrete at a high Eddington ratio. The radio loudness and variability of the compact radio core indicate the presence of a relativistic jet. Quasi-simultaneous radio/optical/X-ray and {gamma}-ray observations are presented. Both radio and {gamma}-ray emissions (observed over five months) are strongly variable. The simultaneous optical and X-ray data from Swift show a blue continuum attributed to the accretion disk and a hard X-ray spectrum attributed to the jet. The resulting broadband spectral energy distribution (SED) and, in particular, the {gamma}-ray spectrum measured by Fermi are similar to those of more powerful Flat-Spectrum Radio Quasars (FSRQs). A comparison of the radio and {gamma}-ray characteristics of PMN J0948+0022 with the other blazars detected by LAT shows that this source has a relatively low radio and {gamma}-ray power with respect to other FSRQs. The physical parameters obtained from modeling the SED also fall at the low power end of the FSRQ parameter region discussed in Celotti and Ghisellini. We suggest that the similarity of the SED of PMN J0948+0022 to that of more massive and more powerful quasars can be understood in a scenario in which the SED properties depend on the Eddington ratio rather than on the absolute power.

  7. High-Resolution IR Absorption Spectroscopy of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons: Shining Light on the Interstellar 3 Micron Emission Bands

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    Maltseva, Elena; Candian, Alessandra; Tielens, Xander; Petrignani, Annemieke; Oomens, J.; Buma, Wybren Jan

    2015-06-01

    Various astronomical objects show distinctive series of IR emission bands indicated as unidentified infrared emission bands. These features are nowadays mainly attributed to the IR fluorescence of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) even though an unambiguous identification of which PAHs are involved has not been possible yet. We present here a high-resolution IR absorption study of a number of jet-cooled polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the 3.3 ?m region obtained by IR-UV ion depletion techniques. The experimental spectra display many more bands than expected, and lead to the conclusion that the appearance of the spectrum is dominated by fourth-order vibrational coupling terms. This has far-reaching consequences since up till now the assignment of infrared emission features observed in different types of space objects in this wavelength region -and the conclusions drawn from these assignments on the evolution of interstellar gas- has relied heavily on harmonic quantum chemical calculations. We also observe that the presence of bay-hydrogen sites in a PAH leads to a shift of the overall spectrum to the high-energy side and to a broadening of the 3 ?m band. This observation provides an appealing explanation for previous speculations that the emission of 3 ?m band consists of two components. Moreover, it paves for using this structure to derive the composition of different objects.

  8. CH^+ Spectrum and Diffuse Interstellar Bands Toward Herschel 36 Excited by Dust Emission

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    Dahlstrom, Julie; Oka, Takeshi; Johnson, Sean; Welty, Daniel E.; Hobbs, Lew M.; York, Donald G.

    2012-06-01

    All electronic CH^+ interstellar absorption lines so far observed had been limited to the R(0) transition starting from the J = 0 ground level; this is because of the very rapid J = 1 ? 0 spontaneous emission with the life time of 140 s. We have observed the R(1) and Q(1) lines of the A^1? ? X^1? band from the excited J = 1 level 40.08 K (27.86 cm-1) above the J = 0 level toward Herschel 36 indicating high radiative temperature of T_r = 17.5 K. The high temperature is most likely due to far infrared dust emission from the Her 36 SE. We have also observed the R_1(3/2) line of CH starting from the excited fine structure level J = 3/2 which is 25.76 - 25.57 K above the J = 1/2 level. The effect of high radiative temperature is also noticed as unique lineshapes of diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs) observed toward Her 36. We have examined seven DIBs including ? 5780.5, ? 5797.1, ? 6190.0, and ? 6613.0 that are correlated with each other with correlation coefficients > 0.93. While for ordinary sightlines the lineshapes of these DIBs are more or less symmetric, those toward Her 36 show a long tail toward the red. This is due to far infrared pumping of high J rotational levels of polar carriers of the DIBs by the dust emission. We have developed a model calculation of relaxation taking into account of both radiative and collisional processes. A linear molecule with about 6 carbon atoms can explain some of the DIBs. For the DIBs we have examined, probably the carriers are of this size since we cannot explain the large difference between the DIBs toward ordinary sightlines and toward Her 36 with larger molecules. Goto, M., Stecklum, B., Linz, H., Feldt, M., Henning, Th., Pascucci, I., and Usuda, T. 2006, ApJ, {649} 299.

  9. Electronic band structure information of GdN extracted from x-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy

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    Preston, A. R. H.; Ruck, B. J.; Lambrecht, W. R. L.; Piper, L. F. J.; Downes, J. E.; Smith, K. E.; Trodahl, H. J.

    2010-01-01

    The electronic structure of GdN films grown by pulsed laser deposition has been investigated by soft x-ray absorption (XAS) and x-ray emission spectroscopy (XES) at the N K-edge. Density functional calculations within the local spin density approximation with Hubbard-U corrections of the N p weighted bands and density of states are used to extract band information from the spectra. Gd M4,5 XAS and XES spectra are also presented. The XES-XAS separation is shown to give information on the f-band spin splitting and the XAS line shapes are shown to reflect atomic multiplet effects.

  10. A Spectrophotometric Survey of K-Band Emission Lines in Planetary Nebulae

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    Likkel, Lauren; Dinerstein, Harriet L.; Lester, Dan F.; Kindt, Anna; Bartig, Kevin

    2006-03-01

    We present observations of 16 planetary nebulae (PNs) in the 2 ?m (K band) spectral region, obtained with a long-slit near-infrared spectrometer at McDonald Observatory. In general, the strongest features in our spectra are recombination lines of H I, He I, and (in some cases) He II. Half the sample shows emission from vibrationally excited H2. Some of the observed PNs (e.g., M 1-13) display H2 line ratios characteristic of shocked, thermalized gas, while others (e.g., BD +30 3639) have ratios intermediate between pure radiative (UV) and shock excitation, consistent with either a combination of the mechanisms or UV illumination of dense material. Our spectra of J900 and M 1-13 confirm that published narrowband images trace the H2 emission, and we find that the H2 emission in SwSt 1 has a larger spatial extent than previously reported. In IC 5117, SwSt 1, and NGC 40 we detect the [Kr III] 2.199 ?m line identified by Dinerstein in 2001, with strengths indicating that krypton is enriched relative to the solar abundance, most markedly so in NGC 40. We also detect several lines from the 3G term of [Fe III] in Vy 2-2, SwSt 1, and marginally in Cn 3-1. The [Kr III] and [Fe III] lines fall near in wavelength to H2 transitions, which are often used as diagnostics for UV excitation because they arise from higher vibrationally excited levels (v=2, 3). For moderate spectral resolving power, R<=600, these lines may be blended with, or even mistaken for, the corresponding H2 lines, leading to misinterpretation of the H2 emission. The strength of both the Kr and Fe nebular emission lines can be enhanced by special circumstances, Kr because of nucleosynthetic self-enrichment in the progenitor star and Fe due to inefficient initial dust condensation or partial destruction of the dust after formation, causing a larger fraction of the elemental iron to reside in the gas phase.

  11. Structural phase transition, narrow band gap, and room-temperature ferromagnetism in [KNbO{sub 3}]{sub 1?x}[BaNi{sub 1/2}Nb{sub 1/2}O{sub 3??}]{sub x} ferroelectrics

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    Zhou, Wenliang; Yang, Pingxiong Chu, Junhao; Deng, Hongmei

    2014-09-15

    Structural phase transition, narrow band gap (E{sub g}), and room-temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM) have been observed in the [KNbO{sub 3}]{sub 1?x}[BaNi{sub 1/2}Nb{sub 1/2}O{sub 3??}]{sub x} (KBNNO) ceramics. All the samples have single phase perovskite structure, but exhibit a gradual transition behaviour from the orthorhombic to a cubic structure with the increase of x. Raman spectroscopy analysis not only corroborates this doping-induced change in normal structure but also shows the local crystal symmetry for x ? 0.1 compositions to deviate from the idealized cubic perovskite structure. A possible mechanism for the observed specific changes in lattice structure is discussed. Moreover, it is noted that KBNNO with compositions x?=?0.10.3 have quite narrow E{sub g} of below 1.5?eV, much smaller than the 3.2?eV band gap of parent KNbO{sub 3} (KNO), which is due to the increasing Ni 3d electronic states within the gap of KNO. Furthermore, the KBNNO materials present RTFM near a tetragonal to cubic phase boundary. With increasing x from 0 to 0.3, the magnetism of the samples develops from diamagnetism to ferromagnetism and paramagnetism, originating from the ferromagneticantiferromagnetic competition. These results are helpful in the deeper understanding of phase transitions, band gap tunability, and magnetism variations in perovskite oxides and show the potential role, such materials can play, in perovskite solar cells and multiferroic applications.

  12. The mid-infrared emission of narrow-line active galactic nuclei: Star formation, nuclear activity, and two populations revealed by WISE

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    Rosario, David J.; Burtscher, Leonard; Davies, Richard; Genzel, Reinhard; Lutz, Dieter; Tacconi, Linda J.

    2013-12-01

    We explore the nature of the long-wavelength mid-infrared (MIR) emission of a sample of 13,000 local Type II (narrow-line) active galactic nuclei (AGNs) from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) using 12 ?m and 22 ?m photometry from the WISE all-sky survey. In combination with FIRST 1.4 GHz photometry, we show that AGNs divide into two relatively distinct populations or 'branches' in the plane of MIR and radio luminosity. Seyfert galaxies lie almost exclusively on an MIR-bright branch (Branch A), while low-ionization nuclear emission line galaxies (LINERs) are split evenly into Branch A and the MIR-faint Branch B. We devise various tests to constrain the processes that define the branches, including a comparison to the properties of pure star-forming inactive galaxies on the MIR-radio plane. We demonstrate that the total MIR emission of objects on Branch A, including most Seyfert galaxies, is governed primarily by host star formation, with ?15% of the 22 ?m luminosity coming from AGN-heated dust. This implies that ongoing dusty star formation is a general property of Seyfert host galaxies. We show that the 12 ?m broadband luminosity of AGNs on Branch A is suppressed with respect to star-forming galaxies, possibly due to the destruction of PAHs or deeper 10 ?m Si absorption in AGNs. We uncover a correlation between the MIR luminosity and [O III] ?5007 luminosity in AGNs. This suggests a relationship between the star formation rate and nuclear luminosity in the AGN population, but we caution on the importance of selection effects inherent to such AGN-dominated emission-line galaxies in driving such a correlation. We highlight the MIR-radio plane as a useful tool in comparative studies of star formation and nuclear activity in AGNs.

  13. Photoluminescent Evolution Induced by Structural Transformation Through Thermal Treating in the Red Narrow-Band Phosphor K?GeF?:Mn??.

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    Wei, Ling-Ling; Lin, Chun Che; Wang, Yi-Ying; Fang, Mu-Huai; Jiao, Huan; Liu, Ru-Shi

    2015-05-27

    This study explored optimal preparation conditions for K2GeF6:Mn(4+) red phosphors by using chemical coprecipitation method. The prepared hexagonal P3?m1 K2GeF6:Mn(4+) exhibited efficient red emission, high color purity, good Mn(4+) concentration stability, and low thermal quenching. Structural evolution from hexagonal P3?m1 to P63mc and then P63mc to cubic Fm3m occurred after thermal treatment at approximately 400 and 500 C, respectively. Hexagonal P63mc phase showed an obvious zero phonon line peak at 621 nm, whereas cubic Fm3m phase showed no red emission. Yellowish K2GeF6:Mn(4+) with both hexagonal P3?m1 and P63mc symmetries are promising commercial red phosphors for white light-emitting diodes. PMID:25961499

  14. Correlation between mechanical stress and optical property of SiO2/Ta2O5 multilayer UV narrow band filter deposited by plasma ion-assisted deposition

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    Wang, Jue; Maier, Robert L.

    2005-09-01

    Multilayer SiO2/Ta2O5 UV narrow-bandpass filters were deposited by a plasma ion-assisted process. The optimized PIAD process leads to densified multilayer coatings with a stabilized build-in compressive stress and un-shifted center wavelength. The correlation between stress reduction and center wavelength upward shift was established via post-deposition annealing at temperature ranging from 120 oC to 500 oC. Following 300 oC annealing, increased porosity and physical thickness of single layers of Ta2O5 and SiO2 were observed, via EMA modeling of ellipsometric data acquired around the quasi-Brewster angle. This is consistent with AFM measurement. The CWL upward shift was attributed to the micro-structural changes originating from intrinsic stress relaxation. Good agreement between the calculated CWL shift based on single layer test, and measured total CWL shift of the UV NBF suggests that the multilayer interfacial coupling effects might be ignorable for CWL shift and stress calculations.

  15. Design concepts for a high-impedance narrow-band 42 GHz power TWT using a fundamental/forward ladder-based circuit

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    Karp, A.

