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  1. Der II. Hauptsatz der Wärmelehre

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    Heintze, Joachim

    Wir haben in (4.44) den II. Hauptsatz als empirische Tatsache folgendermaßen formuliert: (i) Wärmeenergie geht von selbst nur von einem wärmeren Körper auf einen kälteren über, niemals in der umgekehrten Richtung. Nun werden wir beweisen, dass sich aus diesem Prinzip folgende äquivalente Formulierungen für den II. Hauptsatz ableiten lassen: (ii) Es ist unmöglich, ein Perpetuum mobile zweiter Art zu bauen, d. h. eine Maschine, die fortlaufend Wärmeenergie vollständig in mechanische Arbeit umsetzen kann. Eine Wärmekraftmaschine, die einen Kreisprozess mit der höchsten Temperatur Tw und der niedrigsten Temperatur Tk durchläuft, hat höchstens den Carnotschen Wirkungsgrad c = (Tw - Tk)/Tw. Wenn in der Maschine nur reversible Prozesse ablaufen, die gesamte Wärmezufuhr bei der Temperatur Tw erfolgt und ausschließlich bei der Temperatur Tw gekühlt wird, ist ihr Wirkungsgrad = C. Es gibt keine Wärmekraftmaschine, die eine bessere Ausnutzung der Wärmeenergie ermöglicht. (iv) In jedem thermodynamischen System existiert die Zustandsgröße Entropie, definiert durch ihr Differential dS = (dQrev)/T . Entropie kann erzeugt, aber nicht vernichtet werden. Bei Zustandsänderungen, die in einem abgeschlossenen System ablaufen, nimmt die Entropie entweder zu (irreversible Prozesse), oder sie bleibt konstant (reversible Prozesse). Im Anschluss an (iii) werden wir zur Definition der thermodynamischen Temperatur und bei der Diskussion von (iv) zu einem tieferen Verständnis der Entropie gelangen. Es zeigt sich, dass die Entropie das eigentliche Bindeglied zwischen Mechanik und Wärmelehre darstellt. Am Ende des Kapitels werden wir einige Anwendungen des II. Hauptsatzes betrachten.

  2. Methoden der digitalen Planung

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    Westkämper, Engelbert; Niemann, Jörg; Warschat, Joachim; Scheer, August-Wilhelm; Thomas, Oliver

    Die industrielle Produktion ist das Herz der verarbeitenden Industrie in Deutschland. Mit einem Beitrag von rund 500 Mrd. EUR pro Jahr erwirtschaftet das verarbeitende Gewerbe etwa ein Viertel der gesamtwirtschaftlichen Wertschöpfung in Deutschland. Gemessen am Produktionswert der Gesamtwirtschaft betrug der industrielle Anteil sogar über ein Drittel. Der Erhalt und der Ausbau der Wettbewerbsfähigkeit unter den gegebenen Rahmenbedingungen der globalen Märkte ist eine der größten Herausforderungen der deutschen Wirtschaft [5, 8]. In diesem Beitrag soll - ausgehend von einer Strategie der Ausrüster von Fabriken in einer globalen Produktion - diskutiert werden, wie mit der digitalen Fabrik Potentiale in den Planungs- und Wandlungsprozessen erschlossen werden können.

  3. Der interstellare Raum.

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    der Time-Life Bücher, Redaktion

    Contents: 1. Löcher im Sternenhimmel. Vom Staubkorn zum Stern. 2. Kartieren von Gas, Staub und Magnetismus. Komplexe Moleküle im All. 3. Die Geburtsstätten der Sterne. Molekulare Verstärker. 4. Jenseits der Galaxien. Der intergalaktische Raum.

  4. Grundlagen der Dieseleinspritzung

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    Grieshaber, Hermann

    Die Verbrennungsvorgänge im Dieselmotor - und damit die Motorleistung, der Kraftstoffverbrauch, die Abgaszusammensetzung und das Verbrennungsgeräusch - hängen in entscheidendem Maße von der Aufbereitung des Luft- Kraftstoff-Gemischs ab.

  5. Philosophie und Geschichte der Kosmologie.

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    Mainzer, K.

    Contents: 1. Von der Mythologie zum geozentrischen Kosmos. 2. Vom geozentrischen zum heliozentrischen Kosmos (15. - 16. Jahrhundert). 3. Der Kosmos im Zeitalter der klassischen Physik (17. - 19. Jahrhundert). 4. Der Kosmos im Zeitalter der modernen Physik. 5. Zusammenfassung.

  6. Umsetzung der Unternehmensstrategie mit der Balanced Scorecard

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    Crespo, Isabel; Bergmann, Lars; Portmann, Stefan; Lacker, Thomas; Lacker, Michael; Fleischmann, Jürgen; Kozó, Hans

    Die Balanced Scorecard (BSC) ist ein Ansatz zum strategischen Management, der neben der Ausrichtung des Unternehmens auf finanzielle Zielwerte ebenso großes Gewicht auf so genannte weiche Faktoren legt, die den wirtschaftlichen Erfolg eines Unternehmens erst ermöglichen. Das entscheidende Merkmal der Balanced Scorecard ist dabei, dass sie ein ausgewogenes System strategischer Ziele herstellt, welches das Unternehmen hinsichtlich der vier Perspektiven Finanzen, Kunden, interne Prozesse und Mitarbeiter und Potenziale strategisch ausrichtet (Kaplan u. Norton 1997).

  7. Das Lob der Sternkunst. Astronomie in der deutschen Aufklärung.

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    Baasner, R.

    Contents: 1. Einleitung. 2. Die Astronomie im Rahmen der Aufklärungs-Physik. 3. Das Lob der Sternkunst. 4. Ein Blick auf die Sternwarten. 5. Allgemeine Darstellungen der Sternkunde. 6. Schleppende Rezeption: Das kopernikanische Weltbild. 7. Himmelsphysik: Die Debatte um die causa gravitatis. 8. Theorie der Himmelskörper. 9. Die Erde als Gegenstand der Astronomie. 10. Die Sonne. 11. Der Mond. 12. Die Planeten. 13. Die Kometen. 14. Die Fixsterne. 15. Die Entstehung der Welt. 16. Beiträge der Astrotheologie. 17. Der Kampf gegen die Astrologen.

  8. Physik gestern und heute Der Spion, der die Wärme untersuchte

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    Heering, Peter

    2003-11-01

    Der in Massachusetts geborene Benjamin Thompson, der ab 1792 auch den Titel eines Grafen von Rumford führte, ist eine der schillerndsten Figuren der Physikgeschichte. Berühmt wurde er insbesondere wegen seiner Experimente zur Wärmetheorie.http://www.famousamericans.net/benjaminthompsonrumford

  9. Kosmische Katastrophen und der Ursprung der Religion.

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    Hoyle, F.

    This book is a German translation, by V. Delavre, from the English original "The origin of the Universe and the origin of religion", published in 1993. Contents: E. Sens: Die unterbrochene Musikstunde. Einleitung zur deutschen Ausgabe. C. Ryskamp: Einführung. R. N. Anshen: Vorwort. F. Hoyle: Kosmische Katastrophen und der Ursprung der Religion - Die Folgen der Respektabilität; Eiszeiten und Kometen; Die allgemeine Situation in den Nacheiszeiten; Kometen und der Ursprung der Religionen; Der Übergang zu Mittelalter und Neuzeit. Diskussionsbeiträge: Ruth Nanda Anshen, Freeman Dyson, Paul Oscar Kristeller, John Archibald Wheeler, James Schwartz, Roger Shinn, Milton Gatch, Philip Solomon, Norman Newell. F. Hoyle: Schlußwort. A. Tollmann: Nachwort zur deutschen Ausgabe.

  10. Lehrbuch der Mathematischen Physik

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    Thirring, Walter

    Aus den Besprechungen der ersten Auflage: "... Das Buch wendet sich nicht nur an Studierende der Physik und Mathematik in höheren Semestern, sondern ist auch für fertige Physiker und Mathematiker äußerst anregend. Ein besonderes Lob möchte ich für die zahlreichen Illustrationen des Stoffes mit relevanten, anwendungsbezogenen Beispielen aussprechen." Zeitschrift für Angewandte Mathematik und Physik#1 "W. Thirring hat mit seinem Lehrbuch für Mathematische Physik das erstemal den Versuch unternommen, eine spezifische Bearbeitung der gesamten mathematischen Physik einzuleiten und damit ein "Lehrbuch" der wissenschaftlichen Fachwelt vorzulegen, das in seiner Art sicher als neuartig zu bezeichnen ist. Es zeigt neben der Klarheit und Übersichtlichkeit aber auch eine tiefe Kenntnis der Pädagogik, um ein so schwieriges und abstraktes Gebiet darzustellen." Acta Physica Austriaca#2 "Der Leser kann hier Mathematische Physik in einer Form kennenlernen, wie sie sich einem in der akutuellen Forschung stehenden theoretischen Physiker darstellt, der andererseits auch mit der Entwicklung der modernen mathematischen Methoden wohlvertraut ist. Trotz der anspruchsvollen mathematischen Fundierung gerät der Verfasser an keiner Stelle des Buches in die Gefahr, Mathematische Physik im Sinne einer rein mathematischen Disziplin zu verfremden ... Wer heute wissen will, was "Mathematische Physik" ist und sein soll, wird an diesem Buch nicht vorbeigehen können und Antwort und Gewinn davontragen..." ZAMM#3

  11. Lehrbuch der Mathematischen Physik

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    Thirring, Walter

    Aus den Besprechungen der ersten Auflage: "...Das Buch wendet sich nicht nur an Studierende der Physik und Mathematik in höheren Semestern, sondern ist auch für fertige Physiker und Mathematiker äußerst anregend. Ein besonderes Lob möchte ich für die zahlreichen Illustrationen des Stoffes mit relevanten, anwendungsbezogenen Beispielen aussprechen." Zeitschrift für Angewandte Mathematik und Physik#1 "...W. Thirring hat mit seinem Lehrbuch für mathematische Physik das erstemal den Versuch unternommen, eine spezifische Bearbeitung der gesamten mathematischen Physik einzuleiten und damit ein 'Lehrbuch' der wissenschaftlichen Fachwelt vorzulegen, das in seiner Art sicher als neuartig zu bezeichnen ist. Es zeigt neben der Klarheit und Übersichtlichkeit aber auch eine tiefe Kenntnis der Pädagogik, um ein so schwieriges und abstraktes Gebiet darzustellen..." Acta Physica Austriaca#2 "... Der Leser kann hier Mathematische Physik in einer Form kennenlernen, wie sie sich einem in der aktuellen Forschung stehenden theoretischen Physiker darstellt, der andererseits auch mit der Entwicklung der modernen mathematischen Methoden wohlvertraut ist. Trotz der anspruchsvollen mathematischen Fundierung gerät der Verfasser an keiner Stelle des Buches in die Gefahr, Mathematische Physik im Sinne einer rein mathematischen Disziplin zu verfremden...Wer heute wissen will, was 'Mathematische Physik'ist und sein soll, wird an diesem Buch nicht vorbeigehen können und Antwort und Gewinn davontragen..." ZAMM#3

  12. Akustikgestaltung in der Fahrzeugentwicklung

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    Pletschen, Bernd

    Die zielgerichtete Entwicklung der Fahrzeugakustik stellt eine hochkomplexe, integrative Aufgabenstellung im Rahmen der Fahrkomfortgestaltung des Automobils dar. Die Wahrnehmung der Komforteigenschaften eines Fahrzeugs erfolgt grundsätzlich als Wahrnehmung der Wirkung dieser Eigenschaften über einen oder mehrere Wahrnehmungskanäle des Menschen: visuell, auditiv, haptisch, olfaktorisch. Die individuelle Wahrnehmung ist hierbei subjektiv und daher mit rein physikalisch objektiven Messgrößen allein nur unvollständig zu beschreiben. Sie hängt einerseits von den Eigenschaften des betrachteten Fahrzeugs oder einer erlebten Situation ab und andererseits außerdem von der Sozialisation des Bewertenden und der Umgebung, in der die Bewertung stattfindet (Wikipedia). Der Fahrkomfort, den ein Fahrzeug Fahrer und Beifahrern bietet, wird also wegen unterschiedlicher Erwartungen des Kunden in den verschiedenen Weltmärkten sehr unterschiedlich erlebt.

  13. Systematik der Fahrzeugtechnik

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    Burg, Heinz; Moser, Andreas

    In dem Kraftfahrtechnischen Taschenbuch, das von der Firma Robert Bosch GmbH herausgegeben wird, ist eine Gliederung der Kraftfahrzeuge vorgenommen worden, die international verbreitet und anerkannt ist. Diese Systematik ist nachstehend wiedergegeben und wird in diesem Buch weitgehend verwendet.

  14. Grundlagen der Mechatronik

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    Roddeck, Werner

    Der Begriff Mechatronik ist ein Kunstwort, welches durch Eindeutschung des englischen Wortes "Mechatronics“ entstanden ist. Dieses ist wiederum eine Zusammenziehung der englischen Bezeichnungen für "Mechanics“ (Maschinenbau) und "Electronics“ (Elektrotechnik). Der Begriff wurde durch einen japanischen Ingenieur 1969 geprägt und durch eine japanische Firma bis 1972 als Warenzeichen gehalten.

  15. Die Arbeitsunfähigkeit in der Statistik der GKV

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    Busch, Klaus

    Der vorliegende Beitrag gibt anhand der Statistiken des Bundesministeriums für Gesundheit (BMG) einen Überblick über die Arbeitsunfähigkeitsdaten der Gesetzlichen Krankenkassen (GKV). Zunächst werden die Arbeitsunfähigkeitsstatistiken der Krankenkassen und die Erfassung der Arbeitsunfähigkeit erläutert. Hiernach wird auf die Entwicklung der Fehlzeiten auf GKV-Ebene eingegangen. Ebenfalls wird Bezug auf die Unterschiede der Fehlzeiten zwischen den verschiedenen Kassen genommen.

  16. Strahlungsfeldbedingungen bei der Ionisationsdosimetrie

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    Krieger, Hanno

    Bei der Dosimetrie von Photonenstrahlungen mit luftgefüllten Ionisationskammern werden in diesem Kapitel zwei Grenzfälle unterschieden. Der eine Fall ist die Bedingung des so genannten Sekundärelektronengleichwichts im Kammervolumen. In diesem Fall bestimmen ausschließlich die Photonen im Messvolumen die dosimetrische Anzeige. Der zweite Grenzfall ist gegeben, wenn das Luftvolumen und die Kammer das Strahlungsfeld im Phantom so wenig stören, dass der Sekundärelektronenfluss unverändert bleibt. Diese Bedingungen nennt man BRAGG-GRAY-Bedingungen. Beide Grenzfälle sind in der Praxis nur näherungsweise zu verwirklichen. Abweichungen müssen durch entsprechende Korrekturen oder Kalibrierungen berücksichtigt werden.

  17. Kants Theorie der Sonne: Physikgeschichte

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    Jacobi, Manfred

    2005-01-01

    Im Rahmen seiner Kosmogonie entwickelte der junge Immanuel Kant eine Theorie der Sonne. Sie ist ein einzigartiges Zeugnis seiner intuitiven Vorstellungskraft und beweist auch die Leistungsfähigkeit der damaligen, vorwiegend von Newton geprägten Weltsicht. Entstehung, Aufbau und Dynamik der Sonne werden in Kants Theorie ebenso erklärt wie etwa das Phänomen der Sonnenflecken.

  18. Nomogramme der Sickerwasserprognose

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    Schneider, Wilfried; Stöfen, Heinke

    Kurzfassung Modelle zur Sickerwasserprognose stehen in unterschiedlicher Komplexität zur Verfügung. Komplexe Modelle werden aufgrund der schwierigen Handhabung und des enormen Eingabedatenumfangs in der Praxis kaum angewandt. Grobe Abschätzmethoden sind dagegen nicht ausreichend wissenschaftlich fundiert, um damit justiziable Ergebnisse erzielen zu können. Um die Kluft zwischen komplexer und einfacher, jedoch justiziabler sowie wissenschaftlich fundierter Methode zu schmälern, wurden Nomogramme für Sickerwasserprognosen zur Berücksichtigung der Endlichkeit der Quelle entwickelt. Mithilfe der Nomogramme können ohne Modellierungserfahrung schnell und einfach die zu erwartenden Schadstoffkonzentrationen am Ort der Beurteilung abgeschätzt werden, falls die Endlichkeit der Quelle der hauptsächlich zur Abminderung führende Prozess ist. Die Nomogramme basieren auf analytischen Lösungen der eindimensionalen Advektions-Dispersions-Gleichung. Sie berücksichtigen die Prozesse Advektion, Diffusion in Bodenwasser und -luft, Dispersion, lineare Sorption, Abbau 1. Ordnung innerhalb einer aus mehreren Bodenschichten bestehenden Sickerwasserzone, wobei die Endlichkeit der Schadstoffmasse in der Bodenkontamination einbezogen wird. Die Genauigkeit der Nomogramme wird dargestellt. Models of different complexity are available for groundwater risk assessment. In practice complex models are hardly used, due to their difficult handling and large data requirement. Rough estimation methods are not sufficiently scientifically founded to produce justiciable results. To reduce the gap between complex and easy to use but justiciable and scientifically founded methods we developed nomograms for groundwater risk assessment which take into account the finite mass of contaminant in the source. With the help of the nomograms the expected concentrations at the point of compliance (transition between the unsaturated and saturated zone) can be estimated easily, fast and without any modeling experience if the finite contaminant mass is the main attenuation process. The nomograms are based on solutions of the one dimensional advection-dispersion equation. The nomograms account for advection, diffusion in soil air and soil water, dispersion, linear sorption, first order degradation in an unsaturated zone consisting of different soil layers, taking the finiteness of the pollutant mass in the soil contamination into account. The accuracy of the nomograms is shown.

  19. Systemübersicht der Verteilereinspritzpumpen

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    Reif, Konrad

    Die Verbrennungsvorgänge im Dieselmotor hängen in entscheidendem Maße davon ab, wie der Kraftstoff von der Einspritzanlage aufbereitet wird. Die Einspritzpumpe spielt hierbei eine wesentliche Rolle. Sie erzeugt den zum Einspritzen benötigten Druck. Der Kraftstoff wird über Hochdruckleitungen zu den Einspritzdüsen gefördert und in den Brennraum eingespritzt. Kleine, schnell laufende Dieselmotoren erfordern eine Einspritzanlage mit hoher Leistungsfähigkeit, schnellen Einspritzfolgen, geringem Gewicht und kleinem Einbau volumen. Die Verteilereinspritzpumpen erfüllen diese Forderungen. Sie bestehen aus einem kleinen, kompakten Aggregat, das Förderpumpe, Hochdruckpumpe und Regelung umfasst.

  20. Die Kosmologie der Griechen.

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    Mittelstraß, J.

    Contents: 1. Mythische Eier. 2. Thales-Welten. 3. "Alles ist voller Götter". 4. Griechische Astronomie. 5. "Rettung der Phänomene". 6. Aristotelische Kosmololgie. 7. Aristoteles-Welt und Platon-Welt. 8. Noch einmal: die Göttlichkeit der Welt. 9. Griechischer Idealismus.

  1. Evaluation der zentralen TUM-Lernplattform

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    Schulze, Elvira; Baume, Matthias; Graf, Stephan; Gergintchev, Ivan

    Die Notwendigkeit der Qualitätssicherung und -kontrolle für innovative universitäre Lehr-/Lernszenarien ist in der Praxis unbestritten. Die Wirksamkeit der Einführung der zentralen Lernplattform CLIX Campus der imc AG an der TUM wurde mittels quantitativer und qualitativer Evaluation überprüft. Als statistische Bewertungsgrundlage wurde der Erreichungsgrad bestimmter Projektziele herangezogen. Aufbauend auf den theoretischen Grundlagen der Evaluation von Bildungsangeboten gibt diese Studie Aufschluss über die Ergebnisse der Datenerhebungen sowie die Einschätzung der Plattform aus Nutzersicht und belegt die wesentliche Bedeutung der durchgängigen IT-Infrastruktur und speziell der einheitlichen Verfügbarkeit der eLearning Angebote.

  2. Das mechatronische Fahrwerk der Zukunft

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    Rieth, Peter

    Technologiesprünge gab es immer wieder in der Geschichte der Automobiltechnologie, so auch in der Kraftfahrzeugbremse, die seit ihren Anfängen eine stete Weiterentwicklung erfahren hat (Bild 40-1). So erlangten schon mechanische Bremsen durchaus ein hohes Niveau, ehe die Hydraulik Mitte der zwanziger Jahre für Komfort und Sicherheit vollkommen neue Perspektiven eröffnete, welche durch Einführung der Hilfskraft(servo)bremsanlagen Mitte des letzten Jahrhunderts noch erweitert wurden. Den wichtigsten Technologiesprung, den der Kunde als Fortschritt erkennt und dementsprechend honoriert, ermöglichte die Elektronik Mitte der siebziger Jahre. ABS, ASR, EBV und nicht zuletzt ESC wären ohne sie nicht vorstellbar.

  3. Die Zeitung der Zukunft

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    Wieser, Christoph; Schaffert, Sebastian

    Schon lange wird spekuliert, wie wir in Zukunft Zeitung lesen werden. Werden wir am Frühstückstisch wie gewohnt in einer Zeitung aus Papier schmökern oder werden wir die Zeitung als biegsame Folie beschrieben mit elektronischer Tinte in Händen halten? Wird die Zeitung mit anderen Medien wie Radio und Fernsehen verschmelzen? Viele Varianten sind denkbar. Heute lässt sich schon ein Trend ablesen: Immer mehr Leser entdecken die Online-Zeitung als Informationsmedium, eine Voraussetzung für die Nutzung neuer Technologien in der Zeitung der Zukunft. In diesem Kapitel stellen wir Entwicklungsmöglichkeiten der Online-Zeitung dar, wie sie im Social Semantic Web möglich werden.

  4. Von der Quantenmechanik zum Materialdesign

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    Eyert, Volker; Eckern, Ulrich

    2000-11-01

    Die enormen Fortschritte der theoretischen Festkörperphysik im 20. Jahrhundert sind eng verknüpft mit der Entdeckung der Quantenmechanik und der Entwicklung von schnellen Verfahren zur Berechnung der elektronischen Struktur kondensierter Materie. Letztere bilden heute die Basis sowohl für ein vertieftes Verständnis grundlegender physikalischer Fragestellungen als auch die Herstellung neuer Materialien mit maßgeschneiderten Eigenschaften.

  5. Liberalisierung der Energiemärkte

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    Oehler, H.

    Die extremen Preisschwankungen für Energie Ende der ersten Dekade des 21. Jahrhunderts, gekennzeichnet durch rasant steigende Preise bis zu einem Spitzenwert für Erdöl von knapp unter 150 US- pro Barrel und dem nachfolgenden Absturz aufgrund der Wirtschaftskrise, lassen das Interesse für Mechanismen an den globalen und lokalen Märkten für Energie steigen. In diesem Zusammenhang rücken die Auswirkungen der Liberalisierung der Märkte für leitungsgebundene Energien wieder mehr in das Zentrum des Interesses, wobei häufig einerseits Ursachen und Wirkung vermischt, andererseits aber auch völlig verfehlte Erwartungen an die Liberalisierung, die Unternehmen sowie das Kundenverhalten gestellt werden. Zu beobachten ist außerdem, dass die gewünschten Schwerpunkte bei den erhofften Effekten des Wettbewerbs Schwankungen unterliegen, je nachdem welche Interessen gerade meinungsbestimmend sind, z. B. Versorgungssicherheit oder Preise.

  6. Grundbegriffe der Thermodynamik

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    Heintze, Joachim

    In diesem Kapitel geht es darum, Vorgänge zu analysieren, bei denen der thermische Zustand eines Systems verändert wird: Daher der Name "Thermodynamik". Wir werden zunächst untersuchen, unter welchen Umständen man eine Zustandsänderung im Detail beschreiben kann. Hierbei werden wir zwei grundsätzlich verschiedene Arten, Zustandsänderungen herbeizuführen, kennenlernen: reversible und irreversible Prozesse. Sodann werden wir die Eigenschaften von Zustandsgrößen allgemein definieren und dabei auf eine überaus wichtige neue Zustandsgröße, die Entropie, stoßen.

  7. Die Rolle der Finite-Elemente-Berechnung in der Produktentwicklung

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    Esteban, Ignacio

    Der Preisdruck wird in allen Industriebranchen immer größer. Aufgrund der Qualitätsstandards gewinnt der Entwicklungsprozess immer mehr an Bedeutung, so dass die Produktkosten durch diese Phase erheblich beeinflusst werden. Die Anwendung computergestützter Konstruktion und Berechnung hat sich als effektives Entwicklungswerkzeug erwiesen, um kürzere Entwicklungszeiten und eine höhere Qualität zu erreichen. Dadurch tragen diese virtuellen Werkzeuge zu niedrigeren Produktkosten bei. Dieser Artikel orientiert sich am Potential der Finite-Elemente (FE)-Berechnung im Entwicklungsprozess. Eine der neuesten Anwendungsmöglichkeiten der FE-Simulation wird am Beispiel einer Werkzeugmaschine präsentiert. In diesem Beispiel wird die Maschinensteuerung in das FE-Modell implementiert, und ein Beschleunigungsvorgang wird simuliert.

  8. Repulsive van der Waals interactions

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    Han, Jianing

    2015-05-01

    In this presentation, repulsive van der Waals interactions within ultracold gasses will be presented. Van der Waals interaction is generally used in physics, chemistry, biology, and other fields of science. A common misconception about van der Waals interaction is that the van der Waals interaction is attractive. This is only true for ground state atoms. For excited atoms, van der Waals interactions can be either attractive or repulsive. Since the discovery of the van der Waals interactions by Johannes Diderik van der Waals in the 1870's, it has been known as an attractive interaction. Therefore, repulsive van der Waals interaction has been rarely studied and has never been used. In this presentation, repulsive van der Waals interactions in ultracold atoms between different spins will be investigated. This study will analyze the density range for using ultracold atoms as an alternative energy source.

  9. Der Forsch-Frosch Fred

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    Kaibel, Volker

    Bewegt man sich auf der Suche nach Informationen zu einem bestimmten Thema immer neuen Links folgend durch das World-Wide-Web, so stellt man in der Regel nach einer gewissen Zeit fest, dass man auf manchen Seiten immer wieder gelandet ist. Diese Seiten stellen sich oft als wichtig heraus. Suchmaschinen wie Google machen sich dieses Phänomen zu Nutze, um die Wichtigkeit einzelner Web-Seiten zu bewerten. Dazu lassen sie auf einer beliebigen Web-Seite einen imaginären Surfer starten, der immer zufällig einen der auf seiner aktuell besuchten Seite vorgefundenen Links verfolgt. Der Surfer vollführt einen Random Walk im Netzwerk der Web-Seiten.

  10. Der Strahlenkranz im sonnigen Wasser

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    Schlichting, Hans Joachim

    2000-01-01

    Wie in der Kunst gibt es auch in der Natur neben dem kreisförmigen Heiligenschein einen strahlenförmigen Nimbus um den Kopfschatten "auserwählter" Personen. Er ist in leicht getrübtem Wasser zu beobachten.

  11. Grundlagen der Vernetzung

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    Reif, Konrad

    Mit dem rasanten Fortschritt in der Computertechnik nimmt die Anzahl elektronischer Systeme immer weiter zu. Diese Entwicklung macht auch in der Kfz- Technik nicht halt. Das bedeutet aber auch, dass die Komplexität eines Gesamtsystems - hier das System Fahrzeug - weiter steigt. Die Einzelsysteme, z. B. die Motorsteuerung, wurden dabei in den letzten Jahren in Details weiter verbessert. Innovationen werden aber vor allem durch das Zusammenspiel mehrerer Einzelsysteme erzielt. Damit die Vielzahl an Informationen, die mit den Einzelsystemen verwaltet werden, auch systemübergreifend genutzt werden können, müssen die einzelnen Komponenten untereinander vernetzt werden. Je nachdem, welche Anforderungen (z. B. Übertragungs sicherheit, Fehler toleranz, Kosten) gestellt werden, kommen verschiedene Kommunikationssysteme zum Einsatz.

  12. Atmosphärisches Plasma in der Medizintechnik

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    Beer, Thomas; Knospe, Alexander; Buske, Christian

    Bei der Fertigung komplexer Bauteile werden immer häufiger unterschiedlichste Materialien zur Erfüllung der Funktion kombiniert. Kunststoff, Metall, Glas oder Keramik müssen miteinander verbunden werden. Dies gilt für die unterschiedlichsten Industriebereiche; von der Halbleiter-/Elektronikindustrie [1, 2] über die Automobilindustrie [3, 4] bis hin zur Medizintechnik werden für Verklebungs- [5], Bedruckungs-, Lackier- [6] und Anspritzprozesse optimal vorbehandelte Oberflächen benötigt.

  13. mediaTUM: Der zentrale Medienserver der Technischen Universität München

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    Leiss, Johann; Pretz, Edwin; Seifert, Arne

    mediaTUM ist der zentrale Dokumenten- und Publikationsserver der Technischen Universität München. Er wurde als Open-Source-Software im Rahmen des DFG-Projekts IntegraTUM von der Universitätsbibliothek in enger Kooperation mit Fakultätsangehörigen entwickelt. mediaTUM unterstützt den Multimediaeinsatz in Forschung und Lehre sowie die Publikation digitaler Dokumente. Der Server fungiert im Sinne eines Institutional Repository als Plattform für die Verwaltung und Veröffentlichung von Hochschulschriften, Bildarchiven und Videosammlungen und ist die Softwaregrundlage für die Hochschulbibliographie. Der nachfolgende Artikel beschreibt die Architektur und die Funktionalitäten von mediaTUM.

  14. Die Evolution der Religiosität

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    Voland, Eckart

    Ein konsequent darwinischer Blick auf den Menschen bedeutet, auch im Denken, Fühlen und Handeln biologische Anpassungsgeschichte zu suchen, denn auch die psychischen und mentalen Eigenheiten des Homo sapiens unterliegen der natürlichen Selektion. Lässt sich die religiöse Lebenspraxis von Menschen daher auch aus einer Fitnessperspektive betrachten?

  15. Quantenphysikalischer Ursprung der Eichidee

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    Bopp, Fritz

    Betrachtet man die Quantenphysik als Zusammenspiel von elementaren Erzeugungs- und Vernichtungsprozessen, so sind Eichfeldtheorien nicht nur möglich, sondern auch notwendig. Die komplex konjugierten Phasenfaktoren jedes Paares von Erzeugungs- und Vernichtungsoperatoren sind nämlich. willkürlich wählbar. Darum müssen Quantenfeldtheorien vollständig phaseninvariant sein. Das ist ohne Eichfelder nicht möglich.Dem steht im Wege, daß die Diracgleichung nicht einmal global vollständig phaseninvariant ist. Multipliziert man nämlich die Komponenten der Erzeugungs- und Vernichtungsoperatoren mit verschiedenen konstanten Phasenfaktoren, so ändern sich die Diracmatrizen. Nur die Diracschen Vertauschungsrelationen bleiben invariant. Doch sind die Diracgleichungen vor und nach der Transformation physikalisch äquivalent. Man kann also sagen: Systeme freier Fermionen werden erst durch die Klasse aller äquivalenten Diracgleichungen vollständig dargestellt.Da die Diracschen Vertauschungsrelationen gegen beliebige unitäre Transformationen invariant sind, ist die Klasse äquivalenter Diracgleichungen U 4-invariant. Unitäre Diagonalmatrizen liefern willkürliche Phasentransformationen der Spinorkomponenten, so daß die zur Gruppe U 4 gehörigen Eichfelder zu eine allgemein phaseninvarianten Theorie führen. Sie ist so eng mit der QED verwandt, daß wir von einer erweiterten Quantenelektrodynamik, EQE, sprechen können.Hier soll nur gezeigt werden, daß die EQE existiert. Dabei liefert die invariante Untergruppe U 1 von U 4 die QED. Die komplementäre Untergruppe SU 4 umschließt vier Untergruppen SU 3, drei Untergruppen O 4 und sechs Untergruppen SU 2. Letztere könnten den drei Paaren von Quarks und den drei Paaren von Leptonen entsprechen, wobei sich die Quarkpaare zu einer Gruppe SU 3 zusammenschließen. Mehr als zweimal drei Paare von elementaren Fermionen gibt es in der EQE nicht. Sie wird zwar kaum mit der vereinigten QED und QCD identisch sein. Doch sollte sie Vergleichbares leisten.Tatsächlich folgt die EQE aus einer bereits vorhandenen, wenn auch wenig beachteten Symmetrie der empirisch bewährten Diractheorie. Sie ist darum einerseits im Sinne der Newtonschen Definition des Begriffs hypothesenfrei. Andererseits kann sie wegen der erforderlichen Phaseninvarianz kaum wegdiskutiert werden, was immer sie am Ende bedeuten mag. Die Erfindung neuer Symmetrien und die Anerkennung einer Unzahl unabhängiger Spinorkomponenten ist jedenfalls zunächst entbehrlich.Translated AbstractThe Quantum Physical Origin of the Gauge IdeaTo consider quantum physics as an interplay of creation and annihilation processes has the consequence that gauge field theories are not only possible but necessary. Since the complex conjugate phase factors of each pair of fermion creators and annihilators can be arbitrary chosen, quantum field theories must be completely phase invariant.Unfortunately, even globally the Dirac equation for systems of free fermions is not phase invariant. The Dirac matrices are namely transformed, if we multiply the spinor components by different constant phase factors. The Dirac equations before and after the transformation are however physically equivalent. We may therefore say: Systems of free fermions will be completely described, only if we consider the class of all equivalent Dirac equations.Since Dirac's commutation relations are unitarily invariant, the class equivalent Dirac equations is invariant under all transformations of the group U 4. Unitary diagonal matrices yield arbitrary phase transformations. Hence, gauge fields of the group U 4 are compatible with the postulate of general phase invariance. These gauge file are so similar to the QED that we may speak of an extended quantum electrodynamics, EQE.Here, we will show that EQE exists. The invariant subgroup U 1 U 4 yields QED. The complementary subgroup SU 4 includes four

  16. [Van der Woude syndrome].

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    Calzavara Pinton, P G; Gavazzoni, R; Carlino, A; Leali, C

    1989-04-01

    The familial occurrence of lower lip pits (fistulae, sinuses) with or without the cheilo-gnathouranoschisis complex (cleft lip and/or cleft palate) was first described by A. Van der Woude in 1954. The lip pits syndrome is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait with high penetrance (80%), but its clinical expression is variable. Sometimes there may be microforms with only conical elevation and/or surface openings without any deeper sinuses at the typical sites and without cleft lip/palate. We examined 8 members of an Italian family and we observed one member with lip pits and submucous cleft palate and 4 members with only lip pits. Three of these affected members had congenital absence of second premolars too. The presentation, mode of inheritance, aetiology and genetic significance of lip pits syndrome are reviewed. In our opinion this is the first Italian report of the Van der Woude syndrome. PMID:2807397

  17. Haftung in der Medizintechnik

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    Müller, Ute; Lücker, Volker

    Die Unversehrtheit von Leib und Leben ist das größte Rechtsgut unserer Gesellschaft. Dies macht schon das Grundgesetz in Art. 2 Abs. Satz 1 GG deutlich. Die Öffentlichkeit zeigt daher größtes Interesse an Produkten, welche der Gesundheit dienen und Leben retten oder erhalten. Dieses Interesse gilt einerseits der Entwicklung und Bereitstellung leistungsfähiger Medizinprodukte, andererseits zielt es auf deren Sicherheit. Um vor allem letztere zu gewährleisten, nimmt der Gesetzgeber alle Beteiligten in die Pflicht, die auftretenden Risiken auf das geringstmögliche Maß zu begrenzen. Dies spiegelt sich in den rechtlichen Vorgaben ebenso wie in den Haftungsfolgen, die bei Verletzung dieser Vorgaben greifen, wieder. Diese Folgen können dementsprechend gravierend ausfallen, von Geldstrafen bis zu Freiheitsstrafen, von Bußgeldzahlungen bis zum Schadenersatzansprüchen, die schnell ein wirtschaftliches Aus bedeuten können. Den Beteiligten, allen voran den Herstellern, muss deshalb daran gelegen sein, nicht nur die Produkte, sondern auch deren Sicherheit stetig weiter zu entwickeln.

  18. Grundlagen der Nieren- und Leberdialyse

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    Schreiber, Christian; Al-Chalabi, Ahmed N. Ar.; Tanase, Oana; Kreymann, Bernhard

    Die Dialyse ist ein künstliches Blutreinigungsverfahren, das sowohl mit der Nachahmung physiologischer Vorgänge als auch mit der Benutzung bestimmter physikalisch- chemischer Gesetze arbeitet. Ihre technische Umsetzung in einer Dialysemaschine sowie chirurgische und internistische Interventionen gehören zu dem Zusammenspiel unterschiedlicher Disziplinen, die eine Dialyse ermöglichen. Die Grundlagen des Dialyseverfahrens, die Maschine und die Unterschiede von Nieren- und Leberdialyse sollen im Folgenden erklärt werden. Heute besteht in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland bei ca. 55.000 Patienten ein chronisch dialysepflichtiges Nierenversagen (Stand 2005). Das Leben dieser Patienten kann mit der Dialyse um Jahrzehnte verlängert werden. Damit ist die Nierendialyse eines der erfolgreichsten medizintechnischen Verfahren. Bei der Leberdialyse sind ebenbürtige Erfolge noch nicht erzielt worden. Umso wichtiger ist es, hier neue Wege zu finden, um auch für Leberpatienten ein effizientes Dialyseverfahren zu etablieren.

  19. Coronellis Cosmos in der Melker Stiftsbibliothek.

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    Glaßner, Gottfried; Pärr, Nora

    2009-06-01

    Die Melker Stiftsbibliothek besitzt ein Globenpaar des berühmten venezianischen Globenbauers Vincenzo Coronelli (1650-1718), einen Erdglobus von 1688 und einen Himmelsglobus von 1693. Wie und wann die beiden Globen nach Melk gekommen sind, ist nicht bekannt. Dass sie zur ursprünglichen Ausstattung der 1735 fertig gestellten Barockbibliothek gehörten, wird aber aus der zentralen Stellung deutlich, die dem Globus (Erdglobus und Armillarphäre) in dem von Paul Troger 1732 gemalten Deckenfresko zukommt. Mehrfach begegnet das Motiv des Globus als Attribut der Weisheit bzw. Philosophie, der Geographie bzw. Geometrie und der Astronomie in den beiden Hauptsälen wie auch in der Deckenmalerei von Johann Bergl in der Oberen Bibliothek (1768) und in der Kuppel des Gartenpavillons (1764).

  20. van der Waals torque

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    Esquivel-Sirvent, Raul; Schatz, George

    2014-03-01

    The theory of generalized van der Waals forces by Lifshtz when applied to optically anisotropic media predicts the existence of a torque. In this work we present a theoretical calculation of the van der Waals torque for two systems. First we consider two isotropic parallel plates where the anisotropy is induced using an external magnetic field. The anisotropy will in turn induce a torque. As a case study we consider III-IV semiconductors such as InSb that can support magneto plasmons. The calculations of the torque are done in the Voigt configuration, that occurs when the magnetic field is parallel to the surface of the slabs. The change in the dielectric function as the magnetic field increases has the effect of decreasing the van der Waals force and increasing the torque. Thus, the external magnetic field is used to tune both the force and torque. The second example we present is the use of the torque in the non retarded regime to align arrays of nano particle slabs. The torque is calculated within Barash and Ginzburg formalism in the nonretarded limit, and is quantified by the introduction of a Hamaker torque constant. Calculations are conducted between anisotropic slabs of materials including BaTiO3 and arrays of Ag nano particles. Depending on the shape and arrangement of the Ag nano particles the effective dielectric function of the array can be tuned as to make it more or less anisotropic. We show how this torque can be used in self assembly of arrays of nano particles. ref. R. Esquivel-Sirvent, G. C. Schatz, Phys. Chem C, 117, 5492 (2013). partial support from DGAPA-UNAM.

  1. Zeit im Wandel der Zeit.

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    Aichelburg, P. C.

    Contents: Einleitung(P. C. Aichelburg). 1. Über Zeit, Bewegung und Veränderung (Aristoteles). 2. Ewigkeit und Zeit (Plotin). 3. Was ist die Zeit? (Augustinus). 4. Von der Zeit (Immanuel Kant). 5. Newtons Ansichten über Zeit, Raum und Bewegung (Ernst Mach). 6. Über die mechanische Erklärung irreversibler Vorgänge (Ludwig Boltzmann). 7. Das Maß der Zeit (Henri Poincaré). 8. Dauer und Intuition (Henri Bergson). 9. Die Geschichte des Unendlichkeitsproblems (Bertrand Russell). 10. Raum und Zeit (Hermann Minkowski). 11. Der Unterschied von Zeit und Raum (Hans Reichenbach). 12. Newtonscher und Bergsonscher Zeitbegriff (Norbert Wiener). 13. Die Bildung des Zeitbegriffs beim Kinde (JeanPiaget).14. Eine Bemerkung über die Beziehungen zwischen Relativitätstheorie und der idealistischen Philosophie (Kurt Gödel). 15. Der zweite Hauptsatz und der Unterschied von Vergangenheit und Zukunft (Carl Friedrich v. Weizsäcker). 16. Zeit als physikalischer Begriff (Friedrich Hund). 17. Zeitmessung und Zeitbegriff in der Astronomie (Otto Heckmann). 18. Kann die Zeit rückwärts gehen? (Martin Gardner). 19. Zeit und Zeiten (Ilya Prigogine, Isabelle Stengers). 20. Zeit als dynamische Größe in der Relativitätstheorie (P. C. Aichelburg).

  2. Segmentierung der Papille in Fundusaufnahmen Aktives Kreisbogen-Modell

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    Schmidt, Torsten; Doering, Axel

    In der vorliegenden Arbeit präsentieren wir einen praxistauglichen Algorithmus zur automatischen Segmentierung der Disc-Grenze der Papille in Fundusaufnahmen. Ausgehend von einem lokalisierten Papillenpunkt werden Grauwertverläufe in horizontaler und vertikaler Richtung mittels einer Energiefunktion ausgewertet. In einem iterativen Prozess wird die Ellipse der tatsächlichen Disc-Grenze angenähert. Der Papillenrand konnte im Testdatensatz in 88% der Aufnahmen erfolgreich segmentiert werden. Der Algorithmus ist robust gegenüber der Lage des Startpunktes innerhalb der Papille und soll als Unterstützung bei der Glaukombefundung eingesetzt werden.

  3. Strategische Planung in der Medizintechnik

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    Leewe, Jörn

    Für den Aufstieg und den Niedergang der Unternehmen spielt die Über- oder Unterlegenheit der Technologie eine zentrale Rolle. Mindestens im gleichen Maße ist jedoch auch ein umsichtiges Management und eine sorgfältige strategische Planung für den Erfolg verantwortlich. Nur ein profitables Unternehmen, welches nachhaltige Gewinne erzielt, ist in der Lage, eine Spitzenforschung aus eigener Kraft zu finanzieren. Dies klingt zunächst trivial. In der langjährigen Consulting-Praxis sind wir jedoch diversen Unternehmen begegnet, die diese Maxime vernachlässigt haben und aufgrund mangelhafter Planungen eine Insolvenz dann nicht mehr abwenden konnten. Damit es erst gar nicht dazu kommt, sollten unterschiedliche Handlungsalternativen im voraus entwickelt und bewertet werden. Die Strategie, also das systematische Aufbauen von Wettbewerbsvorteilen, sollte regelmässig überprüft werden und eine finanzielle Entwicklung des Produktes oder des Unternehmens sollte regelmäßig antizipiert und simuliert werden. Dieser Beitrag soll Einblicke in die strategische Planung erlauben, erhebt allerdings aufgrund der Komplexität des Themas keinen Anspruch auf Vollständigkeit.

  4. Grundlagen und Vollzug der amtlichen Lebensmittelkontrolle in der Schweiz

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    Hübner, Philipp; Spinner, Christoph

    In der Schweiz wird die Mehrheit der hoheitlichen Aufgaben von den 26 Kantonen, die zusammen die schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft bilden, autonom vollzogen. So liegt zum Beispiel die Kompetenz in den Bereichen Steuern, Gesundheit, Schulen oder Polizei grundsätzlich bei den Kantonen. Im Gegensatz dazu ist die Lebensmittelgesetzgebung national durch eidgenössische Erlasse harmonisiert. Die Vollzugsaufgaben liegen aber auch in diesem Bereich, abgesehen vom Vollzug an der Grenze und von einer nationalen Vollzugsaufsicht und Weisungsberechtigung, in kantonaler Kompetenz. Die Kantone können anhand kantonaler Erlasse das Bundesrecht präzisieren - insbesondere die organisatorischen Aspekte - und Regelungen im nicht harmonisierten Bereich treffen.

  5. Dialektischer Materialismus in der Quantentheorie

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    Fuchs, Klaus

    Der absolute Determinismus der klassischen Mechanik bietet keine Ansatzpunkte für eine befriedigende Naturphilosophie. Mit der Quantenmechanik werden nicht lediglich die Unzulänglichkeiten einzelner klassischer Begriffe, sondern die des gesamten klassischen Begriffssystems beseitigt.Translated AbstractDialectical Materialism in Quantum TheoryThe absolute determinism of classical mechanics does not provide any base for a satisfactory philosophy of nature. In quantum mechanics the shortcomings of not only some single classical concepts but of the classical description as a whole are removed.

  6. Biochips und ihr Einsatz in der Lebensmittelanalytik

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    Huber, Ingrid; Zeltz, Patric

    Mit der Verbreitung des Begriffes "Biochip“ in den biotechnologischen Medien wurde Ende der 1990er-Jahre zunächst der Eindruck erweckt, dass die Computerelektronik in die molekularbiologischen Anwendungen eingestiegen ist [18]. In nur wenigen Jahren hat sich die Biochiptechnologie zu einem Verfahren entwickelt, das aus der molekularbiologischen Grundlagenforschung nicht mehr wegzudenken ist und über eine Vielzahl von Einsatzbereichen verfügt. Die Biochiptechnologie ermöglicht die Miniaturisierung von DNA-, RNA- bzw. Proteinanalytik in hochparallelen Formaten. Dieser hohe Parallelisierungsgrad ist einer der wesentlichen Vorteile dieser Technik gegenüber klassischen molekularbiologischen Methoden. Sie wird heutzutage vor allem in der Genomforschung eingesetzt, für Genexpressionsstudien, zum Screening von single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), in der pharmakogenetischen Forschung sowie in der Erforschung von Erbkrankheiten und in der Krebsforschung [1, 7, 19]. Neben vielen weiteren Bereichen finden Biochips auch spezielle Anwendungen in der Lebensmittelanalytik.

  7. Online Condition Monitoring mit der Stresswellenanalyse

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    Bruderreck, Frank

    Die Anforderungen des heutigen Energiemarkts und damit einhergehende veränderte Einsatzbedingungen für ältere Kraftwerksblöcke haben unvorhergesehene Produktionsausfälle in den letzten Jahren erheblich verteuert. Nach der Optimierung der Kraftwerksprozesse und der Steigerung der Wirkungsgrade richten die Energieversorger ihren Blick daher nun verstärkt auch auf die Verfügbarkeit ihrer Anlagen. Zur Verbesserung der Anlagenverfügbarkeit und der Minimierung der Instandhaltungskosten bietet sich der Einsatz von Condition Monitoring Systemen an. Nach der Erprobung eines Systems zur Vibrationsanalyse setzt die Evonik Steag GmbH jetzt in einem Pilotprojekt die Stresswellenanalyse ein, ein Online Condition Monitoring System auf der Basis von Ultraschallsensoren. Dieser Beitrag erläutert an einem Beispiel die Methode und grenzt sie gegen den De-facto-Standard Vibrationsanalyse ab.

  8. Die Grundlagen der Fernsehtechnik: Systemtheorie und Technik der Bildübertragung

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    Mahler, Gerhard

    Umfassende Einführung in die Grundlagen der Bewegtbild-Übertragung von den Anfängen bis zum heutigen Stand des digitalen Fernsehens mit einer aus der Praxis entstandenen systemtheoretischen Analyse. Die kompakte und anschaulich bebilderte Darstellung mit elementaren mathematischen Beschreibungen macht es dem Leser leicht, sich in die Bildübertragungstechnik einzuarbeiten. Thematische Einheiten erweitern den Wissensstoff - u.a. zu den Themen visuelle Wahrnehmung, mehrdimensionale Signaldarstellung, Farbmetrik, Digitalisierung, Elektronenoptik - und zeigen deren Anwendung auf die elektronische Bildübertragung.

  9. Der evolutionäre Naturalismus in der Ethik

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    Kaiser, Marie I.

    Charles Darwin hat eindrucksvoll gezeigt, dass der Mensch ebenso wie alle anderen Lebewesen ein Produkt der biologischen Evolution ist. Die sich an Darwin anschließende Forschung hat außerdem plausibel gemacht, dass sich nicht nur viele der körperlichen Merkmale des Menschen, sondern auch (zumindest einige) seiner Verhaltensdispositionen in adaptiven Selektionsprozessen herausgebildet haben. Die Vorstellung, dass auch die menschliche Moralität evolutionär bedingt ist, scheint daher auf den ersten Blick ganz überzeugend. Schließlich hat die Evolutionstheorie in den vergangenen Jahrzehnten in vielen Bereichen (auch außerhalb der Biologie) ihre weitreichende Bedeutung unter Beweis gestellt. Warum sollte, so könnte man beispielsweise fragen, gerade die Fähigkeit des Menschen, moralische Normen aufzustellen und gemäß ihnen zu handeln, nicht evolutionär erklärt werden können? Und warum sollte eine solche evolutionäre Erklärung der menschlichen Moralität irrelevant für die Rechtfertigung moralischer Normen sein? Warum sollte die Ethik eine Bastion der Philosophen bleiben, für die evolutionsbiologische Forschungsergebnisse über den Menschen und seine nächsten Verwandten keinerlei Relevanz besitzen?

  10. Untersuchung der Richtwirkung der Einkopplung von ebenen Wellen in eine Leitung

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    Magdowski, M.; Vick, R.

    2013-07-01

    Elektrische Leitungen und Kabel stellen häufig die Haupteinfallstore für elektromagnetische Felder in die daran angeschlossenen Geräte und Systeme dar. Für die Einkopplung einer ebenen Welle kann der in eine Leitung eingekoppelte Strom unter bestimmten Voraussetzungen mit Hilfe der Leitungstheorie sehr effizient bestimmt werden. Er hängt dabei von den Abmessungen der Leitung, den Leitungsabschlüssen sowie der Amplitude, der Wellenlänge und der Einfallsrichtung der ebenen Welle ab. In dieser Arbeit wird die Abhängigkeit der Einkopplung von der Einfallsrichtung näher untersucht. Dazu werden Richtdiagramme der Einkopplung berechnet, dargestellt und hinsichtlich der mittleren und maximalen Einkopplung über alle Einfallsrichtungen und Polarisationen ausgewertet. Die Ergebnisse werden genutzt, um die maximale Direktivität der Einkopplung in eine Leitung zu bestimmen. Fasst man die Einkopplung externer Felder in eine Leitung als einen Störfestigkeitstest auf, so kann die maximale Direktivität benutzt werden, um einen Vergleich zwischen unterschiedlichen Messumgebungen wie Absorberhallen und Modenverwirbelungskammern herzustellen.

  11. Van der Waals quintessence stars

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    Lobo, Francisco S. N.

    2007-01-15

    The van der Waals quintessence equation of state is an interesting scenario for describing the late universe, and seems to provide a solution to the puzzle of dark energy, without the presence of exotic fluids or modifications of the Friedmann equations. In this work, the construction of inhomogeneous compact spheres supported by a van der Waals equation of state is explored. These relativistic stellar configurations shall be denoted as van der Waals quintessence stars. Despite of the fact that, in a cosmological context, the van der Waals fluid is considered homogeneous, inhomogeneities may arise through gravitational instabilities. Thus, these solutions may possibly originate from density fluctuations in the cosmological background. Two specific classes of solutions, namely, gravastars and traversable wormholes are analyzed. Exact solutions are found, and their respective characteristics and physical properties are further explored.

  12. Tycho Brahe - Instrumentenbauer und Meister der Beobachtungstechnik

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    Wolfschmidt, Gudrun

    Vor der Erfindung des Fernrohrs war der dänische Astronom Tycho Brahe (1546 - 1601) der bedeutendste beobachtende Astronom. Von seinem Observatorium Uraniborg auf der - damals dänischen - Insel Hven ist heute noch der Grundriß erkennbar, von Stjerneborg sind die Fundamente erhalten, die Kuppeln in den 1950er Jahren ergänzt. In der Astronomie-Ausstellung im Deutschen Museum gibt es ein Modell der Sternwarte Uraniborg und der zugehörigen Instrumente (Maßstab 1:10); das größere Modell wurde dem Technischen Museum in Malmö geschenkt. Die Instrumente, die er in den Observatorien Uraniborg und Stjerneborg benutzte, sind nicht erhalten. Aber es gibt gute Beschreibungen der Instrumente (Halbkreis, Quadranten, Sextanten, Armillarsphären, Triquetrum, Himmelsglobus) in seinem Buch Astronomiae instauratae mechanica (Wandsbek 1598). Eine Nachbildung des großen hölzernen Quadranten kann man im Runden Turm in Kopenhagen sehen. Zwei Sextanten, hergestellt für Tycho um 1600 von Jost Bürgi und Erasmus Habermel, gibt es noch im Nationalmuseum für Technik in Prag. Ähnlichkeiten von Tychos Instrumenten mit Groß-Instrumenten aus dem islamischen Kulturkreis sind auffällig. Tycho Brahes Meßgeräte markieren einen großen Fortschritt in der Entwicklung astronomischer Instrumente und Meßtechniken und bilden die Grundlage für den weiteren Fortschritt der Positionsastronomie und der damit verbundenen Tabellenwerke. Die Nachwirkungen sind bis ins 17. und 18. Jahrhundert nachweisbar.

  13. Mol-Gastronomie: Das Schmoren der Tripelhelix

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    Vilgis, Thomas

    2006-09-01

    Schmoren ist eine der beliebtesten Methoden, geschmackvolles Fleisch auf den Tisch zu zaubern, ob als Gulasch oder als klassischen Sauerbraten. Garzeiten von mehr als zwei Stunden sind keine Seltenheit. Der Grund dafür liegt in der Biophysik des durchwachsenen Schmorfleisches. Das Bindegewebe Kollagen muss zuerst in Gelatine umgewandelt werden, damit es dem Genuss keinen Widerstand mehr bietet.

  14. Der Einsatz der Dermatoskopie in der Diagnose und Therapie von nichtmelanozytären Hautkrebsformen.

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    Deinlein, Teresa; Richtig, Georg; Schwab, Christoph; Scarfi, Federica; Arzberger, Edith; Wolf, Ingrid; Hofmann-Wellenhof, Rainer; Zalaudek, Iris

    2016-02-01

    Die Dermatoskopie stellt heute einen integrativen Teil jeder klinischen Hautkrebsuntersuchung dar, da sie die Früherkennung von melanozytären und nichtmelanozytären Hautkrebsformen im Vergleich zur Untersuchung mit dem bloßen Auge deutlich verbessert. Neben ihrem diagnostischen Einsatz nimmt diese nichtinvasive Methode auch eine zunehmende Rolle in der Wahl und Bewertung unterschiedlicher Therapien von nichtmelanozytären Hauttumoren wie Basalzellkarzinomen, aktinischen Keratosen, Plattenepithelkarzinomen, aber auch seltenen Tumoren wie dem Merkelzellkarzinom, Angiosarkom oder dem Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans ein. So ist die Dermatoskopie ein valides Werkzeug zur präoperativen Tumorrandbestimmung von Basalzellkarzinomen, kann aber auch zur Verlaufskontrolle nach erfolgter topischer Therapie von aktinischen Keratosen eingesetzt werden. In diesem Artikel soll ein Überblick über den Einsatz der Dermatoskopie in der Diagnose und Therapie unterschiedlicher Formen des nichtmelanozytären Hautkrebses gegeben werden. PMID:26819108

  15. Ancillary Services Provided from DER

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    Campbell, J.B.

    2005-12-21

    Distributed energy resources (DER) are quickly making their way to industry primarily as backup generation. They are effective at starting and then producing full-load power within a few seconds. The distribution system is aging and transmission system development has not kept up with the growth in load and generation. The nation's transmission system is stressed with heavy power flows over long distances, and many areas are experiencing problems in providing the power quality needed to satisfy customers. Thus, a new market for DER is beginning to emerge. DER can alleviate the burden on the distribution system by providing ancillary services while providing a cost adjustment for the DER owner. This report describes 10 types of ancillary services that distributed generation (DG) can provide to the distribution system. Of these 10 services the feasibility, control strategy, effectiveness, and cost benefits are all analyzed as in the context of a future utility-power market. In this market, services will be provided at a local level that will benefit the customer, the distribution utility, and the transmission company.

  16. Mit Neutronen auf der Spur der Elektronen: Neutronen-Spektroskopie an Festkörpern

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    Hiess, Arno; Schober, Helmut

    2003-05-01

    Neutronen sind elektrisch neutral und haben ein magnetisches Moment. Deshalb eignen sie sich besonders zur Aufklärung der Struktur und Bewegung der Atome und der magnetischen Momente im Festkörper. Forscher am Institut Laue-Langevin konnten mit der Neutronen-Flugzeitspektroskopie die Rolle der Gitterschwingungen im Supraleiter Magnesium-Diborid aufklären. Diffraktion mit polarisierten Neutronen kann die räumliche Verteilung der Magnetisierungsdichte zum Beispiel in einem Nanomagneten sichtbar machen. Neutronen-Dreiachsspektroskopie und -Kleinwinkelstreuung öffnen den Zugang zum Wechselspiel zwischen Magnetismus und Supraleitung in Hochtemperatur- und Schwere-Fermionen-Supraleitern.

  17. Über die Methode der physikalischen Naturbeschreibung [33

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    Wenn es zu den Aufgaben der Philosophie und der wissensehaftlicher Theologie gehört, das Warum und Wie unserer Existenz und ihrer Umwelt zu ergründen, so muss als ihr Ausgangspunkt eine vollständige und möglichst übersichtliche Beschreibung unserer Empfindungen vorliegen. Einen Teil dieser Empfindungen fassen wir unter dem Namen Sinnesempfindungen zusammen. Ob ein solcher Aussehnitt genau abgegrenzt werden kann, soll hier nicht untersucht werden. Es kann sogar mit gewisser Berechtigung behauptet werden, dass eine Unterteilung gar nicht streng durchführbar ist. Der schon in der Philosophie der Antike uns entgegentretende Gedanke, dass die Welt nur in ihrer Gesamtheit rerständlich sein kann, kommt sicherlich der Wahrheit näher als die philosophischen Systeme des verflossenen Jahrhunderts, welche glaubten, dass alies aus unseren materialistischen Erkenntnissen heraus erklärt werden könne. Die Entstehung dieser Systeme, ich denke z. Â. an den Monisimis Haeckels, erklärt sich aus der Hybris, welche die Reaktion der Philosophie auf die bedeutenden Erfolge der exakten Naturwissenschaften war. Die ebenfalls nicht zu imterschätzenden Fortschritte unserer heutigen Kenntnisse auf diesem Gebiete zwingen din Naturforschung eher zu einer immer steigenden Bescheidenheit den "Welträtseln" gegenüber, deren letzte Konsequenz vielleicht darin liegen wird, dass sie die eingangs der Philosophie und Theologie zugewiesene Aufgabe als unlosbar bezeichnen muss..

  18. Das Echo aus der Tiefe

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    Beck, Paul G.; Kallinger, Thomas

    2013-04-01

    Seit nunmehr vier Jahren liefert der NASA-Satellit Kepler Helligkeitsmessungen von mehr als 170 000 Sternen mit nie zuvor erreichter Genauigkeit. Obwohl er für die Suche nach extrasolaren Planeten konzipiert ist, sind diese Daten eine wahre Fundgrube für die Asteroseismologie. Einen aktuellen Durchbruch im Verständnis entwickelter Sterne, den Roten Riesen, stellt die Entdeckung von "Mixed Modes" dar, welche die Erforschung des tiefen Sterninneren ermöglichen.

  19. Sterblichkeit: der paradoxe Kunstgriff des Lebens - Eine Betrachtung vor dem Hintergrund der modernen Biologie

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    Verbeek, Bernhard

    Leben gibt es auf der Erde seit fast 4 Mio. Jahren, trotz allen Katastrophen. Die Idee des Lebens scheint unsterblich. Der Tod aber offenbar auch. Jedes Lebewesen ist davon bedroht, ja für Menschen und andere "höhere“ Lebewesen ist er im Lebensprogramm eingebaut - todsicher. Diese Tatsache ist alles andere als selbstverständlich. Ist sie überhaupt kompatibel mit dem Prinzip der Evolution, nach dem der am besten Angepasste überlebt?

  20. Quantifizierung neurodegenerativer Veränderungen bei der Alzheimer Krankheit

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    Fritzsche, Klaus H.; Giesel, Frederik L.; Thomann, Philipp A.; Hahn, Horst K.; Essig, Marco; Meinzer, Hans-Peter

    Die objektive Bewertung neurodegenerativer Prozesse stellt für die Diagnose und Therapiebegutachtung neuropsychiatrischer Krankheiten eine wichtige Grundlage dar. Computerbasierte radiodiagnostische Verfahren können pathologische Veränderungen in verschiedenen Hirnarealen quantifizieren und hierbei die rein visuelle Beurteilung der Bilddaten ergänzen. Inhalt dieser Studie ist die Evaluation einer voll automatischen Methode zur voxelbasierten Messung atrophischer Veränderungen im Gehirn, wie sie bei der Alzheimer-Demenz (AD) oder der leichten kognitiven Störung (LKS) auftreten. Es wurde eine signifikante Korrelation mit den semiautomatisch extrahierten Volumina der Temporalhörner festgestellt. Die Präzision, Benutzerfreundlichkeit, Beobachterunabh ängigkeit sowie die kurze Rechenzeit des automatischen Verfahrens sind wichtige Voraussetzungen für den routinemäßigen klinischen Einsatz.

  1. Kosmische Weiten. Kurze Geschichte der Entfernungsmessung im Weltall.

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    Herrmann, D. B.

    Contents: 1. Einleitung. 2. Trigonometrische (jährliche) Fixsternparallaxen. 3. Fotometrische Parallaxen. 4. Überblick über weitere Methoden der Entfernungsbestimmung. 5. Entfernungen der extragalaktischen Objekte. 6. Ausblick. 7. Elementare Grundlagen der Entfernungsbestimmung.

  2. Der Kalte Krieg in der Peripherie Griechische Physiker und Atomenergie nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg

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    Vlahakis, George N.

    Die vorliegende Arbeit analysiert Ansichten griechischer Physiker zur Atomenergie und deren mögliche Anwendung nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg, insbesondere während des Kalten Kriegs. Einerseits werden Ansichten von Physik- Professoren griechischer Universitäten präsentiert - beispielsweise von Dimitrios Hondros, der Student von Arnold Sommerfeld und Mitarbeiter von Peter Debye in München war, und andererseits wird die Politik der griechischen Regierung für die Etablierung eines Forschungsinstitutes diskutiert, das der Entwicklung der Atomenergie dienen sollte; ebenfalls wird eine öffentliche Meinungsumfrage zu diesen Thema, die in den Tageszeitungen der damaligen Zeit präsentiert wurde, diskutiert.

  3. Dynamic van der Waals theory.

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    Onuki, Akira

    2007-03-01

    We present a dynamic van der Waals theory starting with entropy and energy functional with gradient contributions. The resultant hydrodynamic equations contain the stress arising from the density gradient. It provides a general scheme of two-phase hydrodynamics involving the gas-liquid transition in nonuniform temperature. Some complex hydrodynamic processes with evaporation and condensation are examined numerically. They are (i) adiabatically induced spinodal decomposition, (ii) piston effect with a bubble in liquid, (iii) temperature and velocity profiles around a droplet in heat flow, (iv) efficient latent heat transport at small liquid densities (the mechanism of heat pipes), (v) boiling in gravity with continuous bubble formation and rising, and (vi) spreading and evaporation of liquid on a heated boundary wall. PMID:17500788

  4. Symmetriebrechung und Emergenz in der Kosmologie.

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    Mainzer, K.

    Seit der Antike wird der Aufbau des Universums mit einfachen und regulären (symmetrischen) Grundstrukturen verbunden. Diese Annahme liegt selbst noch den Standardmodellen der relativistischen Kosmologie zugrunde. Demgegenüber läßt sich die Emergenz neuer Strukturen von den Elementarteilchen über Moleküle bis zu den komplexen Systemen des Lebens als Symmetriebrechung verstehen. Symmetriebrechung und strukturelle Komplexität bestimmen die kosmische Evolution. Damit zeichnet sich ein fachübergreifendes Forschungsprogramm von Physik, Chemie und Biologie ab, in dem die Evolution des Universums untersucht werden kann.

  5. Qualitätsmanagement in der Lebensmittelindustrie

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    Thorn, Volker

    Die wesentlichen Kunden der Lebensmittelindustrie sind der Einzel- und Großhandel und die Verbraucher. Jedes Unternehmen kann mittel- und langfristig nur existieren, wenn seine Kunden zufrieden sind. Kunden sind zufrieden, wenn ihre Erwartungen, die sie an Produkt, Service und Preis stellen, erfüllt werden. Also die bestimmte erwartete Qualität (Leistung) sichergestellt wird. Trotz aller Bemühungen und Anstrengungen der Anbieter, Qualitätsprodukte auf den Markt zu bringen, kames in den letzten Jahren immer wieder zu Lebensmittelskandalen.

  6. E-Learning an der TUM: Entwicklung - Status Quo - Perspektiven

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    Stross, Manfred; Baume, Matthias; Schulze, Elvira

    E-Learning an der Technischen Universität München (TUM) hat sich ähnlich wie an den meisten anderen Hochschulen als ein wesentliches Element der Hochschullehre etabliert. Seit mehr als einem Jahrzehnt werden in diesem Themenfeld Erfahrungen gesammelt und Entwicklungen vorangetrieben. Der Artikel beschäftigt sich zunächst mit E-Learning aus einer allgemeinen Perspektive und greift unterschiedliche Entwicklungsphasen der vergangenen Jahre auf. Im Anschluss daran wird der Fokus auf die TUM gesetzt. Der Beitrag zeigt die spezifische Entwicklung von E-Learning im Verlauf der vergangenen Jahre auf, nennt Funktionen und Verfahren von E-Learning und beschreibt Zielsetzungen für E-Learning an der TUM. Im Anschluss daran wird die aktuelle Situation anhand verschiedener Perspektiven analysiert. Den Abschluss des Beitrags bilden die Darstellung der zukünftigen Herausforderungen von E-Learning an der TUM und ein Ausblick auf weitere Entwicklungen.

  7. Werner Heisenberg zum 100. Geburtstag: Pionier der Quantenmechanik

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    Jacobi, Manfred

    2001-11-01

    Werner Heisenberg war eine der prägendsten Gestalten der Physik des 20. Jahrhunderts. Zu seinen wichtigsten Verdiensten gehören die Grundlegung der Quantenmechanik, die Formulierung der Unschärferelationen sowie die Beteiligung an der Ausarbeitung der Kopenhagener Deutung der Quantenmechanik. Darüber hinaus lieferte er Arbeiten von fundamentalem Charakter zur Theorie des Atomkerns, zur kosmischen Strahlung und zur Quantenfeldtheorie. Während des Krieges war er an den Arbeiten des Uranvereins beteiligt, der die Möglichkeit einer Entwicklung von Kernwaffen untersuchte, jedoch über Vorarbeiten zur Reaktorphysik nicht hinauskam. Wegen dieser Tätigkeit wurde er bei Kriegsende für einige Monate in England interniert. Nach seiner Rückkehr widmete er sich vor allem dem Aufbau der Physik in Deutschland, die während der NS-Zeit nahezu ihrer gesamten Substanz beraubt worden war.

  8. Schaltbare Spiegel :Elektronenkorrelationen in der Anwendung

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    Griessen, Ronald; van der Sluis, Paul

    Es kann ohne Zweifel behauptet werden, dass schaltbare Spiegel eine neue Klasse von Materialien bilden, die sowohl technologisch [17] als auch rein wissenschaftlich sehr interessant Möglichkeiten eröffnen. Der mikroskopische Mechanismus, der dem spektakulären optischen Schalteffekt zugrunde liegt, ist jedoch noch nicht eindeutig identifiziert, wenngleich Elektronenkorrelationseffekt sicher eine wichtige Rolle spielen. Wegen der einzigartigen Anschwellung des Wasserstoffatoms beim Übergang zum H- -Ion sind dies Korrelationseffekte allerdings grundsätzlich verschieden von denjenigen in supraleitenden Kupferoxyden mit hoher Sprungtemperatur. Die leichte Masse und die schnelle Diffusion des Wasserstoffs, die Möglichkeit Wasserstoff durch Deuterium oder sogar Tritium zu ersetzen, und die Möglichkeit der Herstellung vonepitaktischen dünnen Schichten [18,19] aus Seltenen Erden sind weitere Faktoren, welche die Untersuchung von schaltbaren Spiegeln zu einem faszinierenden Objekt machen werden.

  9. Entwicklung und aktueller Stand der Hüftendoprothetik

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    Winter, Eugen

    Der künstliche Hüftgelenkersatz stellt einen der bedeutendsten medizinischen Fortschritte des vergangenen Jahrhunderts dar. Eine Hüftendoprothese (endo griech. = innen, Prothese griech. = künstlicher Ersatz eines fehlenden Körperteiles) ist dann indiziert (lat. = angezeigt), wenn bei einer hochgradigen Hüft-Arthrose konservative (= nicht-operative) Therapiemaßnahmen wie z. B. Medikamenteneinnahme, Krankengymnastik u. a. nichts mehr helfen und der betroffene Mensch sich in seiner Lebensqualität massiv beeinträchtigt fühlt. Die Implantation einer Hüftendoprothese zählt zu den 10 häufigsten Operationen in Deutschland [1]. Das Wort Arthrose leitet sich aus dem Altgriechischen ab: ?????? = arthros = Gelenk. Im deutschsprachigen Raum ist der Begriff Arthrose klar definiert. Mit der Endung ...ose ist eine degenerative (= verschleißbedingte) Erkrankung des Gelenkes gemeint. Statt dieser mechanischen Abnutzung kann aber auch eine entzündliche Erkrankung Ursache für die Gelenkzerstörung sein. Diese Entzündung eines Gelenkes nennt man im deutschsprachigen Raum Arthritis, wobei die Endung …itis auf die entzündliche Ursache hinweist (Beispiel: chronische Polyarthritis = c.P.). Im englischsprachigen Raum ist es üblich, alle Arten von Gelenkerkrankungen mit dem Wort arthritis zu beschreiben, auch die nicht entzündlichen. Arthrose und Arthritis können alle Gelenke der Körpers befallen. Zahlenmäßig steht die Arthrose im Vergleich zur Arthritis sehr weit im Vordergrund. In Deutschland leiden etwa 8 Millionen Menschen an Arthrose.

