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  1. Origin of interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in MgO/CoFe/metallic capping layer structures.

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    Peng, Shouzhong; Wang, Mengxing; Yang, Hongxin; Zeng, Lang; Nan, Jiang; Zhou, Jiaqi; Zhang, Youguang; Hallal, Ali; Chshiev, Mairbek; Wang, Kang L; Zhang, Qianfan; Zhao, Weisheng

    2015-01-01

    Spin-transfer-torque magnetic random access memory (STT-MRAM) attracts extensive attentions due to its non-volatility, high density and low power consumption. The core device in STT-MRAM is CoFeB/MgO-based magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ), which possesses a high tunnel magnetoresistance ratio as well as a large value of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA). It has been experimentally proven that a capping layer coating on CoFeB layer is essential to obtain a strong PMA. However, the physical mechanism of such effect remains unclear. In this paper, we investigate the origin of the PMA in MgO/CoFe/metallic capping layer structures by using a first-principles computation scheme. The trend of PMA variation with different capping materials agrees well with experimental results. We find that interfacial PMA in the three-layer structures comes from both the MgO/CoFe and CoFe/capping layer interfaces, which can be analyzed separately. Furthermore, the PMAs in the CoFe/capping layer interfaces are analyzed through resolving the magnetic anisotropy energy by layer and orbital. The variation of PMA with different capping materials is attributed to the different hybridizations of both d and p orbitals via spin-orbit coupling. This work can significantly benefit the research and development of nanoscale STT-MRAM. PMID:26656721

  2. Origin of interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in MgO/CoFe/metallic capping layer structures

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    Peng, Shouzhong; Wang, Mengxing; Yang, Hongxin; Zeng, Lang; Nan, Jiang; Zhou, Jiaqi; Zhang, Youguang; Hallal, Ali; Chshiev, Mairbek; Wang, Kang L.; Zhang, Qianfan; Zhao, Weisheng

    2015-01-01

    Spin-transfer-torque magnetic random access memory (STT-MRAM) attracts extensive attentions due to its non-volatility, high density and low power consumption. The core device in STT-MRAM is CoFeB/MgO-based magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ), which possesses a high tunnel magnetoresistance ratio as well as a large value of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA). It has been experimentally proven that a capping layer coating on CoFeB layer is essential to obtain a strong PMA. However, the physical mechanism of such effect remains unclear. In this paper, we investigate the origin of the PMA in MgO/CoFe/metallic capping layer structures by using a first-principles computation scheme. The trend of PMA variation with different capping materials agrees well with experimental results. We find that interfacial PMA in the three-layer structures comes from both the MgO/CoFe and CoFe/capping layer interfaces, which can be analyzed separately. Furthermore, the PMAs in the CoFe/capping layer interfaces are analyzed through resolving the magnetic anisotropy energy by layer and orbital. The variation of PMA with different capping materials is attributed to the different hybridizations of both d and p orbitals via spin-orbit coupling. This work can significantly benefit the research and development of nanoscale STT-MRAM. PMID:26656721

  3. Origin of interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in MgO/CoFe/metallic capping layer structures

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    Peng, Shouzhong; Wang, Mengxing; Yang, Hongxin; Zeng, Lang; Nan, Jiang; Zhou, Jiaqi; Zhang, Youguang; Hallal, Ali; Chshiev, Mairbek; Wang, Kang L.; Zhang, Qianfan; Zhao, Weisheng

    2015-12-01

    Spin-transfer-torque magnetic random access memory (STT-MRAM) attracts extensive attentions due to its non-volatility, high density and low power consumption. The core device in STT-MRAM is CoFeB/MgO-based magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ), which possesses a high tunnel magnetoresistance ratio as well as a large value of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA). It has been experimentally proven that a capping layer coating on CoFeB layer is essential to obtain a strong PMA. However, the physical mechanism of such effect remains unclear. In this paper, we investigate the origin of the PMA in MgO/CoFe/metallic capping layer structures by using a first-principles computation scheme. The trend of PMA variation with different capping materials agrees well with experimental results. We find that interfacial PMA in the three-layer structures comes from both the MgO/CoFe and CoFe/capping layer interfaces, which can be analyzed separately. Furthermore, the PMAs in the CoFe/capping layer interfaces are analyzed through resolving the magnetic anisotropy energy by layer and orbital. The variation of PMA with different capping materials is attributed to the different hybridizations of both d and p orbitals via spin-orbit coupling. This work can significantly benefit the research and development of nanoscale STT-MRAM.

  4. 'Blueberry' Layers Indicate Watery Origins

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    2004-01-01

    This microscopic image, taken at the outcrop region dubbed 'El Capitan' near the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's landing site, reveals millimeter-scale (.04 inch-scale) layers in the lower portion. This same layering is hinted at by the fine notches that run horizontally across the sphere-like grain or 'blueberry' in the center left. The thin layers do not appear to deform around the blueberry, indicating that these geologic features are concretions and not impact spherules or ejected volcanic material called lapilli. Concretions are balls of minerals that form in pre-existing wet sediments. This image was taken by the rover's microscopic imager on the 29th martian day, or sol, of its mission. The observed area is about 3 centimeters (1.2 inches) across.

  5. Structured luminescence conversion layer

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    Berben, Dirk; Antoniadis, Homer; Jermann, Frank; Krummacher, Benjamin Claus; Von Malm, Norwin; Zachau, Martin

    2012-12-11

    An apparatus device such as a light source is disclosed which has an OLED device and a structured luminescence conversion layer deposited on the substrate or transparent electrode of said OLED device and on the exterior of said OLED device. The structured luminescence conversion layer contains regions such as color-changing and non-color-changing regions with particular shapes arranged in a particular pattern.

  6. Bismuth oxyhalide nanomaterials: layered structures meet photocatalysis

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    Li, Jie; Yu, Ying; Zhang, Lizhi

    2014-07-01

    In recent years, layered bismuth oxyhalide nanomaterials have received more and more interest as promising photocatalysts because their unique layered structures endow them with fascinating physicochemical properties; thus, they have great potential photocatalytic applications for environment remediation and energy harvesting. In this article, we explore the synthesis strategies and growth mechanisms of layered bismuth oxyhalide nanomaterials, and propose design principles of tailoring a layered configuration to control the nanoarchitectures for high efficient photocatalysis. Subsequently, we focus on their layered structure dependent properties, including pH-related crystal facet exposure and phase transformation, facet-dependent photoactivity and molecular oxygen activation pathways, so as to clarify the origin of the layered structure dependent photoreactivity. Furthermore, we summarize various strategies for modulating the composition and arrangement of layered structures to enhance the photoactivity of nanostructured bismuth oxyhalides via internal electric field tuning, dehalogenation effect, surface functionalization, doping, plasmon modification, and heterojunction construction, which may offer efficient guidance for the design and construction of high-performance bismuth oxyhalide-based photocatalysis systems. Finally, we highlight some crucial issues in engineering the layered-structure mediated properties of bismuth oxyhalide photocatalysts and provide tentative suggestions for future research on increasing their photocatalytic performance.

  7. Structural Origin of Overcharge-Induced Thermal Instability of Ni-Containing Layered-Cathodes for High-Energy-Density Lithium Batteries

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    Wu, L.; Nam, K.-W.; Wang, X.; Zhou, Y.; Zheng, J.-C.; Yang, X.-Q.; Zhu, Y.

    2011-08-04

    Using a combination of time-resolved X-ray diffraction (XRD), in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and first principles calculations, we explore the structural origin of the overcharge induced thermal instability of two cathode materials, LiNi{sub 0.8}Co{sub 0.15}Al{sub 0.05}O{sub 2} and LiNi{sub 1/3}Co{sub 1/3}Mn{sub 1/3}O{sub 2}, which exhibit significant difference in thermal stabilities. Detailed TEM analysis reveals, for the first time, a complex core-shell-surface structure of the particles in both materials that was not previously detected by XRD. Structural comparison indicates that the overcharged Li{sub x}Ni{sub 0.8}Co{sub 0.15}Al{sub 0.05}O{sub 2} (x < 0.15) particles consist of a rhombohedral core, a spinel shell, and a rock-salt structure at the surface, while the overcharged Li{sub x}Ni{sub 1/3}Co{sub 1/3}Mn{sub 1/3}O{sub 2} consists of a similar core-shell-surface structure but a very different CdI{sub 2}-type surface structure. The thermal instability of Li{sub x}Ni{sub 0.8}Co{sub 0.15}Al{sub 0.05}O{sub 2} can be attributed to the release of oxygen because of the rapid growth of the rock-salt-type structure on the surface during heating. In contrast, the CdI{sub 2}-type surface structure of the overcharged Li{sub x}Ni{sub 1/3}Co{sub 1/3}Mn{sub 1/3}O{sub 2} particles delays the oxygen-release reaction to a much higher temperature resulting in better stability. These results gave deep insight into the relationship between the local structural changes and the thermal stability of cathode materials, which is vital to the development of new cathode materials for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries.

  8. Planetary Origin Evolution and Structure

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    Stevenson, David J.

    2005-01-01

    This wide-ranging grant supported theoretical modeling on many aspects of the formation, evolution and structure of planets and satellites. Many topics were studied during this grant period, including the evolution of icy bodies; the origin of magnetic fields in Ganymede; the thermal histories of terrestrial planets; the nature of flow inside giant planets (especially the coupling to the magnetic field) and the dynamics of silicate/iron mixing during giant impacts and terrestrial planet core formation. Many of these activities are ongoing and have not reached completion. This is the nature of this kind of research.

  9. Tomographic reconstruction of layered tissue structures

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    Hielscher, Andreas H.; Azeez-Jan, Mohideen; Bartel, Sebastian

    2001-11-01

    In recent years the interest in the determination of optical properties of layered tissue structure has resurfaced. Applications include, for example, studies on layered skin tissue and underlying muscles, imaging of the brain underneath layers of skin, skull, and meninges, and imaging of the fetal head in utero beneath the layered structures of the maternal abdomen. In this work we approach the problem of layered structures in the framework of model-based iterative image reconstruction schemes. These schemes are currently developed to determine the optical properties inside tissue from measurement on the surface. If applied to layered structure these techniques yield substantial improvements over currently available semi-analytical approaches.

  10. Buffer layer for thin film structures

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    Foltyn, Stephen R.; Jia, Quanxi; Arendt, Paul N.; Wang, Haiyan

    2010-06-15

    A composite structure including a base substrate and a layer of a mixture of strontium titanate and strontium ruthenate is provided. A superconducting article can include a composite structure including an outermost layer of magnesium oxide, a buffer layer of strontium titanate or a mixture of strontium titanate and strontium ruthenate and a top-layer of a superconducting material such as YBCO upon the buffer layer.

  11. Buffer layer for thin film structures

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    Foltyn, Stephen R.; Jia, Quanxi; Arendt, Paul N.; Wang, Haiyan

    2006-10-31

    A composite structure including a base substrate and a layer of a mixture of strontium titanate and strontium ruthenate is provided. A superconducting article can include a composite structure including an outermost layer of magnesium oxide, a buffer layer of strontium titanate or a mixture of strontium titanate and strontium ruthenate and a top-layer of a superconducting material such as YBCO upon the buffer layer.

  12. The origin of rhythmic layering in the Cape Neddick Plutonic Complex, Maine

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    Shipley, J. . Dept. of Geology)

    1993-03-01

    The Cape Neddick Plutonic Complex located along the southwestern coast of Maine is a small layered gabbroic body. It contains four concentric gabbros of differing composition, From the center to the exterior these are Cortlandtitic, Anorthositic, Normal, and Pegmatitic gabbros. They vary slightly in the proportion of essential minerals; plagioclase, clinopyroxene, hornblende, and biotite [+-] opaques and olivine. Rhythmic layering is seen in all four gabbros. This layering is also concentric around the center of the complex. The best exposure of the layering is along the coast where non-graded and graded rhythmic layering is seen extensively in the Normal gabbro. Only non-graded layering is seen in the Anorthositic gabbro. Non-graded layers were sampled at two localities. One locality is on Cape Nubble Island in the Normal gabbro. The second locality is in the Anorthositic gabbro along the northern coast. The layers are roughly 5--8 cm in width and are continuous around the complex. They are identified on weathered surfaces as alternating bands of felsic and mafic minerals. Layers are not obvious in hand sample. Approximately 15--20 layers were sampled perpendicular to layering. Petrographic and geochemical studies will help constrain the origin of rhythmic layering in the Cape Neddick Complex. Crystal settling or structural processes seem highly unlikely due to the small distance between the layers and the fact that they are not graded. Possible models include multiple pulses of magma within the same magma chamber, density currents, or in situ fractionation by a nucleation-diffusion process. Modal and chemical analysis of mineral phases within individual layers will allow comparison of the bulk composition of each layer. Analysis of coexisting pyroxene and plagioclase can be used to estimate compositional variations in the parent liquid.

  13. Radiative Impacts of Elevated Aerosol Layers from Different Origins

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    Sauer, D. N.; Weinzierl, B.; Gasteiger, J.; Heimerl, K.

    2014-12-01

    Aerosol particles are omnipresent in the Earth's atmosphere and have important impacts on weather and climate by their effects on the atmospheric radiative balance. With the advent of more and more sophisticated representations of atmospheric processes in earth system models, the lack of reliable input data on aerosols leads to significant uncertainties in the prediction of future climate scenarios. In recent years large discrepancies in radiative forcing estimates from aerosol layers in modeling studies have been revealed emphasizing the need for detailed and systematic observations of aerosols. Airborne in-situ measurements represent an important pillar for validating both model results and retrievals of aerosol distributions and properties from remote sensing methods on global scales. However, detailed observations are challenging and therefore are subject to substantial uncertainties themselves. Here we use data from airborne in-situ measurements of elevated aerosol layers from various field experiments in different regions of the world. The data set includes Saharan mineral dust layers over Africa, the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean from the SALTRACE and the SAMUM campaigns as well as long-range transported biomass burning aerosol layers from wild fires in the Sahel region and North America measured over the tropical Atlantic Ocean, Europe and the Arctic detected during SAMUM2, CONCERT2011, DC3 and ACCESS 2012. We aim to characterize the effects of the measured aerosol layers, in particular with respect to ageing, mixing state and vertical structure, on the overall atmospheric radiation budget as well as local heating and cooling rates. We use radiative transfer simulations of short and long-wave radiation and aerosol optical properties derived in a consistent way from the in-situ observations of microphysical properties using T-matrix calculations. The results of this characterization will help to improve the parameterization of the effects of elevated aerosol layers in earth system models. In addition, we assess uncertainties in radiative forcing estimates introduced by uncertainties in the measured aerosol properties.

  14. Nanoasperity: structure origin of nacre-inspired nanocomposites.

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    Xia, Shuang; Wang, Zuoning; Chen, Hong; Fu, Wenxin; Wang, Jianfeng; Li, Zhibo; Jiang, Lei

    2015-02-24

    Natural nacre with superior mechanical property is generally attributed to the layered "brick-and-mortar" nanostructure. However, the role of nanograins on the hard aragonite platelets, which is so-called nanoasperity, is rarely addressed. Herein, we prepared silica platelets with aragonite-like nanoasperities via biomineralization strategy and investigated the effects of nanoasperity on the mechanical properties of resulting layered nanocomposites composed of roughened silica platelets and poly(vinyl alcohol). The tensile deformation behavior of the nanocomposites demonstrates that nanograins on silica platelets are responsive for strain hardening, improved strength, and toughness. The structure origin is attributed to the nanoasperity-controlled platelet sliding. PMID:25625593

  15. Water Content and Deformation Microstructure of Layered Panzhihua Gabbro: Implications for the Origin of Rhythmic Layering

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    Zhang, J.; Wang, F.; Wang, Z.; Song, S.

    2014-12-01

    The Panzhihua, Hongge and Baima mafic-ultramafic layered intrusions host three giant Fe-Ti oxide deposites in the Pangzhihua-Xichang (Panxi) region, SW China. Various proportions of silicates (plagioclase, pyroxene and olivine), ilmenite and magnitite form rhythmic layering in the upper part of the intrusions. The origin of rhythmic layering in mafic-ultramafic layered intrusions has been debated for a long time in the literatures. Here we provide detailed FTIR and EBSD studies on the water content and deformation microstructure of gabbros from the Panzhihua intrusion. The FTIR analyses revealed a significant amount of hydroxyls in both clinopyroxene (411-775 ppm) and plagioclase (328-716 ppm), suggesting a high water content mantle plume source. The EBSD analyses show: 1) a weak clinopyroxene fabric of (100) parallel to foliation and [001] parallel to lineation; 2) a strong plagioclase fabric of (010) parallel to foliation and [100] parallel to lineation; 3) a weak ilmenite fabric of (001) parallel to foliation and [hk0] parallel to lieantion; 4) a near random magnitite fabric. These results suggest weak plagioclase is the main strain accommedation phase in lower crustal rocks under hydrous conditions, which is also consistent with previous deformation experiments on plagioclase and clinoproxene. Water plays an important role in deteriming the rheology contrast between plagioclase and clinoproxene. Our results revealed strong layer-parallel shearing deformation during the formation of the Panxi layered intrusions. We propose that the formation of the rhythmic layering is mainly caused by rheological stratification rather than chemical stratification of Fe-Ti oxides and gabbros.

  16. Two layer structure for reinforcing pothole repair

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    Yuan, Wei; Yuan, Kuo-Yao; Zou, Linhua; Yang, Jenn-Ming; Ju, Jiann-Wen; Kao, Wei; Carlson, Larry

    2013-04-01

    We have applied dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) resin for reinforcing pothole patch materials due to its unique properties - low cost, low viscosity at beginning and ultra-toughness after curing, chemical compatibility with tar, tunable curing profile through catalyst design. In this paper, we have designed a two layer structure - well compacted base layer and DCPD reinforced 1-1.5" top layer - for pothole repair. By choosing two graded asphalt mixes, a porous top layer and fully compacted base layer was prepared after compaction and ready for DCPD resin infiltration. The DCPD curing and infiltration profile within this porous top layer was measured with thermocouples. The rutting resistance was tested with home-made wheel rutter. The cage effect due to the p-DCPD wrapping was characterized with wheel penetration test. The results showed that this two layer structure pothole repair has greatly improved properties and can be used for pothole repair to increase the service life.

  17. Simulation of plasma double-layer structures

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    Borovsky, J. E.; Joyce, G.

    1982-01-01

    Electrostatic plasma double layers are numerically simulated by means of a magnetized 2 1/2 dimensional particle in cell method. The investigation of planar double layers indicates that these one dimensional potential structures are susceptible to periodic disruption by instabilities in the low potential plasmas. Only a slight increase in the double layer thickness with an increase in its obliqueness to the magnetic field is observed. Weak magnetization results in the double layer electric field alignment of accelerated particles and strong magnetization results in their magnetic field alignment. The numerical simulations of spatially periodic two dimensional double layers also exhibit cyclical instability. A morphological invariance in two dimensional double layers with respect to the degree of magnetization implies that the potential structures scale with Debye lengths rather than with gyroradii. Electron beam excited electrostatic electron cyclotron waves and (ion beam driven) solitary waves are present in the plasmas adjacent to the double layers.

  18. Structure investigation of luminescent porous GaAs layers

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    Bendorius, Rimgaudas A.; Jasutis, Vytautas; Pacebutas, Vaidas; Sabataityte, J.; Snitka, Valentinas J.; Simkiene, I.; Tvardauskas, H.

    2001-04-01

    Porous GaAs layers obtained by electrochemical etching were investigated using SEM, AFM and optical methods. It was established that increasing etching duration and current density change the porosity of bulk GaAs and at the same time, both gallium and arsenic oxides are formed on the sample surface. Photoluminescence spectra of investigated porous layers consist of 'infrared' and 'green' spectral structures. The 'infrared' structure exhibits a red-shift of its peak energies, and intensity of 'green' structure is highly dependent on etching conditions. Possible reasons of origin and of changes in those spectra are discussed.

  19. The kinematics of turbulent boundary layer structure

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    Robinson, Stephen Kern

    1991-01-01

    The long history of research into the internal structure of turbulent boundary layers has not provided a unified picture of the physics responsible for turbulence production and dissipation. The goals of the present research are to: (1) define the current state of boundary layer structure knowledge; and (2) utilize direct numerical simulation results to help close the unresolved issues identified in part A and to unify the fragmented knowledge of various coherent motions into a consistent kinematic model of boundary layer structure. The results of the current study show that all classes of coherent motion in the low Reynolds number turbulent boundary layer may be related to vortical structures, but that no single form of vortex is representative of the wide variety of vortical structures observed. In particular, ejection and sweep motions, as well as entrainment from the free-streem are shown to have strong spatial and temporal relationships with vortical structures. Disturbances of vortex size, location, and intensity show that quasi-streamwise vortices dominate the buffer region, while transverse vortices and vortical arches dominate the wake region. Both types of vortical structure are common in the log region. The interrelationships between the various structures and the population distributions of vortices are combined into a conceptual kinematic model for the boundary layer. Aspects of vortical structure dynamics are also postulated, based on time-sequence animations of the numerically simulated flow.

  20. Structure and origin of cometary nuclei

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    Donn, B.; Rahe, J.

    1981-01-01

    There is strong evidence that a comet nucleus consists of a single object whose basic structure is Whipple's icy conglomerate. A number of cometary phenomena indicate that the nucleus is a low density, fragile object with a large degree of radial uniformity in structure and composition. Details of the ice-dust pattern are more uncertain. A working model is proposed which is based on theories of accumulation of larger objects from grains. This nucleus is a distorted spherical aggregate of a hierarchy of ice-dust cometesimals. These cometesimals retain some separate identity which lead to comet fragmentation when larger components break off. The outer layers of new comets were modified by cosmic ray irradiation in the Oort Cloud. The evidence for meteorite-comet association is steill controversial. Current dynamical studies do not seem to require a cometary source of meteorites.

  1. Origins of serotonin innervation of forebrain structures

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    Kellar, K. J.; Brown, P. A.; Madrid, J.; Bernstein, M.; Vernikos-Danellis, J.; Mehler, W. R.

    1977-01-01

    The tryptophan hydroxylase activity and high-affinity uptake of (3H) serotonin ((3H)5-HT) were measured in five discrete brain regions of rats following lesions of the dorsal or median raphe nuclei. Dorsal raphe lesions reduced enzyme and uptake activity in the striatum only. Median raphe lesions reduced activities in the hippocampus, septal area, frontal cortex, and, to a lesser extent, in the hypothalamus. These data are consistent with the suggestion that the dorsal and median raphe nuclei are the origins of two separate ascending serotonergic systems - one innervating striatal structures and the other mesolimbic structures, predominantly. In addition, the data suggest that measurements of high-affinity uptake of (3H)5-HT may be a more reliable index of innervation than either 5-HT content or tryptophan hydroxylase activity.

  2. Origin of voltage decay in high-capacity layered oxide electrodes

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    Sathiya, M.; Abakumov, A. M.; Foix, D.; Rousse, G.; Ramesha, K.; Saubanère, M.; Doublet, M. L.; Vezin, H.; Laisa, C. P.; Prakash, A. S.; Gonbeau, D.; Vantendeloo, G.; Tarascon, J.-M.

    2015-02-01

    Although Li-rich layered oxides (Li1+xNiyCozMn1-x-y-zO2 > 250 mAh g-1) are attractive electrode materials providing energy densities more than 15% higher than today’s commercial Li-ion cells, they suffer from voltage decay on cycling. To elucidate the origin of this phenomenon, we employ chemical substitution in structurally related Li2RuO3 compounds. Li-rich layered Li2Ru1-yTiyO3 phases with capacities of ~240 mAh g-1 exhibit the characteristic voltage decay on cycling. A combination of transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies reveals that the migration of cations between metal layers and Li layers is an intrinsic feature of the charge-discharge process that increases the trapping of metal ions in interstitial tetrahedral sites. A correlation between these trapped ions and the voltage decay is established by expanding the study to both Li2Ru1-ySnyO3 and Li2RuO3; the slowest decay occurs for the cations with the largest ionic radii. This effect is robust, and the finding provides insights into new chemistry to be explored for developing high-capacity layered electrodes that evade voltage decay.

  3. Simulation of plasma double-layer structures

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    Borovsky, J.E.; Joyce, G.

    1982-01-01

    Electrostatic plasma double layers are numerically simulated by means of a magnetized 2 1/2-dimensional particle-in-cell method. The investigation of planar double layers indicates that these one-dimensional potential structures are susceptible to periodic disruption by instabilities in the low-potential plasmas. Only a slight increase in the double-layer thickness with an increase in its obliqueness to the magnetic field is observed. Weak magnetization results in the double-layer electric-field alignment of accelerated particles and strong magnetization results in their magnetic-field alignment. The numerial simulations of spatially periodic two-dimensional double layers also exhibit cyclical instability. A morphological invariance in two-dimensional double layers with respect to the degree of magnetization implies that the potential structures scale with Debye lengths rather than with gyroradii. Electron-beam excited electrostatic electron-cyclotron waves and (ion-beam driven) solitary waves are present in the plasmas adjacent to the double layers.

  4. Structural origin of light emission in germanium quantum dots

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    Little, W.; Karatutlu, A.; Bolmatov, D.; Trachenko, K.; Sapelkin, A. V.; Cibin, G.; Taylor, R.; Mosselmans, F.; Dent, A. J.; Mountjoy, G.

    2014-01-01

    We used a combination of optically-detected x-ray absorption spectroscopy with molecular dynamics simulations to explore the origins of light emission in small (5 nm to 9 nm) Ge nanoparticles. Two sets of nanoparticles were studied, with oxygen and hydrogen terminated surfaces. We show that optically-detected x-ray absorption spectroscopy shows sufficient sensitivity to reveal the different origins of light emission in these two sets of samples. We found that in oxygen terminated nanoparticles its the oxide-rich regions that are responsible for the light emission. In hydrogen terminated nanoparticles we established that structurally disordered Ge regions contribute to the luminescence. Using a combination of molecular dynamics simulations and optically-detected x-ray absorption spectroscopy we show that these disordered regions correspond to the disordered layer a few Å thick at the surface of the simulated nanoparticle. PMID:25487681

  5. Some new aspects of the transient ionization layer of comet Siding Spring origin in the Martian upper atmosphere

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    Venkateswara Rao, N.; ManasaMohana, P.; Jayaraman, A.; Rao, S. V. B.

    2016-04-01

    The close encounter of comet Siding Spring with Mars resulted in the formation of a dense transient ionization layer in the Martian upper atmosphere at altitudes between 80 and 120 km. Instruments on three spacecraft orbiting Mars detected the presence of this layer, as reported in previous publications. In this study, we reanalyzed the ionograms of the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Sounding (MARSIS) instrument on Mars Express to get further insight about the recurrence of the layer. For this purpose, data from three periapsis passes of MARSIS that took place 5 h, 12 h, and 19 h after peak dust deposition are used. We found that the transient ionization layer was sustained at least for 19 h on the nightside and 12 h on the dayside. While the peak density of the layer on the nightside gradually decreases from orbit to orbit, it does not change much on the dayside. Some ionograms in all three orbits show two transient ionization layers that are separated by ~60 km in apparent altitude. These double layers occur preferentially in regions of strong vertical magnetic fields. The bottom layer of the double structure is probably an oblique echo due to reflections from ionization bulges (formed in regions of vertical magnetic fields) at altitudes of the transient ionization layer. Horizontal bifurcation of the original layer is considered as another plausible mechanism for explaining the double-layer structure.

  6. Layered chalcogenide glass structures for IR lenses

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    Gibson, Daniel; Bayya, Shyam; Sanghera, Jas; Nguyen, Vinh; Scribner, Dean; Maksimovic, Velimir; Gill, John; Yi, Allen; Deegan, John; Unger, Blair

    2014-07-01

    A technique for fabricating novel infrared (IR) lenses can enable a reduction in the size and weight of IR imaging optics through the use of layered glass structures. These structures can range from having a few thick glass layers, mimicking cemented doublets and triplets, to having many thin glass layers approximating graded index (GRIN) lenses. The effectiveness of these structures relies on having materials with diversity in refractive index (large Δn) and dispersion and similar thermo-viscous behavior (common glass transition temperature, ΔTg = 10°C). A library of 13 chalcogenide glasses with broad IR transmission (NIR through LWIR bands) was developed to satisfy these criteria. The lens fabrication methodology, including glass design and synthesis, sheet fabrication, preform making, lens molding and surface finishing are presented.

  7. Origin and consequences of silicate glass passivation by surface layers

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    Gin, Stéphane; Jollivet, Patrick; Fournier, Maxime; Angeli, Frédéric; Frugier, Pierre; Charpentier, Thibault

    2015-02-01

    Silicate glasses are durable materials, but are they sufficiently durable to confine highly radioactive wastes for hundreds of thousands years? Addressing this question requires a thorough understanding of the mechanisms underpinning aqueous corrosion of these materials. Here we show that in silica-saturated solution, a model glass of nuclear interest corrodes but at a rate that dramatically drops as a passivating layer forms. Water ingress into the glass, leading to the congruent release of mobile elements (B, Na and Ca), is followed by in situ repolymerization of the silicate network. This material is at equilibrium with pore and bulk solutions, and acts as a molecular sieve with a cutoff below 1 nm. The low corrosion rate resulting from the formation of this stable passivating layer enables the objective of durability to be met, while progress in the fundamental understanding of corrosion unlocks the potential for optimizing the design of nuclear glass-geological disposal.

  8. Origin and consequences of silicate glass passivation by surface layers

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    Gin, Stéphane; Jollivet, Patrick; Fournier, Maxime; Angeli, Frédéric; Frugier, Pierre; Charpentier, Thibault

    2015-01-01

    Silicate glasses are durable materials, but are they sufficiently durable to confine highly radioactive wastes for hundreds of thousands years? Addressing this question requires a thorough understanding of the mechanisms underpinning aqueous corrosion of these materials. Here we show that in silica-saturated solution, a model glass of nuclear interest corrodes but at a rate that dramatically drops as a passivating layer forms. Water ingress into the glass, leading to the congruent release of mobile elements (B, Na and Ca), is followed by in situ repolymerization of the silicate network. This material is at equilibrium with pore and bulk solutions, and acts as a molecular sieve with a cutoff below 1 nm. The low corrosion rate resulting from the formation of this stable passivating layer enables the objective of durability to be met, while progress in the fundamental understanding of corrosion unlocks the potential for optimizing the design of nuclear glass-geological disposal. PMID:25695377

  9. Origin and consequences of silicate glass passivation by surface layers.

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    Gin, Stéphane; Jollivet, Patrick; Fournier, Maxime; Angeli, Frédéric; Frugier, Pierre; Charpentier, Thibault

    2015-01-01

    Silicate glasses are durable materials, but are they sufficiently durable to confine highly radioactive wastes for hundreds of thousands years? Addressing this question requires a thorough understanding of the mechanisms underpinning aqueous corrosion of these materials. Here we show that in silica-saturated solution, a model glass of nuclear interest corrodes but at a rate that dramatically drops as a passivating layer forms. Water ingress into the glass, leading to the congruent release of mobile elements (B, Na and Ca), is followed by in situ repolymerization of the silicate network. This material is at equilibrium with pore and bulk solutions, and acts as a molecular sieve with a cutoff below 1 nm. The low corrosion rate resulting from the formation of this stable passivating layer enables the objective of durability to be met, while progress in the fundamental understanding of corrosion unlocks the potential for optimizing the design of nuclear glass-geological disposal. PMID:25695377

  10. Origin of conductive surface layer in annealed ZnO

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    Look, D. C.; Claflin, B.; Smith, H. E.

    2008-03-24

    The highly conductive surface layers found in nearly all as-grown or annealed bulk ZnO wafers are studied by temperature-dependent Hall-effect and secondary-ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) measurements. In this work, we have used annealing in N{sub 2} at 900 deg. C, and forming gas (5% H{sub 2} in N{sub 2}) at 600 deg. C, to cause a large enough surface conduction that SIMS measurements can be reliably employed. The increased near-surface donor density, as determined from two-layer Hall-effect modeling, is consistent with an increased near-surface concentration of Al, Ga, and In atoms, resulting from diffusion. There is no evidence for participation of any donors involving H.

  11. The structure of APG turbulent boundary layers

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    Gungor, Ayse G.; Maciel, Yvan; Simens, Mark P.; Soria, Julio

    2013-11-01

    A boundary layer under influence of a strong APG is studied using DNS. Transition to turbulence is triggered using a trip wire which is modelled using the immersed boundary method. The Reynolds number close to the exit of the numerical domain is Re? = 2175 and the shape-factor H = 2 . 5 . Two dimensional two-point spatial correlation functions are obtained in this region and close to the transition region. Cvu with a reference point close to the transition region shows a flow periodicity until Re? ~ 1600 . This periodicity is related to the shear layer instability of the separation bubble created as a result of the APG. The Cvv and Cww correlations obtained far from the transition region at Re? = 2175 and at y / ? = 0 . 4 coincide with results obtained for a ZPG boundary layer. Implying that the structure of the v , w fluctuations is the same as in ZPG. However, Cuu indicates that the structure of the u fluctuation in an APG boundary layer is almost twice as short as the ZPG structures. The APG structures are also less correlated with the flow at the wall. The near wall structure of strong APG flows is different from ZPG flows in that streaks are much shorter or absent. Funded in part by ITU, NSERC of Canada, ARC Discovery Grant, and Multiflow program of the ERC.

  12. Nanomanufacturing : nano-structured materials made layer-by-layer.

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    Cox, James V.; Cheng, Shengfeng; Grest, Gary Stephen; Tjiptowidjojo, Kristianto; Reedy, Earl David, Jr.; Fan, Hongyou; Schunk, Peter Randall; Chandross, Michael Evan; Roberts, Scott A.

    2011-10-01

    Large-scale, high-throughput production of nano-structured materials (i.e. nanomanufacturing) is a strategic area in manufacturing, with markets projected to exceed $1T by 2015. Nanomanufacturing is still in its infancy; process/product developments are costly and only touch on potential opportunities enabled by growing nanoscience discoveries. The greatest promise for high-volume manufacturing lies in age-old coating and imprinting operations. For materials with tailored nm-scale structure, imprinting/embossing must be achieved at high speeds (roll-to-roll) and/or over large areas (batch operation) with feature sizes less than 100 nm. Dispersion coatings with nanoparticles can also tailor structure through self- or directed-assembly. Layering films structured with these processes have tremendous potential for efficient manufacturing of microelectronics, photovoltaics and other topical nano-structured devices. This project is designed to perform the requisite R and D to bring Sandia's technology base in computational mechanics to bear on this scale-up problem. Project focus is enforced by addressing a promising imprinting process currently being commercialized.

  13. Structural phase transitions in layered perovskitelike crystals

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    Aleksandrov, K.S.

    1995-03-01

    Possible symmetry changes due to small tilts of octahedra are considered for layered perovskite-like crystals containing slabs of several ({ell}) layers of comer-sharing octahedra. In the crystals with {ell} > 1, four types of distortions are possible; as a rule, these distortions correspond to the librational modes of the parent lattice. Condensation of these soft modes is the reason for structural phase transitions or sequences of phase transitions. The results obtained are compared with the known experimental data for a number of layered ferroelectric and ferroelastic perovskite-like compounds. An application of the results to the initial stage of determining unknown structures is discussed with particular attention paid to high-temperature superconductors. 76 refs., 9 figs., 7 tabs.

  14. Origin and effect of nonlocality in a layered composite.

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    Silling, Stewart Andrew

    2014-01-01

    A simple demonstration of nonlocality in a heterogeneous material is presented. By analysis of the microscale deformation of a two-component layered medium, it is shown that nonlocal interactions necessarily appear in a homogenized model of the system. Explicit expressions for the nonlocal forces are determined. The way these nonlocal forces appear in various nonlocal elasticity theories is derived. The length scales that emerge involve the constituent material properties as well as their geometrical dimen- sions. A peridynamic material model for the smoothed displacement eld is derived. It is demonstrated by comparison with experimental data that the incorporation of non- locality in modeling dramatically improves the prediction of the stress concentration in an open hole tension test on a composite plate.

  15. Ice Layers Origins in Icy Satellites and Icy Giants

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    Panzik, J. E.; Lee, K. K.

    2009-12-01

    Icy giant planets such as Uranus and Neptune are believed to have differentiated into three primary sections: an atmosphere of helium, methane gas, and molecular hydrogen; an icy mantle of water, ammonia, and methane; and a core of rock and iron. Icy satellites of the gas giant planets Jupiter and Saturn are also thought to have layers of ices that include carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, although at reduced pressures and temperatures. Here we investigate ammonium bicarbonate (NH4)HCO3, which degenerates to water, carbon dioxide and ammonia between 36 and 60 C at room pressure. We performed quasi-hydrostatic high-pressure diamond-anvil cell (DAC) experiments up to 30 GPa over a range of temperatures (22 to 150 C). Preliminary analysis shows that ammonium bicarbonate not only breaks down to its icy components with increased temperature, but also at increased pressures of ~2 GPa. The individual reaction components reformed into ammonium bicarbonate upon pressure quenching for unheated samples.

  16. Electronic structure of bacterial surface protein layers

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    Maslyuk, Volodymyr V.; Mertig, Ingrid; Bredow, Thomas; Mertig, Michael; Vyalikh, Denis V.; Molodtsov, Serguei L.

    2008-01-15

    We report an approach for the calculation of the electronic density of states of the dried two-dimensional crystalline surface protein layer (S layer) of the bacterium Bacillus sphaericus NCTC 9602. The proposed model is based on the consideration of individual amino acids in the corresponding conformation of the peptide chain which additively contribute to the electronic structure of the entire protein complex. The derived results agree well with the experimental data obtained by means of photoemission (PE), resonant PE, and near-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy.

  17. Identifying layers in random multiphase structures

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    Mader, Kevin; Stampanoni, Marco

    2016-01-01

    X-Ray microscopic methods, benefiting from the large penetration depth of X-rays in many materials, enable 3D investigation of a wide variety of samples. This allows for a wide variety of physical, chemical, and biological structures to be seen and explored, in some cases even in real time. Such measurements have lead to insights into paleontology, vulcanology, genetics, and material science. The ability to see and visualize complex systems can provide otherwise unobtainable information on structure, interactions, mechanical behavior, and evolution. The field has, however, led to a massive amount of new, heterogenous, difficult to process data. We present a general, model-free approach for characterizing multiphase 3D systems and show how the method can be applied to experimental X-ray microscopy data to better understand and quantify layer structure in two typical systems: investigation of layered fibers and clay samples.

  18. Tracing Heliospheric Structures to Their Solar Origin

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    Wimmer-Schweingruber, R. F.

    2014-12-01

    The solar wind creates a giant plasma bubble in our immediate, very local interstellar medium (VLISM), the heliosphere. As is true for every physical system, its structure is determined by dynamic processes and by the boundary conditions at the Sun and in the VLISM. Because of the supersonic expansion of the solar wind the structure of the inner (several AU) heliosphere is (nearly) exclusively determined by the Sun. As simple as this may all appear, the problem of linking heliospheric structure to solar features is remarkably complex and has so far eluded satisfactory solutions. ESA and NASA have implemented the Solar Orbiter and Solar Probe Plus missions to tackle and solve the mystery of how the Sun creates and controls the heliosphere. Previous missions, especially the twin Helios mission, lacked two crucial elements, remote-sensing of solar features and their dynamics, and composition measurements of the solar plasma, wind, and energetic particles. Solar Orbiter has both elements in its highly sophisticated payload and will allow us to link solar features to the solar wind sampled in situ by using composition and energetic particles as tracers. The composition of the solar wind is altered from its photospheric origin by two processes very probably acting at different altitudes in the solar atmosphere. Elemental composition of the solar wind appears to be fractionated by its First Ionization Potential (FIP) or time (FIT), indicating that some mechanism separates neutral atoms from ions. This requires temperatures low enough to allow a substantial neutral fraction of the solar plasma and therefore the FIP-effect is believed to act primarily in the chromosphere. Charge states on the other hand are determined by the expansion and acceleration of the solar wind and the electron temperature high in the corona. Solar Orbiter will allow remote-sensing measurements of the elemental composition of solar features and comparison with that measured in situ after the solar wind has traveled from the Sun to the spacecraft. Further information about the linkage between Sun and heliosphere will come from energetic particles which are tightly bound to magnetic field lines and therefore serve as good tracers for the magnetic connection between Sun and heliosphere.

  19. Persistent Structures in the Turbulent Boundary Layer

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    Palumbo, Dan; Chabalko, Chris

    2005-01-01

    Persistent structures in the turbulent boundary layer are located and analyzed. The data are taken from flight experiments on large commercial aircraft. An interval correlation technique is introduced which is able to locate the structures. The Morlet continuous wavelet is shown to not only locates persistent structures but has the added benefit that the pressure data are decomposed in time and frequency. To better understand how power is apportioned among these structures, a discrete Coiflet wavelet is used to decompose the pressure data into orthogonal frequency bands. Results indicate that some structures persist a great deal longer in the TBL than would be expected. These structure contain significant power and may be a primary source of vibration energy in the airframe.

  20. Structure and dynamics of layered molecular assemblies

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    Horne, Jennifer Conrad

    This dissertation focuses on the goal of understanding and controlling layered material properties from a molecular perspective. With this understanding, materials can be synthetically tailored to exhibit predetermined bulk properties. This investigation describes the optical response of a family of metal-phosphonate (MP) monolayers and multilayers, materials that are potentially useful because the films are easy to synthesize and are chemically and thermally stable. MP films have shown potential in a variety of chemical sensing and optical applications, and in this dissertation, the suitability of MP films for optical information storage is explored For this application, the extent of photonic energy transport within and between optically active layers is an important factor in determining the stability and specificity of optical modifications made to a material. Intralayer and interlayer energy transport processes can be studied selectively in MP films because the composition, and thus the properties, of each layer are controlled synthetically. It was determined by fluorescence relaxation dynamics in conjunction with atomic force microscopy (AFM) that the substrate and layer morphologies are key factors in determining the layer optical and physical properties. The initial MP layers in a multilayer are structurally heterogeneous, characterized by randomly distributed islands that are ~50 A in diameter. The population dynamics measured for these layers are non-exponential, chromophore concentration-independent, and identical for two different chromophores. The data is explained in the context of an excitation hopping model in a system where the surface is characterized by islands of aggregated chromophores as well as non-aggregated monomers. Within a MP monolayer, the dynamics are dominated by intra-island excitation hopping. Forster (dipolar) energy transfer between the energetically overlapped chromophores does not play a significant role in determining the relaxation dynamics of these systems, as the islands are separated by distances greater than the critical distance required for this process. Investigation of the interlayer energy transfer behavior revealed that transport between adjacent chromophore layers is precluded by the spatial modulation of the dielectric response of the MP film. These results are important for understanding the morphological, structural, and optical properties that will be useful for the incorporation of layered organic materials in future technologies.

  1. Multi-Layer Laminated Thin Films for Inflatable Structures

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    Yavrouian, Andre; Plett, Gary; Mannella, Jerami

    2005-01-01

    Special-purpose balloons and other inflatable structures would be constructed as flexible laminates of multiple thin polymeric films interspersed with layers of adhesive, according to a proposal. In the original intended application, the laminate would serve as the envelope of the Titan Aerobot a proposed robotic airship for exploring Titan (one of the moons of Saturn). Potential terrestrial applications for such flexible laminates could include blimps and sails. In the original application, the multi-layered laminate would contain six layers of 0.14-mil (0.0036-mm)-thick Mylar (or equivalent) polyethylene terephthalate film with a layer of adhesive between each layer of Mylar . The overall thickness and areal density of this laminate would be nearly the same as those of 1-mil (0.0254-mm)-thick monolayer polyethylene terephthalate sheet. However, the laminate would offer several advantages over the monolayer sheet, especially with respect to interrelated considerations of flexing properties, formation of pinholes, and difficulty or ease of handling, as discussed next. Most of the damage during flexing of the laminate would be localized in the outermost layers, where the radii of bending in a given bend would be the largest and, hence, the bending stress would be the greatest. The adverse effects of formation of pinholes would be nearly completely mitigated in the laminate because a pinhole in a given layer would not propagate to adjacent layers. Hence, the laminate would tend to remain effective as a barrier to retain gas. Similar arguments can be made regarding cracks: While a crack could form as a result of stress or a defect in the film material, a crack would not propagate into adjacent layers, and the adjacent layer(s) would even arrest propagation of the crack. In the case of the monolayer sheet, surface damage (scratches, dents, permanent folds, pinholes, and the like) caused by handling would constitute or give rise to defects that could propagate through the thickness as cracks or pinholes that would render the sheet less effective or ineffective as a barrier. In contrast, because damage incurred during handling of the laminate would ordinarily be limited to the outermost layers, the barrier properties of the laminate would be less likely to be adversely affected. Therefore, handling of the laminate would be easier because there would be less of a need to exercise care to ensure against surface damage.

  2. Plane mixing layer vortical structure kinematics

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    Leboeuf, Richard L.

    1993-01-01

    The objective of the current project was to experimentally investigate the structure and dynamics of the streamwise vorticity in a plane mixing layer. The first part of this research program was intended to clarify whether the observed decrease in mean streamwise vorticity in the far-field of mixing layers is due primarily to the 'smearing' caused by vortex meander or to diffusion. Two-point velocity correlation measurements have been used to show that there is little spanwise meander of the large-scale streamwise vortical structure. The correlation measurements also indicate a large degree of transverse meander of the streamwise vorticity which is not surprising since the streamwise vorticity exists in the inclined braid region between the spanwise vortex core regions. The streamwise convection of the braid region thereby introduces an apparent transverse meander into measurements using stationary probes. These results corroborated with estimated secondary velocity profiles in which the streamwise vorticity produces a signature which was tracked in time.

  3. DUAL ORIGIN OF AEROSOLS IN TITAN'S DETACHED HAZE LAYER

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    Cours, T.; Burgalat, J.; Rannou, P.; Rodriguez, S.; Brahic, A.

    2011-11-10

    We have analyzed scattered light profiles from the Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem, taken at the limb and at several large phase angles. We also used results from an occultation observed by Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph in the ultraviolet. We found that particles responsible for the scattering in the detached haze have an effective radius around 0.15 {mu}m and the aerosol size distribution follows a power law (exponent about -4.5). We discuss these results along with microphysical constraints and thermal equilibrium of the detached haze, and we conclude that only a strong interaction with atmospheric dynamics can explain such a structure.

  4. A challenging interpretation of a hexagonally layered protein structure

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    Thompson, Michael C.; Yeates, Todd O.

    2014-01-01

    The authors describe the structure determination of a hexagonally layered protein structure that suffered from a complicated combination of translational non-crystallographic symmetry and hemihedral twinning. This case serves as a reminder that broken crystallographic symmetry resulting from doubling of a unit-cell axis often requires a new choice of origin. The carboxysome is a giant protein complex that acts as a metabolic organelle in cyanobacteria and some chemoautotrophs. Its outer structure is formed by the assembly of thousands of copies of hexameric shell protein subunits into a molecular layer. The structure determination of a CcmK1 shell protein mutant (L11K) from the β-carboxysome of the cyanobacterium Synechocystis PCC6803 led to challenges in structure determination. Twinning, noncrystallographic symmetry and packing of hexameric units in a special arrangement led to initial difficulties in space-group assignment. The correct space group was clarified after initial model refinement revealed additional symmetry. This study provides an instructive example in which broken symmetry requires a new choice of unit-cell origin in order to identify the highest symmetry space group. An additional observation related to the packing arrangement of molecules in this crystal suggests that these hexameric shell proteins might have lower internal symmetry than previously believed.

  5. View of hyphen stair hall between original abobe structure and ...

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    View of hyphen stair hall between original abobe structure and wood frame addition (note original exterior siding now enclosed) - Zanetta House, San Juan Bautista State Historical Park, San Juan Bautista, San Benito County, CA

  6. Are there double layers in solar coronal transition region that accelerate ions originating solar wind?

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    Singh, N.

    2013-12-01

    Drawing from the physics of laser plasma expansion, laboratory experiments, magnetospheric observations on double layers (DLs), theory and simulations, we suggest that solar coronal transition region may contain randomly distributed numerous patches of double layers, which accelerate the ions from the upper chromosphere into the low corona. We expect the DLs to be distributed in a vertically thin layer while horizontally they are distributed widely. Such DLs provide a novel mechanism for the origin of the solar wind. The DL-based mechanism is based on expansion of dense cold chromospheric plasma consisting of cold ions, cold electrons with temperature Tc and a minor hot electron population with temperature Teh. Such plasma expansion naturally involves electric double layers, which are thin structures with vertical widths L much less than, say, about 100 plasma Debye lengths d. We envision that such double layers form in the upper chromosphere where charged particles collisions with neutral particles become rare at heights h > 1500 km above the photosphere and where ion-electron collision mean-free-path length S > L~ 10d. Such DLs are likely to form in magnetic flux tubes (coronal funnels) undergoing magnetic reconnection with magnetic fields in the chromospheric magnetic networks. Such reconnections produce the prerequisite hot electron population in the flux tube. The apparent vertical width of the coronal transition region (CTR) of the order of a few hundred kilometers is the consequence of the DLs vertically displaced in the plasma volume where the condition S > L ~ 10d is met. Since the magnetic reconnection and the DLs are dynamically evolving events, the CTR must be a highly dynamic region giving the observed zigzag boundary. The existence of the DLs in the CTR can be inferred from the outflow of ions from the chromosphere as beams, consisting of heavy and light ions, having the same energy before they are affected by other plasma processes and the solar gravity. The CTR double layers are analogous to the terrestrial auroral double layers that form at the zigzag transition between the dense ionospheric cold plasma and the hot plasma in the auroral density cavities. In the latter case, the hot electrons in the ionosphere result from backscattered hot electrons mirroring in the Earth's magnetic field. The mirroring of hot coronal electrons penetrating into the chromosphere may provide an additional source of the minor hot electron population in the upper chromosphere, in addition to the reconnection.

  7. Origin of crystalline quality deterioration in epitaxial growth of CeO2 layers on Si substrates

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    Inoue, Tomoyasu; Sakamoto, Naomichi; Horikawa, Akihiro; Takakura, Hirofumi; Takahashi, Kosei; Ohashi, Masayuki; Shida, Shigenari

    2003-07-01

    CeO2 layers with various degrees of crystallinity are characterized to get insight into the origin of the deterioration of epitaxial layers on Si substrates. The surface morphology of CeO2 layers is studied using atomic force microscopy and is correlated with the crystallinity of the layer determined by reflection high-energy electron diffraction. It is clearly observed that the surface morphology changes according to the crystallinity of the CeO2 layers. Single crystalline CeO2(110) layers with good crystallinity have a nanometer-scale periodically corrugated surface structure, which consists of (111) facets. As the crystalline quality of the CeO2 layers becomes worse, the number of irregularly shaped hillocks and tetrahedral hillocks increases and corresponds to distorted (110) grains and (111)-oriented polycrystalline grains, respectively. It is found that the crystalline quality is not uniform; different regions of crystallinity are distributed from place to place and the ratio of their population changes according to the degree of crystalline quality. Direct observation of irregularly shaped hillocks is carried out using cross-sectional lattice images from high resolution transmission electron microscopy. These features are discussed to understand the origin of the irregularly shaped hillocks in terms of the surface properties of the substrates at the early stage of growth.

  8. Flow visualization of turbulent boundary layer structure

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    Head, M. R.; Bandyopadhyay, P.

    1980-01-01

    The results from flow visualization experiments performed using an argon-ion laser to illuminate longitudinal and transverse sections of the smoke filled boundary layer in zero pressure gradient are discussed. Most of the experiments were confined to the range 600 Re sub theta 10,000. Results indicate that the boundary layer consists almost exclusively of vortex loops or hairpins, some of which may extend through the complete boundary layer thickness and all of which are inclined at a more or less constant characteristic angle of approximately 45 deg to the wall. Since the cross-stream dimensions of the hairpins appear to scale roughly with the wall variables U sub tau and nu, while their length is limited only by the boundary layer thickness, there are very large scale effects on the turbulence structure. At high Reynolds numbers (Re sub theta = 10,000) there is little evidence of large-scale coherent motions, other than a slow overturning of random agglomerations of the hairpins just mentioned.

  9. 1. Building #3, original structure and first addition, north side, ...

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    1. Building #3, original structure and first addition, north side, looking south. Photo shows (from left) the original 1911 structure, the 1939 infill addition, and the 1934 structure. - S. W. Shattuck Chemical Company, Incorporated, Building No. 3, 1805 South Bannock Street, Denver, Denver County, CO

  10. Crystal Structure of the Eukaryotic Origin Recognition Complex

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    Bleichert, Franziska; Botchan, Michael R.; Berger, James M.

    2015-01-01

    Initiation of cellular DNA replication is tightly controlled to sustain genomic integrity. In eukaryotes, the heterohexameric origin recognition complex (ORC) is essential for coordinating replication onset. The 3.5 Å resolution crystal structure of Drosophila ORC reveals that the 270 kDa initiator core complex comprises a two-layered notched ring in which a collar of winged-helix domains from the Orc1-5 subunits sits atop a layer of AAA+ ATPase folds. Although canonical inter-AAA+ domain interactions exist between four of the six ORC subunits, unanticipated features are also evident, including highly interdigitated domain-swapping interactions between the winged-helix folds and AAA+ modules of neighboring protomers, and a quasi-spiral arrangement of DNA binding elements that circumnavigate a ~20 Å wide channel in the center of the complex. Comparative analyses indicate that ORC encircles DNA, using its winged-helix domain face to engage the MCM2-7 complex during replicative helicase loading; however, an observed >90° out-of-plane rotation for the Orc1 AAA+ domain disrupts interactions with catalytic amino acids in Orc4, narrowing and sealing off entry into the central channel. Prima facie, our data indicate that Drosophila ORC can switch between active and autoinhibited conformations, suggesting a novel means for cell cycle and/or developmental control of ORC functions. PMID:25762138

  11. Phase decorrelation of coherent structures in a free shear layer

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    Ho, Chih-Ming; Zohar, Yitshak; Foss, Judith K.; Buell, Jeffrey C.

    1991-01-01

    The vortices near the origin of an initially laminar mixing layer have a single frequency with a well-defined phase; i.e., there is little phase jitter. Further downstream, however, the phase jitter increases suddenly. Even when the flow is forced, this same transition is observed. The forcing partially loses its influence because of the decorrelation of the phase between the forcing signal and the passing coherent structures. In the present investigation, this phenomenon is documented and the physical mechanism responsible for the phase decorrelation is identified.

  12. Origins of microspherules from the Permian-Triassic boundary event layers in South China

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    Zhang, Hua; Shen, Shu-zhong; Cao, Chang-qun; Zheng, Quan-feng

    2014-09-01

    Volcanism and impact scenarios are two of the most plausible ways of interpreting the causes of the largest biological mass extinction at the end-Permian. Microspherules have previously been widely reported from tens of different Permian-Triassic boundary (PTB) sections in South China and some other regions. These microspherules have been interpreted as either the product of volcanic eruptions or an impact event. In order to test these scenarios, we collected 60 samples from 12 intensively-studied PTB sections in South China. In addition, four soil samples close to these PTB layers were also collected for comparison. Our investigation indicates that abundant microspherules with mosaic or dot shape crystals on rounded surface are present in the surface samples in the PTB layers at Meishan, Meili, and Shatian sections and most soil background samples in South China. Those microspherules consist of four different types based on their main chemical composition, surface features, and internal structure including iron, magnetite-silicate, glassy, pyrite microspherules and framboids. In contrast, microspherules have not been found in a few sections in remote areas such as the Selong Xishan section in Tibet and the Dalongkou section in Xinjiang, Northwest China, in the deeply-excavated samples at the Shangsi section and the hard tuff layers around the PTB at the Xiaochehe Section in Guiyang. Microspherules decrease in abundance with depth in PTB clay beds. All these microspherules except the pyrite microspherules and framboids are found in both the PTB layers and the nearby soil background samples. The iron microspherules are pure iron oxides such as magnetite, hematite or maghemite and contain low concentrations of nickel and chromium, and lack an Ni-Fe core and general extraterrestrial mineral wüstite. All these external and chemical characteristics suggest that most of iron microspherules previously reported from PTB sections in South China are modern industrial fly ashes. A low ratio of Fe3 +/FeTotal in crystals of magnetite-silicate microspherules and high ZnO contents can identify them as industrial contaminants. The pyrite microspherules and framboidal pyrite found from bed 24e and bed 26 at the Meishan sections are of depositional or/and diagenetic origins, and only the rounded quartz and the fragments containing extremely high SiO2 and TiO2 are possibly of volcanic origin.

  13. What is the Age and Origin of the Spherule Bearing Layer in some Ross Sea Cores?

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    Yeh, C.; Abbott, D. H.; Anders, M. H.; Breger, D.

    2012-12-01

    L.P. Khyranina (1985) was the first to suggest that there were two structures present on the Antarctic continental shelf beneath the Ross Sea. One was the ~100 km Bowers impact crater candidate. However, there was no solid evidence that proved an extraterrestrial impact produced the Bowers structure. Debate has ensued for decades on whether the Bowers structure was an impact crater. Now we have come close to finding an answer. We used core samples taken near the crater and sieved into four size fractions (>250,>125,>63,>38 μm). Impact ejecta candidates were then picked from cores ELT 32-08, ELT 32-03, ELT 32-43, ELT 32-06, DSDP 273, DSDP 274, and NPB 95-01 39KC and were analyzed for chemical composition and physical features. All but DSDP site 274 contain pure SiO2 glasses that resemble tektites. We also found candidates for flow textured impact glass and shocked quartz. This led us to conclude that the origin of the spherule-bearing layer was from an impact. With the use of dated core NBP 95-01 39KC, we have constrained the age to lie between 7,305±80 BP and 11,150±95 BP (corrected radiocarbon ages) (Cunningham et al., 1999).

  14. The nature and origin of lateral composition modulations in short-period strained-layer superlattices

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    NORMAN,A.G.; AHRENKIEL,S.P.; MOUTINHO,H.R.; BALLIF,C.; ALJASSIM,M.M.; MASCARENHAS,A.; FOLLSTAEDT,DAVID M.; LEE,STEPHEN R.; RENO,JOHN L.; JONES,ERIC D.; MIRECKI-MILLUNCHICK,J.; TWESTEN,R.D.

    2000-01-27

    The nature and origin of lateral composition modulations in (AlAs){sub m}(InAs){sub n} SPSs grown by MBE on InP substrates have been investigated by XRD, AFM, and TEM. Strong modulations were observed for growth temperatures between {approx} 540 and 560 C. The maximum strength of modulations was found for SPS samples with InAs mole fraction x (=n/(n+m)) close to {approx} 0.50 and when n {approx} m {approx} 2. The modulations were suppressed at both high and low values of x. For x >0.52 (global compression) the modulations were along the <100> directions in the (001) growth plane. For x < 0.52 (global tension) the modulations were along the two <310> directions rotated {approx} {+-} 27{degree} from [110] in the growth plane. The remarkably constant wavelength of the modulations, between {approx} 20--30 nm, and the different modulation directions observed, suggest that the origin of the modulations is due to surface roughening associated with the high misfit between the individual SPS layers and the InP substrate. Highly uniform unidirectional modulations have been grown, by control of the InAs mole fraction and growth on suitably offcut substrates, which show great promise for application in device structures.

  15. Origin and Structure of Dynamic Cooperative Networks

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    Wardil, Lucas; Hauert, Christoph

    2014-01-01

    Societies are built on social interactions among individuals. Cooperation represents the simplest form of a social interaction: one individual provides a benefit to another one at a cost to itself. Social networks represent a dynamical abstraction of social interactions in a society. The behaviour of an individual towards others and of others towards the individual shape the individual's neighbourhood and hence the local structure of the social network. Here we propose a simple theoretical framework to model dynamic social networks by focussing on each individual's actions instead of interactions between individuals. This eliminates the traditional dichotomy between the strategy of individuals and the structure of the population and easily complements empirical studies. As a consequence, altruists, egoists and fair types are naturally determined by the local social structures, while globally egalitarian networks or stratified structures arise. Cooperative interactions drive the emergence and shape the structure of social networks. PMID:25030202

  16. Origin and Structure of Dynamic Cooperative Networks

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    Wardil, Lucas; Hauert, Christoph

    2014-07-01

    Societies are built on social interactions among individuals. Cooperation represents the simplest form of a social interaction: one individual provides a benefit to another one at a cost to itself. Social networks represent a dynamical abstraction of social interactions in a society. The behaviour of an individual towards others and of others towards the individual shape the individual's neighbourhood and hence the local structure of the social network. Here we propose a simple theoretical framework to model dynamic social networks by focussing on each individual's actions instead of interactions between individuals. This eliminates the traditional dichotomy between the strategy of individuals and the structure of the population and easily complements empirical studies. As a consequence, altruists, egoists and fair types are naturally determined by the local social structures, while globally egalitarian networks or stratified structures arise. Cooperative interactions drive the emergence and shape the structure of social networks.

  17. The Levantine Basin—crustal structure and origin

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    Netzeband, G. L.; Gohl, K.; Hübscher, C. P.; Ben-Avraham, Z.; Dehghani, G. A.; Gajewski, D.; Liersch, P.

    2006-06-01

    The origin of the Levantine Basin in the Southeastern Mediterranean Sea is related to the opening of the Neo-Tethys. The nature of its crust has been debated for decades. Therefore, we conducted a geophysical experiment in the Levantine Basin. We recorded two refraction seismic lines with 19 and 20 ocean bottom hydrophones, respectively, and developed velocity models. Additional seismic reflection data yield structural information about the upper layers in the first few kilometers. The crystalline basement in the Levantine Basin consists of two layers with a P-wave velocity of 6.0-6.4 km/s in the upper and 6.5-6.9 km/s in the lower crust. Towards the center of the basin, the Moho depth decreases from 27 to 22 km. Local variations of the velocity gradient can be attributed to previously postulated shear zones like the Pelusium Line, the Damietta-Latakia Line and the Baltim-Hecateus Line. Both layers of the crystalline crust are continuous and no indication for a transition from continental to oceanic crust is observed. These results are confirmed by gravity data. Comparison with other seismic refraction studies in prolongation of our profiles under Israel and Jordan and in the Mediterranean Sea near Greece and Sardinia reveal similarities between the crust in the Levantine Basin and thinned continental crust, which is found in that region. The presence of thinned continental crust under the Levantine Basin is therefore suggested. A β-factor of 2.3-3 is estimated. Based on these findings, we conclude that sea-floor spreading in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea only occurred north of the Eratosthenes Seamount, and the oceanic crust was later subducted at the Cyprus Arc.

  18. Structure-property Relationships of Layered Oxypnictides

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    Muir, Sean W.

    Investigating the structure-property relationships of solid state materials can help improve many of the materials we use each day in life. It can also lead to the discovery of materials with interesting and unforeseen properties. In this work the structure property relationships of newly discovered layered oxypnictide phases are presented and discussed. There has generally been worldwide interest in layered oxypnictide materials following the discovery of superconductivity up to 55 K for iron arsenides such as LnFeAsO 1-xFx (where Ln = Lanthanoid). This work presents efforts to understand the structure and physical property changes which occur to LnFeAsO materials when Fe is replaced with Rh or Ir and when As is replaced with Sb. As part of this work the solid solution between LaFeAsO and LaRhAsO was examined and superconductivity is observed for low Rh content with a maximum critical temperature of 16 K. Ln RhAsO and LnIrAsO compositions are found to be metallic; however Ce based compositions display a resistivity temperature dependence which is typical of Kondo lattice materials. At low temperatures a sudden drop in resistivity occurs for both CeRhAsO and CeIrAsO compositions and this drop coincides with an antiferromagnetic transition. The Kondo scattering temperatures and magnetic transition temperatures observed for these materials can be rationalized by considering the expected difference in N(EF) J parameters between them, where N(EF) is the density of states at the Fermi level and J represents the exchange interaction between the Ce 4f1 electrons and the conduction electrons. In addition to studying these 4d and 5d substituted systems the LaFeSbO compositional system was investigated. While LaFeSbO has not been successfully synthesized the transition metal free layered oxypnictide composition La2SbO 2 was discovered and its structural and physical properties have been examined along with the properties of La2BiO2. Density functional theory was used to calculate the heats of formation for competing phases within the LaFeSbO system, in order to better understand the stability of LaFeSbO and why it has not yet been observed. The materials La2SbO 2 and La2BiO2 were investigated for the presence of oxygen vacancies using powder neutron diffraction. Structure refinement reveals that there is significant disorder within the a-b plane for Sb compositions.

  19. Boundary-Layer Origin for Jets, and Non-Existence of the Boundary Layer in Young Jet-Producing Protostars

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    Williams, Peter T.

    2016-01-01

    Twenty-five years ago, Pringle suggested a boundary-layer origin for jets from YSOs. The jets were driven by a toroidal magnetic field generated by strong shear in the accretion boundary layer. Such a mechanism is clearly non-magnetocentrifugal in nature.Nearly fifteen years ago, we suggested a cartoon of the jet-launching mechanism in protostars in which shear, acting upon MHD turbulence generated by the magnetorotational instability (MRI), generated a tangled, toroidal magnetic field capable of driving a jet. This picture, which is also manifestly non-magnetocentrifugal in nature, relied upon a novel model for MRI-driven MHD turbulence based on a viscoelastic, rather than a viscous, prescription for the turbulent stress. Our hypothesis has some clear similarities to Pringle's mechanism, but it relied upon a large envelope surrounding the central star.An accretion boundary layer has long been recognized as a promising source for protostellar jets in good part because in a standard thin disk, matter loses circa half of all its accretion energy in this layer, but it is problematic to drive a well-collimated outflow from a boundary layer in a thin disk. In this presentation, we argue paradoxically that the "boundary layer" can drive jets when a true boundary layer, like the thin disk, does not exist. This changes the inner boundary condition for viscous angular momentum flux in the disk.The standard argument for a thin boundary layer is, we argue, circular. In high accretion-rate systems, or when the gas cannot cool efficiently, there is no reason to suspect the turbulent viscosity in this boundary layer to be small, and therefore neither is the boundary layer. When the boundary layer becomes larger than the central accretor itself, it is arguably no longer a boundary layer, but rather an envelope. It is still, however, a substantial source of power and toroidal MRI-driven magnetic fields.It is, again, only in relatively hot or high-accretion rate systems in which the boundary layer would be expected to inflate and so disappear. Not coincidentally, it is in such systems, such as Class 0 and Class I protostars, in which we have the strongest evidence for powerful, well-collimated jet outflows.

  20. Structural origins of diamagnetic anisotropy in proteins.

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    Worcester, D L

    1978-01-01

    Magnetic anisotropy in proteins and polypeptides can be attributed to the diamagnetic anisotropy of the planar peptide bonds. The alpha helix in particular has large anisotropy due to the axial alignment of the peptide bonds. The regular arrangements of the peptide bonds in beta pleated sheet and collagen structures also produce substantial anisotropy, but less than for alpha helix. The anisotropy permits orientation of small structures of these types in magnetic fields of several kilogauss. PMID:281695

  1. Corona structures on Venus - Models of origin

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    Stofan, Ellen R.; Bindschadler, Duane L.; Parmentier, E. M.; Head, James W.

    1991-01-01

    The present study assesses the mantle diapir models of corona origin using the basic characteristics of coronas: relatively raised topography, annuli of compressional ridges, volcanism, and peripheral trough. Both rising and and sinking diapirs are modeled quantitatively. Rising mantle diapirs are caused by heating at depth, while sinking mantle diapirs may result from cooling or a phase change causing increased density and negative buoyancy at the base of the lithosphere. The hotspot model is most consistent with the major characteristics of coronas, with gravitational relaxation occurring as a modificational process. The sinking mantle diapir produces dominant central compression that is not observed at coronas. Higher-resolution image and altimetry data from Magellan can be used to distinguish more fully between the two models. Coronas in various states of formation and degradation can be identified in the Venera 15/16 data, suggesting that the process may be continuing today.

  2. Characteristic Lifelength of Coherent Structure in the Turbulent Boundary Layer

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    Palumbo, Daniel L.

    2006-01-01

    A characteristic lifelength is defined by which a Gaussian distribution is fit to data correlated over a 3 sensor array sampling streamwise sidewall pressure. The data were acquired at subsonic, transonic and supersonic speeds aboard a Tu-144. Lifelengths are estimated using the cross spectrum and are shown to compare favorably with Efimtsov's prediction of correlation space scales. Lifelength distributions are computed in the time/frequency domain using an interval correlation technique on the continuous wavelet transform of the original time data. The median values of the lifelength distributions are found to be very close to the frequency averaged result. The interval correlation technique is shown to allow the retrieval and inspection of the original time data of each event in the lifelength distribution, thus providing a means to locate and study the nature of the coherent structure in the turbulent boundary layer. The lifelength data can be converted to lifetimes using the convection velocity. The lifetime of events in the time/frequency domain are displayed in Lifetime Maps. The primary purpose of the paper is to validate these new analysis techniques so that they can be used with confidence to further characterize coherent structure in the turbulent boundary layer.

  3. Origins of Structure in Planetary Systems

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    Murray-Clay, Ruth

    2016-01-01

    Observations confirm that planet formation is a ubiquitous process that produces a diversity of planetary systems. However, a class of solar system analogs has yet to be identified among the thousands of currently known planets and candidates, the overwhelming majority of which are more easily detectable than direct counterparts of the Sun's worlds. To understand whether our solar system's history was unusual and, more generally, to properly characterize the galactic population of extrasolar planets, we must identify how differences in formation environment translate into different planetary system architectures. In this talk, I will consider our solar system in the context of theoretical advances in planet formation driven by the study of extrasolar planets. Along the way, I will discuss several examples of physical processes operating at different stages of planet formation that imprint observable structures on the dynamical and compositional demographics of planetary systems.

  4. Origin and population structure of the Icelanders.

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    Williams, J T

    1993-04-01

    The Norse and Celtic contributions to the founding population of Iceland have been estimated previously on a pan-Icelandic basis using gene frequency data for the entire island. Accounts of the settlement of Iceland, however, suggest that different regions received different proportions of Norse and Celtic settlers, indicating the need to incorporate geographic variation into Icelandic admixture studies. A formal likelihood ratio test rejects the null hypothesis of regional homogeneity in admixture proportions. Here, regional admixture estimates for Iceland are reported; they are in agreement with the settlement pattern inferred from historical accounts. The western, northern, and southern regions of Iceland exhibit a moderate Celtic component, consistent with historical indications that these regions were settled by Norse Vikings from the British Isles, accompanied by Celtic wives and slaves. Eastern Iceland, believed to have been settled chiefly by Vikings from Scandinavia, is characterized by a large Norse component of admixture. The northwestern peninsula is also found to be predominantly Norse. Regional genetic data are used to elucidate the contemporary population structure of Iceland. The observed structure correlates well with patterns of Icelandic geography, history, economy, marriage, urbanization, and internal migration. The northeastern region is strongly isolated, the urbanized areas of the north and southwest are representative of the overall population, and the remaining regions exhibit small-scale variation about the genetic central tendency. A high level of genetic homogeneity is indicated (RST = 0.0005), consistent with the high internal migration rate of the Icelanders. A regression of mean per-locus heterozygosity on distance from the gene frequency centroid reveals a greater than average external gene flow into the eastern region, whereas the northwestern peninsula has received less than average external gene flow. Iceland is compared with possible founding populations and was found to have diverged markedly from other northern European countries. PMID:8449480

  5. Crystal structure of the eukaryotic origin recognition complex.

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    Bleichert, Franziska; Botchan, Michael R; Berger, James M

    2015-03-19

    Initiation of cellular DNA replication is tightly controlled to sustain genomic integrity. In eukaryotes, the heterohexameric origin recognition complex (ORC) is essential for coordinating replication onset. Here we describe the crystal structure of Drosophila ORC at 3.5 Å resolution, showing that the 270 kilodalton initiator core complex comprises a two-layered notched ring in which a collar of winged-helix domains from the Orc1-5 subunits sits atop a layer of AAA+ (ATPases associated with a variety of cellular activities) folds. Although canonical inter-AAA+ domain interactions exist between four of the six ORC subunits, unanticipated features are also evident. These include highly interdigitated domain-swapping interactions between the winged-helix folds and AAA+ modules of neighbouring protomers, and a quasi-spiral arrangement of DNA binding elements that circumnavigate an approximately 20 Å wide channel in the centre of the complex. Comparative analyses indicate that ORC encircles DNA, using its winged-helix domain face to engage the mini-chromosome maintenance 2-7 (MCM2-7) complex during replicative helicase loading; however, an observed out-of-plane rotation of more than 90° for the Orc1 AAA+ domain disrupts interactions with catalytic amino acids in Orc4, narrowing and sealing off entry into the central channel. Prima facie, our data indicate that Drosophila ORC can switch between active and autoinhibited conformations, suggesting a novel means for cell cycle and/or developmental control of ORC functions. PMID:25762138

  6. Origin of ferromagnetism enhancement in bi-layer chromium-doped indium zinc oxides

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    Hsu, C. Y.