    1980-01-01

    A low-cost, narrowband, millimeter wave space communications TWT design was studied. Cold test interaction structure scale models were investigated and analyses were undertaken to predict the electrical and thermal response of the hypothetical 200 W TWT at 42 GHz and 21 kV beam voltage. An intentionally narrow instantaneous bandwidth (1%, with the possibility of electronic tuning of the center frequency over several percent) was sought with a highly dispersive, high impedance "forward wave' interaction structure based on a ladder (for economy in fabrication) and nonspace harmonic interaction, for a high gain rate and a short, economically focused tube. The "TunneLadder' interaction structure devised combines ladder properties with accommodation for a pencil beam. Except for the impedance and bandwidth, there is much in common with the millimeter wave helix TWTs which provided the ideal of diamond support rods. The benefits of these are enhanced in the TunneLadder case because of spatial separation of beam interception and RF current heating.

  16. Use of IRI to Model the Effect of Ionosphere Emission on Earth Remote Sensing at L-Band

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    Abraham, Saji; LeVine, David M.

    2004-01-01

    Microwave remote sensing in the window at 1.413 GHz (L-band) set aside for passive use only is important for monitoring sea surface salinity and soil moisture. These parameters are important for understanding ocean dynamics and energy exchange between the surface and atmosphere, and both NASA and ESA plan to launch satellite sensors to monitor these parameters at L-band (Aquarius, Hydros and SMOS). The ionosphere is an important source of error for passive remote sensing at this frequency. In addition to Faraday rotation, emission from the ionosphere is also a potential source of error at L-band. As an aid for correcting for emission, a regression model is presented that relates ionosphere emission to the integrated electron density (TEC). The goal is to use TEC from sources such as TOPEX, JASON or GPS to obtain estimates of emission over the oceans where the electron density profiles needed to compute emission are not available. In addition, data will also be presented to evaluate the use of the IRI for computing emission over the ocean.

  17. Narrow spectral emission CaMoO4: Eu3+, Dy3+, Tb3+ phosphor crystals for white light emitting diodes

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    Khanna, A.; Dutta, P. S.

    2013-02-01

    Alkaline earth metal molybdates are promising candidates as a host material for high efficiency narrow spectral emission phosphors. These phosphors could potentially be used for the fabrication of phosphor-converted light emitting diodes (pc-LEDs). Phosphor crystals of calcium molybdate doped with rare earth dopant Ln3+(Ln=Eu, Dy, Tb) grown using flux growth method have been shown to exhibit higher excitation efficiency than the powders synthesized by solid-state reaction process. Molybdenum (VI) oxide has been found to be a suitable flux for growing large size optically transparent high quality crystals at a temperature around 1100 C. Using the excitation wavelengths of 465 nm, 454 nm and 489 nm for CaMoO4: Eu3+, CaMoO4: Dy3+ and CaMoO4: Tb3+, respectively, intense emission lines at wavelengths of 615 nm, 575 nm and 550 nm were observed. The optimized doping concentrations of 12%, 2% and 5% for Eu3+, Dy3+ and Tb3+, respectively, provided the highest luminescence intensity.

  18. Alterations in Cochlear Function after Exposure to Short Term Broad Band Noise Assessed by Otoacoustic Emissions

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    Reddy, Prasen; M M, Kavitha; Khavasi, Prabhu; Doddamani, S S

    2014-01-01

    Background: Sudden or chronic exposure to sound alters the functioning of cochlea. This results in temporary or permanent alteration of functioning of cochlear cells. Alteration of functioning of outer hair cells (OHC) of cochlea following exposure to noise can be assessed by measurement of transient otoacoustic emissions (TEOAE). Such a measurement is of great clinical importance in early detection of the damage to the OHC. Aim: In this study we aim to study effect of noise on outer hair cell function by studying the changes in TEOAEs amplitude following exposure to short term broad band noise in healthy volunteers. Materials and Methods: Twenty volunteers ten males and ten females participated in the study. They underwent pure tone and impedance audiometry to rule out ear pathology. Then pre-exposure TEOAEs were recorded. After that they were exposed to broad band noise for two minutes. After gap of five minutes again TEOAEs were recorded. Pre and post exposure amplitude of TEOAEs was analysed statistically.s Results: There was statistically significant difference between pre exposure and post-exposure amplitude of TEOAEs. Pre and post exposure values for A & B amplitudes showed p-value of 0.0001 whereas values for A-B amplitude showed p-value of 0.0001. Conclusion: Measurement of TEOAEs can detect early changes in the functioning of outer hair cells which cannot be picked by routine pure tone audiometry. Thus they can be used in assessing early changes in cochlear function following exposure to noise in individuals exposed to sudden noise or working in noisy environments. Thus preventive methods to reduce the noise induced hearing loss in such individuals can be implemented. PMID:25386468

  19. Strong interactions, narrow bands, and dominant spin-orbit coupling in Mott insulating quadruple perovskite CaCo3V4O12

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    Rhee, H. B.; Pickett, W. E.

    2014-11-01

    We investigate the electronic and magnetic structures and the character and direction of spin and orbital moments of the recently synthesized quadruple perovskite compound CaCo3V4O12 using a selection of methods from density functional theory. Implementing the generalized gradient approximation and the Hubbard U correction (GGA+U ), ferromagnetic spin alignment leads to half-metallicity rather than the observed narrow gap insulating behavior. Including spin-orbit coupling (SOC) leaves a Mott insulating spectrum but with a negligible gap. SOC is crucial for the Mott insulating character of the V d1 ion, breaking the dm =1 degeneracy and also giving a substantial orbital moment. Evidence is obtained of the large orbital moments on Co that have been inferred from the measured susceptibility. Switching to the orbital polarization (OP) functional, GGA+OP+SOC also displays clear tendencies toward very large orbital moments but in its own distinctive manner. In both approaches, application of SOC, which requires specification of the direction of the spin, introduces large differences in the orbital moments of the three Co ions in the primitive cell. We study a fictitious but simpler cousin compound Ca3CoV4O12 (Ca replacing two of the Co atoms) to probe in a more transparent fashion the interplay of spin and orbital degrees of freedom with the local environment of the planar CoO4 units. The observation is made that the underlying mechanisms seem to be local to a CoO4 plaquette, and that there is very strong coupling of the size of the orbital moment to the spin direction. These facts strongly suggest noncollinear spins, not only on Co but on the V sublattice as well.

  20. The ground-based H-, K-, and L-band absolute emission spectra of HD 209458b

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    Zellem, Robert T.; Griffith, Caitlin A.; Deroo, Pieter; Swain, Mark R.; Waldmann, Ingo P.

    2014-11-20

    Here we explore the capabilities of NASA's 3.0 m Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) and SpeX spectrometer and the 5.08 m Hale telescope with the TripleSpec spectrometer with near-infrared H-, K-, and L-band measurements of HD 209458b's secondary eclipse. Our IRTF/SpeX data are the first absolute L-band spectroscopic emission measurements of any exoplanet other than the hot Jupiter HD 189733b. Previous measurements of HD 189733b's L band indicate bright emission hypothesized to result from non-LTE CH{sub 4} ν{sub 3} fluorescence. We do not detect a similar bright 3.3 μm feature to ∼3σ, suggesting that fluorescence does not need to be invoked to explain HD 209458b's L-band measurements. The validity of our observation and reduction techniques, which decrease the flux variance by up to 2.8 orders of magnitude, is reinforced by 1σ agreement with existent Hubble/NICMOS and Spitzer/IRAC1 observations that overlap the H, K, and L bands, suggesting that both IRTF/SpeX and Palomar/TripleSpec can measure an exoplanet's emission with high precision.

  1. Narrow spectral emission CaMoO{sub 4}: Eu{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+} phosphor crystals for white light emitting diodes

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    Khanna, A.; Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110, 8th Street, Troy, New York, 12180 ; Dutta, P.S.

    2013-02-15

    Alkaline earth metal molybdates are promising candidates as a host material for high efficiency narrow spectral emission phosphors. These phosphors could potentially be used for the fabrication of phosphor-converted light emitting diodes (pc-LEDs). Phosphor crystals of calcium molybdate doped with rare earth dopant Ln{sup 3+}(Ln=Eu, Dy, Tb) grown using flux growth method have been shown to exhibit higher excitation efficiency than the powders synthesized by solid-state reaction process. Molybdenum (VI) oxide has been found to be a suitable flux for growing large size optically transparent high quality crystals at a temperature around 1100 Degree-Sign C. Using the excitation wavelengths of 465 nm, 454 nm and 489 nm for CaMoO{sub 4}: Eu{sup 3+}, CaMoO{sub 4}: Dy{sup 3+} and CaMoO{sub 4}: Tb{sup 3+}, respectively, intense emission lines at wavelengths of 615 nm, 575 nm and 550 nm were observed. The optimized doping concentrations of 12%, 2% and 5% for Eu{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+}, respectively, provided the highest luminescence intensity. - Graphical Abstract: CaMoO{sub 4}: Eu{sup 3+} phosphor crystals grown using a molybdenum (VI) oxide flux exhibited around 1.5 times the emission intensity of powders obtained from solid-state reaction at the same synthesis temperature. These crystals were found to efficiently emit 615 nm red light when excited by near UV light up to a wavelength of 395 nm. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer CaMoO{sub 4}: Ln{sup 3+} (Ln=Eu{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}) phosphor crystals were successfully grown using high temperature flux (solutions) containing molybdenum (VI) oxide or lithium chloride. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Narrow spectral emission at 615 nm, 575 nm and 550 nm, respectively, was observed from CaMoO{sub 4}: Ln{sup 3+} (Ln=Eu{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}) phosphor crystals. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The optimized doping concentrations of Eu{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+} in CaMoO{sub 4} for highest emission intensity were determined to be 12%, 2% and 5%, respectively. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The CaMoO{sub 4}: Ln{sup 3+} (Ln=Eu{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}) phosphor crystals grown with molybdenum (VI) oxide flux exhibited 50% higher emission intensity compared to the crystals grown with lithium chloride flux and the powders synthesized by solid-state reaction.

  2. Broad M-band multi-keV x-ray emission from plasmas created by short laser pulses

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    Harmand, M.; Dorchies, F.; Peyrusse, O.; Descamps, D.; Fourment, C.; Hulin, S.; Petit, S.; Santos, J. J.

    2009-06-15

    The investigation of the broad M-band x-ray emission from high-Z plasmas created by a laser, with a 30 fs to 3 ps pulse duration and achieving 10{sup 15-17} W/cm{sup 2} on target, is reported. Experimental emission spectra are measured in the energy range from 1.50 to 1.75 keV and discussed as potential backlighting x-ray sources for time-resolved x-ray absorption spectroscopy studies. They are compared with theoretical nonlocal thermodynamic equilibrium calculations of x-ray emission.

  3. Monitoring MRK 509: The Origin of the Reprocessor and Broad Band X-ray Spectrum of Narrow Line Seyfert 1 AKN 564

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    Halpern, Jules P.; Leighly, Karen M.

    1998-01-01

    The ten monitoring observations of Mrk 509 were made successfully between October 20 and November 26 last year. These observations were simultaneously with RXTE observations. A preliminary analysis of the RXTE observations has been done, and the light curve is shown in figure 1. Our aim in this experiment is to determine the location of the emission region of the reflection component by reverberation mapping. This component could be emitted from the accretion disk, within 100 Scwartzschild radii (R(sub s)) from the source. Note that the monitoring interval of 2.5 days corresponds to 100 R(sub s) for a 2 x 10(exp 8) solar mass black hole, which may be appropriate for this luminous object. In that case, we would expect the reflected component to vary along the direct flux, and there should be no spectral variability between observations. Alternatively, the reflected emission could come from the molecular torus, several parsecs from the nucleus. In that case, the reflection component flux should not vary. The light curve in figure 1 shows that during the monitoring period, the target varied in an ideal way, since significant variability was observed between observations and yet the most rapid variability is apparently sampled. The analysis of this data is not yet completed. The measurement of the reflection component in the combined ASCa and RXTE spectra depends critically on the RXTE background subtraction and calibration, but these have not yet progressed to the point where the analysis can be done.

  4. The sensitivity of land emissivity estimates from AMSR-E at C and X bands to surface properties

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    Norouzi, H.; Temimi, M.; Rossow, W. B.; Pearl, C.; Azarderakhsh, M.; Khanbilvardi, R.