  10. Wie wissenschaftlich ist der Evolutionsgedanke?

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    Vollmer, Gerhard

    Darwin war ein besonnener Mann; alles Aufsehen war ihm zuwider. Trotzdem hat er eine Revolution ausgelöst, deren Wirkung nicht auf die Biologie beschränkt blieb. Seine Theorie lässt sich in fünf Teiltheorien zerlegen, die sich durch die Begriffe Artenwandel, Verwandtschaft alles Lebendigen und gemeinsamer Ursprung, Artenaufspaltung und Artenvielfalt, Gradualismus, natürliche Auslese charakterisieren lassen. Dadurch wurden mehrere religiöse und weitere weltanschauliche Überzeugungen in Frage gestellt. Deshalb wird die Evolutionstheorie auch heute noch vielfach kritisiert, ja bekämpft. Die Vorwürfe lassen sich ordnen nach den Kriterien, mit denen wir erfahrungswissenschaftliche Theorien beurteilen. Haltbar ist daran nur, dass es für die Evolutionstheorie zwar beliebig viele Bestätigungen gibt, aber nur wenige Widerlegungsmöglichkeiten. Durch die neuerdings entwickelten und durchgeführten Evolutionsexperimente ist die empirische Situation allerdings deutlich besser geworden. Am (erfahrungs)wissenschaftlichen Charakter der Evolutionstheorie besteht deshalb kein Zweifel.

  11. Hypoallergenic Der p 1/Der p 2 combination vaccines for immunotherapy of house dust mite allergy

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    Chen, Kuan-Wei; Blatt, Katharina; Thomas, Wayne R.; Swoboda, Ines; Valent, Peter; Valenta, Rudolf; Vrtala, Susanne

    2015-01-01

    Background More than 50% of allergic patients have house dust mite (HDM) allergy. Group 1 and 2 allergens are the major HDM allergens. Objective We sought to produce and perform preclinical characterization of a recombinant hypoallergenic combination vaccine for specific immunotherapy of HDM allergy. Methods Synthetic genes coding for 2 hybrid proteins consisting of reassembled Der p 1 and Der p 2 fragments with (recombinant Der p 2 [rDer p 2]/1C) and without (rDer p 2/1S) cysteines were expressed in Escherichia coli and purified to homogeneity by means of affinity chromatography. Protein fold was determined by using circular dichroism analysis, allergenic activity was determined by testing IgE reactivity and using basophil activation assays, and the presence of T-cell epitopes was determined based on lymphoproliferation in allergic patients. Mice and rabbits were immunized to study the molecules’ ability to induce an allergic response and whether they induce allergen-specific IgG capable of inhibiting allergic patients’ IgE binding to the allergens, respectively. Results rDer p 2/1C and rDer p 2/1S were expressed in large amounts in E coli as soluble and folded proteins. Because of the lack of disulfide bonds, rDer p 2/1S did not form aggregates and was obtained as a monomeric protein, whereas rDer p 2/1C did form aggregates. Both hypoallergens lacked relevant IgE reactivity and had reduced ability to induce allergic inflammation and allergic responses but induced similar T-cell proliferation as the wild-type allergens. Immunization with the hypoallergens (rDer p 2/1S > rDer p 2/1C) induced IgG antibodies in rabbits that inhibited the IgE reactivity of patients with HDM allergy to Der p 1 and Der p 2. Conclusion The preclinical characterization indicates that particularly rDer p 2/1S can be used as a safe hypoallergenic molecule for both tolerance and vaccination approaches to treat HDM allergy. PMID:22789398

  12. elecTUM: Umsetzung der eLearning-Strategie der Technischen Universität München

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    Rathmayer, Sabine; Gergintchev, Ivan

    An der TUM wurde ein umfassendes und integriertes eLearning-Konzept umgesetzt, welches Präsenzstudium und eLearning in allen Leistungsbereichen der Universität miteinander verzahnt. Ein besonderer Schwerpunkt lag dabei in der Schaffung einer effizienten und wettbewerbsfähigen integrierten eLearning Infrastruktur in Hinblick auf die noch weiter steigenden Studienanfängerzahlen ab dem Jahr 2011 sowie die Umsetzung von eBologna. Die Etablierung einer hochschulweiten Lernplattform stellte eine wesentliche Basis für die Umsetzung der eLearning-Strategie dar. Die wissenschaftliche und wirtschaftliche Anschlussfähigkeit im Hinblick auf eine Verwertung der Projektergebnisse wurde durch die aktive Beteiligung an einer Vielzahl hochschulübergreifender Arbeitskreise, Fachtagungen und Kooperationen, vor allem über Organisations- und Dienstleistungsmodelle sowie innovative technische Entwicklungen, sichergestellt.

  13. Herausforderungen für künftige Lernumgebungen am Beispiel der Fakultät für Medizin

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    Gergintchev, Ivan; Graf, Stephan

    Nach der weit reichenden Etablierung von eLearning in den letzten Jahren stehen nahezu alle deutschen Hochschulen vor der Aufgabe, wettbewerbsfähige hochschulübergreifende Mechanismen sowie entsprechende organisatorische Rahmenbedingungen zu schaffen. Vor allem die Umsetzung von EBologna und die Unterstützung kooperativer Bildungsangebote verstärken diese Notwendigkeit. Motiviert durch die Veränderungen im Bereich der Hochschullehre und die Herausforderungen für künftige Lernumgebungen schlagen wir eine Integrationslösung im Sinne eines Learning Gateway vor, die zur webgestützten Abwicklung von kooperativen Bildungsangeboten in heterogen Lernumgebungen eingesetzt werden kann. Ihre Praxisanwendung verdeutlichen wir anschließend im komplexen Szenario der Medizin an der TUM. Die Evaluierung der Umsetzung belegt den deutlichen Mehrwert des Ansatzes.

  14. Dynamisierung und Erstarrung in der modernen Gesellschaft - Das Beschleunigungsphänomen

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    Rosa, Hartmut

    Dass die Geschichte der Moderne die Geschichte einer ungeheuren Beschleunigung "des Lebens“, "der Kultur“, "der Geschichte“ oder gar "der Zeit selbst“ sei, ist eine Behauptung, der man in Büchern über die Moderne - gelehrten wie ungelehrten - so häufig begegnet, dass sie geradezu als eine Binsenweisheit gelten kann. Völlig unklar bleibt dabei jedoch in aller Regel, was sich dabei wirklich beschleunigt hat und welcher Begriff von Beschleunigung dieser Auffassung zugrunde liegt. Ich will im Folgenden zunächst einen wissenschaftlich vertretbaren Begriff von Beschleunigung entwickeln, um danach mit Hilfe dieses Instruments zu überprüfen, inwieweit die Geschichte der Moderne wirklich als eine Beschleunigungsgeschichte aufgefasst werden kann.

  15. Adaptive Optik: Der scharfe Blick ins All und ins Auge

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    Hippler, Stefan

    2005-01-01

    Mit adaptiver Optik lassen sich optische Störungen, wie sie beispielsweise von der turbulenten Erdatmosphäre, dem menschlichen Auge oder biologischem Zellmaterial hervorgerufen werden, in Echtzeit korrigieren. Sowohl in der Astronomie, der medizinischen Forschung, der Augenheilkunde, der optischen Informationstechnologie als auch auf dem Gebiet der Hochleistungslaser und militärischen Luftabwehr sind adaptive Optiken heutzutage eine entscheidende Schlüsseltechnologie. In den nächsten Jahren wird sich herausstellen, ob sie auch in unser Alltagsleben einziehen werden.

  16. Modellierung des Einflusses der Landnutzung auf die Hochwasserentstehung in der Mesoskala

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    Niehoff, Daniel

    2001-10-01

    Seit 1990 waren mehrere der großen Flussgebiete Mitteleuropas wiederholt von extremen Hochwassern betroffen. Da sowohl die Landoberfläche als auch die Flusssysteme weiter Teile Mitteleuropas in der Vergangenheit weitreichenden Eingriffen ausgesetzt gewesen sind, wird bei der Suche nach den Ursachen für diese Häufung von Extremereignissen auch die Frage nach der Verantwortung des Menschen hierfür diskutiert. Gewässerausbau, Flächenversiegelung, intensive landwirtschaftliche Bodenbearbeitung, Flurbereinigung und Waldschäden sind nur einige Beispiele und Folgen der anthropogenen Eingriffe in die Landschaft. Aufgrund der Vielfalt der beteiligten Prozesse und deren Wechselwirkungen gibt es allerdings bislang nur Schätzungen darüber, wie sehr sich die Hochwassersituation hierdurch verändert hat. Vorrangiges Ziel dieser Arbeit ist es, mit Hilfe eines hydrologischen Modells systematisch darzustellen, in welcher Weise, in welcher Größenordnung und unter welchen Umständen die Art der Landnutzung auf die Hochwasserentstehung Einfluss nimmt. Dies wird anhand exemplarischer Modellanwendungen in der hydrologischen Mesoskala untersucht. Zu diesem Zweck wurde das deterministische und flächendifferenzierte hydrologische Modell wasim-eth ausgewählt, das sich durch eine ausgewogene Mischung aus physikalisch begründeten und konzeptionellen Ansätzen auszeichnet. Das Modell wurde im Rahmen dieser Arbeit um verschiedene Aspekte erweitert, die für die Charakterisierung des Einflusses der Landnutzung auf die Hochwasserentstehung wichtig sind: (1) Bevorzugtes Fließen in Makroporen wird durch eine Zweiteilung des Bodens in Makroporen und Bodenmatrix dargestellt, die schnelle Infiltration und Perkolation jenseits der hydraulischen Leitfähigkeit der Bodenmatrix ermöglicht. (2) Verschlämmung äußert sich im Modell abhängig von Niederschlagsintensität und Vegetationsbedeckungsgrad als Verschlechterung der Infiltrationsbedingungen an der Bodenoberfläche. (3) Das heterogene Erscheinungsbild bebauter Flächen mit einer Mischung aus versiegelten Bereichen und Freiflächen wird berücksichtigt, indem jede Teilfläche je nach Versiegelungsgrad in einen unversiegelten Bereich und einen versiegelten Bereich mit Anschluss an die Kanalisation aufgeteilt wird. (4) Dezentraler Rückhalt von Niederschlagswasser kann sowohl für natürliche Mulden als auch für gezielt angelegte Versickerungsmulden mit definierten Infiltrationsbedingungen simuliert werden. Das erweiterte Modell wird exemplarisch auf drei mesoskalige Teileinzugsgebiete des Rheins angewandt. Diese drei Gebiete mit einer Fläche von zwischen 100 und 500 km² wurden im Hinblick darauf ausgewählt, dass jeweils eine der drei Hauptlandnutzungskategorien Bebauung, landwirtschaftliche Nutzung oder Wald dominiert. Für die drei Untersuchungsgebiete sind räumlich explizite Landnutzungs- und Landbedeckungsszenarien entworfen worden, deren Einfluss auf die Hochwasserentstehung mit Hilfe des erweiterten hydrologischen Modells simuliert wird. Im Einzelnen werden die Auswirkungen von Verstädterung, Maßnahmen zur Niederschlagsversickerung in Siedlungsgebieten, Stilllegung agrarisch genutzter Flächen, veränderter landwirtschaftlicher Bodenbearbeitung, Aufforstung sowie von Sturmschäden in Wäldern untersucht. Diese Eingriffe beeinflussen die Interzeption von Niederschlag, dessen Infiltration, die oberflächennahen unterirdischen Fließprozesse sowie, zum Beispiel im Fall der Kanalisation, auch die Abflusskonzentration. Die hydrologischen Simulationen demonstrieren, dass die Versiegelung einer Fläche den massivsten Eingriff in die natürlichen Verhältnisse darstellt und deshalb die stärksten (negativen) Veränderungen der Hochwassersituation hervorbringt. Außerdem wird deutlich, dass eine bloße Änderung des Interzeptionsvermögens zu keinen wesentlichen Veränderungen führt, da die Speicherkapazität der Pflanzenoberflächen im Verhältnis zum Volumen hochwasserauslösender Niederschläge eher klein ist. Stärkere Veränderungen ergeben sich hingegen aus einer Änderung der In

  17. Newtons Wissenschaftslehre als Basis der Quantenphysik

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    Bopp, Fritz

    Es ist richtig zu sagen, die Quantenphysik folge nicht aus der auf Newtons Prinzipien beruhenden klassischen Physik. Es ist aber auch richtig, daß Newtons Wissenschaftslehre, die eng mit der Platonschen zusammenhängt und über diese hinausgeht, von der Quantenphysik nicht berührt wird, wie an anderer Stelle gezeigt ist. Hier wird Newtons Wissenschaftslehre genauer analysiert und der Unterschied zur kartesischen herausgearbeitet, was durch die Newtontradition verschleiert wird. Am Ende werden die Ergebnisse an Beispielen aus der Quantenoptik erläutert.Translated AbstractNewton's Epistemology as Basic Concept of Quantum PhysicsIt is correct to say that quantum physics cannot be derived from classical physics, which is founded on Newton's principles. However, it is also correct that Newton's epistemology, a more developed Platonian one, can be considered as basic for quantum physics. That is previously shown. Here, we remember Newton's epistemology more thoroughly, and consider particularly the difference to the Cartesian epistemology, a difference often veiled in the Newton tradition. Finally, we apply the result on some phenomena of quantum optics.

  18. Bereits nach Ablauf der Halbwertszeit droht der vollständige Zerfall Die britische Atomic Scientists’ Association, die Ideologie der „objektiven” Wissenschaft und die H-Bombe

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    Laucht, Christoph

    Präsident Harry Trumans Verlautbarung vom 31.1.1950, seine Regierung wolle die Entwicklung der Wasserstoffbombe vorantreiben, fand große Beachtung in den britischen Medien. Die illustrierte Zeitschrift Picture Post widmete der HBombe einen Artikel, der unter anderem kurze Stellungnahmen der britischen Atomwissenschaftler Eric Burhop, Kathleen Lonsdale, Harrie Massey, Rudolf Peierls und Maurice Pryce enthielt, die alle Mitglieder der Atomic Scientists' Association (ASA) waren.

  19. Deutsche Leitlinie zur Diagnostik und Therapie der zirkumskripten Sklerodermie.

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    Kreuter, Alexander; Krieg, Thomas; Worm, Margitta; Wenzel, Jörg; Moinzadeh, Pia; Kuhn, Annegret; Aberer, Elisabeth; Scharffetter-Kochanek, Karin; Horneff, Gerd; Reil, Emma; Weberschock, Tobias; Hunzelmann, Nicolas

    2016-02-01

    Bei der zirkumskripten Sklerodermie handelt es sich um eine heterogene Gruppe von sklerotischen Erkrankungen der Haut mit je nach Subtyp, Schweregrad und Lokalisation möglicher Beteiligung von hautnahen Strukturen wie Fettgewebe, Muskulatur, Gelenke und Knochen. Dies ist eine Aktualisierung der bereits bestehenden deutschen Leitlinie der AWMF (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Wissenschaftlichen Medizinischen Wissenschaften) mit dem Klassifizierungsgrad S2k. Die Leitlinie gibt einen Überblick zur Definition, Epidemiologie, Klassifikation, Pathogenese, Labordiagnostik, Histopathologie sowie klinischen Scores und apparativen Diagnostik der zirkumskripten Sklerodermie. Des Weiteren erfolgen konsensbasierte Empfehlungen zum Management der zirkumskripten Sklerodermie in Abhängigkeit vom klinischen Subtyp. Die Behandlungsempfehlungen sind in einem Therapiealgorithmus dargestellt. Eine finanzielle Unterstützung zur Erstellung der Leitlinie durch die pharmazeutische Industrie erfolgte nicht. Die Leitlinie ist bis Juli 2019 gültig. PMID:26819132

  20. Memristor Based van der Pol Oscillation Circuit

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    Lu, Yimin; Huang, Xianfeng; He, Shaobin; Wang, Dongdong; Zhang, Bo

    The memristor is referred to as the fourth fundamental passive circuit element of which inherent nonlinear properties offer to construct the chaos circuits. In this paper, a flux-controlled memristor circuit is developed, and then a van der Pol oscillator is implemented based on this new memristor circuit. The stability of the circuit, the occurring conditions of Hopf bifurcation and limit circle of the self-excited oscillation are analyzed; meanwhile, under the condition of the circuit with an external exciting source, the circuit exhibits a complicated nonlinear dynamic behavior, and chaos occurs within a certain parameter set. The memristor based van der Pol oscillator, furthermore, has been created by an analog circuit utilizing active elements, and there is a good agreement between the circuit responses and numerical simulations of the van der Pol equation. In the consequence, a new approach has been proposed to generate chaos within a nonautonomous circuit system.

  1. Über die Möglichkeit der Zustandsvoraussage chaotischer Systeme

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    Leven, R. W.; Pompe, B.

    Deterministische chaotische Systeme reagieren empfindlich auf Störungen ihrer Bewegung. Kennt man im speziellen den Anfangszustand des Systems nicht exakt, so ist eine Voraussage über das zukünftige Verhalten des Systems nur beschränkt möglich. Die Transformation IT gibt an, wieviel Information man über einen zukünftigen Zustand hat, wenn man den Anfangszustand mit einer bestimmten Genauigkeit kennt.In dieser Arbeit werden weitere mögliche Interpretationen von IT in Hinblick auf die Beschreibung dynamischer Systeme gegeben. Für zwei einfache eindimensionale Abbildungen wird IT in Abhängigkeit von der Zeit der Voraussage (l) bestimmt: Ein System, das durch die BERNOULLI-Abbildung beschrieben wird, vergißt nach der ersten Iteration 1 bis 1,5 bit von seinem Anfangszustand. Vollständiges Vergessen tritt jedoch i. allg. erst für l ein. Bei der Logistik-Abbildung vergißt das System seinen Anfangszustand schneller, wenn der Grad des Chaos (d. h. der LJAPUNOV-Exponent) oder die äußeren Störungen zunehmen.Translated AbstractOn the Possibility of State Prediction of Chaotic SystemsDeterministic chaotic systems show a sensitive response to perturbations of their motion. In particular, if one has not exact knowledge about the initial state of the system, limits are set to the prediction of the system's future behaviour. The transinformation IT is the information obtainable about a future state, if one knows the initial state within a certain precision. In this paper further possible interpretations of IT are given with regard to the description of dynamic systems. IT is determined for different times of prediction (l) in the case of two simple one-dimensional maps: A system described by the BERNOULLI-map forgets after the first iteration 1 to 1.5 bit of its initial state. Nevertheless, in general we have complete loss of memory only for l . In the case of the logistic map the system forgets its initial state faster, if the degree of chaos (i.e. the LYAPUNOV characteristic exponent) or the extrinsic perturbations are increased.

  2. Mathematik als Geisteswissenschaft Der Mathematikschädigung dialogisch vorbeugen

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    Gallin, Peter

    Ursprünglich wollte ich Architekt werden getreu den Vorbildern von Vater und Großvater. Darum zeichnete ich bereits als neunjähriges Kind Pläne von Häusern in der Art, wie ich sie oft zu sehen bekam. Ein ausgemustertes Holzdreieck mit einem rechten und zwei halben rechten Winkeln war das einzige Konstruktionswerkzeug, das ich damals besaß und mit dem ich mich ans Werk machte. Zuerst einmal war da natürlich ein Rechteck als Grundriss des Hauses zu zeichnen: Eine Seite, ein rechter Winkel, die zweite Seite, wieder ein rechterWinkel, die dritte Seite in gleicher Länge wie die erste und dann der dritte rechte Winkel, dessen letzter Schenkel die vierte Seite gab.

  3. Efficient thermoelectric van der Pauw measurements

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    de Boor, Johannes; Schmidt, Volker

    2011-07-01

    The development of powerful thermoelectric materials requires fast and simple characterization techniques. We combine three measurements to obtain a complete thermoelectric characterization. The electrical conductivity is measured by the van der Pauw method, while ZT is determined directly by means of a Harman measurement. Finally, exploiting the analogy between electrical and thermal physics, a thermal van der Pauw measurement is performed and the sample Seebeck coefficient and thermal conductivity can be determined. No temperature differences need to be measured; all quantities can be deduced from voltage measurements concurrently on the same sample which allows for quick and convenient material screening.

  4. Quantenoptik mit einzelnen optischen Zyklen Der Doppelspaltversuch in moderner Form

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    Paulus, Gerhard G.

    2005-07-01

    Der Doppelspaltversuch gilt als eines der zentralen Experimente der Quantenmechanik. Dies gilt insbesondere auch für die 1961 durchgeführte Variante mit Elektronen. Physiker in Europa und den USA haben diesen Versuch nun so abgeändert, dass die Interferenz nicht im Orts-, sondern im Zeitraum stattfindet.

  5. TÜV - Zertifizierungen in der Life Science Branche

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    Schaff, Peter; Gerbl-Rieger, Susanne; Kloth, Sabine; Schübel, Christian; Daxenberger, Andreas; Engler, Claus

    Life Sciences [1] (Lebenswissenschaften) sind ein globales Innovationsfeld mit Anwendungen der Bio- und Medizinwissenschaften, der Pharma-, Chemie-, Kosmetik- und Lebensmittelindustrie. Diese Branche zeichnet sich durch eine stark interdisziplinäre Ausrichtung aus, mit Anwendung wissenschaftlicher Erkenntnisse und Einsatz von Ausgangsstoffen aus der modernen Biologie, Chemie und Humanmedizin sowie gezielter marktwirtschaftlich orientierter Arbeit.

  6. Darwin, Engels und die Rolle der Arbeit in der biologischen und kulturellen Evolution des Menschen

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    Reichholf, Josef H.

    Im Jahre 1876, 5 Jahre nach Erscheinen von Darwins Buch über die Evolution des Menschen und die sexuelle Selektion (Darwin 1871), veröffentlichte Friedrich Engels den berühmt gewordenen Essay "Anteil der Arbeit an der Menschwerdung des Affen“ (Engels 1876). Die Kernfrage darin lautet in Kurzform: Warum hat der Mensch eigentlich ein Bedürfnis nach Arbeit? Engels Antwort wird nachfolgend näher betrachtet und vom gegenwärtigen Kenntnisstand aus beurteilt. Wie sich zeigen wird, beantworten seine Überlegungen die Frage nicht wirklich. Sie ist weiterhin offen. Es können lediglich einige zusätzliche Anhaltspunkte zur Diskussion gestellt werden. Angesichts des drängenden Problems millionenfacher Arbeitslosigkeit und der Forderungen nach einem "Grundrecht auf Arbeit“ kommt den Überlegungen zum möglichen Ursprung des Bedürfnisses nach Arbeit mehr als nur akademisches Interesse zu.

  7. Chancen und Visionen Der Modernen Mechanik

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    Ehlers, Wolfgang; Wriggers, Peter

    Die Gesellschaft des 21. Jahrhunderts wird ihre Anforderungen an Lebensqualität und Umweltstandards stetig erhöhen. Dies betrifft auch die Anforderungen an Qualität und Vorhersagegenauigkeit bei der Berechnung komplexer Probleme und umfasst insbesondere das Gesamtdesign von Produkten unserer unmittelbaren Umgebung wie Architektur- und Ingenieurbauwerken, aber auch von Industrieprodukten, die wir in unseremtäglichen Leben einsetzen.

  8. Obituary for Jan van der Pers

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    After a short but valiant struggle against cancer, Jan van der Pers died on 29 April, 2006 in the hospital in Hilversum, The Netherlands, close to his home. Our conversations with Jan during the last months of his life showed the remarkable strength and positive attitude typical of him. Discussions...

  9. The Forced van der Pol Equation

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    Fay, Temple H.

    2009-01-01

    We report on a study of the forced van der Pol equation x + [epsilon](x[superscript 2] - 1)x + x = F cos[omega]t, by solving numerically the differential equation for a variety of values of the parameters [epsilon], F and [omega]. In doing so, many striking and interesting trajectories can be discovered and phenomena such as frequency entrainment,…

  10. Ludwig Boltzmann als Experimentalphysiker: Frühe Bestätigung der Maxwell-Theorie

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    Rumpf, Klemens; Granitzer, Petra

    2006-09-01

    Am Beispiel von Boltzmanns Experimenten zur Bestätigung der Maxwell-Theorie wird dessen hervorragende Begabung auch als Experimentalphysiker deutlich. Die dargestellten Arbeiten fanden etwa 15 Jahre vor den Hertzschen Experimenten statt, zu einem Zeitpunkt also, als die noch junge Maxwell-Theorie dringend experimenteller Bestätigung bedurfte. Boltzmann konnte mit seinen experimentellen Untersuchungen eine direkte Konsequenz der Maxwellschen elektromagnetischen Theorie, die so genannte Maxwell-Relation, bestätigen. Seine Experimente stellten nicht nur lange Zeit den stärksten Beleg für die Richtigkeit der Maxwellschen Lichttheorie dar, sondern waren eine experimentelle Spitzenleistung an der Grenze des damals Möglichen. Besonders Boltzmanns Bestimmung der Dielektrizitätskonstanten von Gasen fand noch Jahrzehnte später Erwähnung in namhaften Lehrbüchern.

  11. Vollautomatische Segmentierung der Prostata aus 3D-Ultraschallbildern

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    Heimann, Tobias; Simpfendörfer, Tobias; Baumhauer, Matthias; Meinzer, Hans-Peter

    Diese Arbeit beschreibt ein modellbasiertes Verfahren zur Segmentierung der Prostata aus 3D-Ultraschalldaten. Kern der Methode ist ein statistisches Formmodell, das auf Beispieldaten der Prostata trainiert wird. Erster Schritt der Segmentierung ist ein evolutionärer Algorithmus, mit dem das Modell grob im zu segmentierenden Bild positioniert wird. Für die darauf folgende lokale Suche wurden mehrere Varianten des Algorithmus evaluiert, unter anderem Ausreißer-Unterdrückung, freie Deformation und Gewichtung der verwendeten Erscheinungsmodelle nach ihrer Zuverlässigkeit. Alle Varianten wurden auf 35 Ultraschallbildern getestet und mit manuellen Referenzsegmentierungen verglichen. Die beste Variante erreichte eine durchschnittliche Oberflächenabweichung von 1.1 mm.

  12. Wie verstehen Schülerinnen und Schüler den Begriff der Unendlichkeit?

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    Schimmöller, Tabea

    Wie Hilbert bereits feststellte, wirkt die Idee der Unendlichkeit, wie keine andere, schon seit Zeiten sehr anregend und fruchtbar auf den Verstand und bewegt das Gemüt der Menschen. Der Begriff der Unendlichkeit bedarf aber auch, wie kein anderer, der Aufklärung, denn mit ihm eröffnet sich ein weites Feld, welches nicht nur aus vielen verschiedenen Definitionen besteht, sondern auch aus völlig unterschiedlichen Disziplinen. Physiker suchen immer dringender nach einer "Theorie für Alles" oder einer "Weltformel", Kosmologen beschäftigen sich unter anderem mit der Ewigkeit des Universums, Theologen interessiert eher die Unendlichkeit Gottes, Philosophen diskutieren unter anderem Grenzfragen zwischen Naturwissenschaft und Philosophie und die Mathematiker versuchen den Paradoxien des Unendlichen einen Sinn zu geben. Und so wird ersichtlich, dass nichts abstrakter ist als das Unendliche: Obwohl die Unendlichkeit für die unterschiedlichsten Wissenschaften von großer Bedeutung ist, "[ist] in der Wirklichkeit das Unendliche nirgends zu finden, [egal] was für Erfahrungen und Beobachtungen und welcherlei Wissenschaft wir auch heranziehen".

  13. Disziplingeschichte als wissenschaftliche Selbstreflexion der historischen Wissenschaftsforschung

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    Landsberg, H. E.

    This monograph, Disziplingeschichte als wissenschaftliche Selbstreflexion der historischen Wissenschaftsforschung: Eine Darstellung unter Heranziehung von Fallstudien der Wissenschaftsgeschichte der Geophysik, is principally concerned with the problem of how scientific disciplines develop. The historical aspects of geophysics and meteorology, as they became separated from the classical sciences of geography, physics, and astronomy, are the principal topics of discussion. There are three main sections.In the first the author traces some of the symptoms that characterize the emergence of an independent branch of science. These include establishment of journals specifically focused on advances in the specialty, the appearance of personalities with pioneering research, and organizations devoted to the particular field. In touching on these elements in the context of geophysics, a particular aspect becomes immediately obvious. It is the arising need for international cooperation. In the last century this was demonstrated by the establishment of the International Meteorological Organization in 1873 and the 11-nation venture of the International Polar Year 1882/83. It also becomes clear that geophysics is distinctly different from the laboratory sciences because it is notably steered by external events such as the Krakatoa eruption 1883, major earthquakes, notable floods, etc.

  14. Demographische Entwicklung in der Metropolregion Berlin-Brandenburg

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    Beyer, Wolf; Bluth, Friedrich

    ?Denn eins ist sicher: Die Rente.`` Der vielzitierte Satz des früheren Arbeits- und Sozialministers Norbert Blüm klingt heute vielen wie Hohn. Der Altersaufbau der deutschen Bevölkerung erinnert grafisch immer mehr an einen Baum auf dünnem Stämmchen als an eine Pyramide. Angesichts dessen rücken demographische Entwicklungen mehr und mehr in den Fokus der Öffentlichkeit. Besonders die neuen Bundesländer sind massiv von Abwanderung und einem nie dagewesenen Geburtenrückgang betroffen.DIPL.-GEOGR. UTE C. BAUERsprach mitFRIEDRICH BLUTHundWOLF BEYERüber die Besonderheiten der demographischen Prozesse in Berlin und Brandenburg. Beyer leitete bis Anfang 2004 das brandenburgische Referat für Raumbeobachtung. Seine Aufgabe bestand darin, Planungsgrundlagen für die Gemeinsame Landesplanung Berlin-Brandenburg(GL) zu schaffen. Dazu zählen auch Bevölkerungsprognosen für die Kreise und Städte Brandenburgs. Bluth ist in der Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung Berlin beschäftigt und leitet dort die Gruppe ?Stadtwissen, Stadtentwicklungsmonitoring, Bevölkerungsprognose.``

  15. Zum Wissenschaftsverständnis der modernen Evolutionsbiologie

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    Sommer, Ralf J.

    Die moderne Evolutionsbiologie hat ihren Ursprung in den Arbeiten von Charles Darwin und Alfred Wallace (Darwin 1963). Der gemeinsame Ausgangspunkt des Evolutionsgedanken ist dabei die Beobachtung, dass die biologische Welt nicht konstant ist. Biologische Systeme und alle darin lebenden Organismen unterliegen über längere Zeiträume hinweg einer stetigen Veränderung. Diese grundlegende Eigenschaft biologischer Systeme macht die Biologie zu einer historischen Wissenschaft und stellt einen wichtigen Gegensatz zu großen Teilen der Physik dar. Obwohl die Aussage von der Veränderlichkeit der Arten heute trivial klingt, war sie im 19. Jahrhundert eine Revolution, da die Konstanz der Arten und der Welt eine vorherrschende Stellung im damaligen Weltbild hatte (Amundson 2005).

  16. Jahre Entwicklung der Instandhaltung - von der ausfallorientierten Instandhaltung zum gemeinsamen TPM und RCM

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    Iske, Friedhelm

    Zur Einleitung meines Beitrages möchte ich von einem Gespräch mit einem Mitarbeiter berichten, das ich als junger Vorgesetzter einer Instandhaltungsgruppe 1988 führte. Der engagierte Mitarbeiter feierte damals sein vierzigjähriges Dienstjubiläum und war stolz auf das von ihm Geleistete sowie auf den besonderen Einsatz seiner Altersgruppe, die nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg das Werk wieder aufgebaut hatte. Auf meine Frage, was denn damals die erste Aufgabe in der Firma war, bekam ich kurz und knapp und mit einer Selbstverständlichkeit die selbstbewusste Antwort: "Unser Pferd füttern und mit dem Pferd die innerbetrieblichen Transporte erledigen“. Als junger, technisch orientierter Vorgesetzter war ich über diese Antwort sehr überrascht. Gedanklich weit entfernt war die Vorstellung, dass in der Vergangenheit Transporte mit einem Pferd erledigt wurden.

  17. Quantum synchronization of two Van der Pol oscillators

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    Walter, Stefan; Nunnenkamp, Andreas; Bruder, Christoph

    2015-01-01

    We study synchronization of two dissipatively coupled Van der Pol oscillators in the quantum regime. Due to quantum noise strict frequency locking is absent and is replaced by a crossover from weak to strong frequency entrainment. We discuss the differences to the behavior of one quantum Van der Pol oscillator subject to an external drive. Moreover, we describe a possible experimental realization of two coupled quantum van der Pol oscillators in an optomechanical setting.

  18. Einsteins Spuren in den Archiven der Wissenschaft: Physikgeschichte

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    Marx, Werner

    2005-07-01

    Die Erwähnungen und Zitierungen von Einsteins Arbeiten dokumentieren lediglich den quantifizierbaren Anteil von Einsteins Beitrag zur Physik. Gleichwohl belegen sie die außergewöhnliche Resonanz und Langzeitwirkung seiner Arbeiten. Die Häufigkeit der Zitierungen entspricht nicht der allgemeinen Einschätzung ihrer Bedeutung. Insbesondere die Pionierarbeiten werden inzwischen als bekannt vorausgesetzt und nicht mehr explizit zitiert. Interessanterweise ist seine nach 1945 meist zitierte Arbeit nicht eine der Pionierarbeiten zur Quantenphysik oder Relativitätstheorie, sondern jene aus dem Jahr 1935 zum berühmten Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen-Paradoxon.

  19. Kernschmelze Der nachhaltige Einfluss von Nuklearwaffen auf Politik und Wirtschaft

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    Greiner, Bernd

    "Was sollen wir von einer Kultur halten, der die Ethik stets als wesentliches Element des menschlichen Lebens galt, die aber - außer in fachlicher oder spieltheoretischer Terminologie - nicht in der Lage war, über die Möglichkeit zu sprechen, nahezu alle Menschen zu töten?" Der Fragesteller gehört zu den berühmtesten Physikern des 20. Jahrhunderts und zu den nach wie vor Umstrittensten. über ihn wurde in den 1960er Jahren ein international viel beachtetes Theaterstück geschrieben, vor wenigen Jahren gar eine Oper.

  20. Phänomenologische Grundlagen der Wärmelehre

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    Heintze, Joachim

    Die Physik der Wärme lässt sich auf zweierlei Weise formulieren: Einmal als Mechanik eines Systems, das eine enorm große Zahl von Teilchen enthält (statistische Mechanik), und einmal mit Hilfe von ad hoc eingeführten Größen, den sogenannten Zustandsgrößen, die geeignet sind, das Verhalten eines solchen Systems zu beschreiben, ohne dass man die Teilchen selbst und ihre Bewegungen betrachten muss (Thermodynamik). Wir werden beide Ansätze in ihrer einfachsten und anschaulichsten Ausprägung in Kap. 5 (kinetische Gastheorie) bzw. in Kap. 8 (Grundbegriffe der Thermodynamik) behandeln. Obgleich sich die volle Durchführung des Programms als begrifflich und mathematisch recht schwierig erweist - die Vorlesung "Thermodynamik und Statistik" steht gewöhnlich am Ende der Kursvorlesungen über theoretische Physik - werden wir doch auf der Grundlage der Kap. 5 und 8 eine Menge über die Physik der Wärme lernen können. Den Ausgangspunkt der Wärmelehre bilden jedoch allemal die Naturerscheinungen, die wir hier in Kap. 4 behandeln wollen: Wärme, Kälte, Temperaturausgleich. Wir werden untersuchen, wie man diese Begriffe quantifizieren kann, und was bei der Erwärmung oder Abkühlung eines Körpers vor sich geht. Dabei werden wir auf den I. und II. Hauptsatz der Wärmelehre stoßen.

  1. Information Interaction Study for DER and DMS Interoperability

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    Liu, Haitao; Lu, Yiming; Lv, Guangxian; Liu, Peng; Chen, Yu; Zhang, Xinhui

    The Common Information Model (CIM) is an abstract data model that can be used to represent the major objects in Distribution Management System (DMS) applications. Because the Common Information Model (CIM) doesn't modeling the Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), it can't meet the requirements of DER operation and management for Distribution Management System (DMS) advanced applications. Modeling of DER were studied based on a system point of view, the article initially proposed a CIM extended information model. By analysis the basic structure of the message interaction between DMS and DER, a bidirectional messaging mapping method based on data exchange was proposed.

  2. Einstein und die Folgen - Teil II: Zum Weltjahr der Physik

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    Kiefer, Claus

    2005-03-01

    Nach der Quantentheorie sind Schwarze Löcher nicht wirklich schwarz. Sie verhalten sich wie thermodynamische Systeme, besitzen also eine Temperatur und eine Entropie. Folglich strahlen sie Energie ab, verlieren an Masse und können dadurch vergehen. Kommt dabei die Information über den Stern, aus dem das Schwarze Loch ursprünglich entstand, wieder zurück? Nach dem klassischen Keine-Haare-Theorem würde man erwarten, dass alle Information verloren geht: Das Loch ist durch seine Masse, seinen Drehimpuls und seine (eventuelle) elektrische Ladung vollständig charakterisiert. Diese und andere Fragen, etwa zur Entropie, wird nur eine Theorie der Quantengravitation endgültig beantworten können. Ihre Konstruktion bleibt auch im 21. Jahrhundert eine der größten Herausforderungen der Physik.

  3. Unterstützung der IT-Service-Management-Prozesse an der Technischen Universität München durch eine Configuration-Management-Database

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    Knittl, Silvia

    Hochschulprozesse in Lehre und Verwaltung erfordern durch die steigende Integration und IT-Unterstützung ein sogenanntes Business Alignment der IT und damit auch ein professionelleres IT-Service-Management (ITSM). Die IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) mit ihrer Beschreibung von in der Praxis bewährten Prozessen hat sich zum de-facto Standard im ITSM etabliert. Ein solcher Prozess ist das Konfigurationsmanagement. Es bildet die IT-Infrastruktur als Konfigurationselemente und deren Beziehungen in einem Werkzeug, genannt Configuration Management Database (CMDB), ab und unterstützt so das ITSM. Dieser Bericht beschreibt die Erfahrungen mit der prototypischen Einführung einer CMDB an der Technischen Universität München.

  4. Stufenweise Integration von eLearning an der Technischen Universität München

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    Pätzold, Sebastian; Graf, Stephan; Gergintchev, Ivan; Pongratz, Hans; Rathmayer, Sabine

    Der vorliegende Beitrag beschreibt als Best Practice Beispiel die stufenweise Integration eines Learning Management Systems (LMS) in die Infrastruktur von Information und Kommunikation (IuK) der Technischen Universität München (TUM). Dabei wird sowohl die Konsolidierung mehrfach angebotener Funktionalitäten und Dienste in den verschiedenen Portalen der Universität als auch die sukzessive Optimierung der Abläufe aufgezeigt. Gleichzeitig wird auf zukünftige weitere Entwicklungen hin zu einer vollständigen Integration der IuK, aber auch auf die Probleme in den unterschiedlichen Stadien der Entwicklung eingegangen.

  5. Die Deutsche Statistische Gesellschaft in der Weimarer Republik und während der Nazidiktatur

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    Wilke, Jürgen

    Nach anfänglichen Schwierigkeiten durch den 1. Weltkrieg erlangte die Deutsche Statistische Gesellschaft (DStatG) unter dem renommierten Statistiker und Vorsitzenden der DStatG, Friedrich Zahn, durch eine Vielzahl von Aktivitäten hohes Ansehen. Es gab Bestrebungen, Statistiker aus allen Arbeitsfeldern der Statistik in die DStatG zu integrieren, wobei die "Mathematische Statistik" nur zögerlich akzeptiert wurde (Konjunkturforschung, Zeitreihenanalyse). Nach der Machtübernahme 1933 durch Adolf Hitler geriet die DStatG in das Fahrwasser nationalsozialistischer Ideologie und Politik (Führerprinzip, Gleichschaltung des Vereinswesens). Damit war eine personelle Umstrukturierung in der DStatG verbunden. Politisch Missliebige und rassisch Verfolgte mussten die DStatG verlassen (Bernstein, Freudenberg, Gumbel u.a.). Unter den Statistikern gab es alle Abstufungen im Verhalten zum Regime von Ablehnung und zwangsweiser Anpassung über bereitwilliges Mitläufertum bis zu bewusster Täterschaft. Besonders die Bevölkerungsstatistik wurde durch die NS- Rassenpolitik auf lange Sicht diskreditiert. Im Rahmen von Wirtschaftsplanung und Aufrüstung wurden neue zukunftsträchtige statistische Modelle (Grünig, Bramstedt, Leisse) entwickelt.

  6. Kanban - der Weg ist das Ziel

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    Aull, Florian; Berlak, Joachim; Dickmann, Eva; Dickmann, Philipp; Fischäder, Holm; Gerlach, Joachim; Henneberg, Jens; Kapalla, Klaus; Kress, Oliver; Kuttler, Robert; Schneider, Herfried M.; Schürle, Philipp; Stellpflug, Franz-Josef; Wannenwetsch, Ralph; Wulz, Johannes; Zäh, Michael F.

    Wenn man aktuell Produktionsbereiche in Deutschland und Europa besucht, fallen im Zusammenhang mit modernen Produktionsmethoden immer öfter die Begriffe Kanban (jap. Karte, Signal) und Pull-Produktion, und dies nicht ohne Stolz, da diese mit dem schillernden Vorbild des Toyota Produktionssystems in Zusammenhang stehen. Tatsächlich ist Kanban ein integraler Bestandteil moderner Produktionssysteme. Blickt man aber im Rahmen von Prozessanalysen hinter die Fassaden", d. h. in die tägliche Praxis der Arbeitsprozesse, wird man schnell desillusioniert - die viel gepriesenen klassischen Kanban-Regeln werden im Tagesgeschäft nicht eingehalten.

  7. Komplexität der Geographie

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    Diekert, Volker; Hertrampf, Ulrich

    Das allgemein als Prototyp eines PSPACE-vollständigen Spiels gesehene Geographiespiel wird bezüglich seiner Komplexität genauer untersucht. Das Interesse der theoretischen Informatik an diesem Spiel wurde sehr durch die Darstellung in dem Lehrbuch von Papadimitriou [Pap94] gefördert. Allerdings bestimmt dieses Lehrbuch nicht die Komplexität des Standardspiels sondern verwendet eine Verallgemeinerung. Die Aussage in dem Lehrbuch bleibt damit etwas unbefriedigend und hinter den Möglichkeiten. Wir zeigen hier, dass die komplexitätstheoretische Charakterisierung schon für die Standardvariante des Spiels gilt.

  8. Crystal Structures of Mite Allergens Der f 1 and Der p 1 Reveal Differences in Surface-Exposed Residues that May Influence Antibody Binding

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    Chruszcz, Maksymilian; Chapman, Martin D.; Vailes, Lisa D.; Stura, Enrico A.; Saint-Remy, Jean-Marie; Minor, Wladek; Pomés, Anna

    2009-12-01

    The Group 1 mite allergens, Der f 1 and Der p 1, are potent allergens excreted by Dermatophagoides farinae and Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, respectively. The human IgE antibody responses to the Group 1 allergens show more cross-reactivity than the murine IgG antibody responses which are largely species-specific. Here, we report the crystal structure of the mature form of Der f 1, which was isolated from its natural source, and a new, high-resolution structure of mature recombinant Der p 1. Unlike Der p 1, Der f 1 is monomeric both in the crystalline state and in solution. Moreover, no metal binding is observed in the structure of Der f 1, despite the fact that all amino acids involved in Ca{sup 2+} binding in Der p 1 are completely conserved in Der f 1. Although Der p 1 and Der f 1 share extensive sequence identity, comparison of the crystal structures of both allergens revealed structural features which could explain the differences in murine and human IgE antibody responses to these allergens. There are structural differences between Der f 1 and Der p 1 which are unevenly distributed on the allergens' surfaces. This uneven spatial arrangement of conserved versus altered residues could explain both the specificity and cross-reactivity of antibodies against Der f 1 and Der p 1.

  9. Physik gestern und heute: Visualisierung mit der Schlierenmethode

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    Heering, Peter

    2006-07-01

    Der Name des österreichischen Forschers Ernst Mach ist heute noch mit der Schallgeschwindigkeit verbunden. Diese Auszeichnung resultiert aus Machs Untersuchungen, wie sich Projektile mit Überschallgeschwindigkeit durch die Luft bewegen. Gerade in jüngster Zeit hat die Anwendung derartiger Methoden durch technische Modifikationen wieder einen Aufschwung erfahren.

  10. Evaluation of Distribution Analysis Software for DER Applications

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    Staunton, RH

    2003-01-23

    The term ''Distributed energy resources'' or DER refers to a variety of compact, mostly self-contained power-generating technologies that can be combined with energy management and storage systems and used to improve the operation of the electricity distribution system, whether or not those technologies are connected to an electricity grid. Implementing DER can be as simple as installing a small electric generator to provide backup power at an electricity consumer's site. Or it can be a more complex system, highly integrated with the electricity grid and consisting of electricity generation, energy storage, and power management systems. DER devices provide opportunities for greater local control of electricity delivery and consumption. They also enable more efficient utilization of waste heat in combined cooling, heating and power (CHP) applications--boosting efficiency and lowering emissions. CHP systems can provide electricity, heat and hot water for industrial processes, space heating and cooling, refrigeration, and humidity control to improve indoor air quality. DER technologies are playing an increasingly important role in the nation's energy portfolio. They can be used to meet base load power, peaking power, backup power, remote power, power quality, as well as cooling and heating needs. DER systems, ranging in size and capacity from a few kilowatts up to 50 MW, can include a number of technologies (e.g., supply-side and demand-side) that can be located at or near the location where the energy is used. Information pertaining to DER technologies, application solutions, successful installations, etc., can be found at the U.S. Department of Energy's DER Internet site [1]. Market forces in the restructured electricity markets are making DER, both more common and more active in the distribution systems throughout the US [2]. If DER devices can be made even more competitive with central generation sources this trend will become unstoppable. In response, energy providers will be forced to both fully acknowledge the trend and plan for accommodating DER [3]. With bureaucratic barriers [4], lack of time/resources, tariffs, etc. still seen in certain regions of the country, changes still need to be made. Given continued technical advances in DER, the time is fast approaching when the industry, nation-wide, must not only accept DER freely but also provide or review in-depth technical assessments of how DER should be integrated into and managed throughout the distribution system. Characterization studies are needed to fully understand how both the utility system and DER devices themselves will respond to all reasonable events (e.g., grid disturbances, faults, rapid growth, diverse and multiple DER systems, large reactive loads). Some of this work has already begun as it relates to operation and control of DER [5] and microturbine performance characterization [6,7]. One of the most urgently needed tools that can provide these types of analyses is a distribution network analysis program in combination with models for various DER. Together, they can be used for (1) analyzing DER placement in distribution networks and (2) helping to ensure that adequate transmission reliability is maintained. Surveys of the market show products that represent a partial match to these needs; specifically, software that has been developed to plan electrical distribution systems and analyze reliability (in a near total absence of DER). The first part of this study (Sections 2 and 3 of the report) looks at a number of these software programs and provides both summary descriptions and comparisons. The second part of this study (Section 4 of the report) considers the suitability of these analysis tools for DER studies. It considers steady state modeling and assessment work performed by ORNL using one commercially available tool on feeder data provided by a southern utility. Appendix A provides a technical report on the results of this modeling effort.

  11. Scaling laws for van der Waals interactions in nanostructured materials

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    Gobre, Vivekanand V.; Tkatchenko, Alexandre

    2013-01-01

    Van der Waals interactions have a fundamental role in biology, physics and chemistry, in particular in the self-assembly and the ensuing function of nanostructured materials. Here we utilize an efficient microscopic method to demonstrate that van der Waals interactions in nanomaterials act at distances greater than typically assumed, and can be characterized by different scaling laws depending on the dimensionality and size of the system. Specifically, we study the behaviour of van der Waals interactions in single-layer and multilayer graphene, fullerenes of varying size, single-wall carbon nanotubes and graphene nanoribbons. As a function of nanostructure size, the van der Waals coefficients follow unusual trends for all of the considered systems, and deviate significantly from the conventionally employed pairwise-additive picture. We propose that the peculiar van der Waals interactions in nanostructured materials could be exploited to control their self-assembly. PMID:23955481

  12. Werner-Syndrom. Eine prototypische Form der segmentalen Progerie

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    Lessel, D.; Oshima, J.; Kubisch, C.

    2013-01-01

    Das Werner-Syndrom ist eine segmental progeroide Erkrankung mit Beginn in der Adoleszenz oder im frühen Erwachsenenalter. Typische Symptome, die zum vorgealterten Phänotyp beitragen, sind ein post-pubertär auftretender Kleinwuchs, Katarakte, eine vorzeitige Ergrauung/Ausdünnung des Haupthaars, sklerodermieähnliche Hautveränderungen und eine regionale Atrophie des subkutanen Fettgewebes. Darüber hinaus kommt es früh und gehäuft zu „Alterserkrankungen“ wie z. B. einem Diabetes mellitus Typ 2, einer Osteoporose, einer Atherosklerose sowie verschiedenen malignen Tumoren. Das Werner-Syndrom wird autosomal- rezessiv vererbt und ist durch Mutationen im Werner-Gen (WRN) bedingt. Es wurden bis heute mehr als 70 über das gesamte Gen verteilte Mutationen identifiziert, die typischerweise zu einem Verlust der Genfunktion führen. WRN kodiert für eine RecQ-Typ- Helikase, die u. a. an der DNA-Reparatur und der Aufrechterhaltung der DNA-Integrität beteiligt ist, was sich in einer erhöhten genetischen Instabilität in Patientenzellen wider-spiegelt. Trotz der relativen Seltenheit ist die Analyse des Werner-Syndroms von allgemeiner Bedeutung, um die Rolle der DNA-Stabilität und Integrität für das Altern sowie die Entwicklung altersassoziierter Erkrankungen besser zu verstehen. PMID:25309043

  13. Nanophysik: Wärmeübertrag auf der Nanometerskala

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    Kittel, Achim

    2006-01-01

    Gegen Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts waren die grundlegenden Prozesse des Wärmeaustauschs verstanden. Die Gesetze dienten dann als Grundlage für die Quantenmechanik. Doch gelten diese Gesetze auch auf der Nanometerskala? In den 1970er-Jahren wurde eine Theorie für den Wärmeübertrag im atomaren Bereich entwickelt. Physiker der Universität Oldenburg überprüften deren Vorhersagen und stießen dabei auf signifikante Abweichungen, welche auf einen Zusammenbruch der klassischen, makroskopischen Elektrodynamik hindeuten.

  14. Regenerative Energieträger im Aufwind: Entwicklung der erneuerbaren Energien

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    Kohl, Harald

    2006-05-01

    2005 kam 4,6 % des deutschen Primär-Energieverbrauchs aus erneuerbaren Energiequellen, bei der Stromproduktion lag ihr Anteil bei 10,2 %. Wesentliche Ursache ist der Boom bei der Windkraft, die vor allem durch Offshore-Windparks auf See weiter ausbaubar ist. Die Wasserkraft lieferte in Deutschland traditionell einen großen Beitrag zur Stromerzeugung, doch ihr Ausbaupotenzial ist gering. Die Photovoltaik, die solar- und die geothermische Stromerzeugung spielen derzeit noch eine kleine Rolle. Den deutschen Bedarf an Wärmeenergie deckten 2004 die erneuerbaren Energien zu 5,4 %, vor allem aus Biomasse. Die solarthermische Wärmeerzeugung hat sich gegenüber 2000 mehr als verdoppelt. Im Straßenverkehr spielen biogene Kraftstoffe mit 5,4 % noch eine untergeordnete Rolle. Bis 2050 könnte in Deutschland der Anteil regenerativer Energien am Primär-Energieverbrauch die Fünfzigprozentmarke überschreiten.

  15. Isotope separation by photodissociation of Van der Waal's molecules

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    Lee, Yuan T.

    1977-01-01

    A method of separating isotopes based on the dissociation of a Van der Waal's complex. A beam of molecules of a Van der Waal's complex containing, as one partner of the complex, a molecular species in which an element is present in a plurality of isotopes is subjected to radiation from a source tuned to a frequency which will selectively excite vibrational motion by a vibrational transition or through electronic transition of those complexed molecules of the molecular species which contain a desired isotope. Since the Van der Waal's binding energy is much smaller than the excitational energy of vibrational motion, the thus excited Van der Waal's complex dissociate into molecular components enriched in the desired isotope. The recoil velocity associated with vibrational to translational and rotational relaxation will send the separated molecules away from the beam whereupon the product enriched in the desired isotope can be separated from the constituents of the beam.

  16. Leistungsmessungen zum Einsatz der J2EE Technologie für Feldbussimulationen

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    Garreis, Thorsten; Jürgens, Hendrik; Schmidtmann, Uwe; von Cölin, Gerd

    Die Flexibilisierung der Fertigung und kurze Produktzyklen setzen einen beschleunigten, möglichst fehlerfreien Entwicklungsprozess voraus. Dieses Ziel kann jedoch nur erreicht werden, wenn bereits parallel zur Hardwareentwicklung die Software mit Hilfe einer Simulation der Hardware entwickelt und getestet werden kann. Darüber hinaus können mit Simulationen alternative Lösungen studiert werden, die zu optimierten Verfahren führen. In dieser Arbeit werden Leistungstests an der Simulationsumgebung drd-Simulator präsentiert, die auf der J2EE-Technologie1 basiert. Für die Messungen wird eine Soft-SPS eingesetzt, deren Feldbus vom Typ ModbusTCP simuliert wird. Erste Messungen zeigen, dass J2EE eine leistungsstarke und skalierbare Plattform für die Realisierung von Feldbussimulationen ist. In einem Zyklusbereich ab 100 ms ist das E/A-Verhalten echtzeitfähig, wobei meherere Steuerungen auf den Bus zugreifen können. Die J2EE-Technologie zeichnet sich zudem durch eine gute Ausfallsicherheit und dynamische Rekonfigurier-barkeit aus, so dass Tests dynamisch zur Laufzeit ergänzt oder verändert werden können.

  17. Lifshitz theory of van der Waals pressure in dissipative media

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    Zheng Yi; Narayanaswamy, Arvind

    2011-04-15

    We derive a first-principles method of determining the van der Waals or Casimir pressure in a dissipative and dispersive planar multilayered system by calculating the Maxwell stress tensor in a fictitious layer of vacuum, that is eventually made to vanish, introduced in the structure. This is illustrated by calculating the van der Waals pressure in a thin film with dissipative properties embedded between two semi-infinite media.

  18. Die Anfaenge der Melker Bibliothek - Neue Erkenntnisse zu Handschriften und Fragmenten aus der Zeit vor 1200

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    Glaßner, Christine; Haidinger, Alois

    1996-04-01

    Shortly after Benedictine monks started monastic life in Melk in 1089 the scriptorium was flourishing under abbot Erchenfried (1121-1164). Noteworthy is Cod. 391, a manuscript written in its main part in 1123, but used by the monks as a yearbook with handwritten entries up to the 16th century. This manuscript was also an important source for the publication which dealt with the history of the scriptorium in 12th century. By examining the entries in this book the period of the activity of at least three unknwon writers in this era could be identified. It was the first time that not only the intact volumes but also the manuscripts preserved as fragments in the binding were examined. At the beginning of th 13th century the number of books held in the collection according to the result of this examination was 68. Another remarkable point of the exhibition and of the publication refering to the exhibition was Cod. 412, the oldest manuscript of the monastery, written in early 9th century and containing texts on natural sciences and astronomy by Venerable Bede. Three copies of this manuscript were done during 12th century, one of them probably in Melk, all of them with nearly identical consistency except the catalogue of signs of the zodiac which was ascribed erroneously to Venerable Bede in the Middle Ages: Vatican, Cod. Vat. lat. 643, Zwettl, Cod. 296 (copy of the Vatican manuscript), Klosterneuburg, Cod. 685 (copy of the Zwettl manuscript done in Klosterneuburg). Kurz nach Einführung der Benediktiner in Melk im Jahr 1089 erlebte das Melker Skriptorium unter Abt Erchenfried (1121-1163) seine erste Blüte. Hervorzuheben ist eine im Jahr 1123 angelegte Chronik, die bis in das 16. Jahrhundert durch Annaleneintragungen und andere wichtige Texte zur Geschichte des Klosters ergänzt wurde (Cod. 391). Diese Handschrift ist zugleich eine der wichtigsten Quellen zur Geschichte des Melker Skriptoriums im 12. Jahrhundert, dem sich die Publikation widmet. Mit Hilfe einer genaueren Untersuchung der zeitnahen Eintragungen in diese Handschrift gelang es, die Tätigkeit von zumindest drei wichtigen, im 12. Jahrhundert in Melk identifizierbaren, namentlich nicht bekannten Schreibern chronologisch zuzuordnen. Erstmals wurden die nur fragmentarisch als Makulatur in den Bucheinbänden erhaltenen Handschriften in die Untersuchung einbezogen, so dass für die Wende vom 12. zum 13. Jahrhundert ein Bücherbestand von 68 Handschriften erschlossen werden konnte. Besonders hervorzuheben ist, dass in der Sonderausstellung von 1996 und im Begleitband erstmals eingehend die Bedeutung der ältesten Melker Handschrift, Cod. 412 aus dem frühen 9. Jahrhundert mit naturwissenschaftlichen Texten des Beda Venerabilis, als Vorlage für drei weitere Handschriften diente: Vatikan, Cod. Vat. lat. 643, abgeschrieben wahrscheinlich in Melk, davon abhängig Zwettl, Cod. 296, und Klosterneuburg, Cod. 685. Die Abschriften der Melker Beda-Handschrift sind inhaltlich fast identisch, allerdings um den im Mittelalter fälschlicherweise Beda Venerabilis zugeschriebenen Sternbilderkatalog erweitert.

  19. Spectroscopic studies of van der Waals interactions

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    Luck, Werner A. P.

    1990-03-01

    A review is given for determination of van der Waals interactions in condensed media by OH vibration spectroscopy. 1. Large changes of the dipole moment derivaties P 1 induced by unpolar solvents are calculated by IR intensities, demonstrating that von der Waals interactions polarize OH groups strongly. 2. The relations: interaction energies = f (??), IR intensities = f(??), p 1 = f(??) or ?? = f(r 0…0 are different for v.d. Waals or H-bond effects. (?? = ? vapour = ? solution). 3. Decreasing temperatures (decreasing intermolecular distances) in diluted solutions of unpolar or weak polar solvents increase ?? linearly in the range 100 K < T < 360 K. ?? becomes constant below T < 100 K. This is related to the T linear density ? relations for T < T B (boiling). This linear relation could be calculated by a model of the sum of the Lennard-Jones potentials of the first and second next neighbours and its population of the quantized intermolecular vibration levels. At low T the density becomes T-independent in the model calculation as well as in experiments. Parallel we observed at very low T a T-independence of ? 01 and ? 02 in solutions. 4. Under saturation conditions ?? 02(OH) = f(T) becomes near T critical proportional to the squared densities or could be described with a simplified model of non polar liquids. 5. The T-gradient d(??)/dT is proportional to the shift ?? 0 for OH in solvents. The same solvent induces at different alcohols different ?? and d(??)/dT demonstrating that v.d. Waals forces acts on spectra by interactions between solvent and solute and could not described simplified by solvent properties but as well as by solute properties too. 6. Changing the solvent pressure till 10 GPa we observed in v.d. Waals systems: a red shift, and ?? maximum, ?? = 0 at high p and blue shifts. This result is in agreement with an extended theory summarizing the OH and the Lennard-Jones potential. This theory allows to get intermolecular potentials in condensed media by IR spectra. 7. Rare gas matrix effects on OH at low T could be plot in a common diagram as function of the OH-matrix potentials, which could be estimated by the critical T of matrix and the oscillator. This experiment stresses the dependence of the interaction between solute and solvent. 8. The T- and p-dependence of half width is discussed.

  20. Supercurrent in van der Waals Josephson junction.

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    Yabuki, Naoto; Moriya, Rai; Arai, Miho; Sata, Yohta; Morikawa, Sei; Masubuchi, Satoru; Machida, Tomoki

    2016-01-01

    Supercurrent flow between two superconductors with different order parameters, a phenomenon known as the Josephson effect, can be achieved by inserting a non-superconducting material between two superconductors to decouple their wavefunctions. These Josephson junctions have been employed in fields ranging from digital to quantum electronics, yet their functionality is limited by the interface quality and use of non-superconducting material. Here we show that by exfoliating a layered dichalcogenide (NbSe2) superconductor, the van der Waals (vdW) contact between the cleaved surfaces can instead be used to construct a Josephson junction. This is made possible by recent advances in vdW heterostructure technology, with an atomically flat vdW interface free of oxidation and inter-diffusion achieved by eliminating all heat treatment during junction preparation. Here we demonstrate that this artificially created vdW interface provides sufficient decoupling of the wavefunctions of the two NbSe2 crystals, with the vdW Josephson junction exhibiting a high supercurrent transparency. PMID:26830754

  1. Van der Waals Interactions in Aspirin

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    Reilly, Anthony; Tkatchenko, Alexandre

    2015-03-01

    The ability of molecules to yield multiple solid forms, or polymorphs, has significance for diverse applications ranging from drug design and food chemistry to nonlinear optics and hydrogen storage. In particular, aspirin has been used and studied for over a century, but has only recently been shown to have an additional polymorphic form, known as form II. Since the two observed solid forms of aspirin are degenerate in terms of lattice energy, kinetic effects have been suggested to determine the metastability of the less abundant form II. Here, first-principles calculations provide an alternative explanation based on free-energy differences at room temperature. The explicit consideration of many-body van der Waals interactions in the free energy demonstrates that the stability of the most abundant form of aspirin is due to a subtle coupling between collective electronic fluctuations and quantized lattice vibrations. In addition, a systematic analysis of the elastic properties of the two forms of aspirin rules out mechanical instability of form II as making it metastable.

  2. Van der Waals Interactions Involving Proteins

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    Roth, Charles M.; Neal, Brian L.; Lenhoff, Abraham M.

    1996-01-01

    Van der Waals (dispersion) forces contribute to interactions of proteins with other molecules or with surfaces, but because of the structural complexity of protein molecules, the magnitude of these effects is usually estimated based on idealized models of the molecular geometry, e.g., spheres or spheroids. The calculations reported here seek to account for both the geometric irregularity of protein molecules and the material properties of the interacting media. Whereas the latter are found to fall in the generally accepted range, the molecular shape is shown to cause the magnitudes of the interactions to differ significantly from those calculated using idealized models. with important consequences. First, the roughness of the molecular surface leads to much lower average interaction energies for both protein-protein and protein-surface cases relative to calculations in which the protein molecule is approximated as a sphere. These results indicate that a form of steric stabilization may be an important effect in protein solutions. Underlying this behavior is appreciable orientational dependence, one reflection of which is that molecules of complementary shape are found to exhibit very strong attractive dispersion interactions. Although this has been widely discussed previously in the context of molecular recognition processes, the broader implications of these phenomena may also be important at larger molecular separations, e.g., in the dynamics of aggregation, precipitation, and crystal growth.

  3. Dielectric Genome of van der Waals Heterostructures

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    Andersen, Kirsten; Latini, Simone; Thygesen, Kristian S.

    2015-07-01

    Vertical stacking of two-dimensional (2D) crystals, such as graphene and hexagonal boron nitride, has recently lead to a new class of materials known as van der Waals heterostructures (vdWHs) with unique and highly tunable electronic properties. Abinitio calculations should in principle provide a powerful tool for modeling and guiding the design of vdWHs, but in their traditional, form such calculations are only feasible for commensurable structures with a few layers. Here we show that the dielectric properties of realistic, incommensurable vdWHs comprising hundreds of layers can be calculated with ab-initio accuracy using a multi-scale approach where the dielectric functions of the individual layers (the dielectric building blocks) are coupled simply via their long-range Coulomb interaction. We use the method to illustrate the 2D- 3D dielectric transition in multi-layer MoS2 crystals, the hybridization of quantum plasmons in large graphene/hBN heterostructures, and to demonstrate the intricate effect of substrate screening on the non-Rydberg exciton series in supported WS2.

  4. Supercurrent in van der Waals Josephson junction

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    Yabuki, Naoto; Moriya, Rai; Arai, Miho; Sata, Yohta; Morikawa, Sei; Masubuchi, Satoru; Machida, Tomoki

    2016-01-01

    Supercurrent flow between two superconductors with different order parameters, a phenomenon known as the Josephson effect, can be achieved by inserting a non-superconducting material between two superconductors to decouple their wavefunctions. These Josephson junctions have been employed in fields ranging from digital to quantum electronics, yet their functionality is limited by the interface quality and use of non-superconducting material. Here we show that by exfoliating a layered dichalcogenide (NbSe2) superconductor, the van der Waals (vdW) contact between the cleaved surfaces can instead be used to construct a Josephson junction. This is made possible by recent advances in vdW heterostructure technology, with an atomically flat vdW interface free of oxidation and inter-diffusion achieved by eliminating all heat treatment during junction preparation. Here we demonstrate that this artificially created vdW interface provides sufficient decoupling of the wavefunctions of the two NbSe2 crystals, with the vdW Josephson junction exhibiting a high supercurrent transparency. PMID:26830754

  5. Van der Waals Effects on semiconductor clusters.

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    Li, Haisheng; Chen, Weiguang; Han, Xiaoyu; Li, Liben; Sun, Qiang; Guo, Zhengxiao; Jia, Yu

    2015-09-30

    Van der Waals (vdW) interactions play an important role on semiconductors in nanoscale. Here, we utilized first-principles calculations based on density functional theory to demonstrate the growth mode transition from prolate to multiunit configurations for Gen (n?=?10-50) clusters. In agreement with the injected ion drift tube techniques that "clusters with n?

  6. Picosecond photoresponse in van der Waals heterostructures

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    Massicotte, M.; Schmidt, P.; Vialla, F.; Schädler, K. G.; Reserbat-Plantey, A.; Watanabe, K.; Taniguchi, T.; Tielrooij, K. J.; Koppens, F. H. L.

    2016-01-01

    Two-dimensional crystals such as graphene and transition-metal dichalcogenides demonstrate a range of unique and complementary optoelectronic properties. Assembling different two-dimensional materials in vertical heterostructures enables the combination of these properties in one device, thus creating multifunctional optoelectronic systems with superior performance. Here, we demonstrate that graphene/WSe2/graphene heterostructures ally the high photodetection efficiency of transition-metal dichalcogenides with a picosecond photoresponse comparable to that of graphene, thereby optimizing both speed and efficiency in a single photodetector. We follow the extraction of photoexcited carriers in these devices using time-resolved photocurrent measurements and demonstrate a photoresponse time as short as 5.5?ps, which we tune by applying a bias and by varying the transition-metal dichalcogenide layer thickness. Our study provides direct insight into the physical processes governing the detection speed and quantum efficiency of these van der Waals heterostuctures, such as out-of-plane carrier drift and recombination. The observation and understanding of ultrafast and efficient photodetection demonstrate the potential of hybrid transition-metal dichalcogenide-based heterostructures as a platform for future optoelectronic devices.

  7. Picosecond photoresponse in van der Waals heterostructures.

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    Massicotte, M; Schmidt, P; Vialla, F; Schädler, K G; Reserbat-Plantey, A; Watanabe, K; Taniguchi, T; Tielrooij, K J; Koppens, F H L

    2016-01-01

    Two-dimensional crystals such as graphene and transition-metal dichalcogenides demonstrate a range of unique and complementary optoelectronic properties. Assembling different two-dimensional materials in vertical heterostructures enables the combination of these properties in one device, thus creating multifunctional optoelectronic systems with superior performance. Here, we demonstrate that graphene/WSe2/graphene heterostructures ally the high photodetection efficiency of transition-metal dichalcogenides with a picosecond photoresponse comparable to that of graphene, thereby optimizing both speed and efficiency in a single photodetector. We follow the extraction of photoexcited carriers in these devices using time-resolved photocurrent measurements and demonstrate a photoresponse time as short as 5.5?ps, which we tune by applying a bias and by varying the transition-metal dichalcogenide layer thickness. Our study provides direct insight into the physical processes governing the detection speed and quantum efficiency of these van der Waals heterostuctures, such as out-of-plane carrier drift and recombination. The observation and understanding of ultrafast and efficient photodetection demonstrate the potential of hybrid transition-metal dichalcogenide-based heterostructures as a platform for future optoelectronic devices. PMID:26436565

  8. Supercurrent in van der Waals Josephson junction

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    Yabuki, Naoto; Moriya, Rai; Arai, Miho; Sata, Yohta; Morikawa, Sei; Masubuchi, Satoru; Machida, Tomoki

    2016-02-01

    Supercurrent flow between two superconductors with different order parameters, a phenomenon known as the Josephson effect, can be achieved by inserting a non-superconducting material between two superconductors to decouple their wavefunctions. These Josephson junctions have been employed in fields ranging from digital to quantum electronics, yet their functionality is limited by the interface quality and use of non-superconducting material. Here we show that by exfoliating a layered dichalcogenide (NbSe2) superconductor, the van der Waals (vdW) contact between the cleaved surfaces can instead be used to construct a Josephson junction. This is made possible by recent advances in vdW heterostructure technology, with an atomically flat vdW interface free of oxidation and inter-diffusion achieved by eliminating all heat treatment during junction preparation. Here we demonstrate that this artificially created vdW interface provides sufficient decoupling of the wavefunctions of the two NbSe2 crystals, with the vdW Josephson junction exhibiting a high supercurrent transparency.