    2012-08-06

    This work demonstrates that by controlling the rapid thermal annealing temperature, amorphous chromium-doped indium zinc oxide films develop an amorphous-crystalline bi-layer structure and show magnetization up to {approx}30 emu/cm{sup 3}. The crystalline layer arises from significant out-diffusion of Zn from surfaces, leading to a large difference in the Zn:In ratio in amorphous and crystalline layers. Doped Cr ions in amorphous and crystalline layers form different valence configurations, creating a charge reservoir which transfers electrons through amorphous-crystalline interfaces and in turn enhances ferromagnetism.

  7. 77. Photocopy of original structural shop drawing, Passaic Rolling Mill ...

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    77. Photocopy of original structural shop drawing, Passaic Rolling Mill Company, 1892/1893, (original in possession of New York City Department of Transportation), lattice girder elevation & details - girder G1 - Macombs Dam Bridge, Spanning Harlem River Between 155th Street Viaduct, Jerome Avenue, & East 162nd Street, Bronx, Bronx County, NY

  8. 80. Photocopy of original structural shop drawing, Passaic Rolling Mill ...

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    80. Photocopy of original structural shop drawing, Passaic Rolling Mill Company, 1892/1893, (original in possession of New York City Department of Transportation), lattice girder elevation & details - girder G2 - Macombs Dam Bridge, Spanning Harlem River Between 155th Street Viaduct, Jerome Avenue, & East 162nd Street, Bronx, Bronx County, NY

  9. 78. Photocopy of original structural shop drawing, Passaic Rolling Mill ...

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    78. Photocopy of original structural shop drawing, Passaic Rolling Mill Company, 1892/1893, (original in possession of New York City Department of Transportation), lattice girder elevation & details - girder G2 - Macombs Dam Bridge, Spanning Harlem River Between 155th Street Viaduct, Jerome Avenue, & East 162nd Street, Bronx, Bronx County, NY

  10. 79. Photocopy of original structural shop drawing, Passaic Rolling Mill ...

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    79. Photocopy of original structural shop drawing, Passaic Rolling Mill Company, 1892/1893, (original in possession of New York City Department of Transportation), lattice girder elevation & details - girder G2 - Macombs Dam Bridge, Spanning Harlem River Between 155th Street Viaduct, Jerome Avenue, & East 162nd Street, Bronx, Bronx County, NY

  11. 75. Photocopy of original structural shop drawing, Passaic Rolling Mill ...

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    75. Photocopy of original structural shop drawing, Passaic Rolling Mill Company, 1892/1893, (original in possession of New York City Department of Transportation), lattice girder elevation & details - girder G1 - Macombs Dam Bridge, Spanning Harlem River Between 155th Street Viaduct, Jerome Avenue, & East 162nd Street, Bronx, Bronx County, NY

  12. 76. Photocopy of original structural shop drawing, Passaic Rolling Mill ...

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    76. Photocopy of original structural shop drawing, Passaic Rolling Mill Company, 1892/1893, (original in possession of New York City Department of Transportation), lattice girder elevation & details - girder G1 - Macombs Dam Bridge, Spanning Harlem River Between 155th Street Viaduct, Jerome Avenue, & East 162nd Street, Bronx, Bronx County, NY

  13. 79. EAST END OF ORIGINAL 1883 STRUCTURE. LEFT HAND WINDOW ...

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    79. EAST END OF ORIGINAL 1883 STRUCTURE. LEFT HAND WINDOW ON SECOND FLOOR IS ACTUALLY A SLIDING DOOR, ORIGINALLY USED TO MOVE WAGONS TO AND FROM PAINT SHOP AND STORAGE ON SECOND FLOOR VIA A RAMP. - Gruber Wagon Works, Pennsylvania Route 183 & State Hill Road at Red Bridge Park, Bernville, Berks County, PA

  14. 2. VIEW LOOKING WEST SHOWING STRUCTURE WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY A ...

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    2. VIEW LOOKING WEST SHOWING STRUCTURE WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY A METHODIST CHURCH AND ONCE THE GARFIELD REFRACTORIES COMPANY OFFICE ON WASHINGTON STREET. - Town of Bolivar, Bolivar, Westmoreland County, PA

  15. Acoustic emissions from unsteady transitional boundary layer flow structures

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    Marboe, Richard Chostner

    The acoustic radiation contribution of boundary layer flow structures has long been the subject of debate. The research described critically examines the popular approaches to modeling the radiation mechanisms and attempts to bring some degree of closure to the physical and practical significance of noise and pseudo-noise originating in the laminar-to-turbulent transition zone within a natural boundary layer. This includes improving models to include recent computational and experimental statistics, evaluation of model sensitivities to input parameters, and applicability to situations of engineering relevance. Prior efforts to model wall pressure fluctuation statistics resulting from boundary layer transition zone flow structures allow further development of direct radiation prediction codes. Several refinements were made to theoretical models for directly radiated noise based upon the Liepmann analogy for fluctuating displacement thickness including the incorporation of a semi- empirically derived space-time correlation function for the intermittency indicator. A similar two-fluids model uses a Lighthill acoustic analogy. Radiation by vortex structures and direct numerical simulation methods are reviewed to help define their useful role in predicting sound radiation from transition. The role of pressure gradient in axisymmetric body flows, flat plate flows, and over hydrofoils is investigated. A quiet airflow facility was developed to measure the direct acoustic radiation from a naturally transitioning boundary layer. Real-time acoustic intensity measurement instrumentation was developed if measurements of isolated spots in otherwise laminar flow had been necessary. This technique uses a hot film signal from the transition structure to obtain the coherent output intensity (COI). Model predictions are compared to the measured acoustic radiation from a naturally transitioning boundary layer. Radiated noise measurements isolating the direct transition zone radiation demonstrated similar dependence with axial location within the transition zone as previous wall pressure measurements. The measurements suggest that radiation from transition flow structures is multipolar and has low radiation efficiency. Transition noise per unit area is greater than TBL noise per unit area. Thus, the contribution to overall directly radiated flow noise from the transition zone in typical engineering applications is negligible compared to the radiation from the much larger area of fully turbulent flow.

  16. Structure of the surface layer of the methanogenic archaean Methanosarcina acetivorans

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    Arbing, Mark A.; Chan, Sum; Shin, Annie; Phan, Tung; Ahn, Christine J.; Rohlin, Lars; Gunsalus, Robert P.

    2012-09-05

    Archaea have a self-assembling proteinaceous surface (S-) layer as the primary and outermost boundary of their cell envelopes. The S-layer maintains structural rigidity, protects the organism from adverse environmental elements, and yet provides access to all essential nutrients. We have determined the crystal structure of one of the two 'homologous' tandem polypeptide repeats that comprise the Methanosarcina acetivorans S-layer protein and propose a high-resolution model for a microbial S-layer. The molecular features of our hexameric S-layer model recapitulate those visualized by medium resolution electron microscopy studies of microbial S-layers and greatly expand our molecular view of S-layer dimensions, porosity, and symmetry. The S-layer model reveals a negatively charged molecular sieve that presents both a charge and size barrier to restrict access to the cell periplasmic-like space. The {beta}-sandwich folds of the S-layer protein are structurally homologous to eukaryotic virus envelope proteins, suggesting that Archaea and viruses have arrived at a common solution for protective envelope structures. These results provide insight into the evolutionary origins of primitive cell envelope structures, of which the S-layer is considered to be among the most primitive: it also provides a platform for the development of self-assembling nanomaterials with diverse functional and structural properties.

  17. Structure of the surface layer of the methanogenic archaean Methanosarcina acetivorans

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    Arbing, Mark A.; Chan, Sum; Shin, Annie; Phan, Tung; Ahn, Christine J.; Rohlin, Lars; Gunsalus, Robert P.

    2012-01-01

    Archaea have a self-assembling proteinaceous surface (S-) layer as the primary and outermost boundary of their cell envelopes. The S-layer maintains structural rigidity, protects the organism from adverse environmental elements, and yet provides access to all essential nutrients. We have determined the crystal structure of one of the two “homologous” tandem polypeptide repeats that comprise the Methanosarcina acetivorans S-layer protein and propose a high-resolution model for a microbial S-layer. The molecular features of our hexameric S-layer model recapitulate those visualized by medium resolution electron microscopy studies of microbial S-layers and greatly expand our molecular view of S-layer dimensions, porosity, and symmetry. The S-layer model reveals a negatively charged molecular sieve that presents both a charge and size barrier to restrict access to the cell periplasmic-like space. The β-sandwich folds of the S-layer protein are structurally homologous to eukaryotic virus envelope proteins, suggesting that Archaea and viruses have arrived at a common solution for protective envelope structures. These results provide insight into the evolutionary origins of primitive cell envelope structures, of which the S-layer is considered to be among the most primitive: it also provides a platform for the development of self-assembling nanomaterials with diverse functional and structural properties. PMID:22753492

  18. Investigating the origin of intense photoluminescence in Si capping layer on Ge1-xSnx nanodots by transmission electron microscopy

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    Kikkawa, Jun; Nakamura, Yoshiaki; Fujinoki, Norihito; Ichikawa, Masakazu

    2013-02-01

    The authors investigated the annealing effects on atomic structures and elemental compositions in a stacking structure, Si capping layer on Ge1-xSnx nanodots on Si substrate covered with ultrathin SiO2 film, to clarify the origin of intense photoluminescence at ˜0.8 eV from the structure, using transmission electron microscopy. After the annealing, it was found that decay of Ge1-xSnx nanodots, formation of SiOx precipitates embedded in Si-rich Si1-xGex layer at the Si cap/Si substrate interface, formation of SnO2 nanoparticles on the oxidized surface of the Si capping layer, and morphological change of dislocations in the Si capping layer occur. Reaction products that appear as a result of the movement of dislocations can be related to the origin of intense photoluminescence.

  19. Guided Wave Inspection of Multi-Layered Structures

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    Quarry, M. J.

    2004-02-01

    This study investigates the utilization of guided waves for inspecting structures that consist of multiple layers. Advances have been made in recent years using guided waves to inspect single layer structures, such as pipes, tubes, and aircraft structures. Multi-layered structures present many new aspects to guided wave propagation. A theoretical understanding of what modes exist, how do the modes behave, and what factors influence them needs to be acquired for many applications. Experiments must be carried out to evaluate potential for practical applications. Examples of practical applications include coated pipes, composites, diffusion bonded aircraft structures, and microelectronic structures. This work is a fundamental study of ultrasonic guided waves in multi-layered plates. Experiments were conducted on multi-layered plates to demonstrate defect detection in layer of interest of a multi-layered structure by preferentially exciting modes with sufficient energy in that layer. Analysis of the dispersion curves show that some modes are more attractive candidates than others based on their displacements and energy distribution across the structure. Experimental results show that sweeping frequency and phase velocity can be performed to find suitable modes for inspecting a layer of interest for a given multi-layered structure.

  20. Origin and evolution of the layered deposits in the Valles Marineris, Mars

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    Nedell, S. S.; Squyres, S. W.; Andersen, D. W.

    1987-06-01

    Four hypotheses are discussed concerning the origin of the layered deposits in the Martian Valles Marineris, whose individual thicknesses range from about 70 to 300 m. The hypothesized processes are: (1) aeolian deposition; (2) deposition of remnants of the material constituting the canyon walls; (3) deposition of volcanic eruptions; and (4) deposition in standing bodies of water. The last process is chosen as most consistent with the rhythm and lateral continuity of the layers, as well as their great thickness and stratigraphic relationship with other units in the canyons. Attention is given to ways in which the sediments could have entered an ice-covered lake; several geologically feasible mechanisms are identified.

  1. Origin and evolution of the layered deposits in the Valles Marineris, Mars

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    Nedell, Susan S.; Squyres, Steven W.; Andersen, David W.

    1987-01-01

    Four hypotheses are discussed concerning the origin of the layered deposits in the Martian Valles Marineris, whose individual thicknesses range from about 70 to 300 m. The hypothesized processes are: (1) aeolian deposition; (2) deposition of remnants of the material constituting the canyon walls; (3) deposition of volcanic eruptions; and (4) deposition in standing bodies of water. The last process is chosen as most consistent with the rhythm and lateral continuity of the layers, as well as their great thickness and stratigraphic relationship with other units in the canyons. Attention is given to ways in which the sediments could have entered an ice-covered lake; several geologically feasible mechanisms are identified.

  2. Magnetic dead layer in amorphous CoFeB layers with various top and bottom structures

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    Jang, Soo Young; Lim, S. H.; Lee, S. R.

    2010-05-01

    The magnetic dead layer (MDL) in amorphous CoFeB layers is investigated for four different unit structures. These structures are relevant to the synthetic ferrimagnetic (SyF) free layer structure in magnetic tunnel junctions used for high density magnetic random access memory (MRAM). The MDL results for these unit structures are then converted to those for the constituent interfaces of the SyF free layer structure. These MDL results are critically tested by fabricating the synthetic ferrimagnetic free layer structures with various thickness asymmetries. The observed switching properties of these tested structures are in good agreement with those expected from the effective thicknesses after the MDL correction, confirming the accuracy of the present results for the MDLs at the constituent interfaces.

  3. Structure and dynamics of electrical double layers in organic electrolytes

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    Huang, Jingsong; Sumpter, Bobby G; Meunier, Vincent; Qiao, Rui; Feng, Guang

    2010-01-01

    The organic electrolyte of tetraethylammonium tetrafluoroborate (TEABF{sub 4}) in the aprotic solvent of acetonitrile (ACN) is widely used in electrochemical systems such as electrochemical capacitors. In this paper, we examine the solvation of TEA{sup +} and BF{sub 4}{sup -} in ACN, and the structure, capacitance, and dynamics of the electrical double layers (EDLs) in the TEABF{sub 4}-ACN electrolyte using molecular dynamics simulations complemented with quantum density functional theory calculations. The solvation of TEA+ and BF4- ions is found to be much weaker than that of small inorganic ions in aqueous solutions, and the ACN molecules in the solvation shell of both types of ions show only weak packing and orientational ordering. These solvation characteristics are caused by the large size, charge delocalization, and irregular shape (in the case of TEA+ cation) of the ions. Near neutral electrodes, the double-layer structure in the organic electrolyte exhibits a rich organization: the solvent shows strong layering and orientational ordering, ions are significantly contact-adsorbed on the electrode, and alternating layers of cations/anions penetrate ca. 1.1 nm into the bulk electrolyte. The significant contact adsorption of ions and the alternating layering of cation/anion are new features found for EDLs in organic electrolytes. These features essentially originate from the fact that van der Waals interactions between organic ions and the electrode are strong and the partial desolvation of these ions occurs easily, as a result of the large size of the organic ions. Near charged electrodes, distinct counter-ion concentration peaks form, and the ion distribution cannot be described by the Helmholtz model or the Helmholtz + Poisson-Boltzmann model. This is because the number of counter-ions adsorbed on the electrode exceeds the number of electrons on the electrode, and the electrode is over-screened in parts of the EDL. The computed capacitances of the EDLs are in good agreement with that inferred from experimental measurements. Both the rotations (ACN only) and translations of interfacial ACN and ions are found to slow down as the electrode is electrified. We also observe an asymmetrical dependence of these motions on the sign of the electrode charge. The rotation/diffusion of ACN and the diffusion of ions in the region beyond the first ACN or ion layer differ only weakly from those in the bulk

  4. Boron-Based Layered Structures for Energy Storage

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    Zhao, Y.; Wei, S. H.

    2012-01-01

    Based on Density Functional Theory simulations, we have studied the boron-based graphite-like materials, i.e., LiBC and MgB2 for energy storage. First, when half of the Li-ions in the LiBC are removed, the BC layered structure is still preserved. The Li intercalation potential (equilibrium lithium-insertion voltage of 2.3-2.4 V relative to lithium metal) is significantly higher than that in graphite, allowing Li0.5BC to function as a cathode material. The reversible electrochemical reaction, LiBC = Li0.5BC + 0.5Li, enables a specific energy density of 1088 Wh/kg and a volumetric energy density of 2463 Wh/L. Second, 75% of the Mg ions in MgB2 can be removed and reversibly inserted with the layered boron structures being preserved through an in-plane topological transformation between the hexagonal lattice domains and triangular domains. The mechanism of such a charge-driven transformation originates from the versatile valence state of boron in its planar form.

  5. Structural properties of replication origins in yeast DNA sequences

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    Cao, Xiao-Qin; Zeng, Jia; Yan, Hong

    2008-09-01

    Sequence-dependent DNA flexibility is an important structural property originating from the DNA 3D structure. In this paper, we investigate the DNA flexibility of the budding yeast (S. Cerevisiae) replication origins on a genome-wide scale using flexibility parameters from two different models, the trinucleotide and the tetranucleotide models. Based on analyzing average flexibility profiles of 270 replication origins, we find that yeast replication origins are significantly rigid compared with their surrounding genomic regions. To further understand the highly distinctive property of replication origins, we compare the flexibility patterns between yeast replication origins and promoters, and find that they both contain significantly rigid DNAs. Our results suggest that DNA flexibility is an important factor that helps proteins recognize and bind the target sites in order to initiate DNA replication. Inspired by the role of the rigid region in promoters, we speculate that the rigid replication origins may facilitate binding of proteins, including the origin recognition complex (ORC), Cdc6, Cdt1 and the MCM2-7 complex.

  6. Endoscopic treatments for small gastric subepithelial tumors originating from muscularis propria layer.

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    Zhang, Yu; Ye, Li-Ping; Mao, Xin-Li

    2015-08-28

    Minimally invasive endoscopic resection has become an increasingly popular method for patients with small (less than 3.5 cm in diameter) gastric subepithelial tumors (SETs) originating from the muscularis propria (MP) layer. Currently, the main endoscopic therapies for patients with such tumors are endoscopic muscularis excavation, endoscopic full-thickness resection, and submucosal tunneling endoscopic resection. Although these endoscopic techniques can be used for complete resection of the tumor and provide an accurate pathological diagnosis, these techniques have been associated with several negative events, such as incomplete resection, perforation, and bleeding. This review provides detailed information on the technical details, likely treatment outcomes, and complications associated with each endoscopic method for treating/removing small gastric SETs that originate from the MP layer. PMID:26327758

  7. Evidence for the biogenic origin of manganese-enriched layers in Lake Superior sediments.

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    Palermo, Christine; Dittrich, Maria

    2016-04-01

    Manganese (Mn) and iron (Fe)-enriched sediment layers were discovered in Lake Superior within, above and below the oxic-anoxic interface. While the role of bacteria in redox reactions with Mn is known to be significant, little information exists about indigenous microbial communities in many freshwater environments. This study examined the bacterial communities of Mn-enriched layers in Lake Superior to identify the potential Mn(II) oxidizers responsible for the formation of Mn oxides. Anaerobic Mn(II) oxidation occurring in the Mn-enriched layers at the oxic-anoxic interface was investigated using Mn(II)-enriched cultures. High-resolution microscopic and spectroscopic investigations provided evidence of the biogenic formation of Mn oxides on cell surfaces. Spectroscopic mapping confirmed high levels of Mn in structures resembling biogenic Mn oxides. These structures were observed in enrichment cultures and in Mn-enriched layer sediment samples, indicating the significance of biogenic Mn oxidation occurring in situ. 16S ribosomal DNA pyrosequencing was used to identify the bacteria potentially responsible for Mnoxide formation in the enrichment cultures and Mn-enriched layers, revealing that the Mn-enriched layer contains classes with known Mn(II)-oxidizing members. Pyrosequencing of bacterial cultures suggested that these bacteria may be Bacillus strains, and that anaerobic microbial-mediated Mn(II) oxidation contributes to the formation of the layers. PMID:26636960

  8. Composite S-layer lipid structures

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    Schuster, Bernhard; Sleytr, Uwe B.

    2010-01-01

    Designing and utilization of biomimetic membrane systems generated by bottom-up processes is a rapidly growing scientific and engineering field. Elucidation of the supramolecular construction principle of archaeal cell envelopes composed of S-layer stabilized lipid membranes led to new strategies for generating highly stable functional lipid membranes at meso- and macroscopic scale. In this review, we provide a state of the art survey how S-layer proteins, lipids, and polysaccharides may be used as basic building blocks for the assembly of S-layer supported lipid membranes. These biomimetic membrane systems are distinguished by a nanopatterned fluidity, enhanced stability and longevity and thus, provide a dedicated reconstitution matrix for membrane-active peptides and transmembrane proteins. Exciting areas for application of composite S-layer membrane systems concern sensor systems involving specific membrane functions. PMID:19303933

  9. Preservation of Archaeal Surface Layer Structure During Mineralization.

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    Kish, Adrienne; Miot, Jennyfer; Lombard, Carine; Guigner, Jean-Michel; Bernard, Sylvain; Zirah, Séverine; Guyot, François

    2016-01-01

    Proteinaceous surface layers (S-layers) are highly ordered, crystalline structures commonly found in prokaryotic cell envelopes that augment their structural stability and modify interactions with metals in the environment. While mineral formation associated with S-layers has previously been noted, the mechanisms were unconstrained. Using Sulfolobus acidocaldarius a hyperthermophilic archaeon native to metal-enriched environments and possessing a cell envelope composed only of a S-layer and a lipid cell membrane, we describe a passive process of iron phosphate nucleation and growth within the S-layer of cells and cell-free S-layer "ghosts" during incubation in a Fe-rich medium, independently of metabolic activity. This process followed five steps: (1) initial formation of mineral patches associated with S-layer; (2) patch expansion; (3) patch connection; (4) formation of a continuous mineral encrusted layer at the cell surface; (5) early stages of S-layer fossilization via growth of the extracellular mineralized layer and the mineralization of cytosolic face of the cell membrane. At more advanced stages of encrustation, encrusted outer membrane vesicles are formed, likely in an attempt to remove damaged S-layer proteins. The S-layer structure remains strikingly well preserved even upon the final step of encrustation, offering potential biosignatures to be looked for in the fossil record. PMID:27221593

  10. Topologic connection between 2-D layered structures and 3-D diamond structures for conventional semiconductors

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    Wang, Jianwei; Zhang, Yong

    2016-01-01

    When coming to identify new 2D materials, our intuition would suggest us to look from layered instead of 3D materials. However, since graphite can be hypothetically derived from diamond by stretching it along its [111] axis, many 3D materials can also potentially be explored as new candidates for 2D materials. Using a density functional theory, we perform a systematic study over the common Group IV, III–V, and II–VI semiconductors along different deformation paths to reveal new structures that are topologically connected to but distinctly different from the 3D parent structure. Specifically, we explore two major phase transition paths, originating respectively from wurtzite and NiAs structure, by applying compressive and tensile strain along the symmetry axis, and calculating the total energy changes to search for potential metastable states, as well as phonon spectra to examine the structural stability. Each path is found to further split into two branches under tensile strain–low buckled and high buckled structures, which respectively lead to a low and high buckled monolayer structure. Most promising new layered or planar structures identified include BeO, GaN, and ZnO on the tensile strain side, Ge, Si, and GaP on the compressive strain side. PMID:27090430

  11. Topologic connection between 2-D layered structures and 3-D diamond structures for conventional semiconductors

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    Wang, Jianwei; Zhang, Yong

    2016-04-01

    When coming to identify new 2D materials, our intuition would suggest us to look from layered instead of 3D materials. However, since graphite can be hypothetically derived from diamond by stretching it along its [111] axis, many 3D materials can also potentially be explored as new candidates for 2D materials. Using a density functional theory, we perform a systematic study over the common Group IV, III–V, and II–VI semiconductors along different deformation paths to reveal new structures that are topologically connected to but distinctly different from the 3D parent structure. Specifically, we explore two major phase transition paths, originating respectively from wurtzite and NiAs structure, by applying compressive and tensile strain along the symmetry axis, and calculating the total energy changes to search for potential metastable states, as well as phonon spectra to examine the structural stability. Each path is found to further split into two branches under tensile strain–low buckled and high buckled structures, which respectively lead to a low and high buckled monolayer structure. Most promising new layered or planar structures identified include BeO, GaN, and ZnO on the tensile strain side, Ge, Si, and GaP on the compressive strain side.

  12. Topologic connection between 2-D layered structures and 3-D diamond structures for conventional semiconductors.

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    Wang, Jianwei; Zhang, Yong

    2016-01-01

    When coming to identify new 2D materials, our intuition would suggest us to look from layered instead of 3D materials. However, since graphite can be hypothetically derived from diamond by stretching it along its [111] axis, many 3D materials can also potentially be explored as new candidates for 2D materials. Using a density functional theory, we perform a systematic study over the common Group IV, III-V, and II-VI semiconductors along different deformation paths to reveal new structures that are topologically connected to but distinctly different from the 3D parent structure. Specifically, we explore two major phase transition paths, originating respectively from wurtzite and NiAs structure, by applying compressive and tensile strain along the symmetry axis, and calculating the total energy changes to search for potential metastable states, as well as phonon spectra to examine the structural stability. Each path is found to further split into two branches under tensile strain-low buckled and high buckled structures, which respectively lead to a low and high buckled monolayer structure. Most promising new layered or planar structures identified include BeO, GaN, and ZnO on the tensile strain side, Ge, Si, and GaP on the compressive strain side. PMID:27090430

  13. Experimentally excellent beaming in a two-layer dielectric structure

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    Tasolamprou, Anna C.; Zhang, Lei; Kafesaki, Maria; Koschny, Thomas; Soukoulis, Costas M.

    2014-09-15

    We demonstrate both experimentally and theoretically that a two-layer dielectric structure can provide collimation and enhanced transmission of a Gaussian beam passing through it. This is due to formation of surface localized states along the layered structure and the coupling of these states to outgoing propagating waves. As a result, a system of multiple cascading two-layers can sustain the beaming for large propagation distances.

  14. Formation of layered perovskite structure by folding monolayer during compression.

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    Arita, Hiroshi; Hiramatsu, Kenji; Narita, Takayuki; Takahara, Atsushi; Era, Masanao; Oishi, Yushi

    2012-10-01

    The morphology and layered structure of an alkyl ammonium bromide ultrathin film prepared on an aqueous solution of lead bromide were investigated on the basis of surface pressure-area curve measurements, reflection spectrum measurements, X-ray reflectivity measurements and atomic force microscopic observations. It became apparent that the layered structure sandwiched a two-dimensional inorganic layer between two organic monolayers was formed by folding the monolayer by compression on an aqueous PbBr2 solution. PMID:23421184

  15. Electroluminescent apparatus having a structured luminescence conversion layer

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    Krummacher, Benjamin Claus

    2008-09-02

    An apparatus such as a light source is disclosed which has an OLED device and a structured luminescence conversion layer disposed on the substrate or transparent electrode of said OLED device and on the exterior of said OLED device. The structured luminescence conversion layer contains color-changing and non-color-changing regions arranged in a particular pattern.

  16. Multi-layer laminate structure and manufacturing method

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    Keenihan, James R.; Cleereman, Robert J.; Eurich, Gerald; Graham, Andrew T.; Langmaid, Joe A.

    2012-04-24

    The present invention is premised upon a multi-layer laminate structure and method of manufacture, more particularly to a method of constructing the multi-layer laminate structure utilizing a laminate frame and at least one energy activated flowable polymer.

  17. Multi-layer laminate structure and manufacturing method

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    Keenihan, James R.; Cleereman, Robert J.; Eurich, Gerald; Graham, Andrew T.; Langmaid, Joe A.

    2013-01-29

    The present invention is premised upon a multi-layer laminate structure and method of manufacture, more particularly to a method of constructing the multi-layer laminate structure utilizing a laminate frame and at least one energy activated flowable polymer.

  18. What Are the Origins of Detached Layers of Dust on Mars ? Investigation with Global Climate Model

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    Bertrand, T.; Spiga, A.; Forget, F.

    2014-12-01

    The climate on Mars is strongly controlled by the amount of dust lifted and transported in the atmosphere, which causes fluctuations of air opacity and affects temperatures and winds. Recently, observations of the vertical dust distribution of the Martian atmosphere by the Mars Climate Sounder on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter revealed a phenomenon which is still poorly understood: the formation of detached layers of dust. These detached layers, also confirmed by the Thermal Emission Spectrometer on-board the Mars Global Surveyor, reside above the planetary boundary layer typically at altitudes between 20 and 40 km and have been mostly observed at low latitudes. These detached layers of dust are not reproduced by Global Climate Models (GCM) and different atmospheric processes are discussed and can be combined to explain their origin, such as small-scale lifting, upslope topographic winds, scavenging by water ice clouds, dust storms… Here we use the Martian GCM developed at the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (LMD) to simulate the formation of detached layers of dust. To start, we developed a new implementation of the water cycle, taking into account nucleation on dust particles, ice particle growth, and scavenging of dust particles due to the condensation of ice. However, this method didn't yield to satisfying results in the GCM. Then, we performed the parameterization in the GCM of the so-called "rocket dust storms", governed by deep convection and able to inject dust at high altitudes in the Martian troposphere. By coupling this new parameterization with general circulation of the GCM, we succeed to model detached layers of dust. Here we present this parameterization and we discuss about the spatial and temporal variability of the detached layers of dust, in comparison with observations.

  19. Surface double-layer structure in (110) oriented BiFeO{sub 3} thin film

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    Yang, Tieying; Zhang, Xingmin; Gao, Xingyu; Li, Zhong; Li, Xiaolong; Wang, Can; Feng, Yu; Guo, Haizhong; Jin, Kuijuan

    2014-11-17

    Surface double-layer structure different from the interior was found in BiFeO{sub 3} thin film grown on SrRuO{sub 3} covered SrTiO{sub 3} (110) substrate by pulsed laser deposition. It was shown that BiFeO{sub 3} film exhibits epitaxial phase with single domain. X-ray reflectivity and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results revealed a skin layer of less than 1 nm with a reduced electron density and different surface state. Grazing incidence x-ray diffraction convinced a surface multi-domain structure of several nm beneath the surface skin layer. The double-layer near surface structure would be originated from the large depolarization field produced by the single-domain structure with strain.

  20. High-pressure layered structure of carbon disulfide

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    Naghavi, S. Shahab; Crespo, Yanier; MartoÅák, Roman; Tosatti, Erio

    2015-06-01

    Solid CS2 is superficially similar to CO2, with the same C m c a molecular crystal structure at low pressures, which has suggested similar phases also at high pressures. We carried out an extensive first-principles evolutionary search in order to identify the zero-temperature lowest-enthalpy structures of CS2 for increasing pressure up to 200 GPa. Surprisingly, the molecular C m c a phase does not evolve into β -cristobalite as in CO2 but transforms instead into phases HP2 and HP1, both recently described in high-pressure SiS2. HP1 in particular, with a wide stability range, is a layered P 21/c structure characterized by pairs of edge-sharing tetrahedra and is theoretically more robust than all other CS2 phases discussed so far. Its predicted Raman spectrum and pair correlation function agree with experiment better than those of β -cristobalite, and further differences are predicted between their respective IR spectra. The band gap of HP1-CS2 is calculated to close under pressure, yielding an insulator-metal transition near 50 GPa, in agreement with experimental observations. However, the metallic density of states remains modest above this pressure, suggesting a different origin for the reported superconductivity.

  1. Oblique along path toward structures at rear of parcel. Original ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    Oblique along path toward structures at rear of parcel. Original skinny mosaic path along edge of structures was altered (delineation can be seen in concrete) path was widened with a newer mosaic to make access to the site safer. Structures (from right) edge of Round House (with "Spring Garden"), Pencil house, Shell House, School House, wood lattice is attached to chain-link fence along north (rear) property line. These structures were all damaged by the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Camera facing northeast. - Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village, 4595 Cochran Street, Simi Valley, Ventura County, CA

  2. On the physical origin of conical bubble structure under an ultrasonic horn.

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    Dubus, Bertrand; Vanhille, Christian; Campos-Pozuelo, Cleofé; Granger, Christian

    2010-06-01

    The cavitation field generated by an ultrasonic horn at low frequency and high power is known to self-organize into a conical bubble structure. The physical mechanism at the origin of this bubble structure is investigated using numerical simulations and acoustic pressure measurements. The thin bubbly layer lying at horn surface is shown to act as a nonlinear thickness resonator that amplifies acoustic pressure and distorts acoustic waveform. This mechanism explains the self-stabilization of the conical bubble structure as well as the generation of shock wave and the focusing at very short distance. PMID:20371200

  3. A New View on Origin, Role and Manipulation of Large Scales in Turbulent Boundary Layers

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    Corke, T. C.; Nagib, H. M.; Guezennec, Y. G.

    1982-01-01

    The potential of passive 'manipulators' for altering the large scale turbulent structures in boundary layers was investigated. Utilizing smoke wire visualization and multisensor probes, the experiment verified that the outer scales could be suppressed by simple arrangements of parallel plates. As a result of suppressing the outer scales in turbulent layers, a decrease in the streamwise growth of the boundary layer thickness was achieved and was coupled with a 30 percent decrease in the local wall friction coefficient. After accounting for the drag on the manipulator plates, the net drag reduction reached a value of 20 percent within 55 boundary layer thicknesses downstream of the device. No evidence for the reoccurrence of the outer scales was present at this streamwise distance thereby suggesting that further reductions in the net drag are attainable. The frequency of occurrence of the wall events is simultaneously dependent on the two parameters, Re2 delta sub 2 and Re sub x. As a result of being able to independently control the inner and outer boundary layer characteristics with these manipulators, a different view of these layers emerged.

  4. 52. Humbug Creek Diversion Dam showing original masonry structure at ...

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    52. Humbug Creek Diversion Dam showing original masonry structure at right and concrete weir at left added later. Photographer James Eastwood, 1986. Source: Salt River Project. - Waddell Dam, On Agua Fria River, 35 miles northwest of Phoenix, Phoenix, Maricopa County, AZ

  5. Hybrid inorganic–organic superlattice structures with atomic layer deposition/molecular layer deposition

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    Tynell, Tommi; Yamauchi, Hisao; Karppinen, Maarit

    2014-01-15

    A combination of the atomic layer deposition (ALD) and molecular layer deposition (MLD) techniques is successfully employed to fabricate thin films incorporating superlattice structures that consist of single layers of organic molecules between thicker layers of ZnO. Diethyl zinc and water are used as precursors for the deposition of ZnO by ALD, while three different organic precursors are investigated for the MLD part: hydroquinone, 4-aminophenol and 4,4′-oxydianiline. The successful superlattice formation with all the organic precursors is verified through x-ray reflectivity studies. The effects of the interspersed organic layers/superlattice structure on the electrical and thermoelectric properties of ZnO are investigated through resistivity and Seebeck coefficient measurements at room temperature. The results suggest an increase in carrier concentration for small concentrations of organic layers, while higher concentrations seem to lead to rather large reductions in carrier concentration.

  6. An origin of marginal reversal of the Fongen-Hyllingen layered intrusion by prolonged magma emplacement

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    Egorova, V.; Latypov, R.

    2012-04-01

    The ~100 m thick marginal zone of the Fongen-Hyllingen Intrusion (FHI) consists of nonlayered, highly iron-enriched ferrodiorites that are overlain by a ~6 km thick layered sequence of gabbroic to dioritic rocks of the Layered Series. From the base upwards the marginal zone become more primitive as exemplified by a significant increase in whole-rock MgO, Mg-number, and normative An. The reverse trends are also evident from an upward increase in An-content of plagioclase (from ~30 to ~43 at.%) and Mg-number of amphibole (from ~9 to ~23 at.%) and clinopyroxene (from ~23 to ~37 at.%). The marginal zone is abruptly terminated at the contact with the overlying Layered Series as is evident from a step-like increase in Mg-number of mafic minerals and An-content of plagioclase, as well as a sharp increase in whole-rock MgO and Mg-number in overlying olivine gabbronorites of the Layered Series. Based on these features the marginal zone of the FHI can be interpreted as an aborted marginal reversal. Reverse trends in whole-rock and mineral compositions, as well as a sharp break in these parameters are indicative of its formation in an open system with the involvement of the prolonged emplacement of magma that became increasingly more primitive. Such development of the marginal reversal was interrupted by the emplacement of a major influx of more primitive magma that produced the Layered Series. The open system evolution of a basaltic magma chamber may represent a general mechanism for the origin of marginal reversals in mafic sills and layered intrusions.

  7. Chasma Australe Mars: Structural Framework for a Catastrophic Outflow Origin

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    Anguita, F.; Babin, R.; Benito, G.; Collado, A.; Gomez, D.; Rice, J. W.

    1998-01-01

    Chasma Australe is the most remarkable of the martian south pole erosional reentrants carved in the polar layered deposits. Ms chasma originates near the south pole and runs across the polar troughs over a distance of about 500 km. Its width varies between 20 and 80 km and, with a depth up to 1000 m, it reaches the bedrock. Following an idea put forward originally for Chasma Boreale, we propose for the genesis of Chasma Australe a mechanism of catastrophic outflow preceded by a tectonically induced powerful sapping process. A detailed geomorphological analysis of Chasma Australe shows erosional and depositional features that can be interpreted as produced by the motion of a fluid. Like other polar reentrants, Chasma Australe is clearly assymetric, with a steep eastern margin where basal and lateral erosion prevailed, and a gentler western side, where the stepped topography and bedrock spurs favored deposition.

  8. An experimental study of forced streamwise vortical structures in a plane mixing layer

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    Mehta, Rabindra D.; Bell, James H.

    1989-01-01

    Streamwise structures have been shown to ride among the primary spanwise vortices in past flow visualization investigations of plane mixing layers. More recently, quantitative measurements were obtained which showed the origin and evolution of streamwise vortices within a mixing layer. In the present study, the effects of perturbing the mixing layer using two different mechanisms are investigated. A serration on the splitter plate trailing edge was found to have a relatively small effect, confined to the near-field development of the streamwise structures. The installation of cylindrical pegs in the high-speed side boundary layer, however, not only generated a regular array of vortex pairs, but also affected the mean development of the mixing layer far downstream. In both cases, the mean streamwise vorticity was found to decay rapidly with increasing downstream distance.

  9. Air-mass origin in the tropical lower stratosphere: The influence of Asian boundary layer air

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    Orbe, Clara; Waugh, Darryn W.; Newman, Paul A.

    2015-05-01

    A climatology of air-mass origin in the tropical lower stratosphere is presented for the Goddard Earth Observing System Chemistry Climate Model. During late boreal summer and fall, air-mass fractions reveal that as much as 20% of the air in the tropical lower stratosphere last contacted the planetary boundary layer (PBL) over Asia; by comparison, the air-mass fractions corresponding to last PBL contact over North America and over Europe are negligible. Asian air reaches the extratropical tropopause within a few days of leaving the boundary layer and is quasi-horizontally transported into the tropical lower stratosphere, where it persists until January. The rapid injection of Asian air into the lower stratosphere—and its persistence in the deep tropics through late (boreal) winter—is important as industrial emissions over East Asia continue to increase. Hence, the Asian monsoon may play an increasingly important role in shaping stratospheric composition.

  10. Original size of the Vredefort structure, South Africa

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    Therriault, A. M.; Reid, A. M.; Reimold, W. U.

    1993-01-01

    The Vredefort structure is located approximately 120 km southwest of Johannesburg, South Africa, and is deeply eroded. Controversies remain on the origin of this structure with the most popular hypotheses being: (1) by impact cratering about 2.0 Ga; (2) as a cryptoexplosion structure about 2.0 Ga; and (3) by purely tectonic processes starting at about 3.0 Ga and ending with the Vredefort event at 2.0 Ga. In view of recent work in which the granophyre dikes are interpreted as the erosional remants of a more extensive impact melt sheet, injected downward into the underlying country rocks, the impact origin hypothesis for Vredefort is adopted. In order to estimate the original dimensions of the Vredefort impact structure, it is assumed that the structure was initially circular, that its predeformation center corresponds to the center of the granitic core, and that the pre-Vredefort geology of the area prior to approximately 2.0 Ga ago is as suggested by Fletcher and Reimold. The spatial relationship between shock metamorphic effects, the shock pressures they record, and the morphological features of the crater were established for a number of large terrestrial craters. The principles of crater formation at large complex impact structures comparable in size to Vredefort were also established, although many details remain unresolved. An important conclusion is that the transient crater, which is formed directly by excavation and displacement by the shock-induced cratering flow-field (i.e., the particle velocity flow field existing in the region of the transient crater but behind the initial outgoing shock front), is highly modified during the late stage processes. The original transient crater diameter lies well within the final rim of the crater, which is established by structural movements during late-stage cavity modification.

  11. Failure modes and materials design for biomechanical layer structures

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    Deng, Yan

    Ceramic materials are finding increasing usage in the area of biomechanical replacements---dental crowns, hip and bone implants, etc.---where strength, wear resistance, biocompatibility, chemical durability and even aesthetics are critical issues. Aesthetic ceramic crowns have been widely used in dentistry to replace damaged or missing teeth. However, the failure rates of ceramic crowns, especially all-ceramic crowns, can be 1%˜6% per year, which is not satisfactory to patients. The materials limitations and underlying fracture mechanisms of these prostheses are not well understood. In this thesis, fundamental fracture and damage mechanisms in model dental bilayer and trilayer structures are studied. Principle failure modes are identified from in situ experimentation and confirmed by fracture mechanics analysis. In bilayer structures of ceramic/polycarbonate (representative of ceramic crown/dentin structure), three major damage sources are identified: (i) top-surface cone cracks or (ii) quasiplasticity, dominating in thick ceramic bilayers; (iii) bottom-surface radial cracks, dominating in thin ceramic bilayers. Critical load P for each damage mode are measured in six dental ceramics: Y-TZP zirconia, glass-infiltrated zirconia and alumina (InCeram), glass-ceramic (Empress II), Porcelain (Mark II and Empress) bonded to polymer substrates, as a function of ceramic thickness d in the range of 100 mum to 10 mm. P is found independent of d for mode (i) and (ii), but has a d 2 relations for mode (iii)---bottom surface radial cracking. In trilayer structures of glass/core-ceramic/polycarbonate (representing veneer porcelain/core/dentin structures), three inner fracture origins are identified: radial cracks from the bottom surface in the (i) first and (ii) second layers; and (iii) quasiplasticity in core-ceramic layer. The role of relative veneer/core thickness, d1/d 2 and materials properties is investigated for three core materials with different modulus (114--270GPa) and strength (400--1400MPa): Y-TZP zirconia, InCeram alumina and Empress II glass-ceramic. Explicit relations for the critical loads P to produce these different damage modes in bilayer and trilayer structures are developed in terms of basic material properties (modulus E, strength, hardness H and toughness T) and geometrical variables (thickness d and contact sphere radius r). These experimentally validated relations are used to design of optimal material combinations for improved fracture resistance and to predict mechanical performance of current dental materials.

  12. Impact origin of the Sudbury structure: Evolution of a theory

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    Lowman, Paul D., Jr.

    1992-01-01

    This paper reviews the origin, development, and present status of the widely accepted theory, proposed by Robert S. Dietz in 1962, that the Sudbury structure was formed by meteoritic or asteroidal impact. The impact theory for the origin of the Sudbury structure seems supported by a nearly conclusive body of evidence. However, even assuming an impact origin to be correct, at least three major questions require further study: (1) the original size and shape of the crater, before tectonic deformation and erosion; (2) the source of the melt now forming the Sudbury Igneous Complex; and (3) the degree, if any, to which the Ni-Cu-platinum group elements are meteoritic. The history of the impact theory illustrates several under-appreciated aspects of scientific research: (1) the importance of cross-fertilization between space research and terrestrial geology; (2) the role of the outsider in stimulating thinking by insiders; (3) the value of small science, at least in the initial stages of an investigation, Dietz's first field work having been at his own expense; and (4) the value of analogies (here, between the Sudbury Igneous Complex and the maria), which although incorrect in major aspects, may trigger research on totally new lines. Finally, the Sudbury story illustrates the totally unpredictable and, by implication, unplannable nature of basic research, in that insight to the origin of the world's then-greatest Ni deposit came from the study of tektites and the Moon.

  13. Six-layer structure for genomics and its applications.

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    Kamatani, Naoyuki

    2016-03-01

    The term 'genetics' was coined before an understanding of DNA sequence data was achieved, and it is now insufficient to describe the broad areas in which DNA data have important roles. The term genomics is more broadly descriptive, but it does not provide a satisfactory conceptual framework that scientists can share. Here I propose a six-layer structure that describes the entire scientific field for 'genomics'. The proposed layers are 'life' as the uppermost layer, followed by 'species', 'population', 'family', 'individual' and finally 'cell' as the bottommost layer. In each pair of adjacent layers, each member of the upper layer comprises a set of members of the lower layer. In each layer, we can define consistent partial orders of members based on genomic data in the forms of phylogenic and pedigree trees. Although total orders such as those defined for time and space in physics cannot be defined in biology, defining consistent partial orders allows mathematical analysis to be performed. I will show that mathematical genetics studies can be understood as attempts to bridge gaps between layers of the proposed six-layer structure, while genetic tests can be understood as procedures to differentiate among members of each layer by using genomic data. PMID:26559752

  14. New Evidence for the Origin of Layered Deposits in Valles Marineris

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    Murchie, S.; Seelos, F.; Roach, L.; Mustard, J.; Milliken, R.; Arvidson, R.; Wiseman, S.; Lichtenberg, K.; Andrews-Hanna, J.; Bibring, J.; Bishop, J.; Parente, M.; Morris, R.

    2008-12-01

    Results from CRISM, HiRISE, and CTX on MRO provide new insights into the origin of interior layered deposits (ILDs) in Valles Marineris. A well-exposed, thick sequence in western Candor Chasma has spectral properties consistent with basaltic sand mixed with nanophase iron oxide-rich dust, with the addition of sulfates and crystalline ferric oxides. Most of the deposit is dominated spectrally by the dust component. Monohydrated and polyhydrated sulfates are concentrated in separate, interbedded layers, which in some cases are traceable over tens of kilometers. Monhydrated sulfates dominate the lower part of the deposits whereas polyhydrated sulfates are more common in upper strata. The deposits are partially mantled by low- albedo eolian ripples that contain pyroxenes similar in composition to what is found on the surrounding plateau, plus sulfates predominantly in monohydrated form. The dark ripples originate from discrete, friable layers. Similar dark, erodible layers elsewhere on Mars have been interpreted as buried eolian sand. Crystalline ferric oxides are concentrated in the sulfate-rich layers, and mass wasting has accumulated them at the base of steep slopes to form the deposits of gray hematite detected by TES. The persistence of monohydrated sulfates in debris shows that alteration of monohydrated to polyhydrated sulfates, proposed as an important weathering process, takes long compared to formation of the thin layer that dominates reflectance properties. The observed stratification of sulfate compositions implies differences in the abundance of liquid water or brine chemistry during deposition or early chemical modification of sediments. Inferred mineralogy and compositional stratification are similar to what is observed in sulfate-rich sediments in the Meridiani and Aram Chaos regions. The Meridiani deposits were proposed to accumulate where evaporites formed in areas of groundwater discharge and cemented eolian sediments, in which coarse- grained hematite formed by diagenetic alteration. Modeling of the history of groundwater discharge in Valles Marineris shows that thick evaporite sequences are also expected within the chasmata, and could have similarly trapped eolian sediments. Areas with predicted thick accumulations enclose the major eroded remnants of the ILDs. Formation of the ILDs by lithification of eolian sediment by evaporites in areas of groundwater discharge links the spectrally and morphologically similar, sulfate- and ferric-oxide bearing deposits in Valles Marineris, Aram Chaos, and Meridiani to a common regional process.

  15. Double-layer structure of OH dayglow in the mesosphere

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    Gao, Hong; Xu, Jiyao; Ward, William; Smith, Anne K.; Chen, Guang-Ming

    2015-07-01

    Observations by the Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry instrument on the Thermosphere-Ionosphere-Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics satellite from January 2002 to June 2014 are used to study the vertical structure of OH dayglow. The results indicate for the first time that there is a double-layer structure in the distributions of 12 year averaged OH airglow emission, [O3], and [H] during the daytime. The upper layer of OH dayglow is located in the mesopause region (~88 km) at a similar altitude to that of the OH nightglow. The lower layer is situated in the range of 70-85 km. Both the peak emission and height of the lower layer increase with local time. The distance between the two layers decreases with local time. At the equator, the lower layer forms at ~09:00 LT and lasts for about 8 h; during this time the interlayer distance decreases from 13 km to 5 km. The double-layer structure is more obvious and longer-lived during the equinoxes and at lower latitudes. The double-layer structure of OH dayglow emission is a long-term stable structure and is mainly caused by photochemical processes involving [O3]. It is also modulated by background atmospheric temperature and [H].

  16. Elastodynamic behavior of the three dimensional layer-by-layer metamaterial structure

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    Aravantinos-Zafiris, N.; Sigalas, M. M.; Economou, E. N.

    2014-10-07

    In this work, we numerically investigate for the first time the elastodynamic behavior of a three dimensional layer-by-layer rod structure, which is easy to fabricate and has already proved to be very efficient as a photonic crystal. The Finite Difference Time Domain method was used for the numerical calculations. For the rods, several materials were examined and the effects of all the geometric parameters of the structure were also numerically investigated. Additionally, two modifications of the structure were included in our calculations. The results obtained here (for certain geometric parameters), exhibiting a high ratio of longitudinal over transverse sound velocity and therefore a close approach to ideal pentamode behavior over a frequency range, clearly show that the layer-by-layer rod structure, besides being an efficient photonic crystal, is a very serious contender as an elastodynamic metamaterial.

  17. Characteristics of surface layer structure formation during laser boriding

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    Tananko, I. A.; Levchenko, A. A.; Guiva, R. T.; Guiva, V. A.; Sittsevaia, E. Iu.

    1989-08-01

    The surface layers of a mild steel and steels 40 and U8 were studied metallographically following a laser boriding treatment. In particular, the structure and properties of the borided layer were investigated as a function of the irradiation rate and the thickness of the coating compound. It is shown that laser boriding produces a sharp increase in the hardness of the steels and leads to the formation of hardened layers that are as thick as those produced by diffusion boriding treatments.

  18. Origin of the F-Layer by ``Snowfall'' in the Earth's Core

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    Hernlund, J. W.; Li, J.; Armentrout, M. M.; Buono, A. S.; Chen, B.; Durand, S.; Gaeman, J.; Pigott, J. S.; Waszek, L.; Zheng, Z.

    2010-12-01

    Recent seismological observations of phases reflecting (PKiKP), diffracting (PKPdiff), or going through the inner core (PKIKP) called for modification of PREM at the top of the Inner Core Boundary (ICB). Both the AK135 and PREM2 models proposed a flattened P-wave velocity gradient relative to PREM in the ~200 km region above the ICB, often referred to as the F-layer. This reduced velocity gradient implies density stratification, which may reflect a gradient in the light element concentration decreasing from the top of the F-layer to the ICB. Here we propose a mechanism to generate a chemical stratification in the F-layer through crystallization of solid iron “snow” at the top of the F-layer, which then precipitates, partially dissolves, and eventually accumulates at the ICB to produce the F-layer and contribute to the growth of the inner core. The formation of iron “snow” in the outer core (OC) requires that the core geotherm intercepts the FeX liquidus, where X is an alloying light element, to create a region of stability for solid iron at the base of the OC. This study examines two potential scenarios in which iron “snowfall” might occur in the F-layer. The first scenario involves the FeX liquidus gradient decreasing or even changing sign such that a region of solid stability is created at the top of the F-layer. This behavior is observed in the Fe-S binary system at lower pressures and has been proposed to cause “snowing” in the interiors of Mercury and Ganymede. In the second case, the outer core temperature may increase relative to the FeX liquidus near the ICB due to viscomagnetic heating. Results based on mineral physics calculations of an iron-sulfur binary system show that an F-layer composition ranging from 7.2 wt% S at the top of the F-layer to 5.7 wt% S at the ICB is sufficient to explain the Vp structure of the F-layer in AK135. In these calculations, the density and bulk modulus as a function of depth were determined using the 3rd order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state. Temperature was accounted for using the Mie-Grüneisen-Debye equation of state. Published experimental values for Fe-FeS solid and liquid end-members were used and those of intermediate compositions were determined using ideal solution theory. The crystal fraction was assumed to be small enough to allow approximation of a pure liquid composition in the F-layer. Comparison of our F-layer model to PREM results in a better fit to the observed travel time data. Comparison of normal mode eigenfrequencies from the two models shows subtle differences; therefore normal modes have been determined to be insensitive to the small-scale structure of the relatively thin F-layer

  19. Origin of structures in disc galaxies: internal or external processes?

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    Athanassoula, E.

    2015-03-01

    Disc galaxies have a number of structures, such as bars, spirals, rings, discy bulges, m = 1 asymmetries, thick discs, warps etc. I will summarise what is known about their origin and in particular whether it is due to an external or an internal process. The former include interactions, major or minor mergers etc, while the latter include instabilities, or driving by another component of the same galaxy, as e.g. the bar or the halo. In cases where more than one process is eligible, I will analyse whether it is possible to distinguish between different origins, and what it would take to do so. This discussion will show that, at least in some cases, it is difficult to distinguish between an internal and an external origin.

  20. Origin of Martian Interior Layered Deposits (ILDs) by atmospherically driven processes

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    Michalski, J. R.; Niles, P. B.

    2011-12-01

    Since the first photogeologic exploration of Mars, vast mounds of layered sediments found within the Valles Marineris canyon system (Interior Layered Deposits or ILDs) have remained unexplained. Recent spectroscopic results showing that these materials contain coarse-grained hematite [1] and sulfate [2-8] suggest that they are fundamentally similar to layered sulfate deposits seen elsewhere on Mars [3], and are therefore a key piece of Mars' global aqueous history. Layered sulfate deposits (including ILDs) are often considered to have formed in association with transient, wet surface environments caused by groundwater upwelling [9] in the Hesperian. Here, we use spectroscopic mapping along with geomorphic observations and mass balance calculations to demonstrate that the sulfate-bearing ILDs likely did not form due to groundwater upwelling or any similar playa-lacustrine scenario. Instead, the ILDs likely formed from atmospherically driven processes in a configuration similar to that observed today. We suggest that Hesperian layered sulfate deposits formed in response to massive amounts of pyroclastic volcanism and SO2-outgassing that peaked near 3.5-3.7 Ga in a Martian climate that was largely cold and dry. This origin for the ILDs is also applicable to other layered terrain of similar age and characteristics, including sulphate-bearing crater fill, chaos terrains, and the Meridiani Planum sediments. [1] Weitz, C. M., Lane, M. D., Staid, M. & Dobrea, E. N. Gray hematite distribution and formation in Ophir and Candor chasmata. Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets 113, doi:E02016 10.1029/2007je002930 (2008). [2] Wendt, L. et al. Sulfates and iron oxides in Ophir Chasma, Mars, based on OMEGA and CRISM observations. Icarus 213, 86-103, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2011.02.013 (2011). [3] Murchie, S. et al. Evidence for the origin of layered deposits in Candor Chasma, Mars, from mineral composition and hydrologic modeling. Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets 114, doi:E00d05 10.1029/2009je003343 (2009). [4] Mangold, N. et al. Spectral and geological study of the sulfate-rich region of West Candor Chasma, Mars. Icarus 194, 519-543, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2007.10.021 (2008). [5] Le Deit, L. et al. Morphology, stratigraphy, and mineralogical composition of a layered formation covering the plateaus around Valles Marineris, Mars: Implications for its geological history. Icarus 208, 684-703, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2010.03.012 (2010). [6] Gendrin, A. et al. Suffates in martian layered terrains: the OMEGA/Mars Express view. Science 307, 1587-1591, doi:10.1126/science.1109087 (2005). [7] Bibring, J.-P. et al. Coupled Ferric Oxides and Sulfates on the Martian Surface. Science 317, 1206-1210, doi:10.1126/science.1144174 (2007). [8] Roach, L. H., Mustard, J. F., Lane, M. D., Bishop, J. L. & Murchie, S. L. Diagenetic haematite and sulfate assemblages in Valles Marineris. Icarus 207, 659-674, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2009.11.029 (2010). [9] Andrews-Hanna, J. C. & Lewis, K. W. Early Mars hydrology: 2. Hydrological evolution in the Noachian and Hesperian epochs. Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets 116, doi:E02007 10.1029/2010je003709 (2011).

  1. Layer selective control of the lattice structure in oxide superlattices.

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    Frano, Alex; Benckiser, Eva; Lu, Yi; Wu, Meng; Castro-Colin, Miguel; Reehuis, Manfred; Boris, Alexander V; Detemple, Eric; Sigle, Wilfried; van Aken, Peter; Cristiani, Georg; Logvenov, Gennady; Habermeier, Hanns-Ulrich; Wochner, Peter; Keimer, Bernhard; Hinkov, Vladimir

    2014-01-15

    A combined synchrotron X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy study reveals a structural phase transition controlled by the overall thickness of epitaxial nickelate-aluminate superlattices. The transition between uniform and twin-domain states is confined to the nickelate layers and leaves the aluminate layers unaffected. PMID:24155253

  2. Origin of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Co/Ni multilayers on Ti layer

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    Yang, See-Hun; Thoms, Kuei-Hung; Thomas, Luc; Parkin, Stuart

    2012-02-01

    Magnetic materials in which their magnetic moment direction is oriented perpendicular to the plane of the magnetic layers in thin film heterostructures have been much studied for their potential application to spintronic devices. In particular, theories of current induced excitation, via the phenomenon of spin torque transfer, show that perpendicularly magnetized layers can be more easily excited or their magnetization direction switched than in-plane magnetized layers. In particular, Co/Ni multilayers are promising due to high spin polarization and small Gilbert damping compared to Co/Pt or Fe/Pt. However, their perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) is highly sensitive to the underlayer that is critical in device performance because, for instance, the current shunting can substantially reduce the spin transfer torque in magnetic racetrack memory. We observed an excellent PMA in annealed Co/Ni on Ti underlayer whose resistance is significantly greater than those of Co/Ni, thereby minimizing the current shunting. It is found that the PMA does not simply originate from magneto-crystalline effect (spin-orbit interaction) but mainly from magnetoelastic effect caused by compressive strain along (111) direction. We will present systematic results and quantitative analyses.

  3. Growth and Structure of the First Layers of Ice on Ru(0001) and Pt(111).

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    Maier, Sabine; Lechner, Barbara A J; Somorjai, Gabor A; Salmeron, Miquel

    2016-03-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy was used to probe the structure and growth of the first few layers of water on Ru(0001) and Pt(111) at the molecular level. The surface-bound first layer is composed of a mixture of water molecules forming hexagonal structures, both in registry and out-of-registry with the substrate atoms. The hexagons are connected by pentagonal and heptagonal units. At temperatures below 140 K, this layer structure gives rise to the growth of metastable amorphous structures in the second and higher layers. We found that in the transition from amorphous to crystalline ice the structure of the original bottom layer changes to one in perfect local registry with the hexagonal surfaces of Ru(0001) and Pt(111). We further discovered structural defects in the form of extended one-dimensional lines of five- and eight-membered rings that are domain boundaries and stacking faults in the growing ice layers, which lead to the formation of metastable cubic ice. PMID:26844953

  4. Dynamic characteristics of specialty composite structures with embedded damping layers

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    Saravanos, D. A.; Chamis, C. C.

    1993-01-01

    Damping mechanics for simulating the damped dynamic characteristics in specialty composite structures with compliant interlaminar damping layers are presented. Finite-element based mechanics incorporating a discrete layer (or layer-wise) laminate damping theory are utilized to represent general laminate configurations in terms of lay-up and fiber orientation angles, cross-sectional thickness, shape, and boundary conditions. Evaluations of the method with exact solutions and experimental data illustrate the accuracy of the method. Additional applications investigate the potential for significant damping enhancement in angle-ply composite laminates with cocured interlaminar damping layers.

  5. Multiple maternal origins and weak phylogeographic structure in domestic goats

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    Luikart, Gordon; Gielly, Ludovic; Excoffier, Laurent; Vigne, Jean-Denis; Bouvet, Jean; Taberlet, Pierre

    2001-01-01

    Domestic animals have played a key role in human history. Despite their importance, however, the origins of most domestic species remain poorly understood. We assessed the phylogenetic history and population structure of domestic goats by sequencing a hypervariable segment (481 bp) of the mtDNA control region from 406 goats representing 88 breeds distributed across the Old World. Phylogeographic analysis revealed three highly divergent goat lineages (estimated divergence >200,000 years ago), with one lineage occurring only in eastern and southern Asia. A remarkably similar pattern exists in cattle, sheep, and pigs. These results, combined with recent archaeological findings, suggest that goats and other farm animals have multiple maternal origins with a possible center of origin in Asia, as well as in the Fertile Crescent. The pattern of goat mtDNA diversity suggests that all three lineages have undergone population expansions, but that the expansion was relatively recent for two of the lineages (including the Asian lineage). Goat populations are surprisingly less genetically structured than cattle populations. In goats only ≈10% of the mtDNA variation is partitioned among continents. In cattle the amount is ≥50%. This weak structuring suggests extensive intercontinental transportation of goats and has intriguing implications about the importance of goats in historical human migrations and commerce. PMID:11344314

  6. Origin of the Vredefort structure, South Africa: Impact model

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    Therriault, A. M.; Reid, A. M.; Reimold, W. U.

    1993-01-01

    A model is presented for the evolution of the Vredefort structure, based on reasoned constraints on the original size of the Vredefort structure from observational data and comparison with other terrestrial impact craters. The models for complex craters (ring and multi-ring basins) of Croft, Grieve, and co-workers, and Schultz and co-workers, were used to reconstruct the Vredefort impact event, using a final crater diameter of 300 km, as estimated by Therriault. The sequence of events (stages 2-5) is illustrated diagramatically. The stages are: initial penetration, excavation and compression, dynamic rebound and uplift, maximum radial growth and collapse, and final crater form.

  7. SMART Layer and SMART Suitcase for structural health monitoring applications

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    Lin, Mark; Qing, Xinlin; Kumar, Amrita; Beard, Shawn J.

    2001-06-01

    Knowledge of integrity of in-service structures can greatly enhance their safety and reliability and lower structural maintenance cost. Current practices limit the extent of real-time knowledge that can be obtained from structures during inspection, are labor-intensive and thereby increase life-cycle costs. Utilization of distributed sensors integrated with the structure is a viable and cost-effective means of monitoring the structure and reducing inspection costs. Acellent Technologies is developing a novel system for actively and passively interrogating the health of a structure through an integrated network of sensors and actuators. Acellent's system comprises of SMART Layers, SMART Suitcase and diagnostic software. The patented SMART Layer is a thin dielectric film with an embedded network of distributed piezoelectric actuators/sensors that can be surface-mounted on metallic structures or embedded inside composite structures. The SMART Suitcase is a portable diagnostic unit designed with multiple sensor/actuator channels to interface with the SMART Layer, generate diagnostic signals from actuators and record measurements from the embedded sensors. With appropriate diagnostic software, Acellent's system can be used for monitoring structural condition and for detecting damage while the structures are in service. This paper enumerates on the SMART Layer and SMART Suitcase and their applicability to composite and metal structures.

  8. Structural, compositional and optical properties of PECVD silicon nitride layers

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    Karouta, Fouad; Vora, Kaushal; Tian, Jie; Jagadish, Chennupati

    2012-11-01

    We have investigated the correlation between the various plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) process parameters on the structural, compositional and optical properties of SiNx layers. The investigated process parameters are gas composition, radio frequency power and its frequency and deposition temperature. We also investigated SiON and ammonia-free SiNx layers. Refractive index, thickness, residual stress, structure and composition of the dielectric layers were determined using interferometry, wafer bowing, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infra-red and secondary ion mass spectrometry measurements. SiNx films can be deposited to be almost stress-free with relatively low concentration of hydrogen (10 to 19% of atomic H). SiNx layers have the potential to cover a wide range of refractive indices (1.8-2.1) with possible extension down to 1.40 through various SiON layers.

  9. The origin of layered gabbros from the mid lower ocean crust, Hess Deep, East Pacific Rise

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    Cheadle, M. J.; Brown, T. C.; Ceuleneer, G.; Meyer, R.

    2014-12-01

    IODP Exp. 345 Holes U1415 I & J cored a ~30m thick unit of conspicuously layered gabbroic rocks from the lower plutonic crust at Hess Deep. These rocks likely come from >1500m below the dike gabbro transition and thus provide an unique opportunity to study the origin of layering and the formation of relatively deep, fast spread plutonic crust formed at the EPR. Here we report the initial results of a comprehensive high-resolution petrologic, geochemical and petrographic study of this unit, which focuses on a fairly continuous 1.5m long section recovered at Hole I. The rocks consist of opx-bearing olivine gabbro, olivine gabbro and gabbro and exhibit 1-10cm scale modal layering. Some layers host spectacular 2-3 cm diameter cpx oikocrysts encapsulating partially resorbed plagioclase laths. Downhole variations in mineral chemistry are complicated. Olivine, cpx and opx Mg#'s partly reflect equilibration and show a subtle metre-scale variation (1-2 Mg#), whereas, for example, plagioclase anorthite, and cpx TiO2 contents reveal a more complicated 10-20 cm-scale variation (2-4 An, and 0.2 TiO2). Mineral zonation, for all but Mg# in equilibrated olivine, is of higher magnitude than downhole variations in average mineral compositions. Trace element geochemistry reveals rather homogeneous plagioclase and opx compositions; however cpx exhibits variation at the mineral scale. Cpx shows an increased range of, and highest REE concentrations, in the more olivine rich, near cotectic, composition gabbros, whereas the more plagioclase rich, cumulates show no variation of, and low REE, concentrations.Plagioclase fabrics are moderate to weak and partially modally controlled, but the strength of the plagioclase crystallographic preferred orientation (CPO) varies dramatically, within the 1.5m core showing a significant part of the variation recorded by Oman ophiolite plutonic crust. Plagioclase shape preferred orientation and CPO match well suggesting that diffusion enabled compaction was not significant. Overall, our combined observations and the similarity of composition and textures to those found in the Rum layered mafic intrusion (Scotland); an intrusion built by multiple ~100m thick replenishments of magma, suggests that the studied layered sequence is best interpreted as having formed in a lower crustal sill.

  10. Metal diphosphonates with double-layer and pillared layered structures based on N-cyclohexylaminomethanediphosphonate

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    Su Yanhui; Cao Dengke; Duan Yan; Li Yizhi; Zheng Limin

    2010-07-15

    Based on N-cyclohexylaminomethanediphosphonic acid (cmdpH{sub 4}), four new metal diphosphonate compounds with formula M{sub 3}(cmdpH){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2} [M=Zn(1), Co(2)] and M{sub 2}(cmdpH{sub 2}){sub 2}(4,4'-bipy){sub 0.5}(H{sub 2}O) [M=Co(3), Mn(4)] have been obtained and structurally determined. Compounds 1 and 2 are isostructural. Within the structure, the M(2)O{sub 6} octahedra are each corner-shared with four PO{sub 3}C tetrahedra to form a single layer containing 3- and 7-member rings. Neighboring single layers are pillared by M(1)O{sub 4} tetrahedra, resulting in a novel double-layer structure. The organic moieties of cmdpH{sup 3-} are grafted on the two sides of the double layer. Compounds 3 and 4 are also isostructural, displaying a pillared layered structure. Within the inorganic layer, the M(1)O{sub 5} tetragonal pyramids and M(2)NO{sub 5} octahedra are each linked by PO{sub 3}C tetrahedra through corner-sharing, forming a layer in the ab plane which contains 3- and 10-member rings. These layers are pillared by 4,4'-bipyridine via coordination with the M(2) atoms from the adjacent layers, leading to a three-dimensional open framework structure with channels generated along the a-axis. The organic groups of cmdpH{sub 2}{sup 2-} locate within the channels. Magnetic studies show that antiferromagnetic interactions are dominant in compounds 2-4. Field dependent magnetization reveals a spin flop behavior for 2. - Graphical abstract: Based on N-cyclohexylaminomethanediphosphonate (cmdp{sup 4-}), compounds Zn{sub 3}(cmdpH){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2} (1) and Co{sub 3}(cmdpH){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2} (2) with a double-layer structure and compounds Co{sub 2}(cmdpH{sub 2}){sub 2}(4,4'-bipy){sub 0.5}(H{sub 2}O) (3) and Mn{sub 2}(cmdpH{sub 2}){sub 2}(4,4'-bipy){sub 0.5}(H{sub 2}O) (4) with a pillared layered structure are reported in this paper. Dominant antiferromagnetic interactions are found in compounds 2-4 and an interesting spin flop behavior is observed in 2.

  11. A DNA structure is required for geminivirus replication origin function.

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    Orozco, B M; Hanley-Bowdoin, L

    1996-01-01

    The genome of the geminivirus tomato golden mosaic virus (TGMV) consists of two single-stranded circular DNAs, A and B, that replicate through a rolling-circle mechanism in nuclei of infected plant cells. The TGMV origin of replication is located in a conserved 5' intergenic region and includes at least two functional elements: the origin recognition site of the essential viral replication protein, AL1, and a sequence motif with the potential to form a hairpin or cruciform structure. To address the role of the hairpin motif during TGMV replication, we constructed a series of B-component mutants that resolved sequence changes from structural alterations of the motif. Only those mutant B DNAs that retained the capacity to form the hairpin structure replicated to wild-type levels in tobacco protoplasts when the viral replication proteins were provided in trans from a plant expression cassette. In contrast, the same B DNAs replicated to significantly lower levels in transient assays that included replicating, wild-type TGMV A DNA. These data established that the hairpin structure is essential for TGMV replication, whereas its sequence affects the efficiency of replication. We also showed that TGMV AL1 functions as a site-specific endonuclease in vitro and mapped the cleavage site to the loop of the hairpin. In vitro cleavage analysis of two TGMV B mutants with different replication phenotypes indicated that there is a correlation between the two assays for origin activity. These results suggest that the in vivo replication results may reflect structural and sequence requirements for DNA cleavage during initiation of rolling-circle replication. PMID:8523519

  12. Superconducting structure with layers of niobium nitride and aluminum nitride

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    Murduck, James M.; Lepetre, Yves J.; Schuller, Ivan K.; Ketterson, John B.

    1989-01-01

    A superconducting structure is formed by depositing alternate layers of aluminum nitride and niobium nitride on a substrate. Deposition methods include dc magnetron reactive sputtering, rf magnetron reactive sputtering, thin-film diffusion, chemical vapor deposition, and ion-beam deposition. Structures have been built with layers of niobium nitride and aluminum nitride having thicknesses in a range of 20 to 350 Angstroms. Best results have been achieved with films of niobium nitride deposited to a thickness of approximately 70 Angstroms and aluminum nitride deposited to a thickness of approximately 20 Angstroms. Such films of niobium nitride separated by a single layer of aluminum nitride are useful in forming Josephson junctions. Structures of 30 or more alternating layers of niobium nitride and aluminum nitride are useful when deposited on fixed substrates or flexible strips to form bulk superconductors for carrying electric current. They are also adaptable as voltage-controlled microwave energy sources.

  13. Superconducting structure with layers of niobium nitride and aluminum nitride

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    Murduck, J.M.; Lepetre, Y.J.; Schuller, I.K.; Ketterson, J.B.

    1989-07-04

    A superconducting structure is formed by depositing alternate layers of aluminum nitride and niobium nitride on a substrate. Deposition methods include dc magnetron reactive sputtering, rf magnetron reactive sputtering, thin-film diffusion, chemical vapor deposition, and ion-beam deposition. Structures have been built with layers of niobium nitride and aluminum nitride having thicknesses in a range of 20 to 350 Angstroms. Best results have been achieved with films of niobium nitride deposited to a thickness of approximately 70 Angstroms and aluminum nitride deposited to a thickness of approximately 20 Angstroms. Such films of niobium nitride separated by a single layer of aluminum nitride are useful in forming Josephson junctions. Structures of 30 or more alternating layers of niobium nitride and aluminum nitride are useful when deposited on fixed substrates or flexible strips to form bulk superconductors for carrying electric current. They are also adaptable as voltage-controlled microwave energy sources. 8 figs.

  14. Manipulation by exchange coupling in layered magnetic structures

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    Moskalenko, M. A.; Uzdin, V. M.; Zabel, H.

    2014-02-07

    Exchange coupling in magnetic heterostructures can be modified via introduction of additional magnetic spacer layers at the interfaces. The magnetic characteristics and the spacer layer thickness determine the functional properties of the whole system. We show that the hysteresis loop area of trilayer spring magnets with two different soft magnetic layers (s1, s2) and one hard magnetic layer (h) with the sequence s1/s2/h can be increased as compared to both bilayer structures s1/h and s2/h with the same total thickness of the soft layers and for definite thickness ratios of the soft layers and their sequences. For ferrimagnetic spin valves, the perpendicular exchange bias effect can be tuned via the thickness of non-magnetic spacer layers at the interface, which determine the exchange coupling between ferrimagnets. A simple quasi one-dimensional phenomenological model is able to describe the magnetic hysteresis of even complex layered structures and to predict optimal geometrical and magnetic parameters of such heterostructures.