    2011-11-01

    Microwave observations at low frequencies exhibit more sensitivity to surface and subsurface properties with little interference from the atmosphere. The objective of this study is to develop a global land emissivity product using passive microwave observations from the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) and to investigate its sensitivity to land surface properties. The developed product complements existing land emissivity products from SSM/I and AMSU by adding land emissivity estimates at two lower frequencies, 6.9 and 10.65 GHz (C- and X-band, respectively). Observations at these low frequencies penetrate deeper into the soil layer. Ancillary data used in the analysis, such as surface skin temperature and cloud mask, are obtained from International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP). Atmospheric properties are obtained from the TIROS Operational Vertical Sounder (TOVS) observations to determine the small upwelling and downwelling atmospheric emissions as well as the atmospheric transmission. A sensitivity test confirms the small effect of the atmosphere but shows that skin temperature accuracy can significantly affect emissivity estimates. Retrieved emissivities at C- and X-bands and their polarization differences exhibit similar patterns of variation with changes in land cover type, soil moisture, and vegetation density as seen at SSM/I-like frequencies (Ka and Ku bands). The emissivity maps from AMSR-E at these higher frequencies agree reasonably well with the existing SSM/I-based product. The inherent discrepancy introduced by the difference between SSM/I and AMSR-E frequencies, incidence angles, and calibration has been assessed. Significantly greater standard deviation of estimated emissivities compared to SSM/I land emissivity product was found over desert regions. Large differences between emissivity estimates from ascending and descending overpasses were found at lower frequencies due to the inconsistency between thermal IR skin temperatures and passive microwave brightness temperatures which can originate from below the surface. The mismatch between day and night AMSR-E emissivities is greater than ascending and descending differences of SSM/I emissivity. This is because of unique orbit time of AMSR-E (01:30 a.m./p.m. LT) while other microwave sensors have orbit time of 06:00 to 09:00 (a.m./p.m.). This highlights the importance of considering the penetration depth of the microwave signal and diurnal variability of the temperature in emissivity retrieval. The effect of these factors is greater for AMSR-E observations than SSM/I observations, as AMSR-E observations exhibit a greater difference between day and night measures. This issue must be addressed in future studies to improve the accuracy of the emissivity estimates especially at AMSR-E lower frequencies.

  5. Reducing Contrast Contamination in Radial Turbo-Spin-Echo Acquisitions by Combining a Narrow-Band KWIC Filter With Parallel Imaging

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    Neumann, Daniel; Breuer, Felix A.; Vlker, Michael; Brandt, Tobias; Griswold, Mark A.; Jakob, Peter M.; Blaimer, Martin

    2014-01-01

    Purpose Cartesian turbo spin-echo (TSE) and radial TSE images are usually reconstructed by assembling data containing different contrast information into a single k-space. This approach results in mixed contrast contributions in the images, which may reduce their diagnostic value. The goal of this work is to improve the image contrast from radial TSE acquisitions by reducing the contribution of signals with undesired contrast information. Methods Radial TSE acquisitions allow the reconstruction of multiple images with different T2 contrasts using the k-space weighted image contrast (KWIC) filter. In this work, the image contrast is improved by reducing the band-width of the KWIC filter. Data for the reconstruction of a single image are selected from within a small temporal range around the desired echo time. The resulting data set is undersampled and therefore an iterative parallel imaging algorithm is applied to remove aliasing artifacts. Results Radial TSE images of the human brain reconstructed with the proposed method show an improved contrast when compared to Cartesian TSE images or radial TSE images with conventional KWIC reconstructions. Conclusion The proposed method provides multi-contrast images from radial TSE data with contrasts similar to multi spin-echo images. Contaminations from unwanted contrast weightings are strongly reduced. PMID:24436227

  6. Coupling of narrow and wide band-gap semiconductors on uniform films active in bacterial disinfection under low intensity visible light: implications of the interfacial charge transfer (IFCT).

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    Rtimi, S; Sanjines, R; Pulgarin, C; Houas, A; Lavanchy, J-C; Kiwi, J

    2013-09-15

    This study reports the design, preparation, testing and surface characterization of uniform films deposited by sputtering Ag and Ta on non-heat resistant polyester to evaluate the Escherichia coli inactivation by TaON, TaN/Ag, Ag and TaON/Ag polyester. Co-sputtering for 120 s Ta and Ag in the presence of N₂ and O₂ led to the faster E. coli inactivation by a TaON/Ag sample within ∼40 min under visible light irradiation. The deconvolution of TaON/Ag peaks obtained by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) allowed the assignment of the Ta₂O₅ and Ag-species. The shifts observed for the XPS peaks have been assigned to AgO to Ag₂O and Ag(0), and are a function of the applied sputtering times. The mechanism of interfacial charge transfer (IFCT) from the Ag₂O conduction band (cb) to the lower laying Ta₂O₅ (cb) is discussed suggesting a reaction mechanism. The optical absorption of the TaON and TaON/Ag samples found by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) correlated well with the kinetics of E. coli inactivation. The TaON/Ag sample microstructure was characterized by contact angle (CA) and by atomic force microscopy (AFM). Self-cleaning of the TaON/Ag polyester after each disinfection cycle enabled repetitive E. coli inactivation. PMID:23867967

  7. Optical Observations of the Nearby Galaxy IC342 With Narrow Band [S II] and H? Filters. II - Detection of 16 Optically-Identified Supernova Remnant Candidates

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    Vu?eti?, M. M.; ?iprijanovi?, A.; Pavlovi?, M. Z.; Pannuti, T. G.; Petrov, N.; Gker, . D.; Ercan, E. N.

    2015-11-01

    We present the detection of 16 optical supernova remnant (SNR) candidates in the nearby spiral galaxy IC342. The candidates were detected by applying [S II]/H? ratio criterion on observations made with the 2 m RCC telescope at Rozhen National Astronomical Observatory in Bulgaria. In this paper, we report the coordinates, diameters, H? and [S II] fluxes for 16 SNRs detected in two fields of view in the IC342 galaxy. Also, we estimate that the contamination of total H? flux from SNRs in the observed portion of IC342 is 1.4 percent. This would represent the fractional error when the star formation rate (SFR) for this galaxy is derived from the total galaxy's H? emission.

  8. Optical Observations of the Nearby Galaxy IC342 With Narrow Band [S II] and H? Filters. II - Detection of 16 Optically-Identified Supernova Remnant Candidates

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    Vu?eti?, M. M.; ?iprijanovi?, A.; Pavlovi?, M. Z.; Pannuti, T. G.; Petrov, N.; Gker, . D.; Ercan, E. N.

    2015-12-01

    We present the detection of 16 optical supernova remnant (SNR) candidates in the nearby spiral galaxy IC342. The candidates were detected by applying [S II]/H? ratio criterion on observations made with the 2 m RCC telescope at Rozhen National Astronomical Observatory in Bulgaria. In this paper, we report the coordinates, diameters, H? and [S II] fluxes for 16 SNRs detected in two fields of view in the IC342 galaxy. Also, we estimate that the contamination of total H? flux from SNRs in the observed portion of IC342 is 1.4 percent. This would represent the fractional error when the star formation rate (SFR) for this galaxy is derived from the total galaxy's H? emission.

  9. Light Propagation Properties of Band-Edge Emissions in III-Nitride Sub-Micron Waveguides

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    Shakya, J.; Oder, T. N.; Lin, J. Y.; Jiang, H. X.

    2003-03-01

    The integrated photonic devices based on III-nitrides are expected to have many applications, ranging from communications, image processing, optical interconnects, and medical research. In this development, waveguides are an important component in integrated photonic circuits. We report here the fabrication of submicron waveguide structures based on AlGaN alloys and the associated quantum wells. The waveguides were patterned by e-beam lithography together with inductively-coupled plasma dry etching with widths varying from 0.5 - 2.0 ?m and orientations varying from -30^o to 60^o relative to the a-axis of GaN. The propagation properties of the band-edge emissions in the waveguides were probed by a near filed optical spectroscopy setup. In the measurements, the excitation laser beam was focused on a single waveguide and the light was collected by fiber tip of 150 nm aperture. The distance between the excitation spot and the exit port of the waveguide was varied, from which the optical power versus the light propagation distance or equivalently the attenuation of the waveguide was measured. The dependencies on the waveguide orientation, Al content, and width have been investigated.

  10. Out-of-band emission suppression techniques based on a generalized OFDM framework

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    You, Zihao; Fang, Juan; Lu, I.-Tai

    2014-12-01

    Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM)-based cognitive radio (CR) systems suffer from the large out-of-band emission (OOBE) that may interfere with other users. Since most existing OFDM OOBE suppression schemes are derived on the base of an original OFDM system without any other scheme, we first propose a generalized OFDM framework that is capable of describing these schemes no matter whether any one or more of the schemes is applied. Then, according to the place where these schemes are implemented in our framework, they are classified into three groups, namely symbol mapping techniques, precoding techniques, and time-domain techniques. Finally, based on the proposed framework, we propose three new schemes by combining a precoding scheme named singular value decomposition (SVD) precoding with three other schemes from the three groups, namely spectral precoding, N-continuous symbol mapping, and filtering. Numerical results show the power spectral density (PSD), peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR), and bit error rate (BER) performances of the three proposed schemes. Since the individual schemes have complementary characteristics, the three proposed combined schemes are constructed to maintain the merits and avoid the drawbacks of the individual schemes involved. Thus, it is demonstrated that the proposed framework can be employed to develop other new combined OOBE suppression schemes tailoring to some specific practical needs.

  11. S-NPP VIIRS Thermal Emissive Bands On-Orbit Calibration and Performance

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    Efremova, Boryana; McIntire, Jeff; Moyer, David; Wu, Aisheng; Xiong, Xiaoxiong

    2014-01-01

    Presented is an assessment of the on-orbit radiometric performance of the thermal emissive bands (TEB) of the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument based on data from the first 2 years of operations-from 20 January 2012 to 20 January 2014. The VIIRS TEB are calibrated on orbit using a V-grooved blackbody (BB) as a radiance source. Performance characteristics trended over the life of the mission include the F factor-a measure of the gain change of the TEB detectors; the Noise Equivalent differential Temperature (NEdT)-a measure of the detector noise; and the detector offset and nonlinear terms trended at the quarterly performed BB warm-up cool-down cycles. We find that the BB temperature is well controlled and stable within the 30mK requirement. The F factor trends are very stable and showing little degradation (within 0.8%). The offsets and nonlinearity terms are also without noticeable drifts. NEdT is stable and does not show any trend. Other TEB radiometric calibration-related activities discussed include the on-orbit assessment of the response versus scan-angle functions and an approach to improve the M13 low-gain calibration using onboard lunar measurements. We conclude that all the assessed parameters comply with the requirements, and the TEB provide radiometric measurements with the required accuracy.

  12. C{sub 2} swan band emission intensity as a function of C{sub 2} density.

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    Goyette, A. N.; Lawler, J. E.; Anderson, L. W.; Gruen, D. M.; McCauley, T. G.; Zhou, D.; Krauss, A. R.; Univ. of Wisconsin

    1998-05-01

    We report the systematic comparison of the optical emission intensity of the d {sup 3}{Pi} {yields} a {sup 3}{Pi} (0, 0) vibrational band of the C{sub 2} Swan system with the absolute C{sub 2} concentration in Ar/H{sub 2}/CH{sub 4} and Ar/H{sub 2}/C{sub 60} microwave plasmas used in the deposition of nanocrystalline diamond. The absolute C{sub 2} concentration is obtained using white-light absorption spectroscopy. Emission intensity correlates linearly with C{sub 2} density for variations of several plasma parameters and across two decades of species concentration. Although optical emission intensity generally is not an accurate quantitative diagnostic for gas phase species concentrations, these results confirm the reliability of the (0,0) Swan band for relative determination of C{sub 2} density with high sensitivity under conditions used for hydrogen-deficient plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition of diamond.

  13. The GROUSE project. III. Ks-band observations of the thermal emission from WASP-33b

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    de Mooij, E. J. W.; Brogi, M.; de Kok, R. J.; Snellen, I. A. G.; Kenworthy, M. A.; Karjalainen, R.

    2013-02-01

    Context. In recent years, day-side emission from about a dozen hot Jupiters has been detected through ground-based secondary eclipse observations in the near-infrared. These near-infrared observations are vital for determining the energy budgets of hot Jupiters, since they probe the planet's spectral energy distribution near its peak. Aims: The aim of this work is to measure the Ks-band secondary eclipse depth of WASP-33b, the first planet discovered to transit an A-type star. This planet receives the highest level of irradiation of all transiting planets discovered to date. Furthermore, its host-star shows pulsations and is classified as a low-amplitude ? Scuti. Methods: As part of our GROUnd-based Secondary Eclipse (GROUSE) project we have obtained observations of two separate secondary eclipses of WASP-33b in the Ks-band using the LIRIS instrument on the William Herschel Telescope (WHT). The telescope was significantly defocused to avoid saturation of the detector for this bright star (K ~ 7.5). To increase the stability and the cadence of the observations, they were performed in staring mode. We collected a total of 5100 and 6900 frames for the first and the second night respectively, both with an average cadence of 3.3 s. Results: On the second night the eclipse is detected at the 12 -? level, with a measured eclipse depth of 0.244-0.020+0.027%. This eclipse depth corresponds to a brightness temperature of 3270-160+115 K. The measured brightness temperature on the second night is consistent with the expected equilibrium temperature for a planet with a very low albedo and a rapid re-radiation of the absorbed stellar light. For the other night the short out-of-eclipse baseline prevents good corrections for the stellar pulsations and systematic effects, which makes this dataset unreliable for eclipse depth measurements. This demonstrates the need of getting a sufficient out-of-eclipse baseline. Appendix A is available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.orgLight curves are only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/550/A54

  14. Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph Long-Slit Spectroscopy of the Narrow-Line Region of NGC 4151. 1; Kinematics and Emission-Line Ratios

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    Nelson, C. H.; Weistrop, D.; Hutchinson, J. B.; Crenshaw, D. M.; Gull, T. R.; Kaiser, M. E.; Kraemer, S. B.; Lindler, D.