  9. Advanced Communication and Control Solutions of Distributed Energy Resources (DER)

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    Asgeirsson, Haukur; Seguin, Richard; Sherding, Cameron; de Bruet, Andre, G.; Broadwater, Robert; Dilek, Murat

    2007-01-10

    This report covers work performed in Phase II of a two phase project whose objective was to demonstrate the aggregation of multiple Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and to offer them into the energy market. The Phase I work (DE-FC36-03CH11161) created an integrated, but distributed, system and procedures to monitor and control multiple DERs from numerous manufacturers connected to the electric distribution system. Procedures were created which protect the distribution network and personnel that may be working on the network. Using the web as the communication medium for control and monitoring of the DERs, the integration of information and security was accomplished through the use of industry standard protocols such as secure SSL,VPN and ICCP. The primary objective of Phase II was to develop the procedures for marketing the power of the Phase I aggregated DERs in the energy market, increase the number of DER units, and implement the marketing procedures (interface with ISOs) for the DER generated power. The team partnered with the Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO), the local ISO, to address the energy market and demonstrate the economic dispatch of DERs in response to market signals. The selection of standards-based communication technologies offers the ability of the system to be deployed and integrated with other utilities’ resources. With the use of a data historian technology to facilitate the aggregation, the developed algorithms and procedures can be verified, audited, and modified. The team has demonstrated monitoring and control of multiple DERs as outlined in phase I report including procedures to perform these operations in a secure and safe manner. In Phase II, additional DER units were added. We also expanded on our phase I work to enhance communication security and to develop the market model of having DERs, both customer and utility owned, participate in the energy market. We are proposing a two-part DER energy market model--a utility need business model and an independent energy aggregator-business model. The approach of developing two group models of DER energy participation in the market is unique. The Detroit Edison (DECo, Utility)-led team includes: DTE Energy Technologies (Dtech, DER provider), Electrical Distribution Design (EDD, Virginia Tech company supporting EPRI’s Distribution Engineering Workstation, DEW), Systems Integration Specialists Company (SISCO, economic scheduling and real-time protocol integrator), and OSIsoft (PI software system for managing real-time information). This team is focused on developing the application engineering, including software systems necessary for DER’s integration, control and sale into the market place. Phase II Highlights Installed and tested an ICCP link with SSL (security) between DECo, the utility, and DTE Energy Technologies (DTECH), the aggregator, making DER data available to the utility for both monitoring and control. Installed and tested PI process book with circuit & DER operational models for DECo SOC/ROC operator’s use for monitoring of both utility circuit and customer DER parameters. The PI Process Book models also included DER control for the DECo SOC/ROC operators, which was tested and demonstrated control. The DER Tagging and Operating Procedures were developed, which allowed that control to be done in a safe manner, were modified for required MOC/MISO notification procedures. The Distribution Engineering Workstation (DEW) was modified to include temperature normalized load research statistics, using a 30 hour day-ahead weather feed. This allowed day-ahead forecasting of the customer load profile and the entire circuit to determine overload and low voltage problems. This forecast at the point of common coupling was passed to DTech DR SOC for use in their economic dispatch algorithm. Standard Work Instructions were developed for DER notification, sale, and operation into the MISO market. A software mechanism consisting of a suite of new and revised functionality was developed that integrated with the local ISO such that offers can be made electronically without human intervention. A suite of software was developed by DR SOC enabling DER usage in real time and day-ahead: Generation information file exchange with PI and the utility power flow A utility day-ahead information file Energy Offer Web Service Market Result Web Service Real-Time Meter Data Web Service Real-Time Notification Web Service Registered over 20 DER with MISO in Demand Response Market and demonstrated electronic sale to MISO.

  10. Van der Waals interaction in uniaxial anisotropic media.

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    Kornilovitch, Pavel E

    2013-01-23

    Van der Waals interactions between flat surfaces in uniaxial anisotropic media are investigated in the nonretarded limit. The main focus is the effect of nonzero tilt between the optical axis and the surface normal on the strength of the van der Waals attraction. General expressions for the van der Waals free energy are derived using the surface mode method and the transfer-matrix formalism. To facilitate numerical calculations a temperature-dependent three-band parameterization of the dielectric tensor of the liquid crystal 5CB is developed. A solid slab immersed in a liquid crystal experiences a van der Waals torque that aligns the surface normal relative to the optical axis of the medium. The preferred orientation is different for different materials. Two solid slabs in close proximity experience a van der Waals attraction that is strongest for homeotropic alignment of the intervening liquid crystal for all the materials studied. The results have implications for the stability of plate-like colloids in liquid crystal hosts. PMID:23234868

  11. Topologie und Dynamische Netzwerke: Anwendungen Der Optimierung MIT Zukunft

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    Leugering, Günter; Martin, Alexander; Stingl, Michael

    Die optimale Auslegung von Infrastrukturen z. B. bei der Verkehrsplanung und bei der Planung von Versorgungssystemen, die optimale Strukturierung bzw. Formgebung von Materialien und Werkstücken z. B. im Leichtbau sind aktuelle Themen angewandter Forschung. In beiden Bereichen wurde bis in die jüngste Zeit vornehmlich eine simulationsbasierte Optimierung auf der Grundlage einer Parameterjustierung vorgenommen, die oft wenig systematisch und zeit- und kostenintensiv ist. Stattdessen erweisen sich modellbasierte mathematische Optimierungsalgorithmen zusammen mit moderner numerischer Simulations-und Visualisierungstechnologie zunehmend als Katalysator neuer Technologien. Eine so verstandene Mathematische Optimierung kann bereits auf beeindruckende Erfolgsgeschichten verweisen und so den Anspruch als eine Zukunftsdisziplin behaupten. Diesem Anspruch trägt die Einrichtung des DFG-Schwerpunktprogramms 1253, Optimierung mit partiellen Differentialgleichungen’ im Jahre 2006 Rechnung, in dem über 25 Projekte im Bundesgebiet sowohl auf die theoretische Fundierung, als auch und insbesondere auf die Verzahnung zwischen Methodenentwicklung und numerischer Realisierung fokussieren. Forschung im Bereich der mathematischen Optimierung und Steuerung von Prozessen bzw. Eigenschaften, die mit Hilfe partieller Differentialgleichungen, so genannten, verteilten Systemen’, beschrieben werden, erfolgt im Kontext konkreter und exemplarischer Anwendungssituationen, die neue mathematische Herausforderungen markieren: Sicherheitsvorgaben etwa bei der Belastung von Gas- und Frischwasserleitungen oder solche für die Belastbarkeit von Verkehrsflugzeugen führen auf Druckbeschränkungen bzw.

  12. van der Waals interactions in a magnetodielectric medium

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    Spagnolo, S.; Dalvit, D. A. R.; Milonni, P. W.

    2007-05-15

    The van der Waals interaction between two ground-state atoms is calculated for two electrically or magnetically polarizable particles embedded in a dispersive magnetodielectric medium. Unlike previous calculations which infer the atom-atom interaction from the dilute-medium limit of the macroscopic, many-body van der Waals interaction, the interaction is calculated directly for the system of two atoms in a magnetodielectric medium. Two approaches are presented, the first based on the quantized electromagnetic field in a dispersive medium without absorption and the second on Green functions that allow for absorption. We show that the correct van der Waals interactions are obtained regardless of whether absorption in the host medium is explicitly taken into account.

  13. Van der Woude Syndrome with Short Review of the Literature

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    Deshmukh, Pallavi K.; Deshmukh, Kiran; Mangalgi, Anand; Patil, Subhash; Hugar, Deepa; Kodangal, Saraswathi Fakirappa

    2014-01-01

    Van der Woude syndrome (VWS) is a rare autosomal dominant condition with high penetrance and variable expression. Clinical manifestation of this autosomal dominant clefting syndrome includes bilateral midline lower lip pits, cleft lip, and cleft palate along with hypodontia. These congenital lip pits appear as a malformation in the vermilion border of the lip, with or without excretion. Discomfort caused by spontaneous or induced drainage of saliva/mucus when pressure is applied or during a meal as well as poor aesthetic match is one of the main complaints of patients with congenital lip fistula. The pits are treated by surgical resection. Dentists should be aware of the congenital lip pits as in Van der Woude syndrome because they have been reported to be associated with a variety of malformations or other congenital disorders. Here, the authors report a rare case of Van der Woude syndrome with short review of the literature. PMID:25050184

  14. Collisional stabilization of van der Waals states of ozone

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    Ivanov, Mikhail V.; Babikov, Dmitri

    2011-05-01

    The mixed quantum-classical theory developed earlier [M. Ivanov and D. Babikov, J. Chem. Phys. 134, 144107 (2011)] is employed to treat the collisional energy transfer and the ro-vibrational energy flow in a recombination reaction that forms ozone. Assumption is that the van der Waals states of ozone are formed in the O + O2 collisions, and then stabilized into the states of covalent well by collisions with bath gas. Cross sections for collision induced dissociation of van der Waals states of ozone, for their stabilization into the covalent well, and for their survival in the van der Waals well are computed. The role these states may play in the kinetics of ozone formation is discussed.

  15. The Economics of van der Waals Force Engineering

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    Pinto, Fabrizio

    2008-01-01

    As micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) fabrication continues on an ever-decreasing scale, new technological challenges must be successfully negotiated if Moore's Law is to be an even approximately valid model of the future of device miniaturization. Among the most significant obstacles is the existence of strong surface forces related to quantum mechanical van der Waals interatomic interactions, which rapidly diverge as the distance between any two neutral boundaries decreases. The van der Waals force is a contributing factor in several device failures and limitations, including, for instance, stiction and oscillator non-linearities. In the last decade, however, it has been conclusively shown that van der Waals forces are not just a MEMS limitation but can be engineered in both magnitude and sign so as to enable classes of proprietary inventions which either deliver novel capabilities or improve upon existing ones. The evolution of van der Waals force research from an almost exclusively theoretical field in quantum-electro-dynamics to an enabling nanotechnology discipline represents a useful example of the ongoing paradigm shift from government-centered to private-capital funded R&D in cutting-edge physics leading to potentially profitable products. In this paper, we discuss the reasons van der Waals force engineering may lead to the creation of thriving markets both in the short and medium terms by highlighting technical challenges that can be competitively addressed by this novel approach. We also discuss some notable obstacles to the cultural transformation of the academic research community required for the emergence of a functional van der Waals force engineering industry worldwide.

  16. Van der Waerden continuity theorem for semisimple lie groups

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    Shtern, A. I.

    2006-04-01

    As was proved by van der Waerden in 1933, every finite-dimensional locally bounded representation of a semisimple compact Lie group is continuous. This is the famous “van der Waerden continuity theorem,” and it motivated a vast literature. In particular, relationships between the assertion of the theorem (and of the inverse, in a sense, to this theorem) and some properties of the Bohr compactifications of topological groups were established, which led to the introduction and the study of certain classes of the so-called van der Waerden groups and algebras. Until now, after more than 70 years have passed, the van der Waerden theorem appears in monographs and surveys in diverse forms; new proofs were found and then simplified in important special cases. In this paper, we prove that the statement of the van der Waerden theorem remains valid for all (not necessarily compact) real semisimple Lie groups, i.e., any given finite-dimensional representation of a real semisimple Lie group is continuous if and only if this representation is locally bounded. More subtle results are also obtained. The main theorem contains several conditions equivalent to the continuity condition for a finite-dimensional representation. In particular, it is proved that every finite-dimensional representation of a real semisimple Lie group is continuous if and only if the restriction of this representation to the “compact” part, to the Abelian part, or to the nilpotent part of the Iwasawa decomposition is locally bounded, and the original van der Waerden theorem is also somewhat refined. For instance, the following assertion holds: every finite-dimensional representation of a compact semisimple Lie group is continuous if and only if the restriction of this representation to some maximal torus is locally bounded.

  17. Einsteins Traum. Expeditionen an die Grenzen der Raumzeit.

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    Hawking, S. W.

    This book is a German translation, by H. Kober, of the English original "Black holes and baby universes and other essays" published in 1993. It is a collection of articles written by the author between 1976 and 1992. Contents: 1. Kindheit. 2. Oxford und Cambridge. 3. Meine Erfahrung mit ALS. 4. Öffentliche Einstellungen zur Wissenschaft. 5. Eine kurze Geschichte der Kurzen Geschichte. 6. Mein Standpunkt. 7. Einsteins Traum. 8. Der Ursprung des Universums. 9. Die Quantenmechanik Schwarzer Löcher. 10. Schwarze Löcher und Baby-Universen. 11. Ist alles vorherbestimmt? 12. Die Zukunft des Universums. 13. Desert Island Discs, ein Interview.

  18. Dynamic phase transitions in a van der Waals fluid

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    Slemrod, M.

    1981-11-01

    This paper proves the existence of traveling wave solutions connecting liquid and vapor phases in a van der Waals fluid. The main constitutive assumptions are that the fluid be an elastic fluid(with pressure given by the van der Waals equation of state) possessing a higher order correction given by Korteweg's theory of capillarity and the fluid is a conductor of heat with large specific heat at constant volume. The main mathematical tool in the analysis is the Conley-Easton theory of isolating blocks.

  19. Thermal effects on van der Waals adhesive forces

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    Pinon, A. V.; Wierez-Kien, M.; Craciun, A. D.; Beyer, N.; Gallani, J. L.; Rastei, M. V.

    2016-01-01

    We present an experimental and theoretical study on how thermal energy alters van der Waals adhesion forces in nanoscale contacts stretched by mechanical probes. The force follows a distribution whose density function is an asymmetric bell-shaped curve presenting a temperature-dependent negative skewness. With increasing temperature the asymmetry increases whereas the most probable force value decreases. Using a 2-8 Lennard-Jones interaction potential within the reaction rate theory, we offer a theoretical framework permitting an evaluation of the microscopic parameters governing adhesion in a van der Waals nanocontact subjected to mechanical fluctuations.

  20. Web-gestütztes Social Networking am Beispiel der Plattform Wissensmanagement"

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    Lindstaedt, Stefanie; Thurner, Claudia

    Anhand der Plattform Wissensmanagement, der größten deutschsprachigen Community im Themenfeld Wissensmanagement, werden organisationale Rahmenbedingungen, technische Werkzeuge und Rollen der Moderatorin diskutiert, die Bedingungen für den erfolgreichen Betrieb einer Community im Web 2.0 sind. Weiters wird dargestellt, wie Communities für das betriebliche Wissensmanagement eingesetzt werden können.

  1. Antike Gläser und versteinertes Elfenbein: Röntgenanalyse in der Kunst

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    Reiche, Ina; Radtke, Martin; Brouder, Christian

    2003-03-01

    Physikalische Methoden der Archäometrie liefern den Kunsthistorikern und Archäologen wichtige Informationen. Materialspezifische Größen geben Aufschluss über Alter, Authentizität, Herkunft und Herstellungstechniken sowie Alterserscheinungen von Gegenständen. Insbesondere die Röntgenanalyse hat in jüngster Zeit wertvolle Beiträge hierzu geliefert. Dabei spannt sich ein weiter Bogen von den Mysterien ägyptischer Augenschminke über die Herstellungstechnik römischer Gläser bis zur Authentizitätsuntersuchung mittelalterlicher Silberstiftzeichnungen.

  2. EDV-Unterstützung in der Produktion und im Materialfluss

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    Berlak, Joachim; Dickmann, Eva; Dickmann, Philipp; Ehlers, Jörg-Dieter; Ellerbrock, Kersten; Kuhn, Christian; Mack, Georg; Michels, Friedhelm; Reimer, Sebastian; Rosenhammer, Thomas; Rücker, Thomas; Rudolf, Henning; Schneider, Herfried M.; Vogl, Wolfgang; Wiesbeck, Mathey; Zäh, Michael F.

    In der Mitte des 20. Jahrhunderts hielten die ersten Rechnersysteme in den Firmen Einzug. Mit deren Leistungsfähigkeit konnten aber nur einfache betriebliche Abläufe dargestellt werden. Es gab isolierte Kleinlösungen in Bereichen wie Finanzwesen, Personalwirtschaft, Materialwirtschaft und Produktionssteuerung. Unter den isolierte Lösungen war kein Datenaustausch möglich.

  3. (Physics and chemistry of van der Waals particles)

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    Klots, C.E.

    1990-10-08

    Accounts are given of the two major international conferences on the physics and chemistry of small particles, commonly referred to as van der Waals particles. Details of special interest to Oak Ridge National Laboratory personnel are cited. Information exchanges at Freiburg and Paris are described.

  4. Van der Waals forces in pNRQED

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    Shtabovenko, Vladyslav

    2016-01-01

    We report on the calculation of electromagnetic van der Waals forces [1] between two hydrogen atoms using non-relativistic effective field theories (EFTs) of QED for large and small momentum transfers with respect to the intrinsic energy scale of the hydrogen atom. Our results reproduce the well known London and Casimir-Polder forces.

  5. Englischsprachige Version der S3-Leitlinie Chronische Pankreatitis.

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    Hoffmeister, A; Mayerle, J; Beglinger, C; Büchler, M W; Bufler, P; Dathe, K; Fölsch, U R; Friess, H; Izbicki, J; Kahl, S; Klar, E; Keller, J; Knoefel, W T; Layer, P; Loehr, M; Meier, R; Riemann, J F; Rünzi, M; Schmid, R M; Schreyer, A; Tribl, B; Werner, J; Witt, H; Mössner, J; Lerch, M M

    2015-12-01

    Die chronische Pankreatitis ist eine Erkrankung der Bauchspeicheldrüse, bei der rezidivierende Entzündungsschübe zu einem Ersatz des Pankreasparenchyms durch narbiges Bindegewebe führen. Diese Narbenbildung des Pankreas führt zu einem fortschreitenden Verlust der exokrinen und endokrinen Pankreasfunktion. Darüber hinaus treten typische Komplikationen auf zu denen die Bildung von Pseudozysten, Stenosen im Pankreasgang, Obstruktionen des Zwölffingerdarms, Gefäßkomplikationen, einer Obstruktion des Gallengangs, eine Mangel- und Fehlernährung sowie ein Schmerzsyndrom gehören. Das wichtigste Symptom der chronischen Pankreatitis sind abdominelle Schmerzen. Die chronische Pankreatitis stellt einen Risikofaktor für die Entstehung des Pankreaskarzinoms dar. Die chronische Pankreatitis reduziert sowohl die Lebensqualität als auch die Lebenserwartung betroffener Patienten deutlich. Die hier vorgelegte Leitlinie wurde von 74 Vertretern aus 11 Fachgesellschaften als Basis für eine evidenzbasierte Fort- und Weiterbildung zusammengestellt. Ihr Ziel ist es, die medizinische Versorgung betroffener Patienten sowohl im ambulanten als auch im stationären Bereich zu verbessern. Wegen ihrer Krankheitsschwere, ihrer Häufigkeit, ihres chronischen Verlaufs und ihres deutlich negativen Einflusses auf die Lebensqualität und die Lebenserwartung, bedürfen Patienten mit chronischer Pankreatitis einer angemessenen Diagnostik und systematischen Therapie. PMID:26666283

  6. Astronomen bei der Arbeit - Live-Konferenz mit La Palma

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    Beck, Paul G.

    2012-02-01

    "Wie kann man sich die nächtliche Arbeit eines Astronomen am Teleskop vorstellen?" Diese Frage stellen sich viele wissenschaftlich interessierte Menschen, die noch kein professionelles Observatorium besuchen konnten. Das multimediale Experiment "Call a Scientist" verband Besucher einer österreichischen Amateursternwarte live mit dem Großobservatorium in La Palma und brachte damit einer interessierten Öffentlichkeit seltene Einblicke in die Arbeitsweise der modernen Astronomie nahe.

  7. Artificially stacked atomic layers: toward new van der Waals solids.

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    Gao, Guanhui; Gao, Wei; Cannuccia, E; Taha-Tijerina, Jaime; Balicas, Luis; Mathkar, Akshay; Narayanan, T N; Liu, Zhen; Gupta, Bipin K; Peng, Juan; Yin, Yansheng; Rubio, Angel; Ajayan, Pulickel M

    2012-07-11

    Strong in-plane bonding and weak van der Waals interplanar interactions characterize a large number of layered materials, as epitomized by graphite. The advent of graphene (G), individual layers from graphite, and atomic layers isolated from a few other van der Waals bonded layered compounds has enabled the ability to pick, place, and stack atomic layers of arbitrary compositions and build unique layered materials, which would be otherwise impossible to synthesize via other known techniques. Here we demonstrate this concept for solids consisting of randomly stacked layers of graphene and hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN). Dispersions of exfoliated h-BN layers and graphene have been prepared by liquid phase exfoliation methods and mixed, in various concentrations, to create artificially stacked h-BN/G solids. These van der Waals stacked hybrid solid materials show interesting electrical, mechanical, and optical properties distinctly different from their starting parent layers. From extensive first principle calculations we identify (i) a novel approach to control the dipole at the h-BN/G interface by properly sandwiching or sliding layers of h-BN and graphene, and (ii) a way to inject carriers in graphene upon UV excitations of the Frenkell-like excitons of the h-BN layer(s). Our combined approach could be used to create artificial materials, made predominantly from inter planar van der Waals stacking of robust bond saturated atomic layers of different solids with vastly different properties. PMID:22731861

  8. Transition phenomena in two interacting van der Pol oscillators

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    Morimoto, Y.

    1989-11-01

    Two interacting van der Pol oscillators attain synchronous states as the coupling increases, when transitions are induced between asynchronous and synchronous states, and between synchronous states. The slowing down of characteristic time and the appearance of metastable mode are observed near the transition points.

  9. Das Universum der Sterne. Himmelsbeobachtungen und Streifzüge durch die moderne Astronomie.

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    Rowan-Robinson, M.

    This book is a German translation, by M. Röser, of the English original published in 1990 (see 52.003.046). Contents: 1. Der Halleysche Komet. 2. Alpha Centauri - Der sonnennächste Stern. 3. Sirius und sein Begleiter, ein Weißer Zwerg. 4. Polaris - Der Polarstern. 5. Wega - Ein Planetensystem im Entstehen? 6. Mira - Der erste bekannte veränderliche Stern. 7. Der Ring-Nebel - "Todeskampf" eines sonnenähnlichen Sterns. 8. Der Orion-Nebel - Die Geburt neuer Sterne. 9. Delta Cephei - Die Meßlatte des Weltalls. 10. Algol - Der Teufelsstern. 11. Nova Aquilae - Der neue Stern von 1918. 12. Der Krebs-Nebel - Die Supernova des Jahres 1054. 13. Die Hyaden und Plejaden - Sternhaufen. 14. Die Milchstraße - Unsere Galaxis. 15. Die Magellanschen Wolken - Unsere Nachbarn im Weltall. 16. Der Andromeda-Nebel - Zwilling unserer Galaxis. 17. Messier 87 - Eine Radiogalaxie. 18. 3C 273 - Rätselhafter Quasar. 19. Messier 82 - Eine "Starburst"-Galaxie. 20. Der Virgo-Haufen - Ein reicher Galaxienhaufen. 21. Das Universum.

  10. Einstellung und Wissen von Lehramtsstudierenden zur Evolution - ein Vergleich zwischen Deutschland und der Türkei

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    Graf, Dittmar; Soran, Haluk

    Es wird eine Untersuchung vorgestellt, in der Wissen und Überzeugungen von Lehramtsstudierenden aller Fächer zum Thema Evolution an zwei Universitäten in Deutschland und der Türkei erhoben worden sind. Die Befragung wurde in Dortmund und in Ankara durchgeführt. Es stellte sich heraus, dass ausgeprägte Defizite im Verständnis der Evolutionsmechanismen herrschen. Viele Studierende, insbesondere aus der Türkei, sind nicht von der Faktizität der Evolution überzeugt. Dies gilt sowohl für Studierende mit Fach Biologie als auch für Studierende mit anderen Fächern. Näher untersucht worden sind die Faktoren, die die Überzeugungen zur Evolution beeinflussen können, was ja in Anbetracht der hohen Ablehnungsrate der Evolution von besonderem Interesse ist. Das Vertrauen in die Wissenschaft spielt hierbei eine besondere Rolle: Wer der Wissenschaft vertraut, ist auch eher von der Evolution überzeugt, als diejenigen, die skeptisch gegenüber der Wissenschaft sind.

  11. Sinn und Möglichkeiten der Theoretischen Physik. Zum 300. Jahrestag von Newtons Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica

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    Rompe, R.; Thiessen, P. A.; Treder, H.-J.

    Die Newtonschen Prinzipien und die aus ihnen gewonnene Erkenntnis der Existenz von Elementarkonstanten nach Planck, Einstein und Bohr erweisen sich zunehmend als tragfähiges Fundament nicht nur der Physik und ihrer Anwendung in der Technik, sondern überhaupt aller exakten Wissenschaften in breitestem Sinne des Wortes.Die physikalisch inhaltliche Klärung der Begriffe erfolgt seit Newton in engem Verbund mit der Entwicklung mathematischer Methoden. Diese Kombination erweist sich weiterhin als produktiv und sichert den Fortschritt der Physik und der exakten Wissenschaften.Wohl alle Probleme, die im Bereich der Technik Bedeutung haben können, lassen sich bei entsprechendem Aufwand bereits mit dem vorhandenen Fundus an Erkenntnissen und Methoden erfolgreich angehen.Der in der Wirklichkeit verankerte Zusammenhang von Gesetz und Zufall erweist sich als eine Manifestation der Dialektik in der Natur. Es gibt keinen absoluten Zufall. Sie kommt in allen Zweigen der Physik, nicht nur in der Thermodynamik und Quantenphysik, zutage, und muß bereits auf dem Niveau der Newtonschen Prinzipien und der Elementarkonstanten behandelt werden.Die theoretische Physik, so wie sie von Newton initiiert worden ist, wurde so angelegt, daß sie alle Seiten der Wirklichkeit, so weit sie in die Kompetenz der Physik fallen, umfaßt. Es besteht darum kein Gegensatz zwischen der klassischen Physik und der Quantenphysik. Es handelt sich lediglich um eine Differenzierung nach den unterschiedlichen physikalischen Inhalten und den angemessenen mathematischen Methoden, die natürlich von der Wahl der Probleme abhängen.Die theoretische Physik stellt eine allgemein zugängliche Zusammenfassung des gesicherten Wissens der Physik dar, das zugleich das Fundament der exakten Wissenschaften ist.Die theoretische Physik ist damit das Mittel der Verständigung innerhalb der Kooperation, die notwendig ist zur Lösung der großen komplexen Aufgaben der Wissenschaft und Technik.Translated AbstractThe Meaning and Abilities of Theoretical PhysicsThe Newtonean principles and - derived from them - the congnition of the exixtence of elementary constants according to Planck, Einstein and Bohr increasingly prove to be a strong base not only of physics and its apllication in technology but also of each kind of exact sciences in the broadest sense of the word.Since Newton the clarification of concepts with regard so their physical takes place in close connection with the development of mathematical methods. This combination proves to be further productive and ensures the progress of physics an of the exact sciences.Most likely all problems which may be of importance in the realm of life can be treated successfully - adequate expenditure taken for granted - with the existing fund of knowledge and methods.The connection between law and accident resting on reality proves to be a relation of complementarity (there is no absolute accident). This becomes evident in all branches in all branches of physics, not only in thermodynamics and quantum physics, and can be treated already on the level of the Newtonean principles and elementary constants.Theoretical physics as initiated by newton was designed to comprise all parts of nature. About that there is no contrast between classical physics and quantum physics. It is only a matter of differentiation with regard to the different physical contents and the appropriate mathematical methods, dependent of course on the choice problems.Theoretical physics represents a generally available concentration of the reliable knowledge of physics, which is at

  12. Zur Ganggeschwindigkeit von Uhren auf der rotierenden Erde

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    Richter, Gustav

    ALBERT EINSTEINS Bemerkung von 1905, daß eine am Erdäquator aufgestellte Unruh-Uhr etwas langsamer liefe als eine gleichartige, an einem der Erdpole befindliche Uhr, wird durch einen entgegenwirkenden Gravitationseffekt gerade aufgehoben, so daß alle an beliebigen Orten auf Meeresniveau befindlichen Uhren gleichschnell gehen: Die kinematische Zeitverzögerung der mit der Erddrehung bewegten Uhr erweist sich als genau entgegengesetzt gleich der Gangbeschleunigung derselben Uhr durch den Gravitationseffekt auf dem Äquatorwulst der Erde.Ferner werden das sog. Uhrenparadoxon und das Hafele-Keating-Experiment in einer etwas anderen als der meist üblichen Weise diskutiert.Translated AbstractOn the Rates of Advance of Clocks on the Rotating EarthIn 1905 ALBERT EINSTEIN came from his Special Theory of Relativity to the conclusion that a balance clock located at the earth's equator is somewhat slowed down compared with a clock resting at one of the earth's poles P (see Fig. 2 below). But interestingly, this retardation of time is fully compensated by an opposing gravitational effect which (according to the General Theory of Relativity, discovered later by EINSTEIN, 1908 - 1915) causes all (atomic) clocks even at any point A on earth's surface at normal sea-level at arbitrary latitudes to advance at the same rate as the clock at the pole: The kinematic time-dilatation of a clock A moving with the velocity v of the earth's daily revolution around its axis turns out to be precisely equal in magnitude to the acceleration of the advance of the same clock A with respect to the clock at P due to the gravitational potential-difference between A and P, resulting from the ellipsoidal figure of the rotating earth.These two variations in the clock-rates, amounting relatively to 1/2 (v/c)2, where c denotes the velocity of light in vacuum, exactly cancel each other.Furthermore the so called clock-paradox and the Hafele-Keating-Experiment are rediscussed in a somewhat different way than usual.

  13. Expression, purification and characterization of Der f 27, a new allergen from dermatophagoides farinae

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    Lin, Jianli; Li, Meng; Liu, Yulin; Jiang, Congli; Wu, Yulan; Wang, Yuanyuan; Gao, Anjian; Liu, Zhigang; Yang, Pingchang; Liu, Xiaoyu

    2015-01-01

    The house dust mite (HDM), Dermatophagoidesfarinae (D. farina), is one of the most important indoor allergen sources and a major elicitor of allergic asthma; itscharacterization is important in the diagnosis and immunotherapy of mite allergen-relevant diseases. This study aims to characterize a novel allergen, the D. farinae-derived serpin (Der f 27). In this study, the total RNA of D. farinae was extracted, and the Der f 27 gene was cloned and expressed. The allergenicity of recombinant Der f 27 protein was determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and Western-blotting with the sera of asthma patients, and skin prick test (SPT) in allergic human subjects. A r-Der f 27 allergic asthma mouse model was established. The cloned Der f 27 gene has been presented at the Gene Bank with an accession number of KM009995. The IgE levels of r-Der f 27 in the serum from r-Der f 27 SPT positive allergic patients were 3 folds more than healthy subjects. The Der f 27 SPT positive ratewas 42.1% in 19 DM-SPT positive patients. Airway hyperresponsiveness, serum specific IgE, and levels of interleukin-4 in the spleen cell culture supernatant were significantly increased in allergic asthma mice sensitized to r-Der f 27. In conclusion, Der f 27 is a new subtype of house mite allergen. PMID:26328010

  14. Characterization of arginine kinase, anovel allergen of dermatophagoides farinae (Der f 20)

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    Xing, Peng; Yu, Haiqiong; Li, Meng; Xiao, Xiaojun; Jiang, Congli; Mo, Lihua; Zhang, Min; Yang, Pingchang; Liu, Zhigang

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To characterize a novel allergen, the Dermatophagoides farinae-derived arginine kinase (Der f 20). Methods: The protein of Der f 20 was synthesized by genetic engineering approaches. The allergenicity of Der f 20 was tested by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and an airway allergy mouse model. Results: The Der f 20 gene was cloned andpresented in the Gene Bank with an accession number of AAP57094. The Der f 20 is an arginine kinase (AK), whichshowed a close relationship with D. pteronyssinus AK and Aleuroglyphusovatus AK. Western-blot and ELISA studies showed the IgE binding capacity of Der f 20 was 66.7% in the sera from 6 dust mite allergic patients. Immune inhibition assayresults showed the IgE cross-reactivity between Der f 20 and DME (Dust mite extract). Positive responses to Der f 20 were 41.2% as shown by skin prick tests in 17 DME-allergic patients. In vitro experimental results showed that Der f 20 induced Th2 cell differentiation and the expression of T cell Ig mucin domain molecule-4 (TIM4) in DCs. Conclusions; The Der f 20 protein is a novel subtype of thedust mite allergen. PMID:26885278

  15. Psychometric Properties of the Persian Version of the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale) DERS-6 & DERS-5- Revised (in an Iranian Clinical Sample

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    Mazaheri, Mina

    2015-01-01

    Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine the construct validity and reliability of the two forms of the Persian version of the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS-6 & DERS-5-revised) in a clinical sample. Methods: The clinical sample consisted of 181 patients diagnosed with Functional GI Disorders (FGID) who referred to the digestive psychosomatic clinic in Isfahan in 2012. They were selected by census method (In a given period of time). The Persian version of the DERS, the short form of the DASS, and the TAS-20 were used to collect data. Results: The results of the factor structure or construct validity using principal components analysis with varimax rotation recognized 7 factors for the DERS-6 (Goals, Awarness, Impalse, Non Acceptance, Strategy, Clarity, Recognition), and 6 factors for the DERS-5- revised (Non Acceptance, Goals, Impalse, Strategy, Clarity, Recognition) in the clinical sample. They showed the common variance of 59.51% and 59.15%, respectively. Also, the results showed that the concurrent validity of both forms of the DERS and most of their factors, and their reliability in terms of Cronbach-Alpha were favorable. Discussion: Considering the factor structure and favorable psychometric properties of the two scales of DERS-6 & DERS-5-revised, the scales can be used in clinical samples. PMID:26884788

  16. Zu einer inhaltsorientierten Theorie des Lernens und Lehrens der biologischen Evolution

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    Wallin, Anita

    Der Zweck dieser Studie (zwecks Überblick siehe dazu Abb. 9.1) war zu untersuchen, wie die Schüler der Sekundarstufe II ein Verständnis von der Theorie der biologischen Evolution entwickeln. Vom Ausgangspunkt "Vorurteile der Schüler“ ausgehend wurden Unterrichtssequenzen entwickelt und drei verschiedene Lernexperimente in einem zyklischen Prozess durchgeführt. Das Wissen der Schüler wurde vor, während und nach den Unterrichtssequenzen mit Hilfe von schriftlichen Tests, Interviews und Diskussionsrunden in kleinen Gruppen abgefragt. Etwa 80 % der Schüler hatten vor dem Unterricht alternative Vorstellungen von Evolution, und in dem Nachfolgetest erreichten circa 75 % ein wissenschaftliches Niveau. Die Argumentation der Schüler in den verschiedenen Tests wurde sorgfältig unter Rücksichtnahme auf Vorurteile, der konzeptionellen Struktur der Theorie der Evolution und den Zielen des Unterrichts analysiert. Daraus konnten Einsichten in solche Anforderungen an Lehren und Lernen gewonnen werden, die Herausforderungen an Schüler und Lehrer darstellen, wenn sie anfangen, evolutionäre Biologie zu lernen oder zu lehren. Ein wichtiges Ergebnis war, dass das Verständnis existierender Variation in einer Population der Schlüssel zum Verständnis von natürlicher Selektion ist. Die Ergebnisse sind in einer inhaltsorientierten Theorie zusammengefasst, welche aus drei verschiedenen Aspekten besteht: 1) den inhaltsspezifischen Aspekten, die einzigartig für jedes wissenschaftliche Feld sind; 2) den Aspekten, die die Natur der Wissenschaft betreffen; und 3) den allgemeinen Aspekten. Diese Theorie kann in neuen Experimenten getestet und weiter entwickelt werden.

  17. Models and numerical schemes for generalized van der Pol equations

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    Xu, Yufeng; Agrawal, Om P.

    2013-12-01

    This paper presents three generalizations of the van der Pol equation (VDPE) using newly proposed three new generalized K-, A- and B-operators. These operators allow kernel to be arbitrary. As a result, these operators provide a greater generalization of the VDPE than the fractional integral and differential operators do. Like the original VDPE, the generalized van der Pol equations (GVDPEs) are also nonlinear equations, and in most cases, they can not be solved analytically. Numerical algorithms are presented and used to solve the GVDPEs. Results for several examples are presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of the numerical algorithms, and to examine the behavior of the GVDPEs and the limit cycles associated with them. Although the numerical algorithms have been used to solve the GVDPEs only, they can also be used to solve many other generalized oscillators and generalized differential equations. This will be considered in the future.

  18. Calculating Ro-Vibrational Spectra of Van Der Waals Molecules

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    Wang, Xiaogang; Carrington, Tucker, Jr.

    2010-06-01

    Van der Waals molecules are loosely bound and strongly coupled and their spectroscopy can therefore not be understood with a rigid rotor + harmonic oscillator model. Useful insight can be obtained by numerically solving the ro-vibrational Schroedinger equation using a basis set. The most obvious impediment is the size of the basis required to obtain converged results. Nonetheless, by using an iterative eigensolver and exploiting the structure of quadrature approximations for potential matrix elements, it is possible to do calculations for many molecules of interest. I shall discuss how the choice of the vibrational coordinates and the molecule-fixed axis system influence the calculation of ro-vibrational spectra of Van der Waals molecules and present new results for (NNO)_2, H_2-H_2O, and SF_6-He_2.

  19. Cyber-Physical Systems - Wissenschaftliche Herausforderungen Bei Der Entwicklung

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    Broy, Manfred

    Cyber-Physical Systems adressieren die enge Verbindung eingebetteter Systeme zur Überwachung und Steuerung physikalischer Vorgänge mittels Sensoren und Aktuatoren über Kommunikationseinrichtungen mit den globalen digitalen Netzen (dem Cyberspace"). Dieser Typus von Systemen ermöglicht über Wirkketten eine Verbindung zwischen Vorgängen der physischen Realität und den heute verfügbaren digitalen Netzinfrastrukturen. Dies erlaubt vielfältige Applikationen mit hohem wirtschaftlichen Potential, und mit starker Innovationskraft. Die vollständige Ausschöpfung des Potentials erfordert aber gezielte wissenschaftliche Anstrengungen bei der Entwicklung solcher Systeme im Hinblick auf Methodik, Technologie, Kostenbeherrschung und funktionale Angemessenheit.

  20. Spin-Flavor van der Waals Forces and NN interaction

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    Alvaro Calle Cordon, Enrique Ruiz Arriola

    2011-12-01

    A major goal in Nuclear Physics is the derivation of the Nucleon-Nucleon (NN) interaction from Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD). In QCD the fundamental degrees of freedom are colored quarks and gluons which are confined to form colorless strongly interacting hadrons. Because of this the resulting nuclear forces at sufficiently large distances correspond to spin-flavor excitations, very much like the dipole excitations generating the van der Waals (vdW) forces acting between atoms. We study the Nucleon-Nucleon interaction in the Born-Oppenheimer approximation at second order in perturbation theory including the Delta resonance as an intermediate state. The potential resembles strongly chiral potentials computed either via soliton models or chiral perturbation theory and has a van der Waals like singularity at short distances which is handled by means of renormalization techniques. Results for the deuteron are discussed.

  1. Quantum field theory of van der Waals friction

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    Volokitin, A. I.; Persson, B. N. J.

    2006-11-15

    van der Waals friction between two semi-infinite solids, and between a small neutral particle and semi-infinite solid is studied using thermal quantum field theory in the Matsubara formulation. We show that the friction to linear order in the sliding velocity can be obtained from the equilibrium Green functions and that our treatment can be extended for bodies with complex geometry. The calculated friction agrees with the friction obtained using a dynamical modification of the Lifshitz theory, which is based on the fluctuation-dissipation theorem. We show that it should be possible to measure the van der Waals friction in noncontact friction experiment using state-of-the-art equipment.

  2. Van der Waals interaction-tuned heat transfer in nanostructures.

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    Sun, Tao; Wang, Jianxiang; Kang, Wei

    2013-01-01

    Interfaces usually impede heat transfer in heterogeneous structures. Recent experiments show that van der Waals (vdW) interactions can significantly enhance thermal conductivity parallel to the interface of a bundle of nanoribbons compared to a single layer of freestanding nanoribbon. In this paper, by simulating heat transfer in nanostructures based on a model of nonlinear one-dimensional lattices interacting via van der Waals interactions, we show that the vdW interface interaction can adjust the thermal conductivity parallel to the interface. The efficiency of the adjustment depends on the intensity of interactions and temperature. The nonlinear dependence of the conductivity on the intensity of interactions agrees well with experimental results for carbon nanotube bundles, multi-walled carbon nanotubes, multi-layer graphene, and nanoribbons. PMID:23147396

  3. Aqueous gating of van der Waals materials on bilayer nanopaper.

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    Bao, Wenzhong; Fang, Zhiqiang; Wan, Jiayu; Dai, Jiaqi; Zhu, Hongli; Han, Xiaogang; Yang, Xiaofeng; Preston, Colin; Hu, Liangbing

    2014-10-28

    In this work, we report transistors made of van der Waals materials on a mesoporous paper with a smooth nanoscale surface. The aqueous transistor has a novel planar structure with source, drain, and gate electrodes on the same surface of the paper, while the mesoporous paper is used as an electrolyte reservoir. These transistors are enabled by an all-cellulose paper with nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) on the top surface that leads to an excellent surface smoothness, while the rest of the microsized cellulose fibers can absorb electrolyte effectively. Based on two-dimensional van der Waals materials, including MoS2 and graphene, we demonstrate high-performance transistors with a large on-off ratio and low subthreshold swing. Such planar transistors with absorbed electrolyte gating can be used as sensors integrated with other components to form paper microfluidic systems. This study is significant for future paper-based electronics and biosensors. PMID:25283598

  4. Photovoltaic Effect in an Electrically Tunable van der Waals Heterojunction

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    2014-01-01

    Semiconductor heterostructures form the cornerstone of many electronic and optoelectronic devices and are traditionally fabricated using epitaxial growth techniques. More recently, heterostructures have also been obtained by vertical stacking of two-dimensional crystals, such as graphene and related two-dimensional materials. These layered designer materials are held together by van der Waals forces and contain atomically sharp interfaces. Here, we report on a type-II van der Waals heterojunction made of molybdenum disulfide and tungsten diselenide monolayers. The junction is electrically tunable, and under appropriate gate bias an atomically thin diode is realized. Upon optical illumination, charge transfer occurs across the planar interface and the device exhibits a photovoltaic effect. Advances in large-scale production of two-dimensional crystals could thus lead to a new photovoltaic solar technology. PMID:25057817

  5. Structure and dynamics of small van der Waals complexes

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    Loreau, J.

    2014-10-06

    We illustrate computational aspects of the calculation of the potential energy surfaces of small (up to five atoms) van der Waals complexes with high-level quantum chemistry techniques such as the CCSD(T) method with extended basis sets. We discuss the compromise between the required accuracy and the computational time. Further, we show how these potential energy surfaces can be fitted and used in dynamical calculations such as non-reactive inelastic scattering.

  6. Linkage studies in a pedigree with Van der Woude syndrome.

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    Wienker, T F; Hudek, G; Bissbort, S; Mayerová, A; Mauff, G; Bender, K

    1987-01-01

    A kindred segregating for Van der Woude syndrome (VWS) through five generations is described. Biochemical and serological phenotypes at 36 polymorphic marker loci have been determined, of which 27 were informative for linkage analysis to the VWS gene (LIPED 3 computer programme). Lod scores are reported and show exclusion of close linkage for most of the marker loci. Only VWS:Duffy (Fy) resulted in uniformly positive lod scores (theta = 0.0, z(theta) = 1.31). PMID:3572998

  7. Nutzergerechte Entwicklung der Mensch-Maschine-Interaktion von Fahrerassistenzsystemen

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    König, Winfried

    Durch langjährige Forschungen bei Kfz-Herstellern, Zulieferfirmen und an Hochschulen sind umfangreiche, aber dennoch lückenhafte Erkenntnisse über das Zusammenspiel zwischen FAS und Nutzer gewonnen worden. In deutschen und internationalen Projekten wie z. B. PROMETHEUS, DRIVE, MOTIV, INVENT, RESPONSE und AKTIV haben sich Kfz-Hersteller, Zulieferfirmen, Hochschulen und weitere staatliche und private Forschungseinrichtungen zusammengefunden, um die vorwettbewerbliche Forschung für derartige Systeme voranzutreiben. Im folgenden Kapitel sollen einige der gewonnenen Kenntnisse dargelegt werden, um die Entwicklung des HMI von FAS zu erleichtern.

  8. Van der Waals interactions: accuracy of pair potential approximations.

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    Cole, Milton W; Kim, Hye-Young; Liebrecht, Michael

    2012-11-21

    Van der Waals interactions between single atoms and solids are discussed for the regime of large separation. A commonly employed approximation is to evaluate this interaction as a sum of two-body interactions between the adatom and the constituent atoms of the solid. The resulting potentials are here compared with known results in various geometries. Analogous comparisons are made for diatomic molecules near either single atoms or semi-infinite surfaces and for triatomic molecules' interactions with single atoms. PMID:23181315

  9. Nonadiabatic Van der Pol oscillations in molecular transport

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    Kartsev, Alexey; Verdozzi, Claudio; Stefanucci, Gianluca

    2014-01-01

    The force exerted by the electrons on the nuclei of a current-carrying molecular junction can be manipulated to engineer nanoscale mechanical systems. In the adiabatic regime a peculiarity of these forces is negative friction, responsible for Van der Pol oscillations of the nuclear coordinates. In this work we study the robustness of the Van der Pol oscillations against high-frequency sources. For this purpose we go beyond the adiabatic approximation and perform full Ehrenfest dynamics simulations. The numerical scheme implements a mixed quantum-classical algorithm for open systems and is capable to deal with arbitrary time-dependent driving fields. We find that the Van der Pol oscillations are extremely stable. The nonadiabatic electron dynamics distorts the trajectory in the momentum-coordinate phase space but preserves the limit cycles in an average sense. We further show that high-frequency fields change both the oscillation amplitudes and the average nuclear positions. By switching the fields off at different times one obtains cycles of different amplitudes which attain the limit cycle only after considerably long times.

  10. Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der Kompression von Femtosekunden-Lichtimpulsen

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    Wilhelmi, Bernd

    Aus der Wellengleichung werden Beziehungen zur Beschreibung des simultanen Einflusses von Dispersion und Nichtlinearität verschiedener Ordnung auf ultrakurze Lichtimpulse in Materialien, deren Eigenfrequenzen weit von der Mittenfrequenz des Lichtes entfernt liegen, hergeleitet. Unter bestimmten Voraussetzungen über Eingangsimpuls und Material nehmen diese Beziehungen die Struktur der nichtlinearen Schrödinger-Gleichung an, deren Anwendungsbereich dadurch abgesteckt werden kann. Es werden Bedingungen für die Erzeugung von komprimierten, chirp-freien Impulsen angegeben und Grenzen für die erreichbare Impulsdauer diskutiert.Translated AbstractPossibilities and Limitations of Compression of Femtosecond Light PulsesRelations have been derived that describe the simultaneous action of dispersion and nonlinearities of various orders on ultrashort light pulses in samples, the eigen frequencies of which are far from the center frequency of the incoming light. Under certain assumptions, with respect to input pulse and material, these relations attain the structure of the nonlinear Schrödinger-equation, the application range of which has been estimated in this way. Conditions for the generation of compressed, chirp-free pulses are given and limits for the minimum obtainable pulse duration are discussed.

  11. Messen, Kalibrieren, Eichen in der Radiologie: Prinzipien und Praxis

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    Wagner, Siegfried R.

    Nach einleitender Erläuterung der unterschiedlichen Meßbedingungen in der Strahlentherapie und im Strahlenschutz werden die metrologischen Probleme am Beispiel der Größenkategorie Äquivalentdosis diskutiert. Als spezielle Größen werden effektive Äquivalentdosis und Umgebungs-Äquivalentdosis eingeführt. Es wird gezeigt, wie richtiges Messen durch ein konsistentes System von Bauartanforderungen an Meßgeräte, durch Kalibrieren und durch Eichen gewährleistet werden kann. Die Bedeutung von Meßunsicherheiten und Fehlergrenzen wird erläutert und ihre Auswirkung auf die Interpretation von Meßergebnissen behandelt.Translated AbstractMeasurements, Calibration, Verification in Radiology: Principles and PracticeThe different measuring conditions in radiotherapy and in radiation protection are discussed in the introduction. Then, the metrological problems are discussed exemplarily with the dose equivalent as a category of quantity. Effective dose equivalent and ambient dose equivalent are introduced as special quantities. It is demonstrated, how correct measurements can be secured by a consistent system of instrument pattern requirements, by calibration and verification. The importance of uncertainties of measurements and of error limits is illustrated and their influence on the interpretation of the results of measurements is treated.

  12. Laboratory tests of IEC DER object models for grid applications.

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    Blevins, John D.; Menicucci, David F.; Byrd, Thomas, Jr.; Gonzalez, Sigifredo; Ginn, Jerry W.; Ortiz-Moyet, Juan

    2007-02-01

    This report describes a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District (SRP) and Sandia National Laboratories to jointly develop advanced methods of controlling distributed energy resources (DERs) that may be located within SRP distribution systems. The controls must provide a standardized interface to allow plug-and-play capability and should allow utilities to take advantage of advanced capabilities of DERs to provide a value beyond offsetting load power. To do this, Sandia and SRP field-tested the IEC 61850-7-420 DER object model (OM) in a grid environment, with the goal of validating whether the model is robust enough to be used in common utility applications. The diesel generator OM tested was successfully used to accomplish basic genset control and monitoring. However, as presently constituted it does not enable plug-and-play functionality. Suggestions are made of aspects of the standard that need further development and testing. These problems are far from insurmountable and do not imply anything fundamentally unsound or unworkable in the standard.

  13. Kopplung eines auf der Momentenmethode basierenden Computerprogramms mit einem FEM-Algorithmus zur Berechnung von elektromagnetischen Streuproblemen im medizinischen Bereich

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    Schick, M.; Landstorfer, F. M.

    2004-05-01

    Am Beispiel der Verkopplung von medizinischen Geräten über den menschlichen Körper werden elektromagnetische Störphänomene im Klinikbereich betrachtet. Für die Berechnung dieser komplexen Szenarien wird zum einen die Momentenmethode (MoM) verwendet, die sich in besonderem Maße für die Berücksichtigung metallischer Strukturen und offener Streuprobleme eignet, und zum anderen die Methode der Finiten Elemente (FEM), mit der die Eigenschaften des menschlichen Körpers besser berücksichtigt werden können. Mit Hilfe des Äquivalenzprinzips lässt sich das Gesamtproblem in zwei Teile zerlegen, in ein inneres und in ein äußeres. Der Außenraum wird dabei mit der MoM behandelt und das Innere, d.h. der Körper mit der FEM. Die Kopplung der beiden Methoden erfolgt an der Körperoberfläche über äquivalente Oberflächenströme. Durch Lösen des resultierenden linearen Gleichungssystems für das gesamte Problem lassen sich dann die Oberflächenströme und die über die Kontinuitätsgleichung miteinander verknüpften elektromagnetischen Felder bestimmen.

  14. Integriertes Informationsmanagement an der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster - Das Projekt MIRO

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    Vogl, Raimund; Gildhorn, Antje; Labitzke, Jörg; Wibberg, Michael

    An der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU) wurde bereits 1996 ein tragfähiges, kooperativ ausgerichtetes System der IT-Governance im Zusammenspiel zentraler und dezentraler IT-Leistungserbringer etabliert. Um den Anforderungen an ein integriertes Informationsmanagement im Überlappungsfeld von Information, Kommunikation und Medien (IKM) durch das Zusammenspiel der zentralen Einrichtungen Universitätsverwaltung (UniV), Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek (ULB) und Zentrum für Informationsverarbeitung (ZIV) gerecht zu werden, wurde 2003 der IKM-Service institutionalisiert. In diesem Rahmen wurde das Projekt Münster Information System for Research and Organization (MIRO) entwickelt, das als Leistungszentrum für Forschungsinformation von der DFG gefördert wird. Die bisherigen Projekterfahrungen, erreichten Ziele und verbleibenden Aufgaben werden dargestellt. Im Projektverlauf haben sich insbesondere die etablierten IT-Governance und Versorgungs-Strukturen sowie die Unterstützung der Hochschulleitung als essentielle Erfolgskriterien erwiesen.

  15. Werk und Leben Walter Christallers . Auszüge aus der Festrede anläßlich der Verleihung des Walter-Christaller-Preises 1996

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    Hottes, Ruth

    1997-03-01

    Unter der Betreuung und Federführung von Robert Gradmann promovierte am Erlanger Geographischen Institut 1932 Walter Christaller mit seiner Dissertation `Die Zentralen Orte in Süddeutschland'. Diese mit summa cum laude bewertete Monographie sollte die vielleicht berühmteste geographische Doktorarbeit unseres Jahrhunderts werden. Sie hat in den vergangenen Jahrzehnten einen beispiellosen Siegeszug angetreten. Heute gilt sie für Geographie, Raumwirtschaftslehre, Stadtforschung und Standorttheorie als eine bahnbrechende Grundkonzeption, und sie ist von größter Bedeutung für Raumordnungspolitik und Planungspraxis."

  16. Spatial chaos in first order phase transitions of a van der Waals fluid

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    Slemrod, M.

    The equilibrium distribution of a van der Waals fluid in spatially periodic thermal fluctuation is investigated analytically, summarizing results obtained by Slemrod and Marsden using the Mel'nikov approach of Holmes and Marsden (1981). The classical van der Waals theory of first-order phase transitions is reviewed; the Mel'nikov approach to chaos is explained; Mel'nikov functions are derived for three cases of a thermally driven van der Waals fluid; and qualitative results are presented graphically.

  17. Auf der Suche nach dem Codierungs-Gral für genetische Algorithmen

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    Weicker, Karsten

    Die umstrittene Frage nach dem "wichtigsten" Operator im genetischen Algorithmus - Mutation oder Crossover - hängt eng zusammen mit der Frage nach der richtigen binären Codierung. Gray- und standardbinärer Code bringen unterschiedliche Vor- und Nachteile in einen genetischen Algorithmus ein. Diese Arbeit beschäftigt sich mit der Suche nach einer Codierung, welche die Vorteile beider Codes vereinbart, und berichtet von einem Teilerfolg für mit 4 Bits encodierten Zahlen.

  18. Application of diffusion Monte Carlo to materials dominated by van der Waals interactions

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    Benali, Anouar; Shulenburger, Luke; Romero, Nichols; Kim, Jeongnim; Von Lilienfeld, Anatole

    2014-01-01

    Van der Waals forces are notoriously difficult to account for from first principles. We perform extensive calculation to assess the usefulness and validity of diffusion quantum Monte Carlo when applied to van der Waals forces. We present results for noble gas solids and clusters - archetypical van der Waals dominated assemblies, as well as a relevant pi-pi stacking supramolecular complex: DNA + intercalating anti-cancer drug Ellipticine.

  19. Approximation dreidimensionaler Oberflächenmodelle der Lippen-Kiefer-Gaumen-Region durch aktive Polygonnetze

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    Weichert, Frank; Ewerlin, Christoph; Büttner, Christian; Shamaa, Ali; Landes, Constantin; Linder, Roland; Wagner, Mathias

    In dieser Arbeit wird ein Verfahren zur Rekonstruktion eines dreidimensionalen Oberflächenmodells aus Serienschnitten vorgestellt, die sich von Lippen-Kiefer-Gaumenspalten (kurz LKG) ableiten und insbesondere die in der chirurgischen Behandlung relevanten medizinischen Strukturen berücksichtigen. Die Intention ist, ein aktives Polygonnetz (deformierbares Oberflächennetz) zur Rekonstruktion der Struktur zu verwenden. Initial wird ein Netzprototyp als grobe Approximation der Struktur erstellt und dann mithilfe eines Gradient Vector Flow (GVF)-Kraftfeldes deformiert. Inhärenter Aspekt der Deformation ist die Beachtung eines resultierenden überschneidungsfreien Oberflächennetzes. Die rekonstruierte Oberfläche eignet sich aufgrund ausgezeichneter Eigenschaften als Eingabe für eine Kräftesimulation mittels Finite-Elemente-Methoden.

  20. Mit Neutronen auf der Spur von Schrödingers Katze: Attosekunden-Verschränkung

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    Dreismann, C. Aris C.

    2004-07-01

    Schnelle Neutronen ermöglichen neue Einsichten in den inneren Aufbau kondensierter Materie: Sie können dynamische Prozesse sichtbar machen, die in wenigen hundert Attosekunden ablaufen. Auf dieser ultrakurzen Zeitskala gehen die Kerne der Wasserstoffatome in der Materie eine komplexe quantenmechanische Verschränkung mit ihren benachbarten Elektronen und Atomkernen ein. Deshalb scheinen diese Protonen beim Streuprozess teilweise zu verschwinden: Wasser zum Beispiel erscheint dann als H1, 5O anstatt H2O. Neutronen-Compton-Streuexperimente an der Neutronen-Spallationsquelle ISIS und Elektronen-Compton-Streuexperimente in Canberra (Australien) weisen auf eine bisher unerkannte Bedeutung der Verschränkung in atomaren und molekularen Prozessen hin, etwa dem Aufbau oder Bruch chemischer Bindungen.

  1. Grundsätze über die Anlagen neuer Sternwarten mit Beziehung auf die Sternwarte der Universität Göttingen. Von Georg Heinrich Borheck

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    Beuermann, Klaus; Borheck, Georg Heinrich

    Die Göttinger Sternwarte, Wirkungsstätte des berühmten Gelehrten Carl Friedrich Gauß, ist ein bedeutendes Baudenkmal. Im Jahre 2005 wird sie gemeinsam von der Georg-August-Universität und der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen renoviert, um dann als repräsentatives Gebäude der Universität und Arbeitsstätte der Akademie zu dienen. Die Nutzung der historischen Räume für Ausstellungen macht diesen imposanten Bau erstmals der Öffentlichkeit zugänglich. Die Sternwarte war bei ihrer Errichtung vor 200 Jahren ein nach seinerzeit neuesten wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnissen konzipierter Bau, der die Universität Göttingen in eine der vordersten Stellen Europa rückte. Auch aufgrund ihrer Architektur ist sie ein großer Wurf des Göttinger Universitätsbaumeisters Georg Heinrich Borheck. Durch die Kriegswirren der Napoleonischen Zeit zerschlug sich Borhecks Versuch einer Publikation seiner Beschreibung des Baus der Göttinger Sternwarte 1805. Doch seine Schrift ist auch heute noch aktuell und wird mit diesem Band erstmals einer breiten Öffentlichkeit zugängig gemacht. Er zeigt die Grundsätze, nach denen damals öffentliche Bauten konzipiert wurden, erläutert die Bedeutung des Baus aus kunst- und wissenschaftshistorischer Sicht und informiert über die Pläne zur Restaurierung der Sternwarte in einem separaten Beitrag und im Geleitwort des Präsidenten der Georg-August Universität Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Kurt von Figura.

  2. Lower lip pits: van der woude or kabuki syndrome?

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    David-Paloyo, Ferri P; Yang, Xuecai; Lin, Ju-Li; Wong, Fen-Hwa; Wu-Chou, Yah-Huei; Lo, Lun-Jou

    2014-11-01

    Kabuki syndrome (KS) is a multiple congenital anomaly/mental retardation syndrome with characteristic facial features. Despite more than 350 documented cases and recent correlation of MLL2 mutations as a genetic cause, its full clinical spectrum is still being defined. This report describes two patients who were initially diagnosed with Van der Woude syndrome (VWS) based on the presence of lower lip pits. However, this finding can occur with KS, albeit infrequently. For patients with lower lip pits, a thorough evaluation should be made to distinguish between VWS and KS, as there are differences in long-term prognosis. PMID:24088119

  3. 3D van der Waals ?-model and its topological excitations

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    Bulgadaev, S. A.

    2001-09-01

    It is shown that the 3D vector van der Waals nonlinear ?-model (NSM) on a sphere S2 has two types of topological excitations: reminiscent vortices and instantons of 2D NSM. The first ones, the hedgehogs, are described by the homotopic group ?2(S2) = Z and have logarithmic energies. They are an analog of 2D vortices. The second ones, corresponding to 2D instantons, are the hopfions. They are described by the homotopic group ?3(S2) = Z, or the Hopf invariant HinZ, and have finite energy. The possibility of a topological phase transition in this model and its applications are briefly discussed.

  4. DER Certification Laboratory Pilot, Accreditation Plan, and Interconnection Agreement Handbook

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    Key, T.; Sitzlar, H. E.; Ferraro, R.

    2003-11-01

    This report describes the first steps toward creating the organization, procedures, plans and tools for distributed energy resources (DER) equipment certification, test laboratory accreditation, and interconnection agreements. It covers the activities and accomplishments during the first period of a multiyear effort. It summarizes steps taken to outline a certification plan to assist in the future development of an interim plan for certification and accreditation activities. It also summarizes work toward a draft plan for certification, a beta Web site to support communications and materials, and preliminary draft certification criteria.

  5. Body-assisted van der Waals interaction between excited atoms.

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    Safari, Hassan; Karimpour, Mohammad Reza

    2015-01-01

    We present a formula for the body-assisted van der Waals interaction potential between two atoms, one or both being prepared in an excited energy eigenstate. The presence of an arbitrary arrangement for a material environment is taken into account via the Green function. The resulting formula supports one of two conflicting findings recorded. The consistency of our formula is investigated by applying it for the case of two atoms in free space and comparing the resulting expression with the one found from the limiting Casimir-Polder potential between an excited atom and a small dielectric sphere. PMID:25615467

  6. Mit Mathematik zu Mehr Intelligenz in der Logistik

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    Möhring, Rolf H.; Schenk, Michael

    Die Lösung logistischer Probleme ist ein wichtiger Aspekt menschlichen Handelns seit Menschen gemeinsam zielgerichtet tätig wurden. Die Grundlagen dessen, was wir heute Logistik nennen, entstammen dem militärischen Bereich. So basierte z. B. das römische Imperium in starkem Maße auf militärisch-logistischen Glanzleistungen. Ob damals bereits mathematische Überlegungen eine Rolle spielten, wissen wir heute nicht. Jedoch versuchte z. B. Napoleon, der mit den bedeutendsten Mathematikern seiner Zeit befreundet war, den Transport seiner Truppen und die Verbreitung von Informationen zu optimieren und strategisch einzusetzen.1,2

  7. On the Van-der-Pol oscillator with noisy nonlinearity

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    Grammel, G.

    2000-07-01

    The Van-der-Pol equation with small perturbation parameter is considered. It is assumed that the nonlinearity is subject to a multiplicative deterministic noise. An averaged system which describes the limiting behaviour of the slow flow is constructed. It is shown that the approximation holds on an infinite time interval. In the second part, the noise is reinterpreted as an active control and the optimization problem of minimizing an average functional is investigated. The asymptotic behaviour of the optimal value function is obtained and composite state feedbacks which nearly realize the optimal value are constructed.

  8. Schönheit und andere Provokationen - Eine neue evolutionsbiologische Theorie der Kunst

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    Junker, Thomas

    Die Evolution hat viele spektakuläre Phänomene hervorgebracht - von der Eleganz des Vogelflugs über die gigantischen Körper der Dinosaurier und die farbenprächtige Vielfalt der Korallenriffe bis hin zu ihrem jüngsten Geniestreich - der menschlichen Kunst. Die schönen Künste - Malerei, Bildhauerei und Architektur, Theater, Tanz, Oper und Filmkunst, Musik und Literatur - Produkte der Evolution? Diese Vorstellung mutet vielen Menschen fremd an, aber wie könnte es anders sein? Denn wenn Charles Darwin recht hat, dann sind nicht nur die körperlichen Merkmale der Menschen als Antworten auf die Erfordernisse des Lebens entstanden, sondern auch ihre geistigen Fähigkeiten und Verhaltensweisen. Im Jahr 1859 hatte er auf den letzten Seiten seines berühmten Buches über die Entstehung der Arten eine kühne Prophezeiung gemacht: Durch die Evolutionstheorie werde es "zu einer bemerkenswerten Revolution in der Naturwissenschaft kommen […]. Die Psychologie wird auf die neue Grundlage gestellt, dass jede geistige Kraft und Fähigkeit notwendigerweise durch graduelle Übergänge erworben wird“ (Darwin 1859, S. 484, 488; Junker 2008).

  9. Magnetic resonance imaging findings of two sisters with Van der Knaap leukoencephalopathy.

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    Koç, Koray; Koç, Pınar; Karaali, Kamil; Olgaç Dündar, Nihal; Şenol, Utku; Canan, Arzu

    2015-10-01

    Megalencephalic leukoencephalopathy with subcortical cysts, or Van der Knaap leukoencephalopathy, is a rare disease which is characterised by macrocephaly and neurological disorders with autosomal recessive inheritance. Magnetic resonance imaging is very helpful for determining distinctive findings and distinguishing other diseases. We present the radiological findings of two sisters (aged 6 and 10 years) diagnosed with Van der Knaap leukoencephalopathy. PMID:26427893

  10. Flexible DER Utility Interface System: Final Report, September 2004--May 2006

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    Lynch, J.; John, V.; Danial, S. M.; Benedict, E.; Vihinen, I.; Kroposki, B.; Pink, C.

    2006-08-01

    In an effort to accelerate deployment of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) such as wind, solar, and conventional backup generators to our nation's electrical grid, Northern Power Systems (NPS), the California Energy Commission (CEC), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) collaborated to create a prototype universal interconnect device called the DER Switch.

  11. A New Method for Suppressing Periodic Narrowband Interference Based on the Chaotic van der Pol Oscillator

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    Lu, Jia; Zhang, Xiaoxing; Xiong, Hao

    The chaotic van der Pol oscillator is a powerful tool for detecting defects in electric systems by using online partial discharge (PD) monitoring. This paper focuses on realizing weak PD signal detection in the strong periodic narrowband interference by using high sensitivity to the periodic narrowband interference signals and immunity to white noise and PD signals of chaotic systems. A new approach to removing the periodic narrowband interference by using a van der Pol chaotic oscillator is described by analyzing the motion characteristic of the chaotic oscillator on the basis of the van der Pol equation. Furthermore, the Floquet index for measuring the amplitude of periodic narrowband signals is redefined. The denoising signal processed by the chaotic van der Pol oscillators is further processed by wavelet analysis. Finally, the denoising results verify that the periodic narrowband and white noise interference can be removed efficiently by combining the theory of the chaotic van der Pol oscillator and wavelet analysis.

  12. Anwendung von Methoden der Logistik und Netzplantechnik zur präzedenz- und ressourcenbeschränkten Ablaufplanung von Echtzeitsystemen

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    Gumzej, Roman; Lipi?nik, Martin

    Grundlegende Zusammenhänge zwischen Logistik, Netzplantechnik und Echtzeit sowie den zugehörigen Arten der Ablaufplanung und ihrer Nutzung werden dargestellt. Das Echtzeitprinzip beinhaltet Rechtzeitigkeit von Abläufen, wobei es für eine frühzeitige Beendigung eines Ablaufs keinen Bonus gibt; im Gegensatz zum verspäteten Ablauf, dessen Konsequenzen in der Regel negativ und unabschätzbar sind. Das Just-in-Time-Prinzip gleicht dem der Echtzeit und wird vor allem in der Logistik zur Bezeichnung reibungsloser Abläufe in Beschaffungsketten verwendet. In der Netzplantechnik werden die kritischen Aktivitäten binnen eines Projektes bestimmt, die nicht verzögert werden dürfen, um das Projekt rechtzeitig zu beenden. Außerdem haben die drei Bereiche noch eine Gemeinsamkeit: um realistische Ablaufszenarien darzustellen, müssen in den Analysen auch begrenzte Ressourcen angemessen berücksichtigt werden.

  13. Two-dimensional van der Waals C60 molecular crystal

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    Reddy, C. D.; Gen Yu, Zhi; Zhang, Yong-Wei

    2015-01-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) atomic crystals, such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides et al. have drawn extraordinary attention recently. For these 2D materials, atoms within their monolayer are covalently bonded. An interesting question arises: Can molecules form a 2D monolayer crystal via van der Waals interactions? Here, we first study the structural stability of a free-standing infinite C60 molecular monolayer using molecular dynamic simulations, and find that the monolayer is stable up to 600 K. We further study the mechanical properties of the monolayer, and find that the elastic modulus, ultimate tensile stress and failure strain are 55–100 GPa, 90–155 MPa, and 1.5–2.3%, respectively, depending on the stretching orientation. The monolayer fails due to shearing and cavitation under uniaxial tensile loading. The highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of the monolayer are found to be delocalized and as a result, the band gap is reduced to only 60% of the isolated C60 molecule. Interestingly, this band gap can be tuned up to ±30% using strain engineering. Owing to its thermal stability, low density, strain-tunable semi-conducting characteristics and large bending flexibility, this van der Waals molecular monolayer crystal presents aplenty opportunities for developing novel applications in nanoelectronics. PMID:26183501

  14. Two-dimensional van der Waals C60 molecular crystal

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    Reddy, C. D.; Gen Yu, Zhi; Zhang, Yong-Wei

    2015-07-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) atomic crystals, such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides et al. have drawn extraordinary attention recently. For these 2D materials, atoms within their monolayer are covalently bonded. An interesting question arises: Can molecules form a 2D monolayer crystal via van der Waals interactions? Here, we first study the structural stability of a free-standing infinite C60 molecular monolayer using molecular dynamic simulations, and find that the monolayer is stable up to 600?K. We further study the mechanical properties of the monolayer, and find that the elastic modulus, ultimate tensile stress and failure strain are 55-100?GPa, 90-155?MPa, and 1.5-2.3%, respectively, depending on the stretching orientation. The monolayer fails due to shearing and cavitation under uniaxial tensile loading. The highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of the monolayer are found to be delocalized and as a result, the band gap is reduced to only 60% of the isolated C60 molecule. Interestingly, this band gap can be tuned up to ±30% using strain engineering. Owing to its thermal stability, low density, strain-tunable semi-conducting characteristics and large bending flexibility, this van der Waals molecular monolayer crystal presents aplenty opportunities for developing novel applications in nanoelectronics.