  15. Impact origin of the Newporte structure, Williston basin, North Dakota

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    Forsman, N.F.; Gerlach, T.R.; Anderson, N.L.

    1996-05-01

    The Newporte field is located just south of the United States-Canada border in Renville County, North Dakota, in the north-central portion of the Williston basin. Integration of seismic, well-log, and core data supports the interpretation of an impact origin for the Newporte structure. The structure involves both Precambrian basement and lower Paleozoic sedimentary units. Oil and gas production began in 1977 from brecciated basement rocks along the rim of the 3.2-km-diameter circular structure. Both well logs and seismic data were used to determine thickness changes of sedimentary units overlying the structure. Resulting isopach maps reveal a circular, bowl-shaped feature with a recognizable rim. Microscopic shock metamorphic features in quartz and feldspar are visible in basement clasts that form a mixed breccia with Cambrian Deadwood sandstone within the western rim of the structure. A Late Cambrian-Early Ordovician age is suggested for the structure because of the presence of flatlying Deadwood sandstone overlying mixed basement/sandstone breccia along portions of the rim. Identification of the Newporte structure as an impact crater adds to the growing base of evidence revealing the relevance of impact craters to petroleum exploration.

  16. Evaluation of layer-by-layer graphene structures as supercapacitor electrode materials

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    Zang, Xiaobei; Li, Peixu; Chen, Qiao; Wang, Kunlin; Wei, Jinquan; Wu, Dehai; Zhu, Hongwei

    2014-01-01

    Very less attention has been paid recently to the electrochemical properties of graphene films with intrinsic flat structure prepared by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). In this work, button supercapacitors were fabricated using ionic liquid as electrolytes and layer-by-layer graphene structures as electrodes. The specific capacitances of the supercapacitors increased with the increase of layer number. The areal specific capacitance of ten-layer graphene supercapacitor was 0.29 mF/cm2 at the scan rate of 50 mV/s, which was about three times of that of monolayer graphene supercapacitor (0.1 mF/cm2). The sandwiched multi-layer structures with oxide deposition further improved the device performance. However, the polycrystalline nature of CVD-grown graphene films introduced structural instability during charge-discharge process, resulting in degraded capacitive performance and cycling stability. Our results suggest that graphene films with intrinsic "in-plane" structure might not be ideal candidates for electrode materials.

  17. Modulated structures of flexoelectric origin in nematic liquid crystals.

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    Barbero, G; Lelidis, I

    2003-06-01

    A structural instability of flexoelectric origin is predicted in a homeotropic cell, of insulating nematic liquid crystal, by the action of an electric field applied in the direction of the initially nonperturbed nematic director. The instability gives rise to a two-dimensional periodic structure. The critical field to observe the predicted modulated structure as well as the wavelength at the threshold are evaluated. Both vary as the inverse square root of the cell thickness. The role of the dielectric anisotropy on the phenomenon is investigated. Our analysis is performed in the limit of weak anchoring energy strength, where the extrapolation length is large with respect to the thickness of the nematic sample. PMID:16241245

  18. Origin of coherent structures in a discrete chaotic medium

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    Rabinovich, M.I.; Torres, J.J.; Varona, P.; Huerta, R.; Varona, P.; Huerta, R.; Weidman, P.

    1999-08-01

    Using as an example a large lattice of locally interacting Hindmarsh-Rose chaotic neurons, we disclose the origin of ordered structures in a discrete nonequilibrium medium with fast and slow chaotic oscillations. The origin of the ordering mechanism is related to the appearance of a periodic average dynamics in the group of chaotic neurons whose individual slow activity is significantly synchronized by the group mean field. Introducing the concept of a {open_quotes}coarse grain{close_quotes} as a cluster of neuron elements with periodic averaged behavior allows consideration of the dynamics of a medium composed of these clusters. A study of this medium reveals spatially ordered patterns in the periodic and slow dynamics of the coarse grains that are controlled by the average intensity of the fast chaotic pulsation. {copyright} {ital 1999} {ital The American Physical Society}

  19. Structure analysis of layer-by-layer multilayer films of colloidal particles

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    Batys, Piotr; Nosek, Magdalena; Weroński, Paweł

    2015-03-01

    We have mimicked the layer-by-layer self-assembling process of monodisperse colloidal particles at a solid-liquid interface using the extended random sequential adsorption model of hard spheres. We have studied five multilayer structures of similar thickness, each created at a different single-layer surface coverage. For each multilayer, we have determined its particle volume fraction as a function of distance from the interface. Additionally, we have characterized the film structure in terms of 2D and 3D pair-correlation functions. We have found that the coverage of about 0.3 is optimal for producing a uniform, constant-porosity multilayer in a minimum number of adsorption cycles. The single-layer coverage has also a significant effect on the primary maximum of 2D radial distribution function. In the case of multilayer with the coverage lower than 0.30 the 2D pair-correlation functions of even layers exhibit maxima decreasing with the increase in the layer number. We have verified our theoretical predictions experimentally. We have used fluorescence microscopy to determine the 2D pair-correlation functions for the second, third, and fourth layers of multilayer formed of micron-sized spherical latex particles. We have found a good agreement between our theoretical and experimental results, which confirms the validity of the extended RSA model.

  20. Impedance of a coil near an imperfectly layered metal structure: The layer approximation

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    Satveli, Radhika; Moulder, John C.; Wang, Bing; Rose, James H.

    1996-03-01

    Changes in the impedance of a coil next to a one-dimensional layered conductor due to three-dimensional changes in the conductivity are studied. Eddy current probes are often used to inspect layered one-dimensional, nonmagnetic metal structures whose electrical conductivity varies primarily with depth beneath the surface. We present a perturbation method, the ``layer approximation,'' which yields simple and readily evaluated formulas for changes in the impedance of a small coil due to localized three-dimensional variations in the conductivity. The layer approximation is constructed to be accurate when the conductivity change due to the defect is small or the defect is nearly one-dimensional. The impedance is calculated and reported for a variety of defects in layered metal structures: voids, inclusions, interfacial roughness, and fasteners. We test the ``robustness'' of the layer approximation using an extreme case, a flat-bottom hole in an aluminum plate, as a ``benchmark.'' Both experimental measurements and more exact theoretical calculations are reported. Impedance measurements were made with a Hewlett-Packard 4194A impedance analyzer for a right-cylindrical flat-bottom hole in a 1-mm-thick 2024 aluminum alloy plate; the hole was on the side opposite to the coil. Frequencies were varied from 2.5 to 50 kHz. We also calculated the change in the impedance for this benchmark problem using the numerically exact volume integral method. For this benchmark problem, the layer approximation is in good agreement with experiment and more exact theory.

  1. Composition, structure, and properties of iron-rich nontronites of different origins

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    Palchik, N. A. Grigorieva, T. N.; Moroz, T. N.

    2013-03-15

    The composition, structure, and properties of smectites of different origins have been studied by X-ray diffraction, IR spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and microprobe analysis. The results showed that nontronites of different origins differ in composition, properties, morphology, and IR spectroscopic characteristics. Depending on the degree of structural order and the negative charge of iron-silicate layers in nontronites, the shift of the 001 reflection to smaller angles as a result of impregnation with ethylene glycol (this shift is characteristic of the smectite group) occurs differently. The calculated values of the parameter b (from 9.11 to 9.14A) are valid for the extreme terms of dioctahedral smectite representatives: nontronites.

  2. Original Size and Shape of the Sudbury Structure

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    Lowman, P. D., Jr.

    1997-01-01

    This paper presents new evidence bearing on the original size and shape of the Sudbury impact structure. Current opinion is almost unanimous that the structure is a multiring basin with an original diameter of about 200 km and a circular shape that has since been shortened in a northwest-southeast direction by Penokean deformation Evidence for this interpretation, collected chiefly from north of the Sudbury Igneous Complex (SIC), includes supposed outer rings on Landsat imagery, distant occurrences of "Sudbury breccia" (generally defined as pseudotachylite), shatter cone occurrences, and outliers of Huronian sedimentary rock thought to be down-faulted rings. New data from imaging radar and field work north of the SIC, however, contradict this evidence. Radar imagery shows no signs of the supposed outer rings mapped by earlier workers on Landsat images. The most prominent ring has been found to be a chance alignment of two independent fracture sets. Radar imagery from the CCRS Convair 580, with look direction almost normal to the north rim of the SIC, shows no evidence of the rings despite strong look azimuth highlighting. Radar imagery has shown many unmapped diabase dikes north of the SIC. Several exposures of supposed Sudbury breccia are associated with these dikes or with Nipissing diabase intrusions, in some cases actually inside the dikes or directly continuous with them. They appear to be igneous intrusion breccias with no relation to impact. Shock-wave interaction at lithologic contacts cannot be invoked for most of these, because they are part of a northwest trending swarm cutting the SIC in the North Range, and hence too young for an impact origin. Similar diabase-related breccias and pseudotachylite-like veins have been found far outside the Sudbury area between Chapleau and Thessalon. Shatter cones north of the SIC are few and poorly developed, perhaps due to the coarse-grained Footwall rock, and cannot be considered a continuous zone analogous to their occurrence on the South Range in Huronian rocks. Supposed down-faulted outliers of Huronian rocks north of the SIC show no consistent relation to faulting, and the Huronian/Archean contact is locally erosional. Radar imagery and field-checking confirm Rousell's conclusion that the North Range has undergone little or no Penokean deformation. T'his implies that the plan view outline of the crater (floor of the SIC) is original. Extrapolation of the North Range as part of a circular arc leads to an impossibly great diameter. It is concluded that although Penokean deformation largely accounts for the structure's shape, the original crater was not circular and was much smaller than 200 km across.

  3. Development of a dual layered dielectric-loaded accelerating structure.

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    Gai, W.; Liu, W.; Jing, C.; Kanareykin, A.; Antipov, S.; Nenasheva, E.; Schoessow, P.; High Energy Physics; Euclid Techlabs, LLC; Illinois Inst. of Tech.; KEK

    2008-09-01

    Due to the high magnetic field-induced surface currents on its conducting sleeve, a conventional single layer Dielectric-Loaded Accelerating (DLA) structure exhibits a relatively high RF loss. One possible way to solve this problem is to use multilayered DLA structures. In these devices, the RF power attenuation is reduced by making use of the Bragg Fiber concept: the EM fields are well confined by multiple reflections from multiple dielectric layers. This paper presents the design of an X-band dual layer DLA structure as well as the results of bench tests of the device. We will also present results on the design, numerical modeling, and fabrication of structures for coupling RF into multilayer DLAs such as a novel TM{sub 03} mode launcher and a TM{sub 01}-TM{sub 03} mode converter using dielectric-loaded corrugated waveguide.

  4. The simulation of coherent structures in a laminar boundary layer

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    Breuer, Kenny; Landahl, Marten T.; Spalart, Philippe R.

    1987-01-01

    Coherent structures in turbulent shear flows were studied extensively by several techniques, including the VITA technique which selects rapidly accelerating or decelerating regions in the flow. The evolution of a localized disturbance in a laminar boundary layer shows strong similarity to the evolution of coherent structures in a turbulent-wall bounded flow. Starting from a liftup-sweep motion, a strong shear layer develops which shares many of the features seen in conditionally-sampled turbulent velocity fields. The structure of the shear layer, Reynolds stress distribution, and wall pressure footprint are qualitatively the same, indicating that the dynamics responsible for the structure's evolution are simple mechanisms dependent only on the presence of a high mean shear and a wall and independent of the effects of local random fluctuations and outer flow effects. As the disturbance progressed, the development of streak-like-high- and low-speed regions associated with the three-dimensionality.

  5. Origin of weak layer contraction in de Vries smectic liquid crystals

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    Agra-Kooijman, Dena M.; Yoon, HyungGuen; Dey, Sonal; Kumar, Satyendra

    2014-03-01

    Structural investigations of the de Vries smectic-A (SmA) and smectic-C (SmC) phases of four mesogens containing a trisiloxane end segment reveal a linear molecular conformation in the SmA phase and a bent conformation resembling a hockey stick in the SmC phase. The siloxane and the hydrocarbon parts of the molecule tilt at different angles relative to the smectic layer normal and are oriented along different directions. For the compounds investigated, the shape of orientational distribution function (ODF) is found to be sugarloaf shaped and not the widely expected volcano like with positive orientational order parameters: ⟨P2⟩ = 0.53-0.78, ⟨P4⟩ = 0.14-0.45, and ⟨P6⟩˜0.10. The increase in the effective molecular length, and consequently in the smectic layer spacing caused by reduced fluctuations and the corresponding narrowing of the ODF, counteracts the effect of molecular tilt and significantly reduces the SmC layer contraction. Maximum tilt of the hydrocarbon part of the molecule lies between approximately 18° and 25° and between 6° and 12° for the siloxane part. The critical exponent of the tilt order parameter, β˜0.25, is in agreement with tricritical behavior at the SmA-SmC transition for two compounds and has lower value for first-order transition in the other compounds with finite enthalpy of transition.

  6. Structure of the regular surface layer of Sporosarcina ureae.

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    Stewart, M; Beveridge, T J

    1980-01-01

    Optical diffraction and computer image processing of electron micrographs were employed to analyze the structure of the regular surface layer of Sporosarcina ureae at high resolution. Negatively stained preparations of regular surface layer fragments showed two types of tetragonal pattern, each having p4 symmetry in projection with a = 12.8 nm. Although the two patterns differed greatly in overall appearance, both had a common pattern of areas of high stain density which we interpret as arising from gaps or holes in the structure. We speculate that these holes may be related to a protective role of the regular surface layer, whereby hostile environmental agents (such as muramidases) larger than about 2 nm would be screened from the underlying layers of the bacterial surface, while the free passage of nutrients and waste products into and out of the cell would still be allowed. Images PMID:7372574

  7. Structural origin of slow diffusion in protein folding.

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    Chung, Hoi Sung; Piana-Agostinetti, Stefano; Shaw, David E; Eaton, William A

    2015-09-25

    Experimental, theoretical, and computational studies of small proteins suggest that interresidue contacts not present in the folded structure play little or no role in the self-assembly mechanism. Non-native contacts can, however, influence folding kinetics by introducing additional local minima that slow diffusion over the global free-energy barrier between folded and unfolded states. Here, we combine single-molecule fluorescence with all-atom molecular dynamics simulations to discover the structural origin for the slow diffusion that markedly decreases the folding rate for a designed α-helical protein. Our experimental determination of transition path times and our analysis of the simulations point to non-native salt bridges between helices as the source, which provides a quantitative glimpse of how specific intramolecular interactions influence protein folding rates by altering dynamics and not activation free energies. PMID:26404828

  8. Origin of weak magnetism in compounds with cubic laves structure.

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    Torun, E; Janner, A; de Groot, R A

    2016-02-17

    The origin of the weak itinerant magnetism in materials such as TiBe2 and ZrZn2 is investigated. The huge peak in the density of states at the Fermi energy is attributed to a special symmetry of the C15 structure: no crystal field splitting of the d levels occurs in the case of coordination by spherical ligands. Crystal field splitting is also investigated for the f orbitals in C15 structures such as PuZn2 and ThMg2. It is observed that the situation in f levels is more complicated than the d levels because the characteristics of the crystal field splitting for f levels does not only depend on the the local point symmetry of the compounds. PMID:26795899

  9. Lactobacillus helveticus MIMLh5-Specific Antibodies for Detection of S-Layer Protein in Grana Padano Protected-Designation-of-Origin Cheese

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    Brockmann, Eeva-Christine; Huovinen, Tuomas; Guglielmetti, Simone; Mora, Diego; Taverniti, Valentina; Arioli, Stefania; De Noni, Ivano; Lamminmäki, Urpo

    2014-01-01

    Single-chain variable-fragment antibodies (scFvs) have considerable potential in immunological detection and localization of bacterial surface structures. In this study, synthetic phage-displayed antibody libraries were used to select scFvs against immunologically active S-layer protein of Lactobacillus helveticus MIMLh5. After three rounds of panning, five relevant phage clones were obtained, of which four were specific for the S-layer protein of L. helveticus MIMLh5 and one was also capable of binding to the S-layer protein of L. helveticus ATCC 15009. All five anti-S-layer scFvs were expressed in Escherichia coli XL1-Blue, and their specificity profiles were characterized by Western blotting. The anti-S-layer scFv PolyH4, with the highest specificity for the S-layer protein of L. helveticus MIMLh5, was used to detect the S-layer protein in Grana Padano protected-designation-of-origin (PDO) cheese extracts by Western blotting. These results showed promising applications of this monoclonal antibody for the detection of immunomodulatory S-layer protein in dairy (and dairy-based) foods. PMID:24242242

  10. Lactobacillus helveticus MIMLh5-specific antibodies for detection of S-layer protein in Grana Padano protected-designation-of-origin cheese.

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    Stuknyte, Milda; Brockmann, Eeva-Christine; Huovinen, Tuomas; Guglielmetti, Simone; Mora, Diego; Taverniti, Valentina; Arioli, Stefania; De Noni, Ivano; Lamminmäki, Urpo

    2014-01-01

    Single-chain variable-fragment antibodies (scFvs) have considerable potential in immunological detection and localization of bacterial surface structures. In this study, synthetic phage-displayed antibody libraries were used to select scFvs against immunologically active S-layer protein of Lactobacillus helveticus MIMLh5. After three rounds of panning, five relevant phage clones were obtained, of which four were specific for the S-layer protein of L. helveticus MIMLh5 and one was also capable of binding to the S-layer protein of L. helveticus ATCC 15009. All five anti-S-layer scFvs were expressed in Escherichia coli XL1-Blue, and their specificity profiles were characterized by Western blotting. The anti-S-layer scFv PolyH4, with the highest specificity for the S-layer protein of L. helveticus MIMLh5, was used to detect the S-layer protein in Grana Padano protected-designation-of-origin (PDO) cheese extracts by Western blotting. These results showed promising applications of this monoclonal antibody for the detection of immunomodulatory S-layer protein in dairy (and dairy-based) foods. PMID:24242242

  11. Lamb waves dispersion curves for diamond based piezoelectric layered structure

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    Sorokin, B. P.; Kvashnin, G. M.; Telichko, A. V.; Novoselov, A. S.; Burkov, S. I.

    2016-03-01

    The presence of spurious peaks in the amplitude-frequency response of diamond based piezoelectric layered structure was shown. Excitation of such peaks results in deterioration of an useful acoustical signal. It was shown that such spurious peaks should be associated with Lamb waves in a layered structure. By means of FEM analysis, the propagation of acoustic waves of different types in the piezoelectric layered structure "Al/AlN/Mo/(100) diamond" has been investigated in detail. By analyzing the elastic displacement patterns at frequencies from 0 up to 250 MHz, a set of all the possible acoustic waves, especially Lamb modes, have been studied, and dispersive curves of phase velocity have been plotted. A revised classification of Lamb modes has been introduced.

  12. Manipulation of the structure of a turbulent boundary layer

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    Lynn, Theodore Brooks

    The manipulation of a turbulent boundary layer for the purpose of net drag reduction is an attractive topic for research, because even modest success will result in large energy savings. The focus is on passive manipulation, one of the simplest manipulation techniques. The most promising manipulator is the so-called BLADE device, consisting of two thin ribbons or foils suspended in the outer portion of the boundary layer. When the research was begun, there was significant controversy over the magnitude of the net drag reduction possible (20 percent) and the maximum skin friction reduction obtainable (50 percent). Accurate local skin-friction measurements were made using sublayer fences in a perturbed boundary layer. By comparing the direct measurements with those obtained by indirect methods, it was determined that the degree of drag reduction obtained depends on the method used to calculate the combined device drag and skin friction drag. Using auto and two-point correlation measurements as well as space-time correlations, the effects of BLADE were investigated on the turbulent structures in the boundary layer, comparing them with wire devices, which are not known to produce a net reduction in drag. The space-time correlation revealed that the most significant effect of the BLADE device was on the large structures (the dominant structures in the outer region of the boundary layer). The inner layer devices consisting of sublayer wires were also investigated. The results from both the inner and outer layer manipulations suggest that the effective alteration of a turbulent boundary layer depends on the scaling of the device.

  13. Enhanced columnar structure in CsI layer by substrate patterning

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    Jing, T.; Cho, G.; Drewery, J.; Kaplan, S.N.; Mireshghi, A.; Perez-Mendez, V.; Wildermuth, D.; Fujieda, I.

    1991-10-01

    Columnar structure in evaporated CsI layers can be controlled by patterning substrates as well as varying evaporation conditions. Mesh-patterned substrates with various dimensions were created by spin-coating polyimide on glass or amorphous silicon substrates and defining patterns with standard photolithography technique. CsI(Tl) layers 200--1000 {mu}m were evaporated. Scintillation properties of these evaporated layers, such as light yield and speed, were equivalent to those of the source materials. Spatial resolution of X-ray detectors consisting of these layers and a linear array of X-ray detectors consisting of these layers and a linear array of Si photodiodes was evaluated by exposing them to a 25{mu}m narrow beam of X-ray. The results obtained with 200{mu}m thick CsI layers coupled to a linear photodiode array with 20 dots/mm resolution showed that the spatial resolution of CsI(Tl) evaporated on patterned substrates was about 75 {mu}m FWHM, whereas that on CsI(Tl) on flat substrates was about 230 {mu}m FWHM. Micrographs taken by SEM revealed that these layers retained the well-defined columnar structure originating from substrate patterns. Adhesion and light transmission of CsI(Tl) were also improved by patterning the substrate.

  14. Electromagnetic cloaking by layered structure of homogeneous isotropic materials.

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    Huang, Ying; Feng, Yijun; Jiang, Tian

    2007-09-01

    Electromagnetic invisibility cloak requires material with anisotropic distribution of the constitutive parameters as first proposed by Pendry et al. [Science 312, 1780 (2006)]. In this paper, we proposed an electromagnetic cloak structure that does not require metamaterials with subwavelength structured inclusions to realize the anisotropy or inhomogeneity of the material parameters. We constructed a concentric layered structure of alternating homogeneous isotropic materials that can be treated as an effective medium with the required radius-dependent anisotropy. With proper design of the permittivity or the thickness ratio of the alternating layers, we demonstrated the low-reflection and power-flow bending properties of the proposed cloaking structure through rigorous analysis of the scattered electromagnetic fields. The proposed cloaking structure could be possibly realized by normal materials, therefore may lead to a practical path to an experimental demonstration of electromagnetic cloaking, especially in the optical range. PMID:19547468

  15. Local layer structures in circular domains of an achiral bent-core mesogen observed by x-ray microbeam diffraction

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    Takanishi, Yoichi; Ogasawara, Toyokazu; Ishikawa, Ken; Takezoe, Hideo; Watanabe, Junji; Takahashi, Yumiko; Iida, Atsuo

    2003-07-01

    The local layer structures have been investigated by x-ray microbeam diffraction in the circular domains of the SmCP phase of a banana-shaped molecule. Originally, the molecules form tilted layers with a certain tilt angle as well as nontilted ones. The application of a low electric field induces a tilted layer with a continuous change of the tilt angle; i.e., the tilted layer gradually changes the tilt angle, finally being upright at the center of circular domains. Upon application of a high electric field, the smectic layer forms a cylindrical-type structure. The layer structure changes from cylindrical to onionlike after turning off the high field.

  16. Evolutionary geometry of Lagrangian structures in a transitional boundary layer

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    Zheng, Wenjie; Yang, Yue; Chen, Shiyi

    2016-03-01

    We report a geometric study of Lagrangian structures in a weakly compressible, spatially evolving transitional boundary layer at the Mach number 0.7. The Lagrangian structures in the transition process are extracted from the Lagrangian scalar field by a sliding window filter at a sequence of reference times. The multi-scale and multi-directional geometric analysis is applied to characterize the geometry of spatially evolving Lagrangian structures, including the averaged inclination and sweep angles at different scales ranging from one half of the boundary layer thickness to several viscous length scales. Here, the inclination angle is on the plane of the streamwise and wall-normal directions, and the sweep angle is on the plane of the streamwise and spanwise directions. In general, the averaged inclination angle is increased and the sweep angle is decreased with the reference time. The variation of the angles for large-scale structures is smaller than that for small-scale structures. Before the transition, the averaged inclination and sweep angles are only slightly altered for all the scales. As the transition occurs, averaged inclination angles increase and sweep angles decrease rapidly for small-scale structures. In the late transitional stage, the averaged inclination angle of small-scale structures with 30 viscous length scales is approximately 42°, and the averaged sweep angle in the logarithm law region is approximately 30°. Additionally, the geometry of Lagrangian structures in transitional boundary layer flow is compared with that in the fully developed turbulent channel flow.

  17. Deep structure and origin of active volcanoes in China

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    Zhao, D.

    2010-12-01

    Recent geophysical studies have provided important constraints on the deep structure and origin of the active intraplate volcanoes in Mainland China. Magmatism in the western Pacific arc and back-arc areas is caused by the corner flow in the mantle wedge and dehydration of the subducting slab (e.g., Zhao et al., 2009a), while the intraplate magmatism in China has different origins. The active volcanoes in Northeast China (such as the Changbai and Wudalianchi) are caused by hot upwelling in the big mantle wedge (BMW) above the stagnant slab in the mantle transition zone and deep slab dehydration as well (Zhao et al., 2009b). The Tengchong volcano in Southwest China is caused by a similar process in the BMW above the subducting Burma microplate (or Indian plate) (Lei et al., 2009a). The Hainan volcano in southernmost China is a hotspot fed by a lower-mantle plume which may be associated with the Pacific and Philippine Sea slabs' deep subduction in the east and Indian slab's deep subduction in the west down to the lower mantle (Lei et al., 2009b; Zhao, 2009). The stagnant slab finally collapses down to the bottom of the mantle, which can trigger the upwelling of hot mantle materials from the lower mantle to the shallow mantle beneath the subducting slabs and may cause the slab-plume interactions (Zhao, 2009). References Lei, J., D. Zhao, Y. Su, 2009a. Insight into the origin of the Tengchong intraplate volcano and seismotectonics in southwest China from local and teleseismic data. J. Geophys. Res. 114, B05302. Lei, J., D. Zhao, B. Steinberger et al., 2009b. New seismic constraints on the upper mantle structure of the Hainan plume. Phys. Earth Planet. Inter. 173, 33-50. Zhao, D., 2009. Multiscale seismic tomography and mantle dynamics. Gondwana Res. 15, 297-323. Zhao, D., Z. Wang, N. Umino, A. Hasegawa, 2009a. Mapping the mantle wedge and interplate thrust zone of the northeast Japan arc. Tectonophysics 467, 89-106. Zhao, D., Y. Tian, J. Lei, L. Liu, 2009b. Seismic image and origin of the Changbai intraplate volcano in East Asia: Role of big mantle wedge above the stagnant Pacific slab. Phys. Earth Planet. Inter. 173, 197-206.

  18. Structural templating of multiple polycrystalline layers in organic photovoltaic cells

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    Lassiter, Brian E; Lunt, Richard R; Renshaw, Kyle; Forrest, Stephen R.

    2010-09-01

    We demonstrate that organic photovoltaic cell performance is influenced by changes in the crystalline orientation of composite layer structures. A 1.5 nm thick self-organized, polycrystalline template layer of 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) orients subsequently deposited layers of a diindenoperylene exciton blocking layer, and the donor, copper phthalocyanine (CuPc). Control over the crystalline orientation of the CuPc leads to changes in its frontier energy levels, absorption coefficient, and surface morphology, resulting in an increase of power conversion efficiency at 1 sun from 1.42 ± 0.04% to 2.19 ± 0.05% for a planar heterojunction and from 1.89 ± 0.05% to 2.49 ± 0.03% for a planar-mixed heterojunction.

  19. The structure and evolution of boundary layers in stratified convection

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    Anders, Evan H.; Brown, Benjamin; Brandenburg, Axel; Rast, Mark

    2016-05-01

    Solar convection is highly stratified, and the density in the Sun increases by many orders of magnitude from the photosphere to the base of the convection zone. The photosphere is an important boundary layer, and interactions between the surface convection and deep convection may lie at the root of the solar convection conundrum, where observed large-scale velocities are much lower than predicted by full numerical simulations. Here, we study the structure and time evolution of boundary layers in numerical stratified convection. We study fully compressible convection within plane-parallel layers using the Dedalus pseudospectral framework. Within the context of polytropic stratification, we study flows from low (1e-3) to moderately high (0.1) Mach number, and at moderate to high Rayleigh number to study both laminar and turbulent convective transport. We aim to characterize the thickness and time variation of velocity and thermal (entropy) boundary layers at the top and bottom boundaries of the domain.

  20. Origins.

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    Online-Offline, 1999

    1999-01-01

    Provides an annotated list of resources dealing with the theme of origins of life, the universe, and traditions. Includes Web sites, videos, books, audio materials, and magazines with appropriate grade levels and/or subject disciplines indicated; professional resources; and learning activities. (LRW)

  1. Nature, Origin, Potential Composition, and Climate Impact of the Asian Tropopause Aerosol Layer (ATAL)

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    Fairlie, T. D.; Vernier, J.-P.; Thomason, L. W.; Natarajan, M.; Bedka, K.; Wienhold, F.; Bian J.; Martinsson, B.

    2015-01-01

    Satellite observations from SAGE II and CALIPSO indicate that summertime aerosol extinction has more than doubled in the Asian Tropopause Aerosol Layer (ATAL) since the late 1990s. Here we show remote and in-situ observations, together with results from a chemical transport model (CTM), to explore the likely composition, origin, and radiative forcing of the ATAL. We show in-situ balloon measurements of aerosol backscatter, which support the high levels observed by CALIPSO since 2006. We also show in situ measurements from aircraft, which indicate a predominant carbonaceous contribution to the ATAL (Carbon/Sulfur ratios of 2- 10), which is supported by the CTM results. We show that the peak in ATAL aerosol lags by 1 month the peak in CO from MLS, associated with deep convection over Asia during the summer monsoon. This suggests that secondary formation and growth of aerosols in the upper troposphere on monthly timescales make a significant contribution to ATAL. Back trajectory calculations initialized from CALIPSO observations provide evidence that deep convection over India is a significant source for ATAL through the vertical transport of pollution to the upper troposphere.

  2. Atomistic origin of an ordered superstructure induced superconductivity in layered chalcogenides

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    Ang, R.; Wang, Z. C.; Chen, C. L.; Tang, J.; Liu, N.; Liu, Y.; Lu, W. J.; Sun, Y. P.; Mori, T.; Ikuhara, Y.

    2015-01-01

    Interplay among various collective electronic states such as charge density wave and superconductivity is of tremendous significance in low-dimensional electron systems. However, the atomistic and physical nature of the electronic structures underlying the interplay of exotic states, which is critical to clarifying its effect on remarkable properties of the electron systems, remains elusive, limiting our understanding of the superconducting mechanism. Here, we show evidence that an ordering of selenium and sulphur atoms surrounding tantalum within star-of-David clusters can boost superconductivity in a layered chalcogenide 1T-TaS2-xSex, which undergoes a superconducting transition in the nearly commensurate charge density wave phase. Advanced electron microscopy investigations reveal that such an ordered superstructure forms only in the x area, where the superconductivity manifests, and is destructible to the occurrence of the Mott metal-insulator transition. The present findings provide a novel dimension in understanding the relationship between lattice and electronic degrees of freedom.

  3. Ternary metal-rich sulfide with a layered structure

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    Franzen, Hugo F.; Yao, Xiaoqiang

    1993-08-17

    A ternary Nb-Ta-S compound is provided having the atomic formula, Nb.sub.1.72 Ta.sub.3.28 S.sub.2, and exhibiting a layered structure in the sequence S-M3-M2-M1-M2-M3-S wherein S represents sulfur layers and M1, M2, and M3 represent Nb/Ta mixed metal layers. This sequence generates seven sheets stacked along the [001] direction of an approximate body centered cubic crystal structure with relatively weak sulfur-to-sulfur van der Waals type interactions between adjacent sulfur sheets and metal-to-metal bonding within and between adjacent mixed metal sheets.

  4. Strained layer superlattice focal plane array having a planar structure

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    Kim, Jin K; Carroll, Malcolm S; Gin, Aaron; Marsh, Phillip F; Young, Erik W; Cich, Michael J

    2012-10-23

    An infrared focal plane array (FPA) is disclosed which utilizes a strained-layer superlattice (SLS) formed of alternating layers of InAs and In.sub.xGa.sub.1-xSb with 0.ltoreq.x.ltoreq.0.5 epitaxially grown on a GaSb substrate. The FPA avoids the use of a mesa structure to isolate each photodetector element and instead uses impurity-doped regions formed in or about each photodetector for electrical isolation. This results in a substantially-planar structure in which the SLS is unbroken across the entire width of a 2-D array of the photodetector elements which are capped with an epitaxially-grown passivation layer to reduce or eliminate surface recombination. The FPA has applications for use in the wavelength range of 3-25 .mu.m.

  5. Morphological transitions of elastic domain structures in constrained layers

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    Slutsker, J.; Artemev, A.; Roytburd, A. L.

    2002-06-01

    The phase transformation in a constrained layer is the subject of this article. The formation and evolution of polydomain microstructure under external stress in the constrained layer are investigated by phase-field simulation and analytically using homogeneous approximation. As a result of simulation, it has been shown that the three-domain hierarchical structure can be formed in the epitaxial films. Under external stress there are two types of morphological transitions: from the three-domain structure to the two-domain one and from the hierarchical three-domain structure to the cellular three-domain structure. The results of phase-field simulation are compared with conclusions of homogenous theory and with available experimental data.

  6. Coherent structures in compressible free-shear-layer flows

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    Aeschliman, D.P.; Baty, R.S.; Kennedy, C.A.; Chen, J.H.

    1997-08-01

    Large scale coherent structures are intrinsic fluid mechanical characteristics of all free-shear flows, from incompressible to compressible, and laminar to fully turbulent. These quasi-periodic fluid structures, eddies of size comparable to the thickness of the shear layer, dominate the mixing process at the free-shear interface. As a result, large scale coherent structures greatly influence the operation and efficiency of many important commercial and defense technologies. Large scale coherent structures have been studied here in a research program that combines a synergistic blend of experiment, direct numerical simulation, and analysis. This report summarizes the work completed for this Sandia Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project.

  7. Generation of spectral holes by inserting central structurally chiral layer defects in periodic structurally chiral materials

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    Lakhtakia, Akhlesh

    2007-07-01

    The insertion of a structurally chiral layer defect between two identical chiral mirrors, made of periodic structurally chiral materials such as chiral liquid crystals and chiral sculptured thin films, generates two different types of spectral holes, depending on the thicknesses of the chiral mirrors and the central layer defect.

  8. Nonlinear dynamics and collective excitations in layered superconducting structures

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    Zel'Tser, A. S.; Kivshar', Iu. S.; Soboleva, T. K.

    1991-06-01

    Nonlinear excitations in layered superconducting structures representing a system of interacting extended Josephson junctions are investigated theoretically. The possibility of the propagation of dynamic supersolitons, localized vortex lattice density excitations, in such a system is demonstrated. Particular attention is given to soliton excitations of two types: kinks and envelope solitons. The relaxation of dynamic kinks is investigated numerically.

  9. Using Layer-Cake Geology to Illustrate Structural Topographic Relationships.

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    Wagner, John Robert

    1987-01-01

    Discusses some of the difficulties of visualizing underlying geologic structural patterns by using maps or wooden blocks. Suggests the use of a modified layer cake to show dipping beds, folds, faults and differential erosion, as well as the relationships of stream valleys to outcrop patterns. (TW)

  10. Interfacial Atomic Structure of Twisted Few-Layer Graphene

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    Ishikawa, Ryo; Lugg, Nathan R.; Inoue, Kazutoshi; Sawada, Hidetaka; Taniguchi, Takashi; Shibata, Naoya; Ikuhara, Yuichi

    2016-02-01

    A twist in bi- or few-layer graphene breaks the local symmetry, introducing a number of intriguing physical properties such as opening new bandgaps. Therefore, determining the twisted atomic structure is critical to understanding and controlling the functional properties of graphene. Combining low-angle annular dark-field electron microscopy with image simulations, we directly determine the atomic structure of twisted few-layer graphene in terms of a moiré superstructure which is parameterized by a single twist angle and lattice constant. This method is shown to be a powerful tool for accurately determining the atomic structure of two-dimensional materials such as graphene, even in the presence of experimental errors. Using coincidence-site-lattice and displacement-shift-complete theories, we show that the in-plane translation state between layers is not a significant structure parameter, explaining why the present method is adequate not only for bilayer graphene but also a few-layered twisted graphene.

  11. Interfacial Atomic Structure of Twisted Few-Layer Graphene.

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    Ishikawa, Ryo; Lugg, Nathan R; Inoue, Kazutoshi; Sawada, Hidetaka; Taniguchi, Takashi; Shibata, Naoya; Ikuhara, Yuichi

    2016-01-01

    A twist in bi- or few-layer graphene breaks the local symmetry, introducing a number of intriguing physical properties such as opening new bandgaps. Therefore, determining the twisted atomic structure is critical to understanding and controlling the functional properties of graphene. Combining low-angle annular dark-field electron microscopy with image simulations, we directly determine the atomic structure of twisted few-layer graphene in terms of a moiré superstructure which is parameterized by a single twist angle and lattice constant. This method is shown to be a powerful tool for accurately determining the atomic structure of two-dimensional materials such as graphene, even in the presence of experimental errors. Using coincidence-site-lattice and displacement-shift-complete theories, we show that the in-plane translation state between layers is not a significant structure parameter, explaining why the present method is adequate not only for bilayer graphene but also a few-layered twisted graphene. PMID:26888259

  12. Layered structures and nanosheets of pyrimidinethiolate coordination polymers.

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    Beldon, P J; Tominaka, S; Singh, P; Saha Dasgupta, T; Bithell, E G; Cheetham, A K

    2014-04-18

    We report the synthesis, crystal structure and exfoliation of a new member of an important family of layered compounds: lamellar pyrimidinethiolate coordination polymers. Conductivity measurements and DFT calculations of iron(II) pyrimidine-2-thiolate show that this material and a related compound are insulators. PMID:24599380

  13. Interfacial Atomic Structure of Twisted Few-Layer Graphene

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    Ishikawa, Ryo; Lugg, Nathan R.; Inoue, Kazutoshi; Sawada, Hidetaka; Taniguchi, Takashi; Shibata, Naoya; Ikuhara, Yuichi

    2016-01-01

    A twist in bi- or few-layer graphene breaks the local symmetry, introducing a number of intriguing physical properties such as opening new bandgaps. Therefore, determining the twisted atomic structure is critical to understanding and controlling the functional properties of graphene. Combining low-angle annular dark-field electron microscopy with image simulations, we directly determine the atomic structure of twisted few-layer graphene in terms of a moiré superstructure which is parameterized by a single twist angle and lattice constant. This method is shown to be a powerful tool for accurately determining the atomic structure of two-dimensional materials such as graphene, even in the presence of experimental errors. Using coincidence-site-lattice and displacement-shift-complete theories, we show that the in-plane translation state between layers is not a significant structure parameter, explaining why the present method is adequate not only for bilayer graphene but also a few-layered twisted graphene. PMID:26888259

  14. Initial condition effects on large scale structure in numerical simulations of plane mixing layers

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    McMullan, W. A.; Garrett, S. J.

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, Large Eddy Simulations are performed on the spatially developing plane turbulent mixing layer. The simulated mixing layers originate from initially laminar conditions. The focus of this research is on the effect of the nature of the imposed fluctuations on the large-scale spanwise and streamwise structures in the flow. Two simulations are performed; one with low-level three-dimensional inflow fluctuations obtained from pseudo-random numbers, the other with physically correlated fluctuations of the same magnitude obtained from an inflow generation technique. Where white-noise fluctuations provide the inflow disturbances, no spatially stationary streamwise vortex structure is observed, and the large-scale spanwise turbulent vortical structures grow continuously and linearly. These structures are observed to have a three-dimensional internal geometry with branches and dislocations. Where physically correlated provide the inflow disturbances a "streaky" streamwise structure that is spatially stationary is observed, with the large-scale turbulent vortical structures growing with the square-root of time. These large-scale structures are quasi-two-dimensional, on top of which the secondary structure rides. The simulation results are discussed in the context of the varying interpretations of mixing layer growth that have been postulated. Recommendations are made concerning the data required from experiments in order to produce accurate numerical simulation recreations of real flows.

  15. Origins.

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    Weinberg, S

    1985-10-01

    The farthest of the galaxies that can be seen through the large ground-based telescopes of modern astronomy, such as those on La Palma in the Canary Islands, are so far away that they appear as they did close to the time of the origin of the universe, perhaps some 10 billion years ago. Much has been learned, and much has still to be learned, about the young universe from optical and radio telescopes, but these instruments cannot be used to look directly at the universe in its first few hundred thousand years. Instead, they are used to search the relatively recent past for relics of much earlier times. Together with experiments planned for the next generation of elementary particle accelerators, astronomical observations should continue to extend what is known about the universe backward in time to the Big Bang and may eventually help to reveal the origins of the physical laws that govern the universe. PMID:17817144

  16. One-seeded fruits in the core Caryophyllales: their origin and structural diversity.

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    Sukhorukov, Alexander P; Mavrodiev, Evgeny V; Struwig, Madeleen; Nilova, Maya V; Dzhalilova, Khalima Kh; Balandin, Sergey A; Erst, Andrey; Krinitsyna, Anastasiya A

    2015-01-01

    The core Caryophyllales consist of approximately 30 families (12,000 species) distributed worldwide. Many members evolved one-seeded or conjoined fruits, but their origin and structural diversity have not been investigated. A comparative anatomical investigation of the one-seeded fruits within the core Caryophyllales was conducted. The origin of the one-seeded fruits and the evolutionary reconstructions of some carpological characters were traced using a tree based on rbcl and matK data in order to understand the ancestral characters and their changes. The one-seeded fruit type is inferred to be an ancestral character state in core Caryophyllales, with a subsequent increase in the seed number seen in all major clades. Most representatives of the 'Earlier Diverging' clade are distinguished in various carpological traits. The organization of the pericarp is diverse in many groups, although fruits with a dry, many-layered pericarp, consisting of sclerenchyma as outer layers and a thin-walled parenchyma below, with seeds occupying a vertical embryo position, are likely ancestral character states in the core Caryophyllales clade. Several carpological peculiarities in fruit and seed structure were discovered in obligate one-seeded Achatocarpaceae, Chenopodiaceae, Nyctaginaceae, Seguieriaceae and Sarcobataceae. The horizontal embryo evolved in only certain groups of Chenopodiaceae. The bar-thickening of endotegmen cells appears to be an additional character typical of core Caryophyllales. The syncarpy-to-lysicarpy paradigm in Caryophyllaceae needs to be reinterpreted. PMID:25710481

  17. One-Seeded Fruits in the Core Caryophyllales: Their Origin and Structural Diversity

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    Sukhorukov, Alexander P.; Mavrodiev, Evgeny V.; Struwig, Madeleen; Nilova, Maya V.; Dzhalilova, Khalima Kh.; Balandin, Sergey A.; Erst, Andrey; Krinitsyna, Anastasiya A.

    2015-01-01

    The core Caryophyllales consist of approximately 30 families (12 000 species) distributed worldwide. Many members evolved one-seeded or conjoined fruits, but their origin and structural diversity have not been investigated. A comparative anatomical investigation of the one-seeded fruits within the core Caryophyllales was conducted. The origin of the one-seeded fruits and the evolutionary reconstructions of some carpological characters were traced using a tree based on rbcl and matK data in order to understand the ancestral characters and their changes. The one-seeded fruit type is inferred to be an ancestral character state in core Caryophyllales, with a subsequent increase in the seed number seen in all major clades. Most representatives of the ‘Earlier Diverging’ clade are distinguished in various carpological traits. The organization of the pericarp is diverse in many groups, although fruits with a dry, many-layered pericarp, consisting of sclerenchyma as outer layers and a thin-walled parenchyma below, with seeds occupying a vertical embryo position, are likely ancestral character states in the core Caryophyllales clade. Several carpological peculiarities in fruit and seed structure were discovered in obligate one-seeded Achatocarpaceae, Chenopodiaceae, Nyctaginaceae, Seguieriaceae and Sarcobataceae. The horizontal embryo evolved in only certain groups of Chenopodiaceae. The bar-thickening of endotegmen cells appears to be an additional character typical of core Caryophyllales. The syncarpy-to-lysicarpy paradigm in Caryophyllaceae needs to be reinterpreted. PMID:25710481

  18. Collisionless magnetic reconnection and the structure of thin current layers

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    Denton, R. E.; Drake, J. F.

    1996-11-01

    It is now widely accepted that magnetic reconnection in both laboratory (during sawtooth crashes) and space and astrophysical systems is dominated by collisionless processes, independent of classical resistivity. Current layers which form near the magnetic x-line during collisionless reconnection are extrememly narrow, comparable in width to the electron skin depth, c/ω_pe. Such narrow layers are violently unstable to whistler-like disturbances driven unstable by the local current gradient. 3-D hybrid simulations (particle ions and finite mass fluid electrons) reveal that narrow current layers of width c/ω_pe rapidly become fully turbulent and broaden out to a width intermediate between the electron and ion skin depths. Computer generated movies reveal that the current layer consists of continuously-evolving, sheet-like beams of electrons. The turbulence persists even after the layer has broadened significantly. It is therefore expected that thin current layers are typically turbulent rather than laminar structures. Satellite measurements of electric and magnetic field fluctuations at the magnetopause support this conclusion. Implications for predicting the rate of collisionless reconnection are discussed.

  19. An experimental study on the preparation of tochilinite-originated intercalation compounds comprised of Fe 1-xS host layers and various kinds of guest layers

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    Peng, Yiya; Xi, Guangcheng; Zhong, Chang; Wang, Linping; Lu, Jun; Sun, Ximeng; Zhu, Lu; Han, Qikun; Chen, Lin; Shi, Lei; Sun, Mei; Li, Qianrong; Yu, Min; Yin, Mingwen

    2009-08-01

    Tochilinite represents a mineral group of ordered mixed-layer structures containing alternating Fe 1-xS layers with mackinawite-like structure and metal hydroxide layers with Mg(OH) 2-like structure. In this article, we report the preparation of a series of tochilinite-originated (or Fe 1-xS-based) intercalation compounds (ICs). According to their preparation procedures, these ICs can be divided into four kinds. The first kind of IC was sodium tochilinite (Na-tochilinite), which was prepared by the hydrothermal reaction of metallic Fe particles with concentrated Na 2S·9H 2O aqueous solutions. The hydroxide layer of the Na-tochilinite was a mixed hydroxide of Na + ions along with a certain amount of Fe 2+ ions. When the hydroxide layer of the Na-tochilinite completely dissolved in aqueous solutions, a Fe-deficient mackinawite-like phase Fe 1-xS was obtained, which was probably an electron-deficient p-type conductor. The second kind of ICs was prepared by 'low-temperature direct intercalation in aqueous solutions, using Na-tochilinite as a parental precursor. When the Na-tochilinite was ultrasonicated in aqueous solutions containing Lewis basic complexing agents (like NH 3, N 2H 4, 2,2'-bipyridine (bipy), and 1,10-phenanthroline (phen)), the Na + ions of the Na-tochilinite were removed and the Lewis basic complexing agents entered the hydroxide layer of the Na-tochilinite and became coordinated with the Fe 2+ ions, and the second kind of ICs was thus produced. The second kind of ICs includes NH 3 IC, N 2H 4 IC, N 2H 4-NH 3 IC, [Fe(bipy) 3] 2+-containing IC and [Fe(phen) 3] 2+-containing IC. The third kind of ICs, which includes NH 3 IC, N 2H 4-NH 3 IC and N 2H 4-LiOH (NaOH) IC, was prepared by the hydrothermal reaction of metallic Fe particles with (NH 4) 2S aqueous solution, S (elemental) + N 2H 4·H 2O aqueous solution, and S + N 2H 4·H 2O + LiOH (NaOH) aqueous solution, respectively. The third kind of ICs has a close relationship with the second kind of ICs both in composition and structure. The fourth kind of ICs was prepared by the oxidation and reduction of some of the N 2H 4-containing ICs mentioned above, which include N 2H 2 (diazene or diimide) IC, N 2 (dinitrogen) IC and NH 3 IC. The N 2H 2 IC was prepared by mild air oxidation of the N 2H 4-LiOH IC. The N 2 IC was prepared by strong air oxidation of the N 2H 4-LiOH IC, however, we have not been able to separate the pure phase N 2 IC. Hydrothermal reduction of the N 2H 4 IC made by the direct intercalation method in strong reducing environment by H 2S + Fe (metal) led to the production of the NH 3 IC of the fourth kind of ICs. The NH 3 ICs prepared by the three methods had similar compositions and structures. As almost all the ICs reported in this paper were extremely sensitive both to air and to the electron beam, they were mainly characterized by XRD. The properties and interrelationships (or mutual transformations) of the Fe 1-xS-based ICs revealed novel chemistry occurring in the sub-nanoscopic space between the micrometer- to nanometer-sized electron-deficient Fe 1-xS layers. An important finding of this novel chemistry was that the Fe 1-xS-based ICs tended to oxidize or reduce the intercalated species when the redox state of their environments varied. The results of our experiments potentially have many cosmochemical implications. The most important implication is that our experimental results, along with previous studies, strongly suggested that some of the ammonium salts, ammonia and carbonates existing in the matrix of the CM carbonaceous chondrites may have been formed by abiotic reactions employing molecular nitrogen as the nitrogen source and carbon monoxide as the carbon source and iron sulfide and/or iron hydroxide as catalysts.

  20. Structural origin of resistance drift in amorphous GeTe

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    Zipoli, Federico; Krebs, Daniel; Curioni, Alessandro

    2016-03-01

    We used atomistic simulations to study the origin of the change of resistance over time in the amorphous phase of GeTe, a prototypical phase-change material (PCM). Understanding the cause of resistance drift is one of the biggest challenges to improve multilevel storage technology. For this purpose, we generated amorphous structures via classical molecular-dynamics simulations under conditions as close as possible to the experimental operating ones of such memory devices. Moreover, we used the replica-exchange technique to generate structures comparable with those obtained in the experiment after long annealing that show an increase of resistance. This framework allowed us to overcome the main limitation of previous simulations, based on density-functional theory, that suffered from being computationally too expensive therefore limited to the nanosecond time scale. We found that resistance drift is caused by consumption of Ge atom clusters in which the coordination of at least one Ge atom differs from that of the crystalline phase and by removal of stretched bonds in the amorphous network, leading to a shift of the Fermi level towards the middle of the band gap. These results show that one route to design better memory devices based on current chalcogenide alloys is to reduce the resistance drift by increasing the rigidity of the amorphous network.

  1. The motor origins of human and avian song structure

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    Tierney, Adam T.; Russo, Frank A.; Patel, Aniruddh D.

    2011-01-01

    Human song exhibits great structural diversity, yet certain aspects of melodic shape (how pitch is patterned over time) are widespread. These include a predominance of arch-shaped and descending melodic contours in musical phrases, a tendency for phrase-final notes to be relatively long, and a bias toward small pitch movements between adjacent notes in a melody [Huron D (2006) Sweet Anticipation: Music and the Psychology of Expectation (MIT Press, Cambridge, MA)]. What is the origin of these features? We hypothesize that they stem from motor constraints on song production (i.e., the energetic efficiency of their underlying motor actions) rather than being innately specified. One prediction of this hypothesis is that any animals subject to similar motor constraints on song will exhibit similar melodic shapes, no matter how distantly related those animals are to humans. Conversely, animals who do not share similar motor constraints on song will not exhibit convergent melodic shapes. Birds provide an ideal case for testing these predictions, because their peripheral mechanisms of song production have both notable similarities and differences from human vocal mechanisms [Riede T, Goller F (2010) Brain Lang 115:69–80]. We use these similarities and differences to make specific predictions about shared and distinct features of human and avian song structure and find that these predictions are confirmed by empirical analysis of diverse human and avian song samples. PMID:21876156

  2. Design of a three-dimensional photonic crystal nanocavity based on a \\langle 110\\rangle -layered diamond structure

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    Tajiri, Takeyoshi; Takahashi, Shun; Tandaechanurat, Aniwat; Iwamoto, Satoshi; Arakawa, Yasuhiko

    2014-01-01

    We design a three-dimensional (3D) photonic crystal (PC) nanocavity based on a \\langle 110\\rangle -layered diamond structure. The designed structure, comprised of self-sustainable layers, is suitable for fabrication by layer stacking techniques. Quality factors (Q-factors) of nanocavities were calculated for the \\langle 110\\rangle -layered diamond and a commonly-used woodpile structures, both of which are generated from the same diamond lattice with a lattice constant adiamond. The Q-factor of the designed nanocavity can reach as high as 230,000 with 35 stacked layers and a square in-plane PC area of the length of one side of 5\\sqrt{2} a^{\\text{diamond}}. This is 1.5 times higher than that of a 3D PC nanocavity based on the woodpile structure with the same in-plane PC size and with the same number of stacked layers. The higher Q-factor in the \\langle 110\\rangle -layered diamond structure originates from its stronger in-plane light confinement over the woodpile structure. The \\langle 110\\rangle -layered diamond structure will be beneficial for improving experimentally attainable Q-factors of 3D PC nanocavities particularly fabricated by a micromanipulation method.

  3. Hybrid transfer-matrix FDTD method for layered periodic structures.

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    Deinega, Alexei; Belousov, Sergei; Valuev, Ilya

    2009-03-15

    A hybrid transfer-matrix finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method is proposed for modeling the optical properties of finite-width planar periodic structures. This method can also be applied for calculation of the photonic bands in infinite photonic crystals. We describe the procedure of evaluating the transfer-matrix elements by a special numerical FDTD simulation. The accuracy of the new method is tested by comparing computed transmission spectra of a 32-layered photonic crystal composed of spherical or ellipsoidal scatterers with the results of direct FDTD and layer-multiple-scattering calculations. PMID:19282957

  4. Stable single-layer honeycomblike structure of silica.

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    zelik, V Ongun; Cahangirov, S; Ciraci, S

    2014-06-20

    Silica or SiO(2), the main constituent of Earth's rocks has several 3D complex crystalline and amorphous phases, but it does not have a graphitelike layered structure in 3D. Our theoretical analysis and numerical calculations from the first principles predict a single-layer honeycomblike allotrope, h? silica, which can be viewed to be derived from the oxidation of silicene and it has intriguing atomic structure with reentrant bond angles in hexagons. It is a wide band gap semiconductor, which attains remarkable electromechanical properties showing geometrical changes under an external electric field. In particular, it is an auxetic metamaterial with a negative Poisson's ratio and has a high piezoelectric coefficient. While it can form stable bilayer and multilayer structures, its nanoribbons can show metallic or semiconducting behavior depending on their chirality. Coverage of dangling Si orbitals by foreign adatoms can attribute new functionalities to h? silica. In particular, Si(2)O(5), where Si atoms are saturated by oxygen atoms from top and bottom sides alternatingly can undergo a structural transformation to make silicatene, another stable, single layer structure of silica. PMID:24996101

  5. Structural characterisation of a layered double hydroxide nanosheet

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    Funnell, Nicholas P.; Wang, Qiang; Connor, Leigh; Tucker, Matthew G.; O'Hare, Dermot; Goodwin, Andrew L.

    2014-06-01

    We report the atomic-scale structure of a Zn2Al-borate layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanosheet, as determined by reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) modelling of X-ray total scattering data. This study involves the extension of the RMC method to enable structural refinement of two-dimensional nanomaterials. The refined LDH models show the intra-layer geometry in this highly-exfoliated phase to be consistent with that observed in crystalline analogues, with the reciprocal-space scattering data suggesting a disordered arrangement of the Zn2+ and Al3+ cations within the nanosheet. The approach we develop is generalisable and so offers a method of characterising the structures of arbitrary nanosheet phases, including systems that support complex forms of disorder within the nanosheets themselves.We report the atomic-scale structure of a Zn2Al-borate layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanosheet, as determined by reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) modelling of X-ray total scattering data. This study involves the extension of the RMC method to enable structural refinement of two-dimensional nanomaterials. The refined LDH models show the intra-layer geometry in this highly-exfoliated phase to be consistent with that observed in crystalline analogues, with the reciprocal-space scattering data suggesting a disordered arrangement of the Zn2+ and Al3+ cations within the nanosheet. The approach we develop is generalisable and so offers a method of characterising the structures of arbitrary nanosheet phases, including systems that support complex forms of disorder within the nanosheets themselves. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr01265h

  6. Multi-functional layered structure having structural and radiation shielding attributes

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    Kaul, Raj K. (Inventor); Barghouty, Abdulnasser Fakhri (Inventor); Penn, Benjamin G. (Inventor); Hulcher, Anthony Bruce (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A cosmic and solar radiation shielding structure that also has structural attributes is comprised of three layers. The first layer is 30-42 percent by volume of ultra-high molecular weight (UHMW) polyethylene fibers, 18-30 percent by volume of graphite fibers, and a remaining percent by volume of an epoxy resin matrix. The second layer is approximately 68 percent by volume of UHMW polyethylene fibers and a remaining percent by volume of a polyethylene matrix. The third layer is a ceramic material.

  7. Seismic Structure and Origin of Hotspots and Mantle Plumes

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    Zhao, D.

    2001-12-01

    A new model of whole mantle seismic tomography was developed with a novel approach. A grid parameterization was adopted, instead of blocks and spherical harmonic expansions which were used in most of the global tomographic studies. Ray paths and travel times were computed with an efficient 3-D ray tracing scheme [Zhao et al., 1992]. Moreover, the topography of mantle discontinuities at 410 and 660 km depths and the Moho discontinuity [Flanagan and Shearer, 1998; Mooney et al., 1998] were taken into account in the tomographic inversions. The three discontinuities exhibit lateral depth variations of tens of kilometers, which greatly affects the ray path and travel times, hence their depth changes should be taken into account in the inversions. This new approach was applied to a large data set of ISC travel times (P, PP, PcP, pP) which were reprocessed by Engdahl et al. [1998], resulting in a new model of whole mantle P-wave tomography. For the shallow mantle, this new model contains the general features observed in the previous models: a low-velocity ring around the Pacific Ocean basins and high-velocity anomalies under the old and stable continents in the depth range of 0-400 km. One significant difference from the previous models is that stronger and wider high-velocity anomalies are visible in the transition zone depths under the subduction zone regions, which suggests that most of the slab materials are stagnant for a long time in the transition zone before finally dropping down to the lower mantle. Plume-like slow anomalies are visible under the hotspot regions in most parts of the mantle. The slow anomalies under hotspots usually do not show a straight pillar shape, but exhibit winding images, which suggests that plumes are not fixed in the mantle but can be deflected by the mantle winds. As a consequence, hotspots are not really fixed but can wander on the Earth's surface, as evidenced by the recent geomagnetic and numeric modeling studies. There is a good correlation between the distribution of slow anomalies at the CMB and that of hotspots on the surface, which suggests that many hotspot plumes may originate from the CMB. However, there may be some small-scaled, weak plumes originating from the transition zone depths. Zhao, D. (2001) Seismic structure and origin of hotspots and mantle plumes, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., in press.

  8. Crystallographic structure and superconductive properties of Nb-Ti films with an artificially layered structure

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    Sato, N. )

    1990-06-15

    Artificially layered niobium-titanium (Nb-Ti) films with various thickness ratios (3/1--1/3) and periodicities (2--100 A) are made in an argon or in a mixed argon/nitrogen atmosphere by a dc magnetron sputtering method. Films with small periodicities (less than 30 A) have an artificial superlattice structure (ASL) with crystallographic coherence between constituent layers, where Nb and Ti grow epitaxially on the closest planes. The crystallographic structures of films are bcc with the (110) plane parallel to the film for films with the same or a thicker Nb layer than a Ti layer, and hcp with the (001) plane parallel to the film for films with a thinner Nb layer than a Ti layer. Films with large periodicities have an artificial superstructure (ASS) with only periodic stacking of constituent layers. Films deposited in the Ar/N atmosphere also have the artificially layered structures of ASL or ASS. The artificially layered structure is thermally stable at temperatures up to 500 {degree}C. The superconducting properties of the films depend strongly on the periodicity and thickness ratio of Nb and Ti layers. The dependence of the transition temperature on the periodicity and thickness ratio is qualitatively explained by a proximity effect with a three-region model. Films with periodicities less than 20 A, composed of the same or a thicker Nb layer than a Ti layer, show high transition temperatures (above 9.3 K). The highest {ital T}{sub {ital c}} of about 13.6 K is obtained in the film composed of monatomic layers of constituents deposited in an Ar atmosphere including 30 vol % N.

  9. Structural origin of the colored reflections from the black-billed magpie feathers

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    Pol Vigneron, Jean; Colomer, Jean-François; Rassart, Marie; Ingram, Abigail L.; Lousse, Virginie

    2006-02-01

    The structural origin of the weak iridescence on some of the dark feathers of the black-billed magpie, Pica pica (Corvidae), is found in the structure of the ribbon-shaped barbules. The cortex of these barbules contains cylindrical holes distributed as the nodes of an hexagonal lattice in the hard layer cross section. The cortex optical properties are described starting from a photonic-crystal film theory. The yellowish-green coloration of the bird’s tail can be explained by the appearance of a reflection band related to the photonic-crystal lowest-lying gap. The bluish reflections from the wings are produced by a more complicated mechanism, involving the presence of a cortex second gap.”

  10. Electronic structure origins of the extremely large magnetoresistance in tungsten ditelluride

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    Pletikosic, Ivo; Ali, Mazhar; Cava, Robert; Valla, Tonica

    2015-03-01

    WTe2 is a layered transition metal dichalcogenide showing a structural reduction to one-dimensional tellurium-surrounded tungsten chains. The material exhibits an extremely large positive anisotropic magnetoresistance of a few million percent that increases as the square of the field and shows no saturation up to 60 T. We explored the possible electronic structure origins of the magnetoresistance by means of angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES) and found electron and hole pockets of equal size along the direction of tungsten chains, forming a highly anisotropic quasi-twodimensional Fermi surface. The perfect carrier compensation at low temperatures has been identified as the primary source of the magnetoresistive effect, and the change of the Fermi surface shape as well as a high-density-of-states band slightly below the Fermi level recognized as the cause of its diminishing at rising temperatures.

  11. Layered structures of organic/inorganic hybrid halide perovskites

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    Huan, Tran Doan; Tuoc, Vu Ngoc; Minh, Nguyen Viet

    2016-03-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid halide perovskites, in which the A cations of an ABX3 perovskite are replaced by organic cations, may be used for photovoltaic and solar thermoelectric applications. In this contribution, we systematically study three lead-free hybrid perovskites, i.e., methylammonium tin iodide CH3NH3SnI3 , ammonium tin iodide NH4SnI3 , and formamidnium tin iodide HC (NH2)2SnI3 by first-principles calculations. We find that in addition to the commonly known motif in which the corner-shared SnI6 octahedra form a three-dimensional network, these materials may also favor a two-dimensional (layered) motif formed by alternating layers of the SnI6 octahedra and the organic cations. These two motifs are nearly equal in free energy and are separated by low barriers. These layered structures features many flat electronic bands near the band edges, making their electronic structures significantly different from those of the structural phases composed of three-dimension networks of SnI6 octahedra. Furthermore, because the electronic structures of HC (NH2)2SnI3 are found to be rather similar to those of CH3NH3SnI3 , formamidnium tin iodide may also be promising for the applications of methylammonium tin iodide.

  12. Structural transformation of implanted diamond layers during high temperature annealing

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    Rubanov, S.; Fairchild, B. A.; Suvorova, A.; Olivero, P.; Prawer, S.

    2015-12-01

    In the recent years graphitization of ion-beam induced amorphous layers became the basic tool for device fabrication in diamond. The etchable graphitic layers can be removed to form free-standing membranes into which the desired structures can be sculpted using FIB milling. The optical properties of the devices fabricated using this method are assumed on the model of sharp diamond-air interface. The real quality of this interface could depend on degree of graphitization of the amorphous damage layers after annealing. In the present work the graphitization process was studied using conventional and analytical TEM. It was found that annealing at 550 °C results in a partial graphitization of the implanted volume with formation of the nano-crystalline graphitic phase sandwiched between layers of tetrahedral amorphous carbon. Annealing at 1400 °C resulted in complete graphitization of the amorphous layers. The average size of graphite nano-crystals did not exceed 5 nm with predominant orientation of c-planes normal to the sample surface.

  13. Boundary Layer Dynamical Structure During Secondary Eyewall Formation

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    Abarca, S. F.; Montgomery, M. T.; McWilliams, J. C.

    2014-12-01

    Secondary eyewall formation (SEF) is widely recognized as an important research problem in the dynamics of mature tropical cyclones. It has been shown that the development of the wind maxima in SEF occurs within the boundary layer and that it follows a chain of events initiated by a substantial radial expansion of the tangential wind field. In this context, there is not yet a consensus on the phenomenon's essential physics. It has been proposed that the boundary-layer dynamics of a maturing hurricane vortex is an important controlling element in SEF. However, recent literature also argues that hurricane boundary layers and the related coupling with the interior flow can be described through an Ekman-like balance and that shock-like structures are relevant in the swirling boundary layer of the inner core of mature storms. We analyze the radial and vertical structure of the specific forces and accelerations in in the boundary layer in a mature hurricane that includes a canonical eyewall replacement cycle. The case occurred in a mesoscale, convection-permitting numerical simulation of a tropical cyclone, integrated from an initial weak mesoscale vortex in an idealized quiescent environment. The simulation has been studied extensively in the literature. We find that momentum advection is almost everywhere important (some of it is associated with asymmetric eddies). We discuss the implication of our findings on the proposed importance of Ekman-like balance dynamics during SEF. Finally, our analysis does not support the recently proposed idea that the radial advection of radial momentum, and shock-like structures, are closely related to the supergradient wind phenomena observed during SEF.

  14. Atomistic origin of an ordered superstructure induced superconductivity in layered chalcogenides.

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    Ang, R; Wang, Z C; Chen, C L; Tang, J; Liu, N; Liu, Y; Lu, W J; Sun, Y P; Mori, T; Ikuhara, Y

    2015-01-01

    Interplay among various collective electronic states such as charge density wave and superconductivity is of tremendous significance in low-dimensional electron systems. However, the atomistic and physical nature of the electronic structures underlying the interplay of exotic states, which is critical to clarifying its effect on remarkable properties of the electron systems, remains elusive, limiting our understanding of the superconducting mechanism. Here, we show evidence that an ordering of selenium and sulphur atoms surrounding tantalum within star-of-David clusters can boost superconductivity in a layered chalcogenide 1T-TaS2-xSex, which undergoes a superconducting transition in the nearly commensurate charge density wave phase. Advanced electron microscopy investigations reveal that such an ordered superstructure forms only in the x area, where the superconductivity manifests, and is destructible to the occurrence of the Mott metal-insulator transition. The present findings provide a novel dimension in understanding the relationship between lattice and electronic degrees of freedom. PMID:25625438

  15. Toward the origin of exciton electronic structure in phycobiliproteins

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    Womick, Jordan M.; Miller, Stephen A.; Moran, Andrew M.

    2010-07-01

    Femtosecond laser spectroscopies are used to examine the electronic structures of two proteins found in the phycobilisome antenna of cyanobacteria, allophycocyanin (APC) and C-phycocyanin (CPC). The wave function composition involving the pairs of phycocyanobilin pigments (i.e., dimers) found in both proteins is the primary focus of this investigation. Despite their similar geometries, earlier experimental studies conducted in our laboratory and elsewhere observe clear signatures of exciton electronic structure in APC but not CPC. This issue is further investigated here using new experiments. Transient grating (TG) experiments employing broadband quasicontinuum probe pulses find a redshift in the signal spectrum of APC, which is almost twice that of CPC. Dynamics in the TG signal spectra suggest that the sub-100 fs dynamics in APC and CPC are respectively dominated by internal conversion and nuclear relaxation. A specialized technique, intraband electronic coherence spectroscopy (IECS), photoexcites electronic and nuclear coherences with nearly full suppression of signals corresponding to electronic populations. The main conclusion drawn by IECS is that dephasing of intraband electronic coherences in APC occurs in less than 25 fs. This result rules out correlated pigment fluctuations as the mechanism enabling exciton formation in APC and leads us to propose that the large Franck-Condon factors of APC promote wave function delocalization in the vibronic basis. For illustration, we compute the Hamiltonian matrix elements involving the electronic origin of the α84 pigment and the first excited vibronic level of the β84 pigment associated with a hydrogen out-of-plane wagging mode at 800 cm-1. For this pair of vibronic states, the -51 cm-1 coupling is larger than the 40 cm-1 energy gap, thereby making wave function delocalization a feasible prospect. By contrast, CPC possesses no pair of vibronic levels for which the intermolecular coupling is larger than the energy gap between vibronic states. This study of APC and CPC may be important for understanding the photophysics of other phycobiliproteins, which generally possess large vibronic couplings.

  16. Magnetoelectric effects of laminated structures with particulate composite layers

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    Wong, C. K.; Shin, F. G.

    2008-07-01

    We have investigated the magnetoelectric (ME) properties of laminated structures with piezoelectric and magnetostrictive particulate composite layers. Simple explicit expressions for the ME coefficients α33 and α31 of a bilayer comprising uniform piezoelectric and magnetostrictive lamina are first derived. They are then combined with our previously developed models for piezoelectricity (Wong et al 2001 J. Appl. Phys. 90 4690) and magnetostriction (Zhou and Shin 2005 IEEE Trans. Magn. 41 2071) of particulate composites, to obtain expressions for the ME effects of the final 'laminated particulate composites'. Theoretical calculations are discussed in relation to the published experimental data. Effects of the longitudinal and transverse magnetostrictions of the particles of the magnetostrictive layer on the ME responses of the overall structure are also examined.

  17. Layered hafnium phosphates. Synthesis, characterization, crystalline structure and intercalation behaviour

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    Suárez, M.; Barcina, L. M.; Llavona, R.; Rodríguez, J.

    1998-10-01

    This review compiles the recent investigations on layered hafnium phosphates in the α and γ varieties. Their preparation, properties and crystalline structures are described. The behaviour of both compounds during the intercalation of n-alkylamines ( n=1-6) and the cyclic amines aniline, benzylamine, cyclohexylamine, piperidine, pyridine, n-methylpiperidine and 4-methylpiperidine, in the vapour and liquid phases, is reported. The formula of the intercalates and the estimation of the guests arrangement in the interlayer space is discussed.

  18. Structure of the magnetopause current layer at the subsolar point

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    Okuda, H.

    1991-12-01

    A one-dimensional electromagnetic particle simulation model developed for the magnetopause current layer between the shocked solar wind and the dipole magnetic field at the subsolar point has been extended to include the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) in the solar wind. Interaction of the solar wind with the vacuum dipole field as well as the dipole field filled with a low density magnetospheric plasma are studied. It is found that the width and the structure of the magnetopause current layer differ markedly depending on the direction of the IMF. When the IMF is pointing southward, the current layer between the solar wind and the dipole field is narrow and the magnetic field has a single ramp structure caused by the reflection of the solar wind at that point. The current layer becomes several times wider and the magnetic field developes a multiple ramp structure when the IMF is northward. This broadening of the current layer is caused by the multiple reflection of the solar wind by the magnetic field. For the northward IMF, the magnetic field does not change its sign across the current layer so that the E {times} B drift of the solar wind electrons remains the same direction while for the southward IMF, it reverses the sign. This results in a single reflection of the solar wind for the southward IMF and multiple reflections for the northward IMF. When a low density mangetospheric plasma is present in the dipole magnetic field, a small fraction of the solar wind ions are found to penetrate into the dipole magnetic field beyond the reflection point of the solar wind electrons. The width of the ion current layer is of the order of the solar wind ion gyroradius, however, the current associated with the ions remains much smaller than the electron current so long as the density of the magnetospheric plasma is much smaller than the density of the solar wind. Comparisons of our simulation results with the magnetopause crossing near the subsolar point are provided.

  19. Structural analysis of interior layered deposits in Northern Coprates Chasma, Mars

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    Fueten, F.; Racher, H.; Stesky, R.; MacKinnon, P.; Hauber, E.; McGuire, P. C.; Zegers, T.; Gwinner, K.

    2010-06-01

    Interior layered deposits within an embayment on the northern wall of Coprates Chasma in the Valles Marineris, Mars, are studied using HRSC, CTX, HiRISE and CRISM data. The layered material outcrops in three separate locations. The largest layered deposit within the embayment, a free standing central mound, has an approximate stratigraphic thickness of 2 km. Dip directions change along the central axis of this mound, which is also a zone of deformation. The surface texture of layers within this mound displays polygonal structures at HiRISE scale. By contrast, the western layered deposit abuts directly against the chasm wall and appears to have a relatively uneroded depositional surface approximately 600 m below the current top elevation of the central mound. A basement ridge, exposed by a landslide scar near the eastern portion of the area, is covered with layered material and shows downward displacement. We suggest that the entire embayment originated as a small ancestral basin. The displaced basement ridge is evidence of the early basin collapse. The central mound was most likely deposited on a wall rock spur. Deposition did not fill the basin evenly. The detection of hydrated sulfates attests to alteration or deposition by liquid water. Following an erosion event, which coincided with or postdated Valles Marineris formation, thin mesa-forming materials covered most of the area.