    2003-01-01

    Long-slit spectra of the Seyfert galaxy NGC 4151 from the UV to the near-infrared have been obtained with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) to study the kinematics and physical conditions in the narrow-line region (NLR). The kinematics shows evidence for three components, a low-velocity system in normal disk rotation, a high-velocity system in radial outflow at a few hundred kilometers per second relative to the systemic velocity, and an additional high-velocity system also in outflow with velocities up to 1400 km s(-l), in agreement with results from STIS slitless spectroscopy. We have explored two simple kinematic models and suggest that radial outflow in the form of a wind is the most likely explanation. We also present evidence indicating that the wind may be decelerating with distance from the nucleus. We find that the emission-line ratios along our slits are all entirely consistent with photoionization from the nuclear continuum source. A decrease in the ratios [O III] lambda 5007/H beta and [O III] lambda 5007/[O II] lambda 3727 suggests that the density decreases with distance from the nucleus. This trend is borne out by the [S II] ratios as well. We find no strong evidence for interaction between the radio jet and the NLR gas in either the kinematics or the emission-line ratios, in agreement with the recent results of Kaiser et al., who found no spatial coincidence of NLR clouds and knots in the radio jet. These results are in contrast to other recent studies of nearby active galactic nuclei that find evidence for significant interaction between the radio source and the NLR gas.

  15. Large-amplitude, narrow-linewidth microwave emission in a dual free-layer MgO spin-torque oscillator

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    Nagasawa, Tazumi Kudo, Kiwamu; Suto, Hirofumi; Mizushima, Koichi; Sato, Rie

    2014-11-03

    Synchronized magnetization motion among the several magnetic layers composing a spin-torque oscillator (STO) is considered an effective way to improve spectral purity. To utilize this scheme in a MgO-based STO, we have fabricated a dual free-layer STO composed of a CoFeB free layer (FL), a MgO barrier layer, and a CoFe/Ru/CoFeB synthetic ferrimagnet free layer (SyF). Unlike conventional MgO-based STOs, this structure does not have an antiferromagnetic layer that pins the SyF, leading to a large-amplitude oscillation of magnetization in the SyF. The dual free-layer STO exhibits coherent microwave emissions with power spectrum density beyond 800 nW/GHz and narrow spectral linewidth below 5 MHz (Q-factor ≈ 2000). Macrospin simulations confirm that the stable oscillations originate from the synchronized magnetization motion of the FL and the SyF through dynamical dipolar coupling.

  16. Hydrogenation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons as a factor affecting the cosmic 6.2 micron emission band.

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    Beegle, L W; Wdowiak, T J; Harrison, J G

    2001-03-15

    While many of the characteristics of the cosmic unidentified infrared (UIR) emission bands observed for interstellar and circumstellar sources within the Milky Way and other galaxies, can be best attributed to vibrational modes of the variants of the molecular family known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), there are open questions that need to be resolved. Among them is the observed strength of the 6.2 micron (1600 cm(-1)) band relative to other strong bands, and the generally low strength for measurements in the laboratory of the 1600 cm(-1) skeletal vibration band of many specific neutral PAH molecules. Also, experiments involving laser excitation of some gas phase neutral PAH species while producing long lifetime state emission in the 3.3 micron (3000 cm(-1)) spectral region, do not result in significant 6.2 micron (1600 cm(-1)) emission. A potentially important variant of the neutral PAH species, namely hydrogenated-PAH (H(N)-PAH) which exhibit intriguing spectral correlation with interstellar and circumstellar infrared emission and the 2175 A extinction feature, may be a factor affecting the strength of 6.2 micron emission. These species are hybrids of aromatic and cycloalkane structures. Laboratory infrared absorption spectroscopy augmented by density function theory (DFT) computations of selected partially hydrogenated-PAH molecules, demonstrates enhanced 6.2 micron (1600 cm(-1)) region skeletal vibration mode strength for these molecules relative to the normal PAH form. This along with other factors such as ionization or the incorporation of nitrogen or oxygen atoms could be a reason for the strength of the cosmic 6.2 micron (1600 cm(-1)) feature. PMID:11345250

  17. Hydrogenation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons as a factor affecting the cosmic 6.2 micron emission band

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    Beegle, L. W.; Wdowiak, T. J.; Harrison, J. G.

    2001-01-01

    While many of the characteristics of the cosmic unidentified infrared (UIR) emission bands observed for interstellar and circumstellar sources within the Milky Way and other galaxies, can be best attributed to vibrational modes of the variants of the molecular family known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), there are open questions that need to be resolved. Among them is the observed strength of the 6.2 micron (1600 cm(-1)) band relative to other strong bands, and the generally low strength for measurements in the laboratory of the 1600 cm(-1) skeletal vibration band of many specific neutral PAH molecules. Also, experiments involving laser excitation of some gas phase neutral PAH species while producing long lifetime state emission in the 3.3 micron (3000 cm(-1)) spectral region, do not result in significant 6.2 micron (1600 cm(-1)) emission. A potentially important variant of the neutral PAH species, namely hydrogenated-PAH (H(N)-PAH) which exhibit intriguing spectral correlation with interstellar and circumstellar infrared emission and the 2175 A extinction feature, may be a factor affecting the strength of 6.2 micron emission. These species are hybrids of aromatic and cycloalkane structures. Laboratory infrared absorption spectroscopy augmented by density function theory (DFT) computations of selected partially hydrogenated-PAH molecules, demonstrates enhanced 6.2 micron (1600 cm(-1)) region skeletal vibration mode strength for these molecules relative to the normal PAH form. This along with other factors such as ionization or the incorporation of nitrogen or oxygen atoms could be a reason for the strength of the cosmic 6.2 micron (1600 cm(-1)) feature.

  18. DETECTION OF K{sub S} -BAND THERMAL EMISSION FROM WASP-3b

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    Zhao Ming; Wright, Jason; Milburn, Jennifer; Hinkley, Sasha; Barman, Travis; Swain, Mark R.; Monnier, John D.

    2012-03-20

    We report the detection of thermal emission from the hot Jupiter WASP-3b in the K{sub S} band, using a newly developed guiding scheme for the WIRC instrument at the Palomar Hale 200 inch telescope. Our new guiding scheme has improved the telescope guiding precision by a factor of {approx}5-7, significantly reducing the correlated systematics in the measured light curves. This results in the detection of a secondary eclipse with depth of 0.181% {+-} 0.020% (9{sigma})-a significant improvement in WIRC's photometric precision and a demonstration of the capability of Palomar/WIRC to produce high-quality measurements of exoplanetary atmospheres. Our measured eclipse depth cannot be explained by model atmospheres with heat redistribution but favors a pure radiative equilibrium case with no redistribution across the surface of the planet. Our measurement also gives an eclipse phase center of 0.5045 {+-} 0.0020, corresponding to an ecos {omega} of 0.0070 {+-} 0.0032. This result is consistent with a circular orbit, although it also suggests that the planet's orbit might be slightly eccentric. The possible non-zero eccentricity provides insight into the tidal circularization process of the star-planet system, but might also have been caused by a second low-mass planet in the system, as suggested by a previous transit timing variation study. More secondary eclipse observations, especially at multiple wavelengths, are necessary to determine the temperature-pressure profile of the planet's atmosphere and shed light on its orbital eccentricity.

  19. Methane oxidation behind reflected shock waves: Ignition delay times measured by pressure and flame band emission

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    Brabbs, T. A.; Robertson, T. F.

    1986-01-01

    Ignition delay data were recorded for three methane-oxygen-argon mixtures (phi = 0.5, 1.0, 2.0) for the temperature range 1500 to 1920 K. Quiet pressure trances enabled us to obtain delay times for the start of the experimental pressure rise. These times were in good agreement with those obtained from the flame band emission at 3700 A. The data correlated well with the oxygen and methane dependence of Lifshitz, but showed a much stronger temperature dependence (phi = 0.5 delta E = 51.9, phi = 1.0 delta = 58.8, phi = 2.0 delta E = 58.7 Kcal). The effect of probe location on the delay time measurement was studied. It appears that the probe located 83 mm from the reflecting surface measured delay times which may not be related to the initial temperature and pressure. It was estimated that for a probe located 7 mm from the reflecting surface, the measured delay time would be about 10 microseconds too short, and it was suggested that delay times less than 100 microsecond should not be used. The ignition period was defined as the time interval between start of the experimental pressure rise and 50 percent of the ignition pressure. This time interval was measured for three gas mixtures and found to be similar (40 to 60 micro sec) for phi = 1.0 and 0.5 but much longer (100 to 120) microsecond for phi = 2.0. It was suggested that the ignition period would be very useful to the kinetic modeler in judging the agreement between experimental and calculated delay times.

  20. L-Band H Polarized Microwave Emission During the Corn Growth Cycle

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    Joseph, A. T.; va der Velde, R.; O'Neill, P. E.; Kim, E.; Lang, R. H.; Gish, T.

    2012-01-01

    Hourly L-band (1.4 GHz) horizontally (H) polarized brightness temperatures (T(sub B))'s measured during five episodes (more than two days of continuous measurements) of the 2002 corn growth cycle are analyzed. These T(sub B)'s measurements were acquired as a part of a combined active/passive microwave field campaign, and were obtained at five incidence and three azimuth angles relative to the row direction. In support of this microwave data collection, intensive ground sampling took place once a week. Moreover, the interpretation of the hourly T(sub B)'s could also rely on the data obtained using the various automated instruments installed in the same field. In this paper, the soil moisture and temperature measured at fixed time intervals have been employed as input for the tau-omega model to reproduce the hourly T(sub B). Through the calibration of the vegetation and surface roughness parameterizations, the impact of the vegetation morphological changes on the microwave emission and the dependence of the soil surface roughness parameter, h(sub r), on soil moisture are investigated. This analysis demonstrates that the b parameter, appearing in the representation of the canopy opacity, has an angular dependence that varies throughout the growing period and also that the parameter hr increases as the soil dries in a portion of the dry-down cycle. The angular dependence of the b parameter imposes the largest uncertainty on T(sub B) simulations near senescence as the response of b to the incidence is also affected by the crop row orientation. On the other hand, the incorporation of a soil moisture dependent h(sub r) parameterization was responsible for the largest error reduction of T(sub B) simulations in the early growth cycle.

  1. Effect of N2 and H2 plasma treatments on band edge emission of ZnO microrods.

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    Rodrigues, Joana; Holz, Tiago; Allah, Rabie Fath; Gonzalez, David; Ben, Teresa; Correia, Maria R; Monteiro, Teresa; Costa, Florinda M

    2015-01-01

    ZnO microrods were grown by laser assisted flow deposition technique in order to study their luminescence behaviour in the near band edge spectral region. Transmission electron microscopy analysis put in evidence the high crystallinity degree and microrod's compositional homogeneity. Photoluminescence revealed a dominant 3.31 eV emission. The correlation between this emission and the presence of surface states was investigated by performing plasma treatments with hydrogen and nitrogen. The significant modifications in photoluminescence spectra after the plasma treatments suggest a connexion between the 3.31 eV luminescence and the surface related electronic levels. PMID:26027718

  2. Effect of N2 and H2 plasma treatments on band edge emission of ZnO microrods

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    Rodrigues, Joana; Holz, Tiago; Fath Allah, Rabie; Gonzalez, David; Ben, Teresa; Correia, Maria R.; Monteiro, Teresa; Costa, Florinda M.

    2015-01-01

    ZnO microrods were grown by laser assisted flow deposition technique in order to study their luminescence behaviour in the near band edge spectral region. Transmission electron microscopy analysis put in evidence the high crystallinity degree and microrod’s compositional homogeneity. Photoluminescence revealed a dominant 3.31 eV emission. The correlation between this emission and the presence of surface states was investigated by performing plasma treatments with hydrogen and nitrogen. The significant modifications in photoluminescence spectra after the plasma treatments suggest a connexion between the 3.31 eV luminescence and the surface related electronic levels. PMID:26027718

  3. Estimating net rainfall, evaporation and water storage of a bare soil from sequential L-band emissivities

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    Stroosnijder, L.; Lascano, R. J.; Newton, R. W.; Vanbavel, C. H. M.

    1984-01-01

    A general method to use a time series of L-band emissivities as an input to a hydrological model for continuously monitoring the net rainfall and evaporation as well as the water content over the entire soil profile is proposed. The model requires a sufficiently accurate and general relation between soil emissivity and surface moisture content. A model which requires the soil hydraulic properties as an additional input, but does not need any weather data was developed. The method is shown to be numerically consistent.