  15. Synthesis and Investigation of van der Waals Heterostructures

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    McCreary, Kathleen; Hanbicki, Aubrey; Culbertson, James; Currie, Marc; Jonker, Berend

    2015-03-01

    The recent isolation of single layers of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD) has demonstrated that reducing dimensionality can alter the material properties. In particular, MoS2, MoSe2, WS2, and WSe2 exhibit an abrupt transition from indirect to direct bandgap semiconductors at monolayer thickness. Monolayer TMDs are promising materials for electronic components due to their high mobility, high on/off ratio, and low standby power dissipation. Additionally, selective layer-by-layer stacking to form van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures may provide the ability to controllably engineer electronic, optic, and spintronic properties. Recently, several methods were investigated to achieve vdW heterostructures including sequential exfoliation, stacking of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) grown monolayers, and epitaxial growth of bilayers. We detail our CVD synthesis of the monolayer TMDs (MoS2, MoSe2, WS2 and WSe2) and the subsequent fabrication and characterization of vdW heterostructures. In our heterostructures, we observe a dramatic decrease in PL intensity compared to the monolayer constituents. The Raman spectra exhibit clear and distinct differences from a superposition of monolayer spectra, demonstrating that interactions across the van der Waals interface in these heterostructures may significantly modify the net electronic properties. We find the observed behaviors are influenced by many factors, including charge transfer, substrate effects, stacking sequence, as well as intra- and inter-layer exciton formation, which will be discussed here.

  16. Epigenetische Aspekte bei Karzinomen der Kopf-Hals-Region

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    Schmezer, Peter; Plass, Christoph

    2009-01-01

    Zusammenfassung Plattenepithelkarzinome der Kopf-Hals-Region (HNSCC) zählen seit Jahren zu den weltweit häufigsten Krebsarten. Trotz vieler Bemühungen hat sich das 5-Jahres-Überleben bei Patienten mit HNSCC kaum verbessert. Um einen Fortschritt zu erzielen, ist es notwendig, die der Erkrankung zugrunde liegenden biologischen Prozesse besser zu verstehen. Neben den bekannten genetischen Veränderungen haben molekular-zytogenetische Untersuchungen bei HNSCC gezeigt, dass es weitere Veränderungen gibt, die mit Vermehrung und Verlust chromosomaler Bereiche einhergehen, für die jedoch die krankheitsverursachenden Gene bisher nicht identifiziert wurden. Darüberhinaus haben jüngste Forschungsergebnisse verdeutlicht, dass epigenetische Modifikationen wie die DNA Methylierung eine wichtige Rolle spielen. So konnte gezeigt werden, dass bei HNSCC eine Reihe von Genen (z.B. das Tumorsuppressorgen CDKN2A sowie DAPK1, MGMT, TIMP3, TCF21, und C/EBP?) hypermethylierte Bereiche in regulatorischen DNA Sequenzen aufweisen, wodurch ihre Expression verringert oder unterbunden wird. Die Hypermethylierung solcher Gene könnte als Biomarker zur Früherkennung von HNSCC genutzt werden und nicht zuletzt dadurch zur Verbesserung von Prävention und Therapieerfolg beitragen. PMID:18483718

  17. Ökologische Grundlagen und limitierende Faktoren der Renaturierung

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    Rosenthal, Gert; Eichberg, Carsten

    In den dicht besiedelten und agrarisch besonders intensiv genutzten Regionen Mittel- und Westeuropas ist seit Ende des Zweiten Weltkrieges ein fortschreitender Verlust an naturnahen ökosystemen mit hoher biologischer Vielfalt zu verzeichnen. Spätestens seit den 1970er-Jahren ist daher die Neuschaffung und Wiederherstellung gefährdeter Lebensräume und Biozönosen zunehmend in den Mittelpunkt von Naturschutzmaßnahmen gerückt (Bakker 1989, Muller et al. 1998, Bakker und Berendse 1999). Aufgrund fehlender wissenschaftlicher Grundlagen und praktischer Erfahrungen wurden Renaturierungsmaßnahmen anfangs fast durchweg nach dem trial and error-Prinzip durchgeführt. Im Vordergrund standen dabei zunächst die Wiederherstellung adäquater abiotischer Standortbedingungen sowie die Reorganisation traditioneller Nutzungsmanagements. Bei Ersterem ging es neben der Wiedervernässung entwässerter Feuchtgebiete (Pfadenhauer und Grootjans 1999) vor allem darum, Eutrophierungseffekte zu beseitigen und die Produktivität des Standortes auf das Niveau der Zielgemeinschaft zurückzuführen (Gough und Marrs 1990, Oomes et al. 1996, Snow et al. 1997, Tallowin et al. 1998).

  18. Quantum Monte Carlo Simulation of condensed van der Waals Systems

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    Benali, Anouar; Shulenburger, Luke; Romero, Nichols A.; Kim, Jeongnim; Anatole von Lilienfeld, O.

    2012-02-01

    Van der Waals forces are as ubiquitous as infamous. While post-Hartree-Fock methods enable accurate estimates of these forces in molecules and clusters, they remain elusive for dealing with many-electron condensed phase systems. We present Quantum Monte Carlo [1,2] results for condensed van der Waals systems. Interatomic many-body contributions to cohesive energies and bulk modulus will be discussed. Numerical evidence is presented for crystals of rare gas atoms, and compared to experiments and methods [3]. Sandia National Laboratories is a multiprogram laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. DoE's National Nuclear Security Administration under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000.[4pt] [1] J. Kim, K. Esler, J. McMinis and D. Ceperley, SciDAC 2010, J. of Physics: Conference series, Chattanooga, Tennessee, July 11 2011 [0pt] [2] QMCPACK simulation suite, http://qmcpack.cmscc.org (unpublished)[0pt] [3] O. A. von Lillienfeld and A. Tkatchenko, J. Chem. Phys. 132 234109 (2010)

  19. Algodystrophy in conjunction with van der Hoeve's syndrome.

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    Chérié-Lignière, G; Tamborini, U; Grosso, P

    1995-01-01

    Van der Hoeve's syndrome is the all-round variant of Lobstein's disease (late osteogenesis imperfecta) and is characterized by the concurrent presence of osteoporosis, blue sclerae, and deafness. The literature has reported sporadic cases of a combination of algodystrophic syndrome and Lobstein's disease. Our case represents a classic example: a 50-year-old woman with blue sclerae since birth, bilateral deafness, major dental alterations, vitreous osteoporosis and a history of pathological fractures who, two years from the onset of menopause, complained of pain involving the right ankle. After admission to our Department, a diagnosis of algodystrophy combined with van der Hoeve's syndrome was made on the basis of her clinical history, objective signs and x-ray results. Treatment consisted of i.v. clodronate disodium at a dose of 300 mg daily in 250 ml saline solution for 7 consecutive days. At the end of the treatment cycle the patient reported an improvement in her symptoms with nearly total regression of right ankle pain, while swelling disappeared within a few weeks. PMID:7554566

  20. Two-dimensional van der Waals C60 molecular crystal.

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    Reddy, C D; Gen Yu, Zhi; Zhang, Yong-Wei

    2015-01-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) atomic crystals, such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides et al. have drawn extraordinary attention recently. For these 2D materials, atoms within their monolayer are covalently bonded. An interesting question arises: Can molecules form a 2D monolayer crystal via van der Waals interactions? Here, we first study the structural stability of a free-standing infinite C60 molecular monolayer using molecular dynamic simulations, and find that the monolayer is stable up to 600?K. We further study the mechanical properties of the monolayer, and find that the elastic modulus, ultimate tensile stress and failure strain are 55-100?GPa, 90-155?MPa, and 1.5-2.3%, respectively, depending on the stretching orientation. The monolayer fails due to shearing and cavitation under uniaxial tensile loading. The highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of the monolayer are found to be delocalized and as a result, the band gap is reduced to only 60% of the isolated C60 molecule. Interestingly, this band gap can be tuned up to ±30% using strain engineering. Owing to its thermal stability, low density, strain-tunable semi-conducting characteristics and large bending flexibility, this van der Waals molecular monolayer crystal presents aplenty opportunities for developing novel applications in nanoelectronics. PMID:26183501

  1. van der Waals forces influencing adhesion of cells

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    Kendall, K.; Roberts, A. D.

    2015-01-01

    Adhesion molecules, often thought to be acting by a ‘lock and key’ mechanism, have been thought to control the adhesion of cells. While there is no doubt that a coating of adhesion molecules such as fibronectin on a surface affects cell adhesion, this paper aims to show that such surface contamination is only one factor in the equation. Starting from the baseline idea that van der Waals force is a ubiquitous attraction between all molecules, and thereby must contribute to cell adhesion, it is clear that effects from geometry, elasticity and surface molecules must all add on to the basic cell attractive force. These effects of geometry, elasticity and surface molecules are analysed. The adhesion force measured between macroscopic polymer spheres was found to be strongest when the surfaces were absolutely smooth and clean, with no projecting protruberances. Values of the measured surface energy were then about 35 mJ m?2, as expected for van der Waals attractions between the non-polar molecules. Surface projections such as abrasion roughness or dust reduced the molecular adhesion substantially. Water cut the measured surface energy to 3.4 mJ m?2. Surface active molecules lowered the adhesion still further to less than 0.3 mJ m?2. These observations do not support the lock and key concept. PMID:25533101

  2. Herschel und die Zukunft der Fern-Infrarot-Astronomie

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    Linz, Hendrik

    2015-06-01

    Schon lange ist die beobachtende Astronomie den engen Grenzen des optisch Sichbaren entwachsen und hat fast alle Bereiche des elektromagnetischen Spektrums für sich dienstbar gemacht. Im sogenannten nahen und mittleren Infrarot (Wellenlängen zwischen 1-30 μm) sowie im Millimeter- und Radio-Regime (Wellenlängen zwischen 1 mm und 10 m) ist die Erdatmosphäre relativ gut durchlässig für elektromagnetische Signale oder hat zumindest eine Vielzahl von spektral begrenzten Transmissionsfenstern, die astronomische Beobachtungen zumindest von höheren Bergen aus möglich machen. Allerdings ist das sogenannte Ferne Infrarot (FIR, 30-300 μm Wellenlänge) von der Erde aus fast völlig unzugänglich für astronomische Beobachtungen. Selbst für die besten Beobachtungsplätze der Erde bleibt die atmosphärische Transmission durch die immense Wasserdampf- Absorption auf ein absolutes Minimum beschränkt. Jedoch erlaubt uns das FIR Zugang zu Informationen, die sehr nützlich sind für die astrophysikalische Forschung und komplementär zu anderen Wellenlängen-Bereichen.

  3. Effect of Amino Acid Polymorphisms of House Dust Mite Der p 2 Variants on Allergic Sensitization

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    Tanyaratsrisakul, Sasipa; Jirapongsananuruk, Orathai; Kulwanich, Bhakkawarat; Hales, Belinda J.; Thomas, Wayne R.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose The sequence variations of the Der p 2 allergen of Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus diverge along 2 pathways with particular amino acid substitutions at positions 40,47,111, and 114. The environmental prevalence and IgE binding to Der p 2 variants differ among regions. To compare IgE binding to Der p 2 variants between sera from Bangkok, Thailand and Perth, Western Australia with different variants and to determine the variant-specificity of antibodies induced by vaccination with recombinant variants. Methods The structures of recombinant variants produced in yeast were compared by circular dichroism and 1-anilinonaphthalene 8-sulfonic acid staining of their lipid-binding cavity. Sera from subjects in Bangkok and Perth where different variants are found were compared by the affinity (IC50) of IgE cross-reactivity to different variants and by direct IgE binding. Mice were immunized with the variants Der p 2.0101 and Der p 2.0110, and their IgG binding to Der p 2.0103, 2.0104, and 2.0109 was measured. Results The secondary structures of the recombinant variants resembled the natural allergen but with differences in ANS binding. The IC50 of Der p 2.0101 required 7-fold higher concentrations to inhibit IgE binding to the high-IgE-binding Der p 2.0104 than for homologous inhibition in sera from Bangkok where it is absent, while in sera from Perth that have both variants the IC50 was the same and low. Reciprocal results were obtained for Der p 2.0110 not found in Perth. Direct binding revealed that Der p 2.0104 was best for detecting IgE in both regions, followed by Der p 2.0101 with binding to other variants showing larger differences. Mouse anti-Der p 2.0101 antibodies had a high affinity of cross-reactivity but bound poorly to other variants. Conclusions The affinity of IgE antibody cross-reactivity, the direct IgE binding, and the specificities of antibodies induced by vaccination show that measures of allergic sensitization and therapeutic strategies could be optimized with knowledge of Der p 2 variants. PMID:26540502

  4. High-level expression and purification of the major house dust mite allergen Der p 2 in Escherichia coli.

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    Cao, Tuo; Zhang, Zhang; Liu, Zhi-Gao; Dou, Xia; Zhang, Jie; Zhang, Wei; Wu, Bo; Yu, Zhen-Dong; Wei, Zhun; Yu, Bo

    2016-05-01

    Der p 2, a major allergen derived from the house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, is one of the most clinically relevant allergens worldwide. Recombinant Der p 2 (rDer p 2) is useful in clinical diagnosis and disease-specific immunotherapy. However, previous studies showed that Der p 2 can only be expressed in Escherichia coli (E. coli) cells as inclusion bodies, thus protein refolding is required to obtain functional products. Here we report a new method to produce biologically active Der p 2 protein in E. coli. N-terminal hexahistidine- and trigger factor (TF)-tagged Der p 2 was expressed in soluble form in E. coli and purified using a combination of chromatography processes. This procedure produced milligram-level high purity Der p 2 per liter of bacterial culture. Moreover, far-UV region circular dichroism (CD) analysis and serum specific IgE reactivity test demonstrated that the secondary structure and IgE reactivity properties of rDer p 2 produced in our study were almost identical to those of natural Der p 2 (nDer p 2). In conclusion, the method developed in this work provides a useful tool for the production of immunologically active recombinant Der p 2 for clinical applications. PMID:26812600

  5. The history of Werner Spalteholz's Handatlas der Anatomie des Menschen.

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    Williams, D J

    1999-12-01

    Werner Spalteholz's Handatlas der Anatomie des Menschen is one of the most elegantly illustrated anatomical atlases of all time. Originally published in Leipzig as three volumes from 1895 to 1903, the atlas is still widely used and remains highly regarded by many. The atlas was remarkably popular during the first half of the 20th century, especially the English version in North America and the UK. Unfortunately, the original illustrations and printing plates for the work disappeared following the Second World War and their fate remains a mystery. And, in spite of the atlas's popularity, little is known to the men who prepared the artwork for Spalteholz. It is commonly believed that Max Brödel contributed illustrations to the atlas, but a close examination of the work does not confirm this. A century after its inception, Spalteholz's atlas remains a classic milestone in the history of anatomical illustration. PMID:10795378

  6. Heterostructures based on inorganic and organic van der Waals systems

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    Lee, Gwan-Hyoung; Lee, Chul-Ho; Zande, Arend M. van der; Han, Minyong; Cui, Xu; Arefe, Ghidewon; Hone, James; Nuckolls, Colin; Heinz, Tony F.; Kim, Philip

    2014-09-01

    The two-dimensional limit of layered materials has recently been realized through the use of van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures composed of weakly interacting layers. In this paper, we describe two different classes of vdW heterostructures: inorganic vdW heterostructures prepared by co-lamination and restacking; and organic-inorganic hetero-epitaxy created by physical vapor deposition of organic molecule crystals on an inorganic vdW substrate. Both types of heterostructures exhibit atomically clean vdW interfaces. Employing such vdW heterostructures, we have demonstrated various novel devices, including graphene/hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) and MoS{sub 2} heterostructures for memory devices; graphene/MoS{sub 2}/WSe{sub 2}/graphene vertical p-n junctions for photovoltaic devices, and organic crystals on hBN with graphene electrodes for high-performance transistors.

  7. Coincident-site lattice matching during van der Waals epitaxy

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    Boschker, Jos E.; Galves, Lauren A.; Flissikowski, Timur; Lopes, Joao Marcelo J.; Riechert, Henning; Calarco, Raffaella

    2015-01-01

    Van der Waals (vdW) epitaxy is an attractive method for the fabrication of vdW heterostructures. Here Sb2Te3 films grown on three different kind of graphene substrates (monolayer epitaxial graphene, quasi freestanding bilayer graphene and the SiC (6?3?×?6?3)R30° buffer layer) are used to study the vdW epitaxy between two 2-dimensionally (2D) bonded materials. It is shown that the Sb2Te3 /graphene interface is stable and that coincidence lattices are formed between the epilayers and substrate that depend on the size of the surface unit cell. This demonstrates that there is a significant, although relatively weak, interfacial interaction between the two materials. Lattice matching is thus relevant for vdW epitaxy with two 2D bonded materials and a fundamental design parameter for vdW heterostructures. PMID:26658715

  8. van der Waals coefficients for positronium interactions with atoms

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    Swann, A. R.; Ludlow, J. A.; Gribakin, G. F.

    2015-07-01

    The random-phase approximation with exchange (RPAE) is used with a B -spline basis to compute dynamic dipole polarizabilities of noble-gas atoms and several other closed-shell atoms (Be, Mg, Ca, Zn, Sr, Cd, and Ba). From these, values of the van der Waals C6 constants for positronium interactions with these atoms are determined and compared with existing data. After correcting the RPAE polarizabilities to fit the most accurate static polarizability data, our best predictions of C6 for Ps-noble-gas pairs are expected to be accurate to within 1%, and to within a few percent for the alkaline-earth metals. We also used accurate dynamic dipole polarizabilities from the literature to compute the C6 coefficients for the alkali-metal atoms. Implications of increased C6 values for Ps scattering from more polarizable atoms are discussed.

  9. Coincident-site lattice matching during van der Waals epitaxy.

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    Boschker, Jos E; Galves, Lauren A; Flissikowski, Timur; Lopes, Joao Marcelo J; Riechert, Henning; Calarco, Raffaella

    2015-01-01

    Van der Waals (vdW) epitaxy is an attractive method for the fabrication of vdW heterostructures. Here Sb2Te3 films grown on three different kind of graphene substrates (monolayer epitaxial graphene, quasi freestanding bilayer graphene and the SiC (6?3?×?6?3)R30° buffer layer) are used to study the vdW epitaxy between two 2-dimensionally (2D) bonded materials. It is shown that the Sb2Te3 /graphene interface is stable and that coincidence lattices are formed between the epilayers and substrate that depend on the size of the surface unit cell. This demonstrates that there is a significant, although relatively weak, interfacial interaction between the two materials. Lattice matching is thus relevant for vdW epitaxy with two 2D bonded materials and a fundamental design parameter for vdW heterostructures. PMID:26658715

  10. Van der Waals Density Functional Theory with Applications

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    Langreth, David C.

    2004-03-01

    We discuss the development of electronic density functionals that are applicable for weakly bound systems where the van der Waals interaction and its ramifications become important. Our current functionals approach the correct asymptotic dependence at large distances and are seamless at small distances. The first form of the functional, appropriate for layered systems, has been recently applied to graphite, boron nitride, and molybdenum sulfide [H. Rydberg et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 126402 (2003) and D. C. Langreth, Int. J. Quant. Chem. (submitted), see http//:www.physics.rutgers.edu/ ˜langreth/preprints/dft2003.pdf]. The second form of the functional [M. Dion it et al. (to be published)] is appropriate for arbitrary geometries. Recent results on rare gas dimers and the benzene dimer suggest promise for this method as well.

  11. Van der Waals Interactions in Density Functional Theory: Intermolecular Complexes

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    Kannemann, Felix; Becke, Axel

    2010-03-01

    Conventional density functional theory (GGA and hybrid functionals) fails to account for dispersion interactions and is therefore not applicable to systems where van der Waals interactions play a dominant role, such as intermolecular complexes and biomolecules. The exchange-hole dipole moment (XDM) dispersion model of Becke and Johnson [A. D. Becke and E. R. Johnson, J. Chem. Phys. 127, 154108 (2007)] corrects for this deficiency. We have previously shown that the XDM dispersion model can be combined with standard GGA functionals (PW86 for exchange and PBE for correlation) to give accurate binding energy curves for rare-gas diatomics [F. O. Kannemann and A. D. Becke, J. Chem. Theory Comput. 5, 719 (2009)]. Here we present further tests of the GGA-XDM method using benchmark sets including hydrogen bonding, electrostatic, dispersion and stacking interactions, and systems ranging from rare-gas diatomics to biomolecular complexes.

  12. A crossover in anisotropic nanomechanochemistry of van der Waals crystals

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    Shimamura, Kohei; Misawa, Masaaki; Li, Ying; Kalia, Rajiv K.; Nakano, Aiichiro; Shimojo, Fuyuki; Vashishta, Priya

    2015-12-01

    In nanoscale mechanochemistry, mechanical forces selectively break covalent bonds to essentially control chemical reactions. An archetype is anisotropic detonation of layered energetic molecular crystals bonded by van der Waals (vdW) interactions. Here, quantum molecular dynamics simulations reveal a crossover of anisotropic nanomechanochemistry of vdW crystal. Within 10-13 s from the passage of shock front, lateral collision produces NO2 via twisting and bending of nitro-groups and the resulting inverse Jahn-Teller effect, which is mediated by strong intra-layer hydrogen bonds. Subsequently, as we transition from heterogeneous to homogeneous mechanochemical regimes around 10-12 s, shock normal to multilayers becomes more reactive, producing H2O assisted by inter-layer N-N bond formation. These time-resolved results provide much needed atomistic understanding of nanomechanochemistry that underlies a wider range of technologies.

  13. [Dingeman van der Vliet, veterinary artist, 1792-1866].

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    van der Vliet, Marius

    2003-01-01

    Dingeman van der Vliet (1792-1866) from Zierikzee in province of Zeeland, was one of the first officially trained veterinarians in the Netherlands. He was sent to Paris on the order of Louis Napoleon, king of Holland, at the expense of the Dutch government. In the period of his stay at the Veterinary School in Alfort (1808-1811) he wrote a great number of letters to his parents and friends. His letters give insight in the daily life of the school in Alfort and the festivities in Paris during the reign of the emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. In a second article, the laborious built-up of a veterinary practice in those days will be described. PMID:12756997

  14. Dynamics of a delayed van der Pol-Mathieu oscillator

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    Sarmah, Dipak; Bora, Madhurjya P.

    2014-02-01

    The dynamics of a van der Pol-Mathieu (vdPM) equation with time delay is considered. The vdPM model can be realized as the governing equation for dust density in a simplified model of dusty plasma. The dynamics of the time-delayed equation is analyzed by separating the time-scales of the system assuming that the fundamental simple harmonic oscillator is at least an ?(?) dominating other terms of the oscillator including time-delay, where ? ? 1. Our analytic prediction of the slow-flow system correctly represents the dynamics of the original system, showing periodic creation and annihilation of multi-periodic limit cycles. The original system is then analyzed using the DDE-Biftool [1] bifurcation analysis tool. We show that for large time-delay, the system undergoes a double-Hopf bifurcation, whereas for small delay, it undergoes a Bogdanov-Takens bifurcation.

  15. Nonlinearity of resistive impurity effects on van der Pauw measurements

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    Koon, D. W.

    2006-09-15

    The dependence of van der Pauw resistivity measurements on local macroscopic inhomogeneities is shown to be nonlinear. A resistor grid network models a square laminar specimen, enabling the investigation of both positive and negative local perturbations in resistivity. The effect of inhomogeneity is measured both experimentally, for an 11x11 grid, and computationally, for both 11x11 and 101x101 grids. The maximum 'shortlike' perturbation produces 3.1{+-}0.2 times the effect predicted by the linear approximation, regardless of its position within the specimen, while all 'openlike' perturbations produce a smaller effect than predicted. An empirical nonlinear correction for f(x,y) is presented which provides excellent fit over the entire range of both positive and negative perturbations for the entire specimen.

  16. Many-Body van der Waals Effects in Advanced Materials

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    Tkatchenko, Alexandre; von Lilienfeld, Anatole; Distasio, Robert A., Jr.

    2013-03-01

    Van der Waals (vdW) interactions are ubiquitous in molecules and condensed matter. These interactions are inherently quantum mechanical phenomena that arise from concerted correlations between many electrons within a given molecular system. Despite this fact, the vast majority of theoretical calculations include long-range vdW interactions based on a simple effective interatomic pairwise model. We introduce an efficient method that accurately describes the full long-range many-body vdW energy, and demonstrate that many-body contributions can significantly exceed the highly coveted ``chemical accuracy''. Cases studied include intermolecular binding energies, the conformational hierarchy of DNA structures, the geometry and stability of molecular crystals, and supramolecular host-guest complexes. Our findings suggest that inclusion of the many-body vdW energy is essential for achieving chemical accuracy and therefore must be accounted for when studying advanced materials.

  17. Characterization of rarefaction waves in van der Waals fluids

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    Yuen, Albert; Barnard, John J.

    2015-12-01

    We calculate the isentropic evolution of an instantaneously heated foil, assuming a van der Waals equation of state with the Maxwell construction. The analysis by Yuen and Barnard [Phys. Rev. E 92, 033019 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevE.92.033019] is extended for the particular case of three degrees of freedom. We assume heating to temperatures in the vicinity of the critical point. The self-similar profiles of the rarefaction waves describing the evolution of the foil display plateaus in density and temperature due to a phase transition from the single-phase to the two-phase regime. The hydrodynamic equations are expressed in a dimensionless form and the solutions form a set of universal curves, depending on a single parameter: the dimensionless initial entropy. We characterize the rarefaction waves by calculating how the plateau length, density, pressure, temperature, velocity, internal energy, and sound speed vary with dimensionless initial entropy.

  18. van der Waals Heterostructures with High Accuracy Rotational Alignment.

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    Kim, Kyounghwan; Yankowitz, Matthew; Fallahazad, Babak; Kang, Sangwoo; Movva, Hema C P; Huang, Shengqiang; Larentis, Stefano; Corbet, Chris M; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Banerjee, Sanjay K; LeRoy, Brian J; Tutuc, Emanuel

    2016-03-01

    We describe the realization of van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures with accurate rotational alignment of individual layer crystal axes. We illustrate the approach by demonstrating a Bernal-stacked bilayer graphene formed using successive transfers of monolayer graphene flakes. The Raman spectra of this artificial bilayer graphene possess a wide 2D band, which is best fit by four Lorentzians, consistent with Bernal stacking. Scanning tunneling microscopy reveals no moiré pattern on the artificial bilayer graphene, and tunneling spectroscopy as a function of gate voltage reveals a constant density of states, also in agreement with Bernal stacking. In addition, electron transport probed in dual-gated samples reveals a band gap opening as a function of transverse electric field. To illustrate the applicability of this technique to realize vdW heterostructuctures in which the functionality is critically dependent on rotational alignment, we demonstrate resonant tunneling double bilayer graphene heterostructures separated by hexagonal boron-nitride dielectric. PMID:26859527

  19. Body-assisted van der Waals interaction between two atoms

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    Safari, Hassan; Buhmann, Stefan Yoshi; Welsch, Dirk-Gunnar; Ho Trung Dung

    2006-10-15

    Using fourth-order perturbation theory, a general formula for the van der Waals potential of two neutral, unpolarized, ground-state atoms in the presence of an arbitrary arrangement of dispersing and absorbing magnetodielectric bodies is derived. The theory is applied to two atoms in bulk material and in front of a planar multilayer system, with special emphasis on the cases of a perfectly reflecting plate and a semi-infinite half space. It is demonstrated that the enhancement and reduction of the two-atom interaction due to the presence of a perfectly reflecting plate can be understood, at least in the nonretarded limit, by using the method of image charges. For the semi-infinite half space, both analytical and numerical results are presented.

  20. On transition processes for the Van der Pol equation

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    Ter-Krikorov, A. M.

    2007-06-01

    For the classical Van der Pol equation at -?

  1. Stochastic Hopf bifurcation in a biased van der Pol model

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    Leung, H. K.

    The transient characteristics of a nonequilibrium phase transition is investigated in a model of abiased van der Pol oscillator. The state-independent driving term which triggers the bifurcation from limit cycle to fixed point is treated as a randomly fluctuating quantity. The advancement of the Hopf bifurcation is explained as a result of noise-induced periodicity found in this model system. The phase boundary separating the two attractors is determined numerically and is interpreted as stochastic bifurcation locus in parameter space. The phenomenon of critical slowing down occurring on the fixed point side is found to be similar to that which occurs in a deterministic system. The relevent critical exponent is estimated to have the mean field value of unity, irrespective of how the stochastic bifurcation points are approached in a two-dimensional parameter space.

  2. Horizontal fast excitation in delayed van der Pol oscillator

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    Belhaq, Mohamed; Sah, Si Mohamed

    2008-10-01

    This paper investigates the interaction effect of horizontal fast harmonic parametric excitation and time delay on self-excited vibration in van der Pol oscillator. We apply the method of direct partition of motion to derive the main autonomous equation governing the slow dynamic of the oscillator. The method of averaging is then performed on the slow dynamic to obtain a slow flow which is analyzed for equilibria and periodic motion. This analysis provides analytical approximations of regions in parameter space where periodic self-excited vibrations can be eliminated. A numerical study is performed on the original oscillator and compared to analytical approximations. It was shown that in the delayed case, horizontal fast harmonic excitation can eliminate undesirable self-excited vibrations for moderate values of the excitation frequency. In contrast, the case without delay requires large excitation frequency to eliminate such motions. This work has application to regenerative behavior in high-speed milling.

  3. Quantum Synchronization of Quantum van der Pol Oscillators with Trapped Ions

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    Lee, Tony E.; Sadeghpour, H. R.

    2013-12-01

    The van der Pol oscillator is the prototypical self-sustained oscillator and has been used to model nonlinear behavior in biological and other classical processes. We investigate how quantum fluctuations affect phase locking of one or many van der Pol oscillators. We find that phase locking is much more robust in the quantum model than in the equivalent classical model. Trapped-ion experiments are ideally suited to simulate van der Pol oscillators in the quantum regime via sideband heating and cooling of motional modes. We provide realistic experimental parameters for Yb+171 achievable with current technology.

  4. Robuste Verzweigungserkennung von Gefäßen in CTA-Datensätzen zur modellbasierten Extraktion der Centerline

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    Beck, Thomas; Fritz, Dominik; Biermann, Christina; Dillmann, Rüdiger

    Bei der Befundung und Visualisierung von Blutgefäßen ist deren Centerline von zentraler Bedeutung. Die Unterscheidung zwischen unverzweigten Abschnitten des Gefäßes und Verzweigungsbereichen ermöglicht den Einsatz spezialisierter und sehr effizienter Algorithmen zur modellbasierten Extraktion der Centerline. In diesem Artikel wird ein robustes Verfahren zur Verzweigungserkennung vorgestellt. Das Verfahren beruht auf einem Front-Propagation-Ansatz mit dynamisch angepassten Schwellwerten und einer anschließenden Clusteranalyse. Die vorgestellte Methode zur Verzweigungserkennung wurde als Komponente einer Architektur zur Extraktion der Centerline auf handannotierten Datensätzen getestet. Erste Ergebnisse sind sehr vielversprechend und ermöglichen auch bei pathologischen Gefäßen eine robuste Detektion von Gefäßverzweigungen.

  5. Jacobus Schroeder van der Kolk (1797-1862): his resistance against materialism.

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    Eling, P

    1998-07-01

    Schroeder van der Kolk is regarded as the founder of Dutch psychiatry and neurology. This paper describes his vitalistic views on the relation between body and soul, as formulated by him in a series of lectures. These lectures were intended to counteract the materialistic tendencies of some of Schroeder van der Kolk's French and German contemporaries. It is argued that Schroeder van der Kolk can be regarded as the transition in Holland from the "Naturphilosophie" approach to the modern experimental approach in physiology. PMID:9665748

  6. [Ernst von der Porten : looking for facts before and after forced emigration].

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    Goerig, M; Bruijn, L

    2014-10-01

    The Ernst von der Porten medal has been awarded for many years to exceptional personalities by the Alliance of German Anesthesiologists to honor the outstanding achievements of the physician Ernst von der Porten from Hamburg in the development of anesthesiology as an autonomous discipline Only recent access to hitherto inaccessible documents enabled the reconstruction of his final years. He was persecuted and excluded by the National Socialist (NS) regime due to his Jewish roots and finally forced to emigrate. Records revealed that even in the so-called safe exile, degrading treatment and humiliation continued for Ernst von der Porten and his family. He eventually evaded this situation by committing suicide. PMID:25185861

  7. Tuning the van der Waals Interaction of Graphene with Molecules via Doping.

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    Huttmann, Felix; Martínez-Galera, Antonio J; Caciuc, Vasile; Atodiresei, Nicolae; Schumacher, Stefan; Standop, Sebastian; Hamada, Ikutaro; Wehling, Tim O; Blügel, Stefan; Michely, Thomas

    2015-12-01

    We use scanning tunneling microscopy to visualize and thermal desorption spectroscopy to quantitatively measure that the binding of naphthalene molecules to graphene, a case of pure van der Waals interaction, strengthens with n and weakens with p doping of graphene. Density-functional theory calculations that include the van der Waals interaction in a seamless, ab initio way accurately reproduce the observed trend in binding energies. Based on a model calculation, we propose that the van der Waals interaction is modified by changing the spatial extent of graphene's ? orbitals via doping. PMID:26684126

  8. Tuning the van der Waals Interaction of Graphene with Molecules via Doping

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    Huttmann, Felix; Martínez-Galera, Antonio J.; Caciuc, Vasile; Atodiresei, Nicolae; Schumacher, Stefan; Standop, Sebastian; Hamada, Ikutaro; Wehling, Tim O.; Blügel, Stefan; Michely, Thomas

    2015-12-01

    We use scanning tunneling microscopy to visualize and thermal desorption spectroscopy to quantitatively measure that the binding of naphthalene molecules to graphene, a case of pure van der Waals interaction, strengthens with n and weakens with p doping of graphene. Density-functional theory calculations that include the van der Waals interaction in a seamless, ab initio way accurately reproduce the observed trend in binding energies. Based on a model calculation, we propose that the van der Waals interaction is modified by changing the spatial extent of graphene's π orbitals via doping.

  9. Birth outcome, not pregnancy process: reply to van der Veen.

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    Frisbie, W P; Forbes, D; Hummer, R A; Pullum, S G

    1998-11-01

    In a recent article (Frisbie, Forbes, and Pullum 1996) we documented racial/ethnic differences in birth outcomes according to a more fine-grained classification than has typically been employed in the demographic literature. In his commentary, van der Veen focuses on the measurement of one of the dimensions of that classification, maturity of the infant, as proxied by the fetal growth ratio. The crux of the critique is easily seen in van der Veen's statement that "all of my disagreements with Frisbie et al.'s method arise from their particular use of a postnatal standard for the assessment of intrauterine growth." Our critic misunderstands our objective: He fails to realize our interest in birth outcome, not pregnancy process, and does not perceive that our intent was to extend the research extant in both the demographic and public-health literatures in which patently postnatal (i.e., ex utero) measures are taken as outcomes interesting in their own right and/or as risk factors for infant mortality and infant and childhood morbidity. Specifically, he does recognize that we purposefully expanded our focus to include moderately compromised births to determine if they were at higher risk than the normal births with whom they are conventionally categorized. Our discussion draws on research cited in the original article, on studies cited by our critic, and on a few more recent investigations. Although we have never argued that ours is the only, or even the best approach in all cases, we try to clarify the rationale for, and adduce additional empirical evidence of, the utility of the method we used. PMID:9850476

  10. Fully retarded van der Waals interaction between dielectric nanoclusters.

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    Kim, Hye-Young; Sofo, Jorge O; Velegol, Darrell; Cole, Milton W

    2006-11-01

    The van der Waals (dispersion) interaction between an atom and a cluster or between two clusters at large separation is calculated by considering each cluster as a point particle, characterized by a polarizability tensor. For the extreme limit of very large separation, the fully retarded regime, one needs to know just the static polarizability in order to determine the interaction. This polarizability is evaluated by including all many-body (MB) intracluster atomic interactions self-consistently. The results of these calculations are compared with those obtained from various alternative methods. One is to consider each cluster as a collection of many atoms and evaluate the sum of two-body interatomic interactions, a common assumption. An alternative method is to include three-body atomic interactions as a MB correction term in the total energy. A comparison of these results reveals that the contribution of the higher-than-three-body MB interactions is always attractive and non-negligible even at such a large separation, in contrast to common assumptions. The procedure employed is quite general and is applicable, in principle, to any shape or size of dielectric cluster. We present numerical results for clusters composed of atoms with polarizability consistent with silica, for which the higher-than-three-body MB correction term can be as high as 42% of the atomic pairwise sum. This result is quite sensitive to the anisotropy and orientation of the cluster, in contrast to the result found in the additive case. We also present a power law expansion of the total van der Waals interaction as a series of n-body interaction terms. PMID:17100435

  11. Harris-type van der Waals density functional scheme

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    Berland, Kristian; Londero, Elisa; Schröder, Elsebeth; Hyldgaard, Per

    2013-07-01

    Biomolecular systems that involve thousands of atoms are difficult to address with standard density functional theory (DFT) calculations. With the development of sparse-matter methods such as the van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) method [M. Dion , Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.92.246401 92, 246401 (2004)], it is now possible to include the dispersive forces in DFT which are necessary to describe the cohesion and behavior of these systems. vdW-DF implementations can be as efficient as those for traditional DFT. Yet, the computational costs of self-consistently determining the electron wave functions and hence the kinetic-energy repulsion still limit the scope of sparse-matter DFT. We propose to speed up sparse-matter calculations by using the Harris scheme [J. Harris, Phys. Rev. BPRBMDO1098-012110.1103/PhysRevB.31.1770 31, 1770 (1985)]; that is, we propose to perform electronic relaxations only for separated fragments (molecules) and use a superposition of fragment densities as a starting point to obtain the total energy non-self-consistently. We evaluate the feasibility of this approach for an adaption of the Harris scheme for non-self-consistent vdW-DF (sfd-vdW-DF). We study four molecular dimers with varying degrees of polarity and find that the sfd scheme accurately reproduces standard non-self-consistent vdW-DF for van der Waals dominated systems but is less accurate for those dominated by polar interactions. Results for the S22 set of typical organic molecular dimers are promising.

  12. Average and extreme multi-atom Van der Waals interactions: Strong coupling of multi-atom Van der Waals interactions with covalent bonding

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    Finkelstein, Alexei V

    2007-01-01

    Background The prediction of ligand binding or protein structure requires very accurate force field potentials – even small errors in force field potentials can make a 'wrong' structure (from the billions possible) more stable than the single, 'correct' one. However, despite huge efforts to optimize them, currently-used all-atom force fields are still not able, in a vast majority of cases, even to keep a protein molecule in its native conformation in the course of molecular dynamics simulations or to bring an approximate, homology-based model of protein structure closer to its native conformation. Results A strict analysis shows that a specific coupling of multi-atom Van der Waals interactions with covalent bonding can, in extreme cases, increase (or decrease) the interaction energy by about 20–40% at certain angles between the direction of interaction and the covalent bond. It is also shown that on average multi-body effects decrease the total Van der Waals energy in proportion to the square root of the electronic component of dielectric permittivity corresponding to dipole-dipole interactions at small distances, where Van der Waals interactions take place. Conclusion The study shows that currently-ignored multi-atom Van der Waals interactions can, in certain instances, lead to significant energy effects, comparable to those caused by the replacement of atoms (for instance, C by N) in conventional pairwise Van der Waals interactions. PMID:17880673

  13. „Überholen ohne einzuholen“ Die Entwicklung von Technologien für übermorgen in Kernenergie und Mikroelektronik der DDR

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    Barkleit, Gerhard

    Dem nuklearen Patt zwischen Ostblock und westlichem Staatenbündnis ist es nach weitgehend übereinstimmender Auffassung von Politik und Wissenschaft zu danken, dass der "Kalte Krieg" in der zweiten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts nicht zum weltumfassenden Flächenbrand eskalierte. An der raschen Herstellung dieses Patts waren zwei Dresdner Physiker maßgeblich beteiligt, deren einer im Manhattan-Projekt in den USA gearbeitet hatte und später in England der Spionage für die Sowjetunion und des Verrats des Know-how der Atombombe überführt wurde.

  14. Granular ``van der Waals Bridges'' and the Cohesion of Rubble-Pile Asteroids

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    Sanchez, P.; Scheeres, D. J.

    2012-03-01

    Fine regolith in rubble pile asteroids may act as a sort of "van der Waals concrete" that forms bridges that bind larger boulders and strengthens small asteroids, allowing them to rotate more rapidly. We test these ideas using DEM simulations.

  15. Der Physik-Nobelpreis vor 100 Jahren Die Entdeckung des trägen Gases

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    Jacobi, Manfred

    2004-11-01

    Im Jahr 1904 erhielt der britische Physiker Lord Rayleigh (John William Strutt, 1842 bis 1919) den Nobelpreis für seine Untersuchungen über die Dichte von Gasen und die Entdeckung des Edelgases Argon.

  16. Räumlich-statistische Charakterisierung der Hydrogeochemie einer BTEX-Grundwasserkontamination am Standort ?RETZINA``/Zeitz

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    Wachter, Thorsten; Dethlefsen, Frank; Gödeke, Stefan; Dahmke, Andreas

    Kurzfassung Bei der Erkundung von Grundwasserschadensfällen werden gewöhnlich punktuell erhobene Messdaten über den betrachteten Aquifer interpoliert. Die Reichweite der Autokorrelation der Daten entscheidet dabei über Zulässigkeit und Qualität der Interpolation. Während auf regionalem Maßstab Daten vorliegen, gibt es nur sehr wenig Arbeiten über Korrelationslängen auf lokalem Maßstab. Diese Arbeit untersucht die Interpolationssicherheit am Beispiel der BTEX-Kontamination am Testfeld RETZINA in Zeitz anhand von Variogrammen und Krigingstandardabweichung. Als Datengrundlage dienten Analysenergebnisse aus über 50 Grundwassermessstellen und 180 Sedimentproben. Für Benzol, Methan, Sulfat und Alkalität genügte der mittlere Abstand der Probennahmepunkte von etwa 50 m für hinreichende Interpolationssicherheit, im Falle von gelöstem Eisen, gelöstem Mangan und Redoxpotenzial war die vorhandene Datendichte zu gering, für die Hauptionen, pH-Wert und elektr. Leitfähigkeit hätten bereits größere Probenabstände ausgereicht. Die Reichweiten der Autokorrelation im Sediment sind geringer als die Probennahmeabstände, weshalb die Messwerte der Eisen- und Schwefelbindungsformen nicht regionalisiert werden konnten. Die Ergebnisse sind hinsichtlich der Entwicklung von Probennahmestrategien von Bedeutung. Zur Verbesserung der Übertragbarkeit bedarf es noch ähnlicher Untersuchungen an weiteren Standorten. Investigation of sites with groundwater contamination usually involves interpolation of point-based results across the aquifer under consideration. The range of autocorrelation thereby decides whether the quality of interpolation will be sufficient. While there are investigations on the regional (km) scale, only a few publications exist for correlation lengths at a local (10s to 100s of m) scale. This study investigates the accuracy of interpolation at the example of the BTEX-contaminated aquifer in Zeitz by means of variogram analysis and interpretation of kriging standard deviation. Investigations are based upon analytical results from more than 50 groundwater wells and 180 sediment samples. In the case of benzene, methane, sulphate, and alkalinity, the given sample spacing of about 50 m provided sufficient accuracy of interpolation. For dissolved iron, dissolved manganese, and redox potential the results did not allow interpolation, while for the major ions, pH, and electrical conductivity a wider sampling distance would have been possible. The ranges of autocorrelation in the aquifer's solid phase proved to be smaller than the sampling distances. Therefore, results of iron and sulphur phases could not be regionalized. The results of this study are relevant for the development of sampling strategies and quality management. To improve transferability similar investigations should be done at other sites.

  17. Intraoperative Schnellschnittuntersuchungen parapylorischer Lymphknoten bei der pyloruserhaltenden Pankreaskopfresektion: Gibt es eine klinische Relevanz?

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    Riediger, Hartwig; Schulz, Antje; Adam, Ulrich; Krüger, Colin M.

    2014-01-01

    Zusammenfassung Hintergrund Die pyloruserhaltende Pankreaskopfresektion (PPPD) ist als onkologisches Standardverfahren etabliert. Lokal fortgeschrittene Tumoren können eine erweiterte Resektion erforderlich machen. Ebenso soll früheren Arbeiten zufolge bei Tumornachweis in den parapylorischen Lymphknoten (PLK) eine distale Magenresektion im Sinne einer klassischen Whipple-Operation indiziert sein. Entsprechend diesen Empfehlungen haben wir intraoperative Schnellschnittuntersuchungen der PLK in unseren Routineablauf integriert. Im Rahmen dieser Studie haben wir die klinische Relevanz dieses Vorgehens hinterfragt. Methoden Bei 105 onkologischen Patienten im Zeitraum von 2006-2012 bestand die Indikation zur PPPD. In allen Fällen erfolgte eine intraoperative Schnellschnittuntersuchung der PLK. Die Patienten wurden bezüglich Primärtumor, Anzahl der untersuchten Lymphknoten (LK) (gesamt und parapylorisch) sowie Auswirkungen auf das operative Konzept untersucht. Es handelt sich um eine retrospektive Studie, die auf prospektiv erhobenen Daten unserer Pankreasdatenbank basiert. Ergebnisse Die Primärtumoren waren 72 Pankreaskopfkarzinome und 33 extrapankreatische Karzinome (Gallengangskarzinom, Ampullenkarzinom, Duodenalkarzinom). 73 Patienten waren nodalpositiv. Insgesamt wurden 2391 LK untersucht, von denen 325 parapylorisch lokalisiert waren. Die intraoperative Schnellschnittuntersuchung erbrachte lediglich bei 4 Patienten mit Pankreaskopfkarzinom jeweils einen positiven PLK; daraufhin erfolgte eine distale Magenresektion. In keinem der distalen Magenresektate waren Tumorresiduen nachweisbar. Lokale chirurgisch-technische Probleme im Sinne von Durchblutungsstörungen des Magens ergaben sich durch die regionale Lymphadenektomie nicht. PLK waren nur beim Pankreaskarzinom positiv. In der Subgruppe der nodalpositiven Patienten mit Pankreaskopfkarzinom hatten 8% der Patienten einen positiven PLK. Schlussfolgerung Die regionale parapylorische Lymphadenektomie ist beim Pankreaskarzinom in einigen (5%) Fällen onkologisch sinnvoll. Der Nutzen einer intraoperativen Schnellschnittuntersuchung mit nachfolgender Konsequenz für eine etwaige distale Magenresektion ist anhand unserer Daten nicht belegbar. PMID:26286487

  18. Modified van der Pauw method based on formulas solvable by the Banach fixed point method

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    Cie?li?ski, Jan L.

    2012-11-01

    We propose a modification of the standard van der Pauw method for determining the resistivity and Hall coefficient of flat thin samples of arbitrary shape. Considering a different choice of resistance measurements we derive a new formula which can be numerically solved (with respect to sheet resistance) by the Banach fixed point method for any values of experimental data. The convergence is especially fast in the case of almost symmetric van der Pauw configurations (e.g., clover shaped samples).

  19. Untersuchung der Störwirkung von LTE auf SRD Anwendungen bei 868 MHz

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    Welpot, M.; Wunderlich, S.; Gaspard, I.

    2014-11-01

    Moderne Hausautomatisierungssysteme, Alarmanlagen oder auch Funk-Zugangssysteme in Haus und Automobil setzen auf frei nutzbare Frequenzen in ISM/SRD-Bändern. Die rasante Zunahme an privaten und kommerziell genutzten Applikationen im SRD-Band bei 868 MHz und der Ausbau der LTE-Mobilfunknetze im Frequenzbereich unterhalb von 1 GHz ("Digital Dividend") wirft zunehmend die Frage nach der Funkverträglichkeit dieser Systeme untereinander auf. Während die SRD-Funkmodule auf eine geringe Sendeleistung von ~ +14 dBm beschränkt sind (Ralf and Thomas, 2009), beträgt die maximale LTE-Sendeleistung im Uplink nach (ETSI-Norm, 2011) +23 dBm. Zusammen mit der Einführung von LTE im Frequenzbereich unterhalb 1 GHz als DSL-Ersatz vor allem in ländlichen Gebieten, ergibt sich damit als mögliches Störszenario, dass durch die Aussendung des LTE-Endgerätes im Bereich von ca. 850 MHz die SRD-Funkverbindungen bei 868 MHz insbesondere dann gestört werden, wenn die Antennen beider Funksysteme räumlich nahe zueinander angeordnet sind und folglich nur eine geringe zusätzliche Entkopplung der Systeme bieten. In der vorliegenden Arbeit wird das LTE-Störpotential auf SRD-Empfänger praxisnah untersucht.

  20. Comparison of buffers for extraction of mite allergen der p 1 from dust.

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    Prester, Ljerka; Kova?i?, Jelena; Macan, Jelena

    2012-09-01

    Der p 1 is the main allergen of house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, which has routinely been detected in residential dust. However, the procedure for extracting Der p 1 from reservoir dust has not been well defined. The aim of this study was to compare Der p 1 mass fractions in dust extracts prepared using the following extraction buffers: phosphate (pH 7.4), borate (pH 8.0), and ammonium bicarbonate (pH 8.0), all with 0.05 % Tween 20. Twenty-eight dust samples were divided into three aliquots and each portion was extracted with one of the three buffers at room temperature. Der p 1 mass fractions were measured in a total of 84 dust extracts using the enzyme immunoassay (range: 0.1 ?g g-1 to 7.53 ?g g-1). Statistical methods including intraclass correlation showed a high agreement between Der p 1 mass fractions irrespective of the extracting medium. Our results suggest that all three buffers are suitable for the extraction of mite allergens and routine Der p 1 analysis in dust. PMID:23152379

  1. Molekulare Methoden zum Nachweis, zur Quantifizierung und zum Monitoring der Mykotoxinbildung lebensmittelrelevanter Pilze

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    Geisen, Rolf

    Schimmelpilze kommen ubiquitär vor und spielen besonders bei pflanzlichen Lebensmitteln und Rohprodukten eine besondere Rolle als Verderbsorganismen. Es wird geschätzt, dass 20-25 % der jährlichen Produktion an pflanzlichen Produkten durch Schimmelpilze verdorben werden (Smith et al., 1994). Viele der lebensmittelrelevanten Schimmelpilze sind zudem in der Lage, Mykotoxine, toxische Sekundärmetabolite, zu bilden, was das Ausmaß des Problems deutlich macht. Die wichtigsten mykotoxinbildenden Spezies gehören zu den Fusarien (Trichothecene, Fumonisine, Zearalenon), Aspergillen (Aflatoxin, Ochratoxin, Cyclopiazonsäure) und Penicillien (Patulin, Ochratoxin). Für viele Mykotoxine, wie die Aflatoxine, Ochratoxin, Fumonisine und Trichothecene sind Grenzwerte erlassen worden, die die Verkehrsfähigkeit betroffener Produkte regeln. Die Einhaltung der Grenzwerte kann sehr genau durch offizielle chemisch-analytische Methoden, wie HPLC, GC-MS etc. kontrolliert werden. Diese analytischen Methoden sind aber für die Anwendung eines HACCP-Ansatzes zur Kontrolle der Mykotoxinbildung nur bedingt geeignet, da sie Endpunktkontrollen darstellen und nur das über eine längere Zeit gebildete Mykotoxin bestimmen. Sie sagen daher nichts über die biologischen Bedingungen zur Zeit der Bildung durch den Pilz aus.

  2. Gate tunable WSe2-BP van der Waals heterojunction devices

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    Chen, Peng; Zhang, Ting Ting; Zhang, Jing; Xiang, Jianyong; Yu, Hua; Wu, Shuang; Lu, Xiaobo; Wang, Guole; Wen, Fusheng; Liu, Zhongyuan; Yang, Rong; Shi, Dongxia; Zhang, Guangyu

    2016-02-01

    Due to the weak screening effect, the concentration and type of charge carriers in 2D semiconductor heterostructures can be effectively tuned by electrostatic gating, enabling us to realize different types of heterojunctions in a single device. Such `type tunable' properties are useful for designing novel electrical or optoelectrical devices. Here, we demonstrate a `type tunable' heterojunction device construct with two pieces of ambipolar 2D semiconductors: WSe2 and black phosphorus (BP). This heterojunction could be tuned to either the p-p junction or n-n junction by gate modulation. The p-p junction shows a large current rectification ratio while the n-n junction shows a negligible current rectification ratio, indicating a large valence band offset and a small conduction band offset at the WSe2/BP interface. In the optoelectrical measurements, we found the amplitude and even the polarity of photocurrent could be modulated by electrostatic gating. Our study could further enhance the understanding of designing devices based on these `type tunable' van der Waals heterojunctions. Moreover, the properties of the WSe2/BP interface were also experimentally identified through the electrical and optoelectrical measurements in our study.Due to the weak screening effect, the concentration and type of charge carriers in 2D semiconductor heterostructures can be effectively tuned by electrostatic gating, enabling us to realize different types of heterojunctions in a single device. Such `type tunable' properties are useful for designing novel electrical or optoelectrical devices. Here, we demonstrate a `type tunable' heterojunction device construct with two pieces of ambipolar 2D semiconductors: WSe2 and black phosphorus (BP). This heterojunction could be tuned to either the p-p junction or n-n junction by gate modulation. The p-p junction shows a large current rectification ratio while the n-n junction shows a negligible current rectification ratio, indicating a large valence band offset and a small conduction band offset at the WSe2/BP interface. In the optoelectrical measurements, we found the amplitude and even the polarity of photocurrent could be modulated by electrostatic gating. Our study could further enhance the understanding of designing devices based on these `type tunable' van der Waals heterojunctions. Moreover, the properties of the WSe2/BP interface were also experimentally identified through the electrical and optoelectrical measurements in our study. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr09218c

  3. Surface energy and wettability of van der Waals structures

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    Annamalai, Meenakshi; Gopinadhan, Kalon; Han, Sang A.; Saha, Surajit; Park, Hye Jeong; Cho, Eun Bi; Kumar, Brijesh; Patra, Abhijeet; Kim, Sang-Woo; Venkatesan, T.

    2016-03-01

    The wetting behaviour of surfaces is believed to be affected by van der Waals (vdW) forces; however, there is no clear demonstration of this. With the isolation of two-dimensional vdW layered materials it is possible to test this hypothesis. In this paper, we report the wetting behaviour of vdW heterostructures which include chemical vapor deposition (CVD) grown graphene, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and tungsten disulfide (WS2) on few layers of hexagon boron nitride (h-BN) and SiO2/Si. Our study clearly shows that while this class of two-dimensional materials are not completely wetting transparent, there seems to be a significant amount of influence on their wetting properties by the underlying substrate due to dominant vdW forces. Contact angle measurements indicate that graphene and graphene-like layered transitional metal dichalcogenides invariably have intrinsically dispersive surfaces with a dominating London-vdW force-mediated wettability.The wetting behaviour of surfaces is believed to be affected by van der Waals (vdW) forces; however, there is no clear demonstration of this. With the isolation of two-dimensional vdW layered materials it is possible to test this hypothesis. In this paper, we report the wetting behaviour of vdW heterostructures which include chemical vapor deposition (CVD) grown graphene, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and tungsten disulfide (WS2) on few layers of hexagon boron nitride (h-BN) and SiO2/Si. Our study clearly shows that while this class of two-dimensional materials are not completely wetting transparent, there seems to be a significant amount of influence on their wetting properties by the underlying substrate due to dominant vdW forces. Contact angle measurements indicate that graphene and graphene-like layered transitional metal dichalcogenides invariably have intrinsically dispersive surfaces with a dominating London-vdW force-mediated wettability. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr06705g

  4. Inflationary magnetogenesis, derivative couplings, and relativistic Van der Waals interactions

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    Giovannini, Massimo

    2015-08-01

    When the gauge fields have derivative couplings to scalars, like in the case of the relativistic theory of Van der Waals (or Casimir-Polder) interactions, conformal invariance is broken but the magnetic and electric susceptibilities are not bound to coincide. We analyze the formation of large-scale magnetic fields in slow-roll inflation and find that they are generated at the level of a few hundredths of a nG and over typical length scales between few Mpc and 100 Mpc. Using a new time parametrization that reduces to conformal time but only for coincident susceptibilities, the gauge action is quantized while the evolution equations of the corresponding mode functions are more easily solvable. The power spectra depend on the normalized rates of variation of the two susceptibilities (or of the corresponding gauge couplings) and on the absolute value of their ratio at the beginning of inflation. We pin down explicit regions in the parameter space where all the physical requirements (i.e., the backreaction constraints, the magnetogenesis bounds and the naturalness of the initial conditions of the scenario) are jointly satisfied. Weakly coupled initial data are favored if the gauge couplings are of the same order at the end of inflation. Duality is systematically used to simplify the analysis of the wide parameter space of the model.

  5. Helmholtz's early empiricism and the Erhaltung der Kraft.

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    Jurkowitz, Edward

    2010-01-01

    Hermann Helmholtz has often been understood to have started research under the influence of Kant, and then to have made a transition to a later mature empiricist phase. Without claiming that in 1847 Helmholtz held the same positions that he later espoused, I suggest that already in his 1847 'Uber die Erhaltung der Kraft' one may find important aspects of his later empiricism. I highlight the ways in which, from early on, Helmholtz turned Kant to use in developing an empirical program of inquiry into possible basic natural causes. To that end, I indicate how, throughout his arguments, Helmholtz employed, sometimes explicitly, but often tacitly, an empiricist logic, one that ran contrary to any form of transcendental deduction, and even to all a priori knowledge. Instead of deriving aspects about the ultimate constituents of nature, Helmholtz aimed to define the proper project for physical natural science. The first part of the paper describes the context of discussion in which Helmholtz entered. The bulk of the paper then analyzes Helmholtz's arguments in order to make space between (1) Kantian, and other, deductions of characteristics that must be true of nature and (2) Helmholtz's delineation of empirically determinable characteristics of presumed ultimate elements of nature, ones that he meant to be specified and delimited through future experimental research. The paper highlights that throughout his discussion Helmholtz meant to define the proper project for physical natural science, a project rife with empiricist aspects. PMID:20503777

  6. Synchronization of two memristively coupled van der Pol oscillators

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    Ignatov, M.; Hansen, M.; Ziegler, M.; Kohlstedt, H.

    2016-02-01

    The objective of this letter is to convey two essential principles of biological computing—synchronization and memory—in an electronic circuit with two van der Pol (vdP) oscillators coupled via a memristive device. The coupling was mediated by connecting the gate terminals of two programmable unijunction transistors through a resistance-capacitance network comprising an Ag-TiOx-Al memristive device. In the high resistance state the memristance was in the order of MΩ, which leads to two independent self-sustained oscillators characterized by the different frequencies f1 and f2 and no phase relation between the oscillations. Depending on the mediated pulse amplitude, the memristive device switched to the low resistance state after a few cycles and a frequency adaptation and phase locking were observed. The experimental results are underlined by theoretically considering a system of two coupled vdP equations. This experiment may pave the way to larger neuromorphic networks in which the coupling parameters (through memristive devices) can vary in time and strength and are able to remember the history of applied electrical potentials.

  7. Peptide folding driven by Van der Waals interactions.

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    Sung, Shen-Shu

    2015-09-01

    Contrary to the widespread view that hydrogen bonding and its entropy effect play a dominant role in protein folding, folding into helical and hairpin-like structures is observed in molecular dynamics (MD) simulations without hydrogen bonding in the peptide-solvent system. In the widely used point charge model, hydrogen bonding is calculated as part of the interaction between atomic partial charges. It is removed from these simulations by setting atomic charges of the peptide and water to zero. Because of the structural difference between the peptide and water, van der Waals (VDW) interactions favor peptide intramolecular interactions and are a major contributing factor to the structural compactness. These compact structures are amino acid sequence dependent and closely resemble standard secondary structures, as a consequence of VDW interactions and covalent bonding constraints. Hydrogen bonding is a short range interaction and it locks the approximate structure into the specific secondary structure when it is included in the simulation. In contrast to standard molecular simulations where the total energy is dominated by charge-charge interactions, these simulation results will give us a new view of the folding mechanism. PMID:26013298

  8. Jarzynski equality in van der Pol and Rayleigh oscillators.

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    Hasegawa, Hideo

    2011-12-01

    We have studied the Jarzynski equality (JE) in van der Pol and Rayleigh oscillators, which are typical deterministic non-Hamiltonian models but not expected to rigorously satisfy the JE because they are not reversible. Our simulations that calculate the contribution to the work W of an applied ramp force with a duration ? show that the JE approximately holds for a fairly wide range of ? including ? ? 0 and ? ? ?, except for ? ~ T, where T denotes the period of relaxation oscillations in the limit cycle. The work distribution function (WDF) is shown to be non-Gaussian with the U-shaped structure for a strong damping parameter. The ? dependence of R ( = -k(B)(Tln(e)(-?W)) obtained by our simulations is semiquantitatively elucidated with the use of a simple expression for limit-cycle oscillations, where the bracket (·) expresses an average over the WDF. The result obtained in self-excited oscillators is in contrast with the fact that the JE holds in the Nosé-Hoover oscillator, which also belongs to deterministic non-Hamiltonian models. PMID:22304045

  9. Surface energy and wettability of van der Waals structures.

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    Annamalai, Meenakshi; Gopinadhan, Kalon; Han, Sang A; Saha, Surajit; Park, Hye Jeong; Cho, Eun Bi; Kumar, Brijesh; Patra, Abhijeet; Kim, Sang-Woo; Venkatesan, T

    2016-03-01

    The wetting behaviour of surfaces is believed to be affected by van der Waals (vdW) forces; however, there is no clear demonstration of this. With the isolation of two-dimensional vdW layered materials it is possible to test this hypothesis. In this paper, we report the wetting behaviour of vdW heterostructures which include chemical vapor deposition (CVD) grown graphene, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and tungsten disulfide (WS2) on few layers of hexagon boron nitride (h-BN) and SiO2/Si. Our study clearly shows that while this class of two-dimensional materials are not completely wetting transparent, there seems to be a significant amount of influence on their wetting properties by the underlying substrate due to dominant vdW forces. Contact angle measurements indicate that graphene and graphene-like layered transitional metal dichalcogenides invariably have intrinsically dispersive surfaces with a dominating London-vdW force-mediated wettability. PMID:26910437

  10. van der Waals effects at molecule-metal interfaces

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    Rosa, Marta; Corni, Stefano; Di Felice, Rosa

    2014-09-01

    We present the results of plane-wave pseudopotential periodic density functional theory (DFT) calculations on the geometries, energetics, and electronic structure of small molecules on Au(111). The chosen molecules—benzene, ammonia and cytosine—are representative of different adsorption regimes and interaction strengths. The chosen substrate is a prototype noble-metal surface that is widely employed as a support for organic materials. We assess the relevance of van der Waals effects in the adsorption process and the accuracy of different first-principle density functionals that have been recently developed to embody such effects. We find that there is no unique functional that is optimal for any system. In particular, our results reveal that functionals designed to reduce the short-term repulsion between the adsorbate and the substrate usually overestimate the adsorption strength and may even predict the wrong adsorption orientation. We show that an accurate description of the substrate does not ensure an accurate evaluation of the adsorption energetics, while the electronic structure is less sensitive to the specific choice. We propose the best choice for DFT calculations of DNA bases on Au(111) and similar systems in which both short-range and long-range interactions exist.

  11. Consistent van der Waals Radii for the Whole Main Group

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    Mantina, Manjeera; Chamberlin, Adam C.; Valero, Rosendo; Cramer, Christopher J.; Truhlar, Donald G.

    2013-01-01

    Atomic radii are not precisely defined but are nevertheless widely used parameters in modeling and understanding molecular structure and interactions. The van der Waals radii determined by Bondi from molecular crystals and noble gas crystals are the most widely used values, but Bondi recommended radius values for only 28 of the 44 main-group elements in the periodic table. In the present article we present atomic radii for the other 16; these new radii were determined in a way designed to be compatible with Bondi’s scale. The method chosen is a set of two-parameter correlations of Bondi’s radii with repulsive-wall distances calculated by relativistic coupled-cluster electronic structure calculations. The newly determined radii (in Å) are Be, 1.53; B, 1.92; Al, 1.84; Ca, 2.31; Ge, 2.11; Rb, 3.03; Sr, 2.50; Sb, 2.06; Cs, 3.43; Ba, 2.68; Bi, 2.07; Po, 1.97; At, 2.02; Rn, 2.20; Fr, 3.48; and Ra, 2.83. PMID:19382751

  12. Consistent van der Waals radii for the whole main group.

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    Mantina, Manjeera; Chamberlin, Adam C; Valero, Rosendo; Cramer, Christopher J; Truhlar, Donald G

    2009-05-14

    Atomic radii are not precisely defined but are nevertheless widely used parameters in modeling and understanding molecular structure and interactions. The van der Waals radii determined by Bondi from molecular crystals and data for gases are the most widely used values, but Bondi recommended radius values for only 28 of the 44 main-group elements in the periodic table. In the present Article, we present atomic radii for the other 16; these new radii were determined in a way designed to be compatible with Bondi's scale. The method chosen is a set of two-parameter correlations of Bondi's radii with repulsive-wall distances calculated by relativistic coupled-cluster electronic structure calculations. The newly determined radii (in A) are Be, 1.53; B, 1.92; Al, 1.84; Ca, 2.31; Ge, 2.11; Rb, 3.03; Sr, 2.49; Sb, 2.06; Cs, 3.43; Ba, 2.68; Bi, 2.07; Po, 1.97; At, 2.02; Rn, 2.20; Fr, 3.48; and Ra, 2.83. PMID:19382751

  13. Gate tunable WSe2-BP van der Waals heterojunction devices.

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    Chen, Peng; Zhang, Ting Ting; Zhang, Jing; Xiang, Jianyong; Yu, Hua; Wu, Shuang; Lu, Xiaobo; Wang, Guole; Wen, Fusheng; Liu, Zhongyuan; Yang, Rong; Shi, Dongxia; Zhang, Guangyu

    2016-02-14

    Due to the weak screening effect, the concentration and type of charge carriers in 2D semiconductor heterostructures can be effectively tuned by electrostatic gating, enabling us to realize different types of heterojunctions in a single device. Such 'type tunable' properties are useful for designing novel electrical or optoelectrical devices. Here, we demonstrate a 'type tunable' heterojunction device construct with two pieces of ambipolar 2D semiconductors: WSe2 and black phosphorus (BP). This heterojunction could be tuned to either the p-p junction or n-n junction by gate modulation. The p-p junction shows a large current rectification ratio while the n-n junction shows a negligible current rectification ratio, indicating a large valence band offset and a small conduction band offset at the WSe2/BP interface. In the optoelectrical measurements, we found the amplitude and even the polarity of photocurrent could be modulated by electrostatic gating. Our study could further enhance the understanding of designing devices based on these 'type tunable' van der Waals heterojunctions. Moreover, the properties of the WSe2/BP interface were also experimentally identified through the electrical and optoelectrical measurements in our study. PMID:26810387

  14. Van der Waals torque induced by external magnetic fields

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    Esquivel-Sirvent, R.; Cocoletzi, G. H.; Palomino-Ovando, M.

    2010-01-01

    We present a method for inducing and controlling van der Waals torques between two parallel slabs using a constant magnetic field. The torque is calculated using the Barash theory of dispersive torques. In III–IV semiconductors such as InSb, the effect of an external magnetic field is to induce an optical anisotropy, in an otherwise isotropic material, that will in turn induce a torque. The calculations of the torque are done in the Voigt configuration, with the magnetic field parallel to the surface of the slabs. As a case study we consider a slab made of calcite and a second slab made of InSb. In the absence of magnetic field there is no torque. As the magnetic field increases, the optical anisotropy of InSb increases and the torque becomes different from zero, increasing with the magnetic field. The resulting torque is of the same order of magnitude as that calculated using permanent anisotropicmaterials when the magnetic fields is close to 1 T.

  15. Effects of van der Waals interaction on nanoparticle adsorption

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    Poddar, Nitun; Amar, Jacques

    2014-03-01

    The results of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations carried out using an all-atom model in order to understand the structure, diffusion, and binding of dodecanethiol (DDT)-coated Au nanoparticles (NPs) at the toluene-air interface are presented. We find that due to the strong attraction between DDT and toluene, the NP lies mainly below the interface. As a result, the coefficient for diffusion along the interface is close to the Stokes-Einstein prediction for 3D bulk diffusion. We also find that, due to the small ratio of ligand length to NP diameter, there is little spontaneous asymmetry in the NP coating. We have also used our MD results along with analytical expressions for the van der Waals (VdW) interactions to estimate corrections to the adsorption energy for DDT-coated Au NPs at the toluene-vapor interface as well as for alkanethiol-coated NPs at the water-vapor interface. In both cases, we find that the core-solvent interaction may significantly reduce the binding energy. We also find that the competition between this interaction and short-range attraction to the interface leads to well-defined activation barriers for interfacial desorption as well as for NP adsorption from the solvent. This work was supported by NSF Grant No. CHE-1012896.

  16. Direct analysis of airborne mite allergen (Der f1) in the residential atmosphere by chemifluorescent immunoassay using bioaerosol sampler.