  20. Origin and Timing of Voltage-Sensitive Dye Signals within layers of the Turtle Cerebellar Cortex

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    Ariel, Michael; Brown, Michael E.

    2010-01-01

    Optical recording techniques were applied to the turtle cerebellum to localize synchronous responses to microstimulation of its cortical layers and reveal the cerebellum's three-dimensional processing. The in vitro yet intact cerebellum was first immersed in voltage–sensitive dye and its responses while intact were compared to those measured in thick cerebellar slices. Each slice is stained throughout its depth, even though the pial half appeared darker during epi-illumination and lighter during trans-illumination. Optical responses were shown to be mediated by the voltage–sensitive dye because the evoked signals had opposite polarity for 540- and 710-nm light, but no response to 850-nm light. Molecular layer stimulation of the intact cerebellum evoked slow transverse beams. Similar beams were observed in the molecular layer of thick transverse slices but not sagittal slices. With low currents, beams in transverse slices were restricted to sublayers within the molecular layer, conducting slowly away from the stimulus site. These excitatory beams were observed nearly all the way across the turtle cerebellum, distances of 4-6 mm. Microstimulation of the granule cell layer of both transverse or sagittal slices either evoked a local membrane depolarization restricted to a radial wedge, but these radial responses did not activate measurable molecular layer beams in transverse slices. White matter microstimulation in sagittal slices (near the ventricular surface of the turtle cerebellum) activated the granule cell and Purkinje cell layers, but not the molecular layer. These responses were nearly synchronous, were primarily caudal to the stimulation, and were blocked by cobalt ions. Therefore, synaptic responses in all cerebellar layers contribute to optical signals recorded in intact cerebellum in vitro (Brown and Ariel, 2009). Rapid radial signaling connects a sagittally-oriented, fast-conduction system of the deep layers with the transverse-oriented, slow-conducting molecular layer, thereby permitting complex temporal processing between two tangential but orthogonal paths in the cerebellar cortex. PMID:20707989

  1. Origin and timing of voltage-sensitive dye signals within layers of the turtle cerebellar cortex.

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    Ariel, Michael; Brown, Michael E

    2010-10-21

    Optical recording techniques were applied to the turtle cerebellum to localize synchronous responses to microstimulation of its cortical layers and reveal the cerebellum's three-dimensional processing. The in vitro yet intact cerebellum was first immersed in voltage-sensitive dye and its responses while intact were compared to those measured in thick cerebellar slices. Each slice is stained throughout its depth, even though the pial half appeared darker during epi-illumination and lighter during trans-illumination. Optical responses were shown to be mediated by the voltage-sensitive dye because the evoked signals had opposite polarity for 540- and 710-nm light, but no response to 850-nm light. Molecular layer stimulation of the intact cerebellum evoked slow transverse beams. Similar beams were observed in the molecular layer of thick transverse slices but not sagittal slices. With low currents, beams in transverse slices were restricted to sublayers within the molecular layer, conducting slowly away from the stimulus site. These excitatory beams were observed nearly all the way across the turtle cerebellum, distances of 4-6mm. Microstimulation of the granule cell layer of both transverse or sagittal slices evoked a local membrane depolarization restricted to a radial wedge, but these radial responses did not activate measurable molecular layer beams in transverse slices. White matter microstimulation in sagittal slices (near the ventricular surface of the turtle cerebellum) activated the granule cell and Purkinje cell layers, but not the molecular layer. These responses were nearly synchronous, were primarily caudal to the stimulation, and were blocked by cobalt ions. Therefore, synaptic responses in all cerebellar layers contribute to optical signals recorded in intact cerebellum in vitro (Brown and Ariel, 2009). Rapid radial signaling connects a sagittally-oriented, fast-conduction system of the deep layers with the transverse-oriented, slow-conducting molecular layer, thereby permitting complex temporal processing between two tangential but orthogonal paths in the cerebellar cortex. PMID:20707989

  2. Turbulence Structure in Rough and Smooth Wall Boundary Layers

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    Volino, Ralph; Schultz, Michael; Flack, Karen

    2006-11-01

    The outer region structure of turbulent boundary layers on smooth and rough walls was studied experimentally. Turbulence spectra were computed from LDV data. Velocity fields were computed from PIV data. Instantaneous swirl strength fields were computed from the velocity fields. The heads of hairpin vortices grouped as packets were visible in the streamwise wall normal plane, and the legs of these vortices were visible along the length of low speed streaks in streamwise spanwise planes at y/δ=0.1 and 0.4. These structures, observed previously in smooth wall boundary layers, were qualitatively similar in the rough and smooth wall cases. Two point correlations of the velocity and swirl strength were quantitatively similar for the smooth and rough walls. The turbulence spectra and probability density functions of the turbulence and swirl strength also showed quantitative similarity between the rough and smooth wall cases when the results were normalized using the friction velocity and the boundary layer thickness. This similarity in turbulence structure is in agreement with the similarity in turbulence statistics reported previously.

  3. Structural Investigation of Layered Niobates by DFT Calculations

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    Adhikari Subin, Jhashanath

    Layered forms of inorganic niobates have been used for various applications, such as charge transport and storage, photo-catalysis, solid acids, magnetic materials, superconductors, magneto-resistors and photo-luminescence devices. The layered niobates exists in different geometrical forms and composition with variation in the packing of oxide lattice by the constituting monovalent, divalent/trivalent and pentavalent cations. Four different types of lamellar niobates are studied in this research by theoretical methods, namely the all-electron full-potential DFT method using plane wave and periodic boundary conditions. A common feature of all the layered niobates is that the basic building block, NbO6 octahedral units are shared with each other at the corners and edges forming a covalent network and that the sharing is terminated in a particular direction. These octahedral units get modulated along with the geometry of interlayer interface with the change in the composition of the material. The macroscopic structure change is reflected by the alteration of the unit cell axes whereas the local change at various sites in the structure is revealed by the variation of the atomic distances and angles/tilt. The different properties of the layered compounds are a function of these structural variations and thus understanding the mechanism and the characteristics requires atomic level analysis. Calculations reveal the local bonding details and the bulk geometry of a material and can be compared to that obtained from powder diffraction methods. The EFG tensor which is a sensitive probe of the electronic environment around a quadrupolar nucleus can be used to monitor the minor changes in the bond lengths and angles in various structures. Among the configurations lying in the minima of the potential energy surfaces, the one representing the real material would be the one matching with the EFG tensor calculated from DFT methods with that determined from the SSNMR experiments. The main aims of this research work are summarized as follows- 1. Calculation of the crystal structure of layered material and comparison with the published ones for the refinement. 2. Proposition of the crystal structure of acid forms of the layered materials and of the nanosheets. 3. Elucidation of the distortion of NbO6 building blocks, tilting along various axes, stacking sequences of the adjacent slabs, rearrangement of the interlayer gallery and location of protons; comparison of the results with those obtained from powder diffraction methods in case of availability. 4. Calculation of the EFG tensors at various sites (93Nb, 2H and 87Rb) in the lattice; comparison of the results with those obtained from SSNMR experiments in case of availability. 5. Using quadrupolar coupling as a guide for atomic level details for modeling the crystal structure of layered niobates and nanosheets with unknown geometry. 6. Establishing a correlation between a structure parameter and the quadrupolar coupling of various 93Nb sites in the structure.

  4. The origin of SH-wave resonance frequencies in sedimentary layers

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    van der Baan, Mirko

    2009-09-01

    Resonance frequencies are often analysed in geo-engineering studies to evaluate seismic risk and microzonation in urban areas. The Nakamura technique constitutes a popular approach that computes the spectral ratio of horizontal-to-vertical ground motion in ambient noise recordings to reveal the existence of any site resonance frequencies. Its theoretical basis remains however unclear with some authors arguing that the method de-emphasizes any Rayleigh-wave contributions and that the resonance frequencies are solely caused by vertically incident SH waves. Other authors explain the same resonance frequencies by the ellipticity of the fundamental Rayleigh wave. Recent numerical simulations reveal that the magnitude of the peak frequency is proportional to the relative portion of Love waves present. This study demonstrates that Love waves alone can be responsible for any observed resonance frequencies in sedimentary layers. Yet sharp SH-wave resonance frequencies are only excited by a source in the bedrock. These resonance frequencies are caused by inhomogeneous waves excited by the bedrock source that tunnel through the high-velocity bedrock to emerge in the low-velocity sediments with a very reduced range of slownesses. The resulting SH waves are then free to interfere constructively thereby creating the observed resonance frequencies. This general trigger mechanism leads to resonances that are almost offset independent. The resulting resonance frequencies map onto points of maximum curvature in the Love-wave phase-velocity dispersion curves at or just beyond the critical horizontal slowness. They can be analysed with the quarter-wavelength law if a large velocity contrast exists between the unconsolidated sediments and the bedrock. A minor modification of the quarter-wavelength law provides more accurate predictions, also for smaller velocity contrasts. Multisource simulations show that site amplification factors as determined by horizontal-over-vertical (H/V) spectral ratios would not only depend on the relative portion of Love waves in the total wavefield but also on the depth distribution and the relative strength of the SH sources inside the bedrock compared with those in the sediments. An accurate interpretation of site amplification factors by means of H/V peak frequencies would thus require in-depth knowledge of the causes and origins of the local microseismic noise field.

  5. A Numerical Simulation for the Origins of Solar Magnetic Structure

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    Zhao, L.; Antiochos, S. K.; DeVore, C. R.

    2011-12-01

    We investigate numerically a new model for the origin of the solar coronal magnetic field structure observed in filament channels and in the complex structures of the slow wind. Using the Adaptively Refined Magnetohydrodynamic Solver (ARMS), we perform a series of numerical experiments to study the evolution of magnetic helicity injected into the solar corona by photospheric motions. Our simulation domain consists of a Cartesian box with an initially uniform vertical magnetic field and a low-beta plasma with uniform pressure and density. This system is driven by imposing flow patterns at the top and bottom boundary planes corresponding to the twisting motions expected from the quasi-random photospheric motions. We consider a variety of flow patterns made up of twist arranged in regular geometric orders (e.g. four twists in a quadrilateral arrangement, seven twists in a hexagonal), which generate sets of twisted flux tubes in the interior of the simulation box, the corona. This driving twist injects both energy and helicity into the coronal field. Depending upon the sense of the applied twist, we can inject either positive or negative helicity. If helicity of the same sign is injected into each of the flux tubes (the co-helicity case), we expect that the twist magnetic-field component of neighboring flux tubes will be oppositely directed and, therefore, will reconnect; on the other hand, if helicity of opposite signs is injected into neighboring flux tubes (the counter-helicity case), reconnection will not occur. This conjecture is confirmed by our simulations. We also have found generally that in co-helicity cases the reconnection indeed occurs and leads to a state in which the twist propagates to the largest scale: essentially, the individual flux tubes merge into one large twisted tube, with the twist concentrated at its outer boundary. We discuss the implications of our results for the evolution of coronal helicity and for the formation of filament channels on the Sun and slow-wind structures in the Heliosphere. Our research was sponsored by NASA.

  6. Acoustic structure and propagation in highly porous, layered, fibrous materials

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    Lambert, R. F.; Tesar, J. S.

    1984-01-01

    The acoustic structure and propagation of sound in highly porous, layered, fine fiber materials is examined. Of particular interest is the utilization of the Kozeny number for determining the static flow resistance and the static structure factor based on flow permeability measurements. In this formulation the Kozeny number is a numerical constant independent of volume porosity at high porosities. The other essential parameters are then evaluated employing techniques developed earlier for open cell foams. The attenuation and progressive phase characteristics in bulk samples are measured and compared with predicted values. The agreements on the whole are very satisfactory.

  7. Plasmon and exciton superconductivity mechanisms in layered structures

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    Gabovich, A. M.; Pashitskiy, E. A.; Uvarova, S. K.

    1977-01-01

    Plasmon and exciton superconductivity mechanisms are discussed. Superconductivity in a three layer metal semiconductor metal and insulator semimetal insulator sandwich structure was described in terms of the temperature dependent Green function of the longitudinal (Coulomb) field. The dependences of the superconducting transition temperature on structure parameters were obtained. In a semiconducting film, as a result of interactions of degenerate free carriers with excitons, superconductivity exists only in a certain range of parameter values, and the corresponding critical temperature is much lower than in the plasmon mechanism of superconductivity.

  8. Local structure determination in strained-layer semiconductors

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    Woicik, Joseph C.

    The theory of elasticity accurately describes the deformations of macroscopic bodies under the action of applied stress [1]. In this review, we examine the internal mechanisms of elasticity for strained-layer semiconductor heterostructures. In particular, we present extended x-ray-absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements to show how the bond lengths and bond angles in semiconductor thin-alloy films change with strain when they are grown coherently on substrates with different lattice constants. The structural distortions measured by experiment are compared to valence-force field (VFF) calculations and other theoretical models. Atomic switching and interfacial strain at buried interfaces are also discussed.

  9. Distinct layered structure with density modulation in solid phase formed from B2 phase of banana molecules

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    Kang, Sungmin; Tokita, Masatoshi; Ogino, Kumiko; Doi, Takayuki; Takahashi, Takashi; Takezoe, Hideo; Watanabe, Junji

    2006-01-01

    A unique two-dimensional (2D) long-range structure has been observed in a low-temperature phase X1 for a banana molecule having bromine atom substituted on the central core using synchrotron radiation (SR) x-ray scattering measurements. The X1 phase is formed from the B2 phase with the SmCAPA structure upon cooling and then shows multiple reflections around the first layer line, which are interpreted as a peculiar frustrated structure with long-range layer modulation order. Furthermore, the observation of a well-defined (100) reflection with a spacing of 171Å means that there is the electron density modulation along the layers. By coupling these reflections, a 2D lattice with a=173Å , c=53.4Å , and β=81.1° is determined where the a axis is parallel to the original layer of the B2 phase. This unique structure with modulation can be interpreted as an undulated layer structure and suggested to be the result from deformation with polarization splay defects periodically occurring along the layer. The angle, β=81.1° , between a and c axes indicates that the position of splay defects in one layer is staggered from that in the neighboring layer. In other words, the splay defect lines run in a direction tilted by roughly 80° with respect to the a axis.

  10. Enzymatic Degradation of Polysaccharide-Based Layer-by-Layer Structures.

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    Cardoso, Matias J; Caridade, Sofia G; Costa, Rui R; Mano, João F

    2016-04-11

    The lack of knowledge on the degradation of layer-by-layer structures is one of the causes hindering its translation to preclinical assays. The enzymatic degradation of chitosan/hyaluronic acid films in the form of ultrathin films, freestanding membranes, and microcapsules was studied resorting to hyaluronidase. The reduction of the thickness of ultrathin films was dependent on the hyaluronidase concentration, leading to thickness and topography variations. Freestanding membranes exhibited accelerated weight loss up to 120 h in the presence of the enzyme, achieving complete degradation. Microcapsules with around 5 μm loaded simultaneously with FITC-BSA and hyaluronidase showed that the coencapsulation of such enzyme and protein mixture led to a FITC-BSA release four times higher than in the absence of hyaluronidase. The results suggest that the degradation of LbL devices may be tuned via embedded enzymes, namely, in the controlled release of active agents in biomedical applications. PMID:26957012

  11. Nanoscale Structuring of Surfaces by Using Atomic Layer Deposition.

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    Sobel, Nicolas; Hess, Christian

    2015-12-01

    Controlled structuring of surfaces is interesting for a wide variety of areas, including microelectronic device fabrication, optical devices, bio(sensing), (electro-, photo)catalysis, batteries, solar cells, fuel cells, and sorption. A unique feature of atomic layer deposition (ALD) is the possibility to form conformal uniform coatings on arbitrarily shaped materials with controlled atomic-scale thickness. In this Minireview, we discuss the potential of ALD for the nanoscale structuring of surfaces, highlighting its versatile application to structuring both planar substrates and powder materials. Recent progress in the application of ALD to porous substrates has even made the nanoscale structuring of high-surface-area materials now feasible, thereby enabling novel applications, such as those in the fields of catalysis and alternative energy. PMID:26538495

  12. A method for measuring the specific heat capacity of layered structures using the Boubaker polynomials expansion scheme

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    Boubaker, K.

    2010-03-01

    An original method is used to measure the specific heat capacity of some layered structures. The conjoint theoretical-experimental measurement protocol is based on photothermal data and polynomial expansion mathematical analysis. The obtained value of the specific heat capacity for a solar cell buffer material is compared to recently reported results.

  13. Structural Changes in Individual Retinal Layers in Diabetic Macular Edema

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    Yoshimura, Nagahisa

    2013-01-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has enabled objective measurement of the total retinal thickness in diabetic macular edema (DME). The central retinal thickness is correlated modestly with visual impairment and changes paradoxically after treatments compared to the visual acuity. This suggests the clinical relevance of the central retinal thickness in DME and the presence of other factors that affect visual disturbance. Recent advances in spectral-domain (SD) OCT have provided better delineation of the structural changes and fine lesions in the individual retinal layers. Cystoid spaces in the inner nuclear layer and outer plexiform layer are related to quantitative and qualitative parameters in fluorescein angiography. OCT often shows vitreoretinal interface abnormalities in eyes with sponge-like retinal swelling. Serous retinal detachment is sometimes accompanied by hyperreflective foci in the subretinal fluid, which exacerbates the pathogenesis at the interface of the photoreceptors and retinal pigment epithelium. Photoreceptor damage at the fovea is thought to be represented by disruption of the external limiting membrane or the junction between the inner and outer segment lines and is correlated with visual impairment. Hyperreflective foci in the outer retinal layers on SD-OCT images, another marker of visual disturbance, are associated with foveal photoreceptor damage. PMID:24073417

  14. Two new barium sulfonates with pillared layered structures

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    Yang, Jin; Li, Li; Ma, Jian-Fang; Liu, Ying-Ying; Ma, Ji-Cheng

    2006-08-01

    The reactions of BaCl 2·2H 2O with NaHL a and K 3L b (H 2L a=4-hydroxybenzenesulfonic acid, H 3L b=4-hydroxy-5-nitro-1,3-benzenedisulfonic acid) gave two pillared layered coordination polymers: Ba(HL a)(Cl) 1 and KBaL b(H 2O) 32, respectively. The crystal structures were determined by X-ray diffraction method and refined by full-matrix least-squares methods to R=0.0509 and wR=0.1216 using 1455 reflections with I>2 σ( I) for 1; and R=0.0288 and wR=0.0727 using 2661 reflections with I>2 σ( I) for 2. The interesting feature of compound 1 is the coordination actions of chloride anions, which help to form the polymeric layers by bridging barium cations. In compound 2 the Lb3- anion acts as an unusual dodecadente ligand to form a coordination polymer with pillared layered structure.

  15. Two new barium sulfonates with pillared layered structures

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    Yang, Jin; Li, Li; Ma, Jian-Fang; Liu, Ying-Ying; Ma, Ji-Cheng

    2006-05-01

    The reactions of BaCl 2·2H 2O with NaHL a and K 3L b (H 2L a=4-hydroxybenzenesulfonic acid, H 3L b=4-hydroxy-5-nitro-1,3-benzenedisulfonic acid) gave two pillared layered coordination polymers: Ba(HL a)(Cl) 1 and KBaL b(H 2O) 32, respectively. The crystal structures were determined by X-ray diffraction method and refined by full-matrix least-squares methods to R=0.0509 and wR=0.1216 using 1455 reflections with I>2 σ( I) for 1; and R=0.0288 and wR=0.0727 using 2661 reflections with I>2 σ( I) for 2. The interesting feature of compound 1 is the coordination actions of chloride anions, which help to form the polymeric layers by bridging barium cations. In compound 2 the Lb3- anion acts as an unusual dodecadente ligand to form a coordination polymer with pillared layered structure.

  16. Ordered equilibrium structures of soft particles in thin layers

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    Kahn, Mario; Weis, Jean-Jacques; Kahl, Gerhard

    2010-12-01

    Considering a system of Gaussian particles confined between two hard, parallel plates, we investigate at T = 0, ordered equilibrium configurations that the system forms as the distance D between the plates gradually increases. Using a very sensitive and reliable optimization technique that is based on ideas of genetic algorithms, we are able to identify the emerging sequences of the energetically most favorable structures. Although the resulting phase diagram is rather complex, its essential features can be reduced to the discussion of two archetypes of structural transitions: (i) a continuous transformation at a fixed number of layers, leading from a square to a centered rectangular and then to a hexagonal lattice; (ii) a discontinuous transition, transforming a hexagonal to a square lattice via complex intermediate structures, i.e., the so-called buckling transition, which is encountered as the system forms a new layer. Detailed Monte Carlo simulations are able to confirm the theoretical predictions on a semiquantitative level but are not able to grasp the tiny energetic differences between competing structures.

  17. Thermal structure, radial anisotropy, and dynamics of oceanic boundary layers

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    Auer, Ludwig; Becker, Thorsten W.; Boschi, Lapo; Schmerr, Nicholas

    2015-11-01

    Defining the oceanic lithosphere as a thermal boundary layer allows to explain, to first order, age-dependent bathymetry and isotropic wave speeds. In contrast, SS precursors and receiver functions suggest a subhorizontal interface within this layer, on top of a radially anisotropic zone. Comparing a suite of geodynamic scenarios against surface wave dispersion data and seismic discontinuities, we find that only weak age dependency of the radially anisotropic zone is compatible with observations. We show that this zone is confined from below by a second weaker seismic interface. While observed azimuthal anisotropy is consistent with lattice-preferred orientation of olivine due to asthenospheric flow underneath the lithosphere, radial anisotropy requires additional contributions, perhaps from petrological fabrics or melt ponding. This implies that seismic reflectors previously associated with the base of the lithosphere are instead associated with preserved structures embedded in it. They carry information about plate formation but have little control on plate deformation.

  18. Convective Cold Pool Structure and Boundary Layer Recovery in DYNAMO

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    Savarin, A.; Chen, S. S.; Kerns, B. W.; Lee, C.; Jorgensen, D. P.

    2012-12-01

    One of the key factors controlling convective cloud systems in the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) over the tropical Indian Ocean is the property of the atmospheric boundary layer. Convective downdrafts and precipitation from the cloud systems produce cold pools in the boundary layer, which can inhibit subsequent development of convection. The recovery time is the time it takes for the boundary layer to return to pre convective conditions. It may affect the variability of the convection on various time scales during the initiation of MJO. This study examines the convective cold pool structure and boundary layer recovery using the NOAA WP-3D aircraft observations, include the flight-level, Doppler radar, and GPS dropsonde data, collected during the Dynamics of MJO (DYNAMO) field campaign from November-December 2011. The depth and strength of convective cold pools are defined by the negative buoyancy, which can be computed from the dropsonde data. Convective downdraft can be affected by environmental water vapor due to entrainment. Mid-level dry air observed during the convectively suppressed phase of MJO seems to enhance convective downdraft, making the cold pools stronger and deeper. Recovery of the cold pools in the boundary layer is determined by the strength and depth of the cold pools and also the air-sea heat and moisture fluxes. Given that the water vapor and surface winds are distinct for the convectively active and suppressed phases of MJO over the Indian Ocean, the aircraft data are stratified by the two different large-scale regimes of MJO. Preliminary results show that the strength and depth of the cold pools are inversely correlated with the surrounding mid-level moisture. During the convectively suppressed phase, the recovery time is ~5-20 hours in relative weak wind condition with small air-sea fluxes. The recovery time is generally less than 6 hours during the active phase of MJO with moist mid-levels and stronger surface wind and air-sea fluxes.

  19. LiNiFe-based layered structure oxide and composite for advanced single layer fuel cells

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    Zhu, Bin; Fan, Liangdong; Deng, Hui; He, Yunjune; Afzal, Muhammad; Dong, Wenjing; Yaqub, Azra; Janjua, Naveed K.

    2016-06-01

    A layered structure metal oxide, LiNi0.1Fe0.90O2-δ (LNF), is explored for the advanced single layer fuel cells (SLFCs). The temperature dependent impedance profiles and concentration cells (hydrogen concentration, oxygen concentration, and H2/air atmospheres) tests prove LNF to be an intrinsically electronic conductor in air while mixed electronic and proton conductor in H2/air environment. SLFCs constructed by pure LNF materials show significant short circuiting reflected by a low device OCV and power output (175 mW cm-2 at 500 °C) due to high intrinsic electronic conduction. The power output is improved up to 640 and 760 mW cm-2, respectively at 500 and 550 °C by compositing LNF with ion conducting material, e.g., samarium doped ceria (SDC), to balance the electronic and ionic conductivity; both reached at 0.1 S cm-1 level. Such an SLFC gives super-performance and simplicity over the conventional 3-layer (anode, electrolyte and cathode) FCs, suggesting strong scientific and commercial impacts.

  20. Identification of lagrangian coherent structures in the turbulent boundary layer

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    Pan, Chong; Wang, Jinjun; Zhang, Cao

    2009-02-01

    Using Finite-Time Lyapunov Exponents (FTLE) method, Lagrangian coherent structures (LCSs) in a fully developed flat-plate turbulent boundary layer are successfully identified from a two-dimensional (2D) velocity field obtained by time-resolved 2D PIV measurement. The typical LCSs in the turbulent boundary layer are hairpin-like structures, which are characterized as legs of quasi-streamwise vortices extending deep into the near wall region with an inclination angle θ to the wall, and heads of the transverse vortex tube located in the outer region. Statistical analysis on the characteristic shape of typical LCS reveals that the probability density distribution of θ accords well with t-distribution in the near wall region, but presents a bimodal distribution with two peaks in the outer region, corresponding to the hairpin head and the hairpin neck, respectively. Spatial correlation analysis of FTLE field is implemented to get the ensemble-averaged inclination angle θ R of typical LCS. θ R first increases and then decreases along the wall-normal direction, similar to that of the mean value of θ. Moreover, the most probable value of θ saturates at y +=100 with the maximum value of about 24°, suggesting that the most likely position where hairpins transit from the neck to the head is located around y +=100. The ensemble- averaged convection velocity U c of typical LCS is finally calculated from temporal-spatial correlation analysis of FTLE field. It is found that the wall-normal profile of the convection velocity U c( y) accords well with the local mean velocity profile U( y) beyond the buffer layer, evidencing that the downstream convection of hairpins determines the transportation properties of the turbulent boundary layer in the log-region and beyond.

  1. 3D multi-layered fibrous cellulose structure using an electrohydrodynamic process for tissue engineering.

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    Kim, Minseong; Kim, GeunHyung

    2015-11-01

    Micro/nanofibrous structures have been applied widely in various tissue-engineering applications because the topological structures are similar to the extracellular matrix (ECM), which encourages a high degree of cell adhesion and growth. However, it has been difficult to produce a three-dimensional (3D) fibrous structure using controllable macro-pores. Recently, cellulose has been considered a high-potential natural-origin biomaterial, but its use in 3D biomedical structures has been limited due to its narrow processing window. Here, we suggest a new 3D cellulose scaffold consisting of multi-layered struts made of submicron-sized entangled fibers that were fabricated using an electrohydrodynamic direct jet (EHDJ) process that is spin-printing. By optimizing processing conditions (electric field strength, cellulose feeding rate, and distance between nozzle and target), we can achieve a multi-layered cellulose structure consisting of the cylindrically entangled cellulose fibers. To compare the properties of the fabricated 3D cellulose structure, we used a PCL fibrous scaffold, which has a similar fibrous morphology and pore geometry, as a control. The physical and in vitro biocompatibilities of both fibrous scaffolds were assessed using human dermal fibroblasts, and the cellulose structure showed higher cell adhesion and metabolic activities compared with the control. These results suggest the EHDJ process to be an effective fabricating tool for tissue engineering and the cellulose scaffold has high potential as a tissue regenerative material. PMID:26164251

  2. Origin of the Mackenzie large igneous province and sourcing of flood basalts from layered intrusions

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    Day, J. M.; Pearson, D.

    2013-12-01

    The 1.27 Ga Coppermine continental flood basalt (CFB) in northern Canada represents the extrusive manifestation of the Mackenzie large igneous province (LIP) that includes the Mackenzie dyke swarm and the Muskox layered intrusion. New Re-Os isotope and highly siderophile element (HSE: Re, Pd, Pt, Ru, Ir, Os) abundance data are reported together with whole-rock major- and trace-element abundances and Nd isotopes to examine the behaviour of the HSE during magmatic differentiation and to place constraints on the extent of crustal interaction with mantle-derived melts. Mineral-chemical data are also reported for an unusual andesite glass flow (4.9 wt.% MgO) found in proximity to newly recognised picrites (>20 wt.% MgO) in the lowermost stratigraphy of the Coppermine CFB. Compositions of mineral phases in the andesite are similar to equivalent phases found in Muskox Intrusion chromitites and the melt composition is identical to Muskox chromite melt inclusions. Elevated HSE contents (e.g., 3.8 ppb Os) and the mantle-like initial Os isotope composition of this andesitic glass contrast strongly with oxygen isotope and lithophile element evidence for extensive crustal contamination. These signatures implicate an origin for the glass as a magma mingling product formed within the Muskox Intrusion during chromitite genesis. The combination of crust and mantle signatures define roles for both these reservoirs in chromitite genesis, but the HSE appear to be dominantly mantle-sourced. Combined with Nd isotope data that places the feeder for lower Coppermine CFB picrites and basalts within the Muskox Intrusion, this provides the strongest evidence yet for direct processing of some CFB within upper-crustal magma chambers. Modeling of absolute and relative HSE abundances in CFB reveal that HSE concentrations decrease with increasing fractionation for melts with <8×1 wt.% MgO in the Coppermine CFB, with picrites (>13.5wt.% MgO) from CFB having higher Os abundances than ocean island basalt (OIB) equivalents. The differences between CFB and OIB picrite absolute Os abundances may result from higher degrees of partial melting to form CFB but may also reflect incorporation of trace sulphide in CFB picrites from magmas that reached S-saturation in shallow-level magma chambers. Significant inter-element fractionation between (Re+Pt+Pd)/(Os+Ir+Ru) are generated during magmatic differentiation in response to strongly contrasting partitioning of these two groups of elements into sulphides and/or HSE-rich alloys. Furthermore, fractional crystallization has a greater role on absolute and relative HSE abundances than crustal contamination under conditions of CFB petrogenesis due to the dilution effect of continental crust. The Coppermine CFB define a Re-Os isochron with an age of 1263 +16/-20 Ma and initial gamma Os = +2.2×0.8. Combined data for the basaltic and intrusive portions of the Mackenzie LIP indicate a mantle source broadly within the range of the primitive upper mantle. The majority of Archaean komatiites and Phanerozoic CFB also require mantle sources with primitive upper mantle to chondritic Re/Os evolution, with exceptions typically being from analyses of highly-fractionated MgO-poor basalts.

  3. Double graphene-layer structures for adaptive devices

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    Mitin, V.; Ryzhii, V.; Otsuji, T.; Ryzhii, M.; Shur, M. S.

    2014-06-01

    Among different carbon materials (diamond, graphite, fullerene, carbon nanotubes), graphene and more complex graphene-based structures attracted a considerable attention. The gapless energy spectrum of graphene implies that graphene can absorb and emit photons with rather low energies corresponding to terahertz (THz) and infrared (IR) ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum. In this presentation, the discussion is focused on the double-graphene-layer (double-GL) structures. In these structures, GLs are separated by a barrier layer (Boron Nitride, Silicon Carbide, and so on). Applying voltage between GLs, one can realize the situation when one GL is filled with electrons while the other is filled with holes. The variation of the applied voltage leads to the variations of the Fermi energies and, hence, to the change of the interband and intraband absorption of electromagnetic radiation and to the variation of the tunneling current. The plasma oscillations in double-GL structures exhibit interesting features. This is mainly because each GL serves as the gate for the other GL. The spectrum of the plasma oscillations in the double-GL structures falls into the terahertz range (THz) of frequencies and can be effectively controlled by the bias voltage. In this paper, we discuss the effects of the excitation of the plasma oscillations by incoming THz radiation and by optical radiation of two lasers with close frequencies as well as negative differential conductivity of the N-type and Z-type. These effects can be used in resonant THz detectors and THz photomixers. The models of devices based on double-GL structures as well as their characteristics are discussed.

  4. Evidence for the origin of layered deposits in Candor Chasma, Mars, from mineral composition and hydrologic modeling

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    Murchie, Scott; Roach, Leah; Seelos, Frank; Milliken, Ralph; Mustard, John; Arvidson, Raymond; Wiseman, Sandra; Lichtenberg, Kimberly; Andrews-Hanna, Jeffrey; Bishop, Janice; Bibring, Jean-Pierre; Parente, Mario; Morris, Richard

    2009-09-01

    New results from the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars and High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment and Context Imager cameras on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter provide insights into the origin of interior layered deposits in Valles Marineris from analysis of a thick, well-exposed section in western Candor Chasma. Most of the deposit is dominated spectrally by nanophase ferric oxide like that found in the globally distributed eolian dust, with the addition of a prevalent component of monohydrated sulfates. A rippled mantle containing both pyroxene and monohydrated sulfate emanates from discrete layers, which are interpreted as interbedded basaltic sand. Ferric minerals are observed in most of the sulfate-rich layers, and locally a coarse-grained grayer component has been concentrated from the layers by sorting. Polyhydrated sulfates are concentrated in discrete layers high in the section, implying chasma-scale changes in brine chemistry during formation of the layered deposits. Hydrological models were constructed in order to assess whether evaporite deposition from groundwater discharge could have trapped eolian sediments to form the observed deposits. The predicted thickness and extent of the evaporite-trapped sediment is consistent with the distribution of interior layered deposits in Candor Chasma as well as in other chasmata of Valles Marineris. In this scenario, eolian dust and sand were trapped and lithified by evaporites formed by evaporation of groundwater discharge that was highly localized within the chasmata. Sulfates precipitated in the resulting saline conditions, and diagenetic alteration formed crystalline ferric minerals including hematite. This model links the layered deposits in Valles Marineris and those in Meridiani Planum to a common regional process.

  5. Platinum-induced structural collapse in layered oxide polycrystalline films

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    Wang, Jianlin; Liu, Changhui; Huang, Haoliang; Fu, Zhengping; Peng, Ranran E-mail: yllu@ustc.edu.cn; Zhai, Xiaofang; Lu, Yalin E-mail: yllu@ustc.edu.cn

    2015-03-30

    Effect of a platinum bottom electrode on the SrBi{sub 5}Fe{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 18} layered oxide polycrystalline films was systematically studied. The doped cobalt ions react with the platinum to form a secondary phase of PtCoO{sub 2}, which has a typical Delafossite structure with a weak antiferromagnetism and an exceptionally high in-plane electrical conductivity. Formation of PtCoO{sub 2} at the interface partially consumes the cobalt dopant and leads to the structural collapsing from 5 to 4 layers, which was confirmed by X-ray diffraction and high resolution transmission electron microscopy measurements. Considering the weak magnetic contribution from PtCoO{sub 2}, the observed ferromagnetism should be intrinsic of the Aurivillius compounds. Ferroelectric properties were also indicated by the piezoresponse force microscopy. In this work, the platinum induced secondary phase at the interface was observed, which has a strong impact on Aurivillius structural configuration and thus the ferromagnetic and ferroelectric properties.

  6. Changes in the turbulent boundary layer structure associated with net drag reduction by outer layer manipulators

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    Rashidnia, N.; Falco, R. E.

    1987-01-01

    A specially designed wind tunnel was used to examine the effects of tandemly arranged parallel plate manipulators (TAPPMs) on a turbulent boundary-layer structure and the associated drag. Momentum balances, as well as measurements of the local shear stress from the velocity gradient near the wall, were used to obtain the net drag and local skin friction changes. Two TAPPMs, identical except for the thickness of their plates, were used in the study. Results with .003 inch plates were a maximum net drag reduction of 10 percent at 58 beta sub o (using a momentum balance). At 20 beta sub o, simultaneous laser sheet flow visualization and hot-wire anemometry data showed that the Reynolds stress in the large eddies was significantly reduced, as were the streamwise and normal velocity components. Using space-time correlations the reductions were again identified. Furthermore, quantitative flow visualization showed that the outward normal velocity of the inner region was also significantly decreased in the region around 20 beta sub o. However, throughout the first 130 beta sub o, the measured sublayer thickness with the TAPPMs in place was 15 to 20 percent greater. The data showed that the skin friction, as well as the structure of the turbulence, was strongly modified in the first 35 beta sub o, but that they both significantly relaxed toward unmanipulated boundary layer values by 50 beta sub o.

  7. Electronic structure and properties of layered gallium telluride

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    Shenoy, U. Sandhya; Gupta, Uttam; Narang, Deepa S.; Late, Dattatray J.; Waghmare, Umesh V.; Rao, C. N. R.

    2016-05-01

    Layer-dependent electronic structure and properties of gallium monochalcogenides, GaX where X = S, Se, Te, have been investigated using first-principles calculations based on various functionals, with a motivation to assess their use in photocatalytic water splitting. Since hydrogen evolution by water splitting using visible light provides a promising way for solar energy conversion, both theoretical and experimental studies have been carried out on the photochemical hydrogen evolution by GaTe. We also present the Raman spectra of GaTe examined by both theory and experiment.

  8. Effect of image charges on double layer structure and forces

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    Wang, Rui; Wang, Zhen-Gang

    2014-03-01

    The study of the electrical double layer lies at the heart of colloid and interface sciences. Here, we examine the electrical double layer structure and forces between two neutral or like-charged plates by accounting for the image charge effects under weak-coupling conditions. By treating the fluctuation effect on the ion distribution and free energy self-consistently and nonperturbatively, we show that the image charge interaction appears as part of the self-energy in the Boltzmann factor: there is no limiting condition for which Poisson-Boltzmann (PB) theory is valid, contrary to the general consensus in the community that PB theory is the exact theory in the weak coupling limit. For electrolyte solutions between two neutral plates, we show that depletion of the salt ions by the image charge repulsion results in short-range attractive and long-range repulsive forces. If cations and anions are of different valency, the asymmetric depletion leads to the formation of an induced electrical double layer. In comparison to a 1:1 electrolyte solution, both the attractive and the repulsive parts of the interaction are stronger for the 2:1 electrolyte solution. For two charged plates, the competition between the surface charge and the image charge effect can give rise to like-charge attraction and charge inversion. These results are in stark contrast with predictions from the PB theory.

  9. S4 : A free electromagnetic solver for layered periodic structures

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    Liu, Victor; Fan, Shanhui

    2012-10-01

    We describe S4, a free implementation of the Fourier modal method (FMM), which has also been commonly referred to as rigorous coupled wave analysis (RCWA), for simulating electromagnetic propagation through 3D structures with 2D periodicity. We detail design aspects that allow S4 to be a flexible platform for these types of simulations. In particular, we highlight the ability to select different FMM formulations, user scripting, and extensibility of program capabilities for eigenmode computations. Program summary Program title: S4 Catalogue identifier: AEMO_v1_0. Program summary URL: http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AEMO_v1_0..html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: GNU General Public License, version 2 No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 56910 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 433883 Distribution format: Programming language: C, C++. Computer: Any computer with a Unix-like environment and a C++ compiler. Developed on 2.3 GHz AMD Phenom 9600. Operating system: Any Unix-like environment; developed under MinGW32 on Windows 7. Has the code been vectorized or parallelized?: Yes. Parallelized using MPI. RAM: Problem dependent (linearly proportional to number of layers and quadratic in number of Fourier components). A single layer calculation with approximately 100 Fourier components uses approximately 10 MB. Classification: 10. Electrostatics and Electromagnetics. External routines: Lua [1] and optionally exploits additional free software packages: FFTW [2], CHOLMOD [3], MPI message-passing interface [4], LAPACK and BLAS linear-algebra software [5], and Kiss FFT [6]. Nature of problem: Time-harmonic electromagnetism in layered bi-periodic structures. Solution method: The Fourier modal method (rigorous coupled wave analysis) and the scattering matrix method. Running time: Problem dependent and highly dependent on quality of the BLAS implementation (linearly proportional to number of layers and cubic in number of Fourier components). A single layer calculation with approximately 100 Fourier components takes 4 s on the development machine using the reference BLAS.

  10. Structure of polymer layers adsorbed from concentrated solutions

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    Auvray, Loïc; Auroy, Philippe; Cruz, Margarida

    1992-06-01

    We study by neutron scattering the interfacial strucuture of poly(dimethylsiloxane) layers irreversibly adsorbed from concentrated solutions or melts. We first measure the thickness h of the layers swollen by a good solvent as a function of the chain polymerisation index N and of the polymer volume fraction in the initial solution Φ. The relation h ≈ N^{0.8}Φ^{0.3}, recently predicted from an analogy between irreversibly adsorbed layers and grafted polymer brushes, describes well our results. We can therefore deduce that there is at least one large loop of about N monomers per adsorbed chain. We also study the shape of the polymer concentration profile in the layers by measuring on two samples the polymer-solid partial structure factor, that is proportional to the Fourier transform of the profile. The model of pseudobrushes predicts a concentration decay varying with the distance of the wall z as z^{-2/5}. This power law profile accounts quantitatively for the angular variation of the polymer-solid cross structure factor but it is difficult to distinguish it without anbiguity from less singular profiles. It implies that the adsorption of PDMS onto silica is sufficiently strong and fast to quench completely the loop distribution in the initial layer. Nous étudions par diffusion de neutrons la structure interfaciale de couches de poly(diméthylsiloxane) irréversiblement adsorbées sur de la silice à partir de solutions semidiluées et de fondus. Nous mesurons d'abord l'épaisseur h des couches gonflées par un bon solvant en fonction du degré de polymérisation des chaînes N et de la fraction volumique dans la solution initiale Φ. La relation h≈ N^{0.8}Φ^{0.3} récemment prédite à partir de l'analogie entre couches irréversiblement adsorbées et brosses de polymères greffés décrit bien nos résultats. Nous en déduisons qu'il existe au moins une grande boucle d'environ N monomères par chaîne adsorbée. Nous étudions aussi la forme du profil de concentration en polymère près de la paroi en mesurant sur deux échantillons le facteur de structure partiel polymère-solide qui est proportionnel à la transformée de Fourier du profil. Le modèle de pseudo-brosse prévoit une décroissance de la concentration avec la distance à la paroi z en z^{-2/5}. Ce profil en loi de puissance rend quantitativement compte de la dépendance angulaire du facteur de structure croisé polymère-solide, mais il est difficile de le distinguer sans ambiguïté de profils moins singuliers. Il implique que l'adsorption du PDMS sur la silice est suffisamment forte et rapide pour geler complètement la structure des boucles dans la couche adsorbée initiale.

  11. On the Impact Origin of the Anomalous "Blockhorizont" Layer in Eastern Switzerland

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    Alwmark, C.; Ferrière, L.; Hofmann, B. A.; Holm-Alwmark, S.; Meier, M. M. M.

    2015-09-01

    Here we confirm the presence of shocked quartz grains, by measurements and indexing of PDFs, in the so-called "Blockhorizont", a 10-15 cm thick anomalous layer situated in Miocene Upper Freshwater Molasse in the North Alpine foreland basin.

  12. Identifying the origin of groundwater samples in a multi-layer aquifer system with Random Forest classification

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    Baudron, Paul; Alonso-Sarría, Francisco; García-Aróstegui, José Luís; Cánovas-García, Fulgencio; Martínez-Vicente, David; Moreno-Brotóns, Jesús

    2013-08-01

    Accurate identification of the origin of groundwater samples is not always possible in complex multilayered aquifers. This poses a major difficulty for a reliable interpretation of geochemical results. The problem is especially severe when the information on the tubewells design is hard to obtain. This paper shows a supervised classification method based on the Random Forest (RF) machine learning technique to identify the layer from where groundwater samples were extracted. The classification rules were based on the major ion composition of the samples. We applied this method to the Campo de Cartagena multi-layer aquifer system, in southeastern Spain. A large amount of hydrogeochemical data was available, but only a limited fraction of the sampled tubewells included a reliable determination of the borehole design and, consequently, of the aquifer layer being exploited. Added difficulty was the very similar compositions of water samples extracted from different aquifer layers. Moreover, not all groundwater samples included the same geochemical variables. Despite of the difficulty of such a background, the Random Forest classification reached accuracies over 90%. These results were much better than the Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA) and Decision Trees (CART) supervised classification methods. From a total of 1549 samples, 805 proceeded from one unique identified aquifer, 409 proceeded from a possible blend of waters from several aquifers and 335 were of unknown origin. Only 468 of the 805 unique-aquifer samples included all the chemical variables needed to calibrate and validate the models. Finally, 107 of the groundwater samples of unknown origin could be classified. Most unclassified samples did not feature a complete dataset. The uncertainty on the identification of training samples was taken in account to enhance the model. Most of the samples that could not be identified had an incomplete dataset.

  13. New Textural constraints on the origin of layered igneous cumulates: the Bushveld Complex case.

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    Aurejac, J. B.; Launeau, P.; Girardeau, J.; Bouchez, J. L.

    2003-04-01

    A full textural study of the Upper Critical Zone plagioclase-pyroxene cumulates of the Bushveld complex is presented. This zone display a spectacular but irregular cyclic layering, whose complete development show a basal ultramafic layer, associated to chromitite, grading to norite, capped by an anorthosite layer. This cyclic pattern fits with reverse fractionation trends for orthopyroxene and mixed Sr-isotopic signatures. A classical field study together with a re-examination of the cumulate texture in the light of recent experimental observations of syn-kinematic crystallisation in multiphase system have been undertaken. In complement, the three-dimensional crystal shape preferred orientation (SPO) have been calculated using an image analysis routine. 3-D SPO are inferred from the combination of a set of oriented thin sections, and represented by an ellipsoid (A>B>C), from which accurate fabric parameters are extracted. In addition, 2-D crystal size distribution (CSD) are presented with a careful estimation of the anisotropy and cut-section effects. This study shows that : i) 3-D SPO are usually oblate and parallel to the phase layering plane and display remarkably consistent lineation despite particularly low anisotropy (A/B<1,1). ii) All the CSD slopes of plagioclase remains parallel to each other whereas those of orthopyroxene display strong variations within each cyclic unit. However, textural observations show evidences of orthopyroxene dendrites segmentation followed by coarsening rather than homogeneous nucleation. It is concluded that layering and cumulate textures may result from dynamic processes along multiple injections in the crystallizing resident magma.

  14. Structure change, layer sliding, and metallization in high-pressure MoS2

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    Tosatti, Erio; Hromadova, Liliana; Martonak, Roman

    2013-03-01

    Based on ab initio calculations and metadynamics simulations, we predict that 2H-MoS2, a layered insulator, will metallize under pressures in excess of 20-30 GPa. In the same pressure range, simulations and enthalpy optimization predict a structural transition. Reminiscent of this material's frictional properties, free mutual sliding of layers takes place at this transition, where the original 2Hc stacking changes to a 2Ha stacking typical of 2H-NbSe2, a transformation which explains for the first time previously mysterious X-ray diffraction data. Phonon and electron phonon calculations suggest that metallic pristine MoS2 will require ultrahigh pressures in order to develop superconductivity. Supported by EU-Japan Project LEMSUPER, by a SNF Sinergia Project, and by the Slovak Research and Development Agency

  15. Model-based damage evaluation of layered CFRP structures

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    Munoz, Rafael; Bochud, Nicolas; Rus, Guillermo; Peralta, Laura; Melchor, Juan; Chiachío, Juan; Chiachío, Manuel; Bond, Leonard J.

    2015-03-01

    An ultrasonic evaluation technique for damage identification of layered CFRP structures is presented. This approach relies on a model-based estimation procedure that combines experimental data and simulation of ultrasonic damage-propagation interactions. The CFPR structure, a [0/90]4s lay-up, has been tested in an immersion through transmission experiment, where a scan has been performed on a damaged specimen. Most ultrasonic techniques in industrial practice consider only a few features of the received signals, namely, time of flight, amplitude, attenuation, frequency contents, and so forth. In this case, once signals are captured, an algorithm is used to reconstruct the complete signal waveform and extract the unknown damage parameters by means of modeling procedures. A linear version of the data processing has been performed, where only Young modulus has been monitored and, in a second nonlinear version, the first order nonlinear coefficient β was incorporated to test the possibility of detection of early damage. The aforementioned physical simulation models are solved by the Transfer Matrix formalism, which has been extended from linear to nonlinear harmonic generation technique. The damage parameter search strategy is based on minimizing the mismatch between the captured and simulated signals in the time domain in an automated way using Genetic Algorithms. Processing all scanned locations, a C-scan of the parameter of each layer can be reconstructed, obtaining the information describing the state of each layer and each interface. Damage can be located and quantified in terms of changes in the selected parameter with a measurable extension. In the case of the nonlinear coefficient of first order, evidence of higher sensitivity to damage than imaging the linearly estimated Young Modulus is provided.

  16. Clouds, Precipitation and Marine Boundary Layer Structure during MAGIC (Invited)

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    Kollias, P.; Zhou, X.; Lewis, E. R.

    2013-12-01

    Marine boundary layer clouds in the subtropics play a key role in cloud-climate feedbacks that are poorly understood and are key elements in biases in seasonally coupled model forecasts and simulated mean climate. In particular, the representation of the transition from the stratocumulus (Sc) regime, to shallow cumulus (Cu) underlines one of the most challenging problems to the modeling community In MAGIC, the Marine ARM (Atmospheric Radiation Measurement) GPCI (Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment [GEWEX] Cloud System Studies [GCSS] Pacific Cross-section Intercomparison) Investigation of Clouds study the second Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Mobile Facility (AMF2) during the Marine ARM GPCI Investigation of Clouds (MAGIC) provided an unparalleled dataset to study the statistical properties of MBL clouds and the transitions between Sc and Cu. Utilizing AMF2, we develop an objective scheme to identify MBL cloud occurrence across each leg and to recognize some important properties of different MBL cloud (e.g. Sc and Cu) and precipitation types. The variability and frequency of occurrence of the different cloud and precipitation events is presented with emphasis on the various MBL cloud structures. A statistical analysis of macroscopic properties (e.g. Inversion and transition layer) and cloud structure (e.g. cloud boundaries) is preformed relating to the thermodynamic profiles. Further emphasis is placed on the differentiation between Cu and Sc regimes as well as the presence of decoupling.

  17. Radial transmission line analysis of multi-layer structures

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    Hahn, H.; Hammons, L.

    2011-03-28

    The analysis of multi-layer beam tubes is a standard problem and involves axially propagating waves. This treatment is ill suited to a short multi-layer structure such as the present example of a ferrite covered ceramic break in the beam tube at the ERL photo-cathode electron gun. This paper demonstrates that such structure can better be treated by radial wave propagation. The theoretical method is presented and numerical results are compared with measured network analyser data and Microwave Studio generated simulations. The results confirm the concept of radial transmission lines as a valid analytical method. An Energy Recovery Linac (ERL) is being constructed at this laboratory for the purpose of research towards an envisioned Electron Ion Collider. One of the pertinent topics is damping of Higher Order Modes (HOM). In this ERL, the damping is provided by ferrite absorbers in the beam tube. A modified version thereof, a ceramic break surrounded by ferrite, is planed for the superconducting electron gun. The damper here is located at room temperature just outside of the gun. If used in a cavity chain, the ceramic break is in the vacuum tube at helium temperature whereas the ferrite is moved into the cryostat insulating vacuum allowing higher temperatures. The general properties of the ferrite HOM dampers have been published but are more detailed in this paper.

  18. The Electronic Structure of Single-Layer Graphene

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    Siegel, David Alan

    Single-layer graphene has been widely researched in recent years due to its perceived technological applicability and its scientific importance as a unique model system with relativistic Dirac Fermions. Because of its unique geometric and electronic structure, the properties of graphene can be tuned or manipulated in several ways. This tunability is important for technological applications in its own right, and it also allows us to study the fundamental properties of Dirac Fermions, including unique many-body interactions and the nature of the quasiparticles at half-filling. This thesis is a detailed examination of the electronic and structural properties of graphene, studied with angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and other surface science techniques like low-energy electron microscopy and diffraction. This thesis is organized as follows. Chapter 1 gives an introduction to the electronic and structural properties of single-layer graphene. It provides a brief historical overview of major theoretical and experimental milestones and sets the stage for the important theoretical and experimental questions that this thesis addresses. Chapters 2 and 3 describe the experimental setup. Chapter 2 discusses the experimental techniques used in this thesis with particular focus on the mechanics of ARPES. Chapter 3 discusses the different graphene growth techniques that were used to create our sample with particular focus on our characterization of epitaxial graphene on SiC(0001). Chapters 4 and 5 form the meat of this thesis: they provide a thorough discussion of the electronic properties of graphene as studied by ARPES. Chapter 4 describes how various perturbations can result in the manipulation of the bare electronic band structure, including the deposition of atomic or molecular species on top of an epitaxial graphene sheet as well as the interactions between graphene and its substrate. Chapter 5 describes the many-body physics in single-layer graphene. It begins with a discussion of the electron-electron interaction in undoped graphene, demonstrating that these interactions qualitatively differ from ordinary metals and semiconductors and depart from the standard Fermi liquid picture for quasiparticles; it then continues by describing how screening the electron-electron and electron-impurity interactions can impact the electronic properties of graphene. Chapter 5 ends with a discussion of the doping-dependent coupling strength of the electron-phonon interaction.

  19. Do The Concentrations Of Platinum Group Elements In The Younger Dryas Black Layer Really Support An Extraterrestrial Origin?

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    Claeys, P.; Paquay, F.; Goderis, S.; Vanhaecke, F.

    2008-12-01

    An enigmatic carbon-rich black layer, of possible worldwide occurrence, is interpreted to indicate an extraterrestrial impact around 12.9 ka, a period coeval with the Younger Dryas (YD) environmental changes (Firestone et al. 2007, PNAS 104). This interpretation is based on the possible identification of a series of markers postulated to be of impact origin, such as magnetic grains and microspherules, charcoal, soot, C- spherules, nanodiamonds, fullerenes with extraterrestrial He and elevated concentrations of Ir. Among these markers, only the elevated Ir concentration is a non-ambiguous impact indicator. In early 2007, one of us (PC) measured the concentration of platinum group elements (including Ir) in 4 samples of this black layer. Allen West provided the samples along with their Ir concentrations. The samples originated from Howard Bay, NC (level HB-11D2) and Blackwater Draw, NM (levels BW-DT, D/C and BW-B/A), and were supposed to contain 15 ng/g Ir (<150 micron magnetic fraction), 2.0 ng/g Ir (bulk sediment), 2.25 ng/g Ir (bulk sediment) and <0.1 ng/g Ir (bulk sediment) respectively. In Table 1 of Firestone et al. (2007) the Blackwater Draw sample contains 2.3 ng/g Ir, and the separated magnetic fraction rises up 24 ng/g. The obtained results showed that none of the 4 samples yielded PGE concentrations above 0.5 ng/g. Considering the attention the claim of a possible YD impact has generated in the last year, we are currently reanalyzing these 4 samples of the black layer using high precision NiS fire-assay preconcentration combined with ICP-MS analyses. On proven crater melt rocks or impact layers, the quantitation limits reach: 0.06 ng/g Ru, 0.01 ng/g Rh, 0.14 ng/g Pd, 0.06 ng/g Ir, and 0.1 ng/g Pt, far below the Ir values claimed by Firestone et al. (2007). In addition, these 4 samples are being analyzed for Os isotopes, known to be most sensitive for the detection of minute amounts of extraterrestrial components (%<%%<%0.05 wt%) in impact layers. The results of these new analyses will confirm or not the extraterrestrial origin of the Younger Dryas C-rich black layer.

  20. Using in situ isotopic analyses of crystals to investigate the origins of layered intrusions

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    Davidson, J. P.; Tepley, F. J.; Font, L.

    2009-12-01

    An important conclusion from recent detailed textural and geochemical work on many volcanic rocks is that the crystals they contain are largely allochtonous. Isotopic work in particular has shown that crystals grew largely from magmatic reservoirs different from the host in which they are erupted. The term “antecryst” has been adopted to describe such crystals - associated with the magma system in space and time, perhaps cumulates from earlier episodes, but not directly grown from the magma in which they are entrained. Given that layered intrusions are formed entirely from crystals we should surely ask to what degree to the crystals represent a common magma source, or to what degree are they the accumulated record of recycled earlier episodes? The Rum layered intrusion, NW Scotland, has been sampled across a unit boundary (9/10) over which large changes in bulk rock initial Sr isotope ratio had been recorded. Analyses were performed using a microdrill and analysing Sr isotopes following column chemistry. This approach gives superior precision and spatial resolution. Sr isotopic heterogeneity was recovered at mineral and even intra-mineral scale. The isotopic variations coincide with observed grain boundaries and are therefore considered primary. A similar exercise for the Ferrar Dais layered intrusion of the Dry Valleys in Antarctica also showed inter-mineral isotopic heterogeneity. These results indicate that the crystals in each case have grown in isotopically different magmas and mechanically aggregated subsequently. The isotopic heterogeneity suggests that diffusive re-equilibration did not take place and the intrusions must have cooled relatively quickly (closure to Sr diffusion in <1000 years). In principle, isotopic variations over small (crystal-scale) distances can be used to constrain not only the crystal ancestry, but also the cooling histories of layered intrusions.

  1. Fabrication of luminescent porous silicon with stain etches and evidence that luminescence originates in amorphous layers

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    Fathauer, R. W.; George, T.; Ksendzov, A.; Lin, T. L.; Pike, W. T.; Vasquez, R. P.; Wu, Z.-C.

    1992-01-01

    Simple immersion of Si in stain etches of HF:HNO3:H2O or NaNO2 in aqueous HF was used to produce films exhibiting luminescence in the visible similar to that of anodically-etched porous Si. All of the luminescent samples consist of amorphous porous Si in at least the near surface region. No evidence was found for small crystalline regions within these amorphous layers.

  2. Geophysical characterization of two circular structures at Bajada del Diablo (Patagonia, Argentina): Indication of impact origin

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    Prezzi, Claudia B.; Orgeira, María Julia; Acevedo, Rogelio D.; Ponce, Juan Federico; Martinez, Oscar; Rabassa, Jorge O.; Corbella, Hugo; Vásquez, Carlos; González-Guillot, Mauricio; Subías, Ignacio

    2012-02-01

    An impact origin has been proposed for the circular structures found in Bajada del Diablo, Patagonia, Argentina. Taking into account its extension and the number of impact structures, Bajada del Diablo would be the largest meteoritic impact areas known on Earth, being an extremely interesting area for the research of impact events and processes. Moreover, the global distribution of known impact structures shows a surprising asymmetry. Particularly, South America has only seven described areas. It is evident that this situation is an artifact, highlighting the importance of intensifying the research in the least studied areas such as Argentina. Circular structures in Bajada del Diablo have been identified on two rock types: the Quiñelaf eruptive complex and Pampa Sastre Formation. In the first case, circular structures are placed in olivine basalts. On the other hand, Pampa Sastre Formation (late Pliocene/early Pleistocene) corresponds to conglomerate layers with basalt clasts boulder and block in size in a coarse sandy matrix. With the aim of further the investigation of the proposed impact origin for these circular structures, we carried out detailed topographic, magnetic and electromagnetic ground surveys in two circular structures ("8" and "A") found in Pampa Sastre conglomerates. Both circular structures are simple, bowl-shaped with rim diameters of 300 m and maximum depths of 10 m. They have been partially filled in by debris flows from the rims and wind-blown sands. Two preliminary magnetic profiles have also been carried out in circular structure "G" found in Quiñelaf basalts. The magnetic anomalies show a circular pattern with a slightly negative and relatively flat signal in the circular structures' bases. Furthermore in the circular structures' rims, high-amplitude, conspicuous and localized (short wavelength) anomalies are observed. Such large amplitude and short wavelength anomalies are not detected outside the circular structures. For all used frequencies, the electromagnetic profiles show lower apparent electrical conductivities in the circular structures' base, while the rims present notably higher values. Curvature attributes, analytic signal, horizontal gradient and Euler solutions were calculated for the magnetic data. 2.5D magnetic models were developed across the studied circular structures. Our results suggest that in the circular structures' bases up to 12 m of Pampa Sastre conglomerate would have been removed. On the contrary, the circular structures' rims exhibit high-amplitude, localized magnetic anomalies and higher apparent electrical conductivities, which would be related to the anomalous accumulation of basalt boulders and blocks remanently magnetized. Such high-amplitude anomalies are not present outside the surveyed circular structures. The geomorphological, geological and geophysical features of the studied circular structures can only be explained by means of an extra-terrestrial projectile impact. We conclude that, considering the results obtained to date, Bajada del Diablo should be envisaged as a focus of further research, which could provide novel information about impact events, associated processes and their evidences. Particularly, the data produced in this study could represent one of the first documented geophysical signatures of the impact of a comet nucleus on Earth.

  3. Origin of two-dimensional nature of four-layer cuprate superconductors

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    Kim, Mun-Seog; Jung, C. U.; Lee, Sung-Ik; Iyo, A.

    2001-03-01

    The magnetization of the four-layer superconductor CuBa_2Ca_3Cu_4O_12-δ with T_c~=117 K is presented. The high-field magnetization around T_c(H) follows the exact two-dimensional scaling function given by Tešanović and Andreev. This feature is contrary to the inference that the interlayer coupling becomes strong if the number of CuO2 planes in a unit cell increases. Also, the fluctuation-induced susceptibility in the low-field region was analyzed by using the modified Lawrence-Doniach model. The effective number of independently fluctuating CuO2 layers per unit cell, g_eff, turned out to be ~=2 rather than 4, which indicated that two among the four CuO2 layers were in states far from their optimal doping levels. This result could explain why CuBa_2Ca_3Cu_4O_12-δ shows two-dimensional behavior.

  4. Origin and reduction of impurities at GaAs epitaxial layer-substrate interfaces

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    Kanber, H.; Yang, H. T.; Zielinski, T.; Whelan, J. M.

    1988-09-01

    Surface cleaning techniques used for semi-insulating GaAs substrates prior to epitaxial growth can have an important and sometimes detrimental effect on the quality and characteristics of epitaxial layers that are grown on them. We observe that a HF rinse followed by a 5:1:1 H 2SO 4:H 2O 2:H 2O etch and H 2O rinse drastically reduced the maximum concentrations and total amount of both SIMS detected S and Si for MOCVD grown GaAs undoped epitaxial layers. Subsequent final HCl and H 2O reduced the S interfacial residues to the SIMS detection limit. Total amounts of residual Si are estimated to be equivalent to 10 -2 to 10 -3 monolayers. Residual S is less. Alternately the S residue can be comparable reduced by a HF rinse followed by a NH 4OH:H 2O 2:H 2O etch and H 2O rinse. Hot aqueous HCl removes S but not Si residues. The Si residue is not electrically active and most likely exists as islands of SiO 2. The relative significance of the impurity residues is most pronounced for halide VPE, smaller for MBE and least for MOCVD grown GaAs epitaxial layers.

  5. Origin of photogenerated carrier recombination at the metal-active layer interface in polymer solar cells.

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    Kumar, Mukesh; Dubey, Ashish; Reza, Khan Mamun; Adhikari, Nirmal; Qiao, Qiquan; Bommisetty, Venkat

    2015-11-01

    The role of the metal-active layer interface in photogenerated recombination has been investigated using nanoscale current sensing atomic force microscopy (CS-AFM) and intensity modulated photocurrent spectroscopy (IMPS) in as-deposited, pre-annealed and post-annealed bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells. Aluminum (Al) confined post-annealed BHJ solar cells exhibited a significantly improved device efficiency compared to pre-annealed BHJ solar cells having similar photocarrier harvesting ability in the active layer. The nanoscale topography and CS-AFM results indicate a uniform PCBM rich phase at the metal-active layer interface in the post-annealed cells, but PCBM segregation in the pre-annealed cells. These two different annealing processes showed different carrier dynamics revealed using IMPS under various light intensities. The IMPS results suggest reduced photo generated carrier recombination in uniform PCBM rich post-annealed BHJ solar cells. This study reveals the importance of the metal-bend interface in BHJ solar cells in order to obtain efficient charge carrier extraction for high efficiency. PMID:26431263

  6. Aliphatic structure of humic acids; a clue to their origin

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    Hatcher, P.G.; Maciel, G.E.; Dennis, L.W.

    1981-01-01

    Nuclear magnetic resonance spectra (both 1H and 13C) of humic acids from diverse depositional environments indicate the presence of aromatic chemical structures, most likely derived from lignin of vascular plants, and complex, paraffinic structures, most likely derived from algal or microbial sources. The latter components account for a major fraction of humic acid structures in both terrestrial and aquatic environments, suggesting that algae or microbes play a large role in humification of organic remains from both systems. ?? 1981.

  7. Double-Layer ULVZ Shear Velocity Structure Imaged With Stacked ScS Data

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    Avants, M.; Lay, T.; Garnero, E.

    2005-12-01

    The ultra-low velocity zone (ULVZ) has been imaged as a thin (5-40 km thick) layer just above the core-mantle boundary (CMB), with P and S velocities reduced by up to 10 and 30%, respectively. Accurate characterization of the ULVZ is important, as it may relate to, for example, the role of the lowermost mantle in Earth's evolution, mantle and outer core convection, the geodynamo, and heat flux into the mantle. A direct measurement of S velocity in the ULVZ, independent of the P-wave velocity, is needed to better constrain ULVZ properties. We establish tangential component ScS data as a new probe of ULVZ shear velocity properties. Lowermost mantle structure beneath the central Pacific is studied using data from 38 deep focus Tonga-Fiji earthquakes, recorded by dense broadband seismic networks in western North America. Our data set consists of 442 instrument-deconvolved displacement seismograms, which are additionally deconvolved by average source-time functions (source wavelets) constructed for each event, in order to equalize the signals and to extend the signal bandwidth to high frequencies. The resulting traces are used in a double-beam stacking approach to enhance the signal-to-noise ratio of any coherent precursory reflections of the wide-angle transverse component ScS data, which should be detectable if ULVZ structure is present beneath our central Pacific study region. Our stacks reveal two distinct ScS precursors, which indicate a double layer ULVZ structure in this region. Both layers show strong lateral variations in shear velocity reduction (dVs) and thickness. The deeper ULVZ layer is well modeled by dVs drops varying from 3.3-7.4% (relative to PREM) with a thickness range of 24-30 km. The overlying layer has dVs reductions from 0.8-2.0% (relative to PREM), and 60-86 km thickness. Thus the imaged 2-layered ULVZ has dVs reductions far milder than previous studies (10-30%), which have argued for a partial melt origin to the ULVZ. Finer subdivisions of data will be examined and the variability across the study region of these ScS precursors will be investigated. Tradeoffs between layer thicknesses, shear velocity reductions, and density contrasts across the layer boundaries will also be explored, and results will be presented in the greater context of the entire D" region in this central Pacific study area.

  8. Layered Double Hydroxides: Proposal of a One-Layer Cation-Ordered Structure Model of Monoclinic Symmetry.

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    Jayanthi, K; Nagendran, Supreeth; Kamath, P Vishnu

    2015-09-01

    Layered double hydroxides are obtained by partial isomorphous substitution of divalent metal ions by trivalent metal ions in the structure of mineral brucite, Mg(OH)2. The widely reported three-layer polytype of rhombohedral symmetry, designated as polytype 3R1, is actually a one-layer polytype of monoclinic symmetry (space group C2/m, a = 5.401 Å, b = 9.355 Å, c = 11.02 Å, β = 98.89°). This structure has a cation-ordered metal hydroxide layer defined by a supercell a = √3 × a0; b = 3 × a0 (a0 = cell parameter of the cation-disordered rhombohedral cell). Successive layers are translated by (1/3, 0, 1) relative to one another. When successive metal hydroxide layers are translated by (2/3, 0, 1) relative to one another, the resultant crystal, also of monoclinic symmetry, generates a powder pattern corresponding to the polytype hitherto designated as 3R2. This structure model not only removes all the anomalies intrinsic to the widely accepted cation-disordered structure but also abides by Pauling's rule that forbids trivalent cations from occupying neighboring sites and suggests that it is unnecessary to invoke rhombohedral symmetry when the metal hydroxide layer is cation ordered. These results have profound implications for the correct description of polytypism in this family of layered compounds. PMID:26267263

  9. Propagation of longitudinal thermoplastic waves in layered structures

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    Li, Chen; Cetinkaya, Cetin

    2000-05-01

    The recent advances in photonics and laser instrumentation have been creating a favorable environment for thermal-based elastic wave generation techniques and their applications in various fields, such as nondestructive testing and smart structures. The main advantages of laser-based NDE include noncontact evaluation, freedom for complex surface geometry, high spatial and temporal resolution, easy access to cavities, and fast scanning. Two disadvantages are that the laser-based method requires a good physical understanding of thermoelastic wave propagation in solids, which is considerably more complicated than elastic wave propagation, and more complicated instrumentation needed for data collection. In an idealized solid, thermal energy is transported by two different mechanisms: by quantized electronic excitations, which are called free electrons, and the quanta of lattice vibrations, which are called phonons. These quanta undergo collisions of a dissipative nature, giving rise to thermal resistance in the medium. A relaxation time is associated with the average communication time between these collisions for the commencement of resistive flow. There are a number of optical methods available for elastic wave generation and detection. The most commonly utilized techniques include interferometric and noninterferometric techniques, optical heterodyning, differential interferometry, and time-delay interferometry. In the current work, a transfer matrix formulation including the second sound effect is developed for a thermoelastic layer. The second sound effect is included to eliminate the thermal wave travelling with infinite velocity as predicted by the diffusion heat transfer model, and, consequently, the immediate arrival of waves. Utilizing this formulation and the periodic systems framework, the attenuation and propagation properties of one-dimensional thermoelastic wave in both continuum and layered structures are studied. A perturbation analysis is carried out to study the behavior of propagation constants. Values of the attenuation factor, defined as the real part of the propagation constant, are obtained for thermoelastic solids under investigation. The reflection and transmission coefficients between half-spaces are also calculated. To clarify the link between the transformed (frequency-wave number) and the physical (temporal-spatial) domains, a number of numerical simulation results obtained through an FFT based transient analysis are generated and presented. The transient analysis is carried out for two bi-periodic layered structures. Strong localization of thermal wave predicted by the analysis in the transformed domain demonstrated in the time-special domain. The thermal wave localization predicted by the transformed domain analysis and its extent are demonstrated by these transient response results.

  10. The origin of the temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility and the large thermoelectric power in metallic layered cobaltites

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    González, Iván; Quintela, Camilo X.; Bañobre-López, Manuel; Rivadulla, Francisco

    2011-03-01

    We perform detailed measurements of the thermoelectric power and the static magnetic susceptibility on metallic Na x Co O2 and Ca 3 Co 4 O9 , as representatives of layered Co oxides with a triangular Co-lattice. We propose that the observed large thermoelectric power and the Curie-Weiss temperature dependence of the susceptibility have a common origin related to metallic character of these compounds. Thermoelectric power measurements are compared to Boltzmann transport theory calculations. The Curie-Weiss behaviour of the susceptibility is explained within the framework of the self-consistent renormalization theory for spin fluctuations proposed by Moriya for itinerant magnets. Our results clarify the apparent duality in the localised/itinerant behaviour of the electron spin in these systems and provide a unifying view on the physics of metallic layered cobaltites.

  11. Origin of structure in the universe: quantum cosmology reconsidered

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    Anderson, Edward

    2015-09-01

    Based on a more careful canonical analysis, we motivate a reduced quantization—in the sense of superspace quantization—of slightly inhomogeneous cosmology in place of the Dirac quantization in the existing literature, and provide it in the vacuum case. This is attained through consideration of configuration space geometries at various levels of reduction. Some of these have the good fortunate of being flat. Geometrically natural coordinates for these are interpreted in terms of the original redundant formulation's well-known mode expansion coefficients.

  12. Bose-Einstein condensation in low dimensional layered structures

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    Salas, Patricia; Solis, M. A.

    2008-03-01

    Bose-Einstein condensation critical temperature, among other thermodynamic properties are reported for an ideal boson gas inside layered structures created by trapping potential of the Kronig-Penney type. We start with a big box where we introduce the Kronig-Penney potential in three directions to get a honey comb of cubes of side a size and walls of variable penetrability (P=mV0ab/^2), with bosons instead of bees. We are able to reduce the dimensions of the cubes to simulate bosons inside quantum dots. The critical temperature, starting from that of an ideal boson gas inside the big box, decreases as the small cube wall impenetrability increases arriving to a tiny but different from zero when the penetrability is zero (P-->∞). We also calculate the internal energy and the specific heat, and compare them to the ones obtained for the case of the same Kronig-Penney potential in one direction (simulating layers), and two directions (nanotubes).