  4. Comparison of D-X and B-X Molecular Band Emission from a Microwave Produced XeCl Discharge

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    Anderson, S. A.; Bernal, Sara; Glide, Carri; Anderson, R. B.; Brake, Mary

    2000-10-01

    Ultraviolet (UV) lamps are becoming increasingly important in the curing and material processing sectors of manufacturing. With the use of these lamps on the rise, the efficiency of these lamps, i.e. the amount of emission in the useful wavelength band, is becoming an important economical factor. A XeCl excimer plasma produces UV emission from several molecular transitions including D-X at 236 nm and B-X at 308 nm. This paper examines the relative light output from these two transitions from a microwave generated XeCl plasma. The effect of concentration, power, and pressure will be examined and the optimal conditions for light output in the various molecular bands will be discussed.

  5. Wavelength Shifts of the 7.7 Micron Emission Band in Reflection Nebulae

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    Bregman, Jesse; Temi, Pasquale

    2003-01-01

    Using spatial-spectral data cubes of reflection nebulae obtained by ISOCAM, we have observed a shift in the central wavelength of the 7.7 micron band within several reflection nebulae. The band shifts progressively from approx. 7.8 microns near the edge of the nebulae to approx. 7.6 microns towards the center of the nebulae. The ratio of the 11.3/7.7 micron bands also changes with distance from the central star, first rising from the center towards the edge of the nebula, then falling at the largest distances from the star, consistent with the 11.3/7.7 micron band ratio being controlled by the PAH ionization state. The behavior of the 7.7 micron band center can be explained either by assuming that anions are the origin of the 7.85 micron band and cations the 7.65 micron band, or that the band center wavelength depends on the chemical nature of the PAHs.

  6. Comparing Narrow- and Broad-line AGNs in a New Diagnostic Diagram for Emission-line Galaxies Based on WISE Data

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    Coziol, R.; Torres-Papaqui, J. P.; Andernach, H.

    2015-06-01

    Using a new color-color diagnostic diagram in the mid-infrared (MIR) built from WISE data, the MIRDD, we compare narrow-emission-line galaxies (NELGs) that exhibit different activity types (star-forming galaxies (SFGs) and active galactic nuclei (AGNs), i.e., LINERs, Seyfert 2 galaxies (Sy2s), and Transition-type Objects (TOs)), as determined using one standard diagnostic diagram in the optical (BPT-VO), with broad-line AGNs (QSOs and Sy1s) and BL Lac objects at low redshift (z?slant 0.25). We show that the BL Lac objects occupy the same region as the LINERs in the MIRDD, whereas the QSOs and Sy1s occupy an intermediate region between the LINERs and the Sy2s. In the MIRDD these galaxies trace a sequence that can be reproduced by a power law, {{F}? }={{? }? }, where the spectral index, ?, varies from 0 to -2, which is similar to what is observed in the optical/ultraviolet part of the spectra of AGNs with different luminosities. For the NELGs with different activity types, we perform a stellar-population synthesis analysis, confirming that their specific positions in the MIRD depend on their star formation histories (SFH) and demonstrating that the W2-W3 color is tightly correlated with the level of star formation in their host galaxies. In good agreement with the SFH analysis, a comparison of their MIR colors with the colors yielded by spectral energy distributions (SEDs) of galaxies with different activity types shows that the SED of the LINERs is similar to the SEDs of the QSOs and Sy1s, consistent with AGN galaxies with mild star formation, whereas the SEDs of the Sy2s and TOs are consistent with AGN galaxies with strong star formation components. For the BL Lac objects, we show that their blue MIR colors can only be fitted with an SED that has no star formation component, consistent with AGNs in elliptical-type galaxies. From their similarities in MIR colors and SEDs, we infer that, in the nearby universe, the level of star formation activity most probably increases in the host galaxies of emission-line galaxies with different activity types along the sequence BL Lac \\to LINER \\to QSO/Sy1 \\to Sy2 \\to TO \\to SFG.

  7. Pyridalthiadiazole-based narrow band gap chromophores.

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    Henson, Zachary B; Welch, Gregory C; van der Poll, Thomas; Bazan, Guillermo C

    2012-02-29

    ?-Conjugated materials containing pyridal[2,1,3]thiadiazole (PT) units have recently achieved record power conversion efficiencies of 6.7% in solution-processed, molecular bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) organic photovoltaics. Recognizing the importance of this new class of molecular systems and with the aim of establishing a more concrete path forward to predict improvements in desirable solid-state properties, we set out to systematically alter the molecular framework and evaluate structure-property relationships. Thus, the synthesis and properties of 13 structurally related D(1)-PT-D(2)-PT-D(1) compounds, where D represents a relatively electron-rich aromatic segment compared to PT, are provided. Physical properties were examined using a combination of absorption spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, thermal gravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, and solubility analysis. Changes to end-capping D(1) units allowed for fine control over electronic energy levels both in solution and in the bulk. Substitution of different alkyl chains on D(2) gives rise to controllable melting and crystallization temperatures and tailored solubility. Alterations to the core donor D(2) lead to readily identifiable changes in all properties studied. Finally, the regiochemistry of the pyridal N-atom in the PT heterocycle was investigated. The tailoring of structures via subtle structural modifications in the presented molecular series highlights the simplicity of accessing this chromophore architecture. Examination of the resulting materials properties relevant for device fabrication sets forth which can be readily predicted by consideration of molecular structure and which lack a systematic understanding. Guidelines can be proposed for the design of new molecular frameworks with the possibility of outperforming the current state of the art OPV performance. PMID:22283693

  8. Synchrotron studies of narrow band materials

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    1992-01-01

    Since last year, we have had three 3-week blocks of beamtime, in April and November 1991 and February 1992, on the Ames/Montana beamline at the Wisconsin Synchrotron Radiation Center (SRC). These runs continued our program on high temperature superconductors, heavy Fermion and related uranium and rare earth materials, and started some work on transition metal oxides. We have also had beamtime at the Brookhaven NSLS, 5 days of beamtime on the Dragon monochromator, beamline U4B, studying resonant photoemission of transition metal oxides using photon energies around the transition metal 2p edges. Data from past runs has been analyzed, and in some cases combined with photoemission and bremsstrahlung isochromat spectroscopy (BIS) data taken in the home U-M lab. 1 fig.

  9. The circumstellar dust envelopes of red giant stars. I - M giant stars with the 10-micron silicate emission band

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    Hashimoto, O.; Nakada, Y.; Onaka, T.; Kamijo, F.; Tanabe, T.

    1990-01-01

    Spherical dust envelope models of red giant stars are constructed by solving the radiative transfer equations of the generalized two-stream Eddington approximation. The IRAS observations of M giant stars which show the 10-micron silicate emission band in IRAS LRS spectra are explained by the models with the dirty silicate grains with K proportional to lambda exp -1.5 for lambda greather than 28 microns. Under the assumption of steady mass flow in the envelope, this model analysis gives the following conclusions: (1) the strength of the silicate emission peak at 10 microns is a good indicator of the mass loss rate of the star, (2) no stars with the 10-microns silicate emission feature are observed in the range of mass loss rate smaller than 7 x 10 to the -8th solar mass/yr, and (3) the characteristic time of the mass loss process of M stars does not exceed a few 10,000 years.

  10. Spatially Resolved M-band Emission from Io's Loki Patera-Fizeau Imaging at the 22.8 m LBT

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    Conrad, Albert; de Kleer, Katherine; Leisenring, Jarron; La Camera, Andrea; Arcidiacono, Carmelo; Bertero, Mario; Boccacci, Patrizia; Defrre, Denis; de Pater, Imke; Hinz, Philip; Hofmann, Karl-Heinz; Krster, Martin; Rathbun, Julie; Schertl, Dieter; Skemer, Andy; Skrutskie, Michael; Spencer, John; Veillet, Christian; Weigelt, Gerd; Woodward, Charles E.

    2015-05-01

    The Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer mid-infrared camera, LMIRcam, imaged Io on the night of 2013 December 24 UT and detected strong M-band (4.8 ?m) thermal emission arising from Loki Patera. The 22.8 m baseline of the Large Binocular Telescope provides an angular resolution of 32 mas (100 km at Io) resolving the Loki Patera emission into two distinct maxima originating from different regions within Lokis horseshoe lava lake. This observation is consistent with the presence of a high-temperature source observed in previous studies combined with an independent peak arising from cooling crust from recent resurfacing. The deconvolved images also reveal 15 other emission sites on the visible hemisphere of Io including two previously unidentified hot spots.

  11. Calculated hydroxyl A2 sigma --> X2 pi (0, 0) band emission rate factors applicable to atmospheric spectroscopy

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    Cageao, R. P.; Ha, Y. L.; Jiang, Y.; Morgan, M. F.; Yung, Y. L.; Sander, S. P.

    1997-01-01

    A calculation of the A2 sigma --> X2 pi (0, 0) band emission rate factors and line center absorption cross sections of OH applicable to its measurement using solar resonant fluorescence in the terrestrial atmosphere is presented in this paper. The most accurate available line parameters have been used. Special consideration has been given to the solar input flux because of its highly structured Fraunhofer spectrum. The calculation for the OH atmospheric emission rate factor in the solar resonant fluorescent case is described in detail with examples and intermediate results. Results of this calculation of OH emission rate factors for individual rotational lines are on average 30% lower than the values obtained in an earlier work.

  12. Investigation of Emission Band HeII+Ha in the Spectra of the Wolf-Rayet Type Star WR 136 = HD 192163

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    Rustamov, J. N.

    2007-06-01

    Results of investigation of the emission band HeII+Ha using 24 eshelle-spectrograms of the WR type star WR 136 = HD 192163 are presented. Observations carried out in 2005-2007 years at Cassegrain focus of 2-meter telescope of the ShAO named after N.Tusi of the National Academy of Sciences of the Azerbaijan, using eshelle-spectrometer. Determined various parameters of the emission band HeII+Ha: equivalent widths, radial velocity, central intensity, widths at half intensity. Variability of the violet part of the emission band HeII+Ha is revealed.

  13. Spectral Monitoring of Emission Band HeII+Ha^? in the Spectra of the Wolf-Rayet Type Star HD 192163 during 2005-2008

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    Rustamov, J. N.

    2008-12-01

    Results of investigation of the emission band HeII+Ha using 38 eshelle-spectrograms of the WR type star HD 192163 are presented. Observations carried out in 2005-2008 years at Cassegrain focus of 2-meter 'Zeiss' telescope of the ShAO named after N.Tusi of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, using eshelle-spectrometer. Determined equivalent widths and radial velocity of emission band ^B^NII+^B<95>. Variability of these parameters with the Julian date and variability of the violet part (from Lamda=6496 <9e> to Lamda=6532 <9e>) of the emission band HeII+Ha is revealed.

  14. Observation of interface band structure by ballistic-electron-emission microscopy

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    Bell, L. D.; Kaiser, W. J.

    1988-01-01

    The paper reports an advanced ballistic electron spectroscopy technique that was used to directly measure semiconductor band structure properties at a subsurface interface. Two interface systems having contrasting band structures were investigated by this method: Au-Si and Au-GaAs. It is concluded that the proposed method, based on scanning tunneling microscopy, enables the spatially resolved carrier-transport spectroscopy of interfaces.

  15. Serum levels of homocysteine, folate and vitamin B12 in patients with vitiligo before and after treatment with narrow band ultraviolet B phototherapy and in a group of controls.

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    Ata?, Hatice; Cemil, Beng evirgen; Gnl, Mzeyyen; Ba?trk, Eda; iek, Emel

    2015-07-01

    The association between vitamin B12, folate, homocysteine and vitiligo were studied in several studies, but the results are contradictory. Narrow-band ultraviolet B (NBUVB) phototherapy is now considered as a gold standard for the treatment of diffuse vitiligo. The effects of NBUVB phototherapy on both vitamin B12, folate and homocysteine levels have not been studied in vitiligo patients yet. Serum levels of vitamin B12, folate and homocysteine were measured in vitiligo patients and control group and also both before and after NBUVB phototherapy in vitiligo patients. While levels of homocysteine in patients with vitiligo were significantly higher than controls (16.98.4 vs. 10. 93.4 ?mol/L; p<0,001) vitamin B12 and folate levels were not different (p>0.05). NBUVB phototherapy led to a 33.721.9% (0-75%) response in patients with vitiligo after 80 seccions. Treatment with NBUVB improved vitiligo and decreased serum levels of vitamin B12 (375151 vs. 346119 pg/ml, p=0.024), while serum levels of folate and homocysteine did not change significantly after treatment (p=0.914, p=0.127). Further studies are needed to clarify the influence of NBUVB phototherapy on folate, vitamin B12 and homocysteine levels in patients with vitiligo. Furthermore, studies with the analysis of skin levels of homocysteine rather than circulating levels may be useful to elucidate the effects of phototherapy on homocysteine levels. PMID:25941975

  16. The ALI-ARMS Code for Modeling Atmospheric non-LTE Molecular Band Emissions: Current Status and Applications

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    Kutepov, A. A.; Feofilov, A. G.; Manuilova, R. O.; Yankovsky, V. A.; Rezac, L.; Pesnell, W. D.; Goldberg, R. A.