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    Miyajima, Kumiko; Suzuki, Yurika; Miki, Daisuke; Arai, Moeka; Arakawa, Takahiro; Shimomura, Hiroji; Shiba, Kiyoko; Mitsubayashi, Kohji

    2014-06-01

    Dermatophagoides farinae allergen (Der f1) is one of the most important indoor allergens associated with allergic diseases in humans. Mite allergen Der f1 is usually associated with particles of high molecular weight; thus, Der f1 is generally present in settled dust. However, a small quantity of Der f1 can be aerosolized and become an airborne component. Until now, a reliable method of detecting airborne Der f1 has not been developed. The aim of this study was to develop a fiber-optic chemifluorescent immunoassay for the detection of airborne Der f1. In this method, the Der f1 concentration measured on the basis of the intensity of fluorescence amplified by an enzymatic reaction between the labeled enzyme by a detection antibody and a fluorescent substrate. The measured Der f1 concentration was in the range from 0.49 to 250 ng/ml and a similar range was found by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). This method was proved to be highly sensitive to Der f1 compared with other airborne allergens. For the implementation of airborne allergen measurement in a residential environment, a bioaerosol sampler was constructed. The airborne allergen generated by a nebulizer was conveyed to a newly sampler we developed for collecting airborne Der f1. The sampler was composed of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) cells for gas/liquid phases and some porous membranes which were sandwiched in between the two phases. Der f1 in air was collected by the sampler and measured using the fiber-optic immunoassay system. The concentration of Der f1 in aerosolized standards was in the range from 0.125 to 2.0 mg/m(3) and the collection rate of the device was approximately 0.2%. PMID:24725888

  17. Schnelles Voxel-Resampling für DRR-Raycasting-Verfahren in der 2D/3D-Registrierung

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    Newe, Axel; Rascher-Friesenhausen, Richard; Peitgen, Heinz-Otto

    Das Raycasting ist ein etabliertes Verfahren zur Berechnung von Digital Rekonstruierten Röntgenbildern (DRRs), auf Basis von CT-Daten approximierten Radiographien, die vorwiegend für die 2D/3D Registrierung und die Strahlentherapieplanung eingesetzt werden. Das Strahlresampling ist der mit Abstand langwierigste Schritt des Raycastings. Es wird ein Algorithmus vorgestellt, der diesen Vorgang auf das absolute Minimum reduziert, aber trotzdem die Berechnung von DRRs ermöglicht, die qualitativ für die meisten Anwendungen in der 2D/3D-Registrierung ausreichen.

  18. Institute for Science Education. Institut fur die Padagogik der Naturwissenschaften an der Universitat Kiel. IPN Report-in-Brief 11. 3rd Edition.

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    Blansdorf, Klaus, Ed.

    The Institut fur die Padagogik der Naturwissenschaften (IPN) is the research institute for science education, with a national function in the Federal Republic of Germany. The IPN consists of biology education, chemistry education, physics education, educational science, research methodology/statistics, and administration/general services…

  19. FORS am Very Large Telescope der Europäischen Südsternwarte

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    1998-09-01

    Erstes wissenschaftliches Beobachtungsinstrument liefert eindrucksvolle Bilder Entsprechend dem straffen Zeitplan wird das ESO Very Large Teleskop Projekt (VLT-Projekt) auf dem Cerro Paranal in Nord-Chile verwirklicht: die volle Betriebsbereitschaft des ersten der vier 8,2m-Einzelteleskope wird Anfang des nächsten Jahres erreicht sein. Am 15. September 1998 wurde ein weiterer wichtiger Meilenstein erfolgreich, rechtzeitig und innerhalb des Kostenplans erreicht. Nur wenige Tage nach seiner Montage am ersten 8,2m-Einzelteleskop des VLT (UT1) konnte FORS1 ( FO cal R educer and S pectrograph) als erstes einer Gruppe leistungsfähiger und komplexer wissenschaftlicher Instrumente seine Beobachtungstätigkeit beginnen. Von Anfang an konnte es eine Reihe exzellenter astronomischer Bilder aufnehmen. Dieses bedeutende Ereignis eröffnet eine Fülle neuer Möglichkeiten für die europäische Astronomie. FORS - ein Höhepunkt an Komplexität FORS1 und das zukünftige Zwillingsinstrument (FORS2) sind das Ergebnis einer der eingehendsten und fortschrittlichsten technologischen Studien, die je für ein Instrument der bodengebundenen Astronomie durchgeführt wurden. Dieses einzigartige Instrument ist nun im Cassegrain-Fokus installiert und verschwindet beinahe, trotz seiner Dimensionen von 3 x 1.5m (Gewicht 2.3t), unterhalb des riesigen 53 m 2 großen Zerodurspiegels. Um die große Spiegelfläche und die hervorragende Bildqualität von UT1 optimal auszunützen, wurde FORS speziell so konstruiert, daß es die lichtschwächsten und entferntesten Objekte im Weltall untersuchen kann. Bald wird dieses komplexe VLT-Instrument den europäischen Astronomen erlauben, die derzeitigen Beobachtungshorizonte entscheidend zu erweitern. Die beiden FORS-Instrumente sind Vielzweck-Beobachtungsinstrumente, die in mehreren unterschiedlichen Beobachtungsarten eingesetzt werden können. Beispielsweise können Bilder mit zwei verschiedenen Abbildungsmaßstäben (Vergrößerungen) sowie Spektren mit unterschiedlicher spektraler Auflösung von einzelnen oder mehreren Objekten aufgenommen werden. Dabei erlaubt der schnelle Wechsel zwischen den unterschiedlichen Beobachtungsarten z.B. zunächst die Aufnahme und direkt anschließend die Spektroskopie weit entfernter Galaxien. Damit kann dann u.a. die stellare Zusammensetzung und die Entfernung bestimmt werden. Als eines der leistungsfähigsten astronomischen Instrumente seiner Art wird FORS1 ein wahres Arbeitspferd für die Untersuchung des fernen Universums darstellen. Der Bau von FORS Das FORS-Projekt wird unter ESO-Kontrakt von einem Konsortium dreier deutscher astronomischer Institute durchgeführt, der Landessternwarte Heidelberg und den Universitäts-Sternwarten von Göttingen and München. Bis zur Beendigung des Projekts werden die beteiligten Institute Arbeit im Umfang von ca. 180 Mann-Jahren eingebracht haben. Bei der Landessternwarte Heidelberg lag die Leitung des Projekts. Hier wurde außerdem das gesamte optische System konstruiert, die Beschaffung der Komponenten der abbildenden Optik und der Zusatzoptiken für Spektroskopie und Polarimetrie durchgeführt und die spezielle Computersoftware geschrieben, mit der die von FORS gelieferten Daten verarbeitet und ausgewertet werden. Darüber hinaus wurde in der Werkstatt der Sternwarte ein Teleskopsimulator gebaut, mit dem alle wesentlichen Funktionen von FORS in Europa getestet werden konnten, bevor das Instrument zum Paranal (Chile) transportiert wurde. An der Universitäts-Sternwarte Göttingen wurden Konstruktion, Herstellung und Zusammenbau der gesamten Mechanik von FORS durchgeführt. Der größte Teil der Präzisionsteile, insbesondere der Multispalteinheit, wurde in der feinmechanischen Werkstatt der Sternwarte hergestellt. Die Beschaffung der großen Instrumentengehäuse und Flansche, die Computeranalysen für mechanische und thermische Stabilität des empfindlichen Spektrographen und die Herstellung der speziellen Werkzeuge für Handhabung, Wartung und Justierung lag ebenso in der Verantwortung dieser Sternwarte wie die Tests der zahlreichen opto- und elektromechanischen Funktionen. Die Universitäts-Sternwarte München war verantwortlich für das Projektmanagement, Integration und Test des gesamten Instruments im Labor, für Planung und Einbau aller Elektronik und Elektromechanik, sowie für Entwicklung und Test der gesamten Software, die FORS in allen Teilen vollständig per Computer steuert (z.B. Filter- und Grismräder, Verschlüsse, Spalteinheit für die Vielspaltspektroskopie, Masken, alle optischen Komponenten, Elektromotoren, Encoder usw.). Zusätzlich wurde Computersoftware geschrieben, mit der die komplexen astronomischen Beobachtungen mit FORS vorbereitet werden und das Verhalten des Instruments durch eine ständige Kontrolle der gesammelten wissenschaftlichen Daten überwacht wird. Als Gegenleistung für den Bau von FORS erhalten die Astronomen der drei beteiligten Institute des FORS-Konsortiums eine gewisse Anzahl von Nächten an "garantierter Beobachtungszeit" am VLT. In dieser Beobachtungszeit werden verschiedene Forschungsprojekte durchgeführt, deren Themen unter anderem von kleinen Körpern im äußeren Sonnensystem über Untersuchungen von Sternen im Endstadium und den von ihnen abgestoßenen Gaswolken bis zur Erforschung ferner Galaxien und Quasare reichen, die Aufschluß über die frühen Zeiten unseres Universums geben. Erste Tests von FORS1 am VLT-UT1: ein großartiger Erfolg Nach sorgfältiger Vorbereitung hat das FORS-Konsortium nun mit der Inbetriebnahme ("Commissioning") des Instruments begonnen. Dazu gehören ein eingehender Nachweis der spezifizierten Leistungsfähigkeit am Teleskop, die Überprüfung der korrekten Funktionsweise unter Softwaresteuerung vom Kontrollraum auf Paranal, und am Ende dieses Prozesses eine Demonstration, daß das Instrument seinen angestrebten wissenschaftlichen Zweck erfüllt. Während der Durchführung dieser Tests gelangen dem Commissioning-Team auf Paranal eine Reihe von Aufnahmen verschiedener astronomischer Objekte, von denen einige hier wiedergegeben sind. Sie wurden alle mit FORS in der Standardauflösung gewonnen (Bildfeldgröße 6.8 x 6.8 Bogenminuten, Pixelgröße 0.20 Bogensekunden) und zeigen einige der eindrucksvollen Möglichkeiten, die das neue Instrument bietet. Spiralgalaxie NGC 1288 ESO PR Photo 37a/98 ESO PR Photo 37a/98 [Preview - JPEG: 800 x 908 pix - 224k] [High-Res - JPEG: 3000 x 3406 pix - 1.5Mb] Farbaufnahme der Spiralgalaxie NGC 1288, aufgenommen in der ersten Beobachtungsnacht von FORS ("Nacht des ersten Lichts"). Das erste Photo zeigt eine Dreifarbenaufnahme der schönen Spiralgalaxie NGC 1288 im südlichen Sternbild Fornax. PR Photo 37a/98 umfaßt das gesamte Feld, das mit der 2048 x 2048 Pixel großen CCD-Kamera abgebildet wurde. Es wurde aus drei CCD-Aufnahmen zusammengesetzt, die bei gutem Seeing in verschiedenen Farben in der "Nacht des ersten Lichts" (15. September 1998) aufgenommen wurden. Diese Galaxie mit einem Durchmesser von rund 200000 Lichtjahren ist etwa 300 Millionen Lichtjahre entfernt, ihre Fluchtgeschwindigkeit beträgt 4500 km/sec. Technische Informationen : Photo 37a/98 ist ein Komposit von drei Aufnahmen in den drei Filtern B (420nm, 6 Minuten belichtet), V (530nm, 3 Minuten) und I (800nm, 3 Minuten) während einer Periode mit 0.7 Bogensekunden Seeing. Das gezeigte Feld ist 6.8 x 6.8 Bogenminuten groß. Norden ist links, Osten unten. Entfernter Galaxienhaufen ESO PR Photo 37b/98 ESO PR Photo 37b/98 [Preview - JPEG: 657 x 800 pix - 248k] [High-Res - JPEG: 2465 x 3000 pix - 1.9Mb] Ein ungewöhnlicher Galaxienhaufen in der Umgebung des Quasars PB5763 . ESO PR Photo 37c/98 ESO PR Photo 37c/98 [Preview - JPEG: 670 x 800 pix - 272k] [High-Res - JPEG: 2512 x 3000 pix - 1.9Mb] Vergrößerung von PR Photo 37b/98; sie zeigt mehr Einzelheiten des ungewöhnlichen Galaxienhaufens. Die nächsten Photos wurden von einer 5-minütigen Aufnahme im Nahen Infrarot reproduziert, die ebenfalls in der "Nacht des ersten Lichts" von FORS1 (15. September 1998) gewonnen wurde. PR Photo 37b/98 zeigt einen Himmelsausschnitt in der Nähe des Quasars PB5763, in dem auch ein ungewöhnlicher, sehr weit entfernter Haufen von Galaxien zu sehen ist. Er besteht aus einer großen Zahl lichtschwacher Galaxien, die bisher noch nicht eingehend untersucht wurden. Dieser Haufen ist ein gutes Beispiel für die Art von Objekten, auf die viel Beobachtungszeit mit FORS verwendet werden wird, sobald der reguläre Beobachtungsbetrieb begonnen hat. Eine Vergrößerung des gleichen Feldes ist in PR Photo 37c/98 wiedergegeben. Sie zeigt die einzelnen Mitglieder dieses Galaxienhaufens im Detail. Man beachte besonders die interessante spindelförmige Galaxie, die anscheinend einen äquatorialen Ring aufweist. Neben einer schönen Spiralgalaxie sind auch noch viele weitere lichtschwache Galaxien zu erkennen. Sie sind entweder Zwerggalaxien und Mitglieder des Haufens oder befinden sich sehr viel weiter entfernt im Hintergrund des Haufens. Technische Informationen : PR Photos 37b/98 (als Negativ reproduziert) und 37c/98 (Positiv) stammen von einer Aufnahme, die bei 0.8 Bogensekunden Seeing durch ein I-Filter (nahes Infrarot, 800nm) gewonnen wurde. Die Belichtungszeit betrug 5 Minuten, und es wurde eine Flatfield-Korrektur durchgeführt. Das gezeigte Feld ist 6.8 x 6.8 Bogenminuten bzw. 2.5 x 2.3 Bogenminuten groß. Norden ist links oben, Osten links unten. Spiralgalaxie NGC 1232 ESO PR Photo 37d/98 ESO PR Photo 37d/98 [Preview - JPEG: 800 x 912 pix - 760k] [High-Res - JPEG: 3000 x 3420 pix - 5.7Mb] Ein Farbbild der Spiralgalaxie NGC 1232, aufgenommen am 21. September 1998. ESO PR Photo 37e/98 ESO PR Photo 37e/98 [Preview - JPEG: 800 x 961 pix - 480k] [High-Res - JPEG: 3000 x 3602 pix - 3.5Mb] Vergrößerung des Zentrums von PR Photo 37d/98. Dieses spektakuläre Bild der großen Spiralgalaxie NGC 1232 (Photo 37d/98) wurde am 21. September 1998 unter guten Beobachtungsbedingungen erhalten. Es wurde aus drei Einzelaufnahmen im ultravioletten, blauen und roten Licht zusammengesetzt. Die Farben der verschiedenen Regionen sind deutlich sichtbar: Das Zentralgebiet enthält ältere, rötlich leuchtende Sterne (Photo 37e/98), während die Spiralarme von jungen, bläulichen Sternen und roten Sternentstehungsgebieten bevölkert sind. Man beachte die gestörte Begleitgalaxie am linken Rand (Photo 37d/98), die wie der griechische Buchstabe "Theta" aussieht. NGC 1232 liegt 20 Grad südlich des Himmelsäquators im Sternbild Eridanus. Obwohl die Entfernung dieser Galaxie ungefähr 100 Millionen Lichtjahre beträgt, kann man auf Grund der exzellenten Bildqualität einen unglaublichen Reichtum an Details erkennen. Bei dieser Entfernung entspricht die Kantenlänge des Bildfeldes etwa 200000 Lichtjahren oder etwa der doppelten Größe unserer Milchstraße. Technische Informationen : Photos 37d/98 und 37e/98 sind ein Komposit von drei Aufnahmen in den drei Filtern U (360nm, 10 Minuten belichtet), B (420nm, 6 Minuten) und R (600nm, 2 Minuten 30 Sekunden) während einer Periode mit 0.7 Bogensekunden Seeing. Das gezeigte Feld ist 6.8 x 6.8 Bogenminuten bzw. 1.6 x 1.8 Bogenminuten groß. Norden ist oben, Osten links. Note: [1] Diese Pressemitteilung wird gemeinsam (auf Englisch und Deutsch) von der Europäischen Südsternwarte, der Landessternwarte Heidelberg und den Universitäts-Sternwarten Göttingen und München herausgegeben. An English Version of this Press Release is also available. Zugang zu ESO Presseinformationen ESO Presseinformationen werden im World Wide Web zur Verfügung gestellt (URL: http://www.eso.org/outreach/press-rel/). ESO Pressephotos dürfen veröffentlicht werden, wenn die Europäische Südsternwarte als Urheber genannt wird.

  20. Kontinuierliche und diskrete Differenzialformen als Ausgangspunkt für numerische Methoden in der Elektrodynamik

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    Kurz, S.

    2003-05-01

    Die Grundgleichungen der Elektrodynamik werden häufig in integraler Form aufgestellt. Die Umwandlung in partielle Differenzialgleichungen geschieht dann durch Anwendung der Integralsätze von Gauss und Stokes. Beide Integralsätze besitzen eine große formale Ähnlichkeit. Formuliert man die Maxwellschen Gleichungen mit Hilfe von Differenzialformen, wird diese zunächst formale Analogie verständlich, als Konsequenz eines abstrakteren Konzeptes. Neben der damit einhergehenden übersichtlichen und eleganten Darstellung der Elektrodynamik erhält man einen gut geeigneten Ausgangspunkt für numerische Methoden. Differenzialformen besitzen natürliche Entsprechungen im Diskreten, die diskreten Differenzialformen. Das hieraus in niedrigster Ordnung resultierende Diskretisierungsschema entspricht der Allokation von Freiheitsgraden auf zueinander dualen Gittersystemen, wie sie von der FIT (= Finite Integration Technique) bekannt ist. Größere Freiheiten hat man bei der Diskretisierung der Materialbeziehungen, die auf diskrete Hodge-Operatoren führt. Je nach verwendetem Ansatz (orthogonale oder baryzentrische duale Gitter) erhält man unterschiedliche numerische Verfahren. Kontinuierliche und diskrete Differenzialformen können deshalb als allgemeiner Ausgangspunkt für numerische Methoden in der Elektrodynamik betrachtet werden. The fundamental laws of electrodynamics are often stated in integral form. The conversion to partial differential equations is conveyed by application of the integral theorems of Gauss and Stokes. Both theorems bear a strong formal resemblance. If Maxwell’s equations are reformulated in terms of differential forms this seemingly formal analogy will become obvious, as a consequence of a more abstract underlying concept. Besides the accompanying concise and elegant formulation of electrodynamics a useful starting point for numerical methods is obtained. Differential forms possess natural correspondents in the discrete setting, the so called discrete differential forms. The resulting discretization scheme of lowest order corresponds to the allocation of degerees of freedom on dual grid pairs, which is well known from the FIT (= Finite Integration Technique). There is more freedom when the constitutive equations are to be discretized, which yields discrete Hodge operators. Depending on the employed technique (orthogonal or barycentric dual grids) one ends up with different numerical schemes. Continuous and discrete differential forms can therefore be regarded as a general starting point for numerical methods in electrodynamics.

  1. In Silico Prediction of T and B Cell Epitopes of Der f 25 in Dermatophagoides farinae

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    Li, Xiaohong; Yang, Hai-Wei; Chen, Hao; Wu, Jing; Liu, Yehai

    2014-01-01

    The house dust mites are major sources of indoor allergens for humans, which induce asthma, rhinitis, dermatitis, and other allergic diseases. Der f 25 is a triosephosphate isomerase, representing the major allergen identified in Dermatophagoides farinae. The objective of this study was to predict the B and T cell epitopes of Der f 25. In the present study, we analyzed the physiochemical properties, function motifs and domains, and structural-based detailed features of Der f 25 and predicted the B cell linear epitopes of Der f 25 by DNAStar protean system, BPAP, and BepiPred 1.0 server and the T cell epitopes by NetMHCIIpan-3.0 and NetMHCII-2.2. As a result, the sequence and structure analysis identified that Der f 25 belongs to the triosephosphate isomerase family and exhibited a triosephosphate isomerase pattern (PS001371). Eight B cell epitopes (11–18, 30–35, 71–77, 99–107, 132–138, 173–187, 193–197, and 211–224) and five T cell epitopes including 26–34, 38–54, 66–74, 142–151, and 239–247 were predicted in this study. These results can be used to benefit allergen immunotherapies and reduce the frequency of mite allergic reactions. PMID:24895543

  2. Comparing heat exchangers of thermacoustic prime movers with a Van der Pol model

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    Cox, I.; Jorgensen, M.; Andersen, B.

    2010-10-01

    A thermoacoustic standing-wave prime mover is a self-sustained oscillator whose initial growth of acoustic pressure into amplitude saturation can be modeled by the Van der Pol equation. The nonlinear Van der Pol equation is calculated computationally, using 4^th order Runge-Kutta. The Van der Pol model gives quantitative loss and gain parameters, when using a best-fit with experimental data. The engines tested in this study have an average frequency of 2700 Hz, which suggests that the first second of oscillations when using the Van der Pol model can reveal information about the steady-state performance of the device. This model is applied to studying the effect of different heat exchanger sizes. All sixteen possible permutations were tested using different copper wire mesh dimensions: 24X24, 40X40, 60X60, and 80X80 for the hot and cold heat exchangers (where ##X## indicates wires per inch). Plotting the steady-state acoustic pressure as a function of the gain term divided by the loss term shows roughly, a linear relationship. The engine with the highest gain term and smallest loss term was using 80X80 for the hot heat exchanger combined with the 24X24 for the cold heat exchanger and is consistent with the highest steady-state pressure achieved. The modeling process has been very successful and fits the Van der Pol equation.

  3. Der p 5 Crystal Structure Provides Insight into the Group 5 Dust Mite Allergens*

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    Mueller, Geoffrey A.; Gosavi, Rajendrakumar A.; Krahn, Joseph M.; Edwards, Lori L.; Cuneo, Matthew J.; Glesner, Jill; Pomés, Anna; Chapman, Martin D.; London, Robert E.; Pedersen, Lars C.

    2010-01-01

    Group 5 allergens from house dust mites elicit strong IgE antibody binding in mite-allergic patients. The structure of Der p 5 was determined by x-ray crystallography to better understand the IgE epitopes, to investigate the biologic function in mites, and to compare with the conflicting published Blo t 5 structures, designated 2JMH and 2JRK in the Protein Data Bank. Der p 5 is a three-helical bundle similar to Blo t 5, but the interactions of the helices are more similar to 2JMH than 2JRK. The crystallographic asymmetric unit contains three dimers of Der p 5 that are not exactly alike. Solution scattering techniques were used to assess the multimeric state of Der p 5 in vitro and showed that the predominant state was monomeric, similar to Blo t 5, but larger multimeric species are also present. In the crystal, the formation of the Der p 5 dimer creates a large hydrophobic cavity of ∼3000 Å3 that could be a ligand-binding site. Many allergens are known to bind hydrophobic ligands, which are thought to stimulate the innate immune system and have adjuvant-like effects on IgE-mediated inflammatory responses. PMID:20534590

  4. Crippling the Essential GTPase Der Causes Dependence on Ribosomal Protein L9

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    Naganathan, Anusha

    2013-01-01

    Ribosomal protein L9 is a component of all eubacterial ribosomes, yet deletion strains display only subtle growth defects. Although L9 has been implicated in helping ribosomes maintain translation reading frame and in regulating translation bypass, no portion of the ribosome-bound protein seems capable of contacting either the peptidyltransferase center or the decoding center, so it is a mystery how L9 can influence these important processes. To reveal the physiological roles of L9 that have maintained it in evolution, we identified mutants of Escherichia coli that depend on L9 for fitness. In this report, we describe a class of L9-dependent mutants in the ribosome biogenesis GTPase Der (EngA/YphC). Purified mutant proteins were severely compromised in their GTPase activities, despite the fact that the mutations are not present in GTP hydrolysis sites. Moreover, although L9 and YihI complemented the slow-growth der phenotypes, neither factor could rescue the GTPase activities in vitro. Complementation studies revealed that the N-terminal domain of L9 is necessary and sufficient to improve the fitness of these Der mutants, suggesting that this domain may help stabilize compromised ribosomes that accumulate when Der is defective. Finally, we employed a targeted degradation system to rapidly deplete L9 from a highly compromised der mutant strain and show that the L9-dependent phenotype coincides with a cell division defect. PMID:23772068

  5. [Psychiatry in the journal "Der Nervenarzt" 1928-2000].

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    Steinert, T; Plewe, B

    2005-01-01

    By analysing the complete edition of the German-language psychiatric journal "Der Nervenarzt" from 1928 to 2000 we examined basic trends in the historical and scientific orientation of psychiatry in this journal. All published articles (n=3270) were classified under formal aspects and were assigned to one of 30 categories by content. Inter-rater reliability was determined in 3 years from different eras (1957, 1977, 1997). With kappa values between 0.65 and 0.81 the inter-rater reliability was moderate to good. The mean number of authors and the mean number of references in the articles has been increasing continuously, particularly within the last decade. The mean number of words per article has been relatively constant. In nearly all 5-year periods, most of the articles came from Heidelberg, Munich and Berlin. In addition to original articles, review articles were introduced in 1971 and medical education articles in 1978. Since 1955 the "Nervenarzt" has been publishing the communications of the German Psychiatric and Neurological Society. Original articles with data reports and articles using statistics have been increasing continuously since the 1960s, reflecting an increasing evidence-based orientation of psychiatry. The currently accepted scientific standard was introduced in the early 1990s. The last decade, the "decade of the brain", not only yielded a high proportion of articles on biological issues but also indicated an increasing interest in institutions of psychiatric care and psychotherapy. On the other hand, links to related disciplines such as philosophy, sociology and psychology seem to have got lost. The percentage of articles from abroad has been decreasing within the last 2 decades. In comparison, the American Journal of Psychiatry, the Archives of General Psychiatry and the British Journal of Psychiatry have been publishing a higher percentage of original articles, particularly randomised controlled trials. PMID:15580466

  6. Van der Waals density functionals applied to solids

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    Klimeš, Ji?í; Bowler, David R.; Michaelides, Angelos

    2011-05-01

    The van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) of M. Dion [Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.92.246401 92, 246401 (2004)] is a promising approach for including dispersion in approximate density functional theory exchange-correlation functionals. Indeed, an improved description of systems held by dispersion forces has been demonstrated in the literature. However, despite many applications, standard general tests on a broad range of materials including traditional “hard” matter such as metals, ionic compounds, and insulators are lacking. Such tests are important not least because many of the applications of the vdW-DF method focus on the adsorption of atoms and molecules on the surfaces of solids. Here we calculate the lattice constants, bulk moduli, and atomization energies for a range of solids using the original vdW-DF and several of its offspring. We find that the original vdW-DF overestimates lattice constants in a similar manner to how it overestimates binding distances for gas-phase dimers. However, some of the modified vdW functionals lead to average errors which are similar to those of PBE or better. Likewise, atomization energies that are slightly better than from PBE are obtained from the modified vdW-DFs. Although the tests reported here are for hard solids, not normally materials for which dispersion forces are thought to be important, we find a systematic improvement in cohesive properties for the alkali metals and alkali halides when nonlocal correlations are accounted for.

  7. Van der Waals coefficients beyond the classical shell model

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    Tao, Jianmin; Fang, Yuan; Hao, Pan; Scuseria, G. E.; Ruzsinszky, Adrienn; Perdew, John P.

    2015-01-14

    Van der Waals (vdW) coefficients can be accurately generated and understood by modelling the dynamic multipole polarizability of each interacting object. Accurate static polarizabilities are the key to accurate dynamic polarizabilities and vdW coefficients. In this work, we present and study in detail a hollow-sphere model for the dynamic multipole polarizability proposed recently by two of the present authors (JT and JPP) to simulate the vdW coefficients for inhomogeneous systems that allow for a cavity. The inputs to this model are the accurate static multipole polarizabilities and the electron density. A simplification of the full hollow-sphere model, the single-frequency approximation (SFA), circumvents the need for a detailed electron density and for a double numerical integration over space. We find that the hollow-sphere model in SFA is not only accurate for nanoclusters and cage molecules (e.g., fullerenes) but also yields vdW coefficients among atoms, fullerenes, and small clusters in good agreement with expensive time-dependent density functional calculations. However, the classical shell model (CSM), which inputs the static dipole polarizabilities and estimates the static higher-order multipole polarizabilities therefrom, is accurate for the higher-order vdW coefficients only when the interacting objects are large. For the lowest-order vdW coefficient C{sub 6}, SFA and CSM are exactly the same. The higher-order (C{sub 8} and C{sub 10}) terms of the vdW expansion can be almost as important as the C{sub 6} term in molecular crystals. Application to a variety of clusters shows that there is strong non-additivity of the long-range vdW interactions between nanoclusters.

  8. BOOK REVIEW: Meilensteine der Astronomie - Von Aristoteles bis Hawking

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    Duerbeck, H. W.; Hamel, J.

    2006-12-01

    A writer, more specific a writer on the history of astronomy, might from time to time look at the collected document folders with all the research material and reprints, and might wonder: has this been all? Especially at a time when recycling is in vogue? And, perhaps with a request or an invitation to submit something, he or she might consider re-using the material before its definitive disposal. Well, such are my feelings when I looked at Jurgen Hamel's new book Milestones of Astronomy - From Aristoteles to Hawking . A slight chance for survival of medium-sized publishers like Kosmos is to offer popular books, and a title must attract potential buyers: Aristoteles means the "old" times, and as concerns the "mad scientist" of modern times, Stephen Hawking has by now dethroned Einstein. In 1998, Hamel had published a Geschichte der Astronomie - Von den Anfangen bis zur Gegenwart (History of astronomy, from the beginnings to the present), which, of course, he could not simply copy. This time, he selected some stones from his research areas - milestones, touchstones, stumbling blocks in the long road of astronomical evolution - and put them between the covers of his new book. So let us look at these (mile)stones . The reader is informed about Aristoteles on 2 pages, but his medieval interpreter Johannes de Sacrobosco gets 8 pages! Copernicus' life and achievements are described on 9 pages, closely followed by his devotee and translator Rothmann with 8 pages; Copernicus' contemporary, Peter Apian, however, gets about 13! Bessel's and Herschel's lifes and works are described on well-deserved 13 and 15 pages, while the achievements of the two Lucasian professors, Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking, are just outlined in a single paragraph! Thus, importance is sometimes inversely proportional to text length... But let us become serious now. Why should an active historian outline, for the hundreth time, the life of Copernicus, while there are so many interesting, and often neglected, other astronomers? Before the chapter dealing with Aristoteles and other Greek thinkers, the author presents a very good introduction to prehistoric astronomy. Subsequent chapters cover medieval times (Sacrobosco), Copernicus, instruments (Apian), calendars and their makers, telescopes and theological conflicts, women in astronomy and celestial mechanics, "amateur" astronomers (Herschel and Bessel), philosophy and science (Kant and successors). "At the limits of knowledge" is the title of the last, somewhat scanty chapter on 20th century astronomy. The only confusing text is found on p. 43: Die exzentrische Lage der Spharen wurde von Hipparch im 2. Jahrhundert v. Chr. eingefuhrt. Cum grano salis, this is correct; Hipparchos assumed an eccentric orbit for the Sun. Furthermore, die Erde steht im Mittelpunkt des Deferenten, jedoch um den Betrag der Exzentrizitat E vom Mittelpunkt des Exzenters entfernt. A figure showing a deferent circle (and attached epicycle) with center M, and a lower point E called center of world = center of Earth in the caption, tries to illustrate this. The desperate reader does not find the eccenter in the figure, and also does not appreciate why the Earth is in the center of the deferent M when the caption says it is in E. The explanation is that for a planet, having two anomalies, the epicycle does not run on a concentric circle, usually called deferent, but on an eccenter. Thus, in the figure, the circle labelled deferent is the eccenter. In Cellarius' Harmonia Macrocosmica, Table 14, a similar figure explains it all: Eccentricus deferens epicyclum - the eccenter that carries around the epicycle. Since we have switched to Latin, we should mention that on p. 158, we encountered the sentence "in dubia pro res". Perhaps we are permitted to reply "si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses". The reader is cautioned: if this book is used as a road atlas for the history of astronomy, the reader will often find very rough sketches of the progress of astronomy, but from time to time a very detailed map of a very beautiful town or village will be encountered. This well-written and inspiring book can be recommended to everyone who wants to learn about astronomical history somewhat off the beaten track.

  9. Arzt und Hobby-Astronom in stürmischen Zeiten Der Büchernachlass des Doktor Johannes Häringshauser, Viertelsmedicus in Mistelbach (1630-1641) in der Melker Stiftsbibliothek.

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    Davison, Giles; Glaßner, Gottfried

    2009-06-01

    Auf der Suche nach astronomischer Literatur stieß Giles Davison in der Melker Stiftsbibliothek auf den Namen "Doctor Johannes Häringshauser“ als Besitzer seltener und interessanter astronomischer Werke u.a. von Johannes Regiomontan, Georg von Peuerbach, Michael Mästlin, Johannes Kepler und Daniel Sennert. Weitere in den Jahren 2007-2009 durchgeführte Nachforschungen ergaben, dass es sich um den von 1630-1641 in Mistelbach, Niederösterreich, als Landschaftsarzt tätigen Vater des Melker Konventualen und Bibliothekars Sigismund Häringshauser (1631-1698) handelt. Er wurde 1603 als Sohn des aus Magdeburg stammenden Apothekers Johannes Häringshauser geboren und starb 1642 in Mistelbach. Johannes Häringshauser Sen. bekleidete von 1613-1640 eine Reihe wichtiger Ämter in der Wiener Stadtregierung und starb 1647. Der Studienaufenthalt von Dr. Johannes Häringshauser Jun. in Padua (1624-1626) dürfte das Interesse für Astronomie geweckt haben, das sich in seiner in die Bestände der Melker Stiftsbibliothek eingegangenen Privatbibliothek widerspiegelt. Der Großteil der 10 dem Fachbereich der Astronomie und Astrologie zuzuweisenden Titel wurde von ihm in den Jahren 1636 und 1637 erworben.

  10. Die Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs Ein Beispiel für erfolgreiche „Track-II-Diplomacy“ der Naturwissenschaftler im Kalten Krieg

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    Neuneck, Götz

    "Kein Zeitalter der Geschichte ist stärker von den Naturwissenschaften durchdrungen und abhängiger von ihnen als das 20. Jahrhundert" schreibt Eric Hobsbawn im Kapitel "Zauberer und Lehrlinge: Die Naturwissenschaften" seines Buches "Zeitalter der Extreme".

  11. Schlüsselkomponenten für Roboter in der Produktion Roboterhaut und Sicherheitskonzept für die Mensch-Roboter Kooperation

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    Denkena, B.; Hesse, P.; Friederichs, J.; Wedler, A.

    Vorgestellt wird der Aufbau einer aktiven Sensor-Matrix zur Abstands- und Kontaktdetektion in der Robotik. Diese besteht aus einem Sensornetzwerk zur Fusion und Überlagerung differenter physikalischer Wirkprinzipien. Die Sicherheit der I2C-Bus Kommunikation, der Aufbau der Roboterhaut, Ergebnisse der Abstandsdetektion mit Infrarot-, und Ultraschallsensorik werden dargestellt. Ferner wurden Temperatur-, und Beschleunigungssensoren auf die Oberfläche der Roboterhaut aufgebracht um Informationen über die Umgebung sicher an ein übergeordnetes Leitsystem zu übertragen. Eine unterlagerte sichere Roboterhaut mit Kontaktdetektion zeigt als einfache Schlüsselkomponente ein analoges Ausschaltverhalten für geringe Latenzzeiten. Als Schluss wird auf den Einsatz an einem Industrieroboter in der Produktion ohne trennende Schutzeinrichtungen (OTS) eingegangen.

  12. Europäisches Organ der Festkörperforschung und DDR-Devisenbringer Die Zeitschrift Physica Status Solidi im Kalten Krieg

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    Hoffmann, Dieter

    Mit dem Ziele, ein einheitliches internationales Organ der Festkörperphysik für den europäischen Raum zu schaffen, das eine rasche Publikation der für das Festkörpergebiet repräsentative Arbeiten ermöglicht, wird durch ein internationales Herausgebergremium eine neue wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift gegründet.

  13. P. A. M. Dirac und die Begründung der relativistischen Quantentheorie

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    Rompe, Robert; Treder, Hans-Jürgen

    Die Vereinigung von spezieller Relativitätstheorie und Quantentheorie führte zu neuen Vorstellungen über das Vakuum, erklärte den Spin. Eine grundsätzliche Analyse zwischen beiden fundamentalen Theorien zeigt jedoch auch Inkonsistenzen, die nicht innerhalb der Quantenmechanik und Relativitätstheorie gelöst werden können. Sie sind mit der Frage verbunden: Warum ist der Kosmos so groß und sind die Atome so klein?.Translated AbstractP. A. M. Dirac and the Foundation of Relativistic Quantum TheoryThe unification of special relativity and quantum mechanics led to a new understanding of vacuum, declared the spin. A thorough analysis between both fundamental theories, however, shows inconsistencies too, unsolvable in the framework of quantum theory and theory of relativity. The are connected with the question: Why is cosmos so big and are atoms so small?.

  14. Dynamics of three coupled van der Pol oscillators with application to circadian rhythms

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    Rompala, Kevin; Rand, Richard; Howland, Howard

    2007-08-01

    In this work we study a system of three van der Pol oscillators. Two of the oscillators are identical, and are not directly coupled to each other, but rather are coupled via the third oscillator. We investigate the existence of the in-phase mode in which the two identical oscillators have the same behavior. To this end we use the two variable expansion perturbation method (also known as multiple scales) to obtain a slow flow, which we then analyze using the computer algebra system MACSYMA and the numerical bifurcation software AUTO. Our motivation for studying this system comes from the presence of circadian rhythms in the chemistry of the eyes. We model the circadian oscillator in each eye as a van der Pol oscillator. Although there is no direct connection between the two eyes, they are both connected to the brain, especially to the pineal gland, which is here represented by a third van der Pol oscillator.

  15. Understanding the nanoscale local buckling behavior of vertically aligned MWCNT arrays with van der Waals interactions.

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    Li, Yupeng; Kim, Hyung-ick; Wei, Bingqing; Kang, Junmo; Choi, Jae-boong; Nam, Jae-Do; Suhr, Jonghwan

    2015-09-14

    The local buckling behavior of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (VACNTs) has been investigated and interpreted in the view of a collective nanotube response by taking van der Waals interactions into account. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on the case of collective VACNT behavior regarding van der Waals force among nanotubes as a lateral support effect during the buckling process. The local buckling propagation and development of VACNTs were experimentally observed and theoretically analyzed by employing finite element modeling with lateral support from van der Waals interactions among nanotubes. Both experimental and theoretical analyses show that VACNTs buckled in the bottom region with many short waves and almost identical wavelengths, indicating a high mode buckling. Furthermore, the propagation and development mechanism of buckling waves follow the wave damping effect. PMID:26242771

  16. Quantum vacuum photon modes and repulsive Lifshitz-van der Waals interactions

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    Dellieu, Louis; Deparis, Olivier; Muller, Jérôme; Kolaric, Branko; Sarrazin, Michaël

    2015-12-01

    The bridge between quantum vacuum photon modes and properties of patterned surfaces is currently being established on solid theoretical grounds. Based on these foundations, the manipulation of quantum vacuum photon modes in a nanostructured cavity is theoretically shown to be able to change the Lifshitz-van der Waals forces from attractive to repulsive regime. Since this concept relies on surface nanopatterning instead of chemical composition changes, it drastically relaxes the usual conditions for achieving repulsive Lifshitz-van der Waals forces. As a case study, the potential interaction energy between a nanopatterned polyethylene slab and a flat polyethylene slab with water as the intervening medium is calculated. Extremely small corrugation heights (<10 nm) are shown to be able to change the Lifshitz-van der Waals force from attractive to repulsive, the interaction strength being controlled by the corrugation height. This new approach could lead to various applications in surface science.

  17. Observation of scalar nuclear spin–spin coupling in van der Waals complexes

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    Ledbetter, Micah P.; Saielli, Giacomo; Bagno, Alessandro; Tran, Nhan; Romalis, Michael V.

    2012-01-01

    Scalar couplings between covalently bound nuclear spins are a ubiquitous feature in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments, imparting valuable information to NMR spectra regarding molecular structure and conformation. Such couplings arise due to a second-order hyperfine interaction, and, in principle, the same mechanism should lead to scalar couplings between nuclear spins in unbound van der Waals complexes. Here, we report the first observation of scalar couplings between nuclei in van der Waals complexes. Our measurements are performed in a solution of hyperpolarized 129Xe and pentane, using superconducting quantum interference devices to detect NMR in 10 mG fields, and are in good agreement with calculations based on density functional theory. van der Waals forces play an important role in many physical phenomena. The techniques presented here may provide a new method for probing such interactions.

  18. Photovoltaic DER System Could Save USPS $25,000 per Year in Marina del Rey, California

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    2002-11-01

    In numerous projects, government agencies are demonstrating the economic and environmental value of using distributed energy resources (DER) to provide reliable electricity for Federal facilities. These projects also show how renewable DER systems such as photovoltaics (PV) can be effectively integrated into utility power grids to provide added power during peak demand periods in populous regions and states. This four-page case study describes a recent project in which the United States Postal Service (USPS) worked with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), a national laboratory, the local utility, and a private company to install a PV DER system at the USPS Marina Processing and Distribution Center in Inglewood, California. This system is expected to shave 10% off the facility's 1.2-megawatt peak power demand and save more $25,000 per year in utility costs.

  19. Admissibility criteria for propagating phase boundaries in a van der Waals fluid

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    Slemrod, M.

    Admissibility criteria for weak solutions of the equations governing isothermal motion of a van der Waals fluid are presented. The first, a standard viscosity criterion, is discarded as too restrictive, since it rules out propagating phase boundaries near the equilibrium coexistence line. The second, a viscosity-capillarity condition, allows propagating phase boundaries to exist when the state on one side of the phase boundary determines both the propagation speed and the state on the other side. A one-dimensional Lagrangian description of compressible fluid flow based on the law of conservation of mass is presented, and the admissibility with respect to the viscosity criterion is analyzed along with the van der Waals equation of state, giving theorems and proofs. The viscosity-capillarity admissibility condition is compared to the Lax shock criterion, and an elementary Riemann problem for a van der Waals fluid is considered. Finally, a possible experimental method for computing the coefficient A in Kortweg's theory is discussed.

  20. Simon van der Meer (1925-2011):. A Modest Genius of Accelerator Science

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    Chohan, Vinod C.

    2011-02-01

    Simon van der Meer was a brilliant scientist and a true giant of accelerator science. His seminal contributions to accelerator science have been essential to this day in our quest for satisfying the demands of modern particle physics. Whether we talk of long base-line neutrino physics or antiproton-proton physics at Fermilab or proton-proton physics at LHC, his techniques and inventions have been a vital part of the modern day successes. Simon van der Meer and Carlo Rubbia were the first CERN scientists to become Nobel laureates in Physics, in 1984. Van der Meer's lesserknown contributions spanned a whole range of subjects in accelerator science, from magnet design to power supply design, beam measurements, slow beam extraction, sophisticated programs and controls.

  1. Quantum synchronization of quantum van der Pol oscillators with trapped ions

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    Lee, Tony; Sadeghpour, Hossein

    2014-03-01

    Van der Pol oscillators are prototypical driven-dissipative oscillators that have been used to study synchronization phenomena in classical systems. We study the van der Pol oscillator in the quantum limit, when the oscillator is near the quantum ground state, and the behavior is sensitive to the quantization of energy levels. We consider four scenarios: one oscillator with and without an external drive, two coupled oscillators, and an infinite number of oscillators with global coupling. We find that phase-locking is much more robust in the quantum model than in the equivalent classical model. Trapped-ion experiments are ideally suited to simulate van der Pol oscillators in the quantum regime via sideband heating and cooling of motional modes. Phys. Rev. Lett. (in press), arXiv:1306.6359

  2. Nano-photonic phenomena in van der Waals heterostructures (Presentation Recording)

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    Basov, Dmitri N.

    2015-09-01

    van der Waals (vdW) crystals consist of individual atomic planes coupled by vdW interaction, similar to graphene monolayers in bulk graphite. We investigated van der Waals heterostructures assembled from atomically thin layers of graphene and hexagonal boron nitride (hBN). We launched, detected and imaged plasmonic, phonon polaritonic and hybrid plasmon-phonon polariton waves in a setting of an antenna based nano-infrared apparatus. Hyperbolic phonon polaritons in hBN enabled sub-diffractional focusing in infrared frequencies. Because electronic, plasmonic and phonon polaritonic properties in van der Waals heterstructures are intertwined, gate voltage and/or details of layer assembly enable efficient control of nano-photonic effects.

  3. Measurement of the Hall coefficient using van der Pauw method without magnetic field reversal

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    Levy, M.; Sarachik, M. P.

    1989-07-01

    The van der Pauw geometry has been widely used for the measurement of resistivities and Hall coefficients. Although the measurement of a Hall coefficient requires a finite magnetic field, it should be noted that van der Pauw's expression is valid only in the limit of zero field; in addition to the Hall contribution, measurements in a finite magnetic field generally include a term associated with field-induced changes in the longitudinal resistivity. Although a simple solution to this problem entails taking the difference between readings in opposite field directions, there are circumstances where this may be impractical. In this note we present a straightforward extension of the van der Pauw calculation which allows a determination of the Hall coefficient from quantities measured in one field direction only.

  4. Amerikas Einschätzung der deutschen Atomforschung: Das deutsche Uranprojekt

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    Walker, Mark

    2002-07-01

    Die amerikanischen Wissenschaftler und ihre emigrierten Kollegen, die am Bau der Atombombe beteiligt waren, verfügten über sehr widersprüchliche und großteils falsche Informationen über den Fortschritt des deutschen Uranprogramms. Noch nach Kriegsende lässt sich dies an Aussagen des Leiters der amerikanischen Alsos-Mission, Samuel Goudsmit, festmachen. Tatsächlich war das deutsche Programm hinsichtlich seiner wissenschaftlichen Grundlagen und des Managements nicht so unterlegen, wie vielfach behauptet wurde. Aber die deutschen Behörden waren nicht in der Lage, Geld und Ressourcen in gleichem Maße in das Uranprojekt zu investieren, wie etwa in das Peenemünder Raketenprojekt.

  5. Simulationsbasierte Optimierung in der Bautechnik — Neue Informatische Lösungskonzepte

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    Hartmann, Dietrich; Baitsch, Matthias; van Nguyen, Vinh

    Ingenieure sind — aufbauend auf gründlicher Planung, intelligentem Entwurf, solider Konstruktion und sorgfältiger Herstellung — seit jeher bestrebt, "optimale“ technische Systeme zu entwickeln. Auch die Prozesse, die von Ingenieuren eingeleitet und verantwortet werden, sind in der Regel so ausgelegt, dass sie planmäßig, zuverlässig, hochgradig effizient und somit ebenfalls möglichst optimal ablaufen. Bei der Umsetzung ihrer Ideen mithilfe von leistungsfähigen Computermodellen sowie gebrauchstauglicher Software sorgt die zielgerichtete Vernetzung mit der Forschung in Mathematik und Angewandter Informatik dafür, dass sowohl dringende aktuelle Problemstellungen gelöst als auch neue Zukunftsfelder in absehbarer Zeit erfolgreich bearbeitet werden können.

  6. Structural susceptibility and separation of time scales in the van der Pol oscillator

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    Chachra, Ricky; Transtrum, Mark K.; Sethna, James P.

    2012-08-01

    We use an extension of the van der Pol oscillator as an example of a system with multiple time scales to study the susceptibility of its trajectory to polynomial perturbations in the dynamics. A striking feature of many nonlinear, multiparameter models is an apparently inherent insensitivity to large-magnitude variations in certain linear combinations of parameters. This phenomenon of “sloppiness” is quantified by calculating the eigenvalues of the Hessian matrix of the least-squares cost function. These typically span many orders of magnitude. The van der Pol system is no exception: Perturbations in its dynamics show that most directions in parameter space weakly affect the limit cycle, whereas only a few directions are stiff. With this study, we show that separating the time scales in the van der Pol system leads to a further separation of eigenvalues. Parameter combinations which perturb the slow manifold are stiffer and those which solely affect the jumps in the dynamics are sloppier.

  7. 49 CFR 40.215 - What information about the DER do employers have to provide to BATs and STTs?

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    2014-10-01

    ... to provide to BATs and STTs? 40.215 Section 40.215 Transportation Office of the Secretary of... Personnel § 40.215 What information about the DER do employers have to provide to BATs and STTs? As an employer, you must provide to the STTs and BATs the name and telephone number of the appropriate DER (and...

  8. Der p 11 Is a Major Allergen for House Dust Mite-Allergic Patients Suffering from Atopic Dermatitis

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    Banerjee, Srinita; Resch, Yvonne; Chen, Kuan-Wei; Swoboda, Ines; Focke-Tejkl, Margit; Blatt, Katharina; Novak, Natalija; Wickman, Magnus; van Hage, Marianne; Ferrara, Rosetta; Mari, Adriano; Purohit, Ashok; Pauli, Gabrielle; Sibanda, Elopy N.; Ndlovu, Portia; Thomas, Wayne R.; Krzyzanek, Vladislav; Tacke, Sebastian; Malkus, Ursula; Valent, Peter; Valenta, Rudolf; Vrtala, Susanne

    2015-01-01

    House dust mites (HDMs) belong to the most potent indoor allergen sources worldwide and are associated with allergic manifestations in the respiratory tract and the skin. Here we studied the importance of the high-molecular-weight group 11 allergen from Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (Der p 11) in HDM allergy. Sequence analysis showed that Der p 11 has high homology to paramyosins from mites, ticks, and other invertebrates. A synthetic gene coding for Der p 11 was expressed in Escherichia coli and rDer p 11 purified to homogeneity as folded, alpha-helical protein as determined by circular dichroism spectroscopy. Using antibodies raised against rDer p 11 and immunogold electron microscopy, the allergen was localized in the muscle beneath the skin of mite bodies but not in feces. IgE reactivity of rDer p 11 was tested with sera from HDM-allergic patients from Europe and Africa in radioallergosorbent test–based dot-blot assays. Interestingly, we found that Der p 11 is a major allergen for patients suffering from atopic dermatitis (AD), whereas it is only a minor allergen for patients suffering from respiratory forms of HDM allergy. Thus, rDer p 11 might be a useful serological marker allergen for the identification of a subgroup of HDM-allergic patients suffering from HDM-associated AD. PMID:24999597

  9. 49 CFR 40.215 - What information about the DER do employers have to provide to BATs and STTs?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... to provide to BATs and STTs? 40.215 Section 40.215 Transportation Office of the Secretary of... Personnel § 40.215 What information about the DER do employers have to provide to BATs and STTs? As an employer, you must provide to the STTs and BATs the name and telephone number of the appropriate DER (and...

  10. 49 CFR 40.215 - What information about the DER do employers have to provide to BATs and STTs?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... to provide to BATs and STTs? 40.215 Section 40.215 Transportation Office of the Secretary of... Personnel § 40.215 What information about the DER do employers have to provide to BATs and STTs? As an employer, you must provide to the STTs and BATs the name and telephone number of the appropriate DER (and...

  11. 49 CFR 40.215 - What information about the DER do employers have to provide to BATs and STTs?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ... to provide to BATs and STTs? 40.215 Section 40.215 Transportation Office of the Secretary of... Personnel § 40.215 What information about the DER do employers have to provide to BATs and STTs? As an employer, you must provide to the STTs and BATs the name and telephone number of the appropriate DER (and...

  12. 49 CFR 40.215 - What information about the DER do employers have to provide to BATs and STTs?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... to provide to BATs and STTs? 40.215 Section 40.215 Transportation Office of the Secretary of... Personnel § 40.215 What information about the DER do employers have to provide to BATs and STTs? As an employer, you must provide to the STTs and BATs the name and telephone number of the appropriate DER (and...

  13. Understanding the nanoscale local buckling behavior of vertically aligned MWCNT arrays with van der Waals interactions

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    Li, Yupeng; Kim, Hyung-Ick; Wei, Bingqing; Kang, Junmo; Choi, Jae-Boong; Nam, Jae-Do; Suhr, Jonghwan

    2015-08-01

    The local buckling behavior of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (VACNTs) has been investigated and interpreted in the view of a collective nanotube response by taking van der Waals interactions into account. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on the case of collective VACNT behavior regarding van der Waals force among nanotubes as a lateral support effect during the buckling process. The local buckling propagation and development of VACNTs were experimentally observed and theoretically analyzed by employing finite element modeling with lateral support from van der Waals interactions among nanotubes. Both experimental and theoretical analyses show that VACNTs buckled in the bottom region with many short waves and almost identical wavelengths, indicating a high mode buckling. Furthermore, the propagation and development mechanism of buckling waves follow the wave damping effect.The local buckling behavior of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (VACNTs) has been investigated and interpreted in the view of a collective nanotube response by taking van der Waals interactions into account. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on the case of collective VACNT behavior regarding van der Waals force among nanotubes as a lateral support effect during the buckling process. The local buckling propagation and development of VACNTs were experimentally observed and theoretically analyzed by employing finite element modeling with lateral support from van der Waals interactions among nanotubes. Both experimental and theoretical analyses show that VACNTs buckled in the bottom region with many short waves and almost identical wavelengths, indicating a high mode buckling. Furthermore, the propagation and development mechanism of buckling waves follow the wave damping effect. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr03581c

  14. Efficacies of immunotherapy with polypeptide vaccine from ProDer f 1 in asthmatic mice

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    Li, Chaopin; Li, Qiuyu; Jiang, Yuxin

    2015-01-01

    Allergic asthma is associated with the major house dust mite group 1 allergens Der p 1 and Der f 1, which belongs to the papin-like protease family and is the most potent of indoor allergens and allergen-specific immunotherapy (SIT), is seen as effective intervention for the entity. The current study was designed to verify the SIT efficacies of the enzymatic hydrolysates (papain and trypsin) in mice with asthma. We initially developed the asthmatic mouse models with ProDer f 1, and respectively applied recombinant ProDer f 1 protein and the two kinds of enzymatic hydrolysates for SIT. The results were verified by measuring the contents of IL-4, IL-10, IL-17 and IFN-? changed in both bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and supernatant of splenocyte culture as well as level changes of specific IgE and IgG2a in the serum. After SIT intervention, the symptoms of allergic inflammation was alleviated significantly in mice treated with ProDer f 1 protein and the two enzymatic hydrolysates via detection of the lung tissue sections, and infiltration of inflammatory cells was also notably depressed as compared with the models, though the epithelial structure in airways remained similar with the PBS group. In addition, we observed lower serum contents of the specific IgE antibody and lower levels of IL-4, IL-17 in BALF and splenic cells in mice undergone SIT, whereas specific IgG2a, IFN-? and IL-10 in BALF and supernatant of splenocyte culture were higher as compared to the asthma group. The findings suggest the SIT using the above two kinds of hydrolysates may effectively inhibit the allergic inflammation in the airways of mouse models sensitized with ProDer f 1 protein. PMID:25932130

  15. Das Zweikörperproblem in der quantisierten, trägheitsfreien Mechanik

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    Kreisel, E.

    Es existieren keine gebundenen Zustände des Zweiteilchensystems in der Riemann-Machschen Quantenmechanik. Das Energie-Spektrum ist notwendig positiv semidefinit und kontinuierlich, in Analogie zum freien Teilchen der Quantenmechanik.Translated AbstractThe Two-Body-Problem in Quantized, Inertia-Free MechanicsThere do not exist bound states of the two-particle-system in Riemann-Machian quantum mechanics. The spectrum of the energy is necessarily positively semidefinite and continuous, in analogy to the free particle of quantum mechanics.

  16. Effect of van der Waals interaction on the mode I fracture characteristics of graphene sheet

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    Parashar, Avinash; Mertiny, Pierre

    2013-11-01

    In this paper a study has been performed to investigate the effect of van der Waals interaction forces on the mode I (opening mode) fracture characteristics of a graphene sheet. Finite element based atomistic approach was employed to perform the investigation, where graphene structure was assumed to behave like a space frame structure. Few graphene sheets were modeled in finite element environment with different set of interlayer spacing. Modified virtual crack closure technique (VCCT) was employed to estimate the strain energy release rate (SERR) under mode I of fracture criteria. Significant effect of van der Waals forces was observed on the mode I fracture characteristics of graphene.

  17. Numerical integration of nearly-Hamiltonian systems. [Van der Pol oscillator and perturbed Keplerian motion

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    Bond, V. R.

    1978-01-01

    The reported investigation is concerned with the solution of systems of differential equations which are derived from a Hamiltonian function in the extended phase space. The problem selected involves a one-dimensional perturbed harmonic oscillator. The van der Pol equation considered has an exact asymptotic value for its amplitude. Comparisons are made between a numerical solution and a known analytical solution. In addition to the van der Pol problem, known solutions regarding the restricted problem of three bodies are used as examples for perturbed Keplerian motion. The extended phase space Hamiltonian discussed by Stiefel and Scheifele (1971) is considered. A description is presented of two canonical formulations of the perturbed harmonic oscillator.

  18. Analyzing Longitudinal Magnetoresistance Asymmetry to Quantify Doping Gradients: Generalization of the van der Pauw Method

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    Zhou, Wang; Yoo, H. M.; Prabhu-Gaunkar, S.; Tiemann, L.; Reichl, C.; Wegscheider, W.; Grayson, M.

    2015-10-01

    A longitudinal magnetoresistance asymmetry (LMA) between a positive and negative magnetic field is known to occur in both the extreme quantum limit and the classical Drude limit in samples with a nonuniform doping density. By analyzing the current stream function in van der Pauw measurement geometry, it is shown that the electron density gradient can be quantitatively deduced from this LMA in the Drude regime. Results agree with gradients interpolated from local densities calibrated across an entire wafer, establishing a generalization of the van der Pauw method to quantify density gradients.

  19. van der Pauw method for measuring resistivity of a plane sample with distant boundaries

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    Lim, S. H. N.; McKenzie, D. R.; Bilek, M. M. M.

    2009-07-01

    In the paper, we derive an algorithm which follows from the original van der Pauw's technique for measuring resistivity with the added advantage of allowing contacts to be positioned a distance away from the boundary. For a large sample area, we show that the resistivity calculated by our algorithm is equivalent to the resistivity calculated by the original van der Pauw's method. In practice, this configuration is easier to achieve and can eliminate errors associated with contacts that are not placed exactly at the edge.

  20. Analyzing Longitudinal Magnetoresistance Asymmetry to Quantify Doping Gradients: Generalization of the van der Pauw Method.

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    Zhou, Wang; Yoo, H M; Prabhu-Gaunkar, S; Tiemann, L; Reichl, C; Wegscheider, W; Grayson, M

    2015-10-30

    A longitudinal magnetoresistance asymmetry (LMA) between a positive and negative magnetic field is known to occur in both the extreme quantum limit and the classical Drude limit in samples with a nonuniform doping density. By analyzing the current stream function in van der Pauw measurement geometry, it is shown that the electron density gradient can be quantitatively deduced from this LMA in the Drude regime. Results agree with gradients interpolated from local densities calibrated across an entire wafer, establishing a generalization of the van der Pauw method to quantify density gradients. PMID:26565488

  1. Van der Pauw method on a sample with an isolated hole

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    Szyma?ski, Krzysztof; Cie?li?ski, Jan L.; ?api?ski, Kamil

    2013-03-01

    Explicit results of the van der Pauw method for a sample containing an isolated hole are presented together with experimental confirmation. Results of measurements and numerical analysis strongly suggest that four probe resistivities obey inequality similar in the form to the famous van der Pauw equation. The inequality seems to be valid for any sample with an isolated hole and contacts located on the same edge, however rigorous proof is not given. The inequality can be used for experimental detection of the sample quality.

  2. A high-pressure van der Waals compound in solid nitrogen-helium mixtures

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    Vos, W. L.; Finger, L. W.; Hemley, R. J.; Hu, J. Z.; Mao, H. K.; Schouten, J. A.

    1992-01-01

    A detailed diamond anvil-cell study using synchrotron X-ray diffraction, Raman scattering, and optical microscopy has been conducted for the He-N system, with a view to the weakly-bound van der Waals molecule interactions that can be formed in the gas phase. High pressure is found to stabilize the formation of a stoichiometric, solid van der Waals compound of He(N2)11 composition which may exemplify a novel class of compounds found at high pressures in the interiors of the outer planets and their satellites.

  3. Wissen und Handeln der Mathematiker Philosophische Analyse und Betrachtung ihrer Relevanz für die Industrie

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    Riss, Uwe V.; Schmidt, Vasco A.

    Die grundlegende Frage, mit der wir uns im Folgenden beschäftigen wollen, ist, welches die charakteristischen Fähigkeiten von Mathematikern sind und warum diese für die Industrie interessant erscheinen. Allgemein schreibt das Berufe-Lexikon über das Berufsbild des Mathematikers: "Mathematiker befassen sich mit der Entwicklung und Weiterentwicklung mathematischer Formeln, Methoden und Theorien und übertragen diese auf praxisbezogene Fragestellungen aus Naturwissenschaften, Medizin, Ingenieur- oder Wirtschaftswissenschaften. Das Berufsbild des Mathematikers variiert sehr stark in Abhängigkeit vom Einsatzfeld. Die meisten Mathematiker übernehmen eine Lehrtätigkeit an Schulen oder Hochschulen. Weiterhin arbeiten Mathematiker in Wirtschaftsbranchen, die mathematische Grundsätze für ihre Entscheidungsfindung nutzen. Hervorzuheben sind hier insbesondere Versicherungen, Kreditinstitute, Unternehmensberatungen, Software-Unternehmen und Pharmahersteller."

  4. Effect of van der Waals interaction on Raman transitions. II

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    Linder, Bruno; Kromhout, Robert A.

    Study of the effect of van der Waals interaction on Raman transitions, begun in a previous paper [R. A. Kromhout and B. Linder, 1987, Molec. Phys., 62, 689] is extended to include the effect of a solid. This necessitates extending the time-dependent perturbation treatment of the transition dipole moment to include third order perturbation. A general expression is developed for the transition dipole of a molecule A, whose initial and final states are nonpolar, perturbed by a nonpolar molecular system B, which may be a single molecule or a collection of molecules as in a solid. The theory is formulated in terms of ordinary and transition (Raman) charge-density susceptibilities and hyper-susceptibilities of the isolated subsystems A and B, interacting through the full (unexpanded) Coulomb potential, which allows for charge interpenetration (overlap). Connection with the dielectric function of a slab is made through the T-tensor expansion of the Coulomb potential, neglecting overlap, which yields an expression for the transition dipole moment in terms of the dielectric properties of the slab, the transition third order hyperpolarizabilities, ?ba (quadrupole-dipole polarizability), and Gba (the quadrupole-triple-dipole polarizability); the transition first order polarizabilities, ?ba, (the dipole-dipole polarizability) and Aba (the quadrupole-dipole polarizability) and the ordinary polarizabilities ?aa, Aaa, Abb, and ?bb of the initial and final states of molecule A. It is shown that the ?ba and Gba terms describe the effect of dispersion interaction, and that the terms associated with ?ba and Aba are polarization terms describing the effect of induction. Rough numerical estimates are made of the allowed and forbidden Raman transitions of benzene on a flat silver surface and it is concluded that our theory provides a possible mechanism for the forbidden ?2u vibration at 673 cm-1 to become allowed. Comparison is made of our results with theories of electromagnetic enhancement contributions to SERs. The dispersion type terms are lacking in the classical electromagnetic treatments of surface enhanced Raman transitions. Unlike the DID (dipole-induced dipole) terms, the dispersion and Aba polarization terms contribute even for forbidden transitions.

  5. Explizite Formeln fuer die Casimiroperatoren des semidirekten Produktes einer Heisenberg Lie-Algebra h mit der einfachen Lie-Algebra sl (2,C)

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    Campoamor-Stursberg, R.

    2004-08-01

    Für die perfekten Lie-Algebren {sl} ( 2,{C} ) overrightarrow ?R{h}m wird die Existenz eines Casimiroperators der Ordnung vier bewiesen. Weiter werden explizite Formeln für die nichtzentralen Casimiroperatoren der Algebren in Abhängigkeit der beschreibenden Darstellung R des Produktes gegeben.

  6. On Attempting to Do What Lord Said Was Impossible: Commentary on van der Linden's "Some Conceptual Issues in Observed-Score Equating"

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    Dorans, Neil J.

    2013-01-01

    van der Linden (this issue) uses words differently than Holland and Dorans. This difference in language usage is a source of some confusion in van der Linden's critique of what he calls equipercentile equating. I address these differences in language. van der Linden maintains that there are only two requirements for score equating. I maintain…

  7. Epitope mapping and structural analysis of the anti-Der p 1 monoclonal antibody: insight into therapeutic potential.

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    Dai, Yu-Chou; Chuang, Woei-Jer; Chua, Kaw-Yan; Shieh, Chi-Chang; Wang, Jiu-Yao

    2011-07-01

    Group 1 allergen from Dermatophagoid pteronyssinus (Der p 1) belongs to the papain-like cysteine protease family and is a major cause of allergic rhinitis and asthma. An anti-Der p 1 monoclonal antibody, mAb W108, was selected and isolated from Der p-specific IgG2b-producing hybridoma clones. Two-dimensional electrophoresis and immunoblotting showed that mAb W108 reacted with four components of Der p extracts with a molecular mass of 35 kDa and pI values varying from 4 to 6; it also reacted with IgE antibodies in the sera of Der p-sensitive patients. In the competitive assay and using azocasein as a substrate, we found that mAb W108 inhibited not only the binding of Der p 1, but also its cysteine protease activity in a dose-dependent manner. The two peptide segments of Der p 1 identified by mAb W108 (aa 151-197 and 286-320) were parts of inter-connecting loops located in the substrate-binding cleft and on the surface of the domain comprising mainly ?-sheets. From the predicted interaction between the amino acid sequence in the CDR3 of mAb W108 and Der p 1-binding epitopes, the possible binding sites for mAb W108 to Der p 1 may sterically hinder the IgE epitope and the active site of cysteine protease activity. Administration of mAb W108 in the Der p-sensitized murine model of asthma alleviated allergen-induced airway inflammation and the Th2 cytokine immune response, suggesting its therapeutic potential. These findings can provide new insights into understanding IgE-mediated disease and the design of modified allergen vaccines for future allergen-specific immunotherapy. PMID:21567139

  8. Cloning, expression, purification, characterization, crystallization and X-ray crystallographic analysis of recombinant Der?f?21 (rDer?f?21) from Dermatophagoides farinae.

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    Pang, Sze Lei; Ho, Kok Lian; Waterman, Jitka; Teh, Aik Hong; Chew, Fook Tim; Ng, Chyan Leong

    2015-11-01

    Dermatophagoides farinae is one of the major house dust mite (HDM) species that cause allergic diseases. N-terminally His-tagged recombinant Der?f?21 (rDer?f?21), a group 21 allergen, with the signal peptide truncated was successfully overexpressed in an Escherichia coli expression system. The purified rDer?f?21 protein was initially crystallized using the sitting-drop vapour-diffusion method. Well diffracting protein crystals were obtained after optimization of the crystallization conditions using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method with a reservoir solution consisting of 0.19?M Tris-HCl pH 8.0, 32% PEG 400 at 293?K. X-ray diffraction data were collected to 1.49?Å resolution using an in-house X-ray source. The crystal belonged to the C-centered monoclinic space group C2, with unit-cell parameters a = 123.46, b = 27.71, c = 90.25?Å, ? = 125.84°. The calculated Matthews coefficient (VM) of 2.06?Å(3)?Da(-1) suggests that there are two molecules per asymmetric unit, with a solvent content of 40.3%. Despite sharing high sequence identity with Blo?t?5 (45%) and Blo?t?21 (41%), both of which were determined to be monomeric in solution, size-exclusion chromatography, static light scattering and self-rotation function analysis indicate that rDer?f?21 is likely to be a dimeric protein. PMID:26527267

  9. Properties of synchronization in the systems of non-identical coupled van der Pol and van der Pol-Duffing oscillators. Broadband synchronization

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    Kuznetsov, Alexander P.; Roman, Julia P.

    2009-08-01

    The particular properties of dynamics are discussed for dissipatively coupled van der Pol oscillators, non-identical in values of parameters controlling the Hopf bifurcation. Possibility of a special synchronization regime in an infinitively long band between oscillator death and quasiperiodic areas is shown for such system. Features of the bifurcation picture are discussed for different values of the control parameters and for the case of additional Duffing-type nonlinearity. Analysis of the slow-flow equations is presented.

  10. Connecting Distributed Energy Resources to the Grid: Their Benefits to the DER Owner etc.

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    Poore, WP

    2003-07-09

    The vision of the Distributed Energy Research Program (DER) program of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is that the United States will have the cleanest and most efficient and reliable energy system in the world by maximizing the use of affordable distributed energy resources. Electricity consumers will be able to choose from a diverse number of efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly distributed energy options and easily connect them into the nation's energy infrastructure while providing benefits to their owners and other stakeholders. The long-term goal of this vision is that DER will achieve a 20% share of new electric capacity additions in the United States by 2010, thereby helping to make the nation's electric power generation and delivery system more efficient, reliable, secure, clean, economical, and diverse in terms of fuel use (oil, natural gas, solar, hydroelectric, etc.) and prime mover resource (solar, wind, gas turbines, etc.). Near- and mid-term goals are to develop new technologies for implementing and operating DER and address barriers associated with DER usage and then to reduce costs and emissions and improve the efficiency and reliability of DER. Numerous strategies for meeting these goals have been developed into a research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) program that supports generation and delivery systems architecture, including modeling and simulation tools. The benefits associated with DER installations are often significant and numerous. They almost always provide tangible economic benefits, such as energy savings or transmission and distribution upgrade deferrals, as well as intangible benefits, such as power quality improvements that lengthen maintenance or repair intervals for power equipment. Also, the benefits routinely are dispersed among end users, utilities, and the public. For instance, an end user may use the DER to reduce their peak demand and save money due to lower demand charges. Reduced end user peak demand, in turn, may lower a distribution system peak load such that upgrades are deferred or avoided. This could benefit other consumers by providing them with higher reliability and power quality as well as avoiding their cost share of a distribution system upgrade. In this example, the costs of the DER may be born by the end user, but that user reaps only a share of the benefits. This report, the first product of a study to quantify the value of DER, documents initial project efforts to develop an assessment methodology. The focus of currently available site-specific DER assessment techniques are typically limited to two parties, the owner/user and the local utility. Rarely are the impacts on other stakeholders, including interconnected distribution utilities, transmission system operators, generating system operators, other local utility customers, local and regional industry and business, various levels of government, and the environment considered. The goal of this assessment is to quantify benefits and cost savings that accrue broadly across a region, recognizing that DER installations may have local, regional, or national benefits.

  11. Zur Bestimmung chemischer Verschiebungen der NMR-Frequenzen bei Quadrupolkernen aus den MAS-NMR-Spektren

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    Müller, D.