  13. Coherent structures in the Es layer and neutral middle atmosphere

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    Mona, Zbyek; Knov, Petra Kouck; Potunkov, Kate?ina

    2015-12-01

    The present paper shows results from the summer campaign performed during geomagnetically quiet period from June 1 to August 31, 2009. Within time-series of stratospheric and mesospheric temperatures at pressure levels 10-0.1 hPa, mesospheric winds measured in Collm, Germany, and the sporadic E-layer parameters foEs and hEs measured at the Pruhonice station we detected specific coherent wave-bursts in planetary wave domain. Permanent wave-like activity is observed in all analyzed data sets. However, the number of wave-like structures persistent in large range of height from the stratosphere to lower ionosphere is limited. The only coherent modes that are detected on consequent levels of the atmosphere are those corresponding to eigenmodes of planetary waves.

  14. Cap structures as diagnostic indicators of silcrete origin

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    Ullyott, J. Stewart; Nash, David J.; Huggett, Jennifer M.

    2015-07-01

    Cap structures within silcretes have long been used as a diagnostic indicator of pedogenic silicification. However, a growing number of studies of the micromorphology of non-pedogenic silcretes indicate that this may no longer be appropriate. This paper presents the first systematic investigation of the micro-fabric, geochemistry and mineralogy of cap structures in groundwater silcretes, through an analysis of conglomeratic varieties (puddingstones) from the southern UK. Our results suggest that cap structures in groundwater silcretes fall within a spectrum of types, related to the degree of sorting in the inter-gravel host sediment. At one end of this spectrum are well-defined caps within otherwise well-sorted, overgrowth-dominated silcretes. These caps exhibit a grain-supported fabric, are cemented by micro- and/or cryptocrystalline silica, and contain floating silt-sized quartz and Ti-oxide grains. We propose that these structures developed mainly as a result of in-washing of fine sediments that were subsequently silicified. At the other end of the spectrum are silcretes with caps defined by concentrations of Ti-oxide grains, as opposed to cement type and grain size. These formed mainly as a result of the remobilisation and precipitation of Ti during the silicification of gravels containing interstitial clay-rich sandy sediment. Between these end-members are silcretes with cap structures formed by a combination of in-washing and redistribution of fines plus some local remobilisation of Ti. Overall, the cap structures in this study exhibit a simple micromorphology, lacking the alternating Ti- and silica-rich lamellae typical of pedogenic silcrete. We conclude that the presence of cap structures alone should not be considered diagnostic of pedogenic silicification unless accompanied by other indicators such as a differentiated profile and abundant, complex, way-up structures within the micro-fabric.

  15. Structure identification within a transitioning swept-wing boundary layer

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    Chapman, Keith Lance

    1997-08-01

    Extensive measurements are made in a transitioning swept-wing boundary layer using hot-film, hot-wire and cross-wire anemometry. The crossflow-dominated flow contains stationary vortices that breakdown near mid-chord. The most amplified vortex wavelength is forced by the use of artificial roughness elements near the leading edge. Two-component velocity and spanwise surface shear-stress correlation measurements are made at two constant chord locations, before and after transition. Streamwise surface shear stresses are also measured through the entire transition region. Correlation techniques are used to identify stationary structures in the laminar regime and coherent structures in the turbulent regime. Basic techniques include observation of the spatial correlations and the spatially distributed auto-spectra. The primary and secondary instability mechanisms are identified in the spectra in all measured fields. The primary mechanism is seen to grow, cause transition and produce large-scale turbulence. The secondary mechanism grows through the entire transition region and produces the small-scale turbulence. Advanced techniques use linear stochastic estimation (LSE) and proper orthogonal decomposition (POD) to identify the spatio-temporal evolutions of structures in the boundary layer. LSE is used to estimate the instantaneous velocity fields using temporal data from just two spatial locations and the spatial correlations. Reference locations are selected using maximum RMS values to provide the best available estimates. POD is used to objectively determine modes characteristic of the measured flow based on energy. The stationary vortices are identified in the first laminar modes of each velocity component and shear component. Experimental evidence suggests that neighboring vortices interact and produce large coherent structures with spanwise periodicity at double the stationary vortex wavelength. An objective transition region detection method is developed using streamwise spatial POD solutions which isolate the growth of the primary and secondary instability mechanisms in the first and second modes, respectively. Temporal evolutions of dominant POD modes in all measured fields are calculated. These scalar POD coefficients contain the integrated characteristics of the entire field, greatly reducing the amount of data to characterize the instantaneous field. These modes may then be used to train future flow control algorithms based on neural networks.

  16. Corrosion detection in multi-layered rotocraft structures

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    ROACH,DENNIS P.; WALKINGTON,PHILLIP D.; HOHMAN,ED; MARSHALL,GREG

    2000-04-25

    Rotorcraft structures do not readily lend themselves to quantifiable inspection methods due to airframe construction techniques. Periodic visual inspections are a common practice for detecting corrosion. Unfortunately, when the telltale signs of corrosion appear visually, extensive repair or refurbishment is required. There is a need to nondestructively evaluate airframe structures in order to recognize and quantify corrosion before visual indications are present. Nondestructive evaluations of rotorcraft airframes face inherent problems different from those of the fixed wing industry. Most rotorcraft lap joints are very narrow, contain raised fastener heads, may possess distortion, and consist of thinner gage materials ({approximately}0.012--0.125 inches). In addition the structures involve stack-ups of two and three layers of thin gage skins that are separated by sealant of varying thickness. Industry lacks the necessary data techniques, and experience to adequately perform routine corrosion inspection of rotorcraft. In order to address these problems, a program is currently underway to validate the use of eddy current inspection on specific rotorcraft lap joints. Probability of detection (POD) specimens have been produced that simulate two lap joint configurations on a model TH-57/206 helicopter. The FAA's Airworthiness Assurance Center (AANC) at Sandia Labs and Bell Helicopter have applied single and dual frequency eddy current (EC) techniques to these test specimens. The test results showed enough promise to justify beta site testing of the eddy current methods evolved in this study. The technique allows users to distinguish between corrosion signals and those caused by varying gaps between the assembly of skins. Specific structural joints were defined as prime corrosion areas and a series of corrosion specimens were produced with 5--20% corrosion distributed among the layers of each joint. Complete helicopter test beds were used to validate the laboratory findings. This paper will present the laboratory and field results that quantify the EC technique's corrosion detection performance. Plans for beta site testing, adoption of the new inspection procedure into routine rotorcraft maintenance, and NDI training issues will also be discussed.

  17. Structure Identification Within a Transitioning Swept-Wing Boundary Layer

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    Chapman, Keith; Glauser, Mark

    1996-01-01

    Extensive measurements are made in a transitioning swept-wing boundary layer using hot-film, hot-wire and cross-wire anemometry. The crossflow-dominated flow contains stationary vortices that breakdown near mid-chord. The most amplified vortex wavelength is forced by the use of artificial roughness elements near the leading edge. Two-component velocity and spanwise surface shear-stress correlation measurements are made at two constant chord locations, before and after transition. Streamwise surface shear stresses are also measured through the entire transition region. Correlation techniques are used to identify stationary structures in the laminar regime and coherent structures in the turbulent regime. Basic techniques include observation of the spatial correlations and the spatially distributed auto-spectra. The primary and secondary instability mechanisms are identified in the spectra in all measured fields. The primary mechanism is seen to grow, cause transition and produce large-scale turbulence. The secondary mechanism grows through the entire transition region and produces the small-scale turbulence. Advanced techniques use Linear Stochastic Estimation (LSE) and Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD) to identify the spatio-temporal evolutions of structures in the boundary layer. LSE is used to estimate the instantaneous velocity fields using temporal data from just two spatial locations and the spatial correlations. Reference locations are selected using maximum RMS values to provide the best available estimates. POD is used to objectively determine modes characteristic of the measured flow based on energy. The stationary vortices are identified in the first laminar modes of each velocity component and shear component. Experimental evidence suggests that neighboring vortices interact and produce large coherent structures with spanwise periodicity at double the stationary vortex wavelength. An objective transition region detection method is developed using streamwise spatial POD solutions which isolate the growth of the primary and secondary instability mechanisms in the first and second modes, respectively. Temporal evolutions of dominant POD modes in all measured fields are calculated. These scalar POD coefficients contain the integrated characteristics of the entire field, greatly reducing the amount of data to characterize the instantaneous field. These modes may then be used to train future flow control algorithms based on neural networks.

  18. On the origins of the mitotic shift in proliferating cell layers

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    2014-01-01

    Background During plant and animal development, monolayer cell sheets display a stereotyped distribution of polygonal cell shapes. In interphase cells these shapes range from quadrilaterals to decagons, with a robust average of six sides per cell. In contrast, the subset of cells in mitosis exhibits a distinct distribution with an average of seven sides. It remains unclear whether this ‘mitotic shift’ reflects a causal relationship between increased polygonal sidedness and increased division likelihood, or alternatively, a passive effect of local proliferation on cell shape. Methods We use a combination of probabilistic analysis and mathematical modeling to predict the geometry of mitotic polygonal cells in a proliferating cell layer. To test these predictions experimentally, we use Flp-Out stochastic labeling in the Drosophila wing disc to induce single cell clones, and confocal imaging to quantify the polygonal topologies of these clones as a function of cellular age. For a more generic test in an idealized cell layer, we model epithelial sheet proliferation in a finite element framework, which yields a computationally robust, emergent prediction of the mitotic cell shape distribution. Results Using both mathematical and experimental approaches, we show that the mitotic shift derives primarily from passive, non-autonomous effects of mitoses in neighboring cells on each cell’s geometry over the course of the cell cycle. Computationally, we predict that interphase cells should passively gain sides over time, such that cells at more advanced stages of the cell cycle will tend to have a larger number of neighbors than those at earlier stages. Validating this prediction, experimental analysis of randomly labeled epithelial cells in the Drosophila wing disc demonstrates that labeled cells exhibit an age-dependent increase in polygonal sidedness. Reinforcing these data, finite element simulations of epithelial sheet proliferation demonstrate in a generic framework that passive side-gaining is sufficient to generate a mitotic shift. Conclusions Taken together, our results strongly suggest that the mitotic shift reflects a time-dependent accumulation of shared cellular interfaces over the course of the cell cycle. These results uncover fundamental constraints on the relationship between cell shape and cell division that should be general in adherent, polarized cell layers. PMID:24886286

  19. A structural origin for the cantaloupe terrain of Triton

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    Boyce, Joseph M.

    1993-01-01

    Cantaloupe terrain is unique to Triton. It is Triton's oldest terrain and includes about 250,000 km sq. region displaying sparsely cratered, closely spaced, nearly circular dimples about 30-40 km across. This terrain is found on no other planet because, only on Triton the final major global thermal pulse (1) caused completed (or nearly) interior melting resulting in a cooling history where large thermal stresses shattered and contorted a thin, weak lithosphere, and (2) occurred after heavy bombardment so that the surface features were preserved. The cantaloupe terrain is composed of intersecting sets of structures (folds and/or faults) that have developed as a result of global compression generated by volumetric changes associated with cooling of Triton's interior. Further, it is proposed that these structures developed after the period of heavy bombardment, and resulted from the last major global thermal epoch in Triton's unique history (either caused by tidal or radio metric heating). Initially, as the body cooled and the structures formed, their surface topography was most likely modified by thermal relaxation of the warm surface ices. In other bodies like Mercury, thermal stresses generated from global cooling and contraction have resulted in widely spaced thrust faults, whereas on Triton, thermal stresses produced more closely-spaced folds and faults sets. This difference in structural style is probably due to differences in lithospheric properties (thickness, strength, etc.), the magnitude of stress (directly dependent on the thermal history), and when the structures formed, relative to the period of heavy bombardment.

  20. Potassium under pressure: Electronic origin of complex structures

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    Degtyareva, V. F.

    2014-10-01

    Recent high-pressure X-ray diffraction studies of alkali metals revealed unusual complex structures that follow the body-centred and face-centred cubic structures on compression. The structural sequence of potassium under compression to 1 Mbar is as follows: bcc-fcc-h-g (tI19*), hP4-oP8-tI4-oC16. We consider configurations of Brillouin-Jones zones and the Fermi surface within a nearly-free-electron model in order to analyze the importance of these configurations for the crystal structure stability. Formation of Brillouin zone planes close to the Fermi surface is related to opening an energy gap at these planes and reduction of crystal energy. Under pressure, this mechanism becomes more important leading to appearance of complex low-symmetry structures. The stability of the post-fcc phases in K is attributed to the changes in the valence electron configuration under strong compression.

  1. The structural origin of anomalous properties of liquid water

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    Nilsson, Anders; Pettersson, Lars G. M.

    2015-12-01

    Water is unique in its number of unusual, often called anomalous, properties. When hot it is a normal simple liquid; however, close to ambient temperatures properties, such as the compressibility, begin to deviate and do so increasingly on further cooling. Clearly, these emerging properties are connected to its ability to form up to four well-defined hydrogen bonds allowing for different local structural arrangements. A wealth of new data from various experiments and simulations has recently become available. When taken together they point to a heterogeneous picture with fluctuations between two classes of local structural environments developing on temperature-dependent length scales.

  2. The structural origin of anomalous properties of liquid water.

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    Nilsson, Anders; Pettersson, Lars G M

    2015-01-01

    Water is unique in its number of unusual, often called anomalous, properties. When hot it is a normal simple liquid; however, close to ambient temperatures properties, such as the compressibility, begin to deviate and do so increasingly on further cooling. Clearly, these emerging properties are connected to its ability to form up to four well-defined hydrogen bonds allowing for different local structural arrangements. A wealth of new data from various experiments and simulations has recently become available. When taken together they point to a heterogeneous picture with fluctuations between two classes of local structural environments developing on temperature-dependent length scales. PMID:26643439

  3. The structural origin of anomalous properties of liquid water

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    Nilsson, Anders; Pettersson, Lars G. M.

    2015-01-01

    Water is unique in its number of unusual, often called anomalous, properties. When hot it is a normal simple liquid; however, close to ambient temperatures properties, such as the compressibility, begin to deviate and do so increasingly on further cooling. Clearly, these emerging properties are connected to its ability to form up to four well-defined hydrogen bonds allowing for different local structural arrangements. A wealth of new data from various experiments and simulations has recently become available. When taken together they point to a heterogeneous picture with fluctuations between two classes of local structural environments developing on temperature-dependent length scales. PMID:26643439

  4. The origin of CDR H3 structural diversity

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    Weitzner, Brian D.; Dunbrack, Roland L.; Gray, Jeffrey J.

    2014-01-01

    Antibody CDR H3 loops are critical for adaptive immunological functions. Although the other five CDR loops adopt predictable canonical structures, H3 conformations have proven unclassifiable, other than an unusual C-terminal “kink” present in most antibodies. To determine why the majority of H3 loops are kinked and to learn whether non-antibody proteins have loop structures similar to H3, we searched a set of 15,679 high-quality non-antibody structures for regions geometrically similar to the residues immediately surrounding the loop. By incorporating the kink into our search, we identified 1,030 H3-like loops from 632 protein families. Some protein families, including PDZ domains, appear to use the identified region for recognition and binding. Our results suggest the kink is conserved in the immunoglobulin heavy chain fold because it disrupts the β-strand pairing at the base of the loop. Thus, the kink is a critical driver of the observed structural diversity in CDR H3. PMID:25579815

  5. Exploring the origin of ultralow thermal conductivity in layered BiOCuSe

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    Saha, S. K.

    2015-07-01

    Using first-principles density functional theory calculations, a systematic study of the lattice dynamics and related (e.g., dielectric and anharmonic) properties of BiOCuSe (bismuth-copper oxyselenide), along with a comparison with its isostructural analog LaOCuSe, is performed to find the origin of the ultralow thermal conductivity κ in BiOCuSe. From the marked differences in some of these properties of the two materials, the reasons why BiOCuSe is a better thermal insulator than LaOCuSe are elucidated. For this class of oxychalcogenide thermoelectrics, phonon frequencies with symmetries, characters, spectroscopic activities, displacement patterns, and pressure coefficients of different zone-center modes, dielectric constants, dynamical charges, and phonon and Grüneisen dispersions are also determined.

  6. Intercalation of cellulase enzyme into a hydrotalcite layer structure

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    Zou, N.; Plank, J.

    2015-01-01

    A new inorganic-organic hybrid material whereby cellulase enzyme is incorporated into a hydrotalcite type layered double hydroxide (LDH) structure is reported. The Mg2Al-cellulase-LDH was synthesized via co-precipitation from Mg/Al nitrate at pH=9.6. Characterization was performed using X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), elemental analysis, infrared spectroscopy (IR) and thermogravimetry (TG). From XRD and SAXS measurements, a d-value of ~5.0 nm was identified for the basal spacing of the Mg2Al-cellulase-LDH. Consequently, the cellulase enzyme (hydrodynamic diameter ~6.6 nm) attains a slightly compressed conformation when intercalated. Formation of the LDH hybrid was also confirmed via scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Mg2Al-cellulase-LDH phases appear as ~20 nm thin foils which are intergrown to flower-like aggregates. Activity of the enzyme was retained after deintercalation from the Mg2Al-LDH framework using anion exchange. Accordingly, cellulase is not denatured during the intercalation process, and LDH presents a suitable host structure for time-controlled release of the biomolecule.

  7. The origin and significance of hypersaline magmatic volatiles in giant layered intrusions

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    Hanley, Jacob; Adlakha, Erin

    2013-04-01

    Fluid and melt inclusions are preserved within pegmatite bodies and cumulus minerals within mafic-ultramafic layered intrusions that host economic concentrations of the platinum-group elements (e.g., Bushveld Complex, South Africa; Stillwater Complex, Montana). The inclusions indicate that the earliest volatile phase to have exsolved from the crystallizing intrusions was a relatively anhydrous carbonic fluid (CO2-dominated). As crystallization proceeded, volatiles appear to have become increasingly water-rich and saline, consistent with the relative saturation limits of carbonic and aqueous fluids in mafic silicate liquids. However, the latest stage volatiles in the layered intrusions were unusual halide melts (only slightly hydrous molten salts) of relatively simply composition (NaCl±KCl, CaCl2) with salinities in excess of 90 wt% eq. NaCl or CaCl2. These volatiles were trapped at minimum temperatures of ~750-800oC, near the eutectic temperature for water-saturated felsic (very late, intercumulate) liquid. Heterogeneous entrapment of late-stage silicate melt and halide melt provides unambiguous evidence for the coexistence of both phases. However, experimental constraints on the nature of exsolved volatiles from mafic silicate liquids suggest that the halide melt phases cannot represent an exsolved phase from that coexisting silicate liquid, since this would require unrealistically high (initial) Cl:H2O ratios for the parental silicate liquid (> 9). Analysis of rhyodacitic silicate melt inclusions that coexist with the halide melt inclusions show that the coevally-trapped silicate melt had a Cl:H2O ratios of only ~ 0.1 to 0.2. Similarily, the salt melt phases could not have evolved via the crystallization of hydrous magmatic minerals (e.g., biotite, apatite) since their abundance in the intrusion are very low. The most plausible explanation for the halide melt phases involves the "dehydration" of an initially lower salinity aqueous fluid. This may have occurred by the reaction of the aqueous fluid with nominally-anhydrous minerals such as pyroxene, or by the late-stage alteration of cumulus minerals to hydrous mineral assemblages. Through the use of conventional hydrothermal experimental techniques, it can be shown that the reaction of a volumetrically-minor CaCl2-rich aqueous fluid (20 wt% eq. CaCl2) with the assemblage diopside-enstatite-quartz at near-solidus conditions (700oC, 0.4 kbar) results in the formation of tremolite by the reaction of H2O with the initially anhydrous mafic mineral assemblage. The resulting salinity of the saline phase, trapped as synthetic inclusions in quartz, was > 96 wt% eq. CaCl2, consistent with the water-poor nature of the salt melt inclusions observed in most layered intrusions globally.

  8. The Origins of Magnetic Structure in the Corona and Wind

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    Antiochos, Spiro K.

    2010-01-01

    One of the most important and most puzzling features of the coronal magnetic field is that it appears to have smooth magnetic structure with little evidence for non-potentiality except at two special locations: photospheric polarity inversions lines. (non-potentiality observed as a filament channel) and coronal hole boundaries, (observed as the slow solar wind). This characteristic feature of the closed-field corona is highly unexpected given that its magnetic field is continuously tangled by photospheric motions. Although reconnection can eliminate some of the injected structure, it cannot destroy the helicity, which should build up to produce observable complexity. I propose that an inverse cascade process transports the injected helicity from the interior of closed flux regions to their boundaries inversion lines and coronal holes, creating both filament channels and the slow wind. We describe how the helicity is injected and transported and calculate the relevant rates. I argue that one process, helicity transport, can explain both the observed lack and presence of structure in the coronal magnetic field. This work has been supported by the NASA HTP, SR&T, and LWS programs.

  9. The Origins of Magnetic Structure in the Corona and Wind

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    Antiochos, Spiro K.

    2009-05-01

    One of the most important and most puzzling features of the coronal magnetic field is that it appears to have smooth magnetic structure with little evidence for non-potentiality except at two special locations: photospheric polarity inversions lines, (non-potentiality observed as a filament channel) and coronal hole boundaries, (observed as the slow solar wind). This characteristic feature of the closed-field corona is highly unexpected given that its magnetic field is continuously tangled by photospheric motions. Although reconnection can eliminate some of the injected structure, it cannot destroy the helicity, which should build up to produce observable complexity. I propose that an inverse cascade process transports the injected helicity from the interior of closed flux regions to their boundaries, inversion lines and coronal holes, creating both filament channels and the slow wind. We describe how the helicity is injected and transported and calculate the relevant rates. I argue that one process, helicity transport, can explain both the observed lack and presence of structure in the coronal magnetic field. This work has been supported by the NASA HTP, SR&T, and LWS programs.

  10. The Development of Layered Photonic Band Gap Structures Using a Micro-Transfer Molding Technique

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    Kevin Jerome Sutherland

    2001-05-01

    Photonic band gap (PBG) crystals are periodic dielectric structures that manipulate electromagnetic radiation in a manner similar to semiconductor devices manipulating electrons. Whereas a semiconductor material exhibits an electronic band gap in which electrons cannot exist, similarly, a photonic crystal containing a photonic band gap does not allow the propagation of specific frequencies of electromagnetic radiation. This phenomenon results from the destructive Bragg diffraction interference that a wave propagating at a specific frequency will experience because of the periodic change in dielectric permitivity. This gives rise to a variety of optical applications for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of opto-electronic devices. These applications are reviewed later. Several methods are currently used to fabricate photonic crystals, which are also discussed in detail. This research involves a layer-by-layer micro-transfer molding ({mu}TM) and stacking method to create three-dimensional FCC structures of epoxy or titania. The structures, once reduced significantly in size can be infiltrated with an organic gain media and stacked on a semiconductor to improve the efficiency of an electronically pumped light-emitting diode. Photonic band gap structures have been proven to effectively create a band gap for certain frequencies of electro-magnetic radiation in the microwave and near-infrared ranges. The objective of this research project was originally two-fold: to fabricate a three dimensional (3-D) structure of a size scaled to prohibit electromagnetic propagation within the visible wavelength range, and then to characterize that structure using laser dye emission spectra. As a master mold has not yet been developed for the micro transfer molding technique in the visible range, the research was limited to scaling down the length scale as much as possible with the current available technology and characterizing these structures with other methods.

  11. Time-resolved ring structure of backscattered circularly polarized beams from forward scattering layered structures

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    Phillips, Kevin G.; Xu, M.; Gayen, S. K.; Alfano, R. R.

    2006-02-01

    The backscattering of circularly polarized light at normal incidence to a half-space composed of two index matched layers with different absorption coefficients is studied using the Electric Field Monte Carlo method. The top layer, of thickness L I = 2.5[l s], where l s is the scattering length, is non-absorbing and is composed of particles suspended in water with anistropy factor g = 0.8. The bottom layer, of thickness L II = 25[l s], is composed of absorbing particles with g = 0.8. The backscattered light with the same helicity (co-polarized) as the incident beam emerging from the top surface is analyzed in the time domain as absorption in the second layer increases from 1% to 10% of the scattering coefficient, μs. For the case of a homogenous half-space, composed of non absorbing particles with anisotropy factor g = 0.8, a ring-peak is known to be observed in the time-resolved co-polarized backscattered light intensity. For the two layer geometry tested here, a similar ring structure is found and used to determine the path length of photons traveling in the second layer. In recent studies, the ring-peak was postulated to be comprised of photons undergoing semi-circular trajectories as a result of near forward scattering events in the forward scattering media. This ideal picture of photon trajectories is tested and found to be an accurate characterization of photon trajectories in forward scattering media. Specifically, it is shown that time-sliced measurements of the backscattered co-polarized intensity at the ring-peak and path lengths of photons determined from the segment of arc of their idealized semi-circluar trajectories in the second layer can be used in conjunction with Beer's law to reproduce the known absorption coefficient of the second layer. This is a first indication that photons contributing to the ring-peak in co-polarized backscatter follow semi-circular trajectories. Moreover, it demonstrates that ring-structure can be used to determine subsurface features such as absorption coefficients in layered structures.

  12. The Development of Layered Photonic Band Gap Structures Using a Micro-Transfer Molding Technique

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    Kevin Jerome Sutherland

    2001-06-27

    Over the last ten years, photonic band gap (PBG) theory and technology have become an important area of research because of the numerous possible applications ranging from high-efficiency laser diodes to optical circuitry. This research concentrates on reducing the length scale in the fabrication of layered photonic band gap structures and developing procedures to improve processing consistency. Various procedures and materials have been used in the fabrication of layered PBG structures. This research focused on an economical micro transfer molding approach to create the final PBG structure. A poly dimethylsiloxane (PDMS) rubber mold was created from a silicon substrate. It was filled with epoxy and built layer-by-layer to create a 3-D epoxy structure. This structure was infiltrated with nanoparticle titania or a titania sol-gel, then fired to remove the polymer mold, leaving a monolithic ceramic inverse of the epoxy structure. The final result was a lattice of titania rolds that resembles a face-centered tetragonal structure. The original intent of this research was to miniaturize this process to a bar size small enough to create a photonic band gap for wavelengths of visible electro-magnetic radiation. The factor limiting progress was the absence of a silicon master mold of small enough dimensions. The Iowa State Microelectronics Research Center fabricated samples with periodicities of 2.5 and 1.0 microns with the existing technology, but a sample was needed on the order of 0.3 microns or less. A 0.4 micron sample was received from Sandia National Laboratory, which was made through an electron beam lithography process, but it contained several defects. The results of the work are primarily from the 2.5 and 1.0 micron samples. Most of the work focused on changing processing variables in order to optimize the infiltration procedure for the best results. Several critical parameters were identified, ranging from the ambient conditions to the specifics of the procedure. It is believed that most critical for fabrication of high quality samples is control of the temperature of the sample during and after infiltration, and the rate and amount of time spent applying epoxy to the PDMS.

  13. Structure and Origin of the Columbia Hills, Gusev Crater, Mars

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    McCoy, Timothy; Sims, M.; Crumpler, L. S.; Cohen, B. A.; Blaney, D. L.; Schmidt, M. E.; Treguier, E.; d'Uston, C.; Rice, J. W.; Tornabene, L. L.; Squyres, S. W.; Arvidson, R. E.; Haldemann, A.

    2007-10-01

    The Mars Exploration Rover Spirit has yielded profound insights into features at millimeter to decimeter scales. However, the origin of the Columbia Hills has remained enigmatic given the traverse across one peak [1]. We present a geologic history of the Hills consistent with their morphology, bedding attitudes, and stratigraphy. The Columbia Hills form a triangle 4.2 by 2.3 km, are bounded by linear to slightly concave margins, lie near the center of Gusev Crater, and have peaks rising to 90 m. Bedding dips away from a NNE-SSW axis cutting the Tennessee Valley. Husband Hill dips (15-32°) are steeper than local topography ( 8-10°) and those on West Spur are conformable with greater scatter in strike and shallower dips (7-15°). Husband Hill is cored by volcaniclastic rocks and impact breccias altered to various extents (Wishstone, Watchtower and Descartes classes), ringed by ultramafic volcaniclastic rocks and sulfate-cemented sands (Algonquin and Peace classes), ringed by localized impact breccias and volcaniclastic deposits (West Spur and Home Plate) [2]. The Columbia Hills likely formed by (1) Uplift of the Gusev Crater central peak, raising the Hills to 3 km above the crater floor, assuming the Hills are deeply-rooted and subsequently buried. Uplift by overlapping crater rims is inconsistent with bedding attitudes, but may have modified the margins of the Hills. (2) Draping by impact and volcaniclastic rocks and sands with localized alteration and cementation. Fragile rocks (Peace) and in situ soils (Paso Robles) would not have survived Gusev Crater formation. (3) Mass wasting of the Tennessee Valley removed tens of meters from the peak of the Hills, exposing older units in the core, (4) Plains (Adirondack) basalts surrounded and embayed the Hills, and (5) Small impacts redistributed rocks. [1] Rice J.W. (2004) Fall AGU, #P23B-03. [2] Squyres S.W. et al. (2006) JGR 111, E02S11.

  14. Noise and vibration level reduction by covering metal structures with layers of damping materials. [considering viscoelastic insulation layers

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    Rugina, I.; Paven, H. T. O.

    1974-01-01

    One of the most important methods of reducing the noise and vibration level is the damping of the secondary sources, such as metal plates, often used in vehicle structures, by means of covering materials with high internal viscosity. Damping layers are chosen at an optimum thickness corresponding to the frequency and temperature range in which a certain structure works. The structure's response corresponding to various real situations is analyzed by means of a measuring chain including electroacoustical or electromechanical transducers. The experimental results provide the dependence of the loss factor and damping transmission coefficient as a function of the damping layer thickness or of the frequency for various viscoelastic covering materials.

  15. Structural Constraints on the Origin of the Sulfate-Bearing Unit at Northeast Syrtis Major

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    Quinn, D. P.; Ehlmann, B. L.

    2014-07-01

    The hydrated stratigraphy at northeast Syrtis Major records changing surface conditions during the Noachian-Hesperian transition. We use structural measurements to distinguish between possible formation mechanisms for the layered sulfate unit .

  16. Substrate Structures For Growth Of Highly Oriented And/Or Epitaxial Layers Thereon

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    Arendt, Paul N.; Foltyn, Stephen R.; Groves, James R.; Jia, Quanxi

    2005-07-26

    A composite substrate structure including a substrate, a layer of a crystalline metal oxide or crystalline metal oxynitride material upon the substrate, a layer of an oriented cubic oxide material having a rock-salt-like structure upon the crystalline metal oxide or crystalline metal oxynitride material layer is provided together with additional layers such as one or more layers of a buffer material upon the oriented cubic oxide material layer. Jc's of 2.3×106 A/cm2 have been demonstrated with projected Ic's of 320 Amperes across a sample 1 cm wide for a superconducting article including a flexible polycrystalline metallic substrate, an inert oxide material layer upon the surface of the flexible polycrystalline metallic substrate, a layer of a crystalline metal oxide or crystalline metal oxynitride material upon the layer of the inert oxide material, a layer of an oriented cubic oxide material having a rock-salt-like structure upon the crystalline metal oxide or crystalline metal oxynitride material layer, a layer of a buffer material upon the oriented cubic oxide material layer, and, a top-layer of a high temperature superconducting material upon the layer of a buffer material.

  17. Structural origin of circularly polarized iridescence in jeweled beetles

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    Crne, Matija; Sharma, Vivek; Park, Jung O.; Srinivasarao, Mohan

    2010-03-01

    The iridescent metallic green beetle, Chrysina gloriosa, selectively reflects left circularly polarized light. The exoskeleton is decorated by hexagonal cells (˜10 micron) that coexist with pentagons and heptagons. We find that the fraction of hexagons decreases with an increase in curvature. In bright field microscopy, each cell contains a bright yellow core, placed in a greenish cell with yellowish border, but the core disappears in the dark field. Using confocal microscopy, we observe that these cells consist of nearly concentric, nested arcs that lie on surface of a shallow cone. We infer that the patterns are structurally and optically analogous to the focal conic domains formed spontaneously on the free surface of a cholesteric liquid crystal. The microstructure provides the bases for the morphogenesis as well as key insights for emulating the intricate optical response the exoskeleton of scarab beetles.

  18. Structural Origin of Circularly Polarized Iridescence in Jeweled Beetles

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    Sharma, Vivek; Crne, Matija; Park, Jung Ok; Srinivasarao, Mohan

    2009-07-01

    The iridescent metallic green beetle, Chrysina gloriosa, which selectively reflects left circularly polarized light, possesses an exoskeleton decorated by hexagonal cells (~10 μm) that coexist with pentagons and heptagons. The fraction of hexagons decreases with an increase in curvature. In bright field microscopy, each cell contains a bright yellow core, placed in a greenish cell with yellowish border, but the core disappears in dark field. With use of confocal microscopy, we observe that these cells consist of nearly concentric nested arcs that lie on the surface of a shallow cone. We infer that the patterns are structurally and optically analogous to the focal conic domains formed spontaneously on the free surface of a cholesteric liquid crystal. These textures provide the basis for the morphogenesis as well as key insights for emulating the intricate optical response of the exoskeleton of scarab beetles.

  19. Mirror instability and the origin of morningside auroral structure

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    Chiu, Y.T.; Schulz, M.; Fennell, J.F.; Kishi, A.M.

    1983-05-01

    Auroral optical imagery shows marked differences between auroral features of the evening and morning sectors: The separation between diffuse and discrete auroras in the evening sector is not distinct in the morning sector, which is dominated by auroral patches and multiple banded structures aligned along some direction. Plasma distribution function signatures also show marked differences: downward electron beams and inverted-V signatures prefer the evening sector, while the electron spectra on the morning sector are similar to the diffuse aurora. We have constructed a theory of morningside auroras consistent with these features. The theory is based on modulation of the growth rates of electron cyclotron waves by the mirror instability, which is in turn driven by inward-convected ions that have become anisotropic. This modulation produces alternating bands of enhanced and reduced electron precipitation which approximate the observed multiple auroral bands and patches of the morning sector.

  20. Mirror instability and origin of morningside auroral structure

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    Chiu, Y. T.; Schulz, M.; Fennell, J. F.; Kishi, A. M.

    1983-01-01

    Auroral optical imagery shows marked differences between auroral features of the evening and morning sectors: the separation between diffuse and discrete auroras in the evening sector is not distinct in the morning sector, which is dominated by auroral patches and multiple banded structures aligned along some direction. Plasma distribution function signatures also show marked differences: downward electron beams and inverted-V signatures prefer the evening sector, while the electron spectra on the morning sector are similar to the diffuse aurora. A theory of morningside auroras consistent with these features was constructed. The theory is based on modulation of the growth rates of electron cyclotron waves by the mirror instability, which is in turn driven by inward-convected ions that have become anisotropic. This modulation produces alternating bands of enhanced and reduced electron precipitation which approximate the observed multiple auroral bands and patches of the morning sector.

  1. Origin of the coloration and structure of azobenzene chromogen

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    Mikheev, Yu. A.; Guseva, L. N.; Ershov, Yu. A.

    2015-11-01

    Enhancement of the visible (VIS) absorption band intensity of trans-azobenzene ( t-AB) in solutions containing water and hydrogen ions is established. This contradicts the current belief that it is part of the n → π* transition. At the same time, it qualitatively reflects the properties of the π → π* bands of protonated azobenzene (ABH+). It is concluded that t-AB molecules display an autopolarization property and exist in the form of two individual electronic (e) tautomers. One of these is nonpolar and has the canonical chemical structure; its content considerably exceeds that of the polar e-tautomer. The polar e-tautomer forms as a result of the reversible transfer of an electron from the nonbonding donor sp 2 orbital of nitrogen to the nonbonding acceptor Rydberg's 3 S orbital ( R 3 S ) of the local N=N chromophore within the molecule. The positively charged chromogen corresponding to it displays a π → π* transition in the visible spectral region, and the π→π* transition (not the traditionally postulated n → π* transition) is clearly responsible for the orange color of AB. A model of transient e-configurations with the participation of R 3 S and explaining the previous poorly understood experimental results from optical absorption, fluorescent, raman spectroscopic, and photoionization femtosecond kinetic studies is considered. It is shown that famous ideas about the violation of Kasha's rule in t-AB fluorescence and photoisomerization processes are incorrect. The reasons for the increased intensity of the VIS band of cis-azobenzene ( c-AB) are explained. It is concluded that there is an equilibrium between nonpolar and polarized e-tautomers in cis-azobenzene as well, but it is shifted more toward the polar tautomer in c-AB due to its structural features, making the VIS band more intense.

  2. Localised Ag+ vibrations at the origin of ultralow thermal conductivity in layered thermoelectric AgCrSe2

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    Damay, F.; Petit, S.; Rols, S.; Braendlein, M.; Daou, R.; Elkaïm, E.; Fauth, F.; Gascoin, F.; Martin, C.; Maignan, A.

    2016-03-01

    In materials science, the substructure approach consists in imagining complex materials in which a particular property is associated with a distinct structural feature, so as to combine different chosen physical characteristics, which otherwise have little chance to coexist. Applied to thermoelectric materials, it has been used to achieve simultaneously phonon-glass and electron-crystal properties. Mostly studied for its superionic conductivity, AgCrSe2 is a naturally layered compound, which achieves very low thermal conductivity, ~0.4 W.K‑1.m‑1 at RT (room temperature), and is considered a promising thermoelectric. The Cr atoms of the [CrSe2]∞ layer bear a spin S = 3/2, which orders below TN = 55 K. Here we report low temperature inelastic neutron scattering experiments on AgCrSe2, alongside the magnetic field evolution of its thermal and electrical transport. We observe a very low frequency mode at 3 meV, ascribed to large anharmonic displacements of the Ag+ ions in the [Ag]∞ layer, and 2D magnetic fluctuations up to 3 TN in the chromium layer. The low thermal conductivity of AgCrSe2 is attributed to acoustic phonon scattering by a regular lattice of Ag+ oscillating in quasi-2D potential wells. These findings highlight a new way to achieve localised phonon modes in a perfectly crystalline solid.

  3. Localised Ag(+) vibrations at the origin of ultralow thermal conductivity in layered thermoelectric AgCrSe2.

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    Damay, F; Petit, S; Rols, S; Braendlein, M; Daou, R; Elkaïm, E; Fauth, F; Gascoin, F; Martin, C; Maignan, A

    2016-01-01

    In materials science, the substructure approach consists in imagining complex materials in which a particular property is associated with a distinct structural feature, so as to combine different chosen physical characteristics, which otherwise have little chance to coexist. Applied to thermoelectric materials, it has been used to achieve simultaneously phonon-glass and electron-crystal properties. Mostly studied for its superionic conductivity, AgCrSe2 is a naturally layered compound, which achieves very low thermal conductivity, ~0.4 W.K(-1).m(-1) at RT (room temperature), and is considered a promising thermoelectric. The Cr atoms of the [CrSe2]∞ layer bear a spin S = 3/2, which orders below TN = 55 K. Here we report low temperature inelastic neutron scattering experiments on AgCrSe2, alongside the magnetic field evolution of its thermal and electrical transport. We observe a very low frequency mode at 3 meV, ascribed to large anharmonic displacements of the Ag(+) ions in the [Ag]∞ layer, and 2D magnetic fluctuations up to 3 TN in the chromium layer. The low thermal conductivity of AgCrSe2 is attributed to acoustic phonon scattering by a regular lattice of Ag(+) oscillating in quasi-2D potential wells. These findings highlight a new way to achieve localised phonon modes in a perfectly crystalline solid. PMID:27000414

  4. Localised Ag+ vibrations at the origin of ultralow thermal conductivity in layered thermoelectric AgCrSe2

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    Damay, F.; Petit, S.; Rols, S.; Braendlein, M.; Daou, R.; Elkaïm, E.; Fauth, F.; Gascoin, F.; Martin, C.; Maignan, A.

    2016-01-01

    In materials science, the substructure approach consists in imagining complex materials in which a particular property is associated with a distinct structural feature, so as to combine different chosen physical characteristics, which otherwise have little chance to coexist. Applied to thermoelectric materials, it has been used to achieve simultaneously phonon-glass and electron-crystal properties. Mostly studied for its superionic conductivity, AgCrSe2 is a naturally layered compound, which achieves very low thermal conductivity, ~0.4 W.K−1.m−1 at RT (room temperature), and is considered a promising thermoelectric. The Cr atoms of the [CrSe2]∞ layer bear a spin S = 3/2, which orders below TN = 55 K. Here we report low temperature inelastic neutron scattering experiments on AgCrSe2, alongside the magnetic field evolution of its thermal and electrical transport. We observe a very low frequency mode at 3 meV, ascribed to large anharmonic displacements of the Ag+ ions in the [Ag]∞ layer, and 2D magnetic fluctuations up to 3 TN in the chromium layer. The low thermal conductivity of AgCrSe2 is attributed to acoustic phonon scattering by a regular lattice of Ag+ oscillating in quasi-2D potential wells. These findings highlight a new way to achieve localised phonon modes in a perfectly crystalline solid. PMID:27000414

  5. Interfacial rheology of adsorbed layers with surface reaction: on the origin of the dilatational surface viscosity.

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    Ivanov, Ivan B; Danov, Krassimir D; Ananthapadmanabhan, Kavssery P; Lips, Alex

    2005-06-30

    A theoretical study of the phenomena, occurring in an adsorbed layer, subject to small dilatational perturbations was carried out. Two main processes, provoked by the perturbations (surface reaction and surfactant transport onto the surface) were considered. The reaction was described by means of the reaction coordinate. The derived general rheological equation for insoluble surfactants, gave as limiting cases Voight and Maxwell type equations for fast and slow reactions, respectively. Expressions for all characteristics of the process (surface elasticity, reaction elasticity, reaction relaxation time and dilatational surface viscosity) were obtained. The obtained generalized rheological equation for reactions involving soluble surfactants is a dynamic analog of Gibbs adsorption isotherms for a multi-component system with surface reaction, since similarly to Gibbs equation it relates the surface stress only to surface variables. It gives as limiting cases generalized forms for soluble surfactants of Voight and Maxwell equations. All new rheological equations were analyzed for deformations with constant rate and periodic oscillations and they were applied to three simple surface reactions (monomolecular with one product, dimerization and association). The mass transfer was analyzed initially in the absence of surface reaction. In this system the surface stress is purely elastic, but it was shown that if the adsorption perturbation is small, regardless of the type of surface perturbation and the mechanism of adsorption, the process of mass transport always obeys a Maxwell type rheological equation. For all considered processes surface viscosities were defined, but they were called "apparent", because they stem from diffusion, rather than from interaction between the surfactant molecules and they depend not only on surface parameters, but also on the geometry of the system. The often used in the literature correlations between the lifetime of emulsions and foams and the imaginary elasticity were analyzed. It was shown that this approach lacks serious scientific foundations and could lead to erroneous conclusions. Finally, the problem for the coupling of the surfactant diffusion with the chemical reaction was analyzed and it was demonstrated on a simple example how it could be tackled. PMID:15894283

  6. Self-organization of local magnetoplasma structures in the upper layers of the solar convection zone

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    Chumak, O. V.

    2013-08-15

    Self-organization and evolution of magnetoplasma structures in the upper layers of the solar convection zone are discussed as a process of diffuse aggregation of magnetic flux tubes. Equations describing the tube motion under the action of magnetic interaction forces, hydrodynamic forces, and random forces are written explicitly. The process of aggregation of magnetic flux tubes into magnetic flux clusters of different shapes and dimensions is simulated numerically. The obtained structures are compared with the observed morphological types of sunspot groups. The quantitative comparison with the observational data was performed by comparing the fractal dimensions of the photospheric magnetic structures observed in solar active regions with those of structures obtained in the numerical experiment. The model has the following free parameters: the numbers of magnetic flux tubes with opposite polarities on the considered area element (Nn and Ns), the average radius of the cross section of the magnetic flux tube (a), its effective length (l), the twist factor of the tube field (k), and the absolute value of the average velocity of chaotic tube displacements (d). Variations in these parameters in physically reasonable limits leads to the formation of structures (tube clusters of different morphological types) having different fractal dimensions. Using the NOAA 10488 active region, which appeared and developed into a complicated configuration near the central meridian, as an example, it is shown that good quantitative agreement between the fractal dimensions is achieved at the following parameters of the model: Nn = Ns = 250 ± 50; a = 150 ± 50 km; l ∼ 5000 km, and d = 80 ± 10 m/s. These results do not contradict the observational data and theoretical estimates obtained in the framework of the Parker “spaghetti” model and provide new information on the physical processes resulting in the origin and evolution of local magnetic plasma structures in the near-photospheric layers of the solar convection zone.

  7. Origin of Permeability and Structure of Flows in Fractured Media

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    De Dreuzy, J.; Darcel, C.; Davy, P.; Erhel, J.; Le Goc, R.; Maillot, J.; Meheust, Y.; Pichot, G.; Poirriez, B.

    2013-12-01

    After more than three decades of research, flows in fractured media have been shown to result from multi-scale geological structures. Flows result non-exclusively from the damage zone of the large faults, from the percolation within denser networks of smaller fractures, from the aperture heterogeneity within the fracture planes and from some remaining permeability within the matrix. While the effect of each of these causes has been studied independently, global assessments of the main determinisms is still needed. We propose a general approach to determine the geological structures responsible for flows, their permeability and their organization based on field data and numerical modeling [de Dreuzy et al., 2012b]. Multi-scale synthetic networks are reconstructed from field data and simplified mechanical modeling [Davy et al., 2010]. High-performance numerical methods are developed to comply with the specificities of the geometry and physical properties of the fractured media [Pichot et al., 2010; Pichot et al., 2012]. And, based on a large Monte-Carlo sampling, we determine the key determinisms of fractured permeability and flows (Figure). We illustrate our approach on the respective influence of fracture apertures and fracture correlation patterns at large scale. We show the potential role of fracture intersections, so far overlooked between the fracture and the network scales. We also demonstrate how fracture correlations reduce the bulk fracture permeability. Using this analysis, we highlight the need for more specific in-situ characterization of fracture flow structures. Fracture modeling and characterization are necessary to meet the new requirements of a growing number of applications where fractures appear both as potential advantages to enhance permeability and drawbacks for safety, e.g. in energy storage, stimulated geothermal energy and non-conventional gas productions. References Davy, P., et al. (2010), A likely universal model of fracture scaling and its consequence for crustal hydromechanics, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 115, 13. de Dreuzy, J.-R., et al. (2012a), Influence of fracture scale heterogeneity on the flow properties of three-dimensional Discrete Fracture Networks (DFN), J. Geophys. Res.-Earth Surf., 117(B11207), 21 PP. de Dreuzy, J.-R., et al. (2012b), Synthetic benchmark for modeling flow in 3D fractured media, Computers and Geosciences(0). Pichot, G., et al. (2010), A Mixed Hybrid Mortar Method for solving flow in Discrete Fracture Networks, Applicable Analysis, 89(10), 1729-1643. Pichot, G., et al. (2012), Flow simulation in 3D multi-scale fractured networks using non-matching meshes, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing (SISC), 34(1). Figure: (a) Fracture network with a broad-range of fracture lengths. (b) Flows (log-scale) with homogeneous fractures. (c) Flows (log-scale) with heterogeneous fractures [de Dreuzy et al., 2012a]. The impact of the fracture apertures (c) is illustrated on the organization of flows.

  8. Dynamics of generalized Gaussian polymeric structures in random layered flows

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    Katyal, Divya; Kant, Rama

    2015-04-01

    We develop a formalism for the dynamics of a flexible branched polymer with arbitrary topology in the presence of random flows. This is achieved by employing the generalized Gaussian structure (GGS) approach and the Matheron-de Marsily model for the random layered flow. The expression for the average square displacement (ASD) of the center of mass of the GGS is obtained in such flow. The averaging is done over both the thermal noise and the external random flow. Although the formalism is valid for branched polymers with various complex topologies, we mainly focus here on the dynamics of the flexible star and dendrimer. We analyze the effect of the topology (the number and length of branches for stars and the number of generations for dendrimers) on the dynamics under the influence of external flow, which is characterized by their root-mean-square velocity, persistence flow length, and flow exponent α . Our analysis shows two anomalous power-law regimes, viz., subdiffusive (intermediate-time polymer stretching and flow-induced diffusion) and superdiffusive (long-time flow-induced diffusion). The influence of the topology of the GGS is unraveled in the intermediate-time regime, while the long-time regime is only weakly dependent on the topology of the polymer. With the decrease in the value of α , the magnitude of the ASD decreases, while the temporal exponent of the ASD increases in both the time regimes. Also there is an increase in both the magnitude of the ASD and the crossover time (from the subdiffusive to the superdiffusive regime) with an increase in the total mass of the polymeric structure.

  9. Investigation of Boundary Layer Structure by Dual-Plane PIV

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    Longmire, E. K.; Ganapathisubramani, B.; Marusic, I.

    2004-11-01

    Dual-plane PIV was employed in a turbulent boundary layer at Re_τ ˜ 1100 to study the nature of the vortical structures there. Laser sheets separated by 1 mm were aligned in streamwise-spanwise (x,y) planes, and the scattered light was captured by three cameras: two in a stereo configuration and one in a normal configuration. All velocity gradient components were determined for fields in the log (z^+ = 125) and outer (z/δ = 0.5) regions. Three-dimensional swirl strength was used to isolate vortex cores, and the vorticity direction of individual swirl centers was determined. Instantaneous fields in the log region reveal signatures of hairpin vortex packets consistent with previous results. The packets contain evidence of smaller hairpin heads embedded within the long low-speed regions surrounded by larger hairpins. The data set at z^+ = 125 yielded a most probable hairpin inclination angle of 32^rc and an average inclination angle of 57^rc. In the presentation, these results will be contrasted with those at z/δ = 0.5.

  10. The Structure of Y2O3:ZrO2 / SrTiO3 Layered Heterostructures

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    Dyer, Matthew; Darling, George; Claridge, John; Rosseinsky, Matthew

    2012-02-01

    Since the discovery of greatly increased conductivity in layered heterostructures of yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) and strontium titanate (STO) there has been considerable study and discussion regarding the origin of the high level of conductivity. The detailed atomic structure of layered YSZ-STO heterostructures is likely to be a crucial source of understanding, and as yet remains undetermined, particularly in the region of the buried interfaces between YSZ and STO. We present the results of density functional theory calculations on YSZ-STO heterostructures layered in the [001] direction, with different structures and compositions. We find that structures built using the terminations of the fluorite crystal structure of YSZ do not produce heterostructures which follow conventional solid state chemistry. These heterostructures contain Ti and Zr ions with unlikely O coordination geometries, reduced Ti^3+ and Zr^3+ ions and O-O bonding. In contrast, heterostructures built using a reconstructed YSZ termination, based on a rock-salt ordered ZrO layer, give more stable and more conventional atomic structures and are calculated to be electrically insulating. We describe these structures in detail, and the reasons behind the necessary reconstruction of YSZ at the interface.

  11. Catfish gonadotrophins: cellular origin, structural properties and physiology.

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    Chaube, R; Joy, K P; Acharjee, A

    2015-06-01

    Gonadotrophins (GTHs) play a central role in the regulation of gametogenesis and spawning. The structural duality of the GTHs [luteinising hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)] is established in fishes with the exception of ancestral vertebrates. Most studies indicate that, in teleosts, the GTHs are secreted in separate cells. Phylogenetic analysis shows that the common α-subunit of the GTHs (and also of thyroid-stimulating hormone) and LHβ are highly conserved in fishes, as in tetrapods. However, FSHβ shows considerable divergence in teleosts. There may be 12 or 13 cysteine residues, with an additional one near the N-terminus. There may be one or two N-linked glycolsyation sites. In catfishes, there are 13 cysteine residues and one N-linked glycosylation site. In an extreme situation, a potential glycosylation site is lacking in some fishes. Both FSH and LH receptors are characterised in teleosts. The FSH receptor is promiscuous and can be cross-activated by LH. By contrast, the LH receptor is highly selective, being activated by its natural ligand or by heterologous ligands (e.g. human chorionic gonadotrophin). Consequently, teleosts show different patterns of LH and FSH secretion. In catfishes, in the absence of native FSH protein, LH controls all aspects of reproduction, from early gametogenesis to spawning. PMID:25879854

  12. [ICNP- International Classification of Nursing Practice: origin, structure and development].

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    Marucci, Anna Rita; De Caro, Walter; Petrucci, Cristina; Lancia, Loreto; Sansoni, Julita

    2015-01-01

    ICNP is a standardized nursing terminology included within acknowledged terminologies by WHO, it is a relevant aspect of ICN programs and strategies. This paper aims to describe structure and characteristics of ICNP terminology as well as to highlight how this tool can be useful both in practice and in terms of nursing professional development. This version looks like a pyramid with seven axes describing different areas of nursing and related interventions, enriched by two special axes related to pre-coordinated Diagnosis / Outcomes (DC) and Operations (IC) which facilitate daily use in practice. In order to clarify how this tool can be actually be used in daily nursing practice some examples are provided, clarifying how adopting the current version of ICNP terminology (2015 release) Diagnosis/Outcomes and Interventions can be built. The ICNP Italian Centre is committed to introduce it to Italian nurses as a tool for sharing and disseminating terminology in our Country, having as main final aim to achieve even in Italy, professional visibility objectives promoted in different ways by the International Council of Nurses. PMID:26402233

  13. THE STRUCTURE, ORIGIN, AND EVOLUTION OF INTERSTELLAR HYDROCARBON GRAINS

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    Chiar, J. E.; Ricca, A.; Tielens, A. G. G. M.; Adamson, A. J. E-mail: Alessandra.Ricca@1.nasa.gov E-mail: aadamson@gemini.edu

    2013-06-10

    Many materials have been considered for the carrier of the hydrocarbon absorption bands observed in the diffuse interstellar medium (ISM). In order to refine the model for ISM hydrocarbon grains, we analyze the observed aromatic (3.28, 6.2 {mu}m) and aliphatic (3.4 {mu}m) hydrocarbon absorption features in the diffuse ISM along the line of sight toward the Galactic center Quintuplet Cluster. Observationally, sp {sup 2} bonds can be measured in astronomical spectra using the 6.2 {mu}m CC aromatic stretch feature, whereas the 3.4 {mu}m aliphatic feature can be used to quantify the fraction of sp {sup 3} bonds. The fractional abundance of these components allows us to place the Galactic diffuse ISM hydrocarbons on a ternary phase diagram. We conclude that the Galactic hydrocarbon dust has, on average, a low H/C ratio and sp {sup 3} content and is highly aromatic. We have placed the results of our analysis within the context of the evolution of carbon dust in the ISM. We argue that interstellar carbon dust consists of a large core of aromatic carbon surrounded by a thin mantle of hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H), a structure that is a natural consequence of the processing of stardust grains in the ISM.

  14. The Nature and Origin of Time-Asymmetric Spacetime Structures

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    Zeh, H. Dieter

    Time-asymmetric spacetime structures, in particular those representing black holes and the expansion of the universe, are intimately related to other arrows of time, such as the second law and the retardation of radiation. The nature of the quantum arrow, often attributed to a collapse of the wave function, is essential, in particular, for understanding the much discussed black hole information loss paradox. This paradox assumes a new form and can possibly be avoided in a consistent causal treatment that may be able to avoid horizons and singularities. The master arrow that would combine all arrows of time does not have to be identified with a direction of the formal time parameter that serves to formulate the dynamics as a succession of global states (a trajectory in configuration or Hilbert space). It may even change direction with respect to a fundamental physical clock such as the cosmic expansion parameter if this was formally extended either into a future contraction era or to negative pre-big-bang values.

  15. Communication: Origin of the contributions to DNA structure in phages

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    Myers, Christopher G.; Pettitt, B. Montgomery

    2013-02-01

    Cryo electron microscopy (cryo-EM) data of the interior of phages show ordering of the interior DNA that has been interpreted as a nearly perfectly ordered polymer. We show surface-induced correlations, excluded volume, and electrostatic forces are sufficient to predict most of the major features of the current structural data for DNA packaged within viral capsids without additional ordering due to elastic bending forces for the polymer. Current models assume highly-ordered, even spooled, hexagonally packed conformations based on interpretation of cryo-EM density maps. We show herein that the surface induced packing of short (6mer), unconnected DNA polymer segments is the only necessary ingredient in creating ringed densities consistent with experimental density maps. This implies the ensemble of possible conformations of polymeric DNA within the capsid that are consistent with cryo-EM data may be much larger than implied by traditional interpretations where such rings can only result from highly-ordered spool-like conformations. This opens the possibility of a more disordered, entropically-driven view of phage packaging thermodynamics. We also show the electrostatics of the DNA contributes a large portion of the internal hydrostatic and osmotic pressures of a phage virion, suggesting that nonlinear elastic anomalies might reduce the overall elastic bending enthalpy of more disordered conformations to have allowable free energies.

  16. Molecular analysis of neocortical layer structure in the ferret

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    Rowell, Joanna J.; Mallik, Atul K.; Dugas-Ford, Jennifer; Ragsdale, Clifton W.

    2010-01-01

    Molecular markers that distinguish specific layers of rodent neocortex are increasingly employed to study cortical development and the physiology of cortical circuits. The extent to which these markers represent general features of neocortical cell type identity across mammals is, however, unknown. To assess the conservation of layer markers more broadly, we isolated orthologs for fifteen layer-enriched genes in the ferret, a carnivore with a large, gyrencephalic brain, and analyzed their patterns of neocortical gene expression. Our major findings are: (1) Many but not all layer markers tested show similar patterns of layer-specific gene expression between mouse and ferret cortex, supporting the view that layer-specific cell type identity is conserved at a molecular level across mammalian superorders; (2) Our panel of deep layer markers (ER81/ETV1, SULF2, PCP4, FEZF2/ZNF312, CACNA1H, KCNN2/SK2, SYT6, FOXP2, CTGF) provides molecular evidence that the specific stratifications of layer 5 and 6 into 5a, 5b, 6a and 6b are also conserved between rodents and carnivores. (3) Variations in layer-specific gene expression are more pronounced across areas of ferret cortex than between homologous areas of mouse and ferret cortex; (4) This variation of area gene expression was clearest with the superficial layer markers studied (SERPINE2, MDGA1, CUX1, UNC5D, RORB/NR1F2, EAG2/KCNH5). Most dramatically, the layer 4 markers RORB and EAG2 disclosed a molecular sublamination to ferret visual cortex and demonstrated a molecular dissociation among the so-called agranular areas of the neocortex. Our findings establish molecular markers as a powerful complement to cytoarchitecture for neocortical layer and cell-type comparisons across mammals. PMID:20575059

  17. Morphology, Structure, and Origin of Island Paterae on Io

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    Howell, R. R.; Lopes, R. M.

    2011-12-01

    We are investigating both the small and large scale morphology of those paterae on Jupiter's moon Io which show central islands. At small scales a variety of features may be evidence of volatile transport processes. For example Loki Patera contains small bright spots colloquially known as sulfur bergs, which we suspect are fumarole deposits. They are near the limit of the best spatial resolution obtained in Voyager I images. Our preliminary results indicate their reflectance is consistent with sulfur (but not sulfur dioxide) as would be expected based on the temperatures seen in the infrared. At large scales we are beginning to model the stress patterns which could produce the overall morphology of island paterae. As discussed by Radebaugh (Ph.D. Dissertation, 2005) and Black (M.S. thesis, 2007), of 428 cataloged patera on Io, 35 contain bright islands. Most of these islands are irregularly shaped and may simply be regions not yet covered by lava. However several paterae, in particular Loki and Tupan, show more regular structure. Both patera have one straight edge, and in the case of Loki the most volcanically active part of the patera is located near that edge. As Turtle et al. (2001 JGR 106: 33175) and others have suggested, those straight edges may be faults which relieve the expected global compressive stresses and also act as magma conduits. Radebaugh (2005) has suggested that some of these large islands might be analogs of resurgent domes. We are investigating whether a hybrid stress model may be able to explain the overall morphology.

  18. Origin, Internal Structure and Evolution of 4 Vesta

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    Zuber, Maria T.; McSween, Harry Y.; Binzel, Richard P.; Elkins-Tanton, Linda T.; Konopliv, Alexander S.; Pieters, Carle M.; Smith, David E.

    2011-12-01

    Asteroid 4 Vesta is the only preserved intact example of a large, differentiated protoplanet like those believed to be the building blocks of terrestrial planet accretion. Vesta accreted rapidly from the solar nebula in the inner asteroid belt and likely melted due to heat released due to the decay of 26Al. Analyses of meteorites from the howardite-eucrite-diogenite (HED) suite, which have been both spectroscopically and dynamically linked to Vesta, lead to a model of the asteroid with a basaltic crust that overlies a depleted peridotitic mantle and an iron core. Vesta’s crust may become more mafic with depth and might have been intruded by plutons arising from mantle melting. Constraints on the asteroid’s moments of inertia from the long-wavelength gravity field, pole position and rotation, informed by bulk composition estimates, allow tradeoffs between mantle density and core size; cores of up to half the planetary radius can be consistent with plausible mantle compositions. The asteroid’s present surface is expected to consist of widespread volcanic terrain, modified extensively by impacts that exposed the underlying crust or possibly the mantle. Hemispheric heterogeneity has been observed by poorly resolved imaging of the surface that suggests the possibility of a physiographic dichotomy as occurs on other terrestrial planets. Vesta might have had an early magma ocean but details of the early thermal structure are far from clear owing to model uncertainties and paradoxical observations from the HEDs. Petrological analysis of the eucrites coupled with thermal evolution modeling recognizes two possible mechanisms of silicate-metal differentiation leading to the formation of the basaltic achondrites: equilibrium partial melting or crystallization of residual liquid from the cooling magma ocean. A firmer understanding the plethora of complex physical and chemical processes that contribute to melting and crystallization will ultimately be required to distinguish among these possibilities. The most prominent physiographic feature on Vesta is the massive south polar basin, whose formation likely re-oriented the body axis of the asteroid’s rotation. The large impact represents the likely major mechanism of ejection of fragments that became the HEDs. Observations from the Dawn mission hold the promise of revolutionizing our understanding of 4 Vesta, and by extension, the nature of collisional, melting and differentiation processes in the nascent solar system.

  19. Antireflection efficiency comparison of single- and double-layered structures for photovoltaic glass covers.

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    Chen, Zhang; Gao, Yanfeng

    2014-06-10

    For single-layer antireflection (AR) on glass, a low refractive index (n) AR layer is required to achieve high AR efficiency, which limits the selection of materials. The double-layered AR structure has a lower requirement on materials' n but is typically used for narrow waveband AR, and photovoltaic glass covers require broadband AR to increase the whole-spectrum solar energy transmittance. With the help of a multilayered optical simulation, we optimized the n and thickness of the single and double layered AR structure and found that, for broadband AR, double-layered structure only showed AR efficiency advantages in very high or low top layers' n compared to single AR layer structure. For a n=1.45 top layer of the double layer structure, the optimized reflectance is 2.57% (single side), while the optimized reflectance of a single AR layer with n=1.45 is 2.87%, which is a negligible AR efficiency advantage (0.30%) when considering production costs. Moreover, in our experiment, using SiO2 and SiO2 and TiO2 composite layers, the absorption of short wavelengths by TiO2 ostensibly cancelled this advantage out (92.87% compare to the single layer's 92.98% for single side AR). PMID:24921132

  20. Enhancement of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and transmission of spin-Hall-effect-induced spin currents by a Hf spacer layer in W/Hf/CoFeB/MgO layer structures

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    Pai, Chi-Feng; Nguyen, Minh-Hai; Vilela-Leão, Luis Henrique; Buhrman, R. A.; Belvin, Carina; Ralph, D. C.

    2014-02-24

    We report that strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of the ferromagnetic layer in a W/CoFeB/MgO multilayer structure can be established by inserting a Hf layer as thin as 0.25 nm between the W and CoFeB layers. The Hf spacer also allows transmission of spin currents generated by an in-plane charge current in the W layer to apply strong spin torque on the CoFeB, thereby enabling current-driven magnetic switching. The antidamping-like and field-like components of the spin torque exerted on a 1 nm CoFeB layer are of comparable magnitudes in this geometry. Both components originate from the spin Hall effect in the underlying W layer.

  1. Layered zinc hydroxide nanocones: synthesis, facile morphological and structural modification, and properties.

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    Ma, Wei; Ma, Renzhi; Liang, Jianbo; Wang, Chengxiang; Liu, Xiaohe; Zhou, Kechao; Sasaki, Takayoshi

    2014-11-21

    Layered zinc hydroxide nanocones intercalated with DS(-) have been synthesized for the first time via a convenient synthetic approach, using homogeneous precipitation in the presence of urea and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). SDS plays a significant role in controlling the morphologies of as-synthesized samples. Conical samples intercalated with various anions were transformed through an anion-exchange route in ethanol solution, and the original conical structure was perfectly maintained. Additionally, these DS(-)-inserted nanocones can be transformed into square-like nanoplates in aqueous solution at room temperature, fulfilling the need for different morphology-dependent properties. Corresponding ZnO nanocones and nanoplates have been further obtained through the thermal calcination of NO3(-)-intercalating zinc hydroxide nanocones/nanoplates. These ZnO nanostructures with different morphologies exhibit promising photocatalytic properties. PMID:25307611

  2. Effect of low-temperature annealing on the electronic- and band-structures of (Ga,Mn)As epitaxial layers

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    Yastrubchak, O. Gluba, L.; Żuk, J.; Wosinski, T. Andrearczyk, T.; Domagala, J. Z.; Sadowski, J.

    2014-01-07

    The effect of outdiffusion of Mn interstitials from (Ga,Mn)As epitaxial layers, caused by post-growth low-temperature annealing, on their electronic- and band-structure properties has been investigated by modulation photoreflectance (PR) spectroscopy. The annealing-induced changes in structural and magnetic properties of the layers were examined with high-resolution X-ray diffractometry and superconducting quantum interference device magnetometry, respectively. They confirmed an outdiffusion of Mn interstitials from the layers and an enhancement in their hole concentration, which were more efficient for the layer covered with a Sb cap acting as a sink for diffusing Mn interstitials. The PR results demonstrating a decrease in the band-gap-transition energy in the as-grown (Ga,Mn)As layers, with respect to that in the reference GaAs one, are interpreted by assuming a merging of the Mn-related impurity band with the GaAs valence band. Whereas an increase in the band-gap-transition energy caused by the annealing treatment of the (Ga,Mn)As layers is interpreted as a result of annealing-induced enhancement of the free-hole concentration and the Fermi level location within the valence band. The experimental results are consistent with the valence-band origin of itinerant holes mediating ferromagnetic ordering in (Ga,Mn)As, in agreement with the Zener model for ferromagnetic semiconductors.

  3. Elastic and structural properties of supported porous silicon layers

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    Andrews, Gordon Todd

    Brillouin spectroscopy has been used to investigate the elastic properties of (111)-oriented pi - Si samples formed from p - and p+ type c - Si substrates. In the frequency regime studied, Brillouin spectra of low porosity (28%--40%) p+ samples consist of a single set of inelastic peaks due to the surface acoustic wave. These surface waves were found to have velocities which are significantly lower than the corresponding c - Si velocity, and, for samples of a given set, decreased with increasing porosity, xi. Removal of the thin native oxide film present on low porosity p + type samples by an HF dip, results in a 3%--6% decrease in surface acoustic wave velocity compared to pre-dip values. Adsorbed water on the porous silicon surface appears to have no measurable effect on the surface acoustic wave velocity. Complete sets of elastic constants for several low porosity layers formed from p+ type substrates were determined from the directional dependence of the surface acoustic wave velocity in the (111) plane. The elastic constants Cij, were found to be much smaller than those for c - Si and, for a given set, decreased with increasing porosity. Empirical fitting of expressions of the form Cp-Siij=Cp-Si ij1-xm ij to the experimental data leads to the following relations for the porosity dependence of the elastic constants: Cp-Si11 =168.51-x 3.00 Cp-Si12=6.26 1-x6.23 0.1 Cp-Si44=79.0 1-x2.30 The exponents m11, m 12 and m44 differ from those of porous samples formed from p- type substrates. This is attributed to microstructural differences between porous layers formed from p- and p + type substrates. In addition, Young's modulus values were calculated from the elastic constants and compared with those determined in other experiments. In contrast to other studies, elastic anisotropy is taken into account. A limited number of Brillouin spectra was also obtained from intermediate porosity (50% and 60%) samples fabricated from p- type substrates. These spectra exhibited multiple broad Brillouin peaks at relatively low frequency shifts (<15 GHz) and are qualitatively similar to those collected by Beghi et al. from samples with similar porosity formed from p- type substrates. The structural and light-emitting properties of pi - Si prepared from p- and p+ type (111)-oriented c - Si substrates have been studied using Raman scattering. A detailed analysis of the Raman lineshapes was performed using a phonon confinement model with realistic longitudinal and transverse optic phonon dispersion curves. This model basically explains the reduced Raman shifts and asymmetric broadening of the Raman peaks in the porous silicon samples of the present work. Characteristic nanocrystallite sizes and shapes were determined for samples with porosities in the range 35% to 80%. The highly porous samples consist of fine Si spheres, while those of lower porosity are primarily wire-like. The photoluminescence spectra are less size-sensitive than the Raman spectra and no clear correlation between the Raman scattering structural information and the photoluminescence spectra has been observed.

  4. Layered zinc hydroxide nanocones: synthesis, facile morphological and structural modification, and properties

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    Ma, Wei; Ma, Renzhi; Liang, Jianbo; Wang, Chengxiang; Liu, Xiaohe; Zhou, Kechao; Sasaki, Takayoshi

    2014-10-01

    Layered zinc hydroxide nanocones intercalated with DS- have been synthesized for the first time via a convenient synthetic approach, using homogeneous precipitation in the presence of urea and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). SDS plays a significant role in controlling the morphologies of as-synthesized samples. Conical samples intercalated with various anions were transformed through an anion-exchange route in ethanol solution, and the original conical structure was perfectly maintained. Additionally, these DS--inserted nanocones can be transformed into square-like nanoplates in aqueous solution at room temperature, fulfilling the need for different morphology-dependent properties. Corresponding ZnO nanocones and nanoplates have been further obtained through the thermal calcination of NO3--intercalating zinc hydroxide nanocones/nanoplates. These ZnO nanostructures with different morphologies exhibit promising photocatalytic properties.Layered zinc hydroxide nanocones intercalated with DS- have been synthesized for the first time via a convenient synthetic approach, using homogeneous precipitation in the presence of urea and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). SDS plays a significant role in controlling the morphologies of as-synthesized samples. Conical samples intercalated with various anions were transformed through an anion-exchange route in ethanol solution, and the original conical structure was perfectly maintained. Additionally, these DS--inserted nanocones can be transformed into square-like nanoplates in aqueous solution at room temperature, fulfilling the need for different morphology-dependent properties. Corresponding ZnO nanocones and nanoplates have been further obtained through the thermal calcination of NO3--intercalating zinc hydroxide nanocones/nanoplates. These ZnO nanostructures with different morphologies exhibit promising photocatalytic properties. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Typical SEM images, TGA curves and XRD patterns of as-prepared samples. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr04166f

  5. Charge carrier transport properties in layer structured hexagonal boron nitride

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    Doan, T. C.; Li, J.; Lin, J. Y.; Jiang, H. X.

    2014-10-15

    Due to its large in-plane thermal conductivity, high temperature and chemical stability, large energy band gap (~ 6.4 eV), hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) has emerged as an important material for applications in deep ultraviolet photonic devices. Among the members of the III-nitride material system, hBN is the least studied and understood. The study of the electrical transport properties of hBN is of utmost importance with a view to realizing practical device applications. Wafer-scale hBN epilayers have been successfully synthesized by metal organic chemical deposition and their electrical transport properties have been probed by variable temperature Hall effect measurements. The results demonstrate that undoped hBN is a semiconductor exhibiting weak p-type at high temperatures (> 700 °K). The measured acceptor energy level is about 0.68 eV above the valence band. In contrast to the electrical transport properties of traditional III-nitride wide bandgap semiconductors, the temperature dependence of the hole mobility in hBN can be described by the form of μ ∝ (T/T{sub 0}){sup −α} with α = 3.02, satisfying the two-dimensional (2D) carrier transport limit dominated by the polar optical phonon scattering. This behavior is a direct consequence of the fact that hBN is a layer structured material. The optical phonon energy deduced from the temperature dependence of the hole mobility is ħω = 192 meV (or 1546 cm{sup -1}), which is consistent with values previously obtained using other techniques. The present results extend our understanding of the charge carrier transport properties beyond the traditional III-nitride semiconductors.

  6. Inner Plasma Structure of the Low-Latitude Reconnection Layer

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    Zhang, Q.-H.; Dunlop, M. W.; Lockwood, M.; Lavraud, B.; Bogdanova, Y. V.; Hasegawa, H.; Yang, H. -G.; Liu, R. -Y.; Hu, H. -Q.; Zhang, B. -C.; Pu, Z. -Y.; Yang, Z. -W.; Wang, J.; Taylor, M. G. G. T.; Berchem, J.; Constantinescu, D.; Volwerk, M.; Frey, H.; Fazakerley, A. N.; Shen, C.; Shi, J. -K.; Sibeck, D.; Escoubet, P.; Wild, J. A.