    2008-01-01

    The Accelerated Lambda Iteration (ALI) technique was developed in stellar astrophysics at the beginning of 1990s for solving the non-LTE radiative transfer problem in atomic lines and multiplets in stellar atmospheres. It was later successfully applied to modeling the non-LTE emissions and radiative cooling/heating in the vibrational-rotational bands of molecules in planetary atmospheres. Similar to the standard lambda iterations ALI operates with the matrices of minimal dimension. However, it provides higher convergence rate and stability due to removing from the iterating process the photons trapped in the optically thick line cores. In the current ALI-ARMS (ALI for Atmospheric Radiation and Molecular Spectra) code version additional acceleration of calculations is provided by utilizing the opacity distribution function (ODF) approach and "decoupling". The former allows replacing the band branches by single lines of special shape, whereas the latter treats non-linearity caused by strong near-resonant vibration-vibrational level coupling without additional linearizing the statistical equilibrium equations. Latest code application for the non-LTE diagnostics of the molecular band emissions of Earth's and Martian atmospheres as well as for the non-LTE IR cooling/heating calculations are discussed.

  17. Imaging Jupiter's aurorae from H3+ emissions in the 3-4 micrometers band.

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    Baron, R; Joseph, R D; Owen, T; Tennyson, J; Miller, S; Ballester, G E

    1991-10-10

    Since H3+ was first spectroscopically detected on Jupiter, there has been considerable interest in using this simple molecular ion to probe conditions existing in the planet's auroral regions. Here we present a series of images of Jupiter recorded at wavelengths sensitive to emission by H3+, which reveal the spatial distribution of excited H3+ molecular ions in the jovian ionosphere, as seen from Earth. We believe that they provide high-spatial-resolution images of polar aurorae on Jupiter. They suggest that the intensity of the auroral emission can vary on a timescale of an hour, a shorter period than had previously been noted. We also find that the spatial distribution of H3+ emissions correlates only partially with the loci of auroral activity inferred from ultraviolet and longer-wavelength infrared observations. The H3+ emission may therefore be controlled by auroral processes that are different from those responsible for the ultraviolet and infrared emissions. PMID:11538254

  18. Imaging Jupiter's aurorae from H3+ emissions in the 3-4 micrometers band

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    Baron, R.; Joseph, R. D.; Owen, T.; Tennyson, J.; Miller, S.; Ballester, G. E.

    1991-01-01

    Since H3+ was first spectroscopically detected on Jupiter, there has been considerable interest in using this simple molecular ion to probe conditions existing in the planet's auroral regions. Here we present a series of images of Jupiter recorded at wavelengths sensitive to emission by H3+, which reveal the spatial distribution of excited H3+ molecular ions in the jovian ionosphere, as seen from Earth. We believe that they provide high-spatial-resolution images of polar aurorae on Jupiter. They suggest that the intensity of the auroral emission can vary on a timescale of an hour, a shorter period than had previously been noted. We also find that the spatial distribution of H3+ emissions correlates only partially with the loci of auroral activity inferred from ultraviolet and longer-wavelength infrared observations. The H3+ emission may therefore be controlled by auroral processes that are different from those responsible for the ultraviolet and infrared emissions.

  19. Active-passive synergy for interpreting ocean L-band emissivity: Results from the CAROLS airborne campaigns

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    Martin, A. C. H.; Boutin, J.; Hauser, D.; Dinnat, E. P.

    2014-08-01

    The impact of the ocean surface roughness on the ocean L-band emissivity is investigated using simultaneous airborne measurements from an L-band radiometer (CAROLS) and from a C-band scatterometer (STORM) acquired in the Gulf of Biscay (off-the French Atlantic coasts) in November 2010. Two synergetic approaches are used to investigate the impact of surface roughness on the L-band brightness temperature (Tb). First, wind derived from the scatterometer measurements is used to analyze the roughness contribution to Tb as a function of wind and compare it with the one simulated by SMOS and Aquarius roughness models. Then residuals from this mean relationship are analyzed in terms of mean square slope derived from the STORM instrument. We show improvement of new radiometric roughness models derived from SMOS and Aquarius satellite measurements in comparison with prelaunch models. Influence of wind azimuth on Tb could not be evidenced from our data set. However, we point out the importance of taking into account large roughness scales (>20 cm) in addition to small roughness scale (5 cm) rapidly affected by wind to interpret radiometric measurements far from nadir. This was made possible thanks to simultaneous estimates of large and small roughness scales using STORM at small (7-16) and large (30) incidence angles.

  20. Active-Passive Synergy for Interpreting Ocean L-band Emissivity: Results from the CAROLS Airborne Campaigns

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    Martin, A.C.H.; Boutin, J.; Hauser, D.; Dinnat, E. P.

    2014-01-01

    The impact of the ocean surface roughness on the ocean L-band emissivity is investigated using simultaneous airborne measurements from an L-band radiometer (CAROLS) and from a C-band scatterometer (STORM) acquired in the Gulf of Biscay (off-the French Atlantic coasts) in November 2010. Two synergetic approaches are used to investigate the impact of surface roughness on the L-band brightness temperature (Tb). First, wind derived from the scatterometer measurements is used to analyze the roughness contribution to Tb as a function of wind and compare it with the one simulated by SMOS and Aquarius roughness models. Then residuals from this mean relationship are analyzed in terms of mean square slope derived from the STORM instrument. We show improvement of new radiometric roughness models derived from SMOS and Aquarius satellite measurements in comparison with prelaunch models. Influence of wind azimuth on Tb could not be evidenced from our data set. However, we point out the importance of taking into account large roughness scales (>20 cm) in addition to small roughness scale (5 cm) rapidly affected by wind to interpret radiometric measurements far from nadir. This was made possible thanks to simultaneous estimates of large and small roughness scales using STORM at small (7-16) and large (30) incidence angles.

  1. Production of N2 Vegard-Kaplan and other triplet band emissions in the dayglow of Titan

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    Bhardwaj, Anil; Jain, Sonal Kumar

    2012-04-01

    Recently the Cassini Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) has revealed the presence of N2 Vegard-Kaplan (VK) band A3?u+-X1?g+ emissions in Titan's dayglow limb observation. We present model calculations for the production of various N2 triplet states (viz., A3?u+,B3?g,C3?u,E3?u,W3?u, and B3?u ) in the upper atmosphere of Titan. The Analytical Yield Spectra technique is used to calculate steady state photoelectron fluxes in Titan's atmosphere, which are in agreement with those observed by the Cassini's CAPS instrument. Considering direct electron impact excitation, inter-state cascading, and quenching effects, the population of different levels of N2 triplet states are calculated under statistical equilibrium. Densities of all vibrational levels of each triplet state and volume production rates for various triplet states are calculated in the model. Vertically integrated overhead intensities for the same date and lighting conditions as reported by the UVIS observations for N2 Vegard-Kaplan A3?u+-X1?g+, First Positive B3?g-A3?u+, Second Positive (C3?u - B3?g), Wu-Benesch (W3?u - B3?g), and Reverse First Positive bands of N2 are found to be 132, 114, 19, 22, and 22 R, respectively. Overhead intensities are calculated for each vibrational transition of all the triplet band emissions of N2, which span a wider spectrum of wavelengths from ultraviolet to infrared. The calculated limb intensities of total and prominent transitions of VK band are presented. The model limb intensity of VK emission within the 150-190 nm wavelength region is in good agreement with the Cassini UVIS observed limb profile. An assessment of the impact of solar EUV flux on the N2 triplet band emission intensity has been made by using three different solar flux models, viz., Solar EUV Experiment (SEE), SOLAR2000 (S2K) model of Tobiska (Tobiska, W.K. [2004]. Adv. Space Res. 34, 1736-1746), and HEUVAC model of Richards et al. (Richards, P.G., Woods, T.N., Peterson, W.K. [2006]. Adv. Space Res. 37 (2), 315-322). The calculated N2 VK band intensity at the peak of limb intensity due to S2K and HEUVAC solar flux models is a factor of 1.2 and 0.9, respectively, of that obtained using SEE solar EUV flux. The effects of higher N2 density and solar zenith angle on the emission intensity are also studied. The model predicted N2 triplet band intensities during moderate (F10.7 = 150) and high (F10.7 = 240) solar activity conditions, using SEE solar EUV flux, are a factor of 2 and 2.8, respectively, higher than those during solar minimum (F10.7 = 68) condition.

  2. High resolution vacuum ultraviolet emission spectrum of D2: the B' 1Sigmau+-->X 1Sigmag+ band system.

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    Roudjane, Mourad; Tchang-Brillet, W-U Lydia; Launay, Franoise

    2007-08-01

    In this work, we have extended our previous high resolution study of the vacuum ultraviolet emission spectrum of the D2 molecule [M. Roudjane, et al. J. Chem. Phys. 125, 214305 (2006)] up to 124.2 nm in order to investigate the B' 1Sigmau+-->X 1Sigmag+ band system. The analysis of the spectrum has been carried out by means of a complex spectrum visual identification code IDEN [V. I. Azarov, Phys. Scr. 44, 528 (1991); 48, 656, (1993)] and supported by theoretical calculations using ab initio data [L. Wolniewicz, J. Chem. Phys. 103, 1792 (1995); 99, 1851 (1993); G. Staszewska and L. Wolniewicz, J. Mol. Spectrosc. 212, 208 (2002); L. Wolniewicz and G. Staszewska, 220, 45 (2003)] which provided level energies and transition probabilities. More than 1480 new emission lines have been observed and 109 bands belonging to the B' 1Sigmau+-->X 1Sigmag+ system have been identified between 84.1 and 121.6 nm. Except for the upsilon'-0 bands that were reported in absorption [I. Dabrowski and G. Herzberg, Can. J. Phys. 52, 1110 (1974)], all the upsilon'-upsilon" bands are reported here for the first time. The analysis led to the determination of 111 rovibronic energy levels in the B' 1Sigmau+ state, of which 31 with higher rotational numbers J are new. Observed perturbations are accounted for through a set of coupled equations involving the four excited electronic states B 1Sigmau+, B' 1Sigmau+, C 1Piu, and D 1Piu and including nonadiabatic couplings. The solution of this set provides the percent contribution of these four states to each of the observed rovibronic level. PMID:17688340

  3. Mg-Al Oxides and the Remarkable Temperature Dependence of their 13 ?m and 32 ?m Emission Bands

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    Zeidler, S.; Mutschke, H.; Posch, Th.

    2015-08-01

    We present the temperature-dependent (10-928 K) infrared spectra of corundum and spinel, two refractory solids which occur in the stellar outflows of oxygen-rich AGB stars. From our measurements, we were able to calculate the temperature-dependent optical constants by oscillator fits. These new data are useful to further constrain the still poorly understood features of oxide dust around AGB stars, especially the 13 ?m and 32 ?m emission bands. For the latter, spinel continues to be the most promising carrier.

  4. Are the Isomers of C2H4O Responsible for the Unidentified Infrared Emission Bands and Continuum?

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    Bernstein, Lawrence; Lynch, D. K.

    2009-05-01

    We suggest that ethylene oxide (EO, c-C2H4O) and its isomers, acetaldehyde (AC, CH3CHO) and vinyl alcohol (VA, CH2CHOH) may be the source of the unidentified infrared bands (UIR) and their underlying continuum. Microwave transitions of all three isomers have been observed in many astronomical objects, all of which show the UIR bands. We show that the fundamental and overtone vibrational frequencies of EO correlate well with the major UIR bands at 3.3, 6.2, 7.7, 8.6, and 11.2 ?m. Two additional UIR features at 12.7 and 16.4 ?m are consistent with vibrationally excited EO, which is not collisionally quenched in space because the collision rate is negligible compared to the photon emission rate. In our mechanism, a vibrationally and rotationally cold AC molecule absorbs a 9 eV UV photon to produce vibrationally hot and rotationally cold AC in an excited electronic state. The excited AC either (1) undergoes isomerization to form vibrationally hot and rotationally cold EO in an excited electronic state, or (2) undergoes dissociation to form vibrationally and rotationally hot molecular products in excited electronic states. The electronically excited EO emits a UV photon to produce vibrationally hot and rotationally cold EO in its ground electronic state. This EO then emits its vibrational energy in the infrared (IR) and gives rise to the UIR bands. The electronically excited dissociation products also emit UV photons to produce vibrationally and rotationally hot molecules in their ground electronic states. These daughter molecules also emit in the IR and give rise to the UIR continuum. While EO and its isomers are plausible candidates for the source of the UIR spectrum, we have also found that the fundamental vibrational frequencies of cyclopropenylidene (c-C3H2) also match well with the UIR spectral bands, perhaps indicating that more than one small carbonaceous molecule (SCM) is involved.