    Die allgemeinen Ausdrücke für den NMR-Zentralübergang für Quadrupolkerne mit halbzahligem Spin bei Probenrotation, die von BEHRENS [1, 2] unter Berücksichtigung von Quadrupolwechselwirkungseffekten 2. Ordnung für beliebige Neigungswinkel der Rotationsachse abgeleitet wurden, werden für den praktisch interessierenden Fall der Probenrotation um den magischen Winkel (magic angle spinning, MAS) in einer den Ausgangsformeln für das Ruhespektrum (ohne Probenrotation) analogen Form dargestellt. Am Beispiel der 27Al-NMR-Spektren zweier Aluminate wird die Theorie überprüft und zur exakten Ermittlung der chemischen Verschiebungswerte aus den MAS-Spektren eingesetzt.Translated AbstractDetermination of Chemical Shifts of NMR-Frequencies of Quadrupolar Nuclei from the MAS-NMR SpectraThe general expressions for the NMR central transition of rotating samples with quadrupolar nuclei of half-integer spins, derived by BEHRENS [1, 2] for arbitrary angles of inclination of the spinning axis considering second-order quadrupolar effects, are presented for the practically interesting case of magic angle spinning (MAS) in a form analogous to the expressions for the resting sample. The theory is tested and used for the exact determination of the chemical shift values from the MAS-27Al-NMR spectra of two representative aluminates.

  12. Sequential activity and multistability in an ensemble of coupled Van der Pol oscillators

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    Levanova, Tatiana A.; Komarov, Maxim A.; Osipov, Grigory V.

    2013-10-01

    In this paper collective dynamics of an ensemble of inhibitory coupled Van der Pol oscillators are studied. It was found that a stable heteroclinic contour and a stable heteroclinic channel between saddle cycles exist. These heteroclinic structures are responsible for the sequential activity of different oscillations. The corresponding bifurcations leading to the appearance of heteroclinic trajectories are analyzed.

  13. Gas Temperature Determination in Argon-Helium Plasma at Atmospheric Pressure using van der Waals Broadening

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    Munoz, Jose; Yubero, Cristina; Calzada, Maria Dolores; Dimitrijevic, Milan S.

    2008-10-22

    The use of the van der Waals broadening of Ar atomic lines to determine the gas temperature in Ar-He plasmas, taking into account both argon and helium atoms as perturbers, has been analyzed. The values of the gas temperature inferred from this broadening have been compared with those obtained from the spectra of the OH molecular species in the discharge.

  14. Characterization of a new subtype of allergen in dermatophagoides farinae—Der f 28

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    Lin, Jian-Li; Wang, Yuan-Yuan; Xiao, Xiao-Jun; Wu, Yu-Lan; Sun, Bao-Qing; Gao, An-Jian; Liu, Zhi-Gang

    2015-01-01

    Background House dust mites (HDMs) are the major sources of indoor allergens which induce asthma, dermatitis, rhinitis, and some other allergic diseases. Close to 30 sub-allergens have been identified. Methods Through analyzing the full genome sequence of dust mite, a new allergen whose primary structure belongs to the heat shock protein family was identified. The sequence of this allergen was determined by cDNA cloning. The allergenicity was assayed by skin prick test, Western-blot and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Results r-Der f 28 bound to serum IgE from mite allergic patients. Positive responses to r-Der f 28 were shown in 11.5% by skin prick testing from 26 DM-allergic patients. Airway hyperresponsiveness, serum specific IgE and IL-4 were significantly increased in allergic asthma mouse model sensitized to r-Der f 28. Conclusions Der f 28 is a new subtype of allergen in dermatophagoides farinae. PMID:26623108

  15. 57. Photocopy of illustration 'Landungsplatz der HamburgAmerika Linie in Hoboken ...

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    57. Photocopy of illustration 'Landungsplatz der Hamburg-Amerika Linie in Hoboken (1899)'. VIEW OF HAMBURG-AMERICAN TERMINAL AND PIERS, LOOKING EAST. (From an unidentified source. Artist unknown, circa 1899) - Hoboken Piers Headhouse, River Street at Hudson River, Hoboken, Hudson County, NJ

  16. Read the Book or Watch the Movie? "Der Richter und sein Henker" at the Intermediate Level.

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    Hamilton, Elizabeth C.

    2002-01-01

    Examines the debate over the text or media that best enable second-year learners of German to increase their active vocabulary. Suggests the novel "Der Richter und sein Henker" can be enriched by the film adaptation. Classroom tested activities incorporate care fully-sequenced visuals and culminate in analysis of both the book and the film. Sample…

  17. The Average IQ of Sub-Saharan Africans: Comments on Wicherts, Dolan, and van der Maas

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    Lynn, Richard; Meisenberg, Gerhard

    2010-01-01

    Wicherts, Dolan, and van der Maas (2009) contend that the average IQ of sub-Saharan Africans is about 80. A critical evaluation of the studies presented by WDM shows that many of these are based on unrepresentative elite samples. We show that studies of 29 acceptably representative samples on tests other than the Progressive Matrices give a…

  18. Comments on "Some Conceptual Issues in Observed-Score Equating" by Wim J. van der Linden

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    Bradlow, Eric T.

    2013-01-01

    The van der Linden article (this issue) provides a roadmap for future research in equating. My belief is that the roadmap begins and ends with collecting auxiliary data that can be utilized to provide improved equating, especially when data are sparse or equating beyond simple moments is desired.

  19. Generalized van der Waals Hamiltonian: periodic orbits and C1 nonintegrability.

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    Guirao, Juan L G; Llibre, Jaume; Vera, Juan A

    2012-03-01

    The aim of this paper is to study the periodic orbits of the generalized van der Waals Hamiltonian system. The tool for studying such periodic orbits is the averaging theory. Moreover, for this Hamiltonian system we provide information on its C(1) nonintegrability, i.e., on the existence of a second first integral of class C(1). PMID:22587198

  20. Bridging the Gap: A Literacy-Oriented Approach to Teaching the Graphic Novel "Der erste Fruhling"

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    Bridges, Elizabeth

    2009-01-01

    This article examines the phenomenon of graphic novels generally, and in particular, their utility in second-language contexts via the example of the graphic adaptation of Klaus Kordoris "Der erste Fruhling." This text lends itself especially to bridging thematic gaps in 20th-century German literature courses, as well as the "language/literature…

  1. The first record of Pyxidium tardigradum Van der Land, 1964 (Ciliophora) in Romania.

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    Ciobanu, Daniel Adrian; Roszkowska, Milena; Moglan, Ioan; Kaczmarek, ?ukasz

    2015-01-01

    In three lichen samples collected from eastern part of Romania, three populations of Ramazzottius cf. oberhaeuseri (Doyère, 1840) infested by Pyxidium tardigradum Van der Land 1964 were found. In this short correspondence we present a first record of P. tardigradum in Romania and infestation rates in studied populations according to the different life stages. PMID:25947534

  2. 49 CFR 40.35 - What information about the DER must employers provide to collectors?

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    2012-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 1 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false What information about the DER must employers provide to collectors? 40.35 Section 40.35 Transportation Office of the Secretary of Transportation PROCEDURES FOR TRANSPORTATION WORKPLACE DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING PROGRAMS Urine Collection Personnel §...

  3. 49 CFR 40.35 - What information about the DER must employers provide to collectors?

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    2014-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 1 2014-10-01 2014-10-01 false What information about the DER must employers provide to collectors? 40.35 Section 40.35 Transportation Office of the Secretary of Transportation PROCEDURES FOR TRANSPORTATION WORKPLACE DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING PROGRAMS Urine Collection Personnel §...

  4. 49 CFR 40.35 - What information about the DER must employers provide to collectors?

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    2011-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 1 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false What information about the DER must employers provide to collectors? 40.35 Section 40.35 Transportation Office of the Secretary of Transportation PROCEDURES FOR TRANSPORTATION WORKPLACE DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING PROGRAMS Urine Collection Personnel §...

  5. 49 CFR 40.35 - What information about the DER must employers provide to collectors?

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    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false What information about the DER must employers provide to collectors? 40.35 Section 40.35 Transportation Office of the Secretary of Transportation PROCEDURES FOR TRANSPORTATION WORKPLACE DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING PROGRAMS Urine Collection Personnel §...

  6. 49 CFR 40.35 - What information about the DER must employers provide to collectors?

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    2013-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 1 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false What information about the DER must employers provide to collectors? 40.35 Section 40.35 Transportation Office of the Secretary of Transportation PROCEDURES FOR TRANSPORTATION WORKPLACE DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING PROGRAMS Urine Collection Personnel §...

  7. The Average IQ of Sub-Saharan Africans: Comments on Wicherts, Dolan, and van der Maas

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    Lynn, Richard; Meisenberg, Gerhard

    2010-01-01

    Wicherts, Dolan, and van der Maas (2009) contend that the average IQ of sub-Saharan Africans is about 80. A critical evaluation of the studies presented by WDM shows that many of these are based on unrepresentative elite samples. We show that studies of 29 acceptably representative samples on tests other than the Progressive Matrices give a…

  8. Read the Book or Watch the Movie? "Der Richter und sein Henker" at the Intermediate Level.

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    Hamilton, Elizabeth C.

    2002-01-01

    Examines the debate over the text or media that best enable second-year learners of German to increase their active vocabulary. Suggests the novel "Der Richter und sein Henker" can be enriched by the film adaptation. Classroom tested activities incorporate care fully-sequenced visuals and culminate in analysis of both the book and the film. Sample…

  9. Rotational barrier in phenalenyl neutral radical dimer: separating pancake and van der Waals interactions.

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    Cui, Zhong-hua; Lischka, Hans; Beneberu, Habtamu Z; Kertesz, Miklos

    2014-04-16

    Pancake ?-stacking produces shorter contacts than van der Waals bonding but it has strongly preferred configurations. By high-level multireference average quadratic coupled cluster theory for the singlet and triplet, we identify the specific orbital component and the nonspecific vdW contributions in the prototypical pancake-bonded dimer of phenalenyl thereby explaining the configurational preferences. PMID:24708421

  10. Moiré pattern as a magnifying glass for strain and dislocations in van der Waals heterostructures.

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    Cosma, Diana A; Wallbank, John R; Cheianov, Vadim; Fal'ko, Vladimir I

    2014-01-01

    We consider the role of deformations in graphene heterostructures with hexagonal crystals (including strain, wrinkles and dislocations) on the geometrical properties of moiré patterns characteristic for a pair of two incommensurate misaligned isostructural crystals. By employing a phenomenological theory to describe generic moiré perturbations in van der Waals heterostructures of graphene and hexagonal crystals we investigate the electronic properties of such heterostructures. PMID:25465904

  11. A van der Waals Equation of State for a Dilute Boson Gas

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    Deeney, F. A.; O'Leary, J. P.

    2012-01-01

    An equation of state of a system is a relationship that connects the thermodynamic variables of the system such as pressure and temperature. Such equations are well known for classical gases but less so for quantum systems. In this paper we develop a van der Waals equation of state for a dilute boson gas that may be used to explain the occurrence…

  12. Maxwell's Relations for a van der Waals Gas and a Nuclear Paramagnetic System.

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    Herlihy, James; And Others

    1981-01-01

    Since Maxwell's relations are derived in general form from the first to second laws, and students often wonder what they mean and how they are used, appropriate partition functions for van der Waals gas and the nuclear paramagnetic system are used to obtain entropy expressions and equations of state. (Author/SK)

  13. Control of excitons in multi-layer van der Waals heterostructures

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    Calman, E. V.; Dorow, C. J.; Fogler, M. M.; Butov, L. V.; Hu, S.; Mishchenko, A.; Geim, A. K.

    2016-03-01

    We report an experimental study of excitons in a double quantum well van der Waals heterostructure made of atomically thin layers of MoS2 and hexagonal boron nitride. The emission of neutral and charged excitons is controlled by gate voltage, temperature, and both the helicity and the power of optical excitation.

  14. A van der Waals Equation of State for a Dilute Boson Gas

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    Deeney, F. A.; O'Leary, J. P.

    2012-01-01

    An equation of state of a system is a relationship that connects the thermodynamic variables of the system such as pressure and temperature. Such equations are well known for classical gases but less so for quantum systems. In this paper we develop a van der Waals equation of state for a dilute boson gas that may be used to explain the occurrence…

  15. Interlayer Interactions in van der Waals Heterostructures: Electron and Phonon Properties.

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    Le, Nam B; Huan, Tran Doan; Woods, Lilia M

    2016-03-01

    Artificial van der Waals heterostructures constitute an emerging field that promises to design systems with properties on demand. Stacking patterns and the utilization of different types of chemically inert layers can deliver novel materials and devices. Despite the relatively weak van der Waals interaction, which does not affect the electronic properties around the Fermi level, our first-principles calculations show significant changes in the higher conduction and deeper valence regions in the considered graphene/silicene, graphene/MoS2, and silicene/MoS2 systems. Such changes are linked to strong out-of-plane hybridization effects and van der Waals interactions. We also find that the interface coupling significantly affects the vibrational properties of the heterostructures when compared to the individual constituents. Specifically, the van der Waals coupling is found to be a major factor for the stability of the system. The emergence of shear and breathing modes, as well as the transformation of flexural modes, are also found. PMID:26885874

  16. Bonded Paths and van der Waals Interactions in Orpiment, As2S3

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    Gibbs, Gerald V.; Wallace, Adam F.; Zallen, Richard; Downs, R. T.; Ross, Nancy L.; Cox, David F.; Rosso, Kevin M.

    2010-06-17

    Bond critical properties and bond paths have been calculated for the thioarsenide molecular crystal orpiment, As2S3. In addition to the intramolecular As-S bond paths and van der Waals As-S and S-S bond paths within the layers, intermolecular S-S, As-S and As-As van der Waals paths exist between the layers. The S-S bond paths between the layers are identified with the main interlayer restoring forces responsible for the vibrational internal-mode splitting and the low frequency rigid layer modes previously documented in infrared and Raman studies of orpiment. These S-S bond paths are comparable with those calculated for orthorhombic native sulfur and the As4Sn (n = 3,4,5) molecules for several arsenide molecular crystals. The As-S bond paths show that the two nonequivalent arsenic atoms are each coordinated by a highly distorted octahedral array of sulfur atoms. The octahedra consist of three As-S intramolecular bonded interactions and three longer van der Waals interactions (two intramolecular and one intermolecular). One of the arsenic atoms is also coordinated by an arsenic atom in an interlayer As-As bonded interaction. Laplacian isosurface envelopes calculated for the arsenic and sulfur atoms are comparable with those calculated for native arsenic and orthorhombic sulfur. The intermolecular As-S bond paths connect Lewis acid domains on arsenic and an Lewis base domains on sulfur. Van der Waals interactions are traditionally defined as attractive interactions other than those ascribed to bond formation. However, theoretical evidence and arguments, as well as the connection between the bond paths and the vibrational spectra, indicate that the van der Waals interactions in orpiment are directed bonded interactions in the Slater sense. The experimental bond lengths for the As-S and S-S bonded interactions decrease nonlinearly with the increasing value of the electron density at the bond critical point, concomitant with a decrease in the bonded radii of arsenic and sulfur. On the basis of the local energy density, the intramolecular As-S bonded interactions classify as shared interactions and the intramolecular and intermolecular As-S and S-S bonded interactions and the intermolecular As-As van der Waals interactions classify as closed-shell interactions. The so called planar lone electron pair micelle picture for orpiment is spanned by bond paths, substantiating the claim that the layers in the orpiment structure are linked by weak van der Waals bonded interactions.

  17. Band gap engineering of a soft inorganic compound PbI2 by incommensurate van der Waals epitaxy

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    Wang, Yiping; Sun, Yi-Yang; Zhang, Shengbai; Lu, Toh-Ming; Shi, Jian

    2016-01-01

    Van der Waals epitaxial growth had been thought to have trivial contribution on inducing substantial epitaxial strain in thin films due to its weak nature of van der Waals interfacial energy. Due to this, electrical and optical structure engineering via van der Waals epitaxial strain has been rarely studied. In this report, we show that significant band structure engineering could be achieved in a soft thin film material PbI2 via van der Waals epitaxy. The thickness dependent photoluminescence of single crystal PbI2 flakes was studied and attributed to the substrate-film coupling effect via incommensurate van der Waals epitaxy. It is proposed that the van der Waals strain is resulted from the soft nature of PbI2 and large van der Waals interaction due to the involvement of heavy elements. Such strain plays vital roles in modifying the band gap of PbI2. The deformation potential theory is used to quantitatively unveil the correlation between thickness, strain, and band gap change. Our hypothesis is confirmed by the subsequent mechanical bending test and Raman characterization.

  18. Assessment of (mu)grid distributed energy resource potential using DER-CAM and GIS

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    Edwards, Jennifer L.; Marnay, Chris; Bartholomew, Emily; Ouaglal, Boubekeur; Siddiqui, Afzal S.; LaCommare, Kristina S.H.

    2002-01-01

    This report outlines an approach to assess the local potential for deployment of distributed energy resources (DER), small power-generation installations located close to the point where the energy they produce will be consumed. Although local restraints, such as zoning, building codes, and on-site physical barriers are well-known frustrations to DER deployment, no analysis method has been developed to address them within a broad economic analysis framework. The approach developed here combines established economic optimization techniques embedded in the Distributed Energy Resource Customer Adoption Model (DER-CAM) with a geographic information system (GIS) analysis of local land-use constraint. An example case in the San Diego area is developed from a strictly customer perspective, based on the premise that future development of DER may take the form of microgrids ((mu)Grids) under the control of current utility customers. Beginning with assumptions about which customer combinations h ave complementary energy loads, a GIS was used to locate specific neighborhoods in the San Diego area with promising customer combinations. A detailed energy analysis was conducted for the commercial/residential area chosen covering both electrical and heat energy requirements. Under various scenarios, different combinations of natural gas reciprocating engines were chosen by DER-CAM, ranging in size from 25 kW to 500 kW, often with heat recovery or absorption cooling. These generators typically operate throughout the day and are supplemented by purchased electricity during late-night and early-morning hours, when utility time-of-use prices are lowest. Typical (mu)Grid scenarios displaced about 80 percent of their annual gas heat load through CHP. Self-generation together with absorption cooling dramatically reduce electricity purchases, which usually only occur during nighttime hours.

  19. Characterization of an immunomodulatory Der p 2-FIP-fve fusion protein produced in transformed rice suspension cell culture.

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    Su, Chin-Fen; Kuo, I-Chun; Chen, Peng-Wen; Huang, Chiung-Hui; Seow, See Voon; Chua, Kaw Yan; Yu, Su-May

    2012-02-01

    Der p 2, a major allergen of Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus mites, is one of the most clinically relevant allergens to allergic patients worldwide. FIP-fve protein (Fve) from the golden needle mushroom (Flammulina velutipes) is an immunomodulatory protein with potential Th1-skewed adjuvant properties. Here, we produced and immunologically evaluated a Der p 2-Fve fusion protein as a potential immunotherapeutic for allergic diseases. Using an inducible expression system in cultured rice suspension cells, the recombinant Der p 2-Fve fusion protein (designated as OsDp2Fve) was expressed in rice cells under the control of an ?-amylase gene (?Amy8) promoter and secreted under sucrose starvation. OsDp2Fve was partially purified from the cultured medium. The conformation of Der p 2 in OsDp2Fve remains intact as reflected by its unaltered allergenicity, as assessed by human IgE ELISA and histamine release assays, compared to non-fusion Der p 2 protein. Furthermore, the Fve protein expressed in OsDp2Fve retains its in vitro lymphoproliferative activity but loses its hemagglutination and lymphoagglutination effects compared to the native protein. Notably, in vivo evaluation showed that mice administered with OsDp2Fve possessed an enhanced production of Der p 2-specific IgG antibodies without potentiating the production of Der p 2-specific IgE and Th2 effector cytokines in comparison with mice co-administered with native Fve and Der p 2 proteins. These results suggest that the recombinant Der p 2-Fve fusion protein produced in rice suspension cell cultures has a great potential for allergy immunotherapy. PMID:21556691

  20. In-situ epitaxial growth of graphene/h-BN van der Waals heterostructures by molecular beam epitaxy.

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    Zuo, Zheng; Xu, Zhongguang; Zheng, Renjing; Khanaki, Alireza; Zheng, Jian-Guo; Liu, Jianlin

    2015-01-01

    Van der Waals materials have received a great deal of attention for their exceptional layered structures and exotic properties, which can open up various device applications in nanoelectronics. However, in situ epitaxial growth of dissimilar van der Waals materials remains challenging. Here we demonstrate a solution for fabricating van der Waals heterostructures. Graphene/hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) heterostructures were synthesized on cobalt substrates by using molecular beam epitaxy. Various characterizations were carried out to evaluate the heterostructures. Wafer-scale heterostructures consisting of single-layer/bilayer graphene and multilayer h-BN were achieved. The mismatch angle between graphene and h-BN is below 1°. PMID:26442629

  1. Ökophysik: Plaudereien über das Leben auf dem Land, im Wasser und in der Luft

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    Nachtigall, W.

    Prof. em. Dr. rer. nat. Werner Nachtigall, geb. 1934, war als Zoophysiologe und Biophysiker Leiter des Zoologischen Instituts der Universität des Saarlandes in Saarbrücken. In Forschung und Ausbildung hat er sich insbesondere mit Aspekten der Technischen Biologie und Bionik befasst und mit seinen Forschergruppen viele Basisdaten insbesondere zur Ökologie, Physiologie und Physik des Fliegens und Schwimmens aber auch zur Stabilität beispielsweise der Gräser erarbeitet. Lebewesen überraschen immer wieder durch ihre "Biodiversität", ihre hochspezifischen Ausgestaltungen und Anpassungen.

  2. In-situ epitaxial growth of graphene/h-BN van der Waals heterostructures by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Zuo, Zheng; Xu, Zhongguang; Zheng, Renjing; Khanaki, Alireza; Zheng, Jian-Guo; Liu, Jianlin

    2015-01-01

    Van der Waals materials have received a great deal of attention for their exceptional layered structures and exotic properties, which can open up various device applications in nanoelectronics. However, in situ epitaxial growth of dissimilar van der Waals materials remains challenging. Here we demonstrate a solution for fabricating van der Waals heterostructures. Graphene/hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) heterostructures were synthesized on cobalt substrates by using molecular beam epitaxy. Various characterizations were carried out to evaluate the heterostructures. Wafer-scale heterostructures consisting of single-layer/bilayer graphene and multilayer h-BN were achieved. The mismatch angle between graphene and h-BN is below 1°. PMID:26442629

  3. Herausforderungen und Best Practices bei der Speicherung von multi-valued Attributen in LDAP-basierten Verzeichnisdiensten

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    Hommel, Wolfgang; Pluta, Daniel

    LDAP-basierte Verzeichnisdienste unterscheiden sich von relationalen Datenbankmanagementsystemen unter anderem stark bezüglich der Datenmodellierung. Dieser Artikel vertieft eingangs die Herausforderungen bei der LDAP-spezifischen Abbildung von Relationen zwischen mehreren multivalued Attributen. Die Diskussion erfolgt vor dem Hintergrund, dass einerseits Verzeichnisdienste generell nur bedingt zur Speicherung von Relationen geeignet sind und dass andererseits multi-valued Attribute ein mächtiges LDAP-Instrument sind, zu dem es in relationalen Datenbanksystemen keine direkte Entsprechung gibt. Anschließend werden Lösungskonzepte vorgestellt und mögliche Weiterentwicklungen des IntegraTUM-LDAP-Schemas zu deren Umsetzung skizziert, eine exemplarische Implementierung präsentiert und die Ergebnisse der bisherigen Entwicklung des IntegraTUM-Schemas gegenübergestellt.

  4. The toluene-Ar complex: S0 and S1 van der Waals modes, changes to methyl rotation, and torsion-van der Waals vibration coupling

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    Gascooke, Jason R.; Lawrance, Warren D.

    2013-02-01

    The methyl rotor and van der Waals vibrational levels in the S1 and S0 states of toluene-Ar have been investigated by the technique of two-dimensional laser induced fluorescence (2D-LIF). The S0 van der Waals and methyl rotor levels are reported for the first time, while improved S1 values are presented. The correlations seen in the 2D-LIF images between the S0 and S1 states lead to a reassignment of key features in the S1 ← S0 excitation spectrum. This reassignment reveals that there are significant changes in the methyl rotor levels in the complex compared with those in bare toluene, particularly at low m. The observed rotor energies are explained by the introduction of a three-fold, V3, term in the torsion potential (this term is zero in toluene) and a reduction in the height of the six-fold, V6, barriers in S0 and S1 from their values in bare toluene. The V3 term is larger in magnitude than the V6 term in both S0 and S1. The constants determined are |V3(S1)| = 33.4 ± 1.0 cm-1, |V3(S0)| = 20.0 ± 1.0 cm-1, V6(S1) = -10.7 ± 1.0 cm-1, and V6(S0) = -1.7 ± 1.0 cm-1. The methyl rotor is also found to couple with van der Waals vibration; specifically, the m″ = 2 rotor state couples with the combination level involving one quantum of the long axis bend and m″ = 1. The coupling constant is determined to be 1.9 cm-1, which is small compared with the values typically reported for torsion-vibration coupling involving ring modes.

  5. IntegraTUM Teilprojekt Verzeichnisdienst: Identity & Access Management als technisches Rückgrat der Hochschul-IuK-Infrastruktur

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    Boursas, Latifa; Ebner, Ralf; Hommel, Wolfgang; Knittl, Silvia; Pluta, Daniel

    Als zentrales technisches Teilprojekt konzipiert, implementiert und betreibt Teilprojekt (TP) Verzeichnisdienst ein hochschulweites Identity & Access Management (I&AM) System, das eine Vielzahl daran angebundener Systeme und IT-Dienste mit aktuellen, autoritativen Daten über alle für sie relevanten Benutzer der TUM versorgt. Dabei wurden sowohl auf andere Hochschulen übertragbare Architekturen und Werkzeuge geschaffen als auch eine sehr präzise auf die Prozesse und Anforderungen der TUM abgestimmte Instanz realisiert, die auf Basis der im sehr erfolgreichen praktischen Betrieb gewonnenen Erfahrungen kontinuierlich verbessert und weiterentwickelt wurde. In diesem Artikel werden die Zielsetzung des Teilprojekts, die technische Architektur des I&AMSystems, ausgewählte Aspekte der Hochschul-Prozessintegration, Implementierungs-, Migrations- und Betriebsaspekte sowie die umfassenden Aktivitäten zum Know-How-Transfer von TP Verzeichnisdienst vorgestellt.

  6. Echtzeit- und Regelungstechnische Aspekte bei der automatischen Transformation von Matlab/Simulink in SPS-basierten Steuerungscode

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    Bayrak, G.; Wannagat, A.; Vogel-Heuser, B.

    Die manuelle übertragung von Modellen aus Werkzeugen der Reglungstechnik und in Werkzeuge der Automatisierungstechnik ist fehleranfällig und zeitraubend. In diesem Beitrag wird ein Codegenerator vorgestellt, welcher automatisch nahezu beliebige Modelle aus Matlab/Simulink direkt in ein ablauffähiges Steuerungsprogramm nach IEC 61131-3 transformiert. Die ursprüngliche graphische modulare Struktur von Simulink bleibt auch in der Zielumgebung durch die Verwendung des Continuous Function Chart (CFC), welcher von nahezu allen namhaften Herstellern unterstützt wird, erhalten. Die Ähnlichkeit der Abbildung erleichtert es, den generierten Code zu verifizieren und zu warten. Bisher konnte an einigen Beispielapplikationen, unter anderem eine Pitchregelung einer Windkraftanlage, das exakt gleiche zeitliche Verhalten des generierten Codes im Vergleich zum Simulink-Modell nachgewiesen werden.

  7. Binding and Diffusion of Lithium in Graphite: Quantum Monte Carlo Benchmarks and Validation of van der Waals Density Functional Methods.

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    Ganesh, P; Kim, Jeongnim; Park, Changwon; Yoon, Mina; Reboredo, Fernando A; Kent, Paul R C

    2014-12-01

    Highly accurate diffusion quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) studies of the adsorption and diffusion of atomic lithium in AA-stacked graphite are compared with van der Waals-including density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Predicted QMC lattice constants for pure AA graphite agree with experiment. Pure AA-stacked graphite is shown to challenge many van der Waals methods even when they are accurate for conventional AB graphite. Highest overall DFT accuracy, considering pure AA-stacked graphite as well as lithium binding and diffusion, is obtained by the self-consistent van der Waals functional vdW-DF2, although errors in binding energies remain. Empirical approaches based on point charges such as DFT-D are inaccurate unless the local charge transfer is assessed. The results demonstrate that the lithium-carbon system requires a simultaneous highly accurate description of both charge transfer and van der Waals interactions, favoring self-consistent approaches. PMID:26583215

  8. Adjustment of Perdew-Wang Exchange Functional for Describing van der Waals and DNA Base-Stacking Interactions

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    Kurita, Noriyuki; Inoue, Hidekazu; Sekino, Hideo

    2003-03-07

    In order to accurately describe the van der Waals interaction between rare-gas atoms by the density functional theory, we adjusted the exchange-functional developed by Perdew and Wang (PW). The van der Waals interactions of He, Ne, Ar and Kr dimers were investigated. The results clarified that the adjustment improves the overestimation of the interactions by the original PW exchange-functional, providing the qualitatively accurate trend in van der Waals interactions of He, Ne, Ar and Kr dimers. However, we also found that the adjusted functional for He and Ne underestimates the DNA base-stacking interaction between cytosine monomers. This may indicate that the PW exchange-functional requires a further modification or a van der Waals correction in order to give accurate DNA base-stacking interaction.

  9. Einfluss der Strontiumdotierung auf die Supraleitung von BaPb 0.75Bi 0.25O 3

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    Bredthauer, Jörg; Jansen, Martin

    1990-06-01

    ZusammenfassungBaPb 0.75Bi 0.25O 3 löst Strontium unter Bildung homogener Mischkristalle. Im Bereich 0 ? x ? 0.3 bezogen auf Ba 1- xSr xPb 0.75Bi 0.25O 3 ändert sich die pseudokubische Gitterkonstante von a = 429.9 pm auf a = 426.9 pm mit steigendem Strontiumgehalt. Mit dieser geringfügigen Änderung der Gitterkonstanten gehen deutliche Veränderungen der Parameter der Supraleitung einher. So verschiebt sich Tc ("onset") von 11.5 K auf 8 K bei x = 0.1. Der an reinen Proben von BaPb 0.75Bi 0.25O 3 (Pulver und Einkristalle) gefundene Meissner Effekt von 22.3% reduziert sich bereits bei x = 0.05 auf 12.4% bei 10.5 Gauss. Proben mit x = 0.3 sind nicht supraleitend.

  10. Wirkungen biogener Amine auf die Erregungs-Sekretions-Kopplung in der Speicheldrüse von Periplaneta americana (L.)

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    Rietdorf, Katja

    2003-07-01

    In der vorliegenden Arbeit habe ich wichtige Teilmechanismen der Erregungs-Sekretionskopplung in der Speicheldrüse der Schabe Periplaneta americana (L.) untersucht. Die Speicheldrüse ist von dopaminergen und serotonergen Fasern innerviert (Baumann et al., 2002). Beide Transmitter stimulieren eine unterschiedliche Reaktion der Drüse: Dopamin (DA) stimuliert die P-Zellen der Acini und die Ausführgangzellen, während Serotonin (5-HT) die P- und C-Zellen der Acini stimuliert, nicht jedoch die Ausführgangzellen. Der Endspeichel ist nach einer DA-Stimulierung proteinfrei. Dagegen enthält er nach einer 5-HT-Stimulierung Proteine, die von den C-Zellen sezerniert werden (Just & Walz, 1996). Im ersten Teil meiner Arbeit habe ich mittels Kapillarelektrophoretischer Analyse (CE-Analyse) die Elektrolytkonzentrationen im Endspeichel untersucht sowie die Raten der Flüssigkeitssekretion gemessen. Damit wollte ich klären, welche Transporter an der Sekretion des Primärspeichels und an dessen Modifikation beteiligt sind. Ausserdem wollte ich die Rolle der transportaktiven Epithelzellen der Ausführgänge für die Modifikation des Primärspeichels untersuchen. Dafür habe ich einen Vergleich der Elektrolytkonzentrationen im DA- und 5-HT-stimulierten Endspeichel durchgeführt. Der Elektrolytgehalt des DA- und 5-HT-stimulierten Endspeichels unterscheidet sich nicht signifikant voneinander. Er ist nach beiden Stimulierungen hypoosmotisch zum verwendeten Ringer. Die Ausführgangzellen werden durch DA stimuliert und modifizieren den Primärspeichel durch eine netto-Ionenreabsorption. Meine Versuche zeigen jedoch, dass auch die während einer 5-HT-Stimulierung der Drüse unstimulierten Ausführgangzellen den Primärspeichel modifizieren. In einer nachfolgenden Versuchsreihe habe ich den Einfluss von Ouabain, einem Hemmstoff der Na+-K+-ATPase, und Bumetanid, einem Hemmstoff des NKCC, auf die Raten der Flüssigkeitssekretion sowie den Elektrolytgehalt des Endspeichels untersucht. Ich habe gefunden, dass die Aktivität der Na+-K+-ATPase wichtig für die Modifikation des DA-stimulierten Primärspeichels ist. Im Gegensatz dazu ist sie für die Modifikation des 5-HT-stimulierten Primärspeichels nicht von Bedeutung. Bezüglich der Flüssigkeitssekretion habe ich keinen Einfluss der Na+-K+-ATPase-Aktivität auf die DA-stimulierten Sekretionsraten gefunden, dagegen ist die 5-HT-stimulierte Sekretionsrate in Anwesenheit von Ouabain gesteigert. Die Aktivität des NKCC ist für beide sekretorische Prozesse, die Ionen- und die Flüssigkeitssekretion, wichtig. Eine Hemmung des NKCC bewirkt eine signifikante Verringerung der Raten der Flüssigkeitssekretion nach DA- und 5-HT-Stimulierung sowie in beiden Fällen einen signifikanten Abfall der Ionenkonzentrationen im Endspeichel. Im zweiten Teil meiner Arbeit habe ich versucht, Änderungen der intrazellulären Ionenkonzentrationen in den Acinuszellen während einer DA- oder 5-HT-Stimulierung zu messen. Diese Experimente sollten mit der Methode des "ratiometric imaging" durchgeführt werden. Messungen mit dem Ca2+-sensitiven Fluoreszenzfarbstoff Fura-2 zeigten keinen globalen Anstieg in der intrazellulären Ca2+-Konzentration der P-Zellen. Aufgrund von Problemen mit einer schlechten Beladung der Zellen, einer starken und sich während der Stimulierung ändernden Autofluoreszenz der Zellen sowie Änderungen im Zellvolumen wurden keine Messungen mit Na+- und K+-sensitiven Fluoreszenzfarbstoffen durchgeführt. Im dritten Teil dieser Arbeit habe ich die intrazellulären Signalwege untersucht, die zwischen einer 5-HT-Stimulierung der Drüse und der Proteinsekretion vermitteln. Dazu wurde der Proteingehalt im Endspeichel biochemisch mittels eines modifizierten Bradford Assay gemessen. Eine erstellte Dosis-Wirkungskurve zeigt, dass die Rate der Proteinsekretion von der zur Stimulierung verwendeten 5-HT-Konzentration abhängt. In einer Serie von Experimenten habe ich die intrazellulären Konzentrationen von Ca2+, cAMP und / oder cGMP erhöht und anschließend den Proteingehalt im Endspeichel gemessen. Ein Anstieg der intrazellulären Ca2+-Konzentration aktiviert nur eine geringe Rate der Proteinsekretion. Dagegen kann die Steigerung der intrazellulären cAMP-Konzentration eine stärkere Proteinsekretion aktivieren, die sich nicht signifikant von der nach 5-HT-Stimulierung unterscheidet. Die cAMP-stimulierte Proteinsekretion kann durch gleichzeitige Erhöhung der intrazellulären Ca2+-Konzentration weiter gesteigert werden. Dagegen aktivierte eine Erhöhung der intrazellulären cGMP-Konzentration die Proteinsekretion nicht. Aufgrund dieser Ergebnisse postuliere ich die Existenz eines die Adenylatcyclase aktivierenden 5-HT-Rezeptors in der Basolateralmembran der C-Zellen. The aim of this PhD-work was to investigate major mechanisms of excitation-secretion coupling in the salivary gland of the cockroach Periplaneta americana (L.). This salivary gland is innervated by dopaminergic and serotonergic fibres (Baumann et al., 2002). The two transmitters stimulate different processes in the gland: Dopamine (DA) stimulates the p-cells of the acini and the salivary duct cells, whereas 5-HT (serotonin) activates the p- and the c-cells of the acini, but not the salivary duct cells. Final saliva is completely protein-free after dopamine stimulation. It contains proteins, which are secreted by the c-cells of the acini, after a 5-HT-stimulation (Just & Walz, 1996). In the first part of my work I measured the electrolytic composition of the final saliva by capillary electrophoretic analysis and measured the rates of fluid secretion, in order to answer the following questions: 1.) Which transporters affect the production of primary saliva and its modification? 2.) What is the function of the transport-active salivary duct cells for the modification of the primary saliva? Electrolytic composition of the DA- and 5-HT-stimulated final saliva is not significantly different from each other, and is hypoosmotic to the Ringer used. Salivary duct cells are stimulated by DA and modify the primary saliva by a netto ion-reabsorption. My experiments also show that the duct cells, which are unstimulated during a 5-HT-stimulation of the gland, modify the primary saliva. In the next series of experiments I investigated the effects of ouabain, an inhibitor of the Na+-K+-ATPase, and bumetanide, an inhibitor of the NKCC on the rates of fluid secretion and the electrolytic composition of the final saliva. I found, that the activity of the Na+-K+-ATPase is important for the modification of DA-stimulated primary saliva during its flow through the stimulated duct system. In contrast, it is not important for modification of the 5-HT-stimulated primary saliva. Inhibition of the Na+-K+-ATPase does not affect rates of DA-stimulated fluid secretion, but it increases the rates of 5-HT-stimulated fluid secretion. Activity of the NKCC is important for both secretory processes: the ion and the fluid secretion. Inhibition of the NKCC results in a significant drop in the rates of fluid secretion after DA- and 5-HT-stimulation, as well as a drop in electrolytic concentrations in the saliva. In the second part of my work, I tried to measure changes in the intracellular ionic concentrations (Ca2+, Na+, and K+) within the acinar cells during a DA- or 5-HT-stimulation. The experiments should be performed by ratiometric imaging. Measurements with the Ca2+-sensitive dye Fura-2 did not show any global increase in the intracellular Ca2+-concentration in the p-cells of the acini. Problems concerning a bad loading of the cells, a strong autofluorescence which changed during the time course of the stimulation, as well as changes in the cell volume were the reason, that no measurements using Na+- or K+-sensitive dyes were performed. In the third part of my work I investigated the intracellular signalling pathways, which activate protein secretion after 5-HT-stimulation of the gland. A modified Bradford Assay was used for measuring the protein content in the final saliva. In a dose-response curve I showed that rates of protein secretion are dependent on the 5-HT-concentrations used to stimulate the glands. In another set of experiments I increased the intracellular concentrations of Ca2+, cAMP and / or cGMP, and measured the protein content in the final saliva. An increase in the intracellular Ca2+-concentration activates only a low rate of protein secretion. After an increase in the intracellular cAMP-concentration a much higher rate of protein secretion can be activated, which is not significantly different from the 5-HT stimulated rate of protein secretion. The cAMP-stimulated protein secretion can be further increased by a simultaneous rise in the intracellular Ca2+-concentration. In contrast, cGMP does not activate protein secretion. Therefore I propose the expression of an adenylyl cyclase activating 5-HT-receptor in the basolateral membrane of the protein secreting c-cells.

  11. Black phosphorene/monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides as two dimensional van der Waals heterostructures: a first-principles study.

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    You, Baiqing; Wang, Xiaocha; Zheng, Zhida; Mi, Wenbo

    2016-03-01

    The electronic structure of black phosphorene (BP)/monolayer 1H-XT2 (X = Mo, W; T = S, Se, Te) two dimensional (2D) van der Waals heterostructures have been calculated by the first-principles method. It is found that the electronic band structures of both BP and XT2 are preserved in the combined van der Waals heterostructures. The WSe2/BP van der Waals heterostructure demonstrates a type-I band alignment, but the MoS2/BP, MoSe2/BP, MoTe2/BP, WS2/BP and WTe2/BP van der Waals heterostructures demonstrate a type-II band alignment. In particular, the n-type XT2/p-type BP van der Waals heterostructures can be applied in p-n diode and logical devices. Strong spin splitting appears in all of the heterostructures when considering the spin orbital coupling. Our results play a significant role in the prediction of novel 2D van der Waals heterostructures that have potential applications in spin-filter devices, spin field effect transistors, optoelectronic devices, etc. PMID:26899350

  12. A simplified implementation of van der Waals density functionals for first-principles molecular dynamics applications

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    Wu, Jun; Gygi, François

    2012-06-01

    We present a simplified implementation of the non-local van der Waals correlation functional introduced by Dion et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 246401 (2004)] and reformulated by Román-Pérez et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 096102 (2009)]. The proposed numerical approach removes the logarithmic singularity of the kernel function. Complete expressions of the self-consistent correlation potential and of the stress tensor are given. Combined with various choices of exchange functionals, five versions of van der Waals density functionals are implemented. Applications to the computation of the interaction energy of the benzene-water complex and to the computation of the equilibrium cell parameters of the benzene crystal are presented. As an example of crystal structure calculation involving a mixture of hydrogen bonding and dispersion interactions, we compute the equilibrium structure of two polymorphs of aspirin (2-acetoxybenzoic acid, C9H8O4) in the P21/c monoclinic structure.

  13. van der Waals Interactions on the Mesoscale: Open-Science Implementation, Anisotropy, Retardation, and Solvent Effects.

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    Dryden, Daniel M; Hopkins, Jaime C; Denoyer, Lin K; Poudel, Lokendra; Steinmetz, Nicole F; Ching, Wai-Yim; Podgornik, Rudolf; Parsegian, Adrian; French, Roger H

    2015-09-22

    The self-assembly of heterogeneous mesoscale systems is mediated by long-range interactions, including van der Waals forces. Diverse mesoscale architectures, built of optically and morphologically anisotropic elements such as DNA, collagen, single-walled carbon nanotubes, and inorganic materials, require a tool to calculate the forces, torques, interaction energies, and Hamaker coefficients that govern assembly in such systems. The mesoscale Lifshitz theory of van der Waals interactions can accurately describe solvent and temperature effects, retardation, and optically and morphologically anisotropic materials for cylindrical and planar interaction geometries. The Gecko Hamaker open-science software implementation of this theory enables new and sophisticated insights into the properties of important organic/inorganic systems: interactions show an extended range of magnitudes and retardation rates, DNA interactions show an imprint of base pair composition, certain SWCNT interactions display retardation-dependent nonmonotonicity, and interactions are mapped across a range of material systems in order to facilitate rational mesoscale design. PMID:25815562

  14. Complexity and Convergence of Electrostatic and van der Waals Energies within PME and Cutoff Methods

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    Varekova, Radka S.; Koca, Jaroslav; Zhan, Chang-guo

    2004-04-01

    In this paper, we report a detailed comparison between the popularly used cutoff and Particle Mesh Ewald (PME) methods in terms of the time complexity and the energy convergence of the long-range electrostatic and van der Waals interaction calculations. For the comparison, we performed various calculations on various representative biological molecules, including seven peptides and proteins, eleven oligonucleotides, and three conformations of a nucleotide-sugar. The results provide useful insights into the appropriate choice of the methods (i.e. the cutoff or PME) and that of the cutoff values for the calculations on different kinds of molecules. It has also been demonstrated that for some cases using different cutoff values for calculating the electrostatic and van der Waals interaction energies will be computationally more efficient.

  15. Two dimensional graphene nanogenerator by coulomb dragging: Moving van der Waals heterostructure

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    Zhong, Huikai; Li, Xiaoqiang; Wu, Zhiqian; Zhang, Shengjiao; Xu, Zhijuan; Chen, Hongsheng; Lin, Shisheng

    2015-06-01

    Harvesting energy from environment is the current focus of scientific community. Here, we demonstrate a graphene nanogenerator, which is based on moving van der Waals heterostructure formed between graphene and two dimensional (2D) graphene oxide (GO). This nanogenerator can convert mechanical energy into electricity with a voltage output of around 10 mV. Systematic experiments reveal the generated electricity originates from the coulomb interaction induced momentum transfer between 2D GO and holes in graphene. 2D boron nitride was also demonstrated to be effective in the framework of moving van der Waals heterostructure nanogenerator. This investigation of nanogenerator based on the interaction between 2D macromolecule materials will be important to understand the origin of the flow-induced potential in nanomaterials and may have great potential in practical applications.

  16. Microwave spectra of van der Waals complexes of importance in planetary atmospheres

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    Suenram, R. D.; Lovas, F. J.

    1990-01-01

    The Fourier-transform Fabry-Perot pulsed-molecular-beam microwave spectrometer at NIST was used to study the microwave spectra of a number of molecular dimers and trimers that may be present in planetary atmospheres. The weak van der Waals bonds associated with these species usually give rise to rotational-tunneling splittings in the microwave spectra. The microwave spectrum of the water dimer species was used to illustrate the complications that can arise in the study of the rotational spectra of these loosely bound species. In addition to the water dimer species, the microwave spectra of the following hydrogen-bonded and van der Waals complexes were studied: (CO2)2-H2O, CO2-(H2O)2, CO2-H2S, N2-H2O, CO-H2O, SO2-H2O, and O3-H2O.

  17. Exact traveling wave solutions of the van der Waals normal form for fluidized granular matter

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    Abourabia, A. M.; Morad, A. M.

    2015-11-01

    Analytical solutions of the van der Waals normal form for fluidized granular media have been done to study the phase separation phenomenon by using two different exact methods. The Painlevé analysis is discussed to illustrate the integrability of the model equation. An auto-Bäcklund transformation is presented via the truncated expansion and symbolic computation. The results show that the exact solutions of the model introduce solitary waves of different types. The solutions of the hydrodynamic model and the van der Waals equation exhibit a behavior similar to the one observed in molecular dynamic simulations such that two pairs of shock and rarefaction waves appear and move away, giving rise to the bubbles. The dispersion properties and the relation between group and phase velocities of the model equation are studied using the plane wave assumption. The diagrams are drawn to illustrate the physical properties of the exact solutions, and indicate their stability and bifurcation.

  18. Measuring the thermal boundary resistance of van der Waals contacts using an individual carbon nanotube.

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    Hirotani, Jun; Ikuta, Tatsuya; Nishiyama, Takashi; Takahashi, Koji

    2013-01-16

    Interfacial thermal transport via van der Waals interaction is quantitatively evaluated using an individual multi-walled carbon nanotube bonded on a platinum hot-film sensor. The thermal boundary resistance per unit contact area was obtained at the interface between the closed end or sidewall of the nanotube and platinum, gold, or a silicon dioxide surface. When taking into consideration the surface roughness, the thermal boundary resistance at the sidewall is found to coincide with that at the closed end. A new finding is that the thermal boundary resistance between a carbon nanotube and a solid surface is independent of the materials within the experimental errors, which is inconsistent with a traditional phonon mismatch model, which shows a clear material dependence of the thermal boundary resistance. Our data indicate the inapplicability of existing phonon models when weak van der Waals forces are dominant at the interfaces. PMID:23196929

  19. Nuclear spin-spin coupling anisotropy in the van der Waals-bonded 129Xe dimer.

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    Jokisaari, Jukka; Vaara, Juha

    2013-07-21

    The spin-spin coupling constant, J, in the van der Waals-bonded (129)Xe-(129)Xe dimer cannot be determined experimentally because of the magnetic equivalence of the two nuclei. In contrast, the anisotropy of the coupling tensor, ΔJ, can be obtained from the so called effective dipole-dipole coupling determined in a solid state inclusion compound whose cages accommodate two xenon atoms. For the determination of the experimental ΔJ((129)Xe, (129)Xe) we exploited the data reported earlier in this journal. [D. H. Brouwer et al., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2007, 9, 1093.] The experimental value and the value obtained from relativistic first-principles computation are in perfect agreement. To the best of our knowledge this is the first investigation of spin-spin coupling anisotropy in a van der Waals-bonded system. PMID:23743998

  20. Nonlocal van der Waals functionals: the case of rare-gas dimers and solids.

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    Tran, Fabien; Hutter, Jürg

    2013-05-28

    Recently, the nonlocal van der Waals (vdW) density functionals [M. Dion, H. Rydberg, E. Schröder, D. C. Langreth, and B. I. Lundqvist, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 246401 (2004)] have attracted considerable attention due to their good performance for systems where weak interactions are important. Since the physics of dispersion is included in these functionals, they are usually more accurate and show less erratic behavior than the semilocal and hybrid methods. In this work, several variants of the vdW functionals have been tested on rare-gas dimers (from He2 to Kr2) and solids (Ne, Ar, and Kr) and their accuracy compared to standard semilocal approximations, supplemented or not by an atom-pairwise dispersion correction [S. Grimme, J. Antony, S. Ehrlich, and H. Krieg, J. Chem. Phys. 132, 154104 (2010)]. An analysis of the results in terms of energy decomposition is also provided. PMID:23742450

  1. Van der Waals heterostructure of phosphorene and hexagonal boron nitride: First-principles modeling

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    Peng, Zhang; Jing, Wang; Xiang-Mei, Duan

    2016-03-01

    We have studied the structural and electronic properties of a hybrid hexagonal boron nitride with phosphorene nanocomposite using ab initio density functional calculations. It is found that the interaction between the hexagonal boron nitride and phosphorene is dominated by the weak van der Waals interaction, with their own intrinsic electronic properties preserved. Furthermore, the band gap of the nanocomposite is dependent on the interfacial distance. Our results could shed light on the design of new devices based on van der Waals heterostructure. Projected supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11574167), the New Century 151 Talents Project of Zhejiang Province,China, and the K. C. Wong Magna Foundation in Ningbo University, China.

  2. Admissible shock waves and shock-induced phase transitions in a van der Waals fluid

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    Zhao, Nanrong; Mentrelli, Andrea; Ruggeri, Tommaso; Sugiyama, Masaru

    2011-08-01

    A complete classification of shock waves in a van der Waals fluid is undertaken. This is in order to gain a theoretical understanding of those shock-related phenomena as observed in real fluids which cannot be accounted for by the ideal gas model. These relate to admissibility of rarefaction shock waves, shock-splitting phenomena, and shock-induced phase transitions. The crucial role played by the nature of the gaseous state before the shock (the unperturbed state), and how it affects the features of the shock wave are elucidated. A full description is given of the characteristics of shock waves propagating in a van der Waals fluid. The strength of these shock waves may range from weak to strong. The study is carried out by means of the theory of hyperbolic systems supported by numerical calculations.

  3. van der Waals forces in density functional theory: Perturbational long-range electron-interaction corrections

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    Angyan, Janos G.; Gerber, Iann C.; Savin, Andreas; Toulouse, Julien

    2005-07-15

    Long-range exchange and correlation effects, responsible for the failure of currently used approximate density functionals in describing van der Waals forces, are taken into account explicitly after a separation of the electron-electron interaction in the Hamiltonian into short- and long-range components. We propose a 'range-separated hybrid' functional based on a local density approximation for the short-range exchange-correlation energy, combined with a long-range exact exchange energy. Long-range correlation effects are added by a second-order perturbational treatment. The resulting scheme is general and is particularly well adapted to describe van der Waals complexes, such as rare gas dimers.

  4. The van der Waals interactions in rare-gas dimers: the role of interparticle interactions.

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    Chen, Yu-Ting; Hui, Kerwin; Chai, Jeng-Da

    2016-01-20

    We investigate the potential energy curves of rare-gas dimers with various ranges and strengths of interparticle interactions (nuclear-electron, electron-electron, and nuclear-nuclear interactions). Our investigation is based on the highly accurate coupled-cluster theory associated with those interparticle interactions. For comparison, the performances of the corresponding Hartree-Fock theory, second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory, and density functional theory are also investigated. Our results reveal that when the interparticle interactions retain the long-range Coulomb tails, the nature of van der Waals interactions in the rare-gas dimers remains similar. By contrast, when the interparticle interactions are sufficiently short-range, the conventional van der Waals interactions in the rare-gas dimers completely disappear, yielding purely repulsive potential energy curves. PMID:26738722

  5. Rupture of thin viscous films by van der Waals forces: Evolution and self-similarity

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    Vaynblat, Dimitri; Lister, John R.; Witelski, Thomas P.

    2001-05-01

    The van der Waals driven rupture of a freely suspended thin viscous sheet is examined using a long-wavelength model. Dimensional analysis shows the possibility of first-type similarity solutions in which the dominant physical balance is between inertia, extensional viscous stresses and the van der Waals disjoining pressure, while surface tension is negligible. For both line rupture and point rupture the film thickness decreases like (t*-t)1/3 and the lateral length scale like (t*-t)1/2, where t*-t is the time remaining until rupture. In each geometry these scalings are confirmed by numerical simulations of the time-dependent behavior, and a discrete family of similarity solutions is found. The "lowest-order" mode in the family is the one selected by the time-dependent dynamics.

  6. Energetics, dynamics, and reactions of rydberg state molecules in van der Waals clusters

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    Shang, Q.Y.; Bernstein, E.R.

    1994-12-31

    In the past 10 years the study of van der Waals clusters has grown enormously; perhaps one of the best indications of this growth, in both activity and sophistication, is the advent of this review issue devoted to such research. Van der Waals clusters, synthesized one molecule or atom at a time and accessed according to size and structure, provide a molecule by molecule view of the solvation process, its energetics, solute/solvent dynamics, and eventually even unimolecular and bimolecular chemical reactions. The clusters treated most frequently and discussed in this review are of the form solute or chromophore (solvent)n, with n varying from 1 to more than 100. These clusters are most typically generated in a supersonic beam; both large and small clusters can be synthesized by controlling the expansion conditions.

  7. Causes of incorrect carrier-type identification in van der Pauw-Hall measurements

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    Bierwagen, Oliver; Ive, Tommy; Van de Walle, Chris G.; Speck, James S.

    2008-12-01

    The impact of macroscopic sample inhomogeneity and contact placement on the measured carrier type and concentration in the widely used van der Pauw-Hall method is investigated using finite-element analysis of the electrostatics. A variety of likely macroscopic inhomogeneities in mobility or carrier concentration across a square-shaped sample are considered. Inhomogeneities in mobilities do not affect the measured carrier type and concentration, as long as the carrier concentration remains homogeneous. Inhomogeneities in carrier concentrations can result in an incorrect assignment of the carrier type. However, when contacts are placed at the sample corners and not inside the sample area, the correct carrier type is recovered. Our calculations provide an explanation for recent measurements on ZnO [Ohgaki et al., J. Mater. Res. 23, 2293 (2008)]. Guidelines for avoiding incorrect interpretation of van der Pauw-Hall measurements are provided.

  8. Existence of quasi-periodic solutions of fast excited van der Pol-Mathieu-Duffing equation

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    Lu, Lin; Li, Xuemei

    2015-12-01

    The van der Pol-Mathieu-Duffing equation x ? + ( ?0 2 + h 1 cos ? 1 t + h 2 cos ? 2 t ) x - ( ? - ? x 2 ) x ? - h 3 x 3 = h 4 ?3 2 cos x cos ? 3 t is considered in this paper, where ?, ?, h1, h2, h3, h4, ?1, ?2 are small parameters, ?, ? > 0, the frequency ?3 is large compared to ?1 and ?2, the above parameters are real. For ??, ? > 0, we use KAM (Kolmogorov-Arnold-Moser) theory to prove that the van der Pol-Mathieu-Duffing equation possesses quasi-periodic solutions for most of the parameters ?0, ?1, ?2, ?3, it verifies some phenomenon of Fahsi and Belhaq [Commun. Nonlinear Sci. 14, 244-253 (2009)] and can be regarded as a extension of Abouhazim et al. [Nonlinear Dyn. 39, 395-409 (2005)].

  9. Klassifikation von Standardebenen in der 2D-Echokardiographie mittels 2D-3D-Bildregistrierung

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    Bergmeir, Christoph; Subramanian, Navneeth

    Zum Zweck der Entwicklung eines Systems, das einen unerfahrenen Anwender von Ultraschall (US) zur Aufnahme relevanter anatomischer Strukturen leitet, untersuchen wir die Machbarkeit von 2D-US zu 3D-CT Registrierung. Wir verwenden US-Aufnahmen von Standardebenen des Herzens, welche zu einem 3D-CT-Modell registriert werden. Unser Algorithmus unterzieht sowohl die US-Bilder als auch den CT-Datensatz Vorverarbeitungsschritten, welche die Daten durch Segmentierung auf wesentliche Informationen in Form von Labein für Muskel und Blut reduzieren. Anschließend werden diese Label zur Registrierung mittels der Match-Cardinality-Metrik genutzt. Durch mehrmaliges Registrieren mit verschiedenen Initialisierungen ermitteln wir die im US-Bild sichtbare Standardebene. Wir evaluierten die Methode auf sieben US-Bildern von Standardebenen. Fünf davon wurden korrekt zugeordnet.

  10. Buckling and stability analysis of a piezoelectric viscoelastic nanobeam subjected to van der Waals forces

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    Chen, Changping; Li, Shoujian; Dai, Liming; Qian, ChangZhao

    2014-05-01

    A study on the buckling and dynamic stability of a piezoelectric viscoelastic nanobeam subjected to van der Waals forces is performed in this research. The static and dynamic governing equations of the nanobeam are established with Galerkin method and under Euler-Bernoulli hypothesis. The buckling, post-buckling and nonlinear dynamic stability character of the nanobeam is presented. The quasi-elastic method, Leibnitz's rule, Runge-Kutta method and the incremental harmonic balanced method are employed for obtaining the buckling voltage, post-buckling characteristics and the boundaries of the principal instability region of the dynamic system. Effects of the electrostatic load, van der Waals force, creep quantity, inner damping, geometric nonlinearity and other factors on the post-buckling and the principal region of instability are investigated.

  11. van der Waals interactions at the nanoscale: The effects of nonlocality

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    Luo, Yu; Zhao, Rongkuo; Pendry, John B.

    2014-01-01

    Calculated using classical electromagnetism, the van der Waals force increases without limit as two surfaces approach. In reality, the force saturates because the electrons cannot respond to fields of very short wavelength: polarization charges are always smeared out to some degree and in consequence the response is nonlocal. Nonlocality also plays an important role in the optical spectrum and distribution of the modes but introduces complexity into calculations, hindering an analytical solution for interactions at the nanometer scale. Here, taking as an example the case of two touching nanospheres, we show for the first time, to our knowledge, that nonlocality in 3D plasmonic systems can be accurately analyzed using the transformation optics approach. The effects of nonlocality are found to dramatically weaken the field enhancement between the spheres and hence the van der Waals interaction and to modify the spectral shifts of plasmon modes. PMID:25468982

  12. Stability analysis for periodic solutions of the Van der Pol–Duffing forced oscillator

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    Cui, Jifeng; Liang, Jiaming; Lin, Zhiliang

    2016-01-01

    Based on the homotopy analysis method (HAM), the high accuracy frequency response curve and the stable/unstable periodic solutions of the Van der Pol-Duffing forced oscillator with the variation of the forced frequency are obtained and studied. The stability of the periodic solutions obtained is analyzed by use of Floquet theory. Furthermore, the results are validated in the light of spectral analysis and bifurcation theory.

  13. Noise-induced transition between stationary states of a van der Pol oscillator

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    Koshcheev, V. P.

    2014-02-01

    It is shown that the white-noise-induced transition between the limiting cycle and state of rest of a van der Pol oscillator has a threshold. The threshold value is directly proportional to the product of the characteristic energy of self-oscillations and the friction coefficient. It is shown that not only self-oscillations, but also external noise, disappear in the state of rest.

  14. Estimation of Some Parameters from Morse-Morse-Spline-Van Der Waals Intermolecular Potential

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    Coroiu, I.

    2007-04-23

    Some parameters such as transport cross-sections and isotopic thermal diffusion factor have been calculated from an improved intermolecular potential, Morse-Morse-Spline-van der Waals (MMSV) potential proposed by R.A. Aziz et al. The treatment was completely classical and no corrections for quantum effects were made. The results would be employed for isotope separations of different spherical and quasi-spherical molecules.

  15. Silicene on MoS2: role of the van der Waals interaction

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    Zhu, Jiajie; Schwingenschlögl, Udo

    2015-12-01

    We demonstrate for silicene on MoS2 substrate the limitations of the predictive power of first-principles calculations based on van der Waals density functional theory. Only the optB86b-vdW functional is found to give reasonable agreement with experimental results on structural properties, while for all other investigated functionals the interlayer interaction is underestimated or the charge redistribution at the interface is not described correctly so that the predicted electronic structure is qualitatively wrong.

  16. Reentrant Phase Transitions and van der Waals Behaviour for Hairy Black Holes

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    Hennigar, Robie; Mann, Robert

    2015-12-01

    We study the extended phase space thermodynamics for hairy AdS black hole solutions to Einstein-Maxwell-$\\Lambda$ theory conformally coupled to a scalar field in five dimensions. We find these solutions to exhibit van der Waals behaviour in both the charged/uncharged cases, and reentrant phase transitions in the charged case. This is the first example of reentrant phase transitions in a five dimensional gravitational system which does not include higher curvature corrections.

  17. Synchronization of coupled van der pole and Kislov-Dmitriev self-oscillators

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    Emel'Yanova, Yu. P.; Kuznetsov, A. P.

    2011-04-01

    The problem of interaction of self-oscillating elements of different origin is considered for a coupled van der Pole oscillator and Kislov-Dmitriev generator. Domains with different types of dynamics in the space of parameters are indicated taking into account the possibility of broadband synchronization of the systems. The case of essentially different control parameters is considered. Chaos stabilization effects and the opposite effect (initiated chaos) are detected in the system under investigation for various values of parameters.

  18. Van der Woude Syndrome Associated with Hypodontia: A Rare Clinical Entity

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    Soni, Romesh; Vivek, Rajul; Srivastava, Adit; Singh, Ankita; Srivastava, Shalabh; Chaturvedi, T. P.

    2012-01-01

    Van der Woude syndrome (VWS) is usually underreported and frequently not diagnosed. The phenomenon that cleft lip and palate are regularly combined in the same pedigree makes it unique. A meticulous examination of a patient with lip pits may reveal a hidden form of a cleft, for example, submucous. This paper presents a case of VWS in a ten-year-old boy with characteristic orofacial features. Special emphasis has also been given on the need for appropriate genetic counseling. PMID:23326687

  19. The van der Waals interaction in one, two, and three dimensions

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    Ipsen, A. C.; Splittorff, K.

    2015-02-01

    The van der Waals interaction between two polarizable atoms is considered. In three dimensions, the standard form with an attractive 1/R6 potential is obtained from second-order quantum perturbation theory. When the electron motion is restricted to lower dimensions (but the 1/R Coulomb potential is retained), new terms in the expansion appear and alter both the sign and the R-dependence of the interaction.

  20. A Drosophila shc gene product is implicated in signaling by the DER receptor tyrosine kinase.

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    Lai, K M; Olivier, J P; Gish, G D; Henkemeyer, M; McGlade, J; Pawson, T

    1995-01-01

    Antibodies to the human Shc adaptor protein were used to isolate a cDNA encoding a Drosophila Shc protein (dShc) by screening an expression library. The dshc gene, which maps to position 67B-C on the third chromosome, encodes a 45-kDa protein that is widely expressed throughout the Drosophila life cycle. In flies, the dShc protein physically associates with the activated Drosophila epidermal growth factor receptor homolog (DER) and is inducibly phosphorylated on tyrosine by DER. The 45-kDa dShc protein is closely related both in overall organization and in amino acid sequence (46% identity) to the 52-kDa mammalian Shc isoform. In addition to a C-terminal Src homology 2 (SH2) domain, dShc contains an N-terminal phosphotyrosine-binding (PTB) domain, which associates in vitro with the autophosphorylated DER receptor tyrosine kinase and with phosphopeptides containing an Asn-Pro-X-pTyr motif, where pTyr stands for phosphotyrosine. A potential binding site for the dShc PTB domain is located at Tyr-1228 of DER. These results indicate that the shc gene has been conserved in evolution, as have the binding properties of the Shc PTB and SH2 domains. Despite the close relationship between the Drosophila and mammalian Shc proteins, dShc lacks the high-affinity Grb2-binding site found in mammalian Shc, suggesting that Shc proteins may have functions in addition to regulation of the Ras pathway. PMID:7651398

  1. Investigations of thermal conductivity of simple van der Waals crystal-based nanocomposites

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    Nikonkov, R. V.; Stachowiak, P.; Romanova, T. V.; Je?owski, A.; Sumarokov, V. V.

    2015-06-01

    The experimental setup for obtaining and determination of the thermal conductivity of simple van der Waals crystal-based nanocomposites is described. Preliminary thermal conductivity results of measurements carried out in the temperature range 1-40 K on two samples of methane crystals containing nanoparticles of hydroxyapatite are presented. These results confirm usability of the setup and its suitability as a proper experimental method for investigations of the thermal conductivity of the nanocomposites.

  2. Erfahrungen im Aufbau des IT Service Desks der Technischen Universität München

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    Vellguth, Karmela

    Durch das Projekt IntegraTUM und die darin eingebettete Einrichtung eines IT Service Desks mit 1st, 2nd und 3rd Level Support gelang eine an ITIL orientierte Neuausrichtung der internen IT-Dienstleistungen. Die vormals existierende Struktur mit einer Vielzahl an Ansprechpartnern bei auftretenden IT-Problemen wurde aufgelöst. Die Nutzer haben nun eine Anlaufstelle erhalten, die sich für die Beantwortung aller Incidents in kürzester Zeit und mit qualitativ hohem Niveau zuständig fühlt.

  3. EXPERIMENTAL AND THEORETICAL STUDIES OF THE CN-AR VAN DER WAALS COMPLEX

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    The CN-Ar van der Waals complex has been observed using B2E+-X2E+ and A2II-X2E+ electronic transitions. The spectra yielded a dissociation energy of D0"=109+2 cm1 and a zero point rational constant of B0"=0.067+0.005 cm-1 for CN(x)-Ar. The dissociation energy for Cn(A)-Ar was found to be D0"=132+2...

  4. Van der Waals equation of state revisited: importance of the dispersion correction.

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    de Visser, Sam P

    2011-04-28

    One of the most basic equations of state describing nonideal gases and liquids is the van der Waals equation of state, and as a consequence, it is generally taught in most first year undergraduate chemistry courses. In this work, we show that the constants a and b in the van der Waals equation of state are linearly proportional to the polarizability volume of the molecules in a gas or liquid. Using this information, a new thermodynamic one-parameter equation of state is derived that contains experimentally measurable variables and physics constants only. This is the first equation of state apart from the Ideal Gas Law that contains experimentally measurable variables and physics constants only, and as such, it may be a very useful and practical equation for the description of dilute gases and liquids. The modified van der Waals equation of state describes pV as the sum of repulsive and attractive intermolecular interaction energies that are represented by an exponential repulsion function between the electron clouds of the molecules and a London dispersion component, respectively. The newly derived equation of state is tested against experimental data for several gas and liquid examples, and the agreement is satisfactory. The description of the equation of state as a one-parameter function also has implications on other thermodynamic functions, such as critical parameters, virial coefficients, and isothermal compressibilities. Using our modified van der Waals equation of state, we show that all of these properties are a function of the molecular polarizability volume. Correlations of experimental data confirm the derived proportionalities. PMID:21469648

  5. Das Projekt "Satelliten- und Inertialgeodäsie" der Bayerischen Kommission für die Internationale Erdmessung.

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    Sigl, R.; Ehrnsperger, W.; Wende, W.; Boedecker, G.; Neumayer, K. H.

    Contents: 1. Zur Entwicklung des Projektes "Satelliten- und Inertialgeodäsie" (R. Sigl). 2. EUREF - Erstellung eines fundamentalen 3-D Festpunktfeldes in Europa (W. Ehrnsperger). 3. Genauigkeitssteigerung in der geodätischen Astronomie durch den FK5 Sternkatalog. Neuauswertung von astronomisch bestimmten Längendifferenzen im Europäischen Längennetz (ELN) (W. Wende). 4. Status des Projektes "Inertialschwere" zur Bestimmung des Schwerevektors aus Inertial- und GPS-Messungen (G. Boedecker). 5. Stochastische Modelle für Satelliten- und Empfängeruhren sowie für das Gravitationsfeld (K. H. Neumayer).

  6. Controlled Synthesis of Organic/Inorganic van der Waals Solid for Tunable Light-Matter Interactions.

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    Niu, Lin; Liu, Xinfeng; Cong, Chunxiao; Wu, Chunyang; Wu, Di; Chang, Tay Rong; Wang, Hong; Zeng, Qingsheng; Zhou, Jiadong; Wang, Xingli; Fu, Wei; Yu, Peng; Fu, Qundong; Najmaei, Sina; Zhang, Zhuhua; Yakobson, Boris I; Tay, Beng Kang; Zhou, Wu; Jeng, Horng Tay; Lin, Hsin; Sum, Tze Chien; Jin, Chuanhong; He, Haiyong; Yu, Ting; Liu, Zheng

    2015-12-01

    High-quality organic and inorganic van der Waals (vdW) solids are realized using methylammonium lead halide (CH3 NH3 PbI3 ) as the organic part (organic perovskite) and 2D inorganic monolayers as counterparts. By stacking on various 2D monolayers, the vdW solids exhibit dramatically different light emissions. Futhermore, organic/h-BN vdW solid arrays are patterned for red-light emission. PMID:26505987

  7. Goiter in paintings by Rogier van der Weyden (1399-1464).

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    Lazzeri, Davide; Pozzilli, Paolo; Zhang, Yi Xin; Persichetti, Paolo

    2015-05-01

    Figures affected by goiter were only sparsely depicted by Peter Paul Rubens and Albrecht Dürer among Flemish artists, because obvious goiter was not common in regions such as the Netherlands and Belgium. However, the recent observation of two figures with a goiter elegantly depicted by Rogier van der Weyden has raised our interest in this topic. When taking a close look at the paintings of this Flemish Renaissance painter, it is interesting to note that 16 portrayed subjects show an abnormal profile of the neck with swelling, suggestive of a presumptive medico-artistic diagnosis of goiter. Van der Weyden travelled to Italy where he soon acquired great fame and was second only to the other Flemish painter of the time, Jan Van Eyck. It is very likely that in Italy he had the opportunity to look at several female figures depicted with goiter, which may have influenced his paintings. Van der Weyden was appreciated because of his style to mix realistic details with idealized softened features to increase the beauty and appeal of his models. It is also likely that the integration of the goiter may have been part of the Renaissance tendency toward a more realistic and precise representation of subjects. The fact that in almost all cases the goiter was a low-to-moderate grade enlargement of the thyroid may confirm our speculation that perhaps the painter used the same model or the template derived from one model for subsequent paintings. PMID:25747746

  8. Van der Pol and the history of relaxation oscillations: Toward the emergence of a concept

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    Ginoux, Jean-Marc; Letellier, Christophe

    2012-06-01

    Relaxation oscillations are commonly associated with the name of Balthazar van der Pol via his paper (Philosophical Magazine, 1926) in which he apparently introduced this terminology to describe the nonlinear oscillations produced by self-sustained oscillating systems such as a triode circuit. Our aim is to investigate how relaxation oscillations were actually discovered. Browsing the literature from the late 19th century, we identified four self-oscillating systems in which relaxation oscillations have been observed: (i) the series dynamo machine conducted by Gérard-Lescuyer (1880), (ii) the musical arc discovered by Duddell (1901) and investigated by Blondel (1905), (iii) the triode invented by de Forest (1907), and (iv) the multivibrator elaborated by Abraham and Bloch (1917). The differential equation describing such a self-oscillating system was proposed by Poincaré for the musical arc (1908), by Janet for the series dynamo machine (1919), and by Blondel for the triode (1919). Once Janet (1919) established that these three self-oscillating systems can be described by the same equation, van der Pol proposed (1926) a generic dimensionless equation which captures the relevant dynamical properties shared by these systems. Van der Pol's contributions during the period of 1926-1930 were investigated to show how, with Le Corbeiller's help, he popularized the "relaxation oscillations" using the previous experiments as examples and, turned them into a concept.