    2012-01-01

    We report a clear transition through a reconnection layer at the low-latitude magnetopause which shows a complete traversal across all reconnected field lines during northwestward interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) conditions. The associated plasma populations confirm details of the electron and ion mixing and the time history and acceleration through the current layer. This case has low magnetic shear with a strong guide field and the reconnection layer contains a single density depletion layer on the magnetosheath side which we suggest results from nearly field-aligned magnetosheath flows. Within the reconnection boundary layer, there are two plasma boundaries, close to the inferred separatrices on the magnetosphere and magnetosheath sides (Ssp and Ssh) and two boundaries associated with the Alfvén waves (or Rotational Discontinuities, RDsp and RDsh). The data are consistent with these being launched from the reconnection site and the plasma distributions are well ordered and suggestive of the time elapsed since reconnection of the field lines observed. In each sub-layer between the boundaries the plasma distribution is different and is centered around the current sheet, responsible for magnetosheath acceleration. We show evidence for a velocity dispersion effect in the electron anisotropy that is consistent with the time elapsed since reconnection. In addition, new evidence is presented for the occurrence of partial reflection of magnetosheath electrons at the magnetopause current layer.

  7. Structure of turbulence in three-dimensional boundary layers

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    Subramanian, Chelakara S.

    1993-01-01

    This report provides an overview of the three dimensional turbulent boundary layer concepts and of the currently available experimental information for their turbulence modeling. It is found that more reliable turbulence data, especially of the Reynolds stress transport terms, is needed to improve the existing modeling capabilities. An experiment is proposed to study the three dimensional boundary layer formed by a 'sink flow' in a fully developed two dimensional turbulent boundary layer. Also, the mean and turbulence field measurement procedure using a three component laser Doppler velocimeter is described.

  8. Origin and Evolution of Protein Fold Designs Inferred from Phylogenomic Analysis of CATH Domain Structures in Proteomes

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    Bukhari, Syed Abbas; Caetano-Anollés, Gustavo

    2013-01-01

    The spatial arrangements of secondary structures in proteins, irrespective of their connectivity, depict the overall shape and organization of protein domains. These features have been used in the CATH and SCOP classifications to hierarchically partition fold space and define the architectural make up of proteins. Here we use phylogenomic methods and a census of CATH structures in hundreds of genomes to study the origin and diversification of protein architectures (A) and their associated topologies (T) and superfamilies (H). Phylogenies that describe the evolution of domain structures and proteomes were reconstructed from the structural census and used to generate timelines of domain discovery. Phylogenies of CATH domains at T and H levels of structural abstraction and associated chronologies revealed patterns of reductive evolution, the early rise of Archaea, three epochs in the evolution of the protein world, and patterns of structural sharing between superkingdoms. Phylogenies of proteomes confirmed the early appearance of Archaea. While these findings are in agreement with previous phylogenomic studies based on the SCOP classification, phylogenies unveiled sharing patterns between Archaea and Eukarya that are recent and can explain the canonical bacterial rooting typically recovered from sequence analysis. Phylogenies of CATH domains at A level uncovered general patterns of architectural origin and diversification. The tree of A structures showed that ancient structural designs such as the 3-layer (αβα) sandwich (3.40) or the orthogonal bundle (1.10) are comparatively simpler in their makeup and are involved in basic cellular functions. In contrast, modern structural designs such as prisms, propellers, 2-solenoid, super-roll, clam, trefoil and box are not widely distributed and were probably adopted to perform specialized functions. Our timelines therefore uncover a universal tendency towards protein structural complexity that is remarkable. PMID:23555236

  9. Structure and growth of the mixing layer over the Amazonian rain forest

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    Martin, Charles L.; Fitzjarrald, David; Garstang, Michael; Greco, Steve; Oliveira, Amauri P.; Browell, Edward

    1988-01-01

    The structure and growth of the atmospheric mixed layer over the Amazonian rain forest were examined using measurements obtained during the NASA Amazon Boundary Layer Experiment. Measurements of temperature, moisture, and horizontal wind were carried out in and above the mixed layer by means of a tethered balloon, rawinsonde, and aircraft; fluxes of sensible and latent heat were measured at the top of the canopy. It was found that the mixing layer grows rapidly, at 5-8 cm/sec, soon after sunrise to a mean maximum height of 1200 m by 1300 LT; during undisturbed conditions, mixed layer heights of 1000 are common between 1000 and 1600 LT. No horizontal inhomogeneities in the mixed layer structure or depth were found over large distances. A simple mixed layer model was applied to show how fluxes of species might be estimated using only quantities measured at the surface and prescribing an initial condition and boundary condition for the mixed layer.

  10. Origin of non-spherical particles in the boundary layer over Beijing, China: based on balloon-borne observations.

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    Chen, Bin; Yamada, Maromu; Iwasaka, Yasunobu; Zhang, Daizhou; Wang, Hong; Wang, Zhenzhu; Lei, Hengchi; Shi, Guangyu

    2015-10-01

    Vertical structures of aerosols from the ground to about 1,000 m altitude in Beijing were measured with a balloon-borne optical particle counter. The results showed that, in hazy days, there were inversions at approximately 500-600 m, below which the particulate matters were well mixed vertically, while the concentration of particles decreased sharply above the mixing layer. Electron microscopic observation of the particles collected with the balloon-borne impactor indicates that the composition of particles is different according to weather conditions in the boundary mixing layer of Beijing city and suggests that dust particles are always dominant in coarse-mode particles. Interestingly, sea-salt particles are frequently identified, suggesting the importance of marine air inflow to the Beijing area even in summer. The Ca-rich spherical particles are also frequently identified, suggesting chemical modification of dust particle by NOx or emission of CaO and others from local emission. Additionally, those types of particles showed higher concentration above the mixing layer under the relatively calm weather condition of summer, suggesting the importance of local-scale convection found in summer which rapidly transported anthropogenic particles above the mixing layer. Lidar extinction profiles qualitatively have good consistency with the balloon-borne measurements. Attenuation effects of laser pulse intensity are frequently observed due to high concentration of particulate matter in the Beijing atmosphere, and therefore quantitative agreement of lidar return and aerosol concentration can be hardly observed during dusty condition. Comparing the depolarization ratio obtained from the lidar measurements with the balloon-borne measurements, the contribution of the dry sea-salt particles, in addition to the dust particles, is suggested as an important factor causing depolarization ratio in the Beijing atmosphere. PMID:25537163

  11. Origin of the 2.45 eV luminescence band observed in ZnO epitaxial layers grown on c-plane sapphire by chemical vapour deposition

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    Saroj, R. K.; Dhar, S.

    2014-12-01

    Zinc oxide epitaxial layers have been grown on c-plane sapphire substrates by the chemical vapour deposition (CVD) technique. A structural study shows (0001)-oriented films with good crystalline quality. The temperature and excitation power dependence of the photoluminescence (PL) characteristics of these layers is studied as a function of various growth parameters, such as the growth temperature, oxygen flow rate and Zn flux, which suggest that the origin of the broad visible luminescence (VL), which peaks at 2.45 eV, is the transition between the conduction band and the Zn vacancy acceptor states. A bound excitonic transition observed at 3.32 eV in low temperature PL has been identified as an exciton bound to the neutral Zn vacancy. Our study also reveals the involvement of two activation processes in the dynamics of VL, which has been explained in terms of the fluctuation of the capture barrier height for the holes trapped in Zn vacancy acceptors. The fluctuation, which might be a result of the inhomogeneous distribution of Zn vacancies, is found to be associated with an average height of 7 and 90 meV, respectively, for the local and global maxima.

  12. Structural origin of the brown color of barbules in male peacock tail feathers

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    Li, Yizhou; Lu, Zhihua; Yin, Haiwei; Yu, Xindi; Liu, Xiaohan; Zi, Jian

    2005-07-01

    We report detailed optical measurements and numerical simulations of brown barbules in male peacock tail feathers. Our results indicate that brown coloration is predominantly produced structurally by the two-dimensional (2D) photonic-crystal structure in the cortex layer of a barbule. The constructing strategies of brown coloration revealed by numerical simulations are indeed subtle, which are of great significance in the artificial constructions of mixed structural coloration. It is found that the structural configurations of the 2D photonic-crystal structure such as the lattice constant, the number of periods, and even the interdistance and missing holes between the two melanin layers nearest to the cortex surface, are important in the production of structural brown colors.

  13. Acoustic double layer structures in dense magnetized electron-positron-ion plasmas

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    Akhtar, N.; Mahmood, S.

    2011-11-15

    The acoustic double layer structures are studied using quantum hydrodynamic model in dense magnetized electron-positron-ion plasmas. The extended Korteweg-de Vries is derived using reductive perturbation method. It is found that increase in the ion concentration in dense magnetized electron-positron plasmas increases the amplitude as well as the steepness of the double layer structure. However, increase in the magnetic field strength and decrease in the obliqueness of the nonlinear acoustic wave enhances only the steepness of the double layer structures. The numerical results have also been shown by using the data of the outer layer regions of white dwarfs given in the literature.

  14. Growth and electronic structure of epitaxial single-layer WS2 on Au(111)

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    Dendzik, Maciej; Michiardi, Matteo; Sanders, Charlotte; Bianchi, Marco; Miwa, Jill A.; Grnborg, Signe S.; Lauritsen, Jeppe V.; Bruix, Albert; Hammer, Bjrk; Hofmann, Philip

    2015-12-01

    Large-area single-layer WS2 is grown epitaxially on Au(111) using evaporation of W atoms in a low pressure H2S atmosphere. It is characterized by means of scanning tunneling microscopy, low-energy electron diffraction, and core level spectroscopy. Its electronic band structure is determined by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. The valence-band maximum at K is found to be significantly higher than at ? . The observed dispersion around K is in good agreement with density functional theory calculations for a free-standing monolayer, whereas the bands at ? are found to be hybridized with states originating from the Au substrate. Strong spin-orbit coupling leads to a large spin-splitting of the bands in the neighborhood of the K points, with a maximum splitting of 419(11) meV. The valence-band dispersion around K is found to be highly anisotropic with spin-branch dependent effective hole masses of 0.40 (02 ) me and 0.57 (09 ) me for the upper and lower split valence band, respectively. The large size of the spin splitting and the low effective mass of the valence-band maximum make single-layer WS2 a promising alternative to the widely studied MoS2 for applications in electronics, spintronics, and valleytronics.

  15. Graphenelike surface boron layer: Structural phases on transition-metal diborides (0001)

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    Suehara, Shigeru; Aizawa, Takashi; Sasaki, Taizo

    2010-02-01

    We have identified two structure phases for a surface boron layer on transition-metal diborides ZrB2(0001) and NbB2(0001) using first-principles calculations. Surface-formation free-energy calculations of various surface structures combined with preliminary molecular-dynamics simulations revealed that, in a boron-rich condition, the well-known 1×1 graphitic boron layer (boraphene) and 3×3(R±30°)(3) boraphene are, respectively, thermodynamically more favorable surfaces than the 1×1 metal-terminated surfaces of NbB2(0001) and ZrB2(0001) . The origin of the 3 and 1×1 boraphene surface stability is discussed herein from the electronic-structure perspective. Full-phonon calculations based on the density-functional perturbation theory for these surfaces as well as for ZrB2 , NbB2 , α-B , Zr, and Nb bulk crystals were also performed. The calculated phonon dispersions of the 3 and 1×1 boraphenes show excellent agreement with the experimental surface-phonon dispersions. Using phonon energy and electronic density of states of these surface and bulk systems with the harmonic approximation and the Sommerfeld theory, we obtained stable phases of the ZrB2(0001) and NbB2(0001) surfaces at each temperature. The calculated phase diagrams show that the thermodynamically favorable region of the boraphene surfaces slightly extends with increasing temperature in these transition-metal diboride surfaces.

  16. The origin of oil in the Cretaceous succession from the South Pars Oil Layer of the Persian Gulf

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    Rahmani, Omeid; Aali, Jafar; Junin, Radzuan; Mohseni, Hassan; Padmanabhan, Eswaran; Azdarpour, Amin; Zarza, Sahar; Moayyed, Mohsen; Ghazanfari, Parviz

    2013-07-01

    The origin of the oil in Barremian-Hauterivian and Albian age source rock samples from two oil wells (SPO-2 and SPO-3) in the South Pars oil field has been investigated by analyzing the quantity of total organic carbon (TOC) and thermal maturity of organic matter (OM). The source rocks were found in the interval 1,000-1,044 m for the Kazhdumi Formation (Albian) and 1,157-1,230 m for the Gadvan Formation (Barremian-Hauterivian). Elemental analysis was carried out on 36 samples from the source rock candidates (Gadvan and Kazhdumi formations) of the Cretaceous succession of the South Pars Oil Layer (SPOL). This analysis indicated that the OM of the Barremian-Hauterivian and Albian samples in the SPOL was composed of kerogen Types II and II-III, respectively. The average TOC of analyzed samples is less than 1 wt%, suggesting that the Cretaceous source rocks are poor hydrocarbon (HC) producers. Thermal maturity and Ro values revealed that more than 90 % of oil samples are immature. The source of the analyzed samples taken from Gadvan and Kazhdumi formations most likely contained a content high in mixed plant and marine algal OM deposited under oxic to suboxic bottom water conditions. The Pristane/nC17 versus Phytane/nC18 diagram showed Type II-III kerogen of mixture environments for source rock samples from the SPOL. Burial history modeling indicates that at the end of the Cretaceous time, pre-Permian sediments remained immature in the Qatar Arch. Therefore, lateral migration of HC from the nearby Cretaceous source rock kitchens toward the north and south of the Qatar Arch is the most probable origin for the significant oils in the SPOL.

  17. Structure design and manufacturing of layered bioceramic scaffolds for load-bearing bone reconstruction.

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    Yang, Jing-Zhou; Hu, Xiao-Zhi; Sultana, Rumana; Edward Day, Robert; Ichim, Paul

    2015-08-01

    Bioceramic scaffolds with desired bone regeneration functions have the potential to become real alternatives to autologous bone grafts for reconstruction of load-bearing and critical-sized segmental bone defects. The aim of this paper was to develop a layered scaffold structure that has the biodegradable function of common monolithic scaffolds and adequate mechanical function for surgical fixing and after surgery support. The exemplary case of this study is assumed to be a large-segment tibia or femur bone repair. The layered scaffold structure consists of a macro porous hydroxyapatite-wollastonite layer and a strong dense zirconia matrix dense layer. The bio-functional scaffold layer with interconnected freeze-dried porous structures shows excellent apatite formation, cell attachment, and cell proliferation capabilities. The mechanical functional layer provides a bending strength matching that of the compact bone. PMID:26154898

  18. Turbine airfoil with dual wall formed from inner and outer layers separated by a compliant structure

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    Campbell; Christian X. , Morrison; Jay A.

    2011-12-20

    A turbine airfoil usable in a turbine engine with a cooling system and a compliant dual wall configuration configured to enable thermal expansion between inner and outer layers while eliminating stress formation is disclosed. The compliant dual wall configuration may be formed a dual wall formed from inner and outer layers separated by a compliant structure. The compliant structure may be configured such that the outer layer may thermally expand without limitation by the inner layer. The compliant structure may be formed from a plurality of pedestals positioned generally parallel with each other. The pedestals may include a first foot attached to a first end of the pedestal and extending in a first direction aligned with the outer layer, and may include a second foot attached to a second end of the pedestal and extending in a second direction aligned with the inner layer.

  19. UV Sensor Based on Layered Ferrite-Diamond Structure

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    Belyavskiy, P. Y.; Kondrashov, A. V.; Nikitin, A. A.; Vitko, V. V.; Kalinikos, B. A.; Semenov, A. A.; Ustinov, A. B.; Butler, J. E.

    2015-12-01

    Design of a UV sensor based on an yttrium-iron garnet/diamond layered cavity is presented. The operation principle of the sensor is based on the change in the spin-wave dispersion law and, consequently, in the frequency and Q-factor of eigenmodes of the cavity under study upon appearance of free carriers generated by UV light.

  20. Intrusive origin of the Sudbury Igneous Complex: Structural and sedimentological evidence

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    Cowan, E. J.; Schwerdtner, W. M.

    1992-01-01

    In recent years, many geoscientists have come to believe that the Sudbury event was exogenic rather than endogenic. Critical to a recent exogenic hypothesis is the impact melt origin of the Sudbury Igneous Complex (SIC). Such origin implies that the SIC was emplaced before deposition of the Whitewater Group, in contrast to origins in which the SIC postdates the lithification of the Onaping Formation. Structural and sedimentological evidence is summarized herein that supports an intrusion of the SIC after lithification of all Whitewater Group strata, and conflicts with the hypothesis advanced by other researchers.

  1. Local structure of Fe in Fe-doped misfit-layered calcium cobaltite: An X-ray absorption spectroscopy study

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    Prasoetsopha, Natkrita; Pinitsoontorn, Supree; Bootchanont, Atipong; Kidkhunthod, Pinit; Srepusharawoot, Pornjuk; Kamwanna, Teerasak; Amornkitbamrung, Vittaya; Kurosaki, Ken; Yamanaka, Shinsuke

    2013-08-15

    Polycrystalline Ca{sub 3}Co{sub 4−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 9+δ} ceramics (x=0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05) were fabricated using a simple thermal hydro-decomposition method and a spark plasma sintering technique. Thermoelectric property measurements showed that increasing Fe concentration resulted in a decrease in electrical resistivity, thermopower and thermal conductivity, leading to an improvement in the dimensionless figure-of-merit, >35% for x=0.05 at 1073 K. An X-ray absorption spectroscopy technique was used to investigate the local structure of Fe ions in the Ca{sub 3}Co{sub 4−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 9+δ} structure for the first time. By fitting data from the extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectra and analyzing the X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectra incorporated with first principle simulation, it was shown that Fe was substituted for Co in the the Ca{sub 2}CoO{sub 3} (rocksalt, RS) layer rather than in the CoO{sub 2} layer. Variation in the thermoelectric properties as a function of Fe concentration was attributed to charge transfer between the CoO{sub 2} and the RS layers. The origin of the preferential Fe substitution site was investigated considering the ionic radii of Co and Fe and the total energy of the system. - Graphical abstract: The Fe K-edge XANES spectra of: (a) experimental result in comparison to the simulated spectra when Fe atoms were substituted in the RS layer; (b) with magnetic moment; (c) without magnetic moment, and in the CoO{sub 2} layer; (d) with magnetic moment and (e) without magnetic moment. Highlights: • Synthesis, structural studies, and thermoelectric properties of Ca{sub 3}Co{sub 4−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 9+δ}. • Direct evidence for the local structure of the Fe ions in the Ca{sub 3}Co{sub 4−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 9+δ} using XAS analysis. • EXAFS and XANES analysis showed that Fe was likely to be situated in the RS layer structure. • Changes in TE property with Fe content was due to charge transfer between the CoO{sub 2} and the RS layers. • Total energy calculation showed energetically favorable Fe substitution in the RS layer.

  2. Towards a unified model of passive drug permeation I: origins of the unstirred water layer with applications to ionic permeation.

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    Ghosh, Avijit; Scott, Dennis O; Maurer, Tristan S

    2014-02-14

    In this work, we provide a unified theoretical framework describing how drug molecules can permeate across membranes in neutral and ionized forms for unstirred in vitro systems. The analysis provides a self-consistent basis for the origin of the unstirred water layer (UWL) within the Nernst-Planck framework in the fully unstirred limit and further provides an accounting mechanism based simply on the bulk aqueous solvent diffusion constant of the drug molecule. Our framework makes no new assumptions about the underlying physics of molecular permeation. We hold simply that Nernst-Planck is a reasonable approximation at low concentrations and all physical systems must conserve mass. The applicability of the derived framework has been examined both with respect to the effect of stirring and externally applied voltages to measured permeability. The analysis contains data for 9 compounds extracted from the literature representing a range of permeabilities and aqueous diffusion coefficients. Applicability with respect to ionized permeation is examined using literature data for the permanently charged cation, crystal violet, providing a basis for the underlying mechanism for ionized drug permeation for this molecule as being due to mobile counter-current flow. PMID:24211511

  3. Osmium isotope ratios of PGM grains associated with the Freetown Layered Complex, Sierra Leone, and their origin

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    Hattori, Keiko; Cabri, Louis J.; Hart, Stanley R.

    1991-03-01

    Osmium isotope ratios for two types of platinum group mineral (PGM) nuggets of eluvial (residual) origin, associated with the Freetown Layered Gabbro Complex, were determined in-situ using an ion microprobe. The values for erlichmanite nuggets are ≈1.08. Those for PGM inclusions in Pt-Fe alloy nuggets are higher, ranging from 1.2 to 2.1. Ratios of187Os/186Os vary between the nuggets, but they are consistent within individual nuggest. The data suggest early formation of the erlichmanite nuggets, prior to a postulated substantial contribution of crustal Os. The Pt-Fe alloy nuggets, on the other hand, were formed later in a residual melt which was contaminated by crustal Os due to the assimilation (<10%) or the gaseous/fluid transport of Os from Archaean host rocks into the magma. The lack of systematic mineralogical and chemical changes of the Complex and extensive granulitization in the adjacent host rocks and xenoliths may favor the latter process. The lack of high187Os/186Os ratios, consistent187Os/186Os values within individual nuggets and their textures and mineralogy suggest that the studied PGM nuggets were not formed during lateritization or in low-temperature depositional environments.

  4. Ovarian carcinoma patient derived xenografts reproduce their tumor of origin and preserve an oligoclonal structure

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    Colombo, Pierre-Emmanuel; du Manoir, Stanislas; Orsetti, Béatrice; Bras-Gonçalves, Rui; Lambros, Mario B.; MacKay, Alan; Nguyen, Tien-Tuan; Boissiére, Florence; Pourquier, Didier; Bibeau, Frédéric; Reis-Filho, Jorge S.; Theillet, Charles

    2015-01-01

    Advanced Epithelial Ovarian Cancer (EOC) patients frequently relapse by 24 months and develop resistant disease. Research on EOC therapies relies on cancer cell lines established decades ago making Patient Derived Xenografts (PDX) attractive models, because they are faithful representations of the original tumor. We established 35 ovarian cancer PDXs resulting from the original graft of 77 EOC samples onto immuno-compromised mice. PDXs covered the diversity of EOC histotypes and graft take was correlated with early patient death. Fourteen PDXs were characterized at the genetic and histological levels. PDXs reproduced phenotypic features of the ovarian tumors of origin and conserved the principal characteristics of the original copy number change (CNC) profiles over several passages. However, CNC fluctuations in specific subregions comparing the original tumor and the PDXs indicated the oligoclonal nature of the original tumors. Detailed analysis by CGH, FISH and exome sequencing of one case, for which several tumor nodules were sampled and grafted, revealed that PDXs globally maintained an oligoclonal structure. No overgrowth of a particular subclone present in the original tumor was observed in the PDXs. This suggested that xenotransplantation of ovarian tumors and growth as PDX preserved at least in part the clonal diversity of the original tumor. We believe our data reinforce the potential of PDX as exquisite tools in pre-clinical assays. PMID:26334103

  5. Optical and field emission properties of layer-structure GaN nanowires

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    Cui, Zhen; Li, Enling; Shi, Wei; Ma, Deming

    2014-08-15

    Highlights: • The layer-structure GaN nanowires with hexagonal-shaped cross-sections are produced via a process based on the CVD method. • The diameter of the layer-structure GaN nanowire gradually decreases from ∼500 nm to ∼200 nm along the wire axis. • The layer-structure GaN nanowire film possesses good field emission property. - Abstract: A layer-structure gallium nitride (GaN) nanowires, grown on Pt-coated n-type Si (1 1 1) substrate, have been synthesized using chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The results show: (1) SEM indicates that the geometry structure is layer-structure. HRTEM indicates that GaN nanowire’s preferential growth direction is along [0 0 1] direction. (2) The room temperature PL emission spectrum of the layer-structure GaN nanowires has a peak at 375 nm, which proves that GaN nanowires have potential application in light-emitting nano-devices. (3) Field-emission measurements show that the layer-structure GaN nanowires film has a low turn-on field of 4.39 V/μm (at room temperature), which is sufficient for electron emission devices, field emission displays and vacuum nano-electronic devices. The growth mechanism for GaN nanowires has also been discussed briefly.

  6. Statistical Analysis of Coherent Vortical Structures in a Supersonic Turbulent Boundary Layer

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    Wang, Li; Lu, Xi-Yun

    2011-03-01

    Characteristics of coherent vortical structures in a compressible turbulent boundary layer are statistically analyzed by means of direct numerical simulation of the compressible Navier-Stokes equations for Mach number M=2 and Reynolds number Re? ? 1000 based on the inlet momentum thickness. It is found that a large variety of hairpin-like and cane-like vortical structures exist in the boundary layer and the most popular structure is the cane-like one. The injection and sweep events contribute a major proportion of the total Reynolds stress. This study indicates structural similarities with the incompressible case. Moreover, the length scales of coherent structures in the streamwise and spanwise directions increase with the distance from the wall. The inclination angle of coherent vortical structures with respect to the streamwise direction increases from the sublayer to the buffer layer and then decreases from the buffer layer to the wake region.

  7. Ferromagnetism and the electronic band structure in (Ga,Mn)(Bi,As) epitaxial layers

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    Yastrubchak, O.; Sadowski, J.; Domagala, J. Z.; Andrearczyk, T.; Wosinski, T.

    2014-08-18

    Impact of Bi incorporation into (Ga,Mn)As layers on their electronic- and band-structures as well as their magnetic and structural properties has been studied. Homogenous (Ga,Mn)(Bi,As) layers of high structural perfection have been grown by the low-temperature molecular-beam epitaxy technique. Post-growth annealing treatment of the layers results in an improvement of their structural and magnetic properties and an increase in the hole concentration in the layers. The modulation photoreflectance spectroscopy results are consistent with the valence-band model of hole-mediated ferromagnetism in the layers. This material combines the properties of (Ga,Mn)As and Ga(Bi,As) ternary compounds and offers the possibility of tuning its electrical and magnetic properties by controlling the alloy composition.

  8. Dynamics of coherent structures in a plane mixing layer

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    Hussain, Fazle; Moser, R. D.; Colonius, T.; Moin, P.; Rogers, M. M.

    1988-01-01

    An incompressible, time developing 3-D mixing layer with idealized initial conditions was simulated numerically. Consistent with the suggestions from experimental measurements, the braid region between the dominant spanwise vortices or rolls develops longitudinal vortices or ribs, which are aligned upstream and downstream of a roll and produce spanwise distortion of the rolls. The process by which this distortion occurs is explained by studying a variety of quantities of dynamic importance (e.g., production of enstrophy, vortex stretching). Other quantities of interest (dissipation, helicity density) are also computed and discussed. The currently available simulation only allows the study of the early evolution (before pairing) of the mixing layer. New simulations in progress will relieve this restriction.

  9. Dynamic behavior of Josephson-coupled layered structures

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    Kleiner, R.; Müller, P.; Kohlstedt, H.; Pedersen, N. F.; Sakai, S.

    1994-08-01

    We have investigated Josephson effects in stacks of both artificial and natural Josephson junctions. The measurements have been performed on Nb/Al-AlOx/Nb multilayers and on small single crystals of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8. Both systems exhibit multiple branched I-V characteristics in zero magnetic field. In finite magnetic fields coupling via currents flowing along the superconducting layers is essential, since the layers are thinner than the London penetration depth. All observations are in good agreement with numerical simulations of stacks of coupled Josephson junctions. These simulations predict that a large number of junctions can be phase locked in large magnetic fields via Fiske resonances excited in all junctions.

  10. Spectral and total temperature-dependent emissivities of few-layer structures on a metallic substrate.

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    Blandre, Etienne; Chapuis, Pierre-Olivier; Vaillon, Rodolphe

    2016-01-25

    We investigate the thermal radiative emission of few-layer structures deposited on a metallic substrate and its dependence on temperature with the Fluctuational Electrodynamics approach. We highlight the impact of the variations of the optical properties of metallic layers on their temperature-dependent emissivity. Fabry-Pérot spectral selection involving at most two transparent layers and one thin reflective layer leads to well-defined peaks and to the amplification of the substrate emission. For a single Fabry-Pérot layer on a reflective substrate, an optimal thickness that maximizes the emissivity of the structure can be determined at each temperature. A thin lossy layer deposited on the previous structure can enhance interference phenomena, and the analysis of the participation of each layer to the emission shows that the thin layer is the main source of emission. Eventually, we investigate a system with two Fabry-Pérot layers and a metallic thin layer, and we show that an optimal architecture can be found. The total hemispherical emissivity can be increased by one order of magnitude compared to the substrate emissivity. PMID:26832589

  11. Origin of Degradation Phenomenon under Drain Bias Stress for Oxide Thin Film Transistors using IGZO and IGO Channel Layers

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    Bak, Jun Yong; Kang, Youngho; Yang, Shinhyuk; Ryu, Ho-Jun; Hwang, Chi-Sun; Han, Seungwu; Yoon, Sung-Min

    2015-01-01

    Top-gate structured thin film transistors (TFTs) using In-Ga-Zn-O (IGZO) and In-Ga-O (IGO) channel compositions were investigated to reveal a feasible origin for degradation phenomenon under drain bias stress (DBS). DBS-driven instability in terms of VTH shift, deviation of the SS value, and increase in the on-state current were detected only for the IGZO-TFT, in contrast to the IGO-TFT, which did not demonstrate VTH shift. These behaviors were visually confirmed via nanoscale transmission electron microscopy and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy observations. To understand the degradation mechanism, we performed ab initio molecular dynamic simulations on the liquid phases of IGZO and IGO. The diffusivities of Ga and In atoms were enhanced in IGZO, confirming the degradation mechanism to be increased atomic diffusion. PMID:25601183

  12. Effects of interfacial layer structures on crystal structural properties of ZnO films

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    Park, J. S.; Minegishi, T.; Lee, S. H.; Im, I. H.; Park, S. H.; Hanada, T.; Goto, T.; Cho, M. W.; Yao, T.; Hong, S. K.; Chang, J. H.

    2008-01-15

    Single crystalline ZnO films were grown on Cr compound buffer layers on (0001) Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrates by plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy. In terms of lattice misfit reduction between ZnO and substrate, the CrN and Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}/CrN buffers are investigated. The structural and optical qualities of ZnO films suggest the feasibility of Cr compound buffers for high-quality ZnO films growth on (0001) Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrates. Moreover, the effects of interfacial structures on selective growth of different polar ZnO films are investigated. Zn-polar ZnO films are grown on the rocksalt CrN buffer and the formation of rhombohedral Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} results in the growth of O-polar films. The possible mechanism of polarity conversion is proposed. By employing the simple patterning and regrowth procedures, a periodical polarity converted structure in lateral is fabricated. The periodical change of the polarity is clearly confirmed by the polarity sensitive piezo response microscope images and the opposite hysteretic characteristic of the piezo response curves, which are strict evidences for the validity of the polarity controlling method as well as the successful fabrication of the periodical polarity controlled ZnO structure.

  13. Sperm yield after single layer centrifugation with Androcoll-E is related to the potential fertility of the original ejaculate.

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    Morrell, J M; Stuhtmann, G; Meurling, S; Lundgren, A; Winblad, C; Macias Garcia, B; Johannisson, A

    2014-05-01

    Many attempts have been made to identify laboratory tests that are predictive of sperm fertility, both to improve the quality of stallion semen doses for artificial insemination (AI) and to identify potential breeding sires if no fertility data are available. Sperm quality at the stud is mostly evaluated by assessing subjective motility, although this parameter can be poorly indicative of fertility. Sperm morphology and chromatin integrity in Swedish stallions are correlated to pregnancy rate after AI. Because single layer centrifugation (SLC) selects for spermatozoa with normal morphology and good chromatin, retrospective analysis was carried out to investigate whether sperm yield after SLC is linked to potential fertility. Commercial semen doses for AI from 24 stallions (five stallions with four ejaculates each, 19 stallions with three ejaculates each; n = 77) obtained during the breeding season were cooled, and sent overnight to the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in an insulated box for evaluation, with other doses being sent to studs for commercial AI. On arrival at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, the semen was used for SLC and also for evaluation of sperm motility, membrane integrity, chromatin integrity, and morphology. The seasonal pregnancy rates for each stallion were available. The yield of progressively motile spermatozoa after SLC (calculated as a proportion of the initial load) was found to be highly correlated with pregnancy rate (r = 0.75; P < 0.001). Chromatin damage was highly negatively correlated with pregnancy rate (r = -0.69; P < 0.001). Pregnancy rate was also correlated with membrane integrity (r = 0.58; P < 0.01), progressive motility (r = 0.63; P < 0.01), and normal morphology (r = 0.45; P < 0.05). In conclusion, these preliminary results show that sperm yield after SLC is related to the potential fertility of the original ejaculate, and could be an alternative indicator of stallion fertility if breeding data are not available. Single layer centrifugation is fast (30 minutes) and does not require expensive equipment, whereas other assays require a flow cytometer and/or specialist skills. An additional option could be to transport semen doses to a laboratory for SLC if the stud personnel do not want to perform the procedure themselves. PMID:24582376

  14. Local Structure Analysis and Interface Layer Effect of Phase-Change Recording Material Using Actual Media

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    Nakai, Tsukasa; Yoshiki, Masahiko; Satoh, Yasuhiro; Ashida, Sumio

    2008-07-01

    The influences of the interface layer on crystal structure, the local atomic arrangement, and the electronic and chemical structure of a GeBiTe (GBT) phase-change recording material have been investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS), and hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HX-PES) methods using actual rewritable high-speed HD DVD media without special sample processing. XRD results showed that the crystal structure of laser-crystallized GBT alloy in the actual HD DVD media is the same as that of GeSbTe (GST) alloy, which has a NaCl-type structure. No differences between samples with and without interface layers were found. The lattice constant of GBT is larger than that of GST. Bi increases the lattice constant of GST with respect to the Bi substitution ratio of Sb. According to HX-PES, the DOS of in the recording film amorphous state with an interface layer is closer to that of the crystalline state than the recording film without an interface layer. From XAFS results, clear differences between amorphous (Amo.) and crystalline states (Cry.) were observed. The interatomic distance of amorphous recording material is independent of the existence of an interface layer. On the other hand, the coordination number varied slightly due to the presence of the interface layer. Therefore, the electronic state of the recording layer changes because of the interface layer, although the local structure changes only slightly except for the coordination number. Combining these results, we conclude that the interface layer changes the electronic state of the recording layer and promotes crystallization, but only affects the local structure of the atomic arrangement slightly.

  15. A Long-Lived Tracer Perspective on the Origin of Air in the Tropical Tropopause Layer during ATTREX

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    Hintsa, E. J.; Moore, F.; Dutton, G. S.; Hall, B. D.; Nance, J. D.; Elkins, J. W.; Gao, R.; Rollins, D. W.; Thornberry, T. D.; Watts, L.; Fahey, D. W.; Daube, B. C.; Pittman, J. V.; Wofsy, S. C.; Atlas, E. L.; Navarro, M. A.; Dessler, A. E.; Mahoney, M.

    2013-12-01

    The origin of air in the tropical tropopause layer (TTL) and the subsequent transport pathways of these air masses play a critical role in the delivery of trace gases, including ozone depleting substances and water vapor, to the stratosphere. The Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment (ATTREX) is designed to study this transport and processing in the TTL over the Pacific Ocean, including how dehydration occurs in this region and how trace gases involved in ozone depletion and climate reach the tropical lower stratosphere. For this mission, the NASA Global Hawk aircraft is carrying a suite of in situ and remote sensing instruments for trace gases, aerosols, radiation, and meteorology. Two deployments have occurred from NASA/Dryden Flight Research Center, with flights to the eastern and central tropical Pacific. Two more deployments, targeting the western equatorial Pacific, are planned for 2014 from Guam and one other location. Over 100 vertical profiles from about 14 to 18 km have now been obtained from the tropics to midlatitudes, as well as long sections at nearly constant altitude. Results are shown here from the UAS Chromatograph for Atmospheric Trace Species (UCATS) instrument and other sensors. UCATS was configured to measure the long-lived tracers N2O, SF6, H2, and CH4, as well as water vapor, CO, and ozone. Results thus far have shown a mix of midlatitude and tropical air in the tropical and subtropical lower stratosphere, particularly for flights in November 2011. Recent results from February 2013 indicate much more homogeneous air masses in the TTL during this period. This homogeneity may be related to fact that these flights occurred in the middle of (northern) winter rather than fall, or to the 'sudden stratospheric warming' in January 2013, with sinking motion in the Arctic polar region and a corresponding rising motion and cooling in the tropics. Data will be presented in the context of trajectory model calculations of the origin and fate of the air masses sampled. These findings are relevant for understanding the composition of air rising through the TTL and into the tropical stratosphere, one of the central goals of ATTREX.

  16. [Structure analysis on growth solid-liquid boundary layer of BSO crystal at real time].

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    Qiu, Huai-li; Wang, Ai-hua; You, Jing-lin; Chen, Hui; Yin, Shao-tang

    2005-04-01

    The micro Raman spectra of solid-liquid boundary layer, the melts and crystal side, were measured at real time, concerning BSO crystal grown with zone-melting method. The structure characters in boundary layer, melts and crystal were analyzed. The process, of which the growth unit structure changed while they transited from melts through boundary layer to crystal lattice, was analyzed. The results show that, there exists Bi3O4 and [SiO4] bonding structure in the melts of BSO crystal. While in the solid-liquid boundary layer, the Bi3O4 molecular units converge into [BiO7] octahedron monomer of polymer in form, the monomer or the polymer converge with the [SiO4] structure units, then all these converged structure enter into crystal lattice sites. PMID:16097677

  17. Wet-chemical synthesis and applications of non-layer structured two-dimensional nanomaterials

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    Tan, Chaoliang; Zhang, Hua

    2015-01-01

    Non-layer structured nanomaterials with single- or few-layer thickness have two-dimensional sheet-like structures and possess intriguing properties. Recent years have seen major advances in development of a host of non-layer structured ultrathin two-dimensional nanomaterials such as noble metals, metal oxides and metal chalcogenides. The wet-chemical synthesis has emerged as the most promising route towards high-yield and mass production of such nanomaterials. These nanomaterials are now finding increasing applications in a wide range of areas including catalysis, energy production and storage, sensor and nanotherapy, to name but a few. PMID:26303763

  18. Numerical simulation of temperature distributions in layered structures during laser processing

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    Levoska, J.; Rantala, T. T.; Lenkkeri, J.

    A numerical simulation approach for the evaluation of temperature distribution in layer structured substrates during laser processing is introduced. The explicit finite-difference solution of the heat equation is used and the full non-linearity of the heat diffusion is taken into account by temperature dependent substrate parameters. The heat equations for layered structures are solved using both rectangular and cylindrical coordinate systems. The method is applied to CW Ar + laser-induced temperature distributions in some commonly used layer structures in microelectronics, such as silicon on sapphire (SOS) and SiO 2 coated silicon. Results are compared with experiments.

  19. Theoretical Consideration of High-Sensitive Biosensor Using Shear Horizontal Acoustic Waves in Layered Structures

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    Kondoh, Jun

    Realization of high sensitive biosensors is required. As an acoustic wave based biosensor can detect immunoreactions, it is expected for applying the biosensor. In this paper, a shear horizontal (SH) acoustic wave in layered structures, namely Love wave, is discussed on the basis of numerical calculations. For generating the Love wave, a 36YX-LiTaO3 is chosen as a piezoelectric substrate. Also, SiO2, polymer, and gold are chosen as guiding layer materials. First, phase velocity and propagation loss are calculated as a function of layer thickness. Then, an additional mass layer is loaded on the guiding layer for simulating bio-layer deposition. The simulated results indicate that high sensitive biosensor is realized by using gold guiding layer.

  20. Local structure of Fe in Fe-doped misfit-layered calcium cobaltite: An X-ray absorption spectroscopy study

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    Prasoetsopha, Natkrita; Pinitsoontorn, Supree; Bootchanont, Atipong; Kidkhunthod, Pinit; Srepusharawoot, Pornjuk; Kamwanna, Teerasak; Amornkitbamrung, Vittaya; Kurosaki, Ken; Yamanaka, Shinsuke

    2013-08-01

    Polycrystalline Ca3Co4-xFexO9+? ceramics (x=0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05) were fabricated using a simple thermal hydro-decomposition method and a spark plasma sintering technique. Thermoelectric property measurements showed that increasing Fe concentration resulted in a decrease in electrical resistivity, thermopower and thermal conductivity, leading to an improvement in the dimensionless figure-of-merit, >35% for x=0.05 at 1073 K. An X-ray absorption spectroscopy technique was used to investigate the local structure of Fe ions in the Ca3Co4-xFexO9+? structure for the first time. By fitting data from the extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectra and analyzing the X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectra incorporated with first principle simulation, it was shown that Fe was substituted for Co in the the Ca2CoO3 (rocksalt, RS) layer rather than in the CoO2 layer. Variation in the thermoelectric properties as a function of Fe concentration was attributed to charge transfer between the CoO2 and the RS layers. The origin of the preferential Fe substitution site was investigated considering the ionic radii of Co and Fe and the total energy of the system.

  1. Direct Structure Determination of Multilayered Membrane-Type Systems Which Contain Fluid Layers

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    Worthington, C. R.; King, G. I.; McIntosh, T. J.

    1973-01-01

    The theory of direct methods of structure analysis in the case of multilayered membrane-type systems which contain fluid layers is described. Diffraction formulas for this kind of analysis are derived. Deconvolution methods are used when the centrosymmetrical unit cells contain wide fluid layers. When the membrane systems contain narrow fluid layers, other direct methods are used. These direct methods involve computing either the Fourier series representations or the sampling theorem expressions. PMID:4704487

  2. Differential PIXE for investigating the layer structure of paintings

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    Mandò, P. A.; Fedi, M. E.; Grassi, N.; Migliori, A.

    2005-09-01

    This paper reports an example of how the differential PIXE technique can be successfully applied to the investigation of wood or canvas paintings. The work analysed is a famous wood painting by Leonardo da Vinci, the "Madonna dei fusi" (ex-Reford version, 1501), chosen for a pilot study in a wide international project aimed at analysing Leonardo's works of art by means of non-destructive techniques. While illustrating the results obtained concerning the identification of pigments and the discrimination of the stratigraphy of layers, the merits and limits of differential PIXE in general are pointed out.

  3. Gust structure in the neutral surface boundary layer

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    Doran, J.C.; Powell, D.C.

    1982-01-01

    Measured characteristics of gust amplitudes and times in the neutral surface boundary layer are presented. The probability of gust amplitudes exceeding a prescribed level is shown to decrease exponentially with amplitude, provided the amplitude is scaled with the root-mean-square turbulent speed. The 25 and 75 percentile conditional probabilities of gust duration obey power laws in the scaled amplitudes if the durations are normalized by N/sub 0/, the frequency of occurance of all gusts. These relationships are nearly independent of mean wind speed and measurement height. The effects of digital filtering of the data also are discussed.

  4. Turbulent structure of scalars in the eddy surface layer over land and sea

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    Smedman, Ann-Sofi; Sahlee, Erik

    2015-04-01

    Turbulent structure of scalars in the 'eddy surface layer' over land and sea. In a study of the kinematic structure of the near neutral atmospheric surface layer, Hgstrm, Hunt and Smedman, 2002, it was demonstrated that a model with detached eddies from above the surface layer impinging on to the surface (Hunt and Morison, 2000) could explain some of the observed features in the neutral atmospheric boundary layer. Thus the detached eddy model proved successful in explaining the dynamic structure of the near neutral atmospheric surface layer (eddy surface layer), especially the shape of the spectra of the wind components and corresponding fluxes. However, the structure of temperature and humidity fluctuations in the eddy surface layer shows quite different behaviour. In particular the efficiency of turbulent exchange of sensible and latent heat is observed to be more strongly enhanced than is consistent with standard similarity theory. Also the profiles of dissipation of turbulent kinetic energy and temperature fluctuation variance are found to depend on the height of the eddy surface layer and not the height above the surface. All these features are found to be similar in measurements at a marine site, a flat land site and during hurricane conditions (hurricane Fabian and Isabel). Hunt, J.C.R and Morrison, J.F., 2000: Eddy structure in turbulent boundary layers, Euro. J. Mech. B-Fluids, 19, 673-694.. Hgstrm, U., Hunt, J.C.R., and Smedman, A., 2002: Theory and measurements for turbulence spectra and variances in the atmospheric neutral surface layer, Bound.-Layer Meteorol., 103,101-124.

  5. The energy band structures of the warm dense plasmas with micro-structures inherited from original carbon nanotubes

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    Dong, Q.-L.; Yang, J.; Jiang, Z.-T.; Sheng, Z.-M.; Zhang, J.

    2013-11-01

    The energy band structures of the warm dense plasmas with micro-structures inherited from single-walled carbon nanotubes are studied in detail by using the symmetry-adapted tight-binding model with the electron-ion core Coulomb interactions as the plasma effects. It is found that both the symmetry and the degeneracy of the calculated bands normal for the solid micro-structured targets may be destroyed by the electron-ion core Coulomb interactions. Moreover, the calculated Fermi levels of the micro-structured warm dense plasmas are about 1 eV higher than those of the original carbon nanotubes, while the transition energies of the warm dense plasmas are almost always smaller than those for the original carbon nanotubes.

  6. Origin and tectonic significance of a Mesozoic multi-layer over-thrust system within the Yangtze Block (South China)

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    Yan, Dan-Ping; Zhou, Mei-Fu; Song, Hong-Lin; Wang, Xin-Wen; Malpas, John

    2003-01-01

    In the Yangtze Block (South China), a well-developed Mesozoic thrust system extends through the Xuefeng and Wuling mountains in the southeast to the Sichuan basin in the northwest. The system comprises both thin- and thick-skinned thrust units separated by a boundary detachment fault, the Dayin fault. To the northwest, the thin-skinned belt is characterized by either chevron anticlines and box synclines to the northwest or chevron synclines to the southeast. The former structural style displays narrow exposures for the cores of anticlines and wider exposures for the cores of synclines. Thrust detachments occur along Silurian (Fs) and Lower Cambrian (Fc) strata and are dominantly associated with the anticlines. To the southeast, this style of deformation passes gradually into one characterized by chevron synclines with associated principal detachment faults along Silurian (Fs), Cambrian (Fc) and Lower Sinian (Fz) strata. There are, however, numerous secondary back thrusts. Therefore, the thin-skinned belt is like the Valley and Ridge Province of the North American Applachian Mountains. The thick-skinned belt structurally overlies the thin-skinned belt and is characterized by a number of klippen including the Xuefeng and Wuling nappes. It is thus comparable to the Blue Ridge Province of Appalachia. The structural pattern of this thrust system in South China can be explained by a model involving detachment faulting along various stratigraphic layers at different stages of its evolution. The system was developed through a northwest stepwise progression of deformation with the earliest delamination along Lower Sinian strata (Fz). Analyses of balanced geological cross-sections yield about 18.1-21% (total 88 km) shortening for the thin-skinned unit and at least this amount of shortening for the thick-skinned unit. The compressional deformation from southeast to northwest during Late Jurassic to Cretaceous time occurred after the westward progressive collision of the Yangtze Block with the North China Block and suggests that the orogenic event was intracontinental in nature.

  7. Experimental observation of multi-layer excitation structure in capacitively coupled SF6 plasmas

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    Liu, Yong-Xin; Gao, Fei; Song, Yuan-Hong; Li, Xue-Chun; Wang, You-Nian

    2015-09-01

    Electron excitation dynamics in capacitively coupled SF6 plasmas driven at 9 MHz ~ 16 MHz are studied by using phase resolved optical emission spectroscopy (PROES) of trace rare gas. Multi-layer excitation structure inside the bulk plasma of capacitive discharges operating in SF6 is experimentally observed for the first time. Experimental results show that with the decrease of the rf power and/or the increase of the pressure, the multi-layer excitation structure becomes noticeable while the gap between two adjacent layers is almost kept constant. By increasing the driving frequency with a constant electrode gap, however, the number of layers increases while the layer gap decreases. The layer structure disappears at the driving frequency larger than 16 MHz. The electrode gap is found to have a negligible effect on the gap between two adjacent excitation layers, nevertheless only the number of excitation layers is increased when enlarging the electrode gap. The multi-layer formation may be due to a large modulation of the F- negative-ion density throughout the bulk plasma, and is more pronounced at intermediate and low frequencies, since F- negative ions do not respond to the time-varying electric field at high frequencies (>16 MHz). This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (Grant No. 11335004) and (Grant No.11405018), and the International Science & Technology Cooperation Program of China (Grant No. 2012DFG02150).

  8. Syntheses, structure solutions, and catalytic performance of two novel layered silicates.

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    Liang, Jie; Su, Jie; Chen, Yanping; Li, Zhaofei; Li, Kuo; Zhang, Hao; Zou, Xiaodong; Liao, Fuhui; Wang, Yingxia; Lin, Jianhua

    2015-09-21

    Two novel layered silicates, PKU-13 and PKU-13a, were hydrothermally synthesized by using trimethylpropylammonium hydroxide as the structure directing agent (SDA). Their structures were solved by using powder X-ray diffraction data in combination with electron diffraction technique and NMR spectroscopy. These two silicates are built from the same r52 layer in different stacking modes: the adjacent r52 layers in PKU-13a have a 0.5b + 0.68c shift compared with those in PKU-13. The difference is due to the SDA cations located between the layers. The SDA cations exist as a monolayer in the structure of PKU-13, and link the adjacent layers by Coulomb actions in combination with strong hydrogen bonds. In PKU-13a, the SDA cations present in the bi-layer expend the distance between layers and destroy the inter-layer hydrogen bonds. PKU-13a can transform to PKU-13 after treatment with acetic acid solution. The co-existence of intra-layer hydrogen bonds in PKU-13 interfere in its condensation to an ordered crystalline microporous framework. Both PKU-13 and PKU-13a exhibit good catalytic activities as base catalysts in the Knoevenagel condensation reaction. PMID:26242274

  9. Protein folding, protein structure and the origin of life: Theoretical methods and solutions of dynamical problems

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    Weaver, D. L.

    1982-01-01

    Theoretical methods and solutions of the dynamics of protein folding, protein aggregation, protein structure, and the origin of life are discussed. The elements of a dynamic model representing the initial stages of protein folding are presented. The calculation and experimental determination of the model parameters are discussed. The use of computer simulation for modeling protein folding is considered.

  10. 11. 22'X34' original blueprint, VariableAngle Launcher, 'CONTROL STATION STRUCTURAL DETAILS' ...

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    11. 22'X34' original blueprint, Variable-Angle Launcher, 'CONTROL STATION STRUCTURAL DETAILS' drawn at 1 1/2'=1'-0'. (BUORD Sketch # 208401). - Variable Angle Launcher Complex, Control Station, CA State Highway 39 at Morris Reservior, Azusa, Los Angeles County, CA

  11. Complex Adaptive Systems and the Origins of Adaptive Structure: What Experiments Can Tell Us

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    Cornish, Hannah; Tamariz, Monica; Kirby, Simon

    2009-01-01

    Language is a product of both biological and cultural evolution. Clues to the origins of key structural properties of language can be found in the process of cultural transmission between learners. Recent experiments have shown that iterated learning by human participants in the laboratory transforms an initially unstructured artificial language…

  12. The isolation and structure elucidation of minor isoflavonoids from licorice of Glycyrrhiza glabra origin.

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    Kinoshita, Takeshi; Tamura, Yukiyoshi; Mizutani, Kenji

    2005-07-01

    Two new isoflavanone and one new 3-arylcoumarin derivatives, along with a known compound 3,4-didehydroglabridin, were isolated from commercially available licorice of Glycyrrhiza glabra origin, and their structures were elucidated on the basis of both the chemical and spectroscopic evidence. PMID:15997151

  13. Structure A, reinforcing details. Drawing No. H2302, as built, Original ...

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    Structure A, reinforcing details. Drawing No. H2-302, as built, Original drawing by Black & Veatch, Consulting Engineers, Kansas City, Missouri, prepared for the U.S. Department of the Army, Office of Engineers, Military Construction Division, Washington, D.C. dated October 1, 1951. - Travis Air Force Base, Building No. 925, W Street, Fairfield, Solano County, CA

  14. Structure A, steel shelving. Drawing no. H3300. Original drawing by ...

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    Structure A, steel shelving. Drawing no. H3-300. Original drawing by Black & Veatch, Consulting Engineers, Kansas City, Missouri, prepared for the U.S. Department of the Army, Office of Engineers, Military Construction Division, Washington D.C. dated November 5, 1951. - Travis Air Force Base, Building No. 925, W Street, Fairfield, Solano County, CA

  15. Boundary layer structure over areas of heterogeneous heat fluxes

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    Doran, J.C.; Barnes, F.J.; Coulter, R.L.; Crawford, T.L.

    1993-04-01

    In general circulation models (GCMs), some properties of a grid element are necessarily considered homogeneous. That is, for each grid volume there is associated a particular combination of boundary layer depth, vertical profiles of wind and temperature, surface fluxes of sensible and latent heat, etc. In reality, all of these quantities may exhibit significant spatial variations within the grid area, and the larger the area the greater the likely variations. In balancing the benefits of higher resolution against increased computational time and expense, it is useful to consider what the consequences of such subgrid-scale variability may be. Moveover, in interpreting the results of a simulation, one must be able to define an appropriate average value over a grid. There are two aspects of this latter problem: (1) in observations, how does one take a set of discrete or volume-averaged measurements and relate these to properties of the entire domain, and (2) in computations, how can subgrid-scale features be accounted for in the model parameterizations? To address these and related issues, two field campaigns were carried out near Boardman, Oregon, in June 1991 and 1992. These campaigns were designed to measure the surface fluxes of latent and sensible heat over adjacent areas with strongly contrasting surface types and to measure the response of the boundary layer to those fluxes. This paper discuses some initial findings from those campaigns.

  16. Boundary layer structure over areas of heterogeneous heat fluxes

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    Doran, J.C.; Barnes, F.J.; Coulter, R.L.; Crawford, T.L.

    1993-01-01

    In general circulation models (GCMs), some properties of a grid element are necessarily considered homogeneous. That is, for each grid volume there is associated a particular combination of boundary layer depth, vertical profiles of wind and temperature, surface fluxes of sensible and latent heat, etc. In reality, all of these quantities may exhibit significant spatial variations the grid area, and the larger the area the greater the likely variations. In balancing the benefits of higher resolution against increased computational time and expense, it is useful to consider what the consequences of such subgrid-scale variability may be. Moreover, in interpreting the results of a simulation, one must be able to define an appropriate average value over a grid. There are two aspects of this latter problem: (1) in observations, how does one take a set of discrete or volume-averaged measurements and relate these to properties of the entire domain, and (2) in computations, how can subgrid-scale features be accounted for in the model parameterizations? To address these and related issues, two field campaigns were carried out near Boardman, Oregon, in June 1991 and 1992. These campaigns were designed to measure the surface fluxes of latent and sensible heat over adjacent areas with strongly contrasting surface types and to measure the response of the boundary layer to those fluxes. This paper discusses some initial findings from those campaigns.

  17. Boundary layer structure over areas of heterogeneous heat fluxes

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    Doran, J.C. ); Barnes, F.J. ); Coulter, R.L. ); Crawford, T.L. . Air Resources Lab. Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Div.)

    1993-01-01

    In general circulation models (GCMs), some properties of a grid element are necessarily considered homogeneous. That is, for each grid volume there is associated a particular combination of boundary layer depth, vertical profiles of wind and temperature, surface fluxes of sensible and latent heat, etc. In reality, all of these quantities may exhibit significant spatial variations within the grid area, and the larger the area the greater the likely variations. In balancing the benefits of higher resolution against increased computational time and expense, it is useful to consider what the consequences of such subgrid-scale variability may be. Moveover, in interpreting the results of a simulation, one must be able to define an appropriate average value over a grid. There are two aspects of this latter problem: (1) in observations, how does one take a set of discrete or volume-averaged measurements and relate these to properties of the entire domain, and (2) in computations, how can subgrid-scale features be accounted for in the model parameterizations To address these and related issues, two field campaigns were carried out near Boardman, Oregon, in June 1991 and 1992. These campaigns were designed to measure the surface fluxes of latent and sensible heat over adjacent areas with strongly contrasting surface types and to measure the response of the boundary layer to those fluxes. This paper discuses some initial findings from those campaigns.

  18. Boundary layer structure over areas of heterogeneous heat fluxes

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    Doran, J.C. ); Barnes, F.J. ); Coulter, R.L. ); Crawford, T.L. . Air Resources Lab. Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Div.)

    1993-01-01

    In general circulation models (GCMs), some properties of a grid element are necessarily considered homogeneous. That is, for each grid volume there is associated a particular combination of boundary layer depth, vertical profiles of wind and temperature, surface fluxes of sensible and latent heat, etc. In reality, all of these quantities may exhibit significant spatial variations the grid area, and the larger the area the greater the likely variations. In balancing the benefits of higher resolution against increased computational time and expense, it is useful to consider what the consequences of such subgrid-scale variability may be. Moreover, in interpreting the results of a simulation, one must be able to define an appropriate average value over a grid. There are two aspects of this latter problem: (1) in observations, how does one take a set of discrete or volume-averaged measurements and relate these to properties of the entire domain, and (2) in computations, how can subgrid-scale features be accounted for in the model parameterizations To address these and related issues, two field campaigns were carried out near Boardman, Oregon, in June 1991 and 1992. These campaigns were designed to measure the surface fluxes of latent and sensible heat over adjacent areas with strongly contrasting surface types and to measure the response of the boundary layer to those fluxes. This paper discusses some initial findings from those campaigns.

  19. Electronic structure of the layered nitride LiMoN2

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    Singh, D. J.

    1992-10-01

    Electronic-structure calculations are reported for the layered ternary nitride LiMoN2. It is found that the material is best described as a three-dimensional metal consisting of strongly covalent MoN2 sheets and Li ions between them. Highly unusual strong direct bonding between N atoms in opposing layers is found.

  20. Structure-phase state of the surface layers in rails subjected to differential hardening

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    Gromov, V. E.; Glezer, A. M.; Morozov, K. V.; Ivanov, Yu. F.; Volkov, K. V.

    2015-12-01

    A layer-by-layer analysis of the structures, the phase compositions, and the defect substructures of differentially hardened rails has been carried by optical and transmission electron microscopy. It is found that the material volume of the rail head fillet is cooled faster than the volume located along the central axis.

  1. Velocity Variations of Small Scale Solar Structures, and Physical Problems Related to the Overshoot Layers

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    Nesis, A.; Severino, G.

    The authors compare their results about the variation of the vertical and horizontal velocity with height in the solar photosphere with the theoretical granulation model by Nelson. The comparison shows, (1) that the mixing length derived by Nelson corresponds to the height of the overshoot layers derived by Nesis, and (2) that the large spatial structures with large horizontal velocities dominate the continuum layers.

  2. Structural vs electronic origin of renormalized band widths in TTF-TCNQ: An angular dependent NEXAFS study

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    Sing, M.; Meyer, J.; Glawion, S.; Claessen, R.; Hoinkis, M.; Blaha, P.; Gavrila, G.; Jacobsen, C. S.

    2007-12-15

    We have performed angle-dependent near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure measurements in the Auger electron yield mode on the correlated quasi-one-dimensional organic conductor tetrathiafulvalene-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TTF-TCNQ) in order to determine the orientation of the molecules in the topmost surface layer. We find that the tilt angles of the molecules with respect to the one-dimensional axis are essentially the same as in the bulk. Thus, we can rule out surface relaxation as the origin of the renormalized band widths which were inferred from the analysis of photoemission data within the one-dimensional Hubbard model. Thereby, recent theoretical results are corroborated which invoke long-range Coulomb repulsion as alternative explanation to understand the spectral dispersions of TTF-TCNQ quantitatively within an extended Hubbard model.

  3. Metallic layered composite materials produced by explosion welding: Structure, properties, and structure of the transition zone

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    Mal'tseva, L. A.; Tyushlyaeva, D. S.; Mal'tseva, T. V.; Pastukhov, M. V.; Lozhkin, N. N.; Inyakin, D. V.; Marshuk, L. A.

    2014-10-01

    The structure, morphology, and microhardness of the transition zone in multilayer metallic composite joints are studied, and the cohesion strength of the plates to be joined, the mechanical properties of the formed composite materials, and fracture surfaces are analyzed. The materials to be joined are plates (0.1-1 mm thick) made of D16 aluminum alloy, high-strength maraging ZI90-VI (03Kh12N9K4M2YuT) steel, BrB2 beryllium bronze, and OT4-1 titanium alloy. Composite materials made of different materials are shown to be produced by explosion welding. The dependence of the interface shape (smooth or wavelike) on the physicomechanical properties of the materials to be joined is found. The formation of a wavelike interface is shown to result in the formation of intense-mixing regions in transition zones. Possible mechanisms of layer adhesion are discussed.

  4. Effects of physical processes on structure and transport of thin zooplankton layers in the coastal ocean

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    McManus, M.A.; Cheriton, O.M.; Drake, P.J.; Holliday, D.V.; Storlazzi, C.D.; Donaghay, P.L.; Greenlaw, C.F.

    2005-01-01

    Thin layers of plankton are recurrent features in a variety of coastal systems. These layers range in thickness from a few centimeters to a few meters. They can extend horizontally for kilometers and have been observed to persist for days. Densities of organisms found within thin layers are far greater than those above or below the layer, and as a result, thin layers may play an important role in the marine ecosystem. The paramount objective of this study was to understand the physical processes that govern the dynamics of thin layers of zooplankton in the coastal ocean. We deployed instruments to measure physical processes and zooplankton distribution in northern Monterey Bay; during an 11 d period of persistent upwelling-favorable winds, 7 thin zooplankton layers were observed. These zooplankton layers persisted throughout daylight hours, but were observed to dissipate during evening hours. These layers had an average vertical thickness of 1.01 m. No layers were found in regions where the Richardson number was <0.25. In general, when the Richardson number is <0.25 the water column is unstable, and incapable of supporting thin layers. Thin zooplankton layers were also located in regions of reduced flow. In addition, our observations show that the vertical depth distribution of thin zooplankton layers is modulated by high-frequency internal waves, with periods of 18 to 20 min. Results from this study clearly show an association between physical structure, physical processes and the presence of thin zooplankton layers in Monterey Bay. With this new understanding we may identify other coastal regions that have a high probability of supporting thin layers. ?? Inter-Research 2005.

  5. Deriving Lifetime Maps in the Time/Frequency Domain of Coherent Structures in the Turbulent Boundary Layer

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    Palumbo, Dan

    2008-01-01

    The lifetimes of coherent structures are derived from data correlated over a 3 sensor array sampling streamwise sidewall pressure at high Reynolds number (> 10(exp 8)). The data were acquired at subsonic, transonic and supersonic speeds aboard a Tupolev Tu-144. The lifetimes are computed from a variant of the correlation length termed the lifelength. Characteristic lifelengths are estimated by fitting a Gaussian distribution to the sensors cross spectra and are shown to compare favorably with Efimtsov s prediction of correlation space scales. Lifelength distributions are computed in the time/frequency domain using an interval correlation technique on the continuous wavelet transform of the original time data. The median values of the lifelength distributions are found to be very close to the frequency averaged result. The interval correlation technique is shown to allow the retrieval and inspection of the original time data of each event in the lifelength distributions, thus providing a means to locate and study the nature of the coherent structure in the turbulent boundary layer. The lifelength data are converted to lifetimes using the convection velocity. The lifetime of events in the time/frequency domain are displayed in Lifetime Maps. The primary purpose of the paper is to validate these new analysis techniques so that they can be used with confidence to further characterize the behavior of coherent structures in the turbulent boundary layer.

  6. First-principles study of homologous series of layered Bi-Sb-Te-Se and Sn-O structures

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    Govaerts, Kirsten

    In the first part of the thesis, we present a systematic study of the stable layered structures at T = 0 K for the Bi-Sb-Te-Se system by means of a combination of the Cluster Expansion (CE) method and first-principles electronic structure calculations. In order to account for the existence of long-periodic layered structures and the strong structural relaxations we have developed a one-dimensional CE with occupation variables explicitly accounting for the fact that Bi or Sb atoms are part of an even or odd number of layers. For the binary systems A1-xQx (A = Sb, Bi; Q = Te, Se) the resulting (meta)stable structures are the homologous series (A2) n(A2Q3)m built up from successive bilayers A 2 and quintuple units A2Q3. The Bi1-xSb x system is found to be an almost ideal solution. The CE for the ternary Bi-Sb-Te system not only reproduces the binary stable structures but also finds stable ternary layered compounds with an arbitrary stacking of Sb 2Te3, Bi2Te3 and Te-Bi-Te-Sb-Te quintuple units, optionally separated by mixed Bi/Sb bilayers. We also investigate the electronic properties of the newly found ground state structures, and in particular the effect of Bi bilayers on the electronic structure of the topological insulator Bi2Se3. Due to the charge transfer from the Bi bilayers to the quintuple layers, the top- and bottom-surface Dirac cones shift down in energy. Also the Rashba-split conduction band states shift down, resulting in a new Dirac cone. The bands of the additional Bi bilayer are just ordinary Rashba-split states originating from the dipole built up by the charge transfer. These results offer new insight in experimental results, where cones are not always correctly identified. In a second part of the thesis, we investigate the Sn-O system. First we show that a combination of current van der Waals-corrected functionals and many-body calculations within the GW approximation provide accurate values for both structural and electronic properties of SnO without the need of experimental input or empirical parameters. Finally, we investigate the stability, structural and electronic properties of new (meta)stable Sn-O compounds with an O concentration between 50% (SnO) and 67% (SnO2).

  7. ARTICLES: Analysis of structural changes on the surface of a layer medium exposed to laser radiation

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    Avrutskiĭ, I. A.; Golubenko, G. A.; Svakhin, A. S.; Sychugov, V. A.; Tishchenko, A. V.

    1987-01-01

    An analysis is made of the formation of periodic surface structures on the surface of a layer medium. Calculations are made of the energy release as a function of the period of the structure. The conclusion that waveguide modes play a decisive role in the formation of periodic surface structures is confirmed experimentally.

  8. Controllable synthesis of layered Co-Ni hydroxide hierarchical structures for high-performance hybrid supercapacitors

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    Yuan, Peng; Zhang, Ning; Zhang, Dan; Liu, Tao; Chen, Limiao; Ma, Renzhi; Qiu, Guanzhou; Liu, Xiaohe

    2016-01-01

    A facile solvothermal method is developed for synthesizing layered Co-Ni hydroxide hierarchical structures by using hexamethylenetetramine (HMT) as alkaline reagent. The electrochemical measurements reveal that the specific capacitances of layered bimetallic (Co-Ni) hydroxides are generally superior to those of layered monometallic (Co, Ni) hydroxides. The as-prepared Co0.5Ni0.5 hydroxide hierarchical structures possesses the highest specific capacitance of 1767 F g-1 at a galvanic current density of 1 A g-1 and an outstanding specific capacitance retention of 87% after 1000 cycles. In comparison with the dispersed nanosheets of Co-Ni hydroxide, layered hydroxide hierarchical structures show much superior electrochemical performance. This study provides a promising method to construct hierarchical structures with controllable transition-metal compositions for enhancing the electrochemical performance in hybrid supercapacitors.

  9. Photovoltaic structures having a light scattering interface layer and methods of making the same

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    Liu, Xiangxin; Compaan, Alvin D.; Paudel, Naba Raj

    2015-10-13

    Photovoltaic (PV) cell structures having an integral light scattering interface layer configured to diffuse or scatter light prior to entering a semiconductor material and methods of making the same are described.

  10. Fabrication and properties of silicene and silicene-graphene layered structures on Ir (111)

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    Meng, Lei; Wang, Ye-Liang; Zhang, Li-Zhi; Du, Shi-Xuan; Gao, Hong-Jun

    2015-08-01

    Silicene, a two-dimensional (2D) honeycomb structure similar to graphene, has been successfully fabricated on various substrates. This work will mainly review the syntheses and the corresponding properties of silicene and silicene-graphene layered structures on Ir (111) substrates. For silicene on Ir (111), the buckled silicene/ Ir (111) configuration and its electronic structure are fully discussed. For silicene-graphene layered structures, silicene layer can be constructed underneath graphene layer by an intercalation method. These results indicate the possibility of integrating silicene with graphene and may link up with potential applications in nanoelectronics and related areas. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant Nos. 2013CBA01600 and 2011CB932700), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61222112, 61390501, 51325204, 11334006, and 61306114), the Science Fund from Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant Nos. 1731300500015 and XDB07030100), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China.

  11. Combined SnS@SnS2 double layers: charge transfer and electronic structure

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    Lorenz, Tommy; Joswig, Jan-Ole; Seifert, Gotthard

    2014-06-01

    The present paper focuses on the interactions between single SnS and SnS2 monolayers and the properties of the combined SnS@SnS2 double-layer system. These materials occur as structural elements in inorganic nanotubes. We have employed density-functional theory-based methods to calculate structural, energetic, and electronic properties of these structures. Thereby, we have put emphasis on the difference between the two single layers and the double-layer system with special consideration of an occurring charge transfer from SnS2 to SnS. We will show that the interlayer interplay is beyond a simple non-bonding van-der-Waals interaction, which contrasts the properties of many other layered structures and makes combined SnS@SnS2 a unique material.

  12. Impact of urbanization on boundary layer structure in Beijing

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    Liu, Y.; Yu, M.; Dai, Y.

    2013-12-01

    The Beijing meteorological tower is located in an area of Beijing, China, which has developed from a suburban to an inner city setting over the past 30 years. The impacts of this urbanization process on both the vertical profile and diurnal cycles of air temperature are investigated using hourly data collected from a series of monitoring levels (up to 325 m high) on the Beijing meteorological tower since 1984. We find that the inter-decadal temperature has increased gradually, and that a more significant increase occurred during the 1980s and 1990s due to the effects of urbanization. A well-defined change in temperature stratification was also observed over this period. The height of the temperature inversion layer decreased from the 1980s to the 2000s. A well-defined nighttime temperature inversion developed below 50 m during the summer in the 1980s, but this near-surface inversion is not seen in data from the 1990s and 2000s. This change can be related to an increase in turbulent mixing caused by urban roughness and surface heat storage that disturbs the near-surface temperature inversion layer. In addition, the diurnal change in temperature in the city in summer shows a maximum increase from sunrise to the early afternoon, which is mainly caused by the nature variability and global warming in both the summer and winter. The urbanization mainly contributes to the temperature increase in the afternoon and nighttime. Moreover the urbanization dominates the increase in daily mean near-surface temperature.

  13. Fabrication of multi-layered absorption structure for high quantum efficiency photon detectors

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    Fujii, Go; Fukuda, Daiji; Numata, Takayuki; Yoshizawa, Akio; Tsuchida, Hidemi; Fujino, Hidetoshi; Ishii, Hiroyuki; Itatani, Taro; Zama, Tatsuya; Inoue, Shuichiro

    2009-12-16

    We report on some efforts to improve a quantum efficiency of titanium-based optical superconducting transition edge sensors using the multi-layered absorption structure for maximizing photon absorption in the Ti layer. Using complex refractive index values of each film measured by a Spectroscopic Ellipsometry, we designed and optimized by a simulation code. An absorption measurement of fabricated structure was in good agreement with the design and was higher than 99% at optimized wavelength of 1550 nm.

  14. PHYSICAL FOUNDATIONS OF QUANTUM ELECTRONICS: Multiple reflection method for electromagnetic waves in layered dielectric structures

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    Morozov, G. V.; Maev, R. G.; Drake, G. W. F.

    2001-09-01

    Reflection and transmission of a plane electromagnetic wave propagating in a layered dielectric structure with an arbitrary number of layers of various thicknesses are investigated. For the general case of oblique incidence of the wave on this structure, the reflection and transmission coefficients are calculated for both TE and TM waves using a multiple reflection method. An algorithm to apply the obtained formulas for numerical and analytical calculations is suggested.

  15. Structure in surface frictional layers on 36NKhTYu alloy

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    Tarasov, S. Yu.; Kolubaev, A. V.

    1991-08-01

    A study has been made on how heat treatment affects surface-layer formation and structure in unlubricated friction on steel 45 for high-tensile austenitic 36NKh-TYu alloy. The substructure formed in the friction zone has multiple continuous and discrete orientation deviations and is independent of the initial alloy state. However, the aged alloy differs from the quenched in that there is turbulence in the surface-layer structure.

  16. Controlling Structure from the Bottom-Up: Structural and Optical Properties of Layer-by-Layer Assembled Palladium Coordination-Based Multilayers

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    Altman,M.; Shukla, A.; Zubkov, T.; Evmenenko, G.; Dutta, P.; van der Boom, M.