  5. Narrow-band imaging and white-light endoscopy with optical magnification in the diagnosis of dysplasia in Barretts esophagus: results of the Asia-Pacific Barretts Consortium

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    Singh, Rajvinder; Jayanna, Mahesh; Wong, Jennie; Lim, Lee Guan; Zhang, Jun; Lv, Jing; Liu, Dong; Lee, Yi-Chia; Han, Ming-Lun; Tseng, Ping-Huei; Namasivayam, Vikneswaran; Banerjee, Rupa; Uedo, Noriya; Chan, Wah Kheong; Ho, Shiaw Hooi; Chen, Shi-yao; Bhatia, Shobna; Funasaka, Kohei; Ando, Takafumi; Wu, Justin; Lesmana, Cosmas; Tam, William; Wang, Wen-Lun; Chang, Chi-Yang; Jung, Hwoon-Yong; Jung, Kee Wook; Bestari, Muhammad Begawan; Yao, Kenshi; Chong, Vui Heng; Sharma, Prateek; Ho, Khek-Yu

    2015-01-01

    Objective: The advent and utility of new endoscopic imaging modalities for predicting the histology of Barretts esophagus (BE) in real time with high accuracy appear promising and could potentially obviate the need to perform random biopsies where guidelines are poorly adhered to. We embarked on evaluating the performance characteristics of white-light endoscopy with magnification (WLE-z), narrow-band imaging with magnification (NBI-z) and a combination of both modalities. Design: This was a prospective online study with 28 endoscopists from 11 countries (Asia-Pacific region) participating as assessors. In total, 35 patients with BE were assessed using 150 slides from WLE-z and NBI-z randomly arranged using a simple classification with corresponding histology. The overall Accuracy (Acc), Sensitivity (Sn), Specificity (Sp), Positive Predictive Value (PPV), and Negative Predictive Value (NPV) of WLE-z, NBI-z and a combination of both were calculated. Results: The overall Acc for WLE-z and NBI-z images was 87.1?% and 88.7?%, respectively. When images from the two modalities were placed side by side, the Acc increased to 90.3?%. The Sn, Sp, PPV, and NPV of WLE-z were 48?%, 92?%, 45?%, and 93?% while with NBI-z, these improved to 89?%, 89?%, 56?%, and 98?%, respectively. When both imaging modalities were viewed together, they improved further to 93?%, 90?%, 61?%, and 99?%. Conclusion: The high NPV (99?%) when both WLE-z and NBI-z were used simultaneously indicates that areas with regular appearance that are diagnosed with confidence can effectively be left alone and not biopsied when performed at a skilled resourced center. This approach could potentially lead to a paradigm shift of how patients with BE are assessed. PMID:26134765

  6. A Comparison of the Progression and Recurrence Risk Index in Non-Muscle-Invasive Bladder Tumors Detected by Narrow-Band Imaging Versus White Light Cystoscopy, Based on the EORTC Scoring System

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    Shadpour, Pejman; Emami, Maryam; Haghdani, Saeid

    2016-01-01

    Background: Transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder, the second most common urologic malignancy, is amenable to early diagnosis. This study presents the potential prognostic benefit for a less invasive modification to the standard endoscopic approach. Objectives: To evaluate the risk index for the progression and recurrence of additional tumors detected with narrow-band imaging (NBI) cystoscopy compared to standard white light imaging (WLI) cystoscopy in non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC), based on the European organization for research and treatment of cancer (EORTC) scoring system. Patients and Methods: Patients with NMIBC, who were scheduled for resection between May 2012 and May 2013, were studied and mapped under NBI and WLI cystoscopy by independent surgeons prior to resection. Detection rates and tumor characteristics, including EORTC progression and the recurrence risk index, were compared. Results: Fifty patients, aged 63.86 ± 10.05 years, were enrolled. The overall detection rate was 98.9% for NBI vs. 89.4% for WLI (P = 0.001), and the false-positive rates were 9.6% and 5.8%, respectively (P = 0.051). Ten tumors were detected by NBI alone, including four grade I tumors, four grade III tumors, and two carcinomas in situ. The tumor progression index was not significantly reduced with NBI compared to WLI (P > 0.05); however, the recurrence index was significantly lower in the NBI group (P < 0.05). Conclusions: NBI cystoscopy improved the detection rate. Although false positives were more common with NBI, this was not statistically significant. NBI found additional aggressive tumors, which underscores the impact of detection in EORTC recurrence risk scoring.

  7. Soil moisture, dielectric permittivity and emissivity of soil: effective depth of emission measured by the L-band radiometer ELBARA

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    Usowicz, Boguslaw; Lukowski, Mateusz; Marczewski, Wojciech; Usowicz, Jerzy; Lipiec, Jerzy; Rojek, Edyta; Slominska, Ewa; Slominski, Jan

    2014-05-01

    Due to the large variation of soil moisture in space and in time, obtaining soil water balance with an aid of data acquired from the surface is still a challenge. Microwave remote sensing is widely used to determine the water content in soil. It is based on the fact that the dielectric constant of the soil is strongly dependent on its water content. This method provides the data in both local and global scales. Very important issue that is still not solved, is the soil depth at which radiometer "sees" the incoming radiation and how this "depth of view" depends on water content and physical properties of soil. The microwave emission comes from its entire profile, but much of this energy is absorbed by the upper layers of soil. As a result, the contribution of each layer to radiation visible for radiometer decreases with depth. The thickness of the surface layer, which significantly contributes to the energy measured by the radiometer is defined as the "penetration depth". In order to improve the physical base of the methodology of soil moisture measurements using microwave remote sensing and to determine the effective emission depth seen by the radiometer, a new algorithm was developed. This algorithm determines the reflectance coefficient from Fresnel equations, and, what is new, the complex dielectric constant of the soil, calculated from the Usowicz's statistical-physical model (S-PM) of dielectric permittivity and conductivity of soil. The model is expressed in terms of electrical resistance and capacity. The unit volume of soil in the model consists of solid, water and air, and is treated as a system made up of spheres, filling volume by overlapping layers. It was assumed that connections between layers and spheres in the layer are represented by serial and parallel connections of "resistors" and "capacitors". The emissivity of the soil surface is calculated from the ratio between the brightness temperature measured by the ELBARA radiometer (GAMMA Remote Sensing AG) and the physical temperature of the soil surface measured by infrared sensor. As the input data for S-PM: volumes of soil components, mineralogical composition, organic matter content, specific surface area and bulk density of the soil were used. Water contents in the model are iteratively changed, until emissivities calculated from the S-PM reach the best agreement with emissivities measured by the radiometer. Final water content will correspond to the soil moisture measured by the radiometer. Then, the examined soil profile will be virtually divided into thin slices where moisture, temperature and thermal properties will be measured and simultaneously modelled via S-PM. In the next step, the slices will be "added" starting from top (soil surface), until the effective soil moisture will be equal to the soil moisture measured by ELBARA. The thickness of obtained stack will be equal to desired "penetration depth". Moreover, it will be verified further by measuring the moisture content using thermal inertia. The work was partially funded by the Government of Poland through an ESA Contract under the PECS ELBARA_PD project No. 4000107897/13/NL/KML.

  8. PAH Emission in the Orion Bar

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    Bregman, Jesse; Sloan, G. C.

    1996-01-01

    The emission from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH's) in the Orion Bar region is investigated using a combination of narrow-band imaging and long-slit spectroscopy. The goal was to study how the strength of the PAH bands vary with spatial position in this edge-on photo-dissociation region. The specific focus here is how these variations constrain the carrier of the 3.4 micron band.

  9. HITEMP derived spectral database for the prediction of jet engine exhaust infrared emission using a statistical band model

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    Lindermeir, E.; Beier, K.

    2012-08-01

    The spectroscopic database HITEMP 2010 is used to upgrade the parameters of the statistical molecular band model which is part of the infrared signature prediction code NIRATAM (NATO InfraRed Air TArget Model). This band model was recommended by NASA and is applied in several codes that determine the infrared emission of combustion gases. The upgrade regards spectral absorption coefficients and line densities of the gases H2O, CO2, and CO in the spectral region 400-5000 cm-1 (2-25μm) with a spectral resolution of 5 cm-1. The temperature range 100-3000 K is covered. Two methods to update the database are presented: the usually applied method as provided in the literature and an alternative, more laborious procedure that employs least squares fitting. The achieved improvements resulting from both methods are demonstrated by comparisons of radiance spectra obtained from the band model to line-by-line results. The performance in a realistic scenario is investigated on the basis of measured and predicted spectra of a jet aircraft plume in afterburner mode.

  10. Molecular emission bands in the ultraviolet spectrum of the red rectangle star HD 44179

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    Sitko, M. L.

    1981-01-01

    New observations of the ultraviolet spectrum of HD 44179 are reported. Absorption due to the CO molecule is present in the spectrum with NCO approximately 10 to the 18th power per sq cm. Emission due to either CO or a molecule containing C=C, C=N, C-C, and C-H bonds (or both) is also present.

  11. Mapping H-band Scattered Light Emission in the Mysterious SR21Transitional Disk

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    Follette, Katherine B.; Motohide, Tamura; Hashimoto, Jun; Whitney, Barbara; Grady, Carol; Close, Laird; Andrews, Sean M.; Kwon, Jungmi; Wisniewski, John; Brandt, Timothy D.; Mayama, Satoshi; Kandori, Ryo; Dong, Ruobing; Abe, Lyu; Brandner, Wolfgang; Carson, Joseph; Currie, Thayne; Egner, Sebastian E.; Feldt, Markus; Goto, Miwa; Guyon, Olivier.; Hayano, Yutaka; McElwain, Michael W.; Hayashi, Masahiko; Hayashi, Saeko

    2013-01-01

    We present the first near infrared (NIR) spatially resolved images of the circumstellar transitional disk around SR21. These images were obtained with the Subaru HiCIAO camera, adaptive optics, and the polarized differential imaging technique. We resolve the disk in scattered light at H-band for stellocentric 0.1 < or approx. r < or approx. 0.6 (12 < or approx. r < or approx. 75AU). We compare our results with previously published spatially resolved 880 micron continuum Submillimeter Array images that show an inner r < or approx. 36AU cavity in SR21. Radiative transfer models reveal that the large disk depletion factor invoked to explain SR21's sub-mm cavity cannot be "universal" for all grain sizes. Even significantly more moderate depletions (delta = 0.1, 0.01 relative to an undepleted disk) than those that reproduce the sub-mm cavity (delta approx. 10(exp -6) are inconsistent with our H-band images when they are assumed to carry over to small grains, suggesting that surface grains scattering in the NIR either survive or are generated by whatever mechanism is clearing the disk midplane. In fact, the radial polarized intensity profile of our H-band observations is smooth and steeply inwardly-increasing (r(sup -3), with no evidence of a break at the 36AU sub-mm cavity wall. We hypothesize that this profile is dominated by an optically thin disk envelope or atmosphere component.We also discuss the compatibility of our data with the previously postulated existence of a sub-stellar companion to SR21 at r approx. 10-20AU, and find that we can neither exclude nor verify this scenario. This study demonstrates the power of multiwavelength imaging of transitional disks to inform modeling efforts, including the debate over precisely what physical mechanism is responsible for clearing these disks of their large midplane grains.

  12. Stimulated emission within the exciplex band by plasmonic-nanostructured polymeric heterojunctions

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    Zhang, Xinping; Li, Hongwei; Wang, Yimeng; Liu, Feifei

    2015-03-01

    Organic heterojunctions have been extensively employed in the design of light-emitting diodes, photovoltaic devices, and thin-film field-effect transistors, which can be achieved by constructing a bilayer or a multi-layered thin-film deposition, or by blending two or more organic semiconductors with different charge-transport performances. Charge transfer excited states or exciplex may form on the heterointerfaces. Efficient light-emitting diodes have been demonstrated using exciplex emission. However, lasing or stimulated emission processes have not been observed with exciplex formation at organic heterojunctions. In this work, we demonstrate strong coherent interaction between photons and exciplex formation in the blends of poly-9,9'-dioctylfluorene-co-bis-N,N'-(4-butylphenyl)-bis-N,N'-phenyl-l,4-phenylenediamine (PFB) and poly-9,9'-dioctylfluorene-co-benzothiadiazole (F8BT), leading to transient stimulated exciplex emission. The responsible mechanisms involve plasmonic local-field enhancement and plasmonic feedback in a three-dimensional gold-nanoparticle matrix.Organic heterojunctions have been extensively employed in the design of light-emitting diodes, photovoltaic devices, and thin-film field-effect transistors, which can be achieved by constructing a bilayer or a multi-layered thin-film deposition, or by blending two or more organic semiconductors with different charge-transport performances. Charge transfer excited states or exciplex may form on the heterointerfaces. Efficient light-emitting diodes have been demonstrated using exciplex emission. However, lasing or stimulated emission processes have not been observed with exciplex formation at organic heterojunctions. In this work, we demonstrate strong coherent interaction between photons and exciplex formation in the blends of poly-9,9'-dioctylfluorene-co-bis-N,N'-(4-butylphenyl)-bis-N,N'-phenyl-l,4-phenylenediamine (PFB) and poly-9,9'-dioctylfluorene-co-benzothiadiazole (F8BT), leading to transient stimulated exciplex emission. The responsible mechanisms involve plasmonic local-field enhancement and plasmonic feedback in a three-dimensional gold-nanoparticle matrix. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr00140d

  13. Blue Luminescence and Extended Red Emission: Possible Connections to the Diffuse Interstellar Bands

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    Witt, A. N.