  9. Physisorption of nucleobases on graphene: a comparative van der Waals study

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    Le, Duy; Kara, Abdelkader; Schröder, Elsebeth; Hyldgaard, Per; Rahman, Talat S.

    2012-10-01

    The physisorption of the nucleobases adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G), thymine (T), and uracil (U) on graphene is studied using several variants of the density functional theory (DFT): the generalized gradient approximation with the inclusion of van der Waals interaction (vdW) based on the TS approach (Tkatchenko and Scheffer 2009 Phys. Rev. Lett. 102 073005) and our simplified version of this approach (here called sTS), the van der Waals density functional vdW-DF (Dion et al 2004 Phys. Rev. Lett. 92 246401) and vdW-DF2 (Lee et al 2010 Phys. Rev. B 82 081101), and DFT-D2 (Grimme 2006 J. Comput. Chem. 27 1787) and DFT-D3 (Grimme et al 2010 J. Chem. Phys. 132 154104) methods. The binding energies of nucleobases on graphene are found to be in the following order: G > A > T > C > U within TS, sTS, vdW-DF, and DFT-D2, and in the following order: G > A > T ˜ C > U within DFT-D3 and vdW-DF2. The binding separations are found to be different within different methods and in the following order: DFT-D2 < TS < DFT-D3 ˜ vdW-DF2 < vdW-DF. We also comment on the efficiency of combining the DFT-D approach and vdW-DF to study systems with van der Waals interactions.

  10. Time-dependent density functional theory calculation of van der Waals coefficient of sodium clusters

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    Banerjee, Arup; Chakrabarti, Aparna; Ghanty, Tapan K.

    2007-10-01

    In this paper we employ all-electron ab initio time-dependent density functional theory based method to calculate the long range dipole-dipole dispersion coefficient (van der Waals coefficient) C6 of sodium atom clusters containing even number of atoms ranging from 2 to 20 atoms. The dispersion coefficients are obtained via Casimir-Polder relation [Phys. Rev. 3, 360 (1948)]. The calculations are carried out with two different exchange-correlation potentials: (i) the asymptotically correct statistical average of orbital potential (SAOP) and (ii) Vosko-Wilk-Nusair representation [Can. J. Phys. 58, 1200 (1980)] of exchange-correlation potential within local density approximation. A comparison with the other theoretical results has been performed. We also present the results for the static polarizabilities of sodium clusters and also compare them with other theoretical and experimental results. These comparisons reveal that the SAOP results for C6 and static polarizability are quite accurate and very close to the experimental results. We examine the relationship between volume of the cluster and van der Waals coefficient, and find that to a very high degree of correlation C6 scales as the square of the volume. We also present the results for van der Waals coefficient corresponding to cluster-Ar atom and cluster-N2 molecule interactions.

  11. Time-dependent density functional theory calculation of van der Waals coefficient of sodium clusters.

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    Banerjee, Arup; Chakrabarti, Aparna; Ghanty, Tapan K

    2007-10-01

    In this paper we employ all-electron ab initio time-dependent density functional theory based method to calculate the long range dipole-dipole dispersion coefficient (van der Waals coefficient) C(6) of sodium atom clusters containing even number of atoms ranging from 2 to 20 atoms. The dispersion coefficients are obtained via Casimir-Polder relation [Phys. Rev. 3, 360 (1948)]. The calculations are carried out with two different exchange-correlation potentials: (i) the asymptotically correct statistical average of orbital potential (SAOP) and (ii) Vosko-Wilk-Nusair representation [Can. J. Phys. 58, 1200 (1980)] of exchange-correlation potential within local density approximation. A comparison with the other theoretical results has been performed. We also present the results for the static polarizabilities of sodium clusters and also compare them with other theoretical and experimental results. These comparisons reveal that the SAOP results for C(6) and static polarizability are quite accurate and very close to the experimental results. We examine the relationship between volume of the cluster and van der Waals coefficient, and find that to a very high degree of correlation C(6) scales as the square of the volume. We also present the results for van der Waals coefficient corresponding to cluster-Ar atom and cluster-N(2) molecule interactions. PMID:17919007

  12. A novel nanostructured biosensor for the detection of the dust mite antigen Der p2

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    Tsai, Jaw-Ji; Bau, I-Jiuan; Chen, He-Tsing; Lin, Yu-Ta; Wang, Gou-Jen

    2011-01-01

    The group 2 allergen, Der p2, has been reported to activate innate toll-like receptors (TLRs) on respiratory epithelial cells and thus aggravate respiratory diseases. In this study, a highly sensitive nanostructured biosensor based on a 3D sensing element with uniformly deposited gold nanoparticles is proposed for the detection of the dust mite antigen Der p2. The barrier layer comprises an anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) film which is used as the template in this highly sensitive nanostructured biosensor. Simple electrochemical deposition without reducing agent and stabilizer was enough to uniformly synthesize gold nanoparticles on the surface of the barrier layer. The size and the distribution density of the nanoparticles can be well controlled by the applied potential during electrochemical deposition. Following this procedure, the dust mite monoclonal antibodies (IgG) were then immobilized through the 11-MUA (11-mercaptoundecanoic acid), (1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethyl-aminopropyl)-carbodiimide)/(N-hydroxysuccinimide) self-assembled monolayer approach for the dust mite antigen Der p2 detection. The detection limit of the proposed 3D gold nanoparticle-based nanostructured biosensor was examined using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy analysis and found to be 1 pg/mL. The dynamic range was found to be 5 ?g/mL. The proposed nanostructured biosensor would be useful for fast detection of rare molecules in a solution. PMID:21822382

  13. The effects of van der Waals attractions on cloud droplet growth by coalescence

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    Rogers, Jan R.; Davis, Robert H.

    1990-01-01

    The inclusion of van der Waals attractions in the interaction between cloud droplets has been recently shown to significantly increase the collision efficiencies of the smaller droplets. In the current work, these larger values for the collision efficiencies are used in a population dynamics model of the droplet size distribution evolution with time, in hopes of at least partially resolving the long-standing paradox in cloud microphysics that predicted rates of the onset of precipitation are generally much lower than those which are observed. Evolutions of several initial cloud droplet spectra have been tracked in time. Size evolutions are compared as predicted from the use of collision efficiencies computed using two different models to allow for droplet-droplet contact: one which considers slip flow effects only, and one which considers the combined effects of van der Waals forces and slip flow. The rate at which the droplet mass density function shifts to larger droplet sizes is increased by typically 20-25 percent, when collision efficiencies which include van der Waals forces are used.

  14. Effect of van der Waals interactions on the structural and binding properties of GaSe

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    Sarkisov, Sergey Y.; Kosobutsky, Alexey V.; Shandakov, Sergey D.

    2015-12-01

    The influence of van der Waals interactions on the lattice parameters, band structure, elastic moduli and binding energy of layered GaSe compound has been studied using projector-augmented wave method within density functional theory. We employed the conventional local/semilocal exchange-correlation functionals and recently developed van der Waals functionals which are able to describe dispersion forces. It is found that application of van der Waals density functionals allows to substantially increase the accuracy of calculations of the lattice constants a and c and interlayer distance in GaSe at ambient conditions and under hydrostatic pressure. The pressure dependences of the a-parameter, Ga-Ga, Ga-Se bond lengths and Ga-Ga-Se bond angle are characterized by a relatively low curvature, while c(p) has a distinct downward bowing due to nonlinear shrinking of the interlayer spacing. From the calculated binding energy curves we deduce the interlayer binding energy of GaSe, which is found to be in the range 0.172-0.197 eV/layer (14.2-16.2 meV/Å2).

  15. Li intercalation in graphite: A van der Waals density-functional study

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    Hazrati, E.; de Wijs, G. A.; Brocks, G.

    2014-10-01

    Modeling layered intercalation compounds from first principles poses a problem, as many of their properties are determined by a subtle balance between van der Waals interactions and chemical or Madelung terms, and a good description of van der Waals interactions is often lacking. Using van der Waals density functionals we study the structures, phonons and energetics of the archetype layered intercalation compound Li-graphite. Intercalation of Li in graphite leads to stable systems with calculated intercalation energies of -0.2 to -0.3 eV/Li atom, (referred to bulk graphite and Li metal). The fully loaded stage 1 and stage 2 compounds LiC6 and Li1 /2C6 are stable, corresponding to two-dimensional ?{3 }×?{3 } lattices of Li atoms intercalated between two graphene planes. Stage N >2 structures are unstable compared to dilute stage 2 compounds with the same concentration. At elevated temperatures dilute stage 2 compounds easily become disordered, but the structure of Li3 /16C6 is relatively stable, corresponding to a ?{7 }×?{7 } in-plane packing of Li atoms. First-principles calculations, along with a Bethe-Peierls model of finite temperature effects, allow for a microscopic description of the observed voltage profiles.

  16. Spectroscopic Detection of the Lithium Helium (LiHe) van der Waals Molecule

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    Al Taisan, Nada Ahmed

    Van der Waals molecules are extremely weakly-bound, extremely long-range molecules. The most weakly bound van der Waals molecules are those containing helium. These special characteristics have motivated many theoretical studies on the structure of these molecules. To date, the only ground-state helium diatomic molecule that has been directly detected in gas phase is the helium dimer 4He2. Using cryogenic helium buffer-gas cooling and laser ablation, we have produced large densities of lithium atoms in a high-density helium gas, from which LiHe molecules form by three-body recombination Li + He + He ? LiHe + He. These weakly-bound van der Waals molecules were detected spectroscopically using laser induced fluorescence. We have measured the LiHe transition frequency, linewidth and optical density. The observed LiHe spectrum confirmed the theoretical prediction that only a single rovibrational state of LiHe is populated. This state is split into a hyperfine doublet, which is unchanged from the atomic lithium, 7Li, at the level of accuracy of our measurements. The excited-state structure of 7Li4He was calculated using the discrete variable representation (DVR). These calculations were in quantitative agreement with our measurements. From this agreement, and from the ground-state hyperfine splitting, we identified the molecule as 7Li4He and not 6Li 4He, 6Li3He, 7Li 3He or lithium bound to a helium cluster.

  17. Casimir and van der Waals energy of anisotropic atomically thin metallic films

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    Klimchitskaya, G. L.; Mostepanenko, V. M.

    2015-11-01

    We discuss the van der Waals (Casimir) free energies and pressures of thin metallic films, consisting of from one to fifteen atomic layers, with regard to the anisotropy in their dielectric properties. Both freestanding films and films deposited on a dielectric substrate are considered. The computations are performed for a Au film and a sapphire substrate. According to our results, for freestanding Au films consisting of one and three atomic layers the respective relative error arising from the use of an isotropic (bulk) dielectric permittivity is equal to 73% and 37% for the van der Waals energy, and 70% and 35% for the pressure. We tabulate the energy and pressure van der Waals coefficients of thin Au films computed with account of their anisotropy. It is shown that the bulk permittivity of Au can be used for the films consisting of more than 30 atomic layers, i.e., more than approximately 7 nm thickness. The role of relativistic effects is also investigated and shown to be important even for the films consisting of two or three layers. The obtained results can find applications in the investigation of the stability of thin films and the development of novel nanoscale devices.

  18. Reaktive Tracer zur Bestimmung der sedimentären Aquifer-Oxidationskapazität im Labor- und Feldversuch

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    Dethlefsen, Frank; Bliss, Fabian; Wachter, Thorsten; Dahmke, Andreas

    Kurzfassung Mikrobiell reduzierbares Eisen(III) im Aquifer kann als Elektronenakzeptor von großer Bedeutung für Natural Attenuation (NA) von aromatischen Kohlenwasserstoffen sein und bildet den Hauptbestandteil der sedimentären Oxidationskapazität (OXC) des Aquifers. Untersuchungsgegenstand war der Vergleich traditioneller, nasschemischer Methoden mit neuentwickelten, reaktiven Tracerverfahren zur Bestimmung der sedimentären OXC. Die innovativen Tracermethoden haben gegenüber nasschemischen Extraktionsverfahren den prinzipiellen Vorteil, dass sie einen integralen Ansatz zur Bestimmung der sedimentären OXC bilden, weil geochemische und hydraulische Heterogenitäten des Aquifers berücksichtigt werden. Daher wurden am RETZINA-Standort Zeitz einerseits herkömmliche Säure-Extraktionsmethoden (bestimmter Eisen(III)-Gehalt: 0,43 +/- 0,07 mg/g Aquifermaterial) und andererseits reaktive Tracertests mit Phosphat-(Eisen(III): 1,0 mg/g) und Sulfidtracern (Eisen(III): 0,31 +/- 0,02 mg/g) in Laborversuchen sowie Bioabbauversuche mit Toluol als Kohlenstoffquelle undGeobacter metallireducensals Eisen(III)-Reduzierer (Eisen(III): 1,0 mg/g) durchgeführt. Sulfid als reaktiver Tracer wurde in Form eines ?Push-Pull-Tests`` im Feldversuch eingesetzt (Eisen(III): 1,1 mg/g). Zudem bedeutet die Anwendung des Feld-Tracerverfahrens deutlich weniger Zeitaufwand in der Durchführung als die Anwendung traditioneller Extraktionsmethoden. Microbially reducible iron(III) is important as a terminal electron acceptor for the Natural Attenuation (NA) of aromatic hydrocarbons and forms the balance of the aquifer's sedimentary oxidation capacity (OXC). It was the aim of this investigation to compare traditional acid extraction methods to reactive tracer methods in quantifying the sedimentary OXC. The sedimentary OXC at the RETZINA test site in Zeitz was therefore determined through traditional acid extraction methods (determined Iron(III)-content: 0.43 +/- 0.07 mg/g aquifer material) and through reactive tracer tests with phosphate (iron(III): 1.0 mg/g) and sulphide (iron(III): 0.31 +/- 0.02 mg/g) in lab experiments. In the latter biodegradation experiments were conducted with toluene as the carbon source andGeobacter metallireducensas the iron(III) reducing bacterium (iron(III): 1.0 mg/g). A field tracer experiment designed as a push-pull-test was performed using the sulphide tracer (iron(III): 1.1 mg/g). The principal advantage of innovative tracer methods compared to wet chemical extraction methods is that they offer an integral approach for the determination of the sedimentary OXC, since geochemical and hydraulic heterogeneities are considered. Furthermore, they require less time than traditional extraction methods.

  19. RelA Functionally Suppresses the Growth Defect Caused by a Mutation in the G Domain of the Essential Der Protein?

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    Hwang, Jihwan; Inouye, Masayori

    2008-01-01

    A unique bacterial GTPase, Der, containing two tandem GTP-binding domains, is essential for cell growth and plays a crucial role in a large ribosomal subunit in Escherichia coli. The depletion of Der resulted in accumulation of both large and small ribosomal subunits and also affected the stability of large ribosomal subunits. However, its exact cellular function still remains elusive. Previously, we have shown that two G domain mutants, DerN118D and DerN321D, cannot support cell growth at low temperatures, suggesting that both GTP-binding domains are indispensable. In this study, we show that both Der variants are defective in ribosome biogenesis. Genetic screening of an E. coli genomic library was performed to identify the genes which, when expressed from a multicopy plasmid, can restore the growth defect of the DerN321D mutant at restrictive temperatures. Among seven suppressors isolated, four were located at 62.7 min on the E. coli genomic map, and the gene responsible for the suppression of DerN321D was identified as the relA gene which encodes a ribosome-associated (p)ppGpp synthetase. The synthetic activity of RelA was found to be essential for its DerN321D suppressor activity. Overexpression of RelA in a suppressor strain did not affect the expression of DerN321D but suppressed the polysome defects caused by the DerN321D mutant. This is the first demonstration of suppression of impaired function of Der by a functional enzyme. A possible mechanism of the suppression of DerN321D by RelA overproduction is discussed. PMID:18296517

  20. Expression of hypoallergenic Der f 2 derivatives with altered intramolecular disulphide bonds induces the formation of novel ER-derived protein bodies in transgenic rice seeds

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    Yang, Lijun; Hirose, Sakiko; Suzuki, Kazuya; Hiroi, Takachika; Takaiwa, Fumio

    2012-01-01

    House dust mites (HDM) are the most common source of indoor allergens and are associated with allergic diseases worldwide. To benefit allergic patients, safer and non-invasive mucosal routes of oral administration are considered to be the best alternative to conventional allergen-specific immunotherapy. In this study, transgenic rice was developed expressing derivatives of the major HDM allergen Der f 2 with reduced Der f 2-specific IgE reactivity by disrupting intramolecular disulphide bonds in Der f 2. These derivatives were produced specifically as secretory proteins in the endosperm tissue of seeds under the control of the endosperm-specific glutelin GluB-1 promoter. Notably, modified Der f 2 derivatives aggregated in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) lumen and were deposited in a unique protein body (PB)-like structure tentatively called the Der f 2 body. Der f 2 bodies were characterized by their intracellular localization and physico-chemical properties, and were distinct from ER-derived PBs (PB-Is) and protein storage vacuoles (PB-IIs). Unlike ER-derived organelles such as PB-Is, Der f 2 bodies were rapidly digested in simulated gastric fluid in a manner similar to that of PB-IIs. Oral administration in mice of transgenic rice seeds containing Der f 2 derivatives encapsulated in Der f 2 bodies suppressed Der f 2-specific IgE and IgG production compared with that in mice fed non-transgenic rice seeds, and the effect was dependent on the type of Der f 2 derivative expressed. These results suggest that engineered hypoallergenic Der f 2 derivatives expressed in the rice seed endosperm could serve as a basis for the development of viable strategies for the oral delivery of vaccines against HDM allergy. PMID:22378952

  1. An Analysis of the DER Adoption Climate in Japan UsingOptimization Results for Prototype Buildings with U.S. Comparisons

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    Zhou, Nan; Marnay, Chris; Firestone, Ryan; Gao, Weijun; Nishida,Masaru

    2006-06-16

    This research demonstrates economically optimal distributedenergy resource (DER) system choice using the DER choice and operationsoptimization program, the Distributed Energy Resources Customer AdoptionModel (DER-CAM). DER-CAM finds the optimal combination of installedequipment given prevailing utility tariffs and fuel prices, siteelectrical and thermal loads (including absorption cooling), and a menuof available equipment. It provides a global optimization, albeitidealized, that shows how site useful energy loads can be served atminimum cost. Five prototype Japanese commercial buildings are examinedand DER-CAM is applied to select the economically optimal DER system foreach. Based on the optimization results, energy and emission reductionsare evaluated. Significant decreases in fuel consumption, carbonemissions, and energy costs were seen in the DER-CAM results. Savingswere most noticeable in the prototype sports facility, followed by thehospital, hotel, and office building. Results show that DER with combinedheat and power equipment is a promising efficiency and carbon mitigationstrategy, but that precise system design is necessary. Furthermore, aJapan-U.S. comparison study of policy, technology, and utility tariffsrelevant to DER installation is presented.

  2. Mattress risk factors for the sudden infant death syndrome and dust-mite allergen (der p 1) levels.

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    Jenkins, Richard O

    2008-01-01

    Allergen-induced anaphylaxis has been suggested as a possible etiology for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Some of the measures recommended for reducing the risk of allergen exposure also are recommended for reducing the risk of SIDS. The purpose of this study is to evaluate possible associations between dust-mite allergen (der p 1) levels within cot (crib) mattresses and established cot mattress risk factors for SIDS. Dust from polyurethane foam was extracted from two regions of used cot mattresses donated by 28 households in Leicester (United Kingdom) and der p 1 allergen levels estimated using a two-site monoclonal antibody system. Infant and cot environment-related factors were determined via parental questionnaire. For the infants' head region of the mattresses, the following associations were independently significant following multivariate analysis: quantity of dust extracted, with older mattresses (p = 0.014); high allergen concentrations (der p 1 per mg dust), with high frequency of minor ailments (p < 0.001) and older infants (p = 0.044); and high total der p 1 content, with high frequency of minor ailments (p = 0.014). There were no independently significant associations between levels of der p 1 in polyurethane foam and the established cot mattress risk factors for SIDS. Although der p 1 accumulates within polyurethane foam of cot mattresses with use over time, this does not provide a valid mechanistic explanation for the established cot mattress-related risk factors for SIDS. There is an association between der p 1 levels of cot mattress polyurethane foam and frequency of minor ailments; additional research is required to establish cause and effect. PMID:18302838

  3. EDITORIAL: Van der Waals interactions in advanced materials, in memory of David C Langreth Van der Waals interactions in advanced materials, in memory of David C Langreth

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    Hyldgaard, Per; Rahman, Talat S.

    2012-10-01

    The past decade has seen a dramatic rise in interest in exploring the role that van der Waals (vdW) or dispersion forces play in materials and in material behavior. Part of this stems from the obvious fact that vdW interactions (and other weak forces, such as Casimir) underpin molecular recognition, i.e., nature's approach to search for a match between genes and anti-genes and hence enable biological function. Less obvious is the recognition that vdW interactions affect a multitude of properties of a vast variety of materials in general, some of which also have strong technological applications. While for two atom- or orbital-sized material fragments the dispersive contributions to binding are small compared to those from the better known forms (ionic, covalent, metallic), those between sparse materials (spread over extended areas) can be of paramount importance. For example, an understanding of binding in graphite cannot arise solely from a study of the graphene layers individually, but also requires insight from inter-sheet graphene vdW bonding. It is the extended-area vdW bonding that provides sufficient cohesion to make graphite a robust, naturally occurring material. In fact, it is the vdW-bonded graphite, and not the all-covalently bonded diamond, that is the preferred form of pure carbon under ambient conditions. Also important is the understanding that vdW attraction can attain a dramatic relevance even if the material fragments, the building blocks, are not necessarily parallel from the outset or smooth when viewed in isolation (such as a graphene sheet or a carbon nanotube). This can happen if the building blocks have some softness and flexibility and allow an internal relative alignment to emerge. The vdW forces can then cause increasingly larger parts of the interacting fragments to line up at sub-nanometer separations and thus beget more areas with a sizable vdW bonding contribution. The gecko can scale a wall because it can bring its flexible hairs sufficiently close to any corrugated—and/or any smooth—surface and thus enforce a strong vdW-type adhesion; it exploits what is then essentially a contact force (dominated by the attraction exerted in the near-surface regions) to defy the pull of gravity on its own bulk. This Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter special issue is dedicated to the memory of David C Langreth. David is a dearly missed friend and mentor who inspired many of us. He was an outstanding condensed matter theorist and a scholar who greatly influenced us through his many-particle-physics based insights into density functional theory (DFT), surface science and related areas. His seminal works range from conserving formulations of interacting nonequilibrium transport [1] and formal-scattering theory [2] to an explicit formulation [3] of the exact DFT exchange-correlation energy in the adiabatic connection formula (ACF), the latter also being derived independently by Gunnarsson and Lundqvist [4]. David's portfolio also includes an analysis [5] that helped catalyze and guide the development of DFT from the local-density approximation (LDA) to the formulations of generalized gradient approximations (GGAs). Another salient contribution of David's is in the area of vdW interactions in materials. He was a key architect of the vdW density functional (vdW-DF) method [6, 7]. This method was developed in a long-standing Rutgers-Chalmers collaboration between David's group and that of Bengt I Lundqvist, later extending to a wider group of researchers on both sides of the Atlantic. Plasmons are collective excitations that depend on electron-density variation. The plasmon response can be seen as defining the nature of the LDA [4] and their description can thus also be seen as contributing to the success of GGA. The vdW-DF method is a regular constraint-based density functional (for ground-state DFT) which is derived within the ACF framework and which emphasizes the electrodynamical nature of the coupling between these collective plasmon excitations. The vdW-DF method thus seeks to utilise the implicit plasmon nature of the LDA/GGA success to also provide a nonempirical account of the fully nonlocal correlations that underpin the vdW bond [8]. The method retains a seamless integration [6] with the semilocal density functional components. We know that David was pleased to see how this quantitative, material-specific theory helped address problems in a broad class of materials that are sparse, i.e., that contain low electron density regions which are of significant consequence in determining material characteristics [9]. In a DFT framework, the vdW-DF method supplements other nonlocal functional descriptions [10] and the DFT-dispersion class of methods, extending GGA-DFT with an atom-based asymptotic description which relies on the vdW interaction coefficients [11]. The recent quest to understand the role of vdW forces in materials has certainly been facilitated and intensified by the set of recent developments in DFT itself. This is because these vdW-aware methods provide an opportunity to deliver a computationally effective account of the quantum-physical behavior even when the materials are sparse. It is the expectation that with such new-found theoretical capability, one may further extend the immense progress already attained by traditional (GGA) DFT calculations in reliably predicting the characteristics of materials and phenomena in materials, nanoscience, chemistry and other related fields [12]. This special issue contains a wealth of exciting contributions, mostly on vdW forces in materials. The special issue was suggested following the well-attended first focused vdW and materials session arranged by the Division of Materials Physics (DMP) of the American Physical Society (APS) at the March Meeting in 2011. The sad and unexpected passing of David in the spring of 2011 caused some rethinking and at the memorial symposium, held by David's colleagues at Rutgers in November 2011, we proposed to dedicate this special issue to David's contributions to the field. We are delighted with the overwhelmingly positive reaction that we received in response to our call for papers. We are also delighted to now be able to bring so many exciting contributions to you. The papers included in this special issue focus, in general, either through experiments or through theoretical characterization, on material properties in which vdW forces represent a central component. These articles contain arguments for and against a broader usage of DFT with vdW to account for material description, as well as establishing benchmarks which measure progress in the field. This special issue also includes fundamental theoretical analysis and suggestions for sensitive experiments that can resolve outstanding issues underlying the nature and role of the interaction. We believe that these papers will help stimulate further material-theory developments and, even more importantly, more discussions and feedback between theory and experiment. Physisorption is important to enable lubrication. This is because physisorption keeps the lubricating molecules at the interface at which a pair of internal surfaces must be free to move relative to each other. In turn, physisorbed (or perhaps weakly chemisorbed) lubricants prevent, for example, the formation of stronger bonding that will impede mechanical operation. However, it is also important to further characterize the nature and dynamics of the vdW bonding of lubricants: while physisorption means a weak binding further from the surface, there are still important friction effects. Walker et al present an experimental study, along with theoretical analysis, that directly determines the frictional heating of a Kr overlayer on graphene through quartz crystal microbalance measurements. The properties of materials reflect their atomic structure and hence indirectly their bonding nature and character. We can explore the role of dispersion forces by examining the impact their inclusion has on predictions of material properties. On the other hand, the experimental and theoretical study of Casimir forces also plays a vital role in the exploration of material behavior. vdW forces are related to the Casimir force but lack retardation effects. While the vdW bonding depends on additional effects (for example, the multipole contributions that reflect image-plane effects), the study of Casimir forces provides direct (and not indirect) measurements of the nature of interactions. Klimchitskaya et al note that to reconcile explicit measurements of the Casmir forces between semiconductor fragments within the Lifshitz description, it is relevant to question the Drude-like description of the contributions from free carriers and instead proceed with a formulation based only on optical observations of the permittivity. This optical response can be seen as a reflection of a more plasmon-like behavior. The authors suggest an experiment involving the study of the impact on the Casimir forces by a Mott transition in doped semiconductors. Such an experiment would permit explicit testing of the validity of the present model for Casimir forces and hence provide additional perspectives on the nature of dispersive interactions. There is an effort to store energy, e.g. H2 or CO2, inside a range of open cage-like structures, such as metal organics frameworks (MOF) or clathrates. The fact that the internal molecular adhesion is dominated by vdW forces suggests that the storage and retrieval costs could perhaps be lowered as compared to an approach that involves more traditional chemical compounds. Nijem et al have provided spectroscopic characterization of vdW interactions of both hydrogen molecules and CO in a specific MOF. The study includes a vdW-DF calculation of structure and a theoretical prediction of expected infrared activity. The potential applications to energy materials have motivated more theoretical characterizations. Li and Thonhauser use the vdW-DF method to investigate the limitations and hydrogen storage potential of hydrogen-methane compounds in a MOF. Similarly, Ihm et al combine vdW-DF studies with a thermodynamics argument to characterize the potential for molecular hydrogen uptake in expanded graphite, for example, through intercalation. The relevance of vdW-aware DFT calculations and the usefulness of such methods reaches beyond the study of molecules, surfaces and adsorption/absorption problems. Moellmann et al present a dispersion-DFT study of TiO2 bulk and surfaces, which illustrates that vdW forces can also play a prominent role when comparing the energies of different oxide structures. Perdew et al present a spherical-shell model and a simplified classical electrodynamical determination of the vdW interaction coefficients that describes the asymptotic interaction between fullerenes or other nearly spherical nanoclusters. The overall modeling framework also permits a formal expression of multipole contributions. Dappe et al used a combination of DFT and second-order perturbation theory to analyze the interactions between graphene layers, thus also exploring the role of dynamical screening in the vdW binding. The work of Sabatini et al extends the vdW-DF description with accounts of the stress tensor, providing the method with the same versatility as one has grown to expect in traditional LDA/GGA-DFT calculations. The method is illustrated with investigations of amino acid crystals under various pressures. The vdW-DF method was originally perceived as computationally more expensive than other approaches. It has now benefited from the development of efficient algorithms so the computational cost is comparable to that of traditional GGA-DFT calculations. As is also the case for some of the dispersion-DFT methods, there is an overhead when these are implemented self-consistently. Noting that sparse-matter structure determination and relaxations may well employ a sequence of methods, Le et al have suggested a simplified (cost-free relative to GGA) formulation of self-consistent dispersion-DFT calculations that is cost-free in the evaluation of forces and yet adapts the atom-centered pair-wise interaction coefficients through the change in local electron distributions. There is a need for continued testing of accuracy in the description of material properties and of the robustness and transferability of predictions across systems and length scales. This need is widely appreciated and is also reflected in the fact that many of the contributions touch on, suggest, or pursue a systematic benchmarking. There is an interest in careful analysis of detailed experiments on the physisorption of inert atoms, light molecules and organic molecules on smooth surfaces. Chen et al investigated the role of vdW forces in noble gas adsorption on various metal surfaces. Londero et al analyzed a set of experimental results for the desorption of n-alkanes from graphene in a program that had undergraduate participation. Lee et al benchmarked the performance of the vdW-DF2 functional and other methods against the physisorption potential curve that can be established from a rich data set of resonant backscattering of hydrogen molecules on various facets of Cu crystals. A few of the investigations included here noted that the vdW-DF method permits a more detailed analysis of the nature of strong physisorption and/or weak chemisorption cases than do DFT-dispersion methods and discussed the ramifications of the fact that GGA-DFT often, and vdW-aware DFT sometimes, pose difficulties for systems with a partial vdW component in the binding. Caciuc et al thus present a combined ab initio and semi-empirical vdW study comparing benzene/triazine/broazine adsorption on graphene and on boron-nitride sheets. On a more strategic note, Lazic et al broadened the discussion of a graphene/Ir(111) system and used the documented limitation of a GGA description to discuss a rationale for considering a more general switch to nonlocal functionals. Graziano et al note that the accuracy in the description of some soft layered systems like graphene and boron-nitride can be increased by changing the exchange description away from what was suggested in the original vdW-DF method. Hanke et al focused on the weak chemisorption of ethene on the various Cu facets that have an increasing degree of openness and provide a method for benchmarking through comparison with experimental observations. Finally, Björkman et al raise the question 'Are we van der Waals ready?' and proceed to test our readiness by benchmarking the performance of a range of vdW-aware methods for the group of 96 known layered structures. We have also included in this special issue one study of nonequilibrium transport which is linked to David's work in formal scattering theory [1, 2] and which observes that vdW forces (and possible generalizations to nonequilibrium transport conditions) will be of central importance in a richer computational characterization of molecular electronics under operational conditions. David was always keen to spearhead the development of tools that improved descriptions of nature and addressed actual experiments. We know that he was happy that DMP started the focused session on vdW and materials in 2011. We know that he would have thoroughly appreciated the articles in this special issue. He would have hoped, as we do, that materials theory may continue to learn how to tackle even more exciting experimental problems and that we may continue to deepen our understanding of materials and their functionality. 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Phys. 136 150901 Van der Waals interactions in advanced materials contents Van der Waals interactions in advanced materials, in memory of David C LangrethPer Hyldgaard and Talat S Rahman Frictional temperature rise in a sliding physisorbed monolayer of Kr/grapheneM Walker, C Jaye, J Krim and Milton W Cole How to modify the van der Waals and Casimir forces without change of the dielectric permittivityG L Klimchitskaya, U Mohideen and V M Mostepanenko Spectroscopic characterization of van der Waals interactions in a metal organic framework with unsaturated metal centers: MOF-74-MgNour Nijem, Pieremanuele Canepa, Lingzhu Kong, Haohan Wu, Jing Li, Timo Thonhauser and Yves J Chabal A theoretical study of the hydrogen-storage potential of (H2)4CH4 in metal organic framework materials and carbon nanotubesQ Li and T Thonhauser The influence of dispersion interactions on the hydrogen adsorption properties of expanded graphiteYungok Ihm, Valentino R Cooper, Lujian Peng and James R Morris A DFT-D study of structural and energetic properties of TiO2 modificationsJonas Moellmann, Stephan Ehrlich, Ralf Tonner and Stefan Grimme Spherical-shell model for the van der Waals coefficients between fullerenes and/or nearly spherical nanoclustersJohn P Perdew, Jianmin Tao, Pan Hao, Adrienn Ruzsinszky, Gábor I Csonka and J M Pitarke Dynamical screening of the van der Waals interaction between graphene layersY J Dappe, P G Bolcatto, J Ortega and F Flores Structural evolution of amino acid crystals under stress from a non-empirical density functionalRiccardo Sabatini, Emine Küçükbenli, Brian Kolb, T Thonhauser and Stefano de Gironcoli Physisorption of nucleobases on graphene: a comparative van der Waals studyDuy Le, Abdelkader Kara, Elsebeth Schröder, Per Hyldgaard and Talat S Rahman The role of van der Waals interactions in the adsorption of noble gases on metal surfacesDe-Li Chen, W A Al-Saidi and J Karl Johnson Desorption of n-alkanes from graphene: a van der Waals density functional studyElisa Londero, Emma K Karlson, Marcus Landahl, Dimitri Ostrovskii, Jonatan D Rydberg and Elsebeth Schröder Benchmarking van der Waals density functionals with experimental data: potential-energy curves for H2 molecules on Cu(111), (100) and (110) surfacesKyuho Lee, Kristian Berland, Mina Yoon, Stig Andersson, Elsebeth Schröder, Per Hyldgaard and Bengt I Lundqvist Ab initio and semi-empirical van der Waals study of graphene-boron nitride interaction from a molecular point of viewVasile Caciuc, Nicolae Atodiresei, Martin Callsen, Predrag Lazić and Stefan Blügel Rationale for switching to nonlocal functionals in density functional theoryP Lazić, N Atodiresei, V Caciuc, R Brako, B Gumhalter and S Blügel Improved description of soft layered materials with van der Waals density functional theoryGabriella Graziano, Jiří Klimeš, Felix Fernandez-Alonso and Angelos Michaelides Structure and stability of weakly chemisorbed ethene adsorbed on low-index Cu surfaces: performance of density functionals with van der Waals interactionsFelix Hanke, Matthew S Dyer, Jonas Björk and Mats Persson Are we van der Waals ready?T Björkman, A Gulans, A V Krasheninnikov and R M Nieminen Nonequilibrium thermodynamics of interacting tunneling transport: variational grand potential, density functional formulation and nature of steady-state forcesP Hyldgaard

  4. Relationship between propeptide pH unfolding and inhibitory ability during ProDer p 1 activation mechanism.

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    Chevigné, Andy; Barumandzadeh, Roya; Groslambert, Sylvie; Cloes, Benoît; Dehareng, Dominique; Filée, Patrice; Marx, Jean-Claude; Frère, Jean-Marie; Matagne, André; Jacquet, Alain; Galleni, Moreno

    2007-11-16

    The major allergen Der p 1 of the house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus is a papain-like cysteine protease (CA1) produced as an inactive precursor and associated with allergic diseases. The propeptide of Der p 1 exhibits a specific fold that makes it unique in the CA1 propeptide family. In this study, we investigated the activation steps involved in the maturation of the recombinant protease Der p 1 expressed in Pichia pastoris and the interaction of the full-length and truncated soluble propeptides with their parent enzyme in terms of activity inhibition and BIAcore interaction analysis. According to our results, the activation of protease Der p 1 is a multistep mechanism that is characterized by at least two intermediates. The propeptide strongly inhibits unglycosylated and glycosylated recombinant Der p 1 (K(D)=7 nM) at neutral pH. This inhibition is pH dependent. It decreases from pH 7 to pH 4 and can be related to conformational changes of the propeptide characterized by an increase of its flexibility and formation of a molten globule state. Our results indicate that activation of the zymogen at pH 4 is a compromise between activity preservation and propeptide unfolding. PMID:17916363

  5. Crystallization and Preliminary X-ray Analysis of Der f 2, a Potent Allergen Derived from the House Dust Mite

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    Roeber, Dana; Achari, Aniruddha; Takai, Toshiro; Okumura, Yasushi; Scott, David L.; Curreri, Peter (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Although a number of allergens have been identified and isolated, the underlying molecular basis for the potent immune response is poorly understood. House dust mites (Dermatophugoides sp.) are particularly ubiquitous contributors to atopy in developed countries. The rhinitis, dermatitis, and asthma associated with allergic reactions to these arthropods are often caused by relatively small (125-129 amino acids) mite proteins of unclear biological function. Der f 2, a major allergen from the mite Dermatophagoides farinae, has been recombinantly expressed and characterized. The Der f 2 protein has been crystallized in our laboratory and a native data set collected at a synchrotron source. The crystals belong to the orthorhombic space group I422 with unit cell parameters of a = 95.2 Angstroms, b = 95.2 Angstroms, and c = 103.3 Angstroms. An essentially complete (97.2%) data set has been collected to 2.4 Angstroms. Attempts to solve the crystal structure of Der f 2 by molecular replacement using the available NMR coordinates for either Der f 2 or Der p 2 (the homologous protein from D. pterovssinus) failed to reveal a creditable solution.

  6. ADLATUS Interface CD für Schulen am Beispiel der Erdatmosphäre: Ein Pilotprojekt

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    Hartmann, G. K.; Nölle, A.; Dettmer, G.; Putz, E.

    2003-05-01

    The goal of the presented pilot project is the creation of a modular interactive online and offline interface on CD which can be used between schools, various information sources and the science community, i.e. actual, new research results should be made available for students from elementary schools to high schools in an uncomplicated - school and age specific - form. At the beginning this interface will be realised using as an example the existing knowledge about the Earth atmosphere followed by other topics like (drinking) water, energy, soil, and raw material etc. The interactive, interface concept "ADLATUS for schools", which is a further development of the scientific DUST-2 CD, however, complements and interrelates for the first time this information with a so called "local, school specific" part - about 20% of the CD storage space will be reserved for that - to be generated according to the "individual" school and environmental conditions in special co-operative teaching and learning teams. For the selected topic the ADLATUS CD will contain global and regional background information, examples for time series data, links, and software (freeware and shareware), especially for an interactive graphic representation of the information. The CD should be updated at least every second year. It will document the results of a direct dynamic interrelationship between the geo-science community, elementary schools and other school types. It will be beneficial for the future of both and other science domains that will follow. Ziel des hier vorgeschlagenen Pilotprojekts ist die Erstellung einer modular aufgebauten interaktiven online und offline Schnittstelle (Interface) auf CD, die Schulen mit verschiedenen Informationsquellen und der Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft verbinden kann und so aktuelle wissenschaftliche Forschungsergebnisse den Schülern von der Grundschule bis hin zum Gymnasium in möglichst einfacher, verständlicher und altersgemäßer Form vermittelt. Dieses Interface soll in einer ersten Stufe am Beispiel unseres Wissens über die Erdatmosphäre realisiert werden, gefolgt von den Themen (Trink)Wasser, Energie, Boden und Rohstoffe. Das interaktive Interface-Konzept "ADLATUS f¨ur Schulen", eine Weiterentwicklung der DUST-2 CD - vorwiegend für die Wissenschaftsgemeinde gedacht - ergänzt und verknüpft zum ersten Mal diese Informationen mit einem "schulspezifischen Lokalteil", für den etwa 20% des CD Speicherplatzes vorgesehen werden, und der von den einzelnen Schulen lehrplanspezifisch, lehrerspezifisch und ortspezifisch in Lehr- und Lernteams selbst "erzeugt" werden soll. Die ADLATUS CD wird zu dem ausgewählten Thema globale und regionale Hintergrundinformationen, Zeitreihendaten, Links, und Software (Shareware oder Freeware) enthalten, insbesondere zur interaktiven graphischen Darstellung der Informationen. Sie soll spätestens alle zwei Jahre auf den neuesten Stand gebracht werden. Sie wird die Ergebnisse einer direkten, dynamischen Wechselwirkung zwischen der Geo-Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft, den Grundschulen und anderen Schultypen dokumentieren und für die Zukunft beider nützlich sein - ebenso für die anderen nachfolgenden Wissenschafts- und Technikbereiche.

  7. Microwave and ab initio studies of rare gas-methane van der Waals complexes

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    Liu, Yaqian; Jäger, Wolfgang

    2004-05-01

    Rotational spectra of the weakly bound Kr-methane van der Waals complex were recorded using a pulsed molecular beam Fourier transform microwave spectrometer in the range from 3.5 to 18 GHz. Spectra of 25 isotopomers of Kr-methane were assigned and analyzed. For isotopomers containing CH4, 13CH4, and CD4, two sets of transitions with K=0 and one with K=1 were recorded, correlating to the j=0, 1, and 2 rotational levels of free methane, respectively (j is the rotational angular momentum quantum number of the methane monomer). For isotopomers containing CH3D and CHD3, two K=0 components were recorded, correlating to the jk=00 and 11 rotational levels of free methane (k corresponds to the projection of j onto the C3 axis of CH3D and CHD3). The obtained spectroscopic results were used to derive van der Waals bond distance R, van der Waals stretching frequency νs, and the corresponding stretching force constant ks. Nuclear spin statistical weights of individual states were obtained from molecular symmetry group analyses and were compared with the observed relative transition intensities. The tentatively assigned j=2 transitions were more intense than predicted from symmetry considerations. This is attributed to a relatively large effective dipole moment of this state, supported by ab initio dipole moment calculations. Ab initio potential energy calculations of Kr-CH4 and Ar-CH4 were done at the coupled cluster level of theory, with single and double excitations and perturbative inclusion of triple excitations, using the aug-cc-pVTZ basis set supplemented with bond functions. The theoretical results show that the angular dynamics of the dimer does not change significantly when the binding partner of methane changes from Ar to Kr. The dipole moment of Ar-CH4 was calculated at various configurations, providing a qualitative explanation for the unsuccessful spectral searches for rotational transitions of Ar-CH4.

  8. Local Probe Spectroscopy of Two-Dimensional van der Waals Heterostructures

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    Yankowitz, Matthew Abraham

    A large family of materials, collectively known as "van der Waals materials", have attracted enormous research attention over the past decade following the realization that they could be isolated into individual crystalline monolayers, with charge carriers behaving effectively two-dimensionally. More recently, an even larger class of composite materials has been realized, made possible by combining the isolated atomic layers of different materials into "van der Waals heterostructures", which can exhibit electronic and optical behaviors not observed in the parent materials alone. This thesis describes efforts to characterize the atomic-scale structural and electronic properties of these van der Waals materials and heterostructures through scanning tunneling microscopy measurements. The majority of this work addresses the properties of monolayer and few-layer graphene, whose charge carriers are described by massless and massive chiral Dirac Hamiltonians, respectively. In heterostructures with hexagonal boron nitride, an insulating isomorph of graphene, we observe electronic interference patterns between the two materials which depend on their relative rotation. As a result, replica Dirac cones are formed in the valence and conduction bands of graphene, with their energy tuned by the rotation. Further, we are able to dynamically drag the graphene lattice in these heterostructures, owing to an interaction between the scanning probe tip and the domain walls formed by the electronic interference pattern. Similar dragging is observed in domain walls of trilayer graphene, whose electronic properties are found to depend on the stacking configuration of the three layers. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy provides a direct method for visualizing the scattering pathways of electrons in these materials. By analyzing the scattering, we can directly infer properties of the band structures and local environments of these heterostructures. In bilayer graphene, we map the electrically field-tunable band gap and extract electronic hopping parameters. In WSe 2, a semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenide, we observe spin and layer polarizations of the charge carriers, representing a coupling of the spin, valley and layer degrees of freedom.

  9. Das Lektin aus der Erbse Pisum sativum : Bindungsstudien, Monomer-Dimer-Gleichgewicht und Rückfaltung aus Fragmenten

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    Küster, Frank

    2002-11-01

    Das Lektin aus Pisum sativum, der Gartenerbse, ist Teil der Familie der Leguminosenlektine. Diese Proteine haben untereinander eine hohe Sequenzhomologie, und die Struktur ihrer Monomere, ein all-ß-Motiv, ist hoch konserviert. Dagegen gibt es innerhalb der Familie eine große Vielfalt an unterschiedlichen Quartärstrukturen, die Gegenstand kristallographischer und theoretischer Arbeiten waren. Das Erbsenlektin ist ein dimeres Leguminosenlektin mit einer Besonderheit in seiner Struktur: Nach der Faltung in der Zelle wird aus einem Loop eine kurze Aminosäuresequenz herausgeschnitten, so dass sich in jeder Untereinheit zwei unabhängige Polypeptidketten befinden. Beide Ketten sind aber stark miteinander verschränkt und bilden eine gemeinsame strukturelle Domäne. Wie alle Lektine bindet Erbsenlektin komplexe Oligosaccharide, doch sind seine physiologische Rolle und der natürliche Ligand unbekannt. In dieser Arbeit wurden Versuche zur Entwicklung eines Funktionstests für Erbsenlektin durchgeführt und seine Faltung, Stabilität und Monomer-Dimer-Gleichgewicht charakterisiert. Um die spezifische Rolle der Prozessierung für Stabilität und Faltung zu untersuchen, wurde ein unprozessiertes Konstrukt in E. coli exprimiert und mit der prozessierten Form verglichen. Beide Proteine zeigen die gleiche kinetische Stabilität gegenüber chemischer Denaturierung. Sie denaturieren extrem langsam, weil nur die isolierten Untereinheiten entfalten können und das Monomer-Dimer-Gleichgewicht bei mittleren Konzentrationen an Denaturierungsmittel auf der Seite der Dimere liegt. Durch die extrem langsame Entfaltung zeigen beide Proteine eine apparente Hysterese im Gleichgewichtsübergang, und es ist nicht möglich, die thermodynamische Stabilität zu bestimmen. Die Stabilität und die Geschwindigkeit der Assoziation und Dissoziation in die prozessierten bzw. nichtprozessierten Untereinheiten sind für beide Proteine gleich. Darüber hinaus konnte gezeigt werden, dass auch unter nicht-denaturierenden Bedingungen die Untereinheiten zwischen den Dimeren ausgetauscht werden. Die Renaturierung der unprozessierten Variante ist unter stark nativen Bedingungen zu 100 % möglich. Das prozessierte Protein dagegen renaturiert nur zu etwa 50 %, und durch die Prozessierung ist die Faltung stark verlangsamt, der Faltungsprozess ist erst nach mehreren Tagen abgeschlossen. Im Laufe der Renaturierung wird ein Intermediat populiert, in dem die längere der beiden Polypeptidketten ein Homodimer mit nativähnlicher Untereinheitenkontaktfläche bildet. Der geschwindigkeitsbestimmende Schritt der Renaturierung ist die Assoziation der entfalteten kürzeren Kette mit diesem Dimer. The lectin from Pisum sativum (garden pea) is a member of the family of legume lectins. These proteins share a high sequence homology, and the structure of their monomers, an all-ß-motif, is highly conserved. Their quaternary structures, however, show a great diversity which has been subject to cristallographic and theoretical studies. Pea lectin is a dimeric legume lectin with a special structural feature: After folding is completed in the cell, a short amino acid sequence is cut out of a loop, resulting in two independent polypeptide chains in each subunit. Both chains are closely intertwined and form one contiguous structural domain. Like all lectins, pea lectin binds to complex oligosaccharides, but its physiological role and its natural ligand are unknown. In this study, experiments to establish a functional assay for pea lectin have been conducted, and its folding, stability and monomer-dimer-equilibrium have been characterized. To investigate the specific role of the processing for stability and folding, an unprocessed construct was expressed in E. coli and compared to the processed form. Both proteins have the same kinetic stability against chemical denaturant. They denature extremely slowly, because only the isolated subunits can unfold, and the monomer-dimer-equilibrium favors the dimer at moderate concentrations of denaturant. Due to the slow unfolding, both proteins exhibit an apparent hysteresis in the denaturation transition. Therefore it has not been possible to determine their thermodynamic stability. For both proteins, the stability and the rates of association and dissociation into processed or unprocessed subunits, respectively, are equal. Furthermore it could be shown that even under non-denaturing conditions the subunits are exchanged between dimers. Renaturation of the unprocessed variants is possible under strongly native conditions with 100 % yield. The processed protein, however, can be renatured with yields of about 50 %, and its refolding is strongly decelerated. The folding process is finished only after several days. During renaturation, an intermediate is populated, in which the longer of the two polypeptide chains forms a homodimer with a native-like subunit interface. The rate limiting step of renaturation is the association of the unfolded short chain with this dimer.

  10. Rare and hidden attractors in Van der Pol-Duffing oscillators

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    Brezetskyi, S.; Dudkowski, D.; Kapitaniak, T.

    2015-07-01

    We study the dynamics of the single and coupled van der Pol-Duffing oscillators. Each oscillator is characterized by the multistability (the coexistence of attractors). Some of the coexisting attractors have very small basins of attraction (the rare ones) and some of them do not contain equilibria in their basin of attraction (the hidden ones). We perform the detailed bifurcation analysis of these attractors and investigate how this plethora of states influences the dynamics of the network of coupled oscillators. We have observed the cluster synchronization on different attractors as well as different types of chimera states.

  11. On Periodic Perturbations of Asymmetric Duffing-Van-der-Pol Equation

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    Morozov, Albert D.; Kostromina, Olga S.

    2014-05-01

    Time-periodic perturbations of an asymmetric Duffing-Van-der-Pol equation close to an integrable equation with a homoclinic "figure-eight" of a saddle are considered. The behavior of solutions outside the neighborhood of "figure-eight" is studied analytically. The problem of limit cycles for an autonomous equation is solved and resonance zones for a nonautonomous equation are analyzed. The behavior of the separatrices of a fixed saddle point of the Poincare map in the small neighborhood of the unperturbed "figure-eight" is ascertained. The results obtained are illustrated by numerical computations.

  12. Analytical solutions for limit cycles of the forced Van der Pol Duffing oscillator

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    Shukla, Anant Kant; Ramamohan, T. R.; Srinivas, S.

    2013-10-01

    We study limit cycle solutions of the forced Van der Pol Duffing oscillator under the condition that the external frequency is equal to the resultant frequency of the nonlinear oscillator. The effects of the damping parameter (?), the nonlinear term (?) and the magnitude of the external forcing (g) are discussed. We use the homotopy analysis method (HAM) to obtain closed form solutions. We note that without forcing we obtain solutions reported previously in the literature. We minimize the square residual error of this problem to obtain solutions by HAM. Finally, a comparison of numerical and analytical solutions has been carried out.

  13. Carbon nanotube mechanical resonator in potential well induced by van der Waals interaction with graphene

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    Nagataki, Atsuko; Takei, Kuniharu; Arie, Takayuki; Akita, Seiji

    2015-08-01

    We demonstrate the control of a cantilever-type carbon-nanotube mechanical resonator in a potential well induced by van der Waals interaction with a graphene flake using molecular dynamics simulations. The energy potential profile for the resonator is successfully modulated by changing the graphene width. As a result of the potential profile modification, the resonance frequency can be markedly changed from the original value of 18.2 to 55 GHz by reducing the graphene width. Additionally, the nonlinear effect is easily developed even under the small amplitude regime around thermal vibration using a narrow graphene layer with a width of 10 Å.

  14. Nanoscopy of Surface-Induced van der Waals-Zeeman Transitions

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    Hamamda, M.; Grucker, J.; Dutier, G.; Perales, F.; Baudon, J.; Ducloy, M.; Bocvarski, V.

    2008-10-22

    van der Waals transitions among magnetic sub-levels of a metastable rare gas atom passing near a surface immersed in a magnetic field, are described. Related transition amplitudes are calculated using both the sudden and the Landau-Zener approximations. Experimental data for Ne*({sup 3}P{sub 2}) atoms traversing a copper grating are presented. For a pair of surfaces (e.g. the opposite edges of a slit) and a sufficiently large coherence width, Fresnel's biprism interference fringes are obtained. From this interference pattern, detailed information about the transition amplitude at a sub-nanometric scale can be derived. The effect of gravity on this pattern is examined.

  15. Near-ideal electrical properties of InAs/WSe2 van der Waals heterojunction diodes

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    Chuang, Steven; Kapadia, Rehan; Fang, Hui; Chia Chang, Ting; Yen, Wen-Chun; Chueh, Yu-Lun; Javey, Ali

    2013-06-01

    Here, we present the fabrication and electrical analysis of InAs/WSe2 van der Waals heterojunction diodes formed by the transfer of ultrathin membranes of one material upon another. Notably, InAs and WSe2 are two materials with completely different crystal structures, which heterojunction is inconceivable with traditional epitaxial growth techniques. Clear rectification from the n-InAs/p-WSe2 junction (forward/reverse current ratio >106) is observed. A low reverse bias current <10-12A/?m2 and ideality factor of ˜1.1 were achieved, suggesting near-ideal electrically active interfaces.

  16. Observing the interplay between surface and bulk optical nonlinearities in thin van der Waals crystals

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    Deckoff-Jones, Skylar; Zhang, Jingjing; Petoukhoff, Christopher E.; Man, Michael K. L.; Lei, Sidong; Vajtai, Robert; Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Talbayev, Diyar; Madéo, Julien; Dani, Keshav M.

    2016-03-01

    Van der Waals materials, existing in a range of thicknesses from monolayer to bulk, allow for interplay between surface and bulk nonlinearities, which otherwise dominate only at atomically-thin or bulk extremes, respectively. Here, we observe an unexpected peak in intensity of the generated second harmonic signal versus the thickness of Indium Selenide crystals, in contrast to the quadratic increase expected from thin crystals. We explain this by interference effects between surface and bulk nonlinearities, which offer a new handle on engineering the nonlinear optical response of 2D materials and their heterostructures.

  17. Elastic properties of van der Waals epitaxy grown bismuth telluride 2D nanosheets.

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    Guo, Lingling; Yan, Haoming; Moore, Quentarius; Buettner, Michael; Song, Jinhui; Li, Lin; Araujo, Paulo T; Wang, Hung-Ta

    2015-07-28

    Bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) two-dimensional (2D) nanosheets prepared by van der Waals epitaxy were successfully detached, transferred, and suspended for nano-indentation measurements to be performed on freestanding circular nanosheets. The Young's modulus acquired by fitting linear elastic behaviors of 26 samples (thickness: 5-14 nm) is only 11.7-25.7 GPa, significantly smaller than the bulk in-plane Young's modulus (50-55 GPa). Compliant and robust Bi2Te3 2D nanosheets suggest the feasibility of the elastic strain engineering of topological surface states. PMID:26118367

  18. [Variable expression of lower lip fistulas in Van der Woude syndrome].

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    Opitz, C; Witkowski, R; Tinschert, S

    2000-07-01

    Eight families with the combination of cleft lip and/or cleft palate plus lower lip pits including their microforms were examined with the aim of characterization of microsymptoms. Hypodontia as a further symptom was also taken into consideration. Each of the symptoms was also noted separately in relatives of the patients and are to be considered as a genetic equivalent of the complete form of the autosomal-dominant inherited Van der Woude's syndrome. Knowledge of the variable expression of the basic gene is crucial for risk assessment in family counselling and also for distinguishing from clefts of other genesis with lower recurrence risk. PMID:10994321

  19. Observing the interplay between surface and bulk optical nonlinearities in thin van der Waals crystals

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    Deckoff-Jones, Skylar; Zhang, Jingjing; Petoukhoff, Christopher E.; Man, Michael K.L.; Lei, Sidong; Vajtai, Robert; Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Talbayev, Diyar; Madéo, Julien; Dani, Keshav M.

    2016-01-01

    Van der Waals materials, existing in a range of thicknesses from monolayer to bulk, allow for interplay between surface and bulk nonlinearities, which otherwise dominate only at atomically-thin or bulk extremes, respectively. Here, we observe an unexpected peak in intensity of the generated second harmonic signal versus the thickness of Indium Selenide crystals, in contrast to the quadratic increase expected from thin crystals. We explain this by interference effects between surface and bulk nonlinearities, which offer a new handle on engineering the nonlinear optical response of 2D materials and their heterostructures. PMID:26936437

  20. Hydrogen Bonds and van der Waals Forces in Ice at Ambient and High Pressures

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    Santra, Biswajit; Klimeš, Ji?í; Alfè, Dario; Tkatchenko, Alexandre; Slater, Ben; Michaelides, Angelos; Car, Roberto; Scheffler, Matthias

    2011-10-01

    The first principles methods, density-functional theory and quantum Monte Carlo, have been used to examine the balance between van der Waals (vdW) forces and hydrogen bonding in ambient and high-pressure phases of ice. At higher pressure, the contribution to the lattice energy from vdW increases and that from hydrogen bonding decreases, leading vdW to have a substantial effect on the transition pressures between the crystalline ice phases. An important consequence, likely to be of relevance to molecular crystals in general, is that transition pressures obtained from density-functional theory exchange-correlation functionals which neglect vdW forces are greatly overestimated.

  1. Hydrogen Bonds and van der Waals Forces in Ice at Ambient and High Pressures

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    Santra, Biswajit; Klimeš, Ji?í; Alfè, Dario; Tkatchenko, Alexandre; Slater, Ben; Michaelides, Angelos; Car, Roberto; Scheffler, Matthias

    2012-02-01

    The balance between van der Waals (vdW) forces and hydrogen bonding in ambient and high pressure phases of ice has been examined with the first principles approaches, density-functional theory (DFT) and quantum Monte Carlo. At higher pressure, the contribution to the lattice energy from vdW increases and that from hydrogen bonding decreases, leading vdW to have a substantial effect on the transition pressures between the crystalline ice phases. An important consequence, likely to be of relevance to molecular crystals in general, is that the transition pressures obtained from DFT functionals which neglect vdW forces are greatly overestimated [Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 185701 (2011)].

  2. Admissibility criteria for propagating phase boundaries in a van der Waals fluid

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    Slemrod, M.

    1981-09-01

    This paper gives admissibility criteria for weak solutions to the partial differential equations governing isothermal motion of a van der Waals fluid. The main issue is that an admissibility criterion based on viscosity alone is too restrictive - it rules out all slowly propagating phase boundaries. Instead a criterion based on viscosity and capillarity is proposed. The viscosity-capillarity condition is studied and shown to imply that the state on one side of a phase boundary specifies both the speed of the phase boundary and the state of the other side of the phase boundary (a result which is different from classical gas dynamics).

  3. Virtual Resonance and Frequency Difference Generation by van der Waals Interaction

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    Tetard, L.; Passian, A.; Eslami, S.; Jalili, N.; Farahi, R. H.; Thundat, T.

    2011-05-01

    The ability to explore the interior of materials for the presence of inhomogeneities was recently demonstrated by mode synthesizing atomic force microscopy [L. Tetard, A. Passian, and T. Thundat, Nature Nanotech. 5, 105 (2009).NNAABX1748-338710.1038/nnano.2009.454]. Proposing a semiempirical nonlinear force, we show that difference frequency ?- generation, regarded as the simplest synthesized mode, occurs optimally when the force is tuned to van der Waals form. From a parametric study of the probe-sample excitation, we show that the predicted ?- oscillation agrees well with experiments. We then introduce the concept of virtual resonance to show that probe oscillations at ?- can efficiently be enhanced.

  4. In-plane Van der Waals interactions of molecular self-assembly monolayer

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    Gao, Hong-Ying; Wagner, Hendrik; Held, Philipp Alexander; Du, Shixuan; Gao, Hong-Jun; Studer, Armido; Fuchs, Harald

    2015-02-01

    We demonstrate that the Van der Waals interactions in plane are important to control molecular self-assembly structure as well their phase transition. Using precise chemical modification to mediate such in-plane cohesive interactions, we observed the spontaneous formations of 2D order or disorder molecular self-assembly structures, as well their order-disorder phase transitions by annealing. Interestingly, we identified that the side alkyl chains stand up at surfaces and form the `locked' pairs/windmill structures. Moreover, we realized the covalent coupling based on ethynyl functionality before molecular desorption from metal surfaces, by enhancing the in-plane interactions.

  5. Nonadiabatic alignment of van der Waals--force-bound argon dimers by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Wu, J.; Vredenborg, A.; Ulrich, B.; Schmidt, L. Ph. H.; Meckel, M.; Voss, S.; Sann, H.; Kim, H.; Jahnke, T.; Doerner, R.

    2011-06-15

    We demonstrated that the weak van der Waals-force-bound argon dimer can be nonadiabatically aligned by nonresonant femtosecond laser pulses, showing periodic alignment and anti-alignment revivals after the extinction of the laser pulse. Based on the measured nonadiabatic alignment trace, the rotational constant of the argon dimer ground state is determined to be B{sub 0}= 0.05756 {+-} 0.00004 cm{sup -1}. Noticeable alignment dependence of frustrated tunneling ionization and bond-softening induced dissociation of the argon dimer are observed.

  6. Periodic Motion of the van der Pol Equation with Impulsive Effect

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    Zheng, Shasha; Fu, Xilin

    In this paper, we investigate the dynamics of the periodic motion for switched van der Pol equation with impulsive effect, utilizing the theory of mapping dynamics in switching systems. For the optimized problem, we consider such impulsive dynamical model as switched system and analyze its features from a discontinuous point of view. Then, conceptions of switching sets as well as discrete mappings are briefly reviewed. By constructing generic mappings, we analyze the flow's periodic behaviors from the perspective of mapping structures. Finally, we apply our analysis and criterion to a specific impulsive model at fixed points and the periodic motions with impulse to the boundary are illustrated.

  7. Analytical formula to estimate the van der Waals interlayer interaction coefficients for nested spherical fullerenes

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    Ghavanloo, Esmaeal; Fazelzadeh, S. Ahmad

    2015-12-01

    Analytical formula to determine van der Waals (vdW) interlayer coefficients of nested spherical fullerenes is suggested. The continuum approximation together with the Lennard-Jones potential is utilized. It is shown herein that the greatest contribution to the vdW interaction comes from the adjacent layers and the contribution from a remote layer may be neglected. The vdW interaction is found to be strongly dependent on the radius of the layer, especially when the radius is small enough (<6 nm).

  8. Atomically thin resonant tunnel diodes built from synthetic van der Waals heterostructures

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    Lin, Yu-Chuan; Ghosh, Ram Krishna; Addou, Rafik; Lu, Ning; Eichfeld, Sarah M.; Zhu, Hui; Li, Ming-Yang; Peng, Xin; Kim, Moon J.; Li, Lain-Jong; Wallace, Robert M.; Datta, Suman; Robinson, Joshua A.

    2015-01-01

    Vertical integration of two-dimensional van der Waals materials is predicted to lead to novel electronic and optical properties not found in the constituent layers. Here, we present the direct synthesis of two unique, atomically thin, multi-junction heterostructures by combining graphene with the monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides: molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), molybdenum diselenide (MoSe2) and tungsten diselenide (WSe2). The realization of MoS2–WSe2–graphene and WSe2–MoS2–graphene heterostructures leads to resonant tunnelling in an atomically thin stack with spectrally narrow, room temperature negative differential resistance characteristics. PMID:26088295

  9. New species and records of Metriocnemus van der Wulp s. str. from China (Diptera, Chironomidae)

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    Li, Xing; Wang, Xin-hua

    2014-01-01

    Abstract The Chinese species of Metriocnemus van der Wulp s. str., 1874 is reviewed. M. (M.) calcaneum sp. n. is described and illustrated as adult male. M. (M.) albolineatus (Meigen) is recorded from China for the first time. M. (M.) beringensis (Cranston & Oliver), M. (M.) bilobatus Makarchenko & Makarchenko, M. (M.) caudigus Sæther, M. (M.) intergerivus Sæther, M. (M.) tamaokui Sasa and M. (M.) tristellus Edwards are recorded from the Oriental Region for the first time. A key to the males of 17 Chinese Metriocnemus (Metriocnemus) species is given. PMID:24693220

  10. Construction of van der Waals magnetic tunnel junction using ferromagnetic layered dichalcogenide

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    Arai, Miho; Moriya, Rai; Yabuki, Naoto; Masubuchi, Satoru; Ueno, Keiji; Machida, Tomoki

    2015-09-01

    We investigate the micromechanical exfoliation and van der Waals (vdW) assembly of ferromagnetic layered dichalcogenide Fe0.25TaS2. The vdW interlayer coupling at the Fe-intercalated plane of Fe0.25TaS2 allows exfoliation of flakes. A vdW junction between the cleaved crystal surfaces is constructed by dry transfer method. We observe tunnel magnetoresistance in the resulting junction under an external magnetic field applied perpendicular to the plane, demonstrating spin-polarized tunneling between the ferromagnetic layered material and the vdW junction.

  11. Effects of zero van der Waals and zero electrostatic forces on droplet sedimentation

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    Omenyi, S. N.; Snyder, R. S.; Van Oss, C. J.; Absolom, D. R.; Neumann, A. W.

    1981-01-01

    The present investigation provides a confirmation of the dependence of droplet sedimentation on particle concentration. It is shown that it is possible to determine the maximum particle concentration which can remain stable on a given liquid from droplet sedimentation experiments. Droplet sedimentation can be reduced but not totally eliminated by the addition of appropriate amounts of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) to reduce the van der Waals forces to zero. It was found that, at 12% DMSO, a maximum particle concentration of 6.3 x 10 to the 8th cells/ml of glutaraldehyde-fixed human erythrocytes suspended in physiological saline can remain stable on a D2O cushion.

  12. van der Waals force between positronium and hydrogenic atoms Finite-mass corrections

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    Au, C. K.; Drachman, R. J.

    1986-01-01

    The Feshbach projection-operator formalism is used to derive the asymptotic effective interaction potential between two atoms. Beyond the usual van der Waals potential, falling like x exp -6, three x exp -8 terms are also obtained: an attractive dipole-quadrupole term (absent in the positronium-positronium case because of symmetry), a repulsive energy-dependent term, and a repulsive mass-dependent but energy-independent one. This last term was not obtained by Manson and Ritchie (1985) using an independent method.

  13. Ground-state van der Waals forces in planar multilayer magnetodielectrics

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    Buhmann, Stefan Yoshi; Welsch, Dirk-Gunnar; Kampf, Thomas

    2005-09-15

    Within the frame of lowest-order perturbation theory, the van der Waals potential of a ground-state atom placed within an arbitrary dispersing and absorbing magnetodielectric multilayer system is given. Examples of an atom situated in front of a magnetodielectric plate or between two such plates are studied in detail. Special emphasis is placed on the competing attractive and repulsive force components associated with the electric and magnetic matter properties, respectively, and conditions for the formation of repulsive potential walls are given. Both numerical and analytical results are presented.

  14. Stability of an attractive bosonic cloud with van der Waals interaction

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    Biswas, Anindya; Das, Tapan Kumar; Salasnich, Luca; Chakrabarti, Barnali

    2010-10-15

    We investigate the structure and stability of Bose-Einstein condensates of {sup 7}Li atoms with realistic van der Waals interactions by using the potential harmonic expansion method. Besides the known low-density metastable solution with a contact {delta}-function interaction, we find a stable branch at a higher density which corresponds to the formation of an atomic cluster. Comparison with the results of a nonlocal effective interaction is also presented. We analyze the effect of trap size on the transition between the two branches of solutions. We also compute the loss rate of a Bose condensate due to two- and three-body collisions.