    2006-01-01

    Layer-by-layer assembly of two palladium coordination-based multilayers on silicon and glass substrates is presented. The new assemblies consist of rigid-rod chromophores connected by terminal pyridine moieties to palladium centers. Both colloidal palladium and PdCl{sub 2}(PhCN){sub 2} were used in order to determine the effect of the metal complex precursor on multilayer structure and optical properties. The multilayers were formed by an iterative wet-chemical deposition process at room temperature in air on a siloxane-based template layer. Twelve consecutive deposition steps have been demonstrated resulting in structurally regular assemblies with an equal amount of chromophore and palladium added in each molecular bilayer. The optical intensity characteristics of the metal-organic films are clearly a function of the palladium precursor employed. The colloid-based system has a UV-vis absorption maximum an order of magnitude stronger than that of the PdCl{sub 2}-based multilayer. The absorption maximum of the PdCl{sub 2}-based film exhibits a significant red shift of 23 nm with the addition of 12 layers. Remarkably, the structure and physiochemical properties of the submicron scale PdCl{sub 2}-based structures are determined by the configuration of the {approx}15 Angstrom thick template layer. The refractive index of the PdCl2-based film was determined by spectroscopic ellipsometry. Well-defined three-dimensional structures, with a dimension of 5 m, were obtained using photopatterned template monolayers. The properties and microstructure of the films were studied by UV-vis spectroscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry, atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray reflectivity (XRR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and aqueous contact angle measurements (CA).

  17. On the structural origins of ferroelectricity in HfO{sub 2} thin films

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    Sang, Xiahan; Grimley, Everett D.; LeBeau, James M.; Schenk, Tony; Schroeder, Uwe

    2015-04-20

    Here, we present a structural study on the origin of ferroelectricity in Gd doped HfO{sub 2} thin films. We apply aberration corrected high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy to directly determine the underlying lattice type using projected atom positions and measured lattice parameters. Furthermore, we apply nanoscale electron diffraction methods to visualize the crystal symmetry elements. Combined, the experimental results provide unambiguous evidence for the existence of a non-centrosymmetric orthorhombic phase that can support spontaneous polarization, resolving the origin of ferroelectricity in HfO{sub 2} thin films.

  18. Preparation of superconducting nanometer structures by means of scanning tunneling microscopy and of layer-by-layer MBE

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    Buschmann, L.; Hoffschulz, H.; Dressen, J.

    1996-12-31

    Thin films of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} (YBCO) were patterned down to the sub-{micro}m scale by means of electron-beam lithography (EBL). A resist system based on amorphous carbon layers was developed, which allows the production of uncovered high-{Tc} superconductor microstructures. With this method the authors generated microbridges with a width of minimum 200 nm and a length of up to 5 {micro}m. The layered structure of high {Tc} superconductors enables a further modification of the microbridges on the nm-scale into lateral weak-links by means of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) using high tunneling currents in the range of nA and fast scanning modes (etching). This modification was carried out in N{sub 2}-atmosphere after the YBCO microstructures were sputtered in Ne-atmosphere. In UHV they did not observe any etching process. Using atomic layer-by-layer MBE they have prepared BiSrCaCuO thin films and vertical S-N-S junctions on SrTiO{sub 3} substrates at 720 C in 2 {center_dot} 10{sup {minus}5} mbar ozone pressure. 40 nm thick Bi-2212 films showed an inductively measured {Tc} of 84 K. Thinner films have {Tc} values of 64 K and 46 K for 15 nm and 10 nm thick films, respectively. They present in-situ-STM images of the surface topography and TEM investigations of the dependence of the substrate/film interface on the first deposited layer. The S-N-S junction was made with Bi-2201 as barrier material and showed quasiparticle tunneling dI/dU-U characteristic. They estimated 2{Delta}(0)/k{sub B}{Tc} to 3.5--4 with a non BCS-like linear temperature dependence.

  19. Fuselage Structure Response to Boundary Layer, Tonal Sound, and Jet Noise

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    Maestrello, L.

    2004-01-01

    Experiments have been conducted to study the response of curved aluminum and graphite-epoxy fuselage structures to flow and sound loads from turbulent boundary layer, tonal sound, and jet noise. Both structures were the same size. The aluminum structure was reinforced with tear stoppers, while the graphite-epoxy structure was not. The graphite-epoxy structure weighed half as much as the aluminum structure. Spatiotemporal intermittence and chaotic behavior of the structural response was observed, as jet noise and tonal sound interacted with the turbulent boundary layer. The fundamental tone distributed energy to other components via wave interaction with the turbulent boundary layer. The added broadband sound from the jet, with or without a shock, influenced the responses over a wider range of frequencies. Instantaneous spatial correlation indicates small localized spatiotemporal regions of convected waves, while uncorrelated patterns dominate the larger portion of the space. By modifying the geometry of the tear stoppers between panels and frame, the transmitted and reflected waves of the aluminum panels were significantly reduced. The response level of the graphite-epoxy structure was higher, but the noise transmitted was nearly equal to that of the aluminum structure. The fundamental shock mode is between 80 deg and 150 deg and the first harmonic is between 20 deg and 80 deg for the underexpanded supersonic jet impinging on the turbulent boundary layer influencing the structural response. The response of the graphite-epoxy structure due to the fundamental mode of the shock impingement was stabilized by an externally fixed oscillator.

  20. Cooperation in group-structured populations with two layers of interactions

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    Zhang, Yanling; Fu, Feng; Chen, Xiaojie; Xie, Guangming; Wang, Long

    2015-01-01

    Recently there has been a growing interest in studying multiplex networks where individuals are structured in multiple network layers. Previous agent-based simulations of games on multiplex networks reveal rich dynamics arising from interdependency of interactions along each network layer, yet there is little known about analytical conditions for cooperation to evolve thereof. Here we aim to tackle this issue by calculating the evolutionary dynamics of cooperation in group-structured populations with two layers of interactions. In our model, an individual is engaged in two layers of group interactions simultaneously and uses unrelated strategies across layers. Evolutionary competition of individuals is determined by the total payoffs accrued from two layers of interactions. We also consider migration which allows individuals to move to a new group within each layer. An approach combining the coalescence theory with the theory of random walks is established to overcome the analytical difficulty upon local migration. We obtain the exact results for all “isotropic” migration patterns, particularly for migration tuned with varying ranges. When the two layers use one game, the optimal migration ranges are proved identical across layers and become smaller as the migration probability grows. PMID:26632251

  1. Cooperation in group-structured populations with two layers of interactions.

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    Zhang, Yanling; Fu, Feng; Chen, Xiaojie; Xie, Guangming; Wang, Long

    2015-01-01

    Recently there has been a growing interest in studying multiplex networks where individuals are structured in multiple network layers. Previous agent-based simulations of games on multiplex networks reveal rich dynamics arising from interdependency of interactions along each network layer, yet there is little known about analytical conditions for cooperation to evolve thereof. Here we aim to tackle this issue by calculating the evolutionary dynamics of cooperation in group-structured populations with two layers of interactions. In our model, an individual is engaged in two layers of group interactions simultaneously and uses unrelated strategies across layers. Evolutionary competition of individuals is determined by the total payoffs accrued from two layers of interactions. We also consider migration which allows individuals to move to a new group within each layer. An approach combining the coalescence theory with the theory of random walks is established to overcome the analytical difficulty upon local migration. We obtain the exact results for all "isotropic" migration patterns, particularly for migration tuned with varying ranges. When the two layers use one game, the optimal migration ranges are proved identical across layers and become smaller as the migration probability grows. PMID:26632251

  2. The impact of horizontal model grid resolution on the boundary layer structure over an idealized valley

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    Wagner, Johannes; Gohm, Alexander; Rotach, Mathias; Leukauf, Daniel; Posch, Christian

    2014-05-01

    The role of horizontal model grid resolution on the development of the daytime boundary layer over mountainous terrain is studied. A simple idealized valley topography with a cross-valley width of 20~km, a valley depth of 1.5~km and a constant surface heat flux forcing is used to generate upslope flows in a warming valley boundary layer. The goal of this study is to investigate differences in the upslope flow and boundary layer structure of the valley when its topography is either fully resolved, smoothed or not resolved by the numerical model. This is done by performing both large-eddy (LES) and kilometer-scale simulations with mesh sizes of 50, 1000, 2000, 4000, 5000 and 10000~m. In LES mode a valley inversion layer develops, which separates two vertically stacked circulation cells in an upper and lower boundary layer. These structures weaken with decreasing horizontal model grid resolution and change to a convective boundary layer similar to the one over an elevated flat plain when the valley is no longer resolved. Mean profiles of the LES run, which are obtained by horizontal averaging over the valley show a three-layer thermal structure and a secondary heat flux maximum at ridge height. Strong smoothing of the valley topography prevents the development of a valley inversion layer with stacked circulation cells and leads to higher valley temperatures due to smaller valley volumes. This investigation shows that a parameterization is needed in coarse resolution models to capture exchange processes over mountainous terrain.

  3. A perspective on coherent structures and conceptual models for turbulent boundary layer physics

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    Robinson, Stephen K.

    1990-01-01

    Direct numerical simulations of turbulent boundary layers have been analyzed to develop a unified conceptual model for the kinematics of coherent motions in low Reynolds number canonical turbulent boundary layers. All classes of coherent motions are considered in the model, including low-speed streaks, ejections and sweeps, vortical structures, near-wall and outer-region shear layers, sublayer pockets, and large-scale outer-region eddies. The model reflects the conclusions from the study of the simulated boundary layer that vortical structures are directly associated with the production of turbulent shear stresses, entrainment, dissipation of turbulence kinetic energy, and the fluctuating pressure field. These results, when viewed from the perspective of the large body of published work on the subject of coherent motions, confirm that vortical structures may be considered the central dynamic element in the maintenance of turbulence in the canonical boundary layer. Vortical structures serve as a framework on which to construct a unified picture of boundary layer structure, providing a means to relate the many known structural elements in a consistent way.

  4. Anatomy and origin of carbonate structures in a Miocene cold-seep field

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    Aiello, Ivano W.; Garrison, Robert E.; Moore, J. Casey; Kastner, Miriam; Stakes, Debra S.

    2001-12-01

    Miocene calcite concretions resembling modern carbonate structures that form at cold seeps are present in fractured opal- CT porcelanites that are interbedded with mudstones in coastal cliffs at Santa Cruz, California. The morphologies of the carbonate structures differ markedly from conventional concretions and are spatially aligned with orthogonal joints in the porcelanites. The structures contain tubular holes that are identical to fluid and gas conduits in modern carbonate seep structures; the orientations of these tubes suggest that fluid and gas flow was both vertical and horizontal, the latter along extensional joints that formed preferentially in the brittle, silica-rich layers that had enhanced bedding- parallel permeability. Petrographic and isotopic characteristics of the carbonate structures indicate that calcite precipitation occurred in a shallow, subseafloor environment in either the zone of microbial sulfate reduction or of methanogenesis, prior to or possibly simultaneously with the silica phase transformation of opal- A in diatom shells to opal-CT.

  5. Effect of electron collecting metal oxide layer in normal and inverted structure polymer solar cells

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    Ng, A.; Liu, X.; Sun, Y. C.; Djurišić, A. B.; Ng, A. M. C.; Chan, W. K.

    2013-12-04

    We performed a systematic study of the effect of electron collecting metal oxide layer on the performance of P3HT: PCBM solar cells. Zinc oxide (ZnO) or titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) buffer layers were prepared by either e-beam evaporation or solution processing method. We also compared the photovoltaic performance of inserting the buffer layer between indium tin oxide (ITO) and the polymer layer for the inverted structure (ITO/ ZnO or TiO{sub 2}/P3HT:PCBM/V{sub 2}O{sub 5}/Au) as well as inserting the buffers layers between the polymer and the aluminum electrode for the conventional structure (ITO/V{sub 2}O{sub 5}/P3HT:PCBM/ZnO or TiO{sub 2}/Al). The results are shown in detail.

  6. Ordered mixed-layer structures in the Mighei carbonaceous chondrite matrix

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    Mackinnon, I. D. R.

    1982-01-01

    High resolution transmission electron microscopy of the Mighei carbonaceous chondrite matrix has revealed the presence of a new mixed layer structure material. This mixed-layer material consists of an ordered arrangement of serpentine-type (S) and brucite-type (B) layers in the sequence SBBSBB. Electron diffraction and imaging techniques show that the basal periodicity is approximately 17 A. Discrete crystals of SBB-type material are typically curved, of small size (less than 1 micron) and show structural variations similar to the serpentine group minerals. Mixed-layer material also occurs in association with planar serpentine. Characteristics of SBB-type material are not consistent with known terrestrial mixed-layer clay minerals. Evidence for formation by a condensation event or by subsequent alteration of pre-existing material is not yet apparent.

  7. Comparison of different structures of niobium oxide blocking layer for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Chun, Jae Hwan; Kim, Jong Sung

    2014-08-01

    In this study, four different types of Nb2O5 thin layers were prepared using sol-gel process to improve energy conversion efficiency of dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Nb2O5 layer was prepared on the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) layer, TiO2 electrode layer, and inside of TiO2 layer, respectively. The Nb2O5 layer was used to reduce the recombination of photo induced electrons and holes. The DSSCs were assembled with platinum (Pt) coated counter electrode, ruthenium dye, and iodine based electrolyte. The photocurrent-voltage (I-V) characteristics of DSSCs with different types of Nb2O5 were studied. The efficiency depends not only on the structure of DSSCs but also on the initial compositions for the preparation of Nb2O5. PMID:25936092

  8. An experimental study of combustion: The turbulent structure of a reacting shear layer formed at a rearward-facing step. Ph.D. Thesis. Final Report

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    Pitz, R. W.

    1981-01-01

    A premixed propane-air flame is stabilized in a turbulent free shear layer formed at a rearward-facing step. The mean and rms averages of the turbulent velocity flow field were determined by LDV for both reacting and non-reacting flows. The reaching flow was visualized by high speed schlieren photography. Large scale structures dominate the reacting shear layer. The growth of the large scale structures is tied to the propagation of the flame. The linear growth rate of the reacting shear layer defined by the mean velocity profiles is unchanged by combustion but the virtual origin is shifted downstream. The reacting shear layer based on the mean velocity profiles is shifted toward the recirculation zone and the reattachments lengths are shortened by 30%.

  9. Stacked-structure-dependent photoelectrochemical properties of CdS nanoparticle/layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanosheet multilayer films prepared by layer-by-layer accumulation.

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    Kameyama, Tatsuya; Okazaki, Ken-Ichi; Takagi, Katsuhiko; Torimoto, Tsukasa

    2009-07-14

    Inorganic multilayer films were prepared by layer-by-layer accumulation of positively charged layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanosheets and negatively charged CdS nanoparticles of different sizes. Nanoparticles were densely immobilized on LDH sheets to form a monolayer without coalescence into larger particles. The absorbance and photoluminescence intensity of immobilized CdS particles were enlarged with an increase in the accumulation number of the film. Hybrid films produced by accumulation of both monolayers of CdS particles (diameter: 5 nm) and those of smaller CdS particles (2.1 nm) exhibited characteristic photoluminescence spectra indicating the efficient energy transfer of photogenerated excitons from nanoparticle layers of smaller CdS particles to those of larger ones. LDH/CdS multilayers deposited on an F-doped SnO(2) (FTO) electrode behaved as an n-type semiconductor photoelectrode in an acetonitrile solution regardless of the size of the CdS particles immobilized, but their efficiency for photocurrent generation was greatly dependent on the stacked structure of the films. Accumulation of CdS particles of 2.1 nm in diameter on pre-coated LDH/CdS layers of 5 nm-sized CdS particles on FTO remarkably enhanced the photocurrent intensity in comparison to that in the case of accumulation of these two kinds of CdS particles in the opposite sequence. These observations can be explained by photoinduced electron transfer and energy transfer along with the band gap gradient in the films. PMID:19551204

  10. Lanthaballs: chiral, structurally layered polycarbonate tridecanuclear lanthanoid clusters.

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    Chesman, Anthony S R; Turner, David R; Moubaraki, Boujemaa; Murray, Keith S; Deacon, Glen B; Batten, Stuart R

    2009-01-01

    New balls please! The viability of using carbonate as the primary anion in cluster formation is demonstrated in the synthesis of 'lanthaballs', spherical tridecanuclear lanthanoid complexes with a novel [Ln(CO(3))(6)] moiety in a [Ln(13)(CO(3))(14)] core (see picture). The chirality of the lanthaballs is evidenced in the configuration of extended columns of pi-stacked phenanthroline ligands. The structural and magnetic properties of lanthaballs are investigated. PMID:19360835

  11. Unequal density effect on static structure factor of coupled electron layers

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    Saini, L. K.; Nayak, Mukesh G.

    2014-04-01

    In order to understand the ordered phase, if any, in a real coupled electron layers (CEL), there is a need to take into account the effect of unequal layer density. Such phase is confirmed by a strong peak in a static structure factor. With the aid of quantum/dynamical version of Singwi, Tosi, Land and Sjölander (so-called qSTLS) approximation, we have calculated the intra- and interlayer static structure factors, Sll(q) and S12(q), over a wide range of density parameter rsl and interlayer spacing d. In our present study, the sharp peak in S22(q) has been found at critical density with sufficiently lower interlayer spacing. Further, to find the resultant effect of unequal density on intra- and interlayer static structure factors, we have compared our results with that of the recent CEL system with equal layer density and isolated single electron layer.

  12. Paleocene and Early Eocene volcanic ash layers in the Schlieren Flysch, Switzerland: U-Pb dating and Hf-isotopes of zircons, pumice geochemistry and origin

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    Koch, Simone; Winkler, Wilfried; Von Quadt, Albrecht; Ulmer, Peter

    2015-11-01

    Thin mm to cm thick bentonite layers of Paleocene to Early Eocene age in the Tonsteinschichten of the Schlieren Flysch represent volcanic ash layers. Heavy mineral analysis of the layers indicates basic to acidic volcanic sources. U/Pb dating of single zircon crystals of a Paleocene layer (WW1948) by LA-ICP-MS points to an eruption at 59.87 ± 0.41 Ma, whereas ID-TIMS shows an eruption age of 60.96 ± 0.07 Ma. Taking into account the external precision of LA-ICP-MS analyses of 1-2% both ages are overlapping and indicate an apparent minimal durations of zircon crystallization of 350 ka. Hf-isotope analysis of the same zircon crystals reveals the hybrid character of the source magma. The geochemical composition of the pumice grains of all bentonite layers is strongly affected by alteration. Nevertheless, the original character of the volcanic source can be evaluated. The Paleocene ashes (Lower Tonsteinschichten, LT) show a more fractionated multi-element pattern than the ashes of Early Eocene (Upper Tonsteinschichten, UT). The LT ash series are of rhyodacite to dacite character whereas the UT ashes fall in the field of alkali basalts. Both ash series seem to originate from a within-plate volcanic setting according to their trace element concentrations. Geochemical and temporary counterparts can be found in ash layers from Anthering (Austria) and the Danish Basin. As proposed for those ashes, volcanism connected to the opening of the North Atlantic might be the source as well for the ashes in the Schlieren Flysch. By comparison of the composition of rocks from the British Paleogene Igneous Province BPIP and the Schlieren Flysch ashes many correlations can be drawn which supports the suggestion of a North Atlantic origin of the Alpine ashes.

  13. Origin of chert layers associated with some Middle Ordovician K-bentonite beds from the southern Appalachians and the eastern mid-continent

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    Krekeler, M.P.S.; McVey, D.E.; Huff, W.D. . Dept. of Geology)

    1994-03-01

    Chert layers associated with the Middle Ordovician Deicke, Millibrig, and V-7 K-bentonite beds have been examined in thin-section to determine their origin. Textural evidence indicate that the chert layers are inorganic in origin. Complex diagenetic features include abundant chalcedony veinlets, replacement textures, and preservation of primary CO[sub 3] cements. The model the authors propose for the formation of these chert layers incorporates both silica release associated with the devitrification of volcanic glass and silica precipitation from a migrating regional brine. Precipitation from a brine is the dominant mechanism of silicification based on stoichiometric calculations of silica release during illite/smectite (I/S) transformations, petrography of the chert layers, and work by previous authors. However, multiple generations of silica observed in the rock suggest that other contributing small scale sources of silica may also exist. Brine derived silica preferentially replaces low Mg calcite that has high surface area, such as micrite and fossil debris. Some dolomite rhombs preserved in the chert may have formed during primary sedimentary dolomitization yet textural comparisons indicate this is unlikely for most samples. Birdseye and brachiopod cements are typically well preserved in the cherts. Cherts that have been subjected to elevated burial temperatures (150--200 C) have significant amounts of authigenic clay minerals. Pyrite mineralization exhibits cross cutting relationships with chert and micrite. Clay and pyrite mineralization suggest the presence of significant porosity early in the history of formation of the chert layers.

  14. The ancient history of the structure of ribonuclease P and the early origins of Archaea

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    2010-01-01

    Background Ribonuclease P is an ancient endonuclease that cleaves precursor tRNA and generally consists of a catalytic RNA subunit (RPR) and one or more proteins (RPPs). It represents an important macromolecular complex and model system that is universally distributed in life. Its putative origins have inspired fundamental hypotheses, including the proposal of an ancient RNA world. Results To study the evolution of this complex, we constructed rooted phylogenetic trees of RPR molecules and substructures and estimated RPP age using a cladistic method that embeds structure directly into phylogenetic analysis. The general approach was used previously to study the evolution of tRNA, SINE RNA and 5S rRNA, the origins of metabolism, and the evolution and complexity of the protein world, and revealed here remarkable evolutionary patterns. Trees of molecules uncovered the tripartite nature of life and the early origin of archaeal RPRs. Trees of substructures showed molecules originated in stem P12 and were accessorized with a catalytic P1-P4 core structure before the first substructure was lost in Archaea. This core currently interacts with RPPs and ancient segments of the tRNA molecule. Finally, a census of protein domain structure in hundreds of genomes established RPPs appeared after the rise of metabolic enzymes at the onset of the protein world. Conclusions The study provides a detailed account of the history and early diversification of a fundamental ribonucleoprotein and offers further evidence in support of the existence of a tripartite organismal world that originated by the segregation of archaeal lineages from an ancient community of primordial organisms. PMID:20334683

  15. Experiments on near-wall structure of three-dimensional boundary layers

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    Flack, Karen A.; Johnston, J. P.

    1993-01-01

    Investigations of three-dimensional turbulent boundary layers have shown basic differences between two- and three-dimensional flows. These differences can significantly impact the modeling of three-dimensional flows since many flow models are based on results from two-dimensional boundary layers. In many cases the shear stress vector direction has been shown to lag relative to the direction of the mean velocity gradient as the cross flow grows downstream. Coincidence of these vectors is necessary for a scalar eddy viscosity modeling assumption. A second effect is a reduction in magnitude of the shear stress and/or the shear stress to turbulence energy ratio, a(sub 1). This reduction has been observed in several experiments. Recent numerical simulations also indicate wall-layer structural differences between two- and three-dimensional boundary layers. The differences in structure between two- and three-dimensional boundary layers was also addressed in the experiment of Littell & Eaton. The experiment used two-point correlations to investigate the vortical structures in a three dimensional boundary layer on a spinning disk. It was found that each sign of longitudinal vortex is equally likely to exist, but one sign of vorticity is associated with a structure which is better at producing ejections. The goal of the current investigation is to study the structure of the inner layers. Among other questions, the differences between the effects deduced from the three-dimensional flow simulations and the effects seen in experiments can be examined. The research concentrates on the structure of the wall-layer through flow visualization and direct turbulence measurements down to y(+) = 5.

  16. Turbulent Structures and Coherence in the Atmospheric Surface Layer

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    Träumner, K.; Damian, Th.; Stawiarski, Ch.; Wieser, A.

    2015-01-01

    Organized structures in turbulent flow fields are a well-known and still fascinating phenomenon. Although these so-called coherent structures are obvious from visual inspection, quantitative assessment is a challenge and many aspects e.g., formation mechanisms and contribution to turbulent fluxes, are discussed controversially. During the "High Definition Clouds and Precipitation for Advancing Climate Prediction" Observational Prototype Experiment (HOPE) from April to May 2013, an advanced dual Doppler lidar technique was used to image the horizontal wind field near the surface for approximately 300 h. A visual inspection method, as well as a two-dimensional integral length scale analysis, were performed to characterize the observations qualitatively and quantitatively. During situations with forcing due to shear, the wind fields showed characteristic patterns in the form of clearly bordered, elongated areas of enhanced or reduced wind speed, which can be associated with near-surface streaks. During calm situations with strong buoyancy forcing, open cell patterns in the horizontal divergence field were observed. The measurement technique used enables the calculation of integral length scales of both horizontal wind components in the streamwise and cross-stream directions. The individual length scales varied considerably during the observation period but were on average shorter during situations with compared to strongly stable situations. During unstable situations, which were dominated by wind fields with structures, the streamwise length scales increased with increasing wind speed, whereas the cross-stream length scales decreased. Consequently, the anisotropy increased from 1 for calm situations to values of 2-3 for wind speeds of 8-10. During neutral to stable situations, the eddies were on average quite isotropic in the horizontal plane.

  17. Internal structure of event layers preserved on the Andaman Sea continental shelf, Thailand: tsunami vs. storm and flash flood deposits

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    Sakuna-Schwartz, D.; Feldens, P.; Schwarzer, K.; Khokiattiwong, S.; Stattegger, K.

    2014-12-01

    Tsunami, storm and flash event layers, which have been deposited over the last century on the shelf offshore from Khao Lak (Thailand, Andaman Sea), are identified in sediment cores based on sedimentary structures, grain size compositions, Ti / Ca ratios and 210Pb activity. Individual offshore tsunami deposits are 12 to 30 cm in thickness and originate from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. They are characterized by (1) the appearance of sand layers enriched in shells and shell debris, (2) cross lamination and (3) the appearance of rip-up clasts. Storm deposits found in core depths between 5 and 82 cm could be attributed to individual storm events by using 210Pb dating in conjunction with historical data of typhoons and tropical storms and could thus be securely differentiated from tsunami deposits. Massive sand layers enriched in shells and shell debris characterize the storm deposits. The last classified type of event layer represents flash floods, which is characterized by a fining-upward sequence of muddy sediment. The most distinct difference between the storm and tsunami deposits is the lack of rip-up clasts, mud, and terrigenous material within the storm deposits. Terrigenous material transported offshore during the tsunami backwash is therefore an important indicator to distinguish between offshore storm and tsunami deposits.

  18. Vesicle layering in solidified intrusive magma bodies: a newly recognized type of igneous structure

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    Toramaru, Atsushi; Ishiwatari, Akira; Matsuzawa, Maki; Nakamura, Masaru; Arai, Shoji

    1996-12-01

    We report a novel type of layering structure in igneous rocks. The layering structure in the Ogi picrite sill in Sado Island, Japan, is spatially periodic, and appears to be caused by the variation in vesicle volume fraction. The gas phase forming the vesicles apparently exsolved from the interstitial melt at the final stage of solidification of the magma body. We call this type of layering caused by periodic vesiculation in the solidifying magma body "vesicle layering." The presence of vesicle layering in other basic igneous bodies (pillow lava at Ogi and dolerite sill at Atsumi, Japan) implies that it may be a fairly common igneous feature. The width of individual layers slightly, but regularly, increases with distance from the upper contact. The layering plane is perpendicular to the long axes of columnar joints, regardless of gravitational direction, suggesting that the formation of vesicles is mainly controlled by the temperature distribution in the cooling magma body. We propose a model of formation of vesicle layering which is basically the same as that for Liesegang rings. The interplay between the diffusion of heat and magmatic volatiles in melt, and the sudden vesiculation upon supersaturation, both play important roles.

  19. Structure and friction-reducing property of the sulfide layer produced by ion sulfuration

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    Ning, Z.; Da-Ming, Z.; Yan-Hua, W.; Jia-Jun, L.; Xiao-Dong, F.; Ming-Xi, G.

    2000-04-01

    Sulfide layers with a certain thickness were made on the surface of 1045 and 52100 steels by means of the low-temperature ion sulfuration technique. Metallography, scanning electron microscope (SEM) + energy-dispersive x-ray analysis (EDX), and x-ray diffraction (XRD) were adopted to analyze the structure of sulfide layers; the tribological properties of the layers lubricated by paraffin oil were also investigated on a reciprocating tester. The results showed that sulfide layer is porous, and its structure is mainly composed of FeS, FeS{sub 2}, and substrate phases. The sulfide layer possessed a remarkable friction-reducing effect; its friction coefficient was lower on average, by about 50%, than that of the surface without layer. With the increase of layer thickness, its friction coefficient was unchanged, and under low load conditions, its operational period was prolonged. Under the same experimental conditions, the operational period of sulfide layer on 52100 steel was longer than that on 1045 steel, and its friction coefficient was lower as well.

  20. Instantaneous Wavenumber Estimation for Damage Quantification in Layered Plate Structures

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    Mesnil, Olivier; Leckey, Cara A. C.; Ruzzene, Massimo

    2014-01-01

    This paper illustrates the application of instantaneous and local wavenumber damage quantification techniques for high frequency guided wave interrogation. The proposed methodologies can be considered as first steps towards a hybrid structural health monitoring/ nondestructive evaluation (SHM/NDE) approach for damage assessment in composites. The challenges and opportunities related to the considered type of interrogation and signal processing are explored through the analysis of numerical data obtained via EFIT simulations of damage in CRFP plates. Realistic damage configurations are modeled from x-ray CT scan data of plates subjected to actual impacts, in order to accurately predict wave-damage interactions in terms of scattering and mode conversions. Simulation data is utilized to enhance the information provided by instantaneous and local wavenumbers and mitigate the complexity related to the multi-modal content of the plate response. Signal processing strategies considered for this purpose include modal decoupling through filtering in the frequency/wavenumber domain, the combination of displacement components, and the exploitation of polarization information for the various modes as evaluated through the dispersion analysis of the considered laminate lay-up sequence. The results presented assess the effectiveness of the proposed wavefield processing techniques as a hybrid SHM/NDE technique for damage detection and quantification in composite, plate-like structures.

  1. Origin of the 'dike-like' structure and transitions in eruptive styles at Colton Crater, northern Arizona: San Francisco Volcanic Field REU

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    Witter, M. R.; Ort, M. H.; Leudemann, L. A.

    2013-12-01

    Colton Crater, located within the San Francisco Volcanic Field (SFVF) in northern Arizona, is one of over 600 scoria cones in the field. Unlike most other volcanoes in the SFVF, Colton Crater is characterized as a hybrid volcano that had Strombolian, Hawaiian, and Surtseyan explosions. Surtseyan explosions led to the excavation of the center of the volcano, creating a large 1.3-km-diameter crater with a 30-m post-phreatomagmatic scoria cone at its center. A vertical erosion-resistant feature along the northern rim of the crater, originally mapped as a dike, provides valuable information about the sequence and timing of the transition to phreatomagmatic eruptions because it disrupts the otherwise continuous spatter layers deposited just prior to that change. Stratigraphic sections and paleomagnetic analysis of Colton Crater reveal the origin and timing of emplacement of this vertical structure and its place in the transitional eruptive history. The prominent upper layers in the crater walls show some variation throughout the crater, but generally are composed of agglutinated spatter, welded scoria and bombs, and rootless lava flows. The uppermost portion of the outward-dipping spatter layers that lie between the two saddles on the northern rim closely match the layers observed in the vertical structure, revealing that the structure is a section of rotated spatter. The characteristic remanent magnetization (ChRM), identified using alternating field (AF) demagnetization, shows the timing of the displacement of sections of the agglutinated spatter and welded cinder. Sites along the vertical structure yield ChRMs statistically identical to non-rotated sites, which indicates that rotation of the vertical structure occurred before the ChRM had been set, i.e., the layers were above the Curie temperature during rotation. The eruption started as Strombolian and Hawaiian perhaps because the flux of magma overpowered the influx of water from local aquifer formations, creating a stable and sealed conduit. Lava flows associated with the Strombolian and Hawaiian activity breached the northern flank and destabilized the walls of the crater. Water may have been introduced to the magmatic system through conduit collapse beneath the water table or vent migration to a conduit location with greater water flux, leading to the Surtseyan explosions. As space was created on the northern rim, the destabilized spatter layers detached and rotated, creating the vertical structure. The eruption ended with a small Strombolian phase, forming the 30-m-high scoria cone in the bottom of the crater. The sequence of these events must have happened within a short time period because the rotated spatter layers of the vertical structure remained above 580 oC.

  2. Layers: A molecular surface peeling algorithm and its applications to analyze protein structures

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    Karampudi, Naga Bhushana Rao; Bahadur, Ranjit Prasad

    2015-11-01

    We present an algorithm ‘Layers’ to peel the atoms of proteins as layers. Using Layers we show an efficient way to transform protein structures into 2D pattern, named residue transition pattern (RTP), which is independent of molecular orientations. RTP explains the folding patterns of proteins and hence identification of similarity between proteins is simple and reliable using RTP than with the standard sequence or structure based methods. Moreover, Layers generates a fine-tunable coarse model for the molecular surface by using non-random sampling. The coarse model can be used for shape comparison, protein recognition and ligand design. Additionally, Layers can be used to develop biased initial configuration of molecules for protein folding simulations. We have developed a random forest classifier to predict the RTP of a given polypeptide sequence. Layers is a standalone application; however, it can be merged with other applications to reduce the computational load when working with large datasets of protein structures. Layers is available freely at http://www.csb.iitkgp.ernet.in/applications/mol_layers/main.

  3. Layers: A molecular surface peeling algorithm and its applications to analyze protein structures

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    Karampudi, Naga Bhushana Rao; Bahadur, Ranjit Prasad

    2015-01-01

    We present an algorithm ‘Layers’ to peel the atoms of proteins as layers. Using Layers we show an efficient way to transform protein structures into 2D pattern, named residue transition pattern (RTP), which is independent of molecular orientations. RTP explains the folding patterns of proteins and hence identification of similarity between proteins is simple and reliable using RTP than with the standard sequence or structure based methods. Moreover, Layers generates a fine-tunable coarse model for the molecular surface by using non-random sampling. The coarse model can be used for shape comparison, protein recognition and ligand design. Additionally, Layers can be used to develop biased initial configuration of molecules for protein folding simulations. We have developed a random forest classifier to predict the RTP of a given polypeptide sequence. Layers is a standalone application; however, it can be merged with other applications to reduce the computational load when working with large datasets of protein structures. Layers is available freely at http://www.csb.iitkgp.ernet.in/applications/mol_layers/main. PMID:26553411

  4. Structural and magnetic properties of Co films on highly textured and randomly oriented C60 layers

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    Kim, Dong-Ok; Choi, Jun Woo; Lee, Dong Ryeol

    2016-03-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of Co/C60/pentacene and Co/C60 thin film structures were investigated. Atomic force microscopy and x-ray reflectivity analysis show that the presence or absence of a pentacene buffer layer leads to a highly textured or randomly oriented C60 layer, respectively. A Co film deposited on a randomly oriented C60 layer penetrates into the C60 layer when it is deposited at a slow deposition rate. The Co penetration can be minimized, regardless of the Co deposition rate, by growth on a highly textured and nanostructured C60/pentacene layer. Vibrating sample magnetometry measurements show that the saturation magnetization of Co/C60/pentacene is significantly reduced compared to that of Co/C60. On the other hand, the Co penetration does not seem to have an effect on the magnetic properties, suggesting that the structural properties of the Co and C60 layer, rather than the Co penetration into the organic C60 layer, are critical to the magnetic properties of the Co/C60.

  5. Ion beam-based characterization of multicomponent oxide thin films and thin film layered structures

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    Krauss, A.R.; Rangaswamy, M.; Lin, Yuping; Gruen, D.M. ); Schultz, J.A. ); Schmidt, H.K. ); Chang, R.P.H. . Dept. of Materials Science)

    1992-01-01

    Fabrication of thin film layered structures of multi-component materials such as high temperature superconductors, ferroelectric and electro-optic materials, and alloy semiconductors, and the development of hybrid materials requires understanding of film growth and interface properties. For High Temperature Superconductors, the superconducting coherence length is extremely short (5--15 [Angstrom]), and fabrication of reliable devices will require control of film properties at extremely sharp interfaces; it will be necessary to verify the integrity of thin layers and layered structure devices over thicknesses comparable to the atomic layer spacing. Analytical techniques which probe the first 1--2 atomic layers are therefore necessary for in-situ characterization of relevant thin film growth processes. However, most surface-analytical techniques are sensitive to a region within 10--40 [Angstrom] of the surface and are physically incompatible with thin film deposition and are typically restricted to ultra high vacuum conditions. A review of ion beam-based analytical methods for the characterization of thin film and multi-layered thin film structures incorporating layers of multicomponent oxides is presented. Particular attention will be paid to the use of time-of-flight techniques based on the use of 1- 15 key ion beams which show potential for use as nondestructive, real-time, in-situ surface diagnostics for the growth of multicomponent metal and metal oxide thin films.

  6. Ion beam-based characterization of multicomponent oxide thin films and thin film layered structures

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    Krauss, A.R.; Rangaswamy, M.; Lin, Yuping; Gruen, D.M.; Schultz, J.A.; Schmidt, H.K.; Chang, R.P.H.

    1992-11-01

    Fabrication of thin film layered structures of multi-component materials such as high temperature superconductors, ferroelectric and electro-optic materials, and alloy semiconductors, and the development of hybrid materials requires understanding of film growth and interface properties. For High Temperature Superconductors, the superconducting coherence length is extremely short (5--15 {Angstrom}), and fabrication of reliable devices will require control of film properties at extremely sharp interfaces; it will be necessary to verify the integrity of thin layers and layered structure devices over thicknesses comparable to the atomic layer spacing. Analytical techniques which probe the first 1--2 atomic layers are therefore necessary for in-situ characterization of relevant thin film growth processes. However, most surface-analytical techniques are sensitive to a region within 10--40 {Angstrom} of the surface and are physically incompatible with thin film deposition and are typically restricted to ultra high vacuum conditions. A review of ion beam-based analytical methods for the characterization of thin film and multi-layered thin film structures incorporating layers of multicomponent oxides is presented. Particular attention will be paid to the use of time-of-flight techniques based on the use of 1- 15 key ion beams which show potential for use as nondestructive, real-time, in-situ surface diagnostics for the growth of multicomponent metal and metal oxide thin films.

  7. Local structures surrounding Zr in nanostructurally stabilized cubic zirconia: Structural origin of phase stability

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    Soo, Y. L.; Chen, P. J.; Huang, S. H.; Shiu, T. J.; Tsai, T. Y.; Chow, Y. H.; Lin, Y. C.; Weng, S. C.; Chang, S. L.; Wang, G.; Cheung, C. L.; Sabirianov, R. F.; Mei, W. N.; Namavar, F.; Haider, H.; Garvin, K. L.; Lee, J. F.; Lee, H. Y.; Chu, P. P.

    2008-12-01

    Local environment surrounding Zr atoms in the thin films of nanocrystalline zirconia (ZrO{sub 2}) has been investigated by using the extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) technique. These films prepared by the ion beam assisted deposition exhibit long-range structural order of cubic phase and high hardness at room temperature without chemical stabilizers. The local structure around Zr probed by EXAFS indicates a cubic Zr sublattice with O atoms located on the nearest tetragonal sites with respect to the Zr central atoms, as well as highly disordered locations. Similar Zr local structure was also found in a ZrO{sub 2} nanocrystal sample prepared by a sol-gel method. Variations in local structures due to thermal annealing were observed and analyzed. Most importantly, our x-ray results provide direct experimental evidence for the existence of oxygen vacancies arising from local disorder and distortion of the oxygen sublattice in nanocrystalline ZrO{sub 2}. These oxygen vacancies are regarded as the essential stabilizing factor for the nanostructurally stabilized cubic zirconia.

  8. Preparation and crystal structure of U3Fe2C5: An original uranium-iron carbide

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    Henriques, M. S.; Paixão, J. A.; Henriques, M. S. C.; Gonçalves, A. P.

    2015-09-01

    The U3Fe2C5 compound was prepared from the elements by arc-melting, followed by an heat-treatment in an induction furnace, at 1250 °C for 1 h and 1300 °C for 2 h. The crystal structure of this phase was determined by direct methods from single crystal X-ray diffraction data. U3Fe2C5 crystallizes in an original tetragonal crystal structure, with space group I4/mmm, a = 3.4980(3) Å and c = 19.8380(15) Å as lattice constants and two formula units per cell. This new type structure is characterized by the simultaneous presence of isolated and pairs of carbon atoms, the interatomic distances in the pairs being similar to a typical carbon-carbon double bond length found in a molecule. U3Fe2C5 is closely related to UC and UFeC2, and can be seen as build from two (distorted) UFeC2 unit cells and a UC layer.

  9. Analysis of mixed-layer clay mineral structures

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    Bradley, W.F.

    1953-01-01

    Among the enormously abundant natural occurrences of clay minerals, many examples are encountered in which no single specific crystallization scheme extends through a single ultimate grain. The characterization of such assemblages becomes an analysis of the distribution of matter within such grains, rather than the simple identification of mineral species. It having become established that the particular coordination complex typified by mica is a common component of many natural subcrystalline assemblages, the opportunity is afforded to analyze scattering from random associations of these complexes with other structural units. Successful analyses have been made of mixed hydration states of montmorillonite, of montmorillonite with mica, of vermiculite with mica, and of montmorillonite with chlorite, all of which are variants of the mica complex, and of halloysite with hydrated halloysite.

  10. Natural Rubber - Layered Silicates Nanocomposites: Mechanical Properties, Structure & Dynamics

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    Retsos, Haris

    2008-03-01

    Natural Rubber (NR) is one of the most industrially relevant elastomers due to unique elastic properties. Recently we have been developed NR composites with incorporated natural or synthetic clays. We present structural, dynamical and mechanical properties to justify the influence of different parameters, like silicate dispersion, cross-linking density and strength of polymer/silicate interface, on the reinforcement phenomena of those composites. To understand the improvement of the mechanical properties we have investigated the possibility of any bound rubber formation on the outer surface of fillers like in carbon black or silica composites. Evidence from a rather similar situation have been found in silicate nanocomposites by dielectric spectroscopy and the existence of a possible relaxation mode suggests a strong adhesion with the fillers (interfacially adsorbed polymer IA) that corresponds to a glass transition around 100 C higher than the bulk glass transition.

  11. The structure of nanoscale polaron correlations in the layered manganites

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    Campbell, Branton

    2002-03-01

    Recent x-ray and neutron scattering experiments have uncovered nanoscale polaron correlations that play an essential role in the colossal magnetoresistive (CMR) behavior of the perovskite manganites. Short-range polaronic order decreases the charge-carrier mobility of the high-temperature paramagnetic state, and subsequently becomes unstable at the ferromagnetic transition, contributing to a pronounced resistivity decrease at T_C. In the bilayered perovskite system La_2-2xSr_1+2xMn_2O7 (0.3 < x < 0.5), weak x-ray diffuse scattering maxima reveal a one-dimensional incommensurate structural modulation with wavevector q = (0.3, 0, ± 1) and a correlation length of 10 to 30 Angstroms. A crystallographic analysis of the diffuse satellite intensities yields a longitudinal Jahn-Teller stretch mode suggestive of charge-density-wave fluctuations. Within the correlated regions, polaronic eg electrons form a striped pattern of occupied d(3x^2-r^2) orbitals. Dynamic polaron correlations of the zig-zag orbital type are also observed above TC and exhibit distinctly glassy behavior. These structures provide unique insights into the nature of strongly correlated polaronic systems. Collaborators: R. Osborn, D.N. Argyriou, S. Rosenkranz, L. Vasiliu-Doloc, J.F. Mitchell, S.K. Sinha, J.W. Lynn, C.D. Ling, Z. Islam, U. Ruett, and A. Berger. This work was supported by the U.S. DOE Office of Science contract No. W-31-109-ENG-38.

  12. Saturn layered structure and homogeneous evolution models with different EOSs

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    Nettelmann, Nadine; Püstow, Robert; Redmer, Ronald

    2013-07-01

    The core mass of Saturn is commonly assumed to be 10-25M⊕ as predicted by interior models with various equations of state (EOSs) and the Voyager gravity data, and hence larger than that of Jupiter (0-10M⊕). We here re-analyze Saturn's internal structure and evolution by using more recent gravity data from the Cassini mission and different physical equations of state: the ab initio LM-REOS which is rather soft in Saturn's outer regions but stiff at high pressures, the standard Sesame-EOS which shows the opposite behavior, and the commonly used SCvH-i EOS. For all three EOS we find similar core mass ranges, i.e. of 0-20M⊕ for SCvH-i and Sesame EOS and of 0-17M⊕ for LM-REOS. Assuming an atmospheric helium mass abundance of 18%, we find maximum atmospheric metallicities, Zatm of 7× solar for SCvH-i and Sesame-based models and a total mass of heavy elements, MZ of 25-30M⊕. Some models are Jupiter-like. With LM-REOS, we find MZ = 16-20M⊕, less than for Jupiter, and Zatm ≲ 3× solar. For Saturn, we compute moment of inertia values λ = 0.2355(5). Furthermore, we confirm that homogeneous evolution leads to cooling times of only ˜2.5 Gyr, independent on the applied EOS. Our results demonstrate the need for accurately measured atmospheric helium and oxygen abundances, and of the moment of inertia for a better understanding of Saturn's structure and evolution.

  13. Cation Effects on the Layer Structure of Biogenic Mn-Oxides

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    Zhu, M.; Ginder-Vogel, M; Parikh, S; Feng, X; Sparks, D

    2010-01-01

    Biologically catalyzed Mn(II) oxidation produces biogenic Mn-oxides (BioMnO{sub x}) and may serve as one of the major formation pathways for layered Mn-oxides in soils and sediments. The structure of Mn octahedral layers in layered Mn-oxides controls its metal sequestration properties, photochemistry, oxidizing ability, and topotactic transformation to tunneled structures. This study investigates the impacts of cations (H{sup +}, Ni(II), Na{sup +}, and Ca{sup 2+}) during biotic Mn(II) oxidation on the structure of Mn octahedral layers of BioMnO{sub x} using solution chemistry and synchrotron X-ray techniques. Results demonstrate that Mn octahedral layer symmetry and composition are sensitive to previous cations during BioMnO{sub x} formation. Specifically, H{sup +} and Ni(II) enhance vacant site formation, whereas Na{sup +} and Ca{sup 2+} favor formation of Mn(III) and its ordered distribution in Mn octahedral layers. This study emphasizes the importance of the abiotic reaction between Mn(II) and BioMnO{sub x} and dependence of the crystal structure of BioMnO{sub x} on solution chemistry.

  14. Cation effects on the layer structure of biogenic Mn-oxides.

    PubMed

    Zhu, Mengqiang; Ginder-Vogel, Matthew; Parikh, Sanjai J; Feng, Xiong-Han; Sparks, Donald L

    2010-06-15

    Biologically catalyzed Mn(II) oxidation produces biogenic Mn-oxides (BioMnO(x)) and may serve as one of the major formation pathways for layered Mn-oxides in soils and sediments. The structure of Mn octahedral layers in layered Mn-oxides controls its metal sequestration properties, photochemistry, oxidizing ability, and topotactic transformation to tunneled structures. This study investigates the impacts of cations (H(+), Ni(II), Na(+), and Ca(2+)) during biotic Mn(II) oxidation on the structure of Mn octahedral layers of BioMnO(x) using solution chemistry and synchrotron X-ray techniques. Results demonstrate that Mn octahedral layer symmetry and composition are sensitive to previous cations during BioMnO(x) formation. Specifically, H(+) and Ni(II) enhance vacant site formation, whereas Na(+) and Ca(2+) favor formation of Mn(III) and its ordered distribution in Mn octahedral layers. This study emphasizes the importance of the abiotic reaction between Mn(II) and BioMnO(x) and dependence of the crystal structure of BioMnO(x) on solution chemistry. PMID:20469850

  15. On laser-induced ultrasound generated in a thin semi-transparent layered polymer structure

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    Svanström, Erika; Löfqvist, Torbjörn; Delsing, Jerker

    2012-02-01

    We investigate laser-induced ultrasound generated in a plane semi-transparent layered polymer structure. The scope is to study relations between generated ultrasound, as e.g. amplitude, and centre frequency and bandwidth of its frequency spectrum, and properties of the polymer layers, like thickness and absorption. This knowledge can then be used when designing polymer film based, semi-transparent ultrasonic devices specifically for photoacoustic applications. The experimental study is set-up as a factorial experiment with a completely randomised design. In the experiments, the light source is a pulsed Nd:YAG laser. As absorber, a semi-transparent, non-conductive polymer film in a plane layered structure of one or more layers on a glass substrate is used. The frequency spectra of the generated ultrasound spans 2 to 20 MHz, which is recorded by a broadband PVDF ultrasonic transducer. The results show that an increased thickness of the polymer layer structure relate to a lower center frequency and a lower bandwidth, and that an increased optical absorption and a decreased layer structure thickness is related to a higher ultrasound amplitude.

  16. Variance of the Boundary Layer Structure in Dependence of distinct Circulation Types

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    Philipp, Andreas; Beck, Christoph; Jacobeit, Jucundus

    2015-04-01

    Variability of local climate features is related on the one hand to large scale circulation patterns, but is modified additionally by regional or local influences. This is true for basic climate variables like temperature and precipitation but also for more complex environmental conditions like air quality, e.g. PM10 concentration. Regional and local influences are to a large extend represented by the atmosperic boundary structure, i.e. the height of the mixed layer or its stability determining fluxes of temperature and impulse as well as water vapor etc. The presented study focusses on the interaction between the boundary layer structure and large scale circulation types for selected radiosonde stations. Crculation is described by a k-means cluster analysis of European circulation fields, retrieved from the NCEP/NCAR reanalysis. The boundary layer structure is derived from European radiosonde data collected in the Integrated Global Radiosonde Archive (IGRA). Here the mixed layer heigth and stability indices are anaylsed for within-type variance in a first step for different circulation types created independently from any other information. In a second step circulation types are created including boundary layer information. Both kinds of types are then realted to local impact variables in order to achieve conclusions about the interdependence of both, the large scale circulation and the boundary layer structure in modifying local climate variables.

  17. Layered structure and related magnetic properties for annealed Fe/Ir(111) ultrathin films

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    Jiang, Pei-Cheng; Chen, Wei-Hsiang; Hsieh, Chen-Yuan; Tsay, Jyh-Shen

    2015-05-07

    After annealing treatments for fcc-Fe/Ir(111) below 600 K, the surface layers remain pseudomorphic. The Ir(111) substrate plays an important role on the expanded Fe lattice. At temperatures between 750 and 800 K, the surface composition shows a stable state and a c(2 × 4) structure is observed. We discover a layered structure composed of some Fe atoms on the top of a Fe{sub 0.5}Ir{sub 0.5} interfacial alloy supported on the Ir(111) substrate. The competition between the negative formation heat of Fe{sub 0.5}Ir{sub 0.5} and surface free energy of Fe causes the formation of layered structure. The existence of ferromagnetic dead layer coincides with the formation of fcc-Fe for ultrathin Fe on Fe{sub 0.5}Ir{sub 0.5}/Ir(111). For Fe films thicker than three monolayers, the linear increase of the Kerr intensity versus the Fe coverage is related to the growing of bcc-Fe on the surface where the Fe layer is incoherent to the underlying Fe{sub 0.5}Ir{sub 0.5}/Ir(111). These results emphasize the importance of the substrate induced strain and layered structure of Fe/Fe{sub 0.5}Ir{sub 0.5}/Ir(111) on the magnetic properties and provide valuable information for future applications.

  18. Computing the origin and evolution of the ribosome from its structure — Uncovering processes of macromolecular accretion benefiting synthetic biology

    PubMed Central

    Caetano-Anollés, Gustavo; Caetano-Anollés, Derek

    2015-01-01

    Accretion occurs pervasively in nature at widely different timeframes. The process also manifests in the evolution of macromolecules. Here we review recent computational and structural biology studies of evolutionary accretion that make use of the ideographic (historical, retrodictive) and nomothetic (universal, predictive) scientific frameworks. Computational studies uncover explicit timelines of accretion of structural parts in molecular repertoires and molecules. Phylogenetic trees of protein structural domains and proteomes and their molecular functions were built from a genomic census of millions of encoded proteins and associated terminal Gene Ontology terms. Trees reveal a ‘metabolic-first’ origin of proteins, the late development of translation, and a patchwork distribution of proteins in biological networks mediated by molecular recruitment. Similarly, the natural history of ancient RNA molecules inferred from trees of molecular substructures built from a census of molecular features shows patchwork-like accretion patterns. Ideographic analyses of ribosomal history uncover the early appearance of structures supporting mRNA decoding and tRNA translocation, the coevolution of ribosomal proteins and RNA, and a first evolutionary transition that brings ribosomal subunits together into a processive protein biosynthetic complex. Nomothetic structural biology studies of tertiary interactions and ancient insertions in rRNA complement these findings, once concentric layering assumptions are removed. Patterns of coaxial helical stacking reveal a frustrated dynamics of outward and inward ribosomal growth possibly mediated by structural grafting. The early rise of the ribosomal ‘turnstile’ suggests an evolutionary transition in natural biological computation. Results make explicit the need to understand processes of molecular growth and information transfer of macromolecules. PMID:27096056

  19. S-layers at second glance? Altiarchaeal grappling hooks (hami) resemble archaeal S-layer proteins in structure and sequence

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    Perras, Alexandra K.; Daum, Bertram; Ziegler, Christine; Takahashi, Lynelle K.; Ahmed, Musahid; Wanner, Gerhard; Klingl, Andreas; Leitinger, Gerd; Kolb-Lenz, Dagmar; Gribaldo, Simonetta; Auerbach, Anna; Mora, Maximilian; Probst, Alexander J.; Bellack, Annett; Moissl-Eichinger, Christine

    2015-01-01

    The uncultivated “Candidatus Altiarchaeum hamiconexum” (formerly known as SM1 Euryarchaeon) carries highly specialized nano-grappling hooks (“hami”) on its cell surface. Until now little is known about the major protein forming these structured fibrous cell surface appendages, the genes involved or membrane anchoring of these filaments. These aspects were analyzed in depth in this study using environmental transcriptomics combined with imaging methods. Since a laboratory culture of this archaeon is not yet available, natural biofilm samples with high Ca. A. hamiconexum abundance were used for the entire analyses. The filamentous surface appendages spanned both membranes of the cell, which are composed of glycosyl-archaeol. The hami consisted of multiple copies of the same protein, the corresponding gene of which was identified via metagenome-mapped transcriptome analysis. The hamus subunit proteins, which are likely to self-assemble due to their predicted beta sheet topology, revealed no similiarity to known microbial flagella-, archaella-, fimbriae- or pili-proteins, but a high similarity to known S-layer proteins of the archaeal domain at their N-terminal region (44–47% identity). Our results provide new insights into the structure of the unique hami and their major protein and indicate their divergent evolution with S-layer proteins. PMID:26106369

  20. Role of Convective Structures and Background Turbulence in the Dry Convective Boundary Layer

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    Hellsten, Antti; Zilitinkevich, Sergej

    2013-12-01

    We quantify the role of the convective buoyant structures and the remainder turbulence, here called background turbulence, in the convective atmospheric boundary layer in horizontally homogeneous, dry and barotropic conditions. Three filtering methods to separate the structures and the background turbulence are first evaluated. These are: short-time averaging, Fourier filtering and proper orthogonal decomposition. The Fourier method turns out to be the most appropriate for the present purpose. The decomposition is applied to two cases: one with no mean flow and another with moderate mean wind speed. It is shown that roughly 85 % of the vertical flux of the potential temperature and about 72 % of the kinetic energy is carried by the structures in the mixed layer in both cases. The corresponding percentage for the potential temperature variance is 81 % in the zero mean-wind case and 76 % in the moderate mean-wind case. The structures are responsible for as much as 94 % of the momentum flux in the mixed layer of the moderate mean-wind case. In the surface layer the background turbulence is generally more important than the structure contribution in both cases. The budget of the potential temperature flux is analyzed in detail and it is shown that its turbulent transport term is mostly built up by the structures but also the interaction between the structures and the background turbulence plays a significant role. The other important budget terms are shown to be dominated by the structures except for the pressure-temperature gradient covariance.

  1. Electronic Structure and the Properties of Phosphorene and Few-Layer Black Phosphorus

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    Fukuoka, Shuhei; Taen, Toshihiro; Osada, Toshihito

    2015-12-01

    A single atomic layer of black phosphorus, phosphorene, was experimentally realized in 2014. It has a puckered honeycomb lattice structure and a semiconducting electronic structure. In the first part of this paper, we use a simple LCAO model, and qualitatively discuss the electronic structure of phosphorene systems under electric and magnetic fields, especially noting their midgap edge states. The next part is devoted to the review of the progress in research on phosphorene over the past one year since its realization in 2014. Phosphorene has been a typical material to study the semiconductor physics in atomic layers.

  2. Quantum confinement in two dimensional layers of PbSe/ZnSe multiple quantum well structures

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    Arivazhagan, V.; Manonmani Parvathi, M.; Rajesh, S.; Sæterli, Ragnhild; Holmestad, Randi

    2013-06-01

    The structural and optical properties of thermally evaporated PbSe/ZnSe multiple quantum well (MQW) structures as a function of the PbSe quantum well (QW) layer thickness in the range between 2.5 and 10 nm have been investigated. An ordered periodicity in the MQW structure was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. The discrete linear resonances in the absorption spectra and the corresponding blue shift observed with decreasing well layer thickness unambiguously reflect the quantum confinement effect. The effective QW band gap is calculated from the infinite well approximation and compared to the experimentally observed value. The QW emission is identified and discussed.

  3. Microporous structure with layered interstitial surface treatment, and method and apparatus for preparation thereof

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    Koontz, Steven L. (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    A microporous structure with layered interstitial surface treatments, and method and apparatus for preparation thereof is presented. The structure is prepared by sequentially subjecting a uniformly surface-treated structure to atomic oxygen treatment to remove an outer layer of surface treatment to a generally uniform depth, and then surface treating the so exposed layer with another surface treating agent. The atomic oxygen/surface treatment steps may optionally be repeated, each successive time to a lesser depth, to produce a microporous structure having multilayered surface treatments. The apparatus employs at least one side arm from a main atomic oxygen-containing chamber. The side arm has characteristic relaxation times such that a uniform atomic oxygen dose rate is delivered to a specimen positioned transversely in the side arm spaced from the main gas chamber.

  4. Microporous structure with layered interstitial surface treatment, and method and apparatus for preparation thereof

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Koontz, Steven L. (Inventor)

    1992-01-01

    A microporous structure with layered interstitial surface treatments, and the method and apparatus for its preparation are disclosed. The structure is prepared by sequentially subjecting a uniformly surface treated structure to atomic oxygen treatment to remove an outer layer of surface treatment to a generally uniform depth, and then surface treating the so exposed layer with another surface treating agent. The atomic oxygen/surface treatment steps may optionally be repeated, each successive time to a lesser depth, to produce a microporous structure having multilayered surface treatments. The apparatus employs at least one side arm from a main oxygen-containing chamber. The side arm has characteristic relaxation times such that a uniform atomic oxygen dose rate is delivered to a specimen positioned transversely in the side arm spaced from the main gas chamber.

  5. Defect Detection in Multi-Layered Structures Using High Frequency Guided Waves

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    Masserey, B.; Kostson, E.; Fromme, P.

    2011-06-01

    Aircraft structures contain multi-layered components connected by fasteners, where fatigue cracks and disbonds can develop due to cyclic loading conditions and stress concentration. High frequency guided waves propagating along the structure allow for the efficient non-destructive testing of components, such as aircraft wings. However, the sensitivity for the detection of small defects has to be ascertained. The type of multi-layered model structure investigated consists of two adhesively bonded aluminium plate-strips. High frequency ultrasonic wave propagation along the structure and the sensitivity to disbonds and small defects in the metallic layers was investigated and verified experimentally. Preliminary fatigue experiments were carried out and the sensitivity of the guided waves to monitor fatigue crack growth at a fastener hole during cyclic loading was investigated. The measurement setup has the potential for fatigue crack growth monitoring at critical and difficult to access fastener locations from a stand-off distance.

  6. Three-dimensional structure of the tetragonal surface layer of Sporosarcina ureae.

    PubMed Central

    Engelhardt, H; Saxton, W O; Baumeister, W

    1986-01-01

    The three-dimensional structure of the regular surface layer of Sporosarcina ureae has been determined to a resolution of 1.7 nm by electron microscopy and image reconstruction. The S-layer has p4 symmetry, a lattice constant of 12.9 nm, and a minimum thickness of 6.6 nm. The reconstruction reveals a distinct domain structure: a massive core, arms connecting adjacent unit cells, and spurs which make contact at the subsidiary fourfold symmetry axes. In the z-direction the domains appear to be arranged in three planes, creating two entirely different surface reliefs. The S-layer has a complex pattern of pores and gaps that are 2 to 3 nm wide. In addition, the secondary-structure composition has been determined by infrared spectroscopy: about 35% of the polypeptide appears to have a beta-structure conformation. Images PMID:3759908

  7. Permanent dissipative structures in water: the matrix of life? Experimental evidences and their quantum origin.

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    Elia, V; Germano, R; Napoli, E

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents a short review of the evidence - both experimental and theoretical - of the formation of dissipative structures in liquid water induced by three kinds of physical perturbations having a low energy content: extremely diluted solution (EDS), iteratively filtered water (IFW), and iteratively nafionated water (INW). Particular attention is devoted to the very recent discovery that such structures are tremendously persistent even in the solid phase: large ponderal quantities of supramolecular aggregates of water (with each nucleus hundreds of nanometers in size) have been observed - at ambient pressure and temperature - using easily-reproducible experimental methods. The nature of these dissipative structures is analyzed and explained in terms of the thermodynamics of far-from-equilibrium systems and irreversible processes, showing their spontaneous quantum origin. Are these kinds of structures the matrix itself of life?. PMID:25714383

  8. Tuning the magnetic anisotropy in single-layer crystal structures

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    Torun, E.; Sahin, H.; Bacaksiz, C.; Senger, R. T.; Peeters, F. M.

    2015-09-01

    The effect of an applied electric field and the effect of charging are investigated on the magnetic anisotropy (MA) of various stable two-dimensional (2D) crystals such as graphene, FeCl2, graphone, fluorographene, and MoTe2 using first-principles calculations. We found that the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy of Co-on-graphene and Os-doped-MoTe2 systems change linearly with electric field, opening the possibility of electric field tuning MA of these compounds. In addition, charging can rotate the easy-axis direction of Co-on-graphene and Os-doped-MoTe2 systems from the out-of-plane (in-plane) to in-plane (out-of-plane) direction. The tunable MA of the studied materials is crucial for nanoscale electronic technologies such as data storage and spintronics devices. Our results show that controlling the MA of the mentioned 2D crystal structures can be realized in various ways, and this can lead to the emergence of a wide range of potential applications where the tuning and switching of magnetic functionalities are important.

  9. Structural analysis of nitride layer formed on uranium metal by glow plasma surface nitriding

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    Liu, Kezhao; Bin, Ren; Xiao, Hong; Long, Zhong; Hong, Zhanglian; Yang, Hui; Wu, Sheng

    2013-01-01

    The nitride layer was formed on uranium metal by a glow plasma surface nitriding method. The structure and composition of the layer were investigated by X-ray diffraction and Auger electron spectroscopy. The nitride layer mainly consisted of α-phase U2N3 nanocrystals with an average grain size about 10-20 nm. Four zones were identified in the layer, which were the oxide surface zone, the nitride mainstay zone, the oxide-existence interface zone, and the nitrogen-diffusion matrix zone. The gradual decrease of binding energies of uranium revealed the transition from oxide to nitride to metal states with the layer depth, while the chemical states of nitrogen and oxygen showed small variation.

  10. Resonance magnetoelectric interactions in an asymmetric ferromagnetic-ferroelectric layered structure

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    Fetisov, L. Y.; Perov, N. S.; Fetisov, Y. K.; Srinivasan, G.; Petrov, V. M.

    2011-03-01

    Strain mediated magnetoelectric (ME) interactions have been investigated in a sample consisting of oppositely poled lead zirconate titanate (PZT) and asymmetric magnetostrictive layers. A thin layer of Ni with negative magnetostriction and amorphous ferromagnetic Metglas with positive magnetostriction are bonded to the PZT layers. It is shown that the magnetic layers facilitate effective excitation of bending oscillations in the structure, whereas the use of oppositely poled PZT layers results in an increase in the ME voltage at the bending resonance frequency, suppression of the voltage at the longitudinal electromechanical resonance frequency, and cancellation of thermal fluctuation in the voltage. The ME voltage coefficient at resonance is 18 V/(cm Oe); that is an order of magnitude higher than the value measured for a Ni-PZT bilayer of similar dimensions. Theoretical estimates of the ME voltage and resonance frequency are in good agreement with the data.

  11. Synthesis, structure and electrochemical properties of novel Li-Co-Mn-O epitaxial thin-film electrode using layer-by-layer deposition process

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    Lim, Jaemin; Lee, Soyeon; Suzuki, Kota; Kim, KyungSu; Kim, Sangryun; Taminato, Sou; Hirayama, Masaaki; Oshima, Yoshifumi; Takayanagi, Kunio; Kanno, Ryoji

    2015-04-01

    A novel epitaxial thin-film electrode for lithium batteries, with a composition of Li0.92Co0.65Mn1.35O4 and a cubic spinel structure, is fabricated on a SrTiO3(111) single-crystal substrate. Fabrication is carried out by layer-by-layer pulsed laser deposition of LiCoO2 with a layered rock-salt structure and LiMn2O4 with a spinel structure. The electrode is found to exhibit unique disordering of the lithium (8a) and transition-metal (16d) sites, leading to a higher rate capability and cycle retention ratio than those for a thin-film electrode with the same composition prepared by a conventional single-step deposition process. The proposed layer-by-layer deposition method allows an expanded range of compositional and structural variations for lithium battery electrode materials.

  12. Synaptic deficits in layer 5 neurons precede overt structural decay in 5xFAD mice

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    Buskila, Yossi; Crowe, Sarah E; Ellis-Davies, Graham C.R.

    2014-01-01

    Synaptic decay and neurodegeneration are hallmarks of Alzheimers disease that are thought to precede dementia. Recently, we have reported that the first signs of neuritic dystrophy in a new transgenic mouse model of familial Alzheimers disease called the 5xFAD are axonal dystrophy followed by loss of spines on basal dendrites. The 5xFAD mouse has profound loss of layer 5 neurons by 12 months, and these initial structural insults appear between 4 to 6 months of age. Here, we test, for the first time, if synaptic failure of layer 5 neurons in the 5xFAD mouse precedes these structural changes. We used longitudinal, in vivo two-photon fluorescence imaging of bigenic 5xFAD/YFP mice to assess the overall structural stability of layer 5 neurons in young mice (age less than 14 weeks). We found these neurons to be structurally and morphologically sound. In parallel, we used in vitro, whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiology of layer 5 pyramidal neurons, from mice aged 8-12 weeks, to reveal significant pre- and postsynaptic defects in these cells. Thus our data suggest that layer 5 neurons in the 5xFAD mouse model have synaptic deficits at an early time point, before any overt structural dystrophy, and that such synaptic failure, with co-temporal biochemical changes, may be an early step in neuronal loss. PMID:24055684

  13. Highly reducing conditions during core formation on Mercury: Implications for internal structure and the origin of a magnetic field

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    Malavergne, Valérie; Toplis, Michael J.; Berthet, Sophie; Jones, John

    2010-03-01

    The high average density and low surface FeO content of the planet Mercury are shown to be consistent with very low oxygen fugacity during core segregation, in the range 3-6 log units below the iron-wüstite buffer. These low oxygen fugacities, and associated high metal content, are characteristic of high-iron enstatite (EH) and Bencubbinite (CB) chondrites, raising the possibility that such materials may have been important building blocks for this planet. With this idea in mind we have explored the internal structure of a Mercury sized planet of EH or CB bulk composition. Phase equilibria in the silicate mantle have been modeled using the thermodynamic calculator p-MELTS, and these simulations suggest that orthopyroxene will be the dominant mantle phase for both EH and CB compositions, with crystalline SiO 2 being an important minor phase at all pressures. Simulations for both compositions predict a plagioclase-bearing "crust" at low pressure, significant clinopyroxene also being calculated for the CB bulk composition. Concerning the core, comparison with recent high pressure and high temperature experiments relevant to the formation of enstatite meteorites, suggest that the core of Mercury may contain several wt.% silicon, in addition to sulfur. In light of the pressure of the core-mantle boundary on Mercury (˜7 GPa) and the pressure at which the immiscibility gap in the system Fe-S-Si closes (˜15 GPa) we suggest that Mercury's core may have a complex shell structure comprising: (i) an outer layer of Fe-S liquid, poor in Si; (ii) a middle layer of Fe-Si liquid, poor in S; and (iii) an inner core of solid metal. The distribution of heat-producing elements between mantle and core, and within a layered core have been quantified. Available data for Th and K suggest that these elements will not enter the core in significant amounts. On the other hand, for the case of U both recently published metal/silicate partitioning data, as well as observations of U distribution in enstatite chondrites, suggest that this element behaves as a chalcophile element at low oxygen fugacity. Using these new data we predict that U will be concentrated in the outer layer of the mercurian core. Heat from the decay of U could thus act to maintain this part of Mercury's core molten, potentially contributing to the origin of Mercury's magnetic field. This result contrasts with the Earth where the radioactive decay of U represents a negligible contribution to core heating.

  14. Structure of Protein Layers in Polyelectrolyte Matrices Studied by Neutron Reflectivity

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    Kozlovskaya, Veronika; Ankner, John Francis; O'Neill, Hugh Michael; Zhang, Qiu; Kharlampieva, Eugenia

    2011-01-01

    Polyelectrolyte multilayer films obtained by localized incorporation of Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) within electrostatically assembled matrices of poly(styrene sulfonate)/poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PSS/PAH) via spin-assisted layer-by-layer growth were discovered to be highly structured, with closely packed monomolecular layers of the protein within the bio-hybrid films. The structure of the films was evaluated in both vertical and lateral directions with neutron reflectometry, using deuterated GFP as a marker for neutron scattering contrast. Importantly, the GFP preserves its structural stability upon assembly as confirmed by circular dichroism (CD) and in situ attenuated total reflection Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR). Atomic force microscopy was complimented with X-ray reflectometry to characterize the external roughness of the biohybrid films. Remarkably, films assembled with a single GFP layer confined at various distances from the substrate exhibit a strong localization of the GFP layer without intermixing into the LbL matrix. However, partial intermixing of the GFP layers with polymeric material is evidenced in multiple-GFP layer films with alternating protein-rich and protein-deficient regions. We hypothesize that the polymer-protein exchange observed in the multiple-GFP layer films suggests the existence of a critical protein concentration which can be accommodated by the multilayer matrix. Our results yield new insights into the mechanism of GFP interaction with a polyelectrolyte matrix and open opportunities for fabrication of bio-hybrid films with well-organized structure and controllable function, a crucial requirement for advanced sensing applications.

  15. Use of heat treatment to modify the structure of a hard-faced layer

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    Borisov, M. D.; Kraev, G. V.; Poletika, I. M.

    1992-02-01

    The methods of metal physics and x-ray diffraction analysis are used to study the effect of heat treatments (quenching, tempering, high-temperature tempering) on the structure and properties (hardness, wear resistance) of a layer composed of an electroslag hard-facing alloyed with boron carbide and chromium. It is shown that the most effective heat treatment for increasing the hardness and wear resistance of the layer is one which includes high-temperature tempering, quenching, and low-temperature tempering.

  16. Angular and positional dependence of Purcell effect for layered metal-dielectric structures

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    Gubaydullin, A. R.; Mazlin, V. A.; Ivanov, K. A.; Kaliteevski, M. A.; Balocco, C.

    2016-04-01

    We study the angular dependence of the spontaneous emission enhancement of a dipole source inserted into a layered metal-dielectric metamaterial. We analyse the dependence of Purcell effect from the position of the dipole in the layered hyperbolic media. We analyse the impact of the complex structure of eigenmodes of the system operating in hyperbolic regime. We have shown that the spontaneous emission rate of the dipole emitter depends on its position, which mainly affect the interaction with Langmuir modes.