    2014-02-01

    Blue luminescence (BL) and extended red emission (ERE) are observed as diffuse, optical-wavelength emissions in interstellar space, resulting from photoluminescence by ultraviolet(UV)-illuminated interstellar grains. Faintness and the challenge of separating the BL and ERE from the frequently much brighter dust-scattered continuum present major observational hurdles, which have permitted only slow progress in testing the numerous models that have been advanced to explain these two phenomena. Both the ERE, peaking near 680 nm (FWHM ~ 60 - 120 nm) and the BL, asymmetrically peaking at ~ 378 nm (FWHM ~ 45 nm), were first discovered in the Red Rectangle nebula. Subsequently, ERE and BL have been observed in other reflection nebulae, and in the case of the ERE, in carbon-rich planetary nebulae, H II regions, high-latitude cirrus clouds, the galactic diffuse ISM, and in external galaxies. BL exhibits a close spatial and intensity correlation with emission in the aromatic emission feature at 3.3 micron, most likely arising from small, neutral polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) molecules. The spectral characteristics of the BL also agree with those of fluorescence by PAH molecules with 13 to 19 carbon atoms. The BL phenomenon is thus most readily understood as the optical fluorescence of small, UV-excited aromatic molecules. The ERE, by contrast, though co-existent with mid-IR PAH emissions, does not correlate with emissions from either neutral or ionized PAHs. Instead, the spatial ERE morphology appears to be strictly governed by the density of far-UV (E >= 10.5 eV) photons, which are required for the ERE excitation. The most restrictive observational constraint for the ERE process is its exceptionally high quantum efficiency. If the ERE results from photo-excitation of a nano-particle carrier by photons with E >= 10.5 eV in a single-step process, the quantum efficiency exceeds 100%. Such a process, in which one to three low-energy optical photons may be emitted following a single far-UV excitation, is possible in highly isolated small clusters, e.g. small, dehydrogenated carbon clusters with about 20 to 28 carbon atoms. A possible connection between the ERE carriers and the carriers of DIBs may exist in that both are ubiquitous throughout the diffuse interstellar medium and both have an abundance of low-lying electronic levels with E <= 2.3 eV above the ground state.

  14. The electrosphere of macroscopc ""nuclei"": diffuse emissions in the MeV band from dark antimatter

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    Forbes, Michael Mcneil; Lawson, Kyle; Zhitnitsky, Ariel R

    2009-01-01

    Using a Thomas-Fermi model, we calculate the structure of the electrosphere of the quark antimatter nuggets postulated to comprise much of the dark matter. This provides a single self-consistent density profile from ultra-rel ativistic densities to the non-relativistic Boltzmann regime. We use this to present a microscopically justified calculation of several properties of the nuggets, including their net charge, and the ratio of MeV to 511 keV emissions from electron annihilation. We find that the calculated parameters agree with previous phenomenological estimates based on the observational supposition that the nuggets are a source of several unexplained diffuse emissions from the galaxy. This provides another nontrivial verification of the dark matter proposal. The structure of the electrosphere is quite general and will also be valid at the surface of strange-quark stars, should they exist.

  15. Stimulated emission within the exciplex band by plasmonic-nanostructured polymeric heterojunctions.

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    Zhang, Xinping; Li, Hongwei; Wang, Yimeng; Liu, Feifei

    2015-03-19

    Organic heterojunctions have been extensively employed in the design of light-emitting diodes, photovoltaic devices, and thin-film field-effect transistors, which can be achieved by constructing a bilayer or a multi-layered thin-film deposition, or by blending two or more organic semiconductors with different charge-transport performances. Charge transfer excited states or exciplex may form on the heterointerfaces. Efficient light-emitting diodes have been demonstrated using exciplex emission. However, lasing or stimulated emission processes have not been observed with exciplex formation at organic heterojunctions. In this work, we demonstrate strong coherent interaction between photons and exciplex formation in the blends of poly-9,9'-dioctylfluorene-co-bis-N,N'-(4-butylphenyl)-bis-N,N'-phenyl-l,4-phenylenediamine (PFB) and poly-9,9'-dioctylfluorene-co-benzothiadiazole (F8BT), leading to transient stimulated exciplex emission. The responsible mechanisms involve plasmonic local-field enhancement and plasmonic feedback in a three-dimensional gold-nanoparticle matrix. PMID:25757393

  16. Extreme Emission Line Galaxies in CANDELS: Broad-Band Selected, Star-Bursting Dwarf Galaxies at Z greater than 1

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    vanderWel, A.; Straughn, A. N.; Rix, H.-W.; Finkelstein, S. L.; Koekemoer, A. M.; Weiner, B. J.; Wuyts, S.; Bell, E. F.; Faber, S. M.; Trump, J. R.; Koo, D. C.; Ferguson, H. C.; Scarlata, C.; Hathi, N. P.; Dunlop, J. S.; Newman, J. A.; Dickinson, M.; Jahnke, K.; Salmon, B. W.; deMello, D. F.; Kkocevski, D. D.; Lai, K.; Grogin, N. A.; Rodney, S. A.; Guo, Yicheng

    2012-01-01

    We identify an abundant population of extreme emission line galaxies (EELGs) at redshift z approx. 1.7 in the Cosmic Assembly Near-IR Deep Extragalactic Legacy Survey (CANDELS) imaging from Hubble Space Telescope/Wide Field Camera 3 (HST/WFC3). 69 EELG candidates are selected by the large contribution of exceptionally bright emission lines to their near-infrared broad-band magnitudes. Supported by spectroscopic confirmation of strong [OIII] emission lines . with rest-frame equivalent widths approx. 1000A in the four candidates that have HST/WFC3 grism observations, we conclude that these objects are galaxies with approx.10(exp 8) Solar Mass in stellar mass, undergoing an enormous starburst phase with M*/M* of only approx. 15 Myr. These bursts may cause outflows that are strong enough to produce cored dark matter profiles in low-mass galaxies. The individual star formation rates and the co-moving number density (3.7x10(exp -4) Mpc(sup -3) can produce in approx.4 Gyr much of the stellar mass density that is presently contained in 10(exp 8) - 10(exp 9) Solar Mass dwarf galaxies. Therefore, our observations provide a strong indication that many or even most of the stars in present-day dwarf galaxies formed in strong, short-lived bursts, mostly at z > 1.

  17. Extreme Emission Line Galaxies in CANDELS: Broad-Band Selected, Star-Bursting Dwarf Galaxies at Z greater than 1

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    VanDerWel, A.; Straughn, A. N.; Rix, H.-W.; Finkelstein, S. L.; Koekemoer, A. M.; Weiner, B. J.; Wuyts, S.; Bell, E. F.; Faber, S. M.; Trump, J. R.; Koo, D.; Ferguson, H. C.; Scarlata, C.; Hathi, N. P.; Dunlop, J. S.; Newman, J. A.; Kocevski, D. D.; Lai, K.; Grogin, N. A.; Rodney, S. A.; Lee, K.-S.; Guo, Y.

    2011-01-01

    We identify an abundant population of extreme emission line galaxies at redshift z=1.6 - 1.8 in the Cosmic Assembly Near-IR Deep Extragalactic Legacy Survey (CANDELS) imaging from Hubble Space Telescope/Wide Field Camera 3 (HST/WFC3). 69 candidates are selected by the large contribution of exceptionally bright emission lines to their near-infrared, broad-band fluxes. Supported by spectroscopic confirmation of strong [OIII] emission lines - with equivalent widths approximately 1000A - in the four candidates that have HST/WFC3 grism observations, we conclude that these objects are dwarf galaxies with approximately 10(exp 8) solar mass in stellar mass, undergoing an enormous star-burst phase with M*/M* of only approximately 10 Myr. The star formation activity and the co-moving number density (3.7 x 10(exp -4) Mpc(exp -3)) imply that strong, short-lived bursts play a significant, perhaps even dominant role in the formation and evolution of dwarf galaxies at z greater than 1. The observed star formation activity can produce in less than 5 Gyr the same amount of stellar mass density as is presently contained in dwarf galaxies. Therefore, our observations provide a strong indication that the stellar populations of present-day dwarf galaxies formed mainly in strong, short-lived bursts, mostly at z greater than 1.

  18. The population of deformed bands in 48Cr by emission of 8Be from the 32S + 24Mg reaction

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    Thummerer, S.; von Oertzen, W.; Gebauer, B.; Lenzi, S. M.; Gadea, A.; Napoli, D. R.; Beck, C.; Rousseau, M.

    2001-07-01

    Using particle-? coincidences we have studied the population of final states after the emission of two ?-particles and of 8Be in nuclei formed in 32S + 24Mg reactions at an energy of EL(32S) = 130 MeV. The data were obtained in a set-up consisting of the GASP ?-ray detection array and the multidetector array ISIS. Particle identification is obtained from the ?E and E signals of the ISIS silicon detector telescopes, with the 8Be being identified by the instantaneous `pile up' of the ?E and E pulses. ?-ray decays of the 48Cr nucleus are identified with coincidences set on two ?-particles and on 8Be. Some transitions of the side-band with K? = 4- show a stronger population for 8Be emission relative to that of two ?-particles (by a factor of 1.5-1.8). This observation is interpreted as being due to enhanced emission of 8Be into a more deformed nucleus. Calculations based on the extended Hauser-Feshbach compound decay formalism confirm this observation quantitatively.

  19. Suzaku Wide-band All-sky Monitor observations of GRB prompt emissions

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    Yamaoka, Kazutaka; Sugita, Satoshi; Ohno, Masanori; Takahashi, Takuya; Fukazawa, Yasushi; Terada, Yukikatsu; Endo, Yasuhiko; Hong, Soojing; Abe, Keiichi; Onda, Kaori; Tashiro, Makoto; Enoto, Teruaki; Miyawaki, Ryohei; Kokubun, Motohide; Makishima, Kazuo; Sato, Goro; Nakazawa, Kazuhiro; Suzaku Hxd-Ii Team

    2006-05-01

    The Suzaku Wide-band All-sky Monitor (WAM), realized by large thick anti-coincidence shields of the Hard X-ray Detector (HXD), can be powerful gamma-ray burst (GRB) detector which is sensitive to 50-5000 keV gamma-rays. The WAM is now in a full operational phase, and we have already detected some GRBs simultaneously with other satellites (Swift, Konus-Wind, HETE2 and INTEGRAL SPI/ACS). The most impressive event among detected GRBs is GRB051008, which was detected up to 2 MeV with the WAM. In this paper, we report on the WAM in-flight performance as a GRB monitor from initial three-months operations, focusing on the GRB trigger status and spectral analysis of GRB051008 and GRB051111 combined with Swift.

  20. Broad band simulation of Gamma Ray Bursts (GRB) prompt emission in presence of an external magnetic field

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    Ziaeepour, Houri; Gardner, Brian

    2011-12-01

    The origin of prompt emission in GRBs is not yet well understood. The simplest and most popular model is Synchrotron Self-Compton (SSC) emission produced by internal shocks inside an ultra-relativistic jet. However, recent observations of a delayed high energy component by the Fermi-LAT instrument have encouraged alternative models. Here we use a recently developed formulation of relativistic shocks for GRBs to simulate light curves and spectra of synchrotron and self-Compton emissions in the framework of internal shock model. This model takes into account the evolution of quantities such as densities of colliding shells, and fraction of kinetic energy transferred to electrons and to induced magnetic field. We also extend this formulation by considering the presence of a precessing external magnetic field. These simulations are very realistic and present significant improvement with respect to previous phenomenological GRB simulations. They reproduce light curves of separate peaks of real GRBs and variety of spectral slopes at E > Epeak observed by the Fermi-LAT instrument. The high energy emission can be explained by synchrotron emission and a subdominant contribution from inverse Compton. We also suggest an explanation for extended tail emission and relate it to the screening of the magnetic field and/or trapping of accelerated electrons in the electromagnetic energy structure of the plasma in the shock front. Spectral slopes of simulated bursts at E << Epeak are consistent with theoretical prediction and at E < Epeak can be flatter if the spectrum of electrons is roughly flat or has a shallow slope at low energies. The observed flat spectra at soft gamma-ray and hard x-ray bands is the evidence that there is a significant contribution at E < Epeak from lower Lorentz factor wing of electron distribution which have a roughly random acceleration rather than being thermal. This means that the state of matter in the jet at the time of ejection is most probably nonthermal. As for the effect of a precessing external magnetic field, we show that due to the fast variation of other quantities, its signature in the Power Distribution Spectrum (PDS) is significantly suppressed and only when the duration of the burst is few times longer than the oscillation period it can be detected, otherwise either it is confused with the Poisson noise or with intrinsic variations of the emission. Therefore, low significant oscillations observed in the PDS of GRB 090709a are most probably due to a precessing magnetic field.