  15. Observing the interplay between surface and bulk optical nonlinearities in thin van der Waals crystals.

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    Deckoff-Jones, Skylar; Zhang, Jingjing; Petoukhoff, Christopher E; Man, Michael K L; Lei, Sidong; Vajtai, Robert; Ajayan, Pulickel M; Talbayev, Diyar; Madéo, Julien; Dani, Keshav M

    2016-01-01

    Van der Waals materials, existing in a range of thicknesses from monolayer to bulk, allow for interplay between surface and bulk nonlinearities, which otherwise dominate only at atomically-thin or bulk extremes, respectively. Here, we observe an unexpected peak in intensity of the generated second harmonic signal versus the thickness of Indium Selenide crystals, in contrast to the quadratic increase expected from thin crystals. We explain this by interference effects between surface and bulk nonlinearities, which offer a new handle on engineering the nonlinear optical response of 2D materials and their heterostructures. PMID:26936437

  16. Microwaves Probe Dipole Blockade and van der Waals Forces in a Cold Rydberg Gas.

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    Teixeira, R Celistrino; Hermann-Avigliano, C; Nguyen, T L; Cantat-Moltrecht, T; Raimond, J M; Haroche, S; Gleyzes, S; Brune, M

    2015-07-01

    We show that microwave spectroscopy of a dense Rydberg gas trapped on a superconducting atom chip in the dipole blockade regime reveals directly the dipole-dipole many-body interaction energy spectrum. We use this method to investigate the expansion of the Rydberg cloud under the effect of repulsive van der Waals forces and the breakdown of the frozen gas approximation. This study opens a promising route for quantum simulation of many-body systems and quantum information transport in chains of strongly interacting Rydberg atoms. PMID:26182093

  17. Phase synchronization and synchronization frequency of two-coupled van der Pol oscillators with delayed coupling

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    Hossein, Gholizade-Narm; Asad, Azemi; Morteza, Khademi

    2013-07-01

    In this paper, phase synchronization and the frequency of two synchronized van der Pol oscillators with delay coupling are studied. The dynamics of such a system are obtained using the describing function method, and the necessary conditions for phase synchronization are also achieved. Finding the vicinity of the synchronization frequency is the major advantage of the describing function method over other traditional methods. The equations obtained based on this method justify the phenomenon of the synchronization of coupled oscillators on a frequency either higher, between, or lower than the highest, in between, or lowest natural frequency of the aggregate oscillators. Several numerical examples simulate the different cases versus the various synchronization frequency delays.

  18. Zwischen Commonsense und Wissenschaft Mathematik in der Erziehungsphilosophie A. N. Whiteheads

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    Sölch, Dennis

    Obwohl Whitehead heute wie selbstverständlich als Philosoph rezipiert wird, so hat er seine wissenschaftliche Laufbahn doch als Mathematiker begonnen. Lange Zeit war er gemeinsam mit Bertrand Russell als Autor der Principia Mathematica unter Mathematikern und mathematischen Logikern deutlich besser bekannt als unter Philosophen. Doch selbst von denjenigen, die sich mit Whiteheads Überlegungen zur Metaphysik, zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte und zur Theologie befassen, werden seine Schriften zur Philosophie von Erziehung und Bildung häufig kaum beachtet. So entgeht es leicht, dass Whitehead nicht nur ein auf theoretischem Gebiet brillanter Mathematiker war, sondern sein theoretisches Fachwissen im Hinblick auf pädagogische und didaktische Relevanz fortwährend reflektiert hat.

  19. Transition Phenomena of Forced van der Pol Oscillator Observed by Numerical Analysis

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    Morimoto, Yasuo

    1986-05-01

    Transition phenomena are studied numerically in forced van der Pol oscillator which have not been predicted theoretically. Let the external force be Ecos?t. Theoretically there is a critical value of E(E3). For E>E3 fundamental oscillation and for EE3.

  20. Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia with der(9)t(1;9)(q11;q34) as a sole abnormality.

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    Suh, Borum; Park, Tae Sung; Kim, Jin Seok; Song, Jaewoo; Kim, Juwon; Yoo, Jong-Ha; Choi, Jong Rak

    2009-01-01

    The chromosomal abnormality der(9)t(1;9)(q11;q34) is a rare occurrence in patients with hematologic malignancies. As far as we know, only 3 cases of acute myeloid leukemia, 1 case of polycythemia vera, and 1 case of multiple myeloma with this derivative chromosome have been reported in the literature. Here we report the first case of der(9)t(1;9)(q11;q34) in a patient with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML). A 45-yr-old man was brought to our hospital for evaluation of pancytopenia and monocytosis. The patient's persistent monocytosis in peripheral blood and his bone marrow findings were consistent with the diagnosis of CMML. Chromosome study results repeatedly showed 46,XY,der(9)t(1;9)(q11;q34). In addition, the BCR/ABL fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) pattern of the interphase cells was interpreted as: "nuc ish(ABL, BCR) x 2[292/300]," consistent with the normal signal patterns found in 97% of the nuclei examined. For further evaluation, multi-color FISH (mFISH) analysis was performed and it showed the distinct unbalanced derivative chromosome der(9)t(1;9)(q11;q34) in 5 metaphase cells analyzed. Not only does this show an extraordinary type of trisomy 1q, but it reveals a rare recurrent case of der(9)t(1;9)(q11;q34) in patients with monocytic-lineage leukemia. Further studies are needed to evaluate the prognosis, survival, and treatment response of such patients with der(9)t(1;9)(q11;q34). PMID:19667417

  1. Admissible Shock Waves and Shock-Induced Phase Transition in a Van Der Waals Fluid (part i - the Model)

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    Sugiyama, M.; Mentrelli, A.; Ruggeri, T.

    2010-04-01

    An exhaustive analysis of shock admissibility and shock-induced phase transition in a van der Waals fluid is presented. The crucial role played by the unperturbed state (the state before the shock) is put into evidence, leading to a full understanding of some phenomena observable in real gases that cannot be accounted for in the framework of the ideal gas model. The study is carried out by means of the theory of hyperbolic systems and numerical calculations. The paper is divided into three parts; in this part the van der Waals model is presented, along with a discussion concerning the thermodynamic stability and phase transitions.

  2. Microwave Spectrum, Van Der Waals Bond Length, and 131Xe Quadrupole Coupling Constant of Xe-SO3

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    Dewberry, Chris; Huff, Anna; Mackenzie, Becca; Leopold, Ken

    2015-06-01

    Nine isotopologues of Xe-SO3 have been observed by pulsed-nozzle Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy. The complex is a symmetric top with a Xe-S van der Waals distance of 3.577(2) Å. The increase in rare gas distance relative to that in Kr-SO3 is equal to the difference in van der Waals radii between Xe and Kr. The 131Xe nuclear quadrupole coupling constant indicates that the electric field gradient at the xenon nucleus is 78% larger than that at the Kr nucleus in Kr-SO3.

  3. van der Waals Solids from Self-Assembled Nanoscale Building Blocks.

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    Choi, Bonnie; Yu, Jaeeun; Paley, Daniel W; Trinh, M Tuan; Paley, Maria V; Karch, Jessica M; Crowther, Andrew C; Lee, Chul-Ho; Lalancette, Roger A; Zhu, Xiaoyang; Kim, Philip; Steigerwald, Michael L; Nuckolls, Colin; Roy, Xavier

    2016-02-10

    Traditional atomic van der Waals materials such as graphene, hexagonal boron-nitride, and transition metal dichalcogenides have received widespread attention due to the wealth of unusual physical and chemical behaviors that arise when charges, spins, and vibrations are confined to a plane. Though not as widespread as their atomic counterparts, molecule-based two-dimensional (2D) layered solids offer significant benefits; their structural flexibility will enable the development of materials with tunable properties. Here we describe a layered van der Waals solid self-assembled from a structure-directing building block and C60 fullerene. The resulting crystalline solid contains a corrugated monolayer of neutral fullerenes and can be mechanically exfoliated. The absorption spectrum of the bulk solid shows an optical gap of 390 ± 40 meV that is consistent with thermal activation energy obtained from electrical transport measurement. We find that the dimensional confinement of fullerenes significantly modulates the optical and electronic properties compared to the bulk solid. PMID:26829055

  4. State of the art in Van der Waals atom-surface potential measurements

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    Lonij, Vincent; Klauss, Cathy; Holmgren, Will; Cronin, Alex

    2009-10-01

    Van der Waals and Casimir-Polder potentials are the dominant interactions between charge-neutral objects at nano- to micrometer length scales. As such they have attracted considerable interest in the field of nanotechnology. Understanding of these potentials is important in searches for new forces such as deviations from Newtonian potentials at very short length scales and vacuum friction. We have recently made significant advances in precision measurements of the Van der Waals atom-surface potential strength (C3). Using either interferometer or diffraction experiments we are able to determine the interaction strength (C3) between an atom and a nano-grating with a precision of 6%. This is a factor of 5 improvement over previous diffraction experiments. We also report ratios of C3 for different atoms with a precision of better than 3%. At this level of precision we are sensitive to the contribution of core electrons in the atom as well as the geometry of the surface. We have already been able to set an upper limit on the magnitude of non-newtonian potentials for lithium that is competitive with previous limits.

  5. Precision measurements of Van der Waals atom-surface potentials using nano-gratings

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    Lonij, Vincent; Klauss, Cathy; Holmgren, Will; Cronin, Alex

    2010-03-01

    Van der Waals and Casimir-Polder potentials are the dominant interactions between charge-neutral objects at nano- to micrometer length scales. As such they have attracted considerable interest in the field of nanotechnology. Understanding of these potentials is important in searches for new forces such as deviations from Newtonian gravity at very short length scales and vacuum friction. We report precision measurements of the Van der Waals atom-surface potential strength (C3). Using atom diffraction from nano-gratings we are able to determine the interaction strength between an atom and a nano-grating with a precision of 6%. This is a factor of 5 improvement over previous diffraction experiments. We also report ratios of C3 for different atoms with a precision of better than 3%. At this level of precision we are sensitive to the contribution of core electrons in the atom as well as the geometry of the surface. The ratios of C3 are insensitive to surface impurities and contamination.

  6. The role of van der Waals forces in the performance of molecular diodes

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    Nerngchamnong, Nisachol; Yuan, Li; Qi, Dong-Chen; Li, Jiang; Thompson, Damien; Nijhuis, Christian A.

    2013-02-01

    One of the main goals of organic and molecular electronics is to relate the performance and electronic function of devices to the chemical structure and intermolecular interactions of the organic component inside them, which can take the form of an organic thin film, a self-assembled monolayer or a single molecule. This goal is difficult to achieve because organic and molecular electronic devices are complex physical-organic systems that consist of at least two electrodes, an organic component and two (different) organic/inorganic interfaces. Singling out the contribution of each of these components remains challenging. So far, strong ?-? interactions have mainly been considered for the rational design and optimization of the performances of organic electronic devices, and weaker intermolecular interactions have largely been ignored. Here, we show experimentally that subtle changes in the intermolecular van der Waals interactions in the active component of a molecular diode dramatically impact the performance of the device. In particular, we observe an odd-even effect as the number of alkyl units is varied in a ferrocene-alkanethiolate self-assembled monolayer. As a result of a more favourable van der Waals interaction, junctions made from an odd number of alkyl units have a lower packing energy (by ~0.4-0.6 kcal mol-1), rectify currents 10 times more efficiently, give a 10% higher yield in working devices, and can be made two to three times more reproducibly than junctions made from an even number of alkyl units.

  7. Validity and reliability of the Structured Clinical Interview for Depersonalization–Derealization Spectrum (SCI-DER)

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    Mula, Marco; Pini, Stefano; Calugi, Simona; Preve, Matteo; Masini, Matteo; Giovannini, Ilaria; Conversano, Ciro; Rucci, Paola; Cassano, Giovanni B

    2008-01-01

    This study evaluates the validity and reliability of a new instrument developed to assess symptoms of depersonalization: the Structured Clinical Interview for the Depersonalization-Derealization Spectrum (SCI-DER). The instrument is based on a spectrum model that emphasizes soft-signs, sub-threshold syndromes as well as clinical and subsyndromal manifestations. Items of the interview include, in addition to DSM-IV criteria for depersonalization, a number of features derived from clinical experience and from a review of phenomenological descriptions. Study participants included 258 consecutive patients with mood and anxiety disorders, 16.7% bipolar I disorder, 18.6% bipolar II disorder, 32.9% major depression, 22.1% panic disorder, 4.7% obsessive compulsive disorder, and 1.5% generalized anxiety disorder; 2.7% patients were also diagnosed with depersonalization disorder. A comparison group of 42 unselected controls was enrolled at the same site. The SCI-DER showed excellent reliability and good concurrent validity with the Dissociative Experiences Scale. It significantly discriminated subjects with any diagnosis of mood and anxiety disorders from controls and subjects with depersonalization disorder from controls. The hypothesized structure of the instrument was confirmed empirically. PMID:19183789

  8. Large-area single-layer MoSe2 and its van der Waals heterostructures.

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    Shim, Gi Woong; Yoo, Kwonjae; Seo, Seung-Bum; Shin, Jongwoo; Jung, Dae Yool; Kang, Il-Suk; Ahn, Chi Won; Cho, Byung Jin; Choi, Sung-Yool

    2014-07-22

    Layered structures of transition metal dichalcogenides stacked by van der Waals interactions are now attracting the attention of many researchers because they have fascinating electronic, optical, thermoelectric, and catalytic properties emerging at the monolayer limit. However, the commonly used methods for preparing monolayers have limitations of low yield and poor extendibility into large-area applications. Herein, we demonstrate the synthesis of large-area MoSe2 with high quality and uniformity by selenization of MoO3 via chemical vapor deposition on arbitrary substrates such as SiO2 and sapphire. The resultant monolayer was intrinsically doped, as evidenced by the formation of charged excitons under low-temperature photoluminescence analysis. A van der Waals heterostructure of MoSe2 on graphene was also demonstrated. Interestingly, the MoSe2/graphene heterostructures show strong quenching of the characteristic photoluminescence from MoSe2, indicating the rapid transfer of photogenerated charge carriers between MoSe2 and graphene. The development of highly controlled heterostructures of two-dimensional materials will further promote advances in the physics and chemistry of reduced dimensional systems and will provide novel applications in electronics and optoelectronics. PMID:24987802

  9. Isobaric first-principles molecular dynamics of liquid water with nonlocal van der Waals interactions

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    Miceli, Giacomo; de Gironcoli, Stefano; Pasquarello, Alfredo

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the structural properties of liquid water at near ambient conditions using first-principles molecular dynamics simulations based on a semilocal density functional augmented with nonlocal van der Waals interactions. The adopted scheme offers the advantage of simulating liquid water at essentially the same computational cost of standard semilocal functionals. Applied to the water dimer and to ice Ih, we find that the hydrogen-bond energy is only slightly enhanced compared to a standard semilocal functional. We simulate liquid water through molecular dynamics in the NpH statistical ensemble allowing for fluctuations of the system density. The structure of the liquid departs from that found with a semilocal functional leading to more compact structural arrangements. This indicates that the directionality of the hydrogen-bond interaction has a diminished role as compared to the overall attractions, as expected when dispersion interactions are accounted for. This is substantiated through a detailed analysis comprising the study of the partial radial distribution functions, various local order indices, the hydrogen-bond network, and the selfdiffusion coefficient. The explicit treatment of the van der Waals interactions leads to an overall improved description of liquid water.

  10. Isobaric first-principles molecular dynamics of liquid water with nonlocal van der Waals interactions.

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    Miceli, Giacomo; de Gironcoli, Stefano; Pasquarello, Alfredo

    2015-01-21

    We investigate the structural properties of liquid water at near ambient conditions using first-principles molecular dynamics simulations based on a semilocal density functional augmented with nonlocal van der Waals interactions. The adopted scheme offers the advantage of simulating liquid water at essentially the same computational cost of standard semilocal functionals. Applied to the water dimer and to ice Ih, we find that the hydrogen-bond energy is only slightly enhanced compared to a standard semilocal functional. We simulate liquid water through molecular dynamics in the NpH statistical ensemble allowing for fluctuations of the system density. The structure of the liquid departs from that found with a semilocal functional leading to more compact structural arrangements. This indicates that the directionality of the hydrogen-bond interaction has a diminished role as compared to the overall attractions, as expected when dispersion interactions are accounted for. This is substantiated through a detailed analysis comprising the study of the partial radial distribution functions, various local order indices, the hydrogen-bond network, and the selfdiffusion coefficient. The explicit treatment of the van der Waals interactions leads to an overall improved description of liquid water. PMID:25612714

  11. Exciton-polaritons in van der Waals heterostructures embedded in tunable microcavities.

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    Dufferwiel, S; Schwarz, S; Withers, F; Trichet, A A P; Li, F; Sich, M; Del Pozo-Zamudio, O; Clark, C; Nalitov, A; Solnyshkov, D D; Malpuech, G; Novoselov, K S; Smith, J M; Skolnick, M S; Krizhanovskii, D N; Tartakovskii, A I

    2015-01-01

    Layered materials can be assembled vertically to fabricate a new class of van der Waals heterostructures a few atomic layers thick, compatible with a wide range of substrates and optoelectronic device geometries, enabling new strategies for control of light-matter coupling. Here, we incorporate molybdenum diselenide/hexagonal boron nitride (MoSe2/hBN) quantum wells in a tunable optical microcavity. Part-light-part-matter polariton eigenstates are observed as a result of the strong coupling between MoSe2 excitons and cavity photons, evidenced from a clear anticrossing between the neutral exciton and the cavity modes with a splitting of 20?meV for a single MoSe2 monolayer, enhanced to 29?meV in MoSe2/hBN/MoSe2 double-quantum wells. The splitting at resonance provides an estimate of the exciton radiative lifetime of 0.4?ps. Our results pave the way for room-temperature polaritonic devices based on multiple-quantum-well van der Waals heterostructures, where polariton condensation and electrical polariton injection through the incorporation of graphene contacts may be realized. PMID:26446783

  12. Nuclear spin-spin coupling in a van der Waals-bonded system: xenon dimer.

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    Vaara, Juha; Hanni, Matti; Jokisaari, Jukka

    2013-03-14

    Nuclear spin-spin coupling over van der Waals bond has recently been observed via the frequency shift of solute protons in a solution containing optically hyperpolarized (129)Xe nuclei. We carry out a first-principles computational study of the prototypic van der Waals-bonded xenon dimer, where the spin-spin coupling between two magnetically non-equivalent isotopes, J((129)Xe - (131)Xe), is observable. We use relativistic theory at the four-component Dirac-Hartree-Fock and Dirac-density-functional theory levels using novel completeness-optimized Gaussian basis sets and choosing the functional based on a comparison with correlated ab initio methods at the nonrelativistic level. J-coupling curves are provided at different levels of theory as functions of the internuclear distance in the xenon dimer, demonstrating cross-coupling effects between relativity and electron correlation for this property. Calculations on small Xe clusters are used to estimate the importance of many-atom effects on J((129)Xe - (131)Xe). Possibilities of observing J((129)Xe - (131)Xe) in liquid xenon are critically examined, based on molecular dynamics simulation. A simplistic spherical model is set up for the xenon dimer confined in a cavity, such as in microporous materials. It is shown that the on the average shorter internuclear distance enforced by the confinement increases the magnitude of the coupling as compared to the bulk liquid case, rendering J((129)Xe - (131)Xe) in a cavity a feasible target for experimental investigation. PMID:23514495

  13. Excitons in one-dimensional van der Waals materials: Sb2S3 nanoribbons

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    Caruso, Fabio; Filip, Marina R.; Giustino, Feliciano

    2015-09-01

    Antimony sulphide Sb2S3 has emerged as a promising material for a variety of energy applications ranging from solar cells to thermoelectrics and solid-state batteries. The most distinctive feature of Sb2S3 is its crystal structure, which consists of parallel 1-nm-wide ribbons held together by weak van der Waals forces. This structure clearly suggests that it should be possible to isolate individual Sb2S3 ribbons using micromechanical or liquid-phase exfoliation techniques. However, it is not clear yet how to identify the ribbons postexfoliation using standard optical probes. Using state-of-the-art first-principles calculations based on many-body perturbation theory, here we show that individual ribbons of Sb2S3 carry optical signatures clearly distinct from those of bulk Sb2S3 . In particular, we find a large blueshift of the optical absorption edge (from 1.38 to 2.30 eV) resulting from the interplay between a reduced screening and the formation of bound excitons. In addition, we observe a transition from an indirect band gap to a direct gap, suggesting an enhanced photoluminescence in the green. These unique fingerprints will enable extending the research on van der Waals materials to the case of one-dimensional chalchogenides.

  14. Atomically Sharp Interface in an h-BN-epitaxial graphene van der Waals Heterostructure

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    Sediri, Haikel; Pierucci, Debora; Hajlaoui, Mahdi; Henck, Hugo; Patriarche, Gilles; Dappe, Yannick J.; Yuan, Sheng; Toury, Bérangère; Belkhou, Rachid; Silly, Mathieu G.; Sirotti, Fausto; Boutchich, Mohamed; Ouerghi, Abdelkarim

    2015-11-01

    Stacking various two-dimensional atomic crystals is a feasible approach to creating unique multilayered van der Waals heterostructures with tailored properties. Herein for the first time, we present a controlled preparation of large-area h-BN/graphene heterostructures via a simple chemical deposition of h-BN layers on epitaxial graphene/SiC(0001). Van der Waals forces, which are responsible for the cohesion of the multilayer system, give rise to an abrupt interface without interdiffusion between graphene and h-BN, as shown by X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy (XPS) and direct observation using scanning and High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM/HRTEM). The electronic properties of graphene, such as the Dirac cone, remain intact and no significant charge transfer i.e. doping, is observed. These results are supported by Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations. We demonstrate that the h-BN capped graphene allows the fabrication of vdW heterostructures without altering the electronic properties of graphene.

  15. Microwave and ab initio studies of the Xe-CH4 van der Waals complex

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    Wen, Qing; Jäger, Wolfgang

    2006-01-01

    An ab initio potential-energy surface of the Xe-CH4 van der Waals complex was constructed at the coupled cluster level of theory with single, double, and perturbatively included triple excitations. The recently developed small-core pseudopotential and augmented correlation-consistent polarized valence quadruple-zeta basis set was used for the xenon atom and Dunning's augmented correlation-consistent polarized valence triple-zeta basis set for the other atoms. The basis sets were supplemented with bond functions. Dipole moments were also calculated at various configurations. Rotational spectra of the Xe-CH4 van der Waals complex were recorded using a pulsed-nozzle Fourier transform microwave spectrometer. The isotopomers studied include those of CH4,CH134,CD4,CH3D, and CHD3 with the five most abundant Xe isotopes. Transitions within three internal rotor states, namely, the j =0,K=0;j=1,K=0; and j =2,K=1 states, were observed and assigned. Nuclear quadrupole hyperfine structures due to the presence of Xe131(I=3/2) were detected and analyzed. It was found that the j =1,K=0 state is perturbed by a Coriolis interaction with a nearby j =1,K=1 state. For isotopomers containing CH3D and CHD3, the j =2 states are no longer metastable and could not be observed. The spectroscopic results were used to derive structural and dynamical information of the Xe-CH4 complex.

  16. Potential-energy surface and van der Waals motions of p-difluorobenzene-argon cation

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    Makarewicz, Jan

    2005-07-01

    The structure and dynamics of the van der Waals complex of argon with the p-difluorobenzene cation are investigated using the ab initio theory. The restricted open-shell Møller-Plesset second-order perturbation method combined with the augmented correlation-consistent polarized valence double-ζ basis set is employed to determine the electronic ground-state potential-energy surface of the cationic complex. This surface is extremely flat in a wide region of the configuration space of the Ar atom which moves almost freely over the monomer ring. However, it is bound to the monomer stronger in the cationic than in the neutral complex. Its binding energy is calculated to be 621cm-1 at a distance of 3.445Å from the monomer center. The calculated dissociation energy of 572cm-1 agrees perfectly with the experimental value of 572±6cm-1 [S. M. Belm, R. J. Moulds, and D. Lawrence, J. Chem. Phys. 115, 10709 (2001)]. The effect of a strong coupling of large-amplitude intermolecular motions on the character of van der Waals vibrational states is investigated. The vibrational structure of the spectrum of the complex is explained and its earlier assignment is partly corrected.

  17. Mapping van der Waals forces with frequency modulation dynamic force microscopy

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    Polesel-Maris, J.; Guo, H.; Zambelli, T.; Gauthier, S.

    2006-08-01

    Nanometre-size gold clusters supported on MoS2(0001) are investigated by means of ultrahigh-vacuum frequency modulation dynamic force microscopy. Topography and frequency shift images are simultaneously obtained using the average tunnelling current to regulate the tip-substrate distance. Two families of clusters are observed, giving different frequency shift images. While the topographic and frequency shift profiles have similar shapes on small clusters (size \\lesssim 1 nm), they are quite different near the top of large clusters (size \\gtrsim 4 nm): the topographic profile is rounded, but the frequency shift profile exhibits rather steep edges and a depression near the centre of the island. It is demonstrated that these differences result from the finite range of van der Waals forces. On small islands, the frequency shift is dominated by the interaction of the tip with the substrate. On large islands, it is dominated by the interaction with the island. The particular observed shape results from the geometry of the island. These interpretations are comforted by analytical and numerical calculations. In particular, the characteristic shape of the frequency shift profiles on large islands can be reproduced by introducing realistic parameters and considering only the contribution of van der Waals forces.

  18. Van der Waals force: a dominant factor for reactivity of graphene.

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    Lee, Jong Hak; Avsar, Ahmet; Jung, Jeil; Tan, Jun You; Watanabe, K; Taniguchi, T; Natarajan, Srinivasan; Eda, Goki; Adam, Shaffique; Castro Neto, Antonio H; Özyilmaz, Barbaros

    2015-01-14

    Reactivity control of graphene is an important issue because chemical functionalization can modulate graphene's unique mechanical, optical, and electronic properties. Using systematic optical studies, we demonstrate that van der Waals interaction is the dominant factor for the chemical reactivity of graphene on two-dimensional (2D) heterostructures. A significant enhancement in the chemical stability of graphene is achieved by replacing the common SiO2 substrate with 2D crystals such as an additional graphene layer, WS2, MoS2, or h-BN. Our theoretical and experimental results show that its origin is a strong van der Waals interaction between the graphene layer and the 2D substrate. This results in a high resistive force on graphene toward geometric lattice deformation. We also demonstrate that the chemical reactivity of graphene can be controlled by the relative lattice orientation with respect to the substrates and thus can be used for a wide range of applications including hydrogen storage. PMID:25493357

  19. Elastic properties of van der Waals epitaxy grown bismuth telluride 2D nanosheets

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    Guo, Lingling; Yan, Haoming; Moore, Quentarius; Buettner, Michael; Song, Jinhui; Li, Lin; Araujo, Paulo T.; Wang, Hung-Ta

    2015-07-01

    Bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) two-dimensional (2D) nanosheets prepared by van der Waals epitaxy were successfully detached, transferred, and suspended for nano-indentation measurements to be performed on freestanding circular nanosheets. The Young's modulus acquired by fitting linear elastic behaviors of 26 samples (thickness: 5-14 nm) is only 11.7-25.7 GPa, significantly smaller than the bulk in-plane Young's modulus (50-55 GPa). Compliant and robust Bi2Te3 2D nanosheets suggest the feasibility of the elastic strain engineering of topological surface states.Bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) two-dimensional (2D) nanosheets prepared by van der Waals epitaxy were successfully detached, transferred, and suspended for nano-indentation measurements to be performed on freestanding circular nanosheets. The Young's modulus acquired by fitting linear elastic behaviors of 26 samples (thickness: 5-14 nm) is only 11.7-25.7 GPa, significantly smaller than the bulk in-plane Young's modulus (50-55 GPa). Compliant and robust Bi2Te3 2D nanosheets suggest the feasibility of the elastic strain engineering of topological surface states. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr03282b

  20. Thermal expansion and stability limits of generalized van der Waals fluids

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    Chakravarthi, A.S.; Debenedetti, P.G.; Yeo, S.D. ); Sastry, S. )

    1994-07-07

    Generalized van der Waals equations of state can exhibit density anomalies, as characterized by a negative thermal expansion coefficient in some region of the phase diagram, when either the hard core volume, b, or the mean field attractive parameter, a, are made temperature-dependent. If b decreases as the temperature increases, negative thermal expansion occurs at all temperatures. At a given temperature, the liquid becomes anomalous when the pressure is increased; hence the P-T projection of the locus of density maxima has positive slope. The locus of density maxima extends to zero temperature when b is finite at T = 0, and it terminates at a minimum temperature if b diverges at T = 0. If, on the other hand, a increases with temperature while the core volume remains constant, generalized van der Waals fluids exhibit density anomalies that disappear at high pressure. Hence, in this case the locus of density maxima has a negative slope in the P-T plane. The liquid spinodal is re-entrant both when a increases as the temperature increases and when b increases as the temperature decreases, becoming infinite at T = 0. 38 refs., 20 figs., 1 tab.

  1. Exciton–polaritons in van der Waals heterostructures embedded in tunable microcavities

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    Dufferwiel, S.; Schwarz, S.; Withers, F.; Trichet, A. A. P.; Li, F.; Sich, M.; Del Pozo-Zamudio, O.; Clark, C.; Nalitov, A.; Solnyshkov, D. D.; Malpuech, G.; Novoselov, K. S.; Smith, J. M.; Skolnick, M. S.; Krizhanovskii, D. N.; Tartakovskii, A. I.

    2015-01-01

    Layered materials can be assembled vertically to fabricate a new class of van der Waals heterostructures a few atomic layers thick, compatible with a wide range of substrates and optoelectronic device geometries, enabling new strategies for control of light–matter coupling. Here, we incorporate molybdenum diselenide/hexagonal boron nitride (MoSe2/hBN) quantum wells in a tunable optical microcavity. Part-light–part-matter polariton eigenstates are observed as a result of the strong coupling between MoSe2 excitons and cavity photons, evidenced from a clear anticrossing between the neutral exciton and the cavity modes with a splitting of 20 meV for a single MoSe2 monolayer, enhanced to 29 meV in MoSe2/hBN/MoSe2 double-quantum wells. The splitting at resonance provides an estimate of the exciton radiative lifetime of 0.4 ps. Our results pave the way for room-temperature polaritonic devices based on multiple-quantum-well van der Waals heterostructures, where polariton condensation and electrical polariton injection through the incorporation of graphene contacts may be realized. PMID:26446783

  2. Measuring anisotropic resistivity of single crystals using the van der Pauw technique

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    Borup, Kasper A.; Fischer, Karl F. F.; Brown, David R.; Snyder, G. Jeffrey; Iversen, Bo B.

    2015-07-01

    Anisotropy in properties of materials is important in materials science and solid-state physics. Measurement of the full resistivity tensor of crystals using the standard four-point method with bar shaped samples requires many measurements and may be inaccurate due to misalignment of the bars along crystallographic directions. Here an approach to extracting the resistivity tensor using van der Pauw measurements is presented. This reduces the number of required measurements. The theory of the van der Pauw method is extended to extract the tensor from parallelogram shaped samples with known geometry. Methods to extract the tensor for both known and unknown principal axis orientation are presented for broad applicability to single crystals. Numerical simulations of errors are presented to quantify error sources. Several benchmark experiments are performed on isotropic graphite samples to verify the internal consistency of the developed theory, test experimental precision, and characterize error sources. The presented methods are applied to a RuS b2 single crystal at room temperature and the results are discussed based on the error source analysis. Temperature resolved resistivities along the a and b directions are finally reported and briefly discussed.

  3. The role of van der Waals forces in the performance of molecular diodes.

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    Nerngchamnong, Nisachol; Yuan, Li; Qi, Dong-Chen; Li, Jiang; Thompson, Damien; Nijhuis, Christian A

    2013-02-01

    One of the main goals of organic and molecular electronics is to relate the performance and electronic function of devices to the chemical structure and intermolecular interactions of the organic component inside them, which can take the form of an organic thin film, a self-assembled monolayer or a single molecule. This goal is difficult to achieve because organic and molecular electronic devices are complex physical-organic systems that consist of at least two electrodes, an organic component and two (different) organic/inorganic interfaces. Singling out the contribution of each of these components remains challenging. So far, strong ?-? interactions have mainly been considered for the rational design and optimization of the performances of organic electronic devices, and weaker intermolecular interactions have largely been ignored. Here, we show experimentally that subtle changes in the intermolecular van der Waals interactions in the active component of a molecular diode dramatically impact the performance of the device. In particular, we observe an odd-even effect as the number of alkyl units is varied in a ferrocene-alkanethiolate self-assembled monolayer. As a result of a more favourable van der Waals interaction, junctions made from an odd number of alkyl units have a lower packing energy (by ?0.4-0.6 kcal mol(-1)), rectify currents 10 times more efficiently, give a 10% higher yield in working devices, and can be made two to three times more reproducibly than junctions made from an even number of alkyl units. PMID:23292010

  4. Atomically Sharp Interface in an h-BN-epitaxial graphene van der Waals Heterostructure

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    Sediri, Haikel; Pierucci, Debora; Hajlaoui, Mahdi; Henck, Hugo; Patriarche, Gilles; Dappe, Yannick J.; Yuan, Sheng; Toury, Bérangère; Belkhou, Rachid; Silly, Mathieu G.; Sirotti, Fausto; Boutchich, Mohamed; Ouerghi, Abdelkarim

    2015-01-01

    Stacking various two-dimensional atomic crystals is a feasible approach to creating unique multilayered van der Waals heterostructures with tailored properties. Herein for the first time, we present a controlled preparation of large-area h-BN/graphene heterostructures via a simple chemical deposition of h-BN layers on epitaxial graphene/SiC(0001). Van der Waals forces, which are responsible for the cohesion of the multilayer system, give rise to an abrupt interface without interdiffusion between graphene and h-BN, as shown by X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy (XPS) and direct observation using scanning and High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM/HRTEM). The electronic properties of graphene, such as the Dirac cone, remain intact and no significant charge transfer i.e. doping, is observed. These results are supported by Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations. We demonstrate that the h-BN capped graphene allows the fabrication of vdW heterostructures without altering the electronic properties of graphene. PMID:26585245

  5. Potential-energy surface and van der Waals motions of p-difluorobenzene-argon cation.

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    Makarewicz, Jan

    2005-07-22

    The structure and dynamics of the van der Waals complex of argon with the p-difluorobenzene cation are investigated using the ab initio theory. The restricted open-shell Møller-Plesset second-order perturbation method combined with the augmented correlation-consistent polarized valence double-zeta basis set is employed to determine the electronic ground-state potential-energy surface of the cationic complex. This surface is extremely flat in a wide region of the configuration space of the Ar atom which moves almost freely over the monomer ring. However, it is bound to the monomer stronger in the cationic than in the neutral complex. Its binding energy is calculated to be 621 cm(-1) at a distance of 3.445 A from the monomer center. The calculated dissociation energy of 572 cm(-1) agrees perfectly with the experimental value of 572+/-6 cm(-1) [S. M. Belm, R. J. Moulds, and D. Lawrence, J. Chem. Phys. 115, 10709 (2001)]. The effect of a strong coupling of large-amplitude intermolecular motions on the character of van der Waals vibrational states is investigated. The vibrational structure of the spectrum of the complex is explained and its earlier assignment is partly corrected. PMID:16095358

  6. Atomically Sharp Interface in an h-BN-epitaxial graphene van der Waals Heterostructure.

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    Sediri, Haikel; Pierucci, Debora; Hajlaoui, Mahdi; Henck, Hugo; Patriarche, Gilles; Dappe, Yannick J; Yuan, Sheng; Toury, Bérangère; Belkhou, Rachid; Silly, Mathieu G; Sirotti, Fausto; Boutchich, Mohamed; Ouerghi, Abdelkarim

    2015-01-01

    Stacking various two-dimensional atomic crystals is a feasible approach to creating unique multilayered van der Waals heterostructures with tailored properties. Herein for the first time, we present a controlled preparation of large-area h-BN/graphene heterostructures via a simple chemical deposition of h-BN layers on epitaxial graphene/SiC(0001). Van der Waals forces, which are responsible for the cohesion of the multilayer system, give rise to an abrupt interface without interdiffusion between graphene and h-BN, as shown by X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy (XPS) and direct observation using scanning and High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM/HRTEM). The electronic properties of graphene, such as the Dirac cone, remain intact and no significant charge transfer i.e. doping, is observed. These results are supported by Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations. We demonstrate that the h-BN capped graphene allows the fabrication of vdW heterostructures without altering the electronic properties of graphene. PMID:26585245

  7. Universal van der Waals physics for three cold atoms near Feshbach resonances

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    Wang, Yujun; Julienne, Paul S.

    2014-10-01

    Experimental studies with cold atoms have advanced our understanding of three-body physics, historically a fundamental yet challenging problem. This is because atomic interactions can be precisely varied in strength using magnetically tunable scattering resonances known as Feshbach resonances. Collisions near the unitarity limit, where scattering is maximum, are known to have universal aspects that are independent of short-range chemical details. Away from this limit, many quantum states are expected to be active during a three-body collision, making the collisional observables practically unpredictable. Here we predict three-body ultracold scattering rates by properly building in the pairwise van der Waals interactions plus the multi-spin properties of a tunable Feshbach resonance state characterized by known dimensionless two-body parameters. Numerically solving the Schrödinger equation then quantitatively determines three-atom collisional properties at all interaction strengths without needing adjustable parameters to fit data. Consequently, we can define a new class of van der Waals universality for cold atom three-body phenomena.

  8. Understanding corrosion inhibition with van der Waals DFT methods: the case of benzotriazole.

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    Gattinoni, Chiara; Michaelides, Angelos

    2015-01-01

    The corrosion of materials is an undesirable and costly process affecting many areas of technology and everyday life. As such, considerable effort has gone into understanding and preventing it. Organic molecule based coatings can in certain circumstances act as effective corrosion inhibitors. Although they have been used to great effect for more than sixty years, how they function at the atomic-level is still a matter of debate. In this work, computer simulation approaches based on density functional theory are used to investigate benzotriazole (BTAH), one of the most widely used and studied corrosion inhibitors for copper. In particular, the structures formed by protonated and deprotonated BTAH molecules on Cu(111) have been determined and linked to their inhibiting properties. It is found that hydrogen bonding, van der Waals interactions and steric repulsions all contribute in shaping how BTAH molecules adsorb, with flat-lying structures preferred at low coverage and upright configurations preferred at high coverage. The interaction of the dehydrogenated benzotriazole molecule (BTA) with the copper surface is instead dominated by strong chemisorption via the azole moiety with the aid of copper adatoms. Structures of dimers or chains are found to be the most stable structures at all coverages, in good agreement with scanning tunnelling microscopy results. Benzotriazole thus shows a complex phase behaviour in which van der Waals forces play an important role and which depends on coverage and on its protonation state and all of these factors feasibly contribute to its effectiveness as a corrosion inhibitor. PMID:25907526

  9. When is the mode-summation method of calculating van der Waals force valid?

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    Narayanaswamy, Arvind

    2015-03-01

    Most calculations of van der Waals forces and Casimir forces can be categorized as variations of two ``proto methods'': (1) Lifshitz theory, and (2) mode summation method. In the Lifshitz theory, by which I include the subsequent generalization by Dzyaloshinskii, Lifshitz, and Pitaevskii [Adv. Phys. 10, 165 (1961); See also Zheng and Narayanaswamy, Phys. Rev. A 83, 042504 (2011)] the dispersion force is expressed in terms of the (dyadic) Green's function of the vector Helmholtz equation. In the mode summation method [see Casimir, Proc. Kon. Ned. Akad. Wetensch. 51, 793 (1948); Van Kampen, Nijboer, and Schram, Phys. Lett. A 26, 307 (1968)], the free energy of a configuration of objects is expressed in terms of the sum of the free energies of each of the possible electromagnetic modes. The derivative of this free energy with respect to variation of relative positions between the objects yields the force between two objects. However, we raised questions about the validity of the mode summation method when calculating van der Waals forces in dissipative media [see Narayanaswamy and Zheng, Phys. Rev. A 88, 012502 (2013) and Ninham, Parsegian, and Weiss, J. Stat. Phys. 2, 323 (1970)]. In this talk, I want to start a discussion about the validity of the mode summation method.

  10. Nonlocal van der Waals functionals: The case of rare-gas dimers and solids

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    Tran, Fabien; Hutter, Jürg

    2013-05-01

    Recently, the nonlocal van der Waals (vdW) density functionals [M. Dion, H. Rydberg, E. Schröder, D. C. Langreth, and B. I. Lundqvist, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 246401 (2004), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.92.246401] have attracted considerable attention due to their good performance for systems where weak interactions are important. Since the physics of dispersion is included in these functionals, they are usually more accurate and show less erratic behavior than the semilocal and hybrid methods. In this work, several variants of the vdW functionals have been tested on rare-gas dimers (from He2 to Kr2) and solids (Ne, Ar, and Kr) and their accuracy compared to standard semilocal approximations, supplemented or not by an atom-pairwise dispersion correction [S. Grimme, J. Antony, S. Ehrlich, and H. Krieg, J. Chem. Phys. 132, 154104 (2010), 10.1063/1.3382344]. An analysis of the results in terms of energy decomposition is also provided.

  11. Vibration control for the parametrically excited van der Pol oscillator by nonlocal feedback

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    Maccari, Attilio

    2011-07-01

    A nonlocal feedback is used for the control of nonlinear vibrations in a parametrically excited van der Pol oscillator. A nonlocal control force is introduced in order to obtain a third-order nonlinear differential equation (jerk dynamics). Using the asymptotic perturbation method, two slow flow equations on the amplitude and phase of the response are obtained, and subsequently the performance of the control strategy is investigated. Parametric excitation-response and frequency-response curves are shown. Uncontrolled and controlled systems are compared, and the appropriate choices of the feedback gains for reducing the amplitude peak of the response are found. Energy considerations are used in order to study the existence and characteristics of limit cycles of the slow flow equations. A limit cycle corresponds to a two-period modulated motion for the van der Pol oscillator. To exclude the possibility of quasi-periodic motion and to reduce the amplitude peak of the parametric resonance, appropriate choices of the feedback gains are found. Numerical simulation confirms the validity of the new method.

  12. Satellitengeodäsie und Langbasis-Interferometrie auf der Fundamentalstation Wettzell. Kolloquiumsvorträge anläßlich des 60sten Geburtstages von Prof. Manfred Schneider.

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    Ilk, K.-H.

    Contents: Die krumme Geodäte (H. Ruder, M. Ruder). Zur Geschichte der Fundamentalstation Wettzell (H. Seeger et al.). Newtons Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica (M. Schramm). Von Newton zu Einstein (M. H. Soffel). Geodäsie und Physik (S. Heitz). Erdbebenvorhersage mit SEISMOLAP (J. Zschau).

  13. Direct observation of adsorption geometry for the van der Waals adsorption of a single ?-conjugated hydrocarbon molecule on Au(111)

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    Kim, Ju-Hyung; Surface and Interface Science Laboratory, RIKEN, 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198 ; Jung, Jaehoon; Kim, Yousoo E-mail: ykim@riken.jp; Tahara, Kazukuni; Tobe, Yoshito E-mail: ykim@riken.jp; Kawai, Maki E-mail: ykim@riken.jp

    2014-02-21

    Weak van der Waals adsorption of ?-conjugated hydrocarbon molecules onto the gold surface, Au(111), is one of the essential processes in constructing organic-metal interfaces in organic electronics. Here we provide a first direct observation of adsorption geometry of a single ?-conjugated hydrocarbon molecule on Au(111) using an atomically resolved scanning tunneling microscopy study combined with van der Waals density functional methodology. For the purpose, we utilized a highly symmetric ?-conjugated hydrocarbon molecule, dehydrobenzo[12]annulene (DBA), which has a definite three-fold symmetry, the same as the Au(111) surface. Interestingly, our observations on an atomically resolved scale clearly indicate that the DBA molecule has only one adsorption configuration on Au(111) in spite of the weak van der Waals adsorption system. Based on the precisely determined adsorption geometry of DBA/Au(111), our calculation results imply that even a very small contribution of the interfacial orbital interaction at the organic-metal interface can play a decisive role in constraining the adsorption geometry even in the van der Waals adsorption system of a ?-conjugated hydrocarbon molecule on the noblest Au(111) surface. Our observations provide not only deeper insight into the weak adsorption process, but also new perspectives to organic electronics using ?-conjugated hydrocarbon molecules on the Au surface.

  14. Note on Unconditional and Conditional Hypothesis Testing: A Discussion of an Issue Raised by van der Linden and Sotaridona

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    Lewis, Charles

    2006-01-01

    In the context of reviewing an article for this journal (van der Linden & Sotaridona, this issue, pp. 283-304) the topic of unconditional and conditional hypothesis testing came under consideration. While this is hardly a new issue (consider, for example, arguments regarding the chi square vs. Fisher exact test of independence for a 2 x 2…

  15. From Canards of Folded Singularities to Torus Canards in a Forced van der Pol Equation

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    Burke, John; Desroches, Mathieu; Granados, Albert; Kaper, Tasso J.; Krupa, Martin; Vo, Theodore

    2015-11-01

    In this article, we study canard solutions of the forced van der Pol equation in the relaxation limit for low-, intermediate-, and high-frequency periodic forcing. A central numerical observation made herein is that there are two branches of canards in parameter space which extend across all positive forcing frequencies. In the low-frequency forcing regime, we demonstrate the existence of primary maximal canards induced by folded saddle nodes of type I and establish explicit formulas for the parameter values at which the primary maximal canards and their folds exist. Then, we turn to the intermediate- and high-frequency forcing regimes and show that the forced van der Pol possesses torus canards instead. These torus canards consist of long segments near families of attracting and repelling limit cycles of the fast system, in alternation. We also derive explicit formulas for the parameter values at which the maximal torus canards and their folds exist. Primary maximal canards and maximal torus canards correspond geometrically to the situation in which the persistent manifolds near the family of attracting limit cycles coincide to all orders with the persistent manifolds that lie near the family of repelling limit cycles. The formulas derived for the folds of maximal canards in all three frequency regimes turn out to be representations of a single formula in the appropriate parameter regimes, and this unification confirms the central numerical observation that the folds of the maximal canards created in the low-frequency regime continue directly into the folds of the maximal torus canards that exist in the intermediate- and high-frequency regimes. In addition, we study the secondary canards induced by the folded singularities in the low-frequency regime and find that the fold curves of the secondary canards turn around in the intermediate-frequency regime, instead of continuing into the high-frequency regime. Also, we identify the mechanism responsible for this turning. Finally, we show that the forced van der Pol equation is a normal form-type equation for a class of single-frequency periodically driven slow/fast systems with two fast variables and one slow variable which possess a non-degenerate fold of limit cycles. The analytic techniques used herein rely on geometric desingularisation, invariant manifold theory, Melnikov theory, and normal form methods. The numerical methods used herein were developed in Desroches et al. (SIAM J Appl Dyn Syst 7:1131-1162, 2008, Nonlinearity 23:739-765 2010).

  16. From Canards of Folded Singularities to Torus Canards in a Forced van der Pol Equation

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    Burke, John; Desroches, Mathieu; Granados, Albert; Kaper, Tasso J.; Krupa, Martin; Vo, Theodore

    2016-04-01

    In this article, we study canard solutions of the forced van der Pol equation in the relaxation limit for low-, intermediate-, and high-frequency periodic forcing. A central numerical observation made herein is that there are two branches of canards in parameter space which extend across all positive forcing frequencies. In the low-frequency forcing regime, we demonstrate the existence of primary maximal canards induced by folded saddle nodes of type I and establish explicit formulas for the parameter values at which the primary maximal canards and their folds exist. Then, we turn to the intermediate- and high-frequency forcing regimes and show that the forced van der Pol possesses torus canards instead. These torus canards consist of long segments near families of attracting and repelling limit cycles of the fast system, in alternation. We also derive explicit formulas for the parameter values at which the maximal torus canards and their folds exist. Primary maximal canards and maximal torus canards correspond geometrically to the situation in which the persistent manifolds near the family of attracting limit cycles coincide to all orders with the persistent manifolds that lie near the family of repelling limit cycles. The formulas derived for the folds of maximal canards in all three frequency regimes turn out to be representations of a single formula in the appropriate parameter regimes, and this unification confirms the central numerical observation that the folds of the maximal canards created in the low-frequency regime continue directly into the folds of the maximal torus canards that exist in the intermediate- and high-frequency regimes. In addition, we study the secondary canards induced by the folded singularities in the low-frequency regime and find that the fold curves of the secondary canards turn around in the intermediate-frequency regime, instead of continuing into the high-frequency regime. Also, we identify the mechanism responsible for this turning. Finally, we show that the forced van der Pol equation is a normal form-type equation for a class of single-frequency periodically driven slow/fast systems with two fast variables and one slow variable which possess a non-degenerate fold of limit cycles. The analytic techniques used herein rely on geometric desingularisation, invariant manifold theory, Melnikov theory, and normal form methods. The numerical methods used herein were developed in Desroches et al. (SIAM J Appl Dyn Syst 7:1131-1162, 2008, Nonlinearity 23:739-765 2010).

  17. A generalization of the van-der-Pol oscillator underlies active signal amplification in Drosophila hearing.

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    Stoop, R; Kern, A; Göpfert, M C; Smirnov, D A; Dikanev, T V; Bezrucko, B P

    2006-08-01

    The antennal hearing organs of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster boost their sensitivity by an active mechanical process that, analogous to the cochlear amplifier of vertebrates, resides in the motility of mechanosensory cells. This process nonlinearly improves the sensitivity of hearing and occasionally gives rise to self-sustained oscillations in the absence of sound. Time series analysis of self-sustained oscillations now unveils that the underlying dynamical system is well described by a generalization of the van-der-Pol oscillator. From the dynamic equations, the underlying amplification dynamics can explicitly be derived. According to the model, oscillations emerge from a combination of negative damping, which reflects active amplification, and a nonlinear restoring force that dictates the amplitude of the oscillations. Hence, active amplification in fly hearing seems to rely on the negative damping mechanism initially proposed for the cochlear amplifier of vertebrates. PMID:16612585

  18. Strain induced piezoelectric effect in black phosphorus and MoS2 van der Waals heterostructure

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    Huang, Le; Li, Yan; Wei, Zhongming; Li, Jingbo

    2015-01-01

    The structural, electronic, transport and optical properties of black phosphorus/MoS2 (BP/MoS2) van der Waals (vdw) heterostructure are investigated by using first principles calculations. The band gap of BP/MoS2 bilayer decreases with the applied normal compressive strain and a semiconductor-to-metal transition is observed when the applied strain is more than 0.85 Å. BP/MoS2 bilayer also exhibits modulation of its carrier effective mass and carrier concentration by the applied compressive strain, suggesting that mobility engineering and good piezoelectric effect can be realized in BP/MoS2 heterostructure. Because the type-II band alignment can facilitate the separation of photo-excited electrons and holes, and it can benefit from the great absorption coefficient in ultra-violet region, the BP/MoS2 shows great potential to be a very efficient ultra-violet photodetector. PMID:26553370

  19. Exploring a noisy van der Pol type oscillator with a stochastic approach

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    Yuan, Ruoshi; Wang, Xinan; Ma, Yian; Yuan, Bo; Ao, Ping

    2013-06-01

    Based on conventional Ito or Stratonovich interpretation, zero-mean multiplicative noise can induce shifts of attractors or even changes of topology to a deterministic dynamics. Such phenomena usually introduce additional complications in analysis of these systems. We employ in this paper a new stochastic interpretation leading to a straightforward consequence: The steady state distribution is Boltzmann-Gibbs type with a potential function severing as a Lyapunov function for the deterministic dynamics. It implies that an attractor corresponds to the local extremum of the distribution function and the probability is equally distributed right on an attractor. We consider a prototype of nonequilibrium processes, noisy limit cycle dynamics. Exact results are obtained for a class of limit cycles, including a van der Pol type oscillator. These results provide a new angle for understanding processes without detailed balance and can be verified by experiments.

  20. Parametrically excited non-linearity in Van der Pol oscillator: Resonance, anti-resonance and switch

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    Chakraborty, Sagar; Sarkar, Amartya

    2013-07-01

    We discover presence of a hitherto unexplored type of resonance in a parametrically excited Van der Pol oscillator where the non-linear damping term has been modified. The oscillator also possesses a state of anti-resonance. In the weak non-linear limit, we explain how to practically get a complete picture of different states of limiting oscillations present in the oscillator when the non-linear term therein is excited by an arbitrary 2? periodic function of time. We also illustrate how two such oscillators can be coupled to behave like a two-state switch allowing a sharp change of value of amplitude for stable oscillations from one constant to another.

  1. Designed Synthesis of van der Waals Heterostructures: The Power of Kinetic Control.

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    Alemayehu, Matti B; Falmbigl, Matthias; Ta, Kim; Ditto, Jeffrey; Medlin, Douglas L; Johnson, David C

    2015-12-14

    Selecting specific 2D building blocks and specific layering sequences of van der Waals heterostructures should allow the formation of new materials with designed properties for specific applications. Unfortunately, the synthetic ability to prepare such structures at will, especially in a manner that can be manufactured, does not exist. Herein, we report the targeted synthesis of new metal-semiconductor heterostructures using the modulated elemental-reactant technique to nucleate specific 2D building blocks, control their thickness, and avoid epitaxial structures with long-range order. The building blocks, VSe2 and GeSe2 , have different crystal structures, which inhibits cation intermixing. The precise control of this approach enabled us to synthesize heterostructures containing GeSe2 monolayers alternating with VSe2 structural units with specific sequences. The transport properties systematically change with nanoarchitecture and a charge-density wave-like transition is observed. PMID:26545566

  2. Van der Waals interactions determine selectivity in catalysis by metallic gold.

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    Rodriguez-Reyes, Juan Carlos F; Siler, Cassandra G F; Liu, Wei; Tkatchenko, Alexandre; Friend, Cynthia M; Madix, Robert J

    2014-09-24

    To achieve high selectivity for catalytic reactions between two or more reactants on a heterogeneous catalyst, the relative concentrations of the reactive intermediates on the surface must be optimized. If species compete for binding sites, their concentrations depend on their relative binding strengths to the surface. In this article we describe a general framework for predicting the relative stability of organic intermediates involved in oxygen-assisted reactions on metallic gold with broad relevance to catalysis by metals. Combining theory and experiment, we establish that van der Waals interactions between the reactive intermediates and the surface, although weak, determine relative stabilities and thereby dictate the conditions for optimum selectivity. The inclusion of these interactions is essential for predicting these trends. The concepts and methods employed here have broad applicability for determining the stability of intermediates on the surfaces of catalytic metals and specifically demonstrate the critical role of weak interactions in determining reaction selectivity among reactions of complex molecules. PMID:25170677

  3. Physisorption of nucleobases on graphene: the role of van der Waals interactions

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    Le, Duy; Kara, Abdelkader; Rahman, Talat S.

    2010-03-01

    The physisorption of the nucleobases adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G), thymine (T), and uracil (U) on graphene is studied within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) of the density functional theory (DFT) with the inclusion of van der Waals interaction (vdW) based on the London dispersion equation. We find that the inclusion of the latter interaction increases the binding energy by about 0.5eV (from an almost zero value) and moves these nucleobases by about 0.5å toward the graphene, as compared to the results obtained with regular DFT-GGA. The binding energies of nucleobases on graphene are found to be in the following order: G>A>T>C>U, with a dispersion of about 200meV. Details of the dynamics (diffusion barriers) and adsorption characteristics of these nucleobases on graphene will be presented as well as the description of their electronic structure and nature of the bonding with the substrate.

  4. The development of two dimensional group IV chalcogenides, blocks for van der Waals heterostructures

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    Sa, Baisheng; Sun, Zhimei; Wu, Bo

    2015-12-01

    In this work, we introduce a series of two dimensional (2D) group IV chalcogenides (AX)2 with the building block X-A-A-X (A = Si, Ge, Sn, and Pb, and X = Se and Te) on the basis of ab initio calculations. The analysis of energy evaluation, lattice vibration as well as the chemical bonding demonstrate the good stability of these 2D materials. Furthermore, the pictures for the chemical bonding and electronic features of the 2D (AX)2 are drawn. Their narrow gapped semiconducting nature is unraveled. Especially, strong interactions between the electrons and phonons as well as the topological insulating nature in (SiTe)2 are observed. The present results indicate that such remarkable artificial 2D (AX)2 are building blocks for van der Waals heterostructure engineering, which shows potential applications in nanoscaled electronics and optoelectronics.

  5. Evidence for the role of core electrons in Van der Waals atom-surface potentials

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    Lonij, Vincent; Klauss, Cathy; Holmgren, Will; Cronin, Alex

    2010-03-01

    Van der Waals (VdW) and Casimir-Polder potentials are the dominant interactions between charge-neutral objects at nano- to micrometer length scales. They have attracted considerable interest in the field of nanotechnology. Understanding of these potentials is important in searches for new forces such as deviations from Newtonian potentials at very short length scales and vacuum friction. We measured ratios of the VdW potential strength (C3) by diffracting different atoms from the same nano-structure. We report ratios of C3 with a precision better than 3%. At this level of precision we are sensitive to the contribution of core electrons in the atom. These ratios are insensitive to surface properties and independent of the shape of the potential.

  6. Beyond Graphene: Progress in Novel Two-Dimensional Materials and van der Waals Solids

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    Das, Saptarshi; Robinson, Joshua A.; Dubey, Madan; Terrones, Humberto; Terrones, Mauricio

    2015-07-01

    Interest in 2D materials and van der Waals solids is growing exponentially across various scientific and engineering disciplines owing to their fascinating electrical, optical, chemical, and thermal properties. Whereas the micromechanical exfoliation technique has been adopted for rapid material characterization and demonstration of innovative device ideas based on these 2D systems, significant advances have recently been made in large-scale homogeneous and heterogeneous growth of these materials. This review reflects recent progress and outlines future prospects of these novel 2D materials. We provide a holistic overview of the different synthesis and characterization techniques, electronic and photonic device characteristics, and catalytic properties of transition metal dichalcogenides and their heterostructures. We also comment on the challenges that need to be overcome for full-scale commercial implementation of this novel class of layered materials.

  7. The development of two dimensional group IV chalcogenides, blocks for van der Waals heterostructures.

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    Sa, Baisheng; Sun, Zhimei; Wu, Bo

    2015-12-23

    In this work, we introduce a series of two dimensional (2D) group IV chalcogenides (AX)2 with the building block X-A-A-X (A = Si, Ge, Sn, and Pb, and X = Se and Te) on the basis of ab initio calculations. The analysis of energy evaluation, lattice vibration as well as the chemical bonding demonstrate the good stability of these 2D materials. Furthermore, the pictures for the chemical bonding and electronic features of the 2D (AX)2 are drawn. Their narrow gapped semiconducting nature is unraveled. Especially, strong interactions between the electrons and phonons as well as the topological insulating nature in (SiTe)2 are observed. The present results indicate that such remarkable artificial 2D (AX)2 are building blocks for van der Waals heterostructure engineering, which shows potential applications in nanoscaled electronics and optoelectronics. PMID:26667941

  8. Rarefaction waves in van der Waals fluids with an arbitrary number of degrees of freedom

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    Yuen, Albert; Barnard, John J.

    2015-09-01

    The isentropic expansion of an instantaneously and homogeneously heated foil is calculated using a 1D fluid model. The initial temperature and density are assumed to be in the vicinity of the critical temperature and solid density, respectively. The fluid is assumed to satisfy the van der Waals equation of state with an arbitrary number of degrees of freedom. Self-similar Riemann solutions are found. With a larger number of degrees of freedom f , depending on the initial dimensionless entropy s˜0, a richer family of foil expansion behaviors have been found. We calculate the domain in parameter space where these behaviors occur. In total, eight types of rarefaction waves are found and described.

  9. Desorption of n-alkanes from graphene: a van der Waals density functional study.

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    Londero, Elisa; Karlson, Emma K; Landahl, Marcus; Ostrovskii, Dimitri; Rydberg, Jonatan D; Schröder, Elsebeth

    2012-10-24

    A recent study of temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) measurements of small linear alkane molecules (n-alkanes, with formula C(N)H(2N+2)) from C(0001) deposited on Pt(111) shows a linear relationship of the desorption energy with increasing n-alkane chain length N. We here present a van der Waals density functional study of the desorption barrier energy of the ten smallest n-alkanes (of carbon chain length N = 1-10) from graphene. We find linear scaling with N, including a non-zero intercept with the energy axis, i.e. an offset at the extrapolation to N = 0. This calculated offset is quantitatively similar to the results of the TPD measurements. From further calculations of the polyethylene polymer we offer a suggestion for the origin of the offset. PMID:23032797

  10. Chemisorption of manganese phthalocyanine on Cu(001) surface promoted by van der Waals interactions

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    Javaid, S.; Lebègue, S.; Detlefs, B.; Ibrahim, F.; Djeghloul, F.; Bowen, M.; Boukari, S.; Miyamachi, T.; Arabski, J.; Spor, D.; Zegenhagen, J.; Wulfhekel, W.; Weber, W.; Beaurepaire, E.; Alouani, M.

    2013-04-01

    van der Waals (vdW) interactions within density functional theory are shown to strongly reduce the distance between manganese phthalocyanine (MnPc) and a Cu(001) surface to that found by x-ray standing wave experiments. Thus, the physisorbed ground state that is predicted within the generalized-gradient approximation formalism is replaced by a chemisorbed ground state once vdW interactions are taken into account. These findings indicate how to systematically obtain the correct theoretical adsorption distance for complex molecules and thus accurately predict the properties of the ensuing molecule/metal interface. The reduction of the experimental work function upon molecular adsorption is satisfactorily accounted for and explained in terms of Friedel-like oscillations of the charge density at the vicinity of the MnPc molecule that change the sign of the charge transfer electric dipole. This shows how vdW interactions can strongly impact charge injection in organic electronic devices.

  11. Revisiting the adsorption of copper-phthalocyanine on Au(111) including van der Waals corrections.

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    Lüder, Johann; Eriksson, Olle; Sanyal, Biplab; Brena, Barbara

    2014-03-28

    We have studied the adsorption of copper-phthalocyanine on Au(111) by means of van der Waals corrected density functional theory using the Tkatchenko-Scheffler method. We have compared the element and site resolved adsorption distances to recent experimental normal-incident X-ray standing wave measurements. The measured adsorption distances could be reproduced within a deviation of 1% for the Cu atom, 1% for the C atoms, and 2% for the N atoms. The molecule was found to have a magnetic moment of 1 ?B distributed over the Cu and the N atoms of the pyrrole ring. Simulated scanning tunnel microscopy images based on the total and on the spin-resolved differential charge densities are provided for bias voltages of -1.45 and 1.45 eV. PMID:24697474

  12. Generalized Fourier series and limit cycles of generalized van der Pol oscillators

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    Garcia-Margallo, J.; Bejarano, J. D.

    1990-02-01

    A very simple generalization, using Jacobian elliptic functions, of the usual Fourier series, appropriate for non-linear systems, is used to study the first order approximate solution of the generalized van der Pol oscillators Ẍ+AX+2BX 3+ɛ(z 3+z 2X 2+z 1X 4) dotX=0 . A generalized harmonic balance method is used to determine the limit cycles. The cases A > 0, B > 0 and A < 0, B > 0 are considered in some detail. For given values of the parameters zi, the values of A and B for which limit cycles exist are found as functions of m. Numerical values for the radius, frequency, and energy of the limit cycles are given. The presence of zero, one, two, three or four limit cycles depends on the value of the parameters of the equation. Stability, bifurcations of fixed points, and the limit cycle stability are studied qualitatively.

  13. Spatial dependent van der Waals energy between graphene and boron-nitride

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    Neek-Amal, Mehdi; Peeters, Francois; Condensed Matter Group, University of Antwerp Collaboration

    2014-03-01

    The small mismatch between the honeycomb lattices of graphene (GE) and boron nitrate (h-BN) leads to long wavelength Moiré patterns. In order to describe such patterns it will require large size unit cells that are unattainable with ab-initio calculations. Earlier density functional theory calculations imposed lattice matching between graphene and h-BN which induces strain and opens a gap of 4 meV. In previous works the Moiré pattern in GE/h-BN was connected to the van der Waals interaction, but a clear theoretical microscopic analysis is still missing. We used atomistic simulations with very large unit cells to investigate quantitative aspects of the connection between the vdW interaction and the Moiré patterns. The value and symmetry of the spatial dependent vdW energy is obtained which agrees with the recently reported Moiré patterns. Acknowledgement: This work was supported by FWO-Vl, EU-Marie Curie and the Methusalem foundation.

  14. Ytterbium in quantum gases and atomic clocks: van der Waals interactions and blackbody shifts.

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    Safronova, M S; Porsev, S G; Clark, Charles W

    2012-12-01

    We evaluated the C(6) coefficients of Yb-Yb, Yb-alkali, and Yb-group II van der Waals interactions with 2% uncertainty. The only existing experimental result for such quantities is for the Yb-Yb dimer. Our value, C(6)=1929(39) a.u., is in excellent agreement with the recent experimental determination of 1932(35) a.u. We have also developed a new approach for the calculation of the dynamic correction to the blackbody radiation shift. We have calculated this quantity for the Yb 6s(2) (1)S(0)-6s6p (3)P(0)(o) clock transition with 3.5% uncertainty. This reduces the fractional uncertainty due to the blackbody radiation shift in the Yb optical clock at 300 K to the 10(-18) level. PMID:23368178

  15. The Effect of van der Waals Interactions on the Structure of Liquid Water.

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    Distasio, Robert, Jr.; Li, Zhaofeng; Car, Roberto

    2012-02-01

    In this work, we demonstrate the importance of including van der Waals (vdW) interactions in the theoretical prediction of the structure of liquid water. These effects are investigated by computing and analyzing the oxygen-oxygen, oxygen-hydrogen, and hydrogen-hydrogen radial distribution functions (RDFs) obtained from highly accurate ab initiomolecular dynamic simulations that explicitly account for vdW interactions. In particular, we utilize an efficient order(N) algorithmic implementation of the self-consistent energy and analytical forces of the density functional based vdW correction proposed by Tkatchenko and Scheffler (PRL 102, 073005 (2009)) to demonstrate the importance of vdW interactions in obtaining RDFs that are in close agreement with experiment. In addition, we also provide an analysis of finite size effects in vdW-based liquid water simulations as well as a comparison to several other competitive theoretical methods for treating vdW interactions.

  16. Phonon dispersion of acene molecular crystals using van der Waals-corrected density functional theory

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    Altvater, Florian; Rangel, Tonatiuh; Neaton, Jeffrey B.

    2015-03-01

    Acene molecular crystals are interesting testbeds for the study of phenomena relevant to organic optoelectronics, including charge separation and carrier transport. In such processes, scattering from lattice vibrations is an important dissipation mechanism. Despite their central role in dissipation processes, there are few calculations of phonon spectra in acene crystals. Here, we carry out van der Waals-corrected density functional theory calculations of the ground-state structure and phonon band structure of acene molecular crystals, comparing to neutron diffraction data where applicable. We use a finite-differences method, and compare the performance of several approaches - including standard generalized gradient approximations (GGA) such as PBE, PBE plus pair-wise vdW corrections, and vdW density functionals - to experiments for solid naphthalene and pentacene. This work was supported by the DOE; computational resources provided by NERSC.

  17. A van der Waals density functional study of chloroform and other trihalomethanes on graphene

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    Åkesson, Joel; Sundborg, Oskar; Wahlström, Olof; Schröder, Elsebeth

    2012-11-01

    A computational study of chloroform (CHCl3) and other trihalomethanes (THMs) adsorbed on graphene is presented. The study uses the van der Waals density functional method to obtain adsorption energies and adsorption structures for these molecules of environmental concern. In this study, chloroform is found to adsorb with the H atom pointing away from graphene, with adsorption energy 357 meV (34.4 kJ/mol). For the other THMs studied the calculated adsorption energy values vary from 206 meV (19.9 kJ/mol) for fluoroform (CHF3) to 404 meV (39.0 kJ/mol) for bromoform (CHBr3). The corrugation of graphene as seen by the THMs is small, the difference in adsorption energy along the graphene plane is less than 6 meV for chloroform.

  18. A van der Waals density functional study of chloroform and other trihalomethanes on graphene.

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    Åkesson, Joel; Sundborg, Oskar; Wahlström, Olof; Schröder, Elsebeth

    2012-11-01

    A computational study of chloroform (CHCl(3)) and other trihalomethanes (THMs) adsorbed on graphene is presented. The study uses the van der Waals density functional method to obtain adsorption energies and adsorption structures for these molecules of environmental concern. In this study, chloroform is found to adsorb with the H atom pointing away from graphene, with adsorption energy 357 meV (34.4 kJ/mol). For the other THMs studied the calculated adsorption energy values vary from 206 meV (19.9 kJ/mol) for fluoroform (CHF(3)) to 404 meV (39.0 kJ/mol) for bromoform (CHBr(3)). The corrugation of graphene as seen by the THMs is small, the difference in adsorption energy along the graphene plane is less than 6 meV for chloroform. PMID:23145737

  19. 1-D Van der Waals Foams Heated by Ion Beam Energy Deposition

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    Zylstra, A; Barnard, J J; More, R M

    2010-03-19

    One dimensional simulations of various initial average density aluminum foams (modeled as slabs of solid metal separated by low density regions) heated by volumetric energy deposition are conducted with a Lagrangian hydrodynamics code using a van der Waals equation of state (EOS). The resulting behavior is studied to facilitate the design of future warm dense matter (WDM) experiments at LBNL. In the simulations the energy deposition ranges from 10 to 30 kJ/g and from 0.075 to 4.0 ns total pulse length, resulting in temperatures from approximately 1 to 4 eV. We study peak pressures and temperatures in the foams, expansion velocity, and the phase evolution. Five relevant time scales in the problem are identified. Additionally, we present a method for characterizing the level of inhomogeneity in a foam target as it is heated and the time it takes for a foam to homogenize.

  20. Influence of ultrathin water layer on the van der Waals/Casimir force between gold surfaces

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    Palasantzas, G.; Zwol, P. J. van; Svetovoy, V. B.

    2009-06-15

    In this paper we investigate the influence of ultrathin water layer ({approx}1-1.5 nm) on the van der Waals/Casimir force between gold surfaces. Adsorbed water is inevitably present on gold surfaces at ambient conditions as jump-up-to contact during adhesion experiments demonstrate. Calculations based on the Lifshitz theory give very good agreement with the experiment in the absence of any water layer for surface separations d > or approx. 10 nm. However, a layer of thickness h < or approx. 1.5 nm is allowed by the error margin in force measurements. At shorter separations, d < or approx. 10 nm, the water layer can have a strong influence as calculations show for flat surfaces. Nonetheless, in reality the influence of surface roughness must also be considered, and it can overshadow any water layer influence at separations comparable to the total sphere-plate rms roughness w{sub shp}+w.