  17. Vortical and turbulent structure of planar and lobed mixer free-shear layers

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    McCormick, Duane Clark

    A comprehensive experimental investigation of the free-shear layer vortical and turbulent structure downstream of a lobed mixer has been conducted. Pulsed-laser flow visualization with smoke and three-dimensional velocity measurements with triple-sensor hot film anemometry were obtained for two lobed mixer configurations (symmetric and unsymmetric waveforms) and a baseline, planar configuration. Both laminar and turbulent initial boundary layer conditions were documented for each of the three configurations. The main result of this investigation is that a new vortex structure was found to exist for the lobed mixers in addition to the well-known streamwise vortex array. The normal vortex (due to the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability) sheds periodically from the convoluted trailing edge of the lobed mixer and plays a major part in the enhanced mixing process in combination with the streamwise vorticity. The streamwise vorticity deforms the normal vortex into a pinched-off structure that creates intense turbulence and mixing. The scale of the normal vortex was approximately one fourth that of the planar case, thereby introducing a small-scale turbulence over a large cross-stream area of the flow that dominates the near-field Reynolds shear stress distribution. Thus, the lobed mixer free-shear layer provides enhanced mixing down to the molecular scale. The shear layer growth rate for the first 5-6 lobe heights was substantially greater than the planar free-shear layer due to the normal and streamwise vortex interaction. Downstream of six lobe heights, the growth rate slowed considerably to a rate below that of the planar configuration due to the reduced turbulent kinetic energy of a double-layered shear layer structure. The streamwise and normal vorticity were completely dissipated by 5-6 lobe heights. Also, the lobe mixer development was found to be surprisingly insensitive to initial laminar and turbulent boundary layer conditions (unlike the planar case).

  18. Vortical and Turbulent Structure of Planar and Lobed Mixer Free-Shear Layers

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    McCormick, Duane Clark

    A comprehensive experimental investigation of the free-shear layer vortical and turbulent structure downstream of a lobed mixer has been conducted. Pulsed-laser flow visualization with smoke and three-dimensional velocity measurements with triple-sensor hot film anemometry were obtained for two lobed mixer configurations (symmetric and unsymmetric waveforms) and a baseline, planar configuration. Both laminar and turbulent initial boundary layer conditions were documented for each of the three configurations. The main result of this investigation is that a new vortex structure was found to exist for the lobed mixers in addition to the well-known streamwise vortex array. The normal vortex (due to the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability) sheds periodically from the convoluted trailing edge of the lobed mixer and plays a major part in the enhanced mixing process in combination with the streamwise vorticity. The streamwise vorticity deforms the normal vortex into a pinched -off structure that creates intense turbulence and mixing. The scale of the normal vortex was approximately one fourth that of the planar case, thereby introducing a small-scale turbulence over a large cross-stream area of the flow that dominates the near-field Reynolds shear stress distribution. Thus, the lobed mixer free-shear layer provides enhanced mixing down to the molecular scale. The shear layer growth rate for the first 5-6 lobe heights was substantially greater than the planar free-shear layer due to the normal and streamwise vortex interaction. Downstream of six lobe heights, the growth rate slowed considerably to a rate below that of the planar configuration due to the reduced turbulent kinetic energy of a double-layered shear layer structure. The streamwise and normal vorticity were completely dissipated by 5-6 lobe heights. Also, the lobed mixer development was found to be surprisingly insensitive to initial laminar and turbulent boundary layer conditions (unlike the planar case).

  19. Fine-scale radar observations of boundary layer structures in landfalling hurricanes

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    Kosiba, K.; Wurman, J.; Robinson, P.

    2012-04-01

    The hurricane boundary layer is comprised of coherent structures that are potentially responsible for significant transport of turbulent fluxes throughout the hurricane boundary layer as well as regions of enhanced damage at the surface. These coherent structures are not well understood and consequently their effects are poorly represented in numerical models. Consequently, an understanding of the flow modulating processes in the hurricane boundary layer is necessary to improve hurricane intensity forecasts. Further, enhanced regions of turbulent momentum transport are hypothesized to cause areas of enhanced damage at the surface. In order to characterize these turbulent processed and quantify their effects, the Doppler on Wheels radars (DOWs) have deployed in several hurricanes, obtaining both dual-Doppler and rapid single-Doppler observations in the boundary layer of landfalling hurricanes. Results will be presented from Hurricanes Frances (2004), Gustav (2008), and Ike (2008). During Hurricane Frances, high-resolution, dual-Doppler radar observations of the lowest hundred meters of the boundary layer allowed for the four-dimensional (time and space) analysis of the boundary layer velocity structure and for the quantification of the turbulent fluxes as Frances transitioned from ocean to land. These results will be discussed in the context of current turbulent parameterization schemes used in numerical models. In Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, rapid, single-Doppler observations were obtained of the boundary layers. This allowed for the two-dimensional quantification rapidly evolving of boundary layer structures. Further an array of surface based instruments were deployed in Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in order to correlate observations at radar level with surface observations. Through turbulent considerations, a reduction factor was derived for the radar winds, which allowed for the comparison between radar level winds and winds observed at 1, 2, and 10 m. These results will be discussed in the context of standard hurricane wind models.

  20. Sound transmission through finite lightweight multilayered structures with thin air layers.

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    Dijckmans, A; Vermeir, G; Lauriks, W

    2010-12-01

    The sound transmission loss (STL) of finite lightweight multilayered structures with thin air layers is studied in this paper. Two types of models are used to describe the vibro-acoustic behavior of these structures. Standard transfer matrix method assumes infinite layers and represents the plane wave propagation in the layers. A wave based model describes the direct sound transmission through a rectangular structure placed between two reverberant rooms. Full vibro-acoustic coupling between rooms, plates, and air cavities is taken into account. Comparison with double glazing measurements shows that this effect of vibro-acoustic coupling is important in lightweight double walls. For infinite structures, structural damping has no significant influence on STL below the coincidence frequency. In this frequency region, the non-resonant transmission or so-called mass-law behavior dominates sound transmission. Modal simulations suggest a large influence of structural damping on STL. This is confirmed by experiments with double fiberboard partitions and sandwich structures. The results show that for thin air layers, the damping induced by friction and viscous effects at the air gap surfaces can largely influence and improve the sound transmission characteristics. PMID:21218884

  1. Structural correlations: Design levers for performance and durability of catalyst layers

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    Artyushkova, Kateryna; Atanassov, Plamen; Dutta, Monica; Wessel, Silvia; Colbow, Vesna

    2015-06-01

    Durability of the catalyst layer (CL) is of vital importance in the large-scale deployment of PEMFCs. It is necessary to determine parameters that represent properties of catalysts layer and other cathode components for optimization of fuel cell performance and durability. The structure, morphology and surface chemistry of the catalyst powder affects the ionomer and catalyst interaction, ionomer dispersion in the catalyst layer and, for this reason, its morphology and chemistry. These, in turn, affect the catalyst layer effective properties such as thickness, porosity, tortuosity, diffusivity, conductivity and others, directly influencing electrode performance and durability. In this study, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and SEM are used to quantify surface species and morphology of membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) tested under different accelerated stress test (AST) conditions. Correlations between composition, structure and morphological properties of cathode components and the catalyst layer have been developed and linked to catalyst layer performance losses. The key relationships between the catalyst layer effective properties and performance and durability provide design and optimization levers for making MEAs for different operating regimes.

  2. Projected structure of unstained, frozen-hydrated T-layer of Bacillus brevis.

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    Lepault, J; Pitt, T

    1984-01-01

    This paper presents the projected structure of the T-layer of Bacillus brevis, obtained from electron microscopic studies of the unstained protein layer in the frozen-hydrated state. Computer image processing is used to correct for the effects of the contrast transfer function, and to increase the signal-to-noise ratio by lattice averaging. The results obtained show a good agreement with those previously obtained using negatively stained specimens. It is shown that the contrast of T-layer embedded in ice can be approximated to pure phase contrast. Images Fig. 1. Fig. 2. Fig. 3. Fig. 4. Fig. 6. Fig. 7. PMID:6200319

  3. Enhanced structural color generation in aluminum metamaterials coated with a thin polymer layer.

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    Cheng, Fei; Yang, Xiaodong; Rosenmann, Daniel; Stan, Liliana; Czaplewski, David; Gao, Jie

    2015-09-21

    A high-resolution and angle-insensitive structural color generation platform is demonstrated based on triple-layer aluminum-silica-aluminum metamaterials supporting surface plasmon resonances tunable across the entire visible spectrum. The color performances of the fabricated aluminum metamaterials can be strongly enhanced by coating a thin transparent polymer layer on top. The results show that the presence of the polymer layer induces a better impedance matching for the plasmonic resonances to the free space so that strong light absorption can be obtained, leading to the generation of pure colors in cyan, magenta, yellow and black (CMYK) with high color saturation. PMID:26406729

  4. Electronic band structure imaging of three layer twisted graphene on single crystal Cu(111)

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    Marquez Velasco, J.; Department of Physics, National Technical University of Athens, Athens ; Kelaidis, N.; Xenogiannopoulou, E.; Tsoutsou, D.; Tsipas, P.; Speliotis, Th.; Pilatos, G.; Likodimos, V.; Falaras, P.; Dimoulas, A.; Raptis, Y. S.

    2013-11-18

    Few layer graphene (FLG) is grown on single crystal Cu(111) by Chemical Vapor Deposition, and the electronic valence band structure is imaged by Angle-Resolved Photo-Emission Spectroscopy. It is found that graphene essentially grows polycrystalline. Three nearly ideal Dirac cones are observed along the Cu Γ{sup ¯}K{sup ¯} direction in k-space, attributed to the presence of ∼4° twisted three layer graphene with negligible interlayer coupling. The number of layers and the stacking order are compatible with Raman data analysis demonstrating the complementarity of the two techniques for a more accurate characterization of FLG.

  5. The adenovirus terminal protein influences binding of replication proteins and changes the origin structure.

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    Pronk, R; van der Vliet, P C

    1993-01-01

    The adenovirus terminal protein (TP) is covalently linked to the 5' ends of the adenovirus genome and enhances DNA replication in vitro by increasing template activity. To study the effect of TP in more detail we isolated short origin fragments containing functional TP using anion exchange chromatography. These fragments were highly active as templates for DNA replication in a reconstituted system. Employing band-shift assays we found that the affinity of the precursor terminal protein-DNA polymerase complex for the TP-containing origin was increased 2 to 3-fold. Binding affinities of two other replication stimulating proteins, NFI and Oct-1, were not influenced by the terminal protein. Upon DNaseI footprinting we observed, unexpectedly, that the breakdown pattern had changed at various positions in the origin, notably in the area 3-6 and 41-51 by the presence of TP. Some differences in the footprint pattern of NFI and Oct-1 were also found. Our results indicate that TP induces subtle changes in the origin structure that influence the interaction of other replication proteins. Images PMID:8506126

  6. Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} multi-density layer structure as a moisture permeation barrier deposited by radio frequency remote plasma atomic layer deposition

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    Jung, Hyunsoo; Jeon, Heeyoung; Choi, Hagyoung; Ham, Giyul; Shin, Seokyoon; Jeon, Hyeongtag

    2014-02-21

    Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} films deposited by remote plasma atomic layer deposition have been used for thin film encapsulation of organic light emitting diode. In this study, a multi-density layer structure consisting of two Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} layers with different densities are deposited with different deposition conditions of O{sub 2} plasma reactant time. This structure improves moisture permeation barrier characteristics, as confirmed by a water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) test. The lowest WVTR of the multi-density layer structure was 4.7 × 10{sup −5} gm{sup −2} day{sup −1}, which is one order of magnitude less than WVTR for the reference single-density Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer. This improvement is attributed to the location mismatch of paths for atmospheric gases, such as O{sub 2} and H{sub 2}O, in the film due to different densities in the layers. This mechanism is analyzed by high resolution transmission electron microscopy, elastic recoil detection, and angle resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. These results confirmed that the multi-density layer structure exhibits very good characteristics as an encapsulation layer via location mismatch of paths for H{sub 2}O and O{sub 2} between the two layers.

  7. Structural origin of the nonlinear optical properties of lead niobium germanate film glasses

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    Munoz-Martin, D.; Ruiz de La Cruz, A.; Fernandez-Navarro, J. M.; Solis, J.; Gonzalo, J.; Domingo, C.

    2011-07-15

    The structural origin of the nonlinear optical susceptibility (/{chi}{sup (3)}/) of lead-niobium-germanate film glasses with large Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} contents has been investigated. /{chi}{sup (3)}/ shows a strong enhancement with the Nb content in the films with /{chi}{sup (3)}/ values close to 2 x 10{sup -11} esu at 800 nm for a Nb content as high as 0.71. Boling-Glass-Owyoung and Lines' semiempirical models predict accurately the values of /{chi}{sup (3)}/ for transparent bulk glasses but not for film glasses. This discrepancy is related to the remarkable structural differences between them. Raman spectroscopy suggests the formation of a three-dimensional (3D) structure of [NbO{sub 6}] octahedra in the case of film glasses having large Nb contents, while X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy shows that a significant fraction of these units contain Nb{sup 4+} ions. The combination of a 3D structure of [NbO{sub 6}] with the presence of Nb{sup 4+} polarons and their migration through electron intervalence transfer is proposed as the origin of the observed enhancement of /{chi}{sup (3)}/ in the film glasses.

  8. Carbonaceous structures in the Tissint Martian Meteorite: evidence of a biogenetic origin

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    Wallis, Jamie; Wickramasinghe, N. C.; Wallis, Daryl H.; Miyake, Nori; Wallis, M. K.; Hoover, Richard B.

    2015-09-01

    We report for the first time in situ observations of 5-50μm spherical carbonaceous structures in the Tissint Martian meteorite comprising of pyrite (FeS2) cores and carbonaceous outer coatings. The structures are characterized as smooth immiscible spheres with curved boundaries occasionally following the contours of the pyrite inclusion. The structures bear striking resemblance to similar-sized immiscible carbonaceous spheres found in hydrothermal calcite vein deposits in the Mullaghwornia Quarry in central Ireland. Similar structures have been reported in Proterozoic and Ordovician sandstones from Canada as well as in a variety of astronomical sources including carbonaceous chondrites, chondritic IDPs and primitive chondritic meteorites. SEM and X-Ray elemental mapping confirmed the presence of organic carbon filling the crack and cleavage space in the pyroxene substrate, with further evidence of pyrite acting as an attractive substrate for the collection of organic matter. The detection of precipitated carbon collecting around pyrite grains is at variance with an igneous origin as proposed for the reduced organic component in Tissint, and is more consistent with a biogenetic origin.

  9. A novel microsphere with a three-layer structure for duodenum-specific drug delivery.

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    Zhu, Xi; Zhou, Dan; Jin, Yun; Song, Yu-pin; Zhang, Zhi-rong; Huang, Yuan

    2011-07-15

    Owing to the quick elimination of drug from duodenum and the depth of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) colonized in mucus, antibiotic therapy often fails in the eradication of H. pylori infection for duodenal ulcer. A novel duodenum-specific microsphere (DSM) consisting of three-layer structure was developed to enhance the drug concentration and retention time in duodenal mucus layer. Firstly a core-shell mucoadhesive microsphere was prepared with a novel emulsification/coagulation coating method by introducing drug loaded Eudragit cores into a thiolated chitosan mucoadhesive layer. Then the obtained core-shell mucoadhesive microspheres were further coated with hydroxypropyl methylcellulose acetate maleate as the pH-sensitive layer for the trigger of mucoadhesion and drug release in duodenum. From the fluorescence microscopic and scanning electron microscopic images, the three-layer structure was successfully established. The microspheres exhibited a duodenum-specific trigger performance, good mucoadhesive property and pH-dependent drug release. In vivo study performed in rats demonstrated that DSM exhibited about 3-fold augmentation of AUC and about 5-fold augmentation of C(max) for duodenal mucus drug concentration compared with free drug suspension. These results suggest that the three-layer structure microspheres may provide a promising approach for duodenum-targeting drug delivery system. PMID:21536116

  10. Semiconductor structures having electrically insulating and conducting portions formed from an AlSb-alloy layer

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    Spahn, Olga B.; Lear, Kevin L.

    1998-01-01

    A semiconductor structure. The semiconductor structure comprises a plurality of semiconductor layers formed on a substrate including at least one layer of a III-V compound semiconductor alloy comprising aluminum (Al) and antimony (Sb), with at least a part of the AlSb-alloy layer being chemically converted by an oxidation process to form superposed electrically insulating and electrically conducting portions. The electrically insulating portion formed from the AlSb-alloy layer comprises an oxide of aluminum (e.g. Al.sub.2 O.sub.3), while the electrically conducting portion comprises Sb. A lateral oxidation process allows formation of the superposed insulating and conducting portions below monocrystalline semiconductor layers for forming many different types of semiconductor structures having particular utility for optoelectronic devices such as light-emitting diodes, edge-emitting lasers, vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers, photodetectors and optical modulators (waveguide and surface normal), and for electronic devices such as heterojunction bipolar transistors, field-effect transistors and quantum-effect devices. The invention is expected to be particularly useful for forming light-emitting devices for use in the 1.3-1.6 .mu.m wavelength range, with the AlSb-alloy layer acting to define an active region of the device and to effectively channel an electrical current therein for efficient light generation.

  11. X-ray CT image segmentation: automatic sandwich structure layer separation using reduced dimension Hough transformation

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    Xu, J.; Liu, T.; Kakarala, R.; Yin, X. M.

    2009-12-01

    Many structures in aerospace, semiconductor and precision engineering are multi-layer in nature. Examples include Low Temperature Co-Fire Ceramic (LTCC), PCBA, stacked IC, Through-Silicon-Via and composite materials for aircraft wings. Segmentation of each internal layer in any orientation is essential for layer alignment as well as delamination, disbond and warpage analysis. In this paper we propose a RDHT (Reduced Dimension Hough Transformation) for automatic layer detection. Instead of segmenting internal surfaces at voxel level, correlation based edge operator is applied to extract features in 3D space whereby the likelihood of any planar structure is associated with the number of features on a specific plane. We use Randomized Hough Transform to map 3D features in three one dimensional accumulators plus one verification accumulator to reduce Hough space dimension. The RDHT has been successfully applied to various objects to reveal internal planar structures. For a CT result with a 512×512×512 cube, the feature detection takes 30 seconds and the subsequent layer separation takes 12 seconds (laptop with Intel dual core 1.6G). We demonstrate that the algorithm can segment all 16 layers of a stacked IC with an accuracy of 0.5 voxel.

  12. X-ray CT image segmentation: automatic sandwich structure layer separation using reduced dimension Hough transformation

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    Xu, J.; Liu, T.; Kakarala, R.; Yin, X. M.

    2010-03-01

    Many structures in aerospace, semiconductor and precision engineering are multi-layer in nature. Examples include Low Temperature Co-Fire Ceramic (LTCC), PCBA, stacked IC, Through-Silicon-Via and composite materials for aircraft wings. Segmentation of each internal layer in any orientation is essential for layer alignment as well as delamination, disbond and warpage analysis. In this paper we propose a RDHT (Reduced Dimension Hough Transformation) for automatic layer detection. Instead of segmenting internal surfaces at voxel level, correlation based edge operator is applied to extract features in 3D space whereby the likelihood of any planar structure is associated with the number of features on a specific plane. We use Randomized Hough Transform to map 3D features in three one dimensional accumulators plus one verification accumulator to reduce Hough space dimension. The RDHT has been successfully applied to various objects to reveal internal planar structures. For a CT result with a 512×512×512 cube, the feature detection takes 30 seconds and the subsequent layer separation takes 12 seconds (laptop with Intel dual core 1.6G). We demonstrate that the algorithm can segment all 16 layers of a stacked IC with an accuracy of 0.5 voxel.

  13. Optimum designs for multi-layered film structures based on the knowledge on residual stresses

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    Zhang, X. C.; Xu, B. S.; Wang, H. D.; Wu, Y. X.

    2007-04-01

    Residual stresses are inevitably generated within the multi-layered film structures due to the mismatches of material properties between the adjacent layers. Using the force and moment equilibrium conditions and beam bending theory, the residual stresses in each layer can be predicted and expressed as σi( z) = Ei[ ɛ' + K( z + δ)], where Ei is the elastic modulus of the layer, ɛ' the strain due to the in-plane force resulting from the misfit strain, K( z + δ) characterizes the bending contribution. For a bilayer system, the expression of the residual stress in the film is relatively simple. If the each layer thickness is much less than the substrate thickness, Stoney's equation will be derived. The assumption of a constant elastic modulus throughout the system is only applicable when the film and the substrate thickness ratio is less than 0.1. Specific analyses are performed for the thermal stresses in ZrO 2/NiCoCrAlY thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) to illustrate the implementation of the analytical model. Moreover, the effects of single interlayer and graded interlayer inserted between the metallic layer and the ceramic layer on the residual stress distributions in TBCs are investigated. Additionally, the zero-deflection design is also discussed for typically duplex-layer TBC system.

  14. Population structure of Cynara cardunculus complex and the origin of the conspecific crops artichoke and cardoon

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    Gatto, Angela; De Paola, Domenico; Bagnoli, Francesca; Vendramin, Giovanni Giuseppe; Sonnante, Gabriella

    2013-01-01

    Background and Aims Globe artichoke and leafy cardoon, two crops within the same species Cynara cardunculus, are traditionally cultivated in the Mediterranean region and play a significant role in the agricultural economy of this area. The two cultigens have different reproductive systems: artichoke is generally vegetatively propagated, while leafy cardoon is seed propagated. The domestication events underlying the origin of both artichoke and cultivated cardoon from their wild relative and the area of occurrence are not yet fully understood. The aim of this study was to investigate population structure in wild cardoon, globe artichoke and leafy cardoon material and infer domestication events. Methods Thirty-five microsatellite (simple sequence repeat) markers, distributed in the C. cardunculus genome, and a large geographical and numerical sampling in southern Europe and North Africa were used to assess population structure and diversity. Key Results The results suggest the presence of two distinct domestication events for artichoke and leafy cardoon, and also suggest a new possible scenario, with western wild cardoon having originated from cultivated cardoon escaped from cultivation. Evidence was found for a demographic bottleneck in the past history of globe artichoke. Conclusions The results shed new light on the relationships between the three taxa of C. cardunculus and highlight relevant aspects on the evolution of domestication of two crops with a different reproductive system within the same species. It is proposed that the probable centre of origin of artichoke is located in southern Italy, probably Sicily. PMID:23877076

  15. Unveiling the structural origin of the high carrier mobility of a molecular monolayer on boron nitride

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    Xu, Rui; He, Daowei; Zhang, Yuhan; Wu, Bing; Liu, Fengyuan; Meng, Lan; Liu, Jun-Fang; Wu, Qisheng; Shi, Yi; Wang, Jinlan; Nie, Jia-Cai; Wang, Xinran; He, Lin

    2014-12-01

    Very recently, it was demonstrated that the carrier mobility of a molecular monolayer dioctylbenzothienobenzothiophene (C8-BTBT ) on boron nitride can reach 10 c m2/Vs , the highest among the previously reported monolayer molecular field-effect transistors. Here we show that the high-quality single crystal of the C8-BTBT monolayer may be the key origin of the record-high carrier mobility. We discover that the C8-BTBT molecules prefer layer-by-layer growth on both hexagonal boron nitride and graphene. The flatness of these substrates substantially decreases the C8-BTBT nucleation density and enables repeatable growth of large-area single crystal of the C8-BTBT monolayer. Our experimental result indicates that only out-of-plane roughness greater than 0.6 nm of the substrates could induce disturbance in the crystal growth and consequently affect the charge transport. This information would be important in guiding the growth of high-quality epitaxy molecular film.

  16. Chemical and structural composition of organic carbonaceous structures in Tissint: evidence for a biogenetic origin

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    Wallis, Jamie; Wickramasinghe, N. C.; Wallis, Daryl H.; Miyake, Nori; Wallis, M. K.; Hoover, Richard B.

    2015-09-01

    Earlier studies of the Tissint Martian meteorite identified the presence of a number of 5-50μm carbonaceous spherical structures. SEM and EDS elemental spectra for 11 selected structures confirmed that they comprise of a carbonaceous outer coating with a inner core of FeS2 (pyrite) and are characterised as immiscible globules with curved boundaries. Here we report on the results of Raman spectroscopic studies that unambiguously confirm the mantle as comprising of `disordered carbonaceous material'. R1 = ID/IG against ΓD (cm-1) band parameter plots of the carbonaceous coatings imply a complex precursor carbon inventory comparable to the precursor carbon component of materials of known biotic source (plants, algae, fungi, crustaceans, prokaryotes). Correlation between peak metamorphic temperatures and Raman D-band (ΓD) parameters further indicate the carbonaceous component was subjected to a peak temperature of ~250 OC suggesting a possible link with the hydrothermal precipitation processes responsible for the formation of similar globules observed in hydrothermal calcite veins in central Ireland. Ω G (cm-1), ΓG (cm-1), Ω D (cm-1) and ΓD (cm-1) parameters further imply a level of crystallinity and disorder of the carbon component consistent with carbonaceous material recovered from a variety of non-terrestrial sources. Cl, N, O and S to C elemental ratios are typical of high volatility bituminous coals and distinctly higher than equivalent graphite standards.

  17. Fabrication and atomic structure of size-selected, layered MoS2 clusters for catalysis

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    Cuddy, Martin J.; Arkill, Kenton P.; Wang, Zhi Wei; Komsa, Hannu-Pekka; Krasheninnikov, Arkady V.; Palmer, Richard E.

    2014-10-01

    Well defined MoS2 nanoparticles having a layered structure and abundant edges would be of considerable interest for applications including photocatalysis. We report the atomic structure of MoS2 size-selected clusters with mass in a range all the way from 50 to ~2000 MoS2 units. The clusters were prepared by magnetron sputtering and gas condensation prior to size selection and soft landing on carbon supports. Aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) in high-angle annular dark-field (HAADF) mode reveals a layered structure and Mo-Mo spacing similar to the bulk material. The mean number of layers in these lamellar clusters increases from one to three with increasing mass, consistent with density functional theory calculations of the balance between edge energies and interlayer binding.

  18. Layer selective magnetometry in ultrathin magnetic structures by polarised neutron reflection

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    Bland, J. A. C.; Lee, J.; Hope, S.; Lauhoff, G.; Penfold, J.; Bucknall, D.

    1997-01-01

    We discuss the application of polarised neutron reflection to layer selective vector magnetometry measurements in thin magnetic films. To illustrate the application of PNR, we review recent measurements of the absolute moment in X/Fe/Ag(001) structures with X = Pd, Ag, Au and Cu and compare the results with the predictions based on theoretical calculations which take into account the measured interface roughness. For the case of strained fct Ni/Cu(001) structures we illustrate the use of PNR as a self-calibrating magnetometric technique in determining both the magnetic layer thickness and total sample moment for which a reduced moment per Ni atom is observed. Finally we present measurements of the layer dependent moments in FeNi/Cu/Co spin valve structures. We show that by comparing the PNR measurements with SQUID magnetometry measurements of the total sample moment we are able to determine the interface moments on an atomic scale.

  19. Layer selective magnetometry in ultrathin magnetic structures by polarised neutron reflection

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    Bland, J. A. C.; Lee, J.; Hope, S.; Lauhoff, G.; Penfold, J.; Bucknall, D.

    1997-06-01

    We discuss the application of polarised neutron reflection to layer selective vector magnetometry measurements in thin magnetic films. To illustrate the application of PNR, we review recent measurements of the absolute moment in X/Fe/Ag(001) structures with X = Pd, Ag, Au and Cu and compare the results with the predictions based on theoretical calculations which take into account the measured interface roughness. For the case of strained fct Ni/Cu(001) structures we illustrate the use of PNR as a self-calibrating magnetometric technique in determining both the magnetic layer thickness and total sample moment for which a reduced moment per Ni atom is observed. Finally we present measurements of the layer dependent moments in FeNi/Cu/Co spin valve structures. We show that by comparing the PNR measurements with SQUID magnetometry measurements of the total sample moment we are able to determine the interface moments on an atomic scale.

  20. Measuring the atomic-scale structure of a Helmholtz `double layer'

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    Hayes, T. M.; Lurio, L. B.; Pant, J.; Wang, L.; Furtak, T. E.

    1997-03-01

    We propose a powerful new technique to measure the structure of the Helmholtz `double layer' formed in an aqueous electrolyte in contact with a metal electrode. The critical innovation is to couple a structural probe which is specific to the environment of a particular atom species with a `tag' layer of metal atoms electrodeposited in underpotential conditions on an unlike-metal electrode. The efficacy of our approach is illustrated through a measurement of the double layer in a dilute sulfuric acid electrolyte in contact with a Pt electrode decorated with Cu atoms, the surface structure of which we have studied extensively.( T E Furtak, L Wang, J Pant, K Pansewicz, and T M Hayes, J Electrochem Soc 141) 2369 (1994); L B Lurio, J Pant, T M Hayes, L Wang, and T E Furtak, Physica B 208 413 (1995)

  1. Fabrication and atomic structure of size-selected, layered MoS2 clusters for catalysis.

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    Cuddy, Martin J; Arkill, Kenton P; Wang, Zhi Wei; Komsa, Hannu-Pekka; Krasheninnikov, Arkady V; Palmer, Richard E

    2014-11-01

    Well defined MoS2 nanoparticles having a layered structure and abundant edges would be of considerable interest for applications including photocatalysis. We report the atomic structure of MoS2 size-selected clusters with mass in a range all the way from 50 to ∼2000 MoS2 units. The clusters were prepared by magnetron sputtering and gas condensation prior to size selection and soft landing on carbon supports. Aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) in high-angle annular dark-field (HAADF) mode reveals a layered structure and Mo-Mo spacing similar to the bulk material. The mean number of layers in these lamellar clusters increases from one to three with increasing mass, consistent with density functional theory calculations of the balance between edge energies and interlayer binding. PMID:25226541

  2. Void statistics, scaling, and the origins of large-scale structure

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    Fry, J. N.; Giovanelli, Riccardo; Haynes, Martha P.; Melott, Adrian L.; Scherrer, Robert J.

    1989-01-01

    The probability that a volume of the universe of given size and shape spaced at random will be void of galaxies is used here to study various models of the origin of cosmological structures. Numerical simulations are conducted on hot-particle and cold-particle-modulated inflationary models with and without biasing, on isothermal or initially Poisson models, and on models where structure is seeded by loops of cosmic string. For the Pisces-Perseus redshift compilation of Giovanelli and Haynes (1985), it is found that hierarchical scaling is obeyed for subsamples constructed with different limiting magnitudes and subsamples taken at random. This result confirms that the hierarchical ansatz holds valid to high order and supports the idea that structure in the observed universe evolves by a regular process from an almost Gaussian primordial state. Neutrino models without biasing show the effect of a strong feature in the initial power spectrum. Cosmic string models do not agree well with the galaxy data.

  3. Origin, Structure and Evolution of Galaxies - Proceedings of the Yellow Mountain Sumer SchoolL

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    Fang, Li Zhi

    1988-10-01

    The Table of Contents for the full book PDF is as follows: * Preface * Acknowledgements * The Great Astronomer Guo Shoujing and Guo Shoujing Summer School on Astrophysics * Supernova 1987A * Star Formation * The Age of Globular Clusters * The Dynamics of Spherical Galaxies * Waves and Normal Modes in Spiral Galaxies * Stellar Disks in Early-Type Galaxies * The Luminosity Function of Galaxies * The Intergalactic Medium: Its Relation to Quasars, Galaxy Formation and Large Scale Structure * The Effects of X-rays from Active Galactic Nuclei on the Interstellar Medium of the Surrounding Galaxy * The Structure of Dark Matter in Galaxies * The Origin and Evolution of Structures in a Universe Dominated by Cold Dark Matter * Cosmic Strings and Fractals in the Distribution of Galaxies * An Ongoing Technical Revolution in Astronomy

  4. Control of the crystalline structure of inkjet-printed semiconductor layers using overlap condition and surface wettability

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    Kang, Byung Ju; Oh, Je Hoon

    2015-05-01

    We demonstrate the effects of overlap condition and surface wettability of dielectric layers on the drying process and crystalline structure of inkjet-printed semiconductor layers. 6,13-bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl) pentacene (TIPS pentacene) was utilized to inkjet-print the semiconductor layer. Using various overlap conditions, semiconductor layers were inkjet-printed on dielectric layers with different surface wettabilities. It is observed that crystal growth and the resulting crystalline structures in inkjet-printed semiconductor layers are primarily determined by evaporation behavior, particularly the contact line movement of the drying semiconductor layers, which can be controlled via the overlap condition. With inappropriate overlap conditions, randomly oriented TIPS pentacene crystalline structures are generated in the semiconductor layer through irregular contact line recession. One-dimensionally oriented TIPS pentacene crystal structures can be obtained using the optimized overlap condition of 50% as a result of the uniform contact line movement. Relatively hydrophobic dielectric layers help to generate good crystallinity in the semiconductor layer. All-inkjet-printed organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) with well-oriented TIPS pentacene crystalline structures in the semiconductor layer show a high field effect mobility of ~0.1 cm2 V-1s-1, suggesting that, when printing inkjet semiconductor layers, the overlap condition and surface wettability of the dielectric layer are important factors for generating a well-oriented crystalline structure and thereby fabricating high-performance all-inkjet-printed OTFTs.

  5. Cell-of-Origin-Specific 3D Genome Structure Acquired during Somatic Cell Reprogramming.

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    Krijger, Peter Hugo Lodewijk; Di Stefano, Bruno; de Wit, Elzo; Limone, Francesco; van Oevelen, Chris; de Laat, Wouter; Graf, Thomas

    2016-05-01

    Forced expression of reprogramming factors can convert somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Here we studied genome topology dynamics during reprogramming of different somatic cell types with highly distinct genome conformations. We find large-scale topologically associated domain (TAD) repositioning and alterations of tissue-restricted genomic neighborhoods and chromatin loops, effectively erasing the somatic-cell-specific genome structures while establishing an embryonic stem-cell-like 3D genome. Yet, early passage iPSCs carry topological hallmarks that enable recognition of their cell of origin. These hallmarks are not remnants of somatic chromosome topologies. Instead, the distinguishing topological features are acquired during reprogramming, as we also find for cell-of-origin-dependent gene expression patterns. PMID:26971819

  6. Function and evolutionary origin of unicellular camera-type eye structure.

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    Hayakawa, Shiho; Takaku, Yasuharu; Hwang, Jung Shan; Horiguchi, Takeo; Suga, Hiroshi; Gehring, Walter; Ikeo, Kazuho; Gojobori, Takashi

    2015-01-01

    The ocelloid is an extraordinary eyespot organelle found only in the dinoflagellate family Warnowiaceae. It contains retina- and lens-like structures called the retinal body and the hyalosome. The ocelloid has been an evolutionary enigma because of its remarkable resemblance to the multicellular camera-type eye. To determine if the ocelloid is functionally photoreceptive, we investigated the warnowiid dinoflagellate Erythropsidinium. Here, we show that the morphology of the retinal body changed depending on different illumination conditions and the hyalosome manifests the refractile nature. Identifying a rhodopsin gene fragment in Erythropsidinium ESTs that is expressed in the retinal body by in situ hybridization, we also show that ocelloids are actually light sensitive photoreceptors. The rhodopsin gene identified is most closely related to bacterial rhodopsins. Taken together, we suggest that the ocelloid is an intracellular camera-type eye, which might be originated from endosymbiotic origin. PMID:25734540

  7. Cell-of-Origin-Specific 3D Genome Structure Acquired during Somatic Cell Reprogramming

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    Krijger, Peter Hugo Lodewijk; Di Stefano, Bruno; de Wit, Elzo; Limone, Francesco; van Oevelen, Chris; de Laat, Wouter; Graf, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    Summary Forced expression of reprogramming factors can convert somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Here we studied genome topology dynamics during reprogramming of different somatic cell types with highly distinct genome conformations. We find large-scale topologically associated domain (TAD) repositioning and alterations of tissue-restricted genomic neighborhoods and chromatin loops, effectively erasing the somatic-cell-specific genome structures while establishing an embryonic stem-cell-like 3D genome. Yet, early passage iPSCs carry topological hallmarks that enable recognition of their cell of origin. These hallmarks are not remnants of somatic chromosome topologies. Instead, the distinguishing topological features are acquired during reprogramming, as we also find for cell-of-origin-dependent gene expression patterns. PMID:26971819

  8. Function and Evolutionary Origin of Unicellular Camera-Type Eye Structure

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    Hayakawa, Shiho; Takaku, Yasuharu; Hwang, Jung Shan; Horiguchi, Takeo; Suga, Hiroshi; Ikeo, Kazuho; Gojobori, Takashi

    2015-01-01

    The ocelloid is an extraordinary eyespot organelle found only in the dinoflagellate family Warnowiaceae. It contains retina- and lens-like structures called the retinal body and the hyalosome. The ocelloid has been an evolutionary enigma because of its remarkable resemblance to the multicellular camera-type eye. To determine if the ocelloid is functionally photoreceptive, we investigated the warnowiid dinoflagellate Erythropsidinium. Here, we show that the morphology of the retinal body changed depending on different illumination conditions and the hyalosome manifests the refractile nature. Identifying a rhodopsin gene fragment in Erythropsidinium ESTs that is expressed in the retinal body by in situ hybridization, we also show that ocelloids are actually light sensitive photoreceptors. The rhodopsin gene identified is most closely related to bacterial rhodopsins. Taken together, we suggest that the ocelloid is an intracellular camera-type eye, which might be originated from endosymbiotic origin. PMID:25734540

  9. Structural design of a double-layered porous hydrogel for effective mass transport

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    Kim, Hyejeong; Kim, Hyeon Jeong; Huh, Hyung Kyu; Hwang, Hyung Ju; Lee, Sang Joon

    2015-01-01

    Mass transport in porous materials is universal in nature, and its worth attracts great attention in many engineering applications. Plant leaves, which work as natural hydraulic pumps for water uptake, have evolved to have the morphological structure for fast water transport to compensate large water loss by leaf transpiration. In this study, we tried to deduce the advantageous structural features of plant leaves for practical applications. Inspired by the tissue organization of the hydraulic pathways in plant leaves, analogous double-layered porous models were fabricated using agarose hydrogel. Solute transport through the hydrogel models with different thickness ratios of the two layers was experimentally observed. In addition, numerical simulation and theoretical analysis were carried out with varying porosity and thickness ratio to investigate the effect of structural factors on mass transport ability. A simple parametric study was also conducted to examine unveiled relations between structural factors. As a result, the porosity and thickness ratio of the two layers are found to govern the mass transport ability in double-layered porous materials. The hydrogel models with widely dispersed pores at a fixed porosity, i.e., close to a homogeneously porous structure, are mostly turned out to exhibit fast mass transport. The present results would provide a new framework for fundamental design of various porous structures for effective mass transport. PMID:25825619

  10. Morphology and atomic-scale structure of single-layer WS2 nanoclusters.

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    Füchtbauer, Henrik G; Tuxen, Anders K; Moses, Poul G; Topsøe, Henrik; Besenbacher, Flemming; Lauritsen, Jeppe V

    2013-10-14

    Two-dimensional sheets of transition metal (Mo and W) sulfides are attracting strong attention due to the unique electronic and optical properties associated with the material in its single-layer form. The single-layer MoS2 and WS2 are already in widespread commercial use in catalytic applications as both hydrotreating and hydrocracking catalysts. Consequently, characterization of the morphology and atomic structure of such particles is of utmost importance for the understanding of the catalytic active phase. However, in comparison with the related MoS2 system only little is known about the fundamental properties of single-layer WS2 (tungstenite). Here, we use an interplay of atom-resolved Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) studies of Au(111)-supported WS2 nanoparticles and calculated edge structures using Density Functional Theory (DFT) to reveal the equilibrium morphology and prevalent edge structures of single-layer WS2. The STM results reveal that the single layer S-W-S sheets adopt a triangular equilibrium shape under the sulfiding conditions of the synthesis, with fully sulfided edges. The predominant edge structures are determined to be the (101[combining macron]0) W-edge, but for the smallest nanoclusters also the (1[combining macron]010) S-edges become important. DFT calculations are used to construct phase diagrams of the WS2 edges, and describe their sulfur and hydrogen coordination under different conditions, and in this way shed light on the catalytic role of WS2 edges. PMID:23959329

  11. Grid cells correlation structure suggests organized feedforward projections into superficial layers of the medial entorhinal cortex.

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    Tocker, Gilad; Barak, Omri; Derdikman, Dori

    2015-12-01

    Navigation requires integration of external and internal inputs to form a representation of location. Part of this integration is considered to be carried out by the grid cells network in the medial entorhinal cortex (MEC). However, the structure of this neural network is unknown. To shed light on this structure, we measured noise correlations between 508 pairs of simultaneous previously recorded grid cells. We differentiated between pure grid and conjunctive cells (pure grid in Layers II, III, and VI vs. conjunctive in Layers III and V-only Layer III was bi-modal), and devised a new method to classify cell pairs as belonging/not-belonging to the same module. We found that pairs from the same module show significantly more correlations than pairs from different modules. The correlations between pure grid cells decreased in strength as their relative spatial phase increased. However, correlations were mostly at 0 time-lag, suggesting that the source of correlations was not only synaptic, but rather resulted mostly from common input. Given our measured correlations, the two functional groups of grid cells (pure vs. conjunctive), and the known disorganized recurrent connections within Layer II, we propose the following model: conjunctive cells in deep layers form an attractor network whose activity is governed by velocity-controlled signals. A second manifold in Layer II receives organized feedforward projections from the deep layers, giving rise to pure grid cells. Numerical simulations indicate that organized projections induce such correlations as we measure in superficial layers. Our results provide new evidence for the functional anatomy of the entorhinal circuit-suggesting that strong phase-organized feedforward projections support grid fields in the superficial layers. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26105192

  12. Diverse and tunable electronic structures of single-layer metal phosphorus trichalcogenides for photocatalytic water splitting.

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    Liu, Jian; Li, Xi-Bo; Wang, Da; Lau, Woon-Ming; Peng, Ping; Liu, Li-Min

    2014-02-01

    The family of bulk metal phosphorus trichalcogenides (APX3, A = M(II), M(I)(0.5)M(III)(0.5); X = S, Se; M(I), M(II), and M(III) represent Group-I, Group-II, and Group-III metals, respectively) has attracted great attentions because such materials not only own magnetic and ferroelectric properties, but also exhibit excellent properties in hydrogen storage and lithium battery because of the layered structures. Many layered materials have been exfoliated into two-dimensional (2D) materials, and they show distinct electronic properties compared with their bulks. Here we present a systematical study of single-layer metal phosphorus trichalcogenides by density functional theory calculations. The results show that the single layer metal phosphorus trichalcogenides have very low formation energies, which indicates that the exfoliation of single layer APX3 should not be difficult. The family of single layer metal phosphorus trichalcogenides exhibits a large range of band gaps from 1.77 to 3.94 eV, and the electronic structures are greatly affected by the metal or the chalcogenide atoms. The calculated band edges of metal phosphorus trichalcogenides further reveal that single-layer ZnPSe3, CdPSe3, Ag0.5Sc0.5PSe3, and Ag0.5In0.5PX3 (X = S and Se) have both suitable band gaps for visible-light driving and sufficient over-potentials for water splitting. More fascinatingly, single-layer Ag0.5Sc0.5PSe3 is a direct band gap semiconductor, and the calculated optical absorption further convinces that such materials own outstanding properties for light absorption. Such results demonstrate that the single layer metal phosphorus trichalcogenides own high stability, versatile electronic properties, and high optical absorption, thus such materials have great chances to be high efficient photocatalysts for water-splitting. PMID:24511968

  13. Very-large-scale coherent structures in the wall pressure field beneath a supersonic turbulent boundary layer.

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    Beresh, Steven Jay; Spillers, Russell Wayne; Henfling, John Francis; Pruett, Brian Owen Matthew

    2010-11-01

    Previous wind tunnel experiments up to Mach 3 have provided fluctuating wall-pressure spectra beneath a supersonic turbulent boundary layer, which essentially are flat at low frequency and do not exhibit the theorized {psi}{sup 2} dependence. The flat portion of the spectrum extends over two orders of magnitude and represents structures reaching at least 100 {delta} in scale, raising questions about their physical origin. The spatial coherence required over these long lengths may arise from very-large-scale structures that have been detected in turbulent boundary layers due to groupings of hairpin vortices. To address this hypothesis, data have been acquired from a dense spanwise array of fluctuating wall pressure sensors, then invoking Taylor's Hypothesis and low-pass filtering the data allows the temporal signals to be converted into a spatial map of the wall pressure field. This reveals streaks of instantaneously correlated pressure fluctuations elongated in the streamwise direction and exhibiting spanwise alternation of positive and negative events that meander somewhat in tandem. As the low-pass filter cutoff is lowered, the fluctuating pressure magnitude of the coherent structures diminishes while their length increases.

  14. A Comparison of Aerosol-Layer and Convective Boundary-Layer Structure over a Mountain Range during STAAARTE '97

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    De Wekker, Stephan; Steyn, D. G.; Nyeki, Stephan

    2004-11-01

    The temporal evolution and spatial structure of the aerosol layer (AL) height as observed with an airborne downlooking lidar over the Swiss Alps was investigated with a three dimensional mesoscale numerical model and a particle dispersion model. Convective boundary layer (CBL) heights were derived from the mesoscale model output, and the behavior of surface-released particles was investigated with the particle dispersion model. While a previous investigation, using data from the same field study, equated the observed AL height with the CBL height, the results of the current investigation indicate that there is a considerable difference between AL and CBL heights caused by mixing and transport processes between the CBL and the free atmosphere. CBL heights show a more terrain-following behavior and are lower than AL heights. We argue that processes causing the difference between AL and CBL heights are common over mountainous terrain and that the AL height is a length scale that needs t o be considered in air pollution studies in mountainous terrain.

  15. Engineering meniscus structure and function via multi-layered mesenchymal stem cell-seeded nanofibrous scaffolds.

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    Fisher, Matthew B; Henning, Elizabeth A; Söegaard, Nicole; Bostrom, Marc; Esterhai, John L; Mauck, Robert L

    2015-06-01

    Despite advances in tissue engineering for the knee meniscus, it remains a challenge to match the complex macroscopic and microscopic structural features of native tissue, including the circumferentially and radially aligned collagen bundles essential for mechanical function. To mimic this structural hierarchy, this study developed multi-lamellar mesenchymal stem cell (MSC)-seeded nanofibrous constructs. Bovine MSCs were seeded onto nanofibrous scaffolds comprised of poly(ε-caprolactone) with fibers aligned in a single direction (0° or 90° to the scaffold long axis) or circumferentially aligned (C). Multi-layer groups (0°/0°/0°, 90°/90°/90°, 0°/90°/0°, 90°/0°/90°, and C/C/C) were created and cultured for a total of 6 weeks under conditions favoring fibrocartilaginous tissue formation. Tensile testing showed that 0° and C single layer constructs had stiffness values several fold higher than 90° constructs. For multi-layer groups, the stiffness of 0°/0°/0° constructs was higher than all other groups, while 90°/90°/90° constructs had the lowest values. Data for collagen content showed a general positive interactive effect for multi-layers relative to single layer constructs, while a positive interaction for stiffness was found only for the C/C/C group. Collagen content and cell infiltration occurred independent of scaffold alignment, and newly formed collagenous matrix followed the scaffold fiber direction. Structural hierarchies within multi-lamellar constructs dictated biomechanical properties, and only the C/C/C constructs with non-orthogonal alignment within layers featured positive mechanical reinforcement as a consequence of the layered construction. These multi-layer constructs may serve as functional substitutes for the meniscus as well as test beds to understand the complex mechanical principles that enable meniscus function. PMID:25817333

  16. Genetic Structure and Natal Origins of Immature Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) in Brazilian Waters

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    Proietti, Maira C.; Reisser, Julia; Marins, Luis Fernando; Rodriguez-Zarate, Clara; Marcovaldi, Maria A.; Monteiro, Danielle S.; Pattiaratchi, Charitha; Secchi, Eduardo R.

    2014-01-01

    Understanding the connections between sea turtle populations is fundamental for their effective conservation. Brazil hosts important hawksbill feeding areas, but few studies have focused on how they connect with nesting populations in the Atlantic. Here, we (1) characterized mitochondrial DNA control region haplotypes of immature hawksbills feeding along the coast of Brazil (five areas ranging from equatorial to temperate latitudes, 157 skin samples), (2) analyzed genetic structure among Atlantic hawksbill feeding populations, and (3) inferred natal origins of hawksbills in Brazilian waters using genetic, oceanographic, and population size information. We report ten haplotypes for the sampled Brazilian sites, most of which were previously observed at other Atlantic feeding grounds and rookeries. Genetic profiles of Brazilian feeding areas were significantly different from those in other regions (Caribbean and Africa), and a significant structure was observed between Brazilian feeding grounds grouped into areas influenced by the South Equatorial/North Brazil Current and those influenced by the Brazil Current. Our genetic analysis estimates that the studied Brazilian feeding aggregations are mostly composed of animals originating from the domestic rookeries Bahia and Pipa, but some contributions from African and Caribbean rookeries were also observed. Oceanographic data corroborated the local origins, but showed higher connection with West Africa and none with the Caribbean. High correlation was observed between origins estimated through genetics/rookery size and oceanographic/rookery size data, demonstrating that ocean currents and population sizes influence haplotype distribution of Brazil's hawksbill populations. The information presented here highlights the importance of national conservation strategies and international cooperation for the recovery of endangered hawksbill turtle populations. PMID:24558419

  17. Genetic structure and natal origins of immature hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) in Brazilian waters.

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    Proietti, Maira C; Reisser, Julia; Marins, Luis Fernando; Rodriguez-Zarate, Clara; Marcovaldi, Maria A; Monteiro, Danielle S; Pattiaratchi, Charitha; Secchi, Eduardo R

    2014-01-01

    Understanding the connections between sea turtle populations is fundamental for their effective conservation. Brazil hosts important hawksbill feeding areas, but few studies have focused on how they connect with nesting populations in the Atlantic. Here, we (1) characterized mitochondrial DNA control region haplotypes of immature hawksbills feeding along the coast of Brazil (five areas ranging from equatorial to temperate latitudes, 157 skin samples), (2) analyzed genetic structure among Atlantic hawksbill feeding populations, and (3) inferred natal origins of hawksbills in Brazilian waters using genetic, oceanographic, and population size information. We report ten haplotypes for the sampled Brazilian sites, most of which were previously observed at other Atlantic feeding grounds and rookeries. Genetic profiles of Brazilian feeding areas were significantly different from those in other regions (Caribbean and Africa), and a significant structure was observed between Brazilian feeding grounds grouped into areas influenced by the South Equatorial/North Brazil Current and those influenced by the Brazil Current. Our genetic analysis estimates that the studied Brazilian feeding aggregations are mostly composed of animals originating from the domestic rookeries Bahia and Pipa, but some contributions from African and Caribbean rookeries were also observed. Oceanographic data corroborated the local origins, but showed higher connection with West Africa and none with the Caribbean. High correlation was observed between origins estimated through genetics/rookery size and oceanographic/rookery size data, demonstrating that ocean currents and population sizes influence haplotype distribution of Brazil's hawksbill populations. The information presented here highlights the importance of national conservation strategies and international cooperation for the recovery of endangered hawksbill turtle populations. PMID:24558419

  18. Modelling of streaky structures and turbulent-spot generation process in wing boundary layer at high free-stream turbulence

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    Grek, G. R.; Katasonov, M. M.; Kozlov, V. V.

    2008-12-01

    Results of an experimental study of turbulent breakdown in gradient boundary layer at high freestream turbulence are reported. For the first time it is shown that, like the flat-plate boundary layer, the wing boundary layer at high freestream turbulence is modulated with streaky structures. One of possible mechanisms underlying the generation of turbulence spots in wing boundary layer is modelled assuming the interaction of streaky structures with high-frequency waves. Qualitative and quantitative data concerning the evolution of streaky structures in swqpt-wing boundary layer and in swept-wing boundary layer are presented. Certain differences between the evolution of streaky structures in wing boundary layer and in flat-plate boundary layer are revealed.

  19. Study of the structural quality of GaN epitaxial layers obtained by hydride vapor phase epitaxy using a low-temperature buffer layer

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    Belogorohov, I. A.; Donskov, A. A.; Knyazev, S. N.; Kozlova, Yu. P.; Pavlov, V. F.; Yugova, T. G.

    2015-11-01

    The structural quality and surface morphology of low-temperature (LT) buffer layers after deposition and high-temperature (HT) annealing and HT GaN layers grown on LT buffer layers by hydride vapor phase epitaxy have been investigated. The HCl flow rate through the Ga source varied from 0.3 to 2 L/h, and the carrier gas N2 flow rate was either 18 or 60 L/h. It is established that the structural quality of LT GaN buffer is determined to a great extent by the HCl and N2 flow rates; the best results are obtained at HCl and N2 flow rates of 0.3 and 18 L/h, respectively. These GaN layers are characterized by a mirror surface and a rocking curve half-width of 360". It is suggested that the layer structure is improved due to the increase in the lateral growth rate.

  20. What are the Origins of Observed Detached Layers of Dust on Mars? Investigating with Global Climate Model

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    Bertrand, T.; Navarro, T.; Spiga, A.; Forget, F.; Millour, E.; Madeleine, J. B.; Pottier, A.

    2014-07-01

    We use a Global Climate Model to simulate the formation of detached layers of dust. Two parameterizations are developed: scavenging of dust particles due to the condensation of ice and injection of dust at high altitudes due to “rocket dust storms”.

  1. A bismuth based layer structured organic-inorganic hybrid material with enhanced photocatalytic activity.

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    Liu, Yuanyuan; Wang, Guanzhi; Dong, Juncai; An, Yang; Huang, Baibiao; Qin, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Xiaoyang; Dai, Ying

    2016-05-01

    A bismuth-based organic-inorganic hybrid material with layered structure (BiO-BTCIE) was synthesized by taking advantage of an ion exchange reaction. The structure of BiO-BTCIE was examined by XRD, EXAFS, FT-IR, TG/DTA, etc. By replacing the HCOO(-) with BTC anions in the Bi2O2(2+) interlayer, the Bi2O2(2+) layer is distorted as revealed by the EXAFS, which lead to a longer life time of the photogenerated charge carriers and a higher photocatalytic activity of BiO-BTCIE (more than 10 times). PMID:26894872

  2. The structure and chemical layering of Proterozoic stromatolites in the Mojave Desert

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    Douglas, Susanne; Perry, Meredith E.; Abbey, William J.; Tanaka, Zuki; Chen, Bin; McKay, Christopher P.

    2015-07-01

    The Proterozoic carbonate stromatolites of the Pahrump Group from the Crystal Spring formation exhibit interesting layering patterns. In continuous vertical formations, there are sections of chevron-shaped stromatolites alternating with sections of simple horizontal layering. This apparent cycle of stromatolite formation and lack of formation repeats several times over a vertical distance of at least 30 m at the locality investigated. Small representative samples from each layer were taken and analysed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), environmental scanning electron microscopy - energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry, and were optically analysed in thin section. Optical and spectroscopic analyses of stromatolite and of non-stromatolite samples were undertaken with the objective of determining the differences between them. Elemental analysis of samples from within each of the four stromatolite layers and the four intervening layers shows that the two types of layers are chemically and mineralogically distinct. In the layers that contain stromatolites the Ca/Si ratio is high; in layers without stromatolites the Ca/Si ratio is low. In the high Si layers, both K and Al are positively correlated with the presence and levels of Si. This, together with XRD analysis, suggested a high K-feldspar (microcline) content in the non-stromatolitic layers. This variation between these two types of rocks could be due to changes in biological growth rates in an otherwise uniform environment or variations in detrital influx and the resultant impact on biology. The current analysis does not allow us to choose between these two alternatives. A Mars rover would have adequate resolution to image these structures and instrumentation capable of conducting a similar elemental analysis.

  3. Pressure-induced phase transition of BiOF: novel two-dimensional layered structures.

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    Zhou, Dawei; Pu, Chunying; He, Chaozheng; Zhang, Feiwu; Lu, Cheng; Bao, Gang

    2015-02-14

    Bismuth oxide haloids BiOXs (X = Cl, Br, I) have received attention as photocatalytic materials after TiO2 in recent years due to their unique layered structures. Using an ab initio evolutionary methodology structure search method, we systematically investigate the evolution of BiOF structures under pressure. It is found that BiOF can maintain its layered structure up to 300 GPa. Three stable new phases with Pnma, P3̅m1 and Cmcm structure at a pressure of 10, 66, and 286 GPa have been identified for the first time. All the newly found phases are two-dimensional layered structures characterized by Bi-O slabs interleaved with F(-) anion slabs. Moreover, all three phases are indirect semiconductors with wide band gaps. It is found that pressure can cause great change in the band gaps of BiOF. The band gaps of the high-pressure phases of BiOF vary nearly linearly with pressure but exhibit different pressure trends. The electronic structure, structural stability, phase transition mechanisms and evolution of the Bi-O slabs of BiOF under pressure are discussed. PMID:25578959

  4. Origin of electrochemical, structural and transport properties in non-aqueous zinc electrolytes

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    Han, Sang -Don; Rajput, Nav Nidhi; Qu, Xiaohui; Pan, Baofei; He, Meinan; Ferrandon, Magali S.; Liao, Chen; Persson, Kristin A.; Burrell, Anthony K.

    2016-01-14

    Through coupled experimental analysis and computational techniques, we uncover the origin of anodic stability for a range of nonaqueous zinc electrolytes. By examination of electrochemical, structural, and transport properties of nonaqueous zinc electrolytes with varying concentrations, it is demonstrated that the acetonitrile Zn(TFSI)2, acetonitrile Zn(CF3SO3)2, and propylene carbonate Zn(TFSI)2 electrolytes can not only support highly reversible Zn deposition behavior on a Zn metal anode (≥99% of Coulombic efficiency), but also provide high anodic stability (up to ~3.8 V). The predicted anodic stability from DFT calculations is well in accordance with experimental results, and elucidates that the solvents play an importantmore » role in anodic stability of most electrolytes. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were used to understand the solvation structure (e.g., ion solvation and ionic association) and its effect on dynamics and transport properties (e.g., diffusion coefficient and ionic conductivity) of the electrolytes. Lastly, the combination of these techniques provides unprecedented insight into the origin of the electrochemical, structural, and transport properties in nonaqueous zinc electrolytes« less

  5. Clonal population structure of Pseudomonas avellanae strains of different origin based on multilocus enzyme electrophoresis.

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    Scortichini, Marco; Natalini, Emanuela; Angelucci, Luca

    2003-10-01

    To assess the genetic diversity and genetic relationships of Pseudomonas avellanae, the causative agent of hazelnut decline, a total of 102 strains, obtained from central Italy (provinces of Viterbo and Rome) and northern Greece, were studied using multilocus enzyme electrophoresis (MLEE). Their allelic variation in 10 loci was determined. All loci were polymorphic and 53 electrophoretic types (ETs) were identified from the total sample. The mean genetic diversity (H) was 0.65 and this value ranged from 0.37 for the least polymorphic to 0.82 for the most polymorphic locus. The dendrogram originated from MLEE data indicated two main groups of ETs, A and B. The groups do not appear to be correlated to the geographic origin of the strains, although all the ETs from northern Greece clustered into subgroup B1. Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae and P. syringae pv. theae, included in the analysis as outgroups, clustered apart. The index of association (I(A)) for P. avellanae was 0.90. The I(A) values were always significantly different from zero for the population subsets studied and no epidemic structure was found. These results would indicate that the population structure of P. avellanae is clonal either in northern Greece or in central Italy. The recent outbreaks of the bacterium in new areas of hazelnut cultivation would explain the current clonal structure that is persisting over decades. PMID:14523121

  6. Paralogous radiations of PIN proteins with multiple origins of noncanonical PIN structure.

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    Bennett, Tom; Brockington, Samuel F; Rothfels, Carl; Graham, Sean W; Stevenson, Dennis; Kutchan, Toni; Rolf, Megan; Thomas, Philip; Wong, Gane Ka-Shu; Leyser, Ottoline; Glover, Beverley J; Harrison, C Jill

    2014-08-01

    The plant hormone auxin is a conserved regulator of development which has been implicated in the generation of morphological novelty. PIN-FORMED1 (PIN) auxin efflux carriers are central to auxin function by regulating its distribution. PIN family members have divergent structures and cellular localizations, but the origin and evolutionary significance of this variation is unresolved. To characterize PIN family evolution, we have undertaken phylogenetic and structural analyses with a massive increase in taxon sampling over previous studies. Our phylogeny shows that following the divergence of the bryophyte and lycophyte lineages, two deep duplication events gave rise to three distinct lineages of PIN proteins in euphyllophytes. Subsequent independent radiations within each of these lineages were taxonomically asymmetric, giving rise to at least 21 clades of PIN proteins, of which 15 are revealed here for the first time. Although most PIN protein clades share a conserved canonical structure with a modular central loop domain, a small number of noncanonical clades dispersed across the phylogeny have highly divergent protein structure. We propose that PIN proteins underwent sub- and neofunctionalization with substantial modification to protein structure throughout plant evolution. Our results have important implications for plant evolution as they suggest that structurally divergent PIN proteins that arose in paralogous radiations contributed to the convergent evolution of organ systems in different land plant lineages. PMID:24758777

  7. Vertical structure of boundary layer convection during cold-air outbreaks at Barrow, Alaska

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    Wang, Yonggang; Geerts, Bart; Chen, Yaosheng

    2016-01-01

    Boundary layer convection (BLC) is common over high-latitude oceans and adjacent coastal regions when a cold airmass becomes exposed to a sufficient fetch of open water. The vertical structure of mixed-phase BLC clouds and precipitation is examined using the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program data set collected at the North Slope of Alaska (NSA) site at Barrow, Alaska. BLC may occur at this location in autumn, when cold air masses originating at higher latitudes advect southward over the still ice-free coastal waters north of Alaska. This study identifies such BLC and documents its occurrence and characteristics. Instruments used for this study include profiling Ka band radars, a depolarization backscatter profiling lidar, a scanning X band radar, a microwave radiometer, a ceilometer, surface meteorological probes, and radiosondes. Six criteria are applied to objectively identify the BLC events, using data collected between 2004 and 2013. BLC episodes are relatively common at the NSA site, but almost exclusively in the month of October, and most episodes are relatively short, less than 10 h in duration. Liquid water is commonly found in these mixed-phase BLC clouds, with a typical liquid water path of 150 g/m2, and snowfall rates average ~3 mm h-1 (water equivalent), in some cases over 10 mm h-1, notwithstanding the low cloud echo tops (~1.0-1.5 km). In one rather weak but persistent episode fall speed estimates derived from the profiling Ka band radar indicates the presence of rimed particles, confirming the convective nature of this precipitation.

  8. Crustal structure beneath the Northern Transantarctic Mountains and Wilkes Subglacial Basin: Implications for tectonic origins

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    Hansen, Samantha E.; Kenyon, Lindsey M.; Graw, Jordan H.; Park, Yongcheol; Nyblade, Andrew A.

    2016-02-01

    The Transantarctic Mountains (TAMs) are the largest noncollisional mountain range on Earth. Their origin, as well as the origin of the Wilkes Subglacial Basin (WSB) along the inland side of the TAMs, has been widely debated, and a key constraint to distinguish between competing models is the underlying crustal structure. Previous investigations have examined this structure but have primarily focused on a small region of the central TAMs near Ross Island, providing little along-strike constraint. In this study, we use data from the new Transantarctic Mountains Northern Network and from five stations operated by the Korea Polar Research Institute to investigate the crustal structure beneath a previously unexplored portion of the TAMs. Using S wave receiver functions and Rayleigh wave phase velocities, crustal thickness and average crustal shear velocity (V>¯s) are resolved within ±4 km and ±0.1 km/s, respectively. The crust thickens from ~20 km near the Ross Sea coast to ~46 km beneath the northern TAMs, which is somewhat thicker than that imaged in previous studies beneath the central TAMs. The crust thins to ~41 km beneath the WSB. V>¯s ranges from ~3.1-3.9 km/s, with slower velocities near the coast. Our findings are consistent with a flexural origin for the TAMs and WSB, where these features result from broad flexure of the East Antarctic lithosphere and uplift along its western edge due to thermal conduction from hotter mantle beneath West Antarctica. Locally, thicker crust may explain the ~1 km of additional topography in the northern TAMs compared to the central TAMs.

  9. Turbulence structure and polymer drag reduction in adverse pressure gradient boundary layers

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    Koskie, John Edward

    1991-05-01

    One zero pressure gradient Newtonian boundary layer and two adverse pressure gradient equilibrium boundary layers in a water channel were examined. The momentum thickness Reynolds numbers, Re(sub theta), were in the range 1360 to 4980. The adverse pressure gradient boundary layers were characterized by equilibrium parameters, beta of 1.8 and 2.4. These boundary layers were modified by injecting a drag reducing polymer solution at 2.6 and 5.1 times the flow rate of the undisturbed flows inside of y(+) = 5. The sum of the viscous and Reynolds shear stresses was sometimes less than the total shear stress in the drag reduced boundary layer and in these cases the production of Reynolds shear and normal stresses was virtually eliminated. The mean streamwise velocity measurements in the drag reduced boundary layers showed that both parameters, kappa and B, of the logarithmic velocity profile changed. The slope parameter, kappa, varied directly with the percent drag reduction. The peak in the root-mean-square streamwise velocities remained essentially unchanged in the presence of polymer but its location moved away from the wall. The root-mean-square normal velocities and the Reynolds shear stress were reduced in the inner region of the boundary layer during drag reduction. The adverse pressure gradient boundary layers did not separate during drag reduction even when large amounts of polymer were injected. The influence of the polymer on the turbulent boundary layer structure was greatly reduced, but the effects of polymer were consistent with those in the zero pressure gradient boundary layer. The hypothesis that the extensional motions in the flow must be strong enough to stretch the polymer molecules so that stretched molecules will form an anisotropic viscosity that damps the small scales of the turbulence (Hinch, 1977) was supported by the present data. Walker's (1985) modified mixing length model correctly predicted the wall shear stress coefficient, c(sub f), in all the drag reduced boundary layers as long as the measured polymer concentration in the linear sublayer was within the range of concentrations for which the model was derived and the non-Newtonian shear stresses in the boundary layer were small. Mixed scaling of the average time between bursts best scaled the present zero and adverse pressure gradient Newtonian boundary layer data. The data was consistent with the hypothesis that the method of tripping the boundary layer affects the average burst period at very low Reynolds numbers.

  10. Inner Structure of Atmospheric Inversion Layers over Haifa Bay in the Eastern Mediterranean

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    Haikin, N.; Galanti, E.; Reisin, T. G.; Mahrer, Y.; Alpert, P.

    2015-09-01

    Capping inversions act as barriers to the vertical diffusion of pollutants, occasionally leading to significant low-level air pollution episodes in the lower troposphere. Here, we conducted two summer campaigns where global positioning system radiosondes were operated in Haifa Bay on the eastern Mediterranean coast, a region of steep terrain with significant pollution. The campaigns provided unique high resolution measurements related to capping inversions. It was found that the classical definition of a capping inversion was insufficient for an explicit identification of a layer; hence additional criteria are required for a complete spatial analysis of inversion evolution. Based on the vertical temperature derivative, an inner fine structure of inversion layers was explored, and was then used to track inversion layers spatially and to investigate their evolution. The exploration of the inner structure of inversion layers revealed five major patterns: symmetric peak, asymmetric peak, double peak, flat peak, and the zig-zag pattern. We found that the symmetric peak is related to the strongest inversions, double peak inversions tended to break apart into two layers, and the zig-zag pattern was related to the weakest inversions. Employing this classification is suggested for assistance in following the evolution of inversion layers.

  11. The azimuthally averaged boundary layer structure of a numerically simulated major hurricane

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    Abarca, Sergio F.; Montgomery, Michael T.; McWilliams, James C.

    2015-09-01

    This work examines the azimuthally averaged boundary layer structure of a numerically simulated hurricane. We nominally define the hurricane boundary layer as the layer in which the effects of surface friction are associated with significant departures from gradient wind balance. The boundary layer in the intensifying primary and forming secondary eyewalls is found to be nonlinear. At large radii, exterior to the eyewalls, Ekman-like balance as traditionally defined, is found to hold true. Where significant departures from Ekman-like balance are found, the departures are characterized by large vertical advection of horizontal velocity through the depth of the boundary layer. Shock-like structures are not found to be prominent in the azimuthally averaged view of the vortex boundary layer, with the largest azimuthally averaged radial gradients of the radial and tangential velocities being on the order of only a few meters per second per kilometer. Also, in the radial regions of the eyewalls, at the height where the averaged tangential wind is a maximum, the radial advection of radial velocity is an order of magnitude smaller than the agradient force per unit mass. Some physical implications of these findings are discussed.

  12. Structural and magnetic characterization of plasma ion nitrided layer on 316L stainless steel alloy

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    Öztürk, O.; Okur, S.; Riviere, J. P.

    2009-05-01

    In this study, an FeCrNi alloy (316L stainless steel disc) was nitrided in a low-pressure R.F. plasma at 430 °C for 72 min under a gas mixture of 60% N2-40% H2. Structural, compositional and magnetic properties of the plasma nitrided layer was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and magnetic force microscopy (MFM). The magnetic behaviour of the nitrided layer was also investigated with a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Combined X-ray diffraction, cross-sectional SEM, AFM and MFM, as well as VSM analyses provide strong evidence for the formation of the γN phase, [γN-(Fe, Cr, Ni)], with mainly ferromagnetic characteristics. The uniform nature of the γN layer is clearly demonstrated by the XRD, cross-sectional SEM and AFM analyses. Based on the AFM and SEM data, the thickness of the γN layer is found to be ∼6 μm. According to the MFM and VSM analyses, ferromagnetism in the γN layer is revealed by the observation of stripe domain structures and the hysteresis loops. The cross-sectional MFM results demonstrate the ferromagnetic γN phase distributed across the plasma nitrided layer. The MFM images show variation in the size and form of the magnetic domains from one grain to another.

  13. Hydrodynamic structure of the boundary layers in a rotating cylindrical cavity with radial inflow

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    Herrmann-Priesnitz, Benjamín; Calderón-Muñoz, Williams R.; Salas, Eduardo A.; Vargas-Uscategui, Alejandro; Duarte-Mermoud, Manuel A.; Torres, Diego A.

    2016-03-01

    A flow model is formulated to investigate the hydrodynamic structure of the boundary layers of incompressible fluid in a rotating cylindrical cavity with steady radial inflow. The model considers mass and momentum transfer coupled between boundary layers and an inviscid core region. Dimensionless equations of motion are solved using integral methods and a space-marching technique. As the fluid moves radially inward, entraining boundary layers develop which can either meet or become non-entraining. Pressure and wall shear stress distributions, as well as velocity profiles predicted by the model, are compared to numerical simulations using the software OpenFOAM. Hydrodynamic structure of the boundary layers is governed by a Reynolds number, Re, a Rossby number, Ro, and the dimensionless radial velocity component at the periphery of the cavity, Uo. Results show that boundary layers merge for Re < < 10 and Ro > > 0.1, and boundary layers become predominantly non-entraining for low Ro, low Re, and high Uo. Results may contribute to improve the design of technology, such as heat exchange devices, and turbomachinery.

  14. Semiconductor structures having electrically insulating and conducting portions formed from an AlSb-alloy layer

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    Spahn, O.B.; Lear, K.L.

    1998-03-10

    The semiconductor structure comprises a plurality of semiconductor layers formed on a substrate including at least one layer of a III-V compound semiconductor alloy comprising aluminum (Al) and antimony (Sb), with at least a part of the AlSb-alloy layer being chemically converted by an oxidation process to form superposed electrically insulating and electrically conducting portions. The electrically insulating portion formed from the AlSb-alloy layer comprises an oxide of aluminum (e.g., Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}), while the electrically conducting portion comprises Sb. A lateral oxidation process allows formation of the superposed insulating and conducting portions below monocrystalline semiconductor layers for forming many different types of semiconductor structures having particular utility for optoelectronic devices such as light-emitting diodes, edge-emitting lasers, vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers, photodetectors and optical modulators (waveguide and surface normal), and for electronic devices such as heterojunction bipolar transistors, field-effect transistors and quantum-effect devices. The invention is expected to be particularly useful for forming light-emitting devices for use in the 1.3--1.6 {mu}m wavelength range, with the AlSb-alloy layer acting to define an active region of the device and to effectively channel an electrical current therein for efficient light generation. 10 figs.

  15. Influence of temperature and molecular structure on ionic liquid solvation layers.

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    Wakeham, Deborah; Hayes, Robert; Warr, Gregory G; Atkin, Rob

    2009-04-30

    Atomic force microscopy (AFM) force profiling is used to investigate the structure of adsorbed and solvation layers formed on a mica surface by various room temperature ionic liquids (ILs) ethylammonium nitrate (EAN), ethanolammonium nitrate (EtAN), ethylammonium formate (EAF), propylammonium formate (PAF), ethylmethylammonium formate (EMAF), and dimethylethylammonium formate (DMEAF). At least seven layers are observed for EAN at 14 degrees C (melting point 13 degrees C), decreasing as the temperature is increased to 30 degrees C due to thermal energy disrupting solvophobic forces that lead to segregation of cation alkyl tails from the charged ammonium and nitrate moieties. The number and properties of the solvation layers can also be controlled by introducing an alcohol moiety to the cation's alkyl tail (EtAN), or by replacing the nitrate anion with formate (EAF and PAF), even